Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Went to a small village today run by cats and some kittens outside of Taipei. This village is located in an isolated area at the foot of some mountains. Needless to say besides a train track in the center of the village, it is amazingly quiet and serene. Get ready for some serious cat photos!!
Love this guy's face.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By far one of the cooler photos I've been able to grab while traveling. Shitty quality because it's on my phone. Will upload the ones from my real camera later. Kind of sucks though I rusted basically a macro lens to the body of my lumix. Oops. Amateur hour forever. I saw this across the street from my airbnb in Hong Kong. Wedged between countless concrete buildings is this outstanding rooftop. Green is definitely the coolest color.
Found this walking around Taipei today. It's a brand from Japan I guess that just makes these pretty epic embroidered t shirts of typical motifs from vintage velvet jackets. Sold.
Last but not least. My dad in one piece. Hi dad. I know you're reading this because you're downstairs glued to your computer and your magnify glass. Ladies and gentlemen, Heavy Discussion's Reader of the Decade.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Yes! Discovered a wireless network in my hotel with a blogger signal. I feel like whenever I manage to get an outside line, I'm writing from an underground, resistance movement circa Terminator the movie. According to my Instagram timeline I've been abroad for 5 weeks now. I have minimum another 3 weeks. This particular stint has been a long one. But I guess I'm getting used to it. The alienating, solo traveling parts, are integral to this new'ish life. I heard this quote recently
"Don't give up what you want most, for what you want now." I googled the source and I got some leaders from the Church of Latter Day Saints and a link to Islamicthinking.net. Can't say I wasn't a little weirded out. But it's a good quote none the less.. I'm just not thinking the thing I want most for my eternal soul is to die with flocks of virgins waiting for me in Heaven. Did I get that right? Might have to google that later. Anyway. Saw a cool article from a Ted Blog I thought was interesting. It's about how the languages we speak can affect the way we think. I wonder if individuals in particular that are bilingual or trilingual should have a special study.
In places like Hong Kong, where I have family, children as young as 2 or 3 are preparing to learn two or three languages to stay globally and domestically competitive for their future. And this is not an uncommon standard. On one side I've heard, and can understand, how a lot of people think it's a terrible thing to put that much pressure on a young child. And on the other hand, well it just seems like an unfortunate byproduct of a career competitive reality. Especially in the economically rich parts of Asia where the schooling systems are infamously cut throat, an "unfortunate byproduct" just seems like another shit cherry added to the top. And on the third hand, who knows maybe children who are able to tap into early trilingualism may unknowingly grow the human brain by 5% for future humans. But mostly I think I'm just an ignorant American and there are tons of trilingual babies out there in the world because as far as education standards I think comparing them to America's education standards is a relative joke.