I’ll always be a geek, techy, and engineer. Loving it.
~See Lemons Geeky
Random Observation/Comment #184: I have decided that I would rather be intelligent than beautiful. I don’t think I am saying this because I am not beautiful.
It was 4 years ago (after freshman year of college) that I realized that the value of this education was not determined by the bell curve or the number of parties (or lack thereof) I attended. It was more important to pick apart my mental state and familiarize myself with the intricate complexities behind my own subconscious – I was studying to learn how to learn. Since then, I’ve devised my own ways of improving my memory, processing my thoughts, and organizing my world. I’m always thirsty for new methods that can advance this odd intelligence, and I think I found a blog with that same thing in mind.
Random Observation/Comment #180: Facebook status updates might be more popular if they had a catchier name. Tweeting, Twitting, Twatting, or whatever you want to call it, just has that sexy ring to it. “I like what you twittered today.” – cool. “Your facebook status update told me you didn’t do shit today.” – not as cool.
Even though this is not the focus of my blog, this subject has been on my mind (and everyone elses) very recently. Apparently, the Twitter trend is spreading like wild-fire probably due to some really convincing marketing strategy presentations (and twitter posts). Everyone wants a piece of the action now that mainstream media has decided to reach out to celebrities. The foundation is solid and there are really a lot of venues that this idea can be useful for.
Random Observation/Comment #178: A lot of people ask me, “Where do you find time for these personal projects?” I guess, I type fast? I don’t know why my career isn’t as interesting as my hobbies, but I wish I can one day have the two intermingle. Until then, they seem to be fighting for my attention like two cute girls (Hah!). I organize myself well and allot a specific amount of time for those tasks I deem “important.” I think the last time I evaluated my list of “shyt I like doing,” I don’t seem to have enough time to sleep, let alone leave my laptop. I wonder if my world is slowly becoming more selflessly selfish or if I’m just blindly wasting my time (I don’t like the choices either). I began to think about the quality of my life and the quality of my life I express through status updates, tweets, and blog entries – Am I really having fun? Obviously, “Yes” or else I wouldn’t be doing this – Or would I? Right now, it’s very confusing, but maybe I’ll come to some conclusion after sitting down and letting myself rant.
Random Observation/Comment #131: It’s difficult to label people’s personalities because everyone should uniquely try to build their own flair through any range of personal preference. Obviously, being a person gives you these advantages of choosing the way you dress, the food you eat, your stance on issues, or even the preference of spending your free time. Granted, some are restricted in their individuality by outside sources, such as religion or income, but your own opinion is what defines you. It’s that ability to read something and make a judgment call without just relying on some professor or friend to tell you if it’s right or wrong. Analyzing other’s opinions is highly encouraged, but blindly taking debate topic sides because you follow a specific affiliation (COUGH, politics) doesn’t seem to need any form of intelligence. You could teach a talking parrot a bunch of phrases, and it seems like you’d get the same response. In fact, you might lose your job to the talking parrot because of those damn biases. “We can forgive him for that mistake. After all, he is a parrot.”
To clarify any and all misconceptions, engineers are not necessarily nerds, yet we are most definitely a type of geek. The label, “nerds,” has a bit of a negative connotation to it (except for those sweet, crunchy candies), like we wear suspenders, pocket protectors, and constantly speak in partial differential equations. This is all true to a certain order (that was supposed to be funny because there are different orders in PDEs).
Random Observation/Comment #118: I used to be awesome at CS. I still am, but I used to be too.
I remember when I started playing beta 7 about 9 years ago with a dialup modem and trackball mouse. I lagged like crazy with 300+ ping, and I would always get spikes when my mom got a phone call. Whenever I had extra time, I took a trip to Flushing Net Zero internet LAN to play on their private servers. The people that played there were ridiculously good, but at least the equally low ping evened the playing grounds.
Random Observation/Comment #57: French maid dresses worn by Japanese girls have been added to my fantasies.It’s not perverted (or dodgy), honest: They’re just so damn cute in short skirts and high stockings.
R.J., compared to my uber-Otaku nature, is a level 3 at best (it’s not supposed to make sense).He’s gone above and beyond by getting the Gundam Seed Destiny tattoo and watching all of the Gundam series (which is about 400 episodes or something ridiculous like that), but he hasn’t watched all of the underground anime that is not on adult swim. He plays a lot of Japanese PSP and DS games as well, which might be a different nature, but his anime and manga skill level needs some upgrading.If he follows my teachings, he will also become a master, but until then he’ll need patience and training (hours of anime watching).The power is within him, but it will take time to tame the beast.
Random Observation/Comment #21: Stop putting the money on the counter – It goes on that plate with the plastic bed of spikes.
The advertisement of the capsule hotel mentions how the capsules are very good with privacy and noise pollution.This may be true of the walls, but there still lacks that door which makes everyone susceptible to the 4AM drunk foreigners being completely inconsiderate.It was only a week ago that I was “that guy” stumbling in and falling off the ladder (fully utilizing my angry vocabulary on the way down). And that day I experienced the opposite.Oops.Sorry 8D.
So I “woke up” early and bathed in the onsen for an hour.I didn’t risk taking my camera in there because of the possibility of breaking it.That would definitely piss me off because I’ve taken about 3000 pictures in the past 3 weeks.I’ve really only posted a third of all the pictures I take, which is usually the 2 gigs on a weekend.Thank you, good battery life.
Random Observation/Comment #12: I’m not allowed to try on shirts at some of the stores.It’s probably because Americans sweat blood, violence, and motor oil, while Japanese tend to sweat haikus and flower arrangements.
The Capsule Hotel: I’ve heard so many horror stories, which is why I feared for my life in the beginning.However, the place that I stayed near Dotonbori gave me a wonderful first impression.I was not really in the capsule for most of the night, nor was I that sober during my time sleeping in the capsule, but the amount of things you can do in the hotel for the price you pay is actually quite the bargain.Not only was the capsule much larger than I had imagined, but there was also a very lengthy list of accommodations for the random business traveler or JET (Japanese Exchange Teacher) on a weekend.
Random Observation/Comment #10: Refrain from leaving the University at 11PM because the Osaka Monorail is not reliable. Walking two stops in the middle of the night is not fun and quite horrifying. Dearest Stranger following me, Please do not steal the abundance of coins in my pocket. (Note: If he were to have pounced or chased, I would have thrown those coins to act as a decoy for my graceful escape. A) He may be injured from such projectiles to disengage pursuit and B) He may stop to pick up the coins for his coin collection…)
I finally chose my project! I will be working on the big gray baby… yay. I spent yesterday moving my stuff and meeting new people. Instead of doing my past days’ routine of scanning engadget, techcrunch, sinfest, xkcd, Colbert Report, TED talks, google current, and watching some South Park, I decided to change my operating system to Debian so I could develop in a more stable environment with my fellow researchers. This genius idea struck me at around 11AM and the installing continued until 11PM.
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Random Observation/Comment #9: I can’t see my hair in the bathroom mirror when I stand straight.
The first thing the professor asked me is “What do you want to do?”The only response I could think of was “everything and anything.”I’m not sure if he took this as indecisiveness or flexibility, but I intended it to be 100% pure, unfiltered, unabridged passion with no added artificial preservatives.This excitement was withheld as I sat at the edge of my seat waiting for the choice of assignments.Instead of showing me a set of cards and having me pick randomly, he gave me a chance to speak with my fellow researchers and other professors at different research facilities strewn across campus.This gave me the opportunity to explore my own interests and meet peers with similar excitement towards the subject.Frankly, it was an excellent management decision.