The Long and Winded Road v2

This year’s Christmas Collection theme is mildly subdued greys with OMGBRIGHTYELLOW

Posted in Musings, Technology, The Internet by enochlau on 21 November, 2008

Looks like Gmail has finally implemented design themes. I expected them to implement something like that eventually, but I was still surprised when I logged in today and found OMGTHECOLOURSMYEYESAREBLINDEDYAY. Most of them look good, though I wish I had a bit more control over the colours; I’m sure that we’ll get that option sooner or later (knowing Google, a button to take over the world will likely appear before you know it).


Ninjas attack my Gmail!

Ninjas attack my Gmail!


Most of the Internet (and many investors too) already sings Google’s praises while dancing around its giant shining statue, so I won’t add to the chorus. I’ll divert slightly to a small, minor, little, teeny-weeny, trivial peeve of mine.


Okay, maybe I came on a little strong with that.


Ha, you say. I’m writing this on a blog on the Internet, bobbing around happily after Gmail — an Internet email service — announced bright colours and cutesy images as a feature (refer to Exhibit #1: Ninjas! above*) and still maintaining a mildly smelly and annoying presence on it, you say. Ah, hypocrisy – you have been well missed.

You got me, then. My peeve isn’t really with the Internet but rather with the way it’s encouraged people to simply plonk their opinions on the table whenever they see fit (… like this blog, for example. *nervous cough*). Those of you who have been on an Internet forum would be familiar with how no matter what topic, time, group or alignment, there will always, always, always be a jerk there. Or at least a few of them. Comment wars, flames and lots of verbal mud-slinging is bound to happen over sometimes awfully trivial topics. Same thing goes for Youtube, where I remember a simple thing as a video of Lincoln Brewster doing a solo during a worship session was enough to get people flaming each other over whether his skills were “used for God” or that he was showing off, and this and that.

Yes, everyone has their own opinions, but the Internet has given everyone a reason to hide behind their computer screens and anonymously shove/plant/slam/throw their point of view (which is apparently the only “right view”, mind you) into other people’s faces without so much as a thought about the other person.

So really, the point of all this is:

1) I still hate the Internet, and I’m being hypocritical about it.
2) Use bright shiny colours and cute Japanese cartoon figures in Gmail for super happy joy love world of peace.


* The only thing that could possibly surpass ninjas on Gmail is super-deformed zombies on Gmail. Bring out the cartoon brains.

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In the whole grand scheme of things, you’re stepping on my foot

Posted in Life, Uncategorized by enochlau on 12 November, 2008

One thing notable about the way that I find myself or the people around me doing things is how we usually end up being at either extreme of the scale of short- or long-sightedness. I don’t mean the physical vision aspect, but one where we are able to look at both the short and long term with equal, or at least acceptable, consideration.

Some people would be the “pioneering visionary” type, where they have idea after idea coming but either don’t care or are simply uninformed about the execution of their plans and the people who have to work drive the ideas. The others — and these are usually the majority — are those whose actions are for the short-term, reactionary and sometimes urgent; these people often working without any inkling of the big picture or, sadly, a couldn’t-care-less attitude about how their work fits into the big picture.

You might, on occasion, hear of people talking about tactics (short-term, present) and strategy (long-term, future) and how they might apply to, say, business and marketing. Sure, it’s also covered a lot in organizational behaviour and other topics you might cover in business school.

The interesting thing is how people end up looking to you if you consider their actions, thoughts and plans with this in mind. For example:

1. Evaluate yourself — are you the kind who thinks for the moment, finding people who talk about long-term and “big picture” annoying? Or are you one of the dreamers/visionaries and find people who bring up details nitpickers and obstacles to your ideas? I hardly think that many can deftly switch between the two at will, but hey — I’m no psychologist.

2. Pick a person, and pick a focus area — easiest example: finances. Is the person a live-for-the-moment sort, or are they always putting purchases (or non-purchases) into perspective?

3. Now, does this person behave completely the opposite in another area?

4. How do you feel about their behaviour when compared to your method of thinking?

I think there are some people who are fully capable of being at both extremes in different situations, but finding someone who is a good balance of both within the same topic or area is a rare find.