365: Day 109 – Dreaming of a Holodeck

365: Day 109 – Dreaming of a Holodeck

If you’ve seen any of the Star Trek series, you are probably familiar with the concept of the Holodeck. For those of those of you that are not familiar, it is a room where you can load a virtual world of your choosing.

In an earlier post I mentioned how I believed travelling outside our solar system will probably never be possible and certainly never in my lifetime. There is that big issue of time and approaching the speed of light. So the next best thing in science fiction that I do imagine will be possible in the near future is some type of completely immersive virtual reality–we are already seeing the early iterations of this.

All this to say: it is my greatest wish to have this technology available. Escape reality for a moment and time-travel, be the conductor of an orchestra, travel to new destinations near and far, real and fantasy. If only I could now choose a world and a life as easily as streaming a song or a movie. I’m currently listening to Beegie Adair play “A Kiss To Build A Dream On”. In my imaginary holodeck, I’m in that lovely Hong Kong bar with dark wood grain, red velvet, and dimmed lights. Perhaps I’m alone and under the spell of the pianist. Behind him a view of Victoria Harbor. No he’s moved on to playing “Dream”. It’s past midnight and the audience is quiet. Couples looking at each other with glossy eyes some canoodling, others reaching across the table in a subtle embrace of the fingers that say I still love you after 40 years.

The possibilities are endless for my storytelling mind to be unleashed and my emotions to run rampant. I was about to post a picture or what I am imagining, but on second thought…humor me and in the spirit of this post let your mind take the reigns and let it take your where it may.

…and the pianist is now playing “Deep in a Dream”…

365: Day 108 – New website layout

365: Day 108 – New website layout

Over the course of many posts I have discussed over and over about different things I want to eventually do with my little corner of the web. Reading a few of those shows me that I just can’t make up my mind. I want the site to look pretty and beautifully designed, which in today’s terms means minimalism. While minimalism is beautiful to look at it is often not functional. Minimalism for the sake of design alone involves hiding buttons and menus to keep things to the bare minimum. So how are people supposed to navigate to the information they want as quickly as possible? I would have to hide things under many layers of menus and links. Therefore I decided for more of a dashboard approach where there is a lot of information available right in the first page. It’s live now, but my homework is to organize and customize the home page to work the way I want it to.

I was hesitant about making the change because I keep asking myself when will I find the time to make this website into something I am proud of. I remembered I asked myself the same question about undertaking this daily writing challenge and I am now 108 days in. This proves to me that I can accomplish it if I stay focused and dedicated. I should have a little more time to devote to this soon, so I’m looking forward to a new chapter for my little blog/website!

365: Day 107 – 1 year work anniversary

365: Day 107 – 1 year work anniversary

This morning I had a few emails from my work congratulating me for my 1-year anniversary at my job. It feels like just yesterday that I started working for this construction management firm and I am still very proud and happy to be working here. It’s a large and reputable firm with lots of room to grow and the best part is that I never applied for this position. They reached out to me via LinkedIn and said they were impressed by my profile and asked if they could propose me to their client to provide consulting services on bond-funded program for construction across multiple colleges. So it was nice to be reminded of that great day last year when I finally started after going through a few rounds of interviews and finally being interviewed by a panel with the client.

365: Day 106 – Can’t wait to be all settled in.

365: Day 106 – Can’t wait to be all settled in.

If I’m being honest, thinking of what to write on here has felt like a chore these last few days because almost all of my time goes to work and coordinating things for the house. All of it will pay off in the end, but I am looking forward to finally being settled in and have more time to write and get back to reading books. I love to read and it has been frustrating that I haven’t been able to lose myself reading a good story, or should I say…find myself.

365: Day 105 – Not good at writing prompts

365: Day 105 – Not good at writing prompts

I wasn’t sure what to write tonight, so I thought I would get a random writing prompt and see what I could come up with. It turns out that I sat here for half an hour writing a bunch of garbage that I couldn’t bring myself to click the publish button for. So instead I deleted it and made this not here. Ugh, I’ll just try posting an update on what I’ve been up to tomorrow.