Time is the most precious thing in this world. Make every moment count and live your dreams.
~See Lemons Productive
Random Observation/Comment #280: Every few months, I see a start-up company release an idea that I immediately say “I thought of that 2 years ago!” I wish they’d give me money for that.
Why This List?
Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and start a company. It’d be awesome – we’d be our own bosses and work on a product where we’d be our main users. I can see it now… fame, tech parties, and geeky swag. Well… someone’s probably already in that space and doing something cool with it. Here are some you probably don’t know about it.
- Product Hunt. Best products voted every day.
- Betalist. Discover tomorrow’s product, today.
- Sand Hill Exchange. Fantasy trading start-ups.
- Medium. Everyone’s stories and ideas.
- Startup Digest. A personalized insider newsletter of all things start-up in your area.
- Angelist. Where investors meet start-ups.
- Gust. Connecting start-ups with investors.
- Swiftkey. A keyboard that learns from you. It’s been on Android for a while, but it’s so good to just mention. Brilliant AI.
- Spotify for Uber. Partnership to listen to your own music in your cabs.
- Weave. Tinder for professionals.
- Reddit. The frontpage of the internet. So awesome…
- Venmo. Sending money between friends.
- Cover. Uber’s paying experience with restaurants. (Dash is another one in this space)
- Charity:Water. Raising money for clean water.
- Quirky. Making invention accessible.
- Songza. Share-worthy moments daily.
- BlueApron. A better way to cook. I personally used this and loved cooking interesting recipes with it. Vegetarian options are sometimes better.
- RippleLabs. Making transacting in cryptocurrencies as easy as email.
- HowAboutWe. Fun way to go on Awesome dates.
- IFTTT. Put the internet to work for you. Recipes connecting channels.
- Kitchen Surfing. Same-day dinners.
- Word Lens. Translations on your camera.
- Task Rabbit. What do you need help with?
- Airbnb. Welcome Home. Rent unique places to stay from local hosts in 190+ countries.
- Dropbox. (and Cloud storage in general). It’s just making sharing for small business more convinent.
- Living Social. (Groupon and all online coupon sites). At least people will buy more massages and smaller deals now. I also love how it bridges the internet with real world activities.
- Palantir. As big data analysis goes, palantir is king and doing incredible things. I think they’re more notable in government and law enforcement at the moment.
- Houzz. The New Way to design your home. Create the home you’ve always wanted. Aggregates photos of home designs and provides professional advice.
- Automattic. The team behind wordpress. Thank you, wordpress.com!
- Yogoals. List it. Do it. Share it. A place where you can do amazing things and find others who do it too.
~See Lemons Love Start-ups
Random Observation/Comment #279: “There’s an App for that” is a pretty great way to start a conversation.
Why This List?
Nowadays we depend on our smart phones to keep us connected and highly functioning addicts to information. We feed on those small doses of packaged care in aggregated “likes”, <heart>, retweets, and “+1″s. Needless to say, I have my own favorite addictions that hopefully do more help than harm.
- Google Keep. In case I need to write something down.
- Google Calendar. In case I want to write in my journal or plan my week.
- Shortyz. In case I get bored and want to do a daily crossword.
- Google Maps. In case I get lost or need to get anywhere.
- Weather. In case I want to know if I need to bring an umbrella or a scarf.
- Amazon. In case I want to buy anything.
- Wordpress. In case I want to write in this blog.
- Youtube. In case I want to watch short videos about random things (or table tennis).
- TED. In case I want to watch 5-15 minute videos about smart things.
- Memrise. In case I have free time and want to learn.
- Safari To Go. In case I have free time and want to read a book.
- getAbstract. In case I have free time and want to read some business cliff notes to seem productive even though they’re all just trying to tell you the same thing.
- Splitwise. In case I paid for something and want to split the bill.
- Yelp. In case I want to see where everyone else thinks I should eat.
- Allrecipes. In case I’m headed to the grocery and want to find inspiration for things to cook.
- Pandora. In case I want to play something at a party from my phone that resembles Frank Sinatra or Classic from the 90s.
- Instagram. In case I want to stalk a bunch of pictures and like everything that looks good without a filter.
- Camera. In case I eat something… and want to/will probably take a photo of it.
- Photos. In case I’m really bored and just want to relive some random memories.
- Remote (on iPhone). In case I want to search something on apple TV and don’t want to type it with the stupid remote.
- Fitbit. In case I want to see if I’m beating my friends at being active.
- NHL. In case I want to find out if the Rangers are winning.
- Audible. In case I need to listen to a book.
- Google play. In case I want to drown out my brain with the same songs I know by heart already.
- Kayak. In case I want to travel somewhere (which is all the time).
- Airbnb. In case I want to stay at the where I’m traveling to.
- Uber. In case my gf doesn’t want to take the subway past 10pm.
- Seamless. In case I’m too lazy to cook.
- Trello. In case I want to see what my gf wants us to do in the near future (we use it to plan activities).
- Good (for work). In case I want to reschedule a meeting or act important in a meeting.
~See Lemons Apped out
Random Observation/Comment #278: Entertainment is such a brilliant concept. At the end of the day, we’re all just bored.
Why This List?
Puzzles, card games, board games, first person shooters, MMORPGs, or mobile games – there’s a long epic list. They keep us entertained, but also hold a special place in our heart. I guess I should go back and revisit some of these.
- Half Life 1 & 2 (Revolutionizing physics engines and setting the bar)
- Counter Strike (For countless hours that consumed my High School)
- Team Fortress & Day of Defeat (I had short phases for each)
- Guild Wars 1 and 2
- Diablo 2 and 3
- Portal 1 and 2
- Starcraft 2
- Max Payne
- LIMBO (What a cute game)
- Hotline Miami (Amazing soundtrack)
- Dynasty Warriors 1-6 (From Jake’s house after school)
- GTA V
- Final Fantasy 6
- Chrono trigger
- Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (So freaking awesome)
- Goldeneye 007
- Perfect Dark (completely wrecked this game)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
- Super Smash Brothers (Falcon all the way)
- Pokemon Red cartridge (I caught them all)
- Candy Crush (I think I got far enough)
- Magic the Gathering
- Big 2 (for all you Chinese friends out there)
- Liar’s dice (for all you real Chinese drinkers out there)
- Spit (even though I swear I always lost)
- Crazy 8s
~See Lemons Love Games
Random Observation/Comment #277: Words are powerful. They move hearts and dreams.
Why This List?
There are just some words that are just so awesome that they exist to represent a certain feeling. Just to not have a full list of random words, I’ll include some phrases that may not be full quotes.
- Love. I wish I had the words to describe you.
- Faith. This isn’t necessarily religion – it’s the powerful extra mile.
- Dreams. It’s not just what happens when you sleep…
- Peace. It can apply to so many things.
- Travel. It’s just filled with so many memories and good feelings for me.
- Adventure. Is out there.
- Trust. It’s the simple words that are hard to explain.
- Friends. Maybe the 3rd word you learn after “love” and “hello” in any other language
- Yummy. It’s such a cute word.
- Grief. An emotion so hard to explain.
- Innocence. Pureness.
- Brand. Because it’s more than reputation.
- Productivity. Because sometimes it’s not just doing things.
- Wordlife…. Wordlife.
- Great scots!
- In other words… I like trying to explain things differently.
- Doch. I have no idea how to explain this
- Aiyaa! Best chinese saying.
- Itadakimasu! Food!
- Suuuuuugggeeeee. Only when Japanese people say it that way to mean awwweeessommmee.
- Jargon. I just like it sounds.
- Just keep swimming. Also a good quote.
- Low hanging fruit. Just because it’s maybe easier times ahead.
- Don’t drink the koolaid. I feel like everyone’s drinking it these days.
- Story. Everything can be a good story.
- Work hard and play harder
- Space… The final frontier. And even “Beam me up, Scotty”
- RTFM. /man -h –help
- Tweet. I just think it’s such a clever way to represent a message. Certainly cooler than “update status”
~See Lemons Love Words
Random Observation/Comment #276: Sometimes you just need to play with the cards you’re dealt, but for all other things you can change with your attitude towards life and frequency of smiles – do that first.
Why This List?
Hot people have it easy, right? Well… yes. I think they do have a clear advantage, but unfortunately they’re also somehow stereotyped with lacking in some other form of attractiveness. Well… good, they’re hot and got it made. Anyway, let’s say beauty isn’t skin deep. There’s plenty of things that make people attractive and I’m glad the whole package out weighs each individual trait.
- Intelligence (Maybe just not ditzy about everything)
- Sense of humor (Preferably matches mine, but overall just finds the funny in life)
- Organized/Orderly (In general, but also in my similar neurotic ways)
- Family-oriented (Love your parents and your siblings. If they sucked, be the bigger person and forgive them)
- Honesty (Maybe not brutally, but I think it’s easier to have the cards on the table)
- Social (Able to hold her own at an event without clinging on)
- Creative (Able to apply and bring a vision to life)
- Cleanliness/Neatness (Washes and likes things clean)
- Considerate/Mindful (In general, just kind and giving to others)
- Financial independence (Maybe just lack of financial dependence. I think those are slightly different)
- Spontaneous (Not all the time, but always ready for the next adventure)
- Artistic (Being very engineer-y, I’ve always found some type of musical instrument or drawing/painting/sculpting expression very sexy)
- Adventurous (Explores new and exciting things)
- Flexible (Able to adjust to any roadblocks that may arise and easy-going)
- Loyal (Not obedience, but has my back when I need it)
- Faithful (Not to a religion, but at least to the concept of a monogamous relationship)
- Open-minded (Accepting of new ideas)
- Modesty (Maybe just not too boastful or proud)
- Self-Confidence (Strong when strong is needed)
- Self-Loving (I can’t love you, if you don’t love yourself)
- Optimism (Looks for the silver lining, accepts what’s inevitable, and focuses on the actions to make things better)
- Patience (good things take time and frustration never solves anything)
- Imperfections (Quirky in their own way)
- Love of children (something about a girl playing with kids makes me all warm and fuzzy inside)
- Love of games (for some reason I think it’s so cool to have a gamer gf)
- Love of food. You may not need to eat it, but as long as you don’t judge me for eating it. Actually, give me all that Uni and roe you don’t like. I can love food for the both of us.
- Appreciation of nice things, but doesn’t take it for granted
- Not bat-shit crazy
- Curly hair (because brownie points)
- … bewbs
~See Lemons Attracted to Her
Random Observation/Comment #275: If something’s important to you, then you will make time.
Why This List?
The name of the list really gives it all away. Imagine you were stuck in a loop where each day you woke up repeating the same day and remembering what you did the day before. What would you learn if you were stuck in this endless loop? In the Groundhogs Day movie, Bill Murray learned how to play the piano and make ice sculptures with chain saws. Maybe I’d do something similar.
- Play the piano fairly well
- Speak all the languages I already know fluently
- Use photoshop like I see the pros do on worth1000.com
- Draw awesome realistic portraits on napkins
- Dance something obscenely complicated
- Freestyle rap off the dome
- Become an amazing table tennis player
- Memorize the order of a randomized deck of cards
- Rehearse lines from a Shakespearean play
- Solve Sunday crosswords in under 20 minutes
- Be able to ‘Sherlock’ someone
- Juggle a soccer ball and do really ridiculous tricks in the park
- Break dance (although this would be tough if I can’t build up any additional muscle.)
- Use an abacus very quickly
- Do crazy fast complicated math in my head
- Tell funny jokes or really involved stories
- Do crazy pen tricks (started learning at Cooper)
- Sing a love song perfectly
- Become a really good masseuse
- Be able to clear a table at pool
- Juggle more than 5 items at a time
- Hoola hoop for more than 1 minute
- Get really good at fencing
- Get a consistent 4:1 ratio in Counter Strike (nowadays much harder than what it was)
- Give a jaw-dropping and inspiring 10-minute speech
- Become an expert in black holes and time travel
- Be able to chop/dice as fast as some of the chef pros
- Manual focus quickly and accurately (I’m so bad at it…)
- Be able to build an unbelievable sand castle or snow man (depending on the season I’m stuck in)
- Learn everything about the people I love
~See Lemons Still Exploring
Random Observation/Comment #274: It’s easier to remember things if you think they’re interesting. Now you just need to find out what interests you.
Why This List?
I read a lot of random things and it usually leads to discovering really crazy and interesting facts. I don’t think I’ve written them all down except randomly in my journal entries, but I’ll scower my resources to keep people myself entertained.
- Antarctica is the driest place on Earth. Parts of the continent haven’t seen rainfall for over 2 million years.
- Chicken Tikka Masala comes from Glasgow. Invented in the late 1960s and exported to India from Britain.
- North Korea and Finland are separated by one country
- The game monopoly was initially creatd to show the player the flaws of Capitalism
- At any given time, 0.7% of the world is drunk. That means there are about 50 million drunk people right now.
- -40 degrees F = -40 degrees C
- Every time you look to the sky, you’re looking back in time.
- Killer Whales are dolphins
- Right now, there is at least one spot on your body that itches
- Jagermeister does not contain deer or elk blood
- A person of average size and weight burns about 60-70 calories just by sitting around and watching television
- Twitter’s bird logo is named Larry, for Larry Bird
- Alaska is so big that you could fit 75 New Jerseys in it
- Julia Child was 6 feet, 2 inches tall.
- According to some estimates, Americans are sitting on $30 billion worth of unredeemed gift cards.
- When table tennis was originally created in 1889, it was called gossima.
- The consistency of your ear wax is genetic.
- If your morning commute to work is 20 minutes or less, it’s below the national average. New Yorkers have some of the longest commutes, averaging 40 minutes.
- The “G” in “G-Spot” stands for Gräfenberg, a German-born doctor who studied female sexual physiology.
- During sleep, fluid in the body tends to pool in low-lying areas, which is why most of us wake up with noticeable bags under our eyes.
- Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
- The average life of tastebuds is 10 days
- In every episode of Seinfeld there is a superman somewhere.
- Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.
- No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver and purple.
- Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
- Einstein couldn’t speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.
- The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched” (or “giraffe”)
- Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their neck as a human does
- Gravity in Oslo is about 0.5% stronger than in Mexico City
~See Lemons Love Interesting Things
Random Observation/Comment #273: Give yourself 5 minutes a day to meditate (not think about anything) and day dream (think about all the things possible). It’ll help you relax and put things into context.
Why This List?
I live in a reality that’s limited and constrained by laws, but my imagination knows no such limits. It can keep following thoughts and building an impossible universe…
Wouldn’t it be cool if…
- …we could each choose a super power when we turned 10-years-old
- …you can train yourself to be a Jedi
- …whatever we imagined came to reality in another world
- …religions would all just come together and agree
- …we were all a big entertainment hub for other aliens (Truman show for Earth)
- …we had the power to trade places with people every day
- …money didn’t exist and we went back to a bartering system
- …all drugs were legalized and distributed for one week out of the year
- …the 1% shared its wealth equally with the poor
- …all families had clean water, plumbing, and universal healthcare
- …we weren’t force-fed ads every 2 seconds
- …sports stars were paid minimum wage and still did it because they loved the sport
- …education was free and readily recognized
- …reddit upvotes were an economy
- …teachers/professors were paid more than administrators/consultants
- …government officials were all given the same amount of money (<100k) to run a campaign
- …government officials were not allowed to receive any form of money from companies (period)
- …lobbyists, as an actual job, didn’t exist
- …lawyers all unanimously turn down cases that are just wrong to defend
- …there was a standard way of dress like in star trek so people wouldn’t freak out about what to wear in the morning. Accessories are still fine.
- …conspiracy theorists were factually proven wrong/right and once wrong/right would just shut up.
- …people would stop being mean on the internet
- …everyone could easily tell if people are lying (maybe our noses grow or eyebrows glow red)
- …the meaning of life was engrained in our being all along
- …long-range teleportation was possible, affordable, and practical
- …AI exists and doesn’t become skynet and start killing all humans
- …time travel was less paradoxical and confusing
- …everyone was required to backpack for 1 year before starting a job (and your application process to your job would be a report of your lessons learned and findings)
- …we could talk to our pets and find out if they all have British accents
- …governments settled disputes with video games between leaders (hey… no more real deaths and people have fun on video games)
~See Lemons Be cool if…
Random Observation/Comment #272: Music, more than anything else, makes me nostalgic. I miss those days on the bus listening to my CD Mix and having it skip everytime we went over bumps.
Why This List?
Music has always played (ha) a big role in my life. I listen to music to set the mood and sometimes just to make me feel like I remember the lyrics to something. I sing it to myself and it’s really hard to be sad when you’re singing a cheerful tune. Here are my favorite songs that put me in those right moods.
- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
- “The Only Exception” by Paramore
- “Happy” by Pharrell Williams – when I need to feel happy
- “Something About Us” by Daft Punk
- “Fly Me To the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
- “Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “Like it Like That” by A Tribe Called Quest
- “All the Pretty Girls” by Fun.
- “One” by Metallica
- “Sugar” by Tonic
- “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles
- “Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars
- “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service
- “Hurt” by Johnny Cash
- “A Kiss to Build a Dream on” by Louis Armstrong
- “Unintended” by Muse
- “L.O.V.E.” by Michael Buble
- “House of Cards” by Radiohead
- “Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend
- “Too Much Heaven” by Bee Gees
- “The Stranger” by Billy Joel
- “Misunderstood” by Dream Theater
- “Drive by” by Train
- “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra
- “Fragrance of Dark Coffee” by Godot – jazzy feel
- “Free Jazz” by Envelopes
- “And we Danced” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- “The Girl From Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto – although the Frank Sinatra version is SO badass
- “Beautiful Girl” by Flight of the Conchords
- “Dead Wrong” by Notorious BIG
This is an unbelievably difficult list to whittle down because I basically have the worst playlist of mixed moods I’ve ever seen. I’d be a terrible DJ. It also looks like I don’t like any female singers. I’m doubting every song on this list the more and more I read it so I’ll just post it. Stop judging me! Ahhhhh…. this was a terrible idea.
~See Lemons Love Music
Random Observation/Comment #471: What’s even more scary than parenting is the fact that most parents have no idea what they’re doing.
Why This List?
My parents taught me quite a few things that I hope to teach my future kid. Hopefully they will just learn them without resisting and one day hating me because “I don’t understand them” or “I’m not as cool as I used to be.” Did I mention kids scare me (but I’ll probably be a decent father)?
- Classy never goes out of style
- Clean up after your own messes
- Do a few crunches and push ups on a regular basis
- Wash your hands BEFORE you go to the bathroom
- Females will always be annoying at any age, so don’t worry too much
- It’s cool to be a geek
- Be dependable
- High School is not that big of a deal
- Enjoy not having any responsibility
- Learn how to study
- Learn how to make friends and keep them
- Keep a diary
- Keep an open mind
- Find what you want to do by exploring
- Play a musical instrument
- Sing, even if you’re tone deaf
- Learn to draw
- Learn a second language
- Never forget about passions
- Try everything and make your own unique opinion
- Build your own set of rules to live by
- Give back to the world what you have learned
- Drink socially, but not to get drunk
- Know your limit and never reach it
- Learn what a good drink entails
- Travel the world and accept different cultures
- Learn how to dance a few moves
- Learn how to cook
- Practice hand-eye coordination in a sport you won’t get too injured doing
- Love is real
~See Lemons Love Kids