Nocturnal

The late night shift is where I’m at,

I’m up all night, prowling like a cat

Browsing the web, playing games,

Bingeing Netflix, it’s a fun shame

My bedtime’s not in stone, it’s not within my cards

Try waking me up at 6:00 morning, you’d wish you were from Scotland Yard


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Golden Hour.”

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

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Born to Be Wired

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So, I get to write my autobiography today, how wonderful. Why I am being asked to start on page three? Is this some sort of marketing technique to get publishers interested right away? I’ve been around for about 24 years now and that may not seem like a lot to go on in a book, but I have experienced numerous events in my life already.

My life is about as old as the Internet itself, which began in 1989 with the launch of the World Wide Web. I’ve practically grown up with computers, having used my very first computer (Windows 95) when I was about five years old. I may have been born in the 1990s but most of my growing up and becoming aware of the wider world was in the 2000s, which saw the rise of the modern Internet that circles around social media and being given a unique chance to express yourself in ways that weren’t possible before (or at least for me).

Doing something similar that I saw another blogger do, here are some significant things that happened during the early years of my life:

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) – what kick started my love for video games, essentially. This is the game console I remember my mom playing late at night with us kids, to our utter excitement and anticipation as we watched her peruse through levels of Donkey Kong Country, me holding my breath. DKC was one of the most popular games back then and I remember her playing for many nights (highly addictive) and at the time to me it seemed like a very hard game to beat, especially the end battle against K. Rool. The SNES was released in 1991, but I did not get one until I was about six. It seemed like this was the console of the 90s, until I was introduced to the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 later on.

Windows 98 – my very first home computer was a Hotwheels themed Windows 98 PC. I remember how excited I was to use it as my mom took it out of the box and set it up (well, I did most of the work). At the time, this version of Windows was considered the best thing since sliced bread because of the unique innovations put into it (and the memorable sounds). Drawing pictures in Kid Pix (oh, no!), using a steering wheel and pedals to drive a virtual racing game (that stopped working about a month later), playing the mysterious game of Myst for the first time (I finally beat it in 2011), even learning about the human anatomy through a CD that was included with the computer – everything about my brief time with this computer was amazing.

Cartoon Network – the early part of the 2000s were a time when I was still a kid but beginning to become aware that some things I liked in the past just didn’t interest me anymore. Cartoon Network was a milestone of my childhood. When I first got excited about it in 1999, me, along with my sisters, practically begged our parents to get the package of cable that included that one channel. And how many great memories I have from watching some of the shows from the classic CN era such as Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow & Chicken, Ed, Edd, & Eddy, and the Powerpuff Girls, just to name a few. But after 2003, when I moved away to a new city and new school, cartoons in general just didn’t interest me anymore, do to the fact that I was twelve years old and growing up quick. These days, I have the nostalgia to go back and watch some of those old shows I haven’t seen in a long time and relive the days of pure innocence.

Google – where would the world be without this giant that has basically become synonymous with the Internet? I first heard about the search engine back in 2001 when I was in the fourth grade. There were a number of search engine options my teacher told us we should use for our research project, but even back then this one seemed like the popular choice to use.

YouTube – I think page three of my autobiography is following the tech trend a little too much, but try searching for this word in a pre-2005 Google archive search engine, and you will get absolutely nothing. It’s amazing how I was completely unaware of this site until my sister showed it to me in late 2008, around the time the site really started taking off.

The Berlin Wall comes down – a nontechnical entry that is not just significant to me but to many people in this world, because it brought peace and unity and strengthened ties between the U.S. and Germany. Even though I was a little more than a year old when the demolition of the monstrous divide was finally completed, I remember my parents having actual pieces of the wall in plastic cases that they probably bought at a tourist shop while on vacation in one of the States. Sadly, I don’t know what happened to those cases. They may had gotten mixed in with some trash that was thrown out, no one bothering to look, figuring they weren’t worth much (which is true). It would be great today to have some historical pieces of history in my possession. President Reagan’s famous words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”, resonate in my mind and mark the eventual reunification of East and West Germany.

Those are just a few things you’ll find about my life on page three. Now I’ll go and try to find where they buried the first two pages, like they did with E.T.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Early Years.”

Write page three of your autobiography.

This happens to be my 300th post, which if I would have known before I published this and checked my count, I would have published some more special, but I suppose it is special because it’s about me.

They Can See For Miles and Miles

The golden rule about sharing stuff online: if you wouldn’t want your mom or dad seeing it then it shouldn’t be put on the Internet. I’m pretty careful for the most part and only put up things that are carefully reviewed by my cerebral cortex. But of course, some embarrassing stuff does slip through occasionally and I’m subject to someone’s laughter (or annoyance) miles away.

In Facebook, I share photos and the occasional status update. The statuses are usually about something important happening in my life, not about what I had for breakfast or when I’m going to bed. I don’t like to complain about my life or try to seek attention since in the end it does no good. I might also upload a video, but it’s usually of an anonymous matter not including myself. It’s pretty mild stuff.

On Twitter, it’s mostly my WordPress posts publicized on there but I try to make my feed more interesting by including some witty, humorous Tweets that always seem to be ignored.

On Tumblr, same as above, but I’ll also post some random pictures with interesting text.

On Google +, it started off as a place to post my YouTube videos, but now it has turned into more of a place to share my photography from my blog with the appropriate circles..

I haven’t been using YouTube much at all lately, but when I was uploading videos, I tended to put up content that was trying to be informative but at the same time offer a little bit of humor without making a complete fool of myself. I’ve never gotten into vlogging because a) my life is too boring for that and b) it involves sharing some private things in my life.

All in all, I have no qualms about my online privacy. There’s nothing out there that would compromise me as a person. But in fact, as I’m sitting here right now, anyone can access stuff about me on the Internet in just a few simple clicks. Just do a reverse phone lookup and see where I live. Hunt up my social profiles, see where I went to school, who my relatives are, what I like/dislike. Not that anyone would find anything really that interesting about me, unless they found my blog which as of now is my hotspot on the Internet. I kind of dig the thrill of having a part of me preserved in the databanks of the digital globe for future generations to see. It’s probably as immortal as it gets for me.

It makes sense to keep personal information about yourself, such as credit card numbers and social security numbers, out of the wrong hands but you can never say for sure that nothing will be used against you on here because super cybercriminals have ways of extracting the tiniest bit of information and rendering you obsolete or presumably declared dead. They can see for miles, so beware. I feel pretty safe on the Internet, but it’s kind of eerie that one could assume my identity tomorrow and I couldn’t prove that I was, well, me anymore. Someone in Japan or even my next door neighbor.

Many of you are probably thinking about The Who song now. Well, I’ll do you a favor and post it here, since it relates to the Internet in a huge way, though maybe not in the way of  this 1960s video for the song.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Do Not Disturb.”

How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?

Nobody Expected Me To…But Here I Am

There is not one person in the world that I would limit this blog to. It is open to anyone who takes precious time out of their day to read it.  I don’t write for one specific type of person because that would get boring after a while. After all, no one asked me to start this blog or gave me the inspiration to; it was of my own personal interest, my own need to fulfill something in my life – to have a place on the Internet to call my own and could succeed with. And it really became mine once I dropped the .wordpress from my URL, leaving this quirky but cool name that would be vague to unknown bystanders.

There’s always the classic “If I could go back in time I would change this…” Well, if I could go back nearly two years ago to the inception of this blog, I might have chosen a different name, something that was a little more familiar and less vague on the surface to viewers. Something that people would understand.

My name has a YouTube feel to it because it was made for YouTube in the first place, a year before I even thought about going truly anonymous and starting on WordPress. True, my blog persona is an acronym that describes the ideal life one might want to live (check out my About page), but over time those words have started to lose their meaning as I have begun to develop a style and learn the ropes of blogging that I had neglected to work on for a long time, simply because there were none to me in the beginning. I wrote because I wanted to, more off of an impulse than anything else which led to an unorthodox development. Things are more predictable nowadays – it’s either the Daily Prompt, a photo challenge, or going completely on my own (which is rare for me these days) to feelings of anxiety and nervousness that no one will ever see the post – which happened not too long ago.

And I’m still quite alone outside the blogosphere than on the inside – I believe my faraway aunt in California is the only family member to have taken a look at my blog and that was after I had sent her my sitelink in a text message. She said she loved my poetry which was great to hear since it is one of the highlights of my recent development but not something I ever intended to become the backbone of my blog. I love writing poetry, time to time, because it offers me free expression, but it can be hard to know when to rhyme or not rhyme something and if anyone is going to “dig it”.

I never intended for my little corner of the internet to survive past a few months and now that it is going strong on nearly two years, I really don’t see an end in sight. But if everyone, my followers,  just decided to jump off my ship today and leave me alone at least I would know there is one person who would be guaranteed to read my blog: me.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Singular Sensation.”

If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

Social Media Envy – Fight It

Oh, boy, how social media has changed the game for the entire Internet and me. It’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, YouTube, and even WordPress where I’ve come to realize the online world is a HUGE place. And the people with the giant fan bases will exceed and prosper while the little ones will always trudge behind and have to dream of someday becoming an Internet “celebrity”. It’s wild frontier out there and you have to work hard to succeed these days – usually. And with social media comes great jealousy – the reliance on likes and followers, for instance, greatly set the most popular apart from the rest. And it’s funny because before 2010, when I first got on Facebook, I didn’t even care.

I think my green-eyed lady stems mostly from the Internet, seeing people who are enormously popular and seem to be on an entirely different planet than me. No matter how hard I’ve tried, I have just never seemed to get the hang of YouTube and that’s mainly because I’m competing against highly established channels that bring in millions of views per video on upload day, are worshipped like gods in the comment sections of other videos and are mentioned on other sites, and because I’ve never been very dedicated to succeeding on there anyway. And not only has pangs of jealousy come from YouTube personalities like Tyler Oakley and Jenna Marbles, now it comes from these personalities getting to come on network TV (Oakley appeared on The Talk on CBS, Jenna Marbles was mentioned on CSI, and iJustine, another famous YouTuber, will appear on The Price Is Right), and also being mentioned on the radio and the thought that comes to my head is, “Wow, these guys must be really famous.” – which ultimately degrades my well-being.

Seeing people on Facebook that I knew from school get tons of likes on their posts also bugs me, because I’m lucky enough to get one or two, all from my family members. It’s also the friend counts. A couple of my high school mates have over 1,000 friends and growing while I’ve been hovering around 290 for a while now (about 30 of those “friends” are fake accounts set up by my family for games, so the total is a lot lower), and I try not to feel that envy when I see the totals but it immediately puts me on a much lower pedestal. It also doesn’t help when I hear that some of my “friends” are living much more exciting lives than I (going to different countries, attending high-profile colleges, getting to know lots of people), while I just sit on the sidelines at home and watch. One of my friends, his first name Joshua, one day posted that he was visiting Taipei and also was going to attend college there. The results of that post? Over 100 likes and comments. And I tried to feel great for him but a surge of the green-eyed monster outweighed this, and I added another “like” to the boiling pot even though there’s likely no reciprocation by doing so.

With Twitter, it’s a little bit different for me. I don’t tend to have much jealously, except, of course from people I hate such as Justin Bieber and seeing their annoyingly narcissistic tweets. I don’t let the high follower counts and retweet numbers of celebrities get to me because that is mainly what you’d expect. It’s just when I fail to get any retweets or favorites on my individual tweets, some of them I thought were witty and humorous, and others seem to have a lot more success. But hey, it’s all a numbers game in the end, isn’t it?

I don’t get on Instagram at all (not since 2012), so there’s really no reason for envy there.

With WordPress, I’ve come to realize this is a learning process and you can’t expect to succeed overnight. There are a number of bloggers I know out there that have over 4,000 followers and get like counts ranging from 60 to 200, and yes, there does come some jealousy, but I quickly face the facts that these bloggers have obviously been at this for a while and have honed their craft, leading to their surge of popularity. Seeing exceptional, Freshly Pressed worthy writing and the most beautiful pictures from bloggers also puts my work into perspective and I realize I could never copy them no matter how hard I tried. With blogging, it’s better to be authentic than try to live a life that’s not you.

The Internet can be an evil place sometimes. Don’t let the jealousy get to you because it can consume you to the point where you will stop at nothing to reach the pinnacle of recognition and respect. It’s happened to me a number of times – and about half of those followers I paid for on Twitter have since disappeared thanks to Twitter’s great purging system of inactive robot accounts. I’ll never fall for that scam again.

It’s no use trying to conquer the Internet. Just be yourself and have fun; if you feel like it’s getting to you go outside and get some fresh air and remember that the Internet is just an invisible layer that can be shut off at anytime you want.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Green-Eyed Lady.”

We all get jealous from time to time — what wakes the green-eyed monster for you?

W is for Waiting

Things I’m waiting for, not brought to you by the letter W:

Windows 10

Bring on a new era of technology!

This is supposed to be Microsoft’s redemption answer for the unsatisfactory Windows 8, 8.1. I’ve gotten used to my W8.1 computer though (damage aside) and really do dig the “Metro” design though the navigation is a bit clunky – and I rarely leave the desktop. Windows 10 is going to do away with the charms bar (something I actually loved) and put the apps from it in a dedicated folder somewhere. The traditional start menu is coming back and will integrate the live tiles into it, getting rid of the Metro screen. Essential “apps” like Control Panel and the Shutdown controls will more easily accessible. And some of you may have already heard a long time ago but wait for it…

Internet Explorer is officially over!

Well not technically, since the latest version, IE 11, will still be available on W10, but…

Windows 10 is going to introduce an entirely new browser, marking the end of the line for our dear old veteran of the web. It may be one similar to Chrome or Firefox that is beautiful in design and has easily accessed features and better security. Not sure what the name will be but I bet it will be something more modern and unique than simply something that mundanely describes exploring the Internet. Note: the codename as of now for the new browser is Project Spartan, and I believe that ties in with the “Halo” theme Microsoft seems to be hinting at: Cortana on Windows Phone is the computer within Master Chief who is the Spartan’s captain. Don’t ask me how I know that, I just read it from the comments on a “Project Spartan” article – I’ve never played Halo ever, which is sad for someone my age.

“Smart” Metro

There was a technical preview released for Windows 10 back in October that I could have tried but was ill advised to since I only have one computer and didn’t want to ruin it by having the preview crash, losing everything in the process, even if I did backup everything on a separate device.

Windows 10 is rumored to be due for full release in Fall 2015. I don’t have anywhere near the budget at buying it early.

This challenge to be over:

It’s been quite a rough experiment for me but I’ll be glad when this challenge (and month) is finally over so I can get back to normal blogging again. The complete lack of comments is what has bothered me but I’ll just chalk it up and move on as always.’

My latest video to be finished:

It’s in the rendering process as I write this, going glacially slow. A gameplay of Minecraft for your information. I’ve become pretty skilled at the game though I still haven’t come close to finding the ultimate material that basically makes you a respected player: diamond.

My future love:

She’s out there somewhere, maybe closer than I think. These lonely nights are great for critical thinking and writing but it does get boring sometimes. Best not to rush things though…I feel like Ted from “How I Met Your Mother” just waiting for his perfect match. 

April A to Z Challenge

T is for Those Elephants

It basically caused a gigantic seismic wave, created a whole new culture of people that have come together to share their life stories and have a lot of fun. It is something that sparked an entire revolution. The 18 seconds  that changed the world forever. The one that basically “woke” the Internet up. The one that – Okay, I’ll just say it: today’s the tenth anniversary of the first ever video uploaded to YouTube, called ‘Me at the zoo’ and starring the co-founder of the site, Jawed Karim. Little did he know that he had just planted the first seed that would grow into the magnificent giant sequoia it is today. And today he’s probably sitting back in a comfortable chair in his luxurious home marveling at the thing, the Frankenstein, he helped create.

Enjoy this day now forever marked in history as YouTube day. Go back to the simpler times when it was mostly unedited, low resolution clips of people doing random things, before VEVO stepped in and basically told the site to grow the hell up, putting up their music videos that make that “Top Ten Most Viewed Videos” list look overrated.

It’s also the tenth anniversary of the second video uploaded to YouTube, and possibly the third and the fourth. Basically every video after this is going to celebrate its tenth anniversary either today, tomorrow or in the days to come. It’s like a glacial layer of ice is moving over everything now, forever freezing these first videos into history.

The second, less popular video:

Hey, it’s not that hard to start a company. Just grab a camera, stand in front of some elephants, say a few words, and you’re golden. If only it were that simple now…

April A to Z Challenge