Boston Marathon is one of the races that I aim to go and I have deep respects for the runners who are taking part. I do not have much to say about the tragic incident but I am a Runner, and this incident deeply saddens me. As I watch the news about runners who lost their limps, I could feel for them because this is the most painful thing that could happen to a runner – losing the ability to run.
I caught this post off my twitter feed, and I took down a quote on it.
Don’t glorify the terrorists and their actions by calling this part of a “war on terror.” Wars involve two legitimate sides. There’s only one legitimate side here; those on the other are criminals. They should be found, arrested, and punished. But we need to be vigilant not to weaken the very freedoms and liberties that make this country great, meanwhile, just because we’re scared.
via The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On – Bruce Schneier – The Atlantic.
There is no doubt. We should not be scared but this also triggers the thought that I or rather us (my friends) should be more aware of our surrounding and take notice of national security. Because IMHO, most singaporeans take our national security for granted. #runstrong
tl:dr I just completed my first 1000m trail run. In case you wonder what is 1000m to an Ironman finisher. This 1000m *is not the distance but the altitude, together with strong wind and the fluctuating cold weather, this is also the toughest trail run that I did after The North Face 50KMin 2010. This run certainly opens up my knowledge about trail running and further propels my love for running. Furthermore, I really learn a lot on this run both in terms of life and running and I have to share it with you. Continue reading
Had the opportunity to met up with the founder of Open Source Cafe (OSS), Mr. Tsutomu-San. OSS as people call it is a co-working space in Tokyo, where NOT only tech people hangs out but also artistes and musicians. ~ It’s a place to create
CoderDojo, an open source programming club for kids
via CoderDojo Tokyo – Open Source Programming Club for Kids.
He shared with me his interesting for design and code. He also runs a weekly class call CoderDojo, that teaches young kids to code. I could just feel it through his eyes that he is so passionate about teaching and he inspires me. (Just like Kong, who believes that everyone can code)
So I’m writing out this post to share with everyone about CoderDojo. There is no CoderDojo for Singapore yet, but the closest one we have is littlehackers.com. The site is not up but the facebook group has lots of interesting stuff.
Since the announcement of Google Reader closure, I been looking around and testing out for alternatives. I have narrowed down to two different services, which I kinda unable to make a choice.
Feedly has a great UI for both it’s browser plugin and mobiles apps. It allows me to steam through the content easily and the night theme is awesome. (you will love this if you love lying on your bed and be reading from your ipad or iphone). But it adds another app onto my home page making it clutter and gives me another app to manage. Continue reading
I first know about Marco from the Build and Analyse podcast that he did on the 5by5 network. He gives interesting views about the mobile web development, especially with his experience on Instapaper and The Magazine. I later realised that he is also the co-creator of Tumblr, but the interesting thing is that why isn’t his blog on Tumblr?.
I found his answer on Quora.
I’m a developer. I make things. I’ve always written the CMS that powers my site so I can make it behave exactly as I want, and I wanted to keep doing that even after I left Tumblr.
via (12) Marco Arment: Why isn’t Marco.org built on Tumblr? – Quora.
First thought, why build another CMS, when he did such a good job with Tumblr… I was confused.
Now I understand.
Building things is fun, making it work is even more fulfilling. But the most intriguing thing is that you can have it “exactly as you like“. I used to spent hours finding a perfect blogging platform for myself. I could not find, but I could certainly BUILD one that I like. I’m testing out with Jekyll and currently it is hosted on github.
YC sharing about ”skin and bones” architecture by Mies van der Rohe
Graduating from business school, I’m taught that communication among team is upmost important to a manager. Information should flow 360 degree, Managers should keep their team updated with latest development, the direction it is heading while collecting feedback from members about the problems they faced, etc etc.
This keeps the team in the loop and have them feel that they are part of company. But often not in the real world, this is not the case. Information flow among employees / managers are often limited or none. Maybe because everyone is too busy,maybe certain info are confidential, there are many reasons. Continue reading
Perhaps I’m getting old, but it’s seem that less is actually beautiful.
Perhaps the greatest gift of minimalism is that it makes me think about the choices I’m making. This isn’t just what has happened to me. I choose what I don’t spend my time and money on, and that makes it possible to choose what I do spend my time and money on.
via Life without stuff: choosing a minimalist lifestyle.
Or maybe it’s the minimalist bug that I caught on, having less stuff actually helps me to think better. My table is especially messy and often I start to do different things at the same time. Having a clean desk or rather uncluttered desk keeps me focus.
if you are into minimalist or looking to understand why less is actually now more, here are a few amazing minimalists Joshua Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus, Courtney Carver, and Joshua Becker.
as we head home after our office warming, I feel we have grown up and are stronger now
Intraix had it’s office warming on Friday and like to say a big Thank You to all of you who came. Thank you so much for taking your time off. I feel so love when I see you guys visiting us, I apologised for the fast moving pizzas but I hope the drinks can make up for it. You guys are awesome! it’s mushy to write this but… Continue reading
This week, I’m on a holiday over at Bohol, Philippines. A beautiful island located 2 hours away from Cebu. It has a beautiful beach front and an awesome place for diving. But it’s also a place full of tourist traps so do lots of research before you head down to Bohol. (the traps are pretty much like the ones in Phuket) Continue reading
This is a very simple app that I just build for my girlfriend’s birthday yesterday. A label to acknowledge her birthday and a button that plays a happy birthday song when pressed. I sent it to her via Testflight. Compared to 3 months ago, I could not do shit with Xcode and I would have went out to by something off the shelf yesterday. Of course this is nothing if you are an experienced programmer, but this to me is simply amazing. And I like to share with you how it started.
I have become a builder.
But first why learn programming?
Because now I have a little skill to build something that custom to my needs. I can solve my own problem. I can create an instant messaging between my girlfriend and I, I also can create a table view of our travel pictures… (You know where I getting at, the sky is the limit) Continue reading