Monthly Archives: October 2004

Admirable qualities…

Imagine you have children, imagine them going off into hostile territory, imagine them getting murdered brutally. How would you react?

It happened with 24 years old Shosei Koda, from Japan. He went backpacking through Iraq during times when kidnappings and murders are raging all around.

His body has been found this weekend, beheaded.

Yet his direct family reacts as follows:

‘The family of Shosei Koda of Nogata (直方市), Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県), who was beheaded by his captors in Iraq, expressed gratitude Sunday for public support and apologized for causing trouble over the hostage crisis, Nogata city officials said in a news conference.

Koda’s brother Maki, 26, told Nogata city officials, “We feel strong gratitude for those who supported us, while we also feel sorry for causing trouble. Despite the outcome, we wish that the Iraqi people would have peace as soon as possible.” Immediately after the family received the news by telephone from the Foreign Ministry around 9:20 a.m., Koda’s father Masumi, 54, was extremely devastated and unable to speak, the officials said.’

Admirable, just admirable. Your son has just been murdered, yet you can find the words to apologise for causing trouble bringing it to the media and you wish for peace for the people in the country your son was murdered in. Absolutely admirable. Pardon the gross generalisation, but I truly wish to see fervent Christians or Muslims make such a statement after one of their children was murdered in a country in turmoil.

Perfect attainment of buddha nature, if you ask me.

Though the many beings are numberless,
I vow to save them.
Though greed, hatred, and ignorance rise endlessly,
I vow to cut them off.
Though the Dharma is vast and fathomless,
I vow to understand it.
Though Buddha’s Way is beyond attainment,
I vow to embody it fully.

We’re going to the movies…

Something that always gets me kind of grouchy is the fact that so-called criticts of movies call a movie trash just because it doesn’t appeal to their ‘sophisticated’ level.

Hey pal, here’s something for you: I don’t care!

Some movies are just meant to be pure entertainment and if I want to see Alien versus Predator I will!
Not every movie has to be built upon an epos like The Lord of the Rings and subsequently worked out with due dilligence for a number of years. If every trance musician was a conservatorium graduated person I doubt the current club scene would look like it does right now.

I just don’t understand why something has to be ‘artistically innovative’ to be appreciated by the critics. Guess they’re just trying to uphold their own jobs by keeping up appearances (which is not unlike any other job niche, mind you).

Metal Hunter/鋼のハンター

Finally finished watching 鋼の錬金術師/Hagane no Renkinjitsushi (Full Metal Alchemist) as well as ハンター X ハンター/Hunter X Hunter.

Hunter X Hunter was very nice to watch, and you cannot help but being dragged in along with Gon and support him. But I found that the finale of the series left too much open ends.
So what happens with Hisoka? He was constantly hinting how he would love to test his strength against both Killua and Gon when they ‘ripened’ some more. Also, Ging has been hiding in the forest on whale island all along? Because that is where Killua and Gon end up after using the ‘Accompany’ spell card. I wonder about this since you see Mito looking at the path they trace with ‘Accompany’ and she smiles as if she recognises it.
And what about Kurapica and the eyes of his tribe?
Leorio also got put to the background half way during the series and that for someone Gon met in the first or second episode!

Full Metal Alchemist was a bizarre series, but I liked almost every episode of it. Especially the ending where Edward ends up in post World War I Germany and Alphonse is restored to his 10 year old body. And here I was seeing Ed end up with either Roze or Winry. Very well drawn and a lots of jokes and emotions.

Balance

your dream world is a very scary place
your dream world is a very scary place
your dream world is a very scary place
to be trapped

your dream world is a very scary place
your dream world is a very scary place
your dream world is a very scary place
to be trapped inside
to be trapped inside
to be trapped inside
all your life

shine in time
shine in time
shine in time
until you find

you’re closer
you’re closer
to the truth

within you
within you
within you
is the truth

that your dream world is a very scary place
that your dream world is a very scary place
that your dream world is a very scary place
to be trapped inside
to be trapped inside
to be trapped inside
all your life

you’re closer
you’re closer
you’re closer
to the truth

within you
within you
within you
is the truth

— “Balance” – Anathema

Coriolis winds blowing over Dune….

I reread Frank Herbert’s Dune recently. Things are so much clearer once you know more about Islam and the Qu’ran and some of the rituals there as well as Zen Buddhism and other topics such as Christianity and the Kaballah.
Magnificent book to be honest, he manages to drag you into the story and totally washes over you with a imaginary, yet possible future of mankind.

Dune Messiah is a most bizarre follow-up tale. Hard to describe what you read in those meager 200 pages, but they nonetheless make a tremendous impact. Amazing, just amazing.

The Butlerian Jihad was quite an interesting read by Brian Herbert, Frank’s son, to learn about the events that lead to the extermination of the thinking machines, the rise of the sorceresses, the Tleilaxu, Zensunnis and Zenshi’ites.

Now reading Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.