Category Archives: Owen talking

Youtube Updates

I’ve always found YouTube a difficult interface to use for anything but finding a specific video that I recall in my mind. They’ve tried in various ways to present content I’m interested in (my subscriptions), what they think I’m interested in (recommendations), and trending in different ways; and each interface ended up being ignored because it was too clunky / cumbersome / inaccurate etc.

The most recent round of updates have made it both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Complexities of emotion

After having a conversation with a friend tonight, I felt that something I said was worth keeping as a reminder. It sounds almost cynical (something I have been blamed for being countless times in the past), but it wasn’t my intention. Instead, I was agreeing and providing my observation as to why “love” is something complex at the simplest of times.

Friend:
as is life
love is deffo the hardest thing in life

Me:
It can be the most challenging, I agree. The difficulty is that time changes everything; the world around you, the people you are with, and most of all, you. And it doesn’t change just who you are, but your past too; you look back differently, consciously or not, and twist and warp your memories through nostalgia or hate, further creating differences between you today and you last year / five years ago / twenty years ago.

Combine this with the wonders that is the chemical unbalances of your body, and the corrupting effect control systems like money, religion, social status etc. can have and you have a massively dynamic environment – unpredictable by it’s nature , by which you are to conduct the wonderful emotion that is… love.

First weekend in Cardiff

After a nervous travel to Cardiff by car, I have stayed for the first time in Cardiff, with Yanna, in her flat by the bay.

Some mishaps have occurred (including having to drive back to the shop to buy the main part of our meals, breaking a part of Yannas furniture when loading it into the car, spilling my rice and korma onto the floor, and walking into an ajar door! – all in one day -.-), but it has been a nice weekend.

We are about to have Yannas special spaghetti, and Yanna is asking me what I want to watch…

“no idea” 😛