Thursday, December 30, 2010

Relationship Woes

So I've been putting this off for some time now but I guess I need to put it out there.

Before I go any further let me just create the frame of reference that I'll be using during the course of this post.

Fantasy: 19 - 25, Ideal/Perfect: 26 - 33, Tricky: > 34

Ok, so I'm a relatively young man in my early 30s and of late I've been having these weird ideas of finding a companion (female of course), who was made just for me, and settling down. What's the problem you may ask, especially with so many women around?

I've interacted with a lot of females in the "fantasy" category and most are willing, sometimes too willing. They are young and impossibly good looking, as the category name suggests. Again you ask, what's the problem? Outside of physical attraction, there exists the possibility that there wouldn't be a solid connection. Females in the "fantasy" category are oft-times focused on the material things (cars, money, clothes, parties, etc) and are still trying to figure out what they want out of life.

Leaving from fantasy to ideal/perfect is where it gets rather interesting. The "ideal" woman is now either a parent, bitter, baggage laden, career oriented, or all of the above. They've enjoyed themselves in the fantasy stage and are now dealing with the effects of such. Coming out of bad relationships (sometimes many) they bear the scars/luggage that make it hard to be with. For the career-driven woman, all her time is dedicated to achieving all her goals and proving herself strong that there is no time for a relationship.

Finally, this is where it gets tricky, the older woman. Here's a woman who is totally independent and a man is merely an accessory, nice to have around but not really necessary.

There are some interesting days ahead.

N.B. I'm no expert on the wonder known as woman nor do I purport to be. It's just the ramblings of a tortured mind and I seriously hope I'm wrong.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I Hate Love

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” ~Neil Gaiman

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Possible Discovery

Ok, so it appears that I'm experiencing the effects of an extremely traumatic event in my childhood. The only problem is, I didn't have a traumatic experience.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Imagine Cup 2010 Update

The long awaited day has finally arrived. The day when Team EDUC8 gets to present their solution, eSCAPE, to a panel of judges in a bid to progress to the second round of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2010. The guys have been working nonestop since arriving to ensure that a viable solution is available. With little or no sleep the previous night, the team kicks off the day with a competition briefing at 8:30AM. We are expecting to present at around 12:00 but find out that we're going in at 6:00PM instead. Not a problem. That means some extra time to get some shuteye before the big moment.

The time to present is fast approaching. We're working out bugs that decide to pop up, and make final revisions to our presentation script. We move to the presentation room, quickly set and await the the judges entry. They arrive a few minutes before our scheduled time and as the clock hits 6:00PM we begin.

It was a shaky start but the guys quickly recovered and settled into their flow. There is 20 minutes to present and we complete everything in 19. The 15 minutes of Q&A begin and the judges start throwing questions right out the gate. As the questions pop up the answers are returned. In the end, the judges are impressed with our solution and give some advice that relates to getting it on the market. We are confident that we'll be going through to the second round but we won't know for a few hours so we decide to visit the mall that's close by.

The time finally arrives for the results to be announced. We hurredly consume our dinner and head over to the announcement hall. 68 countries, only 12 can advance.

"The teams that will advance are...."
1. Malaysia,
2. Finland,
3. Ukraine,
4. Serbia,
5. Malta,
6. Morocco....

They're halfway there. We still have a chance.....
7. Singapore,
8. Germany,
9. Thailand,
10. Croatia,
11. NZ &
12. Brazil.

The Imagine Cup world title eludes us again for the second consecutive year. Our quest ends but our experiences are far from over.

MOre to come as we meet new people and share our culture and individuality with our new found friends.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Just saying...

Warsaw is quite the city. I've quickly gotten use to the fact that the sun sets at around 9:30PM in the summer, seeing that I rarely go to sleep before 1:00AM. What's really interesting is that the sun begins rising at about 3:30AM, that's about 6 hours of night yet despite this, the city never sleeps. I actually went out with the guys for some food, lamb kebab to be exact, minutes after 2:00AM. I really think I could et used to living in a country like this.

Ah well, no more random thoughts running through my mind so I'm gonna go.

Imagine Cup 2010 Update

So this year's Imagine Cup is officially here. Poland is a really lovely country. A country that has risen from the ashes and boasts having economic growth during a recession. Warsaw is sunny and cool and simply a wonderful summer location to visit.

In my previous post I promised photos of my journey to Poland:

The day of the Opening Ceremony:

Friday, July 02, 2010

Arrival in Poland

So I've arrived in Poland for this year's Imagine Cup. After traveling for over 19 hours I think I'm about to crash. As the competition progresses I'll give updates and photos.

But for now pożegnanie. ruguh...

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Cause to be Uneasy

"If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless. But if it is, then we are making ourselves enemies to that goodness everyday and so our case is hopeless again. God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger - according to the way we react to it." ~C.S. Lewis

Thursday, March 11, 2010

V for Vendetta

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villian by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengence; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.