Archive for July, 2007

My Final Riddikulus Note on Potter

Tuesday, 31 July 07

Harry Glasses

It took me a while to buckle down and write about my reaction to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” I could have done it as soon as I finished it—I was still wide awake at that time—but I honestly couldn’t make up my mind on how I felt about it. I still can’t, actually, but July draws to a close and so does my Harry Potter month. At least I hope I don’t end up writing an epilogue later on.

I got my copy on the 21stalong with gazillion other readers around the globe. I had reserved it weeks before at the nearest bookstore; on the Big Day I went there at roughly around 10.30 AM, about 30 minutes after they opened. As expected, since I live in the Deep South and far away from the Potter-mania happening in the center of the city, there was no line and I was able to get out in less than 5 minutes. I got home, ate lunch, and proceeded to bulldoze my way through the novel until 3ish AM.

Like I said, I am still undecided on how I feel about it. To make things easier, I will just pull out stuff from my head one by one. You can pour them all in the Pensieve when I’m done.

(I am sure most people have read the book by now, but just in case YOU have not read it, please do not proceed if you don’t want to know what happened.)

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Yey, Grendel!

Monday, 30 July 07

Beowulf

I can’t wait for BEOWULF to come out. Here’s the trailer and the website.

I am excited to see this because 1) the screenplay is by Neil Gaiman (yeah, I’m mentioning him again in my blog), 2) it’s 100% CGI and in 3D (prepare to wear goggles), and 3) I really love the story of Grendel… ehrm… I mean, Beowulf. I still have my book from High School. We had to read it along with “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (another favorite of mine. Tolkien did a translation!) and other cool, classic stories. I still remember those books because they fed and fueled my imagination. Ah, the violence.

“Then the monster charged again, vomiting
Fire, wild with pain, rushed out
Fierce and dreadful, its fear forgotten.
Watching for its chance it drove its tusks
Into Beowulf’s neck; he staggered, the blood
Came flooding forth, fell like rain.”

—From Burton Raffel’s translation

PS. I am not too keen on the movie’s poster, though. Less Angelina Jolie, please.

I’ve just been featured! :)

Monday, 30 July 07

TalentDatabase Screen Shot

I know I said that I have too many sites for my my artworks already, but I couldn’t help but sign up when I read Natalie Roberts’s post about TalentDatabase. It’s a really cool site for visual artists, musicians, comedians, actors, etc, etc from all over the globe to promote their work. And this place is not just for “Talents”–publishers, organizers, and even fans can join. I can surf their directory all day! It’s quite addicting, actually. It’s crammed with wonderful and fascinating works of art. Sigh.

I signed up a couple of weeks ago and now I’ve been told that my listing has just been featured on the main page of the Art Portal channel in the TalentDatabase. How cool is that! You can see my page here: Magic Poppet’s Site. Please tell your friends about it! :) Thank you!

The Final Frontier is Near

Friday, 27 July 07

Star Trek movie poster

Well, not so near. We’ll have to wait till Christmas Day 2008 for the next movie.

I just found out from StarTrek.com that Zachary Quinto (Hero’s Sylar) is the new Spock! I like the guy, but good luck to him. He’s got big shoes to fill. I’m getting excited about it again, though. They’ve been talking about the new Star Trek movie for ages. It’s good to know that they are doing something about it already.

Sigh. I miss Star Trek. Imagine, the last film came out in 2002! I wasn’t entirely happy about it, but it satisfied my Trekker fix. Star Trek: Enterprise didn’t really do it for me. It was a horrible series! No wonder they got axed after 3 seasons. JJ Abrams better do a fantastic job with this one. We Trekkies and Trekkers are hungry.

Strike 3

Thursday, 26 July 07

I have a feeling I’m going to miss the Philippine Ad Congress in November. I think it starts on the 21st or something. ARGH. I can’t believe I’m going to miss his visit to the Philippines again!

If you want to know what the hell I am talking about, go to this page and scroll down to the last bit. He’s going to talk about “Imagination and Creativity in the Contemporary World.” Squish. That’s the sound of a dagger going through my heart.

Actually, this is the 3rd time I’m going to miss him. He had a comic book signing thing at Barnes and Nobles the day I left Minneapolis 8 years ago. To think I was there for more than a week! Damn, damn, damn.

Tell me this is not happening again. Damn, damn, damn.

Sweaty Pimp

Wednesday, 25 July 07

I was taking another (loooong) break from work and was in the process of pimping my blog when the power at home was suddenly cut. What the…?!?!? It was excruciatingly hot! I checked my trusty weather widget and found out that it was 34ºC outside. I was not amused. It was probably around 39ºC in my room and I was running out of windows to open. I was definitely not amused. Afraid that I was slowly going to be steamed and dehydrated to death, I go outside and take a break from my, ehrm, break.

I really don’t understand why it’s still freaking hot here in Manila. Come on, it’s almost August; torrential rains and strong winds are usually a dime a dozen by this time of the year. I don’t want another Milenyo, mind you, but I want some relief from this suffocating weather. My brain cells are starting to shrivel up one by one. I better register them somewhere as endangered species before I lose all of them.

It started raining after a while. It didn’t help much, though, because it wasn’t strong enough to quench the earth’s thirst. The trees were droopy from the rain, but they were not waving madly as I imagined they should be. What do I need to offer to the gods and goddesses of the wind to get some luv over here?

The electricity finally flowed back after a couple of hours. I never found out what caused the power outage—if there was a glitch in Meralco’s system or a coup attempt was staged and thwarted—either way, I don’t really care as long as it doesn’t happen again. I’m just glad I can go online once more and pimp my blog. HAH!

Wow, I am really in a foul mood today.

Absolute Silliness

Wednesday, 25 July 07


At least I haven’t lost my sense of humor.

Coffee Stains

Monday, 23 July 07

I toss down another cup of coffee, my 4th for the day. I am anxious and I try to drown my apprehensions in caffeine. My drug of choice: a quick fix of perkiness in a mug. I go through bouts of fear and loathing, like the one I am having now, and they’re usually directed at the future and the unknown, but mostly at my body. I am quite content with the packaging, mind you—I like my hair even if it’s unruly and unpredictable, I don’t want to be whiter or darker, I don’t hate my nose or teeth anymore, and I’ve grown to love and be proud of the calluses on my fingers—but I have a lot of issues with what’s inside, with what my skin is keeping safe and contained.

One of the most hurtful things I ever said to my parents, even if it was in passing and in jest, was that they gave me defective genes. I was strapped in a hospital bed, with tubes coming in and out of me, and, out of frustration and exhaustion, I said those words. Thankfully, they were not listening; they were rushing to get food for guests, to sign some forms or other. I don’t even think it registered in their heads that I spoke to them because at that point I was already getting hysterical in an insanely calm way. I became incredibly introverted as my condition got worse; no sobbing or hair-pulling or tantrum-throwing. All I wanted to do was write and draw and talk to myself in my head. I just wanted to know what was going on so I could move on and walk out of the hospital on my own. I hated waiting and not knowing.

That was a long time ago. I am still in the dark most of the time and I am cursed to wait for the next big one. Who knows if it will come at all? I don’t blame anyone or anything anymore for what happened or what’s been happening to me. Time and experience do help you get perspective on things. Sometimes I just wish, though, that I could exchange my stomach for an acid-free one, return my brain to the manufacturer, have it cleaned and get a fresh start, or purchase off the shelf a higher IQ for my immune system so it would stop attacking the wrong things. I wish things could be easy as getting an injection of botox on your forehead to make a wrinkle disappear. But, my life is not a sci-fi movie so that will never happen.

My fourth cup of java has left a bitter taste in my mouth. I think I should gradually cut down my caffeine intake one of these days; I can’t just stop lest I want to have a migraine fest on my hands. As much as I love these suckers, I sometimes feel as if they have permanently stained me and I have been forever marked by their tart aftertaste. Come to think of it, they don’t really help when I’m in a state like this. I turn into one of the stains they’ve left; I become acerbic and murky on a day like this. There must be another way for me to stay afloat.

 

As a cowherd with a rod
drives cows to the field,
so aging and death
drive the life
of living beings.

-Dhammapada, 135, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Quiz crazy

Friday, 20 July 07

I may be suffering from cabin fever again. Or just going stir-crazy over stupid, but, unfortunately, important things. Whatever it is, I need these inane online quizzes to entertain myself and while away the time.

In anticipation of the release of the 7th and final Harry Potter book, I’ve decided to do the “Which HP character are you?” quiz. I can’t believe I’m 100% Harry and a 100% Snape. How can that be? Ridikulus! Poof.

I am so restless and it’s not because I can’t wait for the book to come out. I am excited to read it (I’m getting my copy first thing tomorrow AM!), but that’s not the only thing on my mind now. I really hate the situations I get thrown into sometimes. I want to know why, why, why! Like being 100% Harry and Snape, it just does not make any sense at all. I just want to curl up with HP7 this weekend and let the world go on without me for a while.

  You scored as Harry Potter, you are HARRY POTTER!!! you are one of the greatest wizards known, but because of it, are VERY missunderstood. you have power that most don’t have at your age and with your immense bravery, can take on any evil force that comes your way.

Harry Potter
 
100%
Severus Snape
 
100%
Professor Dumbledore
 
75%
Hermione Granger
 
75%
Voldemort
 
63%
Ronald Weasley
 
50%
Hagrid
 
25%
Draco Malfoy
 
25%
Fred & George Weasley
 
13%

WHAT HARRY POTTER CHARACTER RU?
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I liked this other quiz, though (see, I’m restless!!!). I love “Spirited Away”! :)

  You scored as Chihiro, You’re Chihiro from Spirited Away. There’s something very special about Chihiro that draws people to her. She’s quite small and young, but she has a beautiful heart and a determination uncommon for someone her age. Chihiro finds love in a cold-hearted boy named Haku, who possesses the ability to change into a dragon.

Chihiro
 
90%
Shizuku
 
80%
Princess Mononke
 
50%
Sophie
 
40%
Satsuki
 
40%
Sheeta
 
30%

Which Hayao Miyazaki movie character are you? (for the girls)
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Postmodernist

Friday, 20 July 07

Wow, and I am not even sure what having a “Postmodernist” world view means exactly. Wishy-washy? Indecisive? Non-committal? Whatever. The name sounds cool.

  You scored as Postmodernist, Postmodernism is the belief in complete open interpretation. You see the universe as a collection of information with varying ways of putting it together. There is no absolute truth for you; even the most hardened facts are open to interpretation. Meaning relies on context and even the language you use to describe things should be subject to analysis.

Postmodernist
 
100%
Cultural Creative
 
81%
Existentialist
 
69%
Idealist
 
69%
Romanticist
 
50%
Fundamentalist
 
31%
Modernist
 
25%
Materialist
 
25%

What is Your World View?
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