Just trying out my webcam's photo-taking abilities. Just saying hi. This is me, I own this blog, and up here, yes, is a picture of me (I hope I don't live to regret exposing a picture of myself on blogger). It was a programming day where my butt would get a chair sore since it's been seated for hourssssss I thought I'd just play around and take weird photos of myself with my webcam, HEY HELLLO

I'll be back.
(it is probably too late to say this because, in any case, turning 21 means you're 'all grown up' but ANYWAY)

...and when I have my own home, the kitchen is my terrain. I will obtain all necessary (and perhaps fancy ones too) kitchen utensils, and I will get high quality cooking pans and pots, and I will cook.

I will cook and have dinner parties to serve my food.
I will have many Pyrex bowls, a strong mixer, high quality knives, a good conventional oven, and the list goes on.....

Oh boy am I hungry now or what.

As a student, I have taken several math courses throughout the years; earlier on, it seemed fun, challenging, and gratifyingly worth it. After that, it naturally progressed to become tougher, more theoretical, and a whole lot more proof-oriented.
This, added together with the fact that in my line of engineering (electrical) a lot of calculations involve integration, differentiation, cross-products and whatchamacallits are omnipresent, it is then needless to say, that I've lost the drive, and the opinion that maths is 'fun and interesting.'

However, I just want to mention a little bit about probability here. There will be no mention of any theoretical bullshit (not like I can remember any; I was crunching the numbers without bothering about the meaning of them 98% of the time), but essentially, probability theory is, simply put, the analysis of the past and present to give a prediction of the future. That's a fair definition, yeah?

(This is not a discussion of anything analytically mathematical whatsoever, but rather it is a contemplative discussion of how life revolves so much around probability, and the consequences as such)

When we talk about probability, we will slowly find ourselves talking about risk, as the two go hand-in-hand when discussing about either.
When assessing the probability of a certain event, it is necessary to gather numeric data based on past observations of such events, and then analyse this data using complex formulas that has already been established, and then we can quantitatively give a number to say whether such an event is probable, or not.
Now, we talk about the gathering of data, via observations a.k.a. sampling.

Just how much is a good enough number for our data? And to what degree of uncertainty is this data reliable for our prediction? Yes, the maths for such is incredible; but that is not to be discussed here, but only for mention.

In estimating we can only ever rely on the samples we gather; if we are going to collect data from every person in the population, it sounds like an impossible job. As sure as it is to give you a true reflection of the population, it is not feasible, at the very least.

Just like how you don't drink the entire wine from a bottle to decide if it is undrinkable, or test every component on the production line to assess how faulty they are, you just have to rely on the few that you gather.

Our lives revolve around such 'sampling', and a response to such sampling is well, a decision whether to accept or not accept.

There is an interesting "bottom line" to this: a few years of dating is a 'sampling' of marriage.
Trust, reliance, dependent, uncertainty. You can use these words interchangeably for any aspect of life, whether mathematical or not.
You can't predict the future, but you can base your decisions of the future on the past 'samples'. If life was foreseeable, it would be entirely ... predictable. Unexciting perhaps?

I guess, it's time to trust more. Trust on the samples, and hopefully whatever the decision, to accept or not accept, we are heading for... a ride. A 50/50 chance on good/great times.

Make that 60/40. Ah, whatever. Getting bogged down by the numbers is no cool!

What's the point of signing up for school if you're not going to go and learn stuff?
Bloody hell, use your brain sistah!<--self-reminder not to sleep in or skip lectures

So I have to grow up a bit. Actually, screw that, I have to grow up a lot. If I thought I'd mature enough after 21 years, I sure got lots of growing up to do from here on out.

In life, we have to be more than just one thing; take, for example, working as a graphic designer.
Sure, you make the best, well, graphic designs than your peers in school. You win awards for your excellent graphic designs; your tutors praise your graphic designs every week. Now, that's pretty commendable standards for a fresh graphic design graduate, eh?
But, caveat: Your designs may speak volumes, but a great personality is the deal-sealer.
Who wants a stuck-up, thinks-I-deserve-more-than-this graphic designer to work for them? It's such a put-off, big time.

Humbleness, I believe, is part of a great personality. When people say something's a humbling experience, it must be a good experience.

One must always remember to be kind and gracious, and grateful, and pleasant.

Attitude, is the final word, I think. And so does my dad. We can't look at the world as though it's spinning around us. That's just not how it works. If everyone did so, it would be soooo unproductive (and frustrating)!
We are individuals, yet no one shall be an island, because we work better together.

I'll just sign this off by saying that I apologise for being a pain to anyone who reads this. I am sorry, if I have caused slight or grievous hurt physically or emotionally to you, I will try and be better next time - to be kind, gracious, grateful, and pleasant.