grateful (COUNT=1493)

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i++ Jess’ school theme game night

i++ Scott’s BBQ: meeting mini-Jon, mini-Cliff x3, chickens x4

i++ Spoon from Forno Cultura (came with the frittata)

i++ Notepad (picture above) from 100 Yen Store (picture below)

i++ Celebrating Denise bday @ awai

i++ Preceded by Thai dessert @ Patchmon’s (check out the cute cartoon drawing of the owner)

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married life

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A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending the amazing wedding of Darlin. I’m really not a wedding person but I’m thinking all weddings should be scheduled such that the kiss occurs at sunset. On the coast of British Colombia. Something about those silhouettes in that fading light.

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After we got married in August 2014, many people asked: How’s married life?

My response: We’ve been living together for a while so the same as non-married life?

Looking back, maybe something did shift that summer. Because I haven’t had a my life is boring OMG moment since then.

[Jul 2014] Bought blush dress for Jenny’s wedding

[Aug 2014] Wore blush dress to my wedding

[Sep 2014] Visited Kogod Courtyard

[Oct 2014] Ate sushi for Denise Birthday @ Yasu

[Nov 2014] Saw Doctor Strangelove

[Dec 2014] Walked along the Esplanade in New Orleans

It’s not entirely clear.

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Walking along the bamboo forest in Arashiyama, he decided that he wanted a grapefruit drink. So we bought two grapefruit drinks. It was expensive.

As I put down the one on the left, I said: Let me take a picture of my grapefruit

As he put down the one on the right, he said: Take a picture of my grapefruit too

The fashion couple that created the tiffany campaign are not together anymore.

We don’t have a shared bank account but maybe we should get a shared instagram account?

It’s not entirely clear.

crowds (COUNT=1487)

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Despite all that planning, towards the end of the trip, he was overwhelmed by the Kyoto crowds (as well as the Kyoto heat). So I did a couple segments on my own. There is an upside since he does not like it when I follow a person stalkishly.

But that is precisely the joy of crowds.

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i++ Nijo castle

i++ Cycling the narrow streets of Nakagyo

i++ Sanjo-kai playground

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i++ Cats

(sometimes I think he is a jazz listening whisky drinking character in a Murakami novel) (walking along philosopher’s walk at 5 am accompanied by cats maybe I am too)

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ishiguro

So Ishiguro won the prize. I do think he captures wonderfully the essence of our times: “I don’t know if they miss it by seconds. In a way they’ve missed it by miles. They might look back and think, There was this moment when it could have all been different. It’s tempting for them to think, Oh, it was just a little twist of fate. But in fact, there are colossal things that make them miss not just love but something essential in life.”

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In STL, I watched Brad’s status with Ann. As expected, Ben Stiller does an amazing job stalking the wives of his friends on instagram. If people who attended non-top schools expend all their energy fighting “the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing”, should people who actually attended Harvard just kill themselves?

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This brings to mind another film: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In the theater scene, Robert asks: Do you want to investigate my courage? But what use do we have for courage (or competence) when our definition of glory ensures destruction?

2049

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Two years ago, when I took this picture, I thought: Is this how birds feel looking into a building? Is this how Nabokov felt when he wrote the first two lines of Pale Fire?

I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure in the window pane

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Today, I asked him: What was your favorite scene from Blade Runner 2049?
He said:

A system of cells interlinked within
Cells interlinked within cells interlinked
Within one stem. And dreadfully distinct
Against the dark, a tall white fountain played

Like Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 is about whether or not the protagonist is human. But really, if one who reads Nabokov, with feeling, is not human, what does it even mean to be human?

I don’t want to jump to conclusions after seeing this film once but it’s got that slow burn that allows me to think about what I’m thinking about while I’m seeing it for the first time. It has the awesome style of Arrival (duh same director), the awesome plot of the Matrix, the awesome architecture of Gattaca and the awesome instinct of 2001: A Space Odyssey … When people try too hard to grasp the truth, they find themselves bound by narratives created by others.

harvest moon rising (COUNT=1483)

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last night
turning from Pacific Avenue unto Bloor Street
we saw the harvest moon rising
(here is a crappy snapshot)
(maybe too many people are posting too many beautiful photos)
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before that
grilled octopus + moscato @ bricco
(a note on notes of lychee
sometimes when I read this in a magazine
i wonder if it’s a nice way of saying smells like canned fruit
but this is the real thing)
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before that
armed n simcoe @ rainhard brewing
notes of real lychee
(simcoe may just be the most interesting hop in the world)
i++

before that
mjolk
(best way to travel to japan without getting on an airplane)
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before that
propeller coffee
(always a good way to start a long weekend)
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suzhou river circles

Me: What film should I see at this year’s Reel Asian festival?

Me: The website won’t let me buy tickets for Tsukiji Wonderland!

Maybe this is a sign that I should stay home and review my favorite English music video about a Chinese film

Last night was nuit blanche and instead of fighting the crowds, we simply walked circles around the fountain at Berczy Park