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The Lonely Barricades


Note to Self

Posted by Zarayna , in Observations, Life Sep 12 2012 · 573 views

Do not, ever, ever, take up Do not bypass the filter! -Kohaku perpetual question (what's on your mind?) on 9/11. People are hardly rational on any day, especially on that.

On the bright side, I have learned that I can take people I've known for ages insulting me to my face without getting anything more than mildly annoyed. I think my chat debates are paying off! :P


Snow White And The Seven Dwarves

Posted by Zarayna , in Movies, Observations Jun 29 2012 · 328 views

Okay, it blew Avengers out of the water for me, And passed out THG and For Greater Glory as well; has to be my favorite movie this year, as of now. It told the fairytale in the traditional sense, insomuch as it ad libbed a good deal,but nonetheless formed a good story. The setting was awesome, especially, ESPECIALLY, the armor. I also had to refrain myself from screaming 'YES' when Snow White prayed at the start. It introduced an interesting underlying theme.

Of course, I was at a drive in, and the first movie playing was... Brave. Didn't like it much at all, honestly, I sympathized greatly with the mother, and the princess annoyed me to no end. The best part of the movie, IMO, was when the queen restored order to the clan-brawl.

There is of course, the woman warrior factor, which I don't think I'll touch on, just because my views are rather unorthodox with those of a great deal of others, and I'm not interested in starting a debate... Let me just say that I liked Snow White's form of woman warrior far more than Brave's.

So yeah, Snow White and the Huntsman, good movie, I want to see it again badly.

In other news, my RPG, Strike From the Shadows, is in second place, solidly. Happy about that. :)


Why I Hate Consoling People

Posted by Zarayna , in Life, Observations May 24 2012 · 354 views

Because I automatically assume they have the same mindset as myself: namely that in grieving, they want people to shut up and not murmur the usual cliche condolences that the fifty+ people before them already said.

Yeah, that's why my way of going to a wake is to pay my respects, say hello, and hide in some obscure corner.



Posted by Zarayna , in Observations Mar 11 2012 · 333 views

So, I'm sure most of you have heard of Kony 2012, and the day of silence this Friday. This got me thinking about that, so I decided to post a blog entry on the universal topic of fasting.

This is not essentially a religious subject, for it has many non religious applications. An atheist or agnostic can fast just as can a Jew or Muslim, and a baptist as much as a Catholic. Fasting can be used as protest, penance, respect for the deeds of others, or aiding in establishing greater self control, and less focus on the self.

So what exactly is fasting? Fasting is the abstaining of a good (A thing that exists in this context, not a piece of merchandise). That is, very simply, its essence. We fast often throughout our lives, whether voluntarily, or by necessity. I think I'll focus on the first: the voluntary abstaining of a good.

Now, we run into the need for some more clarification. Let's say I hate oranges, so I decide to abstain from them. This would be fasting, but would not be hard at all. Therefore, right fasting is a abstaining from a desired good. for instance if I like running a computer (which I do) and I decided to give up running the computer for a week. That would fit it.

But even so, there is still further statement needed. Let's say I decide to abstain from the computer for a week because I killed a moth. That would be... Pointless (unless you believe killing a moth is an intrinsically evil thing). Thus, fasting is the abstaining from a desired good for a just cause.

But let's say I decided, for a good cause, to abstain from food for the rest of my life. Would that be good fasting? No, it would be suicide. So fasting is reasonably abstaining from a desired good for a just cause.

Now, there is still one more thing. I'm sure most everyone knows the term 'Pharisee' and many know the biblical stories of the pharisees, and how they would fast and whatnot not only for a good cause, but to show everyone how holy they were. That is most certainly not true fasting, so the final definition of fasting is reasonably and humbly abstaining from a desired good for a just cause.

Now, in order to retain the the religious neutrality, I will not seek to define what is a just cause. I'll just throw this out for everyone to interpret this their own way.

I hope you will think of this in the light of various fastings being proposed, and enter into what ones you do with a good perspective. I also hope that this entry in no way violates the BZP rules on such matters (I do not think it does) and if it does, am willing to have it permanently drafted.


Freeze Tag

Posted by Zarayna , in Life, Observations Mar 02 2012 · 671 views

Why is it in freeze tag that getting frozen doesn't, you know, freeze you? It would be a nice way of cooling down...


Did you see them going off to fight?
Children of the barricade that didn't last the night.
They were schoolboys, never held a gun,
Fighting for a new world that would rise up like the sun.
Where's that new world now the fighting's done?

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If there was a slap for every reference you didn't get, Zar, you would be like a walking bruise.