Dean Marc Co

Manila, Philippines

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Dean Marc Co
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why do people who have many advantages in life struggle with ongoing happiness whilst others with far less to be happy about are happier?
I suppose being "disadvantaged" or "underprivileged " or "marginalized" or etc. allows one to be more attuned to things they should be thankful for. There are no extremes of over-arching rule though. There are always exceptions to the rule from both sides of the fence in anything. Privileged or advantaged folks may or may not be happy/thankful as underprivileged/disadvantaged ones may or may not be miserable. I have seen and experienced very depressing and horrid acts and situations... It just seems to me as I observe and learn from others and as I have experienced personally that when you are down, there is simply more real or potential things to be grateful about. When in the dark, people have more propensity to see even the faintest glimmer. As coupled and interrelated they may be in several perspective. a simple disconnection and qualification between contentment, gratitude, and happiness really helps.
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Dean Marc Co
Posted over 2 years ago
Why do we chase happiness?
Chase equals Pursuit. The belief has always been that we pursue happiness. But I think the pursuit itself is what fulfills us, though we scant recognize this during the chase. Pursuit equals Happiness.
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Dean Marc Co
Posted about 3 years ago
Why does music "touch" us emotionally? It doesn't make sense.
I know a lot who would say otherwise though. There are music (with lyrics or purely instrumental) I and a lot others I know who just cannot get enough of one item or sort of music. On the other hand, there are some which does not appeal as immediate as others but you get to listen to it more, you get to understand it more, you get to assimilate it more, and you get to appreciate them. But the new experience is indeed an aspect which is true in a lot of cases.
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Dean Marc Co
Posted about 3 years ago
Why does music "touch" us emotionally? It doesn't make sense.
A splendid mystery which may never be fully understood for all technical analysis we do. For example, major scales in general are 'lively" or "happy" compared with "morose" and "melancholic" minor scales. But why? The structure. The symmetry. The coherence. The complexity. The depth. The rhythm. The pitches. The dynamics. The skill. The content. The generation. The environment. For all the possible set of answers, someone will still ask: "But why?" It would be safe to say that music in general can be appreciated or not or both. I remember reading somewhere ( I think it was about Feynman ) a man asking his friend the question of why long ago -- and even now -- people tried to understand what a rainbow is and how it is formed. In summary, the person mentioned virtues like curiosity and physical/mathematical mysteries inspiring people to study it. In reply, the guy ( assuming Feynman was who I remember it was ) retorted with the idea that couldn't people simply try to understand the rainbow because it is beautiful. I guess understanding why music touches us is intimately tied to why beauty touches us. Then people will ask, "What then is beauty?;" as to the beholder most will answer. Music is a legacy. Music touches our hearts since we can touch back. As much as we find ourselves so insignificant and so small in the grand scheme of things, as the universe and the stars shine down on us, we can look up and shine back.
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Dean Marc Co
Posted about 3 years ago
Going Electric: charge up v.s. fillling up
If people keep basing arguments and merits of promising technology on prevailing yet changeable circumstances including any existing mode or method or technology that already exists which it may replace, then nothing moves forward. We cannot approach progress solely on utility, viability, and measurability. A sense of wonder and a passionate experimentation needs to be considered and done. Asking whether we should consider new fuels or energy sources in replacement of existing ones is subtly different from simply considering new fuels and energy sources and hope that in the process, we discover something great. Electirc vehicles is great. Can it viably replace fossil fuel based vehicles? No; not at the moment. But some should pursue doing electric, and some should consider using electric and hope that a feedback loop is created to make things better or even perhaps discover something new through mistakes which will happen through the process of experimentation. Never discard the importance of the human element. The real issue with electric/battery/chargeable vehicles is not materials or cost or etc. Even when all these are solved, the real issue is interaction. Fueling up in minutes and charging for hours is the real problem. There are solutions present already but the infrastructure needed to pursue these are perhaps at par with infrastructure costs in pursuing other fuel/energy sources like hydrogen fuels and etc. Never a simple answer to these types of discussions.
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Dean Marc Co
Posted about 3 years ago
What is/are the most influential modern web elements?
Personally, a return to the basics of design and its thought process is still key: A balanced and purposeful layout to establish a sense of order; An appropriate typography to highlight content and its hierarchy; A harmonious color schemes to evoke emotional feedback; And creative elements at the periphery to keep the design from being too predictable; Having this foundation before other things is still the best starting point.
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Dean Marc Co
Posted about 3 years ago
What gets a conversation going?
Conversations are an auspicious collision of topic and minds. Some topics may not have a great following given a set of participants at any given time, but may thrive in other cases.