Check your privilege

My dad taught me chess when I was six years old. I learned on one of those huge wooden boards you could pluck from the bottom shelves of National Bookstore’s ever-baffling children’s games section. You know the ones: cream and green squares painted on either side of a hinged case Read more…

New songs, same loop

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Annual Soundtracks


This series might be the longest-running commitment in my life right now. Ha. That’s probably because it doesn’t feel like a chore or an obligation, just something that comes into being over time. It’s funny: there are only three playlists so far, but they span three years, which is too Read more…

Relationships as work

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the spaces that people occupy in each other’s lives. Relationships are hard work. This is true in that the most enduring ties are built on daily decisions to maintain them. The metaphor shouldn’t stretch to the point of relationships being toil, the work Read more…

status 03 march 2020

Today is the killer week for the term. Internship and TA duties, 3 report deadlines and a final presentation, two interviews, and who knows what else will crop up. I just need to get out of this alive, and hopefully with enough to replenish my savings. It occurs to me Read more…

Logged writing

Lately, there’s been some buzz about reviving the practice of blogging. Warren Ellis has posted about it, as has Chuck Wendig, and a bunch of other people, I’m sure. There seems to be a growing collective awareness of how ephemeral social media can be, and how devastating that can be Read more…

Learning UX design basics

Last week, I tuned in to General Assembly’s Intro to UX Design livestream for Asia-Pacific audiences. Technical hiccups aside, it was a good overview of what UX design is and what the work of a UX designer entails. The talk addressed key questions like: What is UX design? What does Read more…