This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.”


Not too long ago, a friend of mine posted an rather exhaustive list of his Netflix movie recommendations. As an avid movie lover myself, I felt it necessary to share some of my own Netflix Instant Watch favorites.

  • Sherlock: Series 1 (featuring Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch)
  • Death Note: anime series
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Brick (with the ever watchable Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Star Trek: TNG
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Let the Right One In
  • Raging Bull
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Larry Sanders Show
  • Robocop
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • Ip Man
  • The Bicycle Thief
  • Arrested Development
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Network
  • The League
  • The Office (the original UK series)
  • Before Sunrise
  • Memento
  • Mad Men
  • Farewell my Concubine
  • Precious
  • Paper Moon
  • Farscape
  • Mother

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

— Steve Jobs

I recently began to watch the Terence Malik film Tree of Life, and I was struck by the beautiful images that the filmmaker constructed for its beginning of life scenes. For 10 minutes, there’s a sumptuous feast for the eyes. There’s mostly abstract images that fill the screen to the sounds of an opera. I thought I’d include some of that beautiful moment here.


It will come as no surprise that I’m a big Star Trek fan. I wouldn’t go so far as calling myself a “trekkie”, but growing up, Star Trek was one of my favorite shows to watch. I’ve always loved sci-fi, and shows like The Twilight Zone that has a unique way of telling a moral, and I’ve always felt that Star Trek was one of the best at melding the two.

Personally, I’ve always favored TNG over the original series, but in my mind, there’s only two real definitive Star Trek shows, the first two. I could care less about all of the spin-offs that came afterwards, like Voyager and DS9. Over the past week, while I was held up in bed due to a bout of the flu, I rewatched practically the entire 7 seasons of TNG. And I have to say that my favorite episode is still the last, “All Good Things”. How could you not love an episode that involves multiple timelines, Q, and an Enterprise that has 3 nacells.

But beyond the series finale episode, I thought I’d list some of my other favorite episodes:

  • Time’s Arrow
  • The Nth Degree
  • Chain of Command
  • Symbiosis
  • Relics
  • Attached
  • Deja Q
  • The Outrageous Okona
  • Schisms
  • Tin Man

I love you but I don’t like you enough to be ‘just friends’.


In an ever-evolving analysis, OK Cupid has come to paint a very complex picture of what it thinks of me. In just one day, I’ve seen several attributes appear and disappear. Today alone, I’ve had two different charts assigned to me. The first chart, shown below, is after 433 questions. The second illustrates my profile after 500.

Apparently, the site feels that I’m more spontaneous, independent, and logical than it did yesterday, but tragically, it still considers me to be arrogant and less giving. There must be two to three questions from my past that is determining this.


As a quick follow-up to my previous post on OKCupid’s estimation of my personality, I decided to answer a dozen more questions on their site while reexamining some of my earlier answers. After doing so, it looks like my personality analysis has shifted. Now with 355 questions answered, my chart looks like this:

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So I’ve been on the dating site OK Cupid for some time now. I haven’t had much success on the site, but one of the cool things about the site is that they release some cool infographics and stats on its members.

One of the nice little features that the site offers that others don’t is a peak into the personality of the people you’re checking out. Apparently, they are able to do this by analyzing your answer to their questionnaire. So far, I’ve answered 251 questions, and I’m disconcerted to find out what their analysis shows:

Arrogant? Really? I would rephrase that as confident. Also, I can’t believe the site thinks I’m less organized and less giving than the average person. Apparently, I’m the most selfish person possible. I’m incredibly skeptical now about OK Cupid’s system. I can’t even remember answering any questions about charity or volunteerism.


Ever since I was a little kid, I remember being fascinated with robots. My earliest childhood toys were robots like transformers and gobots. My all-time favorite transforming mecha, however, was from Robotech. Even now, I find myself drooling over small scale robot models found in comic book stores. I thought I’d revisit my childhood obsession by including some cool artist renderings I’ve run across on the web.

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