• August 15, 2013

    All about the chicken (reboot the blog time) – read #15

    Look at this blog, I haven’t posted a thing in 6 months! I didn’t even write about my work trip to China and Shanghai! What happened >.< I would say, I got video games back happened, and I got an insane list of games to catch up on so my daily weekday schedule on my own is now work, 10 minute exercise (some is better than none?), dinner, games rest of the night.

    I started to do this diet thing with Eric, my own purpose was to lose some weight before I go on the cruise, so I’ve been trying to follow his routine, in about 60% capacity. He exercised hardcore for 20 min, I do mediocre intensity for 10 min. He eats 1 cheat meal a week, I eat 2.5 a week lol. I’ve been eating baked chicken breast for about 90% of my lunch and dinner, and if I don’t find something else soon, this stuff is gonna old. Anyway, I’m going to try to stick with this, I’m even logging meal details (also at 60% accuracy… well maybe 80) in a fitness app! Serious shit yo. You know what though, at the end of the day, I’m still eating way better and less than what I normally would, so that should help.

    I’m not going to finish my previous couple of posts. I will, still post all the reads I did half year ago lol, I should get back into that too…

    The UX Thinking Behind Mailbox’s 800,000-Person Waiting List

    Copying Others Is Not The Answer

    Web Design: How do creatives choose beautiful imagery for websites?

    What’s The Secret To Great Infographics?

    Form(s) vs Function: Making Official Docs Look Better–And Work Harder

    The Flat Design Era

    CSS Architecture

    The importance of sketching in product design

    Thirteen Tenets Of User Experience

  • February 26, 2013

    London vs Vancouver – read #14

    Feel like I should post stuff again, and read more stuff too, I’ve been pretty lazy on reading articles ever since I got an iphone. Always gaming instead of reading tsk tsk. Anyway, instead of keeping all these draft posts, here’s my last one, from when I came back home from London. Oh and this cover image needs to be in color to show off our beautiful Vancouver ;p

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    It almost felt like now that I’m home, there’s no more weekend travelling, and so there’s no need to blog ;p it’s the life of Vancouver, chill out, stay home, play games, snowboard, eat Japanese food, drink mega mugs.

    The life of busy sardine packing style but convenient commute on the tube has been replaced by long commute on the tiny skytrain or drive in traffic hours.

    The life of drinks after work BEFORE dinner is now go home, eat, and beat the 8 video games lined up from all the no gaming last year.

    The life of where we going this weekend and catching 430am bus for 630am flight is now… I guess snowboarding, the only thing I really wake up for.

    The life of being a bum because everything in pounds is too baller is now buy EVERYTHING – anime figures, games, snowboards, shoes, lego, apps, board games, a mattress.

    Articles

    When Pixels Dominate Design, Your Hardware Is The Brand

    Design Mistakes We Made in Our iPhone App

    Why Won’t Helvetica Go Away?

    Comcast Takes NBC Peacock Hostage

    10 Moleskine Journals From Some Of The Most Interesting Creatives Alive

    Using White Space For Readability In HTML And CSS

  • January 17, 2013

    Lovely Windows 8

    (this was also about a month ago, now I don’t even turn my computer lol)

    I recently had to install windows 8 on my computer, and I must tell you it was quite an experience. I called it bizarro windows. I didn’t know how to do anything, ESC didn’t work, alt+f4 didn’t work, right click everything saved the day, and if Will never showed me in his tablet that when you move mouse to the left/right it brings up additional menu, it would’ve been a lot worse. For examples:

    • It took me probably 10 min to figure out how to shut down computer
    • I couldn’t “close” any programs – esc doesn’t let me out, alt f4 doesn’t close, I could only tab out.
    • I don’t know how to open My Computers for a while.
    • My network adapter didn’t work with windows because there was no driver (since I guess it was too old, it was finally time to upgrade my wireless G adapter).

    Without internet I couldn’t really do anything because windows wasn’t activated – no changing settings no customizing. The only thing I thought of to try was watch a video. Windows media player opens in the “library” view, and when you press home while you play a video, it takes you to the Xbox-live-like dashboard, and then I wasn’t too sure how to get to my library again #confused. The best part was, I didn’t even know how to change volume in windows media player.

    Few days later…

    After buying a new adapter at ncix broadway – the sales guy was a total jerk – “hey do you know if this adapter works with windows 8?” “Ha! Nope” “oh.. Do you know which one does for sure?” “None” “uh… So if it doesn’t work then what…” “I guess you have to bring it back and pay the restocking fee” Ok, how about i just shove this in your face? Anyway, it worked out, and I did major updates, and I updated my video card driver, restarted again, then I got what I call “The flickering black screen of death with visible mouse cursor” (not an uncommon problem it seems)

    To fix that, I had to start in safe mode, reset everything, and never update to the latest video card driver ever again.

    However, after going through all that, if you just sit down and use the system, you might just like it after a while, cause I do #dontaskmewhy.

  • December 5, 2012

    the final countdown – read #13

    Well, maybe not FINAL, but season 2 definitely coming to an end. So little time left, I hope everything I ordered from amazon uk will arrive before I leave, in the mean time:

    • eat as much food as possible in my flat so I don’t waste so much
    • get rid of as much items in my room before I donate them all – who wants my table / stool / lamp / shampoo / hangers / spare bath towel / 2 cans of pasta sauce
    • eat the damn short rib sandwich at hawksmoor pub
    • ice skate at somerset house
    • go to portobello market

    (more…)

  • October 29, 2012

    41893 – read #12

    41893 km, or 26031 miles, was how far I flew around the world, in 8 legs #achievementunlocked

    • LHR – YVR
    • YVR – ICN – SIN
    • SIN – PER
    • PER – SIN – TPE
    • TPE – HKG – LHR

    50 days, is number of days left in London >.<

    10 pounds, is probably how much weight I should lose (at least) before I go home hahah, cause I definitely gained some while in Asia (more…)

  • August 2, 2012

    London 2012 – read #11

    It’s been a long while since I posted a reading post, lots has happened, saw many things, flew too many times haha. Right now, just enjoy the olympics! Once in a life time! … which was exactly what I said 2 years ago at the Vancouver winter Olympics haha, time goes by so fast, never would’ve guessed that I’d be where I am now, maybe this’ll be a new trend, Sochi next, then on to Brazil!

    Anyway, I got to go see beach volleyball and badminton yesterday. Despite people’s perception of watching beach vball, I personally really like the sport. Beach, sand, bring some beer, play some ball, sooo awesome… I really miss playing beach vball rec league back at Navarik ;/ Also watching badminton really made me miss playing too, so when I go back I’m definitely gonna play some. Was lucky enough last night to watch Canada and Taiwan played, the Canada team player names were Bruce / Li! You can’t lose with a name combo like that! So of course we won, vs Australia too ;p On the other hand, team Taiwan had to play team China lol, and lost big time. The saddest moment though, was when the Japan player Sato hurt her leg, and she had to leave the game. She tried to play on for a few more shots but she was just hopping around the court, and gave up in the end… these athletes are really something. She walked off crying, it must’ve been so devastating, so brutal, 4 years of training, ended… =(

    40 Unique and Beautiful Examples of Brochure Design

    Welcome to the Era of Design

    Design Hipsterism? Why Do We Stop Liking What’s Popular?

    Why Branding Is An Artifact Of The Past

    Designing For Android: Tips And Techniques

    When does your user’s experience end?

  • April 30, 2012

    Where should I go next? read #10

    Too many cities to see.

    Yay regular poop.

    #uklife #haikustyle

    That almost sounds completely random, but it will be explained on my posts for Morocco, I think it will be an epic post trilogy. Meanwhile, here’s a huge backlog of the readings.

    18 Beautiful Examples of Parallax Scrolling in Web Design

    A systematic approach to logo design

    The New Google+ Is More Beautiful Than Facebook (But It Doesn’t Matter)

    What NYC and Beijing Would Look Like, Without All The People

    UI Patterns For Mobile Apps: Search, Sort And Filter

    Using Origami To Mock Up Ingenious Gestural Interfaces

  • April 3, 2012

    the no broadband challenge – read #9

    It sux balls.

    I was going to write about the whole process of me signing up internet, but it annoyed me so much I just gave up half way. Basically my flat doesn’t exist, and I can’t sign up a new service because the current address already has a service (which I’m assuming is upstairs). The solution was so simple – manually write in a new address! Don’t use the “look-up-address-by-postal-code” form they provide you. It only costed me almost all my credit on my phone, and hours with customer support between BT and Sky. GG.

    Symptoms Of An Epidemic: Web Design Trends

    Tomorrow’s Cool

    World-Changing Brand Design That Works: 5 Case Studies

    The Dying Art Of Design

    One Is Not Enough: Why Creative People Need Multiple Outlets

    Google Finally Puts Captchas to Good Use

    and for a bonus fun, Hipster Branding