Just a thought.


Space Tour, 2016
February 9, 2016, 5:40 pm
Filed under: AWESOME, Nerd it out, Uncategorized

Posters like the best music festivals are just a ticket away to Jupiter.

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http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/

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Previously…
December 22, 2015, 11:58 am
Filed under: Nerd it out, Rants
  • I married my best friend and we went to Japan and Iceland
  • I have a son that is a doge
  • I live in Seattle and perform design work for Amazon
  • I’m into bikes again, but sold the fixed gear
  • I crashed the Subaru Forester
  • I bought an SE-R, I sold the SE-R
  • I bought an Evo, I sold the Evo
  • I bought a PS4
  • I will have two mobile computer phones
  • I’m more or less still materialistic
  • But I appreciate a higher design value return over time
  • I’m still obsessed with design, but try to predict future value more
  • Interaction design is awesome but hard, and I take inspiration from architecture and buildings
  • I’m less into cars but still inspired by automobile design decisions, everyday
  • I’m probably more into boxing that I ever have been
  • I think I understand MMA more but love boxing more
  • Philosophically, I’m drawn to water and quotes about water, especially Bruce Lee and other fighters and how they think about water
  • I have two tattoos and need another one
  • I haven’t made a playlist since 2009
  • I still listen to the same music but have adopted new artists like The Internet, Hiatus Kaiyote, Mr. Carmack, but still fcks with Frank Ocean, Jazmine Sullivan, Flying Lotus, D’Angelo, Pusha T
  • 2016 is going to be great


Twitterhea
March 2, 2009, 12:26 am
Filed under: AWESOME, Aww that's nice, Big Idea, Just cuz, Music, Nerd it out, Space

Gosh, it’s been very long since I’ve posted. So much for posting at least once a week. It’s officially March, and I have a great day job. Still no night job but that’s always a labor of love, so I’m not worried. I’m spending my days listening to a one month old playlist, and it’s definitely time for a new one. Which means I should prepare the metaphorical Jeep for an ideological music hunt. It’s an exciting time to be getting grips with 2009, and I find myself digging my toes in the dirt for a spirited sprint to steal second base. It’s definitely something I would very much  give an internal but boisterous “huzzah” at least once a day.

Speaking of the daily I blame my lack of blogging on a definite spike in illicit online activity due to me joining the twitter army. And by illicit, I mean feeling like finding things this  awesome online should be illegal. The future of this app could be the most useful form of collective intelligence for your PDA phone. Now to get me one of them phones so I can twitpic pictures of awesome things. Palm Pre vs. iPhone?

Meanwhile, groove to some music, I’ll catch you on the flipular side.



Designing Engineer
December 31, 2008, 5:46 pm
Filed under: AWESOME, Big Idea, I have a dream..., Movies, Nerd it out, Space, Uncategorized

A vision of my future came just in time for the new year. Or rather, in the most recent episode of Future Cars. They say the future awaits with an increased attention to virtualization. Starting with the manufacturing side, carmakers are utilizing computer simulation to run tests that were traditionally done physically, and painstakingly. New cars would come in generations not because that was the length of people’s attention spans back then, but because the tests required for the cars to be put in the market would simply take that long. Wind tunnel, crash, and even performance tests would take years to complete, and at present, virtualization and simulation helped in greatly reducing the time a product would turnover. This seemingly shortening cycle is evident in our modern times, where (in the automobile’s case) a car’s success came in how long a person remembered a particular model’s name. Factors include reliability, performance, comfort, and luxury, but all this would sum to a word almost every designer would utter at least once in any given sentence: emotion.

The phrase “evoking emotion” is something I’ve been trying to decipher for a while now. I’ve felt over the years I’ve managed to capture and lose its true meaning to cumulatively come to what I feel is slow progress. Design was always somewhat of a “pig’s flying” or “fat lady singing” kind of concept for me, because (like the show said) the occupation was reserved for a blessed few. Only hundreds of “enlightened” individuals all over the world would emerge in GM’s sought-after design internships, and would get tested among design elites. How am I supposed to compete with that, especially with an engineering (and not art) background?

Glimmers of hope exist among  the great engineering grad students I am privileged to know, and even in the work I’ve done over the years. I will keep discouragement here to a minimum because I really do believe only action answers that existential question.

I do want to explore the interface between design and engineering. An interesting quote in the show I mentioned was that an increased focus on virtualization and simulation might eventually allow designers to “engineer” in a virtual world inside a computer (imagine a designer queueing his or her design to “rent” the virtual wind tunnel test “room” in a computer lab). Vice versa, an engineer would allow his or her engineering concepts (like the novel Naro design by Prodrive) to explore different physical designs instantly with computer simulation (4 wheels, or 3; 4 doors, or a clamshell?).

That’s what the logistical side would look like, while in the end the design would still require that emotion. Like the feeling of honoring a retired and long-running model with a re-imagined concept (Ford GT40), or knowing the exact way of shutting the driver side door so it stays closed in an epic and enlightening cross-country road trip with your grandpa. Or maybe designing a whole world for a future where your existence would be equivalent and interconnected with artificially created life, like in the world of Blade Runner.

bladerunner

Meet Syd Mead, the visionary behind the stunning world of Blade Runner. The ultimate futurist himself, I truly believe he is the ultimate combination of philosopher, engineer, designer, and romantic. It’s like as I go through life, I find out about these amazing people doing amazing things that are relevant to such interdisciplinary point of views. It’s like breeding a Mewtwo with a Blastoise to get the ultimate psychic/physical-type pokemon. (Inappropriate?)

Anyway, I just would like to share my excitement in my discovery of a confirmation of my beliefs. I hope your new year’s similarly inspired. See you in 2009!



The Creative Process
December 12, 2008, 1:33 pm
Filed under: AWESOME, Big Idea, I have a dream..., KRUMP, Music, Nerd it out, Space

Visualize



Drawing Pictures
December 3, 2008, 12:38 pm
Filed under: AWESOME, I have a dream..., Nerd it out, Space | Tags:

A common buzzword is presentation skills. I think I’m beginning to understand what that really means. It simply means expressing yourself as clearly as possible. It involves speech, body language, and what I summarize as “drawing skills.” And by drawing skills, they’re skills that go into making metaphors and allegories in general. It involves making connections, physically and mentally sketching a scenario, writing scripts, starting dialogue, questioning context…brainstorming.

As I wonder how artists continue to exist in our world, I feel they always have to put their visions on hold to address “real-world” tasks on hand. Now I realize that “putting them on hold” means remembering them in some way or fashion, with bookmarks, post-it’s, a sketch, or with metaphors.

I’ve decided that my ultimate creation will be sustainable. If you think about it, music’s the most sustainable form of media-history because there’s some worth in holding the physical object that makes music in the first place, be they the musical instruments themselves, or the tapes and records that music is recorded on. People don’t mind (and sometimes prefer) keeping and passing on mixtapes, CD’s, or MP3’s. I’ve gotta invent something just as awesome.

Inspired by the Lisa Ang, check out my virtual zoo.

PenguinCam

PandaCam

PuppyCam

CloudedLeopardCam

PolarBearCam

FerretCam

TamarinCam

MarmosetCam

MontereyBayFishCam

MicroscopicOrganismCam



And at the end of it all its you…
November 14, 2008, 12:13 pm
Filed under: AWESOME, Luckyyy...., Music, Nerd it out, Space

the-renaissance

Q tiiiiippppppppppppppp what are you doinnnnggg

They must’ve blew out the woofers last night at the Mezzanine cuz there was so much bass shaking my fillings. (Actually I don’t think I have any fillings.) It really was a party last night, and you can’t even help but meet cool people when Pac Div started it up fresh, the Knux brought it down, the Cool Kids tore it up, and Q Tip brought it home.

I just want to recognize the main man behind the sultry sounds Q Tip surrounds himself with, Casey Benjamin. This fool plays two keyboards, the saxophone, and the vocophone (blergh??!) and apparently has an ill (not sick) Trans Am named Deloris. I hope someone has a recording of that one instrumental song he started off last night. I don’t even know how Mr. Benjamin did it, but swear the keys in his keyboard were made out of water. Flows so nice.