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:
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.
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.