No one likes a goofball.

17 08 2010

Hello people!!! I’m not such a bad blogger after all, don’t I? see it’s just like only yesterday I’m posting a new post, and now I’m posting again! hehehe.. ouughh! yes! I’m on fire!

Hmm, now let see, what I’ve got to tell? hmmm… mmmm… hahaha just kidding, I’ve got tons and tons of story to tell!

Let’s start.

Semalam aku send sms kat supervisor aku.

Isi kandungan dia lebih kurang macam iniew lah –

Salam, Dr,

Dr, (dgn nada lembut), I’m using these methods to gather my data – data code and data sheet (quantitative) and in-depth interview (qualitative)  since I nak buat content analysis saja on XXXXXXXXXXX  XXXXXXXXXX. Yang paling penting is the interview sebab I nak guna samples from all backgrounds whom are fans of that series.

What do you think, Dr? (nada mengharap)

Send. (klik!)

And a gazillion minutes later baru la direply..

Yes, you can use the methods.

Ok! Harap tak diubah ya sebab to be frank, aku dah malas nak amend lah. Bagi aku benda tu dah ok sangat-sangat. Bukan lah aku nak riak tapi I know what I’m doing.  This is sooo kacangg lah for me. Cuma yang agak susah nanti bila nak gather data. Proposal ni aku tak rasa susah lah. Yang penting kau kena tahu apa kau nak buat dan apa method kau nak gune? The best thing about my supervisor is, dia supercool gile! Dulu aku selalu jmpe dekat faculty, tak pun kat luar aje. Pernah je jumpa kat Wangsa Walk. Kau ado jumpe supervisor thesis kau kat shopping mall? Nan ado. So he is cool. Satu lagi dia tak merepek nak suruh aku buat panjang berjela dan aku pun tak minat nak panjang berjela kan thesis aku yang boleh dipermudahkan itu.

Teringat masa April lepas, aku pergi mock-teaching di UiTM Melaka, ada 3 candidate lain. Aku sorang je jejaka, mind you. Tengok thesis bukan main tebal, tapi when it comes to speaking and lecturing, OUT beb. But I dare myself, for something totally worth it. I took the rish of going and if its not because of these thesis, sah sah aku dah masuk mengajar di UiTM Melaka. So you see, this is why that piece of paper is absolutely crucial for me. It’s not so much about the vast attention being one stop ahead of everyone, but the fact that I’m definitely into wanting more in life – more salary, better life, more academician friends. I wanted to travel the world and have a good career. I am already 28. It’s time.

So yes, agak lega disitu sebab aku sebenarnya dah lama tak jenguk proposal aku tuh. To tell you the truth, aku dah buat habis tunggu findings aje tau! Hehe, gile kan? Orang lain patot tunggu proposal lepas, aku tidak ya, teros buat semua dulu. Bak kata orang dulu-dulu, langkah bendul gitu. Apa pun apa saja aku buat tu sebab aku yakin that I ROCK IT. So for you guys out there, errr… Just do it?

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About Ted.

16 08 2010

I’ve been lagging all month.! Aku pun tak tahu lah kenapa aku rasa macam malas nak buat serba-serbi. Every morning has been a drag. I’ve been hoping for Saturday since Tuesday rolled around and while today still isn’t Saturday (will this week ever end?), it’s 10 p.m. and I’m still sober. That’s only one of the perks of telecommute. Kenapa aku malas semacam nowadays? Where is the enthusiastic ism in me? Nan ado dah. Illek!

But one thing for sure, I love working from home for several reasons. First, I get to make my own cup of tea – and boy, do I make a mean one – and I get to go for refills for hours. Second, I make my own breakfast. Okay so I can’t really cook but I do make eggs and toasts pretty well… if you like your eggs scrambled or over well especially. Making your own breakfast, no matter how you do it, breaks the corner café’s frozen pastries and breakfast sandwiches anytime in my book.

Then there’s the (not-so-small) matter of dressing. No corporate dress code, no power suit, no checking the cleavage or hem line… anything and everything goes. So I don’t normally dress exorbitantly anyway, but I do enjoy some edging-on-sexy items that are just not very fitting to my role at the office. Plus, who wants to attract these kinds of looks from creepy coworkers anyway?

Another positive about working from home – and my all-time fave I believe – is that I get to sit back on my couch and read the paper while sipping err. tea? Hehe… There’s no stress about departure time to beat rush hour traffic or to get that early-bird special on parking downtown. No worries about having to shovel the car out of the snow. No concerns over what’s going on outside at all. It’s just me, the couch, the tv and the tea. And some club or old Malay music, depending on the mood.

Finally, there’s the ability to juggle personal and professional matters all at once. I can tweet, Facebook, send emails, write blogs and plan events from the MAC, all while editing brochures and videos, answering RFPs, preparing slide decks, taking conf calls and setting my next tactical moves on the company laptop. I work 3 monitors at once, from 2 different PCs, and it makes me feel alive! So I hardly get to breathe – or break for a nature call – but that’s just something I’m willing to live with at this time.

There is but one downside to it all, and it’s not, as many would think, the lack of social interaction. Trust me, between Skype, conference calls, blog-hopping and cocktail hour (oh yes, we get those too at home), there is plenty of social interaction. No, the true downside to it all is that you can never go back to a regular job. When I go into the office now, I can no longer focus on just the task at hand. I need my excitement, my multitude of beeps coming from my 20+ applications running at once. I need my freedom.

Working in an environment where you need to create, such as education, you have to have the luxury to get up and walk away when the blank page stares back at you. You can’t expect good ideas to come to you from 9 to 5; they may come to you at 10 p.m., they may come to you at noon, they may even wake you up in the middle of the night. Alternatively, you also need to be ready to not have one single good idea for days sometimes. That’s something that those of you who have always done the 9-to-5 in an office have gotten used to dealing with. I no longer can. I can walk into my office at 7 a.m. and not produce a single lesson-plan-worthy piece until 3 p.m. that day. Not that I’m not doing other things in the meantime, but they’re just fill-ups. On the other hand, I can be sitting at home watching a movie and suddenly start typing away on the notes app on the BlackBerry.

Anyone working in a creative environment know that they need to do their due diligence; not many corporate types understand this. Seeing us surf the web, watch videos, attend conferences, read magazines… they don’t get that it’s part of the work. But it is. And when I work from home, I get to do this guilt-free and it makes me feel on top of the industry. I feel I know what’s going on, in real time, thanks to Twitter and the likes. I must be subscribed to hundreds of publications and RSS feeds – they keep alerting me to different news every second. I can’t possibly hear, read or see them all but I am aware that the world around me is continuously moving and that I need to move, move, move with it if I want to remain competitive in this line of work. THAT, my dear friend, is motivation. It’s something companies should learn, instead of locking their employees up in cubicles and forcing them to produce quality crap 8 hours a day.

Do I ever take a break from my work? Hardly. I’ve always got the Blackberry on, beeping, no matter where I am. I love what I do and I never want to let go of it. I am a smartphone addict, no doubt. I am your stereotype, the cliché of the man juggling a BB, an iPod, a Starbucks venti and a few shopping bags. But no matter what you think when you see me, I’m in work mode. There’s always an idea, a one-liner, a blog, something in the back of my head. I am constantly looking at the world through my working eyes. Even sitting with girlfriends over dinner, my mind’s rolling. Filming, recording, commenting. And so I never stop. But I enjoy it, and that’s all that matters.

And thats, about me. Ted.





Hands on iPhone

15 07 2008

Peace loser!

Cunt, in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past couple of weeks, it’s important for you to know that Apple –the company behind the iPod and the iPhone, have now released their second cell phone. Apparently, somebody at Apple thought it was a great idea to pick the same day to a) activate iPhones, ii) launch the iPhone AppStore, and C) make the iPhone 2.0 firmware upgrade available for downloading — all via iTunes. My KB, Mimi loves the idea of iTunes because she can add pix to the song and shit. I’m OK with it but sometimes, it does a stretch that is clearly marked on people’s loyalty towards Apple.

It adds features such as 3G networking, GPS and better battery life, all in a case slimmer than the original iPhone and are selling very well. But whether it’s a new 2G model or a super-fast 3G, there is one thing that’s for sure: The new iPhone has Global Positioning System (GPS) built into it. I do wonder what impact it will have on standalone devices if it will catalyze change and new innovation in that market.

We love our iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch, should we get our hands on iPhone too? Hmmm…..

Ted Baker





iPhone and U.

24 06 2008

Most people either love or hate the iPhone’s touch screen, and based on a report on the LA Times, women with long fingernails are among the haters. Why? Well, since the iPhone’s touchscreen only responds to electrical charges emitted by your bare fingertips, women with long nails are left out in the cold. A woman interviewed for the article went so far as to suggest Apple was being misogynistic because it did not include a stylus for women and didn’t consider womens’ fingers and nails when designing the phone.

Honestly, though, this same argument has come up against keyboards, touch screen monitors, and anything else that involves the use of your fingers, so should every gadget maker change the design of its products to accommodate users with long nails, or should people with long nails learn to work around this problem like they have in the past? I’d love to hear what Apple has to say about all this, but I doubt they’ll ever address this particular design flaw.

Personally, I’d rather have them focus on the real issues of the iPhone, like the lack of a video camera, extra storage, and better camera, but that’s just me. Besides, there are styli out there that work with the iPhone just fine and are pretty affordable.

This all reminded me of an iPhone reviewer who had a hard time using the iPhone due to her long nails, and in her frustration she said, “I guess people who use Apple products are too cool for fingernails.” But are we? What do you think?

 

Ted Baker : Well, here is what I think… Are you fucking kidding me? First of all, its a product for people to use. If you don’t like it, there are many other products to fill the void. Second of all, that’s YOUR problem and not Apple’s. Cut your fingernails or buy something else. They don’t have to design it for everyone, and just because some women CHOOSE to have long nails and can’t use it does not make Apple misogynistic.

You are not supposed to type with your fingernail, you use the fatty part of your thumb and use your index finger. Also you are not supposed to type everything exact, the iPhone auto corrects for you. Once you figure these little things out you will be fine. Besides, a man with long nails would have the same problem.

What a sad, sad, sad world we live in when people actually have to complain about a high tech gadget that does infinitely more than any computer could 20 years ago and all in the palm of your hand. If we did as much to cars as Apple has to music and car phones, do you think you all would cut your nails to have one? If you have time to generate a story like this based on the length of your nails you are the lowest common denominator in human evolution. Do humanity a favor and get out of the gene pool.

I can’t believe with all the real problems we face, someone would have the gall to complain about something this trivial. Different products are made to suit different individuals. Buy something else! Evidently the iPhone is not the product for you. Time to move on, there is no sympathy card (Yes, Mimi) to play.

For the fat-fingered, simple, buy something else and quit your gripping! If a touchscreen doesn’t work for you, don’t buy the damn phone! Asshole.