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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Life can be unpredictable, and things can happen unexpectedly for the better or for the worse. Emotions can change on a whim - from ecstasy to depression. We just have to stay the course and perservere / overcome certain obstacles. I guess when life hands you lemons, you just have to try to make lemonade. I've suffered from anxiety most of my life, and it has not made it easy to change the way I live or think. But I think it's getting there.
I heard "Cobra Kai" S2 is focusing on the rivalry between the two Dojo's. What made S1 enjoyable for me was the nostalgia and the humor. I'm not really into the idea of catering to the millenials in terms of content and character, but that seems to be most of today's audience however - millenials. I stick around for the nostalgia, and hopefully they'll consider writing in some surprise guests in the future (from the films at least). Personally, I'd like to see Chozen come back.
The idea of a Universal Basic Income is very appealing and exciting, much preferable than "free" health care (policies have been implemented before, but the damn government still ends up taking your money. Greedy bastids). But can it be implemented? I think Andrew Yang is bringing in a fresh, new outlook or perspective. And as well as the enthusiasm and energy that usually is lacking in politics.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Hands up! RRN on the road at the SXSW Music Festival. They have some definitely nice, catchy songs. With their video blogs or vlogs, what's not to like about their road trip - especially all the delicious eats. I do miss that thin, crispy / salty pizza.
In the most recent "Ryan Tries" episode, Ryan goes ghost hunting. My favorite line "....it's your show!" heh. I'm guessing that it was a satirical statement on how some hosts or "lead investigators" demand or insist that the show centers around themselves. Talk about ego. Shows like GA are for pure entertainment only or they've become that - at least make it suspenseful or somewhat believable (the original documentary was that). How hokey are episodes about demonic possessions, satanic rituals at brothels, etc. I believe that there are ghosts, but they don't always show up or throw / move things when the camera is turned on.
We could all use a bit more compassion and tolerance towards others (moreso from me - I have to swallow my pride and turn the other cheek more often), despite our differences and preferences.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
I heard about "Kim's Convenience", and I should check it out. From the scenes or previews I've seen, it's hilarious. It's Canadian Broadcasting however. There is Netflix, but our old model Vizio's crapped out (no longer can access smart apps). We don't watch tv much anyway, so not sure if it's worth upgrading (certainly not worth it to repair as it is costly).
I'm not the type who can exercise or jog every single damn day. I prefer to take breaks, or just do it once in awhile. Fortunately, I'm not overweight so it is not necessary. But still, there are benefits to it blah, blah, blah...yawn.
Monday, March 11, 2019
I'm not sure what to make of the "Leaving Neverland" documentary. I would think that it's sensationalism or exploitation at its finest. But whatever the consensus or the truth is (child molestor or not), there might be some semblance of truth uncovered there. I'd just like to leave the negatives out, and think about Michael Jackson's music only.
Here is something funny, this screenshot below from a podcast clip. It's the classic "LMAO" Head-Back Laugh, and the "FACEPALM" Don't-See-Me Laugh Look (Courtesy of David So / Khalif) MUHAHAHA
I agree with Daniel Dae Kim - we can do without Daylight Saving's Time.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
It's been awhile since I had a nice practice of a full repertoire. More thoughts at another time on my classical piano blog.
"The Glass Man" John Cho is definitely a sharped-dressed (or well-dressed) man as well. Cool photo ops.
Just call it the Bobby Lee dance muhaha.
Friday, March 08, 2019
Fortunately, warmer weather is ahead (and it's about time). What a winter it has been (hopefully we don't have to go through that again), although we were treated to some hail yesterday. What's next - are we going to be complaining about being too hot over the summer? Hope not, although I prefer cooler weather or seasons - never extremes. But then again, who does.
Bobby "Island Bob" Lee doin' a funky dance muhaha. Definitely tops the "I'm on a Pah-ty Boat" dance heheh.
The most difficult question to me - who is your favorite composer or what is your favorite piece? It's something I can't really answer since there are a lot of pieces that can fit the bill. I guess the safest answer would be is whatever you play the most or most frequent. But there should be a definite answer for sure. More thoughts on my classical piano blog at another time.
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Put it this way - Dr. Jackson Han did offer more responsibilities for Murphy heh. As a central character, there'll be a resolution and he'll somehow return. Let us hope Dr. Han returns as well with more appearances. Well then - I'll go right into an office, throw a hissy fit, (maybe join the wrasslin' team as well), and tell them I'm autistic. Perhaps then I'll get a raise or get my old job back.
Hudson Yang used to be a short, fat kid. Now, he's a tall, fat kid. Just kiddin' around haha (he's talented and funny). I haven't seen "Fresh Off The Boat" in quite awhile. He might not resemble Eddie Huang that much anymore, but I'm sure FOTB doesn't height discriminate nevertheless.
Lang Lang's new album. I've heard "Fur Elise" played fast, slow, expressive, etc. One thing I agree is that this is a piece that needs to be meticulously interpreted in regards to expression - to get the most out of it. I included it in a medley recording of mine, but for that purpose - I played it a bit faster than it should have been.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Dr. Jackson Han might appear cold-hearted, but he is very logical and realistic. If someone were to throw a tantrum or a hissy fit in an office, would you pamper the person or treat him / her like anyone else? I'm sure even autists would like to be treated like anyone else. But this is a drama, and I'll say it again - the point of a drama is to have drama. That being said, Daniel Dae Kim portrays his character so naturally that it doesn't appear that he's making any effort. It's certainly a breathe of fresh air where over-acting and superficiality remains in this decadent industry.
Sungwon Cho deserves the accolades. Now, is there going to be an Anime Crimes Division S3? That is the question.
I certainly appreciate and enjoy the "How We Met" stories - a lot of it is just hilarious when it is just told like it is and brutally honest without sugar-coating anything.
Sunday, March 03, 2019
I've thought about creating and uploading a James Cage White fan page aka "The Very Cool, Very Swag" guy (or character).
Das Da Mudda Very Cool indeed heh.
Saturday, March 02, 2019
I enjoyed spending another relaxing, quality time in Hawaii - in particular, with family (I think I inadvertantly removed a previous blog about it). I'm always glad to be there, and wish it didn't have to be over already - but nothing lasts forever. But time goes by like nothing. Some notables - snorkeling near the deep (although currents were strong), swimming at a waterfall, and a hefty dinner with some deliciousness. But otherwise, just relaxing at the resort and playing games or watching some stuff is enough sometimes. But for sure - you would want to take advantage of the time there as much as possible.
I'm not one for public announcements, just a low-key way of discussing or talking about things. More thoughts in another blog.