2012 Apocalypse

It was a huge scare for people living in Northeast after the earthquake with 5.9 magnitude on August 23, 2011, a day after after the earthquake in Colorado. West Coast residents made fun of East Coast residents but I think if I were there in that area, I would be scared too. East Coast residents are just ill-equipped for earthquake.

Hurricane Irene is currently a category 2 hurricane, downgraded from category 3, heading east coast specifically New York area. The last hurricane to make landfall in the USA was Ike, which pounded Texas in 2008. I lost the door (location still unknown) to my yard and part of my roof collapsed.

Heart wrenching tsunami and earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, are all these signs towards 2012? Brace yourself!

Cities are preparing themselves for climate change according to this article but would that be enough?

There are a lot of buzzing about the year 2012. Hollywood even have movies made about it. “The Day After Tomorrow” was one of my favorite. I was doodling about the idea on writing a story post-apocalypse of the year 2059 when the real apocalypse happen in 2043. Can you tell I put a lot of time and effort on the year? 2012 was miscalculated. Meteor storm causing the sea level to rise and all natural resources are all used up by then. Everything is back to stone age era. Would anyone wants to read that? Of course, me being me, I can’t decide and keep going back and forth with realistic fiction or paranormal fiction.

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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

To write better is to write more. That seems to be the common advice from all the writing guides I bought, hence, this post.

The title of the post sounds familiar? This morning, I heard a cool quote with the similar meaning for the first time: “You can forgive a man making a million mistakes but you can’t forgive a man making the same mistake a million times.” I like how the words swapping and give a different meanings within a sentence. I was able to find another similar saying: “once bitten, twice shy”.

I am pretty confident that everyone heard that saying before or even apply on themselves at least once during their lifetime.

Could this be a main idea of a story? It is a very simple idea. There are times when I wanted to throw the book I was reading out of the window because the main characters in the book kept making the same mistakes over and over again. Even though I was frustrated with the book, I kept on reading it. That’s just me. What about other readers? Would they have given up on it?

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Writing Magic – Writing Exercise #1

Writing MagicI bought a couple of books to help me started with the writing. Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine was one of them. I was pretty intrigued by the first chapter where it has a couple of sentences for me to pick as the beginning of my story as practice. The first one caught my attention. I was supposed to write for twenty minutes non-stop. Here it goes (probably for nothing).


I have one green eye and one brown eye. The green eye sees truth but the brown eye sees much, much more.

Not everyone notice the different colors of my eyes since I am always hiding them behind my long brunette bangs, me holding my head down and keeping to myself most of the time. Those who noticed tend to stay away at least three feet from me.

I am not sure if this is a blessing or a curse. My world is bigger thanks to my brown eyes but the troubles that come with it might say otherwise. I can see souls or many of you known as ghosts, with unfinished business wandering around. Guess who is the lucky winner who can help set things straight so they can move on? Me!

Let me give you some background about them. I was able to help some of them with no trouble but there are a few stubborn ones who think they can stay here forever and fight against me. The shorter amount of time they can settle their unfinished business, the quicker they can move on to reincarnate. The longer they procrastinate, the chances of them getting a second chance so to speak diminish. One hundred days is their grace period. If they decided to go over the time limit, they will be send to a place which I shuddered when I even think about it.

Now, sitting in my rocking chair at age 85 biding my time, I just hope I saved up enough karma points as well as I don’t have any unfinished business and if I do, I am crossing my fingers to find someone who can help me as I help others.


That’s my first writing exercise. Honestly, I took me a while to write this piece and I did a couple of edits. I just realized I only concentrated on the brown eyes and nothing on the green eyes. I hope I can do better on the next exercise. Moving on to the next assignment 🙂

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iBooks vs Kindle vs B&N eReader App

I do like the fancy bookstore in iBooks, the split page view when reading the book in landscape orientation and word look-up in dictionary. The bookmarking concept in iBooks is a bit different, I need to highlight a certain word to set the bookmark. Considering Apple is not really a book seller, I can’t search for books that are being released but not available in digital format unlike Barnes & Noble and Amazon. B&N and Amazon will return books that matches even though digital format is not available and they allow you to send in request to have the book to be printed in digital format through a link. For iBooks, you have to actually send in a request form and the request form is not updated for iBooks either.

Kindle does do the page turning animation but you have to change the settings manually. It wasn’t enabled by default. No page splitting when viewing in landscape in Kindle and that makes it harder to read. The WhisperSync allows you to set bookmark and maintain the bookmark across all devices or apps you have. For example, I was reading the book on my mac, set the bookmark and I can resume the same book at the same page on my iPhone. Kindle doesn’t provide dictionary lookup but it looks like it will be a feature coming soon. I don’t need to backup my purchases, Amazon maintain the backup for me.

B&N did not release eReader for iPad. It will be a zoom-in iPhone version. B&N eReader has a lot of features and I think that makes the app is a bit too heavy to load on iPhone compare to its other competitor. It takes a while for the book to initialize, like it was loading the book for the first time doing pagination.

All 3 ebooks provider charge the same price but being a cheapskate that I am, the books are a tad bit cheaper in Kindle version since Amazon does not charges sales tax while Apple and Barnes and Noble do. “Sikit-sikit, lama-lama jadi bukit”!

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iPad Keyboard Dock

I just received the iPad keyboard dock today. I’ll be getting the official cover for iPad by Apple soon.

In fact, I am typing this post using the keyboard. The keyboard itself is very quiet, same feature as the regular keyboard from Apple. It also have a couple of extra keys for screen brightness, sound volume, lock screen, search, home, etc. I can also charge my iPad through the dock. The dock has an line out for external speakers.

The only thing I don’t like about the dock is that I can only dock the iPad portrait. Any covers you have need to be taken out. The dock is pretty bulky (not foldable) to carry around. It will be a better combination to get the Apple iPad Case with the wireless bluetooth keyboard.

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