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March 6th, 2012 (06:36 pm)

current mood: relaxed

Small series of icons for my new favorite manga series, Dokuhime by Mitsukazu Mihara - will probably post more in the future.

001 - Hal002 - Kait003 - Kait
Bella & Lyco
005 - Lycoris006
Mal & Lyco
Mal & Lyco
008 - Lycoris009 - Lycoris
010 - Mal011 - Hal & Lyco012 - Kait & Lyco
Also have a couple sigs:

Kait - Lonely Boy Sig

Lycoris &amp; Belladona - Broken Angels Signature

Credit if you use please - and read the series, I strongly recommend it! ^_^

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Thoughts on D-Day, +66 Years

June 6th, 2010 (01:22 pm)
current song: The Longest Day

Given the success of such movies as Saving Private Ryan and the heart-rending HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, I'm fairly confident that my fellow Generation Y-ers are at least aware that the 6th of June is as a significant a turning point in the history of the last 100 years as the fall of the Berlin Wall. Maybe you learned about it in history class, but it's more likely the images on the screen made more impact than any dry reading in any textbook.

If you are truly fortunate, you are related to, or at least have a family friend, who is a veteran of that conflict, and might have even stormed the beaches of northern France. Having walked those stone-littered beaches, so quiet after so many decades, you can't imagine, you can't really grasp what it was like, what it took to climb those cliffs that today have pedestrian-friendly stairs and walkways. Not until you reach the bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. Not until you see those white crosses and Stars of David, marble markers, rank upon rank, hundreds upon hundreds. It presses on you, hits you in the chest and you feel the weight of the presence of so many men who ran forward under fire to fight for their friends, for their country, and for their beliefs.

Sometimes I read essays or editorials cautioning us against romanticizing or glorifying war, that to even study, talk, or meditate upon it somehow makes it a good thing, justifies "mass murder." We are told we can only think of war as evil, as something wrong or unnatural. That angers me. I refuse to believe that what those men fought and died for was wrong. War is an ugly thing, yes, but not the ugliest of things, as John Stuart Mill observed - if we ever get so far as to say nothing is worth fighting for beyond the preservation of our own individual lives, then we don't deserve what those men died for.

Those men fought for hope. "In this darkest hour, in the gloom of night, we must not despair... deliverance is coming," says the village priest of Sainte-Mère-Église in the movie The Longest Day. The Allied soldiers who took the beaches didn't want to die, but they were willing to, for the hope that what they were doing was the right thing, that what they did would protect what they loved, would defeat an evil. And they did defeat Evil - no amount of academic dickering or sophistry is going to change that.

The human race does not change because of a war. People change, can make the choice to look back at what came before, and choose to take the good out of death and destruction. Only the individual can choose for themselves to believe that the 6th of June, 1944 was more than the guns, the beaches, the soldiers, and the blood, that those men died and passed on the responsibility to give meaning to their sacrifice.

Sometimes, it might be easier to escape that responsibility, passing it off as one war like any other, one mass slaughter like so many others, or to ignore it completely. I refuse to. I honor the memory of those men, what they fought for, what they sacrificed for.

I remember them.

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*bats away cobwebs*

June 13th, 2008 (10:56 am)

current mood: jubilant
current song: Sarah McLachlan: Possession

Wow, last entry I have here was BEFORE my little sister got married! ^^; I guess it's rather fitting that my return should be to notify the world that

I'M AN AUNTIE NOW!!! My little sister has had her first kid, a boy named for our paternal grandfather. He's oh so cute and I wish I could be there for her - at the very least, both my parents flew across the country to help her through the post-partum process.

I sketched a picture from a photo they sent me:

Welcome to the World
by *sylvacoer on deviantART

Isn't he precious?  after 17 and half hours of labor (which, by the way, is FAST for our family!), my sister looks pretty worn out but oh so happy.  *sighs*


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August 10th, 2007 (03:43 am)

Dude - I just realized my little sister's getting married in less than 10 days.
... ZOMFG, MY LITTLE SISTER'S GETTING MARRIED IN LESS THAN TEN DAYS!!! :cries::love::glomp::tears::joy::boogie::cries::heart:

Yeah, it's been kind of an emotional roller coaster for me ever since I got back home. I'm the maid of honor and I haven't written my toast yet. ^^;

The wedding's going to be pretty small - just family and some friends. O'course, given that both sides of my family are old-style Catholic, that amounts to at least 40 aunts, uncles, and cousins alone (and not all can make it). We're even flying in our own priest, an old family friend who's been stationed with my mom (twice), my aunt and uncle, AND my grandparents! (we've adopted him, pretty much - always handy to have a priest in the family)

I am going to have to take pictures for sure - my little sister will be wearing the wedding kimono our mom wore for the first part of the day, so I might wear my yukata as well.

Her fiance's mother and sister came all the way from Russia to be in the wedding party, and his Marine buddies are serving as the groomsmen. That means Marines in service dress. :drool: Yummy!

*starts freaking out again*

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July 26th, 2007 (07:35 am)

I just finished my last term paper.
*cackles like a hyperactive hyena on crack*

I just have to proctor a couple of exams and not miss my flight home on the first of August. ^^;

My little sister's wedding is on the 18th - if I get any decent pictures, I'll post.

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Okay, now it’s getting silly…

June 8th, 2007 (05:03 pm)
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For the last three days or so, my school’s been vibrating under the influence of a nearby earthquake. I’ve never lived on top of the epicenter of one of these geologic events, but I must say that while experience has been interesting…

*dorm trembles again*

… it’s starting to get a little annoying. For one, they’ve turned off all the elevators, which is fine by me since I always take the stairs unless I have a class on the fifth floor.

Guess where all my classes this quarter are. (~_~’)

Also, it’s kinda unnerving to be typing a report and having to go out into the hall because all the furniture in your room starts moving and you don’t want to electrocute yourself if a really big tremor hits (which hasn’t happened… yet).

The first night of the earthquake was the scariest because, yeah – earth moving = not good. I’ve pretty much come to terms with the fact that if there ever is a knockout tremor I’ve made my peace with God and there’s nothing I can do about it.

I find it intensely amusing that the dorm admin peoples have opened one of the halls as sleeping quarters for those females to nervous to stay in their fourth/fifth floor rooms. And I do mean “females” – the announcement mentioned them specifically. Tough luck, guys. (^_^)

In other news…

Michy’s wedding preparations are well underway, and I’m counting down the days till I get home. Unfortunately, it’s looking as though one of the scholarships I might get this year require me to sign a document every month testifying to my residence in Japan *’nother tremor – kinda bigger this time* - which means I will have to get down on my knees and people the office people to sign one day early before I leave on 1 August, or come back on the 29th, which would suck, since I intended to get some serious research done through September. *headdesk, sigh*

Sorry to make this a short entry, but thought everyone might like to know about the quakes - I have ten-page paper due on conceptualizing “resistance” as a social phenomenon due next Thursday. (@_@) Wish me luck!

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[FANFIC] Racheakt: Face-off

May 29th, 2007 (10:50 am)

current mood: crappy
current song: The Who: Love Ain't For Keeping

Title: Racheakt: Face-off
Characters: Undead!Jet; Ty-Lee(which would be a fun crack-ship, now that I think about it...)

Spoilers: None.

Notes:  Ty Lee vs. Undead!Jet!! Who will triumph?  Who will be left a pathetic mass of humilitation when the dust clears?!  You'd be surprised.
I should be writing a term paper - I decided to write doujin-basedcrack!fic instead.  

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[FANFIC] Truth

May 15th, 2007 (12:22 am)

current mood: exhausted
current song: Flogging Molly: The Kilburn High Road

Title: Truth

Characters: Jet; Sneers

Spoilers: None

Comments: How you turn a defeat into victory - a study of psychological warfare.

Truth is what you make it.Collapse )

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Freedom Fighter Brand: Bee

May 10th, 2007 (11:11 pm)
current song: Spiderman Two

Couldn't help myself, mates - Bee's just too damn cute, so here she is, modern model for Freedom Fighter Brand Jeans.

Click it to devART.

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[FANFIC] Racheakt: Enquiry

April 17th, 2007 (11:52 pm)
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current mood: drained
current song: Ella Fitzgerald: Get Out of Town

Title: Racheakt: Enquiry
Character/ship: Zuko, Jet

Spoilers: None

Comments: AU-doujin-based. Written version of a future chapter of my doujinshi, Racheakt. Given that I've been having so much trouble with my computer and that I'll be very busy with my master's thesis, this chapter might not ever be drawn out, though I would like very much to.

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