Notes to myself

How to live your life like Chuck Norris.

The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain. He also created the martial art Chun Kuk Do. Like many other martial arts Chun Kuk Do includes a code of honor and rules to live by…

These rules are from Chuck Norris’ personal code.

If you want to be like him, you know what to do.

For the record, any resemblance between my profile cartoon and Chuck Norris is purely coincidental. And I’m not really interested in being like him, either. But it raises a question… let’s say you don’t want to be like him. You’re quite comfortable being yourself…

What would your personal code be?

The Ugly Side of Perfection

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

~ Albert Einstein

While the desire to make sure something is done “right” is generally a good thing, at some point, an extreme point, it can also be detrimental not only to yourself, but to people who depend on you.

“Perfection” is when you sufficiently meet the objectives of a task at hand.

Not when you spend extra hours on a 1% improvement at the expense of yourself or others.

So how do you know you’re going too far?

Have you ever called yourself a perfectionist?

Then you must read “How to break the perfection habit”.

It helps us re-think “perfection” in a more useful manner.

Found this through Prashant, who apparently has loosened up a little.

How to feel alive

Imagine… the right music, the right people, the right vibe… all the elements needed to smile for no reason.

When was the last time that happened?

For me, it was 2 hours ago.

Been attending (and organising) quite a few gigs over the past year, and until tonight, I admit I was almost getting used to the live music scene here.

So what was different about tonight?

The bands I’ve heard before… The venue (Laundrybar) was the same. I didn’t drink or sniff anything funny.

While I can’t put my finger on it, I safely to point to some aspects of the live band experience tonight:

  • The emotions the musicians on stage are emitting through their music, I felt them. And I responded. The crowd responded. With bobbing heads, stomping feet and clapping hands. Random shouts and nods of approval, all that…
  • Music Genre I used to be so in love with post rock (now i’m kinda looking for something else), nevertheless tonight’s gig had local post-rockin’ cult faves like Furniture and Citizens of Ice Cream at full blast… brings me back to the good ol’ days, reminding me that post-rock still rocks.
  • My hair was in place. After surviving an unexpected ugly haircut I’m glad I’m finally holding my head up high. This may not have much to do with the live band experience, but it is worth noting.

Never been to ProjectBazooka @ Laundry (or any Malaysian gig)? Meet me there. Who knows… it might just remind you how to feel alive.