That time when…P was appreciating the stylus I gave her, when I lurked demon-eyed in the background of a Galentine’s Day shindig, when Jeff’s excessive height forces him to tie his shoes in a particular way so as to spare his back, when it was July 2014 and we were rather too close to appreciate the full firework show—but VERY close to food, at the beach, Dual Mother’s Day when my cousin morphed into a young man not a baby—for which I grieve. There’s something special in the round faces and chubby limbs of toddlers and small kids.

Today started out rather poorly. I had a base case of dehydration (?) and had to cut tennis short. Upon arriving home, I drank water, suffered through some time of nausea (that terrible feeling building up in your mouth), and then threw up. I almost never throw up because I don’t drink and have a strong stomach so when this happened on this fateful morning, the unfamiliarity exacerbated the bad experience. 

As I curled up, shivering from abdominal pain, as I kneeled before “the porcelain god”, as I went to bed, I thought how beneficial this experience was for me. When you’re so healthy for so long, when you have so much, are so un-pained, it is hard to relate to people that feel helpless, unwell. It definitely humanized me and couldn’t we all do with more of that? Not mere civility—as wonderful as that is—real humanity that stems from empathy.

I’ll try to think back to this random morning. It made me appreciate my life and I’m going to try to make it a habit to wake up and think about something that I’m grateful for. 

Fortunately the evening has been much better. I still had a vague headache but I went to my favorite pizza place for dinner and tried a new pizza, which was excellent. I normally get a pear and cheese pizza but this new stuff was great, as is this newly discovered song. It feels like the end of summer. 

(Source: Spotify)

Hello (handful of) followers, my longtime friend/former walking/yogging buddy/essay editor, Kelsey, is trying to make GustOrganics totally vegan.
Even though evidence supporting the benefits of a plant-based diet have been around for years, most people, especially people in the USA, don’t comply. Moderation is key in general but if you’re trying to make a small change, you need to make an initially drastic measure. For example, in tennis, if you’re going to modify your stroke, you exaggerate the motion until that modification becomes your default. Supporting something seemingly extreme like veganism might just be the thing to shift to a plant-centric diet!
GustOrganics would appreciate even the smallest donation; furthermore, supporting the transition of this restaurant to a totally vegan one is a worthy cause. So much of health is tied up in nutrition. Many of the health woes in this country boil down to nutrition. To change the cultural atmosphere so that plant-based diets are accepted—not a joke, not an indicator of being high-maintenance or being a floaty hippy-boho—would be a beneficial step toward environmentalism/resourcefulness/conservatism and health.

Hello (handful of) followers, my longtime friend/former walking/yogging buddy/essay editor, Kelsey, is trying to make GustOrganics totally vegan.

Even though evidence supporting the benefits of a plant-based diet have been around for years, most people, especially people in the USA, don’t comply. Moderation is key in general but if you’re trying to make a small change, you need to make an initially drastic measure. For example, in tennis, if you’re going to modify your stroke, you exaggerate the motion until that modification becomes your default. Supporting something seemingly extreme like veganism might just be the thing to shift to a plant-centric diet!

GustOrganics would appreciate even the smallest donation; furthermore, supporting the transition of this restaurant to a totally vegan one is a worthy cause. So much of health is tied up in nutrition. Many of the health woes in this country boil down to nutrition. To change the cultural atmosphere so that plant-based diets are accepted—not a joke, not an indicator of being high-maintenance or being a floaty hippy-boho—would be a beneficial step toward environmentalism/resourcefulness/conservatism and health.

Ultra minimalism

In Asia, some places have the whole bathroom on one drain, as in, in the center of the bathroom is a drain and the whole floor subtly tilts toward that center. Last week’s episode of “The Return of Superman” showed Song Ilkook cleaning off his triplets (!) easily with that bathroom style. (He just hosed them down and it was done.) This ultra minimalist sliding shower reminded me that someday, when I have a house or a condo or what-have-you, it is going to be ultra customized and will involve a lot of iPads in place of books or photo albums, projectors instead of TVs and now, perhaps, also new-age showers like this. 

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Old stuff and new stuff, some same old, same old stuff

Guardians of the Galaxy (!) broke an almost year long hiatus from the movies and highlighted the awesomeness of the 70s music scene.

(Source: Spotify)

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On the fly: PROJECTORS

I’m actually on vacation with my family but since I constantly have little reminders about topics to write about but do not get around to, I figured I would do this now on my little ipad no matter how shoddily it is formatted.

Technology has made our lives so much better. The future looks bright. We’re not moving toward the physically feeble people depicted in Wall-E. Technology is moving us toward a healthier, more enlightened future where people can focus energies and resources on better and better things. I’m so grateful to be alive today. When I go into work every day I bring a small messenger bag that carries an 11” MacAir and a tablet. When I was in high school, I had to lug a giant backpack around wearing a jumper made of intolerably heavy cloth in the hot Spring. That improvement occurred within a short time span. Soon it won’t even have to be a personal computer AND a tablet. The PC/tablet (pablets) like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 are getting better and better.

The other day I was thinking about how I sometimes wish I had a bigger laptop so I could watch shows on it (like my favorite: KBS’s The Return of Superman reality show about Korean dads raising their kids). Then I thought, ‘No, not a TV, a smart TV that talks to the internet…but no. Even those have unnecessary limitations. A big computer screen would be best.’ Those are prohibitively expensive. HOWEVER:

http://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/PPX2055_F7/picopix-55-lumens-for-notebooks?v1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM1R0JxpGQA

PROJECTOR technology has gotten better and better. It’s all of the utility of an ultra portable personal computer like an 11” MacAir with a bigger screen when necessary without the hassle of lugging an enormous traditional television around. There are kinks and variables to consider with projectors versus traditional TVs (throw distance, ambient lighting, sound) but all in all, it is a very feasible option for people nowadays. With streaming services and powerful portable speakers like Jawbone’s Jambox, these projectors are very good alternatives to the traditional bulky home theaters of the past.

The less wasteful way to travel #resources

The less wasteful way to travel #resources

Art by Erica, a surprisingly macabre palette for my baby sister
It is also rather large and constructed of…paper maché? 

Art by Erica, a surprisingly macabre palette for my baby sister

It is also rather large and constructed of…paper maché? 

Sum-Sum-Summer

Peace out, MS1. It’s been real.

School has been out for a little over one week now. I’ve been getting oriented on a wonderfully applicable project that meshes two great loves: global health and technology (and getting paid! Hurray!) but overall the pace of life is so much better. These past two weekends in particular have been a great social binge of sorts for me.

My friend Rose is flying off to Stanford. I genuinely fear that the West Coast has taken her forever. She’ll fall in love with the climate. When she initially broke the news, I played a small sad violin but now it’s more akin to Coconut Records “West Coast”—still a bummer but tempered with a groovy rift and some solid drum work. We had lunch on Sunday at this new discovery: Cafe con Leche. This great restaurant has been behind my #1 favorite ice cream spot and I had been too busy eating ice cream for 10 years to notice.

I went for a walk with Sara and her dog. Sara, Ty and Jessa adventures have been well documented here and it’s basically the same blissful routine: walk, faux-TV, hours and hours of talking, some fro-yo, some cheese and bread if things are getting really snazzy. It doesn’t get old for me. If I could spend the rest of my life basically doing that, I would call it a rich, fortunate life. 

Prior to that I spent some time at the beach, which reminded me that experiences are all about appreciating who you are with. I go out to beaches in a baseball cap, SPF 50, and a rash guard, dreading my enemy, the sun, and the scarcity of natural shade that inevitably occurs at beaches. There’s no use in scurrying from tree to tree because there are no trees. Nevertheless, I had a wonderful time. Later in the day, I was able to chat up older-folk (my friend’s elderly aunts and uncles) under a big umbrella—basically I was really in my element and super bliss’d out.

I took more pictures last year and will hopefully return to that habit. Lately I have been into “Superman Is Back” which is a Korean reality show chronicling dads raising their kids. (You break those traditional gender roles, Korea!) One of the dads is a startlingly creative amateur photographer so this summer, I hope to approach my day-to-day life with similar vigor, appreciation, and creative perspective.