Learning UkuleleSunday, November 8, 2015
I used to play the guitar. But it’s bulky. I’ve been lugging my guitar around for years, unused. Occupies too much space. I figured some...
I used to play the guitar. But it’s bulky. I’ve been lugging my guitar around for years, unused. Occupies too much space. I figured something portable like a ukulele would be better.
I bought the ukulele in the photo a year ago and just dove in. What immediately caught my attention was that the order of the strings is different. In a guitar, the strings are arranged sequentially from thickest to thinnest. In a ukulele, the thickest strings are in the middle.
Another challenge is holding it right. The size of a guitar lends itself to naturally resting on your legs. A ukulele feels awkward. I feel like I have to constantly press it towards my body to keep it stable as I play.
Using Youtube, web tutorials and my existing music background, I was able to learn majority of the chords quickly - except for the outrageous E chord!
Cary the CarrotSunday, October 25, 2015
My daughter and I drew this together. Her contribution: the mouth and the name, “Cary”. Raw drawing done on a Wacom Tablet, vectorized u...
My daughter and I drew this together. Her contribution: the mouth and the name, “Cary”. Raw drawing done on a Wacom Tablet, vectorized using iDraw.
Stuck at the Final Offer after defeating DeathStroke?Friday, January 31, 2014
Batman Arkham Origins is a great game, but has its share of boo-boos. First open your map. If you’re anywhere north of the Boiler Room a...
|Batman Arkham Origins is a great game, but has its share of boo-boos.|
The exit is all the way to the south. Getting there could be tricky.
|Just look for this view to know you're in the right place. Do not Batclaw into that platform. You should turn around and see what's behind you.|
|Once you see this vent, look up.|
Why It's Never a Good Idea to Rush into the New iOSSunday, October 6, 2013
I didn’t want to write about this again , until a colleague checked with me on a passcode lock issue he’s facing on his iPad, thanks to ...
I didn’t want to write about this again, until a colleague checked with me on a passcode lock issue he’s facing on his iPad, thanks to iOS 7.
You should wait for at least 3 months before installing the latest iOS. A major software update is bound to break your established workflows: whether it’s due to an issue that affects a commonly used function or in familiarizing yourself to reorganized menus, not counting the freshly introduced features, adjusting to a new OS will take time.
By waiting, you allow collective knowledge about the product to build and spread across the web: you’re guaranteed to have a positive answer on most questions you will face.
Allow the “ripples” of the transition phase to subside, and you can happily install with all key patches released from both Apple and their app developers.
Whether it’s iOS 4 to iOS 5, or iOS 1001 to iOS 1002, wait.
Are the Issues Preventable?
You’d think that with Apple’s massive resources at its disposal that their QA team could have done better? The widespread iMessage issues only prove that no amount of software testing can detect all possible problems. Bugs are notorious for only showing up in the wild. How fast a company swats those pests, that makes the difference.
Unless there’s a feature in the OS that you’re dying to get your hands on, or one of your important apps requires the latest OS, there’s never really a compelling reason to jump into it immediately.
It took me half a year before updating to iOS 6. Have you updated to iOS 7 yet? What troubles did you face?
It Sucks to be UnfriendedMonday, March 25, 2013
Friendship Redefined Person A is friends with Person B and Person C is friends with Person D. And hey, Person D, our algorithm says yo...
Person A is friends with Person B and Person C is friends with Person D. And hey, Person D, our algorithm says you may know Person A too!
Welcome to the new definition of friendship.
Social media has added a new layer to human relationships. It used to be that only marriages are put into writing. This time, friendships are recorded, consolidated and published into one big gallery we all know as the Friends List.
Well, who doesn’t want that? It’s nice to see all your friends neatly organized into those cute boxes right?
These social links work just fine. That is, until you break them.
No Physical Equivalent
You don’t go telling your friends in the face: “I hereby unfriend you.”
The big problem with unfriending is that it doesn’t have an equivalent state in the physical world. Outside the context of social networks, how would you unfriend someone?
You either become enemies with another person, or remain friends. While friendship can deteriorate over time, it never completely disappears. A friend you haven’t spoken to for 10 years still remains a friend.
A Strong Message
The home of social networks is a highly impersonal domain - the internet. That’s why some people take unfriending lightly.
But no matter how innocent you see it, whenever you unfriend, people can get hurt or be bewildered. That’s why it’s done discreetly. You’re hoping the person may not even care at all, at best you’re hoping they don’t notice it entirely.
Of course, you will never know.
Reasons for Unfriending
A Nielsen survey cites offensive comments as the primary reason why people impulsively click that unfriend button. The reasons vary: a friend trying to drag you into a “revolutionary” income-generating scheme, an ex-officemate posting depressing shares or folks who provide streaming coverage of their daily lives.
On the other hand, many people think that we shouldn’t take everything that happens in social media too seriously.
Folks that don’t have Facebook accounts can never be unfriended. This pseudo-phenomenon only impacts people who are into social networks.
While many people will be affected by unfriending, a lot more don’t mind. “What the heck, unfriend me and I’ve automatically unfriended you too!”
You May Need Them Someday
You may Need them Someday #
The person you just unfriended may end up with a key role in a future event in your life - maybe you run into some accident and he’s the only one around, or she may be that one connection to a special girl you’d like to meet, or that one person that could link you to that covetted job.
Exercise unfriending with extreme caution. The privacy settings provided by Facebook allow you to precisely control post visibility, there’s no compelling reason to unfriend someone.
Unfriending should only be reserved for one thing: when there’s real-life severance of a relationship - a major fight, a bad break-up, a divorce perhaps.
To avoid this dillemma, don’t add or confirm friend requests from people you don’t know too much to begin with. A new facebook friend is tantamount to a contract - I know this person well enough to call him a friend.
Why Are There No Gender-Neutral Pronouns?Saturday, November 17, 2012
I’m going to be a parent soon. What does “I” represent? Are you a pregnant lady? Or an excited soon-to-be-father? The answer to that w...
I’m going to be a parent soon.
What does “I” represent? Are you a pregnant lady? Or an excited soon-to-be-father? The answer to that would have to wait until further context is provided.
Okay, that was a lame example. How about a more substantial statement like: “Each member must cast his vote only once.”? The ambiguity in meaning could result into serious consequences.
Does the presence of “his” mean only men are restricted to voting once - and that women can vote twice? Or does it mean that women are not part of the voting party?
Gender-neutral personal pronouns should have found their way into the English language by now - why it hasn’t happened, I still couldn’t fathom.
Words are meant to represent ideas with clarity. Neutral pronouns would have readily offered a solid solution to the above examples. New internet buzzwords are being produced everyday - why can’t something as vital as these be created as well?
The primary reason would be that pronouns are grouped under closed-class words. But despite seeing dozens of resources clearly specifying that pronouns, modal verbs, determiners and conjunctions belong to the said class, I have yet to find a solid explanation as to why they have to be grouped as such - and who came up with that limiting idea in the first place.
There is hope. Some sources indicate that there is room for change in the closed-class group, but it takes centuries. Ouch.
Help me summon the lexical community - we need new pronouns.
What the Instagram Popular Page Has BecomeMonday, August 20, 2012
In case you haven't noticed, it's no longer named Popular Page. There was a time when the Instagram Popular Page was open to ev...
|In case you haven't noticed, |
it's no longer named Popular Page.
Then Popular became Explore.
Look at the stats below:
|Figure 1. You need thousands of followers to nail the required like count.|
On second thought, could this be a monetization strategy in the works? By focusing on celebrities - people proven to generate ad revenue, Instagram may be planning something radically different for this page. An IG Jumbotron perhaps?
|Figure 2. These statements are no longer true.|
If you're already a celebrity to begin with, people will look for you to follow you - they will Google your Instagram handle, they will see it all over E! Channel. Justin Beiber garnered thousands of followers on the same day he created his account. Famous people don't need extra exposure on this gallery - it's overkill. Variety is nowhere in sight.
- Randomize it - totally. How about plucking someone from the crowd and giving him or her a moment of fame? It will be a great day when the algorithm starts to pick random users. It can't further undermine the quality of the already mediocre photos shown on the page.
- Randomize from Hashtags. Hashtags are there to lead you to your interests - but they're not designed to be accessible. It makes a huge difference between manually searching for the word #tree, than being presented with an interesting photo of a tree on the spot. How about selecting a unique tag daily and featuring all photos that flow into that tag? Tag of the Day sounds good.
- Add Curators. As Chris of appdaptation.com suggested via a twitter: put in curators. It's still best to have a human element involved in the decision-making process as to what's to appear on that page - just as forums have moderators.
- Feature the Suggested Users instead. If the idea of randomizing the page seems far-fetched, then it's better to feature the suggested users instead. Most of them are quality follows, but too bad that the button to reach them is buried deep under the options menu.
Copy Text from PC/MAC to your Phone in a SnapSaturday, June 2, 2012
How do you handle these problems? While reading an article, you suddenly need to leave your PC. You intend to continue reading on your pho...
How do you handle these problems?
- While reading an article, you suddenly need to leave your PC. You intend to continue reading on your phone. How would you transfer the link?
- You need to save an important phone number you found online and want to be 100% sure the number you saved on your address book is typo-free.
- There's a great quote on a website and you want to paste it as a caption in Instagram. How will you send the text to your phone?
- A lovely cartoon caught your attention and you'd like to send it to your friends via iMessage.
Instagram: A Billion-Dollar Meal for FacebookTuesday, April 10, 2012
The clouds in the sky, the pyramids of Egypt, eternal life - there are only a few things a billion dollars can't buy. This deal showed I...
The clouds in the sky, the pyramids of Egypt, eternal life - there are only a few things a billion dollars can't buy. This deal showed Instagram isn't one of them.