Time is the most precious thing in this world. Make every moment count and live your dreams.
~See Lemons Productive
Random Observation/Comment #270: I would have never guessed 10 years ago that I’d have a phone and that phone’s least used function would be making calls.
Why This List?
I surround myself with fun and useful technologies because they not only help with my productivity or data collection, but also make me look cool. Just kidding… I’m pretty sure they make me look more geeky.
- Smart phone with quad core processor and 3GB of RAM. This is faster than some of the systems responsible for millions of dollars per trade.
- Smart watches in wearable tech. Fitbit Charge is incredible in terms of the accuracy and wealth of collected data. (It also finally shows the time/date).
- Voice activated technology. Amazon’s Echo, although still in the infant stages with examples, sounds a lot closer to Jarvis.
- Fingerprint scanning. Security has always been a huge issue and now you can unlock your phone with any 10 fingers. Brilliant.
- 3d printing. This has gone above and beyond expectations. It’s not just printing physical small objects like replacing bolts or making gun parts, but there have been 3D printed cars, houses, and organics.
- GoPros and related action-cams. Since we already do so many skull crushingly dangerous things, why not put a camera on said-skull and record all of it?
- Home automation. Along lines of Jarvis, staples came out with a Connect hub that automates home products from your phone. Centralizing these separate business-used connections makes this extremely valuable.
- Oculus. VR is no longer just in sci-fi movies. I have an Oculus Dev Kit 2 at home and it’s so cool. Still infant in application and slightly dizzying, but incredibly immersive.
- Touch screen resolutions. I remember how crappy it was to sign at a grocery store, but nowadays I can do it with my finger with very fine pressure sensitivity.
- Inexpensive high resolution cameras. Also in smart phones, but these sensors are getting smaller, cheaper, and so much clearer. I think the point-and-shoot industry of the camera area is dying and it’s getting harder to see the difference between a good and amazing photo.
- Noise-cancelling ear phones. I just got a pair of these and they sound incredible. It’s also nice to just zone out at work or on a plane where there are noisy babies.
- Apple TV. I wouldn’t call myself an apple fanboy, but there’s something about AppleTV that makes it so super useful. I also think the concept of streaming directly to the TV with these services and then using the phone as a remote is brilliant.
- Ultrabooks. Good job macbook air with setting the standard. Now everyone has touch screen super thin notebooks that basically blow any of my old desktops out of the water.
- Wireless routers. These have become so powerful and accessible. Sooner or later, we’ll be baking in our own radiation.
- Roombas. My studio apartment isn’t large enough to warrant this, but I think there’s just so much brilliant technology that goes into it. It scans the room and then maps out the most efficient way to vacuum everywhere with one charge. So cool.
- Tesla car. The technology for an electric car has been around for a long time, but this sexy beast is so freaking cool.
- Huge external solid state drives. WD Passport and its likes have made everything so easily accessible. I don’t download movies anymore, but now that I take all these high-res photos, it’s definitely better to have a few <$200 2TB of these lying around.
- Tablets. What a key shift to accommodate parents and kids!
- Next-Gen gaming machines. Starting with the PS3, which was just absolutely game changing that the hardware could last 8 years.
- Google Glass. Not completely out yet, but I think it could be revolutionary. It has the sense of disruptive technology and could be a game changer with integration.
- Drones. Although they’ve mostly been used for movies and music videos, I think they’re really badass.
- GPS. Although this is integrated with the phone, I think the accuracy of GPS itself is staggering.
- (More software) Predictive keyboards. Swift has made my life so much easier and I just think predictive typing with AI is so smart.
- External chargers. Some power users and travelers really benefit from having an extra day or two of charge with their smart phones.
- DSLRs/Lenses. I’m surprised I didn’t think of this earlier, but as a photographer I’m glad I’ve got my red camera.
- (More software) Netflix. Self explanatory.
- Hand blender. This is more for my morning smoothies.
- Detachable keyboards. We all like typing in our own way.
- Maglight/Headlamp. Yep. Need one for the zombie apocalypse.
- (More software) Online music streaming. Pandora and Grooveshark keep me sane.
It looks like this list has expanded to specific technologies and how awesome it is that they exist and have gone leaps and bounds within our consumer applications. Either way, good job, R&D and all you implementers out there.
~See Lemons Love Gadgets
Random Observation/Comment #470: I don’t think I have goal for the number of blog posts I want to write in my life. I’m just always happily surprised that the number keeps increasing.
Why This List?
My blog is a mess and I know it – I just have too much content. in the thick of it, however, I probably can find 30 posts that I’ve written confidently and make me proud it came from my noggin. These are probably not the best 30, but the ones I can think of right now.
- Epic 30 Day Challenge Reflections
- Why I love food and cooking
- Cooking advice for beginners
- How to Eat Weird Foods
- My Food Bucket List
- My Favorite Beer
- Travel Adventures – Getting Clemens’ed
- [Lessons Learned] Organizing a Corporate TEDx
- [Lessons Learned] Applying Agile Principles to Life
- [Lessons Learned] Managing Gen-Y and Millennials
- [Lessons Learned] Knowing your Career Drivers and Interests
- Common business jargon
- Career counseling part 1 and part 2
- More productive distraction: Crosswords
- Puzzles: Piecing it Together with Friends
- [Lessons Learned] Table Tennis Mentality
- Advice for Start-ups or Key Start Up Questions
- [30 Day Challenge] Haiku Every Day
- [Lessons Learned] Wedding Photography
- A Grandpa to All
- In Loving Memory of Goo Jerng
- In Loving Memory of Yea-Yea
- Pet Peeves and Relaxing Thoughts
- [Lessons Learned] Scuba Certified
- Before you Retire and Retirement Activities
- The Meaning of Life
- Eating Productively and Sleeping Productively
- Clemens’ List of Life Lessons
- Using Smartphones to be Productive
- “You’re Pretty Fucking Awesome. Keep that Shit Up.” ~A Passing Stranger
I’ll probably make a page just for my favorite blog posts categorized for future reference. Man, I love blogging. Bonus one: Preventing a Midlife Crisis
~See Lemons Keep Blogging
Random Observation/Comment #469: It would be nice to be remembered by a quote if it’s deep and inspiring, but what if I just said “I really love mashed potatoes” all the time?
Why This List?
Sometimes an inspiring quote is all you need to pick you up and make you work harder towards your goal. Those seemingly normal words put side by side just become profound and wise. These are the quotes I’ve found inspirational from famous people, music lyrics, and movie quotes:
- “Life does flash before your eyes… it’s called living” ~Terry Pratchett
- “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” ~Steve Jobs
- “Dance like no one is watching, Sing like no one’s listening, Love like you’ve never been hurt, Live like it’s heaven on earth” ~Mark Twain
- “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr Seuss
- “Be yourself; everyone is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde
- “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~Lao Tzu
- “The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” ~Cherie Gilderbloom
- “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” ~Richard Bach
- “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky
- “An unexamined life is not worth living.” ~Socrates
- “Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” ~Confucius
- “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln
- “I want life in every word to the extent that it’s absurd.” ~The Postal Service
- “Imagine there’s no countries it isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too.” ~John Lennon
- “It’s always better when we’re together.” ~Jack Johnson
- “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.” ~The Beatles
- “Don’t stop believin’. Hold on to the feelin'” ~Journey
- “It’s my life. It’s now or never.” ~Bon Jovi
- “In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry, you make it double.” ~Bobby McFerrin
- “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” ~The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
- “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” ~Moulin Rouge
- “May the Force be with you.” ~Star Wars
- “Life … is about the little things” ~Zombieland
- “I love lamp.” ~Anchor Man
- “I have a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell” ~Christopher Walking
- “Well.. what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.” ~Groundhog Day
- “You know what I do when I get sad? I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” ~Barney Stinson
- “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question” ~Harun Yahya
- “Garbage in equals Garbage Out.” ~Toby Cumberbatch
- “Life is a series of first drafts…” ~Vinessa DiCarlo
~See Lemons Love Quotes
Random Observation/Comment #468: #lifehacking is not just a way to be productive, but a way to be creative with implementing what we already have.
Why This List?
I have tricks up my sleeves that I use almost every day to save time or save energy. Maybe you can use some of them to help you through your life.
- Wish your friends a happy birthday the day before it’s their birthday to better connect with them and catch up
- Figure out which routine is best for destressing (the activity makes you in a better mood afterwards)
- Figure out which routine is best for decoupling (removing yourself from work problems)
- Block off your personal calendar with reminders to call home
- Block off your professional calendar with uninterrupted time to do actual work
- Travel off season to save some money
- Meditate daily
- Don’t check your email when you first get to work – plan the major tasks you want to complete first
- Keep mental notes of other people’s interests and major news/events – send an email or bring it up in conversation next time if you find any related/relevant articles
- Learn how to cook at least 3 dishes for yourself and your significant other (morning eggs are a plus if you want to get brownie points)
- Go skiing during Christmas
- Consistently write postcards to your parents wherever you travel
- Learn to speak another language
- Send follow-up emails for all occasions: meeting with professionals, friends, and new acquaintances
- Never lie to cover up a lie – that’s just dangerous
- Pay more attention to what you eat: Garbage in = Garbage out
- Work out at least once every 3 days
- Learn to navigate the company (in terms of who you need to know to get things done)
- Look at the data you produce more carefully
- Optimize your routines (e.g. walk to the right spot on the platform and cut your nails faster)
- Find out what tasks can be delegated (There was a small sliver of time where I did my own laundry)
- If you’re leaving a manager’s office with a door after a meeting, ask them “Door open or closed?”
- When cooking a meal, always ask if there are dietary restrictions, preferences of meat/vege/base, and pairing alcohol just to sound like you know what you’re doing
- Whatever you do, always try to lead by example. Even if people don’t follow, at least you’re following your own advice
- Spend money on essential items you use/spend a lot of time with (e.g. glasses, smart phone, wallet, mattress, pillow, toilet, etc)
- Be a part of a healthy/active community – it will help with happiness and networking
- Listen to an audiobook during your commute
- When writing in your journal, ask yourself: What did I learn? What made me happy? Who should I thank?
- Set aside time to do nothing but day dream
- Write more often. It’s liberating.
~See Lemons #Lifehack
Random Observation/Comment #467: Blogposts taught me more about lifehacking, confidence, and interviewing more than any professor.
Why This List?
Those graduating from college often bump into a wall that I like to call “Now What?” You did what they were told, but now that you’re in the real world, you get to tell yourself what to do and choose whether or not you can have breakfast foods for all 3 meals. Awesome, but totally scary. Here are some things you should realize and do in your early career:
- Learn to communicate – verbally and via documentation
- Keep yourself a valuable asset – Never stop learning
- Dream big and make a plan
- Stay meaningfully connected with your peers
- Ask questions
- Learn to take notes quickly (thanks Fontaine)
- Take time to digest, decipher, and relate your notes to your existing knowledge
- Build an online brand (github, blogging, linkedin descriptions)
- Utilize your resources effectively
- Join mentorship programs as a mentor and a mentee
- Understand communication etiquette
- Learn small talk in social situations
- Take an intro programming class to understand coding structure
- Reflect on your accomplishments and successes
- Reflect on your lessons learned
- Be transparent with your manager
- Research background about the industry and the strategy for it
- Learn to represent information visually (especially useful for presentations to non-technical)
- Learn how to interview and represent the bigger picture of your projects
- Keep on-going projects and challenges
- At your early career phase, try to reduce your commute time (it will help with networking and longer hours where needed)
- Build a comfortable support team/advisors of friends and family that can help you through your issues
- Help your peers – don’t compete with them. Life is not a competition and you’ll find helping other people will benefit you later on.
- Figure out what you love to do by looking at where you spend the most time
- Build rapport with a sponsor – someone who can speak on your behalf and push your career forward
- Understand your career path option expiration dates
- Understand all the skills needed to enter an industry
- Take some of those personality exams to see what your personality fits – don’t try to force yourself into certain positions if you’re not happy there
- Take ownership of projects by rising to the challenge
- Don’t wait to start planning and making things happen
~See Lemons Always Early in a Career
Random Observation/Comment #466: I hope the future me will thank present me for doing this challenge.
Why This List?
I live close to a quarter of my life in the future: planning, dreaming, extrapolating, designing, guessing, strategizing, etc. (I spend the other quarter in the past and the half in the present, but I’ll tackle that later). It only makes sense that I have questions for future self that would make this journey a lot easier. It is, of course, probably as puzzling for the future me as it would be for the present me to answer, but I might as well ask it.
- Do we ever get flying cars?
- What companies should I invest in?
- What skills should I be learning right now?
- What do I need to change in my life?
- What was the most revolutionary company idea?
- How do we make first contact with aliens?
- What’s the craziest piece of technology invented?
- Where do you live?
- Have you beaten Edmund yet at TT?
- What was the biggest and most difficult decision you had to make?
- What do you regret doing/not doing?
- Are you still optimistic and cheerful with a long fuse of patience?
- Or did something happen to harden you and make you bitter or irritable?
- Have your philosophies on the meaning of life changed?
- Do you have children?
- Who do you still keep in touch with?
- Does our company ever succeed?
- What are your dreams/goals for the next 5 years?
- What are you most proud of?
- What is your biggest professional and personal accomplishment?
- Do you still do 30 day challenges? What was the best one?
- Where have you traveled to?
- What is your most used piece of technology?
- Are the people around you happy?
- Has anything changed in your lists of 30?
- Do we go bald, but some technology makes it all better?
- Has AI taken over all our tasks?
- What song is stuck in your head?
- What’s your optimized morning routine?
- What would you ask me if you were me when you were me?
~See Lemons Wonder
Random Observation/Comment #465: Chinese parents deemed “good children” by how much food they ate. I was exceptional when it came to eating.
Why This List?
This was almost as expected of a list as traveling for me. Since I already did 30 different foods I cooked in my 30 day cooking challenge, I figured that this would be a mix of foods I just love to eat and could never get sick of eating. This is basically my food pyramid.
- Mashed potatoes with turkey gravy on Thanksgiving
- Turkey jook (first made by goomah and second made by Mom)
- Coagulated pork blood (especially in jook (congee), but also good with some greens)
- Lady M green tea crepe cake
- Sophie’s yellow rice, beans, and roast turkey drowning in green sauce
- Angel hair pasta with garlic, red pepper flakes, and clam sauce
- Shanghai Soup dumplings
- Salmon sushi
- Real ramen from Japan
- Onigiri from Japanese 7-11
- Thinly sliced beef for shabbu shabbu when dipped into raw egg + soy sauce + sha cha sauce
- Kobe beef sashimi – all day every day, but I’d be so poor
- Indian chicken curry on the bone over rice or with naan
- Chipotle burrito with half steak and half barbacoa drowned in green tabasco sauce
- Breadbowl chili (specifically during midday on the ski slope lodge)
- Clementines – I can probably eat a whole box
- Honey Bunches of Oats with silk almond milk
- Fresh nectarines when going nectarine picking
- Ziti pizza slices that I used to get all the time with Jake
- Mapo tofu with rice
- Steamed fish off the bone with the head with soy sauce and oil concotion mixed with rice
- Lasagna – I’m basically garfield with good metabolism
- Molten lava chocolate cake as a dessert filled with melting fudge (serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)
- Raw oysters (although it’s hit and miss, when it hits, I’m so game)
- Chicken hearts izakaya skewers
- Choi yok bau – from when I was younger getting 3 for $1 in the flushing carts
- Eggplant Parm (made by my gf’s Mom)
- Breakfast burrito with sausage gravy in it
- Egg and cheese with mayo, lettuce, hot sauce from Nadal’s deli for breakfast while in Harlem
- Bacon… because it’s bacon (extra crispy, please)
~See Lemons Love Food Noms
Random Observation/Comment #464: We’re creatures of ritual and routine.
Why This List?
I think there’s a healthy level of discipline and comfort for something to become a routine activity. By a routine, I mean something that you can easily group together as an understood set of tasks to complete on a semi-regular basis. For example, if I told you I was going to do a lay-up in basketball, you already know that act involes the dribble, steps, jump, and release to get the ball in the basket. Similarly, these routines are grouped not by when I do them, but what I do automatically during them. It may also overlap with my 15-minute activities, but I’ll add more detail on the purpose behind these routines.
- Write in my Daily Journal about the things I’ve learned
- Play table tennis at SPiN during happy hour
- Calling my parents to catch up
- Doing a morning crossword in the subway
- Using the bathroom on my awesome heated toilet seat bidet
- Filtering through my list of tasks for the day (Work Week #209)
- Filling/drinking my 1L stein of water at work
- #coffeechat coffee break with random coworkers
- Making a breakfast smoothie
- Cooking something easy to just relax and finely chopping an onion
- Doing dishes while listening to a song stuck in my head
- Listening to an audiobook of the month while playing “Sherlock” observing the people around me during my commute
- Mentally picking out my clothes for the week based on weather, meetings, and mood
- Visualizing myself through conversations I know I’ll have (explaining things a certain way)
- Meditating to clear my head of all negative thoughts
- Checking my phone for any breaking news updates
- Checking reddit to make sure I know all the new memes
- For a great smile/laugh, going through OhMyGif
- Grooming my calendar for the week
- Going through old phone photos from the past week to feel nostalgic
- Decompress by binge watching a show (recently Bob’s Burgers, Key & Peele, Stephen Colbert, Daily Show, or Last Week Tonight)
- Cuddling with Henry the cat because he’s so cute and awesome
- Jogging across the Brooklyn Bridge while the sunrises
- Drinking a glass of high quality whisky under a dim light while wearing a full suit, fedora, and smoking a cigar
- Writing Travel Advice and Lessons learned while in another country basically drinking, eating, and taking photos of everything
- Making the bed (or watching my gf make the bed)
- Folding dumplings which is quite enjoyable and comes with great conversation
- Driving to Pennsylvania on 222
- Taking a nap almost anywhere at any time
- Stalking people on facebook who have a birthday today to see if they’ve done anything fun and interesting lately (At least I’ll admit it)
~See Lemons Love Routines
Random Observation/Comment #463: Don’t let your technology control you. We should be the master.
Why This List?
I’m not sure if i should make this list ironic and symbolic of how nothing as a possession is really “essential”. We can all live without our smart phones, the internet, and social media accounts, right? Maybe these are the things we think are essential, but we can all live without (since we lived without it before 1990). Anyway, these are the items I find important and probably what I usually pack for my travels.
- Bags (Of all types. Bags are just so useful)
- A quality suit (dress clothes + shoes implied)
- Clean socks
- Clean underwear (microfiber)
- Glasses (to help you see if this applies to you)
- Reliable pair of comfortable jeans
- Sweatpants / Onesies / Sleeping clothes
- Warm/stylish hat and scarf (depending on weather)
- Wallet / mechanism to store your minimal number of cards, IDs, and cash
- Toothbrush and tooth paste
- Comfortable pillow + comfortable bed/cot
- Sun-tan lotion (because we don’t want cancer)
- Writing utencil (I prefer a nice pen)
- Paper (if just a notebook for doodling)
- Headphones (we all love music for its inspirational and destressing effects)
- Quality knife (mostly for cooking, but survival in general)
- Lighter (for the boyscouts out there)
- Keys… because they open doors (this could be very deep)
- Water bottle. For the go.
- Thermal (doubles as a mug/cup for hot liquids)
- Cooking pot (doubles as a bowl I guess)
- Hiking boots (comfortable/reliable footware)
- Weather-appropriate coat
- Nail Clipper (I can bare long hair, but something with seeing the world’s longest nails guy that freaked me out about being well groomed)
- Smartphone for basically everything else (charger + batteries)
~See Lemons Hug Things
Random Observation/Comment #462: Be proud when you complete any project that takes more than 6 months of planning. That’s a substantial amount of time! It’s basically 2 semesters worth of normal college classes where you learn a quarter of all the education you’ll need to start working full time.
Why This List?
I think we often take for granted our completed work. You, as a person right now, is an accumulation of experience and accomplishments. Be proud of that and think of how you’ve made your mark in your own character and the lives of others. This reflection is meant to be healthy and inspire you to believe in your continuous abilities to reach a higher plane.
- This blog. What a journey it has been and continues to be about my life.
- Graduated from Cooper with 165 credits in 4 years
- Completed a Master’s Thesis on EHD Thruster Simulations
- Hosted a TEDx at Credit Suisse
- Traveled to 35 countries and met friends in most of them
- Yelp Elite since 2011
- Paid for photography in portraits, lifestyle, and interior
- Studied abroad in Japan and Germany
- Learned German and Japanese
- Started a company and got paid for consulting start-ups
- Completed an epic 30 day challenge
- Co-started a mentorship program with credit suisse and Baruch high school
- Mentored JP Morgan and Cooper toastmasters during their inception and for 4 months after
- Successfully delivered 6 major projects within the trading space
- Ran the internship programs and hired those interns as my project leads when they became full time
- Completed my CC and at least 4 CLs and ALB in toastmasters
- Wrote and published 2 books
- Wrote a full web comic
- Won a table tennis match against Edmund
- Built countless RoR prototypes and web apps
- Made lasting close friendships that I consider family
- Assembled a lot of ikea furniture
- Cooked a 6 course meal by myself for friends and family
- Made mastermind in DLD (and spent hours making the wires look perfectly straight)
- Raised over $3000 for St Baldricks and Charity:Water
- Grew a mustache (it’s an accomplishment for me)
- Shot a 91 in marksmanship
- Moved in with my gf and still dating her
- Deemed tech support by all my friends and family
- Got my gf to do a writing challenge with me
~See Lemons Accomplish a Bit More