#MakeFlickrGreatAgain

Ever since March 2016, when Flickr’s greatest features were only available if you paid. The incredible Auto-Uploadr is gone, and I still damn miss it.

I think this was a business move, to accentuate the portrayal of Flickr being a photographer’s social network, not a backup to dump memes in. I see their point, but a hobbyist like me and my brother just can’t be bothered to spend £57.72 (during time of writing this blog) annually. And if you’re giving us 1TB of free storage, I’m sure people will still be committed to upload junk there – whatever clears up their phone at least.

Auto-Uploadr was such a huge convenience to us, and even though we have fast internet, the web upload tool is such a pain in the *** and it’s almost as if they purposefully did this to entice us to pay.

That’s why I’m enraged, because I’m trying to put up some of my best work and this uploader is screwing things up for me. It’s either the photos timing out, or the upload bar not moving a single inch.

I’ve literally waited a whole weekend for just 1 batch to upload. I’M SICK OF THESE DAMN STRATEGIC MONEY-MAKING MOVES ON THIS DAMN WEBSITE.

this blog, and how i feels.

Okay. Ever since I started this blog, I kind of wanted to experiment and play around with it, see how far I can go. It’s been 6 months, and I couldn’t be any happier.

With this sort of stuff, I get way too over-the-top and be a perfectionist when it comes to design and writing because I know I can do better. But recently, I just figured out the look I want on this website (which is rare taking into account my constant uncertainty when it comes to anything) and I smiled intensely, like a real goofball.

I never smile when I’m working on a project controlled by me. I never smile. (yes i do, don’t worry.)

But I feel good about this. Usually when I’m on a client job, I’m never happy about how my work looks, though my customers tend to be, and it leaves me on a bad note. With this blog, I feel otherwise. I feel…

 

I feel like this is a beginning of a beautiful digital era.

Back-to-school-despite-being-december 2016: Things I would use myself

This was originally meant to be my Back-to-School blog but I just procrastinated thanks to Nishat being Nishat (wooooo). But so many YouTube videos have been made on it, I might as well make one long list that’s actually useful. Because nothing is as exciting as back-to-school-in-december tech, and you know you’re ballin’ when you got affordable tech that’s cool and swaggy af.

(NOTE: I do have affiliate links but that in no way affects my love for these damn products and they don’t bump up the price either. Now scroll, young padawan!)

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New camera bag!

So recently, I bought the Lowepro Stealth Reporter D100 AW and to be honest, there were better choices – like the Tenba DNA 8 (should have got that one dammit). But to think optimistically, I think it’s best, especially being my first ever camera bag, to have the bag with flaws because when I get a better one because then, boom. You can tell the difference distinctly.

That’s really all I had to say. You can continue with your lives now. (review coming up soon!)

winter.

The end of the year and the final season to a hellish 2016. We don’t have much long until 2017, and I’m rather glad it’s (nearly) all over.

2016 was the year Britain decided to leave the EU, Trump became President of the USA and…

We’ve also lost the many legends along the way: Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Muhammad Ali and Castro. Then things like musically and fake-as-hell challenges began to terrorise us (although the Running Man Challenge is an exception).

In short, 2016 was pretty much a year of destruction, soon to affect the future generations.

On a personal level, 2016 was a hard uppercut to the chin shin shoryuken executed by Ken, followed by a few painful hadoukens and a finishing tatsumaki senpukyaku both mastered by Ryu and Akuma. Rykuma. If you don’t get those references, you’re what’s wrong with this world.

Last year, I watched a surprising turn of events that coincidentally foreshadowed the mental beating I would get this year. This robot right here became self-aware therefore, anxious. All whilst working hard to make money because, according to this world, that’s what really matters. shakes fist at the world 

But you know what? This year was a true message. 2016 is telling we need to get prepared for the next few chaotic years whilst we suffer an apocalypse affecting everything socially, politically, economically and (more importantly) environmentally.

Before I enlighten you with possibly the most upsetting news, here are some of my favourite memes.

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new bubble wrap is being made, except it doesn’t pop. Let that sink in.

My experience with homework – a student’s perspective

Homework seems more like a neverending battle of stress, anxiety and detention as you attempt to pull yourself together to get that stupid, tedious task out of the way. It’s actually affecting student’s health and ironically their grades.

That should be enough to convince schools to ban homework, period. But they have their reasons too. One of which is so they “don’t forget”. Yeah I can’t really make a case against that however going through the strenuous ordeal of all this outweighs the benefits. You load them with too much homework that stress, which leads to a shrink in a certain part of the brain, consumes the thoughts to an extent where memory loss is more likely than memory gains.

It also ignites a rage within the student to lash at you, either aggressively with verbal or physical attacks, or assertively by outsmarting you with authorities or some rather plausible excuses. To back up this point, it is proven that the stricter the teacher, the more deceptive a student becomes to avoid consequences.

Come on teachers. If you want to give us homework, give us something that is fun or lets us be creative and incorporate our own skills and passion into it. I may sound like a cliché, but you’re giving us depression here, jeez just bring it down a notch.

My productive routine (or daily ritual or whatever you call it, i don’t care)

Everyday, I strive to be as productive as I can so when I’m done, I can spend my time enjoying Bloodborne or even the old Crash Bandicoot.

For projects/lists: Trello

A great minimalistic board showing your tasks, ideas and lists. Trello integrates with many other apps (Evernote, Slack etc.) to optimise the workload and generally make things more efficient.

For weekly and daily planning: ToDoist

This is a really clean app organising your everyday tasks. It’s got those little things that makes life much more easier, like creating a task which you can prioritise with flags to know what is the most important to get through. I love it.

Note-taking awl day err’day: Evernote

This is a no-brainer. Evernote syncs on nearly all platforms as it takes in notes that you have full control over. I’ve used it for YT scripts/scenes and general brain farts I want to remember later on.

Notebook: Notebook

Pour out your heart and soul into a physical notebook. Stylish, improves handwriting and writing things down is generally just awesome. Any notebook would do, but I would like to use the Evernote Smartbook so I can save whatever precious stuff I draw/jot.

TIPS:

  1. Sunday should be planning day as you’re about to get right into the thick of school/work.
  2. Spend every night reading a book or just writing in a journal to gradually create a ritual that your brain remembers so when it’s sleepy time, you’re prepared.
  3. Always read one light or factual book (e.g. 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades) and an emotional, plot-driven story.
  4. Look at Thomas Frank’s videos on productivity. If you watch closely you’ll soon realise that I based everything off of this dude.

Would like to introduce:

The Five Minute Journal – keeps me motivated and happy. Don’t do all of this without a clear goal in mind.

What we can learn from Bruce Lee

“Be like water” is one of his many famous quotes, but Bruce Lee taught us a lot more than just that. I’m picking some bits out of this article because there are some parts that really reached out to me. I suggest you read the full post.

He was a very philosophical man, a person of integrity and peace. He believed that philosophy was a vital part of life, everyday and more. Lee kept a pocket notebook and took it everywhere with him to capture any ideas and reinforce the beliefs he established upon himself.

Willpower:
Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise it daily, when I need the urge to action for any purpose; and I will form HABIT designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.

Emotion:
Realizing that my emotions are both POSITIVE and negative I will form daily HABITS which will encourage the development of the POSITIVE EMOTIONS, and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.

Reason:
Recognizing that both my positive & negative emotions may be dangerous if they are not controlled and guided to desirable ends, I will submit all my desires, aims and purposes to my faculties of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these.

Imagination:
Recognizing the need for sound PLANS and IDEAS for the attainment of my desires, I will develop my imagination by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans.

Memory:
Recognizing the value of an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall, and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently.

Subconscious mind:
Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my CLEAR PURPOSE in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this picture CONSTANTLY BEFORE my subconscious mind by REPEATING IT DAILY.

Conscience:
Recognizing that my emotions often err in their over-enthusiasm, and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is right & what is wrong, but I will never set aside the verdicts it renders, no matter what may be the cost of carrying them out.”

He was diligent, and believed he had all control over himself, his emotions and thoughts. His positivity defined his purpose in life and therefore made him spend every day efficiently. I feel that scrolling through your email or social media feed is what we do as a nervous tick, waiting for something but we don’t know what that something is. But we would still scroll.

Keeping a pocket notebook is important. Writing things down on a physical notebook is proven to be more effective than typing it up. If you write down your affirmations, your goals in life and who you strive to be, you clear up your mind of stress, anxiety and confusion. You solidify your faith (whatever it is) and have the willpower over yourself.

Steve Jobs said that every day, he looks in the mirror and asks, “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” If the answer was no, he had to change something. There are lots of articles and posts on motivation and being happy, but these are the ones that have come to most use.

For more inspirations from the one and only Bruce Lee, check out the article I mentioned. It’s worth reading.

August

August: the time to get things done. I have a whole list of things I want to do but have never had the clock ticking on my side. Now it is, and I’ve got to get a lot done.

I have organised my tasks by separating them into either hobby-related or priorities. So far, that big list of jobs is gradually deteriorating and leaving no trace of worry behind. After a few more days, Nishat will be a free elf as she can sell those stupid games she hates, she can play whatever games she hasn’t finished (like Final Fantasy XII) and go around taking photos all in the next few weeks!

Although, life gets in the way. Responsibility tends to throw me off from a cliff into procrastination whilst I was happily trekking to ultimate relaxation. I can’t just relax because I have to do those normal everyday tasks that wouldn’t be so difficult if it wasn’t for people breathing down my neck.

People is what I don’t need.

One whole month of being all by myself, or a pet, would be incredible. I’d curl up with a good book whilst sipping Moroccan mint tea in my living room. I’d explore the depths of beauty in nature with my camera and maybe write an article about anything for The Guardian. Just the thought of it makes me smile, I hope heaven is like that.

August is a time of mixed feelings. Where responsibilty overrides my chances of getting things done, though I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing. I go through I lot of mental hell that is self-inflicted and harsh, so I’m trying a new outlook. I want to find a goal in life; a reason towards why I have to earn a degree, get a job and just do what I’m doing now. My goal is just happiness. This month will just help me push further to reach that.