All posts filed under ‘In The Deep

Obsessions, of the moment or for eternity.

The problem with note-taking

Most note-taking apps use a hierarchical structure: folders and notes. This mirrors how we’re taught to take notes, and how most books are structured, with parts, chapters, and sections. Growing up, I never questioned this taxonomy. Yet, I always struggled to make use of notes this way. I wanted to believe that maybe the act […]

Tools for thinking

If I ask you: What tools have changed your mind,Tools that you can no longer leave behind?Not just those that are installed by default,But those that added colors to your life? What would your answer be?

iPad-ifying the iPad

As someone who never had a computer until middle school, it’s crazy to think that iPads existed for almost half of my life. I bought my first iPad in 2011. For 12 years, I’ve gone through 5 different models. This is a slightly long, two-part post reflecting on the role of tablet computing, and more […]

The future of film scanning

I was telling a friend of mine last month about “film startups,” new companies that produce film photography products—development kits, scanning solutions, film cameras, peripherals, etc.. He was genuinely surprised that this niche space has enough demand for new companies to crop up. His reaction reminded me how lucky we film photographers are in 2023 […]

Time Capsules

The Bay Area has seen more rainy days than I can remember. On days like these, I usually spend time by making a cup of tea or coffee, putting on some music, and working away at some project at my morning table. This other day, I stumbled upon a background music video that uses a […]

“The last best physical music format”

The weather was beautiful outside, but I was exhausted and in pain. Coughing, blowing my nose, I couldn’t do anything except press the TV remote while in bed. It may have seemed like a misfortune in the moment, but being quarantined in Singapore for a week had at least one silver lining. After watching hours […]

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 […]