An evening stroll at Juja

It’s been a couple of months since I last visited this place. Well, year after year, how you left this place, it’s not how you’re going to find it on your next annual visit if you’re that kind of person who has long breaks between visits.

So on a sunset and evening stroll, I got to take some pics, general pics though, not professional ones, with some editing, within the outskirts and settlement area

The outskirts landscape
High sunset on a cloudy evening
A stroll along the dirt road
Some of the fascinating construction around

Let’s say it’s a nice place for a stroll when the buzz of activities is at its minimum. Well, that’s just about it, for now.

Cheers!

Find the comfort in your pain

There are those times when one feels lost, and the control they had for their lives is slipping through their fingers.

Don’t despair in the pain that comes along. Brace the pain and feel it. It is in that pain that you will get back the energy and motivation to fight back and gain control. It’s like hitting rock bottom and the only way you can go is up.

So don’t curl up in your bed, staring blankly in the dark at night, pop up some pills, or drown yourself in alcohol. Wake up and fight. For it is in that pain and desperation where hope rekindles, to gaze up again, find your stand, and fight to bring worthiness to thyself again.

It is always darkest before dawn. Find your light.


Ciao,

K. K.

Writings – The Eccentrics

So, the re-run. It’s been an entire season or a collection of them since the last writing, and well, what can I say? It is good to hang your boots and lay back for a while…or buy a telescope and wait for that perfect eclipse to come round again.


Okay then, apart from the clockwork, what have I been up to?

Mostly, reading.
Not the school thing. Been reading articles, blogs, social page posts, and books…e-books to be precise…paper is to be a rare thing, right? I mean, aren’t we saving the trees?
Words can relay our thoughts, emotions and express them in a direct way or confused manner like a Picasso art – it’s a beauty. Don’t get me wrong, we all reason in different ways, and that’s a good thing.‎

Why the extensive reading?

To listen. It’s a pretty rare thing today. Most are talking, and few are listening. Have you read what people are posting on their social accounts or watched the news?

Is it music to your ears?

Sorry..?‎

Does it move you?

Maybe the clouds themselves.
For journals, books, blogs, and credible websites, well, they do relate. In social media, two-thirds of it is crap. Hear me out; do people process what they are posting before they post it? We can’t blame typos for sure.‎
There’s more ‘plastic’ in social media pages than that which is dumped in the ocean. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not in all accounts, but you can relate with some.


So, what’s the gain?
Logic, creativity, imagination. A perfect symphony. Couple it with some reasoning, and you’re sure to move people. Read some science articles out there, and you’re sure to believe you’re some mutant…or…some conspiracy articles, and you’ll feel like you’ve ever bumped fists with an alien. They are that good.

Nail it down, son!

Let’s kick social media under the matt for now, please. I may still be a rookie in writing, but damn! I do appreciate the fine works of writers out there. There’s more in writing to ping your sensations from all angles. Even though people are getting lazy in reading…some can’t get past the 140-word count…all the efforts pushed to out the works are priceless.
A friend told me this;

All who can ‘write’ can read. But not all those who can read can ‘write.’

LG K4: The time is now 

If you’re still hanging onto the days of the old age phones where you only had a multi-type keyboard, and you’re still dreaming of moving forward, it’s time to catchers

A variety of entry smartphones have been released, and one of them is the LG K4. Being only an entry-tier smartphone, it was announced in January 2016 and has been in the market since February.

At a weight of 120g with a 4.5″ screen, which is OK for its price range, it comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop running on 1GB RAM and a quad-core processor…not so tasty, right? On the side of photography, it’s not all jolly as it has a 5MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera. That may be below average, but I really can’t deceive it as some top-tier BlackBerry phones bear a front camera of the same MP. Let’s say it all rains down to the software image processor behind the camera. A 20MP camera does not mean it’s the best camera compared to a 13MP. It all comes down to how the images will be processed.

As for the network, it comes with LTE support for some fast browsing, and in terms of the battery capacity, it’s 1940 mAh which is quite enough for some basic usage.

If you’re a person who perceives color as an essential aspect in smartphone likable idealism, I am sorry, you only get two options; white or indigo.

So if your budget is stringent and you need a smartphone, you can grab it but don’t over-utilize the RAM, or otherwise, you might end up with a lagging smartphone.

Cheers!

Kevin

Ride with me: OnePlus 3T

At a weight of 158g and an all-metal armory, the phone bears at its front a 5.5″ Optic AMOLED display with a pixels density of 401ppi. The Optic AMOLED is similar to the Super AMOLED, only that it’s fine-tuned to conserve the battery life. On-screen protection comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and if that’s not enough for you, you can add a layer of glass protection on top of it.
The phone ships in with OnePlus Oxygen OS built on the Android OS Marshmallow with a planned upgrade to Android Nougat. Inside is a 6GB of RAM goodness, pretty much like an ordinary laptop and internal storage of 64/128GB. There’s no memory card slot, so you have to consider what fits your needs. The more the storage, the pricier it is, so if you’re on a tight budget, you can buy the 64 gig version and utilize cloud storage apps like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Front and rear cameras are 16MP, which is wow, which comes with all the features you’d get on a premium built phone like the OIS, geotagging, phase detection, autofocus, among others. You can also record HD videos and HDR images.
For those wondering about the juice, it ships in with a 3400 mAh battery on which, if you are an average user, it can take you through the day and remain with some charge for the night.

Need I say more?
Cheers!

Kevin

HUMANITY 101  SOCIETY: THE CONTRADICTION OF SCHOOL PHILANTHROPY

“Remember to always share with those who are less fortunate than you,” Mr. Tembo said just as the school bell rang to end the school day session. Next week there will be an academic trip to an elderly shelter home just a few kilometers away. Adrian picked up one copy of the charity collection form from the teacher’s desk and tucked it into the side pocket of his bag. It was the beginning of what he termed as ‘an actively engaging weekend.’“Papa, Mama, I need you to contribute to this charity fair we’re doing for the elderly.” His family was not well financially, and the parents had put an effort not to show it off to their son.

“I’ll tell you what, son,” Papa said, “I don’t have much to contribute, but since it’s for charity, is it okay with your school if I offered a coat as part of the donation? The cold season is coming, and we’re lucky to have a roof over our heads. Am sure a coat will help to keep one of the elderly warm.”

“It’s okay, Papa.”

He went into his bedroom and came back with one of his best coats.

“But Papa, this is one of your best coats!”

“I’ll tell you a secret, son. If you give your best in life, then it’s what you’ll get in return. No good deed goes unrewarded in this world.”

“What about you, Mama?”

“Come and see me on the morning of the visit. I’ll have something prepared.”

Adrian’s target was to raise around sh 2000. After all, that seemed more than enough for him as an eight-year-old child. So he set out on a Saturday morning to start his collection. He began with his immediate neighbors, whom we’re philanthropic, and offered him sh 200 each for the first five houses.

“One more sh 1000 to go,” he smiled to himself.

Nearby, three was a newly opened supermarket which attracted most of the ’rich folks, and he marked it as a sweet spot for his charity campaign. On his way back home, he had a couple of questions that he intended to ask his parents.

“Can I ask you a question, Mama?”

“Yes, you can.”

“Why is it that people who seem well off have a problem with giving? Is it that all of them have problems, or are they selfish because all they could give is sh 20 each person. Some even just ignored me.”

Her mom, startled by that question, had to think of a clear answer which couldn’t distort the world’s perception of the child.

“I’ll tell you this,” she began, “First, people who are contempt with what they have always found themselves seeking for more. They find it hard to give unless it’s for their selfish benefit. Unless you appreciate what you have, then you’ll be blinded by your desires.”

“Second, never judge people as a group. Judge each of them as an individual. Not every one man’s doing is the action of everyone.”

“Third, always be kind to another person. Kindness warms a cold heart.”

“With that am going to prepare some good pancakes that morning which you can take to the elderly. A good meal brings people together. It’s what your grandmother taught me.”

“Please never forget my words, okay, Adrian?”

“I promise to never will,” Adrian replied with a hug.

Habitat 101: NAIROBI,  ONCE THE CITY OF BIRDS 

Located in Kenya and embeds the capital, not long ago in the ‘80s,’90s, and early 2000s, it was once known as the city of birds. Having a national park at its heart, the city was not only known as the city with a national park but also as a haven for a wide array of bird species. Not only would you see them in the park but also within a thirty kilometers radius around the park. That was when I was a young child. Fast forward to the year 2010, and later, things have taken a turn.

Every city has to play its stake…

As a city grows, so does its population and other factors that affect it. With a rise in population, so comes a settlement demand. Once a reasonably populated city, it has now become densely populated, with an estimate of about 4 million people selling within the county. This calls for the clearing of trees to raise buildings to accommodate settlement. It was the first step in clearing the bird’s natural habitat. Second, came the factor of transportation. Being the capital city, it became the network hub of transport to various destinations. An increase in car trafficking in the town led to increasing in air pollution… Noise and fumes from hooting and engine revving to emissions from car exhausts.

Photo credits Nation Media Group

Most birds are sensitive to noise, and with it on the rise can lead to shifting in habitat. With now sparse vegetation due to human settlement led to a shortage of birds food supply. This kicked in for what instincts would do… Migration. So as the years passed by, so did the bird species and population reduces and the place to view most of them is to pay a visit to the game park. The city has played its stake, its infrastructure for habitat loss. So, if strict development planning measures are put up, will it reverse the bird’s population to its former days?

THE SURFACE STUDIO 2016

Desktop 101THE SURFACE STUDIO 2016

A LITTLE MORE THAN JUST A DESKTOP

A one terabyte storage drive, 32 GB RAM, broad and flexible color enhanced display, and a robust graphic processing unit for a quick buck of a starting $2,999.

If you can recall the previous desktop versions in the past, for people like me, it was mainly used for processing documents, playing games, social interaction, and browsing. If I wanted to do some art, I would look for some plain sheets of paper to do my sketching or, on a larger scale, get a canvas.

This year the surface studio is more so for art lovers. Be it an artist, architect, music composer, construction engineer, et al. You can tell by the accessories accompanying the device. Still, in all, it’s a powerful ‘desktop’ for most professional levels.

Accessories?

Apart from the surface pen, which has been around for quite some time, Microsoft has created a new accessory device called the ‘surface dial.’ I can say it is the most potent piece of accompanying accessory whereby it can navigate, store and do plenty of more tricks than a mouse can do.

Surface Dial.

So if you’re willing to churn out around $3,000 to have it as your PC, it is a good bet you can gamble on.

That bad talk is not a bliss

I’ve noticed today how much people are giving out negative energy, and it’s not all good, from the press commentaries to the politics within, game shows, and even our day-to-day interaction. Good deeds have been given little attention while the bad news takes the lead headlines. The world is not as bad as people are portraying it and or but would it heal more properly if people did something good about it? We talk of our neighbor’s break-in, the plight of refugees, hunger in the world, and global catastrophes like climate change, but how many are willing to avert these disasters? We need to do more than talk. The world will not heal with time if we don’t do anything. It’s time to post something positive on social media, respond to crises or disasters, and not publish them as a way of getting the most attention or likes from people.

Uniqueness


What’s your uniqueness or personal identifier? Be it on social media, personality, work, social interactions? How do people get to know you? It would be best if you created a uniqueness of your own that people can relate to you. Let the essence be optimistic as possible. Don’t be the kind that follows or goes along with the crowd but an individual who trails his or her path. Do good no matter how challenging it is. One day you’ll get your rewards in bountiful. Acts of good deeds don’t go unrewarded.