Dear Diary: The year +1

Most intriguing video in 2012
Though I didn't have much time to go to the theater last year, I fortunately run into some interesting/inspiring videos online.. Among obvious ones and many others, here is what haunted me for a while…

I found this on Daily Mail’s article in last July, this video shows how Time Traveler’s Party hosted by Stephen Hawking went. Somehow this got me thinking “what is the best way to promote this party for future people?” It's probably for several thousand years later, so forget about TV or internet. Then, what? Keep it in the library? Put it in a bottle and bury it? Send it to space…??

But no one showed up. So, this means either time travel is impossible, or preserving this invitation is impossible. No matter how we try in the future, it’s impossible. The proof is there. I don’t know about you, but this just stunned me. Just one simple party, and this could prove 2 things!? Wow. No wonder Stephen Hawking is called genius..
(But hey, what if there’s Time Patrol in the future like an anime? You know, those people who stop you if you try to change something in the past??)

Gunma-chan (Orange Pony)
If you happened to check my Japanese blog post, you may see orangy horse-looking mascot. That’s Gunma-chan, a mascot pony of Gunma-ken. It’s getting really popular to have local mascot in Japan: prefectures, city, town or organization now have their own mascot like soccer or baseball team.

Gunma-chan cake
A few months ago, Gunma-chan got 3rd prize at Japanese local mascot contest. Total 865 characters participated. I know this is crazy, but as a least known prefecture, it’s a big deal. Now Gunma is overusing Gunma-chan for anything. Booklet, website, events, merchandise, cakes… anything you can think of. Being Gunma native, I've known this guy like forever and I didn’t even care about it. But the recent surge is tough to ignore… I started to feel sorry for this pony. They really made him work like a horse… not just sending him to events, lately they make him clean the room too... I don’t know… I really don’t know what they want to do anymore… Poor Gunma-chan, his work blog is here. (Why pony? "Gunma" in Kanji character can be read as "a herd of horses", that's why.)

New Year
Traditional way of celebrating new year’s eve in Japan is to be with family and watching year-end music show together while eating soba noodle. So I did that, and while doing that I could play “The Room”. It was fun and it was good new year’s eve (family, tradition, cutting-edge game at the same time, a lifehack right?).

So, 2013 is here. New year, new calendar, new resolution.
…well “resolution” is intimidating word, so I’m gonna write down some casual wish lists such as where to go and what to do.. that way it’ll be more fun (and it’ll be long list). 
Hope this new year will be filled with happy surprises for us.

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