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March 2016

Listen, Watch, Read: March 13th, 2016


TANIS is a podcast from the same people who make The Black Tapes. They advertised for TANIS on The Black Tapes, but the description sounded vague and also I knew it was hosted by Nic who I found to be kind of annoying on The Black Tapes. So I thought I wouldn’t like it. But recently I finished all the current episodes of The Black Tapes so I found myself giving TANIS a try, and am glad I did.

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On a Train

You’re trapped on a train. For eternity. And you’re constantly re-living your iPhone battery running out. Over and over. Forever.


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More Dreams

I’ve been waking up easily recently. Like, waking up in what feels like REM. So I’m remembering my dreams almost every night. I also will wake up, go back to sleep, dream a bit, wake up a bit later, go back to sleep, having another dream, wake up, go back to sleep. It’s a mess and I’m tired, but at least there are dreams. Here are a few from this week:

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Listen, Watch, Read: March 6th, 2016


Nothing new, although I went walking in Taipei. It was Saturday morning and I was exhausted from a late Friday night. And I was walking to various appointments and get-togethers. And I didn’t feel like listening to anything strong, you know? When your mind is tired and it just wants something soothing. I don’t know why I thought this would be soothing, but I decided to plug my earphones in and listen to Philip Glass‘ Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack.

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Listen, Watch, Read: February 28th, 2016

*So tired. Haven’t slept much this weekend. Geel like my brain is in soup. Words do not sound good.


I started listening to a new podcast recently: Nocturne. It’s very interesting. The creator, herself a day person fascinated by night, spends each episode interviewing someone that has something to say about nighttime. Perhaps a truck driver who crashed into a sinkhole. Or a woman who’s circadian rhythm is reversed: she sleeps in the day and is awake at night. It’s not amazing stuff, but it’s interesting. And the production quality is very high. I think Nocture is great to listen to as one is winding down for bed. Something about Venessa Lowe’s voice – it’s like she’s whispering – makes it ideal for relaxing. So it is enjoyable to listen to.

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Yesterday, my internet worked for a random two hours. I watched How To Get Away With Murder and then worked on a blog post.

And then my internet died, and I along with it.


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What I Learned on My Winter Vacation: WWII in the Pacific

****DISCLAIMER: I am not a historian. This is not meant to be exposition of definitive historical fact, but my opinions based on the various things I’ve been exposed to in history textbooks, museums, memorials, and my own lived experiences.

I don’t know if I’d call myself a history buff, but I did genuinely enjoy reading my AP U.S. history textbook junior year*. I also often like to wonder what the page of the history book from our present time will look like in one hundred years. Trump’s rise makes that page of the textbook look interesting, but I’m not into politics so I will not comment on Donald Trump here.

Of the chapters on the War in the Pacific, I can really only recall two passages: one was on how the Battle of Midway was the turning point for the allies; the other, on Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb.

On my recent trip to Okinawa and the Philippines, I learned considerably more about this history. And I’d like to share these things I learned (organized chronologically!) since I think these are things that are not known by many Americans.

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What I Learned on My Winter Vacation: Okinawa

When I was in the States over the summer, I spent time with one of my American of-Japanese-heritage friends and her family. We were talking about if I was planning any trip to Japan since I’m living in Taiwan. I said something along the lines of, “yes, Okinawa’s only about an hour away by plane.” My friend’s dad replied: “Oh, Okinawa isn’t really Japan.”

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What I Learned on My Winter Vacation: The Philippines

When I told people I was going to the Philippines, many responded: “Be careful” or “Manila isn’t a very good city.” Even before I planned a trip there, I’d heard people say the only reason to fly into Manila was to fly directly (as in, don’t even leave the airport) to one of the report islands (Palawan, Cebu, Boracay).

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