Song of the week: What’s Up? - 4 Non Blondes
1992 was so much different to today. Bush Senior was still president of the US, we had Keating in Australia, and the Olympic Games were in Barcelona - the first Olympics I actually remember. Mobile phones were the size of bricks, and nobody had them… or internet. We still actually watched things on TV and when you took photos you had to wait a week to see how they turned out.
I was too young to understand what this song was about at the time, but now all grown up, I sometimes think we’re still trying to get up that great big hill.
25 years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
Second time at EWR
Second time getting eye contact and smiles from a random cutie.
And idiot that I am just gets all panicky and ruins the moment!
I am not a gamer. In fact the only console that lived in the same house I did, belonged to my dad.
But with the impending Playstation event/announcement I am getting pretty excited to see what comes up, and whether my hard-earned cash should be spent on another
time wasting entertainment device.
That said, Sony has a record of being behind the zeitgeist with new technology. They pushed MiniDisc when MP3 was clearly the way of the future and lost to the iPod. Now Nintendo’s Wii and tablets have changed the gaming landscape. What I am watching for is, if Sony will read the market and come up with something new and innovative, or whether they’ll double-down on bigger specs and little else like they did with the PS3.
I thought this ad was awesome when I first saw it in the mid-2000’s - when Playstation was king - but will it still ring true tomorrow?
I’m sort of the disturbance in the force. I’m the one who’s forever going, “Why couldn’t it do this? Why can’t it do more of this?”
When everybody thinks it’s finished and it’s a masterpiece, I’m the one who comes in and throws a grenade into the middle of the room and goes, “Let’s go and get all differently.”
That’s really my job — creative nuisance — I think that should be my title. Question everything at all times, and then execute Plan B flawlessly.
I need to write more.
Had a crazy weekend. Another team building session and this time we were climbing up things, getting water-ballooned, and consuming a lot of food. There were hot springs involved, because that’s just what you do in winter in China.
On the personal achievement side, I was able to ring the bell on the top of the climbing wall.
TWO MORE YEARS!
My assignment in China is now officially extended.
I am at the stage where I am thinking I need some specific goals for the rest of my time here, because the last 24 months just flew by and I am not sure where it all went.
So, perhaps, I need some kind of checklist for the next two years:
- specific places to go; I have hardly traveled anywhere in China
- specific things to see; Terracotta warriors, for example
- experiences to have; bungy jump off Canton Tower?
- people to meet; finally hold that Tumblr meetup with sirnathandouglashunt and coquitove.
— Shakespeare from Hamlet
O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!
And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
I’ve always loved that line from Hamlet. It’s a part of my personal philosophy and perspective on the universe and our place in it.
Walking back from lunch with someone from the office who I only really spoke to today
- Jim: Do you go to the gym?
- Me: Yes...
- Jim: Everyday?
- Me: No. Maybe twice or three times a week. Why?
- Jim: Because you walk like you have too many muscles in your sholders.
- Me: ... What?
Last week, I had an awesome bike ride around the Seawall in Vancouver with Grimzentide. This actually happened at the end of September, but since I was on vacation who’s keeping rack of dates?
Vancouver is an extremely liveable city, and doing things like this is what makes me say that. And that’s even though Grimo made a point to take me through bum-town, just to show me the other side of the tracks…
Note: If you’re in Germany or some other parts of Europe and you can’t see the vid, then here’s a link that may work for you.
Drifting at Qingyuan in Guangdong Province, China. This was for a team building event at work.
And testing out my GoPro Hero2 for the first time.
Skyfall - International Trailer
Well. This looks incredible. Also, reminds me a lot of You Only Live Twice. Not saying that’s a bad thing, just pointing it out.
Not the best trailer, but this does look promising.
At the end of the day, though, I fear that I am finally growing jaded and cynical and will probably not like the movie when I eventually see it. But maybe that’s the result of being dissappointed by The Dark Knight Rises, the end of A Dance With Dragons, and that chocolate fondant - all in the last week.
Stella better get her groove back because I don’t like this feeling.