Simon Z

Ask me anything   "Keep moving forward."

My name is Simon. I blog about finding purpose, lifehacking productivity and self-improvement, social inequality, food, dance, and the amazing people in my life. It's all a bit random but you might find something interesting along the way. :)

Personal Goal: The 4 things we should say more often to live happier lives:
  1. Thank you
  2. I'm sorry
  3. Forgive me
  4. I love you

My Tags:
goddestroyer:

"computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes" - E.W. Dijkstra

goddestroyer:

"computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes" - E.W. Dijkstra

(via programmingcode)

— 1 day ago with 31 notes
#photo  #quote  #djikstra  #quotes  #reblog 
Shanghai, thank you for accepting this immature kid into your city. Luckily, 口 is an easy character/radical to find in China.

Shanghai, thank you for accepting this immature kid into your city. Luckily, 口 is an easy character/radical to find in China.

— 1 day ago with 2 notes
#me  #personal  #photos  #shanghai  #china  #flights  #china eastern 
Passing the Test →

ibelieveyouitsnotyourfault:

By Erin Michelson

I was 16 and attending a SAT-prep class. I wanted to perform well on the test so I faithfully attended every class and stayed late many nights to study on my own.

While in one of the study rooms one night, I met a guy in his 20s who was studying for the MCAT (the…

— 1 day ago with 64 notes
#reblog  #stalking  #harrassment 
http://illustratographer.tumblr.com/post/96046253605 →

illustratographer:

Intersectionality: the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination.

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, especially within the context of my personal experiences as a gay Asian male in a misogynistic/homophobic, white supremacist’s…

— 3 days ago with 151 notes
#reblog  #truth  #race  #minority  #exoticization  #fetishization 

nateswinehart:

Being good to each other is so important, guys.

(via summer-soldierr)

— 3 days ago with 227062 notes
#reblog  #lessons  #life  #comics  #empathy  #understanding 
Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges - NYTimes.com →

Quick thoughts: (1) I think that the incentive structure for top schools needs to change (since colleges are not rewarded in ranking statistics for increasing access to low-income students but would still need to bear the cost of financial aid, that could otherwise be spent on faculty) and (2) outreach efforts need to be increased to counter the problem of low-awareness in low income communities (which, I think, will ultimately come from the non-profit organizations mentioned such as Posse, QuestBridge, etc.).

— 5 days ago
#links  #readings  #thoughts  #nytimes  #college  #low-income  #accessibility  #education 
Chicken tempura takeout bento box from Ageha. Wow so much yummy food

Chicken tempura takeout bento box from Ageha. Wow so much yummy food

— 5 days ago with 4 notes
#me  #food  #japanese  #bento  #box  #sushi  #tempura  #photos 

Intense surgical procedure with magnetic tools

— 6 days ago with 2 notes
#surgery  #me  #computers  #ssd  #samsung  #macbook  #apple  #laptops 
12:12pm Monday Life Updated

Updates:
- Last night, my phone died while I was writing a long life update post and wouldn’t recharge. My computer has been dead for two weeks now. I was frustrated that I lost my draft but glad to be disconnected.
- I finished “Ender’s Game” last night. Such a good book.
- I’m grateful for this past weekend. Glad to have found a friend group with people at the same intersection of many of my interests: community-building, board games, fitness, moderate going out, Legend of Korra. Such a happy coincidence.
- I worry that some of my friends’ boyfriends might feel insecure.
- It’s my last weekend in NYC.
- I spent time this weekend with a friend that I met once before. Very few prior interactions. One memory was a subtle suggestive remark that he made during a conversation after my then-boyfriend went to bed. I brushed it off because I didn’t want to instigate anything. I don’t have enough certainty to know if he meant anything malicious but he’s an otherwise extremely well-spoken and well-meaning guy so I’ll assume it was nothing. It’s still a memory that sticks with me and makes me a little uncomfortable.
- I worry that I’ve become more sure of my beliefs and convictions but that it makes me less curious about other people’s beliefs.
- I also worry that I’m becoming vapid: I find it more difficult to maintain friendships that do not have a certain level of interestingness or uniqueness. I still maintain that all of my friendships are important but I think I let myself fall into an attention-deficit stupor more often than I would like to.
- I’ve started dating and having sex again. It comes with the expected good and bad and time-consumption. I typically am sexually inactive during the school year or when I’m working on something that I care about so it’s been a number of months since my last romantic/sexual anything. It’s been interesting but I think I’ll press pause again until I finish my masters.

— 1 week ago
#me  #life  #update  #books  #personal  #thoughts 
Another book that I’m falling in love with. I forgot after going to college how good it is to be engrossed in a book.

Another book that I’m falling in love with. I forgot after going to college how good it is to be engrossed in a book.

— 1 week ago with 6 notes
#me  #photos  #enders game  #reading  #books 
"The best allies are those who do not think like everyone else. That is why when you seek companions with whom you can share your enthusiasm for archery, trust your intuition and pay no attention to what anyone else may say. People always judge others by taking as a model their own limitations, and other people’s opinions are often full of prejudice and fear… Join with all those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take more risks. Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticise those who do not think like them, people who have never taken a step unless they were sure they would be respected for doing so, and who prefer certainties to doubts."

It’s 4:49am and I just got back from drinks and board games with a friend. We played Avalon. On my way home, I’ve started reading “The Way of the Bow” by Paulo Coelho on my phone recently. This is some solid advice in chapter 2. Paolo Coelho is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, after I read “The Alchemist” and starting this book.

"The best allies are those who do not think like everyone else. That is why when you seek companions with whom you can share your enthusiasm for archery, trust your intuition and pay no attention to what anyone else may say. People always judge others by taking as a model their own limitations, and other people’s opinions are often full of prejudice and fear… Join with all those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take more risks. Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticise those who do not think like them, people who have never taken a step unless they were sure they would be respected for doing so, and who prefer certainties to doubts."

It’s 4:49am and I just got back from drinks and board games with a friend. We played Avalon. On my way home, I’ve started reading “The Way of the Bow” by Paulo Coelho on my phone recently. This is some solid advice in chapter 2. Paolo Coelho is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, after I read “The Alchemist” and starting this book.

— 1 week ago
#friends  #paulo coelho  #the way of the bow  #books  #reading  #life  #advice  #quotes 

There was a fire today on the bridge

— 1 week ago
#fire  #me  #photos  #nyc 

It’s 2:20pm. I am feeling hot hands for the first time in a while after eating a big falafel pita lunch. I’m also drowsy at work. Seriously what’s up with my metabolism?

— 1 week ago
#me  #food  #hot hands  #drowsy  #metabolism 
"From 18 to 22 you meet a lot of temporary people."

(via k4i23)

This is the most amount of truth I have ever seen in a text post.

(via bottles-and-booties)

(Source: mydeepest-fear, via folieadeuxcherie)

— 1 week ago with 169046 notes
#wow  #college  #reblog  #truth