Clean your keyboard… today

Clean your keyboard. Today.

I apologise for the disturbing photo. Perhaps it is enough to convince you to clean your keyboard.

Otterman mentioned this recently, around the same time that I had other warnings that I should clean my keyboards thoroughly. I was convinced, but I put it off.

Today, I levered out some keys from a spare keyboard that I need to use for photography. Seeing the gunk for myself reminded me that I should get to this sooner rather than later. All the more since I’m recovering from a bad cold. It’s been a week.

My office keyboard definitely needs to be cleaned. So too, my desktop keyboard at home. My MacBook is protected by a silicone sheet, so it’s not that bad. I wouldn’t try popping out the keys of my MacBook anyway.

How often will I have to do this?

I’ve even thought of buying a flexible, washable keyboard. (The price on that website is a rip off though. IIRC you can get it for under that price in Singapore dollars at Funan or Sim Lim shops.)


What I’ve Learned: Michael J Fox

It’s not exactly the Sunscreen song, but Michael J Fox still has some life lessons to share. Language warning, though. A small quote:

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.

Acceptance is the key to everything.

Which isn’t to say that I’m resigned to it, or that I’ve given up on it, or that I don’t think I have any effect on the outcome of it. It’s just that, as a reality, I get it.

A Blessed Christmas to you, wherever you are.

Test – embedding a flickr slideshow: Clipper Round The World Yacht Race Exhibition

Note: This worked in my old Blogger blog. Now working here too, as you can see. =)

Photos from the Singapore Festival Village – Clipper Round The World Yacht Race Exhibition.

The embedded slideshow works! The only problem is that the slideshow is 500 pixels wide. My post template is 15 pixels short. Don’t really want to muck around with the template at this moment, so I’ll leave it be.


boost brain power at work

article from via

to summarize:
1. don’t obssessively check your email, sms, rss feeds
2. eight hours of sleep
3. eat a high protein breakfast, boost energy with carbo and drink lots of water
4. exercise your body
5. exercise your brain too
6. think positive and loving thoughts

sounds like common sense, yet how many of us do these things as a matter of habit?

franciscan call to action

found out about this through zoe. and as she rightly pointed out, “you need not be a Catholic/Christian to follow”. i’m far from these ideals but at least, i know a couple of people who are living examples of this call – people i can try to emulate.

Call to Action

  1. Focus on people’s good points.
    Tell all with whom you come into contact the good things you see in them.
  2. Develop a positive approach toward life.
    Compliment more than you criticize.
  3. Build a climate of trust and support in all your relationships.
    Cooperate with others instead of competing with them.
  4. Use gentle, loving, respectful language dealing with others.
    They won’t hear your words if they’re too busy dodging your sharp tongue.
  5. Take a genuine interest in the work and activities of others.
    Make a point to ask about new projects.
  6. Listen patiently, with your heart, when others are talking.
    It’s Christlike to put aside one’s own interests for the love of another.
  7. Learn how to refuse with a smile.
    If you have to say “no” to something, do it respectfully.
  8. Put the devil of jealousy far behind you.
    Deal with your personal insecurities in some other ways, but don’t put others down to make yourself look better.
  9. Be loyal.
    Never allow yourself to tear down the kingdom of God by destructive, behind-the-back criticism of others.
  10. Do extra little things that are nobody’s job.
    Be generous by volunteering—especially for the jobs for which there is no great reward.

Putting these all together is another way of being an instrument of peace in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi. Let us learn to tame too what is wild and violent within ourselves and the world around us.

what should i do with my life?

i’m aware that my blog has been a constant stream of career talk and life decisions. i apologise in advance, this entry is another one. i can’t recall if i’ve mentioned this before, but i am sure that i emailed the link to this article to a few of my close friends.

what should i do with my life?

two phone calls and a post in the photography forum in the past few hours prompted me to recall this article. the first phone call was from melbourne. we had a good chat as usual during the course of which this person expressed doubt about studies. but the key sentence my friend expressed: i like working with people. my friend’s future profession will involve this. the problem is the ‘content’ of the profession.

the second call was to someone much closer to home. i called about something, but we continued on from there. this friend, to my surprise, was embarking on a new career path. i hadn’t thought that my friend would be interested in this career but it seems that my friend is growing into it.

the post on clubsnap: the eternal question of whether someone should stay in a current job or pursue photography to the detriment of the current (and stable) income. everyone said, family first. i said, “passion”. and proceeded to write a damn long entry about it.

of course, this is when my computer decided to hang. i almost can see damian sniggering about the wonders of the mac and the hopelessness of windows.

anyway, i remembered the article, so i posted the link there. i’m sure that some of you reading my blog are at the same stage of life or about to embark on this stage. please read the article and think about it…

five basic photography principles

read this on offstone and found it interesting… it’s instructional, inspirational, comforting and humbling all at once.

5 Basic Photography Principles

1. Photographers are not primarily interested in photographs. They have a focused energy and enthusiasm which is directed at an outside, physically present, other. They bring to this subject an exaggerated sense of curiosity, backed up by knowledge gleaned from reading, writing, talking, note taking.

2. The photographer transmits this passion in “the other itself” by making pictures, therefore the subject must lend itself to a visual medium, as opposed to, say, writing about it.

3. The photographer must assiduously practice his/her craft so that there is no technical impediment bewteen realizing the idea and transmitting it through the final print.

4. The photographer must have the ability to analyze the components of the subject-idea so that a set of images not only reflects the basic categories but also displays visual variety. Intense, clear thinking is a prerequisite to fine photography.

5. The photographer is aware that, like all difficult endeavors, to be good at photography requires an unusual capacity for continuous hardwork and……….

Good Luck!

Quoted from “On Being a Photographer” (2001) by

David Hurn/Magnum, &
Bill Jay/Lens Work