Tuesday, March 4, 2014

California Chill

It has been raining quite a lot in California lately. While some people find rainy days depressing, I find it to be quite refreshing. The combination of rain and mud always have this ineffable effect on me, where I feel the perfect amount of nostalgia that grounds me to reality, but meanwhile puts a part of me into this ecstatic state of mind.


Turban: Urban Outfitters Coat: Urban Outfitters 



Equally therapeutic is the sound of rain (fun fact: the longer you listen to it, the louder it gets). In a sense, listening to the rain kind of reminds me of that one philosophy concept proposed by Douglas Hofstadter called the Strange Loop. The gist of this idea is that, contrary to a linear thought where a specific cause would lead to a corresponding result; a strange loop takes you on what seems like an upward journey until you realize you're back to where you started. This sort of a logical paradox can be seen in the forms of literature,or even sounds. A perfect example to illustrate this concept is the Shepard Tone, where the notes seemed to rise, yet they are not. A more in-depth article on this mind-boggling philosophical concept can be read on http://io9.com/why-strange-loops-could-be-an-argument-for-artificial-i-1524245285




Land End San Francisco


Monday, February 10, 2014

Perfect Imperfections

We are all somewhat romanticized in other people's eyes. I sometimes wonder why that is. Why is it that we cannot just reveal as openly our ugly or weird sides as we do our glamorous sides? At the end of the day, I believe we have only ourselves to blame for people's misconception towards us. "Nobody is perfect" is a saying that goes around way too often yet not enough for us to come to our senses that showing our flaws does not make us less of a person, on the contrary, it helps us embrace the beauty of existing as human beings with the imperfections marking each of our own uniqueness. 


Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Dress: H&M Sandals: Asos

On a different note, I watched the movie Her yesterday, and I have to say it has been a while since a movie has had such an overwhelming effect on me. After watching it, i have to admit my conceptions of love and interaction have somewhat shifted. Love is built on the basis of interaction. and interaction between the minds require sincere communications, which in the age of digital technology proves to be even harder to achieve. Sometimes I wonder if all these technological devices and social medium are really helping us communicate or are they simply isolating us into these invisible cubicles built from htmls and cyber-programming.  



Denim Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Photo By: Yuki Huang


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Belated NYR

Sometimes I will be looking at some people talking to others with total ease and it is just like they have a stock room full of witty responses and clever things to say, and I'd be like "why couldn't I be more like them, just effortlessly know the right or funny thing to say?" In reality, I am guilty of being the person that repeatedly lives through the situation where I'd say something out of sheer word vomit instinct, and 5 seconds later want to shove a fist down my throat and never be able to speak again. 

Shades: thrifted (via Black and Brown) Top: Amazon 


On the note of this little tangent, one of my New Year's resolution (albeit a little late at this point as we've come to the end of January) is to be more articulate when trying to express my thoughts. With this, I hope that 2014 will endure a lot less cringe-worthy conversations than 2013. 


 

In addition to the aforementioned New Year resolution, another extremely crucial one is to actually stick to at least one of them. 

Photos by Yuki Huang