Posted on 2009.10.05 at 15:21
"You take the praise because I'm paying for the past
Pretended not to have a history until it caught up with me, at last
Time's still getting faster and I haven't done much yet
It's not quite what you wanted, but that's all you're going to get"
- Snowpony "Easy Way Down"
Posted on 2009.02.10 at 17:56
Posted on 2009.02.07 at 00:38
Your result for What is the Measure of a Man? The Gentleman's Test...
Learning is your passion!
Marvelous! You epitomize the gentlemanly tradition of ongoing education and self-improvement! Your sparkling tongue is the stuff of legend, and the wide breadth of your knowledge has saved others countless hours of pained research!
Women hang on your every word!
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Your result for The Elemental Test...
The Durable Titan
Your nature is Metal. You stand firm against most of the chaos around you but still move on with your life. You defy anyone to try and shatter your resolve as you take step after monstrous step toward your dream. You are often a pillar of strength for those closest to you, steeling their resolve so that they two can march forward into the future.
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Posted on 2009.01.24 at 21:23
Feelin': : contemplative
Diggin' This: : Johnette Napolitano - The Scientist
"Is this how you fight the system?
Is this how you right the wrongs?
Is this where you look for justice, pointing fingers where they don't belong?
Is this where your future's brightest?
I think it's where it falls apart.
No-one's gonna hear your cryin',
Lyin' down with your broken, bleeding heart.
You're gonna fight the world, is what you're gonna do.
Is this where you look for justice when things ain't changing fast enough for you?" - Dropkick Murphys, "Thick Skin of Defiance"
Posted on 2009.01.15 at 05:05
Feelin': : peaceful
Diggin' This: : Against Me! - Cliche Guevara
There goes a joke involving two bulls sitting on a hill, surveying their harem-herd spread out across the plain beneath them. The younger bull, bored of sitting, suggests to the elder bull that perhaps they should charge on down the hill and have their way with a couple of the cows. The elder counters with the suggestion that if they walked down, they'd have the wind to have 'em all.
Zodiacal considerations notwithstanding, every now and then it will occur to me that I'm not exactly the young bull anymore.. while I've mentioned this a time or seventeen before, I shan't belabour it here.. but hold the thought because it will come up later. Now, as always, I'll mention that what's behind the cut might be uncomfortable for some readers. But fuck it; it's the teeth of the winter and I'm prone to introspection right about now. So here goes.
Posted on 2008.11.11 at 11:49
God and the Soldier
God and the soldier
All men adore
In time of trouble,
And no more;
For when war is over
And all things righted,
God is neglected -
The old soldier slighted.
Keep up the good fight, brothers.
Posted on 2008.10.21 at 07:07
Feelin': : exanimate
Diggin' This: : Frank Sinatra - Somethin' Stupid
It won't surprise anyone to learn that soldiers don't just become awesome engines of destruction all on their own. It's not like it's a virus which slowly invades your cells and produces more of its kind, is the Art of War.. no, it's a skill which you need to tend and build upon of your own volition. To this end, soldiers take courses to improve themselves professionally, much like you in the private sector may, if you have that kind of job. Constant education, as in any field, is the key to self-improvement and greater success.
So it happened that while I was taking one of the courses that would lead me to my eventual end-goal as an Ender of Days, I chanced to work with a guy from one of the other battalions whom I hadn't met before. Gregarious, unassuming, keen and professional, I liked him immensely. He did his job uncomplainingly, and was a very, very strong team-player -- a real pleasure to work with.
But as you might imagine, courses which involve teaching the knacks involved in mastering the Soldier Trick are designed so that you can play those tricks in War. Which necessarily means amping up the stress through sleep and food deprivation, mindgames, and crushing physical labour. Once the theory portion of the course is past, you can count on things being as bad as the Directing Staff can possibly make them, so you know how to use your new tools effectively in the worst conditions possible.
While this makes sense, the smart soldier learns to manage his stress levels as best as he can to better stay goal-oriented and focussed on the task at hand. Whenever one gets a spare minute, therefore, one does whatever one can to relax. The alternative is burnout; while this often happens anyway (yours truly as a case in point) it will happen definitely if you don't figure out some way to blow off some stress. This, then would explain my penchant for the drink and the ladies.
But everyone's different, as we well know, and so it happened that one night, while I was returning to my barracks room to sleep as much as possible before the trials and tribulations began afresh in the morning, I heard my colleague laughing his head off from behind a closed door. Curious, I knocked and entered, and found him seated in a chair beside his bed, teary-eyed from laughing his fool head off at a bunch of photographs.
Of retarded children with severe cranial deformities.