“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?”

Lovely piece of tool to aid your writing. Perfect for checking up on short write-ups. Stay readable.

Adhesive Future

"We never really knew where we will end up. We always thought that when we start throwing things at the wall, something might stay, something might stick. Unfortunately, time and again their adhesiveness were always untimely."

Flight time: 29-hours

It was not without compromise that we opt to fly in a metal bird. While rumored to be equipped with the best of amenities, the handsome sum you think you have paid is still considered minute to the corporations. And henceforth, rewarding you with a service that is not so dissimilar to that of an on-schedule feeding session, albeit with choices.”

'Her' — Afterthoughts

A curious, and intriguing title that is at the same time ambiguous. Who, or what is ‘Her’?

The film is impactful on many fronts. It’s surreality is both refreshing, and alarming.

It possess a balance of calmness and disturbance, striked up through the use of contrast; between light and dark, order and chaos, joy and despair. The brilliant music played such a role in instrumenting the mood of this balancing act for the audience.

Our yearning for interactions had propelled technology. Yet the irony is not lost on us, that it is also technology that deprives us of real interactions. And with our growing inability to interact in-person, technology’s advances replace such complexity. No more guesswork, and no more mood swings.

And perhaps, it was under such assumed outcome, that the unfolding conclusion of the film is more welcoming than an otherwise happy ending. It’s a reminder, that we are human after all, which we were subtly reminded by the sheer existence of the protagonist’s workplace, and the effects of his works.


Midway Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganised by Car Colour - The San Diego Studies

ed: Whoaaa I love it!!!!

This is really cool. But… how? Magic.

Can you hear the raindrops from the downpour? On the window, the roof of your car, the puddle that itself had formed?

I especially enjoy the sound of raindrops on a pipe, it reminds me of childhood.

Such an expressive shot. Love it.

(via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

“Asimov was also a champion of the written word and the vital importance of books in our everyday life. Speaking to the American Booksellers Association in 1989, Isaac Asimov asked his audience to imagine a device that “can go anywhere, and is totally portable. Something that can be started and stopped at will along its data stream, allowing the user to access the information in an effective, easy manner.” Asimov then reminded the audience that “we have this device. It’s called the book.””

What was the first thing that came to mind? I thought, “here’s another futurist who can predict the future. Great.”

So I was pleasantly surprised by the reminder.

This week, it seems I have been reminded time and again to go back to reading books. I should probably develop a routine for it.