Shopping with Nina

Its no secret that I love books.

My room’s bookshelves are overflowing with books of all sizes, art books, trade paper backs, hardbound novels… (note to self: buy more shelf space). Unfortunately Melbourne doesn’t really have huge┬áspeciality┬ástores dedicated to books, unlike Fully Booked in the Philippines.

The flagship store of Fully Booked, at Bonifacio High Street at the Fort (no, I do not know why they call it that), is 5 floors of Book Awesome sauce.

LOOK AT ALL THE BOOKS. This might be close to a bibliophile’s heaven might be.

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Raids without Pants Kris Kringle/Secret Santa details

Here’s how it works: Sign up on the guild events where this url was posted, and by the 16th of December realm time, I (Nina/Navigator) shall be sending out in game mail detailing who you will be giving a gift to. Since I am organising this, I will not be participating, and will be randomising who you will be giving a gift to using excel :O

During this time, look for an in game gift for that person, be it farmed, crafted, or bought. Budget for crafted and bought items would be 100 – 750 gold. :)

Then between Dec 24 3:00 pm and December 25 3:00 am realm time, you must have sent your Christmas Gift to your partnered recipient. :D

Sound good?

Okay, have fun!

Itchy Sugar Orange Cradle part One

I like Original Pinoy Music (OPM). We produce some pretty good songs, though the language barrier is obviously there despite a good portion of songs are in English (though it doesn’t really explain the massive popularity of J/K/C-pop and rock.

While I do manage to send off some English songs to non Filipino speaking friends, some of the ones that I would like to pass on aren’t in English and don’t even have translations on the internet. I’ll attempt to do so here, compiling translations to songs I enjoy.

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Moving Out

I’d been thinking.

I do would like a place I can kind of say, ‘I live here.’ but not say that I’m still living under my parent’s roof. The thing is, I wouldn’t know where to start. Well, I do, but I’m paralyzed because I don’t have anyone holding my hand. I can’t help it, its how I am.

If its a process that people have done so before me, I’d like someone to hold my hand, to show me how its done.

I feel like such an idiot, so naive, so sheltered that I can’t do this on my own. I suppose everyone has to take baby steps, but I’m kind of embarrassed of how this is for me. Sure, there are upsides of having a safety net there, but there are things that do frustrate me, the constant head butting. No doubt the frustration will never really go away, as evidenced by my mother calling me at 6 am while I was living in a dorm in Bangkok for a year, to make sure that I was sleeping in my own bed.

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Lets Read Supergods

A couple weeks ago, I picked up Grant Morrison’s Supergods.

Those not familiar with the body of Grant Morrison’s work, in picking up their first Morrison book, are most likely subject to a wild ride of a narrative that investigates the intertwinedness of Morrison’s theory on metafiction and the interactions between hyperdimensions, the relationships between 2D, 3D, and the hypothetical 4D. Whether you like it or not.

Too much to take in?

Yeah, that can be Morrison for you. He introduced himself to Animal Man within the comic, telling the hero that he is the one that played the puppet strings, that he is responsible for the deaths of those around him.

Animal Man: Why?

Morrison: For Drama.

(Note: Yes, I realise this is essentially paraphrased, but the gist is there.)

In The Invisibles he admitted that it was magic he was doing, using literature as a form a magic, to help influence his own life.

But anyway, I was familiar enough with Morrison’s work to know what to expect, I’ve heard him enough times in Podcasts and documentaries that I can bring up his voice in my head without a hitch.

When I heard that Grant Morrison had released a book called Supergods, and in visiting my local geek store, saw that they already had it in stock, I squealed and bought it right away. I admit, there are times where I don’t care for much for Morrison’s work (though I can’t remember off the top of my head, I do remember I stopped reading Animal Man and The Invisibles for some reason), the ideas that he brings to the table are out there, and half his work can be either what do you mean, it wasn’t made on drugs? or this is your premise on drugs.

I’ve still not finished reading the book, but thus far it has actually surprised me and got me thinking.

Supergods, I thought, would be a discussion on exactly what the subtitle suggested: An examination of the human condition… of sorts. I was expecting something along the lines of how reading Superman makes us more human, or how Superman was more human than the rest of us, how Green Lantern was an examination of our own conflicting emotions and how our wants and desires and based on our own will power to create.

In starting to read it, I was pleasantly surprised that he ended up going in a chronological order – starting with the birth of Superman.

(edit: at this point I had taken a holiday and during that time managed to actually finish the book while on the plane)

Birth in that, his creation as a comics entity, his birth as an idea.

Grants view on Superhero world is that WE are the Gods of the second dimension. We are its creators, their Zeus, their Supreme Higher Power. We are its God of Science, who had directed the course of their evolution and metavolution.

We are the puppeteers of the Gods within their world, and like all scripture where a god would descend upon the mortal plane, like Zeus coming down to impregnate mortal women, like the Christian God sending his Son to teach and to lead, one of the many Gods of the second dimension (both named and forgotten) Grant Morrison descended upon the second realm. He had christened this his fictionsuit, allowing him to interact directly with the entities in his book. He would write himself into the story, and allow the characters to voice back at him.

Ever had that feeling where you’re writing a story, intending for it to go one way… but as you write it, it sometimes feels like the characters have something else in mind? Morrison touched upon this, in writing The Invisibles. He mentioned that he intended the story to go one way but he suddenly felt that it was if his creations suddenly exhibited free will and as he wrote, they were rebelling against his decisions and that it didn’t feel right for him to shove them into personalities that weren’t theirs. I recall an old journal entry I did way back when where I mentioned something along the lines of letting the characters write the stories themselves.

I think it takes a certain gift to allow that thing to happen, where your creations start exhibiting their own form of free will.

Thats why we can’t all be Gods.