Garrett Chow on being a Designer


  • a real artist can make art with any tool, it’s not about the bike, it’s about you
  • artist’s that fear people will steal their art have a lot more learning and doing in front of them
  • genius is as rare as ever even with the plethora of tools available
  • good hearing the hardships to output art, analog/digital/limitations as it was a trip down memory lane when I had to cut a video on a 486 PC with 500MB hard drive and transfer digitally to VHS tape because DVD burners weren’t on the market yet. The gamechanger when one could buy a $600 CD burner even just to make mixtape CDs to share with friends and sell $15 bootleg mixtapes at the special events circa 1997.

FAQ Bulbs: Types, Lumens, Brightness, Color Temperatures explained

hanging tungsten light bulb, energy saving and LED bulb

Left to Right: Incandescent, CFL, LED
Still confused about bulbs? You’re not alone; I learned by making purchasing mistakes. Let me break it down:
HALOGEN: best light for quality output but use high energy and the bulb gets extremely hot. So hot that if you touch a bulb with your fingers, the oil will make the light bulb go bad, prematurely. However, even with these cons, the light quality is excellent, very bright and warm. Typically a clear glass cover, crisp appearance. However, they share durability with incandescents and for the price, are the worst value. Sometimes, if you want the best quality light then choose this. For example, I choose halogen in my desk lamp where I create and make money.
INCANDESCENT: classic traditional bulbs – the ones that burned out after 4 months of use – you shake them, and you can hear the loose filament pieces inside. They are 2700k in temperature, that means a warm tint. Mood lighting, a splash of yellow, aka “soft” white. They are still sold and typically in many wattages: 40w, 60w, 75w, 90w, 100w etc. Most of the time, 60w is the gold standard.
FLUORESCENT: Then came the spiral CFL’s aka compact fluorescent, they were innovative about the time I was living and working in China 2001-03. All the restaurants and cafe’s used them, the schools, the rooms. First thing I did when I moved into teacher housing, I immediately changed out all my bulbs to regular incandescents or halogens. CFLs are odd in shape, not bright, 5000k+ in temperature, very blue or green tint, and cold feeling. More on bright later. I immediately disliked CFLs because in the winter when it was 32 degrees, the cold light made the freezing cold even less bearable. The CFL’s flicker – that’s how they save energy – you can see the flicker if your eyes tell you something is wrong like squinting or feeling annoyed under CFL’s. A poor choice when used for lighting during studying, reading, or any long term occupation. What’s worse is that CFLs are actually not as durable as they’re marketed, contain toxic mercury thus are not trash disposable, and they take a minute to get to full brightness. That means CFLs are also a poor choice for bathrooms where you turn on/off often. Their saving grace is usage in high bay lighting or in situations like warehouses and showrooms if you leave lights on all day.
LED: Breathe. Finally. LEDs were originally low brightness but lowest energy use which made them appealing. I’ve bought them since a single bulb was $20 and had the output of a 25w incandescent. They were a novelty. With time and acceptance, LEDs have innovated and really come to fruition since 2014-15 when bulbs hit $3 each. LEDs do last many years (haven’t tested the 25,000 hours lifespan yet). Great choice for places that you never want to return to like hard to reach spots. With regards to its achilles heel, the brightness finally hit 800 lumens and more, equal to a 60w incandescent bulb. If you can find 100w equivalent, you’re looking at over 1000 lumens.
TEMPERATURE: 2000k yellow to 7000k blue. This chart breaks it down well:
Color Chart for Bulbs
BRIGHTNESS: Not color temperature. Brightness is light output measured in lumens. I learned about lumens from shopping experience for bike lights, specifically for riding mountain trails at night. They’re self-contained flashlight torches that mount to the helmet or handlebar and have over 700 lumens. The more lumens, the more the trail is illuminated, the farther you can see, the faster you can ride in the darkness of the night – a real-life must-experience method of learning brightness. 800 lumens is a 60 watt incandescent equivalent – and LEDs use 10w of power or 1/6 the energy of an incandescent. Powerful efficiency. When I buy LEDs, I look for lumens after color temperature. I aim for 2700k-3000k temperature, nothing higher. Any higher, like 5000k or 7000k, you will have that cold/green/blue tint of CFLs.
ULTIMATE CHOICE: you want a 2700K-3000K temperature and 800+ lumen LED bulb for around $3-5 each.
Now, don’t get me started on mix and matching different color temperatures in the same room. Pet peeve. Hurts. My. Eyes.

The System is Not Meant To Be Solved

Took me over three decades to figure this out. If what I’m saying is too simple or too deep, don’t worry – with enough life experience, you’ll understand one day, well, hopefully: The “system” is not meant to be solved. Ask anyone working or making decisions in these systems: politics, education, food, health care, immigration, law enforcement, et al. The system, created by humans not much smarter than you or me, is flawed so people have the opportunity to fix it. Nothing is easier to prove that something human has imperfections. It’s amazing how many people are devoted to that very task. If the system is solved, why do we need you? – Wilson Tai @racingmix

Never Trump


Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. Trump is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.

And I’m not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance. And not because I particularly enjoy the conservative agenda. Government should reflect the people. We are about 40 percent conservative and 40 percent liberal. When I was growing up and when I was a younger man, liberals and conservatives were friends with differences. They weren’t enemies. And it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time.

Trump is not that. He’s an insane bigot. He is dangerous.

He already said he would expand libel laws to sue anyone who “writes a negative hit piece” about him. He says “I would open up the libel laws so we can sue them and win lots of money. Not like now. These guys are totally protected.” He said that. He has promised to decimate the first amendment. (If you think he’s going to keep the second amendment intact you’re delusional.) And he said that Paul Ryan, speaker of the house will “pay” for criticizing him. So I’m saying this now because if he gets in there we won’t be able to criticize him anymore.

Please pick someone else. Like John Kasich. I mean that guy seems okay. I don’t like any of them myself but if you’re that kind of voter please go for a guy like that. It feels like between him and either democrat we’d have a decent choice. It feels like a healthier choice. We shouldn’t have to vote for someone because they’re not a shocking cunt billionaire liar. We should choose based on what direction the country should go.

I get that all these people sound like bullshit soft criminal opportunists. The whole game feels rigged and it’s not going anywhere but down. And that voting for Trump is a way of saying “fuck it. Fuck them all”. I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy.

If you are a true conservative. Don’t vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him. Everything you have heard him say that you liked, if you look hard enough you will see that he one day said the exact opposite. He is playing you.

In fact, if you do vote for Trump, at least look at him very carefully first. You owe that to the rest of us. Know and understand who he is. Spend one hour on google and just read it all. I don’t mean listen to me or listen to liberals who put him down. Listen to your own people. John Mccain said about Trump. “At a time when our world has never been more complex or more in danger… I want Republican voters to pay close attention to what our party’s most respected and knowledgeable leaders and national security experts are saying about Mr. Trump, and to think long and hard about who they want to be our next Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.”

Trump’s reply to what McCain said was, “Oh, he did? Well, that’s not nice. He has to be very careful. He’ll find out.”

Do you really want a guy to be president who threatens John McCain? Because John McCain cautiously and intelligently asked for people to be thoughtful before voting for him? He didn’t even insult Trump. He just asked you to take a good look. And Trump told him to look out.

Remember that Trump entered this race by saying that McCain is not a war hero. A guy who was shot down, body broken and kept in a POW camp for years. Trump said “I prefer the guys who don’t get caught.” Why did he say that? Not because he meant it or because it was important to say. He said it because he’s a bully and every bully knows that when you enter a new school yard, you go to the toughest most respected guy on the yard and you punch him in the nose. If you are still standing after, you’re the new boss. If Trump is president, he’s not going to change. He’s not going to do anything for you. He’s going to do everything for himself and leave you in the dust.

So please listen to fellow conservatives. But more importantly, listen to Trump. Listen to all of it. Everything he says. If you liked when he said that “torture works” then go look at where he took it back the next day. He’s a fucking liar.
A vote for Trump is so clearly a gut-vote, and again I get it. But add a little brain to it and look the guy up. Because if you vote for him because of how you feel right now, the minute he’s president, you’re going to regret it. You’re going to regret it even more when he gives the job to his son. Because American democracy is broken enough that a guy like that could really fuck things up. That’s how Hitler got there. He was voted into power by a fatigued nation and when he got inside, he did all his Hitler things and no one could stop him.

Again, I’m not saying vote democrat or vote for anyone else. If Hilary ends up president it should be because she faced the best person you have and you and I both chose her or him or whoever. Trump is not your best. He’s the worst of all of us. He’s a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don’t vote for your own cancer. You’re better than that.

That’s just my view. At least right now. I know I’m not qualified or particularly educated and I’m not right instead of you. I’m an idiot and I’m sure a bunch of you are very annoyed by this. Fucking celebrity with an opinion. I swear this isn’t really a political opinion. You don’t want to know my political opinions. I know that I’m only bringing myself trouble with this shit. Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself. And really I don’t mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much. And really I’m not saying he’s evil or a monster. In fact I don’t think Hitler was. The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don’t see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is. Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he’ll never stop trying. He’s sick.

Which makes him really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He’s not a monster. He’s a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him.

Louis C.K., American Comedian, Actor, Director, age 48 (born 1967).

Source: The Daily Beast, Fortune, Mashable, The New York Times


My whole life really has been a ‘no’ and I fought through it. It has not been easy for me.  I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.

– Donald Trump, on facing life hardships, October 2015.

Adjusted today, that “small” loan would be nearly $7,000,000 given to Donald Trump, from his self-made father’s $200M fortune. Reminds me of the affluenza saying, “We’d rather respect the guilty and wealthy than the innocent and poor.”


Oprah Winfrey interviewed Donald Trump twenty eight years ago (aired 1988) and watching it today reveals Trump sounds like a broken record: same problems face America today. Replace “China” with “Japan.” Trump didn’t have the answers then, he clearly doesn’t have the answers now.


#NeverTrump update: the 71-year old grandma that joined Twitter just to say, “Never Trump.”