Thirty days, thirty posts.

I blogged daily for the last thirty days.

My goal was to blog everyday for thirty days, mostly just to see if I can do it. It was an exercise to practice consistency and express creativity. I enjoyed writing, drawing, taking photos and shooting videos for the blog.

There were several posts I wish I would have spent more time on. There were some ideas I wanted to explore further. Some posts I wanted to take my time polishing. So I am going to focus less on daily content and more on the quality of the content. I don’t have any new, groundbreaking ideas, but I think I have some unique angles and experiences that may interest a few people.

I am humbled and honored that people took time out of their days to read this blog. To those of you: thank you so much. I really appreciate your time and attention. ありがとうございます。

If you have any comments, please post them below. I would love to hear what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you would like to see more of on this blog.

Thanks for checking out this halfsie’s musings. またね!

NPR's Tiny Desk Conert is the place to get music

A few good Tiny Desk sets.

NPR Music has a series named Tiny Desk Concerts, which is one of my favorites places to listen to music.

The artists play their songs in NPR’s small, cramped office, where the artists’ raw talents shine in the incredibly intimate sets.

I looked through the Tiny Desk Concert playlist on YouTube, and was again amazed with the collection of artists Bob Boilen and his team have gathered to their workspace.

Here are a few good Tiny Desk sets, in no particular order:

K’Naan

The Avett Brothers

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros

Daughter

Kishi Bashi

Lowland Hum from Greensboro :)

I seriously can’t do the series justice by posting a few videos on this blog. So please do yourself a favor, go through this playlist, and find your faves.

tasty loose leaf tea

Have a cup of tea.

Before I was a coffee guy, before I was a beer guy, and before I was a chocolate milk guy, I was always a tea guy.

Besides water, I’ve probably drank more tea than anything else in my life.

I love them all, but my favorites are green tea and sanpin tea from Okinawa. My grandparents always had oolong and I like darjeeling (partly because of the Wes Anderson movie). I like tea cold and I like tea hot. I like it bitter better than sweet, but sweet tea’s not so bad. I like it in the South and I like it on my island. Before work, during the day, after some soccer and before bedtime, I can always go for a good cup of tea.

It hydrates me, it gives me energy, and it’s healthy. Win-win-win.

So have a cuppa tea.

Manzai and conto in the US.

In Japan, there are two popular forms of live comedy: manzai(漫才) and conto(コント).

A real quick overview of some Japanese comedy terms:

Manzai (漫才): A standup act usually performed by two people. One is the boke, and the other is the tsukkomi(see below).

Conto (コント): A skit performed to tell stories to make people laugh. Derived from the French word conte, which means tale.

Boke (ボケ): A verb and a noun. As a verb, it is when the comedian does or says something funny. As a noun, the comedian tasked with the boke role. The joke can also be referred to as the boke.

Tsukkomi (ツッコミ): Again, a verb and a noun. As a verb, it is when the comedian interjects and hits the boke when the boke does a boke(I know, super confusing). The comedian tasked with the tsukkomi role is referred to as the tsukkomi.

Many Japanese comedians perform a mix of both manzai and conto.

I just saw a standup set on the Tonight Show which reminded me a lot of the Japanese standup style.

Here it is:

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While the boke-tsukkomi relationship was lacking, the conto-style storytelling in the end reminded me of some good ol’ Japanese standup. I thought the set was quite funny, too. Naturally, the bros had good chemistry.

I haven’t watched a good Japanese standup set in a while. Time to dig into one of my favorite pastimes of high school.

Here’s a classic from a brother duo from Japan, the Nakagawas(中川家).