Resolutions: one month in

Being More Creative – I mean, I have touched up this blog a bit. 1/10

Passing the JLPT N3 – I’ve been working on my Anki quite a lot. 6/10

Working Out – I’ve used my crosstrainer twice this month. 1/10

Getting my Master’s – I’ve studied, managed to pay for the course, and I went to the school I’ll be doing my internship at. I should have studied more and paid more attention to this in general. 4/10

Minimalism – Threw away a reasonable amount of things. And didn’t buy anything. 8/10

Gitting Gud at MTG – Went first in a tournament and have improved my game quite a lot. 9/10

Drinking less coffee and eat less sugar. – I’ve done some efforts, but I still haven’t managed. Less coffee, but still 2-3 cups a day, and excessive sugar. 3/10

Making money – Nothing so far. 0/10

Helping my nation – Been thinking and tweeting. Nothing of value. 1/10

Helping my social class – I’ve been thinking and informing myself. Nothing done. 1/10

10 New Year’s Resolutions

One more year has passed. Everyone says resolutions are stupid, and I couldn’t agree more. What is more, life itself is stupid and futile. Our ephemeral existence has no meaning or purpose. We therefore need to look for things to do then, and I like lists. I might as well.

Being More Creative

I want to create something. A podcast is an option. Maybe I could rap again, or make electronic music. I could also design, I like interior design and product design. I think I could be decent at it.

Passing the JLPT N3

This is long overdue thing. I need to get it done or I won’t have time to enjoy it.

Working Out

This is becoming more and more important. I need to keep fit. I still remember having abs.

Getting my Master’s

I honestly don’t like it a lot, but I really really need it.

Minimalism

I want to have less. This is going to help me find things more easily and be less stressed. Mens sana in a decluttered room.

Gitting Gud at MTG

I want to be a decent MTG player. I love this game, I want to be able to enjoy my games no matter the opponent.

Drinking less coffee and eat less sugar.

Again, growing more and more important as time passes. Sugar is not doing me any favours. Coffee is, I guess, but I need to have it as a resource or pleasure, not a need.

Making money

Nothing crazy, really. I need to be able to live more comfortably.

Helping my nation

I think I can help Catalunya’s struggle. I don’t really know how, but I’m smart. I’ll find a way.

Helping my social class

Class warfare is a real thing. We’re losing hard.

There is no good billionare.

From Reddit:

Billionaries aren’t just a policy failure, they are the embodiment of immorality. You can’t be a billionaire and a good person, despite what their astroturfing PR teams on reddit may try to tell you for some of the ‘good ones’. It’s literally impossible to accumulate that much wealth without the mass exploitation of others and the profits their labor generated. Not to mention the exploitation of the earth until it’s uninhabitable for human life.

George Washington was the richest man in the country when the US was founded, and he “only” had today’s equivalent of 500 million. That wouldn’t even get him in the room with some of these ghouls today. If people only understood just how obscenely rich these monsters were, they wouldn’t be able to show their face in society while millions suffer. I like to use the analogy of a staircase, with each step on the staircase representing $100,000 of net worth:

HALF of people in the united states are on the base or the very 1st step. Almost 200 million people who can’t even get one step up in this system. Those households at the 80th percentile, richer than 4/5 Americans, are on the 5th step. That’s about five seconds of walking to get up there. Those with more money than 90% of fellow Americans, millionaires who we consider our upper-middle class professional class and live more than comfortably, are on the 11th step. A few more seconds of walking up from that previous middle-class step.

A billionaire is ten thousand steps up the staircase. That’s enough to walk up five Empire State buildings. That’s almost three hours of walking non-stop. And Jeff Bezos? He’s so high up it only makes sense to describe his staircase in distance. His stairs take him up 133 miles. That’s more than halfway to the space station. That’s more than 24 consecutive Mt. Everest’s stacked on top of each other. It would take walking, non-stop, no sleep, over three months to ascend that high. All while more than half the country remains at or below that very first step…

There is no justification in the universe to that much money being hoarded by one family, and anyone working to justify it is an agent of evil.

Christmas Wishlist

Coses que em fan entre falta i gràcia per reis:

Un set de tornavisos que em duri per sempre. O un tornavís dels que se li poden canviar les puntes, que de fet m’agradaria més, però no sé si surten igual de resistents o bons. Si inclou claus hexagonals, millor. Si inclou les de got, excel·lent. Prefereixo menys opcions i millor qualitat que el contrari.

Un llibre de preparació per l’examen B2 de japonès. Ja el tinc, però vull repassar-ne la gramàtica. Els Nihongo Challenge N4 són bons, per exemple. També n’hi ha d’altres, com The Preparatory Course for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test: N4 Read.

Un llibre de preparació per l’examen B1 de japonès. Nihongo Challenge N3 és una opció, n’hi ha d’altres.

El Casio G-Shock GA-2100 en vermell.

Roba d’Uniqlo. Tot acostuma a semblar-me bé en aquella botiga, potser em fan falta uns texans negres. No molt ajustats, a ser possible.

Un llibre que es diu Dune. En anglès. L’autor és Frank Herbert.

Un altre llibre que es diu Essential: Essays by The Minimalists. Els autors són Joshua Fields, Nicodemus, Ryan Millburn.

Un comandament per la PlayStation 4. No la tinc, però és compatible amb la PlayStation 3, que sí que tinc. No vull un altre de la PlayStation 3, perquè es trenquen molt fàcilment i en algun moment tindré la 4. El color més econòmic que hi hagi, m’és absolutament igual.

Hi ha un parell de quadres de l’IKEA que m’agraden. Aquest d’aquí:

I aquest d’aquí:

També m’agradaria un llum pel sostre de l’habitació. Un plafó de llum LED és l’ideal, com més gran millor, suposo.

Una planta per la cantonada de l’habitació. Ha de ser alta, amb tronc, i sòlida, d’aquest estil:

Uns guants de moto. No agafo gaire la moto, però vull poder agafar-la de tant en quant i els meus guants són de broma. És més important la protecció que el que abriguin. Tinc les mans relativament petites.

Modern art

From Reddit:

I once read something that explained modern art in a way that made sense to me, so I’m going to paraphrase it here for y’all.

Once you move beyond direct representational art, you should think of it like you would memes. Early generation memes are simple and easy to read or relate to, like rage faces. Eventually, they get overused and new memes are created. With ever generation you get a little further away from direct representation and you start to develop this entire language of inside jokes and references that only make sense if you know the reference of the reference of the reference you’re referencing, if you get my drift. By the time you reach modern memes, you end up with some truly bizarre and surreal shit that’s only funny to people who are in the know.

Modern art has developed the same way. A lot of stuff that seems simplistic is culturally complex, you just don’t know the language well enough to read and relate to it. While that does mean that modern art can be harder to relate to for those who aren’t interested in the history, it doesn’t mean it has no value. The target audience is just a bit narrower.

As you can see, now all points of view can agree. Indeed, art used to be different. Remember, only a limited amount of people could engage in creation not that long ago. In fact, only a limited amount of people could even enjoy it, as it used to be something to be enjoyed by only a few. However, things have changed. With society, art has changed. Now that a lot of people can enjoy it, meta art is created. The levels of abstraction and references go beyond what most can understand.