New Year resolutions are a lot easier to accomplish if you actually set tangible steps and time frames. Instead of wishing to lose weight, make goals on how much fat loss to accomplish by a certain deadline, and specifically what to do to accomplish it. Elections is just a type of marketing but a lot of people mistaken it for PSA. It's all about saying the things that the voter (consumer) likes and will accept rather than informing them. I don't think Trump will build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, but it sounded great to enough Americans that mattered (battle ground states). At the same time, all the other outlandish things he said, I also take it with a grain of salt. His predecessor, Obama promised change, but I don't really feel there was much change. I could be wrong, time will tell. More and more of our possessions are taken over by cheap crap that we don't care for and thrown out at first sign of . I remember my grandfather owns significantly less things than my generation (I'm in my mid30s), but the fewer things he owned are made of much better quality and are cared for and repaired. I feel like this trend also carries over to our relationship with people. Especially with social media, friends are becoming more disposable, less valued, and damage go unrepaired because it's a lot easier to make new online friends. Are movies based/inspired by real life events inherently better? I've noticed movies in the Oscar discussion, the percentage of movie based on true story are creeping up in the past few years. And this also made me thought of two movies I watched recently, Flight and Sully. While Flight borrowed certain elements of story that actually happened, most of it is made up, Sully on the other hand, is much more faithfully recreated based on Miracle on Hudson. There seems to be an unusual onslaught of celebrity death news to close out the year. While I think it's important to honour these people, reflect on their positive impact and accomplishment, it is also important to think on those loved ones that are still with us: people such as grandparents, or parents that you haven't see in a while, good friends from way back that you've lost touch, etc... I like to end the post by saying I am thankful for what I have for 2016. I got married this year to a beautiful wife who I am getting along splendidly, I've made a few great friends that I want to keep for the years and decades to come and my career has been going quite smoothly. I have some specific goals for 2017 that I won't post in detail here, but the result I hope is that I become a better person to those around me.