i told one of my neurophysios i needed to “rest”/stop after 20 minutes of walking. bless her heart, she “estimated” my “effort” was equivalent to about three hours of walking for an able-bodied individual (i’m guessing it’s probably “closer”to about two hours). my daily exercises have increased it from about 10 (don’t quote me on that) to 20 minutes but what she said “shook” me: if i “lost” five minutes every two years: i’d be only able to manage five minutes in six years!

i asked for a “practical target” (as that’s seem to have worked for me in the past). she suggested that 60 minutes she thinks would cover most activities. using my “logic” to project out using a linear function (which is unrealistic since i’m not a robot and will tire): this is about six hours to another person. nonetheless, i need to work on building my endurance to “boost” my current capabilities.

like one of my neurophysios say, we need to work on what we can to prolong my “independence” for as long as possible. i have begun “slowly” by trying to remain standing whilst watching TV. Also, i am currently noting my speed/RPMs (like was suggested to me) and not just increase the duration on the stationary bike.

while motivation has been tied to “success” – it has recently been reiterated to me that it’s definition should be expanded to what’s personally important and not just the “narrow” criteria of what society dictates (as a migrant i’ve noticed some “variability” in certain aspects).

i thought High Fidelity would always be my favourite franchise. it’s one of rare exceptions where i prefer the film to the novel by Nick Hornby. don’t get me wrong – i like both to the point that i follow it’s TV “reimagining”.

just this arvo, i “stumbled” upon the movie, Hearts Beat Loud on the SBS streaming service and really liked it. there were two lines that resonated withe me (i’m paraphrasing, of corse): one was that when life gives you a conundrum then make art, and the other is, you first need to be brave before you can be good. both are set in a NY record store but probably the reason it “slightly” edges out the other one is that the actors perform the music (instead of “spouting out” a list of songs/events given a particular criterion).

i mentioned before, Juliet, Naked!. it makes my top three (i wish i could “complete” the list in true High Fidelity fashion but i’ve yet to watch enough films “worthy” of this accolade).

in my younger years, i think i was sort of a music snob. i think it was a “necessary” phase – in the same way, i think artists need to “master” realism before they branch out stylistically (IMHO, i don’t think this step is “required” but it tends to provide more “robust”portfolios ). maybe it’s my “advanced” age or “embracing” Australian culture, you like what you like – damn “guilty pleasures”.

i’m not a technophobe but my friend is right – there’s a “warmth” to vinyl (and other analog media) despite sound “impurities” (hopefully, i don’t sound like a wanker). maybe some of it is “nostalgia” as my generation experienced the evolution of media. as my friend once “lamented”, newer generations won’t know the relationship between a pencil and an audio cassette. tangentially to this point, one of my favourite albums of all time is Full Moon Fever by the late Tom Petty – not just because i like the songs and describe them as “cohesive” but because i had the CD version and approximately half-way there is a blurb that at this point some listeners would need to flip their records to continue listening to the rest of it – so to be “fair”, he deliberately inserted a “pause”.

it’s interesting to me how some people put their own self-interest ahead of other’s well being.

like several days ago when a truck just went straight through a roundabout (probably because they felt safe and were confident the other vehicles would stop), when our cab had been travelling around the “circle” for some time. or when cars suddenly “just” change lanes without looking back. forget right-of-way (and other sensible driving precautions), other drivers just need to avoid me (and “react” to my “whims”).

i still can’t reconcile when able-bodied patrons choose to park in disabled spots for convenience when there are clearly a number of bays free. or when the able-bodied use disabled stalls or lavatories (as it’s more “spacious” i would think) when there are other free “facilities”. fair enough when it’s “chockers” and there’s no other option- when you have to go you gotta go.

yesterday, my taxi driver obviously had a cold and didn’t even bother to have a single window cracked open. given we’re currently in a global pandemic, i don’t condone his behaviour but understand – when he doesn’t drive, he has no income for the day. but his actions does affect others – i’m careful as my wife’s immune system is compromised

lately, it’s been health, economic, and political justifications. surely, IMHO, it’s an opportunity for psychology and sociology to “shine” and offer “impactful” advice given the irrational action of some. like how people flock to the beach during “nice weather” or for certain occasions and flout physical distance (or wearing masks) due to several weeks of isolation – i find this strange since i’ve been mostly home-bound for over a decade.

i suggest again our “leaders” (and everyone for that matter) read Nudge: Improving Decision about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by the Nobel Laureate in Economics, Richard Thaler.

because i was originally from the Philippines, having Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday of June was ingrained in me. partly i think because the Aussies are not that fond of the Americans, it is on a different date. i think it is celebrated here on the 1st Sunday of September (i think that’s correct but i still get confused sometimes). as i’ve got family back home, i need to keep track of both dates – as my cousin in the States puts it, you need an international calendar to keep up.

some people hypothesise, it is nearer to Christmas so it can be “conveniently” regifted if they are not very chuffed about it. some people say because spring time is different in the Southern hemisphere (in case you want to do a picnic). some say because we are influenced by England’s calendar and we have another occasion in June – so it is spread out for pragmatic purpose.

i recently returned seeing my nerophysio again because South Australia is gradually lifting isolation restrictions due to COVID-19.

it feels weird to sit in the back to maintain physical distance as I usually sit upfront. there is an increased “challenge” of manoeuvring in and putting on the rear seatbelt, until yesterday i forgot why i preferred the “old” way. let’s just say i didn’t have a “talented” driver and my headache was compounded by sitting at the back.

unfortunately, i can’t do much about this – it’s simply the luck of the draw as my previous rides had been okay…

i racked my brain for reasons some things that happened to me recently but i couldn’t think of any likely culprits so i concluded it’s probably due to ageing.

had an “advanced” birthday recently. last week, i “chipped” part of my back molar and my dentist tried a “temporary” fix first (depending on how “bad” it ends up being an “elaborate” procedure might be required) – she said it probably would be much worse had i not worn my night guard every day. Moreover, my right ankle started “hurting” this week when i placed any weight on it. as i didn’t seem to do anything to it that obvious, my neurophysio thinks i probably “tweaked” it during my sleep.

i never really minded getting any “niggles” – it’s only a concern now as i don’t want it to compound my current circumstances.

i’m a bit of a Philistine when it comes to “traditional” visual arts. previously when she first showed it to me, i’m no art afficinado but i found the artwork aesthetically pleasing and was not surprised to find out it was one of her favourites.

up until recently before seeing the film Woman in Gold, i was unaware of its provenance and significance – if pressed, all i could say Klimt, the artist, was Austrian. I was ignorant that for a “long” time it was referred to as The Lady in Gold or The Woman in Gold as the Nazis wanted to hide the subject’s Jewish heritage: the actual name is Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I . There was a second portrait of her although not as famous.

i can only presume that there was some “dramatic license” in retelling the story since it was a film. nonetheless, the merits of “art restitution” can be argued.

i knew one is on top and the other is at the bottom of a cave but i keep forgetting. unless you’re into spelunking, you’ll probably not remember as you don’t use it in your everyday life. i learned of a “nifty trick” today: the ‘c’ in stalactite is for ceiling, while the ‘g’ in stalagmite is for ground.

i’m not a theoretical physicist so i don’t know much about (super) string theory except that it’s supposed to be a unified “theory of everything” (bridging Einstein’s general relativity and the field of Quantum Mechanics: in short, making the “physics of big things” consistent with the “physics of small things” and that there are n-dimensions in reality. i say n because , for some reason, i thought there were 17 and when i consulted the web: some said 10, 11, or 26 (proving you can’t rely on it for accurate information and that my main take away is some things don’t have to seen in order for their existence to be believed). but i digress…

here are samples of “simple” conversions from integer to string in Python:


transmogrify is my favourite word i learned from the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes. i like it because there are sometimes muliple “layers”.

Python has some built-in functions to do some “basic” type conversion. however, i’ve learned “recently” that sometimes additional conversion is required to “prove mastery” (aside from logic) so my next discussions should involve these to be more pragmatic.