Some Blog Maintenance

I’ve been spending some time going through my old blog posts and doing some maintenance work at the same time.

There were over 500 posts with most of them written between 2007 and 2014. Progress is slow because I can’t spend much time on this blog.

Just want to share what I’ve been doing (for anyone interested).

In today’s world, people are getting fired for things they’ve posted online decades ago. So, one of the things I’m doing is reading through my posts and deleting anything controversial.

It’s for this same reason that I’ve recently deleted all my past tweets and made my Twitter account private. I’m seriously considering doing the same for my Facebook account.

I’m also removing paid posts and posts that were only written to get page rank or page views… during those good old days when everyone was trying to make money blogging. I also find some of the posts are no longer relevant or suitable today.

Yes some of those “viral” posts bring visitors to my site and give some minimal ads income, but these posts give me no value since those visitors never interact with me and just leave the site.

I’m reducing the number of images to save bandwidth, because I’ve downgraded to a smaller web host package.

Some of my old blogger friends no longer have their blogs. I’m reviewing the links and removing those that no longer exist (some are even taken over by malicious sites!).

I’m enjoying this “new era” of blogging.

Things got a bit out of control in the past with people trying to make money through blogging. There was always this pressure of following certain norms to try and make your site rank higher in search engines.

This pressure is gone now. I feel can be free to do whatever I want with my blog now.

Blind Faith? Planting a Seed

I took this photo this morning from the little “plant corner” at my condo balcony. Can you guess what it is?

Maybe you can guess if you view from another perspective.

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1.5 months ago I decided to save some durian seeds. Don’t ask me why I decided to save these seeds out of the hundreds I consumed in my entire life.

If I recall correctly, the durian tasted quite okay. Sweet. Not any special variety like musang king or red prawn.

I just looked at the seed.

“Yes, you are the chosen one,” I said. “… but if you don’t mind I’ll choose a couple more as backup.”

I don’t normally speak to my food. That would be crazy *weak laugh* haha…

But I don’t know. Sometimes eating durian can be a spiritual experience. Maybe it was some hallucination effect.

Anyway I found a YouTube video which suggested the following method:

  1. Clean the seeds by rinsing in water
  2. Wrap the seeds in some kitchen towels, put in a ziploc bag
  3. Put in some water so the towels are damp (but not too wet)
  4. Seal the ziploc bag and put it somewhere warm and dark.
  5. If the bag is sealed properly, the seeds will remain moist.

So I put the bag under my fridge for 4 weeks.

After 2-3 weeks I could see the seed start to germinate. Something like a green tongue will poke out of the seed and slowly turn brown. I think (and hope) that’s the roots.

2 weeks ago I bought a large pot with some normal gardening soil. I tried to position the seed so the root would be in the ground and the seed itself was just half buried.

Now, you must imagine when I’m doing all this. Poey Chin is looking at me and thinking to herself, “what funny thing is this man trying to do now?”

She reminds me that we live in a condo, and durian trees grow up to 30 metres tall. She also reminds me it take 10 years to bear fruit.

Well, I plant the seed in faith. In my mind, my durian trees will have a home in the future. This is motivation for me to buy a house (and a really tall ladder!).

I hope the seeds don’t die.

Simplicity

Yesterday I learned a lesson from my team mate.

We were trying to come out with a solution to a problem we’ve been facing. Initially I was searching all over the web and downloading software to test. We also discussed about writing our own software to solve the problem.

In the end, he suggested that we go back to the basics. Instead of getting the most fancy tools, we could do the same thing with a basic calendar app.

My natural tendency when faced with any problem is to find the most advanced, high tech solution. I guess in my mind, whatever is newest must be good right? But I’m glad I learned that is not always the truth.

Sometimes the most simple solution might get the job done. I look forward to applying this concept in my daily job from now on.