New year, new life eh?

Ok, I am subscribing to this “new year, new” me bandwagon. I will once again try to be healthier and better at what I do, which hopefully makes me a little wealthier and ultimately helps to making me happier, which is the end goal.

I read in an article recently that the reason why a lot of people fail in reaching their goals is due to the fact that they’re trying to do too much too soon. I’ve looked at the goals I’ve set for myself and yeah, I have to agree. Which is why I will have to choose around three to five big goals to work on this year. I also won’t rush into it. I will just need to be consistent about it.

So for 2017, the goals would be the following:

  • Be healthier by losing weight and eating better, with some exercise
  • Venture into something new at work this year
  • Have a minimalist lifestyle
  • Learn a new craft

Now to increase the chances for success, I need to make myself accountable to somebody. For work, it’s my boss; for losing weight and having to live minimally it’s probably going to be my girlfriend; for the new craft it’s definitely my teacher.

As for existing duties and responsibilities, I will need to make sure I cover them throughout the year, but I would need ways to better manage them. I would need to have a more efficient means of keeping track of everything. Notebooks and planners are out of the question because I often don’t bother going back to previous entries and looking through my notes. I find that they’re better suited to help me remember as I write them. Electronic is the way to go. Yeah, time to find software again (which could be another article to write about).

So I seem to be set for the year. I wish myself good luck.

Movie Music: Point/Counterpoint

This post is actually two videos: one is a video from Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting talking about why you can’t remember Marvel film music. The next video would be Dan Golding’s response to the points made by Tony.

The key points I was able to derive:

  • Musical scoring is largely unoriginal
  • The music used in the Marvel films are safe and inoffensive
  • Using a full orchestra is expensive
  • Directors often use temp music to score a film then bring them to composers to produce something similar; this practice is systemic
  • Technology (computers and synths) has helped make the creation of musical scores to be more involved and customizable, but this in turn has also limited the variety of sound you could produce
  • Hans Zimmer was the keyboard guy in black in the “Video Killed the Radio Star” music video
  • The Star Wars theme is actually a remix (see first bullet)

The Marvel Symphonic Universe (Tony Zhou)

A Theory of Film Music (Dan Golding)

I somehow see a parallelism with the current music industry, but I’ll save that for a future post.


GoT Start Notebook by Moleskin

My girlfriend actually gave me two gifts, both what I would consider as enablers as they serve creative outlets. One is a GoT Stark-themed Moleskine notebook which I love so much will be home to my doodles, notes and sketches. The other gift was a complete surprise and is more like a personal challenge. I’m excited and anxious at the same time. 🙂

I also had new shirts courtesy of my mother and niece. I realized I need new shirts so I’m very grateful.

This whole headphone jack thing

A good piece by John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed regarding Apple’s removal of the headphone jack.

An exerpt form the article:

Schiller thinks it’s a silly argument. “The idea that there’s some ulterior motive behind this move, or that it will usher in some new form of content management, it simply isn’t true,” he says. “We are removing the audio jack because we have developed a better way to deliver audio. It has nothing to do with content management or DRM — that’s pure, paranoid conspiracy theory.”

While I love my Audio Technica and Bose headphones and use an LG G4 I have for most of the past year been using a pair of Bluetooth headsets. It’s just convenient. At home where it is a better place to listen to my audio collection I just connect it to either my Bluetooth speaker or to my TDK Boombox which has a USB connector for my iPhone 5, which conveniently charges it too.

Different facets to the argument. When I eventually go back to the iPhone (hopefully next year) I won’t be using the lightning connector headset as much if at all.