A Psychedelic life

I never did think of doing a blog. But in the absence of anything interesting to do at times, here I am writing down my thoughts as they pop in my mind..

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

been a while...

So it's been a while since I last made a post here. makes me think I am not really cut out to blog :-)

Anyway what have I been doing? Been pretty busy really. What with work and all.

As an update, I have been meeting up with friends of Jamz an we are currently working out a business idea. Not really something that is whiz-bang brilliant but merely an implementation of an old idea. hopefully we will branch out from it if it does push through.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Online Communities

I have recently signed up on several communities. And after navigating most of the communities, I have found that some actually have more members than the others. Or more like some actually have more activity than the others. And I was wondering as to why it was so. Why were the other sites seeing less than a hundred views per day as compared to others who got more than a thousand per day?

And I found out that it was actually because of PURPOSE.

The sites which actually had the most activities were sites which actually had purpose. As compared to the others which had no purpose except for a place for people to chat. Which in itself was well and good. However after exhausting the normal topics got pretty stale over time.

The sites which had purpose always had their purpose to fall back into when the doldrums hit. If there was nothing to talk about, there was always the original purpose. Example, a community that catered to people who liked CCGs (Collectible card games). When other topics were exhausted (like whose dog pooped on my porch?), the members could always go back to discussing their favorite CCG.

Now why am I talking about Online communities? well cause I am actualy thinking of creating one myself in the near future.. hmmm

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Law of balance

I just recently recovered from a bout with fever. Luckily it wasn't all that bad. A day and a night's bedrest coupled with a day of just lounging around the house pretty much helped me recover. I still have a bit of a cough left over but its minor as I am back to work again.

Looking back over the past two years, I guess I was overdue to get sick. I did not have any problems for the past two years and if we follow the law of balance, I was long overdue for one. Which I am thankful for. I would rather have a fever than to have a major sickness that would get me bedridden for months on end.

I believe a lot in the law of balance. Others term it as karma but it's not the same. The law of balance is actually quite more. I am sure a lot of people out there have written about it. People more learned than I am. You can check those writings.

For me though, what does it mean? It simply means that in order to achieve something, a person has to pay an equal amount. The basic premise for me is that there is nothing free in the world. that everything has a price. Whether monetary or otherwise, there has to be a price.

Thus my statement about a sickness being overdue for me. Two years of good health in exchange for a days bedrest is a bargain for me. :-)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Rainy days

The rainy season is here again. And today is one prime example of the rainy season. What will all the rain that started early dawn and most likely won't stop until the Intertropical convergence zone clears up.

On rainy days, I like to curl up in bed and catch up on my readings. Like my blog in which I have quite a backlog to work on, my reading list has grown quite long over the years. There are so many books I have sworn to read but never really got to. And on days like these I wish I could. except that I simply can't. Cause like any ordinary joe out there, I have to work. And with work, it does not matter if it's rain or shine. I simply have to be there. So there goes that fantasy about curling up in bed with a good book.

Today, in order to get to work, I had to brave the rain and the wind (which threatened to pop my pitiful umbrella), the cramped bus ride (a good long topic there for another day) and the insensitive people all around. It was not all that bad considering everything. But still not a nice way to start the day.

Wouldn't it be nice if I could just do as I wish and to hell with work? that is a fantasy that all working stiffs wish and work for. So sad to think that only a fortunate few actually accomplish it. Sure i have seen and read all those motivational books. I have also heard some of the authors. I have also read some of those books on investing. But truth is, not everyone can really do it. Yet a lot of people still get quite a lot of money out of it. Just look at all the people buying the books .

For me, I will just work as I do now and strive for my dreams.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Resigning from a company

Recently a former co-worker of mine resigned from work. (I resigned from that company several months back). And although he resigned because he just found a higher paying job, he was asking me for a reason he could use in his resignation letter.

And this leads me to what I actually wanted to talk about. About reasons why people resign from work. 70 percent of people I know who have resigned from their jobs say that the reason they are resigning is because they just found a higher paying job. A small percentage say that they are going to "Pursue Higher education" and a smaller percentage again say that "they want a rest"

All of which, however plausible they may be are oftentimes not the real reasons for quitting. More often than not, the real reasons include but are not limited to:
- Having a bad boss
- Not enjoying the work
- Hectic schedule
- Office Politics
- Office Environment

Although a lot of people say money is their motivator, oftentimes this is the last reason.

Let's take a new employee who is enjoying his work. Ask him what his reason would be if he would resign. He would cite a lot of possible reasons but money would often be the last. I firmly believe that if you actually make sure that an employee is happy, money would be the least of his problems (this is of course assuming that he is getting paid commensurate to his skills).

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Studio Ghibli

I don't know much about anime production houses. nor about voice talents or anime directors. But I do know the name of one Anime director and that is Hayao Miyazaki. Alongside his name of course is Studio Ghibli

Over the years I have seen the following from Studio Ghibli
- Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa (Nausicaa of the valley of the wind
- Tenku no shiro: Rapyuta ( Laputa :Castle in the Sky)
- Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited away )
- Mononokehime (Princess mononoke)
- Kiki's Delivery service
- Kurenai no Buta (Porco Rosso)
- The Castle of Cagliostro
- Heidi: girl of the alps

I plan on watching the following soon since I have the copies
- My neighbor totoro
- Whisper of the Heart
- Pom poko
- Only Yesterday

Unlike some anime, his films always have depth. Take for instance Mononokehime which actually delves into the interaction of man and nature. Of the consequences brought about by man's greed. of the effects not only on the immediate location but on far off people.

When you look at it, a lot of people think that anime is just for kids. But that is not necessarily true as evidenced in the works from Studio Ghibli. Most of the films from Studio Ghibli have been considered to be provocative, imaginative and emotional.

My favorite among all of the works of Studio Ghibli has always been Princess Mononoke or Mononokehime as it is called in japanese. The first time I saw the movie, I was enthralled by the theme of the movie (a return to Nausicaa) along with the musical score. One could not help but feel involved with the characterization of the movie. Until now I sometimes listen to the musical score from time to time.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Songs

Right now I am listening to "Here for you" by Firehouse as sung in their Osaka Concert. I can hear the screams of the crowd in the background. Right now, I wish I can just lay back and belt along with it. I just love a good song and yeah this is a good one for me.


Actually when it comes to music, I have quite a diverse taste. I like to listen to almost all types of music. There are a few that I can't stand of course. Like Death Metal (Do they still call it that?), or Crap Rap (my term for trash rap.. what with the cursing and all). But overall I guess I like to some extent.


I am not a nit picker who likes nit picking the technicalities of the song or the overall quality. For me, it does not matter if the rhythm is repetitive, or if the voice of the singer is bad, or if the guitarist sucks. What matters to me is what the song evokes in me, what it gives to me.


So what if I do not understand the lyrics? Sometimes I really don't care about the lyrics. I don't care if the song is about giving a pig a liposuction. What matters is what it evokes in my mind. There are a lot of music out there which actually evoke emotions quite far from what the lyrics talk about.