On mission for Valentine’s Day, 2012

Every once in a while, we meet someone who brings out the parts of ourselves that we didn’t know existed, the latent talents, energies, emotions we’ve never experienced before… And when it happens, that’s constituent of what it means to say that the value of love is to inspire you. It was just another ordinary day for lunch, and in the midst of the “clinking” and “clanking” of cutlery against plates and everyday people going…

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Destiny: The economics of connecting the dots

Life should be lived in the moment. With the past behind us (sunk costs) and the future beyond complete certainty, we can only make plans and do what we can. Every attempt an experience gained, every pain more spirit attained (like an RPG game except that there are no save points and therefore no reloads nor resets). I think a lot, and then I do stupid things, and at the end of the day I…

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Poetry 2.0 on Prezi: Y/N?

The context: This really is not so much poetry as high-tech ranting. Which I like. Always take something social and find a way to speak your own voice into it, locating that “inmost secrets of art” between sympathy and pride (The Gift, Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World). This really came out of a lunch conversation I had with DJ. We’re both geeky in our own ways and on missions and was relating…

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Love is as strong as death (Song of Solomon 8:6)

(Coldly) I dont believe in God. Can you understand that? Look around you man. Cant you see? The clamor and din of those in torment has to be the sound most pleasing to his ear. And I loathe these discussions. The argument of the village atheist whose single passion is to revile endlessly that which he denies the existence of in the first place. Your fellowship is a fellowship of pain and nothing more. And…

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Parties are good for the Soul

If all of life is a party And all the men and women members of the same set, creatures of the night, phantoms of the abyss In search of an acid solution to loneliness, boredom and worry You’d be my music I’d be your disco light; I have my reservations you have your curiosities One drink down, two’s not good enough, three’s still a long way to go, by the forth you look as lovely…

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Pornography For the Non-Religious and D’ou Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Ou Allons Nous (everything just sounds sexier when said in French)

Cufon cannot make the “ù”s in “D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous” appear. I is disappointed. It was the first time, in a long time, that I’d seen a man with his shirt all tucked in and still look ridiculously smart. He took off his jacket, fully exposing three majestic equations that supposedly holds the answers, if not the keys, to Gauguin’s questions. If I don’t remember wrongly. With his…

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A brief summary of Ernie’s 2011

An Uncertain Future I spent the first 23 years of my life living under the comfortable illusion that everything was going to get better. I realised that I have aged irrevocably when one fateful day – it was the day after my Intermediate Microeconomics paper, I remember – it dawned upon me that: No, things are not gonna get better. For the most part, we’ll be shuffling roles and functions around but the sum total…

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How can we know anything fosho? On memories, facts and epistemology.

The most intriguing movies, and books for that matter, are the ones that present us with an unreliable narrator. The Stranger. Fight Club. Memento. That omissions can often be more telling than the events told. Self-deception is necessary for human happiness. This much we know for sure. Depressives see a world stripped of the usual psychological cushions we all couch behind to a certain degree and therefore they are depressed. If we would perhaps all…

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An education

Recess week is almost over. It’s been months since school started. And I’m still feeling in limbo, like I’m suspended in time. Omo, this does not bode well. That aside, a sequence of events have brought the issue of education into closer focus: A Be the Change dinner forum in PA headquarters on Wednesday night, then meeting my assigned mentor the next, and finally following-up with Mr. Hsieh over coffee on Friday. If anything, the…

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Watching Symbol and Sperm Donors at SIFF 2011

So I had my first Singapore International Film Festival experience, and insofar as Symbol and Donor Unknown were interesting in their own ways… Both movies are the type of interesting that I would not want to experience a second time. Symbol was just weird. A man wakes up in a huge white room and presses on the penises of cherubs to have all kinds of random and “seemingly nonsensical” things fall out from the walls……

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