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Date: Saturday, 16 Jan 2010 16:50


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Date: Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 12:48


Video of my presentation in Jeddah Geeks 2nd Meetup regarding forms and usability.

Slides can be found here.

Photos here.

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Date: Monday, 28 Dec 2009 12:56

I’m now a believer.

I used to read a lot about the power of UI prototypes in accurately modeling the user’s expectations and mental models of how they envision the system.

It was all good talk on paper.

AxureBut it wasn’t until I did one myself at work. A very basic dynamic form prototype using the amazing and easy-to-use software Axure. The software let’s you design not only the form, but the actual interactions using easy tools which can later be exported to actual and dynamic HTML pages!

I took this prototype to the end-user for first time review. I was amazed by how this simple prototype uncovered so many hidden user’s expectations and desires. I incorporated the feedback I got from them into the design to come out with second iteration, this time with little more details and user interactions (higher fidelity).

Again, the second iteration was amazing in uncovering even more requirements that we otherwise would only discover at a much later stage, probably during testing and training. What a nightmare that would have been!

The point is:

The early prototypes and review sessions have so far helped us tremendously that I don’t think I will ever go through UI design process without doing a number of iterations on prototypes that user can see and improve, way before development kicks off. The savings you receive from these are far more than you can imagine. And it does pay off, I swear it does!

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Date: Thursday, 10 Dec 2009 23:27
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Such an amazing site. From a usability point of view, you can study this site and find tremendous examples of good UI and interaction design. Very well done!

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Date: Thursday, 10 Dec 2009 20:32


I just spent about 2 hours learning and using Yahoo! Pipes to merge all my web identities in one single feed. That’s how geeky I am!

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Date: Friday, 04 Jan 2008 15:54

Welcome to the latest incarnation of Alaeddin’s Blog!

It’s been almost a week since I took the old site down and started working on it. Since this is a major redesign of the old version, taking it down was necessary to maintain consistency between my local and remote version, so I apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.

This is a snapshot of the old version, which suffered from many problems:

alaeddin_blog_v2

I’ve worked hard on designing this new new version. I spent a couple of days picking out a nice-looking theme from the hundreds of available WordPress themes out there. Then I spent about a week tweaking the theme’s guts until I got something out of it that lives up to my standards and everything I’ve learned about blogging, SEO and web usability so far.

In short, I’ve focused on few key points when tweaking this theme:

  1. Clear, simple and contextual navigation.
  2. Separation of different topics since my blog is quite diverse in nature.
  3. Bringing the content forth and make it easy to read and scan.
  4. Increase the stickiness of the blog (see point 1) and make it easy to subscribe.
  5. Increase the loading speed of the pages.

It’s really been a wonderful (although a bit tiring) experience to unleash the developer in me and let him work out some PHP, XHTML, and CSS magic. Of course, let’s not forget WordPress, the greatest open-source blogging platform ever made.

Having said that, I’m dying now to find out what you guys have to say about my new (vs. old) blog design. Don’t hesitate to be constructively critical, I’ve been known to be one so I naturally expect it from other people. It may also help to know this is still a work in progress so I’m not really emotionally attached to it (OK, maybe just a little bit).

Looking forward to your comments and feedback.

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Date: Tuesday, 01 Jan 2008 12:38

This tip is part of an automation series I’m running to showcase 24 of my most useful computer automation tips.

In the first post of this series, I’ve talked about how you can find and access any file in a split second using Google Desktop. While Google Desktop can also be used as an application launcher, it doesn’t do a very good job at that.

If you’re unfamiliar with what an application launcher is, here is a short description:

Application Launcher is a fancy term for a simple tool - a piece of software that stays in the background and, when you type a given key combination, gets up and helps you find the right application, file or action you want to execute. Instead of moving your mouse around, aiming and clicking at things, you just type a shortcut (usually Ctrl+Space), start typing the name of the program you want to execute and hit Enter. Simple and fast, and takes a tenth of the time you’d have needed to search the shortcut with your mouse.

Now if you’re wondering whether the title of this post is somewhat exaggerated, then let me break it down for you:

I did my homework: I’ve surveyed most of the popular Windows application launchers, including my all-time favorite one, ENSO. It turns out that the application launcher I’m presenting today requires by the far the least amount of keystrokes to do the job. Why? Simply because it doesn’t require you to type any shortcut (like the Ctrl+Space mentioned above) before you start typing the name of the application you want to launch. So let’s see how that’s possible.

Automation tip #2: Quickly launch your favorite applications and websites using Direct Access
Level: Intermediate
Approximate time saving: 8+ seconds per application or website
Tools required: Direct Access

Setup

  1. Download and install Direct Access (works on Windows XP and Vista, requires .NET Framework 2.0)
  2. The default application screen will look something like this:
    Nagarsoft_Direct_Access
  3. For this example, I’m going to show you how to launch Internet Explorer. Assuming you’re running Windows Vista (this also works on XP), find Internet Explorer shortcut in the Start Menu. Right click on the shortcut and select: Add a New Abbreviation to Direct Access.
    Direct_Access_Abbreviation
  4. You will now get the Add New Command screen. Direct Access has already filled some of the details for you and all you have to do is type an abbreviation that sounds natural to you for the application you want to launch (in this case, Internet Explorer). I’ve chosen simply ‘ie‘. Click Save when done.Direct_Access_Add_Command_IE

Usage

  1. Once you’ve set up your abbreviation for any applicaiton you commonly use, you can type that abbreviation from anywhere, anytime (literally speaking!) to launch the application.Suppose you’re working on a Word document, and you had to Google something, the fastest way now to launch Internet Explorer is to simply type ‘ie’ in your Word document or wherever you are. Here is what you will get:
    Using_Direct_Access_In_Word
  2. That red square is a little unobtrusive hint that says if you meant to launch Internet Explorer, then would you please just hit the Shift key. When you do that, Direct Access will remove the ‘ie’ abbreviation you typed and .. wait for it ..launch Internet Explorer :)

Tips

  1. If you happen to choose one freakishly odd abbreviation that you wouldn’t normally type anywhere, you can launch your application even faster by telling Direct Access to ignore the confirmation pop up (that red square). To do that, simply uncheck Confirm in the Add New Command dialog (see the screen shot above). Now anytime you type that abbreviation, your application will automatically launch without bothering you to confirm with the Shift key (which by the way is configurable).
  2. To add a command to launch your favorite website, copy the website address from the location bar in your browser and add it to Direct Access by clicking New Command > Open Website on the toolbar:
    Direct_Access_New_Website_Command
    Paste the address of the website in the address field and type any abbreviation you would like to use for this website:
    Direct_Access_New_Website_Command_Facebook
    Click Save. That’s all. Now you can use type the word ‘face‘, as in the example above, anywhere and anytime followed by Shift to access Facebook.
  3. By now, you’ve probably seen something new in your desktop: an orange ball setting on the bottom right:
    Direct_Access_Hub
    Play with this ball for a while. Try right clicking on it and see what options you get (hint: anything you drag to this magic ball can be magically turned into a wicked command!)

Side Notes

  1. The power of Direct Access doesn’t stop here. As a matter of fact, I’ll be using it to demonstrate another automation tip in the coming days. So stay tuned!
  2. There’s a hefty price tag on Direct Access: $40. Yeah I know, too much! But hey, I’ve found this piece of software so useful that it made sense to invest that amount of money in something that would save me cumulatively hours of clicking labor. Incidentally, Direct Access goes as far as calculating really how much time it has saved you so far!
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Date: Monday, 31 Dec 2007 07:50

This tip is part of an automation series I’m running to showcase 24 of my most useful computer automation tips.

I want you to stop for a second and think about this: when you boot your computer, how many windows do you have to push away until you can get a clean desktop to start working with?

How about this: do you remember the last time you were working on a task and some stupid window popped up asking for some kind of confirmation? Do you get this window often? Don’t you wish the computer was smart enough to remember your choice and not display it over and over again?

If you resonate with any of the above, then today’s automation tip will fit you just perfectly.

Automation tip #3: Push away annoying buttons and dialogs with Push The Freaking Button
Level: Intermediate
Approximate time saving: 2 - 10 seconds per window or dialog
Tools required: Push the Freakin Button (PTFB)

Setup

  1. Download and install PTFB (works on all versions of Windows)
  2. For this example, I will use an annoying log in window from Gmail Notifier which pops up every time the application starts even though it remembers all my login credentials! Here is a screen shot:
    gmail_notifier_connect
  3. You won’t believe how easy it is to get rid of this window once and for all! After installing PTFB, find the big button on the upper left which says Single Press:
    PTFB_Pro
  4. Now simply click on the that pesky OK button in the Gmail Notifier dialog.
  5. PTFB now added a record for this window and will auto-click this window for you after 1 second (by default).
  6. To test it, leave the Gmail Notifier window open. Click on Start Watching in PTFB. Viola, that login screen’s gone! (come on, you have to admit that was pretty cool. Somebody’s clicking away things for you!)

Tips

  1. If 1 second (the default time it takes PTFB to click away the window for you) is too long, you can reduce it. Simply select the line matching the Gmail Notifier target in the PTFB, and click on Edit. Now select Triggers tab:
    PTFB_Edit_Triggers

Side Notes

  1. So okey you caught me, I’m still running a trial version of PTFB. It costs $30 to get the full version. For me, I’ve seen enough value from this software to convince me it’s worth the money. For everybody else, the 30-days trial period should give you a pretty good idea whether it really makes your life easier (hint: the more windows you have “targeted”, the more difference this software will make for you).
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Date: Monday, 31 Dec 2007 07:43

24 ways to automate your digital life

Ever since my post about my secret to productivity (automation), I’ve been meaning to compile and present the complete list of all my automation tools and tricks. In that post, I’ve mentioned briefly some of the things that I automate in my desktop and browser.

This time around, to celebrate the relaunch of the blog, I’m starting a 24-day post series (the biggest I’ve ever embarked upon) with 24 ways you can use to automate your digital life.

With “digital life”, I mean your daily interaction with your PC, including the desktop operating system and the browser. So essentially the tips in this post series are categorized as either Windows- or Web-related. It’d be interesting to see how many of the Windows-related tips can be applied to the Mac. However, all Web-related tips should be relevant to anybody using any popular operating system.

Every one of these automation tips is explained in dead simple terms with a step-by-step procedure for implementing it. Non-tech savvies as well as geeks should find this material useful and come out with at least one or two automation tricks under their belts.

So what do I mean by automation and what’s in it for you?

What’s automation?

In this context,

automation is the process of letting your computer take care of things you usually bother with on a regular basis.

That’s about as simple as a made-up definition can be :) Of course, feel free to read the more nerdy one.

To reiterate on my previous post:

By automation, I mean putting an end to manually doing those nasty repetitive tasks that kill your productivity by wasting your time and sucking up your energy.

What’s in it for me?

I live by a rule that says if something I do on my computer occasionally or frequently can be streamlined or completely automated, then that’s the way it’s has to be done. There are many advantages to this rule, including:

  • Not feeling like a donkey doing repetitive donkey work. We’re humans and we’re capable of so much creative thinking. How about we leave the “donkey” tasks to the computers and we focus on more important things?
  • Reducing your mental and information overload. In this hectic digital age, having so much to do on your mind inevitably boosts your stress level. Automation can help you forget about things computers can take care of so you can check one more thing off your to do list.
  • Reducing your overall daily interactions with computers. I used to be the opposite, but now I believe that life’s too short to spend it in front of a speechless monitor. When you look back at your younger years, it will seem like it’s gone by in a blast when you only get to interact most your day with a piece of equipment. Don’t trade your life for tech.

What can I automate?

The possibilities are endless. Various tasks can be completely or partially automated. It’s just a matter of spotting those tasks and knowing which tools to use to help you with them.

In fact, that’s what I’m here for! Let me give you a rundown of all of the automation tips I’m going to share with you over the next 24 blog posts:

Windows-related:

  1. Locate files faster
  2. Push annoying buttons and dialogs
  3. Launch applications faster
  4. Backup important files
  5. Maintain and clean up your PC
  6. Check for updated version of installed software
  7. Change computer settings in different networks
  8. Watch your favorite TV shows
  9. Synchronize your music collection
  10. Avoid typing common phrases
  11. Resize multiple images at once
  12. Reduce your clicking in half

Web-related:

  1. Keep up with news and web sites
  2. Simply scroll instead of repeatedly clicking ’Next’
  3. Fill out entire forms automatically
  4. Comment and follow up on a post’s comments
  5. Synchronize your bookmarks
  6. Delete unwanted recurring e-mail messages
  7. Auto-login to websites
  8. Post links to multiple social news sites
  9. Browse photos on Flickr faster
  10. Save and share Office documents online
  11. Set text size and encoding once for any given site
  12. Generate random, disposable e-mail address for registration on annoying sites

Stay tuned!

You can bookmark this post, as each point will be updated with a link pointing to the detailed instruction post. As an alternative, you can subscribe to this blog to get all those cool automation tips delivered to your e-mail or feed reader.

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Date: Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 09:35

This tip is part of an automation series I’m running to showcase 24 of my most useful computer automation tips.How long on average do you spend finding a particular file or a document? What if you don’t remember the location where you placed this file? How long will it take you then?

No one really measures these kinds of things, but you’d be surprised to learn that I’ve personally watched countless people (including my mom) navigate mazes of complex folder hierarchy to get to some file or a document they’ve been working on. Worst yet, some of my very own coworkers still manage to use this old-school way of accessing files. And for the record, I work in a software development house. Imagine my frustration when I ask someone I’m working with to find me a file or an e-mail in their archive and they spend the next 10 minutes or so going through their folder mess, most of the time giving up at the end and asking me: “do you really need it?”.

So I decided enough is enough. Hey everybody, there’s a much much … much faster way to find and access any kind of file in your entire hard drive in a split second, even if you don’t recall the name of the file! Stop for a second and take a wild guess what that is. (Hint: it’s not this stupid dog)

Automation tip #1: Use Google Desktop to find and access any file in a split second
Level: Beginner
Approximate time saving: 5 seconds - 1+ minute
Tools required: Google Desktop

Setup

  1. Download and install Google Desktop (recommended for Windows XP, Vista, Mac and Linux)
  2. Allow up to 2 hours of idle time (first use only) for Google Desktop to scan and index your entire hard drive in the background.

Usage

  1. Google DesktopMy preferred method is to double tap the Ctrl key (in Windows) to bring up the big rounded search box from anywhere.
  2. Start typing either the file name or a word from its content. As you type, the most relevant search results are listed below.
  3. If the file you’re looking for is listed, navigate to it with the arrow keys and press Enter to launch it.
  4. Otherwise, select the first choice in the menu (Search Desktop for your search term). This will be bring up a complete list of all file matches.

Tips

  1. google_desktop_advancedFor more advanced search (like if you remember the date you created the file as opposed to its name), follow step 4 above and click on ‘Advanced Search
  2. Google Desktop also integrates into Microsoft Outlook and searches your entire e-mail archive, so you can just as easily find an e-mail in a split second.
  3. google_desktop_add_folderIf you’re part of a home or office network, you can just as well search shared folders with the same speed. Just go to Google Desktop Preferences and add the address of those shared folders to the list of scanned folders
  4. Geeks only: Google Desktop has some cool advanced search operators for more granular searching results. Click here to learn how to master Google Desktop.

Side Notes

  1. If you’re using Vista, rest assured Google Desktop works way faster and is more usable than Vista’s built-in search indexing feature. Trust me, I’ve tested it myself. I strongly suggest you disable Vista’s built-in search indexing feature and use Google Desktop instead.
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Date: Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 06:56

I had a little time tonight to revisit my old plugin, Welcome Visitor! Reloaded, and enhance it with couple of nice features. My original post about this plugin explains how the need for such plugin originated. Basically this plugin displays custom welcome message in the sidebar or anywhere in your blog for new or returning visitors. Kind of neat thing if you want to create a positive atmosphere for new or returning visitors, don’t you think?

As a result of this upgrade, I’ve trimmed down on some options in the previous version that are now pretty much unnecessary. So this new version (1.1) is much more simpler to setup and use.

Features

Welcome_Visitor_Reloaded_1.1.1New features in this version are:

  • Widget support.
  • Welcome-back message for returning visitors.
  • Ability to add a visitor’s name anywhere in the message.
  • Ability to add a visitor’s MyBlogLog avatar anywhere in the message.
  • Display Dashboard/Logout links for logged-in users.

Since this version is a major rewrite of the old one, many of the old features are not removed, including:

  • Title for the welcome message.
  • Message status (Published, Title only, Content only, Private)
  • HTML Style (div or unordered list)
  • Display options (on home page only, to registered users, use of content filtering)
  • Hiding message after specifable number of visits

Download

Download: Welcome Visitor! Reloaded v1.1.1

Installation/Upgrade

  • If you’re upgrading from old version, make sure to save your old welcome message somewhere safe before you continue.
  • Unzip the downloaded folder and upload it to your wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress installation. You should have this folder structure at the end (wp-content/plugins/welcome-visitor-reloaded/).
  • Go to the plugins administration page and activate the plugin.
  • Set your custom welcome messages under Options > Welcome Visitor! Reloaded
  • To display your welcome message, do one of the following:
    • If you use Widgets, go to the widget panel and add the Welcome Visitor! Reloaded module
    • Call the following function in the theme template where you’d like it displayed:
      <?php echo welcome_visitor_reloaded(); ?>

As always, I’m more than happy to help you with any questions or comments you may have.

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Date: Saturday, 08 Dec 2007 13:56

ATB-TrilogyNot a lot of trance artists are worthy of respect and admiration as much as ATB deserves. The German-born DJ, musician and producer of dance and trance music has proven since his big hit in 1999, 9pm (Till I Come), that he’s got the talent to not just mix records, but make damn good ones as well.

Need a proof? Check out ATB’s latest fabulous two-disc Triology. If there’s one word to describe this album and ATB’s music in general, it would definitely be melody. Triology is wonderful album that combines two worlds of electronic music, Dance and Chillout. It does so with an outstanding level of originality and melodic appeal.

The song featured in this post, Justify, is from the first disc which is mainly up-tempo electronic and melodious sound with a unique rock and pop crossover flavor. The disc contains several more amazing songs that made it hard to choose which one to feature.

In general, Triology is one of the few albums I’d recommend you buy entirely (as opposed to individual songs). It’s just that good! Check out some of the other recommended songs below.

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Download: ATB - Justify.mp3

Lyrics

At a time
In situations
When you want a thing more than you should
You would fall
You would crumble
By picking up the pieces from the storm

That was when you said
“You least expect it”
That was when you asked
“How did we get this far?”
So far

That was when I wanted
To correct it
But I guess there’s nothing
Wrong with being wrong
At all

Chours:
I can’t do it any other way
Repeat.. I’d do it all the same way
And I won’t justify
One more time
And I can’t do it any other way
Repeat every single word we said
And I can’t justify
One more time

And it’s fine
To complicate it
Complicated it’s all I’ve ever known
I was there
Did you see me
Frozen in a flash put on the wall

Now is when I guess
“I least expect it”
But I will never ask
“How did we get this far?”
My God

Even if I doubt for just a second
I can still find the right in being wrong
So wrong

Chours:
I can’t do it any other way
Repeat I’d do it all the same way
And I won’t justify
One more time
And I can’t do it any other way
Repeat every single word we said
And I can’t justify
One more time

Other Recommended Songs

1st Disc (Dance):

  • ATB - Desperate Religion
  • ATB - Renegade
  • ATB - Beautiful Worlds
  • ATB - Stars come out
  • ATB - Alcarda
  • ATB - Some things just are the way they are
  • ATB - The chosen ones

2nd Disc (Ambient/Chillout):

  • ATB - Searching for Satellite
  • ATB - Trilogy (The Final Chapter)
  • ATB - A Rainy afternoon
  • ATB - No Fate
  • ATB - One small Step
  • ATB - Dooley’s World
  • ATB - 9 Am
  • ATB - A Dream about you
  • ATB - Illuminated Mind
  • ATB - Under the Sky
  • ATB - One Million Miles
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Date: Sunday, 02 Dec 2007 13:03

25th_birthday 

It’s that time of the year again. In fact, today marks a special milestone for me: I’m finally turning 25, that is, two and half decades!

It’s become a tradition here on the blog for me to write a “reflection” post on the year that’s passed by. I always start wondering how fast the year has passed by, and this one is no different. Well, except that 2007, the year I turned 25, has ended on a high note. It was such a dramatic year. However, if I were to make a theme for 2007, it would be this:

2007 is the year I stopped looking at the world in black and white, and starting seeing the different shades of gray within.

More on this later. For now, here’s a brief outline for the rest of this post:

  1. Good things happen at last
  2. The different shades of gray
  3. Major accomplishments
  4. 2008: the crystallizing year

Good things happen at last

I mentioned earlier that this year ended on a high note. If you’re wondering what that is, I got some great news: I got an offer for a position that’s a major step up for me!

It just happened last week. For the past few months, I’ve been on the road again hunting for a job that will offer me more challenges than I’m already used to in my current company. The plan was to find one by the end of the year by the time my contract ends. When hope was almost lost and I was prepping myself emotionally for another year here, along came an IT startup that has a solid vision and a plan to revolutionize how IT solution services are delivered in this country. The CEO did a pretty good job at pitching his vision and plan for me and I was drawn by his enthusiastic attitude and the promise for a tremendous experience working with the latest Microsoft technologies.

The best part of it is, it’s a managerial position that’d give me a chance to practice all of what I’ve been preaching on about proper management tactics and ethics. And since it’s a startup, there’s also an overlap of responsibilities that will expose me to numerous challenges in development and analysis along the way. Finally, it pays much better than my current salary. What more could I ask for?

Getting this job has taught me few lessons:

  • Network still rules when it comes to job hunting. Even though I kept track of at least 4 sites on a daily basis and submitted countless applications, the job I got simply came from a close friend of mine who just happened to know one of the cofounders. Job networking can never be overrated!
  • Enjoy what you’ve got (but always look up). There came a time when I really wanted to quit my current job, even if it meant unemployment. I learned later by talking to my close friend Basheer that given my current circumstances, it’d much wiser to stick with what I have, try to make the best of it and see the positive in it. Meanwhile, I could be looking for next best thing and hope that I land a decent job in the near future, which I did (yay!).
  • Believe in yourself. The position I was offered requires much more responsibility and dedication. For the average Joe, this can be overwhelming. But thanks to a recent training course I took in building self-confidence, I wasn’t so much reluctant to take on the new challenge as I was excited to be trusted enough to play this role. I firmly believe I will do a decent job at it because I’ve got what it takes.

Anyways, I’m starting this new job on the first day of next year. A fresh start for a new life.

The different shades of gray

shades of grayStepping away from my career life for a second, I’d like to share with you an important “discovery” I made in my personal life front. I don’t know when it happened or what caused it, but I’ve started seeing the shades of gray that lie between the things that I love the most and things that I utterly hate.

What does this mean?

Well for starters by “things” I mean everything in life including people that surround me and experiences that happen to me.

In terms of people, I used to judge them on a binary scale: I either love this person, or I can’t stand to be near that person. Of course, since not everybody’s like me, this has driven more and more people away from me. Out of my firm belief that when you’re gone you’re not as much remembered by the work you’ve done than by the lives you’ve affected, I made a conscious decision to a make an effort to be around the people which I sometimes despise.

I decided to see the good in everyone, to focus on the positives and as much as possible put up with the things that piss me off. I also made a list of things I need to improve in order to build better and lasting relationships with people around me. This list so far includes:

  1. Greet everyone I know with an eye contact and a smile
  2. Call friends and relatives on regular basis (I’m so bad at this!)
  3. Don’t interrupt someone or put down their ideas

Now as far as seeing the shades of gray in the experiences I go through in life, I’ve learned that nothing can be perfect. I’m going to change my perfectionism lifestyle. If I’m looking for that perfect job at that perfect company, for instance, that’s just not going to happen. There’s always a compromise, and when you choose to compromise you’re making a decision to see the positive in what you’ve got and make the best of it while it lasts.

A good example of this type of thinking comes from the CEO of my new company. During my first interview which happened last week, we got sidetracked into talking about meetings and their horror stories. He said to me:

If I go to attend any meeting, I need to know there’s a need for me, an agenda that we’re going through, and a list of actionable tasks that result from the meeting. If some or none of those things are there, I’m usually pretty pissed. However, I still try to convince myself that the meeting is worthwhile. If for nothing, it’s at least good for strengthening my relationship with my fellow colleagues.

This kind of thinking focuses on seeing the positive in every experience. Essentially, that’s like seeing the shades of gray, or the positive things, between a “black” or “white” life experience.

Major accomplishments

From a career perspective, probably the most notable achievement this year is pursuing my newfound passion for the science of usability (more broadly known as Human-Computer Interaction) which culminated in traveling to India for a two weeks training in this field. It was such a wonderful experience. When I came back, I had the chance to prep myself for the certification exam which I successfully passed in September 13th. It was a mission well planned and executed from start to end. But it doesn’t end here, I’m just getting started on this road.

From a personal perspective, I’d say that keeping a healthy relationship with my family and friends all throughout the year is definitely an unprecedented achievement for me. I’ve learned to treat every relationship like a plant which needs watering every now and then to keep it healthy and alive. Do you remember my post about using Facebook for the purpose of strengthening our relationships with the people who we care about? This is where that came from.

2008: the crystallizing year

In my rearview mirror
My life is getting clearer

I finally found my way
Said goodbye to yesterday

Life Is A PrismI love these lines from Bon Jovi’s song, Lost Highway. They accurately represent the transition I’m going through in life as I move along and learn to be a better person each step along the way.

2008 will be the year I make the full transition to adulthood. For the past several years since I graduated from college, I’ve been learning that some of my characteristics I carried over from college are not appreciated by society. Take for example my ignorance of responsibility and deferring it to someone else or some other time. I must start to take on more responsibility if I’m ever going to start a family someday.

Speaking of family, my goal for 2008 is to meet and get to know my future wife. I know she’s out there somewhere writing a similar post. If you ever get to read this, my future wife, please use my contact form to send me your “resume”. (Damn, all that job hunting has gotten to me!)

Conclusion

Every year I dedicate a song I love to summarize the year to come. Last year it was Better Days by Goo Goo Dolls. I was looking for better days and a better life. And now that I found what will get me there, Switchfoot’s inspirational song This Is Your Life comes to mind. Enjoy!


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yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken
don’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyes
this is your life and today is all you’ve got now
yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have
don’t close your eyes
don’t close your eyes

this is your life, are you who you want to be
this is your life, are you who you want to be
this is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
when the world was younger and you had everything to lose

yesterday is a kid in the corner
yesterday is dead and over

this is your life, are you who you want to be
this is your life, are you who you want to be
this is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
when the world was younger and you had everything to lose

don’t close your eyes
don’t close your eyes
don’t close your eyes
don’t close your eyes

this is your life are you who you want to be
this is your life are you who you want to be

this is your life, are you who you want to be
this is your life, are you who you want to be
this is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
when the world was younger and you had everything to lose

and you had everything to lose

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Date: Friday, 16 Nov 2007 13:16

Since getting hooked on their popular single, She Will Be Loved, from their debut album, I’ve been kind of a fan of some of Maroon5’s work ever since. Even though I don’t necessarily agree with how far they take their songs with explicit lyrics and musical videos, I’m simply a fan of their soulful pop-rock sound and lead singer Adam Levine’s unique vocal abilities.

Maroon5-WakeUpCall Wake Up A Call is the second single from their follow up second album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, which details the response to catching one’s lover with another and the accompanying lack of remorse for actions taken. In the song’s video, designed as a film trailer, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine pays for his murderous response.

Even though the insistent, pounding, keyboard-centered soul-rock approach of the music fits the lyrical intensity of the song well, the question I’m left with is whether Wake Up Call unnecessarily glorifies the violent content of both song and video.

In any case, the song’s still so catchy it gets in your head the first time you hear it!

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I didn’t hear what you were saying
I live on raw emotion baby
I answer questions never maybe
And I’m not kind if you betray me
So who the hell are you to say we
Never would have made it babe

If you needed love, well then ask for love
Could have given love, now I’m taking love
And it’s not my fault, cause you both deserve
What’s coming now, so don’t say a word

Wake up call
Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed
Don’t you care about me anymore
Don’t you care about me
I don’t think so

Six foot tall
Came without a warning, so I had to shoot him dead
He won’t come around here anymore
Come around here
I don’t think so

Would’ve bled to make you happy
You didn’t need to treat me that way
And now you beat me at my own game
And now I find you sleeping soundly
And you’re lovers screaming loudly
Hear a sound and hit the ground

If you needed love, well then ask for love
Could have given love, now I’m taking love
And it’s not my fault, cause you both deserve
What’s coming now, so don’t say a word

Wake up call
Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed
Don’t you care about me anymore
Don’t you care about me
I don’t think so

Six foot tall
Came without a warning, so I had to shoot him dead
He won’t come around here anymore
Come around here
I don’t feel so bad
I don’t feel so bad
I don’t feel so bad

I’m so sorry darling
Did I do the wrong thing
Oh what was I thinking
Is his heart still beating

Wake up call
Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed
Don’t you care about me anymore
Don’t you care about me
I don’t think so [Repeat]

Six foot tall
Came without a warning, so I had to shoot him dead
He won’t come around here anymore
Come around here
I don’t feel so bad

Other Recommended Songs

  • Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
  • Maroon 5 - This Love
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Date: Friday, 16 Nov 2007 11:55

The Backstreet Boys are back with an undeniably strong album (Associated Content)

Pound for pound and song for song, Unbreakable may just be the best pop album of the year so far (SputnikMusic)

If you are looking for an album of pure pop pleasure, you can not do much better with current releases than Unbreakable (About.com)

Backstreetboys Unbreakable CoverThe list goes on. Everybody’s talking how great BSB’s new sixth album, Unbreakable, is. BSB has never done such an exceptional job producing authentic music before. Ironically, it took the departure of former member, Kevin Richardson, on June 2006 for the band to reach this heightened level of surreal music production. I’m not saying he wasn’t an influence, I’m just saying the band’s just doing as good as (and even better than) ever!

So as you can tell, I had a hard time picking out a featured song. Should I have gone with the first single, Inconsolable, which received massive radio playback and which everybody by now have hard, or the less heard, bonus track, Downpour, which I simply fell in love with by the first listen. Well, I chose the latter. Hope you enjoy it :)

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I been walking around
Inside a haze
Between the lines of reason
Hiding from the ghost
Of yesterday
Feels like I’m barely breathing

I-I wanna feel the rain again
I-I wanna feel the water on my skin<
And let it all just wash away
In a downpour
I wanna feel the rain
Na na na na
Feel the rain
Na na na na

I’ve been losin days
The shades pulled down
I still can’t face the sun

But I-I’m goin crazy
I can’t stay here
I’ve gone completely numb
I just wanna need someone

[Repeat Chorus]

Oh no
I thought you were the only one girl
But now I think I was wrong
Cause life goes on
Na na na na na…

I’ve been walking around inside a haze

Oh I…

In a downpour feel the rain
Feel the rain

I wanna feel the rain

Other Recommended Songs

  • Backstreet Boys - Inconsolable
  • Backstreet Boys - Something That I Already Know
  • Backstreet Boys - Any Other Way
  • Backstreet Boys - One In A Million
  • Backstreet Boys - Unmistakable
  • Backstreet Boys - Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon
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Date: Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 12:29

LeAnn Rimes Family Album CoverI’ve had an eye out for LeAnn’s work ever since being completely hooked by her fabulous single: I Need You. I completely fell in love with her strong vibrant voice which she is famous for. That’s why I’ve been waiting to check out her latest 2007 album, Family, for a while now.

Now that I’ve got a copy of the album, I can safely say it falls nothing short of the high expectations placed on this country music singer and Grammy Award winner. For the first time, LeAnn wrote or co-wrote every song on the album. While the album is incredibly personal, LeAnn managed to create music that is incredibly universal.

Doesn’t Everybody is the song I’ve picked to showcase her latest record. In addition to the catchy upbeat rhythm, it does pack a very powerful message in simple words, which is no matter what course of life we choose to pursue, the bottom line is that somehow or another we’re looking for to be loved and cherished. I think if you think about it, that’s what it always boils down to, no matter how high or low life takes us.

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You may have a tabloid life
Pay for all your friends
You may be a suburban wife
With your white picket fence
You may be a suit and tie
Paying off your high rise rent

When it all comes down
When it all comes down, baby
When it all comes down to it
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
To be loved
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
Why isn’t that enough
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing

You may be a night shift waitress
To send your kid through school
You may be a stubborn doctor
Pushing for the cure
You may be a bitter divorce
Wondering what he saw in her

When it all comes down
When it all comes down, baby
When it all comes down to it
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
To be loved
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
Why isn’t that enough
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing

When it all comes down
When it all comes down
When it all comes down to it
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
To be loved
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
Why isn’t that enough
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
To be loved
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
Why isn’t that enough
doesn’t everybody want the same thing
Doesn’t everybody want the same thing
Doesn’t everybody
Doesn’t everybody

We all want the same thing

Other Recommended Songs

  • LeAnn Rimes - I Need You
  • LeAnn Rimes - Pretty Things
  • LeAnn Rimes - What I Cannot Change
  • LeAnn Rimes - ‘Til We’re Not Strangers Anymore
  • LeAnn Rimes - Cant Fight The Moonlight
  • LeAnn Rimes - One Of These Days
  • LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Breathe Without You
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Date: Saturday, 10 Nov 2007 07:44

I can’t believe I went this far with my music recommendations without featuring one of my all-time favorite bands, ever!

It puzzles me why the indie English alternative rock band, Embrace, have not received such world-wide recognition and appeal like similar bands such as Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol. To date they have released 5 studio albums. If you were to ask me, I’d say Embrace’s signature style of music, mostly based on piano rock, is a fabulous one that produced some fine collection of mostly amazing and well-crafted songs (check the recommended songs below). In fact, today’s featured song, Nature’s Law, is a true testament to that.

Embrace_Nature’s_Law.jpgNature’s Law is the leading single from Embrace’s latest 2006 studio album, This New Day. It was released a week prior to the album release charting at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart, the band’s highest chart entry to date (although there’s some controversy that it should have been a number 1 single).

I remember when this song came out in 2006 and I got to hear the sample in a promotional page for the song, I was completely and utterly hooked to the melody right in the first few seconds. In a way, it’s a sturdy, uplifting song with a powerful message (although one might disagree with the song’s invitation to simply follow "nature’s law", wherever that path might lead you into).

There are also some other fabulous songs in this album, which collectivly contribute to making This New Day one of Embrace’s finest and most successful records to date!

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I tried to fight the feeling, a feeling took me down
I struggled and I lost the day you knocked me out

Now everything’s got meaning, and meanings bring me down
I’m watching as a screening of my life plays out.

Everyday I fight these feelings
For your sake I will hide the real thing
You can run all your life, all mine I will chase

You should never fight your feelings
When your very bones believe them
You should never fight your feelings
You have to follow nature’s law

I’ll live with never knowing, if knowing’s gonna change
Or stop a feeling growing I will stay away

Like a broken record stuck before a song
A million beginnings none of them the one

Everyday I fight these feelings
For your sake I will hide the real thing
You can run all your life, all mine I will chase

You should never fight your feelings
When your very bones believe them
You should never fight your feelings
You have to follow nature’s law

I wrote her letters and tried to send them
In a bottle I place my hope
An SOS full of good intentions sinking
Will you give it to me, don’t make me wait
You built me up, knocked me down
But I will stand my ground
And guard this light that I’ve found

You should never fight your feelings
When your very bones believe them
If you let them show, you’ll keep them
I know your hurt but soon you’ll rise again, again, again.

You should never fight your feelings
When your very bones believe them
You should never fight your feelings
You have to follow nature’s law.

Other Recommended Songs

  • Embrace - A Glorious Day
  • Embrace - Ashes
  • Embrace - Celebrate
  • Embrace - Come Back To What You Know
  • Embrace - Drawn From Memory
  • Embrace - Fireworks
  • Embrace - Gravity
  • Embrace - Happiness Will Get You In The End
  • Embrace - Hey What You’re Trying To Say
  • Embrace - I Can’t Come Down
  • Embrace - I Had a Time
  • Embrace - I Hope Youre Happy Now
  • Embrace - I Wouldn’t Wanna Happen To You
  • Embrace - Keeping
  • Embrace - Liars Tears
  • Embrace - Looking As You Are
  • Embrace - Make It Last
  • Embrace - Many Will Learn
  • Embrace - My Weakness Is None Of Your Business
  • Embrace - Now You’re Nobody
  • Embrace - Out Of Nothing
  • Embrace - Satellites
  • Embrace - Spell It Out
  • Embrace - Target
  • Embrace - That’s All Changed Forever
  • Embrace - The End Is Near
  • Embrace - The Good Will Out
  • Embrace - The Love It Takes
  • Embrace - Wonder
  • Embrace - You’re Not Alone
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Date: Saturday, 10 Nov 2007 06:00

Accomplishment vs. Perfectionism

In in my last post about perfectionism, I’ve ended up posing a question: what makes an accomplished perfectionist? In other words, how does one balance the act of accomplishment with a strive for perfection? It’s a pretty thin line if you ask me, and in this post, I’m going to shed light on some of the techniques you can use to achieve that.

Accomplished perfectionism is the fusion of two separate genes: those that empower a person to get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and those that compels him or her to do their best possible job on these things.

To illustrate, take a look at the following phrases which are more likely to be said or thought by a carrier of each of these two genes:

Aspect Perfectionist Accomplished
General thinking "All or nothing" "Best I can get"
Evaluation "I can’t see beyond these little imperfections" "This is perfect enough. What’s next?"
Standards "I have to aim very high" "I’ll do my best at what’s possible"
Results "I’m so paranoid about getting it just right" "Let’s have fun doing what we do best"
Reaching goals "No use. I couldn’t do it the way it had to be done" "It’s not what I wanted. But that’s alright. I’ll improve it and do better next time"
Failure "Failure is not an option!" "I’ll manage to do my best and learn if I fail"
Criticism "I don’t think you know what you’re talking about" "Thanks for your constructive criticism. I’ll see what I can do"
Lifestyle "I’m not good enough. I know it. Life sucks" "It’s amazing how far I’ve come. What’s the next step?"

Being a perfectionist myself, I totally resonate with the phrases said or thought in the Perfectionist column. That’s why I set out to research practical ways to help me make the transition to be a high achiever while maintaining an adequate sense of perfectionism. I’ve found many resources on this subject, so I thought I’d do myself and my readers a favor by compiling all findings in a comprehensible format which can be quickly learned and adopted to create the best possible mutation of these two genes.

Personal Attitudes

Change starts from within. If you really want to lose your neurotic perfectionism and embrace a more healthy one, then there are few things you need to change on the inside. Elizabeth Scott has set of great tips on how to tackle your inner change:

See the Positive. If you’re struggling with perfectionism, you probably have honed the skill of spotting mistakes in even the best works of others and of yourself. You may just naturally look for it, and notice it above all other things. While this habit may be difficult to just stop, you can soften your tendency to notice the bad by making a conscious effort to notice all that is good with your work and the achievements of others. If you notice something you don’t like about yourself or your work, for example, look for five other qualities that you do like. This will balance out your critical focus and become a positive new habit.

Work Habits

The next things you need to work on are your everyday working habits. Whether you work as a freelancer or at large multi-national cooperation, you need to consider implementing the following changes in order to accomplish more and be happy about it:

  1. Do no more than what is necessary. It couldn’t get simpler than that. But since that’s easier said than done, Donald Latumahina at Lifehack has few more tips regarding this:
    1. Set a clear expected output.
    2. Write down the expected output in a prominent place.
    3. Realign yourself with the expected output every now and then.
    4. Stop when you already get the expected output.
  2. Work with inverted pyramid structure. This is actually a very useful tip if you think about it. The idea is to do the subtasks from the most important down to the least important.
    Inverted Pyramid
  3. Set a deadline. By setting a deadline, you are forced to prioritize the things you are doing. This way, if the time is up you can still deliver the best possible output.
  4. Maintain focus on completion, because that’s what matters. At the end of the day, people who master the art of the finish will be recognized, no matter how relatively imperfect their jobs were.

Conclusion

I hope during the course of this and my previous post, I’ve given all of you perfectionists out there a reason to rethink your strategy towards work and life and making appropriate changes that will ultimate lead to a happier and more peaceful life.

I’d like to end this post by sharing a fabulous quote from Stephen Manes’s book: Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days:

Congratulations!  You’re not perfect!  It’s ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway.  But then, everybody’s ridiculous sometimes, except perfect people.  You know what perfect is?  Perfect is not eating or drinking or talking or moving a muscle or making even the teensiest mistake.  Perfect is never doing anything wrong – which means never doing anything at all.  Perfect is boring!  So you’re not perfect!  Wonderful!  Have fun!  Eat things that give you bad breath!  Trip over your own shoelaces!  Laugh!  Let somebody else laugh at you!  Perfect people never do any of those things.  All they do is sit around and sip weak tea and think about how perfect they are.  But they’re really not one-hundred-percent perfect anyway.  You should see them when they get the hiccups!  Phooey!  Who needs ‘em?  You can drink pickle juice and imitate gorillas and do silly dances and sing stupid songs and wear funny hats and be as imperfect as you please and still be a good person.  Good people are hard to find nowadays.  And they’re a lot more fun than perfect people any day of the week.

Further Reading

During my research for this post, I’ve come across few great articles that I think are worthwhile to read. Some of them have been used or linked to from this post:

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Date: Friday, 09 Nov 2007 21:18

Bon_Jovi_Lost_Highway_CoverHow does one do Bon Jovi a justifiable review in one post? That’s what I started asking myself when I got to writing this post, where I’m bringing you the first single from Bon Jovi’s 10 studio album, Lost Highway.

The good thing about Bon Jovi though is that you don’t need to introduce him to anyone, since they’re most likely been to one of his 2500 concerts in over 50 countries world-wide, bought one of his 10 studio albums which sold 125 million copies all around the world, or simply heard one of his hit singles being played on radio. So let’s skip the introductions and get right down to it.

Lost Highway is album with a haunting set of 12 new and original sounding songs, is a stunning, multi-layered look into the nature of love and life in all its glory. It focuses on the light that love brings. The first single on this album, Lost Highway, is spectacular song to say the least, both in terms of meaning and melody.

In my rearview mirror
My life is getting clearer

I finally found my way
Said goodbye to yesterday

I’m turning 25 in a month, and I couldn’t possibly find better words to describe my life so far than these simple meaningful words. I’ve done a lot of growing up since my college graduation and I still have a lot more to do, but the amount of change that I’ve gone through seems gigantic in retrospect.

Don’t know where I’m going
But I know where I’ve been
I’m afraid of going back again
So I drive (drive drive)

I do know where I’m going, or at least what I want from life. But I don’t know what life has in store for me. Nobody does. So we just go about "driving" this "lost highway" and hope we get to that nice little town we’ve always dreamed of living in.

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In my rearview mirror
My life is getting clearer
The sunset sighs and slowly disappears
These trinkets once were treasure
Life changes like the weather
You grow up, grow old, or you hit the road ’round here
So I drive (drive drive)
Watching white lines passing by
My plastic dashboard Jesus
Waiting there to greet us

Hey Hey
I finally found my way
Said goodbye to yesterday
Hit the gas, there ain’t no brakes on this lost highway
Yeah, I’m busting loose, I’m lettin go
Out on this open road
It’s independence day on this lost highway
Hey hey, hey hey

Don’t know where I’m going
But I know where I’ve been
I’m afraid of going back again
So I drive (drive drive)
Years and miles are flying by
And waiting there to greet us
Is my plastic dashboard Jesus

Hey Hey
Hey Hey I finally found my way
Said goodbye to yesterday
Hit the gas, there ain’t no brakes on this lost highway
Hell, I’m busting loose, I’m lettin go
Out on this open road
It’s independence day on this lost highway
Hey hey
hey, hey

Oh patron saint of lonely souls
Tell this boy which way to go
Guide the car, you’ve got the keys
Farewell to mediocrity
Kicking off the cruise control
And turning up the radio
Got just enough religion
And a half a tank of gas
Come on
Let’s go

I finally found my way
Said goodbye to yesterday
Hit the gas, there ain’t no brakes on this lost highway
I’m busting loose, I’m lettin go
When I’m out on this open road
It’s independence day on this lost highway
Hey hey

Other Recommended Songs

  • Bon Jovi - (You Want To) Make A Memory
  • Bon Jovi - Whole Lot Of Leaving
  • Bon Jovi - We Got It Going On
  • Bon Jovi - Any Other Day
  • Bon Jovi - Everybody’s Broken
  • Bon Jovi - Til We Ain’t Strangers Anymore
  • Bon Jovi - One Step Closer
  • Bon Jovi - Its My Life
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Date: Friday, 09 Nov 2007 16:52

It’s been quite some time since my last music post, so I thought I’d liven up things over the next couple of weeks with exclusive recommended top hits from the top albums in 2007.

Bruce_Springsteen_Magic_albumFirst up on my list, the one and mighty Bruce Springsteen with a hit song from his latest 2007 album, You’ll Be Comin’ Down. To be fair, I said "one" and "mighty" even I haven’t really followed Bruce’s music in the past or even knew of his wide open popularity in the U.S and around the globe. But I came across this album called Magic one day and since I heard his name a lot, I thought I’d give it a try.

Bruce is clearly an established icon in the music community. Thirty-five years as a justifiable rock musician affords Bruce Springsteen incredible number of fans and followers all around the world, and for a good reason.

His music is a cross between rock and heartland rock. What’s heartland rock? Well it’s that kind of rock music that is "characterized by a straightforward musical style, a concern with the average, blue collar American life, and a conviction that rock music has a social or communal purpose beyond just entertainment". In short, it’s a rock music with a purpose. Hmm, I like that!

You’ll Be Comin’ Down is a mid-tempo, head-bopping number with a nice, little sax break swooping in near the end. In this song, Bruce alludes to the young starlets who seem to always be in the news for all the wrong reasons.

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White roses and misty blue eyes
Red mornings and nothing but grey skies
A cup of coffee, your heart shot clean through
Jacket you bought me gone daisy grey-blue
You’re smilin’ now but you’ll find out
They’ll use you up and spit you out now
Your head’s spinnin’ in diamonds and clouds
But pretty soon it turns out

You’ll be comin’ down now baby
You’ll be comin’ down
What goes around it comes around and
You’ll be comin’ down

Easy street and quick buck and true lies
Smile’s as sad as those dusky blue skies
A silver plate of pearls my golden child
It’s all yours at least for a little while
You’ll be fine long as your pretty face holds out
Then it’s gonna get pretty cold out
Endless streams of stars shootin’ by
You got your hopes on high

You’ll be comin’ down now baby
You’ll be comin’ down
What goes around it comes around and
You’ll be comin’ down
For a while you’ll go sparkling by
Just another pretty thing on high

[Sax solo]

Like a thief on a Sunday morning
It all falls apart with no warning
Satin sky’s gone candy-apple green
The crushed metal of your little fine machine

You’ll be comin’ down now baby
You’ll be comin’ down
What goes around it comes around and
You’ll be comin’ down

You’ll be comin’ down now baby
You’ll be comin’ down
What goes around it comes around and
You’ll be comin’ down

Other Recommended Songs

  • Bruce Springsteen - Magic
  • Bruce Springsteen - Secret Garden
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