Month: July 2019

Calling bullshit

I have a habit of downloading Kindle book samples so I could read the first few pages before buying its physical copy (if I like it), but I was so deprived of a good book to read I just decided to purchase one, and now currently am regretting it because I am 6% through and […]

We are all a library

I have been hesitating for a bit, but finally got myself a copy of Normal People by Sally Rooney today. This was because almost all of the ‘so far’ lists (for examples this, this, this, this, this, and this) would have it in one of the upper levels of the charts. So naturally I got […]

On the multitudinous of identities

I have to admit that I had a hard time reading the first few pages of Isabella Hammad’s debut novel The Parisian. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is absolutely beautiful. It made a delightful journey throughout this 600-page book set in Nablus during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, Cairo, Montpellier, and […]

I am experienced enough

I think about this scene where Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doing this speaking into existence thing from the documentary Knock Down the House all the time, particularly when I feel I do not deserve good stuff or I feel terribly nervous about embarking on new things. I may also have been practically shoving this link to […]

On uncompetitive purposefulness

“If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work,” Muriel Spark counseled, “you should acquire a cat.” (via Brain Pickings) Something short tonight because the third season of Strangers Things is out today (!!!) and I am off to binge-watch. I just sat down today and was […]

In praise of boring UX

I changed my network settings the other day, which in turn means that I have to update all the devices inside the house with the new SSID and password. I forgot one device to update, and that is the printer with the wireless connection setup. The night before I left for the university, it failed […]

Stories we read

I submitted three chapters of my thesis last week — which, added up to the total amount of five chapters already submitted. That would leave me with at least two, at most three more chapters to go. The meeting with my supervisor actually went very well — we talked about submission month (4 more months […]

You no longer own your face

Quite aghast to chance upon this article the other day. Granted, judging from the article’s leisurely tone, it is addressed towards audience who are not informed in the many ways a facial recognition system could harm everyone. It is said to be ‘brilliant’, it can ‘help’ track student’s attendance, it can ‘help’ eliminate the archaic […]