Since it’s Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for:
- Free all-you-can-eat sushi because it’s someone’s birthday, a tito and tita’s anniversary, someone else’s birthday, and Thanksgiving all in one day.
- Slacking off all weekend then staying up until 3AM the night before school.
- Zombie board games
- Taboo (and CV’s paper version of a GPS)
- Seeing my friends A LOT since the beginning of October
- Birthday gifts!
- Lengua, chicken inasal, and turkey dinners
- My last-minute birthday at Fireside with 15 of my closest friends… on a Monday
- Groping, lots and lots of groping (haha)
- Halifax this time of year ❤
My 10 favourite iPhone apps:
Besides the standard Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr apps here’s the list of my most-used apps on my iPhone:
- Pulse News - The organized and accessible version of my Google Reader. I follow NPR, Huffington Post, The Guardian UK and BBC to get my daily news, and a whole bunch of other blogs to keep up to date with art, fashion and other lifestyle-type things. It’s the app my eyes are glued to when I’m on public transit. I usually start my mornings with cereal and Pulse.
- Camera+ - Best photography app by a mile. The quality of pictures are amazing. Photos look like they come out of a bridge camera (mostly outdoors or in good lighting). There are so many manual controls that it’s unfair to simplify it as your typical photo-editing app, where you take a picture and slap on a cross-processed overlay. This app can manually focus and produce a decent amount of DOF. In terms of editing, there are over 10 scene modes, 27 color effects (9 special paid effects), and multiple borders. You also have the option to post it on Flickr, Facebook or Twitter which is incredibly convenient.
- Hipstamatic - I prefer Hipstamatic to Instagram because of the ability to combine different faux lenses and film to produce a wide variety of effects on your iPhone pictures. Sure, you don’t decide how it looks like after you’ve already taken the photo, but that’s part of the fun. It’s similar to film in the way that you don’t know exactly how your pictures will turn out because you choose your lens, flash and film before you take it (or you can shake your phone and let the app randomly choose for you). Photojojo’s blog post on the app really sold it for me.
- Pudding Camera - This camera app is Korean so it’s impossible for me to mess around with the settings and figure out how to post pictures to Twitter. Like Hipstamatic, it uses a lens and film interface for creating effects; but unlike the aforementioned apps it has more “toy camera” options like 2/4-frame motion capture (like those 4-frame Lomography Supersamplers). It also has a faux f-stop option so you can decide how bright or dark your photos will turn out.
- Fruit Ninja - Favorite game because I’m awesome at it. Slicing fruit and avoiding bombs beats slinging birds to knock down green pigs. I love Angry Birds but ever since I updated my firmware, I lost ALL my levels and I didn’t really want to start over.
- Need for Speed Underground - If there’s one game I was so obsessed with that I played it all day, non-stop, it’s this one. Fruit Ninja is fun when I want a quick game but this one’s my absolute favourite when I’m really bored. I play it over and over again just to get more money so I can buy and soup up all my cars. I love this game so much it defined my Christmas break - LOL, not really. But it came close.
- Cut the Rope - I don’t find frogs cute, but the one in this game is ridiculously adorable. You find yourself saying ‘om nom nom’ after passing each level.
- Word Warp - Word games are my forte, or at least I’d like to think so. Since getting my phone, I’ve played the same game so I can maintain a really high score. I’ve never cheated, but I’ve left the game (paused it) and spent minutes trying to figure out what word is formed using all 6 letters so I can return and work on my growing score.
- iBooks - I’ve only started using this the last few weeks and I’m always scouring the Top Free chart for books I can read when I’m on my breaks at work. It makes me wish I had an iPad though (because squinting to read gets old after a while) which makes me feel like a massive hipster douchebag. But Dan already calls me ‘hipster cat’ so it’s too late in that regard.
- Wunderlist - Best task-management app ever. I use this to list down my variable work schedule, school deadlines and meetings. I also make lists of things to buy (consumerism lists are fun and depressing) and things to accomplish this summer (yeah right). It doesn’t make me any less of a procrastinator but at least it gives off the opposite impression.
4 Powerful Solutions to Procrastination - God knows I need all the help I can get.
1. Stop and think. When we allow the above thoughts to go on without really being conscious of them, we procrastinate. When we actually pause and think about those thoughts, we can rationally see that they’re wrong. Instant gratification in the form of goofing off or eating junk food can lead to problems later. Fears are overblown and shouldn’t stand in our way. Not having negative consequences now doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences later. Our future self isn’t as bad-ass as we like to think. So think about what you’re doing, and start to do the more rational thing. Use the strategies below as well, but thinking is the start.
2. Enjoy the process. When we dread something, we put it off — but instead, if we can learn to enjoy it, it won’t be as hard or dreadful. Put yourself in the moment, and enjoy every action. For example, if you want to go out to run, don’t think about the hard run ahead, but about putting on your shoes — enjoy the simplicity of that action. Then focus on getting out the door — that’s not hard. Then focus on warming up with a fast walk or light jog — that can be nice and enjoyable. Then feel your legs warm up as you start running a little faster, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. This process can be done with anything, from washing dishes to reading to writing. Enjoy yourself in the moment, without thinking of future things you dread, and the activity can be very pleasant and even fun. And if it is, you won’t put it off.
3. Set up accountability. If no one is looking over our shoulder, we tend to let ourselves slack off. So set up a procrastination-proof environment — find people to hold you accountable. I joined an online fitness challenge this month, for example, so that I’d report my workouts to the forum. I’ve done the same thing for running, quitting smoking, writing a novel. You can even just use your friends and family on Facebook or email.
4. Block your future self. Your future self is just as likely to put things off. So block that sucker. Use a program like Freedom to block your Internet access for a predetermined amount of time, so your future self has to actually focus instead of reading blogs. Turn off your cable TV, get rid of the junk food in your house, cut up your credit cards … do whatever it takes to make it really hard for your future self to procrastinate or give in to temptation, or at least force your future self to pause and think before he does anything dumb.
For more on the subject, including why we procrastinate, check out Zen Habits.
Thirty-day Challenge #1
Your middle name, and how you feel about it.
I have two middle names which make me fortunate, I suppose. Mostly I feel ambivalent towards them because they are quite common – at least in Spanish-conquered Philippines. At the same time, they’re not terrible names, and I can’t imagine them being different (because that would seriously mess up all my legal documents, and I risk being deported). Am I supposed to continue talking about being born to a Roman Catholic family being named after the Virgin Mary and my patron saint, St. Therese of Lisieux? It’s a little intimidating.
I searched up Wikipedia for name variants for Marie and Therese and I wish my parents went the complete Russian/Eastern European route and named me:
Ilyana Marika Terezka
Here I am with a Soviet name, yellow skin, and Spanish-brown eyes.
*I love my first name. Old people love my first name. I have a friend who wants to name her child after me - well, not after me but… you know what I mean.
Procrastinating on my Kuhn notes…I’ll start doing this. Answer one question per day, that sort of thing.
I haven’t read through the entire list but this looks like fun. I promise to start with the first thing on the list once I’m done with my lab report.
On a totally unrelated note, I am lusting over a DSLR with HD Recording capabilities. Anybody want to spare one? I’ll trade in my ratty, old Canon XT.
- Booking a flight to Toronto to take over the city with my girlfrans, and to see my awesome possum boyfriend who is currently a gazillion miles away working for the enemy.
- Dropping one of my courses and feeling a little less scared about trying to juggle six courses and a part-time job. Also, by dropping that course I no longer have to wake up at 8:30AM on Mondays. In fact, I no longer have class on Mondays (don’t have class on Fridays either) - which mean 4-day weekends all semester long!
- I don’t have to worry about missing class on our return to Halifax from Toronto, because I don’t have class that day. My dork-related anxiety is relieved.
- I get to return the two text books from that course - $100 back in my pocket!
- My parents offering to pay a huge chunk of my trip expenses! (I never asked. They just love meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee)
K, I’ll stop making you all jealous.
Good Morning Tumblr Fools. Today, I want to be productive.
I watched Chaos Theory last night and it inspired me to make a list of things I must accomplish each day. Each item goes on one card; I shuffle the cards, randomly choose, and that determines the order. Just to keep things fun, I’d add things like ‘streaking down Spring Garden’ or ‘prank calling the Dean’ or ‘buying an iPad’ or something really absurd like that. For example, I could fix my student loan and drop out of University all in the same day. Or, or, or I could sue everyone I know for negligence and then organize a Facebook event and invite them all to an ugly sweater party in the middle of summer.
It keeps things interesting.
- Sigma 30mm f1.4
- Canon 50mm f1.4 (Or even just a new, non-creaky f.18 - It’s only a little less than $130 CDN)
- An external flash - perhaps the 430EX
- Canon T1i - because I want to make HD videos
- A tripod that allows a DSLR to take vertical shots. Have no idea what it’s called.
- Parka with the fuuurrrrr
- Charcoal grey peacoat
- Hunter rainboots in Hunter Green, Navy or Black
- Those wedge boots from F21
- Massive knit circle scarf from Joe Fresh
- Camel-coloured knee-high boots from Spring
- A mug that can hold Venti-sized drinks
- A tan/camel leather backpack
- Black AA Jersey Bandeau Dress
- Moar cardigans because layering in this weather is key
- Summer weather please, please, pretty please
- Those emergency rope bracelets Dan and I found online
- Moar time with Danilo before he leaves for co-op
- That Christmas party with Cool Beans