Me · You

The 50/50 Rule and Why I Blog

My blog’s current tag line is “This is not a blog.”

Originally, this site was intended as a way to keep track of links to interesting or useful things, like glorified bookmarks. But since then, it has evolved to serve another purpose: to make me think and communicate about stuff.

See, as I was bookmarking stuff, I found myself adding little bits about why I liked the link or context about how I found it. Over time, I found that when I would link to an article, I would sometimes want to add a summary about the article to help me process it and remember it better.

A better way to learn, process, retain and remember information is to learn half the time, and share half the time.

If I take two seconds to effortlessly save a bookmark, then the information is saved and soon forgotten. If I add even a quick post about it, giving it a title and some context or a summary, then that post is now a part of me. And as a bonus, I get to share it with other people.

So I was happy to see this article, which makes me think I am not wasting my time.

πŸ‘‰ The 50/50 Rule (How to Retain And Remember 90% of Everything You Learn)

It basically says that if you make yourself talk about something, then you come to understand it or appreciate it better. Spend half you time learning and half your time explaining what you learned.

According to the article, I would be serving myself better by writing out my notes by hand. It seems people type too fast for their brain to absorb what they’re doing. And simply by writing that, I now remember that fact. But I’m typing this anyways because you can’t tag, search, and share your paper notebook. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

And yes, this article is so meta.

Me · Software Dev

WordPress API

The recent discovery of the YNAB API has me visualizing some sort of personal client where I can manage my budget and do everything else in my life from one place. Maybe a command-line tool on my Mac terminal? πŸ˜†πŸ€“ Why not write and edit blog posts from there too? I mean, it’s possible. I might do it just because it’s so nerdy.

πŸ‘‰ WordPress REST API Handbook

Wait, what if I used the WordPress API to write a blog post about the WordPress API. πŸ€―πŸ˜†

Me · Software Dev

Uploading

As an iOS app developer, there is no better feeling that uploading your build to TestFlight. You’ve done your part, and now it’s time to get the app into people’s hands to try out for real.

Actually, there is one better feeling: pressing the “release” button and publishing your app to the whole world. But that’s one is scarier, sort of like jumping off a cliff. Hopefully fun cliff diving. πŸ˜΅πŸ˜ƒ

Me · Music

Needs a Word… πŸŽ§

There needs to be a word for that feeling when you’re really enjoying a song but you can’t wait for it to be over so that you can listen to the next song because you’re really going to enjoy listening to the next song too.

It’s like you want to be able to fast forward though a song and still enjoy it. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Me · Music

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is one of those songs that I heard and vaguely liked when when it came out in 1987 when I was 15 years old. At the time, I didn’t really “get” the song. The words were mysterious, but I couldn’t relate to them. The song sounded alright, but kind of standard and mid-tempo to me at the time.

But now it is one of those songs that I not only “get” but feel like I’ve lived.

Musically, I find it stunning — almost impossibly subtle and unique. It’s such a weird combination: an oom-pah Polka baseline, weirdly undefined drums, gospel vocals from an Irish singer, and a couple of echo-heavy guitars. It should be a disaster. But it works! The end result is beautiful and organic. It’s catchy and singable, but not in an annoying pop sort of way. More in a timeless way that makes me think, “this song must have always just existed” like a mountain or a river.

As an aspiring musician myself, this song blows my mind. I can’t even imagine trying to come up with anything like this song.

Here’s the song’s mesmerizing video, shot in Las Vegas. It apparently had a lasting affect on legitimizing Las Vegas for musicians. 😎

Lyrically, I suppose the song is about spiritual doubt or yearning or something… blah blah blah πŸ™„. That’s not the part I relate to. The “honey lips” stands out for me now. Another sign I’ve grown up from my clueless 15-year old self. πŸ€“

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in the fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire


I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone


But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for

Interesting side note according to wikipedia… this song was not the band’s original pick for a second single off of The Joshua Tree. But when “Red Hill Mining Town” stumbled, the band swapped in “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as a late second choice. Music works in mysterious ways. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

funny · Me

PUBG Logic Supercut 6

PUBG is the main game I play right now. I’ve been playing with my friends for over a year, and it just keeps getting better. It’s full of funny and ridiculous moments, tons of failure, narrow escapes, and (very) occasional victory.

In the game, you jump out of an airplane onto an island with your friends and about 95 other people. You start out unarmed and have to scavenge for weapons. The last team alive wins. That’s about it. It’s the perfect game.

Most of the time, you spend 20 minutes looting for weapons and sneaking around and then suddenly get killed out of nowhere. And the game is over. And you don’t even know what happened. Those 20 minutes ripe with tension and the silliest conversations with your friends that you can ever imagine. I love it. About 0.7% of the time (that is my actual stat), you win the game and get a “Winner winner, chicken dinner” shirt. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

πŸ‘‰ PUBG Replay tool

Anyways, here is a series of skits celebrating the more infuriating and ridiculous aspects of the game. Trust me, they’re hilarious if you play.