My new digital home

Since elementary school, I have wanted to create and have my own website. Back then, the main reason was because I always thought it'd be cool to say that I had a website. In fact, I built a website to distribute study guides I created. But, every time I began building something more personal, I got stuck on what content should go on the website.

Over the years, what I have come to realize is that, while I have not gotten more interesting, I wanted a website, if for nothing else but, for myself. It might sound selfish, but, in actuality, it's similar to the reason I created a mission statement at the start of my Freshmen year of college. I wanted to have a place to remind myself who I am and who I am not, as well as who I want to become. Like my mission statement, I wanted to visually outline and focus myself on what I care about. Sharing all this with the world not only allows people to understand me better, but also to hold me accountable.

So today, I am so happy to announce iantang.com, something that I have been working on for the past several months to hopefully achieve what I described above. It still has some rough edges, but I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you'd like to see more of. There is still so much I want to do with this, so I'm just getting started.

Always about #MomentsThatMatter.
Whether you're on desktop or mobile, or something in between, the Moments page is what you're presented with first. It's an edge-to-edge display of hand-selected photos I've captured of some special moments, people and places. While this selection includes photos I've shared elsewhere, I've chosen to highlight these select few. I have always been captivated by photography and the stories they tell, so the meaning behind the photos and the reason I've selected them are just as important as the photos themselves.

Bringing everything together, beautifully.
iantang.com will also serve as the central place for everything in my life, from personal announcements, like this post, to anything I do professionally. It's why you can also access my website at iantanghub.com. In this sense, my blog (e.g. Thoughts), Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as other social platforms where amazing people and communities have accepted and welcomed me, become the spokes to the hub, my website. It is my goal to bake and integrate social content from all the networks I support right into the website, but my commitment, engagement and presence on social destinations will not change. Originally, I had a separate Spokes page that showed social content, but because I felt the experience could be much better integrated, I'm still experimenting with other ways of having everything right on the site.

The things that define me, defined.
A central part of the website, and something I loved creating, is the values section. It's an overview of the 8 values that are important to me and that were carefully considered when I wrote out my mission statement. On my website, I spell out exactly what each value means to me and how I strive to live according to that value every day. You'll also soon be able to see brands that I support alongside my values and mission statement because I believe where we lend our support financially also says a lot about who we are as individuals.

Let's connect.
Along with my website, I am also making public an email where people can personally contact me: inquiries@iantang.com. Say hello and let me know if you'd like to work on something great together.

My thoughts on Glass, integrity and the free flow of information

Today, I received this e-mail from my Macroeconomics Professor at +The George Washington University: "That means that Google glass and similar devices are NOT allowed during assignments..." 



I am happy that my Professor is starting this type of conversation about +Google Glass  nd new technologies so swiftly and transparently.

Certainly, as an Explorer, these situations where Glass is singled out, are expected, just like +Cecilia Abadie fighting her traffic ticket today (http://goo.gl/UN60mo) or those told to leave restaurants (http://goo.gl/neb8zf). I agree Glass should not be used during exams. Yet, it is utterly irresponsible for those in authority to single new devices like Glass, which functions just as smartphones and tablets do, in this manner. Certainly, this period of testing is where society is educating itself and distinguishing what is real and what is exaggerated by the media, both its features and limitations. For example, having Glass rest on top your head like sunglasses indoors will not enable a student to cheat and is not a qualification of cheating, just like having a phone in your pocket. However, this type of conversation is good to start.

While I don't know if this e-mail is directed to me currently, I do feel the need to share this information clearly and openly. Your feedback, both in agreement or disagreement, is encouraged.

We should embrace technology, especially with the potentials it offers education. More importantly, we should not create hysteria and spread misinformation. Finally, integrity, including in academics, is one of my core values and I believe a society well-educated in not only knowledge but also morals and values will not have these problems.

As C.S. Lewis once said, “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”

From this point forward, I am reaffirming my commitment to act with integrity in an ethical and moral manner that takes into account my strict moral discipline, just like I did in 8th grade when I created study guides from public class notes and let information flow freely (allowing others to collaborate, build on top and download those guides at their own discretion) even after one teacher, with a complete opposite view than all the other parents, students and teachers, labeled it as a form of cheating.

You can learn more about my mission statement, vision and values here: 

Ballmer, don't be the jealous goat.

Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, is at it again, complaining about +Google and blaming its dooms on Google's success (http://goo.gl/VMKeJ6 via +ReadWrite). In the past years, Microsoft has gotten so jealous that it has practically forgotten all that's good with itself. And so, a short story...

"A farmer in a village had a goat and a donkey. The farmer used to make the donkey work hard and fed him good food - carrots, radish, corn, etc. The goat was very unhappy since it had to find food on it's own and eat grass. It became very jealous of the donkey.

The goat thought of a plan. The goat thought that if the donkey stopped working, it would get the good food the donkey got from the farmer. So the goat pushed the donkey into a large hole. The donkey was badly hurt and it could not walk.

The farmer became very sad seeing the donkey's bad health condition. He wanted the donkey to recover soon from illness since he had to get work from the donkey. The farmer thought that feeding the donkey with goat's soup might make the donkey recover from illness soon. Hence, the farmer killed the goat and gave the donkey it's soup.

So instead of getting the donkey's food, the goat itself became food for the donkey."

Microsoft is a strong company. With lots of potential. But instead of focusing on how it can fulfill its potential, it has entered an endless cycle, twisting itself into a windsor knot, to try to take out Google. To try and use taxpayer's dollars against a company which individuals choose to use at his or her discretion. To try and get governments to "control" Google, even after the Federal Trade Commission found no wrongdoing.

Ballmer, stop with the fabricated claims Microsoft and +FairSearch.org continually create, especially when Microsoft does the same thing. Stop being a company so jealous of another that you forget all that's good with yourself. Stop getting so hell-bent at destroying Google because you think their success has led to your doom. Stop yourself from deteriorating, caused by your laser focus on Google. Stop being the goat.

Or else one day, Microsoft will vanish into the state of nothing. Don't Scroogle yourself.

Ballmer, you're leaving soon. Stand for something. Leave a legacy of morality at Microsoft. Of instilling values that were lost in the past decade. Of humility. Of innovation. Of truthfulness. Because Microsoft can achieve so much, if it focused on what mattered, itself.

Courtesy of: http://bakesah.blogspot.com/.
Look at +T-Mobile. Look at +Yahoo! These companies were perceived to be doomed. Yet, in the past months, they have refocused on themselves and they're becoming the underdog that people are starting to take seriously again. T-Mobile, whose focus on innovative plans and programs, and not its CEO's harsh criticisms of other carriers, is now a beacon of hope for many people who are fed up with traditional mobile carriers. Yahoo!, whose focus on recreating a gorgeous experience, has attracted back both users and employees.

Microsoft. You can do it. I want a day when I can't wait to get my hands on a Microsoft product. A day when I am excited about Microsoft's releases. But that will not happen when all you do is steer me in the direction of looking at Google.

(short story: http://goo.gl/OKdAAR via Kuttees)