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

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naturemanda:

the-absolute-funniest-posts:

hopes-for-spirits:

THATS OKAY I DIDNT NEED MY HEART ANYWAY 

i don’t even follow the last airbender and i’m having the feels

;-;

(via findingtaka)

— 19 hours ago with 196035 notes
#sokka  #reblog  #airbender  #avatar the last airbender  #katara 

queerfabulousmermaid:

subwaysmells:

huffpostworld:

This gallant little boy comforted a classmate on her first day of preschool, and we’re not getting over it ever. 

See the full video here.

aw

they’re so cute my heart can’t take it

(via jae-dong)

— 19 hours ago with 26952 notes
#awwww  #reblog  #aw  #aww  #so many awws  #cute  #taiwanese  #kids  #preschool 

It’s half past midnight and I just finished showering. It’s been a really full day of club music, brunch, hot yoga, and Korean BBQ.

Now, I don’t normally condone infatuation because it tends to be time-consuming and unhealthy, but I’m making an exception here. The highlight of my day was my waiter at dinner. He was cute, nice, and made conversation with my family throughout our KBBQ dinner. I asked a few innocent questions about him during dinner and we (meaning the whole family and he) talked about birthdays, horoscopes, China, etc. with him. As we were getting up to leave, I told my sister that I was going to be ballsy and ask him if he was single (and if he was straight, I would just tell him that my sister was interested lol). She told me to be more subtle. As everyone was leaving and I getting up as well, he asks me my name before I even get up. My family is already leaving the restaurant, so I’m wondering if he timed his question this way. I tell him my name and he asks me if I live around the area. At this point I’m mind-blown. There was nothing hinting at his sexuality, so I [heteronormatively] assumed that he was straight. I told him that I live only a few streets away from the restaurant and after a little bit of small-talk (and my asking him if I’d get a discount the next time I came to the restaurant and his responding that he’d work things out), he said “we’ll stay in touch.” I’m not sure if this was an invitation to ask for a phone number or Facebook add, but I (still a little surprised and infatuated), said “yeah, we should” and left. So you know those moments, when you know that you should have done something differently two seconds after a situation? That’s how I feel right now.

— 19 hours ago with 1 note
#me  #personal  #weekend  #thoughts  #waiter  #dinner  #flirting  #ugh  #why am i like this 
"I can be someone’s and still be my own."
Shel Silverstein (via onkh-m-maat)

(via ray-gee)

— 1 day ago with 117692 notes
#reblog  #quotes  #shel Silverstein 
5:36am New York nights! With special guest appearance from SF!

5:36am New York nights! With special guest appearance from SF!

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#NYC  #morning  #morning after  #daybreak  #me  #photos 
I’ve had this really bad habit of biting my nails since middle school. It’s especially bad when I stress, which happens often. I decided to try to kick a few bad habits this summer and to stop biting my nails, I wear rubber bands on my wrists that I’ll pull as a small negative reinforcement if I start biting my nails. It helps me be a little more conscious of each act of a bad habit. It’s been five weeks and I’m happy to say it’s worked really well! I ended up biting my index finger nail once during work, but otherwise, pretty good results.

I’ve had this really bad habit of biting my nails since middle school. It’s especially bad when I stress, which happens often. I decided to try to kick a few bad habits this summer and to stop biting my nails, I wear rubber bands on my wrists that I’ll pull as a small negative reinforcement if I start biting my nails. It helps me be a little more conscious of each act of a bad habit. It’s been five weeks and I’m happy to say it’s worked really well! I ended up biting my index finger nail once during work, but otherwise, pretty good results.

— 2 days ago with 1 note
#me  #success  #bad habits  #habits  #photos  #finger nails  #nails  #biting  #consciousliving 
It’s 12:13am. Our bot had some last-second bugs. We created a model of the expected value of each game state for this Vickrey auction game to create words with letters that we bought. At the end, a really shitty parsing error ended up bugging our system to death. 

Code is masochism. Somehow this really tense game of Jenga is more relaxing than coding after an entire day and night.

It’s 12:13am. Our bot had some last-second bugs. We created a model of the expected value of each game state for this Vickrey auction game to create words with letters that we bought. At the end, a really shitty parsing error ended up bugging our system to death.

Code is masochism. Somehow this really tense game of Jenga is more relaxing than coding after an entire day and night.

— 2 days ago with 2 notes
#me  #coding  #programming  #bot  #bugs  #hackathon 
Code is not as fun at 2:49am.

Code is not as fun at 2:49am.

— 2 days ago with 1 note
#me  #photos  #hackathon  #coding  #no sleep 
Are you wasting money on deodorant? The answer can be found in your ears →

Okay: gross but cool science: the gene that confers dry earwax also confers a variation of the sweat-carrying protein that doesn’t attract smell-creating bacteria, meaning that those of us with this gene variation don’t smell!

— 3 days ago with 2 notes
#science  #me  #links  #articles  #readings  #deodorant  #earwax  #dry earwax 
Let’s go 24-hour intern coding challenge! So excited to code up a Vickrey auction-bidding bot to compete against other bots. This can easily be the coolest thing that I do with CS

Let’s go 24-hour intern coding challenge! So excited to code up a Vickrey auction-bidding bot to compete against other bots. This can easily be the coolest thing that I do with CS

— 3 days ago with 1 note
#cs  #Vickrey  #auction  #bot  #coding  #challenge  #internship  #nyc  #me  #photos  #techie  #hackathon 
One of my biggest pet peeves is click-bait titles. Titles like “A guy posts a picture of a magazine to Tumblr. What happens next will restore your faith in humanity” are the worst when they pop up on my Facebook newsfeed. Now they’re popping up in real life :( when will the madness end

One of my biggest pet peeves is click-bait titles. Titles like “A guy posts a picture of a magazine to Tumblr. What happens next will restore your faith in humanity” are the worst when they pop up on my Facebook newsfeed. Now they’re popping up in real life :( when will the madness end

— 3 days ago
#clickbait  #title  #magazines  #me  #photos  #pet peeves 

It’s 10:22pm. I’m at the gym in the community center that I live at. Today was bleh working until 7:30pm but picked up after my boxing class and some pick-up volleyball here. I’m gonna sleep well tonight.

— 3 days ago with 1 note
#gym  #fitness  #boxing  #me  #sleep  #photos 
8:38pm. Walking to the subway from volleyball. 

Something about this city brings me back every time.

8:38pm. Walking to the subway from volleyball.

Something about this city brings me back every time.

— 4 days ago
#me  #photos  #nyc  #city 

7:14pm. Wednesday night volleyball.

— 5 days ago with 2 notes
#nyc  #me  #volleyball  #fitness  #photos  #sports