Photography

Back in 2009, I have this obsession in photography. Even though I didn’t have a DSLR I read about photography, from aperture to ISO, from shutter speed to auto exposure bracketing. After some time I stopped because it’s useless to keep on learning and even if I can afford a DSLR back then, I didn’t have the luxury to travel as I wanted to shoot landscapes.

During my kids’ dance recital as part of their summer dance camp, I was shooting videos and taking photos and it dawned on me that I was not impressed. After some more thinking I decided to buy a DSLR camera and to learn photography again. I’m still reading the manual (almost done) and still about 10% through the videos of John Greengo but I think it will all be worth it.

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The Martian

During the Christmas break of my sophomore year in college, I finished all the short stories and novels on Sherlock Holmes. I think I finished the 1500+ pages in 5 days. Today, I finished The Martian, which I just started yesterday late afternoon. I think this was the fastest time I’ve finished a 350+ paged book. I wouldn’t have known about The Martian if I didn’t read that article about the 21 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen In 2015. The Martian is only one of the two books (the other being The Mortdecai Trilogy) that caught my attention. I thought it was just another space mission survival stuff but I really liked how things turned out. The humor is good, sarcasm and profanities are endless, what more can I ask for?

After turning my tablet’s screen off, there’s one thing I know for sure. I miss reading real books.

Web Development

I have always wanted to go back to doing web development in .Net. Windows application and web application/web site developments are very different in discipline. I feel that my software development skills won’t come full circle until I get to finish a website or say that I’ve created a website in MVC 4 using ASP.Net with jQuery or any other javascript library.

As the 1st half of the year turns its final pages, I’ll think of a personal website that I’ll develop with all the bells and whistles by year-end.

Books

The first book that I’ve read was Nightfall, a sci-fi book by Isaac Asimov, in 2nd year high school. It was one of the first books I’ve borrowed from Uncle John. It was my first choice because I was fascinated with the summary that says about a planet having six suns and thus having no night time. Imagine that! I was pretty hooked in reading ever since. Most of the books I read were detective/assassin genre by Jack Higgins. Then I also chanced upon Sidney Sheldon, Nicolas Sparks and CS Lewis’ works. I also read inspirational or self-help books by OG Mandino, Mitch Albom and a bunch of others as well.

My most memorable read was Sherlock Holmes during the Christmas break of 2nd year college. I had a good time reading it that I was able to finish 1, 400 pages in less than a week. I don’t think it was possible since I usually finish a 300-page book in 3 days at that time.

I hope I can get back to a reading groove again. I miss the feeling of being drawn to a new world, of relearning or learning new things and just setting a wandering mind off again.