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Phoenix Down

By | Introspective, Late Night Rant, Life | One Comment

It’s been a year. Where did the time go? What have I accomplished since June 2013? How is it already halfway through 2014? Why do we never notice these things sooner?

A. Whole. Year.

Now before any of you go about giggling at a largely unintentional and unrelated pun, think about the fact that nearly 365 full days of the sun and moon going up and down (well, technically, the sun doesn’t move, but whatever) have passed since 2013 graduation (congrats to the class of 2014, btw). For those still in school, this marks yet another academic year gone by and my, oh my, did that go by quickly. Read More

Dem feels, Part I

By | Introspective, Late Night Rant, Life | One Comment

For the first time, I experienced the feeling of true anger. It was an anger ferocious enough to cause my very being to wish for the destruction of a nearby object. Perhaps describing the experience in passive voice is more eloquent as opposed to dramatic, but to put it into simple terms: I seriously wanted to table flip.

This may come as a surprise for most people as I tend to present myself as a reasonably stoic and emotionally stable person (excluding my frequent expressions of tiredness, laziness, and boredom). It is not very often that I feel immensely nostalgic, overjoyed, or immeasurably sad about life experience (though there are several instances that I can remember. In general, I’m quite independent feeling-wise and don’t let such things get in the way of my work. This is not to say I’m not impulsive and don’t act based on my feelings; on the contrary, I’m perhaps a manifestation of impulsive. Rarely do I ever plan things for the future as I enjoy doing things only when I feel like doing them.
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Outbursts #030: I’m a Father!

By | Experimental, Introspective, Outbursts, UVa | One Comment

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

By | Animation, Book, Drama, Impressions, Introspective, Movie, Outbursts | No Comments

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

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

Nomadic Journals from Texas: Days 1 & 2

By | Introspective, Life, Outbursts, Travel | No Comments

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

By | Commemoration, Impressions, Internet, Introspective, Life | No Comments

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

Songwriting Series: #10

By | Impressions, Introspective, Music, UVa | No Comments

“Inner Mosaic,” the last song in this Songwriting Series, is probably the most serious song yet, venturing into broken, as well as lost, love. I can’t really say that this song arose from experience, since I’ve never suffered from lost love (or even having one, for that matter). The bitterness and longing for a broken past to be whole and true again is a thematic idea that’s pretty popular in dramas and epic romance stories. I thought that I’d give a shot at it (and quickly found that it was pretty emotionally exhausting to put words down and sing the lyrics). Read More