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November 4, 2019

everyone gets a medal

Our new generation is so afraid to be left out of everything, that all of them gets a medal for anything they do. I see people organizing run or walk events all the time, and you know what? Everyone gets a medal. Just for participating. That sickens me. My kid participates these events all the time, and even though she didn’t actually win a top 3 or top 100, she always get a fucking medal. Hell, she got so many of them and so used to it, they were chucked in a box somewhere. It doesn’t feel special anymore.

Back during my days, medals were reserved for winners and were sacred. People hung their medals with pride. The losers got nothing but sheer determination to do better next time. I got no medals even though I was a strong runner and finished top 20 or something in my sports house (alright, I lied, I didn’t even bother to participate – but you get the idea). But kids nowadays got so many of them for just being there. That’s why they’re so fucked up, being made to fake believe to earn something that they did not work hard for. I had to make my daughter not care about these stupid medals, but look further in the horizon for something more worthwhile.

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October 13, 2019

I have the oddest habits

I think I have the oddest habits. If I were to be psycho-analyzed by psychologists, they’re going to get headaches figuring out how the fuck I work.

One of things that I find myself keep doing (a habit), is to check my phone for updates. It can be any updates. The Google Playstore, the Samsung Galaxy Store, my maps app update, the regular Android Software patch, anything. When I see the red icon pops up reminding me of an update, I get excited like a dog seeing a bowl of treats. And seeing the apps get updated is like a gratifying therapeutic moment for me. It’s like seeing myself getting rejuvenated with a potion in a game. I get reset and go full health from there.

And that’s the primary reason why I have all my ‘auto update’ settings disabled by default, so that I get to update my apps and keep that moment to myself for savoring. If the phone were to update itself, I don’t get the benefit of that said rejuvenation. I have to tap the ‘Update’ button/icon, and see the bar goes through the progress… only I’d get the kick. I know this is psychological. Hell, some of the apps that got updated, I don’t even use them (like that “ANT+ Plugin Service”, I don’t know what the fuck’s that…), but I get the thrill all the same.

Like I said, I have the oddest habits…

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October 4, 2019

I don’t get high school reunions

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting about their high school reunions. Like it’s a big fucking deal. Some 15 years, some 20 years, hell, some even 40 years. They’d go with matching T-shirts, and there’s one even complete with school uniforms. They hugged each other like they’re long lost siblings, and they looked like they’re damn happy to see everyone from their high school. My thought is, if they’re so happy to see each other, why didn’t they keep in touch and stayed friends? That’s why I don’t fucking get high school reunions.

I see it as an opportunity for those smug assholes to gloat over their less fortunate schoolmates/classmates. Or maybe a chance to compare dick sizes. More often than not, if you noticed, these reunions are often started by one that is quite successful in life. One who has made enough dough to be curious. It’s never the guy who’s a laborer still struggling to make ends meet. These organizer assholes, will be proud and loud, and they disgust me.

There’s one organized by this phony bastard for my school a few years back. I was invited of course, and I naturally turned it down. It was easy, really. High school was my most depressing period. It was a time when I felt most inadequate and I hated almost everyone (still do). Those who eventually became my close friends, do not need a reunion for me to meet them. Because we’d have fucking stayed in touch all these years regularly. So, a reunion, for me, is nothing but a redundant act of needlessly meeting smug assholes who didn’t make the cut to be my friends… So, why bother?

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September 10, 2019

priority in life

I just shared this with some of my friends, thought of sharing it here.

The rule of life is the same everywhere in this world. It goes by priority. Priority #1 is always self or family survival. A person or his family needs to eat to survive. There’s nothing else that is more important than this. That is why, you can never convince a low ranking wage earner or laborer that he needs to have a vision for a better world or protect the environment for the children or that kind of mushy shit. They’ll flip you a bird because survival takes precedence over global warming or the environment or your goddamn vision.

When this basic need is fulfilled, that person will move on to comfort. With hard work, of course. He’ll work harder for a roof over his family’s heads, better meals, basic transportation, a little entertainment like a radio or TV, a phone perhaps, maybe some upgrades like better education for the little tykes. A person in comfort level is usually very committed, having tasted the rewards from his hardwork. This is the ripe time when a manager or a mentor can impart those bullshit ideas to make him into a corporate drone with lies such as ‘work like it is your own company, money is not the most important thing’. He may or may not be convinced but, know that he’ll do it anyway for HIMSELF. Pay him a little less, he’ll still flip you a bird, and go work for another company without batting an eyelid.

Once this comfort level is met, the person will move on to luxuries or nice-to-haves. Better houses, better rides, vacations, premium watches, gaming machines, private school for the kids, spa for the goddamn dog, mistresses, you name it. At this stage, the person starts to slack on the word ‘hard work’, is very self entitled and feels that he has sound advice for everyone because he ‘has made it in life’. At this stage, he’s going to have many visions, most likely about ways to change the world/society into a better place… Ideas get pitched all over the place, because he now can afford to lose. Throw a bunch and one is bound to hit, and he’ll have more reasons to gloat, gets even higher in life. It’s the fundamental of chances, and the basic rule of life.

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November 8, 2018

mobile phone case

One of the many things I do not understand about most people, is why they feel compelled to put on a case for their mobile phones? I see a lot of people like buying expensive (and beautiful) mobile phones, only to ruin its appearance by slapping on a crappy looking case.

I’ve asked around. The rationale of people putting a phone case seems to revolve around the idea of insuring the phone from being damaged if it gets dropped or something. Well, if that’s the case (note the pun), then why bother buying an expensive + beautiful phone, if it’s going to end up with a case that makes it look like a brick anyway? Fucking escapes me.

Adding a case complicates matters. I believe in some ways, adding a case would skew the device’s thermal dissipation rate, and will likely affect the battery life. A case is also a magnet for grime and is filthy as fuck after only weeks of usage. I’ve seen people with very gross phone case before, I wouldn’t touch them with a 10 ft pole. And how would anyone know if the cheap case is safe for consumer goods? What if the plastic is made from a highly flammable material? I guess the thought of breaking one’s expensive phone screen is more dreadful than a potential 3rd degree burn…

You see, phone manufacturers spent millions to develop their products to look as good (and safe) as it should, and with reasonable durability with exquisite materials like metal chassis, tempered glass, non-flammable plastics, sealed enclosure (IP68 rated), etc. Trust me when I say, it doesn’t need a case. If your clumsy ass keeps dropping and damaging phones, then you probably need to worry about bigger things in life (or your phone’s not expensive enough). Slapping on a case just makes your clumsiness have less monetary repercussion.

I’ve never put on a case for any of my phones before. I use all of them as they were (naked), out of the box. It has been like this since my first mobile phone (1999) and all my phones were not diminished in value when I sold them for a new one. Sure there were scratches and dents (I dropped some of my phones before, like everyone else), but the phones held themselves pretty well and I think it adds character. I clean my phones regularly with wet wipes and on some occasions, with IPA wipes. Those were the pre-IP-rated times. Nowadays with glass surface and IP68 rating, I’d just wash my phone with soap and it’s always squeaky clean. Never needed a phone case.

*list of my phones: Nokia 3210 (sold to a hot chick), Nokia 8210 (sold to a phone store), Nokia 8250 (gave it away), Samsung X430 (sold to a phone store), Nokia 3120 (sold to a phone store), Sony Ericsson T610 (scrapped), Sony Ericsson K750i (bricked due to dead batt but, I still have it around), Samsung Galaxy S (sold to an old fart), HTC One M7 (still in use, as a night clock for my daughter), Xiaomi Mi3 (still in use in my lab to develop an app), Xiaomi Mi4i (sold to my wife’s colleague), Samsung Galaxy S7 (my wife’s using it now), Samsung Galaxy S8 (Samsung bought it back from me with full price after 1 year, long story), Samsung Galaxy S9 (current phone).

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