Time for myself

I’m happy that I work at Fusionopolis. I stay in the west of Singapore and there is little commute time to work. I never thought too much about traveling but with this new work arrangement, I felt I have more time for myself.

I like the idea of sitting in a park reading a book; never have I gotten a chance to do that until recently. It felt like I’ve done a huge favor for myself. It’s more humid than I imagine, I couldn’t get into the meditative state either. Nevertheless it felt right and that’s all that matters.

How to reduce backlogs in life

There are items I want to have completed yet I did not get around completing them. It is a bad habit and I am trying to fix that. It all stems from procrastination.

As I transit out of my previous company ONG&ONG Group I had more time to assess the situation in greater detail. It’s not unfixable and I’ve done up a huge To-do list to ensure my backlogs can be cleared. This includes abandoning some of my previous endeavors. I now need to follow the plan.

Steps to clear backlog:

  1. Ask yourself why is there a backlog. For me it’s procrastination — an area I have to reduce.
  2. Make a list, not this list, but a To-do list of backlogs you have to clear. I try to follow David Allen’s approach from Getting Things Done.
  3. Identify tasks that are no longer goals in your life and rid them from your list. That means to let go of these things emotionally.
  4. Follow the plan.

I find myself reviewing to my huge To-do list over and over again to reprioritize the tasks. I tend to put one tiny task at the start of my day, followed by a big task and smaller ones after that. Completing the tiny task is encouraging and striking one task of the list feels great. I think it works differently for many people. You’ve got to try different strategies and determine which one suits your needs more. If your tasks require you to perform at a certain location, you may want to group them by proximity rather than task effort.

Why some dates are missing in year 1752

An interesting tidbit, when you enter any dates on or between September 3, 1752 and September 13, 1752, you get some sort of error and this is the reason why:

The Julian Calendar was built on the premise that the year was 365.25 days long and consisted of normal 365-day years interspersed with a 366-day leap year every fourth year. In 730 A.D., the Venerable Bede (an Anglo-Saxon monk) announced that the Julian year was 11 minutes, 14 seconds too long, building a cumulative error of about 1 day every 128 years. Nothing was done about this for 800 years.

By 1582, the error had grown to about 10 days. That year, Pope Gregory XIII decreed that Thursday, October 4, 1582 would be followed by Friday, October 15, thus correcting the calendar by 10 days. This began the Gregorian Calendar that is in use today. It uses a four-year cycle of leap years, and eliminates each leap year that occurs on three of every four centesimal years. Only centesimal years that are evenly divisible by 400 are leap years. Thus, the year 1600 was a 366-day leap year, but 1700, 1800, and 1900 were each 365 days. The year 2000 is also a leap year, as will be the year 2400. (Source: IBM)

How to convert hour-min-sec to seconds in PHP

When you have data given in “00:07:31″, you can use a calculator to figure it’s 451 seconds in total. It’s not really sure if there’s a better way to do in PHP but I did it this way:

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The Unix timestamp begins from January 1, 1970. It is elapse time in second from January 1, 1970. For “00:07:31”, the elapse time has been 451 seconds. Do share if you have other methods that I could’ve missed.

It’s December already

Hey it’s year end already. There’re lots of things to complete before this year end.

  • My assignments. But I’m in a state of denial right now.
  • Renew my PDL which is just a learning driving license.
  • Add some additional money to pay for Christmas presents. Yes, it’s the time to giving again. Always feel great to see people happy.
  • Get those people who return from Australia out. It’s been delayed again and again, it’s time to meet them again.
  • Finish up all the books I bought this year. Ahh, I bought too many books and I read too slowly.
  • Go for at least one run this year. The only time I ran was chasing a bus. It was good exercise for 12 seconds.

But now it’s time to sleep.

Missing time

Almost a month has passed since school reopen. I’ve been spending time on things that probably didn’t matter to me that much. It saddens me a little when I look back on how I allocated my time.

To claim that school is busy, work is busy, is perhaps just a lie. I’m obsessed with reading US election news lately and it got the better of my time. I spend about 1.5 hours a day reading on something that would affect me little. This sucked.

Also I have a stack of books I can’t complete. Books that were purchased, perhaps, 2 years ago even. I aim to complete it last year, half a year ago and a month ago. I’m still bookmarking (pretty much the same) the third quarter of the book.

I read four books at the same time. I just realized how horrible an idea that was.

Time seems to pass faster these days.

My computer can’t tell day from night

This irks me a little, my computer sometimes show p.m. instead of a.m. and a.m. instead of p.m. It’s just strange. The time and everything is correct. I use the 12-hour clock instead of the 24-hour. (You are an army freak if you use the 24-hour clock.)

So two in the afternoons would be 2 p.m. instead of 14:00. Anyway, my computer would switch to 2 a.m. when it’s 2 p.m. sometimes. It might be something to do with Ubuntu settings. It didn’t seem to occur until I use Ubuntu and revert to Windows Vista. Something just messed up my clock somehow.

Anyway, did you know that a.m. and p.m. stands for ante meridiem (a.m., Latin “before noon”) and post meridiem (p.m., “after noon”) respectively? I remember asking my primary school teacher before and he couldn’t answer. We didn’t have Wikipedia that time, hahaa…