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B.F.F. (Black Friday Fanaticism)

Black Friday

It was still the illustrious Black Friday a few hours ago and I didn’t choose to enter the arena, but I hope you guys had a good one! Apparently, I received orders from friends in Hong Kong and London, even from my brother in Vancouver. That bloke demanded me to go and at least buy something for them (aimlessly). Sorry guys, unfortunately I do not think I’m used to the habit of shopping aimlessly across the stores anymore. I GET WHAT I NEED NOW (ahem, my stolen Comme des Garçons wallet and earphones). Be qualitative.

However, the rumored madness reminds me of a Youtube video:

The above probably shows:

1)   How cool the T by Alexander Wang clothes are to the fashion people

2)   The T by Alexander Wang clothes are economic goods

3)   One of the features from the characteristics of humanities

What do you think about Black Friday? Were you one of them in Target?

Photo: imgace.com

What is outside your binoculars?

What is outside your binoculars?

I have an unhealthy obsession with the Internet, that, I think we all are these days. However, when it comes to reading, I still prefer physically holding a book or newspapers, they make me feel (look) so scholarly.

Sadly, we don’t get everything from the Internet.

I was inspired by this picture from 9gag.com , when I was aimlessly surfing around the Internet a few days ago. I realize how little do we know about the world when social media is our only source; there is always a better alternative. You see the gap behind the door? Maybe there is a scent of freshness from the grass that we can’t smell from the binoculars. Maybe there is a dragon spitting fire. Maybe your crush is there waiting for you to hold her/his hand.

There are a lot outside your screen. Friends aren’t meant to be in black and white.

Photo: 9gag.com

@ Dining

Dining

“Thank you for the earrings.”

“As long as you like it.”

“I do. I’m kind of hungry.”

“Where do you want to eat?”

“You can make the cut.”

“What about… Italian?”

“We had Italian for lunch on Sunday.”

“Mexican?”

“You know I hate tacos.”

“Fine, fine. Maybe that music café at 51th Street?”

“A meal at a music café, seriously?”

“I’ve heard there are Japanese restaurants in Minneapolis.”

“Japanese.”

“Yea… Sushi, soba, udon noodles… things like that.”

“Ugh.”

“That’s just an option.”

“How about some Polish food.”

“You’ve been cooking Polish food for weeks.”

“You are exaggerating, and that’s where I’m from. I miss my food.”

“There are vegetarian options in that Japanese restaurant.”

“Really? Like what?”

“I don’t know, Connor said it’s nice.”

“Can you at least do some research before proposing something? ”

“For sure they have cucumber sushi, salad, Californian rolls…”

“Why did you say you don’t know when you do know something?”

“Jesus! What’s wrong with you?”

“All I want is some food. I thought you’re somewhat different.”

“All I did was suggesting choices for you. You should at least…”

“Let’s go to a Polish restaurant.”

“Say what?”

Photo: Tommy Ton

Organic

Fall 001

love to travel.

This is my nth time visiting America and I love this place. But in the past I was wandering around in big cities like a typical tourist, so this is probably my 1st proper Fall in the States (if you can call it authentic). I’m lucky enough to have pals who own cabins in Wisconsin; it was such a paradise and everything is so organically cool.

Fall 002

What does the fox say. It’s real. I did wrap it around my collar.

Fall 003

A proper Fall experience would never complete without having s’mores next to a bon fire with this lake-view.

Ryan brought Zach and I to fish in this lake. It was my first time to fish and I caught a bass! A seriously lively moving fish. It was chillier down the water; the sky turned gray and it started to rain. It was rather fictional until the engine of our boat froze down in the middle of the lake, where we drifted like post-shipwreck survivors for 30 mins, before the boat successfully resurrected itself.

Fall 004

It wasn’t my first time carving a pumpkin, but it certainly was for Aashna. She grabbed the blade and pierced the pumpkin fiercely.

Talk about the thriller Saw.

Maybe she was a professional in her previous life and who knows. But that was great. At least it grabbed our attention.

Fall 005

Who doesn’t love colors? Fortunately we came here in the right time.

Well, it’s going to snow very soon.

The Downfall of Unlimited Data Plans

Image

Back in the days in UK, it was almost nothing for us to browse YouTube videos in the streets; no extra charges, videos were smoothly buffered and played. Credits to the Unlimited Data Plans from 3 and other telephone companies. However the pleasure ended when I head back to Hong Kong and the States.

The data plans provided in these 2 places were mostly limited. I had to be extra careful when browsing the Internet, beware of the temptation of clicking into the YouTube app; according to Vodafone, a typical 4-minute YouTube music video costs 11MB, which is equivalent to browsing 75 websites. The reason behind was because providing unlimited Internet services to the public would lead to ‘abuse’ to the network, largely consuming various network resources. The result? Huge network congestions.

So, what differences did it make after the unlimited data plans were gone? Probably a closer relationship and less phubbers, I would say.  The vocabulary phubber comes from the words ‘phone’ and ‘snubbers’, thus they are generally negative. Before, people were used to text during conversations, which in terms of manners was absolutely disrespect to the speaker; now there are more face-to-face interactions. There may be less road accidents, because for those who think they’re cool when checking their phones randomly while crossing the road; now they have time to checkout the crossings before cross it.

Yet on the other hand, there would be less people downloading the apps on smartphones and the revenue of online advertisements would be affected. Telephone companies will have to strike a balance between provisions of Internet services and the prevention of Network congestion. Some companies in the States provide various plans with different amount of data services along with their according price lists, which could be a light to other countries in the future.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Thoughts about Instagram

Instagram

If you wander along the metro line of a big city, look at the passengers around you: most of them have their smart phones glued to their palms, and perhaps most of them are using Instagram. Tap tap tap. It’s almost contagious. Why is it so admired? What will happen to Instagram in the future?

My friends went bananas when Instagram was first introduced, “This is exactly what I wanted.” I tried to think of  the reasons behind all of these, and here are several explanations that I came up with:

It’s uber user-friendly: take your snap, choose an effect, upload it, Geotagging, share to SNS or Flickr… with only 3 steps and you can complete everything above. Moreover, photos can be instantly shared to friends on the internet. There are a lot of similar photo-sharing apps on iPhone, but none of them bring you experiences as smooth as Instagram, because it doesn’t have any unnecessary functions.

However, I believe most of the users had made a visit to the PC web version of the app, and let’s admit how suck it is: other than glancing at the photos, changing the password is the only other function it has. Many had been complaining about this, but I believe this is an intentional act:  ‘Insta’ from the word Instagram contains the meaning of ‘instant’, but it’s almost impossible for a PC web to be as instant as a smartphone. I mean, even if the piece of  information can be uploaded straightaway to the web, other Instagram users (presumably) will not carry their PCs everywhere and visit the web. Only instant mobile devices have their significance. That’s because when the user needs it, it is possible for them to access instantly (and thanks to the notification bubbles) to the app.

It’s also comical to see the patterns of how other users are using Instagram, and I’m thrilled to see how the community of Instagram will be in the future.

At the moment, I can see  2 types of users: the first are the kind of people who snap whatever they experience, allowing everyone to access his/her personal life. “Nice shot bro”. “Ill n—a alert! Ill n—a alert!” “I come to award shows for twerking.” “Thanks bb”; the others are perfectionists who would rather publish a small amount of qualitative photos (possibly after a shedloads of Photoshop work) with a massive of likes and followers.

And of course there are users who manage to be in both types.

But which of the two will be the final focus of Instagram in the future? At this point, I cannot confirm you with anything. But according to unofficial statistics from my friends, the level of fulfillment and the number of likes/followers has a positive correlation.

Photo: http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/008949/instagram-app-2-620×433.jpg?hash=AwyyBGExBT&upscale=1

5 Things I Hate Under the Rain

Umbrellas

The canvas turned grey and it rained cats and dogs last night. I went to Applebee’s with my crew, we were all soaking wet when we were back to our place.

In general, people in the West don’t carry umbrellas as much as we do in Hong Kong. There are A LOT OF problems derived from carrying that canopy under the showers, especially when an inconsiderate jerk is around. Here are 5 of the common selfish behaviors I’ve experienced:

1. Carrying it obliviously rambling across the pavement

Here comes the people carry their gigantic umbrellas in a narrow pavement— rampaging towards the opposite direction of the crowd, crashing at the pedestrians without any signs of confessions.

2. Blaze a trail

When the streets were packed they thoughtlessly raise their wet umbrellas 45 up to make their way through the crowd.

3. Spinning umbrellas

Not only kids, some adults like to spin their umbrellas under the rain, like a Japanese Explosive Shoot Beyblade; droplets whirl in the air and fall onto their peers.

4. Closing a wet umbrella in front of another person

They close their dripping-wet-umbrellas in front of the people around; dirty rainwater instantly splashes across the area.

5. Placing wet umbrellas on public facilities

Needless to describe, public transports are always packed during peak hours, the bastards decided to put their wet umbrellas on the seats thus that they can occupy multiple seats.

Photo: Apple – Next Media Asia

Hello World

It took a long way from Heathrow Hong Kong to Wisconsin, 20+ hours… and I’m finally here! Anyway, this blog is all about things that caught my attention, inspirations from happenings around me … (maybe stories from UK and the East) !

As this is my first blogpost, it would be better for me to seek advice from the pros in the field. And here comes the light from bufferapp.com , 16 Top Tips from Top Blogging Experts for Beginners, which sounds pretty useful at this point.

Moz’s Rand Fishkin suggests that blogging requires time and patience for getting attention (Tip 11), as we learn to blog from experience. So attention-seeking bloggers, take note.

I’m really impressed by Tip 14 (Be Yourself by Aaron Lee), as Fishkin also responded, “Emotion and storytelling have been part of how we communicate with each other and inspire action for thousands of years”. Hate it when people try hard to impress the crowd by doing posts that they believe everybody likes, and fails to maintain special core; this, in my opinion,  camouflages his or her own unique personality. Why bother to blog then?

Lastly, from Tip 8 (Be Consistent by Neil Patel), it’s better to update the blog frequently in order to get more of your readers. And so, get yourself weekly updated here!

Check out the passage below:

http://blog.bufferapp.com/blogging-advice-for-beginners-from-16-experts

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