Beautiful with Time

Two passengers on the bus.

Both women.

One was clearly younger than the other. I could tell from their skin.

The younger one appeared in her twenties. Smooth, clear skin with just a light touch of make-up. She would easily be considered pretty, if not beautiful.

The other woman was much, much older. Hair dyed brown but not quite covering all that silver-grey. Her skin tanned and wrinkled. Was she considered pretty or beautiful when younger?

And it occurred to me:

Some people might be born beautiful or handsome. Those who are not can always achieve some measure of beauty through cosmetics and science. But no matter what, the passing of time ultimately robs skin and muscle of the potential to appear beautiful.

Our minds are a different matter though.

The possibility always exists that minds will become more beautiful with age.


Remixed! Twilight (2008)

Nice of Mongobear to drop me an email, letting me know that he used this sample (from Twilight 2008) in his performance poetry piece.

ccMixter - Emily's Legacy

Mongo intends to feature that piece at the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel podcast (in Feb 09).

He’s been working on that project for over three years. They will reach their 500th show soon, and have well over two million downloads during those three years.


And interestingly, Mongo has worked in libraries before and says he likes to keep an eye on information management issues.

You can also find their feed by searching for “poetry” in iTunes. Mongo says they are usually number two or three in the podcasting section (IndieFeed Performance Poetry).

Pretty amazing poets featured. They perform their works with passion (some read aloud, some sing).

Reinstalling Mac OS X

Have been using my Mac for almost 2 years now, straight from the box. Somehow I perceive more “spinning beachballs” each time I start my Mac. Decided to try a reinstall (I’m not sure if it’ll improve things but since I’ve never done a reinstall before, might as well learn how).


  1. Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc and double-click the Install Mac OS X icon.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions. In the panel where you select the destination disk, select your current Mac OS X disk (in most cases, it will be the only one available).
  3. Click Options. If you want to save your existing files, users, and network settings, select “Archive and Install,” then select “Preserve Users and Network Settings.” If you want to erase everything on your computer and reinstall Mac OS X, select “Erase and Install.” You can’t recover erased data.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Click Customize to select which parts of Mac OS X you’d like to install, or click Install to perform a basic installation (recommended).

[Screenshot from Mac Help]

And from “How to back up and restore your files“:

Regardless of which method(s) you choose, you should store at least one copy of your backup outside the computer to guard against common risks such as theft or power issues, including lightning. You may also wish to store a copy of important data at a second site to guard against property destruction, such as fire and natural disasters.

OK, I bought an external drive and copied all the important files. For some “ultra-important” files (like my GarageBand songs!) I’ve even burned to a DVD.

Links to plug-ins and apps (to download first, so that they can be reinstallation right away):

Related How To guides:

Poem: Sameness

I fear
I dread
That everyday will be the same.

So I escape
Into anything
And everything that makes me unafraid:

Dreams —
If only for the moment.

I need
I crave
For someone to talk to

But fear
Is that awkward glue
That seals my mouth into silence.

So I escape
Into everything
That is the same.

Ivan Chew
Jan 2009

Drafted this back in 2006 and only rediscovered it as I was clearing out my harddisk today. Decided to clean up and tighten a few lines and posted it. Not perfect. I feel there’s something not quite smooth to the flow. Ah well.

The poem was inspired by The Reflective Teacher, from this para near the end:

“So I’ll start off the whole shebang with a statment like: Every day is the same. And let the student create the rest of the writing.”

The moment I read “Everyday is the same”, I started to pen down the words. You can say it’s a fictitious piece inspired by real-life elements.

New song: “Stroke Of Midnight (2009)”

A mash-up with Adrian Loo, titled “Stroke Of Midnight (2009)”. Our first Starfish Stories song for the year:

The Band

Details here.