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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.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

My take on Interesting Times by Sir Terry Pratchett himself

I'm feeling politically incorrect today...before I scoot off to work.

Interesting Times

Mighty battles! Revolution! Death! War! (and his sons Terror and Panic, and daughter Clancy). [1] The oldest and most inscrutable empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise What I Did On My Holidays. [2] Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes. [3]

There is a curse. 


They say: 

May You Live in Interesting Times
[Intro]

I say: We're already living in one. Shit happens=Everybody's Shit outta Luck.

According to the philosopher Ly Tin Weedle, chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized.
[p. 12]

I say: That's how revolutions work, my friends. Still I don't remember most of them having lasting success on the people's front after victory achieved. 

Natural selection saw to it that professional heroes who at a crucial moment tended to ask themselves questions like "What is my purpose in life?" very quickly lacked both.

I say: Someone should just create a space in the Oxford dictionary for the term "professional hero". Not that I truly know what it means though. I'm right now rushing  for time. :S

The Emperor had all the qualifications for a corpse except, as it were, the most vital one.

I say: That's why revolutions were won in the history itself, my friends (refer to Ly Tin Weedle's part).

"I know about people who talk about suffering for the common good. It's never bloody them! When you hear a man shouting "Forward, brave comrades!" you'll see he's the one behind the bloody big rock and the one wearing the only really arrow-proof helmet!"
 -Rincewind gives a speech on politics. (Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times)

I say: There's a famous saying that goes something like "you know a politician is lying when you see the lips moving".

Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill me because I've got magic aaargh."
-Magic armour is not all it's cracked up to be.

I say: Muammar Gaddaffi died because of this. Apparently, his people should be his magic armour.

'They're the cream!'
Rincewind sighed.
'Cohen, they're the cheese.'
[p. 88, or 7a7a]

I say: Elitism, thy name is thou suck.

'Luck is my middle name,' said Rincewind, indistinctly. 'Mind you, my first name is Bad.'
[p. 102]

I say: We all have our lot in life. More often that not, shit luck follows our backsides.

'Long Live The Changing Things To A More Equitable State While Retaining Due Respect For The Traditions Of Our Forebears And Of Course Not Harming The August Personage Of The Emperor Endeavour!'
[p. 103, revolution in Agatean]

I say: Is that being said by Borat himself?

'It's a lovely morning, lads,' he said. 'I feel like a million dollars. Don't you?'
There was a murmur of reluctant agreement.
'Good,' said Cohen. 'Let's go and get some.'
[p. 115}

I say: Do not goad a poor man who can afford to laugh at himself. More often than not, you might be dumber than you look depending on your decisions in life.

'I'll tell you this!' shouted Rincewind. 'I'd rather trust me than history! Oh, shit, did I just say that?'
[p. 155]

I say: Hypocrisy starts with personal stupidity. Only a chosen few can truly utilize it against the rest.

'Pcharn'kov!' Footnote: 'Your feet shall be cut off and be buried several yards from your body so your ghost won't walk.'
[p. 159]

I say: You won't see a superstitious fella laughing at this. Which means I must have been someone far worse.

'They say that whoever pays the piper calls the tune.'
'But, gentlemen,' said Mr Saveloy, 'whoever holds a knife to the piper's throat writes the symphony.'
[p. 171]

I say: Is it any wonder that Ronald Saveloy's nickname is "Teach"? A certain abang pak-cik told me that there's a difference between a clever person and an intelligent person. Just don't ask me which end I belong to. We all know what happened to Ronald "Teach" Saveloy. DX

'Have you lost your senses?'
'Yes, but I may have found some better ones.'
[p. 276, Six Beneficent Winds and Mr Saveloy]

I say: Don't we all love that experience called life?

'If you sow dragons' teeth, you should get dragons. Not fighting skeletons. What did it say on the packet?'
'I don't know! The myth never said anything about them coming in a packet!'
'Should have said "Comes up Dragons" on the packet.'
[p. 315, Caleb and Mr Saveloy argue about the Argonauts]

I say: Rules are to be obeyed, not worshiped.

'I thought we could do it without anyone getting hurt. By using our brains.'
'Can't. History don't work like that. Blood first, then brains.'
'Mountains of skulls,' said Truckle.
'There's got to be a better way than fighting,' said Mr Saveloy.
'Yep. Lots of 'em. Only none of 'em work.'
[p. 325, Cohen's historical philosophy]

I say: Amazingly enough, tactics and strategy involve brainwork as well. The scariest part? Blood and brains follow soon after. X.X

'Oh, I never play to win.' She smiled. 'But I do play not to lose.'
[p. 346, the Lady explains her philosophy]

I say: If you can put forth such words, it means you're either totally off your rocker or you're too laidback to even bother about things that can't be changed.

P.S: Credit should go to Super Freakonomics. Now if only I can finish that damned book despite years after buying it. But at least I know it takes just 10 seconds of lapse to create a major disaster in any given surgery.

[1]: Weirdly enough, Tom Clancy might have been honoured here.
[2]: There are two ways to go on a holiday. Either in private or in the news.
[3]: There's a famous term called "swing states". It's the bane of every political media.