I didn't do much today except sleep, so I want to ramble on about a few things I've been watching.

Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer video: I've been watching the music videos as they were released so there wasn't as much new content in this for me, but it's such a wild ride when all put together. I actually got the chance to see her perform live several years ago as the opening act for the band Of Montreal. I didn't know who she was at the time, so I wanted to do some research. I found the music video for Cold War[1], fell in love, and I haven't looked back since. By the way, the performance was phenomenal. I'm sure it's way harder to get tickets to her shows now (and I'm sure they're in much bigger venues) and I've always had ears too sensitive for live performances[2], so I'm glad that I got to see and hear her.

Lost in Space (2018): I've never seen the original show, but I really liked the movie when I was a kid. ...Which, in my recent internet travels, I've come to understand is a minority opinion. To be fair, it probably didn't age well, but it was one of my first brushes with a time travel/time paradox story (if not THE first) and it really made an impression on me. I watched the first two episodes with my family and I liked it! Some of the pseudoscience almost gave my dad an aneurysm, but I—who got the hell out of hard science when I was 19—was able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the ride. I like all of the little updates they've made for the 21st century and the visuals are stunning.

Sophia Chang's March vlog: In general, I like having something playing in the background while I fill out my planner, knit, or do something else that isn't writing. I've started watching and following more influencers on YouTube and it's kind of fascinating because these people live in like...a fantasy world. They party and go on fancy trips and wear fashionable clothes and makeup... It's so far removed from the life I've had that I can't help but feel a sort of fascination towards it. Plus, it's nice seeing people who look like me getting to live the life that Asians don't get to have in American movies/pop culture, you know? Crazy Rich Asians aside. Anyway, Sophia Chang is a YouTuber I particularly like because her vlogs are really nicely edited. The one I linked is her latest one and it's super long, but fun to watch and the music is on point.

Aggretsuko: Oh my gosh this show hit home a little too much for me. I've seen clips of it over the last couple of years, but being able to watch the entire show with its overarching plot and developing characters was a lot of fun. I mean, I work retail right now and while it's not the exact same sort of problems, I definitely related to a lot of things that happened. Plus it's so cute to watch! The episodes are only 15 minutes apiece (less than that if you cut out the op/ed) so maybe give it a shot if you haven't already.

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  1. I heard the video was recorded all in one take. It's so powerful! ↩︎

  2. To date, I have been to two concerts. The first was the one I mentioned and the second was a LM.C concert. ↩︎