2021 Week #14

Apr 19, 2021

Day 20 of 100 Days to Offload

Zuko Picture of the Week

A black cat with a smol little face, napping on a bed with white covers

What Happened

  • Watched my first F1 race. My friends pulled me into participating in Fantasy F1. I don’t know anything about F1 but it was fun creating my teams with what little knowledge I have (I created a Mazespin team for the meme). The actual race was quite fun. It was raining on the track so things were a bit chaotic. Lewis Hamilton was in first place and then he crashed. Then two other drivers crashed into each other. So much excitement.

The three teams I created: charles (Ferrari: LeClerc, Stroll, Tsunoda, Alonso, verstappen), mazespin (Aston Martin: Gasly, Mazepin, Hamilton, Sainz, Ocon), and not charles (Alfa Romeo: Hamilton, Tsunoda, Alonso, Perez, Norris))

  • Trying FocusMate (virtual coworking) for the second time. It seems to be working well so far. I’ve only had two sessions and I find it to be quite awkward talking to strangers like every session but hopefully I get better at that part.

  • I joined Habitica (can you tell I’m on a productivity kick? we’ll see how long this lasts) and I finally got around to fleshing out my setup. It’s fun so far and quite cute.

My little habitica level 5 warrior, adorned with a helmet, hammer, and purple and green armor

Goals Review

I forgot about these. I’m trying my best to rectify this and rededicate myself.

  • Lose weight
    • Plan is to meal prep some chicken and broccoli today.
  • Read more
    • I eat at my desk too much. So I’ve made a point to eat at my dinner table. I have a book on the table so I read while I eat. Often times, I find that I keep reading even after I finish eating. Right now I’m reading Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende.
  • Waste less time
    • FocusMate has been a good recommitment of goals. I have booked a morning session to do some Japanese and an evening session to do a word sprint. I plan to sprinkle more sessions throughout the day whenever I feel like it.

This Week’s Tunes by Playcount

Top Artists

  1. L’Arc~en~Ciel
  2. downy
  3. Mashrou’ Leila
  4. Alexisonfire
  5. DIR EN GREY
  6. FKA twigs
  7. EMI MARIA
  8. Snail Mail
  9. Ride
  10. Daichi Miura

These are all pretty typical artists for me. Ride is a band one of my friends recommended me. I took a listen to them and they’re quite good. I need to listen to more shoegaze.

I lurk a lot on Arama Japan and someone mentioned Daichi Miura’s latest singles being really good. I already really like Daichi Miura (he has such a nice voice) but his latest singles are really good. I can’t stop listening to them.

Top Albums

  1. 第七作品集『無題』 by downy
  2. Ibn El Leil by Mashrou’ Leila
  3. The Beirut School by Mashrou’ Leila
  4. Lush by Snail Mail
  5. Tierra by L’Arc~en~Ciel
  6. MAGDALENE by FKA twigs
  7. The Insulated World by DIR EN GREY
  8. Nowhere by Ride
  9. True by L’Arc~en~Ciel
  10. Old Crows/Young Cardinals by Alexisonfire

Top Tracks

  1. 角砂糖 by downy
  2. STAR by BiSH
  3. About You by Daichi Miura
  4. Because of You by AISHA
  5. One Last Kiss by Hikaru Utada
  6. シャンディ by Ling tosite sigure
  7. forbidden lover by L’Arc~en~Ciel
  8. 砂上、燃ユ。残像 by downy
  9. Wish You Were Here by CL
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 by Kalbells

Okay, About You is super good. It has a sultry sexy The Weeknd vibe. The chorus still jars me though because Daichi Miura goes into a falsetto that is quite high for him and I don’t understand it in the context of the song. I still jive with it though.

STAR is a recent single from BiSH and it’s really reminds me of stuff from their FAKE METAL JACKET album. I can never turn down a nice rock ballad.

Utada Hikaru is an icon, all of her singles from the past year have been bangers. Her last song for the Evangelion franchise, One Last Kiss is no exception. It has such a fresh vibe. I love her.

I was surprised to see that I’ve listened to シャンディ so much. It’s a good song. I don’t know how to describe Ling tosite sigure. They have such a distinct sound, TK’s voice aside. They have like math rock elements which I really dig. I’m listening to シャンディ right now and I really should dig into their discography more.

Another gem I found from lurking on Arama was キミのせいで or Because of You by AISHA. I’ve never heard of AISHA before. She reminds me of early R&B Utada Hikaru. A very chill vibe with this song and super singable (AKA lots of repeating lyrics).