O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

from Leaves of Grass (1892)

Learning Languages: Spanish

 

Learning Languages

One superpower I would like to have is being able to speak the different languages of the world, be it modern, old, or forgotten. There are words, phrases, and sentences whose meanings are sometimes lost in translation – especially if that word is only available in the context of a certain language.
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Current Read: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

stieg larsson This has a pretty lengthy prologue but once you get past that I think that it’s worth it. I’m currently on the first page of Chapter 7.

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UPDATE!

At first, I thought the novel was going to be, for the most part, about Lisbeth Salander; her work as a hacker, her past, and her relationships. But it turned out, that it was not quite the case with the first book. The plot was focused more on Mikael Blomkvist, his magazine Millenium, and the story of the Vanger family. The character of Lisbeth Salander surely played a great part in the discovery of the truth about the Vanger family as well as the Wennerstrom affair. However, her presence in the book was subdued for me. It was not until the latter half of the novel was she completely and directly related to Blomkvist and the Vanger family. It did not felt cramped; her presence was the turning point in Blomkvist’s pseudo-detective work.

Honestly, I assumed I was not going to like this book and that it would take me weeks to finish it because it would bore me. But I found a certain freshness to it that I attribute to a totally new setting. After the first hundred pages, I felt tired and put down the book. Then I simply resumed reading one afternoon and until after dinner I was still flipping through pages. All in all, it was a wonderful read. The twists and the long list of suspects made it difficult to pinpoint who was (or who were) the real culprit.

Anohana

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Finished watching Anohana, feels. FEELS! I just had to get it up here.

Read: Cause of Death

Past tense. Read (r-ed).

I’m sharing again one of the novels I just finished reading. This one is Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell. I’m not exactly a big fan of her (yet, who knows?) but my mom likes to buy her books from time to time. And when she went to town the other day, I asked her to bring me a few mystery novels and this is one of the few she brought home.

The novel revolves around a female character, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Virginia’s chief medical examiner. It’s one of the many series of novels out there that stars a certain heroine. This time, its her. I guess it makes building a main character easier. I don’t know.

The plot was… nice. Murders leading up to a bigger picture. This time, the bigger picture was a group of extreme extremists who plan world domination. I’m even scared by their name. It starts with the murder of Ted Eddings, a reporter who is found dead thirty feet under water in an inactive shipyard.

What bothers me with this novel is that she’s a medical examiner. And I don’t think medical examiners do as much investigative work as she does. I believe that’s what detectives are for. Tell me if I’m wrong.

Overall, aside from the fact about her job, I really liked the novel. It’s not a chore to read. There are books out there that you pick up, read, halfway through you just lose interest and you read on for the sake of finishing the story.

(My laptop broke down. So sad. I’ll have to use my sister’s PC. But I have to fix before school starts or I’ll be a walking zombie in the university.)

New In: Hard Drive

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I have been hinting to my parents for quite a long time that I needed some form of storage device since my laptop’s free space is already running low from all the series and movies I’ve been downloading.

And finally! My father brought me this for my birthday. At first, I only asked for a 500GB but he said, why settle for a 500 GB if there’s a 1TB available. I was so happy and excited for all the movies and series I can finally keep. And I don’t have delete stuff every time I download a new one. And the thought of marathons, even with just myself keeps me happy.

This one is from WD. I’m no a techie so I don’t know what to say about it. I wish I really knew about things like this.

Current Read: You Belong To Me

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I’ve read some Mary Higgins Clark Novels and this one doesn’t really make it to the top of my list. Although the plot is somehow unique (I’m not sure about other writers), it disappointed me in some ways

One, the characters are a bit dull and dry. Susan Chandler is a psychologist who has a radio program. Don Richards is also a psychologist who wrote a good book. I’ve covered one-third of the book and there doesn’t seem to be anything special in the characters. Except the psychopathic killer (although the writer didn’t really specify that he’s a psycho).

Two, several clues were already released in the beginning. Half of the suspense and thrill flew out the window. Now, the only question in my mind, is why the killer did what he did.

Three, the killer had a name. That really put me off. Nuff said.

It is a chore to read compared to A Cry In the Night and Weep No More My Lady.

Before We Get Busy With Summer

When with friends who are crazy, immature, and loud you will want to spend every single day with them. It’s true that your friends become your family, and in this family, it can’t get any better (well maybe it can).

We met up on the 9th for our third or fourth consecutive summer get together. Back in high school, there was not as much missing each other as there is now that we’re in college.

Summer 2013 group photoGroup photo before we dive into the pool!

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The funny thing is, there were only twelve pieces of KFC chicken and everyone wanted KFC chicken. And so we had to count to twelve and only the people who had numbers would get KFC. That is how it works.

Group photoGroup photo with my favorite people!

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