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Ok, I admit that I've failed somewhere before. But anyway welcome. Just a brief intro on what you should expect here:
1. Football. Not gonna post much of that any soon since season is over. :S
2. Anime, Games, etc. Just abt anything conceivable under the Japanese radar barring anything and everything Rule 34. Now that's illegal. Period. -.-;
3. Music. Everything to do with it is listed under the tab.
5. Unacceptable humour: Anything and everything is fair game here. As long as I don't get rounded up by the ISA. -.-'

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The Known World=Fantasy world building in process. I: Used to be glossary, now devoted to random rambling; II: Character Concepts; III: Lore.
7. der Wolf=my Fictionpress account under the moniker Tsumujikaze no Soujutsu. A Ranger's Tale is hosted under this page. :)
8. New section now upped. Maybe I should also gun for upping A Ranger's Tale here since I do have this funny feeling that traffic coming to here is way more than whatever I'll get in FP.

Statement of intent: Everything said here is a figment of personal opinion, be it me or anybody commenting. I try to be responsible, but my parents=/=parents of the world.

@Druid of Luhn: Crap. Should have remembered far earlier to give you the credit for your CSS text box code. :(

A/N: But sadly, it seems that your CSS text box code has now been halved efficiency wise. :(

That most important note I should have added: Any images posted in this blog are NOT my own stuff. I got them from Google image search, I don't earn any shit by being a thief and liar. Those responsible for the pictures, rest assured that you all are great artists in your own regards. Sadly, we all know what limited space means in terms of posting.

Latest Note: Changed alignment for my page widgets due to my worry that I can't centre align the thing.

Note on A Ranger's Tale: In case any complaining fella wants to have a legal case with me, let this be known that A Ranger's Tale is rated M by default. I've upped the swearing and somewhat a bit on the dark/gritty factor. You all have been warned, let no little boy and girl enter the forbidden realm.

Latest on ART: A Ranger's Tale now starting to kick back in gear. But I really hate the insanely fluctuating climate here in S'pore.

P.S: Oh, and one more thing. Vid below is yet another ideal OP for A Ranger's Tale.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

My biggest challenge yet... (And I'm serious)

So this is something new. Okay, maybe NOT that new since I've been toying with that idea... but anyway hope this won't blow up in my face. History can be really boring if the fella across the other end is a fake Governator. -.-'

Brief intro: This is all about Zhao Yun. (赵云。子龙) This post is intended to make tons of people feel like shit just because they don't know what they're talking about anyway. :D And lastly, the original text written by Chen Shou (陈寿) is extremely limited with added annotations by Pei Song Zhi(裴松之). Interestingly enough, Yun Bie Zhuan (云别传)has always been character-focused on Zhao Yun, hence the countless controversies that ensued afterwards. But hey guess what? I not stupid. The fact that I'm just merely a Higher NiTec graduate would have meant something on how effective is the MOE model, eh? ;)

So maybe let me have a hand in doing the demolition job: First things first, Pei Song Zhi is a Historian (史家) rather than a historian (史学家). Simply put, the latter can only do his own analysis at best and talking cock worst come to worst. The former however, is far more serious in nature. Simply put, a person of Pei Song Zhi's stature has always been someone carrying the burden of writing history rather than studying it. You can't have someone saying Jeanne D'arc was merely a deluded fanatic, no? If you want to play with fire, it's your problem. Guys like Pei Songzhi and Chen Shou have never been that type of people to set fire in their own bathrooms. -.-'

Which comes to mind Chen Shou himself. If Zhao Yun is truly that useless like all the subhumans claimed him out to be, then what does that make Chen Shou for putting him within the same book as Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Huang Zhong and Ma Chao? Perhaps the greatest indication on his intelligence against "the rest" hinged upon these words of his:

评曰:关羽、张飞皆称万人之敌,为世虎臣。羽报效曹公,飞义释严颜,并有国士之风。然羽刚而自矜,飞暴而无恩,以短取败,理数之常也。马超阻戎负勇,以覆其族,惜哉!能因穷致泰,不犹愈乎!黄忠、赵云强挚壮猛,并作爪牙,其灌、滕之徒欤?

Analysis: As vassals akin to tigers, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei were famed as warriors worthy of ten thousands. Yu repaid Duke Cao's grace while Fei released Yan Yan out of integrity; both displayed the bearing of noble stature. Yet Yu was unyielding and arrogant while Fei was quick to anger and devoid of mercy. To meet their demise upon personal failings was only to be expected. Ma Chao's bravery and act of resistance caused the downfall of his clan, what a pity! It would be far better to gain fame due to poverty! Strong and steadfast were Huang Zhong and Zhao Yun; were they any different from the likes of Guan and Teng as fangs and claws?

Glossary: Teng - Duke Teng (滕公), otherwise known as Xiahou Ying (夏侯婴). Guan on the other hand refers to Guan Ying. (灌婴) Both were renown generals loyal to Liu Bang, the first Emperor of the Han dynasty. (汉高祖)

Pretext: Try to see things in the GRC model. If any given province was the GRC equivalent, then the counties(郡)/prefectures(县)would be seen as the relevant areas under the GRC umbrella. Within the historical context, Changshan would be the county where Zhending is the prefecture. 
Note: Province > County > Prefecture. And lastly, Liu Bei=The First Lord.(先主)Liu Shan=The Latter Lord.(后主)

Be noted: There are mainly three areas of contention within Tales of Zhao Yun, namely the so-called "overly-positive portrayal", the controversy behind Zhao Yun's right to administer advice due to Zhuge Liang's presence and the Battle of Hanshui. Don't worry, I'll debunk each and every shred of nonsense until there's nothing left via the relevant posts. ;)