As of right now, Andy Fossett lives in Tokyo and spends most of his time working on GMB and teaching Taido. You can find an archive and sign up for updates here.
🗓️ Here’s what’s up right now:
- 🎧 Listening to: The past couple of weeks have had me in a mood for guitar-based music, possibly even a bit of wankery. Tin Spirits is a proggish band featuring Dave Greggory, who was one of the guitarists in XTC (and did most o their keyboards and string arrangements on their best [imo] albums) – of their two albums, I enjoy Scorch best. On the more rock (mostly instrumental) side, The Aristocrats play in more styles, time signatures, and keys per song than most, and they manage to still be fun and listenable. Their newest, You Know What… ? is very enjoyable.
- 📖 Reading: I read The Long Earth by Pratchet and Baxter, and will probably get to the other four books in the series. It was interesting in a “big picture” sense and mostly entertaining, though the characters didn’t excite me terribly. Also finished Creative Blindness by Dave Trott, which I’ve been reading in (very) small bites in dead-tree format for a while. Continuing on which a variety of business-related stuff in the background.
- 🥋 Taido: We’ve been doing regular, “COVID-aware” training once or twice each week, and it’s going as well as we can expect. We have one new student and consistent inquiries from people wanting to try Taido, so we’ll definitely grow our enrollment by the end of the year. If we can get back to a solid schedule and bring the rest of our members back when they’re ready, we’ll be doing well.
- 💭 Thinking about: With some pretty minimal effort, I’ve actually been making a lot of progress on various goals, so I’m considering my next steps for increasing my family’s fun and health. In the very short term, I’ve adjusted my savings routines, started stretching more regularly, and…
- 🙇♀️ Studying: I’ve decided to take learning Japanese a bit more seriously for a few months. My conversational level is high, and I don’t have any difficulty managing daily life, but with the Girl in school and learning to read and write, it seems like a good time to work on more precise communication in a wider variety of topics. To start, I’ve signed up for a very small group class focused on reading the news, and I may take some private lessons if I have time.
👨👩👧👦 People & Family:
- 🎁 The Girl had a birthday, yay!
- ⛺ We went camping in Yamanashi prefecture for a few days, and it was lovely.
We went camping, had some cappuccinos while looking out at Mt Fuji, and played in a waterfall.
🧰 Things I’m finding useful:
- ⚙️ Traction is a technically a book, but I didn’t include it under “reading,” as it’s also a system for running a company. For the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the frameworks with GMB, and it’s been helping me sort out how I want the team to be strucutred for the next couple of years.
- 📱 This isn’t news, but I still find my phone to be the most useful tool I own (I don’t use my phone for entertainment). I’ve been shifting around the apps I use to make it more useful for studying, and our short vacation reminded me what sheer magic it is to have GPS navigation and restaurant reviews instantly available.
Travel Who knows?
- 🤷♂️ Non-Japanese citizens are still a bit uncertain. There’s been an announcement that foreigners with visas will be allowed to come and go as soon as September, but I’m in no rush to test my reentry permissions.