Saturday, December 31, 2016

Highlight And Favorite 2015 Tweets

Here are my 35 highlight Tweets and 5 favorite Favorites Tweets in 2015. My Twitter Account is @inin61 Enjoy!


Jan 10: A feral cat is a domesticated cat returned to the wild. In contrast, a stray cat is a pet cat lost or abandoned. #mynewwordoftheday

Jan 11: I'm not a spiritual expert. Part of my [spiritual] practice is rest and sleep. Rest the body. Rest the mind. Rest the heart. Rest the soul.

Feb 7: The play was simple. Give Lynch the ball. Needed one yard. Beast mode can do it.

Feb 7: The Seahawks last play resulting in the Patriots Super Bowl clinching interception was an example of analysis paralysis.

Feb 7: 30 seconds remaining. One timeout. Seahawks had complete control of the game.

Feb 12: Mentioning guests pay for their meals in an invitation is wrong etiquette. It's expected the host pays.

Feb 12: On the other hand, guests are expected to pay for their own meals in an organized event. Note the distinct words invite and organize.

Feb 17: Carbon monoxide is produced when fossil fuels burn incompletely due to insufficient oxygen. #mytriviaoftheday

Mar 4: What is your self-respect? How do you respect yourself? #somethingtothinkabout

Mar 4: Here are three simple behavioral techniques salespeople use. First, invoke social norming or social peer pressure.

Mar 4: The salesperson starts the statement saying, "Many people like you . . . "

Mar 4: Also, there's continuing reinforcement or leading the customer. "Most people choose B, but you can choose A or C.

Mar 4: Second, loss aversion. Avoid loss.

Mar 4: The salesperson starts the statement saying, "I wouldn't want you to miss out . . . "

Mar 4: Third, think positive.

Mar 4: The salesperson starts the statement saying, "We are so confident you stay with us you can cancel anytime . . . "

Mar 4: Finally, there's scarcity. We hear and read it everyday. "Limited time only." And "*insert number* at this price."

Mar 20: Author Terry Pratchett past away at 66. I read #Hogfather and #GoodOmens He announced suffering early Alzheimer's in Dec 2007.

Apr 5: I never picture myself eating out every day. For instance, too much sodium eating out.

Apr 20: Author Edward Jay Epstein who wrote "The Rise And Fall Of Diamonds" says the top USA possessions are televisions, diamonds, and children.

Apr 30: Write a letter to your 20 year old self and give advice from all you've learned.

Apr 30: My letter to 20 year old @inin61 is three advice. 1. Always meet new people. 2. Get a part-time job. 3. Don't take life for granted.

Apr 30: P.S. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

May 8: RT @DaminAltizer: 3-Stars, No ranking, No high major offers...soon to be MVP. YOU decide your future, your work ethic makes it happen!

Jun 6: Hoarding is hell.

Jun 17: Be modest because you may be wrong.

Jun 21: Pelicans + Grizzles + Rockets + Cavaliers = NBA Finals #dubnation #GSWarriors #nbafinals

Aug 15: I lost 10 pounds.

Sep 4: In Excel, Ctrl + Delete deletes text from the insertion point or blinking cursor in the active cell to the end of the cell contents.

Sep 7: Ctrl + Shift + " copies the value in the cell above the active cell in Excel.

Sep 9: Wash dishes at the sink using your non-dominate hand. You experience a different feeling. Be intelligent. Stainless steel, plastic,

Sep 9: metal, and styrofoam wash with your other hand. Nothing sharp, no glass, and no ceramic. Don't injure

Sep 9: The simple challenge. Do something different using your brain.

Sep 18: I hate to say it assholes. The good guys and good gals outnumber you on planet Earth. #human

Sep 18: Are you a good guy or good gal, or are you an asshole? Think carefully.

Favorite Favorites

May 27: @SportsCenter, Steph Curry made a promise in 2009... 2015, Warriors reach NBA Finals.

Dec 11: @inin61, Jobs also told the Mac team, "The journey is the reward". One future day everyone looked back thinking building the Mac was a great moment.

Dec 19: @HistoricalPics, This is why you should never give up

Dec 27: @awkwardgoogle, Never give up

Dec 28: @HistoricalPics, An audience of one is all you need, 1955.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Second Look At 2015

It's the time I look back at my 2015 blogs to give myself feedback. The goal is the same as past second looks: relearning from my mistakes, reinforcing my lessons, reminding myself my moments, refreshing acquired knowledge, rediscovering new wisdom, and correcting errant blogs. These blogs are also the 2015 best blogs.

There are 18 blogs for A Second Look 2015. There were 17 blogs for A Second Look 2014 and 11 blogs for A Second Look 2013. These 18 blogs are spread throughout the year. The breakdown: Jan has 3, Feb has 1, Mar has 3, Apr 1, Jun 2, Jul 3, Aug 1, Oct 3, and Nov has 1. I continue my second looks in Dec because I want a full year to think about my past year.

I provide the title and link to the original blog, date, summary, and my feedback. Enjoy!

Blog Title: 1. Exercise Your Body From Head To Toe Inside And Outside
Date: Tuesday January 6, 2015
Summary: Use it or lose it. Use your abilities physically, mentally, and emotionally. Otherwise, you lose them.
Feedback: The blog is another way to say maintain your body inside and outside.

Blog Title: 2. My Spirituality Discovery
Date: Sunday January 11, 2015
Summary: Reading my personal bible once a week and sleeping seven nights a week are my spiritual discoveries.
Feedback: The next job my spiritual practice sleeping is a weekday priority. I admit I haven't read my personal bible weekly for months. Ironically, I have been productive completing my responsibilities one at a time. No rushing. Minimize stress. I pace myself. Fortunately, I remember most of my personal bible I recite at times I need encouragement.

Blog Title: 3. Go Get My Life
Date: Saturday January 31, 2015
Summary: Getting a life requires working. A good life is not given on a silver platter. Be responsible. Don't take life for granted.
Feedback: I wonder if I wrote the blog in 2007, then I tell myself I'm full of shit. 2007 was the year I took all my successes and fortunes for granted. The blog above is I'm a man of my word today sincerely and truthfully. I continue learning new job skills. I workout at the gym. Moreover, I'm retired from anime. I say goodbye to anything and to anyone holding me back. I have more free time to earn a good life.

Although my past contract job ended up nowhere, I continue doing what I wrote. No wasting time. No jerking around. No taking my life for granted. Work and earn.

Blog Title: 4. A Sample Of Changes Everyday
Date: Friday February 27, 2015
Summary: I wrote four life changing samples humans experience. They were beauty, jobs, climate, and computer.
Feedback: Quoted for emphasis. Our looks change as we age. Many of us find another job. The weather patterns are changing. Technology innovates every day. Most changes are beyond our control.

Blog Title: 5. Work Sat Mar 7, 2015
Date: Saturday March 7, 2015
Summary: I drove on the carpool lane solo to work on Wed Feb 25 and Thur Feb 26 because there were two car accidents in those two day.
Feedback: I never drive on the carpool lane solo for the rest of my life regardless of time. I never drive on the carpool lane solo between the minutes before the carpool time starts and the minutes after the carpool time ends. Why? A police officer pulled over three solo drivers minutes before the carpool lane time ended on Thur Feb 26. I was lucky I merged out of the carpool lane.

Blog Title: 6. I Define Self-Respect
Date: Thursday March 12, 2015
Summary: My self-respect definition is live a good life. Take care of yourself. Be active. Avoid situations where you're uncomfortable.
Feedback: Here is another blog I wonder if I wrote the blog in 2007, then I tell myself I'm full of shit. To repeat, 2007 was the year I took all my successes and fortunes for granted. Self-respect is controlling more of your life. I want to control more of my life. I want to be in my driver's seat. Be professional. Avoid anything and anyone holding me back. Self-respect requires strength, courage, intelligence, and desire. Sometimes self-respect includes saying good-bye.

Blog Title: 7. My Girlfriend's Ultimatum Or Her French Black Dress
Date: Sunday March 15, 2015
Summary: The blog is from a dream. It tells me how to make my lover happy. Also, for the record, my lover must make me happy.
Feedback: Be the best. Never take my woman's love for granted. I want to be the person not to get the French Black Dress. Be strong. Be smart. Improve. Show the world the woman is happy being with me.

Blog Title: 8. Never Give Up Finding The Ultimate Happiness
Date: Saturday April 11, 2015
Summary: There is a human being meant to fall in love with another human being.
Feedback: The bullshit blog theme continues. I wonder if I wrote the blog in 2007, then I tell myself I'm full of shit. To repeat, 2007 was the year I took all my successes and fortunes for granted.

I believe it today. I'm always working on finding my ultimate happiness even when I'm unemployed and living with my parents. A lover makes happy life happier and sad life bearable. There is someone out there who's a match. There are an infinite amount of different people including geeks, boring people, introverts, book lovers, adventurers, wine lovers, and preppers.

Blog Title: 9. The Past Caught Up With Me
Date: Wednesday June 10, 2015
Summary: The problems I ignored in the past are affecting me in the present. Some of the problems included living a boring life and poor job skills.
Feedback: Checkpoint. How am I doing solving my past problems? They're a work in progress. I need more time. I'm optimistic my hard work catches me up what I missed pays off soon.

We live with problems. Nobody lives a life problem free. Carefree, worry free, and lazy people ignores problems. Eventually the problems come back in a negative way.

Blog Title: 10. My Manifesto Jun 11, 2015
Date: Thursday June 11, 2015
Summary: I wrote eight promises to live a good life. Some of the promises included get a job, live independently, and no hoarding.
Feedback: I need more time to accomplish the one shot goals. The indefinite promises are continuing accomplished.

Blog Title: 11. Top Ten Life Lessons From The Beatles
Date: Wednesday July 1, 2015
Summary: The ten life songs from The Beatles are Getting Better, You're Going To Lose That Girl, Here Comes The Sun, Something, Carry That Weight, We Can Work It Out, The Long And Winding Road, I've Got A Feeling, Get Back, and Let It Be.
Feedback: I repost to remind myself and my readers.

Blog Title: 12. Independence
Date: Friday July 3, 2015
Summary: The day I declare myself living independent is coming soon.
Feedback: Here is a 2015 bullshit blog. On the other hand, I wrote it on Independence Day weekend. Also, I have been repeating myself throughout 2015 my current life situation. In other words, duplicate blogs on how I'm getting better. Is it okay? I remind myself by repetition.

Blog Title: 13. Did I Make A Difference?
Date: Tuesday July 7, 2015
Summary: I recognize the people who helped me, taught me, and corrected me. I don't know how to pay back my debts for their assistance.
Feedback: I want to make a difference to other people. I have big debts to pay back. It's a question of when. I live my live in the driver seat. There are people who take a ride with me for which I make a different to all my passengers.

Blog Title: 14. Accept The Daily Adult Living
Date: Tuesday August 4, 2015
Summary: Strength, courage, flexibility, maturity, professionalism, and a grown-up behavior are required to live the adult life. No day is the same. Expect to be always behind in something. Be prepared for emergencies. Accept new challenges. Always meet new people. Stay active.
Feedback: Here is a good summary to live a good adult life; although, sometimes there are bad times. Nobody lives a 100% perfect easy life. Sometimes we must say no.

I see myself the life I described above as an adult. I hear stories and witnessed myself other people living the adult life above. Unfortunately, some of the adults do a poor job living the adult life. I live my adult life responsibility and intelligently.

Blog Title: 15. What I Learned Finishing CERT Academy Training?
Date: Wednesday October 7, 2015
Summary: One of the two concepts I learned was schools plant the seed. The responsibility to learn more and to become an expert is you. Don't take knowledge for granted. Never stop learning. Continue training. Continue refreshing. Innovate infinitely.
Feedback: Good parents encourage their children to infinitely learn. There's school vacation. There's no learning vacation. Continue learning something, anything. Likewise for adults. It's normal for a working adult to relax after a long day's work. Rest is required. No problem. Find some time in a calendar work week to learn something new. The learning can be job related or life related. The repetition is learning something new and reviewing something existing. Repeat infinitely.

In particular, the CERT 21 hour training planted the seed, started the motion what to learn and what to review, and continued learning. Similarly, I'm following the CERT self-learning attitude to learn Python, VBA, CSS, and JavaScript. There is so much to learn books and videos scratches the surfaces to become an expert. It takes time.

Blog Title: 16. Today I Want To Talk About Adventure
Date: Thursday October 8, 2015
Summary: Adventures are required to live a good life.
Feedback: Good adventures means a good life. Good stories attract good people or meet new people. Good stories mean a life without boredom. I have something to say. I don't have to stay something. Nobody wants to hear boring conversations.

Blog Title: 17. Yes Slow Down
Date: Friday October 9, 2015
Summary: Listen to your body. Get rest when you're tired.
Feedback: Eat your breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals daily. Never skip meals. I want to repeat. Sleep, take a breath, and pace yourself are all important.

Blog Title: 18. All The People In My Life
Date: Tuesday November 10, 2015
Summary: I ask myself the people I met in the past are doing better today. I want to be part of a group of people living a good life.
Feedback: I must make the blog true. My bullshit blogs end here. I don't take past people who helped me, shared their knowledge, and spent their time with me for granted. The next time these past people see me I'm a better Raymond Mar. I prove it to them. I prove it to the world. I nominated the blog for the blog of the year if there was an award.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Dream Playing High School Basketball

I dreamed last night I played basketball in my high school basketball team. My PE teacher told me to join the team. I joined the team without tryouts. The coach said I'm in the team. The basketball team was co-ed.

The coach entered me in the game with five minutes remaining. The tallest player in the court was 5' 10". I was the tallest in my team on the court at 5' 8". The players for my team and the opposition team were short.

The score was close. Both teams struggled making baskets at the end. We scored the last basket down by two points. My long sleeve sweat jacket hindered my dribbling. I didn't know why I wore a sweat jacket over my jersey. I called timeout with 4.2 seconds. My team was in defense at the opposition side of the basket. Why did I call timeout? I didn't know. I called timeout. The coach drew up a play. The coach assigned me to stay at their basket for the opposition to inbound. Play resumed. The opposing player moved side-to-side keeping the ball without inbounding. I called timeout with 0.2 seconds remaining. The coach said I made a mistake. I said the opposition is holding the ball to run the clock out. The coach said each team has four seconds to inbound the ball. Really?!? I thought inbounding is five seconds, and 0.2 seconds is not enough time for a tap and shoot. My team lost the game.

I exited the gym. I saw the coach. I asked when's the next practice. He looked at me for three seconds. Then he walked away. I was puzzled. I asked a teammate the same question. She said we don't practice. We actually "hang out" somewhere. The somewhere was a comic book store and a pizza restaurant next to each other. The co-ed basketball team consisted of geeks, nerds, and sci-fi fans with average looks and weak bodies. We were not the typical high school cheerleader beauties and high school football players with big bodies. Then she taught me how to fill out the timecard for playing a high school sanctioned game. Four or five more teammates came to complete their timecards.

I was sad because the next basketball game was the final game of the season. I was a senior. I was the only senior in the team. I joked to the teammates I intentionally fail Physics to be a fifth year senior to play again. The teammates invited me to come to the next practice which was at the comic book store and pizza restaurant. A team chemistry was developed during my five minutes of playing time. Perhaps, a friendship chemistry, too. I make sure I get everyone's Facebook before I graduate.

What I got out of last night's dream for those who analyze dreams is we live only one life. I wished I played basketball with the co-ed team earlier. The best case scenario was at the beginning of my freshmen year. The minimum was at the beginning of the season as a senior. I make the best of the current situation which was make memories and make friendships for the game I played and the final game next week.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Black Friday 2016

My Black Friday 2016 shopping was boring. My expectations were low for good deals. Many Black Friday sale goods were the same as 2015. There was no reason to wake up early.

My shopping started at 8:15am. The first store was Target. I purchased The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II on BD for $6 and The Wizard Of Oz on DVD for $4. I used a $5 Black Friday coupon discount for spending $10 or more. Bed Bath & Beyond was the second store using a 20% most purchases coupon given at the entrance. I purchased a 3-tier pole candy from Simple Solutions. I installed the pole in the shower to hold my shower necessities. I also purchased two 2-pack ice cube tray.

I used a $10 Black Friday coupon at Kohl's where I purchased a Nerf Alpha Trooper CS-6 blaster, blaster dart ammo, a pack of three bath sponges, and a back scrubber. Home Depot sold the Ryobi cordless jet fan blower 40W for $99. The regular price was $149. I have been waiting for a Black Friday sale to replace the cord fan blower which broke years ago. The last store was Rite-Aid. I purchased two Rite-Aid brand gift wrap tape for $2 and five 2-liter Coke for $4.

There was no online shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Black Friday 2016 reinforced my idea Black Friday's are great for buying bare necessities such as clothes. There were plenty of clothes at Kohl's. When I move to my own place living on my own, then Black Friday is a great opportunity to purchase home goods such as kitchen appliances and towels. There were plenty of televisions and BD players at Target and Kohl's.

Side note: I purchased a Sausage Biscuit breakfast combo at McDonalds at 10:20am.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

I Blog, You Comment Dec 10, 2016

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is going to have a good winter holiday. Your comments are below.

I wrote in my Top Ten I Was Correct When I Was Young nobody told me I was living part of my childhood correctly. I realized as an adult I was correct such as when I was born determined my success, daydreaming, and exercise.

I share the same feelings when I was a child. No parent involvement. I was good at drawing. My parents didn't reinforce my talents. Here I am today being a administrative assistant. --Viola Cohen, Cedar Rapids, IA

I run a daycare for grade school children. I continue to hear stories from my children they know little about their parents. It's like the children are dropped off here for me to babysit while the parents work too many hours making too much money. Why have sons and daughters? My children have many talents. I do my best to encourage them to continue learning more. --iluvcookies, via email

As a single parent, it's hard to raise my two children. My ex is nonsupportive. I'm too stressed to pay attention to my children. It's unfair to me and my children. --Estelle Roy, Groton, CT

People chimed in with different thoughts regarding the pie in The Size Of The Pie Is Still The Same. I wrote people want more piece of the pie when the pie size is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The pie is not the same. There are more opportunities in the world. People are taking advantage of new and expanded opportunities. --Ana Simmons, Webster, NY

My parents would teach me to expand my horizons. Expand my opportunities. Expand what I can do. Think big! --Wendy Wise, Cleveland, TN

There are more pies out there. You need to find your pie. --Zachary Richards, Clearwater, FL

How is the pie the same? Wealth is increasing. The world is generating more opportunities for more successes. --Rob B., Helotes, TX

Life rarely follows what we want. Life rarely follows our own plans. Your Life Map Is Full Of Colors, Scribbles, Eraser Marks elaborates.

I added and addendum when my children hear to follow their dreams. There are going to a moment in time something is going to change your dream. Something happens you must stop your dream and find another dream. It's reality. I want to prepare them for disappointment. The strength of the parents is to teach real reality. Not fake fairy tales. --Ken Wilson, Elmont, NY

Well written blog. I graduated with a mechanical engineer degree. I ended up being a programmer. My brother graded with an accounting degree. He's a project manager who has done zero journal entries in his company. --Lester Little, Richardson, TX

Thank you, thank you for writing the blog. I always thought I was a failure. I planned my college and my life after college. The plan failed. I'm doing other stuff. I'm somewhat happy. I'm [successful] in a different way. I feel better after reading your blog. Life gave me a different path. I now accept the different path. --Wilfried Hebrang, Germany

There were so many roadblocks it was like life hated me. I was supposed to be a loser. I'm still working hard. There are still roadblocks. It's either keep going or commit suicide. One of these days I tell my children my life map was and is full of scribbles and eraser marks. --Jodi Lloyd, Yuba City, CA

I've been laid off twice and fired once. I write those jobs with a red mark. I write a blue mark signaling a new opportunity. --Francis Pierce, Parkville, MD

The only thing that has gone my way was marrying my high school sweetheart. Everything else is secondary. I continue living life to the fullest despite my life going on too many tangents. --Tommie Smith, New Milford, CT

Everything is going to be okay I tell myself when something doesn't go my way which is a lot. For the most part, everything actually ended up all right. --Dominick Daniels, Derry, NH

I elaborated the importance of sleep when I experienced a week of poor sleep in Today I Want To Talk About Sleep.

I study sleep for 20 years. One fact some people don't know is sleep slows down the body. It slows the aging process. People who want to stay young, spend more time sleeping instead of popping pills and applying expensive creams. --Mike Bush, Nashville, TN

I blogged the late genius Steve Jobs' life quotes in Top Ten Steve Jobs Quotes.

Love the blog. I copied the blog to my phone to remind myself his successes and to cheer me up when I'm depressed. --Carla Patton, Danville, VA

Steve Jobs should be called our modern day Albert Einstein. --Xian Yu, Hong Kong

You need to write another top ten Steve Jobs quotes. Continue [sharing] and remembering his legacy. --Ginger Reed, Boston, MA

I counted my blessings on Sat Aug 14, 2016. I also counted my lucky stars from the comments I received in Be Grateful Day.

You're one lucky son of a bitch. I would do anything to trade lives. --Ervin Scott, Hudsonville, MI

Consider yourself lucky. I'm in poverty. Too many misfortunes led me to my current life struggling financially. --Jonathon Sherman

I have a Ph.D., in credit card debt, and working 2 jobs. My wife is also working 2 jobs. You're lucky you have no financial problems. --Frank Chapman, Pleasanton, CA

I want your lucky life. You're in good health. You have no debt. You have the time to learn. I don't. --Guadalupe Armstrong, Apple Valley, CA

I like your attitude. Make the best of your current situation. Unemployed suck. I'm going to start learning new skills. --Anne Gonzalez, Atlanta, GA


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Throwback Blog: Perfect Drive To Work

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled Perfect Drive To Work in Feb 2008. The blog reminded me working at Cisco. The experiences and lessons apply to today's work environment. There are days of short commutes. There are days simple assignments became complicated. I mentioned my department took two months to complete a quarterly report.

Since December 26, 2007, I have been driving the expressways to work instead of driving the freeway. On Friday February 15, I drove from home to my turnoff without stopping. A perfect drive. A perfect commute. I said "Perfect!" after I passed the last intersection. Now the bonus was making the left turn without stopping on a red light. I stopped. The next perfect drive must be all greens. No red lights.

Moreover, the work day was perfect. I took a break from working on my department's quarterly report and I work on my other assignments I delayed completing. I completed most of the assignments and I must finish on Monday. Monday is President's Day, and even though I have to work *sniff, sniff*, I expect a slow day.

Speaking of quarterly report, my department should be happy we should finish in three and a half weeks. The last quarterly report, our first time using a new format, took eight weeks.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

The World Simultaneously

Today is the third day of the four day Thanksgiving weekend in the Pacific Standard Time Zone. Right now. At this moment. This minute. This second. Everywhere in the world morning, afternoon, or evening. Families are enjoying each other's company. A retail worker helps a customer choose a dress for a Christmas gift. A police officer responds to an emergency call for domestic violence. Two people fall in love. Two people are breaking up. There is a car accident on the freeway. A baby is being born. Someone who lived 90 years old passes away. A cargo ship sails peacefully in the Pacific Ocean; however, a storm is coming towards it. Someone listens to The Beatles. Someone listens to Bruno Mars. A meal is served in a household. A person microwaves a personal size pizza.

Someone writes a blog. Someone reads a blog. Someone is depressed Donald Trump is the next President of the United States. Someone is happy Donald Trump is the next President of the United States. A computer crashes. A light bulb burns out. A basketball player shoots and makes a three point shot. A garbage worker picks up garbage. A fire burns a house. A dog eats lunch. A cat drinks water. A drug addict sniffs cocaine. Another drug addict continues rehab. There are people eating. There are people studying. There are people driving. There are people flying. There are people sleeping.

The events above happen in real time. The present. Now. What happened a second ago, a minute ago, or an hour ago is the past. Move forward. The world continues. People succeed at something. Victory. People fail at something. Mistakes are made. We, you and me, are part of the world continuing. We are living. You and I are doing something now. Boredom counts as doing something. You're breathing. Anything we're doing now other people are doing the same. You watch YouTube videos. Other people watch YouTube videos. You pay bills. Other people pay bills. You're swimming. Other people are swimming. You're thinking. Other people are thinking. The world continues turning. The world never stops. The world doesn't end. Tomorrow is another day. Life goes on.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Luck Is Part Of Life

Everyone must accept luck is part of life. Everything we do luck is a factor such as winning a contract, winning a contest, receiving a job offer, playing board games, and being at the right place at the right time. Conversely, losing a contract, losing a contest, not receiving a job rejection, losing a board game due to a dice roll, and being at the wrong place at the wrong time. There are times a success or a failure ends up being lucky or unlucky.

Some people have luck going in their favor many times. Some people have luck going in their favor a few times. Some people deny good luck or bad luck a factor in their daily lives. Good luck or bad luck factors more in life than most of us believe. Luck can be the deciding factor. Sometimes luck is the deciding factor. The common lucky life includes a well-being family, good health, high intelligence, no cavities, no financial debt, no car accidents, and living in a good neighborhood. Further, living dependently on good luck must be avoided. Never depend on good luck dictating how to live life.

My opinion regarding luck is the most successful people under appreciate luck and the least successful people over-rely on luck. The most successful people say hard work, determination, desire, motivation, strength . . . the clique description words describing their success. These people rarely say good luck. These people downplay luck. I believe these people must recognize good luck as a factor for their success. There are other people who can do the same or better. The least successful people say patience, waiting for the opportunity, hoping for the next break, too many rejections, bad timing, relaxing before the working . . . the clique description words describing their frustrations. These people say they're getting no good luck. These people pray for good luck. I believe these people must improve their efforts to increase their chances of getting good luck to be successful. There are other people in similar situations for which they eventually succeed.

I hope everyone's luck improves. I hope for the best. Nobody lives a life with too much good luck. Tragedy is waiting. Nobody lives a life with too much bad luck. A big break is coming soon.


Monday, November 07, 2016

SOMT: Cities, Downtowns, Stores, Parties Meet People

Blogger’s Note: SOMT stands for Sign Of My Times, an occasional blog sharing my thoughts how time changes life from when I was young to today.

I watched the movie "American Graffiti" on Sat Nov 5. Good movie. The movie was ranked #77 in the American Film Industry's Top 100 Movies of all time 1997 list. The movie is about two high school grads spend one final night together cruising the local town.

My favorite part of the movie was everyone being outdoors. The characters were outside seeking adventures and experiencing new experiences in town. Meet new people, share laughs, cry, be honest, and finding oneself. My generation's youth we spent time outdoors. We met new people. We cruised cities, downtowns, and roads. Also, we met new people indoors such as malls and parties.

My youth leisure was being active. We were physically doing something. We brought ourselves out there to be seen. We brought ourselves out there to see new people. We brought ourselves out there with our friends to strengthen our friendships. We made phone calls on landlines to organize the day's activities.

More youths are on the computer today. More youths are on the internet. More youths are on their cell phone. Cell phones and the internet are great to organize gatherings. Meeting people indoors such as parties and gatherings is acceptable. The bottom line is don't isolate yourself. Don't be anti-social. Spend time outdoors. Get up and do something, anything. The best way to meet new people is still the old fashion way. Get out there.

In addition, I follow my advice. I'm a man of my blogs. I begin attracting new people indoors and outdoors when I find my own nest.


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Maintenance Is Important As Innovating Infinitely

We hear about innovation daily in the media. A company, person, or persons discover something innovative. Daily life changes. Also, employees in a company think about innovation. How can a procedure be more efficient? How can a product be cheaper? How can a service make more money? The mindset everyday is doing better. Improve. Innovate infinitely.

I blog maintenance. Maintenance is today's center of attention because many people neglect maintenance. I admit some days I ignore maintenance for which I actually maintain myself each day. The simplest example is sleep. Sleep is a body maintenance. Sleep is resting my body, mind, and soul. Sleep is my spiritual practice. I have more life maintenances listed below:

*Car. I maintain my car checking the oil, inspecting the tires for nails, and visual check the engine for bad smells and leaks when I fill up the car with gas. I also maintain my car at home checking all fluids and tire air pressure.

*Computer. I maintain my computer and laptop backing up my files. I download the latest Windows updates, anti-virus updates, and software updates.

*Clean house. I maintain the house vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, dusting, and moping the kitchen floors. I also include washing the dishes, laundry, and organizing. I maintain a clutter free living environment.

*Job skills. I maintain or review my core skills including Excel, Access, and SQL during my job search. I have been learning new skills such as Python and CSS. I'm currently maintaining or reviewing VBA which I learned earlier in 2016.

*Gym. I maintain my body working out at the gym four to five days a week. Weightlifting and cardio are my workouts.

*Bare necessities. Another body maintenance is keeping myself clean and groomed. Take a shower. Shave. Brush teeth twice a day. Cut my finger nails and toe nails. Haircut. Apply lotion to dry skin.

Maintenance can be boring. Maintenance must be done. Review. Drill. Repeat. Use it or lose it. Maintenance is a way to get back. Go back to the basics when in trouble. An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Moreover, finding time for maintenance can slow us down in a positive way. Take it easy. Relax.


Saturday, November 05, 2016

Top Ten Life Lessons I Learned Watching Sports

I'm a sports fan for most sports professional and college. I do my best to follow the current events. There are life lessons I learned since I watched sports as a child. I wrote blogs inspired from sporting events such as The San Francisco Giants playing Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, and Alex Smith's first year with head coach Jim Harbaugh in the NFL 2011-2012 season.

Obviously one sports life lesson is hard work. I add the adverb "intelligently". Work hard intelligently. Dedication is also important. The player must go all-in his or her sport to be successful. Learn. Repeat. Practice. Repetition. Learn, repeat, practice, and repetition intelligently.

Here are the top ten life lessons I learned watching sports:

10. Curses Are Meant To Be Broken. Congrats to the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. The last time the Cubs won was 1908. Congrats to the Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series after their last world series win in 1918. The Cubs' curses billy goat in the 1945 World Series, black cat in 1969, and Steve Bartman in the 2003 National League Championship Series are forgiven and forgotten. The bottom line is nothing bad lasts forever curses or no curses.

9. Rest. Stay Healthy. Rest is important to stay healthy. Rest minimizes the chances for injuries. Days off are important. Athletes are not super humans. Sleep and rest are important.

8. Strong Core. The San Francisco Giants World Series wins in 2010, 2012, and 2014 are a good example of a strong core. Nine players were part of the three world championships. These players established a strong starting pitching rotation, a strong relief pitching bullpen, and top hitters at the heart of the batting order. A key factor for any success is a solid foundation, a solid core, or a group of reliable people.

7. Redemption. One of my favorite words. A team has another chance to correct mistakes. A player has another chance to forget being the goat and become the hero. There are endless future opportunities to succeed after mistakes.

6. Streaks And Slumps. Nobody's perfect. Life is not perfect. Sports are not perfect. No team wins 100% of their games. No player shoots 100% success. Winning streaks and bad slumps are part of the game. Winning streaks and bad slumps are part of life.

5. Be Professional. Professional expectations are high in all major league sports. Players act, behave, perform, and communicate professionally. They play professionally when we watch sports at the stadium or on television. They're having fun. They're also working. They're performing at the highest professional level. All success requires professionalism.

4. Consistency. The team plays their game. The players perform to their strengths. Coaches plan their games to their team's strength. Consistency is the key. Avoid being streaky. Never deviate out of the game plan. Good moments come to a person living a consistent life.

3. Be Calm. Moreover, consistency includes being calm. Avoid playing desperate. Desperation plays rarely succeed. Teams rarely play the final minutes, final quarter, final inning, or final period being desperate. Almost always losing teams continue to follow their game plan. There are exceptions such as playoffs.

2. Good Coaching. Coaching is important for the players to succeed. Coaches keep their players focused. Coaches correct a player's mistake. Coaches place their players at the best opportunities to succeed. Coaches teach their players what it takes to become successful. Coaches are like mentors. People need mentors to become successful.

1. Support. Nobody succeeds alone. Successful people need support from other people such as advice, assistance, favors, and a listener. Coaches are also a player's support. Players support each other because the team wants to win. Players watch each other's backs. Players stand with other players in bad moments. Players complement other players for good plays.


Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A Lesson From My Bad Years

Everyone lives good years. Everyone lives bad years. Hindsight is twenty-twenty. Think Monday morning quarterback. Steve Jobs said, "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards." The past can't change. The opinions on the past can change. We better understand the past when we continue living. We wise up.

The following years are my bad years. What caused the years to be bad? What lesson did I learn? I think back my past bad years to remind myself the lessons I learned.

2002 bad year. 2002 was the opposite of 2001. I could say 2002 bad year started on 9/11. Life flow went my way in 2001. Life flow went against me in 2002. 2002 was a bad year beyond my control. I couldn't recall any highlights. I didn't remember any accomplishments. Work was hell because there was nothing happy to keep me going. Confusion and ambiguity were the best 2002 adjectives.

2002 lesson. My manager was unofficially fired. My company kept their firings quiet or concocted a legitimate reason for dismissal. She did nothing. A person has nothing, does nothing, gets nothing, be nothing, and people treats you like nothing. Never be a nobody.

2007 bad year. 2007 was an up and down roller coaster for which 2007 went downwards after May. My grandfather past away in Jan. I started to wear braces in Jan. My company went downhill again people leaving the company in Feb. I started working at Cisco in Mar. I purchased my first car in May. The rest of 2007 went down the roller coaster for which I lived like I was on vacation in my high school years.

2007 lesson. The first day I worked at Cisco I said to myself, "2007 is a good year no matter what happens afterwards." 2007 was a year I took for granted. I worked half-ass at Cisco. My gym workouts were both ineffective and inconsistent. I read a string of bad books. I didn't know why I finished reading those bad books. I experienced multiple times of fatigue. Never take life for granted.

2008 bad year. The real estate bubble popped. Work got easier because there was nothing to do. There were fewer assignments. My contract was terminated. I became lost. Who was the real Raymond Mar?

2008 lesson. I realized I must grow up on Sat Oct 4. The changes paid immediate dividends. New clothes. Read fiction books. New desktop PC. New mattress. New gym workout plans. Forgiveness. I opened up to new adventures and new experiences.

2013 bad year. Too much fun. I didn't work hard enough and long enough to learn new job skills and review existing job skills. Also, the process to review my existing job skills was incorrect.

2013 lesson. Playtime was over. It was time to be a mature adult responsible for myself. Spend less time having fun. Spend more time learning new job skills.

2014 bad year. I failed to follow my 2013 lesson in 2014. I had too much fun from Jan to Jun. I was shocked I failed an Excel test during a job interview. The worse day of my life happened in Sep when I worked at a new job doing shady tasks.

2014 lesson. I reviewed my Excel skills and my other skills the correct way by watching YouTube videos. Moreover, I have been learning new job skills primarily watching YouTube videos. For example, Tableau, Salesforce, Python, and CSS. The first lesson was always learn new job skills and always review existing job skills. Learning new skills outside my career is valid. The second lesson was saying goodbye to anything or anyone holding me back. I retired from anime because I have more important priorities. I stopped seeing some people who didn't contribute to my well-being. I stopped seeing some people I didn't contribute to their well-being.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Throwback Blog: A Security Procedure

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled A Security Procedure in Feb 2007. Safety is important. Security is important. Protect yourself when you're alone. A suggestion is talking on the phone when alone in an apartment. Shout "911" or "emergency" when there is trouble.

In mid-November [2006], my Dad and I gave away a sofa for free to a couple of roommates. When we arrived, one of the roommates talked on the phone. The other roommate was out of the apartment. After the move, I thought of a security procedure.

The security procedure is when somebody comes over to your house or apartment to make a repair, deliver a good, or relay a message, talk to a trusted friend or family member on the phone. When a situation arises where you need help, the trusted friend or family member can assist you on their end. Inform the person who is coming and the purpose for the visit before talking on the phone.

For instance, a plumber is repairing the pipes under the kitchen sink. You're on the phone talking to a friend. The plumber is about to commit a crime and you're the potential victim. Since you're on the phone, you yell out "Call 911." Your friend on the other end calls 911 on your behalf to send help.

Remember the security procedure if you're alone. Talking to someone assures you're with somebody.


Friday, October 21, 2016

The Philosophies Of Raymond Mar Which Changed

People change. Some people think we're not going to change. We like ourselves. Our lives are happy. Life can't get better or can't get worse. Life changes. Life changes people by choices, by circumstances, or by moments. People can't control many life changes.

I get stronger, smarter, kinder, and wiser each day l live. Each day I live I change for the better. I innovate infinitely. One change is my beliefs. Some of my beliefs change. I hope my beliefs change for the better.

I wrote three "The Philosophies Of Raymond Mar" blogs. The first was on Sun Dec 2, 2012. The second was on Sun Jun 23, 2013. The third was on Sun May 25, 2014. I take another look rereading the three blogs.

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There are no changes. These philosophies have stood the test of time. The highlights include "innovate infinitely" which means never stop innovating your life. Seek new adventures. Experience new experiences. Love is the ultimate happiness. Timing and luck are factors in success. Never stop meeting new people. Adults living a life with hate must grow up. And everyone must have a cell phone.

However, there are minor edits or addendum to my top 30 blogs from my first 300 blogs I wrote:

*Number 17. I wrote, "Everyone has the right to find happiness." Number 17 is edited to the following, "Pursue happiness to find happiness." Some people don't have a right to find happiness. If people want happiness, they must earn it. Nobody should take their happiness for granted.

*Number 19. I wrote, "Have fun, learn, and enjoy." Number 19 is edited to the following, "Take life one day at a time." Life is not fun and not enjoyable every day. There are days people must grind it out. Stay strong. Stay tough. Take everything one at a time.

*Number 26. I wrote, "Live the present. Live the moment." I added the word intelligently at the end to read "Live the present. Live the moment intelligently." Some people abuse the living the present, living the moment attitude making wrong choices. Make smarter choices living today for a better tomorrow. The present moments and the present choices affect future moments and future lives. The present and the future are complementary.

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There are no changes. These philosophies have stood the test of time. The highlights include avoid buying cheap gas, dress for success, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and dump the junk.

One addendum is playing board games. I play board games because it's a social activity. I communicate with people. I can meet new people with like interests. Some board games involve thinking. I see myself playing board games in my senior citizen years. Online board games are excluded. Playing board games is live with real people touching the board game accessories.

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Some of these philosophies have stood the test of time. The highlights include physical activity, a good Monday sets the tone for the weekdays, no shoes worn inside the residence, and actually holding a book and newspaper or no ebooks and enewspapers. I stand by my philosophy some physical activity is not physical activity such as routine walking and gardening. I stand by my philosophy Costco's fruit and vegetable selections stink.

There is one change which is, "If you have no friends, you might as well be dead." My initial philosophy was people live a good life being with people. People must be with people to live a good life. My philosophy is changed. There are some people who rather be alone than be with some people. These people are happier avoiding certain people. I experience being happier choosing to be alone. There are some people I can't be with anymore unfortunately speaking. I waste my time spending time with them. I contribute little to nothing when together. I use the time to complete more productive tasks. It's okay to be alone. It's not okay to be lonely. If you're lonely, then go out and find some new people to make new friends.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Prepare Multiple Conversation Subjects

Prepare two speeches. The first speech is victory. The second speech is defeat. Life comes down to moments, events, and circumstances. The conversations are determined by the outcome. The outcomes are determined by the actions. The actions are determined by the choices. Anything can happen--sometimes, it takes minutes or seconds to make the choice. Make the present count.

Someone wins. Someone loses. A team is the champion because of one play. A team is the runner-up because of a bad judgment from a player or a coach. A business makes a bad decision resulting in a bad fiscal year resulting in cutbacks. A business makes a good decision resulting in high bonuses. A couple breaks up because one person made a mistake. Two people become a couple because one person has the courage to ask the other person out for the first date to start the long-term relationship. Students discuss test scores smiling they studied hard or crying they studied wrong.

The end results and the processes dictate how the conversation starts. We hope the conversations are always positive. The reality is some conversations are winners and some conversations are losers. The world is a zero-sum game. There are equal positive conversations. There are equal negative conversations.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wrapping Up Summer 2016

First time seeing a Japanese Mahjong table, bottled BBQ sauce for restaurants, and wild turkey. One reason I read comics is reflecting real life such as patience, unnecessary accumulation, and not sweating the small stuff. I take a break from unemployment life eating at a diner and hiking. We need a leaf blower for the upcoming winter season.


Saturday, October 08, 2016

You Have Problems? So Do I

What are my problems? I'm unemployed. I live with my parents. I have very few friends because it was time to say goodbye to many. I hope I see most of my past friends in the future. I job search five days a week. I learn new job skills five days or six days a week.

The world has problems. The economy, poverty, diseases, wars, politics, and the environment are some of the common world problems. Every human being has problems: physical, mental, emotional, financial, and spiritual. Back problems, learning disability, ADD, credit debt, personal self-esteem problems. Relationships, behind in work assignments, diet, lack of job skills, car problems, poor hearing, child bullying, and much more. You're not alone. There are people who experience the same problems you're experiencing.

My parents protected me from problems when they raised me. They shielded me. They wanted me to live life problem free. They ignored problems hoping they go away. They taught me the easy way solving problems. I'm experiencing problems I should have experienced years ago. I didn't learn from problems because I never experienced them. I needed to experience problems in my childhood, teenager, and young adult years to be a strong adult. I'm catching up what I missed.

My current problems are solved soon. Then more problems come to my life sometimes by choice, sometimes from someone else, or sometimes by act of God. Bring on the problems. I solve them. I learn from them. I become stronger and wiser afterwards. Do everything one at a time.

Boredom is a sign of ignoring problems. I want to hear your problems. I want to hear how you're working to solve the problems. I don't want to hear people living a perfect life. Nobody is perfect. Pain is required to become successful. Frustrations are required to learn. Problems come first. Victories come last.

Side note: It's okay to say a perfect life to your lover. Consider yourself lucky you have another human being to share life.


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Life Moving Forward Backwards

Steve Jobs was correct. You can't look forward. You can only look backwards. What you do today is unknown it helps you or hurts you tomorrow. In other words, you connect the dots backwards.

I have faith what I'm doing now becomes successful in the future. I'm not 100% sure it becomes a success. I admit it can be a waste of time. I admit it can hurt me somehow. Live the present. Hope for the future. Follow my intuition. I must believe positive results are coming soon. I take care of myself. I avoid stupid choices; however, it's okay to be foolish intelligently or make good mistakes. Life finds a way to reward good people. Good people working intelligently are rewarded. There is no faking. Be sincere.

What am I doing now hoping for a successful future? The list is below:

Working out at the gym. I workout at the gym four or five days a week. My workouts include machines, free weights, cycle, and treadmill. Hiking is included. Any physical activity is included.

Learning new job skills. I'm currently learning Python and CSS. I learned VBA, Oracle, and Tableau. I reviewed Excel, Access, PowerPoint, HTML, and SQL.

Writing blogs. I keep my writing skills sharp.

Reading books. I keep my brain sharp. Reading is one way to stay away from the computer.

Job searching. I job search two times a day Monday thru Friday.

Opening myself to new adventures and new experiences. I visited Zion National Park in Sep 2016 for the second time. I took a staycation Mon Aug 1 to Fri Aug 5.

Sleeping. I sleep seven to eight hours a night. Sleeping rests my mind, body, and soul. Sleep is my spiritual practice.

Spending wisely. I shop around for sales. I buy used books. I maximize the lifespan for clothes and most durable goods. I don't need cable. I'm picky when it comes to buying DVDs and BDs for my movie collection. On the other hand, I spend extra dollars for goods and services I want high return value.


Saturday, October 01, 2016

Top Ten Movies I Watched As A Child I Appreciate As An Adult

I didn't understand the world when I was a child. There was much to learn. Watching movies was one way to learn. My below life knowledge and below life experience were a hindrance from fully understanding movies. I understand correctly today with wisdom, knowledge, and experience. I appreciate these movies reflecting what I missed when I was a child. Here are the top ten movies I watched as a child I appreciate as an adult:

10. Norma Rae. A textile worker unionized her textile factory. The factory's working conditions was intolerable. I realized one theme the movie depicted blue collar workers with below average intelligence living ordinary lives without purpose.

9. The Day After and WarGames. I combined the two movies because they involved nuclear war. I dreamed the night after watching The Day After we survived the nuclear war as walking ashes. Nobody died. I rewatched the movie as an adult everybody dies in a nuclear war. The movie did a good job depicting a nuclear war fallout.

I enjoyed the video game like launching nuclear missiles in the climax scene in WarGames. WarGames' tagline is "The only winning move is not to play." I realized as an adult every country is destroyed in a nuclear war. No country launches a first strike nuclear missile.

8. Good Morning Vietnam. I laughed at Robin Williams' jokes even though I understood a few of them. The movie depicted censorship.

7. Star Trek II. I remember watching the movie when we had cable. It was my first Star Trek movie. I sat on the sofa during the entire movie. I realized Star Trek II was considered one of the top two Star Trek movies when I became more informed of the Star Trek franchise.

6. More Sci-Fi movies. The Black Hole, Star Wars IV-VI, The Terminator, and Aliens. Watching these movies as an adult I appreciate more on the plot, special effects, storyline, and acting. I cared about the shooting and the stunts as a kid.

5. Beverly Hills Cop. Funny jokes, great action, and a memorable opening scene. The movie was Eddie Murphy's breakout acting career. Everyone needs a major break to become successful at anything in life.

4. Falling Down. I watched the movie as a violent man having a bad day when I was young. The movie was ahead of its time. Michael Douglas was a defense worker with no purpose in life taking his frustrations out on innocent people. My favorite scene was his briefcase containing his lunch meaning he does nothing at work.

3. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. An alien was abandoned on earth, a child befriended the alien, and the child helped the alien go home. I wished I had the child's courage when I was in grade school.

2. Colors. Los Angeles gang life from the police officer point of view. The movie was more than police officers protecting people from gang members. The movie was ahead of time. Drugs, drive-by shooting, gangs vs. gangs, and being professional. Most of the movie is true today.

1. Stand By Me. I watched the movie seeing four kids with too much time in their hands as a child. They took a weekend trip to find a dead body. I realized Stand By Me was my first coming of age movie as an adult. The four kids were mischiefs. I wished I had their life wisdom when I was a child because they were wiser than my childhood.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top 40 Most Memorable Moments

I revised my webpage Innovate Infinitely on June 30, 2016. One webpage I removed was my Top Ten. I choose to repost my Top 40 Most Memorable Moments from my Top Ten page to my blog because I want to share how I live my life. These top 40 are the moments from when I was born to my 40th birthday. Life is short. Each person is responsible to live a memorable life. I look forward for the top 50 moments when I turn 50 years old. Here are the Top 40 Most Memorable Moments:

40. My Boss Was Fired (Sep 2002). Officially, she found another job. Unofficially, she was fired. The reasons were incompetence and doing nothing. Lesson learned: have nothing, do nothing, get nothing, be nothing, and people treat you like nothing. Never be a nobody.

39. The San Francisco Giants Won The 2010 World Series (Nov 1, 2010). I drove to my ballroom dance class when I heard Duane Kuiper's radio call in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series. I honk my horn on the freeway entrance.

38. My First Visit To The HP Pavilion (Apr 14, 2011). The San Jose Event Center was built in Sep 1993. It took me 17.5 years to visit the arena which is currently named SAP Center. My first visit was watching the San Jose Sharks defeating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the NHL divisional playoffs. The moment was also my first hockey game, first major sports playoff game, and first playoff game win.

37. Ice Skating Lessons (Aug-Oct 2010). I was inspired to take ice skating lessons when I ice skated for the first time in Mar 2010. I thought about ice skating when I visited the Charles Schulz Museum in Jul 18, 2009. I signed up for lessons at the Ice Center Cupertino. I purchased my own ice skates in Oct 2010. I'm ready for the hot summer days skating inside an ice rink.

36. Rent A DVD From The De Anza College Library (Oct 2010-Mar 2011). All students enrolled have access to library services. The library's DVD selection was good. I rented one DVD a week for my movie of the week. Almost all of the movies I rented were from the American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies 1997 edition. Some of the movies I rented include King Kong, Singin' in the Rain, Midnight Cowboy, Vertigo, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

35. Oregon Trip (Nov 16-20, 2005). My parents, uncle, aunt, and I drove from the Bay Area to Oregon for a road trip. We visited Portland, Salem, and Multnomah Falls. Shopping, sight seeing, and real estate were our top activities. I won $100 at an Indian gaming casino along Interstate 5.

34. My First Laptop (Feb 2005). I purchased the Dell 8600 Inspiron. The timing was fortunate. Dell sold my laptop at a close out price. It was convenient completing computer tasks outside my home. Some of the conveniences included testing the DVD ROM playing The Matrix Reloaded, watching anime, working on my resume at Barnes & Noble, and surfing the web with my friends at Tapioca Express. I replaced the hard drive. I upgraded the RAM.

33. My First Smart Phone (Jul 6, 2011). Verizon announced ending the unlimited data plan which motivated me to purchase a smart phone to grandfather the unlimited data plan for my future smart phones. I purchased the Droid X^2. The smart phone was mid-tier. The 4G phones were too expensive and too heavy at the time.

32. New Haircut (Sep 2004). My new haircut is a buzzcut. The reasons included wearing wigs when I wear costumes at anime conventions, faster time getting a haircut, less time hair maintenance, and staying cool in the summers.

31. Las Vegas 2004 (Dec 13-15, 2004). My friend from Washington and I met in Las Vegas. Both of us won money at the Luxor casino playing craps and playing the camel race machine. We visited Fremont Street where we played limit poker at Binion's. The casinos we stayed overnight were Paris Las Vegas and Bellagio. The Bellagio is my all time favorite hotel and casino.

30. The Perfect Semester At San Jose State University (Fall 1996). I attended classes on Tue and Thur. I learned how to write. 3.64 semester GPA. I mastered the shooting arcade game Area 51. I worked part-time at Blockbuster. I lost weight. I began listening to music while I studied.

29. Anime Expo 2006 (Jul 1-4, 2006). Best Anime Expo I attended. Some of the highlights included the guest of honor CLAMP, costume gatherings, meeting new people, and sneaking in the dealer's room without lining up. It was the last year Anime Expo was held at the Anaheim Convention Center.

28. Classic Rock Music (Sep 2005). I was introduced to the local classic rock station 98.5 KFOX. The station saved me from driving without music. I lost interest in pop music. Classic rock is one of my favorite music today. The Beatles is my favorite band.

27. Paul McCartney Up And Coming Tour (Jul 10, 2010). I missed the opportunity to see Paul McCartney at the HP Pavilion in 2005. I wasn't making the same mistake twice. I saw Paul McCartney at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Great concert. He played for almost three hours.

26. South Bay Job Search Network (Oct 14, 2013). I joined a local job networking group. Their experiences and their knowledge helped me get a job in Nov 2013. I used their information to improve my job search. They inspired me to continue learning new job skills and to continue reviewing my existing job skills. Joining the CSIX job networking group is included in the moment.

25. Washington Canada 2005 (Aug 27-Sep 4, 2005). I visited my Washington friend in his home state for the first time. It was my first time in Washington. It was my first trip visiting Canada in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. Some of my highlights included visiting the Space Needle, winning money at an Indian Casino, shopping for used books, visiting small towns, and seeing new sights I never saw in California. I don't consider Canada my first foreign country because anyone in the United States can visit Canada easily.

24. My First Car (May 19, 2007). I purchased my first car from my neighbor who moved to Virginia. It was the Toyota Camry 2005 XLE V6. Very dependable car. No major problems. I take my car to the auto repair shop for routine repairs. I change the oil myself using Castrol. I fill my car with Chevron gas.

23. Fanime Forums Valentine's Day Gathering (Feb 18, 2006). It was my first forum gathering. We met at a bowling alley. I met lots of new people and made lots of friends. I keep in touch with most of them on social networking. Some of the people are still my friends today. I attended many future gatherings. It's interesting all of us have changed for better or for worse.

22. Team Fortress 2 (Oct 21, 2007). My first video game I played online with other players. The game was popular I played too many hours in the evenings. My work performance the next day was unproductive when I played on a weeknight. I created a Monday Night Team Fortress 2 (MNTF2) to allow myself to play on days excluding Fri and Sat. Most of my friends played on MNTF2. I experienced how a gamer plays all night and sleeps in the morning when the sun rises.

21. My Blogs (Various). I created two blogs. The first blog is Innovating Common Knowledge created in Aug 4, 2005. Innovating Common Knowledge innovates life's common knowledge. I share my experiences. My second blog is Finding Raymond Mar created in Sep 2, 2008. Finding Raymond Mar is my personal blog. I blog anything without restrictions.

20. Social Networking (Various). We all know these social networking sites to keep in touch. I created a Yelp account in Feb 2009. I joined Facebook in Apr 2009. I started tweeting at Twitter in Nov 2009. I include live chatting AIM from AOL in Aug 2007. I also include my professional networking LinkedIn account created in Mar 2006.

19. Mahjong (Riichi) (Oct 2009). I played Mahjong (Riichi) for the first time in summer 2007. I hated it. I quit. I accepted a challenge from a friend to relearn Mahjong (Riichi). I accepted. Mahjong (Riichi) is one of my all time favorite table top games. I see myself playing Mahjong (Riichi) in my senior citizen years. The game is social. Thinking is required. My first match win happened in Jul 2010.

18. My New Face (Various). I wore braces from Jan 17, 2007 to Aug 19, 2009. I treated my acne with Accutane from Feb 2009 to Feb 2010. I have a better smile. I have a more handsome face.

17. Artisan Wine Depot (Nov 20, 2013-Sep 5, 2014). My first job after graduating De Anza College. The retail start up hired me as a Data Entry/Bookkeeper. I entered new products in the database, researched pricing online, and received shipments. I learned wine. I drank my first alcoholic beverage on Nov 21, 2013 when the owner organized an employee food pairing training.

16. Innovate Infinitely Was Created (Sep 2000). There is no without Innovate Infinitely. Innovate Infinitely was created driving to Japantown-San Jose. The words "Innovate" and "Infinitely" came to my mind waiting at a signal light. I said the words together, "Innovate Infinitely . . . Never Stop Innovating Life". I innovate infinitely. Always find something new to learn, always improve, always create, and always becoming a better person.

15. Is Online (May 1, 2004). I choose to create a web site to promote Innovate Infinitely. It took 10 months finding a web hosting company, learning how to register a domain name, learning how the Domain Name Servers work, and learning the basics of web pages and the Internet. The experience and journey were worth my time.

14. Raymond Mar Becomes An Anime Fan (Summer 1996). I became an anime fan watching Sailor Moon on TV. The first anime series I purchased was the first season of Ranma 1/2. Anime has influenced my life. I created many memories. Some of my personal growth was from anime. I announced my retirement in Jul 2014.

13. The Year Of The Role Playing Game (RPG) (1997). 1997 was the perfect year for RPG. Everyone was in San Jose, everyone adjusted their college and work schedules, everyone participated in the action, and the plots were terrific. The memories are remembered for a long time.

12. My Bible (Aug 7, 2012). I pray once a week reading a bible I created from past blogs. My bible reminds me who I am, my strengths, and my lessons learned from my mistakes. My bible also includes Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. I say with high confidence I'm who I am today reading the bible weekly: stronger, smarter, kinder, wiser, confident, and having faith in myself.

11. San Francisco (Sep 2009-Present). People who live in the San Francisco Bay Area are spoiled. We are a drive away or public transit away from one of the best tourist attractions in the world. I take advantage of every opportunity to visit San Francisco especially since Sep 2009. I walked round trip on the Golden Gate Bridge, rode the Cable Car, urban hiked The Embarcadero, visited Coit Tower, hiked Angel Island, shopped at Union Square, drove on Lombard Street, and much more. There is more to experience.

10. Fanime Con 2009 (May 22-25, 2009). Best Fanime Con I attended. Everything started on time. The weather was perfect for people wearing costumes. I made lots of money at the Swap Meet. I danced at the Black and White ball. I was always doing something. It was the perfect con with minimal problems.

9. Washington Canada 2008 (Nov 15-20, 2008). I visited my friend who lived in Washington for the second time. We went to Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The highlights included visiting Hurricane Ridge, playing Betrayal At the House On The Hill board game, touring The Underground Tour in Downtown Seattle, and shopping for books. I also climbed the indoor wall at REI in Downtown Seattle. The timing was good because I needed a life distraction desperately. The vacation satisfied the distraction.

8. Hiking (Apr 2009-Present). Hiking became a new hobby. My first trail was Uvas Canyon in Morgan Hill, CA. Some of my favorite trails include Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos, CA, Point Lobos in Monterey, CA, and Pinnacles in Paicines, CA. I purchased hiking clothing, shoes and a backpack at the 2009 REI anniversary sale.

7. Cisco (Mar 19, 2007-Nov 22, 2008). My first job working at a tech company. I experienced working in a cubicle for the first time, eating in a cafeteria, and my first work issued laptop. I went on a business trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on my second week. My 18 months was good experience in the tech sector. My contract was terminated because of the financial real estate bubble burst leading to the Great Recession.

6. The Triple Play (1984-1988). My brother and I played G.I. Joe, Transformers, and MASK. We played on Saturdays and during the summers. We created plots to determine the scenarios like a cartoon episode. Our collections were not the biggest. I believed having enough toys for the three series was better than having all the toys for one series. There was a lot of variety.

5. De Anza College (Mar 2009-Jun 2011). I choose to go back to school after I lost my job at Cisco. I took Beginning Weightlifting and Social Dance in Spring Quarter 2009. I choose to go back to school full time majoring in Accounting. Accounting was an alternate major when I attended San Jose State. I earned my AA degree in Mar 2011. I finished in Jun 2011. Going back to school was a second chance to relive life as a true college student. My experience was satisfactory.

4. The Real Job Training (Oct-Nov 2013 And Jul 2014-Present). The false job training included taking online classes from a job agency. Waste of time. The real job training was watching YouTube videos on SQL, Excel, and Access. Another real job training was learning Python at CodeAcademy.

3. Ballroom Dancing (Jan 2009-Mar 2011). My sister was an amateur ballroom dancer. She introduced me to ballroom dancing. Dancing is a great social activity. I took dancing classes at De Anza College. I met new people and made friends.

2. Cosplaying (Sep 11, 2004-May 27, 2013). I wore a costume to an anime convention for the first time on Sep 11, 2004. Wearing costumes to anime conventions is called cosplaying. I cosplayed at all anime conventions I attended from Sep 2004 to my last anime convention on May 24-27, 2013. Many memories were created. I made many friends at cosplay gatherings. Cosplaying saved me from quitting anime at the end of 2004. I thank my mom for making the costumes.

1. Growing Up (Oct 4, 2008). My life changed forever when I realized I must grow up. I walked to my car after attending the Los Altos Fall Festival when the moment happened. The life changes were immediate. I built a new Gaming PC, I started to read fiction books, I wore new clothes, I purchased my first fine watch, and I slept on a new mattress. I found new hobbies which included hiking, ballroom dancing, and listening to classic jazz. I started following new gym workout plans. I live life stronger, smarter, wiser, kinder, and mature. The real innovate infinitely continues today.


Monday, September 26, 2016

The Person Who Needs Four Hours Of Sleep

I sleep at least eight hours every night. Sleep is important. Sleep rests my mind, body, and soul. Sleep is my reset for tomorrow.

I share an experience sleeping half of my eight hours. I visited Utah hiking and camping two weeks ago. I slept between four hours and six hours. I couldn't sleep for eight hours because we must wake up early the next morning. I didn't sleep for eight hours because I was excited, focused, and alert. Perhaps, I was too excited, too focused, and too alert. I ate breakfast in the morning. I functioned well the entire day. No caffeine. I don't drink coffee. I don't drink soda in the morning.

The experience made me think of some people who need little sleep. These people live a stimulated life. Every minute of life they live it to the fullest full of excitement, focus, and alert. There is no time to sleep. Sleep stops their lives. A rest is their sleep. These stimulated people need two to four hours of rest. There is no sleep four hours one night and 12 hours the next night to catch up on missed hours. They're themselves after the rest as if they slept for a full night. Four hours of sleep? Yes. They're 100% rested. Let's go. There are responsibilities to respond. There are errands to complete. There are problems to solve. There are new experiences to experience.

I'm not a sleep expert. I don't know the long-term health problems routinely sleeping little hours. There have been nights I slept between four hours and six hours knowing the next day I'm okay. I hope my sleeping four hours to six hours is temporarily during emergencies, vacations, one-offs, and priority problems.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Records, Streaks, Counts, Combinations Matter Briefly

We hear about the streaks, counting successes, counting failures, and keeping records daily. Some common examples are winning streaks and losing streaks in sports, number of days something happened or something didn't happen, and number of profitable quarters. The time spent counting must be short. It's okay to celebrate a victory. It's okay to express frustration. Thereafter, forget about the count.

For instance, I count the number of days I'm job searching. I feel sad when I reach a milestone number. I forget the number seconds later. Today is a new day. I continue job searching. I continue learning new job skills. Another instance is playing Mahjong (Riichi). I declared I'm ready to win waiting for my winning tile 11 times during an informal tournament. I won one time. I forgot about the 1 for 11 the next day and the next tournament. And I stopped counting the number of job phone interviews after 11. There have been too many.

Put the count to the back of the mind. It's a waste of time contemplating the positive streak or the negative streak. The next time it happens is new. It's a reset. Perform your way. Play your game. I believe baseball players take each at bat and take each defensive play separately. Don't worry about last place. Forget the negatives. Move forward. Take everything one at a time. Improve the successes. Correct the failures. Something different can happen. The score takes care of itself. The result takes care of itself. Good moments follow.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Let's Play Japanese Mahjong (Riichi) II

I posted a blog on Mon Nov 12, 2012 titled Let's Play Japanese Mahjong (Riichi). I posted a link to download a .pdf guide on Riichi hands and rules. It's a beginner's guide to help people learn Riichi which included me.

I revised the guide which includes an easier to read hands, easier to read scoring hands, more rules, and advanced rules. Click the link below to download. Contact me if there are errors. Credits to YouTube Channel "HanaYoriUta" now called Revolutionary Productions and Japanese Mahjong - Flash Game for information helping me create a revised guide.

Link: My Riichi Hand's Guide II

Side note: Learning Hong Kong Mahjong is significantly easier to learn. A newbie can learn Hong Kong in two to three hours. Learning Hong Kong before learning Riichi may be better for some people. It's easier and plentiful to find online resources and books learning Hong Kong.


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Instant Bullets Blog Sep 7, 2016

*It's okay to look up documentation on Google, research to seek the unknown, and ask for help in a workplace. It's not okay to look up documentation on Google, research to seek the unknown, and ask for help during an interview. Nobody is perfect. It's very rare to find the perfect job candidate. The interview test questions better be the basics. A job candidate's motivation is more important that a job candidate's knowledge.

*Variety is the spice of life. Instances to apply the variety spice of life are greetings, social media comments, and complements. Hello. How's your day? Top of the morning. Congrats! You did a fantastic job. Excellent. You have a good smile today. That is absolutely fantastic. Greet, comment, and complement with a one upper.

*It's easy to buy stuff. It's easy to accumulate stuff which becomes junk almost all the time. It's hard to throw away junk. It's quick to buy. It's slow to get rid of junk.

*Celebrity wedding crashers. Which celebrity do you want to crash your wedding? The celebrities can be entertainment, sports, and business. My list includes Jennifer Lawrence, Jason Statham, Buster Posey, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Rodgers, Tim Cook, and Emily Blunt.

*A good life each year a person lives the person is happier. Every year the person is stronger and happier.

*If you can't give yourself life advice, then you never experience life struggles, setbacks, frustrations, pain, losses, and mistakes. You have no strength and no courage. Your own life advice is cliche such as never give up, keep going, and smile. Your own life advice is knowledge from a book. Never take life for granted.

*I want people to remember me as a good guy when I'm dead. I don't want the world to believe I'm an asshole. I may not help people live better lives. I do my best helping myself be professional and be a gentleman.