Things that got me into these days.

Typatone

It basically lets you make music by typing a keyboard (keyboard as in a keyboard of your laptop).

This is something I made to introduce myself.

http://typatone.com/m/EPFXTT6fC2

This is something I made by randomly typing the keyboard.

http://typatone.com/m/bMrYnSTp7X

They previously made a very interactive site called Patatap, and I totally loved it when it was launched. 

And this is another my recent favourite thing:

Some people are so talented doing this kind of thing.

 

Haven't done much writing since then...

Hello.

So I noticed that I didn't write any post last year. I just didn't feel like writing - that's all. 

But I think it's time to write what I did last year and what I want to do this year.

2016 was a year of change for me. In fact, it all started in 2015, but 2016 was the year that all the good stuff and bad stuff happened.

I came back to Japan and started working at a creative agency/production company in Tokyo. I got crazily busy and didn't even know what I was doing. I was depressed sometimes. I just kept reading books on the way to work, just to keep myself calm by escaping from the reality and remind myself that "everything's gonna be okay". (Of course, watching Silver Linings Playbook and listening to Baz Luhrmann's commencement speech helped too).

About half a year later, I decided to casually contact my old boss who used to be my mentor when I was doing an internship. Four months after we had drinks together, he became my boss again. I can't thank him enough. 

I probably have less drama in my life now, but more learnings every day. 

That pretty much sums up what happened last year and where I am now. 

I am happy now :) 

Felt like I wanted to share what I've seen/done so far in 2017. 

What I watched this year so far: 

Rogue One

 

Adult World

Great soundtrack played by an indie's band. I somehow associated myself with the main character. 

Nerve

Another Emma Roberts film. The story was just another high school drama, but it really reflects how millennials live today - whatever you do, you are constantly watched by someone. The way they filmed was so real. I felt like it was actually happening on my screen. 

Miss You Already

Great soundtrack. 

Now is Good

 

Films I kind of loved in 2016:

The Brand New Testament

Deadpool, X Men Apocalypse, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Me before you

What I did this year so far:

I started learning After Effects. I'm enjoying it so far - although I'm still rubbish at it. 

I'm working on animating a character now. 

Below is a crap I made in the very beginning of the year. 

Why am I learning this? - I just want things to move because I love unusual movements.

 

What I want to do this year

1. Re-make this boring website and make it more fun. 

2. DO SOMETHING FUN.

3. COMPLETE WHAT I STARTED AGES AGO.

4. COMPLETE MY READING CHALLENGE

5. LEARN A LOT

 

The Circle

I bought a Kindle Paperwhite 2015 2 weeks ago. I bought it simply because I'd always wanted one but never actually had a proper reason to buy one, but because I had a chance to travel and thought it would be too heavy to carry my iPad, it was the right time to buy one.

My very first impression was that "How come I had never used it before? It could have saved so much money."

It's really light. What's more, it's really clever. It remembers the words you previously looked up. It also reminds you when each character in a book previously appeared and tells you who s/he is (in case you forget).

I've been reading this book called The Circle written by Dave Eggers. The Circle is a tech giant like Google (well it's essentially about that...). The main character Mae Holland is a recent graduate who starts working there. She enjoys all the benefits she gets at the Circle, and really admires all the advanced tech stuff she witnesses. But she eventually notices that the company crossed the line, and starts doubting about what they do. I haven't read that bit yet, but that's what I know. 

According to my Kindle, I read 62% of the book. It's a 600 pages long book, so I knew it would take some time to read. (It's been 3 weeks by the way). But as far as I know, this 62% is basically introducing the world of the Circle, and how naive Mae is. She basically says "yes" to everything, which is a good thing to some extent, but she doesn't really think or criticise things, so she easily provides her data to the company without doubting.

The film is going to come out next year. Emma Watson is playing Mae Holland. I'm excited about how she's going to play that character because Mae seems to be opposite to Emma Watson who is intelligent and critical about the world. 

Anyway, I hope the rest of the book is going to show some events.  

By the way, the book cover was designed by Jessica Hische - one of my favourite designers/letterers in the world.

Goodbye Facebook

So I finally deactivated Facebook. But now I can't login to Spotify because I used my Facebook account when I first signed up for Spotify :( 

Anyway, I read this post on Medium this morning, and totally agreed with what he says.

Telling someone that what they’re learning is ‘stupid’, or ‘useless’ is the worst thing you could say to anyone, ever.

Like really. I know "everyone thinks they are right", but why the heck people criticise/judge what other people are trying to learn? I've been thinking about it a lot. 

When I was at uni, people used to tell me "What's the point of studying Advertising as a degree?" Yeah, I get that. I see the reasons why people said that, but just so you know, you really didn't have to mention that.