Saturday, 31 December 2011

Pocket Frogs - it's froggy business

Just like there is no fun in games without goals / purpose, there is no fun in life without goals / purpose. Even when playing a seemingly goal-less game for example The Sims, you would still need to create your own goals or housing grand plans to keep the game moving - unless you are happy just staying in the same sized house with the same couple of friends leading the same lifestyle. So... sometimes games can reflect real life in minis-cure scale, but that is another story that I will leave to another day to blog about.

Being easily addicted to games - and am not happy till I complete all the levels, I am now addicted to Pocket Frogs! Collecting frogs to get awards uses the old card-game concept, just that instead of relying entirely on sheer luck, it takes a bit of planning and organising as to the way you keep and breed your frogs. It is also something like a permutation and probability game (how that reminds me of Emaths haha). I even self constructed an excel sheet to track my frog catalog so that I know which frogs to keep for breeding and which frogs to sell. And in the process learnt a few functions such as combining different column's data into a new column and using VLookup to find matches.

For further tips about the game refer here: http://www.thonky.com/pocket-frogs/


It occurs to me that buying stocks is the same way. You need to exercise your due diligence to chart and standardise things to reach your goals, rather than relying on sheer luck. What is the chance that by random breeding, you will get the frog set you want? It is extremely low.

In playing any games, play smart. The key word here is STRATEGY.

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Looking at Tavi Gevinson

I vaguely recall seeing her name in the paper but I have never really bothered much, looking at the headlines, I thought she is just another materialistic teenage star-wannabe. Yesterday as I was browsing through some fun web videos on celebrities 'real age vs dress age', I came across the name "Tavi Gevinson" once again and was taken aback by her dress sense (FYI real age 15, dress age 75 - cos she was shown in gray hair wearing some tavern blanket-like clothes which made her look very much like a small granny). So I decided to check out this 'girl-next-door turned celebrity' fashion blogger.



There is absolutely nothing I admire about her dress-sense, or rather, aesthetic sense. I am not talking fashion here cos I know noths about fashion trends and brands (except maybe for the world famous ones which I probably owned none), but from my humble aesthetic point of view she has a warped sense of colour-combi and proportion. It's like a topsy-turvy kind of mix-match she donned, which looked almost comical and sensationally... geeky on her (at least in pictures). She can say she wears Prada or Miu Miu but to me good brands do not necessarily equate good look - when too many good things are put together, there will be some shine taken off each one of them so you end up with some kind of Christmas tree effect. And if I say 'wow' to such a thing, the price tag would be the only reason. I am not condemning branded things here if you get what I mean.

Contrary to what I have said earlier, there are some things that I admire about her - her poise for her age and her courage for self-expression, which created a style that is uniquely hers. Everybody can do a topsy-turvy mix-match but not everybody can carry it off like her and also the eloquence to justify 'the fashion'.

If you dare to be different, create something different or do things differently, people will get drawn to you whether in a negative or positive way. If there are more positive attentions than bad ones, viola~ you are on your way to something bigger.

I sincerely hope that she can keep up on her unique style and not get carried away by the waves of the big brands. She's just so young.

My conclusion in this post - "THINK different. BE different."

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

I love my Cloud

Not the kind of clouds above my head - I am talking about the cloud in my android phone and computers... and of course the internet. Just the thing I need. Now I believe if you want something, search and you will get it. If you searched and you don't get it, then maybe you should try creating it.

A 'cloud' is, in a nutshell, a virtual storage space for you to put your files and folders in, the one I used is an online cloud which I have to sign up an account for. It saves me from bringing around a thumb-drive or repeatedly attaching files into my email's draft message and then get them sorted out when I download them into another of my computer. It syncs to my mobile device too. Sweet! (Yes 'sync' is another new word I have learn from my smart phone.) In a way it also helps to back up these files so there is no worry that they would get accidentally deleted, because you can sync them to and fro.

The only flip side is the limited storage space from the free account - 5 GB. I will use it sparingly and only on important files that I need review often. And being an online thing, security is another issue, so I make sure I have no very confidential information to be hacked from. Another worry is for the cloud not to rain (that is if it suddenly decided to make me pay a subscription fee or threaten to empty all my backed up files), I will for damn sure throw a fit.

I wonder if Google has its own Cloud app for its loyal android users, any idea?

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

My new android keyboard


In my earlier post I mentioned that I have been quite frustrated with my Samsung Galaxy S's default dictionary because there are many strange spelling of words in it. One fine day by pure chance, as I was browsing through the Android market, I found out about 'keyboard apps' (which I initially thought are just for changing keyboard layout and skin) which come along with dictionaries. I have now downloaded it's Pro version which is a paid app. :)

It is simply amazing how the advancement of hand-phones to smart-phones like iPhone and Androids open up a whole new market for apps developers and so much more options as well as convenience for its user.

~Dare to dream.

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