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Monday, September 29, 2014

Healthy Eating In Modern Times

I've always wanted to blog about how I think it's absurd having to pay higher prices for natural healthy food, as opposed to eating cheaper and unhealthy processed food things that kill you slowly. Perhaps I'm missing something regarding the economics between the two but as the situation has always stood for me, there's something illogical about the whole affair that doesn't taste right.

Can't help but deduce that us modern humans have gotten it ass-backwards and as it happens, I just came across the following cartoon strip which took the words out of my unhealthy food-ingesting mouth regarding the issue while my wallet is giving me smug looks:

WTF, right?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Happy Birthday, Big G

Happy birthday, Google. You may be a teenager but you've been raking in the kills towards domination ever since Jellybean when you were 15.

Puberty and raging hormones are good things, they energize you; while on the contrary, those running out of steam spend most of their time hanging around in the courtrooms trying to jerk off to rectangular patents with rounded corners.

Keep staying horny for the mobile tech industry and Rock On.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oh Look, The Phones That Make Lawyers Rich Since The Galaxy S3

Watched the new iPhone 6+ bend test video this morning and came across the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ in the shop.

The voice in my head tells me:
"It's costly. It's supposed to be premium.. It apparently bends rather easily. Premium."

So I was tempted to do my own bend tests right on the spot with these 2 mofos:

But I decided not to get into trouble and ending up contributing directly or indirectly to the coffers of a sue-happy company so that they could have more ammo for more rectangular patents with rounded corners and impede the tech industry further via lawsuits.

It's nice walking away with a clear conscience. Worth it too, considering 2012 is so history already.

That's not to say the iPhones are bad phones, they are still basically good at what they do, albeit iOS being still a limited walled garden even though Apple has decided to open a couple of doors with iOS 8.

But in my non-fiction book, using that which is playing catchup means going backwards in time but that's just me. Your mileage may vary and that's fine. Just deem me wrong if so, I can live with that and we can agree to disagree. More power to you if you find that your iPhone serves you well.

I actually have nothing against the iDevices but as far as I'm concerned though, I just refuse to feed the mobile industry's biggest patent troll. They who try to trip others from moving ahead usually end up behind the race.

But hey, make no mistake, Apple is still gonna be making load$ of dough with the new iPhone$. I think I've mentioned somewhere before that Sturgeon's Law is still very much alive and operational.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Humanity Lately In A Nutshell

ISIS. Genocide. Racism. Suicides of famous people whose lifestyles and financial powers others wish they had. Self-imposed global warming. iPhone queues that give rise to brawls and fights. Wars. Domestic abuse. Animal abuse. Selling one's organs just for a muthafucking iPad. Dictators. Politicians who lie through their teeth. Redistributing used cooking oil from the sewers (地沟油) and poisoned baby formulas for quick bucks.

It's difficult trying to hold on to faith in humanity in the midst of murderous chaos and senseless follies. But hold on we must, since Sturgeon's Law has always been alive and well. 10% is not much but having 10% of hope is better than having 100% total crap.

The good and better things in life truly come few and far between. If you are still breathing without pain and tomorrow will come for you, consider yourself fortunate already.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
Matthew 7:13-14

God bless you, dear gentle reader. Keep your chin up.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Passage of Time Unveils More of Death

The mystery of Death - From Life's viewpoint. Like any other mystery, we may not fully understand death but we all need to start coming to grips with it at some point in our lives.

My childhood buddy Lim told me his dad has just passed away in the hospital where they have been fighting to sustain him for several days.

It took me awhile to think about what I should say to Lim; not because I didn't know what to say but because I couldn't straighten out the 'how' of it, since I had trouble formulating my thoughts into words properly because I was shocked and taken aback at the news. In the end, I just kept it straight and simple and told him I was sorry to learn about his dad's passing and I asked if he could cope.

The older I get with the passage of time, the more I hear about the deaths of friends and people I know, like the secondary school classmate who drowned years after we graduated. I didn't keep in touch with him but I knew about it because another classmate from the same class told me so during a class reunion - he became a cop and he happened to be the one who pulled the body out of the water.

The older you get, the more you also get to hear about the deaths of people you know about but who might not have known you; like the super stars, for example. Folks like Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung, Kurt Cobain, Michael Hutchence, Robin Williams.. The same goes for dictators who were the personifications of evil: People like Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong IL, etc. Regardless of whether if it's by one's one hand or not and irregardless of social standing, no one can be spared from the endpoint of one's life journey - which is death.

I understand the title of this blog post seems diabolical but even so, just because the truth is ugly doesn't make it any less true. I believe in an almighty God and I believe in the spiritual. As such, for me, death of the physical body doesn't equate the death of the soul. Being pronounced clinically dead earns you the death certificate but what happens to your soul and consciousness?

I wonder if the scientific theory that the amount of energy in the universe is a constant and so, energy cannot be created or destroyed but rather, gets transformed to another state applies to the body and the soul. Actually, I do think so. Upon death, the physical body breaks down and either gets transformed to ashes or worm food but what happens to the soul?

Thoughts, feelings and imagination are intangible things but one can never deny their non-tangible existence which affects every aspect of our lives and decision making. I think the same can be said regarding the soul and I don't think they are just products of 'chemical reactions in the brain', even though it's not unreasonable to think that the process of thought involves chemical reactions in our heads, since the intangible is tied to the tangible while we are alive and so, one affects the other.

Ugh damn it, I'm not a biologist, a chemist nor am I a neurologist but suffice it to say, I believe that upon destruction of the tangible, the intangible breaks free from the tangible as well as the physical laws that limit the tangible, which probably explains why the so-called 'spirits' can seemingly defy the laws of Physics by passing through walls and appearing out of thin air and disappearing into thin air and..

Oh nevermind. I wasn't talking out of thin air there though, since I've encountered and seen.. things that my eyes had trouble registering as accepted normalcy and which made my brain scream the word 'impossible'. I really ought to blog about those experiences one of these days.

Whether you believe in the spiritual or not, the point I'm trying to make here is: the increasing cases of deaths you see around you or hear about as time flies by and as you get older and older is a reminder that each of us have to make the most out of the days we have.

Time doesn't wait but death sure as heck waits for everybody. Since such is the case, the trick is to rest when you must but never stall your life to a standstill. If you allow that to happen, then 'death' has come early for you before your time is actually up and you join the ranks of the walking 'dead'. They do exist, drifting through life without purpose, without energy and without aim or meaning.

Let's see now: We spend huge chunks of our lives sleeping, schooling or working, so how much time do we have left to stop and smell the roses, spend time with our loved ones, see the world, learn and excel in the things we've always wanted to learn and do the things that make us not just happy but fulfilled? Why not start now while you still have the time? As long as you still have breath in you, you have the chance.

Let Death remind us about the value of Life and cherish it.

Blessed is the man who can look back on his days while on his deathbed with peace in his heart and fulfillment on his mind. Along with that, I hope to God that when my time is up, it will be painless for me.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Galaxy Note 4 Unveiled

The Galaxy Note 4. Boy, it feels like Christmas already.

As someone once said, the pen is mightier than just finger-tapping and much more creative than a sea of just icons. Actually, nobody said that and I'm the lousiest liar I know but what the hey, can't wait to get home to stream IFA 2014.

Later, after a nice looong shower..

I personally like describing the Note device as 'The Writer's Phone' but that just scratches the surface when you study the entire breadth of the things the S Pen can really accomplish - which lots of Note users I've come across would get a F grade for, unfortunately.

So the whole point of the Note device is the capabilities of the S Pen as well as the multitasking, which unfortunately, is a point lost, forgotten or very much under-utilised by most folks, making it the most underestimated of all mobile devices.

It's time for me to upgrade my phone and chances are that I'll be getting the Note 4 but I'll wait for the display sets to hit the stores and go hands-on and play with one first before making my final decision.

And thank goodness the Note 4 comes with optical image stabilisation, a feature that Sammy didn't implement on the Note 3. October ought to be nerdgasmic.