Printed A Couple Photos - Jun 21, 2022
Today we got a couple of our pictures (street photography) printed and put in frames. They look so cool there!
We hope to print more in the future, so we can keep rotating them from time to time.
Finished A Book, Starting A Book - Jun 6, 2022
Finished reading Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz, something I picked up on a whim while browsing at Indigo.
Now starting A Rip Through Time by Kelley
Armstrong, which I decided to preorder because it's a time travel mystery described as Outlander meets The Alienist
Quote: Anatomy, A Love Story - May 27, 2022
Do not play games with your future. It permits the possibility of losing.
Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz
Quote: Shortcuts And Learning - May 27, 2022
These days people want to improve overnight, so when they hear they have to dedicate a year before achieving results, they get scared.
Little do they know: if they practice without technique, they will get further and further away from achieving good results. By the time they reach old age, they have failed to learn anything.
If you use proper technique to practice, you can actually count the days that it takes to improve. After a year you will have reached a high level of shooting.
How is this not a shortcut?
— Gao Ying, in The Way of Archery , as translated by Justin Ma & Jie Tian
From: ButWhatFor? Four for Friday | No. 038
Reading One Piece: Finished Skypiea Arc - Apr 25, 2022
Today I finished reading One Piece’s Skypiea arc, getting to chapter 302! I had stopped last week at around 240, so that means 60 chapters in a day. Pretty good!
I enjoyed this arc. It got me really curious about what’s going to happen next, and to know more about the world’s mysteries.
Reading Courage To Be Disliked - Apr 21, 2022
As per my reading goals for April, I started reading The Courage To Be Disliked by by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga.
I don’t usually read self-help, but this one seems cool, and is very psychology and philosophy oriented. One interesting thing about it is that it’s written as a conversation between someone and a philosopher.
I just finished the first chapter - about 30 pages in - and so far I’m enjoying it.
German Updates: Back Again After a Pause - Apr 19, 2022
Last time I posted was March 30, when I reached 550 words on Speakly. It took me a bit longer to get the next 50 words, but here I am!!
Reading One Piece: Laboom The Whale - Apr 13, 2022
I’m not crying… definitely not crying
Gamers! Light Novel Arrived - Apr 7, 2022
I bought the Gamers! Light Novel in German so I’ll have a goal and an incentive to study. It’s good because it’s an anime that I liked, and the LN is not available in English, and I think chances are pretty small.
Finished A Cozy Mystery Book - Apr 1, 2022
As the owner of a popular vintage clothing store, Lily Ivory can enjoy a day of antique jewelry shopping and still call it work. But as o...goodreads.com
It’s been a long while since I’ve read a cozy mystery, but today I finished the 5th book in the Witchcraft Mystery series. It’s a fun read as usual.
German Update - Mar 30, 2022
Very slow week last week, and still trying to catch up on the energy for studying. But this week I’ll make sure to do at least the 10 new words each day, which is my goal.
Updated Reading Stats - Mar 21, 2022
My first 10 weeks of this year (up to last week). It’s not A LOT, but it’s good enough for me!
A few notes on the weeks I have a lot of pages/chapters:
For books, I read a lot more when I was reading the first 2 books in the Silo trilogy (still need to read #3), and Sawkill Girls.
For manga, the 102 chapters week was basically Sakamoto Days + Kaiju No. 8. About 50 chapters each. And then last week I read a few Gal Gohan volumes and some One Punch Man!
Just another day - Mar 11, 2022
Today work wasn’t being very productive, but my wife and I decided to go to an early dinner on a sushi place nearby that we like. We had smoked salmon, mango and some veggie gyozas, along with Asahi beer and tea.
On our way back, a quick stop at Nordstrom to walk around a bit, and then, when arriving home, a beautiful and smiling samoyed was sniffing me, and after I continued walking, he (or she? seemed like a male) kept looking at me instead of walking. THAT WAS SO CUTE!!! Even the owner was like... what?
Now, time for a bit of What We Do In The Shadows, maybe start playing the Triangle Strategy demo or read One Punch Man.
Reading One Punch Man - Mar 10, 2022
After a long time, I’m continuing reading One Punch Man. I read the first 47 chapters in 2020 and then stopped, but I guess now I was in the mood for it again, after reading about 50 chapters of Sakamoto Days and Kaiju No. 8.
And now I finally saw the monster that was showing up on my Twitter feed when she debuted on the manga.
400 German Words - Mar 2, 2022
Got a great week last week, and even though I didn’t study much on Sunday (or at all Yesterday), I’m happy to be making progress again.
German Updates :) - Feb 27, 2022
This week I got to 350 German words learned on Speakly. Hooray!
And today I was listening to a bit of German music, and when this song played. Since I love it, specially on this video, I decided to try to follow the lyrics. And hey, I was actually able to understand a bit of the first verse, and the first 2 lines of the bridge. That’s so cool!
Du hast mich nie darum gebeten,
ich weiß, ich weiß, ja ich weiß.
Es tut dir leid, oder auch nicht,
keine Ahnung, was weiß ich schon.
Es war alles umsonst,
Aber is' okay, es ist okay für mich.
you never asked me
i know i know yes i know
you're sorry or not
no idea, what do I know.
It was all in vain
But it's okay, it's okay for me.
Denn du warst süß wie Honig in meinem Kaffee
Präsent in meinem Kopf von früh bis spät.
Viel zu spät hab ich gecheckt:
Gäb's nen Wettbewerb für Idioten
hätt' ich haushoch gewonnen.
'Cause you were sweet as honey in my coffee
Present in my mind from dawn to dusk.
I checked much too late:
There's a competition for idiots
I would have won hands down.
My 2022 Reading Stats So Far - Feb 17, 2022
In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots small...goodreads.com
This is how my year has been so far regarding reading. I read way more after I arrived back in Vancouver and was reading Shift, the second book in the Silo trilogy.
Also, yesterday I finished Broken by Jenny Lawson, and it’s very good. And now I need to find something else to read. Maybe Sawkill Girls? Or more nonfiction? I’ll decide soon, I guess!
Reading Manga - Feb 14, 2022
Today I caught up with Spy X Family, which I had stopped on chapter 53, and started Sakamoto Days. Read a couple chapter and so far enjoyed it.
I was planning on reading Jujutsu, Black Clover or My Hero Academia, but it’s good to read some comedy.
The Serpent OST Record - Feb 13, 2022
Yesterday I received the OST for The Serpent, a show I enjoyed a lot and that has a great soundtrack. My wife and I binged the show, and I listened to the soundtrack during most of the time I was reading The Lighthouse Witches.
I pre-ordered it a long time ago and the release was postponed so many times I though I was not going to get it anymore. But I’m happy it’s here now. And it looks BEAUTIFUL!
You can see the trailer here and listen to the soundtrack here.
Studying German - Feb 12, 2022
Finally got to 300 words on Speakly and moved to Beginner II level. I’m really enjoying this app, as it gives you words based on the most used words in real life scenarios, instead of giving a dozen words from a different category each time.
The phrases are also more meaningful and realistic, so I’m probably keep using it to slowly build vocabulary, since I don’t have a lot of time and energy for more focused study and longer sessions.
How to use Twitter - Feb 10, 2022
Today I saw a post titled How To Use Twitter, which has some interesting thoughts on how to improve the Twitter experience. And I guess the most important thing is not using the main timeline, but instead relying on the lists feature.
It’s really a letdown that to have a good experience on the platform we should avoid the main user experience they are offering, but I guess that’s the only way of really avoiding so many suggestions, likes and topics.
It’s still doesn’t solve my gripe with having my likes to myself, but that’s maybe ok for now.
The article: https://lee-phillips.org/howtotwitter/
This HackerNews comment (and following thread) also gives some indication that yeah, trying to mark those suggestions as ‘not interested’ is not gonna help in the long run, but just make Twitter suggest worse content every time https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30271837
My Band Playlists - Feb 8, 2022
This Saturday night I was listening to some songs that reminded me of my bands back in Brazil. Since I don’t use Spotify anymore and have migrated to Youtube Music, I decided to recreate my playlists there.
I never finished those playlists on Spotify, so I’ll see if someday I find the setlists so I can have complete playlists there. I also want to create setlist for other bands I’ve played with, and also my big band. But that’s for another time. They are both below:
Figure Skating 2022 - Feb 4, 2022
It’s kinda crazy how I got totally sucked in watching figure skating for the first time 12 years ago in Brazil, during Vancouver Olympics. And now here I am in Vancouver, watching the 2022 figure skating.
Now with Notes - Feb 4, 2022
This is a first note to test this new feature I added! Just to have some quick thoughts that I can add to Notion and get it published here!