Published Friday, 30 September, 2016
Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong or always right. No one. No one person exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them. This is why we have to learn to accept everybody’s multi-dimensionalism as the new fundamentalism. The same way you love your mother with all her faults is the same way we are supposed to love our sisters and brothers — with all their faults in them. For instance, some say I’m polite and kind but can have a wicked temper in an instant. Nothing is created perfect – unless it is artificially engineered to be. Everybody has several sides to their being that make up who they are. These different facets shift and change depending on mood, experience, social situation, weather, political climate, state of mind, financial state, or environment. People can seem like two or more different people at different parts of the same day. Nobody was created to be one dimensional. We were all born as multi-dimensional beings. Part sun and part moon.
Published Saturday, 24 September, 2016
linguistics , science
Kraft paper is named thus because it is produced from chemical pulp produced in the kraft process. (Which in turn got its moniker from the German Kraft, meaning ‘strength’.) And I always thought it was some cute respelling of the word craft (since the paper is often used in crafts)!
Published Sunday, 18 September, 2016
c'est la vie , la famiglia , media , uncategorized
I thought this was a rather meaningful piece!
When love does more harm than good
In trying to shield my children from hurt and rejection, I sometimes end up discouraging them from giving things a shot
By Tee Hun Ching
It was a week before the food and fun fair at our church, and my son was brimming with excitement.
“What can we sell?” he kept asking.
“Nothing,” I replied for the umpteenth time.
Continue reading ‘when love does more harm than good’
Published Saturday, 17 September, 2016
amusings , digital life , uncategorized
This afternoon, I finally reached level 20 (highest: 40) in Pokemon Go. Have also caught, evolved or hatched 76 (out of a possible 141) Pokemon. In fact, I just hatched a grotesquely adorable Mankey today!
Published Thursday, 8 September, 2016
amusings , digital life
Earlier this evening, I sat down on a bench next to a Pokemon Go gym, which was located a couple of streets away from my house. Battled several opposing teams and won a few times, but somehow could not take over the gym. (Still can’t figure out why!)
20 minutes later, I remembered that Pokemon Go was the path to madness, and went home for dinner.
Published Sunday, 4 September, 2016
amusings , digital life , television
Just started watching the Pokemon anime on Youtube, right from the very first episode where the protagonist Ash picks his starter Pokemon, Pikachu. To my surprise, most Pokemon can say only combinations of syllables in their names and/or just random grunts and squeals.
I find Team Rocket, the villains, extremely funny. The group, comprising Jessie, James and their Pokemon sidekick Meowth (the only Pokemon who can speak English perfectly), spend their time trying to kidnap Pikachu. Whenever they appear in front of the good guys, they will recite their motto thus:
Jessie: Prepare for trouble!
James: Make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world with devastation!
James: To unite all people within our nation!
Jessie: To denounce the evil of truth and love!
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Jessie: Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Meowth: Meowth. That’s right!
Such bombastic baddies. And you gotta love their corny and cold jokes. For example in ‘Island of the Giant Pokemon’, Jessie and James are escaping from a giant flying Pokemon and run rather painfully into a large sign. As their predator swoops off, they conclude they were lucky to hide behind this sign and that ‘it’s a good sign!’ HAHAHA.
As this is a kids’ cartoon, Team Rocket are the underdogs – so they definitely get my support! Just can’t believe I missed out on Pokemon all these years!!!