Random thoughts and stuff. Anything goes in here.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

animatedTabs Makes Distractions Fun

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,
Do you do a lot of work on your computer?

Do you use Google Chrome?

Do you like to do a bit of procrastinating?

Do you find GIFs fun?

If you answered yes to all the questions above, then I'm sure you would love animatedTabs. It is a Google Chrome extension that gives you a "new GIF on every tab."

Opening a Google Chrome tab will give you a random GIF extracted from Reddit. Most of them are hilarious! Some are really fascinating. I remember a lot of times I just stare at the GIF on that new tab and I totally forget what link I was trying to open.

It is quite a time waster. But, it keeps me sane while working. Who doesn't like a bit of fun distraction anyway? :)

If you would like to test it out, you can check animatedTabs on this link to the Chrome Web Store.

Here are some of the fun GIFs I've saved.

Go check it out. Have fun opening new tabs!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Do You Invest In Yourself?

Thursday, September 18, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,
When you hear about investments, what usually comes to mind? Money? Stocks? Business?

Well, they all certainly are investments. But, there is one investment I recently made that is quite different from them. It's an investment for myself. 

I just bought a new pair of eyeglasses.

In case you don't know, I have astigmatism. Only my doctor can explain what that really means and what that does to my eyes (LOL). All I know is I am nearsighted and I hate that slight blur with my vision.

I've been wearing glasses for around 5 years now. But, this is the first one to have a plastic frame. It's not your usual plastic frame though. It's really light at 6 grams and you can bend and stress it. Plus, it's quite fashionable compared to my old one. *wink*

This investment took quite a significant amount of my savings. But, I guess it's worth it.

My eyes are definitely important to me. I even got this one with multi-coated lenses to protect my eyes from the stress of looking at computer screens for 15 hours a day.

Bottom line, I am really happy with the investment I made for myself.

How about you? Do you invest in yourself?

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Google Community Summit Experience

Friday, September 12, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,

I was fortunate enough to represent GBG Cagayan de Oro during the Google Community Summit Asia 2014. It was held in Sri Lanka and it was absolutely an amazing experience.

It was my first time to attend a summit this huge. There are many stories and memories that I could share. But, I can summarize them into these three.

Connecting with other managers



The summit was attended by the GBG and GDG managers of Asia. There were also Google Developer Experts. Not only did I get to connect and know some of them, I also had a multi-cultural experience. It was amazing. Talking to these people with different cultures widened my knowledge of the world.

Empowered and inspired


The summit was filled with keynotes, conferences, discussions and brainstorming. There was an overflow of brilliant ideas and I was there consuming every bit of knowledge I could get. I definitely learned a lot of things and I am very excited to share them with our local business community here in Cagayan de Oro.

A mini vacation



Aside from attending the summit, we were able to take some sidetrips in Bangkok (Thailand) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). These sidetrips only lasted for a few hours. But, they were absolutely enough to make this whole experience worthwhile.

I would like to thank my community manager, Jon for giving me this opportunity to represent our community in an Asian Summit. In case you do not know, I am the co-manager of the Google Business Group here in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Also, props to Google for organizing events like this. It definitely empowers the awesome communities that they have already built.

This was definitely an experience I will never forget.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This Domain Name is 2 Years Old

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja ,

I just renewed my domain name subscription for another year.

I have been blogging since 2007. But, it was only in 2012 that I decided to get my own domain name. Thus, carloborja.com was born.

In case you'd like to know, Namecheap was my registrar of choice. It's affordable and pretty easy to setup. I never had any major problems since then.

This blog has always been a 'personal' blog. I never once thought of monetizing it or using it as a source of income.

I registered the domain name to have my own personal space on the Internet. This may be just a small space. But, these are my thoughts, observations, reviews and ideas. And, they're pretty important to me.

Today, I'm celebrating 2 years of that personal online space. Nothing will change. If you have been following this blog, continue to expect a glimpse of my own personal life and random thoughts.

If you do have comments and suggestions for this blog, please don't hesitate to put it in the comments section below. Or, you can email me directly.

Thank you! Cheers to more years of blogging.

Photo Credit: "Anwaar via Compfight cc

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Blessings In Disguise

Thursday, August 14, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja ,
At least at one point in our lives we all experienced bad things that turned out to be good in the end. These are what we call blessings in disguise.

We cannot really understand their importance and value right at the moment. But, if we connect the dots later on we will understand that everything just happened at the right place and the right time -- whether they were negative and positive ones.

I believe life is in itself the biggest blessing that we have and it is also in disguise.

Life does have a negative ring to most of us. Life is bad. Life sucks. It sucks to be alive. We barely get by through life.

You might be going through a very difficult situation right now. You are probably experiencing life at its worst. Don't worry. The disguise is temporary.

Believe me. It gets better and better every single day that you hold on and have hope.

Life is a blessing. Enjoy it.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Movie 'Lucy' And The Human Potential

Saturday, August 09, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja

I recently watched the movie Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.

It was a movie I did not anticipate nor expected a lot from. We just watched it on a usual Friday date night. Surprisingly, I found it really good.

My kind of movies are the ones that me think deep afterwards. Think Inception, The Fight Club or Shawshank Redemption. These movies either boggle my mind, reflect on life or just plainly leave a lasting impression that will in a way change my life.

The movie Lucy quite gave me that feeling afterwards.

Seeing how the story developed, it made me realize how great the human potential is. We are only using 10% of our brain. 90% of it is still unexplored.

With that 10%, we have already made huge discoveries and invented brilliant stuff. How much more if we raise that up even just for a bit?

The movie explores the possibilities of using the brain to its maximum potential. It's purely science fiction since obviously no one has ever gone to that yet. But, everything that could possibly happen is just mind boggling. It's even scary.

Whatever that unexplored stuff may bring, I think the important thing is to never stop learning.

There is so much stuff to learn and you haven't even reached your full potential yet.

Image Source: moviepilot.com

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's A Dangerous World Out There

Thursday, August 07, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja
Tonight was a series of unfortunate events.

My girlfriend experienced a serious headache. I had to accompany her to her house to make sure she gets home safe. She is definitely stressed out and needed that rest.

As I was about to go home, there was a commotion in the streets. A group of young rugged men were trying to catch a thief who stole something from a nearby warehouse. It was a dangerous and quite alarming scene.

On the way home, I witnessed a vehicular accident. Two motorcycles crashed head on. It was a serious accident. Both motorcycles were totaled and wrecked.

That's a lot of stuff to witness in one night. It made me think that it is really a dangerous world out there.

I just thank God I am home, though also stressed but safe.

Take care, everyone.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Protesters and Militant Groups

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Posted by Carlo Borja , , , ,
Today, July 28, 2014, President Noynoy Aquino gave his fifth state of the nation address to the Republic of the Philippines.

He outlined major improvements for the past 5 years of his administration and emotionally encouraged all the Filipino people to continue to fight for change and to elect leaders who support the same cause as his.

I am not the type of person who comments on any political activity or event. Politics is certainly the last thing I would really want to talk to about. But, one thing that really annoys me is the fact that we do not run out of protesters and militant groups in this country.

It's an old and dirty tradition that involves innocent children and people who would do anything for money.

I do not know how it goes with other countries. (I'm not into politics as I mentioned earlier). But, in the Philippines this seems to be a regular and exaggerated activity.

People go out there and express their opposition in the streets. They go loud, bold and get into some fighting.

I don't really get it.

While it's true and I understand that any leader cannot please everybody, why do we have to show our opposition this way?

Can we not do something that makes a positive difference? Why can they not volunteer for a good cause instead of focusing on all the faults and shortcomings of our government?

Based on what I hear on interviews, some of these people just felt that the government was not able to address their needs. Well, hello? There are officially 100 million Filipinos as of this writing. It's selfish to think that the government would immediately address each and every single one of your needs.

I guess I made my point already. It's just that as a leader myself, I know that it is quite hard to move forward when you have all these fault finders and unnecessary opposition.

Our current administration may not be perfect. But, for once maybe we could just give our all out support for every good cause they have out there.

If we can't do that, stop all the unnecessary protests. Create your own change. You are more likely to make a difference that way than shouting and fighting in the streets.

Image via thepinoyweekly.com