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Charity Water Birthdaytime

November 17, 2014

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Earlier in September of this year, I decided to celebrate my birthday with a mini fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Charity: Water. Clean drinking water is one of the primary sources of life that I believe everyone should have access to, no matter what.

What initially drew my attentions was that the organization has a unique transparent business model from other nonprofits (looking you at, ALS Foundation’s Ice Bucket Challenge 27% of donations going to research): Charity Water’s dedication of 100% of their donations would go directly to the field to fund water projects, and, according to their mission statement, “we’d find another way to cover our operating expenses. And we’d even reimburse credit card fees when donations were made online.

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Web Literacy and 3D Printers

November 10, 2014

3D Printing - Current Project

I’ve been working lately on a Web Literacy Teaching Kit that focuses on the basics of creating with and building for 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing).

If you’re interesting in co-authoring for one of the Teaching Activities on the Thimble page, or want to learn how-to 3D print, you can contact me in the Webmaker Discourses. (more…)

The Hedgehog and the Fox

November 9, 2014

Autumn in Vancouver

I disagree with the desire of simplifying our understanding of the motivation with labels and definitions. Preferably, an alternative option of mine is to develop a quick character sketch or rough draft outline of the said-individual. For those who I have met in brief conversations, you may have a better notion now as to why I am always asking curiously odd questions.

It may also be a possible creative writing secret skill left over from college salad days.

The Hedgehog and the Fox is an example of this reference to definitions and labels. Written by Isaiah Berlin in a 1953 essay of the same title, the bulk of the material focuses on Tolstoy’s View of History, while dividing well-known historical thinkers and writers (Plato, Lucretius, Dante versus Shakespeare, Montaigne, and Molière, to name a few) into two categories: creative minds and rational minds.

This premise is based on a quotation from Archilochus, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Fellow Mozilla Foundation’s David Ascher goes more into depth in his blog post, where I originally found the essay’s title.

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Deer Starry Constellation

November 2, 2014

iPhone 6 Picked up an unlocked iPhone 6 from Richard, who preferred the Tab size. The cover is from Case Mate, the Clear/Pool Blue edition of the Tough Air series and the pastel rose zipper pouch from H&M.

The 21st Century Condition

October 28, 2014

Had an amazing experience at the Douglas Coupeland exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery earlier this year.

Douglas Coupland x Vancouver Art Gallery

Douglas Coupland x Vancouver Art Gallery

Douglas Coupland x Vancouver Art Gallery

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John Maeda

October 26, 2014

Anna Wu's Convocation 2014

Had an amazing opportunity to meet John Maeda earlier this year in June, you can listen to his inspirational convocation speech for the Simon Fraser University’s Class of 2014 Faculty of Arts and Communication (aka SIAT). Thank you to Anna for the invite!

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Libertines

October 23, 2014

Vancouver Opera (Carmen)

A few weeks ago the Queen Elizabeth Theatre had a matinée performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, sung in French with English subtitles hanging above the curtains on a digital screen that was impossible to ignore.

The seats that Karen reserved for us were on the second storey, perfect acoustics.

Opera singing is beautiful, the costumes were flamboyant, the plot devices were bold and dramatic (considering their historical context and time-period), and interactions were a reminder that familiarity reaches from different depths.

This was my second Opera performance, the first experience reserved for the Tragédie en musique of Giacomo Puccin’s Madame Butterfly.

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On Work

October 15, 2014

the seagull

I’m experimenting with not-office office-work spaces again. Poised at my keyboard, at a tiny round table in crowded coffee shops downtown, with the heady aroma of coffee beans and cheesecake distracting me; lounging on a plush seat in the downtown campus in a deserted lecture hall, with a pair of headphones, a sketchbook, and black-rimmed glasses.

Another favourite place I’ve been haunting lately is sitting at my assigned workspace in the Mozilla Headquarters, listening to the chit chat murmur of conversations from different minds and faces that I’m still assigning to names.

More often though, I’ll lace up my sneakers and hop on the mountain bicycle that used to belong to my little brother in elementary school, and cycle down to the local forest-park with a Macbook Air in a backpack, watching squirrels jumping between branches in the horse-chestnut trees.

We have a peaked rooftop covering our balcony at home, too, and a pretty large backyard for a 1920s home in a suburban neighbourhood. It’s a nice place to work on windy and rainy autumn days. But working at home means that I would have less time to ride my bicycle.

I would tell you what I’m working on but I’m still developing my elevator pitch.

On Gratitude

October 13, 2014

The Cranes

I’ve been thinking a lot about the spirit of gratitude this year. In children’s literature, it was about having an optimistic outlook while you were working along with the undeserved (or subconsciously self-inflicting) adversities of the day-to-day. Adjusting your mental scope was a necessary part of life.

I am overflowing with gratitude for all the amazing experiences of 2014. Just little things that I do every day that lead to a bigger, fulfilling experience or the large-scale events that takes weeks and weeks to occur. I’m happy with that.

Sometimes it happens that I forget how to feel happy. Instead, feeling sad or frustrated that things or people aren’t functioning in fit with my expectations, and that’s okay. Just feel it happening as if you’re a third-party observer, and letting go of the emotion or thought like it’s a speed-racing cotton fluffy cloud in the blue skies overhead, which you wouldn’t have noticed anyways. (more…)