We pretty much finished packing last night. I finally got Ms. Procrastinator to concentrate (just cross your fingers and hope she doesn't change her mind on her outfits for the trip). I still have to charge all my gadgets and stop by the bank. Luckily, payday is today. The weather seems to be on our side for the time being and I checked the flight status, etc. After careful deliberations, and final evaluation cleared, we are officially clear for take off.
YAY! Total excitement :)
I am so bombarded with snowballs, that the pile on my inbox never seems to get any shorter. Breaks don't work for me. As far as I see it, they prolong the inevitable. No matter how long you try to avoid it, in the end, it will still be there.
Welcome to the real world -- where only the idiots prevail and the intelligent absolved.
No true path in life exists. Life is how one copes or responds to external, as well as, internal stimuli. We already know the outcome of the war -- death. But the battles we face is what gives most a false sense of value and hope. The ending release is nothing but that...acquired freedom that can never be appreciated. And yet, despite all this, we continue to live and persevere. Is it ignorance? Or is it another mechanism to live out our lives? Whatever the reason, most have already forgotten or choose to forget it.
Believing that the grass is always greener on the other side or believing that you/I above all else, is suffering the most, is yet another mechanism of life. As long as we believe that we are experiencing the worst-case scenarios, we can believe that there will always be a better place, hope that there is something better.
We strive to connect so as to relieve the tension called Life, but the war is ultimately with the Self. Oddly enough, with our huge population expanding over the vast planet, we still cannot truly connect. Indeed, perhaps Seele, Nerv, and Gendo Ikari had it right with their Instrumentality Project.
How do you cope?
Other exclusives include a performance by Angela Aki with her FF 12 theme song," Kiss Me Goodbye." I'm crossing my fingers that she'll sing the japanese version. Music from "Blue Dragon" will also be performed, yay! Koji Konda, Marty O'Donnell, MIke Salvatori, songs from Mario and Legend of Zelda, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Yuzo Koshiro. And that's not even the whole list...
After that, we watched "The Da Vinci Code." I really enjoyed the movie and thought they did a great job with the casting. One of my favorite actors played his usual role as the french cop. The girl from Amelie Poulain, one of my sister's favorite actress did a great job too. Overall, I thought the movie was very entertaining and the puzzles and logic involved were right up my alley. I'd give this movie four and a half stars.
The second pic is ---> Coco under my table. He was a wee bit frightened during the thunderstorm this week. But he never misses the chance to smile for the camera (^_^)
The "Da Vinci Code" is a work of fiction based on real elements (e.g. documents, rituals, artworks) that are interpreted by fictional characters. Like the author, Dan Brown, says himself, the ideas in this novel have been around for centuries, they are not his own. [Source: Official Da Vinci Code Site]
To those who oppose the novel/movie so much, I simply say, "Get over it!" Life isn't set up in one certain way. Present life standards, as well as those of the past and the future to come, is shaped solely by our species. The change of time necessitates a timely change in theories and beliefs. What was once regarded a "true" is continually amended as we learn new things or as new ideas are formed. It is imperative that, while we are allowed to hold certain beliefs, we don't forget that we will never truly know anything. That, alone, is certain.
This situation is, in some ways, closely related to the inner workings of "Evangelion", with Seele and Nerv. The basis of human society is based, among other things, by interpretation. The "Da Vinci Code" and "Evangelion" culminate that very nature of human kind.
Chicago marks the first stop of their world tour. Each concert has its own special events and let me tell you, this one is it! Unsurprisingly, the VIP tickets are sold out, but I hear that regular tickets are still available. I'm still searching for someone to grab me an autograph of Nobuo Uematsu and Angela Aki for the Friday autograph session (I can't believe I'm gonna miss that!)
Every favorite composer minus Joe Hisaishi will be there. From Nobuo Uematsu to Akira Yamaoka, this is definitely gonna be an event I'll never forget.
I can't wait!!
Here's a scan of the article. For a bigger picture of my room, click here.
Of course, I'm a subscriber to Newtype and everytime I'd see those other entries, it made me wonder, "Why am I not in this magazine?" So I decided to press pause, take a quick pic, and send it off. Voila! I'm published.
You can pick up your very own copy at your local anime retailer (hey, any publicity wouldn't hurt, right?)