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A little over a week ago sleepy.ab went to Okayama to play the RE:HOSHIOTO festival. It felt good to finally have a show outside of Hokkaido.

Picture of a forest

If a song streams in a forest…

Today’s blog was inspired by this interesting article I read about ‘fake’ streams, and how the big distributors like YouTube or Spotify might adjust their counting systems in the future. So for the purposes of the title, the ‘forest’ is your phone. Welcome to the jungle?

Cool Train Track Picture


Well time certainly flies when you’re stuck at home for a few months, huh?
I’m doing well, thankfully, and I hope you all are too. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog entry, but I felt like it was time for a little free-form catch-up.

Mini-Loki Figure

February Trips and Podcast Picks

These last few weeks have certainly been interesting in Hokkaido. With the fear of coronavirus leading the governor to issue a state of emergency on the island. Luckily all my weekend plans were already canceled (more on that later), so for me staying home and just chilling was pretty easy! I did get a bit of traveling done mid-to-late February, so I thought I’d kick off this month’s blogs by sharing some of that, and also I thought I’d include some podcasts and videos that I’ve been into lately!

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Dinosaur design on chocolate bar

New Month, New Stuff!

Hello all! Well, February has finally come and with it some pretty hefty snowstorms! On the plus side it finally feels like winter here in Sapporo, and just in time for the Snow Festival too! On the down side it was really hard to walk to work for a few days.

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My 2019 In Retrospect

Wow. Last year was a whirlwind of music, teaching, and big life changes. But I’ve realized that, outside of those directly involved, I didn’t really share my experiences with the world in any concrete way. I did the obligatory posts on Twitter, Instagram, and (rarely) Facebook, but to be honest I’ve been connecting less and less with the social aspect of those sites. Maybe it’s just my infrequent use, maybe it’s age, but for the past few months I’ve found myself completely overwhelmed by all the information I get from my feeds. Info that I forget almost as quickly as I learn it. (So, probably age then…) I’ve been less and less interested in posting there myself, but I have been wanting to share with you all in some form.

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