It’s been a while since my last post, but I decided to upload a gallery of my snaps from my latest trips to Portland and New York. Hopefully that quenches your thirst. I’m keeping busy right now, but check back for more from San Francisco!
I love you and I miss you. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here and right now, this feels right. I refuse to bore you all with the details and developments of my life. If you must know, just reach out to me. Otherwise, I’ll just pick up and continue as if nothing ever happened. Previously, I’ve posted a lot of my photography on this site because it’s something that I’m extremely passionate about. However, I’m cutting back on that a little bit because of my hectic schedule. I can’t even find time to post anymore!
I’ve also recently started http://1ft.in which I humbly urge you to check out. It’s dedicated to my newfound love for analog photography. Let me give you a little brief: my uncle on my father’s side of the family is a professional photographer who specializes in taking pictures of tourists and printing them off at a little kiosk in Hong Kong. My father is an interesting man and loved photography as well. In addition to being a harsh critic of my work, he was the one who gave me the tools necessary to fall in love with taking photos. He gave me his old Minolta and from then on, I was always dreaming about using film, whether it be the 35mm format or something larger.
I’m almost 25 years old. In that time, I’ve put a lot of things in my mouth (what an unfortunate way of wording things). I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing dozens on dozens of different cuisines. Of the restaurants, eateries, cafes, and food trucks I have been to, I’ve had many delectable eats and some not-so wonderful eats. I’ve always wondered about the food industry. How does the magic happen and how do the pieces of the puzzle fit together? What differentiates a good restaurant from one that fails to meet expectations?
I haven’t done any site updates in a while. Life has kept me pretty busy. I’ve been learning new things and picking up with old interests that I didn’t know I would ever be picking up. This weekend, I took the time to put in a few little tidbits just to spice it up a bit. That’s one thing I love about building websites. I get to own my work and style it exactly the way I want. If I can’t figure out how to do it using the CSS and HTML that I already know, I look it up and in this way, I can learn while doing. I’ve written extensively on that topic and don’t want to bore you with it, but what matters is that I make little additions to the site that don’t seem like much in the beginning, but always add up synergistically for mass effect.
I’ve been slowly working on a video for my about me page, but work has been grueling. Anyone who has done any sort of editing knows how time-consuming and energy intensive the process is, not to mention filming everything alone is difficult enough. I came up with these social links as an add-on while I bide my time. I’m spread out all over social media and don’t check everything ALL THE TIME, but I do check them every once in a while. Adding these icons and links serve as a resource for people who do want to dig a little deeper and it’ll be mostly hidden for people who are on the site for a purpose and aren’t looking to connect elsewhere.
I’ve also put the same series of social icons and links down in my footer. It’ll show up on every single 415vince.com page so the option is there should anyone see it and want to explore. Lastly, I LOVE BADGES. I remember when I used to use them all the time in my HTML-only sites to advertise the fact that it was W3C compliant or that I used GIMP and Photoshop in the making of the site. I like to let people know how I went about doing something, because I’m all about the spirit of collaboration and education. As an ode to badges, I’ve embedded these hilarious ones at the bottom, courtesy of For The Badge. Check them out. Those are the changes and that’s all for now folks!
I spent all yesterday afternoon and yesterday evening fiddling with adding a search bar to my website. I was pretty tired, but I still wanted to try and change it up. I’ve gone through many phases. In the beginning, all I wanted was to have a relatively static site that I could control all aspects of. That’s why I went with Joomla. Then I discovered WordPress and decided that I would go with that as a CMS because it was so aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.
I hopped on the Tumblr bandwagon, but never fully embraced it because it was not feature-rich enough for me. If my website was to be my face on the web, I wanted it to be something I was proud of and could control. WordPress hit all those spots for me. I had a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, but not PHP. Still, I went for it and jumped. I’ve been self-taught all my life and that’s how I like discover the world around me. I find that as a hands-on learner, doing things and jumping right in helps me understand the fundamentals and gets me hooked. After a few tries I usually show massive improvement.
I’ve never been one to think on and on about the direction of my life. It’s not that I don’t have ambitions, desires, dreams, or goals, but that I like to focus on the present. I’ve found that when you’re standing in the middle of an empty road and lost, your best option is to stay there for a while. Turning tail and running back into the past does nothing for you. You’ve already seen and experienced that. Trudging on is not truly an option either, especially when you haven’t fully experienced the present moment. I like to stand in one spot and look around until I am ready to see something else, but keep in mind that life is a constant move forward. Even if I don’t feel like moving, I let the road move from underneath me. Staying in one spot for too long, you take the risk of getting run over by a speeding vehicle when you least expect it.
There’s nothing quite like the current moment.
As time ticks by, things start to change. That cloud that looks like a unicorn won’t stay looking like a unicorn for long. It’s something that I’ve noticed from my time taking pictures. Things don’t like to stagnate, and so, they’re always in a constant state of flux. Perhaps this is why people stand behind grabbing life by the horns. If you don’t take the chance now, there may not be another chance for you to take in the future. I’ve come to realize that it might be my time to move on from where I am now, after having several enlightening talks with two different people. As always, I take what they have to say with a few sprinkles of salt, because in the end, it will be my own choices that shape my future existence.