Outbursts #030: I’m a Father!

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No. Not really.

Well. Yes. I am a father, but not by any “I fell in love, got married, and had kids” standard. Much like a big/little sib program, I’m involved in a University of Virginia program called the Peer Advising Family Network (PAFN). Most of the friends I have made at University are involved with this program, and it was PAFN that really allowed me to insert myself into the UVa community, grow in confidence, and learn to really enjoy helping others.

Interjection Note: btw, if you’re trying to watch the video and skip the blog post, skim to the bottom of the entry to find pretty obvious clue as to what the private video’s password is… Read More

Outbursts #029: Novels VS Films

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The movie is better than the book. The book is better than the movie. Which is better? The debate for whether a film adaptation of a popular novel (or any novel, for that matter) can meet or exceed expectations of its fans has been one for the ages. For sure, numerous film studios (live action and animation) have hunkered down and spewed films that draw from pre-existing material. The advantages of this include many: having an original source to draw inspiration from, having pre-existing marketing material or ideas for fans to get excited about (therefore increasing revenue based purely on anticipation), and being able to work with your favorite childhood (or adulthood) characters and bring them to life. Many risks accompany such a decision, as well, however, ranging from total crashing and burning of the movie fails (Golden Compass and Animal Farm come to mind) to being completely forgotten in the voids of film making (not sure which is better). Read More

Outbursts #028: 2012 Spring Playlist

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The long and overdue is finally here (I’m also currently working on the Summer Playlist…so hopefully that comes around the corner soon too). Having finally returned to California after a fun month in Texas, I’ve finally had some down time where I don’t play StarCraft 2. I initially thought that I would have a week before having to get back into the swing of working again, but the heavens above weren’t so kindor…perhaps they were. Read More

Outbursts #026: . . .

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As I sit here in an office of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, I idly search for any lasting drop of inspiration to write a blog post. Despite having 20+ drafts of posts discussing topics such as immaturity, false self expression, and the ever so elusive pursuit of girls (eer…) sitting in the dashboard, I am incapable of collecting enough mental facility to coherently finish the entries. Once the habit drops, it’s difficult to reset yourself on the train tracks that continue on into the infinite horizon. I’ve asked myself countless of times, “Once I start blogging…where does it stop?” Read More

Internet #007: Colors Galore

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X-Rite is a company bent on making sure we can see and understand color better. Color; definitely something we all take for granted. Developing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting innovative color solutions, X-Rite uses measurement systems, software, color standards and services to bring us the most accurate, soulful colors possible. They attempt to get the color you want right the first time, translating to better quality and reduced costs. I can’t tell you how many times I go to FedEx Kinko’s, or to my local architecture color printer room, and print version after version of atrosciously discolored pages. It’s remarkable how we have too many color systems (however standardized they may be), ranging from B/W, CMYK, RBH, CRH, and etc. Granted, every technology requires a slightly different system, but you’d think that printing businesses can stop using old CMYK and move to today’s more popular RGB. I asked the printing press used by the Washingtonian Magazine (where I worked for a summer as a design intern), and they said that converting to a new system now would be horrendous, despite CMYK’s inherent printing press faults. There just doesn’t really exist a large scale and efficient RGB printing system. Read More

White; A Brief Discussion

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The end of the semester rolled around, and before I knew it, I was hit on the head by the multitude of projects I had put off for so many months. It came as no surprise when I had to get myself to sit in front of the computer and churn out pages after pages of written text, seconds after seconds of musical notes, and lines after lines (or boxes after boxes) of written code for Interactive Media. Consecutive days were spent toiling away at semester-end projects, reminding me of my consistent procrastination habit. Read More

Internet #006: A New Face

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Most of you probably already know my obsession about Pixar. Constantly bent over each film’s release date (Monster’s University comes out next year!), I can never manage to hide my excitement for this animation studio’s work. I’ve mentioned in previous posts of my love for the field of animation, as well as Pixar. With the release of Brave on June 22, 2012 (TODAY!), Pixar decided to completely revamp their website, and for good cause. Their old website was aged and plain, though still very clean. For a studio at the top of industry standards, it felt strange to have a website that chronicles and displays their work in sub optimal (and out of date) fashion. Read More

Nomadic Journals from Texas: Days 1 & 2

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Texas is pretty flat. It was the first distinguishing feature pointed out by my host family’s mother: Texas is flat. Actually, no. The first thing you notice is that Texas is hot. Sure, 85-90 can feel OK if it’s not humid, but in Texas, it’s hot and humid, the worst combo. Honestly, if Texas weren’t actually so hot, then dang, this would be a place to die for (relatively speaking). Read More

Internet #005: Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Here’s to those important guy figures in our lives, who helped us make us who we are today, regardless of how big or small those contributions were. I’m sharing a video that izthakkim shared with me on the 1st of January this year. What a way to start the new year, eh? The video is truly intense, and I’m amazed at how well it was was done. I was watching 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (You Are the Apple of My Eye) (2011) (lol…translation…) with my parents a couple nights ago, and after getting into a somewhat heated discussion about the director’s artistic direction in the ending sequences, my mother mentioned how she was more of a family-drama oriented movie, rather than young sappy love. Ah, what the heck. Who can blame her? Read More