Surround yourself with people who have qualities you admire, who are smarter and more driven than you. Let their success rub off. Soak up their energy, and let their drive help push you to be better too. Outside of school, this is harder. And don’t be one-sided about it either—remember that you can positively influence others by encouraging others to be their best selves.
It was a fun long weekend but it ended pretty sad due to facts about my current state. Not really sad but it got me thinking if I am making the right decisions and if I am on the right path. 🙁 Damn you condescending people. Maybe this is just the PMS doing its job.
Well, I guess let us just focus on the fun things that happened this weekend.
Fall Out Boy concert
It was the first concert I attended that I really had a blast in every second of the hour and a half the band was on stage. It was my first time paying for a concert really, as I am not a hardcore fan of any band except FOB, the music of which has been the theme song of half of my life that I can remember. I started listening to them in high school so all of their songs before Folie a Deux have a high school feel to me. A memory flashes on every song. ;_; With me at the concert are two of my greatest high school buddies. Imagine the feels. I was just so happy.
MozPH Core Meeting
A lot of things were discussed and clarified in this meeting. We also had a fun dinner and the first time I saw the team had alcohol, haha. Well of course, I had buko juice. :p
Nothing much happened, but I finally accomplished the freaking Unionbank EON application after so much inconvenience and I had my 2nd recommendation letter from a college prof.
Sunday with CK
CK’s pug died yesterday 🙁 She was so cute and cuddly baaaawwww. As a suicidal act he get in the car with me driving hahaha. Kidding. We went around our village to hone my driving skills. I hope I get better at it. In driving school I have already gained confidence and has managed to drive on highways but then my mother isn’t convinced, prohibiting me from driving far. :/
We then played the usuals on the PS3. It was a rainy day, perfect for bumming. Thanks CK for visiting me in our house!
Baaawww I wanna sleep.
While I’m downloading the 2nd episode of Free!…Since I have some overdue blog posts, I’mma combine these two related events in one.
6/29/13 Maker Party 2013 Alphaland
Mozilla’s summer (in the west, lol) season of coding has begun and the MozPH team started it with an all-girl Webmaking session! Of course, since I am the one who organized it, it should be all-girl! Kidding. This is in support of the Women and Mozilla initiative of Mozilla PH. I have an official blog post here and here are some awkward pics of myself.
A sweet little thing arrived in the mail when I got home from work! Hello, little orange phone, Keon!
The packaging is quite unique from what we are used to with smartphones. It a square box which opens upwards to reveal the phone.
And when you lift it up, it will reveal the manuals and accessories.
At 199g it is slightly heavier than an iPhone 5 and lighter than the S4. The back has a neat matte surface similar to the Kindle Fire HD.You can find more specs here.
Yes, the phone gives you a familiar feeling with only a circle button and three hardware buttons on the left side. The UI doesn’t give much confusion for smartphone users, as they are almost the same as most UIs currently available. The round icons are quite familiar too.
It has the usual connectivity features like WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Internet sharing and 3G. The battery life is quite impressive. I have tried leaving it with WiFi on for more than 24 hours and have left it on stand-by for 3 days.
Keon is not really a powerful phone, but if you just want to have the basic features with Internet connectivity, with an expected price tag of Php3-5k, this is a good choice. Especially if you are a mobile apps developer or you plan to become one.
Firefox OS was built using open web technologies and is of course, entirely open source. What makes me say it is perfect for developers? Well, for starters, developers don’t need to pay anything to submit an app to the Marketplace AND Mozilla doesn’t intend to gain anything from their earnings, if they plan to sell their apps. Talk about using and marketing a phone plainly for developing the Web and exploring its capabilities, instead of the usual capitalist thinking.
The OS and the device still have a lot of areas to improve on. However, I must say that I have a huge trust on the open community about developing for the sake of the craft and not merely to heartlessly earn from it.
Marx is right! It is not God that enslaves us, it’s not religion. But it is our fellow human beings, using God and religion that enslave us. “Not the gods, nor nature, but only man himself can be this alien power over man.” —Marx. The root of both atheism and theism therefore is the desire of human beings to enslave one another! Theism as a form of alienation, and atheism as the supreme diversion of human beings from the struggle to improve social condition towards fighting illusory goods and spiritual beings!
On May 25th Mozilla Philippines had two events, immediately following another!
Women and Mozilla Philippine Kick-off
I have created a blog post about it here.
I was the organizer, one of the hosts and one of the speakers. Talk about one-man team! Hahaha.
We, FOB fans lol
After a sort-of rigorous application process, we have a new TomasinoWeb core group for 2013-14 which was announced in this year’s induction ceremonies!
We had our induction at the gorgeous Villa Infant Jesus in Marikina (as usual)! Many thanks to the family of our orgmate who owns the lovely place! (And lives just in front of it hahaha)
After 5 academic years, I have finally been conferred with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering! For 10 years I’ve been in public non-sectarian schools and it is only in college where I experienced to be in a private Catholic one. I have to be honest that I chose UST because of my friends, as I got a bad experience as a high school freshman when I don’t know anyone in my new school.
Well, I took 4 college entrance exams. And basically in only two of those did I pass the usual way. In the two schools I failed, I didn’t get the required grades to get into my choices but my overall averages can be ground to receive consideration to enter the school. The two schools I passed were really tempting, as in the other one I got my REAL first choice of program (computer engineering) and the other I got a grade of 97, enough to be admitted to the program with the highest quota (COMPUTER ENGINEERING.). It’s like computer engineering is getting slapped on my face. It’s what I really wanted anyway. But then, I digress.
Anyway, I chose to pursue my academic placement status in UST where I can only get slots if there are still available. I was given a list of choices which depended on my exam grade (funny enough, I didn’t have AB programs in the list, I found out afterwards that my lowest exam grade was in the English subset, the hell, I remember the exam being extremely easy, shit really happens sometimes) After enlisting myself to BS Biology and BS Industrial Engineering (which I have to admit were random choices, I have computer studies on the list but my mother won’t allow it, meh), I was nervous if I could get in, I was eyeing Biology and then plot twist: industrial engineering that back then I really have no idea what it is about. My mother tells me it used to be her dream course though.
I have to be honest that until now I still have this not-going-for-computer-engineering sickness. For two years I’ve dealt with that feeling and I was always emo and alone until…I have met people who mean a lot to me. I have made a lot of friends inside and outside the university had it not been with the opportunities studying in UST gave me. I met my org, TomasinoWeb and it paved the way. I must admit that sometimes, I got to study and I am motivated not to fail because I have to stay in the org.
By joining TomWeb, I have learned how to choose orgs which are actually productive, lol. Before, I just joined whatever interests me, from a Japanese culture org to a robotics one, I didn’t feel being productive there as they were merely social groups with the same interests and in some I felt that the officers run the orgs because of the credits to their resume. :/ That was when I stopped having faith on college-based orgs. I felt they don’t have the heart for their work. So I met TomWeb, AIESEC and PIIE-NSC. I also got involved in Mozilla through an orgmate who asked me to try out and apply to their sort-of volunteer program.
I hated Math in high school. I was into Asian history and science back then but I started liking it from the very first sem of my engineering adventure. When I was in 3rd year and was already active in my org, I realized that industrial engineering was the best path for me. This program helped me discover my strengths and it made me realize how perfect it is for me.
Oh yes I’ve been very gala lately. Hurrah bum life!
My father went home for my graduation and we took this opportunity to go places! (Read: the only one in the family who can drive) Well, the Bicol region is not really new to us as my mother grew up there and we’ve already paid a visit there when my siblings and I were younger.
To Bicolandia, we didn’t use SLEX and instead took the Rizal-Laguna route targetting Luisiana, Laguna to Quezon. We were in Pagsanjan and the direct route to Luisiana was not accessible due to damaged bridge. So we had a detour and went to Luisiana from Pagsanjan via Majayjay. I didn’t know Laguna has so many municipalities *actually Googling it now*. Laguna is just parallel to Rizal so I thought it would be more like it. Or maybe there are fewer towns in Rizal because some large chunks belong to one municipalities only (Rodriguez [aka Montalban] and Antipolo), not to mention Talim Island is divided into two municipalities. Anyway, I think I have passed by majority of the Laguna towns though with my frequent adventures lately, haha. Ha, too bad it won’t happen again anytime soon.
We passed by mountains, national parks (read: forests prone to errr, hold-ups lol) and sea!