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*DISCLAIMER: This site has nothing to do with apes or tacos, except in the broad sense that I am a human that eats tacos, and as a human, I am an ape.

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January 2016

Electric Ace

A friend from college did this thing in 2015. He made three musical tracks for three friends*. I was one of those friends and as such he made me this wonderful track. A year ago, when he asked what type of song I wanted, I said something high tempo, like a pump up track. I hadn’t heard anything from him in a while, so I figured he’d gotten busy with grad school stuff, but then on January 1st this present popped up in my inbox. In his words, this track is: “sort of like the theme music to your character if your character were some sort of electro-hacker-tech superhero** and this would play whenever you do something badass. It’s called ‘Electric Ace.'”

Considering how inept I am at computer things, I doubt I could ever be an electro-hacker-tech superhero. But I shall dare to dream. Enjoy!

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Listen, Watch, Read: January 17th, 2016

LISTENING

Back on the WTF with Marc Maron grind, I back-to-back listened to his interviews with Lynn Shelton and Todd Haynes, two independent film directors. Both were cool and I would encourage anyone interested in film to check them out. Lynn Shelton’s films include Humpday (2009), Touchy Feely (2013), and Your Sister’s Sister (2011). Full disclosure, I’ve seen known of her films, but many are on my “To-watch” list and I guarantee you I’m bumping them up after listening to her chat with Maron. I think the thing I liked most about her interview was when she mentioned how her initial pre-pubescent creativity faded (not necessarily faded, rather went into hiding due to self-consciousness) and it took a lot to eventually get back into it with confidence. She wrote poetry, did photography, then started getting into avant-guarde film. And only later in life did she get into directing narrative features. That gives me hope that it’s never to late to start a new venture. I’ve been thinking a lot about what will I do next after I leave Taiwan and how all the things I’d like to do I have no real formal training in. I think it’s nice to know that with true passion, you can pursue anything.

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Listen, Watch, Read: January 10, 2016

LISTENING

So I watched The Doors (1991) biopic last week, so I was inevitably in the mood to listen to a lot of their music. But I was also listening to a lot of Devo. Spotify has a wonderful function where they pick out music you might like and build a new playlist every week tailored specifically to your tastes. It’s amazing. I’ve found so much great music through that playlist, including Devo’s “Gut Feeling / Slap Your Mammy” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DevoIt’s insane the way it builds. I’m trying to get more into Devo after hearing their an inspiration for several other artists I listen to. It’s hard with titles like “Slap Your Mammy,” “Jocko Homo,” and “Mongoloid.” I’m seriously like “what were you thinking with these titles. Y’all look like dumb jerks.” But I’m hoping their OK people and just existed in a non-PC era (1970s). I assume so.

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Listen, Watch, Read: January 3, 2016

LISTENING

I’m addicted to radio drama/fiction, so when a friend recommended Limetown, I checked it out and binge listened. It’s significantly longer than The Message, but that doesn’t matter. Whereas The Message was like a fictional amateur/fan podcast that just happened to be covering a major news event, Limetown plays out more like a fictional Serial, with the reporter/host Lia Haddock investigating events that occurred at Limetown 10 years ago: hundreds of people in a town created for neuroscience researched disappeared without a trace following 3 days of violence. Ever episode ends with a creepy, dramatic cliffhanger as Lia slowly gets pulled deeper into the mysteries surrounding Limetown.

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Named, Known, Recognized

“I was named, known, recognized; I existed. It was an intense relief.” – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

But to rely on being named to exist means to rely on language. Language, a structure we built. We create out existence though language, a flimsy, imperfect structure we built and constantly revise. Why do we rely on language for our identities, our existence.

We existed before language, didn’t we? Maybe we didn’t really exist then. Does a baby exist? But a baby is useless, really. It just has potential to be more. Once it learns language. Can we get back there, to the time when we didn’t rely on language? Do we want to? Or are we afraid of being useless?

Listen, Watch, Read: December 27, 2015

LISTENING

With smartphones, podcasts are booming, and as a result, radio drama is coming back in vogue. Last week I listened to The Message. It’s a fictional podcast about researchers trying to decode a message from . It’s creepy. It’s weird that a radio drama, that I know is totally fake, can make me feel so creeped out. Maybe because it’s happening in my ears? I’ve experienced that with The Truth as well. A piece that’s dramatic, but not necessarily scary, will make me feel more than a similar scene of TV or film. Maybe listening to sound is powerful in the way some argue reading a book is more powerful than watching an image because you create the image in your head.

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