Self-Care Friday (Week 5)

Sorry, this one is late due to many things.

Last week I talked about watching some musicals and one of those was Annie Get Your Gun. I knew, going in, that this musical was not a great one. I also expected it to be racist and sexist, but I honestly didn’t really know what I was in for. You can read my full review over on Letterboxd, but suffice to say that I pretty much only gave it one star because I like some of the songs.

Anyway, onto the actual, fun things.

What I’ve Been Reading:

  • Reader Harder:
    • Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel: The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles
  • Completed:
    • Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason (audio book on CD)
  • Reading:
    • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audio book – on hold)
    • Chapelwood: the Borden dispatches by Cherie Priest
    • Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino
    • Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
    • One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire (audio book)

What I’m watching:

The most recent two episodes of Voice have gotten really intense. There are only two more left. I can’t wait to find out what happens.

  • Voice (Korean drama)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Musume (Japanese drama)
  • Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu (Japanese drama)
  • Cabaret
  • Camelot

What I’m listening to:

  • Women of Fresh Finds (Spotify Playlist)
  • Blade Runner OST
  • Arrival OST
  • Perfume – Tokyo Girl (theme to Tokyo Tarareba Musume)

  • Subin

And her new song:

 

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This is Kihyun, of the boy group Monsta X. They are one of my favorite groups and coming back soon. I’m going to try to include pictures of some kind, from now on, that make me happy. This teaser photo of Kihyun is one of those images! Look forward (maybe … you may not be doing that, actually, but shhh) to more (probably kpop related) photos. 

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The Wednesday Four

Two things about this week’s links. The first is that I will forever have a huge soft spot for the movie Hackers. I know that it’s not really a great movie, but I adore it and I cannot imagine growing up without having watched it. My sister and I still quote it to each other (along with another cult classic from our youth, Empire Records). There is something endearing and enduring about Hackers, it was in many ways such an innocent time, too. The second thing is that I adore the late Oliver Sacks and his writing. If you’ve never read any of his books, do yourself a favor and read one. It could be one of his science books, or something else of his entirely. Please, go read his writing. It’s great way to remember him.

Week 15 is all about Russia and intolerance.

The links:

  • ‘Hackers’ at 20: How a 20-year-old, mostly inaccurate flop predicted the future, reshaped sci-fi, and won over the real hacker community. (Passcode/Christian Science Monitor)
  • Hoax hunter: I bust people who fake illnesses online (Fusion)
  • The Website MLB Couldn’t Buy Meet Durland and Darvin, the Hummer-driving, rock-and-roll-playing, real-life twins keeping Twins.com in the family and out of Minnesota’s baseball mitt (Grantland)
  • How Oliver Sacks Helped Introduce The World To Autism Autism and its many forms may be widely discussed today, but it wasn’t until the famed neurologist and writer told the story of identical twins George and Charles Fin in his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. (Buzzfeed)
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B1A4 on 02/17/2017 at The Copernicus Center outside of Chicago, IL (taken by me)

Self-Care Friday (Week 3)

This past week was the one after my birthday and it was all right. I finished a kdrama and a couple of books. Go me! I also ended up listening to some non-kpop music, which was a change. Some of it was Korean, but I did listen to a Mandopop singer from Taiwan. This weekend should be fun, too.

What I’ve been reading:

  • Read Harder:
    • Read a fantasy novel: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Completed
    • Volumes 6, 7, and 8 of What Did You Eat Yesterday? by Fumi Yoshinaga
    • Blood Strikes (Kate Daniels series) by Ilona Andrews
  • Reading:
    • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audio book)
    • Chapelwood: the Borden dispatches by Cherie Priest

What I’m watching:

I finished Squad 38, which I should write a review for. It was really good, much better than I expected it to be, actually.

  • Voice (Korean drama)
  • Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (Japanese drama)
  • South Pacific (musical)
  • Get Out (movie)

What I’m listening to:

  • DEAN

A very good friend of mine, N, finally got me to listen to him, because he’s one of her favorite artists. I resisted, as I am wont to do, but eventually gave in and man, I’m glad I did. His music is really good. You can find it basically everywhere. Please give it a listen.

  • Jinsil (진길)
  • 孫盛希
  • K.A.R.D
  • B.I.G

Music Sundays: MAP6 – Storm (스톰)

I used to really like this adorable kpop group called A-Prince. Sadly, they vanished from the kpop sphere and I was sad, but kpop groups come and go, unless they’re very popular. A-Prince, alas, was not. But then, toward the end of 2015, a new group debuted, which turned out to be four of the five guys from A-Prince, plus a new one. Their group is called M.A.P6 (henceforth known as map6 or MAP6) and I really adore them. Here’s the music video from their debut single:

And the dance practice video for the same song.

Music Sundays: 방탄소년단 ‘RUN’ MV

Recently I have found my way back to a group that I had previously loved, then discarded — only to finally return again (and oh, how happy I am to be back). The group, known as BTS or Bangtan Boys (or just Bangtan), is a South Korean kpop/khiphop group. I quite adore them. Here’s the music video to their newest single, Run.

Music Sundays: TAEMIN 태민_괴도 (Danger) -Music Video

I’ve talked before about my love for the group SHINee. Well, my favorite person in the group is Taemin, the youngest of the five. He also has a solo debut in 2015 (and will hopefully have one in 2016). Here’s the music video for one of the songs off his debut album, Ace.

And, because I love him you guys so much, here’s the concept video they made for his album.

The Wednesday Four (09/09/15)

I hope everyone had a nice, long Labor Day weekend, if you celebrate it, that is (or, you know, live in the US). We have new New York Times links today. And yes, before you ask, I am a Serena Williams fan.

  • Like It’s 1999: On Serena Williams’s Dominance and the Passage of Time (Grantland)
  • The Agency: From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities. (NYTimes)

Serena Williams

Serena Williams  Day 9 action at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open. (photo (c) mirsasha)