Question of the Week: 12/03 - 12/09

Usually, during the Question of the Week, we go into fairly heavy subjects, which may have the effect of twisting the brain in knots. It is not to create any kind of enigma wrapped in a riddle nonsense, but normal means of knowledge retrieval do very little in finding out on the deepest levels. But today, I thought it would be nice to have a different kind of question; something more personal, without the commentary I usually provide.

Truth be told, I am just curious to learn a bit more about all of you. So hopefully, we'll get some interesting answers.

There are two questions, actually:

What are your favorite methods for relaxation?

and

Since we are approaching a new year, many people have resolutions. With that in mind, What do you wish to accomplish during the next year?

I'll give my own answers first.

For relaxation...

I find it easy to relax anywhere, but I do have my own favorite activities.

  • Walking

It doesn't matter if I am in a crowd of thousands or all alone, there is something about the physical action of walking that puts my creative mind into over-drive. I do have to be careful, though; I can be out for hours with no sense of time passing.

If you go out for yourselves, try to keep a notebook handy. It is easy to miss great ideas.

  • Bookstore Searching

Something else that can capture attention for hours. I can go into a bookstore and get lost in all that paper. I am also fond of local stationery stores. There is nothing like a new pen, or a new Moleskine.

  • Music

I have been a musician for as long as I can remember. That is the language that always came naturally for me.

There are certain songs that can relax me instantly. I seem to respond better to dark tonal centers, rather than happy go lucky sounds. Chopin, Scriabin, and other composers of that era are suitable. Also, Mr. Bungle, Dream Theater, The Beatles, and Allan Holdsworth always take me to a nice place.

And plans for the new year...

Contrary to what some might believe, I do have goals that I set for myself, even though they are not nearly as important as the expression of the moment.

  • A New Takuin.com

I have started to plan for a new design for this site. At the moment, I am just sketching ideas, but on most days, I try to write out at least five ideas for the new layout, content, categories, etc. I plan on rolling it out around February or March.

  • Another New Site

I have plans for a new site. (It is not at all related to this site's topic.) I won't get into it, but it is a unique approach to a subject I am very interested in. I am now in the early stages of mapping out the design, and writing initial content.

  • Read Hemingway

I plan on reading ALL of Ernest Hemingway's writing. I found a little bookstore in Ebisu that carries nearly everything he has written. I like his style, and I want to see what he did with it throughout his life.

Many guitarists have done this; some very well, and some awful. Hopefully, I will be one of the "very well." Wish me luck.

There are many other things I have planned for 2008, but I won't bore you with further details.

And what of all of you? How do you answer these two questions?