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In the following stories: “The Frog Prince”, “Rapunzel”, and “Rumpelstiltskin”, the element of exchange and possession can be observed.

In the first story, obtaining the princess’s golden ball was exchanged for these: love, companionship, the frog being seated at the table, drinking from the princess’s cup, and sleeping in the princess’s bed. An exchange can also be seen in the second story—rampion was exchanged for a daughter. As for the last story, there are two exchanges that occur. The daughter would spin gold for the king in exchange for a change of status. At the same time, the daughter who would become queen exchanges her belongings (her necklace and ring) and her future firstborn child for the spinning of gold.

We could also see that the transactions were done by different types of people. In “The Frog Prince”, an exchange occurred between a daughter and a son. In the other two stories, transactions were made by consenting adults.

What transpires in these exchanges is the possession of the person and the choices she makes. In the first story, a young female is led towards the lack of control of her own self. She has to abide by the promise that she has made to the frog. Although she is unwilling to give up control of herself, she is forced to love and to offer companionship and intimacy to the frog prince. In the second story, it is a female who dominates a couple and a fellow female. A couple has to give up their daughter for rampion. In the third story, the ones who wield power are (a) a king who wishes to obtain a commodity and (b) a magical creature who wants to obtain a firstborn child.

What is apparent in the chosen stories is not just the exchange, but possession and dominion of a person, more specifically, a female and her choices.
 
 
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karlalujah
12 November 2013 @ 06:48 pm
More than 10,000 feared dead. More than 2,000 missing.

In light of recent events, I've come to question my god again. Would a righteous, omnipotent god allow innocent people to die and go missing? Would a righteous, omnipotent god leave towns and cities in ruins? Would a righteous, omnipotent god allow such pain and suffering to happen?

I have had doubts, and what's happening to my country; all the pain and death--they aren't helping. Misdirected insensitivity of others masked as marvel over the Filipinos' tenacious spirit does not mitigate the severity of what has occurred.

I'd like to ask, "Where's my god now?"


Nowhere.
 
 
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karlalujah
04 October 2013 @ 11:37 pm
How come I still don't feel anything?
 
 
karlalujah
05 September 2013 @ 01:09 am
And The Couple with the Most Baggage Award goes to . . . Gregory House and Lisa Cuddy. I was simply inspired by what the show's writers depicted as the break-up of my two most beloved characters, which shattered my life forever. The cover art is...I'm sorry. It isn't my best. I don't do well with photo manipulations. But oh, well. I hope the music would be what you would appreciate instead.

Unlike my first fanmix, this wasn't divided into phases. The break-up mix is just what it is--a completely angst-ridden ride with what I hope would be well-received songs. Enjoy!

Just last the year.Collapse )
 
 
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karlalujah
30 August 2013 @ 07:58 pm
Title: Domesticity
Pairing: more-than-squintable (and OOC, I think) House/Wilson, Season 8
Rating: G
Synopsis: House and Wilson spend a Saturday afternoon together. Surprises await each of them.
Author's Note: I haven't written any fic aside from House/Cuddy and Hugh/Lisa. This was a challenge for an organization I'm applying for (that was too many fors, wasn't it?) which stipulates: "Write a slash pairing of your choice. Make it cute and not graphic." So, ladies and gentlemen, here it is.

What do you think if we stayed like this, like, you know...For good?Collapse )

 
 
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karlalujah
You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to. So here is the game! Hit shuffle on your iPod or mp3 player and write down the first 50 songs. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful.

  1. Ghosts That We Knew - Mumford & Sons

  2. One Day - Melody Gardot

  3. The First Days of Spring - Noah and the Whale

  4. She's Leaving Home - The Beatles

  5. Naked If I Want To - Cat Power

  6. Sweet William Part 2 - Johnny Flynn

  7. Jeepers Creepers - Billie Holiday

  8. Barnacled Warship - Johnny Flynn

  9. All of Me - Angus & Julia Stone

  10. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Billie Holiday

  11. Munich - Corinne Bailey Rae

  12. Sunset Soon Forgotten - Iron & Wine

  13. The Calculation - Regina Spektor

  14. Forget Me Not - The Civil Wars

  15. Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 Allegro Assai - Johann Sebastian Bach

  16. Back in the U.S.S.R. - The Beatles

  17. Instead of a Show - Jon Foreman

  18. Long Distance Call - Phoenix

  19. Flyin - Regina Spektor

  20. She Wants to Play Hearts - Ryan Adams

  21. I Should Watch T.V. - David Byrne & St. Vincent

  22. Good Night - The Beatles

  23. Passing Afternoon - Iron & Wine

  24. Where Does The Love Go? - Julia Stone

  25. Ballet Music in G, from "Rosamunde" - Franz Schubert

  26. I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash

  27. What Me Worry? - St. Vincent

  28. American Pie - Don McLean

  29. Old Pine - Ben Howard

  30. Where Are You Now - Mumford & Sons

  31. Breathless - Corinne Bailey Rae

  32. Halloweenhead - Ryan Adams

  33. II. Largo from "Winter", Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297 from The Four Seasons - Yo-Yo Ma

  34. Daredevil - Fiona Apple

  35. Instrumental I - Noah and the Whale

  36. Double Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 Largo ma non Tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach

  37. The Moon - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

  38. Lost And Found - Johnny Flynn

  39. Carousel - Iron & Wine

  40. Slight Figure of Speech - The Avett Brothers

  41. Pistol Dreams - The Tallest Man on Earth

  42. Gone - Thirteen Senses

  43. Don't Know If I'm Coming Or Going - Billie Holiday

  44. Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown) - The Beatles

  45. I Want You Back - The Civil Wars

  46. Hysterical Strength - St. Vincent

  47. Sounds Like Hallelujah - The Head and the Heart

  48. Campus - Vampire Weekend

  49. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - The Postal Service

  50. Oh! Darling - The Beatles

 
 
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karlalujah
05 June 2013 @ 09:17 pm
Deep, murky waters.
 
 
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karlalujah
05 April 2013 @ 05:49 pm
  Social media (or networking hubs like it) is a paradox in self-assertion and powerlessness. Essentially, sharing information, creating and maintaining a online personality, and the act of 'doing' yet not doing in the active sense helps one assert his or her own identity. You break up with a boyfriend? Share it. New rock super group? Like it. Wake up today?  Cook scrambled eggs with mayonnaise? Have a quote from a rom-com flick in mind? The internet, the social network--they become channels for your stream of consciousness. Immediate, accessible, open. Share-able.

  We also maintain a social role, and gain some sort of street cred by translating who we really are into an organized string of codes, parentheses, and groups, followers and people we follow, and what our posts are about. We form a desirable personality with people we're too busy to talk to, we're lazy to meet, and we're scared to touch. We are made more interesting through a profile and things are made more interesting through a feed: a net of endless information.

  And we dance, sing, play, live, and breathe without actual or sensory experience. Space and time are eliminated and packaged. Suddenly, competition becomes more fun. Suddenly, everyone's an exhibitionist and a voyeur.

  And we do all this because right now, this is who we are.There is no 'actual' anymore. Communication is radical and arbitrary. Lines are crossed. There really are no boundaries.

  Yet here lies the paradox. In our desire for self-assertion, we forget the multitudes who do the same. The voice becomes a voice in the massive crowd. The voice becomes voiceless.

  McKinsey claimed in 2009 that "Suddenly, sharing has become what we do." It is not the Cartesian "Cogito ergo sum". It is now "I share therefore I am."

  But what changes? Why change? Why dissent? I'm fond of being voiceless in this illusory notion of attention being given. Nothing gained, nothing lost. So what if whatever I say isn't "heard" anymore, because of everyone sharing and listening, watching and waiting, criticizing and commenting?


  So what?

  But then you'd ask: Why blog about this when you talk of the futility of sharing? Why bother?

  The answer is not 42 or grapes or oranges. It is simply, ladies and gentlemen, to do; to act. To share. As erroneous as it is, I am frenzied to share--whatever it is on my mind or on my heart--as long as I find my voice. In self-delusion or in self-satisfaction, one becomes content.


  There is no answer to everything.


  Kurt Vonnegut was right. Humans are creatures of explanation and of wanting to question.


  And again, we are left with:
  There is no answer to everything. (At least, not in this lifetime.)



  There is no question. Explanation, explanation, explanation.
 
 
karlalujah
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So I took an online test (test not mine) so as to help me concretize the belief system that I hold. I'd rather not check the results, but analyze my answers instead.

Are you in awe of the beauty and power of nature?
-Yes, but those feelings aren’t that significant to me
Come to think of it, sometimes I do admire the beauty of a cloud, but then I don't thank a 'Creator' for its essence.

When you look at the Milky Way or at Hubble photographs what do you feel?
 -I get on with my life on earth and am indifferent to the Universe
I think the answer to this should be, "I always feel insignificant compared to the Universe. What a tiny speck I am! What a universe we have! Ooh, look--a God!" However, I don't think I'm naturally one of those people. Again, I marvel at creation at times and then the only kind of insignificance I feel is the cynical kind.

How many gods do you believe in?
   -Not sure
I'll probably say that I believe in one 'God', one supreme Being that created the Universe

Which of these best describes your view about afterlife?
   -Not sure
None of us has been to hell or heaven and back. Those who believe otherwise have a lot of faith, then.

What is your attitude to Pagan gods, spirits and magick?
-Pagan Gods, spirits and magick are of no use to me and I don’t believe in them.
Look, I respect the people who do. I really do. In fact, I believe in multiculturalism. But I just don't. If there's something otherworldly about something, I believe one has a right to question the validity of otherworldly truth.

What is your attitude to Nature and the environment?
-Nature and the environment are important for human survival, but I don't have any special feelings towards them.
More particularly, nature and the environment are tangible, inexorable, and finite. As to how I should "feel" about them, do refer to questions one and two.

What is your view on how God and the Universe are connected?
-Not sure
God may be a space being, floating around the Universe; but for me, one could never really know. Did he create that particular Universe? Was he already part of that universe? And why should I continue to be gender-sensitive when considering this god? (What I'm pointing out is that can this god be a woman?)

What's the connection between the human mind or spirit, and the brain?
-I don't think we can really know.
For clarity, see next question.

Is the basic stuff of the universe physical, spiritual or both?
-Reality is made of matter. Period.

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 I don't think belief in a god is a choice at all, I would rather think of it as an experience. And like all experiences, the spiritual experience can end or, like others, it can just continue.
 
 
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