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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Friends and family

I have been through a whole lot last year. 2006 is officially the most miserable year of my life. If we can chart our life in a Cartesian graph, with x = time and y = (-1, 1) to signify absolute negative to absolute positive, I hope that last year remains to be my life's absolute minimum.

While I enjoy the happy times (>0), I do think that it is important to have frustrating times (<0). Without the down points, one could not possibly appreciate the many wonderful things in life that we take for granted.

If I draw another graph, with x = the y-axis of my Life graph, y = number of friends, the resulting graph looks like a Bell curve. When I am at my lowest point, most people drift away, until finally there remains only my family and one handful of folks who are my friends. Similarly, one gains many friends as life become positive, but as one drifts towards fantabulous times, one also gains many enemies, and as such y would also tends towards 0.

If we consider the ratio of number of friends / time, we have the rate of friend acquaitance, and at least for myself, that's the happiest of all times. Mapping this, it appears that the sweet spot would be around -0.3.

Nerd point aside, we find something equally interesting. To find one's closest friend, either fuck up your life, or become extremely successful. You can immediately identify who's friend and who's foe. Obviously, you cannot control your life (as you are not a controlled subject). However, examining one's history will allow you to discover.

While I have been in very desperate moments, I am grateful that I have identified my friends. They have been there to support me in every way possible. I am also deeply grateful to those who have the patience to work with me. I don't know how I could have gone through all these without them.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Coming Out

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About sixteen to seventeen years ago, when I was fourteen, I came out to my parents that I am gay. About six to seven years ago, during the years of my early adulthood, I came out to my co-workers that I am a designer who uses a PC. Until this day, I do not have the nerve to tell a single person at an AIGA event that I have never bought a Mac in my life.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blogging, a realization

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I just realize today, that instead of bothering people with monologue IM, I should blog instead. It's really the same thing. Here are the differences:
  1. Instead of typing paragraphs after paragraphs on an IM window, I type paragraphs after paragraphs into an editable area.

  2. Blogging enables the ability to not have to shut someone up with a wall of text that is normally unreadable inside the size of an IM window.

  3. I can edit what I said previously, correct my spelling mistakes, and I don't get the instant gratification of the occasional uh-huh that my 'target' was able to insert in between my 80wpm-typing.

  4. With blogging, I cannot be certain a single person would read these words. Ultimately, however, I guess I don't really care -- like maybe I don't really care that someone is actually reading my IMs... hmm...

So, in under two minutes, I managed to type a ton of stuff without someone thinking that I am just purely crazy. That's good. That's therapy.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Manhattan Bridge HDR

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Ah, but Google, you are so kind--Searching on Manhattan Bridge HDR on Google today puts my Flickr photo on the first result. No wonder this photo is getting a huge bump on the number of views recently.

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Here are some more Manhattan Bridge HDR shots:

Manhattan Bridge HDR / BW1
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Manhattan Bridge HDR
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Manhattan Bridge HDR
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Manhattan Bridge HDR
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If you like these photographs, you might like my HDR Photography / Project and my Manhattan Bridge, New York City / Project

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