Friday, 24 February 2012

Pageless.


I shall be taking a little break from blogging, from both Gaping Mind and Cubic Bubble, in an attempt to 'get my shit together.'

Don't miss me too much - Back Soon!

- T -

Friday, 17 February 2012

Page nine and a half.

Oh, Doctor!

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As yesterday's post remains unfinished, it is my duty to complete it. So, without further ado, here it is.

11 Questions from Aysh..

1. If you could change one thing about yourself physically, what would you change?
I would like a small button, at the back of my neck, directly in the centre, of course.
The button, when pressed, will then turn me invisible.
I understand that this is a question, not a wish, but I still expect you to make it happen, Aysh.

2. If you had to choose one song to listen to everyday for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Silence,

3. If a wizard randomly appeared, and offered you the gift of immortality, would you take it and why?
I would do what any partially-sane person would do.
Yes, I would take it. I would then put it on eBay and die a rich man.

4. If you could be one character from a book/comic/movie, who would you be?
Easy. I would be Nightcrawler, from the X-men.

5. Red lorry or Yellow lorry?
*Crash!*
Orange Lorry.

6. What's your favourite type of food? (Curry, Chinese, Italian, etc.)
Italian. Can't beat a bit of pasta.

7. Are some people born evil or is it a learnt behaviour?
The age old 'Nature vs Nurture' battle.
Everyone is born with the potential to be evil.
Unfortunately, some people, be it through choice, influence or upbringing, choose to embrace the evil within.

8. Who is your hero? Why?
The Doctor - [Doctor Who]


One day, he's gonna come for me.
We will travel the skies and we will defeat aliens and creatures of the unknown. 

9. What was your favourite subject in school?
I love all three sciences, particularly physics, because of my fondness of the stars.
But my heart has always belonged to Maths.

10. Do you think animals have consciousness like we humans do? Do they have a sense of selfhood, and are they aware of their feelings and experiences?
Without a doubt. My beautiful kitten, Frodo, gets angry, happy, upset..
He also has a sense of selfhood - I mean, he recognises photos of himself!

11. Do you believe in Aliens?
If I believe that The Doctor will come for me one day, then I have to believe in aliens.


11 Questions from me..

1. If you could meet three people, dead or alive, from any time in history, who would you meet?

2. What are you afraid of?

3. If you could fall in love and marry a fictional character, be it from a TV show, comic, book, movie, etc, who would it be?

4. You can have any superpower - what do you choose?

5. If you really did have three wishes, what would you wish for?

6. Which video game(s) leave you feeling nostalgic?

7. The earth is in trouble. The population has grown one person too many, and the world is nearing its end. It is your job to 'remove' one person, in order to save the world. Who do you get rid of?

8. What is the best gift that you have ever received?

9. Name the three most important characteristics that you would want your life partner to have?

10. Will you be participating in Black March? Be honest now.

11. Share a secret.


Rules for those that are tagged
Post the rules.
Write 11 random things about yourself.
Answer the questions set by the previously tagged person.
Create 11 new questions.
Tag 11 people that have not been tagged before.


And finally, we're done.

Something for the readers - pick one of my eleven questions and answer below. Would love to read your answers!

- T -


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Page nine.

Double Tag!

So..I've been tagged..twice! In order to keep this post as short as possible, I will try my best to combine the two. I was tagged by -

Artwork by Aysh

KB, from the humorous and insightful, The world, the way I see it.
Aysh, from the hilarious, Meow Meow.


Rules
Post the rules.
Write 11 random things about yourself.
Answer the questions set by the previously tagged person.
Create 11 new questions.
Tell the people they've been tagged.





11 Random things about myself..

I am: A fashion-loving student of Mathematics; A DOS-Adventure-game obsessed qualified Artist of Make-up; A 'few screws loose upstairs' woman of Business.

I am unnaturally fanatical  about Doctor Who, Marvel Comics and The Mighty Boosh.

I lost my mind some years back. I'm still in search of it.

I don't consume any meat (other than boneless chicken breast, occasionally,) cooked vegetables, seafood, any type of cheese other than mozzarella or cheddar, oats or seeds, olives or.. 
I guess at this point, it would be easier to just say I don't eat food.
(I do eat. It's just a bit of a struggle.)

Last year, I was diagnosed with OCD. I'm trying to work past it.
Dining at another person's house, for the first time in a very long time, this weekend, will most definitely be a challenge!

I value nothing, more than loyalty and honesty. I can, at times, be a little too honest though.

I'm not actually as grim as this blog may represent me - or not completely, at least. There is a happier me. He exists over at Cubic Bubble.
The two sides of my personality just don't overlap. At all.

I prefer to fall in love materialistically, as opposed to loving people. It's just easier  that way.

I am scared of the dark, tight spaces, deep water and spiders.
I fear people.

I'm pretty damn amazing at Temple Run, for iPhone.

I would die for anyone. I live for just a couple.

11 Questions from KB..

1. Do you like how your blog is?
For now, I think it will do. I don't love it. But it has the potential be great.

2. Is there something you won't like people to know about your feet?
I lost both feet in the second world war.


3. What was your lunch?
I haven't had lunch in years.


4. Ever been to Santa Fe, NM?
Nope. I do have plans to travel the world though, starting with backpacking through Europe this Summer.

5. Do you like to read? If so, what genre?
I love to read anything that can make me laugh or cry.
Otherwise, something to do with Maths, Economics, the stars or Nazi Germany? Not Mein Kampf.
The Book Thief is pretty damn amazing, though.


6. If you could punch your best friend in the face pretty hard to free your conscience of something, what could that thing be, and would you do it?
Yes, I would do it. (No, I wouldn't.) I love punching people. (I do.)
I would free myself of finding the thought of living more stressful than the thought of dying. Deep. I know.


7. Love or money?
Money. Without a doubt. I tried love - didn't work.


8. Are you straight edge? Why/why not?

Bear with me, as I turn to the Urban Dictionary, to try and understand this question..



...In both cases, no. I am not a straight edge. But thanks for educating me!

9. Burger King or McDonalds?
I don't buy food from either. I don't really do fast food.

10. Are you happy with life?
Sorry, didn't quite catch the question. Never mind.

11. Did you enjoy answering these questions?
More than I have enjoyed anything in my whole life.

I will have to answer Aysh's questions, and my questions, in a separate post, tomorrow, as this post is getting pretty damn long! 

Peace out, brothers.

- T - 

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Page eight.

I should apologise for my lack of posting. It was due to a combination of birthday celebrations, food poisoning and mental breakdowns - some of which I am still recovering! I also have a lot of catching up to do, in regards to reading blog posts, so bear with me!


Anthropological Supernova

Just a short post this week. If you haven't already, have a read of Page four. It will probably make this poem a little clearer for you, but then again, it might not.



I can think of two,
That shone brighter than the sun.
Both, now lifeless,
But still glowing, is one.

Full of vivacity,
On life, so drunk.
Must be true, what they say,
Only the good, die young.

Supernovae,
Each, in their own way.
It seemed the splendour of Science,
Had met me halfway.
See, he won’t be back,
That, I wholly accept.
But that one glow remains,
And my loss, goes unwept.

Complements of each other,
In one sense, they are.
For one was human,
The other, a star.

For a father.


One last thing.. Creativity is expressed by so many in such different ways. For me, this includes not just paintings and drawings, but music, fashion, literature, food, movies and so much more. I have decided to create a new blog, focusing on exactly this. Although I have not yet posted anything, the blog is up. I will begin posting very soon!

Be sure to check it out! - A Cubic Bubble Of...

(I should also mention that I have included a list of blogs, that I enjoy reading, down the right hand side of the home page - If anyone wants me to remove the link to their page, for any reason, let me know!)

- T -

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Page seven and a half.


A Post Between Posts.

I guess it’s no secret that my posts can be somewhat… grim serious captivating.. So, I decided that I should do something a little less thought provoking, between my weekly posts. Whilst reading through a long list of blogs, I stumbled across something called ‘Handwriting,’ on Ms. Morgan’s blog, Caution! Reality Check. It seems to have been around the universe of blogging for some time now, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it, so figured I would give it a go.

And here is, due to repeated mistakes, my fourteenth attempt!  


The idea is pretty simple – in your own handwriting, answer the following questions:

  1. What is your name / your Blogger name?
  2. What is your blog’s name / URL?
  3. Write “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”
  4. Your favourite quote?
  5. Your favourite song?
  6. Your favourite band / singers?
  7.  Anything else you want to say?
  8. Tag 3-5 other people.

*Apologies for the colour of the ink!*







Now, the main reason I wrote this ‘post between posts,’ was to make sure that my posts are up to date with the ACTA situation – the follow up of PIPA and SOPA. (The guy in charge of naming these organisations really needs to get shot. No, that's not harsh.)

Upon reading Dreadnaught’s blog, ‘Some things you may find interesting,’ I learned of ‘Black March. Many of us have been posting about how action must be taken against ACTA, and how they should be taken down – Black March is that action. It will allow us to spread the word and increase awareness.

In short, Black March is a month-long boycott protest. From 1st – 31st March, we do not invest in anything that would all them to gain profits. After all, it does all comes down to money. And greed.

Click the image for a larger view.

If you are unsure of what ACTA actually is, I highly recommend watching this video.



Oh and before I forget – Mark, from The Rambling Person, posted a link to a petition on his blog, that opposes ACTA.



- T -

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Page seven.

Will  It Ever End?



“They say God save the queen
Britannia rules the waves
Britannia’s in my genes
But Britannia called us slaves
Britannia made the borders
Cause Britannia’s forces came
Britannia lit the match
But Britannia fears the flame.”
[Lowkey – Dear England]
______________________________________________ 

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”
Albert Einstein.

This is a topic I have been meaning to touch on for some time, but had decided to put off the ‘heavier’ topics for a later date. That is, however, until I stumbled upon a beautifully worded article, written by the political-activist rapper, Lowkey. I have briefly mentioned his work in a previous post, but for those who are not familiar, I would definitely recommend checking out a few of his songs. I should clarify that I do not at all consider myself to be a fan of Lowkey – fans are for celebrities and false ‘idols,’ that spread of insecurities and false hope. No, it's more than that. I can assure you that not even one celebrity comes close to the talent, and the message, that Lowkey delivers.

For over 20 years, Tim Westwood, the three-time MOBO award winner, has been regarded by many as the DJ of UK hip-hop. Upon offering him an interview, a chance that most UK hip-hop artists would throw themselves at, Lowkey respectfully declined.

Why?

In short, Lowkey refused to play a role in the war fuelling publicity, which Westwood appers to be caught up in.

According to his blog post, Rhys Hughes, the executive producer for BBC Radio 1, has said that Westwood was sent out to Camp Bastion, in Afghanistan, because what is happening over there is essentially “a 19-year-old’s story, which is perfect for our audience.”
Photos of Westwood’s trip were also published on the website of the BBC's Radio 1xtra – including a photograph of the “Helicopter ground crew meeting” board, displaying a list of Westwood’s quotes for each day.

What was the first quote, you ask?

‘DROP A BOMB!’

Now, I don’t know about you, but the concept of war, for me, could never be sugar coated. I could never advertise a war, through music, pictures or other media sources. I mean, could this really be modern day propaganda? Jody McIntyre responded to Westwood’s ‘Quote of the day’, in an article which he wrote for the Independent, saying “The irony might be funny, if it were not for the Afghan men, women and children who have been killed and maimed by our bombs.”

And how true his words are.

Two things I learned from Lowkey’s article:

  •  “A recent study has found that, for the last 2 years running, the US military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.”

  •  “In April 2010, an Independent on Sunday poll found that 77% of British citizens want the troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan.”

Why are our people never heard?

Why are there no responses to these facts, from Britain? Or America?

During mid-2011, the artist known as Mic Righteous, performed on BBC radio 1xtra. His lyrics were censored; words like ‘free Palestine’ and ‘Gaza Strip,’ along with profanities, were masked with the sound of shattered glass.

Are the words ‘Palestine’ and ‘Fuckreally on par?!


Mic Righteous performing on BBC Radio 1xtra

Meanwhile, the BBC openly promote and support the war on Afghanistan.

Could this really be the start of modern day propaganda?

The article written by Lowkey can be found here.
I leave you with one of my favourite Lowkey tracks – Soundtrack To The Struggle.
If you are not a fan of hip-hop, don't worry, neither am I. But trust me. He's good.

Lowkey - Soundtrack To The Struggle.

- T -


Friday, 20 January 2012

Page six.


The Corruption of Silence

Everything is so still, yet so much appears to be happening. It’s so fucking frustrating.

As we sit in the warmth of our homes, with the comfort of our families and friends, things seem so composed. Everything is as it should be. Rarely, do we consider how much is actually happening around us. A man buries his girlfriend, alive. A twenty-four year old is sentenced to 200 years in prison, for a murderous rampage. A gang member walks free, after leaving a man for dead. A captain abandons his sinking ship, leaving his passengers to fend for themselves. Scotland verges on leaving the UK, while a Lithuanian child-rapist is granted permission to enter.

At this very moment, the world is carrying very little order. We have become far too accustomed to expecting too much and doing too little. Everyone will happily call out the faults of others, but will carry very little regard for what actually matters. For it to be deemed acceptable for a man, be it that of an infamously known dictator, to be kicked and beaten to death – even his dead body, dragged and abused, is unacceptable. For the people of our society, to be sat in the heart of fear, from children as young as 10 years old, due to a constant rise in knife crime, is unacceptable. Our world becomes more and more frightening as each day passes. Or at least, this is what we are told.

I disagree. The world can be frightening, yes, but your world is your own, and it is what you make it. The problem is not that we are surrounded by immorality, but that we focus on it. The solution – come together, take control. Strive for freedom and fight for justice.

"For too long, we have focused on our differences - in our politics and backgrounds, in our race and beliefs - rather than cherishing the unity and pride that binds us together." - Bob Riley



I can think of no better example, from recent events, than this – in which our people have come together, as movement towards freedom, and a fight for what is right:


Rarely, does it happen - people coming together as one. An alliance.
Why? On the 18th day, of this New Year, our people split into two.
A minority  planning to take away what is, essentially, the freedom of the internet.
A majority – fighting back. A global blackout, in the millions.
NinjaVideo, MegaUpload. Soon to be Wikipedia, YouTube, Google..
It’s a matter of principle, fairness and union.

Let your voices be heard – Stop SOPA.




- T -
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Friday, 13 January 2012

Page five.


The Plight Of Judgement

We stand out in the street,
Exchange small talk, and smile,
Discussing the week’s events,
And our families, for a while.
Walking indoors,
A quick glance and a wave,
Such a sweet boy,”
To myself, I would say.

But late in the night,
A disturbance so profound,
Shrieking obscenities,
Have left me dumbfound.
The woman that bore him,
She will listen and cry,

You cancer ridden bitch,
Why don’t you just die?!


The screaming continues,
For minutes on end,
They get louder and louder,
Continuing to ascend.

Maybe it’s paranoia,
But it sounds like assault,
There’s no screaming, as such,
But it’s he, who’s at fault.
I assume things are thrown,
I hear them violently land,


Should I just ‘pop over’?
Could I stop this man?

Then all of a sudden,
No commotion, I can hear,
Almost a bang of silence,
It all seems so unclear.
No crying, nor shouting,
Everything seems so still,
No profanities heard,
I’m losing the will…

Now, his mother is sick,
And her leech of a son,
Does not wish for her health,
But to her face, wants her gone.

I hear a door slam shut,
So I head out to see,
A dark figure approaches,
No. It cannot be.

Standing out in the street,
An awkward glance, and a smile,
Not a single word spoken,
From the daunting profile.
The blood from her hands,
Is washed away with the rain,
Vague, lies her expression,
No indication of pain.

Who was I to cast judgement,
When no truth, did I seek?


The boy’s life would remain,
Had I not been so weak.


No consequence is justified by the bliss of ignorance.


- T -

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Page four.


An Afterglow

13 billion years ago, not long after the theoretical rise of the universe, there shone a bright star. In fact, the intensity of its brightness was ten thousand times more than that of the sun. And ultimately, it was its own passionate glow that served the star its short lived life.

Collapsing in on itself, this luminous star resulted in a cosmic explosion so large, that its blast had shone with the light of ten million-billion earth suns.

This phenomenon can be seen to be somewhat relative to the human existence, as it has been famously quoted by many; “Only the good die young.”

Those that are full of life, full of vivacity, appear, by observation, to be inclined to an earlier passing; leaving far too many dead people, living. To name just a handful – Anne Frank, Wolfgang Mozart,  Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Martin Luther King – each of them, in their own way, an inspiration to millions.

A look at ourselves: We have but one chance to accomplish our goals, to fulfil our beliefs, to leave a mark. But to many, this will mean nothing. We choose to live in fear – shielding ourselves, to the extent of denying life, of what it should be. Yes, in our day, the world is a terrifying place, but what is the worth of life, if it is not lived? Throughout existence, seek freedom, knowledge and companionship. Throughout death, be sure to have left for your companions - a sense of liberation, anecdotes of wisdom and aching hearts – for sometimes, it can feel as though all you have left of a person, is the pain of losing them.

A look at those around us: Although many can be reluctant to do so, it is in the human nature to respond to conviction, with an investment – from the greatly common ‘get rich quick’ systems, with the investing of money, to individual relationships, in which we invest our trust; our love. It is for this reason, that there is no pain greater, than that of losing a loved one. It can feel as though a part of us also dies, with the death of a companion. Yet, this is not at all the case. Be it through remembrance, pain, or knowledge, that bond you have with another, can never be taken.

Today, if we look up at the night sky, not far from Polaris, the North Star, we see a small red glow sitting just by the constellation, Leo. Although the cosmic explosion – which was viewed by many, back in April 2009 – lasted a mere ten seconds, the afterglow of this dying star remains.

"Only the good die young." - Oliver Herford


Not a single soul can leave completely, for the moments we spend with those dearest to us, are preserved by our minds; sheltered by our hearts. Although they may not shine as brightly, that wistful, adoring and heart-aching afterglow will undoubtedly endure.


For four uncles, three aunts, two grandparents, a brother and a father.

- T -