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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
I thought the PBS documentary on Norman Mineta was absolutely inspiring and educational. He was, and still is, one-of-a-kind. Particularly in a society where self-serving 'politicians' and greed has become commonplace (it's usually about the job title and perks - nothing worthwhile ever gets done once they've been elected because they offer no real solutions or ideas, and end up only mud slinging. Just whatever it takes to get elected). Go to their web page below for the documentary video:
I'll have more thoughts on my Classical Piano blog about the Piano Sonatas. For sure, it'll be a Rachmaninoff for the new upload or recording.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
It'll be either the No. 4 or No. 7 Piano Sonata, but I'm not sure which yet for recording / upload. Perhaps a Rachmaninoff in the meantime.
The Yukon Striker is here! They say it's the fastest and longest dive coaster yet, but doesn't matter - roller coasters scare the crap outta me anyway heh. Unfortunately, there won't be the Try Guys trying this one - but there are other "try guys" as well in terms of reactions (perhaps not with the same frog-faced OMG's heheh).
Simu Liu should be nicknamed "The Model" - that Old Spice commercial was something, if not for being the face of Accounting-related subjects (don't Asians love to number crunch anyway? except for me - I failed Math). Anyway, here's to S4 of "Kim's Convenience".
Who the hell looks like a Dookie-Head?! muhaha.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Happy Mother's Day! Always appreciate and love my omma.
Dustin Nguyen's character looks bad-ass. Hop Wei 4 life, but I'm not sure if he's an antagonist or not - waiting, scheming. Seems sketchy indeed.
Why is it that sometimes the most important pieces of mail get mis-delivered and/or lost (even worse when it is an expedited service - and can't expect everyone to be good samaritans to return them). Some postal branches or offices are more lackluster and careless than others (the branch at my old location for instance - I wouldn't be surprised if they lost pieces of mail in their own facility/branch). They need to hire or to do more extensive testing in hiring reliable personnel. Sons of bitches heh.
Friday, May 10, 2019
I've been curious as to what the "BLT" (Better Luck Tomorrow) crew has been up to, in particular since I just saw Parry Shen on a daytime soap opera. It might've come as a shock to me, since I completely forgot about the guy. And how appropriate since it is APAH month. So here it is, roll call (at least ones in which there are updates on):
John Cho - I'm taking that he's currently busy prepping or filming "Cowboy Bebop", and recently starred in a "Twilight Zone" episode.
Jason Tobin - He's been busy with the new series on Cinemax - absolutely worth checking out if you have the channel
Parry Shen - On a daytime soap, doing a film here and there. The "Hyperglycemic" guy from BLT heh.
Aaron Takahashi - still doing commercials and interesting pics on his instagram
Sung Kang - Unfortunately, I do not know if he's involved in a new project at all (except for remodeling cars, partnership with Audi or being on a "Party Boat" heh). But his recent Instragram pic can either just be a coincidence or entirely something else.
The need for UBI is going to become more apparent, as the cost of living and other goods /services gets more expensive while jobs or employment become more scarce or unattainable due to varying reasons. I believe it can create more incentives than disincentives, and that argument for it is there.
Sunday, May 05, 2019
It's damn cool to see Wong Fu Production's Philip to grace a billboard as part of the Youtube experience. I think another member or two should've been added, but oh well. What do I think of "Dating After College"? It's entertaining, but I wouldn't really know because I never went through the experiences (at least not online fo' sho') - but I could imagine that there isn't that much of a difference between our generation and millenials of today. WFP continues to produce quality content on their own (perhaps not everything to my liking), but it is.
I don't necessarily believe that the expressive ability in playing a piece (in any instrument) is in a way a pure skillset, or it could be more like either "you have it" or "you don't" kind of thing. Some just might not be able to feel or emote the music, but they might be able to mechanically play a piece well. It's a habit we should strive to get out of, and it is a continuous learning experience. Musical compositions or pieces can be seen as pieces of artwork or poetry - there's a story to tell in the notes and dynamics of the piece.
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Cobra Kai S3 confirmed - it was inevitable, but we were all waiting for it. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait another whole year - something fans do not want to hear. But let the speculation begin. Of course, I have my preferences who I'd like to see guest star or characters returning from previous seasons, but inquiring minds want to know. Is Principal Lopez going to give Stingray the security job? And is he going to get that coveted-yellow belt? muhaha. Anyway, more thoughts on another blog.
For me, almost every month is like APA heritage month because I'm mainly concerned about supporting or rooting for that cause. I'll definitely talk more about it on another blog as well, but the movement or the fight has only just begun. Keep it going. Keep fighting the good fight.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
I have to say that E6 and E10 are my favorites, and it's worth it to binge watch all of them at least once more. The school fight at the end might have seemed extreme, but it could also be interpreted as a social commentary on how violent our society is or can get, and safety or security needs to be taken more seriously (In a recent Q & A, there should be repercussions). On the lighter side, just enjoy the damn show for what it is.
Speaking of which, Stingray deserves that yellow belt, but I'm not sure about the job offer however (although he was certainly dressed to impress - shouldn't he score brownie points for that Mr. Interviewer?) muhaha. Also, in E9 - remember to take free food (especially uneaten pizza pies) before taking off, because - why waste it? heheh.
I'll have to schedule in a recording session for the Beethoven Sonata third movement (would have recorded by now). It's easier when the house is empty, but no big deal - always glad to have family as company.
Daniel Dae Kim has a knack for salient and on-the-point interviews. Here is another one:
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Some notables or tidbits from that school fight in E10 "No Mercy":
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
"Cobra Kai" S2 - exceeded expectations. Humor and nostalgia up the wazoo, and a Cobra Kai fat dude for comic relief I suppose heh. I won't share spoilers as well (not until at least a few weeks from now, when most everybody has seen it). But I'll say some things for sure - you'll feel nostalgic again as well as laughing yer ass off. You'll see Kreese smile here and there (at least deviously), and Daniel doing the crane kick pose again. And lots of kick-ass fight scenes - you wonder why the school never called the police (or the National Guard for that matter heh) to break it all up resulting in a tragedy. The fight was sure large and long enough, a "Brawl For All" for sure (Damn, Hawk takin' out everyone heh).
It was worth the price of two movie tickets at least - I'll have to watch it again a few more times before cancelling Youtube Premium. Fans are already calling for a third season, which is highly probable.
Monday, April 22, 2019
The most difficult part is having to wait the day before a new season of a show debuts, or the night before a new game or expansion releases. "Cobra Kai" fans are getting antsy heh. I can probably say the same thing about gamers with either the release of a new console version, or a highly-anticipated game. Patience, grasshopper.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
And so it begins early this Tuesday at 9 PM PST. Well, at least the first one is free - we'll have to re-sub.
Mental health issues are certainly issues that should be given more attention to. I don't believe medication is always the answer, as they can be addictive and be used as an escape, not to heal. However, it might be necessary as a last resort if there is no other choice. If there isn't a biological or physiological reason, then the other cause has to be environmental or societal. Not all means to escape are healthy (only in moderation however), such as gaming. Music, on the other hand, has been very therapeutic and welcoming.
I can see how UBI can be beneficial in more ways than one. It's a guaranteed income (however minimal) in an otherwise non-guaranteed society where an individual or individuals might not be able to get a job - not only because of the scarcity or the threat of automation, but also because of other possible factors - discrimination (race, gender, disability, age, etc) for instance.
I try to find worth-while articles, but some of them require registration (sons of bitches). Here's one on John Cho:
Who actually reads Playboy articles? heh. Unless it's one on Daniel Dae Kim - always informative, to the point and witty.
Friday, April 19, 2019
"The Wunderkind" might be the "wunder" story from the "Twilight Zone" S1. If you have online access to the channel, it is recommended. I'm sure there are notables in there. But I'm not inclined to subscribe or try their so-called free trial yet - since I might have to re-sub to Youtube Premium for "Cobra Kai" S2 anyway.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
John Cho could be a model (but he's busy enough as a top-notch actor as it is - he's currently prepping to become Spike Spiegel I reckon). First, gracing the covers as the "Glass Man" and now "Burdock". Steven Yeun in "The Twilight Zone" story called "A Traveler". Since "Burning", this appears to be another creepy character. A welcoming trend however, since it diversifies one's repertoire. Images below:
Another Daniel Dae Kim article:
John Cho interview on a PBS documentary:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
"The Piano Men" - Billy Joel and Lang Lang. Both stars in their respective genre, but they can play in both. It's good to see Billy Joel still performing since it's been awhile for me (although I hear an oldie or a classic once in awhile on the radio) - his songs are iconic in that we can't help ourselves but to sing along every time we hear it. I remember the Greatest Hits two-disc set all those years ago - I don't have the physical CD's anymore. But in this digital age, we can just listen to them on our devices.
Cookies are certainly annoying. Not the delicious snacks we love to eat, but the pesky trackers on browsers. They should be gotten rid of, as it affects logging in and can cause other technical issues for the user or consumer. I'm sure Andrew Yang can come up with a solution to that heh. "I might not be technically saavy, but I know what a cookie is" - Forrest Gump 2 heh.
"We do not train to be merciful". I hope fans can separate fiction from reality. Otherwise, violence begets more violence and it would be a recipe for humanity to destroy itself. We all need a bit more compassion and sympathy in our lives. But enough with the serious talk, fans are looking toward S2.