I went to a Korean restaurant today with my parents for lunch. I ordered a spicy pork dish that was apparently so spicy that, according to my dad, my tongue would shrivel off. Finished the meal, tongue is still intact. Whew
One of my content creators at Tempo Storm sent me a video to edit. After cutting out the parts he didn’t want, I proceed to render it at 1080p60 (which is pretty hard for my laptop, but it usually just struggles along and eventually gets the job done). But not today. Literally an hour into the rendering process, when it was 94% done rendering … it crashed. Assuming the video was too long for my laptop to try and render at once, I go back and edit it some more, taking out bits and pieces until it’s over a full minute shorter. Surely, that’s enough to make up for the 6% that it couldn’t render? Nope, it proceeds to crash again, this time at 49 minutes into the rendering process. What I eventually had to do? Render it in two parts at 720p30, then concatenate the pieces using FFMPEG. gg
Today was the third and final tournament of the season, the Ki Hong Kim Taekwondo tournament of Northbrook, IL. Notice how I said “of” instead of “at,” because they rescheduled the tournament to be at a different location – some random preparatory high school – instead of at the main academy, or even at the normal tournament area in Glen Ellyn. The location was a disaster this time. Not only was the tournament not even at the main high school, but in some random athletic facility next door, but the facility looked like some wooden cabin. Instead of just using the hardwood/laminate floors, they covered the whole place in brown tarp. The problem was that the coverage was absolutely terrible, so the areas where the pieces of tarp met kept on rising up, and students and competitors tripped over those areas on multiple occasions. Nonetheless, I still attended because the martial arts academy next door to my family’s business has an association with K.H. Kim Taekwondo, and most of the students I like, who I feel are talented, were attending the tournament. I even brought one kid along with me, a student who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to make it to the tournament due to financial issues and lack of available transportation. This is where the tournament took place. It wasn’t that glorious of a location, but it was more-or-less fitting for the number of students who signed up for this tournament. There used to be a massively larger number of competitors, even within the past few years, but it’s rapidly declining, presumably because of all the problems and conflicts there were in the previous few tournaments. The unfortunate thing about this whole tournament was that there wasn’t even official K. H. Kim staff running the assembly of contestants. A majority of the people you see in suits in the photo above and below are actually from Keumgang Martial Arts Academy, and not from K. H. Kim. I’m not sure if they were actually paid for their services, but if not, that’s incredibly unfortunate, because tournament participation costs were $60 for the first event, and $10 extra for each additional event. (Those wide and generic shots are the only photos I’m going to put up on my website, primarily because I want to protect the privacy of the students I was coaching and assisting at the tournament.) Overall, it was a little tragic how badly this tournament was run from an administrative and organizational viewpoint. With an extremely rough estimated calculation, if there were 200 students and each student participated in an average of 2 events, they would’ve made $14,000 off this one-day tournament, and it repeats every handful of months. Yet, they clearly didn’t invest that money back into their company in an effective manner, either by hiring talent or training their current staff. Seeing something with so much potential fail so badly makes me appreciate the people who work with me or for me. Because I work in an industry where it’s all about the performance, things pretty much always go more smoothly. I appreciate that this high attention to detail and level of effort of my business partners is considered “normal” in this industry, when they could technically be getting by without much work, similar to how this tournament went.
Today, I uninstalled Microsoft OneDrive. In an era where companies are giving away tons of free storage, and some websites in China are even handing out 1 TB storage accounts (which I unfortunately couldn’t capitalize on, but I saw a lot of people taking advantage of it when it was shared on reddit) – it seems a little strange that a company as big as Microsoft would be taking away storage from its members. Back on April 7, Microsoft emailed me to let me know that my storage quota would be reduced from 30 GB to 5 GB, and if I don’t clear out files before July 13, I will be over my allotted limit, and I won’t be able to use my account until I delete files. The only reason I actually even used Microsoft OneDrive was because it had the reputable Microsoft name attached to it. Sure, Microsoft is sharing a near-monopoly with Apple in operating systems when it comes to regular consumers (the average person doesn’t really use Linux), and they’ve done a lot of questionable and controversial things, most recently with the rollout of Windows 10 and its forced updates. But, I figured that, because it’s such a big name, it’s not going to fail anytime soon, and I can trust my files with them. Clearly, I was wrong – they’re obviously not failing, but they’re failing to meet the needs of their consumers. The worst part is yet to come. When I did some research, I found out that, apparently this space reduction was actually planned months ago, and there was harsh community backlash against Microsoft (as expected). In response to this, Microsoft offered an opportunity for current OneDrive users with a 30 GB quota to opt in to keep their larger quota, and the new 5 GB quota would only affect new users. They never sent me an email for either one of these – neither the original notice for the quota reduction, or the opportunity to keep my current quota. All they did was email me to let me know I was going to lose my space. The latest email I received prior to this was an advertisement letting me know on September 1, 2015 that I can now add shared folders to my OneDrive (which I’m pretty sure I already knew, and was already possible before then). It’s not like there’s a shortage of file storage services, so it seems like I will be switching to Mega for most of my file storage, and am going to be a bit more liberal with my Google Drive storage use (seeing as I still use less than half my Google storage anyway, because of how much I’m on top of keeping things clean and organized). On top of that, apparently, Google Local Guides is running a promotion right now where, if you manage to reach Level 4 in their program, you get 1 TB of storage for free on Google Drive. It’s going to take quite a while to reach that, because I’m pretty sure you need to leave reviews or submit photos to 200 different places, but that’s something that I generally do anyway, and a two-year subscription to 1 TB of storage on Google Drive is almost $240 in value.
… as a coach, not as a competitor, of course. I went with my good buddy Ed Lam, who you might know as Grainyrice. We both took photos and videos throughout the tournament, and I posted some of the highlights on Keumgang Martial Arts Academy’s Facebook page. The guy holding the biggest trophy is Elias. He originally wouldn’t have been able to make it to the tournament due to not having a ride, but he came along with me instead – seeing as I was going to go to the tournament anyway, and he might as well – and he ended up literally winning the whole thing. The huge trophy is the grand championship award.
Literally two days ago, I posted that it was finally warm enough to go outside and not feel chilly. Today, it snowed sideways. In what seemed like the strangest weather I’ve ever seen, possibly as a one-day-late April Fools’ joke by nature, it proceeded to snow sideways (not literally, of course … it was snowing normally, but the wind was so strong that it looked like it was falling sideways and upwards), then cleared up and became really sunny about an hour later. After another hour, it poured rain, and about another hour or so later, it cleared up and went back to being sunny. Then, with absolutely no clouds in the sky, it hailed. And now we have a clear night sky. idek
Today was more-or-less the first day of the year where it was warm enough to go outside and not feel a bit chilled. Our family business wasn’t very busy today (probably because most people were out enjoying the weather), and the martial arts academy next door didn’t have any students attend the first class of the day, so we went to a nearby field and played with a frisbee. I was obviously taking a picture, because I rarely head to this place called the Outdoors, as I am usually an indoors building dweller. I guess Chris didn’t realize I was taking a photo, and just threw the frisbee at me anyway.
Back in October 2012, I made myself an offline graphic for Twitch; this is what it looked like: If you’ve visited my website’s splash page recently, it probably looks familiar, because I have my Twitch stream embedded. Since then, a ton has changed in regards to my gaming. I became absurdly frustrated with the direction in which the gameplay of League of Legends was headed, and stopped taking the game seriously part-way through season 3. I completely left the Tetris competitive scene. StarCraft II became a game I opened once every few years, only to play arcade games with friends. I’ve wanted to change the banner for a long time, if not for the misrepresentation of games, then to at least increase the quality of the image. The problem was, I uploaded the graphic to Twitch as a .jpg file, which created a lot of artifacts in the embedded video player and made it look blurry. Literally almost four years later, I finally got around to designing a new Twitch graphic. Not only have I obviously gotten a lot better at graphic design since then, but I also made it so this offline graphic is a lot more specific and broad at the same time. It provides more information about who I am, but also doesn’t include any restricting information. I’m happy with how it turned out, but hopefully it’ll be shorter than another four years until I redesign it to make it look even better.
Last week, I went to visit my police sergeant with whom I worked during my summer internship over two years ago. Since I last saw him, he got promoted to the deputy chief, was the acting chief of police for a little while, and retired. After retiring, he got another job as a police sergeant at a different, smaller police department with a much more peaceful and low-action job. One of the problems he’s having right now is how poorly structured the police department is, at which he has his new job. Apparently, the previous chief of this department didn’t really do a great job, so my sergeant now has to try and get the department back on track. He had an ambitious goal to write up a police operations manual from scratch, with only a sample manual as a guideline. He had a PDF copy of the sample he wanted to use, but because he prefers to work with paper instead of on computers, he decided to print out the sample. To start, he printed the first chapter of the sample. Yes, that’s just the first chapter. The whole thing is over 600 pages. He rapidly realized that he should probably just get used to working with a computer and electronically reviewing the PDF sample guide, so he stopped printing the document. Before we laid the stack of papers to rest, I decided to take a photograph of it in its memory.