Eight months into this year, and I’ve finally gotten around to building a journal. Luckily I only hold grudges against other people, otherwise I’d be quietly seething to myself about myself.
Journals are toted as being stellar for progression assurance; They show you where you’d been and let you track your path to where you want to go, and habits breed compliance. It’s straight-forward thinking, but my brain struggles to shimmy up and over the first few obstacle-strewn days with any new behaviour pattern. See also: this blog, which was intended to be a fortnightly thing. Regardless of the number of plates I’ve got spinning, I want to get better at spinning them so hopefully this physical, personal record will help with that. On with the show!
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is consistently ranked among the top 5 greatest manga/anime franchises of all time, and has enjoyed mainstream success across Japan for over twenty years. The reason? It’s bizarre, naturally, but it’s creator (Hirohiko Araki) has infused Jojo with dozens of contemporary western references, naming dozens of characters after musicians and songs popular in the west at the time of production. Whilst we may think Japanophilia is in vogue in some circles here today, there is a reason the phrase ‘Big in Japan’ was coined; Japan had a thing for our rockstars, and Araki played off of this with wildly successful results.
What that produces, especially from the second season onwards, is a Japanese interpretation of perceived western characteristics and culture, foregrounded against a backdrop of vampires, magical breathing techniques and ethereal spirit-warriors with otherworldly powers (time control? we got it. really fast fencing? We got that in spades. The ability to pull people into a videogame and if you die in the game you die for real?… Probably too much of that, to be honest)
My point is, Jojo is a phenomenon, with an art style that begs for iteration, as we see above. The progression from Muscle boy to Slender boy is also mildly interesting:
I’m a fan. You should watch it.
- Touch typing
I recently humbled myself when googling something on a close friend’s PC using only my two index fingers. The look he gave me was a confluence of amusement and concern; I, like the rest of the west, spend the majority of my time with a keyboard within inches of my mitts, yet I’ve lost the ability to touch type since we were taught it at school. I suppose a combination of poor adoption in the first instance and a path-of-least-resistance style reversion due to laziness has brought me back to typing the way my mom does.
Nevertheless, i realise that to be a better person, i need to patch all weaknesses, not just the ones i can brag about fixing later. So, if you (or a friend, if you want to be coy about it) need similar training advice for those disobedient digits, this site seems to be the easiest to pick up and use, which is what we want when learning or relearning stuff.
Tim Ferriss is my hero. If you know me, you know that. He has the discipline I wish I had, the resources I would dearly love to spend and the drive to pursue things because they fascinate him that I believe I share. The first point is why he’s such a big deal for me, though.
His determination has led to uncommon results, and his documentation of those results (ask me if you want to borrow his books that can also be used as cinder blocks, such is their size) is truly inspiring to me. While I still flounder at the very, very basic dietary advice he gives (doritos and monster do not feature, so what am I to do, really.) His fitness advice, both in terms of personal mental fitness and overall physical fitness
is based on his experiences and discussions with those who would know, but what is most valuable to me are the resources he throws out there in the course of his studies. During his study into cognitive enhancement, mostly for language acquisition and memory improvement, Tim delved into nootropics – drugs that improve cognitive function. Naturally this sparked my interest since it seemed like the best and least taxing way to build a better self. Sadly it’s not that simple, but it is fascinating. There’s dozens of sites that go over individuals’ experiences with nootropic ‘stacks’ – groups of drugs that, taken together, act synergistically and affect cognition far more effectively than when taken in isolation. Check out this forum for a rabbit hole of science, placebos, illegality and extreme caffeine consumption. It’s a riot.
- Who’s that Genre?
Honestly, if anyone can help me with the categorization of this. sick. beat. then I’d be very grateful. I’m thinking of petitioning Jacob to make this the new podcast intro music, it’s that chill.
I’m taking this boat in a whole new direction from next week, things will be more concise and pithy and, importantly, more valuable as self improvement/autodidact fodder. (I’ll probably keep the music/artwork sections though. Gotta justify that Arts degree somehow)