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Sometimes random things can surprise you.

I got this meme from a friend and I thought I should make one myself.  Here’s what you gonna do:

1. Go to wikipedia and hit random. The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3. Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”. Third picture no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4.Use photoshop or similar (picnik.com is a free online photo editor) to put it all together.

then tada!! your very own band album, enjoy!

so here’s what I got.

band name: Fischbach. It’s a place in Austria or simply a German word for fish brook.

album title: What you yourself can obtain. kinda makes sense. Here’s the complete quote: “Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you yourself can obtain.” – Andre Gide (1869-1951)

album cover: a magnificent photo by amber.  It’s so beautiful it suits for an album cover and she deserves a credit for that. i love her bokeh technique as well.

so there, mine is an indie band that p lays an ethereal kind of sound. it’s a Sigur Ros -ish kind of band. (check the band out so you’ll understand more of what kind of music they make).
On the other hand, it also looks like a relaxing piano album, don’t you think?

 

After being done with school, I felt like being thrown out into the wilderness, facing the unknown alone.  I imagine someone telling me, “Well kid, you’re on your own now.”  That’s when I realized I’m pretty not yet ready.   What I learned in 16 years of schooling is NOT enough.  I need to understand more about the world.

Graduation doesn’t end the education.

And these realizations made me pick up a book and educate myself.  From then on, I started to become a full-time reader.  Yeah, I read a lot even before, but not as often as now where I have all the time in the world (bum for short haha)

Right now, I’m halfway through with Murakami’s Dance Dance Dance.  I have a couple of Paulo Coelho books lined up but I still made a book-list:

If you have any good book recommendations, please do tell. I’m dying to hear all about them 🙂

This post is going to be legen…..wait for it…..I know it’s way past International Suit Up Day but I just have to blog about one of my favorite comedians of all time–Neil Patrick Harris.  Although openly gay, NPH plays as a ladiesman in How I Met Your Mother and he portrayed the role very well and convincingly that even straight women viewers (I’m one of them) fantasize him–and I think that makes him a great actor….and he sings well my god. need i say more?

Here’s Neil Patrick Harris then and now, at the People’s Choice Awards (1990 and 2011)

He never fails to suit up eversince!

Make sure to catch him in his upcoming movie, Beastly 🙂

and oh before i forget….dary!

After Dark is the very first Murakami book I’ve ever read…and I’m glad it was.  Haruki Murakami brought me to Tokyo. I loved how he described every detail in the scene of the story.  I can almost imagine seeing the novel in the big screen.

What makes this book brilliant is that he made the readers become a part of the story.  The narrator is in plural form. Murakami uses “we” as he narrates the story as if we, readers and the narrator, although not physically present, are witnesses and are actually observing the story in ‘real time’.

“Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair.”

“The room is dark, but our eyes gradually adjust to the darkness.”

“Our viewpoint takes form of a midair camera that can move freely about the room.  At the moment, the camera is situated directly above the bed and is focused on her sleeping face.  Our angle changes at intervals as regular as the blinking of an eye.”

The whole story happened sequentially from 11:56pm ‘til 6:52am and the readers can keep track of the actual time the scene was happening since it is indicated in every chapter and at the top of each page.

Some bits of the novel may be disturbing like the ones wherein Mari’s “modernized-sleeping-beauty” sister Eri finally woke up trapped in an unplugged TV and  Shirakawa’s reflection remained in the mirror even after he left.  Yeah, those kind of stuff, but I can’t say it’s horror nor a psycho thriller.

The novel is easy to understand and straightforward but not a total giveaway. And towards the end, it is up to us to decipher the message.

If you’re a fan of anything surreal or unknown, this is the right book for you.  So there, I won’t spoil you by giving a summary of the story. Go get a copy now.