24 Sep 2022 - 19:57

Takeshi Hosaka's Love2 House (and his wife's, actually) makes it to Never Too Small! This video has me smiling from beginning to end.

Spot Donald Fagen and Carole King somewhere in the video hihi

22 Sep 2022 - 20:22

FOLLOWING @yoshihiroimai - Owner of known Kyoto restaurant/overall chill join, Monk. Been seeing Monk featured in different places and I just get a general sense of peace seeing every single aspect of the restaurant/brand/business. Also found out from one of his posts that he was featured in a Netflix episode of Chef's Table!

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21 Sep 2022 - 10:27

When meditation is taught by way of acceptance criteria writing in Gherkin format

Truly, my mind is blown. Makes me want to rethink how I can write my life plans in this format as well.

19 Sep 2022 - 08:12

“All creativity just looks like content.”

10 Sep 2022 - 17:37

CURRENTLY LISTENING Are U Romantic? by UA (2022)

Glad I got introduced to UA by my language teacher a few years back. This album showcases a much groovier side of her, which is right up my alley. Album gem imho is 'Ocha'.

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09 Sep 2022 - 17:06

'Paste to replace' on Figma is just the best~

03 Sep 2022 - 18:59

FOLLOWING @casiopea_official1979 - It's nice to see their username having their founding year hihi

I love music so much~

28 Aug 2022 - 16:45

Interestingly difficult to Sabbath when your brain thinks about the impending work week. You can sit and do nothing, but your brain is all eikqutzjgzkgxkhdludluflilic!!8(“(“);&6:

22 Aug 2022 - 23:03

Everyone’s created their own stage out of social media, and people want to be a guest on someone else’s.

22 Aug 2022 - 22:53

Nowadays, headlines are the main thing and context is rarely asked for (presented?)

20 Aug 2022 - 12:36

If you choose to be vegan as an act against how animals are treated for meat to be harvested, should the act stop in your food selection? Do you just stop eating meat altogether and...that's it? (Rhetorical question, tbh.)

13 Aug 2022 - 20:59

Rilakkuma and Friends early this year and now, Kotaro Lives Alone. What's up with my taste in animated series? 🤔

10 Aug 2022 - 22:10

Such a great ad featuring a capella superstars, Maytree

Also, 'Over the Horizon' remains to be such a great ringtone.

31 Jul 2022 - 21:49

"...saying New York is the greatest city in the world is kind of like saying celebrities are the greatest people alive. Beneath the veneer awaits something far more regular than you might expect. To be widely beloved, to have global impact—it’s certainly exciting to be around. But the superlative is too shallow, too literal. Sure, New York conjures a specific, singular mood, but so do a lot of places." from Haley Nahman's Maybe Baby #107: Is New York overrated?

Loving this newsletter so much, particularly this release. I was just going through Kyoichi Tsuzuki's 1997 book Tokyo: A Certain Style early this morning and the theme of both pieces is revisiting a very much popular, romanticized view of a place/culture. Always worth the discussion.

31 Jul 2022 - 16:08

Today, I found a new favorite piece of pastry: chocolate kouign amann whew

31 Jul 2022 - 09:09

"It's not a treat if you have it everyday!"

24 Jul 2022 - 22:46

Lord, thank You for the gift of dance and music~

24 Jul 2022 - 21:51

To grow old is a beautiful thing.

09 Jul 2022 - 17:52

The power of lighting in a small space! I love how just some lighting adjustments define zones, making a small space deliver more than just 1 chunk of... amorphous space, if that makes sense.

05 Jul 2022 - 12:44

More than anything, my love for mint chocolate is probably driven by good memories. Maaaaybe that’s it.

04 Jul 2022 - 23:20

Big Think: ‘Why I’m against empathy” - Paul Bloom

04 Jul 2022 - 21:27

James Hong, ladies and gentlemen. Probably the man I'd like to be.

30 Jun 2022 - 23:19

Was asked over an icebreaker what my dream job was growing up. I realized my dream roles involved either music, the act of curating, or both combined. Heh.

25 Jun 2022 - 22:57

Wondering if I'm the only person who is uhhh excited to sleep because of breakfast the next day 🤔

25 Jun 2022 - 17:15

CURRENTLY LISTENING EP III by Yumi Zouma (2018)

Painting of a naked woman with less bodily details facing right with other abstract shapes, color mainly in beige and bright blue

Absolutely obsessed with this.

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25 Jun 2022 - 10:59

It's that time of life when you retake the MBTI assessment thing that everyone swears by. 😂 Happy to report that...nothing has changed.

23 Jun 2022 - 10:56

For posterity, as of January 2022, my Strengths Finder assessment top 5 results are the following:

  1. Restorative

  2. Adaptability (which I doubt a little bit specifically the temperament part, but I understand how I am generally flexible)

  3. Connectedness

  4. Intellection

  5. Empathy (Really? But also I kinda get why, yet again.)

Ah.

19 Jun 2022 - 22:02

Always grateful to have the resources to consult a dietician and have room to align my priorities in life. Never not grateful.

(This truly is a privilege. Hoping this can be made accessible to more people.)

19 Jun 2022 - 21:37

CURRENTLY LISTENING Untourable Album by Men I Trust (2021)

children with smiles jumping in front of a big house in a gloomy, rainy day

I can't believe I am finding this as a new-ish release in 2022. Takes me back to early 2000's (imho heyday of triphop?), but still feels so, so fresh.

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19 Jun 2022 - 14:17

Just dropping by to say that keto or a low carb diet does wonders. I should've started sooner.

07 Jun 2022 - 14:39

As I wind down tonight, this will be played: Yumi Zouma - Live at Hackney Studios

03 Jun 2022 - 22:10

Your Undivided Attention: How To Free Our Minds - with Cult Deprogramming Expert Dr. Steven Hassan

01 Jun 2022 - 07:03

Exposing yourself to the suffering of others is not to compare life states (and in effect, making yourself feel better). It’s a simple exercise of placemaking: you are going through this not so great thing where you are, I am going through this meh thing where I am at. Both not stellar in their own different ways (and maybe, objectively, their own levels of intensity), but what is the overlap? In this way, we find a way to connect instead of a chance to compare for our own ego.

30 May 2022 - 21:58

Some wise words from Alan Alda

30 May 2022 - 16:36

CURRENTLY LISTENING Yumi Zouma albums will get me through the week~

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28 May 2022 - 11:34

Splitting the load between Notion and Obsidian. The lack of a mobile sync (since I host my files on a third-party cloud storage service) has made it difficult for maintenance. And splitting the load is ok! Whatever works, works.

23 May 2022 - 16:13

Perchance

14 May 2022 - 22:17

A Vernacular Web

14 May 2022 - 15:48

FOLLOWING Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli aka @_ garbagequeen _ aka Waste Nerd. Found her through one of those Tech Support WIRED vids and I am hooked!

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14 May 2022 - 14:00

CURRENTLY LISTENING Time to listen to some Snarky Puppy, The Bad Plus again. Brain, heart, ears need cleansing~

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09 May 2022 - 09:48

“Reliable rhythms lead to predictable outcomes, and rhythm is an expression of moderation.” - Jack Cheng

08 May 2022 - 11:35

"Perception is real, and the truth is not." - Imelda Marcos

☹️

07 May 2022 - 18:00

The Right of Peaceful Assembly

05 May 2022 - 17:44

why - IndieWeb

03 May 2022 - 18:32

Games I've been into so far:

He he 🤔

03 May 2022 - 15:28

Officially archived my Notion and moving to Obsidian, hosting files on the cloud which provides files version history by default, without having to set up git. Yay~

03 May 2022 - 13:06

TIL that the gamelan ≠ Balinese gamelan, thanks to the comments on this video, which I got quite a number of answers right /does fist pump into the air~

03 May 2022 - 10:05

CURRENTLY LISTENING What a Wonderful World with Original Love? (2021)

A grainy image of a man looking into the camera with the 3 W's super imposed over his face vertically lined

Apparently this is a covers compilation album with a set of Japanese artists I admire adapting songs by Takao Tajima's band, Original Love. He actually appears in one track with Ovall called 'Kiss'.

Fun fact (which is news to me!): Takao Tajima was briefly Maki Nomiya's partner in P5, for the Bellissima! album.

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30 Apr 2022 - 12:33

Sometimes I'm just grateful to have time to clean the bathroom.

30 Apr 2022 - 11:50

Missing G and N, my random talk buddies, my confidants. Funny how I lost both of you almost at the same time.

22 Apr 2022 - 11:20

THE SLOW WEB "We used to spend hours scanning bookshelves for hidden gems, flipping through crates of vinyl records to find that one perfect song or getting lost in carefully crafted photo albums. A slower pace and undivided attention gave us a sense of meaning and mystery in our everyday explorations.

But the new digital world has left us drifting. The technologies that were meant to empower us have made us passive. Machines have taken over the responsibility of serving our experiences, deciding what we should see, think, and feel."

Polite - Manifesto

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Starting a new post chain for the topic.

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21 Apr 2022 - 19:37

Updated my thought dump: Thoughts on the Slow Web

21 Apr 2022 - 18:19

An inventory of obsessions

21 Apr 2022 - 18:16

Took a series of vocal exercises (after years!!!) that resulted in me being...a mezzo. For real??

18 Apr 2022 - 10:45

CURRENTLY LISTENING 海をみていたジョニー by Teru Sakamoto Trio (2007)

Rocky sea side black and white photo with a person sitting by the rocks with the album title in Kanji

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18 Apr 2022 - 10:23

I didn't think I would get a good life season reminder from K-pop, but I did (rough translation, though): 'When I stop dreaming, that means I'm no longer in my youth.' - Suho

This doesn't mean people of old age don't dream. What I take away from this is: not dreaming is like giving up life.

16 Apr 2022 - 21:18

Subscribed to The Atlantic's One Story to Read Today newsletter. #no1curr

31 Mar 2022 - 09:46

Why Is Brandy Called the 'Vocal Bible'?

I think there's potential to this that can definitely be expanded on further, focusing on technique and what her influence is to the mentioned younger artists, since it was one of their main points in the video. But I still appreciate this story, for sure.

24 Mar 2022 - 07:45

Marshall Mcluhan Full lecture: The medium is the message - 1977 part 1 v 3

Amazed how this man's observations of the world transcend time. Can't help but be reminded of Mcluhan's main thesis when I think about social media.

16 Mar 2022 - 08:56

Ambyence

13 Mar 2022 - 20:48

The Penthouse band rabbit hole has led me down to Hayato Sumino's work.

Also known as Cateen, here he is playing a fundraising online gig to raise funds for Ukraine: Cateen's Piano Live at TOKYO TOWER🗼

13 Mar 2022 - 13:26

CURRENTLY LISTENING Living Room EP by Penthouse (2021)

A CRT TV switched on but with no image placed on a table against a bright pink wall

'Gorgeous' was the word that came to mind when I first listened to this album. Such lush simplicity!

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10 Mar 2022 - 11:54

CURRENTLY LISTENING Over the Horizon 2016: Samsung Galaxy Brand Sound by Dirty Loops

First heard this when a coworker's Samsung phone rang while we were in a meeting, a few years ago. Wondered if it was stock ringtone because I badly wanted to listen to the full song and Shazam it. :)) After years, I finally found the track and also found future versions of it, one of them being Jacob Collier's, also an absolute banger.

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06 Mar 2022 - 10:57

Gave my weekend braincells to a show on Netflix called Worst Roommate Ever, which The Guardian calls '[might officially be] the worst true crime show ever'. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

05 Mar 2022 - 15:55

CURRENTLY LISTENING Sujinho by Jackson Conti (2008)

A man walking through the side of a cantilevered building with only his back seen

Ah, I love my random internet finds.

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28 Feb 2022 - 14:05

Git Command Explorer

27 Feb 2022 - 22:53

If a dictator's son wins this year's elections, our country will be one of the saddest jokes in history, ever.

25 Feb 2022 - 16:38

Coup d'Etat: The Philippines Revolt - 1986

25 Feb 2022 - 16:37

"It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling."

(That's today in: taking C.S. Lewis out of context! Also, an analogy that made me laugh, but it is quite brilliant.)

23 Feb 2022 - 13:28

Self-amusement is a superpower, methinks.

21 Feb 2022 - 09:30

"According to Baudrillard, what the simulacrum copies either had no original or no longer has an original, since a simulacrum signifies something it is not, and therefore leaves the original unable to be located. Where Plato saw two types of representation—faithful and intentionally distorted (simulacrum)—Baudrillard sees four: (1) basic reflection of reality; (2) perversion of reality; (3) pretence of reality (where there is no model); and (4) simulacrum, which 'bears no relation to any reality whatsoever'." - aka Baudrillard on simulacrum, via Wikipedia

20 Feb 2022 - 22:21

Jazz saves lives!

20 Feb 2022 - 20:37

Grateful for friends and random opportunities in which the expression of true friendship can be made.

20 Feb 2022 - 20:34

CURRENTLY LISTENING The past week in a nutshell!

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17 Feb 2022 - 14:06

Some days can feel like you're going insane. This is one of those days.

(Thankful to be sane enough to post this. He he.)

16 Feb 2022 - 10:16

NOTE TO SELF It pays to recognize your need to grieve. You have to assess if you're unable to go through grief because of a distraction or potentially other reasons. If a distraction conveniently got in the way, remember that grief can make itself felt at a later time if not properly dealt with. (The question to ask now is: Is it better to grieve sooner or later? When is the best time to grieve? Not that you have to force it to happen, but maybe one has to be open to it/really make room for it. Etc, etc)

15 Feb 2022 - 15:13

Saw Drive My Car and Spencer recently and all I can say to each is: it's hard and beautiful to be human. Will need to watch both again.

12 Feb 2022 - 17:51

Inasmuch as I love the thought of smartwatches and how they work, I realized they're essentially more disposable than actual (real, not fashion) watches. Aka adding up to e-waste!

(This may be a thought brought about by my newfound obsession with CASIO digital and G-SHOCK watches. :/ Not that I've began collecting. I've just been watching a lot of watch teardown videos. #no1curr)

12 Feb 2022 - 15:21

CURRENTLY LISTENING If I Didn't Love You by Ben Abraham (2022)

Gradient and grainy color sphere in green and peach against a light periwinkle background

This single is a compilation of a new favorite and some of Ben's releases of late that I've had on loop last year. Excited for the new album.

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11 Feb 2022 - 07:46

We know we have a good life when:

11 Feb 2022 - 07:32

CURRENTLY LISTENING Love I Need by Moonchild (2022)

Had this on repeat recently at night, while work tapers off.

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10 Feb 2022 - 17:19

'The kingdom of heaven is buried treasure. Would you sell yourself to buy the one you found?'

10 Feb 2022 - 07:01

NOTE TO SELF The School of Life: Being A Good Listener

Key points:

  1. They egg us on.

  2. They urge clarification.

  3. They don't moralise.

  4. They separate disagreement from criticism.

09 Feb 2022 - 13:26

CURRENTLY LISTENING Varis from Thailand is a new random playlist standout, thanks to his 2022 single 'can't let u go'. Now listening to his past releases. So many fresh, solid Asian acts, eh!

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08 Feb 2022 - 08:41

CURRENTLY LISTENING Pilmography by WONPIL (2022)

A purple sky with the words Pilmography WONPIL 1st album with Wonpil's side profile shown until right below the nose

🤗

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08 Feb 2022 - 08:24

Heard some birds chirping outside my window and my impulse had me pressing on my keyboard's volume up button because I wanted to hear more of it.

What have we become~

07 Feb 2022 - 10:05

CURRENTLY LISTENING Shonan Beach FM 78.9 via radio.garden

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06 Feb 2022 - 21:24

FOLLOWING Not new, but worth the mention, since I just saw him do a livestream talk today--twice: Craig Mod. Constantly amazed by his work! He creates elegant content/story/design projects that are packaged beautifully and still feel very personal. Hoping to produce work similarly.

06 Feb 2022 - 21:03

It's funny that my most recent impulse purchase is yet another domain name.

06 Feb 2022 - 19:09

Made my own oat milk, have been stocking up and freezing spinach puree, etc etc. These things are actually easier than we originally think.

03 Feb 2022 - 18:35

Absolutely grateful for everyday. Even when the mind (aka my occasional greatest enemy) gets in the way, heh.

02 Feb 2022 - 14:48

CURRENTLY LISTENING HELP EVER HURT NEVER by Fujii Kaze (2020)

Black and white photo of Fujii Kaze with his eyes closed, his long hair styled to be unkempt

Obsessed with this and his covers album! This boy is quite the talent.

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01 Feb 2022 - 11:31

CURRENTLY LISTENING Drive My Car Original Soundtrack by Eiko Ishibashi (2021)

Album art with hand drawn man standing against a car with a woman driver, design has an almost watercolor like finish. Everything is in black and white except for the car that's rendered in red.

Been seeing the record stores I follow stock up on this album. Got me intrigued and was not disappointed! Now I want to watch the film because the tracks definitely have a cinematic quality to them, as if playing out a narrative. Eiko Ishibashi seems to have thing going on in her work, which is great. What a nice accidental discovery~

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30 Jan 2022 - 21:17

Minimalist.travel: Why Portuguese is the Best Language for Music

Someone actually wrote about it! Seems like I'm not alone in this observation. 🥰

30 Jan 2022 - 21:13

CURRENTLY LISTENING Mais Que Um Momento by Emilio Santiago (1983)

Emilio Santiago sitting on a couch in a shirt that's green and red with red pants

There's really something about the Portuguese language when sung. It just flows nicely with music.

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30 Jan 2022 - 20:37

I REMEMBER Not being able to work because the song that's playing is just making you pause for a head bob or a dance break. (Semi-related to this.)

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30 Jan 2022 - 20:31

Dance whenever you can, ok

29 Jan 2022 - 22:48

A Duolingo notification alerting me to go back to my lessons. The Duolingo green owl mascot is shown to be lifting weights

28 Jan 2022 - 22:09

Is it weird to be living alone and watching a looooot of videos of peoples' solo living setups? 🤔

28 Jan 2022 - 08:57

CURRENTLY LISTENING Walkin! by Otis Lim (2021)

A vector drawing of a green apple facing a mirror with a pensive look. Both actual apple and mirror reflection have empty speech bubbles beside them

A new K-indie discovery that I absolutely love. Can't wait to hear more from this guy.

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28 Jan 2022 - 07:19

It’s weird when ‘see you in 2 weeks’ from your doctor doesn’t happen because now she’s gone.

25 Jan 2022 - 03:14

CURRENTLY LISTENING Yakhal' Inkomo by Winston Mankunku Ngozi

Black and white album art image with a man's profile showing him holding his saxophone against a black background

Awake at 2:45 AM, no thanks to water drip sounds. Decided to read my devotional, listen to a jazz record, and work on a project. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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24 Jan 2022 - 13:32

CURRENTLY LISTENING tellusboutyourself by Yerin Baek (2020)

Yerin eating a potato chip from a bag of Lay's against a background/wall with different posters

I remember listening to this last year and it didn't appeal to me as a full album but it did have a few standout tracks. Listening to it now, it's such a strong album that's just generally a mood, but also I love the groovy/house-influenced tracks which I didn't expect. Five stars, yes.

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23 Jan 2022 - 21:29

In relation to this uhh happening, I have tagged this set of posts separately, inelegantly called 'alt text fail'~

23 Jan 2022 - 21:03

I always return to this: 🌱 My blog is a digital garden, not a blog

23 Jan 2022 - 13:32

Have strong negative feelings* toward the performative nature of social media

*clearly avoiding the use of 'hate' 😅

23 Jan 2022 - 13:21

'profoundly superficial' vs 'superficially profound'

23 Jan 2022 - 13:06

LOEWE | Joe Brainard: A Writer to Remember

23 Jan 2022 - 12:20

I REMEMBER the satisfaction of cleaning a linty hairbrush.

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23 Jan 2022 - 12:05

I REMEMBER good showers--hot water for the back and limbs, cold water for the face.

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23 Jan 2022 - 08:47

Made a new folder in my new-ish (made in 2020) email inbox called 'My favorite emails'. This was the first one I saved.

21 Jan 2022 - 16:51

You’ll be given love / You’ll be taken care of / You’ll be given love / You have to trust it

Maybe not from the sources / You have poured yours / Maybe not from the directions / You are staring at

Trust your head around / It’s all around you / All is full of love / All around you

(Thanks, Björk.)

21 Jan 2022 - 07:53

CURRENTLY LISTENING Records played to start and end the day in 2022

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20 Jan 2022 - 23:01

Ah, fandom bubbles (esp in Kpop) - the space to exercise ones confirmation bias.

20 Jan 2022 - 13:08

I REMEMBER that time when chicken breast slices tasted like bread.

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20 Jan 2022 - 12:20

CURRENTLY LISTENING BADモード by Utada Hikaru (2022)

Album art for BADモード album with Utada Hikaru in her brown sweats, standing in a hallway in what seems to be her home, against a while wall, with a child at the edge of the frame running away from her

Her vocals, always a win 💗

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19 Jan 2022 - 13:32

I REMEMBER

Accidentally stumbled upon Joe Brainard's work through a Fleet Foxes Instagram story (wow, thanks, Instagram?), and I will now start a series inspired by it. The whole practice/idea of journaling in that manner is perfect for all of these memories I have floating in my head that get me feeling nostalgic, more often than not. This is my attempt to grab a hold of them when they appear in my mental foreground. Here we go!

19 Jan 2022 - 11:30

CURRENTLY LISTENING MUTEMATH by MUTEMATH (2006)

Album art for MUTEMATH album with the band members in a rehearsal room with their instruments, their faces whitewashed

Mutemath's 'Noticed' has to be one of my favorite songs, I just realized. I can't believe Darren King made me appreciate the role of the hi-hat in this song specifically. It adds so much character to the song in a way that I didn't expect.

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18 Jan 2022 - 16:23

Why we're tired at work more than necessary: chat as a replacement for shoulder taps + quick conversations is not the same. You don't get the same assurance that the person is looking at you when you talk to them, the attention you get in response at the time you expect it is just! Not! The! Same!

18 Jan 2022 - 16:00

Grateful for having last.fm in the background all these years. One piece of meaningful tech for me, imho.

14 Jan 2022 - 11:59

Wondering how many GIFs all of these office communicator apps have served since the pandemic started. I resort to GIFs for some...human warmth during these times.

09 Jan 2022 - 12:51

Last Friday, I discovered on Netflix one of the things that I would end up loving so, soooo much. I am quite close to writing an episode guide of sorts, because I don't doubt it'll be absolutely worth the time. 😅

08 Jan 2022 - 17:43

Things that keep us apart even when we are physically together (a list-in-progress):

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08 Jan 2022 - 12:27

CURRENTLY LISTENING ECO PACK - 浮躁 - Faye Wong (1996)

Album art for ECO PACK album with two portraits of Faye Wong placed side by side, one  has her covering her eyes with both her hands, the other shows her eyes looking at the camera with her right hand covering her mouth

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08 Jan 2022 - 11:59

Most of the time, when you hold a thing and assess its beauty or value, you judge it for what it is, not because it's carrying with it an info card of stats on how many people like it.

How can we keep our discoveries more organic?

08 Jan 2022 - 11:53

This year, may you always have the patience to wash your hands to Happy Birthday sung twice. Happy New Year!

08 Jan 2022 - 11:52

Am I even asking the right questions?

08 Jan 2022 - 11:52

Trying to seriously tackle what a slow, quieter web means to me. Pretty much setting the tone of 2022. More signal, less noise. But this only matters if what you (I, really) try to communicate is even meaningful. (What then makes a meaningful presence online?)

Ah, life.

08 Jan 2022 - 10:30

And by this I meant me! I'm the one who's catching up with all the good music that's now available to listen to. 😅

08 Jan 2022 - 10:29

Late is late but is catching up: 12 Must-Hear Albums from ECM, the Influential Jazz and Classical Label Finally Streaming

06 Jan 2022 - 12:21

Got my Dave Brubeck Quartet record in the mail and I have spent the past 15 minutes just staring at my speakers. Why does it feel like such a brain cleansing exercise~

05 Jan 2022 - 21:10

I don't ever want to get the feeling of being productive just because I "made content" out of my day (and cumulatively, my life).

05 Jan 2022 - 08:48

TIL that Spotify streams Ogg Vorbis in 320kbps, and I have been streaming only on High setting all this time.

04 Jan 2022 - 01:58

Not a fan of waking up in the middle of the night but sometimes it happens, and sometimes you post about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

02 Jan 2022 - 22:34

Tomorrow is another day for breakfast. Happy New Year!

02 Jan 2022 - 10:46

I remembered this super cool project: Alt Text as Poetry

01 Jan 2022 - 20:54

In my attempt to take advantage of Facebook's free resources and supposedly non-secure practices (because I am uhh antiestablishment like that), I tried to host my images for this page via Messenger. I know it's such a scrappy thing to do, but I've always thought their public URLs remained public. Apparently they expire! (Yay?)

So now my CURRENTLY LISTENING album covers don't load, and I am now exposed as a horrible alt text writer. In 2022, I will do better, I promise. For now, please scroll through my post chain and have a good laugh.

01 Jan 2022 - 19:08

A Cal Newport snippet I am stealing from someone's highlights on Literal: "A better strategy for shifting others’ expectations about your work is to consistently deliver what you promise instead of consistently explaining how you’re working."

Kind of like an inside joke for me or something. :)) But this is a great reminder.

01 Jan 2022 - 18:51

I saw this coming but it still hurts when you see an actual press release on it. 😅

30 Dec 2021 - 08:59

Been on a standup comedy show binge of late. Would love to see Aziz Ansari perform live one of these days~

27 Dec 2021 - 08:24

CURRENTLY LISTENING Next Episode by AKMU (2020)

Green box with circle window in the middle showing clouds - AKMU Next Episode album cover

Consistently a record I've played more often in the morning (as I prepare breakfast and do some vacuuming. :)) What a nice morning EP. Doesn't hurt that the disc is pretty!

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20 Dec 2021 - 15:04

Wrote 2 user stories!!!1111

18 Dec 2021 - 16:59

How the weekend is shaping up: yellow tint natural lighting (I wonder what this means, air pollution index-wise...?), some Phoebe Bridgers, The Holiday (I get it, Netflix, you're pulling it out come December 31st), some egg salad sandwich (a mean spread c/o my mother), and some plum wine. With vacuuming in spurts!

14 Dec 2021 - 10:00

One of the best things I've done this year has to be softly quitting things. I say 'softly' because having a strict/cold turkey approach doesn't feel realistic. Managing things seems more effective to me.

13 Dec 2021 - 15:38

CURRENTLY LISTENING Djesse Vol. 3 by Jacob Collier (2020)

A portrait of Jacob Collier made of little raindrops with a black background - album art

Would love to see Jacob Collier's Djesse series performed live. What a talented human.

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12 Dec 2021 - 10:30

If there's a game I can win in a sport called Home Management, it's probably fridge Tetris.

12 Dec 2021 - 10:18

Routines are underrated.

12 Dec 2021 - 10:13

Tea is the norm!

11 Dec 2021 - 09:03

THINGS THAT MAKE ME BOOGIE Cool mornings and the sound of birds chirping

I am not a birdwatcher, but I notice the different chirping sounds, which means I'm actually in the company of different bird friends in my vicinity, hihi.

11 Dec 2021 - 09:00

CURRENTLY LISTENING Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi - a TED podcast

Podcast cover art in pink with drawings of people standing

I love this podcast. Episode of note: 'When will I get over my breakup?' - Love the learnings on the topic at hand, and also on research and data gathering.

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10 Dec 2021 - 07:29

Should be integrated to the social world again. It sometimes feels like I no longer know how to talk to people.

10 Dec 2021 - 07:27

Me during a group intro: I listen to a lot of music. Music keeps me company since I live alone.

(Other people introduce themselves.)

Someone from the group who thinks they know me: Claud said earlier she listens to a lot of K-pop.

Ah.

08 Dec 2021 - 14:50

My sense of humor has saved me.

07 Dec 2021 - 21:45

FOLLOWING @bdenzer

Whew, the way Ben Denzer makes all of these miniatures out of paper is just 🤯🤯🤯 (Also of @ice_cream_books fame, in case that account’s familiar.)

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07 Dec 2021 - 14:37

Tbh, I wouldn’t know where I’d be without music. I am gratefuuuuuuuul for it and for other forms of art that have served a positive impact on our mental well-being.

I still have thoughts about calling certain things ‘nonessential’. This is a developing story...

07 Dec 2021 - 14:29

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”

(They say this is a C.S Lewis quote, but I'm not sure where it's from exactly.)

07 Dec 2021 - 14:22

CURRENTLY LISTENING Belvedere by Beady Belle (2008)

album art for Belvedere, with half a face of the lead singer

As the kids would say, 'such a banger'. Feels like a warm hug, always.

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06 Dec 2021 - 09:23

Today in: Food Saved Me!

A two-week old chocolate chip cookie (usually my favorites can last a bit long because of my awesome willpower--I am able to keep at least 1 piece in the freezer to consume in tiny bites) and an apple smoothie. What a mood lifter.

06 Dec 2021 - 07:28

Stuck my head out the window earlier today and just listened to the birds chirp. The air smelled like sweet pine with a hint of fried breakfast food. 😂😂

05 Dec 2021 - 21:18

“A non-traditional narcissist” 🤔

05 Dec 2021 - 21:14

NYTimes: It’s Never Too Late to Pick Up Your Life and Move to Italy

05 Dec 2021 - 11:18

BOOKSHOP MAP Your Mind; Seoul, South Korea 🇰🇷

I can't remember how I found this bookshop, probably through Instagram. But I clearly remember seeing their website and I knew I already wanted to see their stuff in person. Someday, someday.

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05 Dec 2021 - 11:12

BOOKSHOP MAP I'm starting this little chain for listing bookshops I'm fond of but I've never been to. Mostly independent bookshops, but may include non-indie ones, too; who knows? :)

05 Dec 2021 - 10:19

Went e-book 'shopping' this morning, and I realized it's almost as bad as buying books from a bookstore because you can accumulate so many books and end up not reading any of them in full. :/

03 Dec 2021 - 21:15

Aziz Ansari's Master of None has to be one of my absolute favorite shows ever (also one of the smartest-funniest). Wish I could write the way he does.

01 Dec 2021 - 13:04

Meaningful Stone - Beep-Boop, Beep-Boop [CLUB CASPER 2021 Day 1]

30 Nov 2021 - 14:52

About to scan negatives from 2019. This is harder than I thought. 😅😅

30 Nov 2021 - 13:41

Today in National Holidays:

29 Nov 2021 - 21:35

CURRENTLY LISTENING Discovery by Daft Punk (2001)

Daft Punk album art

Probably the album that truly cemented my love for electronic dance music, which started in high school, I think.

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29 Nov 2021 - 14:42

Virgil Abloh’s Lecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

29 Nov 2021 - 11:47

CURRENTLY LISTENING Jinah Restaurant Full Course by Lee Jin-ah (2018)

a photo of Jinah by a piano as her album art

A true full-course! The diversity in this album while still having a coherent sound. Oh, the stuff Jinah gets to pull off. Also, I am still obsessed with that opening track. One of K-pop's best, surprising collabs, imho.

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27 Nov 2021 - 19:21

Albums made out of the pandemic can either be really intense or just dull (like being meta type of dull).

27 Nov 2021 - 18:53

CURRENTLY LISTENING What We Call Life by Jordan Rakei (2021)

a collage style album cover

This album makes me feel like I'm floating underwater, enveloped by stories and feelings...if that makes any sense. Sonically, the vocal arrangements give off this effect the mostest. 🤔 Gah.

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27 Nov 2021 - 17:01

CURRENTLY LISTENING What Do I Call You by TAEYEON (2020)

What Do I Call You album art, a girl image drawn with colored pencils

Had this on loop all afternoon. What a great 2020 K-pop album, ugh.

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27 Nov 2021 - 09:40

CURRENTLY LISTENING Lianne La Havas by Lianne La Havas (2020)

Lianne La Havas album cover with her smiling

Such a greatttt Saturday morning album. That cover of 'Weird Fishes', eh?

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27 Nov 2021 - 09:17

“A life in thankfulness releases the glory of God.”

27 Nov 2021 - 08:10

Resignations are weird.

25 Nov 2021 - 21:08

Of course, there are some things you spend time patiently waiting for that end up being underwhelming.

25 Nov 2021 - 20:35

Grateful for every breath.

23 Nov 2021 - 14:44

Joined friends in a Spotify group listening session and finally getting the hang of this feature (the first time we tried this more than a year ago, there were tech difficulties :))

23 Nov 2021 - 10:05

Interesting how even a low-maintenance life can require a lot.

22 Nov 2021 - 11:08

CURRENTLY LISTENING Anthropocene by Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra (2018)

Anthropocene album art

This album is such a mood setter. ☺️

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21 Nov 2021 - 18:40

CURRENTLY LISTENING Bitches Brew by Miles Davis (1970)

A painting as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew album art

This record turned 50 last year!

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21 Nov 2021 - 10:26

Here's to me hoping I get a copy of this album, puhlease. (Also, a Nate Chinen review!)

20 Nov 2021 - 18:17

'External markers of adulthood ≠ maturity' - found in some video essay on adulting. Can stand by this, for sure.

20 Nov 2021 - 16:11

CURRENTLY LISTENING Bossamanila by Sound (2003)

Scene from the Manila bay, photo used as Sound's album art for Bossamanila

The great throwback. One of my favorite Filipino bands ever.

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20 Nov 2021 - 13:56

CURRENTLY LISTENING From All Sides by Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete

From All Sides by Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete album art in green with a photo of the 2 artists

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20 Nov 2021 - 13:53

Bought a pair of cheap but hiiiiigh quality bookshelf speakers. Played Guaraldi's 'Ginza Samba' and was surprised at how much better the track can sound. Might've shed a tear. 😂

19 Nov 2021 - 13:15

Found a link to this via Wesley's page, which is great because I have been thinking about looking for a physical copy of Alexander's book. It's nice to hear his voice!

19 Nov 2021 - 12:47

CURRENTLY LISTENING Alas, I Cannot Swim by Laura Marling (2008)

Alas, I Cannot Swim album art

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18 Nov 2021 - 10:42

Did YouTube really make video autoplay the default again? 😔

17 Nov 2021 - 12:16

CURRENTLY LISTENING スポーツ by Tokyo Jihen

Tokyo Jihen - Sports album art

I can't believe this album is 11 years old. I still feel like it's a recent release, for some reason. Still, hands down, my favorite album from them. 'Season Sayonara' still makes me cry a little.

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17 Nov 2021 - 11:05

Not kidding, it's quite a great skill to be able to laugh at yourself.

17 Nov 2021 - 10:28

THINGS THAT MAKE ME BOOGIE A pantry that's always full~

16 Nov 2021 - 21:01

'The BuzzFeedication of Mental Health' by P.E. Moskowitz

Found via Dense Discovery

16 Nov 2021 - 12:24

NEW THINGS Just installed a new browser plugin called Delay Distraction by a developer student named Frank Jia. You probably know what it's for. :))

16 Nov 2021 - 09:19

DREAM LOG "She's probably cooped up in her box, praying for something (more) to happen, just like any other woman."

¯_(ツ)_/¯

16 Nov 2021 - 06:44

Got a little bit obsessed with a coffee shop’s dirty matcha drink because it was soooo good (hullo, Dot Coffee) = couldn’t sleep without wondering if I was going insane

15 Nov 2021 - 13:47

I have found myself in this corner of the internet over lunch break.

15 Nov 2021 - 13:05

YouTube autoplay being funny:

Funny. (Ngl, that TBZ release is something. The Thrill-ing era was pretty short, though.)

15 Nov 2021 - 09:22

CURRENTLY LISTENING FREEBODY by CADEJO (2020)

CADEJO - FREEBODY album art

14 Nov 2021 - 23:12

Today in movie screenshots:

In a capitalist society, hypocrisy ensures convenience.

Don't be the bull endlessly ramming its horns into the corner of the room.

14 Nov 2021 - 20:52

Christmas music in 2 words? Vince Guaraldi.

14 Nov 2021 - 19:54

Basically spent this weekend doing chores and watching movies. This was the line-up:

Was going to call it an all-Asian mini movie marathon, but that won't be fully accurate, hah.

TBD, to close the day:

14 Nov 2021 - 17:33

There are movies that amaze me or make me feel things (ie make me weep). Romcoms fall under the latter, hah

14 Nov 2021 - 10:29

The older you get, the less funny self-deprecating humor becomes

Ha ha

13 Nov 2021 - 21:42

This is mostly a note to self, hah. Not that there's really a past to speak of.

13 Nov 2021 - 20:55

When we say 'your past does not define you', people mostly refer to the bad stuff you've done. But thinking about it, your past accomplishments also don't really define who you are today. Not really ok basking in the glory of yesterday, and this can be seen in how you may feel good about yourself when you talk about what you've done in the past to other people. 🤔 Yikes.

The question should then be: What are you actually doing now?

12 Nov 2021 - 12:50

Yo, @David aka netbros.com! 👋

Hello to other folks in the Thoughts webring!

12 Nov 2021 - 09:46

When I do an alignment call with one designer coworker, it starts or ends with intense life talk (which feels like a funny-odd switch of sorts because things almost always 'escalate quickly' from hi-hello's to...parenting and challenging the dictates of society 😆).

12 Nov 2021 - 07:19

The older you get, the heavier your years weigh.

Feels like years that pass become a multiplier of sorts.

12 Nov 2021 - 05:50

Probably one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while. Žižek is funny.

11 Nov 2021 - 18:50

Randomly remembered that I had Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor in cassette form (in 2001, I only had a small tape deck in my room and while the shared PC at home had a disc drive, a CD was too expensive for my highschool budget).

Anyway, this is such a great debut album, ugh

11 Nov 2021 - 16:54

The worrying never stops, eh?

11 Nov 2021 - 15:22

Interesting how the pandemic has led me to be more aware of vocal fry in people's voices during work calls

11 Nov 2021 - 15:21

It's not a hardworking Mac/Windows machine if you don't encounter a kernel panic episode/blue screen of death, heh

11 Nov 2021 - 14:20

11 Nov 2021 - 13:23

Pie crust is truly something else

11 Nov 2021 - 10:46

Was pretty late to the Jon Klassen party around 11 years ago, and only found him through the music video of one of my favorite U2 songs ever (made me cry the first watched this video + listened to the song, for some reason).

He did the art for this music video! Directed by David O'Reilly.

11 Nov 2021 - 09:11

"You find out a lot about yourself based on your font choices." (Roughly quoting Jon Klassen from his IG live when he talked about drawing letters for books. He encouraged people to try drawing type if stumped on where to start.)

11 Nov 2021 - 09:11

Jon Klassen live on Instagram now, and he's explaining the logic on designing his characters in his and Mac Barnett's shapes book series. Basically the simplicity of his character design is so that you don't immediately know their personality--you can't tell whatever's going through their mind or if they're mean or kind, etc. You can't judge them, and you'll need to read the book to get to know them.

Visual formats usually do default to display cues of whether or not a character is sinister or whether they're the pro-/antagonist.

11 Nov 2021 - 08:05

This is me having faith in sunblock doing whatever its meant to do while I'm indoors~ Hashtag: Aging Is Real

11 Nov 2021 - 08:04

DREAM LOG Can't remember the whole story, but one scene sticks out: I remember seeing myself removing sub sandwich buns from an open shelf in my kitchen and when I held them in my hands, I saw that one had molds on the sides and the other without.

🤔

10 Nov 2021 - 23:13

Realized earlier that sleep becomes exciting for me because I can’t wait to wake up and have breakfast the next day

10 Nov 2021 - 20:31

I really love banana bread 🙊 oh naw

10 Nov 2021 - 12:21

Art direction crush: Unlimited Edition from 🇰🇷

09 Nov 2021 - 16:06

Personalization for trivial* online functions is extremely overrated.

Internet, give us back our brain cells. Let us decide for ourselves and make personalization an option, not a default.

*Yes, there is such a disclaimer, because it definitely has its use in the right context. It's not for everything

09 Nov 2021 - 14:39

"There’s nothing inherently wrong with gifts, but it’s irresponsible for us to believe that purchasing presents is a holiday requirement."

An Irresponsible Christmas by The Minimalists, via Minimalism.life

09 Nov 2021 - 11:41

Today in life wins: Reheating fries in the microwave effectively restoring crisp~

09 Nov 2021 - 06:06

CURRENTLY LISTENING APARTMENT by Car, the garden (2017)

Album art for Car, the garden's 2017 album APARTMENT; dark night with light shining on a building that looks like a cement cube with small square windows

09 Nov 2021 - 05:39

Need to learn how to write better alt text

09 Nov 2021 - 05:15

Here’s a supporting visual for said anecdote

Falling off from a bike in Taipei

Good times, good times.

09 Nov 2021 - 05:10

Twitter early in the morning does make me feel tired. Or Twitter at any time of the day

08 Nov 2021 - 20:58

My song of the year remains to be Stella Jang's 'Some Days' from her Stairs EP. Watch and turn on ENG subs, plz

08 Nov 2021 - 20:48

(I haven't totally given up on mainstream social media platforms because some of my favorite creatives are on them, specifically on Instagram. So instead, I'm choosing to be more mindful about following people. This FOLLOWING tag thing is how I make sense of my social media activity. Blah blah)

08 Nov 2021 - 20:47

FOLLOWING @kakikata.space

Lovely illustrations, great bits of advice on mindful eating (and mindful living, actually)

08 Nov 2021 - 20:45

Instant ramen is my uhh new bag of chips*.

*bag of chips = drug

Oh no

08 Nov 2021 - 20:38

Which reminds me: I did fall off a bike in the rain one time, while overseas. Was on the ground for a while, with people attempting to ask me if I was ok, in their local language. Probably one of my favorite moments in this life. That and other past bike-related uhh booboos might've caused this meniscus tear. Nuninooooo~

08 Nov 2021 - 12:51

Oh, the joy of getting a medical report that tells you you only have a minor tear and nothing serious.

08 Nov 2021 - 08:55

Current brain crush: Sho Shibuya's design work as seen in his NYTimes personal project and also his design studio, Placeholder 💕

07 Nov 2021 - 20:56

Today in Web Design~ Mailchimp's By the Books

07 Nov 2021 - 19:56

Kuchisabishii

07 Nov 2021 - 12:09

Apparently the earlier posted quote was misattributed to Maya Angelou? Getting a thrill out of these citation investigation things borne out of the internet (because these misattributions are also common thanks to the internet~)

07 Nov 2021 - 11:55

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."

A Chinese proverb this 88Rising Head in the Clouds stream just projected in their interstitial things~

07 Nov 2021 - 11:17

Interesting how the need for instant social media updates has affected behavior. The (social media) proof of being present at that moment reduces the experience of being truly in the moment.

07 Nov 2021 - 10:01

CURRENTLY LISTENING 音楽 by Tokyo Jihen (2021)

音楽 by Tokyo Jihen

07 Nov 2021 - 08:50

Watching a music festival live stream online. I miss watching live music shows. :/

06 Nov 2021 - 21:13

Biases aside, one of my favorite K-pop-related interviews ever. No shame in calling myself a P1ECE.

06 Nov 2021 - 20:23

A friend gifted me this book for my birthday hihi there are (in K-pop terms) PULLS to be revealedddddd

03 Nov 2021 - 05:46

Another piece of work from Jono Brandel’s brain: Curaturae

02 Nov 2021 - 19:17

How I Experience Web Today dot com

02 Nov 2021 - 18:08

This space needs this swimmer beaver gif.

Swimmer beaver GIF

01 Nov 2021 - 18:53

Spotted on Instagram, supposedly a St. Augustine quote: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

01 Nov 2021 - 14:18

I am reading books again!

01 Nov 2021 - 11:12

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