Changing Themes Since 2020

Author: Joseph

Singapore, SG, 2018

Singapore, SG, 2018

But God, it’s hot, I had no choice The sun, it burned down on me

New Orleans, LA, 2018

New Orleans, LA, 2018

Fun city and the food was delicious. A+ would go again.

Osaka/Kyoto, Japan, April 2018

Osaka/Kyoto, Japan, April 2018

Osaka > Tokyo. ‘Nuff said. (more…)

Tokyo/Yunishigawa-Onsen, Japan, March/April 2018

Tokyo/Yunishigawa-Onsen, Japan, March/April 2018

No words left for me to say about Tokyo. Love being back in Japan again.

Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 2018

Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 2018

Great city. Lots of places to eat and shop! But the pollution was something else… (Photos are out of order , so imagine if you’re me traveling in reverse)

Atlanta, GA, March 2018

Atlanta, GA, March 2018

Pretty cool place. Definitely didn’t feel like a city I’ve been to in the states!

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Chicago, IL, March 2018

Chicago, IL, March 2018

A quick trip to Chicago, Illinois. Man, was it cold!

San Diego, CA, February 2018

San Diego, CA, February 2018

A short trip for my friend’s birthday. Great weather!

Travel Post-Mortem (2018)

Travel Post-Mortem (2018)

I have a confession to make: there was an ulterior motive to traveling to Taiwan. It was a way for me to test out packing strategies for future trips, as well as seeing what is an acceptable weight for my Osprey Farpoint 55 travel backpack1.

Ok, it’s not as dramatic as it sounds, but I’m gonna share with you the travel post-mortem I created during my train ride back to Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei. It outlines what I learned from my brief stint and mostly focuses on what to bring and what not to bring, with a tl;dr at the end of the post. Enjoy!

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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.

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 […]