Podcast: Family Ties

How did I just discover there’s an official Avatar the Last Airbender podcast with Dante Basco (voice of Zuko) and Janet Varney (voice of Korra)?! The podcast is going through every episode of the series with interviews and analyses with the people who made the show. I particularly like this episode because the idea of family (given and chosen) is something I think about a lot in my own situation.

Youtube: Interview with Kneesovertoesguy

I’ve been a huge fan of Garage Strength for the past year or so and it’s from Coach Dane’s channel where I’d first heard of Kneesovertoesguy. Since then, I’ve been incorporating their exercises into my own workout programs and I think that it’s made me stronger and more athletic. I’m so happy they’ve collaborated. If you want to get more athletic, I highly recommend checking out more of their videos.

Music: ¡Sonido Amazonico! by Chicha Libre

I’m always looking to expand my cultural palate and music is a topic in which I’m particularly unfamiliar. This week, I discovered chicha music, also called Peruvian cumbia. I don’t really know how to describe it (Wikipedia calls it Andean tropical music) but I love how it’s upbeat and chill at the same time. The history of the music genre is also really interesting.

Wikipedia: Tangut Script

Tangut characters with their Chinese equivalents
Tangut characters with their Chinese equivalents
Credit: Babelstone via Wikimedia Commons

If you thought Chinese characters were hard to write, may I present Tangut! The Tangut empire was a Chinese empire from 1038 to 1227 in roughly what is now Gansu and western Inner Mongolia. The characters look as if someone thought Chinese was too easy. Apparently, it has about the same distribution of strokes per character as traditional Chinese but still I am in awe of how complex each character it is. No wonder the language is now extinct…