Wednesday, March 02, 2016

traffic

sometimes it seems like every other driver out there is a fucking moron or a fucking asshole. bless the few rays of light when a considerate driver lets another car or pedestrian pass. fuck the idiot traffic guard for berating me for letting a pedestrian pass instead of running him down like i think he wanted me to.

that's all for today.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

sharing

Even when I was still a programmer, I was amazed at people who went out of their way to share their knowledge with strangers. When I'd get stuck in my code, there was often someone out there with the same problem, and miraculously, someone else with the answer. 

(Now that I think about it, I was never a very good programmer. Any code breakthroughs and bug fixes I made were almost always at the tail end of a google search.)

I've always been a parasite in the online community, never contributing what I had learned, even when I saw unanswered questions that I knew the solution to. Too lazy, too selfish, I guess. 

And now, trying something new (that I'm also not very good at), again I am saved by a stranger. Thanks to her blog post , I was able to finish my little project for my niece's birthday: a little shoulder bag to go with this cute little dress we bought for her. I was about to toss the bag in the bin it was so ugly, but this little fabric flower really turned it around.



Yes, this is light years away from programming. But it's the same spirit of sharing. Thank you, kind strangers, from the java geeks of years ago to the sewing goddesses now, thank you so much. Someday, maybe I'll have something to share too :D

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Keeping cool.

It used to irritate me to no end to see our refrigerator looking like this:

Stacks and stacks of water bottles taking up half the fridge space! My 'common sense' told me it was stupid and pointless, we only need at most a couple bottles at a time. But I kept my mouth shut and let it slide.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I read an article that refrigerators are actually more energy-efficient when they're full than when they're empty. 

Huh?! (gears creaking) ohh.... right!

Good thing I kept my mouth shut hehe.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Build or Buy?

What do you do with your free time? 

For most of us, it's hard to carve out a couple hours in a day to pursue a hobby. But unless you work at Ac*****re, most of us have weekends, and this is when we find time to do the stuff we want to do (get a haircut/get drunk/nurse a hangover/sleep). Problem is, weekends are notorious for never being long enough. So if this time is valuable to you, you want to maximize your weekend as much as possible, right? And if you're not gifted with Marcos or Napoles as your surname, you want to maximize the little that's in your wallet, too.

Let's analyze a common weekend task: getting a gift for a friend. How long would it take and how much would it cost?

Buy:

30 mins: travel to mall (Gas: P40)
5 mins: find parking
5 mins: walk to the store
30 mins: pick out the gift, line up and pay for the gift (Gift: artsy fartsy journal, P200*)
5 mins: walk back to the car
5 mins: pay for and leave the parking lot (Parking fee: P40)
30 mins: travel back home (Gas: P40)

Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Total cost: P320 

*Forget Moleskine. Let's assume it's a cheap journal, we're on a budget remember


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In short, around two hours and P300 to buy a gift assuming you don't stop for coffee, do any window shopping, or take a bathroom break.

Just for kicks, I tried to answer the question: how long would it take to build a journal? And here's what I got:



Build:

15 mins: gathering the materials
30 mins: cutting and gluing
90 mins: sewing and assembling
20 mins: trimming and details

Total time: 2 hours 50 minutes (total cost: P0**)

**I used materials just lying around the house--old, yellowing bond paper, cardboard, leather fabric scraps, thread, glue, electric tape.


So there it is. I spent an extra hour making the thing, but with zero cash-out. Granted, it's not going to win the Nobel Prize for arts and crafts, but I had fun making it, I used stuff that would have otherwise just been thrown away, I ended up with a gift that's more personal and heartfelt than anything you can buy in a store, and finally--this is my favorite part--I didn't spend a single cent!!

Of course, this 'build' option is not for everyone. But the option is there, if you stop and take a little time to think about it.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Found my 9-year-old blog which has been dormant for 7 years, and it's called "ten years later". Go figure.

In the spirit of the three R's above, I decided to revive this blog today, after removing the old posts which made my skin crawl (did I really put those thoughts out there??).

Back to the title. RRR may not yet be everyone's, but it's my new holy grail. Not the trendy buy recycled table napkins and drive hybrid cars crap. A little bit harder core and more sincere than that, hopefully. You'll see what I mean soon enough.

And, also hopefully, anyone who chances to see this might get some RRR rubbed off on them. It just might save a tree or an animal or (illusions of grandeura river even, someday. Hopefully!