“There is an aura of craftsmanship and attention to detail that presides over most of Apple’s hardware and software. And this same care for product development attracts 3rd-party developers and engineers who have the same ideals and commitment to excellence. The Apple ecosystem is home to the best hardware and software in the world.”—
“I just read on the internet that you’re a talentless piece of shit,” he said.
“Doesn’t it bother you that people can go on the internet and call you a talentless piece of shit, and never have to say it to your face?,” he continued.
“Don’t you get what that means, though?”
“Jesus H. You’re a bright kid but you sure like to wear an asshole’s costume every once in a while. It means that the future leaders of your country, I say your ‘cause I’ll have long decomposed, are gonna be people that have absolutely no experience with actual confrontation. Thirty years from now the President of the most powerful country in the world is going to be some little shit who sat at his computer and hurled insults three feet away from his mommy’s tit like it was no big deal. I don’t condone fighting, but when a human being understands that his or her actions might result in a giant fist up his or her ass, he learns a thing or two about acting before he speaks. All I’m saying is, I’m glad I’m gonna be dead. Also, Happy birthday. That’s why I called.
The last line floored me.
Like really, I just love Justin Halpern’s Dad. This is an old reblog, but I find it fitting to post after all these years.
It must feel great to have such an opinionated dad.
It’s easy to get lost into another reality if we only knew where to look. Words written on dead trees transport us into another plane of existence; one where we feel the full spectrum of emotions as if we’re the ones participating in the adventure, and yet we’re really just sitting down comfortably, racing through the spine and leafing through pages that never seem to end.
And it’s even easier to accept those realities we bring to life in our heads, as we bring more detail to the events, places and people brought into existence by another human’s diligence to put his pen to the paper.
What wondrous adventures! What beautiful places! What interesting people! We start to invest into their reality, take their problems as our own, and often resent the foreboding omnipresence we inherit as their stories are told in parallel. The gift of knowing what is happening all at once, and interpolating what will happen in the future is a sad one, especially as the plot thickens, and the pages thin out.
We forget our own realities, we fly to where the characters are. We take their person, we feel their emotions, we think their thoughts, and we say their words. We’re not who we are anymore, we’ve brought life into another world, another reality, just as the author must have put it.
That’s the power we posses: our free will has enabled us to create worlds with our thoughts, weave stories with our hands, and perhaps, act like gods in those realities… If you take it all in, and look at it from afar, it’s such a sight to see and a powerful thing to behold.
Then, the thinning pages eventually reduce to leaves, and to the last few words. This time, our reality strikes.
I try to breathe slowly, taking the ending the best I could.
All I’m lead to do now is haul my ass to the local bookstore, plop a few hundred for the next book, and lose sleep again over a reality that is both not mine, and created by my mind.
# It’s a struggle sometimes detaching myself from the stories I read, and the characters in them.
“Following his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson’s body was preserved in a cask of rum to allow transport back to England. Upon arrival, however, the cask was opened and found to be empty of rum. The pickled body was removed and, upon inspection, it was discovered that the sailors had drilled a hole in the bottom of the cask and drunk all the rum. Thus, this tale serves as a basis for the term “Nelson’s blood” being used to describe rum. It also serves as the basis for the term tapping the admiral being used to describe surreptitiously sucking liquor from a cask through a straw.”—Wikipedia: “sucking the monkey, bleeding the monkey, or tapping the admiral” (via mrgan)
“We live in strange times. We live in a strange place. We are a strange people…We need to embrace our strangeness. We need to rebel in our craziness…We are truly messed up. We need messed up design for a messed up population. That’s the design brief right there.”—
Juan Alcazaren, from his Designing Discipline article (BluPrint Magazine, Volume 3, 2013)
It’s a well-written and cheeky article on how Filipinos ignore street signs and warnings in exchange of quicker and faster access to where we’re going.
1.) The angels won’t know who they are.
Remember that girl who can listen on the angel radio but don’t remember why? Yep that. Turns out her grace was just taken from her. On the other hand, Lucifer was *cast* from heaven into hell, and not necessarily just a fallen angel. He probably has his grace with him, and thus can remember what was done to him.
Cass won’t remember, everyone won’t remember. But considering it was Cass who did the ‘trials’ for the spell, he must be the one to break it too. But he didn’t fall, did he? He was just sent back to Earth. And when we factor in Metatron’s cryptic “look for me, and tell me your story”, I think Cass will be a pawn again, but this time he realizes he’s his own pawn, and he would have to answer only to himself. That’s free will!
I do hope there would be sort of an explanation why Cass is such an important angel he’s being resurrected a million times. And what’s up with what Naomi said that she thinks Cass wasn’t really special, but an angel with a defect and never really did what he was asked to do?
2.) Sam not going to get better is a major plot point.
Yeah, he’s alive, nobody died, nobody disappeared, so I guess they’re gonna work in Sam as a struggling would-be-Gates-of-Hell-closer. Remember when Cass told Dean he can’t heal Sam with the damage that’s been done to him? This is season 6 all over again.
3.) More of the Men of Letters will be revealed.
I personally think the Men of Letters are somehow linked to angels, even from the start. That’s ‘cause they knew about the existence of Angels even before the hunters did. More than that, their lair is very well equipped to detect fallen angels. No technology, unaided by Angel knowledge, could ever do that. I also think that somehow, Sam and Dean’s lineage would also fall into play: why they became who they are right now questions will come aplenty. I also think that they’re gonna work in why Sam was chosen to be one of those Yellow-Eyes kids. And remember in Season 5, when that angel altered Sam’s and Dean’s realities just to prove that they were destined to be hunters? I think that’s gonna be put into the plot basket too.
4.) Metatron is gonna be a baddie, but goes back to being a goodie.
I think the writers would love rationalizing that what Metatron did was basically the in case of emergency, rather than the revenge. I mean, it was _really_ crap of him to just tip the scales of power so that he could get his payback. There’s bigger picture in this , I know!
(Haha, Crowley’s “I just want to be loved!” is such a gold mine.)
5.) They’re working these plots to go back to the start again.
If they’re going to Season 10, I think they’re gonna wrap everything up, *again*. That is, they’re gonna unify the mythos that were newly introduced in 6, 7 and 8 with all that’s happened in 1-5. Supernatural has always answered questions, but leaves bigger questions to be asked again.
Where is God in all this? I think they’re gonna introduce some sort of God character again too.
6.) The themes would get more philosophical.
Free will? Doing what is right for the many? The power of knowledge? Revenge? Intellectual people? Tablets with powerful instructions?
They’re asking bigger questions now, and incorporating more philosophy into it all. I hope they do more of this.
7.) Okay I’ve run out of steam writing, but I was just spit-balling anyway… I’ll update this as soon as I properly absorb this season’s finale and rewatch all episodes so far in the summer. Congrats Supernatural, you’re such a great show.
“And yet, even though it’s hinted that Metatron’s own writing can basically reshape the fabric of creation, he still prizes humans and our stories. Because our inventiveness, our ability to make up stories, is the product of our free will — that’s how we know that we’re able to make our own choices, in fact. Whenever we write a story, we become like the gods of our own pocket dimensions that we’ve created. I’ve never seen free will and storytelling linked in quite that way before, and it’s a pretty amazing notion.”—
“Why are smartphones so meaningful to us? Why do we despair when they run out of battery, or paw for them at the sound of a familiar ring tone? It’s because, in a way, they’re magic. They achieve complex technological feats without appearing to break a sweat. But it’s easy to forget about that when we’re shooting a video or playing Asphalt 7, because they’re built to solve and provide for us in a way that we can understand.”—Jordan Crook, from his Samsung Galaxy S4 Review on Techcrunch.
# And no, I’m not too impressed with the GS4, compared to the HTC One.
It’s interesting to think about how we use our social networks nowadays. For those who grew up without them, it’s basically just a place to catch up, reminisce, be part of a world that once was.
But for those who grew up with them, it’s their lives. The talk about what they think about, how they feel, their wants and needs in life—any time, any place, any context, all the time. While in It’s being part of a world that still is.
That’s why it’s becoming ever more easy for our personality to extend into our online profiles. Our habits, our dreams, our speaking styles, our attitudes are all becoming easily reflected in how we interact with each other online. And that’s where we all get our context from: online. There are no body languages to interpret, no intonations to be careful about; and more often than not we get to be more and more misinterpreted, both in our words and our intent. We could be simply talking about we want to have, like a new gadget or something, and be easily called as someone egoistic.
It’s clear that a tide is turning: morality, ethics, sociology will once be reevaluated as we venture into this new public space we call our social media.
I just hope it happens soon enough. So that I may be freer to post what’s really on my mind.
“…Great design is the product of iteration, and that process does not exist in a vacuum, but in a world full of prior context and evolving lines of reason.”—Marcus Edvalson, from his Lesson From a Plastic Cup
“I didn’t do it [writing] because I thought I would make some money or get paid to do it. Thirty-five years later, I still do it because I don’t really have a choice, because I don’t really know any other way. Writing, painting, creating –creators don’t do it because they want to make money. Creativity is not a profession, it is a gift. It was, is and always will be a very selfish act.”—Om Malik, from his Doing that one thing.
Over a thousand members of Barug Katawhan and its allied groups destroyed the gates of the DSWD Region 11 office in Davao City, carting away sacks of rice and other relief items…
The protesters were demanding the release of 10,000 sacks of rice intended for the victims of typhoon “Pablo” in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley last December.
DSWD said the relief goods taken by the protesters had been allocated for victims of the more recent tropical depression “Crising” in Davao del Norte.
I have nothing but well wishes to the typhoon victims. Though I am saddened with this kind of response from them. Their intentions were humane and understandable, but their acts have proved to be detrimental to the peace and order assured by the police forces in our city.
Is it right to feel sympathy for those who got affected by the typhoon? Yes. Is it right to extend our help and assistance to those who are asking for it? Of course, yes. But to permit our understanding of this incident to be clouded by emotional response and sympathy, while glossing over the fact that what they took was not theirs to begin with, and what they did wasn’t even in good faith, is socially irresponsible.
It is true that it took long for the DSWD to distribute the promised goods, and it is also true that it took so long for them to engage in a peaceful discussion (and I find fault in them for that), but for the Pablo victims to resort to such brashness and violence… It would be unbecoming of us to not consider the other side of the coin.
(I also am disappointed with how the ‘dispersion’ happened, but it had to happen. Truth be told, I think the perpetrators behind this barricading wanted it to happen. But I don’t think it is the crux of the issue. It is more of a means to an end.)
If there are other means you can enlighten me with this subject or if I tended to overgeneralize what happened, do send me a message.
Introverts are often urged to “fix” their personalities, to come out of their shells. But introversion is not the same as shyness, and it doesn’t need to be fixed. Shyness is fear and anxiety in social situations, introversion is just low motivation to get out and mingle. Psychologists consider introversion inborn and a “stable” trait that stays constant throughout our lifetime.
Of course, introversion and extroversion are extremes on a continuum, with most of us falling somewhere in between. But even though roughly half of Americans fall on the introverted side of the scale according to various studies, extroversion has been held in higher esteem. So when extroverts and introverts skirmish, extroverts usually come out victorious, holding the moral high ground because they “love people” and are not “stuck up” or “surly,” like those introverts, sulking in the corner.
Finally, someone understands. Introversion is only as normal as extroversion; it’s also a gift, if I say so myself. Happy holidays, introverts.
“It’s easy to want to win…I implore you to contest. Moreover, I implore you to fail—intentionally. To lose. To step into the elevator of your imagination and press down. To turn down the alley just to see if the darker shapes make better shadows. To knock yourself into a creative abyss for no other reason than suspecting there might just be something good down there, and that failing big time might just be the only way to find it.”—Mike Chase, from hisIn Defense of Failure on Stemmings.
Interesting article by Tyler Wantuch about a new emerging trend in Hollywood storytelling: the substory:
The new form gives two advantages that past filmmakers did not have. First of all, filmmakers don’t need to spell everything out. With so much access to historical events via Wikipedia and Google, there isn’t any need to talk about a historical event at length. If a movie patron is interested in the larger background story, they can learn much more about it on their own time. In fact, I am sure many people pursued such information just to confirm or debunk the “truths” of the film (see Slate.com). We need to face the fact that filmmakers are expecting more knowledge from their audience, and impressively, modern viewers are up to the task.
Following confusing plot-lines, inferring larger background stories through small quips, and understanding complex plots that extend through four or even eight movies are only the beginning of what the modern film audience is capable. With this smarter audience, filmmakers can spend less time holding our hands and more time telling a unique and often times more personal story. Which leads us to the second advantage of being a modern filmmaker. Thanks to the constant barrage of technology, we have become kings of compression. Day in and day out, we peruse countless web pages looking for something that catches our eye. We are becoming trained hunters of the unique and bizarre. No one wants to watch a tired old plot about hostages being tortured, nor do they want to see rich princes fighting over a throne.
Truer words. But I wouldn’t call this kind of storytelling exactly ‘new’; it’s something I’ve seen television series do successfully. With a shorter amount of time per episode than a movie allows they tend to rely on the viewer to look up certain things on their own. (J.J. Abrams’ LOST is a good example.)
With the internet, this is all becoming easier than ever. We are now much aware with what happens on the other hand the globe as much as we know what happens in our neighbor’s house (Or not).
More like this please, and less of the overtly obvious plot mechanisms.
“…saying no is far too often misunderstood and misrepresented. I think it automatically puts one on the defensive, as if we must explain our reasons why…when it comes to parting with your time, attention, or money, no should be your default answer. You can always work your way to maybe and, in rarer cases, to yes from there…If you follow this rule, the things you do say yes to will be the things you are most excited about…”—Patrick Rhone
“And all this because we just want to understand him. Because we are not him. We almost certainly, most of us, are not great men or women. We want to know how he rose to that rank and what we can take away that may help us do the same. And the select few who are bound for greatness will likely be no less fascinated and will want to look to him as a model or a cautionary tale. Everybody can take something from Steve.”—
“At the end of the day, the criticism doesn’t matter. Apple leapfrogged everyone by several years when it introduced the first iPhone. Today, its mobile ecosystem is the best there is. Its mobile operating system is the best there is. And that’s what really grabs people’s attention. Software. Not hardware tricks and specs.”—Steve Kovach, from his Why So Many People Hate the iPhone 5
“Most people can’t discern good from bad typography but everybody can feel it.”—Oliver Reichenstein, writing on iA’s new, adaptive agency site about responsive typography, and the work his company has done to create multiple grades of its Nitti and iABC faces. (via matthewb)
One of the many reasons I went to Engineering school, specifically Electronics Engineering, is that even though it would be hard and testing for me, I know it will put me closer to that path only the bravest before me could go: and that is to push boundaries of human capability.
Decades ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin told the world that yes, we could fly to space and into the moon. They pushed the human envelope of capability. What astronomers only observed for years, what poets only romanticized for a long time, what ordinary humans only looked at at night–they stepped on that. What a feeling it must have been. What a THRILLING feeling it must have been.
I’ve always loved Architecture; ever since I was a kid I dreamed of building houses. But there is a part of me that wishes to do more, that wishes to make an impact on a lot more lives than I ever could being an architect; that wishes to be on the moon myself.
And the path to that silent, unconscious dream, I see in Engineering. Going to the moon for me is being able to create something that will be the foundation for further evolution of man as an integrated being. Going to the moon is being able to create something that could affect humanity universally. Going to the moon is being at the forefront of innovation, dreaming dreams no one has ever thought of before.
I see this clearly now, because Neil Armstrong died. I never thought of it as this before, but perhaps this is where my heart is consistently telling me to go. It was just intuition then, a fortunate change of heart from picking Architecture as my college degree, a blessed confusion: but I see clearly now.
I have a long road to take. But I guess I’ll stop living on luck and chance if I want to succeed. I’ll not wait on a rocket ship anymore. I’ll build it myself.
I hope the future me reads this, and tells me: hey there, we’re on the moon.