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A Most Tiring Week


I felt tired every day this week.  I’m normally very upbeat and it doesn’t take all that much to get me excited about something new.  This entire week felt like a black and white movie… pretty boring.  The highlight was finishing gotham… yes it was a bad week.  And I’m not really sure why.  I found a kitten… well a dog, cat, and kitten but the kitten stayed.  I’ve even stopped learning code… and graphic design.  Sales… I still don’t understand how to do it to the level I need to.  It’s a grind.  A few months from now I’ll look back and realized this is what I needed… but right now I’m not the fondest.

On a brighter note, this weekend will be fun.  I have friends coming in and I have a pre release to go to.  I have Friday… today to make sure I buy food and do laundry.  The rest of the weekend is completely accounted for.


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Not Every Day is Productive


It happens.  I got up early for a Skype conference.  And then an unexpected dinner.  I could still crunch some code… if I didn’t try to finish Gotham on NetFlix.  I will watch anything with Batman, no matter how poorly written the script is.  Gotham is not the worst.  I started apartment hunting since I’ve decided to move closer into the city.  My only requirement… as apartments go…. is a space for a library.  That’s why I enjoy living in a house so much.  There’s plenty of space.  I own a beautiful library close to 1500 books.  And lots of figures and toys.  Which is my second library.  I have a storage unit and I don’t go over my collection often… but it’s nice to know it’s there.  It’s 2:09am and I’m ready to head off to bed.  I was incredibly tired today.  Not bored… just tired.  Probably the food… I’ve been bingeing on fast food… If I eat fast food back to back to back to back to back meals… I begin to feel sick.


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Wake Up at 6am to Skype Russia


You might not think that’s a big deal… but I go to sleep around 3am… Right now it’s 2:13am… but I have to finish learning a few things and of course this blog.  I’m trying my best not to forget to blog daily… which means I blog right now.  I’m not a morning person.  I bet that’s surprising.  In college I forced myself to have a normal sleep pattern.  This only resulted in extremely unproductive mornings.  Cat videos… that’s what I do when I wake up earlier than I should.  I am excited to Skype with a marketing team in Russia. I’m training them… sort of pro bono but with upside.  The upside is interesting and something I really wanted.  Life has been busy and I’ve largely ignored my friends this month…. which is okay… since I’ll see a lot of them this weekend.  I can justify ignoring them… because I knew I would spend this entire weekend hangout with them.  It’s fair.


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It’s Always So Late…


I don’t understand where the time goes.  It was a semi-productive weekend.  I spent a bit more money on useless things than I should have.  I’ve picked up a nasty tendency to buy things I can’t use.  Good food is one thing… but some of the things I purchase… I don’t think are useful to anyone.  Part of being bored I guess.  This weekend was supposed to allow me to reset and think… but as usual when I task myself with producing numerous videos… it’s pretty much an entire day dedicated to making videos.. and waiting for them to upload.  And now football… I love watching football… so that takes the other day.   And I read… so weekends are rather fulfilling.  I’ll be just fine.


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I Have Large Tiger Fangs


Yes… I’m still trying to SEO this keyword.  The fact I can do 5 blogs at 3am at night is impressive… even to me.  It would be better if I could do them on separate days… but hey… I like this a lot too.  I’ll share a secret with you… I’m not afraid of anything.  I watch a lot of “scary” movies…. and I’m so immune to them… that it’s starting to affect real life too.  I’ve always been this way.  I remember watching the Blair Witch Project and thinking omg… these camera angles are awful.  I grew up a diet of scary movies…. I’m also not scared of people.  I’m a lawyer… many of my friends are lawyers.  My dad is a lawyer… many of our family friends are lawyers.  I guess.. being around so many lawyers all my life has conditioned me to be brave.  but… truth be told… something else gave me my tiger fangs… and it’s not what you expect.


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Life Goals are Simple & Clean


My life goals are simple and clean.  I want to be the absolute best at whatever I do.  I’m only a fan of comparing myself when I want to learn something new.  Essentially, if I’m disinterested… I won’t compare myself… therefore I won’t drive myself to learn that skill.  I’ve done some pretty interesting things already… professionally at least.  I view life as an adventure and an educational system.  It’s sort of funny… I did pre-med, law, accounting, business, and now marketing in a relatively short span of time.  It’s why startup life is the perfect fit for me.  It’s all of these things combined (minus the pre-med).

If I had to narrow down and pick one goal it would be to stay hungry.  Right now I’m famished.  Staying hungry means essentially go after what you want.  Yes, some people will get jealous… but at in the end it’s my goals.


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Things to Do this Weekend


I like making lists.  They comfort me immensely when I feel unproductive.  Here’s the list of things I need to do this weekend.

  • Exercise at least twice
  • Clean pretty much the entire house
  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Floors
  • Bills
  • Design T-Shirts
  • Design Posters
  • Design Business Cards


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I Love Competition a Little Too Much


Weird blog topic but it is 2:24 at night and I to be honest when I blog.  I love competition.  It’s something I grew up enjoying.  Sometimes it comes off as aggression, but really it’s a desire to learn.  If you have a skill I think is valuable, I want to learn it.  For non-competitive people it sometimes comes off as rude.  But as I’ve told my co-workers all the time, it’s only the desire to push myself to become better.  I tell the social media story often.  The social media manager told me I would never have as many twitter followers… well I have many more.  The same for any social media.  Today everything can be quantified…. or at least most things.  Artwork can be given a price in auction and Wikipedia can report the sale.  If even artwork can be quantified then something like social media, ppc, seo, and marketing in general certainly can.


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Doing Nothing Is Fun


It was a long week.  I learned a lot.  Which is always good.  But it was exhausting. And I have a long list of things I need to do…. however, tonight I just sat at home and watched pawn stores and scary movies on netflix.  In short, it’s one of those nights.  The good news is I’m not sleepy.  The bad news is I have to shower, snack, and do a bunch of errands before I head off to bed.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make a bunch of videos tomorrow and edit them as well.

Doing nothing is sort of nice.  Time goes by pretty fast.  I almost started a new civilization game… but thought better of it.  I’m trying to finish pokemon conquest right now.  I’m almost done.  Two more stages before the “ultimate” stage.


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People Throw Rocks at Things that Shine


Listening to Taylor Swift at 1am… is sort of becoming a tradition.  At the very least I’m going to finish blog 4 tonight.  I don’t think creating 5 study guides: SEO, PPC, Social Media, YouTube, and Content.. .is such a good idea on the ipad.  I’ll revert back to binding on coding.  Or maybe I should create the study guides as a challenge.  I miss having a fully charged macbook.  In hindsight I should have just gone to best buy or an apple store to buy a new charger.  Having two chargers is probably a good idea anyways.  But I hate spending extra money.  Although going without a laptop is unbearable.  An Ipad is nice… but it doesn’t have any of the features I use… like video editing… plus the entire interface with auto-correct is so weird.


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Learning Javascript is Fun


Since I didn’t have my laptop this weekend… ick.  I downloaded the teamtreehouse app and binged on javascript.  I get the basics now.  It’s interesting.  I’m sure I can pick up on it fast. That’s my greatest strength is I learn extremely fast.  It’s not because I’m super smart.  It’s because I’m willing to put in more hours.  I love Will Smith’s quote in Pursuit of Happiness… if we both get on this trend mill two things are going to happen… either you will get off before me or I will die on this trend mill.  One of my favorite movies.  I grew up in Philly, so I had to watch every Will Smith movie.  But that’s my favorite.


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High School Reunion is Soonish


I had a pretty good high school experience.  It wasn’t as fun as college or law school.  But there are things I miss.  And for sure people I miss talking to.  I’ve kept in touch with a few friends.  Not many.  But enough to be interested in seeing them later in life.  As I grow older I look at high school fondly.  I wasn’t popular in high school, but that was okay.  I became immensely popular in college; that was a shock.  However, I prefer not being popular.  I was such a book worm in high school.  I used to read sooo much manga.  And my final project was creating my own manga which of course I drew the illustrations too.  It was far better not being popular… people leave you alone and you get to do what you wanted.


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I Left my Laptop Charger at Work


This weekend has been fascinating.  Mainly because I went without a laptop…  There was so much to do this weekend… and I only had my ipad.. which luckily I brought a keyboard for.  At least I had that.  My ipad is in Chinese by the way.  Mainly because I use it for video games. I’m addicted to a Korean basketball game.  I still play with my roommates from NYU.  Gosh… and the Korean racing car game where you drift.  Like Mario cart but better.  I miss going to Korean town with my roommates.  The food is so good and they are open incredibly late.  Sometimes I think about visiting, but there’s so much going on right now… It’s hard for me to even imagine going to my high school reunion… because I’m so swamped.  READ MORE

Perfect PPC Account Structure & Patents


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It’s 2:45am CST. I’m an owl. I’m writing this “piece” as a break from more urgent responsibilities. Having worked with several PPC managers, I’ve learned personality affects account structure. To make an overly broad generalization, unorganized managers create messy structures; meticulous managers create organized structures; lazy managers don’t log in (luckily there is “change history”); inexperienced managers create too many ad groups in the hopes that something works; overly confident managers create too few ad groups since they are mired in pass successes.


How I Deal with A Terrible Day?

Some days in start up life are tougher than others.  I work up at 5am today to drive to an Acura dealership to get my car checked out.  Well… it took from 7:20am until 6pm for them to tell me my compressor wasn’t working… and they need 1100 dollars.  Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen.  Roll down windows it is for a while.  One of the things I’m learning is how to budget my own life better.  Which is weird, since I create proposals and budgets for companies all the  time.  However, when it comes to my own budget, not so much.


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Sundays are Lackadaisical


I got all my videos shot and uploaded for the week.  Or at least a lot of them.  There’s till plenty of things I need to do.  Clean the home being the foremost.  But I brought food, did laundry, went out to eat the family, etc.  It was an incredibly productive Saturday and a semi-productive Sunday.  I’m saving Monday to make new study guides and outlines for ppc.

Oh I remember.  I spent today finishing up a lot of errands.  I’ll probably post another blog today since tomorrow will be lock down code mode.  I’m looking forward to having an entire day dedicated to learning things and sales as well.


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A Unique Skill Set


I love collecting random skills.  It’s an interesting hobby.  The skills I worked on in 2015 include coding, sales, ppc, seo, and videography.  I guess analytics too… but I’ve always been good at that.  I need to work on coding/sales but the other bunch I’m content with their progress.  I’m always in search of other new skills.

In college I learned how to present in front of a large audience.  I was shy in high school… but in college and law school, I got to make speeches in front of hundreds and thousands of people.  Talk about a confidence boost.  Although, I haven’t perfected it… but I’m trying.


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Social Media Goals


At my old agency they never executed a project…. instead they spent a lot of time trying to make it perfect.  Here’s a hint… things aren’t perfect in real life.  And they don’t have to be.  It’s better to execute a semi-workable marketing campaign than nothing at all.  And that brings me to social media.  I’ve worked with several people whose job titles were social media or something like that.  In fact the reason I have my social media is because a “social media expert” told me I would never have as many followers as she does.  Well… I took that as a challenge and within 1 month had 4X the amount she did.  I now have more than 10X on that social platform than she does.  And I’ve long stopped caring about that social media platform.  On to the next one.


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Things to Get Done Labor Day Weekend


I decided to make a to do list for this weekend.  Since making a to do list is like doing it… right?  At the very least, making a list of things I’d like to accomplish helps organize the order and encourages me to do them… such as blogs.  Today, I’ll work on blogs and some coding.  It’s nice to have Monday off.  This weekend is more hectic than a regular weekend due to family and personal issues.  Oh and designing posters… since that’s up there in importance.  Time is never on your side… likely a nickleback lyric. I can’t believe I used to listen to them.  Such a long time ago.  In high school they were extremely popular.  I’ll spend some time on iTunes perusing for new study soundtracks.   Lastly, I need a haircut and new clothing.  And some anime stuff.  You can never have enough anime stuff.  As long as I stay off netflix and video games from this point on I should be okay in terms of time.



Life has been a Whirlwind


I have so much to do… and I sort of forgot to blog.  I’m going to catch up this weekend.  Life has been a Whirlwind of personal ordeals and startup life.  I had to take care of some personal matters this week and it’s been emotionally exhausting.  I rarely get tired from work, but my emotional resilience is much less.  I’m going to need some time to reset.  Probably alone.

Work has been fun.  Stressful but entertaining.  I’m learning sales.  Along with javascript and SEO, sales is important skill I hope to obtain sometime soon. If only I had more time.  haha.  I’m still getting used to the whole software managing thing.  It’s not as easy as it sounds.


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Finished Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain


It was a long game but the ending was amazing.  I love how games I played as a child are still being produced.  I’m okay with new version of old games.  It’s nostalgia when you see an old character like revolver ocelot…  Not my favorite character but a nice throwback nonetheless.

I’m excited for Final Fantasy 7.  That game helped define my childhood in terms of being interested in fantasy worlds.  The story telling in video games has come a long way since then… although it was excellent then as well.  I can’t wait to play the reboot.  I’m sure there were technical limitations that restricted how the story was told then.  READ MORE

I’m an Owl or a Night Wolf

December 28, 2014 5:55AM

Why am I so efficient when grinding late nights into early mornings? My study/work habits have remained largely the same. I blame this on my college days. New York City was a fun place to study and learn. However, there was always some event to go to. Being pre-med in college meant regretting every night not in the library. I was forced into a serpentine cycle of going out and needing to go the library to cram. I would go out because I needed a break from cramming in the library. And I would be at the library because I was going out so much. It was a beautifully disastrous schedule. I graduated the intensive program with honors. So it worked.

In law school, it was more of the same. I worked my ass off in non-curricular activities. Since law school was much smaller 600ish vs. 20,000ish I could become a leader. Something I learned to covet when I was a teaching assistant. I decided it was a good idea to be President of a fraternity, IP Club, and on the board of two journals. These were massive time consuming endeavors. But they paled in comparison to being engaged through law school to a fiancee who didn’t own a car and wanted to eat at fancy restaurants every day. I guess, in law school, I learned how to optimize cramming.

Somehow, I developed extremely potent cramming abilities which I’m grateful I have. Life has less cramming now. But it’s nice to spend an entire night just grinding at work which makes more work. The best part of the vacation (a lovely cruise to Mexico) is working on PPC things while watching Adult Swim until the sun breaks.

Late Night Holiday Anime Binge

December 28, 2014 1:55AM

My holiday is nearly over. One more day left at sea. I’ve been in vacation mode for a week; Mexico with the family on a cruise. It seems like forever since I’ve been home. I sort of kind of miss it. Which is weird considering this is only a 5 day cruise. Last year I went on a 14 day cruise to Hawaii, but I had internet the majority of the time. 5 days without internet is insane.

I’m trying to salvage the last 24 hours of the cruise through a late night grind. I have a lot to do. It helps the coffee station is so close. I’m on my third cup. It also helps that Cartoon Network (Adult Swim) is running the entire Evangelion Series (I’ve been watching since 1.1.1 and now it is 2.2.2). I grew up with the series. That and Pokemon of course!!!

I’m pretty weird. Watching an anime series I’ve already seen makes for an incredibly productive night. It’s like having a study partner. I was extremely lucky in college and law school to find study partners who were like me: crazy. Honestly, I miss the late night sushi runs and WAWA trips in between Immunology and Corporation. There’s something about working when most people are sleeping that is super alluring to me.

And when they play my favorite anime series…. well that means an incredibly productive night.


I’m Going to Become a Developer


I’ve committed.  The next step is to unlock my teamtreehouse account.  23,000 points… haha.  It was a lot of learning.  I like their platform.  It’s elegant and encourages aggressive learning.  Sort of like law school.. but without the final counting for your entire grade.  I love it.  And I love coding.  When properly motivated I can pick up a skill set rather quickly.  At this junction I’m fully motivated.  I’m glad… I have most fun when I’m competing.  The stronger the rival the better.  I’m one of those people at the gym who “ghost compete.”  I can learn other ways.  But competition is what truly motivates me.  And being told I’m not as good as someone….


Chinatown and Late Nights


Houston doesn’t really have a Chinatown.  When I think Chinatown I think New York City.  Man I miss the food.  I loved the duck and the random alley stores.  And of course there is flushing which is more akin to a China county.  I had dim sum today.  It was really good.  I miss Saturday labs into Chinatown with David, Usman, Jimmy, and a bunch of other pre-med nerds.  The food was fantastic by the way…. But the walking… I don’t miss that.  Although I’m sure I was much healthier because of it.


I Missed a Few Blogs


Not too many, but enough to feel a bit guilty.  Life has been an interesting nightmare.  It’s hard to explain, but my current workload is heavy…. which is both a good and bad.  I hope to catch up.  Let’s see.  This week has been various levels of drama.  Most of it relating to family issues.  Family is complicated.  Mine isn’t that different.  Family stress is the worst type in my opinion.  I deal surprisingly well with work stress.  And well with friend related stress.  Family stress is on another level.  It’s one of the only things that can emotionally drain me.