***DISCLAIMER*** Anything said in this blog applies to me too =)
Hi everyone. So today, I had a provoking thought floating around in my head (more like zipping around at light speed) and after talking with a friend, I decided I had to write about it. So here goes:
So the other day, I was chatting online with a good friend from back home (Clinton, MA for those that don’t know). She was telling me that she got the opportunity to hang out with her best friends from high school. She then said that it was nice to hang out again because they had drifted apart. I said “yea I hate it when that happens. That’s why I try to keep in touch with people. I know people say ‘you lose touch with ppl. It’s normal’”. But then that got me thinking. What if friendships are lost and connections are broken because we’re so complacent with the fact. Then that thought expanded. Many bad things happen in this world, but again people say “Bad things happen. It’s normal.” So then my next thought was, what if bad things happen in this world because we’ve gotten so complacent with the idea and refuse to believe in a better world? Furthermore, is this a thought we as Christians should be having, seeing as we preach about God’s love and promises towards us.
I continued to think about this all day today. Then I decided to discuss this thought with a very close friend. I needed to develop this thought and see what message could come out of it. We see so many bad things happen, from small to large scale. But many times we just use the age-old saying “such is life”. However, after reading God’s word and knowing about his love and promises, shouldn’t our attitude be different? Are we short-changing God and his promises by adopting a “such is life” attitude?
My friend proceeded to tell me about a devotional that she had read by Joel Osteen. In it, he states that we were called to be a positive people. After thinking about this, I find it to be true. In the bible, we constantly read about all of God’s promises not just for our life in heaven, but also for our lives here on Earth. I believe that if we truly have these promises in our hearts, our outlook on life should be different. Sure bad things will happen in life. But we need to have a more positive outlook on life and instead of thinking “oh well, bad things happen, moving on” we should look at the bad things with a positive attitude and say “it would be nice if things didn’t happen that way.” Because we have the promise that one day, things won’t be bad anymore. We need to look towards heaven and have the HOPE and certainty that one day, all bad things will be done away with and share that hope with our brothers and sisters here on Earth.
Anyway, there’s my quick thought. If you have any thoughts towards this, please share.
Man I’m a horrible blogger!!!!!!! lol. my last entry was AGES ago! Well I’m back and hopefully I can keep up this time. I changed the title and I’m dropping the whole Animorphs title scheme. It gets too frustrating lol. Not every book title applies lol. So yea. That’s it for this one folks!
P.S. I’m goin to use this opportunity to improve my writing in other languages. So if you can’t understand it, don’t worry, i’m not saying anything bad about you lol
Hey everyone. This is a quick post. As some of you know, I’ve been working (slowly but surely lol) on an app for Android that will help people better manage academic info (see first android post for what the app will do when it’s finished). Here is an updated screenshot of the app’s main screen. It’s more simplified and easier on the eyes than the last one in my opinion. Let me know what you think:
Now over time, the interface will change, but this is what most likely will go out w/the first version.
Ok so it’s been a while since my last post (happens a lot, I know). But here I am, posting again. This time, it’s about the app I’m developing for Android (hence the name).
A little background, Android is a mobile phone platform created by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. For more information on that, check out http://www.android.com. Android is available for many phones and developers can create apps to sell on these phones. This is what I am working on.
The app name is AcaLi (a portmanteau of Academic Life, Thanks Jenny!!!). It is an academic organizer. It will be able to organize course information, professor information, assignment information, grade information, tasks, notes, etc.
Here is a detailed projected feature list
Version 1.0(in development):
- Course, professor, and assignment lists
- Grade computation for courses
- GPA calculator
- Note taker
- Task creator/manager
- Internet search
- Deadline notification
- Calendar sync
- Capability to email professors
- Course schedule
- 4/5yr plan
- Bump integration for sharing notes and course/professor/assignment info
- Bluetooth sharing of aforementioned data
- Barcode scanner integration for books
That’s the feature list thus far. If you would like to see any additional features or believe I’ve missed a few, please let me know (if you don’t have a tumblr, email me at email@example.com). I want to make this app as user friendly and useful as possible so suggestions and opinions are more than welcome.
Here is a screenshot of the preliminary layout (a concept layout if you will. Background, images and text are mostly place holders except for the labels under the buttons. But everything else is subject to change). Let me know what you think!
Hi everyone. So it’s been a LONG time since I last wrote (it’s the standard way to apologize for neglecting your blog lol). But after a long time here I am lol. There’s a lot of things to mention and discuss here, so here we go (complete with color commentary lol).
First off, I graduated!!! On May 2nd, 2010, I walked on the stage at the Chattanooga Convention Center, shook Gordon Bietz’s hand (Bietzie boy for most of us lol) and took my diploma or “diploma” (there’s a correlation with your diploma and your financial account at SAU lol. Alumni know what i’m referring to lol). It was an amazing weekend and quite the semester (I’m not going in chronological order here lol).
The semester was a insane, difficult, stressful, made-me-want-to-shoot-myself kind of a semester (some of my friends will agree). I have a hypothesis that professors wait until your very last semester to completely torture you with projects, papers, presentations, etc. But, PTL it’s all over (CHS alumni remember this song “It’s all over!!! ::clap, clap, clap, clap, clap::”). I had so much to do and so much going on. It was insane. I still don’t know how I survived that semester.
Among the many things that I was involved in, there was talent show. This was the first time I participated in the 5 years I was at SAU. I finally got the courage to audition lol. For this talent show, I put together (with the help of some incredibly talented friends) an acappella group. We called ourselves the Island Boys (funny short story about the name, ask me to tell it to you sometime lol). We started rehearsing in January and practiced hardcore for 2 months. The song we chose was an acappella cover of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” mashed with “Somewhere over the rainbow” by [fill in artist’s name here] lol (sorry i forgot his name lol). The arrangement was created by the group Straight no Chaser (great group btw). We worked hard, tweaked the song just a tad, and practice nonstop…almost lol. The night of the talent show, we (especially me lol) were incredibly nervous. But we got up there and we sang our hearts out. We got People’s Choice. Then we went to Steak n’ Shake to celebrate and serenaded the customers lol. It was an amazing night. We also performed at Strawberry Festival.
Reconciled also had a good semester. After drafting the talented Arlenys Gomez to take the place of Elvira as alto, we continued singing. This year was Sarah and Misael’s last year with the group, as well as my last year as director. We had our last concert coincidentally at the same place where we had our first concert: Avon Park and, coincidentally, Misael got us both gigs lol. It’s funny how life works out lol. Anyway, it was a fun trip. God definitely blessed us on that trip.
So that’s a recap on my life thus far. I’m currently working at my internship, under evaluation for a full time position. Please keep that in your prayers. Well that is all for now. I’ll try to write more often.
P.S. I’m currently developing an app for Android phones, but that project is temporarily on hold at the moment. If you guys have any ideas for good apps, PLEASE let me know. Thanx.
Wow! I just realized that I haven’t posted a blog in a long time. I have bad luck with these things i guess lol. Well, it’s officially my last semester, hopefully, as an undergrad. Only 4 months to graduation, give or take. This means decisions, hence the title. As many of you know, I was planning to go to Italy next year as a volunteer. I would then be there for an entire calendar year, not just a school year. This meant missing several things, like my fiancee’s graduation, my little brother’s high school graduation, and other important events. After much prayer and thought (more than my brain is used to lol), I made the final decision a few weeks back: I’m not going. Which means I need to rename this blog. This decision was a result of several reasons, including the ones above. However, I found out something that confirmed my decision after I had made it: If I had gone abroad, since I was a graduate, my loans would not have gotten deferred. I wouldn’t have to pay them while I was abroad, but I wouldn’t have a 6 month grace period when I got back. I would have to begin paying them back right away. So this confirmed my decision. There’s a part 2. Instead of going to Italy, I focused on the question “Should I continue school and get my master’s degree or start to work and start my master’s later?” After discussing it with a few people, including my fiancee, and doing a little research, I decided to apply to UTC (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and start my master’s there, then transfer to UCF. So please keep this in your prayers. I haven’t started applying yet but I hope everything goes smoothly. Now the only thing I need is a new blog name lol.