The Princess

I’m still trying to figure out when it was that she got so big. She’s going to preschool now, kindergarten is just a year away, and it’s funny, you almost look forward to them going off to school when they are babies but when the time actually approaches you, it kinda breaks your heart.

Then again I guess life just kind of functions that way in general.

I’ve still been reading a lot, mainly on my commutes to and from work. I just got finished with “The Gunslinger” from Stephen King and I’m returning to “The Wealth of Nations” temporarily until another waited on book arrives. I swear, reading “The Wealth of Nations” is going to take me an eternity. It’s been close to a year and I’m only 400 pages into it — still not even halfway through.

I also somehow forced the time to play Bioshock 2 some last night and I absolutely love it! Just really, really original and it’s horrendously catchy.

But no worries, even as the princess gets big, she is still awesome:

Asian Kung-Fu Generation

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while:

I remember about a year ago one of my friends asked me why the Japanese music scene is never taking seriously and I had an easy answer: the only stuff people ever get exposed to outside of Japan is mess like “Morning Musume” — and how the hell is anyone going to take it seriously based on only that?

With that said though, it can be hard to find any non-produced music even living in Japan. Mainstream media just doesn’t cover it. It’s all the same type of stuff from the same three producers (seriously, there is only about three of them that produce everything). There is a hell of a lot of good music here though. From my personal experience I find the most exciting stuff on the indie level — it’s a bit rare to have anything pro catch my ear, but it does happen in some cases.

To make a long story short, I want to periodically introduce some stuff I like from over here — both pro and indie. I’ll probably start with pro stuff though for the simple reason that it’s much easier to get my hands on the video.

I’ll start with a decently big band: Asian Kung-Fu Generation. They are one of those rare cases I mentioned above; a band that went pro after working up through the indies level (rather than being picked out from an audition and produced). They are a bit of a mix of J-Pop and Rock, which is rather fun to me. They are also from Yokohama, which is about 30 min from where I live:

I’m Not Dead

Really, I’m not. Well, maybe I kind of am. Having a hard time just finding the time to take a shit these days. I finished reading “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking and now pretty much all my current reading material is work related. And pretty much all my of my day is work related. And I feel pretty horrible because I have gone from spending a crazy amount of time with the kids to not being able to spend much at all — and I’m thinking I really need to at least clear my weekends out so I can give them 100% then. It’s really a bit lonely getting to be with them as little as I am at the moment.

With that said though, work is going good — I’m learning and it’s certainly exciting. Now I just got to figure out when the hell I’m going to finish my taxes.