Saturday, December 8, 2012

Burn Notice (random thought 001)

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This is the first show where a character gets more hair as the series continues... Perhaps it indicates the degree of roguery? (Less hair = more rogue... for guys at least.)

There's the opposite trend in Chuck, where the leads (Chuck, Sarah, Morgan) have less hair as the series progresses.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Chronicling personal history via music playlists

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Listening to my playlists reminds me of of my personal Zeitgeist as I was compiling each playlist... I also strongly associate certain songs with specific moments in space-time.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Down with the wedding-industral complex!

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Aaaaand the pendulum has started swinging the other way. YES! Although as much as I'd like people to wear "business casual", whatever it means to them... it would prove even more of a headache than "suits and dresses".

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Curse the wedding-industrial complex!!!!!!

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My thoughts exactly. Like ZOMG, how did this whole shindig get so blown out proportion and out of its ... mind? Like a "phallocentric fairy-tale grotesquerie" (30 Rock!) What happened to a quiet, understated, and totally intimate moment with one's significant other? Screw people's opinions!! They are irritating like raw onions.

From the second link above...
One consultant at a wedding-industry conference told his audience, "You are selling dreams, and you can charge anything."
Wat. WAT?!

As a response, this anti-wedding is a totally siiiiick haaack.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

This is what happens when I'm fucking depressed

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I lose the "creator" aspect of my identity and become rather withdrawn...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

House ended

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and I lost some sleep.

In some ways, TV series are like start-ups... a group of creatives and builders trying to survive the scrutiny and at the mercy of network execs (i.e. VC's, angel sponsors or whatever funding sources a start-up can get).

In other ways, they're unlike most start-ups... i.e. the crew has access to the fancy gadgets and equipment (might be similar to a start-up that somehow leverages the manufacturing capability of an established company).

And also, many of them get axed after one or two seasons (i.e. like a start-up runs out of funding). In House's case, it's almost like the start-up grew and grew and then a profitable buyout. I think it's a good thing that Hugh Laurie decided to end the series before it becomes overripe. FOX network does have a tendency to make some controversial decisions...

By the way, I see a parallel between the House stunt and the Sherlock stunt toward the end of the series finale...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Capitalism and Psychopathy

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Ha. Ha. Ha.

The ultimate behavioral economics dissertation topic: Capitalism and Psychopathy
     Chapter 1: Motivation
     Chapter 2: History and philosophy of capitalism
     Chapter 3: Psychopathy in history
     Chapter 4: Evolutionary origins and the neuroscience of psychopathy 
     Chapter 5: Psychopathy and (the rampant) capitalism (that is contemporary America)
     Chapter 6: Where to go from here?

In a culture that idolizes Steve Jobs but not Bill Gates, anyone who dares publish that thesis will never get a job in the United Freaking States and therefore must move to Canada or Scandinavia.

Poetic connections to quantum physics

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        by: Robert Frost (1874-1963)

        It went many years,
        But at last came a knock,
        And I thought of the door
        With no lock to lock.
        I blew out the light,
        I tip-toed the floor,
        And raised both hands
        In prayer to the door.
        But the knock came again
        My window was wide;
        I climbed on the sill
        And descended outside.
        Back over the sill
        I bade a “Come in”
        To whoever the knock
        At the door may have been.
        So at a knock
        I emptied my cage
        To hide in the world
        And alter with age.

Sublime description of two eigenstates superimposing on each other (I read it as a metaphor of life/death, of being/non-being, or just two different perspectives...) and the observation paradox of Schrödinger's cat :-P

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Brain Pickings is the most intriguing and illuminating website I've visited in a while

- - - is a close second. Together this makes for my shortest blog entry with the most number of tags.

I particularly should check out these collections of books... on the left panel on the main page. I already read a few of them and heard about a few more, but hmm... haven't read real books in a while. Too many things are happening lately...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What the Hex?

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I came across this color guessing game via this blog. Most curious. I was able to get like five correct in a row for Level 10, but definitely failing at Level 48 ROFL. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sherlock (BBC TV series) is making me an insomniac

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I could theoretically go on and on about the character analyses... will have to leave that for another day. Right now I can't get these tunes out of my head... anyway, Fruity Loops (FL Studios) is too much fun...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Just a check-up on my state of the mind...

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The "Creator" part has been pretty consistent since a few years back. The adjective, however, varies depending on how I generally feel about life over the past month...

Terms explained:
How confident you are about expressing your opinions and accomplishing things.
Your degree of openness to new experiences.
How outgoing you are. High means you are extroverted. Low means you are introverted.
How much you understand (and experience) the emotions and thoughts of others.
Trust in Others
The general faith you have in other people; how much you think people are good at heart.
Your adherence to the social order and how much you favor obedience.
The degree of your stereotypically-male traits.
The degree of your stereotypically-female traits.
How comfortable you are with making plans at the last minute.
Attention to Style
How aware you are of fashion trends. How much effort you put in to your own style.
How much you believe you determine your own outcomes. High means you believe that you have control over your life. Low means you believe that other factors—such as chance, fate, and powerful others—influence your life.
Your prefererence for concrete or abstract things. Low means you prefer abstract, theoretical things. High means you prefer detail-oriented, practical things.
Your prefererence for beauty or form. Low means you care more about how something works. High means you care more about how something looks.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Genshiken (げんしけん or 現代視覺文化研究會) + Quiet: The Power of Introverts

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There's something endearing about watching a group of introverts and/or socially awkward college students united by common interests and bonding over the years...

Left: Kasukabe Saki, her boyfriend Kousaka Makoto... Center: Sasahara Kanji, Ogiue Chika... Right: Madarame Harunobu Giant head: Sue

The name of the club is a euphemistic wrapper that includes anime, mangas, video games based on aforementioned, and cosplaying. A mish-mash hodgepodge of these special interests. At the start of the series, all the members are social outcasts, mainly because the club is considered less serious, i.e. "inferior" to the anime club and the manga club. As the story progresses, the members develop a sense of identity by coming to terms with who they are and venture out of their comfort zone.

I see a part of me in all the main characters, perhaps less of Kasukabe Saki, the only one who is not an otaku. I actually don't consider myself an otaku in the purest sense because I'm not obsessive :-P I think. Saki is the counterpoint, the persuader, the challenger who pushes the characters out of their passive shells. She very reluctantly comes to the club initially because her boyfriend is a serious video game otaku, but gradually warms up and becomes good friends with the members... as she comes to accept the otaku-ness as being a part of them.

Perhaps I'm attempting to relive an idealized version of my undergrad years, during most of which I was lost in an internal maelstrom of angst and anxiety.

Ogiue's sudden wardrobe change shocks everyone

It's encouraging to see the characters grow and develop their persona and become more comfortable dealing with real-life. Granted it's fiction, but I went through a similar process which most resembles Ogiue Chika's experience... During much of the series, she exhibits self-loathing with a vengeance. And she escapes the bounded iterations in a rather similar way as I...    

I simply enjoy watching the characters interact with one another in their awkwardly adorable ways. They say "eto..." [translate: um...] a lot, or perhaps stutter, or chuckle when a wittier-type would roll out a repartee. They are pretty classic introverts from Susan Cain's newest book - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. If I had read it during the early phases of undergrad, perhaps I would have been happier earlier...

But man, hiding out in nooks and crannies (numerous characters), discussing specialty topics in philosophical / analytical manners (Madarame, Sasahara, Tanaka, Kugayama), speaking volumes through silence (Ogiue), are just a few manifestations of such behavior. Not surprisingly, Saki (the main extrovert) dispels their inhibitions, often with lots of kicking and screaming. C'est la vie.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Biz school profs' (canine) personas

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I've been amusing myself lately by associating my recent profs with characteristic dogs, in some cases anthropomorphic ones.

P.C.R. - (a slightly loopy) German Shepherd. Claims to be serious and pedagogical, but secretly is not that serious and has a dark sense of humor. (He called me by different wrong names TWICE).

J.M.L. - the Tramp in Lady and the Tramp. Whimsical, laid-back, yet perceptive and shrewd. Reminds me of Robin Williams' characters.

J.D.S. - the Terrier in Lady and the Tramp. Energetic, snappy, yappy, inclined to provocative and dramatic flairs.

J.P. - a cross between a beagle and a Dachshund...? He's ex-military, has engineering degrees, and lots of hands-on mechanical design experience. Hard to place him so far.

Looking forward to adding more descriptions. I might have to expand my set to more animals later on...