This thing, you need. Run your smartphone for days.
Hi, I’m Brad.
May 2012 — this page is work in progress. I’m probably going to rewrite it after the other site changes are made. Please “like” my Says Brad Facebook page for updates! I’d really appreciate it.
That’s probably something that you already know. I’d planned-out a detailed bio capable of answering most of the questions people ask me, but then thought, who’d want to read all of that?! Maybe you? If not, skip around, absorb whatever is relevant to you, or leave a note like: tl;dr (question)? Ask, and I may answer.
People don’t really like to read anymore; they want their information in images, streaming video format, or if it must be text, 140 characters or less.
Hi. Can you create an interesting, accurate description of yourself in a tweet?
On PSN, the about me box has just enough room for my website address. It can’t even fit, “hi, please visit my blog.” But maybe that’s all I need, because I can direct people to this site.
Brad Chin. 25. Japanese/Chinese. Disabled (I also have chronic nerve and muscle pain, myoclonus—muscle spasms and flinching, RLS, migraines, sensitivity to sound, light and changes in barometric pressure).
My iPad is my arsenal. I do just about everything on it, mostly out of necessity. Notebooks are too awkward and heavy, convertible TabletPCs are too hot and bulky, and desktops require me to sit up at a desk. Not easy (very painful) for me.
- (on my iPad) I draw, paint, write, doodle, sketch, conceptualize, blog, review apps, play some games
- I do some design, illustration, concept art, copy editing, writing, and consulting on a case-by-case basis based on my condition.
My disability severely restricts what I can do.
Everyday is a painful ordeal; something hurts, medications, sleep, stretch, nerve pain, medications, side effects, sleep, eat, dizzy, meds, etc. This unending, cyclical torture—my existence—usually leaves very little room for optimism. But there are some good things. I have my family, some great, old buddies and some awesome new friends I’d met online, and incredibly, the support of a few generous people willing to help me.
Writing, drawing, designing helps me in many ways.
At first, it was difficult being stuck at home, and being unable to work was very depressing. Eventually, I had to figure something out. I could change my mindset—how I felt, emotionally, about my condition—but I couldn’t do much about the pain. Yes, there are meds but those act as a bad bandaid and eventually lose efficacy.
Imagine being sore, achy like when you have the flu, exhausted and bruised… and you lay down to rest but you can’t get comfortable, no matter the position. Imagine the feeling of someone resting their head on your shoulder only he or she stays like that, forever—that weight, that pressure—never coming off, no relief.
The best that I thought I could do was to try and ignore the pain and pressure, but I’d imagine that that’s similar to ignoring an open wound on your body, next to a few misquito bites and a bee sting. Then something else hurts, but less, so it’s like having a cut in your mouth that your tongue keeps touching so it doesn’t heal and just keeps hurting.
Trying to ignore my body—didn’t work. And in time, the pain invaded my dreams as well.
Over time, I realized that focusing on something creative while concentrating on music or movie provided a bit of a distraction for awhile. It’s very tiring; I can’t sustain for long before needing to rest, but it’s something positive that I like doing. Art is fulfilling, even if I can only experience it for a few minutes.
If you think that you might have a project for me and like the kind of art that I create, please take a look at what I do (page)
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Was ENTJ until a car accident, now INTJ, perhaps INFP depending on who’s around me.