All posts filed under ‘In The Deep

Obsessions, of the moment or for eternity.

Social Gathering via Animal Crossing

I’m very grateful that I have a Nintendo Switch during this quarantine. Ring Fit Adventure, which is sold out now, gives me a solid and fun option to exercise at home. And most recently, Animal Crossing has become a social hub for me and my friends. It’s truly lovely. The weather in the game, even […]

Speed Changes Things for Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch for me has always been a disappointing device with so much potential. I owned a Series 2 before it cracked in the shower, and of course my life went on for a year without problems. Then I decided to get the LTE version of Series 3, which admittedly was a lot more […]

The Story of The b-side Redesign

Three years ago, I stopped writing for FwdThoughts. The lofty and self-imposed expectation of long-form pieces, precisely research-backed facts and critically proof-read sentences, crippled my motivation to write. While searching for a path to remove that mental block, I recalled a quote by Ging Freecs, a character from Hunter × Hunter, that goes: 道草を楽しめ 大いにな。ほしいものより大切なものがきっとそっちにころがってる (Go […]

Reading News

What’s your go-to way to get news? For the past year and half, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to read news. While I might just be too picky, the journey to find the right tools has been endlessly frustrating. Content-wise, I like to read about topics that interest me 80% of the time, and […]

Full Time Apple Card

Looking back at the history of unexpected products, Apple Card is probably one of the most controversial from Apple—a company known for their gadgets and apps. But if you think of Apple not as a hardware or software company, but rather one that sells you experiences, an iPhone-integrated and a beautifully crafted titanium credit card […]

The Muji Fountain Pen I Really Wanted to Love

Since sometime around 3rd grade, I started using fountain pen for all school assignments as per my school curriculum in China. In primary school, shattered ink bottles and stains were a matter of life—a sacrifice made in exchange for better handwriting. When we entered middle school and heard that fountain pens were no longer required, […]

Thoughts on LARQ

About one year ago, I backed a Kickstarter project that promised to deliver a sleek-looking thermos that cleaned itself and purified water with a built-in UV light. This fancy water bottle, first named Quartz, was later renamed to LARQ. The self-cleaning routine runs every two hours on its own, and the UV purifier supposedly kills […]

Building Moats Around Data

By now many of you likely have received a barrage of GPDR emails, some more humorous and some drier than cardboard. I hope these emails have helped spread awareness of digital privacy. I’m looking forward to reaping some indirect benefits on the sideline as a citizen in a surveillance state, because for most companies, it’s […]

Colgate E1 Toothbrush

This toothbrush is “exclusive at the Apple Store.” That alone intrigues me. How exactly does a toothbrush, let alone one from Colgate, whose brand differentiation is almost as strong as Kleenex, make an exclusive debut at a luxury electronics store? From the official website: Designed by dentists, scientists, and users like you to create the […]