Culture

F ∆ U X E let’s me know about the new H Y B R D T H R Y release by M N C H S. It’s All Good is an easy, lazy beat that would effortlessly find itself at home vibing in the warm summers of the streets, or in Singapore’s case, the cool, almost perfect morning’s of our monsoon season.

Doesn’t matter, it’s an apt vibe for the last few days of 2015 as you enjoy personal, lazy moments, taking stock of 2016 and planning for 2016.

It’s all good.

It’s All Good can be downloaded here.

H Y B R D T H R Y can be found here.

F ∆ U X E can be found here.

H Y B R D T H R Y drops It’s All Good by M N C H S – And it’s GOOD

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Culture

Lemmy, lead singer of Motörhead, dies at 70 | The Guardian

The Guardian reports on Motörhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister’s passing on Tuesday, 29 December 2015.

He lived till 70 years of age, and despite battling cancer in the final moments of his life, I think he had a rich life experience, one that wasn’t about looking back, but living in the moment, making the most of things. Or in the words of one of their most iconic songs, Ace of Spades:

If you like to gamble, I’m your man. You win some, you lose some, makes no difference to me

As the Motörhead Facebook fan page dedicates:

Born to lose, lived to win

Play it LOUD.

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Business, Technology

Danielle Fong of LightSail Energy Fights to Get Past the Clean-Energy Startup Pinch | MIT Technology Review.

Danielle Fong, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy, Inc. says

I will admit a fair amount of frustration. There are a dozen venture-funded apps to pick up your dry cleaning.

The basic story is that research and development costs money, yet, there (arguably) might not be enough funding. What comes to mind is that the capitalist market is driven by the forces of, “buying a better version of myself”, rather than “buying a better planet”.

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Technology

How the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015 Advanced in the Past Year | MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review has helpfully put together a list that summarises some technology milestones of 2015, and where they are today.

As with the slowing economy and looming recession, mobile payments (Apple Pay) wasn’t exactly the game changer as predicted, but in developing countries, exciting developments in food production (supercharged photosynthesis), water production (megascale desalination) and internet access (Project Loon).

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Culture

J.J. Abrams talks about why that scene had to happen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Polygon.

Spoilers Ahead

According to J.J. Abrams, Director of Star Wars – The Force Awakens:

We knew we had to do something fucking bold… The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters.

I absolutely agree with this statement. It was the boldest thing done in the movie, and probably one of the only ways the franchise could move forward instead of back. From a plot perspective, this scene was absolutely necessary as it sets up a lot of different character motivations for the new characters introduced, and we’ll see a much darker Episode VIII with a worthy resolution in Episode IX

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Affairs

This White Dude Was a Boss in the Chinese Mafia

One of the first things that John pointed out is that gangsters kill gangsters and criminals kill criminals. He said that idiots killed civilians.

VICE interviews the author of the book, White Devil, Bob Halloran. I think it makes for a pretty fascinating story, because the Chinese community tends to be underrepresented in American literature, and there’s this story of someone outside the community who was assimilated into it.

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Journal

Come 2016, I have decided to only upload black and white photos to my Instagram. It’s going to be really simple in execution and I will place more emphasis on the story within the frame.

My intention is to desaturate colours from Instagram’s in-app photo editing tools and leave it at that. This way, I won’t spend time fretting over how a photo to look, but just take the damn photo. Possibly tonnes of imperfections, but I want to improve my eye for photography rather than rely on post-work.

And ideally, I’ll post one post a week in the format: My week in pictures: 2016-xx for a total of 52 weeks, highlighting my favourites.

That is all.

EDIT-2015-12-28: I am using the Obscura App, Noir filter with almost no post-production work. The app lets me adjust shutter speed and ISO settings, and my goal is to concentrate on photography rather than post production work.

EDIT-2016-01-04: I realize that the series should be called, “My Week in Photos”, not “My Week in Pictures”

Announcement: “My week in pictures” will debut in 2016

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I’m still online.

Despite all the time that has passed, and all the excuses I make for not writing, I find myself back here saying the same things, over and over again.

I’ll write again. I’ll be disciplined. I’ll find my groove in the process.

And the same excuse will always be about how uninspired I am with regards to writing in here.

To give myself a little boost, I installed a Markdown plugin to let me write these posts the way I prefer, but even then it’s a small change. The real change has to come from the inside.

Excuse me this little dog-ear of a post. I’m hoping 2016 will be a year where I’ll share more about my thoughts and opinions on the things that shape my being and my perspectives on the things I care about.

Indulge me, one more time.

Excuses

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