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Friday, January 28, 2011

After The Initial Excitement!

"iPhone!!!! Omg!!!! The retina screen on this phone is amazing. It's so slim. It's just beautiful. I can play games. Look at that, it's a GPS. Wow, what can I not do with this phone!!!"

The above is basically what I've been thinking when I look at the below.

Haha, you can see a reflection of my stuff on the iPhone.
But, a month has passed since I have become an iPhone user, and I have, I think, finally gotten over the bells and whistle of the iPhone.

And after the initial excitement of owning an iPhone . . .

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Seaweed Is Always Greener . . .

. . . in somebody else's lake. We dream about going up there. But, that is a big mistake. Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things surround you, what more is you looking for.
A verse from "Under the Sea", from Disney's The Little Mermaid, composed by Alan Menken.

My friend visited me last weekend. I gave her a tour of BU, including the not so glamourous, sketchy stairwell and basement of the cummington st. buildings. During the tour, my friend noticed I had a knack for comparing everything to Harvard: BU architecture is pretty ugly compared to Harvard, BU is smaller in size, acre-wise, than Harvard, Harvard has a better bookstore, etc. It's not that I lack school pride, that is just how things are. I can't deny them.

Later, when she went home I asked what she thought of BU. She said that visiting BU gave her a new perspective of her university. She had considered transferring from her university but is now looking at her university in a new light. She compared it to the idiom: the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. The idiom just means its all in your head and the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence. BU, to her, is the greener grass on the other side of the fence.

(I'm happy for my friend regardless where she decides to receive her education, just as long as she's happy. I'm of course bias toward any college away from home.)

But that idiom bothers me. Sure, the grass probably is not greener on the other side of the fence but what if it is? Should I, hypothetically, just settle for what I have? That's rather limiting. Why would I be looking at the other side of the fence if I'm satisfied with my grass? Okay, maybe I'm just a pessimist and I don't appreciate how great and green my grass is. But, how would I know my grass is super awesome if I don't go to the other side of the fence. In the end, the idiom just means don't risk what you have for something you're not sure of. I feel this idiom is degrading and restricting of the possibilities, better or worse. And sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side.

Or maybe I'm just naive and reality has yet to knock the hope out of me.

Anyways, as a wrap up, although Ariel is a fictional character, she appears happier on land. She took a risk, and it worked out for her.

Monday, January 17, 2011

One Post, Two days, Still Incomplete.

Been a while - LoL the signature phrase of a blogger. I feel every blogger has, at one point of their blogging career, said that. I guess I can now call myself a blogger.

But it has been awhile. I've been feeling ill all week. And for some reason, I blamed my illness on my overindulgence in looking at a screen: laptop screen, television screen, theater screen, iPhone screen. So I cut myself off from my laptop, checked my email sparingly, facebook, etc, on my phone, and avoid watching television as much as possible. However if I'm in the living room, I can't tell others not to watch television. So I didn't completely not watch television. I am not fully healed, but I am on the upward trend. So, I decided I needed to leave my house and went grocery shopping with my parents at H-mart, a Korean supermarket. Terrible idea on my part, since I am now bored. And we're caught up: I'm currently at H-mart, blogging away and trailing my parents without looking as they shop. (which is actually quite a task considering the massive amount of people at H-mart.)

A couple days later . . .

I didn't post the above after I finished typing it because I felt it wasn't complete. Looking at it now, I don't know what more I should add. Maybe include a line about how I read instead of doing screen activities. Maybe, a bit about the books I read: two mangas, an easy read young adult fantasy novel, and a fantasy novel I didn't finish reading. The books were totally different. The mangas were hour reads while the novels weren't. The easy novel was clearly a novel that was meant to entertain and did not make you think unlike the fantasy novel I didn't finish. That's the problem with me: I don't think enough. I've realized this a couple times during the break. The most obvious time was when I visited my camp directors. I listened in on their conversation and there's so much intellectual thought going on.

Is thinking something that comes with the years or something I need to work?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Letterheads

I ran into this blog: Letterheady. It's basically a blog about letterheads. I found them so interesting that I am inspired to create my own letterhead. Yes, I will create one before break is over. And since, I owe several people letters from college, I will be able to use this letterhead when sending letters to them. 

It's too bad letters aren't really used anymore. Aside from some formal matters, email has taken over! Is it a shame? Hmm . . . not really. I was never one to really hate on the advancement of technology. (I, for one, am not complaining about the CGI and 3-D in our cinemas. It is similar, like I've said to friends, the black and white to color transition. I don't want to watch a black and white film, and I'm sure kids of today and future don't want to watch a 2-D or hand-drawn film. Although, I do absolutely adore technicolor and hand-drawn animation, but that doesn't mean I have a problem with the new CGI and 3-D stuff.) But there was so much customization with letters. From, the letterhead, wax seal, stamp, handwriting or font. But then again, emails have become more customizable; they aren't telegrams after all. There's pictures, colors, not letterheads but I guess email templates, and the ease of sending digital files: music, videos, documents, voice recordings, etc.

Anyways, here are some of my favorite letterheads from the blog:
Dr. Seuss (notice the crayon signature)
JFK's (before he was president)
Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)
Frank Lloyd Wright (Very detailed and fitting for him)
The Coca Cola Bottling Company (sounds so formal)

My Laptop Wallpaper:

Concept art from one of my most favorite scenes in Tangled:

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