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Advice

Do it.

Unless it’s bad.

Then don’t do it.

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Blog Laziness – the Whys, Hows and Who Cares[s]

I’ve been surfing the Internet, as old (40+) people put it, looking for an idea for a blog post or two when I realized a simple and inescapable truth:

I am Bad At Blogging.

Some people are Bad At Sport, or Bad At Writing, and I have come to the conclusion that I am simply not blogger material. Every once and a while I write something, but for weeks on end I find that my mind is as blank as – uh… – something rather blank. Without anything on it. I’m trying to avoid sinking into a nobody care about me boo-hoo tantrum, because that’s silly. So I will just say that I will still post stuff (occasionally) and someone needs to come up with a Blog Laziness vaccine quickly, before I use ‘uh’ in a sentence anymore.

The Ghost House

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. Describe the ghosts that live in this house: Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

Ghosts? That house is so run down that I doubt there’s a single poltergeist, specter or phantom left to haunt it. However, judging by the long grass and the ‘middle of nowhere’ location, it’s probably home to several Pixies and maybe even a Trogg colony.

Western vs Eastern Dragons

Western or European Dragons – In European folklore, a dragon is a serpent-like creature prone to destroying small villages with two pairs of lizard-y legs and bat-type wings growing from its back. A dragon-like creature with no front legs is known as a Wyvern and are the laughing stock of the dragon world. In Western folklore, dragons are usually portrayed as evil, with the exceptions mainly in Welsh folklore and modern fiction. In the modern period, the European dragon is typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned lizard-like creature, with leathery wings four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, ivory spikes running down its spine and  in various exotic colors. Dragon’s blood often has magical properties, such as healing and allowing the user to understand the language of animals. Most Western dragons protect caverns or castles filled with gold and treasure and are often associated with a great hero who tries to slay it. Though in possession of awesome wings, dragons normally hide in their underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of earth. Possibly, the dragons of European and Mid Eastern mythology stem from the cult of snakes found in religions throughout the world.

Eastern Dragons – Chinese dragons are largely benign serpentine creatures, who have long, snake-like bodies and small wings. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang (“Chinese phoenix”). Chinese dragons symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rain, hurricanes, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and luck. Due to their powers, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. In Chinese daily language,  outstanding people are compared to the dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, more frowned upon creatures, such as the worm. A number of Chinese proverbs feature references to the dragon, for example: “Hoping one’s son will become a dragon”.

Final Verdict – If anyone reads this, which do you think is better? (I vote for the Chinese dragons, they’re nicer).

Hello again! Fancy meeting you here!

Sorry about the long absence. I spent a week at the beach and the Internet connection was so slow that I couldn’t post anything!

But I’m back now, and I will attempt to fulfill my #1 Resolution (Post lots) as soon as I can think of something to write…

*Stares around aimlessly* *Thinks deeply* *Sighs*

Nope, nothing. Ah well, maybe later.                                                                                                            

My Resolutions for 2013

Okay, I’m kinda thinking these up as I go, so bear with me.

  • Post regularly in my Atheneum.
  • Complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
  • Read all of the Lord of the Rings (I never made it past the Fellowship).
  • Beat someone in StarCraft 1v1.

So yeah, there you have it, my Resolutions for 2013 (Resolutions has a capital R because they’re very important).

 

Gandalf: They are one; the ring and the Dark Lord. Frodo, he must never find it.
Frodo: All right. We’ll put it away. We’ll keep it hidden, we’ll never speak of it again. No one knows it’s here, do they?
Frodo: Do they, Gandalf?

Ooh, scary silence! I watched the Fellowship yesterday, and that was the bit where it started to get scary. Probably one of the best ‘…’ quotes in existence.