Where are they now?: Bookshelf Edition

So…it’s been a while since I’ve given an update on my bookshelf. Actually, it’s been so long that I actually had to go back to the last bookshelf update because I completely forgot what it looked like before.
It has been more or less the same. It just has more stuff in it, which honestly makes the bookshelf look so much better than it did. It no longer looks like I just moved in and just threw random stuff on it.

I mostly organize my bookshelf by genre. To add personality,I like to sprinkle in a few of my collectibles, but at the same time I don’t want it to look too cluttered, and I want easy access to the my books. I don’t want to move around everything each time I want to pull out a book.

As usual, the top two shelves look more or less the same. They’re still fantasy and mystery. I just moved around some of the figures and collectibles.

Here, I had a little space for a couple of figures, but I just decided to fill the space with more books and, again, I just sprinkled miscellaneous collectibles throughout my bookshelf. The books here are a selection of some of my favorite YA books and YA books that I want to read.

Below that, I have the rest of my YA books. My organization system is a bit weird. I generally organize by genre, then color. With YA books, I also organize by the gender of the protagonist. I know it’s weird, but I like separating my YA books that way. I’m weird. Sue me.

My adult fiction shelf stayed almost exactly the same.
The shelf below, I just added more books. It is no longer the shelf of death.

And this, again, remains pretty much the same and, as you can see, I haven’t bothered organizing this shelf since it’s just the place I put books I don’t know where else to book. My book junk drawer, if you will. :p

I like this setup so far, so it may or may not be a while until I post my next bookshelf update. It depends on whether or not I can come up with something better. Or rather, how lazy I am. :p

There’s cake on the table, Michelle Branch is playing and the angry Asian moms are not chasing me.

Um….so…it’s been five years since I’ve started Nostalgicism. Now, I normally do not celebrate Web site anniversaries but it’s, by far, the longest I’ve had a Web site, so it’s a time to celebrate. With nostalgia.

So…way, way, way back in the early 2000s, I got into web designing. Of course, I was self taught and I pretty much sucked. I mean, it was the early 2000s, so that automatically means I started with Geocities. Yes. Geocities. What a shocker. Back then, there was a large community of young self-taught web designers. Personal sites run by teenagers were literally everywhere. It was nice to feel like I was a part of something, a member of the teenage web design community.

I quickly moved from Geocities to being hosted on various personal domains to having my own personal domains. But as the years went on and the teen Web design community quickly faded into oblivion, I lost interest in web design. For years, off and on, I tried to get back into Web design, but I didn’t have any of my Web sites for longer than a year or so, and I just stopped web designing all together.

Then came 2015. Now, you might have thought I started Nostalgicism because I wanted to go back to web design. Well, you would be wrong. I wanted to get back into writing. I needed a platform where I can write on a regular basis and getting a domain and setting up a blog was the best option.

My life is quite uneventful. If I were to blog about my life, it would literally be filled with posts that are more or less like, “Today, I mindlessly browsed YouTube for two hours, and I was eating potato chips.” I immediately knew I wanted to focus on nostalgia and pop culture. Now, like with everything, there are pros and cons to blogging about things that make your nostalgic. The good is it covers a long and broad list of different topics and there would be something for everyone. The bad is some of the topics would be so specific that no one would know what the heck you’re talking about. Topics, like I don’t know…Public Service Announcements no one remembers or TV shows from a decade ago that were quickly canceled and forgotten about.

The posts were fine, but it wasn’t the right vibe for me. This is a personal blog, not a magazine, but I still didn’t want to focus on writing about my personal life, so I’ve tried to combine the two and there’s been some success. I’ve been writing about my bookshelves, my personal goals and my nostalgia for Michelle Branch. It still needs work, but there’s just not a lot of stuff to write about when you’re mostly home and procrastinating to do stuff that you want to do, but don’t have to do. It’s the story of my life.

I’ve been wanting to add more content, but I don’t know what exactly, so it’s been just a simple blog and basically nothing else. I’ve also pretty much kept the same layout for five years. I just changed the colors slightly. Again, I want to change the layout at some point, but don’t have a clear idea of what I want.

If you have any suggestions for, well, anything, please let me know. I need them, damn it. :p

So…we will see what happens, if anything. Honestly, it’s a mriacle that Nostalgicism has lasted this long. Horray. :p

The Library: It’s like an Internet cafe, but with books and no coffee

When I was younger, I used to go to the library all the time, specifically the one downtown because it had a much better selection than the smaller branches. Also, I didn’t havemuch of a life at the time, and I needed the excuse to go out.

Slowly, I came to a realization that I didn’t enjoy going to the library as much as I wanted to. There are four main groups of people you will always see in a public city library: students studying, parents with kids, employees, of course, and people who are either homeless or look like they’re homeless. And the majority of them are in front of computers because apparently going to the library to browse books for fun has been out of fashion for 20 years.

Because of this, I felt largely out of place whenever I would go to the library. For some reason, I always expected for other people in their 20s to browse the library bookshelves with me. I know, how unrealistic of me to expect that. Instead, I found myself literally the only one going through the bookshelves. I know. I know. It shouldn’t have bothered me, but it just felt strange being the only one browsing through books in a library while everyone else was just either sitting around, going through the DVDs or on a computer.

Also, I’ve slowly realized over the years that it is impossible for me to finish a stack of books and DVDs in three weeks. I always end up renewing three times and not finishing anything anyway. The closest library from me is only a ten minute walk, yet it always feels like I’m climbing Mount Everest every time I have to return them. Or being forced to go back to work after having heart surgery. I’m not sure.

I prefer having a collection of books and DVDs. Yes, I have to pay for them and, yes, they take up space, but I like having the choice to watch whatever I want whenever I want and not feel suffocated with the idea of finishing it and returning it. And they’re nice to look at. 🙂

I don’t see myself going to the library on a regular basis again. It’s just much easier and satisfying to watch DVDs and use streaming services. Heck, I’m only ever at the library when I need to print something, which is hardly ever anyway. I’m just not a big fan of going to the library as much as I used to be.

It’s an Adele song, but she’s in a happy relationship and she is not in her bathtub crying.

Like many people, I watch YouTube videos on a daily basis. I am trying to limit my watching because the videos I watch really don’t add any value to my life in terms of completing my goals. However, it can take me several months to finish one episode of Breaking Bad, so watching random YouTube videos will have to do for now.

There are literally millions of videos you can watch on YouTube. A girl showing you how to get a smokey eye. A guy playing Grand Theft Auto. A man in his bathtub crying because his life has fallen apart while an Adele song plays in the background. A Michelle Branch music video. The options are really endless.

Needless to say, I watch a wide array of content on YouTube. Sometimes, I’m surprised that the video I’m watching actually exists. Who knew there were so many different types of YouTube videos? There are two specific types of videos that I’ve been watching a lot lately: Reddit Commentaries and modified versions of songs.

Everyone here should be familiar with Reddit, so I’m not going to try to explain what Reddit is. That would be like explaining what Facebook is. You know what Reddit is and if you don’t, then good for you.

Reddit commentary videos are exactly what they sound. They’re videos of people reading off posts from Reddit, and commenting on them. It’s a relatively simple concept, but it’s surprisingly entertaining.

Song covers have always existed, but I’ve been noticing covers of different versions of songs. Sometimes the key is changed. Sometimes there’s a different harmony or rhythm. Sometimes the lyrics are completely re-worked. I was surprised to see such a wide variety.

Update: I am no longer crying in front of piles of unfinished books. I am now crying in front of tuna sandwiches.

As all of you already know, I am not the most productive person. I am so unproductive that one of my goals is to watch more TV. Yes, I am so unproductive that I have to make Watching TV a goal in order for me to actually do it.

I usually skip making New Year’s resolutions because I know I’m not going to complete them, or even attempt to do them, so what’s the point? Well, in an effort to be slightly more Asian, last year, I decided to set some. . Well, not surprisingly, it didn’t go so well.

Despite having little success, I decided to have the same exact goals. Partly, because I still have an interest in completing them. Partly, because I wanted to see if there’s any chance of me actually doing them. Well, it’s almost the middle of the year, and I wanted to give a brief update. Spoilers: There was very little crying.

Read at least 30 books

Believe it or not, I have read 12 books, and it’s only June. Usually at this point of the year, I would stop reading, unintentionally, of course. Well, not this year.

I have since reduced the goal from 30 to 24 because I feel that would be more feasible and realistic for me. But honestly, I’m just happy I read more than I did last year. I am a man of very low expectations, I know.

I’ve also been updating my GoodReads account. Yes, I have a GoodReads account.

The good thing is I am no longer crying in front of piles and piles unfinished books. I’m just crying over everything else.

Be consistently watching at least one TV show or movie at a time.

I still find it difficult to watch something for a long period of time, but I’ve been making progress with a few shows and movies. Very slow progress, but it’s progress. The good thing is I have a number of shows and movies that I want to watch, which was a problem before. Actually finding something to watch. That’s not an issues anymore. The problem now is to actually watch them, heh.

Write at least one short story

I’ve been trying to get started, but my motivation and inspiration to write is pretty low right now. I know I will eventually write but at this point, it may be on my deathbed, heh.

Complete the outline of my novel

Now, I have done a little work on the outline this year, but again motivation and inspiration is low. There is hope for something resembling ovel outline at the end of the year though.

Spend more time on other hobbies

I’ve done a lot of reorganization of my bookshelf and my other display areas. I’ve also been working on my action figure collection. I haven’t done much else, but obviously I have been wanting to do something crafty, especially because I have so many craft supplies. I’m not trying to start an art supply collection. Ugh.

TV pitch for the year 2020: A couple goes shopping for a new stove and finds one they like at a reasonable price and buys it

When I was in my 20s, I used to watch crime dramas all the time. Dexter. Criminal Minds. All the CSIs. All of them. But, I don’t know, at some point, I just got tired of them. I was bored of watching people getting killed literally every episode. We get it. It’s a crime drama. People die. I just wanted something different.

So, lately, I’ve been more into shows where, you know, several people don’t die in every episode. I’ve realized after all those years of drowning my soul in gritty crime dramas filled with murder that I much prefer light-hearted feel good shows filled with love and laughter. Oh no. One day, I might end up with a Live Love Laugh sign hung in my living room. Well, I still watch shows like Breaking Bad and Mr. Robot. I just don’t want to surround myself with fictional dead bodies at all times.

I have gathered a selection of my favorite TV shows, movies and books where no one dies. OK. OK. There are a few deaths in Parks and Rec, but it’s all off screen, and it’s not like an episode of Fringe where there are shapeshifter assassins wreaking havoc. Yes, they’re a thing. :p

I have suggested some of these in previous posts, but they also fit here, so I;m them in this post as well. If I can post a Michelle Branch video in seven posts, I can suggest the same thing more than once. :p

Parks And Recreation
A mockumentary about comings and goings of the Parks and Recreation department in the city of Pawnee, Indiana.

Awkward
When a girl accidentally injures herself shortly after receiving an insulting letter from an unknown person, everyone thinks she tried to kill herself.

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
A group of high school students vow to take revenge on a secret society of pranksters when they were framed for an act of vandalism they didn’t do

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A young man who works at a 24-hour bookstore is curious about a group of regulars who come in to check out various books from a mysterious collection.

Brittany Runs a Marathon
A woman decides to start running after realizing she needs to make changes in her life.

Bad Words
A man decides to enter a children’s spelling bee.

Placing tacos on top a pile of books to lure people who do not read

Here in Nostalgicism Studios, we don’t often talk about everyday life. This is a blog about nostalgia, after all. It is difficult, however, not to bring up the topic that everyone is currently obsessed with right now: What exactly happened to Amanda Bynes and when is she coming back to star in a romantic comedy about a 30-something young professional finding love in the least likely place with a man who seems like her total opposite?

Ok. Not really, but it would have been more interesting than a widespread epidemic. Yes, we’re all talking, thinking and obsessing about the Coronavirus. Most of us are stranded at home, either not working or working at home. Thankfully, I’m an Asian introvert with a speech disorder, so I am quite comfortable hiding at home. I just wish I were more productive.

Luckily, I’m still reading consistently. Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing much else. It’s actually kind of sad when you reach a point in life where it’s actually easier for you to read a book than to watch a TV show. Sigh. I guess it’s a good thing though. I’m genuinely interested in reading and I enjoy it.

Outside of the Internet, I don’t know a lot of people who read. In my family, I am the only person who reads on a consistent basis. Heck, I think I’m the only person who’s read a book in the last five years. And I’ve known very few friends and co-workers who read.

I had a former co-worker tell me that he didn’t read but was interested in reading. I gave him The Martian by Andy Weir, and as far as I know, he never ended up reading it. I understand that people are busy and finding the time and energy to read can be difficult. Well, now is the perfect time to read, don’t you think?

For the longest time, I’ve had difficulty reading on a consistent basis but now, I’ve gotten into the habit of reading a little each day. I have gathered a list of various books that I would recommend to people who do not read as a regular basis as a stepping stone. My number one tip for new readers: Don’t try to read Gone Girl.

I like to provide commentary when it comes to these kinds of lists but honestly, I’m tired and lazy at the moment, so I will just be providing a brief summary of each book. All of these books are more or less the same, really. They’re all relatively short with simple premises that can be finished in a short period of time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

A teenage boy with autism is determined to find out what happened when he finds his neighbor’s dog dead outside.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan

A man gets a job at a mysterious bookstore and is curious about a small group of regulars who come in on a regular basis.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

A teenager with agoraphobia who is at home by herself for the first time befriends her next door neighbor.

For Sale On Amazon: Traditional Bamboo Torches to Chase Obese Asian Men With (and other necessities for older Asian ladies).

As with a lot of people, I have made quite a few purchases in my lifetime. I’ve realized that I’ve regretted a lot of them. However, I would rather not cry and have a nervous breakdown while writing about my many, many, many failed purchases over the years, so let’s focus on the items that I’ve loved and enjoyed. After all, here at Nostaligicism Studios, we like to focus on the positive, or at least we’re trying to. :p

USB Port Splitter

Despite being in front of screens pretty much my entire life, I do not consider myself a technological-savvy person. I am, after all, probably the only person in the world who does not have a Smartphone. Like seriously, there are 90-year-old Lithuanian grandmothers who have Iphones.

One day, I browsed amazon for something related to technology so I can stop feeling like I’m living in the 1800s. I stumbled across USB port splitters, which is a USB plug that has multiple USB ports. I don’t necessarily need it, but it helped to simplify my setup. It’s nice having everything in one place.

Tea Tree Peppermint Shampoo

I used to buy Dr. Bronners Peppermint Shampoo, but it wasn’t available to purchase on Amazon, and it did bother me that I was using a product that can double as a toilet cleaner. OK. OK. I know it’s supposed to be “natural” and “all purpose,” but I’m Asian, sue me. I’m naturally uptight. I found this as a substitute and I don’t have a lot to say about it since, you know, it’s a shampoo, and I’m a guy, but it’s lovely and no complaints from this uptight Asian.

Daredevil Action Figure

As with many collectors, I feel like I don’t own enough action figures as I should. I don’t know, it’s just I’ve been collecting for many, many, many years, and I only have a small handful. As much as I love action figures, I’m kind of a cheapskate, and I don’t like paying a ginormous amount for figures, especially because they might break or I might end up, you know hating them. Again, I’m Asian. :p

This figure, I absolutely love though, especially because it’s 12 inches. It’s a little bit hard to stand up, but as a person who has regretted many, many, many purchases, I will accept it. as a minor flaw.

Well, at least I ate a bagel for breakfast today (and other accomplishments)

I am not a big fan of making goals for myself because I know there is a strong chance I am not going to achieve them. If there is no urgency for me to do something, I tend to push it aside. I am, of course, trying to change that because I have an incredibly long list of things I want to do, and I can’t do them if I continue to avoid them. Yes, I just saved myself thousands of dollars in therapy. Go me.

Last year, I made
a list of goals for me to do for the year. I knew it was going to be difficult for me to complete them, so I made them as simple as possible. Well, needless to say, I didn’t complete any goals, but I made progress with most of them.

Read at least 30 books

Over the years, I’ve been wanting to read more but like with everything else, it was put aside. Lately, I’ve been having more success with reading, although I’m not reading as much as I want to. Last year, I read seven books, which is a tiny amount for the average avid reader. Honestly though, I’m just glad I read more than one book, heh.

Be consistently watching at least one TV show or movie at a time.

I’ve been watching a few TV shows and movies here and there, but nothing is really sticking and I haven’t really finished anything. The problem that I have with watching TV or movies consistently is choosing what I want to watch. It always seems like I’m choosing between options that all seem good, but not great. And, also, it’s difficult for me to watch something for long periods of time. You know those people who can binge watch an entire season of a TV show in two days? I hate those people.

Write at least one short story

This is the one thing that I haven’t done at all. I’ve attempted to write short stories, but nothing came of them. Honestly, I just lack the motivation and inspiration to write one right now. With most of the other things I want to do, I just have to do them. With writing, I have to be in the right mood at the right time and some day, I’m lucky when I’m in the right mood to make lunch, let alone write a 1500 word short story. Like no.

Complete the outline of my novel

For several years, I’ve struggled with just writing a simple outline for my novel. A few months ago I’ve made progress with it after focusing on the major things that happen in the story. I haven’t worked on the outline for a while, but at least I feel like I’m at a good place right now compared to before.

Spend more time on other hobbies

I haven’t done much here either. I’ve dabbled in a tiny bit of mixed media and I’ve done a little bit of HTML coding, but I still need to work on finding the time, motivation and inspiration for my other hobbies.

My goals for this year is going to be the exact same as last year. Honestly though, I just want to do SOMETHING relating to all five goals. I don’t have to read 30 books. I just want to do things consistently and not feel like I’m useless. Of course, listening to sad folk songs does not help, but hey, I like what I like.

The Bookshelf of a Confused Asian Man: Part 27 of 246

This might be too soon for a bookshelf update but I made a major change to it, and wanted to share it as soon as possible. Also, honestly, I’m too lazy to write about anything else.

So for the top and middle of the shelf, everything pretty much stayed the same.

As you can see here.

And here.

Here, we have some minor changes. I cleared the “shelf of death,” and just added a few books that I kind of, sort of want to read but aren’t a huge priority. It feels empty, of course, but it’s nice having an empty space in a bookshelf.

Now, for the major change. I took out all the Gundam kits and just filled it with my miscellaneous books and books that I’m not planning on reading for a while. Having the Gundam kits on the bottom shelf bothered me for the longest time, but I didn’t have anywhere to put them at the time. I’ve found a space for them, and it makes me happy to see my bookshelf mostly full of books. 🙂