Friday, August 29, 2014
I was thinking about it, and this just occurred to me.

I was thinking about it, and this just occurred to me.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just went to Kathmandu, Nepal for the first time and shot a bunch of video from every cramped, bumpy cab ride I took. Those cab drivers can really navigate the hell out of potholed roads.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
"Wrong" British spelling

"Wrong" British spelling

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Here’s my band’s latest video! It’s our rock cover of Dark Horse, originally by Katy Perry.

Get the mp3 from the Soundcloud link in the video description.

Monday, June 30, 2014

I’ve started a new blog in which I badly photoshop corrections over awkwardly-worded signs. User submissions accepted!

Here, I Fixed It For You

Friday, June 27, 2014

Starting a new social media identity

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For the past two weeks, I’ve been working on editorial content at MigMe, formerly Mig33.

It’s a social network, so the first step was to create a Mig account.

Entirely starting a social identity from scratch is a bizarre experience when you already have social media baggage up to your eyeballs from Facebooking, Twittering, Instagramming, and dare I say Friendstering from back in the day.

I immediately took to dressing up the landing page of my profile, from setting a photo to coming up with a faux intelligent bio. And then my first twee-, I mean Mig: a photo of the snack in my hand and an indication of what I was doing at the time.

Typically, the first tweet anyone sends out is a Hello World style message. You know? “Testing this out”, “hello there”, “what is this?” that sort of thing.

But I was a lot more self-aware of the trail I was leaving, and was far more attuned to the sort of crafted online identity we’ve all learnt how to shape (for better or worse, for some).

Still, I was keen to populate my stream. It felt cleaner, and somehow more authentic to speak to a brand new audience.

With less of a filter, I was happier to share. I’m much more of a lurker on Facebook, but on Mig I was happy to distill all of the plenteous online curios I consume each day.

For instance, when SwiftKey went free I took to Mig immediately to spread the good news. It felt like there was no point tweeting this because it was old news by the time it came to me, but on a new platform with no baggage, I was speaking to friends.

Right now, we’re all online adding to the noise, but there is satisfaction in offering something of value. To get there, you either create something original or consistently be first to the news.

Perhaps that explains Instagram’s appeal—the ease with which you can create something original, with relatively little friction between making and publishing it. Being original on Facebook, these days, requires careful wordsmithing and work to capture the daily zeitgeist. That’s too much effort, for most.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Been a while since I posted a cover. Here’s a new one.

Grab the mp3 here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Whenever Singaporeans pronounce ‘sword’ as ‘swat’, I’m like

Whenever Singaporeans pronounce ‘sword’ as ‘swat’, I’m like

Friday, March 21, 2014

Remember when Garth Brooks tried to be Chris Gaines? I thought it was okay, but his fans really hated it. I got this song request for someone’s birthday, so I thought I’d play it on my tiny Yamaha Guitalele that I’ve had for a few years. Look how small it is!

Grab the mp3 off my Soundcloud

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Thrown in the towel

After 6 months of using my phone in Chinese, I’ve switched back to English.

Results:

  • Chinese language proficiency +10% (from low base)
  • Speed navigating phone +20%
  • Fear of testing new apps -50%