Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. — B.F. Skinner
Guys, we graduated exactly one year ago today. Where are you now?
I’m half-naked eating a banana staring at my windowsill pot plants. And it’s a little ironic that I have a final exam tomorrow.
Statistically, are women bitten by mosquitoes more often? I use my leg hairs as a anti-mosquito detection system.
My name is Justin and these are the things I think about.
How long has it been since someone touched part of you other than your body? — Laurel Hoodwrit (via memereve)
(Source: alibis-not-needed-anymore, via tinyjuggernaut)
Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. — Ernest Hemingway
I don’t think I can ever tire of this international experience. And the little things you can discover about new friends can blow your mind. The exchange program at my home university should be mandatory.
Are Ph.D.s an academic dead zone? -
Why grads with a doctorate are more likely to be unemployed than master’s degree holders.
Fear not: demand remains high for engineering. I’m curious about the situation in Europe though.
Rise 12:46 PM
Five packets of incense isn’t much for you?
Leuven city activity up 300% with just three hours of finicky Belgian sun.
Food Maker’s pasta platter was delicious but the bitterness of the overpriced health food remains.
Cover for my groceries please.
Where are these flume calibrations coefficients coming from?!
Salmon with quinoa and a side of salad.
Don’t forget to activate your tank in siege mode.
Since becoming an iPhone user in January this year, not only does it distract me from real human conversation and enjoying the presence of people physically beside me, it has also severely sabotaged my creative writing and the number of posts in general on this blog. The problem is quite apparent:
Admittedly there were few posts in the latter half of 2012 but with a new student life in a new country my senses were overloaded and it was nearly impossible to sit still and reflect upon it while life was happening around me. Usually, I average approximately 30 posts and a decent portion of them are actually written meticulously as long-form text with tender care and obsessive compulsive word choice.
Indeed, a powerful smartphone has transformed me into a powerful mobile social media user but a lazy one at best. Uploading an interesting photo with an amusing caption is quick and painless compared to composing a long description of the same moment. Words hardly stand a chance against fancy new media like looping GIFs with sound. I’m also on a roll with my one-second-everyday video diary so that’s taken a massive toll on writing recaps of the day.
Here’s a list of what I should have written by now:
Tumblr, I’ve missed you. Photo blogging may have been outsourced to Instagram, music discovery to Spotify, offbeat pop culture news to Reddit and Digg, and sharing to Twitter… but Tumblr will continue to be the one and only platform for what I truly mean to say.