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Taiwan, January 2018

Taiwan, January 2018

Taipei, Taiwan. January 2018 Cats. Surrounded, laminate cats. Frosted glass, cold and hidden. No rhyme, no reason. Cheap and easy. Cats.

Japan, May 2017

Japan, May 2017

A long-overdue post. orz

Portland, December 2017

Portland, December 2017

My Time on Reddit – Nine Years in the Making

My Time on Reddit – Nine Years in the Making

My Time on Reddit – Nine years in the Making It has been nine years since I officially “joined” the Reddit community. I put “joined” in quotes because me joining the community isn’t really “joining”, but merely a formality. It signifies by registration, my entrance […]

This Blog Is Still Here

This Blog Is Still Here

I still remember this blog. I don’t really publish things but I hope I can focus more on this in the future. Maybe I’ll use it as a travel blog…

Kimi no Na wa and Koe no Katachi

Kimi no Na wa and Koe no Katachi

I think comparing the two films is a red herring because the two are vastly different movies due to their intended theme.

Thematically, the two films are incredibly different. Koe no Katachi is a story about Ishida owning his guilt and shame that he created through his actions as a grade schooler and, in the process of redeeming himself (learning sign language, later befriending Nishimiya), also grows into adulthood. At the climax of the film he no longer emotionally distances himself from other people (symbolized by the “X” on people’s faces falling off) and becomes capable of seeing everyone eye-to-eye, no guilt or shame weighing him down. The romance between Ishida and Nishimiya is simply a byproduct of growth as characters and the relationships they all shared within the span of the storyline.

Contrasting, where Koe no Katachi is driven by redemption, Kimi no Na wa is driven by romance. While Ishida in KnK is motivated by his guilt so as to make amends with Nishimiya, Mitsuha and Taki are motivated by their shared experiences through body-switching and, in the process, they develop romantic feelings for each other, because hey, what’s more intimate than sharing their literal lives with each other? And that love they develop for each other is what causes everything to tie neatly together through their red-string of fate, from Taki seeking out Mitsuha in the flesh, to the metaphysical – and almost spiritual – reunion across timelines.

So you really can’t compare the two films – as overall masterpieces at the very least – as they both tell two different types of stories. Visually speaking, though, is a different beast for another day. I will say this: Koe no Katachi is more visually appealing than Kimi no Na wa. And say what you will about Shinkai, at least that guy knows story structure.

Addendum: if you haven’t read the manga for Koe no Katachi, I would read it. The character motivations are more fleshed out and they are more three-dimensional than what is shown in the film.

Weezer (White Album) Review

Weezer (White Album) Review

It’s been only less than two years (October 2014) since Weezer’s 9th studio album titled Everything Will Be Alright In The End (colloquially known as EWBAITE) was released, where the gap between that and their previous album, Hurley was nearly 4 years (note: I don’t […]

Reality vs. Math

Reality vs. Math

It’s been a while since my last post, so I’ll keep this brief (like slowly rising up from scuba diving underwater so as not to get “the bends”). There’s been a considerable amount of news surrounding a general theme: Reality vs. Math.

This is why you have backups

This is why you have backups

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Impressions: Apple TV 4

Impressions: Apple TV 4

The day has finally come: my Apple TV 4 (32GB) has come in the mail. Funny story – I initially preordered it on Monday morning and got an estimated delivery date of Nov 2 – 4. A few days later I stopped by an Apple […]

The Martian: Maybe Leaving Him There Would Have Made a Better Film

The Martian: Maybe Leaving Him There Would Have Made a Better Film

The title is harsh, I know. But it speaks a lot of truth to my feelings towards Andy Weir’s The Martian. Much like my review of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, I’m going to give a short and a not-so-short review of both the movie and […]

Steve Jobs: Meet Aaron Sorkin

Steve Jobs: Meet Aaron Sorkin

Day’s almost over, but I just came back from SF after watching Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s movie Steve Jobs.

I’ll give a short and a not-so-short review of the movie.

Short: It’s a good dramatization of Steve Jobs and his relationship with other people. Just don’t expect it to be completely accurate.

Not So Short: It’s a good dramatization of Steve Jobs and his relationship with those around him, but it glosses over many of the good traits he had. Don’t go into watching the film thinking it’s going to be a retelling of Walter Isaacson’s biopic on Steve Jobs or else you’ll be rolling your eyes every time there is an inaccuracy (which is going to be a lot of eye-rolling). Aaron Sorkin did a good job making it a lot like The Social Network: It grinds the main character down to people and uses human interaction as the driver for plot, it just embellishes or even out-right fabricates parts about Steve Jobs’ life. If you’re looking for an accurate biopic on Steve Jobs, just read the posthumous biography by Walter Isaacson.

Overall, I give it a good 8/10. I didn’t even look at my watch once to check the time (that’s how you know it’s a good film).

Quick Tip: Another Way to Delete

Quick Tip: Another Way to Delete

It’s been a slow news day (for me at least), so today I’m going to tell you all about a shortcut for the delete key for Mac OS X. Note: This is only helpful if you’re on Mac OS X and do not have a […]

Apple TV 4 Pre-Orders Open October 26, Starts Shipping the Following Friday

Apple TV 4 Pre-Orders Open October 26, Starts Shipping the Following Friday

Today, Tim Cook participated in WSJD, a technology conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal. Amongst the regular talking points and standard questions, the CEO of Apple revealed today the preorder and launch dates of the long-awaited Apple TV 4. Pre-orders are to be opened […]