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Just one more minute on Facebook. And then two, or a few more after that. If you’ve ever owned a computer, you’ll know how it can strain your eyes. At ten o’ clock pm: after a long day at the screen chattering away at the keyboard, your eyes are screaming, “help me bud!”
Now F.lux is a program that works with you, not against you (like all programs should). Your screen normally spits out a blue-tinted backlight that’s like staring into a miniature sun. Which, during the daytime, is fine. But at night, you’re just wasting your retinas away. This application remedies that.
By slowly tinting the screen redder, your eyes can be more relaxed during those long nights working on that report or chatting with your friends! Check out F.lux, it makes working just a tad more easy.
An alarm clock set to 5am is like a door out into the arctic tundra: annoying, bitter, and cold. But then again, setting out to see the world is always worth it for me. And if what I’m seeing is just a cliff, then so be it. Delightful either way.
I found myself climbing up a rock face two hours later. Little did I know how awesome it would be. It’s terribly fun and tiring to reach the top of a climb. You’re sweating (probably), panting, struggling to get up, but when you slap your hand down at the end of the rig, it’s a euphoric sense of pride.
Of course, I’m not as great as a bunch of others I know, but seeing the view from the tip of a cliff can really get your mind going. I did that. Sometimes I get stuck, it happens. But if I do make it up one more step, that’s progress.
That’s what rock climbing is all about: taking steps up to the reach the top. At every crack, you have to think to yourself, “is this a good foothold? What about this tiny little bulge right here?” More after the break.
Next to Jukjeon Station in Bundang-gu, South Korea, there’s a medium sized wall climbing structure. It looks like a blocky dog with a bunch of jagged rocks sticking out of it.
Last Sunday, I made my way on the subway to the wall with a couple of friends, and spent the next three hours attempting to climb up the slanted wall-face. Which is incredibly difficult; most of the time was spent hanging there trying to get my breath back.
I actually went to another climbing wall on the 14th: the Seongnam Art Wall. This one was about 16 meters tall, which was twice as high as the previous one. Gigantic!
There’s a specific method to climb up these fake rock walls that I’ve been taught. It’s a twisting motion where you have to alternate each leg while pushing yourself up. I never got it. “I try, I try, but it hurts so bad right there, JD!” So what I attempted was a brute-force method where I literally pull myself up, which is also incredibly tiring. Like back-breaking tiring where your arms become noodles. My first climb was up the left side of the structure. (look at the picture) There’s a bunch of bumps along the way up that extend outward, so you’re forced to climb over those. Hard, but terribly fun.
If you look at the wall about 10 meters up in the middle, there’s an area where you’re able to climb upside-down. Not that I was able to, but I recall an older man climbing this wall like a beast. My mind can’t comprehend how much physical strength is required to do this.
I wish I could’ve gotten a few pictures, but I was in a hurry and forgot to bring my camera along. Oh well, I’ll snap a few on the 28th when we head out to a real mountainside!
As easy as it is to leave a gmail tab () open in your browser, clutter isn’t very productive–or at least that’s what the minimalist side of me says! It takes up a bit of memory to keep another website open in your browser too.
Gmail Notifr is the solution. It’s a menubar application that stays up in, well, your menubar. The premise behind this is to display a simple number next to an icon, which tells you your unread message count. More after the break.(More …)
The reason for my trip up north was to get to the Amerasian Christian Academy. It’s a three hour trip north–which was mostly spent standing–but that didn’t bother me too much. I got to talk a lot about movies, which was fun. Like other international schools, it teaches English and is based on a western curriculum. However, this school is meant for those who can’t afford the costly tuition held by schools like SFS or KIS. An honorable cause, really. And yet because it lacks a sufficient budget, it requires the assistance of volunteer workers and donations. You see, Bosan is home to a US army base, so foreigners around those parts are a common sight. That leads to more interracial marriage, which can lead to children with one parent native to Korea, and another from another country. More after the break.
Growing older always meant a lot of things. For one, TV wasn’t very big in my life anymore. I do still like the old cartoons like Dexter’s Laboratory and Ed Edd n Eddy. But those are aged programs, and have mostly been overshadowed by shows like Community, Dexter, and The Office.
These tv shows are just a few of my favorites. Community and Parks and Recreation are both comedies, while the other two are a bit more serious.
Watch one, watch them all, or watch every other one: your choice.
A quick note here. Qwiki is a pretty gem I found recently. It’s a service like wikipedia in the sense that it presents information to you, but this shows it in a visual way: using images, videos, narrations. It reminds me a lot of Wall-E’s information database! (You know, where the ship captain learns about the Earth, dancing, etc.) (More …)