3 quotes in 3 days challenge – Day 2

      Hey everyone! it looks like my schedule got better of me after all. It’s a bit ridiculous to say that I continue the same challenge after a pretty long gap between the posts but oh well, better late than never. So, this day’s quote is

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish”  – J.R.R.Tolkien

     It’s probably no wonder that I chose something from the writer whom I strongly admire, but then it may seem strange that it isn’t one of his more famous quotes that involve such serious and complicated concepts as death, destiny, war or peace. I think that of course you need not to forget such things and it is possible to philosophize about, say, destiny for many hours coming up with very different and interesting ideas and encountering many different worldviews. Yet Tolkien is not only about high, proud and majestic things. The Lord of the Rings starts as a The Hobbit finished – with a fair share of fairy tale aspects that, even if diminished later on when the story became darker and solemner, from time to time emerged as a cheerful spark of hobbit-ness.

     This quote, taken from one of such moments that bring warmth to complicated things, that no hobbit is accustomed to, speaks to everyone and I think is quite useful to remember. You can look at it with a mindset of “yeah, you don’t say” but it coming from a man who managed to work a highly demanding job of a professor, to take care of a family or four kids and at the same time to write one of the most influential books of a century among other literary work, it becomes so much more stronger. It’s usually very hard to start something you are not that passionate about and procrastination at least for me can burn many hours that I could spend more efficiently if I would just start the thing as soon as possible.

     On some level the quote can also be treated as a differently phrased Latin sententia “Carpe diem” (that sadly is the predecessor of YOLO) with the meaning to take every opportunity you get and do what you can and especially if you must. I’m just a procrastinator as probably many others are more or less, so once in a while having something to remember that can encourage to get on with anything that needs to be done is welcome.

Anyway, not always everything goes according to keikaku, I mean plan, as I wrote in the first post of this challenge, but if something must be done there’s no better way to than just start as soon as possible and get done with with it. So, dear colleagues, cherish your time and get motivated!

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Now let’s move to the Nominations part:

MOKA from monomania fantasia

I invite you to:

1) Pick 3 quotes for 3 days and write what they mean to you.
2) Nominate 3 different bloggers with no repetitions each day.
3) Thank the person who nominated you.

That’s that. Thanks again, Olga from Middle-earth Reflections!

3 quotes in 3 days challenge – Day 1

Hey everyone! I got encouraged to try this challenge by Olga from Middle-earth Reflections and I’m very grateful for that. I doubt that there are many people in the anime community that also have strong feelings about J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings his and other writings from the same universe but if you do or just have some knowledge about it, please do check out her blog! And now, let’s get going.

“Only entropy comes easy”  – Anton Chekhov

 For those of you who are not that familiar with the man – Chekhov is held one of the most prominent Russian short story writers and playwrights of the second half of the 19th century. His writings have always attracted me as very sincere, analyzing lush emotions of various people and portraying life that went on in his time. You just can’t remain calm and not immersed as you read about different lives of sad or happy, tragic or even completely normal  people as every one of his characters appears very much alive, humane and moving by their actions and thoughts.

The quote I chose uses the term of entropy and for those of you who aren’t that familiar with it – it basically represents the idea of disorder. The higher the entropy, the more mess there usually is. Technically it’s not as simple as that but you got the idea – unwashed dishes have much more higher entropy than orderly arranged ones in a dryer. I  also must mention the second law of thermodynamics (as complicated as it sounds) – in an isolated system entropy tends to increase. It just means that spontaneously a glass can shatter but it will never come back to its initial form with no external help. Pretty intuitive.

Now coming to the meaning of the quote – you probably clearly understand the essence – everything is this world tends to break down, decay and cease to be ordered and you have to put much effort to achieve anything. When you think of it, it may sound crushing – the Universe itself is trying to negate all your attempts to do anything and it’s no wonder that we constantly need to eat for us to retain our ordered bodies, or, to think more comically, it’s very natural for your desk to become a mess in no time or to lose a sock from each pair – it’s embedded into the laws of nature. Nothing is easy and it requires much energy even to keep things as they are now. Is it discouraging? It may be but nothing said the life will be easy. I think when you make something you can be even more proud of it with the mindset that you gained a small victory against the Universe. Everything is bound to break but isn’t it wonderful that it is possible to withstand this pressure? It’s very easy to become lazy and unproductive no matter what you do but come on – you with your own existence have denied the law of everything breaking down and each thing you do should bring happiness of achievement, of mastering yourself and making your being meaningful.

I don’t know if these thoughts full of physics stuff were of any meaning but to myself they bring some pride and joy that I’m able to, say, escape idleness and write a thing or two about something I like and possibly get my voice heard and make some impact on someone that reads my stuff. Well, that’s the end for today’s philosophical babbles.

Now let’s get to the next part – the Nominations:

Lethargic Ramblings
Karandi from 100 Word Anime and
Kyra from KYRA DESU YO!

I invite you to:

1) Pick 3 quotes for 3 days and write what they mean to you.
2) Nominate 3 different bloggers with no repetitions each day.
3) Thank the person who nominated you.

So that’s that for today. Thank you again, Olga, and I hopefully see you all tomorrow!

The Versatile Blogger Award

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I’m  very delighted to be able to celebrate being nominated for the Versatile Blogger award. I feel very touched and humbled that the stuff I write is able to reach other people.

Huge thanks to Kyra who runs a very inviting and interesting blog KYRA DESU YO! and here mainly does an in-depth analysis of various names of anime characters. As someone who hardly knows any Japanese (besides some obligatory b-b-baka and nani?!!!!) I’ve been having a very fascinating experience being able to understand what the names of the characters mean, especially since the names are not usually given at random by the creators and knowing their meaning can give just another touch to the character of, well, the character. Thanks again, Kyra!

Well, personally I don’t consider myself a very versatile in blogging as now the Attic usually is filled with weekly thoughts about the episodes of currently airing anime and an occasional (yes, I would very much like to become much more consistent) review of a full show or film. Well, I’m quite happy to write everything I do but I hope to escape from these types of posts a few times in the future if all other stuff I have to do beside watching anime will be going well.

Anyway, as the rules of being nominated require, here are some random facts about me:

  1. My real name (that being not Aldael) in my native language is composed of two words meaning “hope” and “mind”.
  2. I usually tend to be quite pedantic – a double-check or a triple-check (and afterwards still worrying if everything is alright and done as precisely as possible or in need of some correction ) in many aspects of life is just how I am.
  3. I have absolutely no idea how to dance. Proper dancing is beyond me (maybe I have two left legs or something) and for now I have no intention to amend this. In casual parties I just end up doing something between copying others and moving with the mindset of “whatever”. Now that I wrote it I’m embarrassed.
  4. I found anime only about 2 years ago. Before that I managed to stay away from it (somehow I even didn’t find things like Dragon Ball that interesting) thinking that it was just something weird, Japanese and there was hardly anything of it that didn’t contain ecchi or hentai, even if I didn’t know the terms at that time. Another thing to be embarrassed of.
  5. I have finished a music school with a pretty random specialty of singing in a choir. I’m familiar with other stuff like music theory and playing the piano as well so it’s quite natural for me to be interested in the anime (and not only anime) OSTs even if I don’t think I can articulate well enough every idea I have. Because of that anime like Nodame Cantabile feel very special to me.
  6. Related to the fact above, my taste in music is rather versatile, encompassing various artists from different time periods – some classical composers (the influence of the music school), some contemporary ones like Phillip Glass or Susumu Hirasawa (Haiiiiyai Forces!!!) and a range of numerous groups – Asian Kung-Fu Generation (OP of Erased), Nightwish, Within Temptation, The Killers, Of Monsters and Men and others.
  7. Probably the biggest my hobby besides anime involves everything associated with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and other material concerning its universe – I’ve even forgotten how many times I’ve read the books or watched the films. As a side remark, I also immensely enjoyed reading A. Sapkowski’s The Witcher series (you know, that of which the games were based of) and to a slightly lesser extent G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (I guess every other person in the planet has read it or watched the show by now).

And finally and probably most importantly, some nominations. I’m afraid I don’t read enough blogs to be able to nominate 10 people but as I gave 7 facts and 7 is a lucky number,  I hope 7 should suffice. So, I nominate these great bloggers for the Versatile Blogger award:

  1. MOKA from monomania fantasia – (sadly) the blog’s currently on hiatus but you should definitely check it out for some impressions on not that mainstream anime or beautiful excerpts from the OSTs.
  2. kindle from Nichi Nichi-chan – a blog that has improved very rapidly as far as I remember to a level that I can only dream of  for now. It always impresses me with keen insights no matter what kind of post I end up reading.
  3. Lethargic Ramblings – a rather new blog that can already boast of mastered style, personality and diverse content – first impressions, lists, rants…
  4. Karandi from 100 Word Anime – I know she has been nominated before but who deserves it better than the most frequent commentator on the Aldael’s Attic whose really productive writings span from series and episode reviews to top 5s and beyond.
  5. Aria Cross (and the Team) from Fujinsei – I simply don’t know what kind of stuff you can’t find on the blog plus Fujinsei Blog Carnival is a great place to find about other anime bloggers.
  6. Ani-Dotes – not that active for some time now but with all hopes in the future it will produce more of the stylishly formatted, well-organized and entertaining content.
  7. Artemis form Otaku Lounge – the blog probably doesn’t need any more recognition but I can’t help it  – since refinement of style and a multitude to various otaku culture related themes covered instantly speak of years spent writing it.

Honorable Nominees, according to the Rules, please do:

  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
  3. Share 7 things about yourself and
  4. Nominate (preferably) 10 bloggers

Now I feel guilty about nominating only 7 people. It would be nice if someone would name a blog or two that could use a reader like me. And please don’t be shy – self-advertising is something you can’t escape in this day and age.

Anyway, thanks for everyone who has come to see the Award Ceremony and especially for those who from time to time find a desire to ascend Aldael’s Attic  – this is yours award as much as it is the blog’s – no written thing can have a purpose without someone reading it. So yeah. See you all next time!