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Facebook Freedom

Facebook app

I'm quitting Facebook.
It's something I've been thinking about doing for a while now, and I'm finally taking the plunge (although it feels less like a dive into the unknown and more like the freedom of being unshackled).

I avoided Facebook for a long time, proudly wearing the (imaginary) I-don't-use-Facebook badge. But then I wanted to promote my business more and decided to setup a Facebook page for it. A Facebook business page requires a personal Facebook account to manage it. I hid my personal account for the first few months, using it solely to manage my business page, but eventually...

Letter Counting Function (and My First Python Script!)

Lots of numbers!

So I was watching Matt Parker's "Four has Four Letters" video, and I was interested to know how the Estonian language compared to English with regard to the letter counting function.

To summarise the video, in English each number has a word (or words) and each of those words have a certain number of letters. In all cases except the number 4, the word has a different number of letters than the number it represents. You can count these letters, then make a chain of numbers, all of which, in English, eventually lead you back to 4.

Example time! The word for the number 8, 'eight', has 5...

My Minimal Phone

Hands holding a smartphone

Smartphones are a great resource. They give us access to the internet wherever we are, allow us to check in with social media, emails and friends online, and provide entertainment through games and interesting (though sometimes pointless) apps. But smartphones have a dark side too. They give us access to the internet wherever we are, allow us to check in with social media, emails and friends online, and provide entertainment through games and interesting (though sometimes pointless) apps.

No, that's not a copy-paste error. The same benefits of smartphones can also be viewed as problems...

Wallpaper Calendar Collage

My wallpaper calendar collage

In November 2011, I found Smashing Magazine's 'Desktop Wallpaper Calendar' post which showcased calendars created by its readers that you could download and use as your desktop wallpaper. Every month since then, I have found and downloaded a calendar which has become my desktop wallpaper for that month.

The above is a collage I created in the GIMP, using the free 'IGLO - Images Grid LayOut' script, which shows the wallpapers that graced my desktop from Jan 2012 to Dec 2014.

Earth Day

Earth Day (the 22nd of April) is a day meant to "increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment" (Wikipedia).

I thought I'd do this by creating a video presentation of the Earth and all its wonders, but in a way that brings praise and glory to its Creator. God created this planet and everything on it, and it's His work we're appreciating on Earth Day.

The video footage was taken from the BBC's "Earth" documentary, while the song is "The Earth is Yours" by Gungor from their "Beautiful Things" album.

Cre8, 2008

In 2008 my church wanted to re-design Cre8 to be 'new and fresh'. This advertisement strove to express that with vibrant colours and moving background (a first for me).

The music is called 'My Name Is Lincoln' by Steve Jablonsky from 'The Island' soundtrack.

Cre8, 2007

This is the first official trailer (advertisement) I created when my church started a new creative workshop - Cre8. This trailer (unlike a previous 'teaser') provided information about what Cre8 was, giving examples of the different styles of creative design.

The song is called 'Resurrection' from 'The Passion of the Christ' soundtrack by John Debney.

My Weight Loss Journey

Before & after

It all started in high school. I stopped running around with my friends at recess and lunch like I did in primary/middle school and started playing chess in the library. This is also when I discovered my love for computers. Now there's nothing wrong with chess or computers, but I believe the amount of time I spent with them was what started me down the path of inactivity and weight gain.

I remember my Grandad once talking with me about my weight and scaring me with stories of health issues that ran in my family. I didn't think my weight was a big deal, even though my BMI said I was...