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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Arrangements and transcriptions. I could appreciate the different kinds of them for music, some more embellished than others. It is something that I am certainly not experienced in. There are already a lot of musicians who can and make them available for us to play.

With continued technological advancement and in this digital age, I could see more jobs being displaced as we rely more on computers, mobile devices, etc. Already, automation is becoming an issue. I certainly would not want to get into or risk my life on a self-driving vehicle - what if there is a glitch or something is programmed incorrectly? Hell no. But it's the automated machines in factories that are becoming more of an issue, as well as e-giants taking over or monopolizing the online consumer experience. But I never really considered these things until I heard about Andrew Yang. I believe he is the real deal - addressing real issues that actually matter. I might not agree with all his legit ideas, but it is something worth discussing.

It's mid-April already, but looking forward to 04/24 - almost here. It might be time to prepare by doing fifty pushups on our knuckles heh.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Some more lazy Sunday tidbits or my thoughts from social media / personalities:

Dear Ryan - Thank you for the "Get Introverted" video for all the introverts. "The Introverts (Sorry, "the Meek") Shall Inherit The Earth..." heheh.

Aaron Takahashi - Yes, you look like a "Nornerto" haha.

Goh Nakamura - So that's what's in a black hole: guitar picks! haha. Give this guy the Nobel Prize.

I was watching the eight-part documentary on the new Cinemax series based on Bruce Lee's writings, and how it all came together. The purpose and vision of it is astounding. If you have access to Cinemax or subscribed to it, it is highly recommended to watch.

Bruce Lee passed away early in his life. Mozart (and to an extent, Schubert) both passed away early in their lives. All of them were "pure" geniuses in their craft. Moral of the story: "Be water, my friend".

As Andy Milonakis would say, "bitches come easy, ho's so sleazy..." heh. Final relationship advice - I'd just dump their bitchy asses haha. But be appreciative of them putting up with you if not.


Friday, April 12, 2019

The third movement for Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 15 is in the works, and almost ready. It's a fun movement, albeit an unusual structure / melody - quite difficult as well. More thoughts at another time.

It's been incessantly raining all month (with a few breaks here and there), and today was that rare moment the sun was out. I was more than happy to get out of the house to eat out, and just enjoy going to a park. Not sure when all this precipitation is going to end (with sunnier weather), but this year is certainly one for the record books it seems.

Relationship issues - we all have them, and certainly the most relatable podcast topic. There's a lot of relevant and important points pertaining to relationships, but this is one that resonates with a lot - "Instant gratification or temporary happiness is not worth sacrificing long-term happiness for. Do not make permanent decisions based on instant or short-term happiness. You'll suffer for it". Something to that effect. If bitchy wives or gf's are all that existed, how easy would it be to just dump their asses or not even bother with the relationship to begin with muhaha.

The image of the black hole has the world abuzz. It was time to update my Celestial web page because...it's been quiet. I have yet to put together the telescope that was purchased.

Another must-read article from Daniel Dae Kim:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/04/11/daniel-dae-kim-hellboy-is-rare-happy-ending-hollywoods-whitewashing-problem/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d0a73fd874c5



Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Some humor for today, in regards to Michael Jackson (again) and the podcast previously on the subject matter (also an image from the "Leaving Neverland" doc). I can imagine this is also part of what they were laughing about muhaha.



The onslaught of precipitation. April showers indeed. April Heavy Showers.


Sunday, April 07, 2019

It's lazy Sunday, so I don't have anything particular to blog about - so here's some more tidbits or quotables from social media or personalities:

Aaron Takahashi - Yes, let's eat donuts. I LOB-uh donuts. I need to eat one as a reward haha.

Jason Tobin - "Don't disturb a man when they're having sex. It's rude" Otherwise, Youngjun is going to channel his inner Virgil and give you a huge WTF. Fo' Sho' heheh.

From "Hellboy" - "There's a problem. I'm a Capricorn....and you're fuckin' nuts!!" heh.

We should feel a sense of pride of our own culture / race and how we think, but that's just my opinion. But at the same time, we should be open-minded or non-judgmental for others. I hope the words "opinions", "preferences" and "facts" are not confused with each other.


Saturday, April 06, 2019

I was going to upload the Andante movement from the Piano Sonata, but that's for another day. The third movement is almost ready, but might take a bit more time.

I think the watch list on Netflix is growing, so I better find a way to log in (if I can use an existing account online) - Kim's Convenience, Cowboy Bebop (TBA), Always Be My Maybe (TBA), other projects from Youtubers I'm subscribed to, etc. I'm not inclined to register for free trials on premium channels, unless it can be cancelled right away with no obligations.

New "Cobra Kai" trailer. The final clip of the confrontation or fight might be what we've finally hoped for, but we just have to see whether it is a lengthy or a brief one (but then again, I wouldn't think that there would be much space in an apartment or a room to make for a convincing fight). There's no doubt there is some kind of manipulation still going on. It still might be a gray area of who the villain or hero is, but it certainly makes for an interesting conversation. Kreese still appears to be a villain in it however - still his '80's "No Mercy, Finish him!" self. Plus, there's a kick ass cat fight between girls (a new Cobra Kai martial artist). By the way, too many spins (looks like something out of a super saiyan anime - should be only a half or full spin if at all) on that victim after getting that kick. Obviously unrealistic, but if they've got you hooked on the scene - it's a moot point or doesn't matter. Just like the shark being blown up from an 'exploding' diving tank at the end of "Jaws". Go watch "Mythbusters" heh.


Thursday, April 04, 2019

The rule of thumb for me - never eat at fast food franchises that you know...overseas. It'll certainly not taste the same (re-heated, dry as fuck mystery meat heheh).

It has begun. The first Piano Sonata of Beethoven is No. 15 Op. 28. I plan to record / upload one movement at a time....

If not for solely to binge watch "Kim's Convenience", now John Cho has joined "Cowboy Bebop" for the Netflix series. All the more reason to consider subscribing to Netflix, at least for the free trial (cancel anytime my ass heh - of course I'm going to). Jason Tobin is lookin' fresh - from a rebellious teen in BLT, to a freedom fighter (or some kind of fighter) in a Cinemax series based on Bruce Lee writings. I wish I could afford premium channels though - just not in our budget anymore.


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

I can see it as an electronic symphony - different synthesizers with different roles, performing their part. Either accompaniment in the treble, bass or for other sound effects. And the melodies being interchangeable. Video game music can be beautiful and moving as well, you can experience that "orgasmic frenzy" of emotions sometimes. The Super NES Band does a fantastic job - sometimes they elicit giggles out of the audience, I too as well heh.

Poor Sungwon aka ProZD, the up-and-coming voice actor. First, he had to deal with getting kicked out of a miserable Lyft experience which could've been racially motivated. And now, given a hard time in immigration. He probably should've brought a box of lucky charms in case - if not because they're just magically delicious heh.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

I only got to know Wong Fu Productions recently in the past several years, and they've come a long way creating and developing their own content how they want it and the way they want it - no compromises. For sure, not all subject matters appeal to me but not everything usually should. My favorite is "Yappie" so far, but there's still a lot I have not gotten around to. Congrats on their moving to a new space - definitely an indication of a growing and successful business.

I would prefer to get rid of daylight saving's time altogether. I certainly don't mind turning back the clock (for the extra hour of sleep heh) at all - at least that part.

Happy "35th Karate Kid" Day. You might have a list of things you want to accomplish today, but first - you accomplish "watching the anniversary screening at a theater near you" heheh.


Friday, March 29, 2019

Burgers - they're food I get the cravings for often. And I tend to order them usually when we go out to eat, it's comfort food that I can most rely on heh. It used to be pizza, and it's been awhile - since we live in a remote area, it's quite a drive to the nearest place. It appears air fryers are becoming a fad these days, from some infomercials heh. You know, just like the non-stick pans, the flex glues, the dump cakes, the cop cams, etc. heheheh.

Well, I hope Lang Lang does more live Q & A's and online concert streaming. The Piano Book is an album with pieces most of us might know as our first repertoire pieces when we first began to learn. For me, it was mostly Sonatinas (Khulau / Clementi) and Minuets. A sound advice to new learners - don't try to tackle too much before mastering the fundamentals. In other words, don't try to jump into tough pieces right away. I've learned my lesson - I did that, it turned out sloppy and messy. Now, I had to turn that around and it took several years before doing it right or correctly. But I'm old now. Still, music is eternal and ageless. Once you know or feel it, the rest is just on paper or it's just a matter of knowing or understanding / feeling it.

I wish I could check out the new "Twilight Zone" series, but free trials are usually misleading. You'll end up having to subscribe to it - every platform that has a free trial requires subscription afterwards. As for their cancellation policy, it varies or differs.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

I don't dine out much, so I wouldn't know what places need reservations ahead of time - if you don't have the patience to wait thirty or more minutes for a table that is. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait that long - but you never know. The "Cheesecake Factory" is known for their various cheesecake flavors (and you have to try at least one while you're there), but the meals are just as delicious (but pricy). For special occasions or celebrating birthdays, you might as well run up the tab and stuff yourself.

Apparently, I'm still working on some more Mendelssohn and fine-tuning / finishing up some full Piano Sonatas. I just need to organize my thoughts, and then I can upload a new classical piano / repertoire blog.


Monday, March 25, 2019

We were experiencing some summer temperatures last week (for a few days), and I thought oh shit - now we're going to complain that it's going to be too hot. But it's back to the chilly temps. Whenever there is a WoW Arena Tournament, I tend to get particularly lazy and just watch it all weekend. Not a good thing health-wise.

Andrew Yang is innovative in ideas and solutions (certainly eloquent and clever), and for a change - he's addressing real problems with possible real solutions (by placing humanity first). It's come to the point where politics has become nothing but a job - self-serving, corrupt and greedy. I think Andrew Yang might be a viable alternative or option to all that. This "unknown" deserves a chance to be heard, and he is surely becoming "known". Am I on board the Yang Gang yet? I failed Math, so I probably won't get that hat anytime soon heh. However, ban Robo-calls and automated messages then it would be unconditional heh.

April 24th can't come soon enough for "Cobra Kai's" new season - only if Youtube Premium just let us binge watch the previous season for free.

"You gotta have a poker face like me". A few secs later...."Woah, four aces!" muhaha. There's just a lot of humorous scenes or dialogue from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure".


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.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

We were introduced to Dr. Jackson Han (played by Daniel Dae Kim), the new Chief of Surgery who tells it like it is (very candidly and to the point) - definitely has the swag and perhaps a bit of an ego. The consensus already does not like the guy heh. But are you able to separate fiction from reality? Characters like this are somewhat necessary to create drama in a drama - that's the point of a drama.

My anxieties can be serious, and it has shown. Which is why I dread anytime I have to travel or go far (albeit leave the house). It can be debilitating when it's a frequent occurrence. One thing is for sure - safety is always a priority.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Daniel Dae Kim to appear as the new Chief of Surgery in "The Good Doctor". Can't wait.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Let the thawing / melting begin. We probably need a "I Survived February" bumper sticker or decal for our cars heh. Well, the month isn't over yet but hopefully things have calmed.

We can feel pressured to do something special for Valentine's (and if you can, all the more kudos). But in reality, I think any kind of gesture such as dining or going out should be sufficient. I wouldn't hell want to be with someone who has bitchy expectations. But one thing is for sure - don't be like Spider-Man heheh.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

It's been brutal. We have over 2+ ft. (in higher elevations and in remote areas, snow tends to be more frequent). This is sure one for the record books, but if there is a silver lining - we can at least make those damn snow caves or forts heh. But it can be a panic-type situation (if one worries too much) of being completely buried. And of course, our second power outage (which was resolved within a day). Kudos again to the utility and road crews - they're going to be quite busy for the duration of winter if this keeps up.

We just have to brace for the worst, and hope for the best. Now, I've got more shoveling to do.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Primitive Skills 101 - a snow fort would make a nice alternative to a snow cave. But remember - you still can't burn fire one stick at a time heh. A new winter survival show right there heh.

With the amount of snow (round #2 by tomorrow), you can probably make a snow cave in your yard or somewhere in elevation.


Saturday, February 09, 2019

It feels like a "Snow-pocalyptic" experience this month. I think we received 8+, and we're not out of it completely yet (hopefully, not as large as this storm). One thing is for sure, we'll be snowed in for awhile. The roads are still going to be sketchy to drive on (snow plows / salters - this is your chance to make some moneh - get on it! Otherwise, we'll need to hire Homer Simpson), especially if it'll be an on-and-off snowy conditions next week. But we only hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

I'm really beginning to think we should move out of here. And perhaps climate changes are ramping up the apocalyptic, seemingly never-ending severe weather patterns. But also, I might just be a worry-wort heh.

At this point, escaping to Hawaii would certainly be nice. But I'm not sure if we'll even make it to the airport from here.


Friday, February 08, 2019

*Holy "Snow-pocalypse". More thoughts tomorrow.

I'm glad to hear that there has been a lot of effort in pushing or advocating for more Asian-American representation on network broadcast at least (and in cinema - but more via in the independent scene it appears). The fact of the matter is, Asian-American stories are absolutely worth telling and it should be about time. From Albert Kim:

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1093620192423211008.html


I like this quote from Daniel Dae Kim's twitter: "The difference between who are you are and who you aspire to be is what makes up your character". Who says a lot of twitter space isn't just a waste of space heh. There are thoughtful quotes and such every now and then.

The 2019 WoW Arena Tournament season has just begun this weekend. There's something to do or spend time on during what is supposed to be another cold, wintry weekend. Pray for warmer weather ahead.


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year's - it is the Year of the Pig. Does that mean we can eat more pork? heheh.


Monday, February 04, 2019

Where is all the damn snow? Apparently, it's been dumped on us heh. It's a winter wonderland out there for sure, and it's scenic. Kids love to frolic and play (didn't we all - not to mention school days), but it's treacherous to drive in - especially when you live in a remote area. The roads need to be salted or kept safe as much as possible. Well, now we know we have to deal not just with the wind but snow as well. Hopefully, it won't be a frequent occurrence. It's our first winter experience out here, and we are just getting a taste of it.


Saturday, February 02, 2019

SungWon is a talented, successful voice actor / Youtuber. It's unfortunate that he had to experience being kicked out of a ride by a shit driver - it's even more unfortunate the driver did not know who SungWon was (as he is considered a celebrity in the voice acting world). There is a hint of racial discrimination there, but it's subtle and not as obvious. You can analyze this for hours, but it's probably a waste of time.

I was practicing Mendelssohn's "Spinning Song", which I feel is a nice, unique piece (very Mendelssohn I guess - his Wedding March or Midsummer Night's Dream theme as well). I never did decide whether to continue to work on / finish it, but it's a new piece to practice.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Here's an informative article with Daniel Dae Kim on diversity and representation:

https://www.todayonline.com/8days/sceneandheard/celebrities/lost-hawaii-five-0-star-daniel-dae-kim-wants-do-more-comedies-cos

I'm all for podcasts, and they are absolutely worthwhile to watch or listen to. I'm very particular about what's being talked about however. It has to be relevant and interesting to me, as well as my type of humor. Otherwise, no thanks. But whatever floats your boat, or whatever you are most passionate about - put your effort into it! Of course, it always helps being established. For those just getting started or thinking about it (or have the network or means to), it might be worthwhile to try it out.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

I always believed that expression or interpretation is another layer of skill in music that aims to inspire and move the listener or audience. There is that capability in most, but only some can naturally emote or feel the music as opposed to mechanically playing a piece. If you can play or perform in a way that can move or inspire the listener, I agree that it's a tremendous talent. But not at the expense of trying too hard or overthinking. When it comes to music, don't think it but feel it.

If you are proud of your culture or who you are, self-esteem should never be an issue. In fact, the most difficult aspect of it would be keeping your ego in check. But we are usually a humble bunch anyway. The main idea or goal is to continue fighting and dispelling stereotypes and discriminating ways - and that is to continue to grow in influence and success. That is why I'll continue to support the Asian-American circle across industries.

I tell ya, looking back on my past - I certainly had low standards in terms of seeking relationships muhaha. Fortunately, that reality no longer exists. It's about continuing to better yourself, and just look to the future. Relationships are the most difficult things in life - our ugly sides definitely show, and we second-guess ourselves always whether we are cut out for it or not. Especially when you are anti-social like myself who would prefer to be secluded or isolated as opposed to being among crowds. That podcast is better than therapy itself - why waste money on that shit? heh.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

I've been enjoying Aaron Takahashi's honeymoon adventures - and damn he explains them as well as a tour guide heheh. It definitely makes me want to visit certain spots from Tokyo to Kyoto - but I'd definitely be up for racing around in the Mario Karts. What is up with the "BLT Crew" (Better Luck Tomorrow - not Bacon, Lettuce Tomato heh). Jason Tobin looks ripped - a far cry from his Virgil Hu character. Unfortunately, we don't have Cinemax.

Good luck to Justin Chon and "Ms. Purple" - I hope this does well in the Sundance circuit. It's another film to watch if available.

Once in awhile, eating at a buffet is worthwhile and comforting. But certainly not all the time. Loads of carbs, sugar, etc. - but complete deliciousness. You have to stuff yourself, that's the point of a buffet - to stuff yourself heh.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dear Ryan, please at least continue to create / upload "Dear Ryan" videos muhaha. And perhaps another BgA music video or parody? Anyway, I agree with the notion that channels have to evolve and change sometimes to make things more interesting or not get too stale or stagnant. But it's the creator's discretion as to the content, and they should feel free to create what they want to create or upload - not what everyone else is doing. Doing what you are passionate about or enjoy what you are doing is what's most important. Of course, it certainly helps in already being established or having a large audience.

Success in Youtube is very difficult - and I'm just speaking as an observer or a viewer (since I'm not a Youtuber). Back in the day, it might have been a bit easier - but you still had to put yourself out there, network, and have a thick skin to keep on going despite failures (not giving up). These days, their policies have made it that much more difficult for small creators or anyone wanting to get their feet wet in it, to actually climb. I think "The Very Cool, Very Swag" guy JCW might one day create an alternative platform to Youtube that'll be more rewarding and unique. Please do it! (after you have created your games).

If self-expression (or improvement) is masterbation, then it must feel damn good to be expressive.

On a serious note: Rest in peace to my Uncle.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

I'm not sure when the next recordings are going to happen - a final Mendelssohn and a Studio Ghibli piece. But I've returned to Schubert as I have been refining some pieces. More complete thoughts on my Classical Piano page.

I also have yet to put together and use the new telescope. I'll probably need to wait for a more favorable or optimal season when the skies are more clear and the temperature becomes warmer. And whenever there might be planets or other celestial objects around. There are plethora of information and resources to look up in terms of space sciences and astrophysics. If you want to test your knowledge, world-renowned Physicist and Futurist Michio Kaku has been asking some riddles recently pertaining to these. Interesting and informative.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

It's certainly about time that I watched "The Good Doctor", and I'm glad that we did. I might have to binge watch from the first season as a catch up. I was pleased that it 'delivered' in terms of story, acting and drama. It gets the highest accolades from me for diversity, which is extremely important in this day and age. Kudos to ABC - the other networks should learn a lesson or two on what they lack. But now, I've completely forgotten about FOTB. That's something I have to get back to as well, but I haven't had the sitcom itch in awhile.

I hope last night was the beginning of a real and genuine change. Or at least, to never give up and continue to work / improve in bettering our lives.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Kudos to creators who start their own businesses / opening shops, venturing outside of their on-line personalities or channels. Passion projects are worth pursuing, if you have the desire and confidence. It's never a certainty. If I lived near there, I would sure check out Wong Fu's own Philip Wang's "Bopomofo" (certainly would put the mofo in the Boba heh). Also, "Drips and Swirls" is something worth checking out if you are around the area. Fans travel all the way there just to try them out. Kudos for sure.

JCW, or "The Very Cool, Very Swag" guy should set up a Youtube channel (in addition to your video game or musical endeavors). I think his fanbase would sub or flock there as well. I might even dedicate a fan page as well heh.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

"The Good Doctor" just got better by an anticipated appearance from Daniel Dae Kim - the Exec. Producer himself. I had hoped for an eventual recurring or regular role, but he probably has his hands full with other responsibilities. This'll probably motivate me to stay on top of the scheduling - which I easily forget whenever a show is on or not.

The indoor water park experience was nice - the Lodge was mostly intended for the entire family, but individuals and couples can enjoy it as well. I sort of missed the water park experience (although there are more expansive ones not in this state), should think about going again during the summer.


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

These wind storms are quite a doozy, and early Sunday morning's storm seemed like a near Cat 1 or tropical storm strength. I guess that's the price you pay for living up here in the Northwest. There's usually an element of severe weather somewhere, and almost no area is completely safe from them - albeit blizzards, hurricanes, tornado's etc.

We spent two days without power, but tried to make the most of a cold and dark situation. By stoking the fireplace, and playing games. Unfortunately, we live in a remote area where we are usually one of the last to be restored. But suprisingly, we got it back near midnight. If the windy-ness is frequent, I'm not sure if it's worth it living out here. But let's just hope it's not.

You have to give credit to the Utility crew for working tirelessly. At the same time, we wish that it didn't have to last several days or even a week for power to return to everyone (suburban or rural). But there is only so much they can do at once.


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

I wish the holidays would keep on going, but nothing lasts forever (and there's always next year - as if we need to get any older or time to pass any quicker heh). I usually enjoy the time from Thanksgiving to New Year's, as it is filled with the spirit, food, and your loved ones. It's time to get back in shape, and work off the calories. Meh, I'm still going to eat comfort food (but less of it and with more control). This year, let us make it even better and more fulfilling than the previous or build on it.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to catch "The Twilight Zone" marathon - mainly because we don't have the channel anymore and opted to play board / card games with family instead. Once in awhile, I'd miss lounging around, scarfing down pizza and watching the marathon. But there's always Netflix.

In terms of being more positive, we should all strive to live by the saying, "Very cool, very swag,...I like it!" muhaha.

I'm not sure if Sung Kang finished his WISWIRD jogging challenge, but the tips are certainly useful and helpful for a change. Remember, the best kind of revenge (if at all) is your personal success (or even just being at peace or happy and healthy).