I’ve been thinking about media and how it is more than just entertainment. There are things that we can actively learn or take away from media that we can use in life.
Books are a perfect example. Never have a read a book and walked away stupider or without learning something. At the very least it has given my mind something to think and about and he inspired by. Books can be thought provoking. They are the only media that you can go at your own pace. Stop. Came back to. Or never return at all.
Music also has great potential as a source of inspiration. Lyrics that speak to you and help you get through the day. They often have deeper meaning then you think. All you have to do is listen.
Movies. Man do I love movies. An easy way to lose a couple hours in a completely new world. A common topic in casual conversation. A common binding force for those that have shared The experience.
Games , more specifically video games are perhaps the most controversial In their worth as media, and the newest of the media formats. Time after time they are blamed for violence seen on the news. But they have the greatest interaction between media and consumer. It can change and evolve around the player. You can play it by yourself and with your friends. And now, more than ever it is easy to buy and create games. And that is why, they are my favorite media. What’s yours?
Got a chance to test my headphone more extensively today (Fireye Mini Amp). Some quick notes:
- Thought my amp was broken, turns out the one that comes out of the box is crappy
- Once it was working i could conclude some points via some tests:
1. It does not make too much of a difference in dance music. Maybe because dance music is simplistic in nature and does not have to be high quality anyway.
2. I then tested it on BBNG – Earl. Replaying the same 1 minute section the diffrence was noticable. With the amp the cello felt more infront of me, the effect of the instrument playing was more profound? (left and right) and I was able to discren instruments more clearly.
I hope i’m not falling victim to bias and paying more attention with the amp in but I guess only time (and blind tests) can tell.
I know its been a long time since I’ve written on the blog, but I’ve decided to get back into it. Exams got in the way, and then i never really got back into it. Being on a hiatus for so long, i realized how much it made me accountable for my actions and helped me to accomplish and word out my opinions.
Today I am trying to develop some small habits using an app called Lift for Ipod
- Write Neater. This has been on my goals for almost forever, but now I’m finally giving up on my own way of holding the pen and going for the regular and effcient way. Hmmph
- Keep my back straighter; not much explanation needed for this one
- And lastly pay more attention during class, no daydreaming or fidgeting at the time. WORK
My exercise was a mix of success and failure this month. On the beginning of the month it was going strong, and I was making good use of the gym equipment at school. Then I went on vacation and I havent done any exercise since I returned, telling myself it was OK to take a break from it. Instead of using that time to study, I spent the time loafing on the internet. O well, at least I’ll have a fresh start during the New Year.
Our last day in Hong Kong can be summarized in about a paragraph. We spent all morning drifting in and out of sleep. We had breakfast at the same cafe. We toke the ferry home. When I got home I was in a bit of haze on what to do. The loss of direction persist up until now.
We where all slow to wake up. The entire family was in a bit of a daze. We were awake but exhausted from yesterdays excursion. It toke us till 12 to get our act together and leave the hotel room for lunch.
We had lunch at the small diner where we had afternoon tea the night before. I had this sub filled with a corn beef and egg omelette.
We then headed several blocks down to Times Square, which is this massive mall inside a sky scrapper. This was where we spent the majority of the day. The had a cute, Christmas themed Lego village outside.
My brother and mom where going to get some message therapy in a near by building, so my dad and I where left to wander for a few hours. My dad came with me to check out the new apple store they recently opened. It was breathtakingly huge. I’ve never seen so many apple devices in one place!
Today I was supposed to go into full study mode. It didn’t happen.
Progress was good at first. I had gone through my everything notebooks (a side note, I was very lazy at the beginning of the year and thus have all my notes in one notebook which my studying horribly inefficient), as well as my past tests for math and ict. It was all going well until I moved onto my math notebook. A few pages in and I got horribly distracted. Darn you youtube, league of legends and T3!
Today is also my last day un-baptized. Tomorrow is a big day!
I went to the Christmas church service today. When I walked in the choir was in full-swing. They sounded angelic. Sadly, I slept through the majority of the rest of it :/.
So much church related stuff today…
For the Christmas service I narrated a video, introduced a song and made my baptism statement. A bit to handle but it all went smoothly.
Later in the afternoon we went on a small “spreading the word trip.” We had this open topped bus and everything. I enjoyed shouting greetings to passing pedestrians. I also got a chance to wear my ushanka, perfect timing since it is the coldest it has been in Macau in ages. For the fliers, i found a way to give out this small cards ones by propping them up like dinner menus at random places. We later appeared on TV, being followed by a tv crew the majority of the time.
I was supposed to spend the evening being productive but just watched Justice League instead. Troll…
I’m finally home from my three day trip with my family to Hong Kong. We did lots of shopping (mostly me), eating and walking around. We stayed in Causeway bay and all the big stores were in walking distance.
I’m a bit drained from the experience, so spent most of the day recupperating. Tomorrow is busy as well, and then afterwards I have to start studying and put a stop to some of my daily pleasures.
P.S world didnt end WOHOOO