Happy Second Hatchday, Cassie!

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Time flies, and it’s another year for Cassie. Actually we don’t really know her actual date of birth, other than her arriving on 20th July 2014 with an estimated age of “seven weeks”. So we just take it as 6th of June, a pretty easy to remember date. Yes, I’m slightly late with this post.

In an attempt to not have this blog filled with bird stuff all the time, I thought I would finally try out this tumblr thing (yes, I’m even later to that party). I’ll still post Cassie’s photos here every now and then, but most of it should be at http://cassiethecockatiel.tumblr.com. In the meantime, more photos!

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Happy First Hatchday, Cassie!

Pardon for the slightly personal post, but it is a big day for someone dear to me.

Time flies, and it’s just about Cassie’s first hatchday already!

I say just about, since I don’t really know her actual hatchday, and it’s based on her being about 7 weeks old when she arrived last July. Since 6th June is fairly easy to remember, it will be her Estimated Hatchday. Right Cassie? I still remember when you first arrived with tattered tail feathers and clipped flight feathers; as you can see, her feathers have regrown, and she’s a lovely pretty bird, if a little dirty, as she still hasn’t learnt not to drag the extremities of her long feathers over dirty surfaces. Continue reading

Pushing Past the Fear

Well, look at that. Time certainly has a way of passing you by.

Originally I started this as a way to just write about all kinds of thoughts and opinions as they entered my head and I deemed worthy enough to give form to, but somehow I sputtered even before I got going. It’s this fear, or as I read a few months ago on a friend’s blog, the Resistance, that ended up with me not doing any writing, or even other creative efforts, like making photographs and videos.

In short, the Resistance (or Fear, as I like to call it), is that internal set of feelings that prevents you from getting anything done. It is a terrible thing, because after the Fear is done with making you decide on inaction, Regret comes shortly afterwards and tells you off for not doing it and never misses an opportunity to do so.

Now, unlike my friend, Jason, who at one point had an entire series of popular consumer technology websites, I just run a small little camera blog that has just a tiny fraction of that level of popularity. Writing does not actually come easy for me; I suspect this post will eventually take an hour to complete. I would like to blame my time in university for writing reams and reams of reports for killing this interest, but I think it is down to these fears that really cripple me.

So let me follow Jason’s exercise here and list out my own fears on writing:

  1. I’m just some random guy on the Internet writing random things.
  2. There’s nothing I feel can add that’s interesting.
  3. I’m not a very good writer. Who wants to read badly written pieces?
  4. I can’t stand the process of transferring thoughts from brain to text – why is is  so slow (this list has been percolating over an hour now)? Am I stupid?
  5. Not really a fear: There’s always something more interesting to do – look, birdie’s here! Who’s a cute birdie? (Birdie as a matter of fact is next to me now: SO CUTE)

Fears for my more visual pursuits are similar, with my video work sputtering to zero. It’s more or less the same thing: What do I want to tell? I don’t have anything interesting. Video adds the wrinkle that I have less experience with, compared to photographer, and is far more labour intensive as well.

Ultimately, I think, I simply have to do this; good and interesting writing simply doesn’t happen overnight, so I’m going to have to push through and just write. I really don’t want Regret to keep on speaking to me every night. It’s really not a nice feeling. If you’re reading this, apologies for some crappy pieces ahead. Hopefully it gets better! Hopefully anyway.

New Members of the Family

Phew, how time flies! Last I was in BroadcastAsia in June and suddenly it’s August.

While some of the blame in the lack of updates here is up to me, a fair amount of time during the last three weeks or so have been taken up by this little thing.

That’s right, it’s a cockatiel. It’s name is Cassie, and here’s how it ended up in my home. Continue reading

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Alright, so I’m late to this party…

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But let’s get it started anyway!

So what’s this? Basically this is a little platform for me to do stuff with. I’ve been on the Internet for some 18 years now, if you can count browsing in Usenet groups and a very rudimentary World Wide Web, so it’s rather embarrassing to only do this personal blog thing now, since it’s not considered a cool thing, what with social networks and alternative platforms being more popular and fashionable. Still, social networks are shallow, with Twitter being a prime example. The 140 character limit annoys me to no end, and it’s not a surprise I rarely post on it. The desire to do anything with it rapidly disappears upon realising to get the message I want across usually relies on excessive butchering of the original message, or inelegantly splitting the message across multiple tweets. Ugh. If you check my Twitter timeline, it’s either tweets to other people, a couple of moans, and… that’s about it.

However, before you get the wrong idea, I actually like social networks. They have their uses, but for content that is more substantial and hopefully less transient, a WordPress blog is still a good platform. I know this, because this actually isn’t my very first blog; I run Three Guys With Cameras with two friends, which focuses on photography gear.  So if you are interested in photography, check it out!

Which brings me back to the purpose of this blog: I’ve been wanting to write on other things for some time now (and by some time, I mean years), so hence me starting this little blog here. It will cover my other interests that Three Guys With Cameras doesn’t cover, namely general consumer technology, gaming (which extends beyond the screen), and other bits and pieces of life in Singapore, or just life in general. Or just general ramblings. Yes, this is one of those “anything goes” personal blogs!

I’ve already got another piece in progress, so check back in a few days time, for this blog’s first review!