Regretable

It’s regrettable that the many things I despise in others, is evidence in me.

“The medium of the designer is behavior.”
— Robert Fabricant (via jxnblk)

(via jxnblk)

thegentlemenspress:

One of the most amazing, impressive collection of Chinese types we’ve seen! #ziwut #ziwutletterpress #thegentlemenspress #letterpresshk #letterpress #leadtypes #foundrytypes

When in Singapore, use Singapore Letterpress!

And that is Chinese metal types! Chinese! Love it. :)

Looking up

Do you look up to someone who’s a good person, or someone who is productive? The society embrace the latter.

Passing on the goodwill: Fitbit

Sometimes, a company does something delightful that brightens your day, even when you were the one who dampened it.

And today’s goodwill company is Fitbit.

Last Thursday, I had a great time visiting the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky with some friends. We visited cave tours, including the Violet City Lantern Tour, where we only had the illumination of gas lanterns throughout the three-hour long tour.

Before the trip, I have been using my Fitbit One to track my daily activities. I was averaging about 4,000 ~ 6,000 steps per day at the office. So I was excited to see that number finally exceeding my 10,000 steps/day goal during the trip.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the darkness, the Fitbit One was lost.

I was sad.

When I went home that evening, I Googled “lost fitbit” in an attempt to somehow find a way to find it.

While looking through the documentation, there was a link to contact Fitbit. Now, I know the device was lost somewhere out in Kentucky, so there’s little they can do to retrieve it for me. Yet to my surprise, after a few email exchanges (where I also sent them my receipt), I received this message:

You may go back to the store where you purchased the tracker to get the replacement. If at the store they’re not willing to exchange it we can do it for you.

Long story short, I received my replacement Fitbit One from Fitbit in the mail yesterday.

It took just 5 days from our initial exchanges 6 days ago (March 21st), to receiving the replacement (March 26th). Incredible.

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Throughout the entire process, they did not make me feel bad for losing the device (even though it’s entirely my fault). Nor did they drag their feet on sending out the replacement. So it’s only reasonable for me to pass on the goodwill, the good karma.

Rather than reading about the comparison of the similar devices, perhaps it’s stories like this that make a product stand out.

Sidenote: I have been using the “Moves” app on iPhone as a substitute. It does its job fairly well, with interesting infographs. But I forget my phone way too often to make it useful.

To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

-Mary Oliver

“How would you sell me this pen?”
— Wolf of Wall Street
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
—  Jeremiah 32:27 (NLT)

Signal vs. Noise

I was chatting up with my colleague about a tool he was using to annotate documents, it slowly dawn on me. The many choices that we appear to have are just noises.

Over the weekend I was reminded of the ‘Gap' quote by Ira Glass through a well crafted video on Vimeo. Here’s the last line of the quote:

It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Similar to our ability to create, our perspective on what is essential and important becomes more refined over time. As our 24-hours day seem to get shorter as we age, we became more selective on what and how we spend our time.

The tools that we choose to use also get shortlisted. Here are some of the tools I’m currently using for selected activities:

  • iPhone 5: Not to discount other platforms, the iPhone remains the best supported platform.
  • MacBook Pro: It’s a more natural OS than Windows, minus the need to hack. And it’s beautiful.
  • Evernote: The vast spread of functions makes it highly accessible, and worthwhile.
  • J.Crew or Uniqlo shirts: Being chubby meant I need to dig a little deeper to find well-fitting outfits. These two brands have so far been very satisfying.
  • Picasa: Down-to-earth, somewhat lightweight, yet powerful photo management software. Unlike iPhoto, you don’t have to guess where your photos are.
  • Sharpie Fine point pen: Tried and true for most writing surfaces to get a fitting thickness
  • Aeropress: It’s more therapeutic than functional. Spending 5 minute to make your own cup of coffee in the morning is more calming than you can imagine.
  • Nintendo: Despite it’s fall from grace, Nintendo continue to punch out enjoyable experiences, even if its not in high-definition.
  • Wechat: A private social network to better control your signal/noise ratio.

That’s all for now. The key is being conscious.

Fabricated Occupancy

"A subtlety did dawn on me, that perhaps few Singaporean is capable of being alone. The context of its environment meant that solitary is a rare commodity. You can feel it through the ever-shrinking personal space. Everyone seems to be busy all the time. There are dinner appointments, drinking sessions, dance parties, a play, etc. It’s actually difficult for you to feel bored in Singapore.

But the lack of availabilities does not equate the absence of loneliness. After all, the sense of being constantly engaged or occupied is fabricated. What happens when everything suddenly stop?”