Alright, I have something disappointing to inform you all. I find this tracking happiness is tedious, and it makes me depressed sometimes. ‘Sometimes’ means the past week, and it seems to continue this week. I believe it is my personal, mental state or something weird is happening, not the application itself. However, everyday when I wake up, my phone constantly reminds me to track my behavior that is related to ‘happiness‘. Thus, this leads to the term ‘over-focusing‘ (I invented?!), especially when the tracking comes to the classification (work, leisure, etc). For instance, when the subject is thinking about other person constantly while doing other things (homework, running errands, communication through technology), should the person classify the primary physical task as the factor, or the mental state that determines the rest of the survey? At least this is one example that might explain my situation where I focus too much on my mental state, and it results in the lower rating of happiness (in some cases, there is no fluctuation at all among dots).
One could really learn the most when the knowledge is well established through daily examples. I found this is quite fascinating. The last week, reading more about technology based storage of information/ data, I thought about buying kindle from the Chapters.I might actually get one for the convenience, installed dictionary function. This could actually improve my English a bit faster (I hope). Continue reading →
Straight eye-level taken in front of the mirror. It reminds me of the reason taking this: I just got hair cut and made it ready for the new semester in 2013. Not really a good smile anyways, according to my mom.
This one I am certain about the month: July. The reason is that the postcard is from my mother and sister. Last year 2014, they went back to Taiwan and China for two moths, and I spent my birthday with myself. It was a birthday card from them. It is always nice to receive something with actual written words, always.
Honestly, I have no idea why I took this one through the reflection on my computer screen. No filter is added. I guess, I was bored or tired when preparing the final exams, 2014.
I am pretty sure this is taken in January, 2015. Well, this, technically not a full image of selfie, but it will do: selfie with my baby: Kuro (‘black’ in Japanese, くろ or 黒). He was very tired, and he shouldn’t because he has been sleeping the whole day. He is a 8-moth old cat, without a tail. My family adopted him from the hospital when he was 6 months old.
This image is taken for sake of taking it. I was tired in bed, thinking about a new way to take a new picture for my facebook as the new image for 2015; the old image has been on the site for a long time. The magazine I am holding is TIME, one of my favourite magazines. Sometimes, there are some interesting sections regarding arts and movies.
Location: University of British Columbia (UBC) Robson Square, Downtown Vancouver. (entrance of Vancouver Art Gallery). See more about Vancouver, Click HERE.
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Lately, I have been overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed.
Overwhelmed. [This is actually how it should look like, considering Typography. If not, I suggest that you could imagine the scene from The Shinning (HERE): “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“.
School work, friends, social life, personal space, family time, part-time job… Really, it is not a huge list but there is a lot to do if I sincerely want to learn something overtime. Past two weeks, I was really frustrated with a potential friend of mine. Regardless any kind of relationship topics, I found myself lack confidence, and in return, I found it hard to think about what I have accomplished, compared to other person.
I turned to sketching again. SKETCHING, SKETCHING, SKETCHING, SKETCHING,
Sitting outside around Canada Place , I feel the heart-warming sunshine. He sometimes moves around like a child playing hide and seek. He gives the cold and the warm through second difference. I see Spring, walking in pinky high heels, independently, strongly and proudly. After all that coldness.
People in suits, and they seem like black ants when I look down from the top of hotel buildings.
People are crossing the streets, talking through cell phones, picking up phone calls, eating and drinking. Every second, every moment, makes me want to sketch the flow. I t i s n o t p o s s i b l e, o r i t i s. I believe the latter. I tried to catch the spring, probably you are doing the same thing.
Tip: Strong colours would sometimes indicate feelings that saturate artists the most at that particular moment. The cherry blossom is pink, creamy white, and it looks like the colour of candy floss (the pink one). It is not cherry pink that is bold and fresh; however, it reflects the message I want to deliver. That’s why I used it instead.
I learned a lot from my friend, and I guess it is just because he is older and has more experience in life. Somehow, I feel a bit jealous that I cannot see things that clear enough. But, I really glad that I have sketching as a tool that provides me personal space to rethink, reconsider, re-judge, re-criticize, re-organize…
Note: The Georgia Hotel feature is postponed due to certain reasons. But, it would be up soon.
Did you catch your spring in your own way ?
Frankly, I think data collection is extremely boring, and especially I have to make something out of it after the so called ‘automatic’ tracking. I may not be the only one feels this today that tracking my behavior and somehow make something presentable and reflective is difficult. The key is not having difficulty finding the differences through comparison, but the representation itself through concise pictures. These ‘DOTS’ show some kind of graphs, and differences, but the more deeper interpretation is the obstacle. VISIT HERE.
As my shifts at my work slowly increase (I don’t have enough time anyways for this semester at least), two things have been introduced under the section ‘What are you doing?‘: working & Talking/ Interacting. This leads to me the question about the number of things that could be listed at various locations, which might really affect users. If, the situation is reasonable, say, users start to feel the overlapped multitasking. How would this divide the contribution towards HAPPINESS.
The section of Productivity is really confusing, which bothers me a lot about how I am supposed to read the graph and understand the question better. I usually do not have clear idea when I answer such question (maybe, just maybe, it is too broad in a sense?)
The red circles indicated as additional navigation of my graphs are some examples that I want to discuss. I made this informal assumption: the frequency (‘How often?’) of selection should always have the positive correlation with ‘happiness’ level. Meaning? What does this mean? This indicate that I am not certain about where I should reach higher happiness level by selecting locations (Home, Outside, Vehicle). I may not always certain about cooperation would drop down my happiness grading by limiting flexibility such as schedule. Also, this reflects the ‘Are you along?’; interaction/ cooperation with other people means accomplishing tasks with others.
The self-classification of tasks, once again, is a tricky one because that may only suits individual data collection since the boundaries/ values are always personalized, unlike location section (outside is outside, indoor means indoor).
Lastly, the focus/ live in the moment mentioned in Tracking. 5. proves that living in the moment without mind wondering could have positive correlation with Happiness.
See this interesting NEWS CBC about twitters regarding feelings. Edmonton>> saddest city ?