Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Subway Effect

Subways is one of my favorite fast food restaurants. They’re speedy, clean and fresh. Well, they’re sometimes fresh. I only go to the subway restaurants that have a lot of customers, because the ones sellin’ like hotcakes probably got fresh stock. I don’t want rotten tomatoes. I want the fresh stuff. I want the restaurant that sells them the fastest because those are recognized as a ‘good place to eat’ by other people. And so I want to eat there too.

And this effect where good things just becomes more reputable naturally  – dubbed by me as the Subway effect – can be applied to almost every field. Your reputation at the workplace/school. Your superawesome comic strips.

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Ogori Cafe :]

Ogori Cafe. Located in Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha of Kashiwa in Japan, this little café has some surprises for you. Click on the link to read about it!

You know, there are some Ogori surprises in our very society. Sometimes, you are the recipient of this surprise like a surprise birthday party or a generous present. And other times, you initiate the surprise. It’s a circular system that benefits our society in general. Without Ogori benefactors, we wouldn’t have healthy donations to those in need. We wouldn’t have those people who pick up the trash somebody else forgot. And this system, based on morals, is necessary for a richer (and yummier) world.

The Government is Great.

The government is becoming greatly powerful .

Apparently now, 78% of Americans think that the government is responsible to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The government? What? How is the government going to find a cure for Alzheimer’s? Why don’t we just leave this to actual scientists who can actually solve problems in a methodological fashion? The government (especially now almost $14 trillion in debt) should definitely not be sticking its hand into more trouble. Leave the research and cultural advancements for individuals who are intelligent enough to claim the fame.

The government is only great if it raises autonomy. Culture grows when people in general grows. The government should just govern. What do you think? Leave a comment.

My Life Countdown.

You know, I’m going to die one day. I now have a little life countdown clock (cute, huh?) bookmarked that tells me to make something out of my life. And I get 25119 days, 14 hours, 58 minutes and 43 seconds to go out and do something. I’m not immortal, but that’s a pretty long time to live. At the same time, I need to start cherishing this fact and spend my time wisely. If I had 25119 days, how would I spend it?

If I had 10000 days to live, how would I spend it?

If I had 1000 days to live, how would I spend it?

If I had 100 days to live, how would I spend it?

If I had 1 day to live, how would I spend it?

After a good heavy thought into it, 25119 days will probably zip by pretty speedily. I need to squeeze life like I squeeze the yogurt out of a gogurt tube. You’re living life once, and you’ll regret it if you don’t do what you really want to do.

I won’t regret my life before I die. Now that I’m not taking life for granted, the value of life climbed up exponentially. Let’s live.

That’s the system. Don’t argue with it.

“That’s the system. Don’t argue with it.” That’s what my science teacher said. Should one argue with the system? Copernicus argued with the system before. Martin Luther argued with the system. Devi is arguing with me. Big deal. The world changes. The system changes.

In retrospect, maybe it is being a little bit ‘against the current,’ but hey, proving every body else wrong feels pretty good. It is arrogant, but it’s fun. It’s also sometimes dangerous. If it’s worth fighting for, then maybe one should fight for it.

And yes. I’m writing this in class. In science class. Gotta go.

No Choice but to make a Choice.

Freedom is good you say? Yes. A socialist government is no fun. We want to feel in control of our lives. We want to make choices.

You might want to watch this. The paradox of choice quite a theory. In brief, the more options, the worse you feel, the less able you are to make a decision. When there is only one choice, we take the choice as granted and blame the world when it goes wrong. However, as the number of choices increases, we are more compelled to find the best choice. And because our expectations rise as the number of choices increase, what we choose is often not what we expect. And we feel terrible. That’s the Paradox of Choice. The more choice, the less choice.

This phenomenon is every evident in our society; our expectations are indeed becoming more demanding. Our society is growing, and we subsequently have more freedom.

With this phenomenon in mind, every time you pick out clothes or pick a restaurant or choose what homework to do, don’t feel bad about it if it’s not always a good choice. Don’t complain. Just move on in life.

The Power of Brute Force

Brute force is often one of the most effective ways to solve a problem. You’re in a fight. You got more muscle. You win. Your teacher tells you to add from 1 to 100. You do it, meticulously. You get an answer. You win. You’re fighting in a war. You have a million soldiers. You win. You’re playing nerf gun wars. You got a rapid shooting homing sniper rifle. You win.

You may look down upon this method for it doesn’t represent honesty and skill. Well. That sucks. Welcome to the real world where honesty and skill are just assets to one’s arsenal. Usually, when you have the bigger, badder weapon, you win. You just got to work really hard to get what you want. You have to exert your brute force and work it all out. Intuition runs late sometimes. Assuming you got the material, brute force works anytime.

So next time, pull out that super rapid shooting homing sniper rifle; you’ll win.