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11:56 PM on 2 Jan 2013 via recitethis.com

Dreams don’t work unless you do

Dreams don’t work unless you do
11:47 PM on 2 Jan 2013 via recitethis.com

Make misteaks

Make misteaks
4:20 PM on 7 Jan 2012 via designersof

designersof:

Clean Design.

It’s funny because it’s true.

designersof:

Clean Design.

It’s funny because it’s true.
10:04 PM on 27 Dec 2011

My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

After graduating college in May and starting my first job in June, it became increasingly apparent that I was transforming into a real person. For me, the transformation began when I transferred the title of a vehicle and became the official owner of my car. Then I started budgeting, paying for car insurance, not having an excuse to not buy my friends gifts for the holidays, etc.

Right now, I feel like I’m in a position in which my responsibilities to external factors are increasing and my opportunities to take risks are decreasing. I decided on the following resolutions for 2012 to take advantage of this position and improve my quality of life further down the road:

I will start investing.

I’m pretty ashamed to admit this, but I don’t know how to invest. My dad currently manages my stock portfolio. Not that he’s doing a bad job or anything, but I feel like I should (and actively want to) take control of my personal finances. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there (namely Quora and my friends in finance) to help me start off on the right path.

I will not eat deep-fried food on weekdays.

I’m fully aware that genetics will only get me so far if I want to be/look fit and healthy further down the road, so I chose this resolution to help me develop better eating habits. I’m also aware of the fact that I really love deep-fried food, so I’m only restricting myself on weekdays for the sake of being realistic (and deliciousness).

I will learn a new skill and become proficient at it.

I haven’t decided which skill I want to learn yet, but it will probably be something along the lines of learning a new programming language, how to play the guitar, or something to do with electrical engineering (like creating a light installation that pulses to the beat of a song). The purpose of this resolution is to help me stay sharp and expand my skill-set.

Here are some of my lower-priority resolutions:

I will use swear words less often.
I will cook dinner at least two nights a week.
I will read a new book each month.

Let me know what you think of my resolutions, and I would love to hear what you have in store for 2012. Happy Holidays!

11:40 AM on 21 Sep 2011

Thoughts on the recent Facebook changes

The good:

  • Better separation between comments - I love the 1px border and the 4px padding on the bottom of each comment. (screenshot)
  • Subtle drop-shadow on the top bar - So sexy (screenshot)
  • More detail about a ticker story on hover - Especially photo-related stories (screenshot)
  • [Update 2:20PM PST] Send Birthday wall posts from the homepage - So convenient (screenshot) [Update 2:32PM PST] On the other hand, the user experience of sending a Birthday wall post from the homepage modal is not good. After you send a Birthday wall post to one friend on the list, the modal disappears and you have to re-click the link to get it back. You should be able to send multiple Birthday wall posts without the modal disappearing. [Update 2:57PM PST] It would be cool if I could RSVP for events from the homepage as well. Right now, I can’t perform any useful actions from the homepage events modal. (screenshot)
  • The bad:

  • Inconsistent top bar behavior - On the homepage and profile pages, the top bar is omnipresent/persistent (stays visible as you scroll down), but disappears when you scroll down on a canvas page. (example)
  • Ticker when the chat sidebar is hidden - Feels cluttered (screenshot)
  • The meh:

  • Home button on the top bar unnecessary - I always click the Facebook logo to go to the homepage, so the home button seems redundant. Also, I think the top bar would look cleaner without it.
  • Chat sidebar goes to the top of the page - I think it would look cleaner if the chat sidebar appeared underneath the top bar instead of over it. (screenshot)
  • Those are my (and my friend Felix's) initial thoughts on the recent Facebook changes. Let me know if you agree or disagree!

    I will probably post some additions and/or updates later tonight or tomorrow.

    5:22 PM on 29 Apr 2011

    I received this awesome Wildfire product & engineering team care package last week! I already love these guys!! (Taken with instagram)

    I received this awesome Wildfire product & engineering team care package last week! I already love these guys!! (Taken with instagram)
    7:24 PM on 28 Apr 2011

    » Customize Your Own "Barbra Streisand" (by Duck Sauce) Song

    My name didn’t work well since I have 6 syllables, but this website still provided me with hours of amusement.

    1:19 AM on 26 Apr 2011

    April Updates

    I can’t believe that I’m graduating college in less than 3 weeks! But after 4 incredible years at Claremont McKenna College, I definitely feel ready to enter the real world. Back in February, I accepted an offer to work at Wildfire Interactive, Inc. as a junior product manager. I can’t wait to start in early June (and reinforce the Zuckerberg stronghold in Silicon Valley)!

    Lately, I’ve been spending almost all of my free time reading, which is very different from what I usually do (namely coding, attempting to cook for my friends, and/or sleeping). Instead of simply listing the names of the books I’ve read (or would like to read) this year, I made my own little Amazon store where you can see each book’s description, price, reviews, etc. I also included a short note if a particular book was recommended to me.

    I’m sorry for not posting in such a long time! Things are a little busy/crazy right now, but I will definitely try to write more often.

    12:52 PM on 19 Mar 2011

    Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello

    This is my favorite song right now. It never fails to make me smile!

    3:43 AM on 11 Mar 2011

    This is what an ambulance looks like in Mumbai…

    This is what an ambulance looks like in Mumbai…