What do you really want?

Social norms are really powerful. The inputs that influence you are really powerful. A great video, talk, or book can convince you that you should be acting and thinking like that.

But the worst thing in life would be a death-bed regret that you’ve spent your life pursuing what someone said you should want, instead of what you really want.

For example, if you really want to make a lot of money, you need to admit that.

If you really want to be famous, you need to pursue that.

If you really want freedom and no responsibilities, or to learn as much as possible, or whatever else, you need to realize it and embrace it.

But whatever you decide, you need to optimize for that, and be willing to let go of the others.

Derek Sivers posted a pretty powerful post that is definitely worth the read.


How teens of 2016 view social media platforms

It was just after dinner today that I was wondering how a teenager of 2016 views the social media platforms that are currently available, and I stumbled upon this article on Backchannel.

Snapchat has a lot less social pressure attached to it compared to every other popular social media network out there. This is what makes it so addicting and liberating.

It covers the usual platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, and some others.

As for myself. I’m still busy trying to figure out Twitter and Snapchat.


McD was there for me

But I want the strategy to work. All I know is that when I needed McDonald’s, McDonald’s was there for me. When no one else was.

via McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was – The Washington Post

I really like this piece by James Franco about McDonald’s. Say what you will about McDonald’s, but one thing I’ve always loved about McDonald’s is that it provided some comfort no matter where you were. If you’re traveling in some part of China and need to just step away from it all, eat something familiar, McDonald’s is the place to go. There have been many times where I just needed a place to sit, without going into the topic of whether I should buy anything or not.


Fountain Pens for Beginners

If you’re like me, you’ll read a lot, you’ll feel lost, and you’ll be intimidated. And then eventually, after months and months of reading stuff that you barely understand, you’ll decide to take the plunge and buy a pen and see what happens. You’ll make some mistakes, but eventually after some trial and error, you’ll start to realize just what these fountain pen aficionados are so crazy about. Or, you’ll give up because it’s too much hassle and regret having waster your money.

That’s why I decided to write this. My goal is to give someone who wants to try fountain pens for the first time a step-by-step guide on how to go from true beginner to early-stage addiction in a single concise article, all the while removing some of the intimidation and false starts that come with plunging in on our own.

The guys over at The Pen Addict have a great post for guys who are looking to get into fountain pens. It’s a good read.

As always, I always feel that the Lamy Safari is the best fountain pen for beginners. It was the first fountain pen I bought when I was just getting started.


DIY GoRuck style zippers

Goruck style zippers 1

A good friend gave me his Targus sling bag a while ago. The bag was in perfect condition, except that the plastic on zipper pulls were breaking, most likely due to age or a design defect.

I didn’t bother too much about it for a long time, but after a while the lack of something to grab and pull when working the zippers began to irritate me.

Interestingly enough, while researching the GoRuck GR Echo, I realised that I could copy their zipper pull design and fix the zipper pulls myself with some para cord and shrink tubing.

I found a useful guide on the process and it didn’t take me too long to fix up the zippers. The bag now feels as good as new. I’m pretty happy with the result if I may say so myself.

Goruck style zippers 2