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I have an announcement

I have decided to move my blog to a self hosted solution …. something something.

Right now I’m in the process of learning more about what this means, what will I be able to do and what not, which plans are the best for my blog, and other related stuff.

This means that for now, until the new blog is up, I doubt I will post anything new. 😦  but this is not something set in stone – if inspiration strikes, I will write 😉

I will also look into transferring all the past posts to the new site/blog.

The name of the blog will also change, but it will be somehow related to the current one. I haven’t decided on a name yet, and I have yet to buy a domain. And all that fun jazz].

Once the move is complete, this site will be a static page with a link to the new site.

If you wonder why I decided to move my blog, the answer is super simple: I want to make money out of it. Hosting my blog here, at wordpress.com limits my ways of making money, as far as my current knowledge tells me. But I will look into the possibility of having my domain on WP because, why not? It would save me some hassle, after all 😉

I always wanted to be a writer – not necessarily a book author – but someone who writes and gets paid for it. And while I am a ghost-writer as well, I thought that maybe I’ll be able to work for myself instead of working for others. I want to be my own slave, if you know what I mean.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day 😀

Some Shows Make me Laugh

DISCLAIMER: I don’t think it’s morally nice to laugh at other people no matter what the situation may be. Sometimes we simply can’t help it, and it should be OK as long as it’s not done with a malicious intent.

Today is usually the day when I post reviews – if you look at my past post and the days they’re posted on. This post is not really a review and is not particularly long either. Nor does it have images attached.

Tonight – as it is almost 8 pm as I type this – I want to recommend to some of you, an easy way to make yourself laugh. That is by watching the auditions to shows such as So you think you can dance, ____ got talent, and other similar competitions.

You don’t need to watch the whole competition show, as not all of it is funny – just the auditions are. My partner made me watch two episodes of auditions for the dancing show … I must say my stomach was hurting because of so much laughing. -does it mean that if I continue, I will get a 6 pack sometime in the future? Talk about easy workout! LOL –

The producers would have spoiled us if they showed the performance of all those that passed the auditions. Not to mention that others that “think” they can dance [and in reality they have no idea what dancing is] might not get the message right.

For starters, there was a guy who said he’s been dancing all of his life … in his room o.o and that he won dancing competitions … except he had no way of proving it. People like this have nothing to do with such auditions – they waste their own time and that of the judges and show producers.

Did I mention his routine could not even be labeled as “dancing”? He was hilarious to begin with. His confidence was to be admired – I wish I had it, to be honest. His self-awareness was nowhere in sight, sadly.

This guy was a lesson and a message for many other people who might think of themselves too highly and are not looking in a mirror too often or simply need a new mirror since theirs is broken.

So, my advice to you is to watch these auditions, even the competitions. Laugh at those people [with no mean intentions], be thankful it wasn’t you making a fool of themselves. And if you happen to know someone with a particular talent – let them know if there is something they could improve or if they should be searching for a new passion. You can help those you care about become better simply by watching such shows.

See you next time!


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Shadowscapes Tarot – The Magician I

I have to say, I really like this card. I guess, I somehow secretly wish I were this mystical character: he has horns, wings, special abilities, birds like him too. He also sits atop a rock, as if atop of the world – which he might well be. After all we get the impression he is able to manipulate the elements – the various charms hanging from his wings point to that direction.

Symbols seen here are the infinity sign above his head, the color purple and a muted shade of green, the ribbons, the sun, lights, feathers, and flowers.

We all can safely assume that the color purple represents the mind – and it is rather clear that this Magician uses his mind a lot to control everything he can, including himself.

His pants and wings are an off white color – hinting to pure intentions that not always are perceived as such. His horns are rather pointy and similar to those of the Devil.

Let’s see what Stephanie has to say about this card:

[…] Upon a rock he sees the gifts that have been left for him. The relics of the elements glint in the sunlight, and as his hands close upon the offerings, a smile touches his lips at the power that surges through them.

Meaning:Originality, creativity, skill, will-power, self-confidence, dexterity and slight of hand. It is about grasping the unseen around you, and harnessing it to become reality. This Magician draws upon relics representative of the elements: Fire in his lantern, the voice of the Sea in the shell, a breath of Wind in the raven’s feather, and Earth from the leaves.

I can’t really say I agree with the leaves representing the Earth, but this is not my description nor my art.

Let’s see what people on the forum say:

Inkscape : “In a way, he bears the weight of the world on his shoulders — each of the elements dangles in some fashion from his wings — but he supports it all equally, effortlessly. And even though he can soar to great heights with those wings, he remains firmly rooted to the ground. […] At the top of the stone, you can see a snake coiled up around another orb, in some kind of celtic knot. That makes me think of earth, the world, birth, life, renewal… kinda interesting that the snake’s head is so close to the Magician’s heel. […] After you look at the Magician for a while, take The Devil out and put it side by side. They’re almost reflections of each other They’re both horned and winged (feathers for the magician, webbed for the devil), they’re both bent at the knees, they’re both standing on a stone, and they both have something floating between their hands (and their hands are in the exact same position, with both palms facing away from the object).”

Well, it seems I missed on the other similarities between the two cards/ characters. In  way this is correct, if we think of how Christians used to see magicians – almost like the spawns of the devil, if not the devil incarnate.

JSNYC: “There are lilies and roses representing passion and thought.”[..] “The sun tattoo on the foot of The Fool is now on The Magician’s shoulder. Maybe this is referencing a situation where what drove The Fool to take the leap (off the cliff) has now been moved to an advisory role… The voice on our shoulder that we sometimes listen to, or sometimes ignore…

Ana’s Song: “the two birds perched on the Magician’s wings – these look like ibis […] They are […] sacred to Thoth, who […] represented wisdom and knowledge (also linked to his patronage of scribes – back in the day people who could write were considered wise, right? ) as well as magic and sciences[…]

Sagefire: “This magician is much more modest. The look on his face appears more responsible than most,[…] He clearly understands his power is serious business, and wields it carefully and wisely.

I thought the same as Sagefire. What’s more, most characters in this deck seem to have a pretty dark past that made them stronger and responsible in a way.

Let’s not forget the “standard meaning as well. Check it out here.  Of course there are more ideas presented at the Psychic Revelation as well – click here – but there is a little quote here below, if you don’t have enough time to read.

The Magician is about making higher – and better – use of all of one’s power. Spiritual, emotional, and otherwise. This is another card that often signifies new beginnings and great expectations. This is a very powerful, positive omen in a reading. This card reminds us that we have the power to make a difference, in our lives and in the greater world, if we simply make a point to try.


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Hacking my pants with a DIY pocket

While I have many other things to update you guys on, on Friday that just passed I was hit with a wave on inspiration and I thought I could write about the result, and show you the process of getting a similar look, if you’d like to.

Let’s start with 2 things:

  1. pockets are useful and sometimes fun
  2. I have at least one clothing item with no pockets

Clearly, something had to be done, especially now that winter is coming. So I decided to hack my clothes by adding pockets to them. I started with some training pants – is this what they’re called? – though, this must be one of the more difficult clothing items to start practicing with.

So these are my pants. Aren’t they kinda plain and boring? This is how they turned out!

Not too shabby, if I can say so myself. My partner thinks the result is rather cute and not all that bad for the first ever DIY / hack project. There are a few steps to follow if you want a similar … look, or result … however you want to call it.

TOOLS:

  • clothes that need pockets
  • fabric to turn into pockets
  • scissors
  • thread and needle
  • pencil and eraser, maybe
  • paper [for your pattern]

HOW’S DONE, step by step: guaranteed 100% NOT foolproof

  • Choose a clothing item that could need some pockets – in my case, some HM sweat pants I got on sale, in summer or so.

  • Search for fabric that would look nice on the chosen clothing item. I used some old sweat pants by Juicy Couture, on baby pink [is this how the color is called?] Those pants were some 8 or 9 years old and were well loved and falling apart, but I still felt bad for just throwing them away and some parts were still in decent condition. hmmm

Make sure the fabric you find matches somewhat in thickness with the garment, and is made the same: woven or knitted. It will look better, than mixing thickness and fabric type.

  • take the pencil and paper, and draw your hand’s outline, to make the pattern for the pocket. Leave some space around the hand because you don’t want a very tight pocket. Use your smartphone as well, if you want to make sure it will fit into the future pocket.

  • Remove your hand, and realize the pocket will be too small and possibly too ugly too for an outer patch pocket. Decide at this point to use a bigger item, like an A5 agenda or notebook, or any other item of that size. Trace its outline on the paper instead of your hand.

You can use a different paper, the back of the one you used already, or the same paper like me. You may choose to erase the first attempt, like I did, or not.

  • Cut the paper pattern and use it to cut your fabric. While you could use the agenda or notebook to draw directly on the fabric, the paper is lighter, and you can attach it to said material to make sure it stays in place. This is especially helpful when you’re not someone with more experience when it comes to sewing or making clothes.

  • Cutting the fabric should be easy enough if you laid the fabric completely flat. You just need to own good scissors for the purpose. Make sure to cut enough pieces for as many pockets you want to make. I cut 2 pieces but only used one.  But I may use the other one in the [near] future.

I had to cut away the seams of the pants, as I used the lower part. I also removed their hem as the fabric there was dirty and too thick. eww

  • The next step is to find a position for your pocket, on the garment. I recommend putting the garment on and then deciding where the best place would be. I chose it while the pants were off of me, and I didn’t realize it would be too low. I did want it to cover 2 small holes that appeared in my pants [eww, no craftsmanship in the HM labor camps/factories and the cheapest yarn possible.]

While you’re here, make sure you choose matching yarn as well. I measured it too, since I was about to had sew this patch and I don’t need unlimited supply.

  • You’re supposed to start sewing at this point. You are allowed to make some tea or coffee if you didn’t have one before. Make sure to sew an upper hem as well – it will look more professional. You should also ensure to fold in in the edges of your pocket patch.

If you also chose pants or another garment that is pretty tight, or don’t own a sewing machine [like me], you have to pay attention NOT to sew together the 2 sides of the item. You can avoid this accident by placing an agenda right under the working spot – like I did in the 3rd shot, in the image above.

In case you’re wondering, I’m right handed, so I sew towards the left hand, but I placed the pictures in a left-to-right order … I hope it doesn’t confuse you.

  • When you’re finally done, more likely an hour or more later, your pocket should look like in the image below. I think I will go with another sewing session, to give it more strength – I don’t trust it much with just one go done by hand.

My partner said she likes it, and I think it’s decent enough. I was lucky with the colors too as gray and pink look nice together. The pants are now more interesting, eye catching, and make my life easier when I don’t want to carry a lot of stuff.

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I hope you find this little DIY project useful. See you next time!


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Reading manhwa – Sarasah -spoilers-

You probably do not remember a very old post of mine where I was telling you I read comics – this one here. More precisely comics created in East Asia or related to that region.

This time I want to talk about a South Korean comic, Sarasah by Ryu Ryang. It’s actually the 2nd volume of the series because we couldn’t find the first one.

This is a 10 year old manhwa – it was first published in South Korea in 2007 and the English translation [the version I own] dates back to 2009. This comic is targeted towards teenagers – and more specifically teenager girls. You can read more about it here.

Despite me not having the first volume, the back cover has a little presentation of what the story is all about, making it easier to understand or figure out what we missed on. Reads: left to right, unlike manga (from Japan).

Warning! spoilers ahead!

The main girl character, Ji-Hae, likes a boy at school, but he somehow doesn’t want to know anything about her. She then somehow travels back in time and finds herself in the ancient Korean kingdom known as Silla. This is where and when most of the action takes place. 

There’s no coincidence for it either: it is at this point in time when Ji-Hae and Seung-Hyu (her love interest) met for the first time (in their past lives) and their interactions led him to not ever like her (no matter how many life times they spend together).

The story is pretty difficult to explain, however I wouldn’t like her either if I were him. She seems a bit too clingy and stuck up on him, and much like a stalker. What guy or girl likes this kind of person? The behavior is only acceptable when displayed in moderation after all and generally only after the 2 form a stable couple.

There is a guy who seems to like Ji-Hae, and that is Bub-Min. He tries to help her get closer to her love interest, but it’s mostly because he’s pretty much sure she won’t succeed. As a result he helps her enroll in the military though she has to pretend she’s guy. 

What I liked:

  • the time travel theme – there are several comics and shows that involve some time travel of sorts. People generally seem to have a little obsession with this theme, and as a result many works have been created. Some are of course better than others.
  • the art – South Korean comic artists are generally pretty skilled at creating eye catching characters. Well, if you like manly looking men or guys, then this comic is not for you. However we need to remember that for the longest time in history, the kingdoms that formed what we know today as China and both Koreas, valued their long hair on both men and women. For a person to cut or shave their head was a very big form of punishment, an insult and was disgracing to the parents. Only monks and nuns were expected to have a shaved head.

  • pretty easy to read – most comics are easy to read, after all. One targeted towards teenagers is even more easy to read.

What I disliked:

  • the main girl character – I mentioned above why I disliked her. Nothing more to comment on that.
  • the talking cat – there is a talking cat character in the story, and he is Ji-Hae’s pet. He acts entitled and arrogant, but it’s mostly to teach her some manners or a life lesson (or so I believe).

Rating and recommendations: I rate it 4 stars out 5, and I recommend to those interested in manga, anime, history, East Asian culture, or even time travel.


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Shadowscapes Tarot – The Fool

Ah! the Fool! First card of the deck. And full of symbols. I feel this deck has more symbols than others, and some cards too are ‘heavier’ in meaning than others.

We see a young girl almost throwing herself off of a beautifully decorated column [or is it a column?] A fox looks at her, almost wondering is she’s going to go through with it or not. Some birds fly around her and a few hold onto some red ribbons, as if trying to stop her.

Looking close at her face, I almost feel as if she thinks “whatever happens surely will be better than my current state.” I wonder if she really considered all the dangers, or if she really is prepared to face all the consequences?

Some insight from the official page:

It begins with a whispered voice. Serpentine, the song threads through her days and her thoughts, beckoning. Come…come…come…. “Where?” she asks, curious, but there is no response.

She ignores the summons, until one day that siren song unexpectedly explodes and fills her to the brim. Its pulse is undeniable. “Where?” she asks again, and this time the steady beat of her heart is the response.

[…]

Meaning: The Fool is a symbol for new beginnings and adventures, pleasure, passion, thoughtless and rash. Like the Fool, you may stand upon the precipice gazing out into the unknown; and there is either an oblivious foolishness to the terrible plunge you may experience, or else a wild spirit of adventure and great faith and knowledge in that which can and will bear you up and guide through the times to come. There are unlimited possibilities opening up for the seeker.

Some insight from the now closed tarotforum forum:

By silvercrow: “she knows she will be protected. The birds will carry her, the hands will catch her. The fox, her guide, will guide her in the right direction. Below her is love, butterflies, flowers and light, but there’s also bees which can sting and sharp rocks which can hurt as well as darkness and shadows.

By r0sered1ster:the stone monkeys she stands upon, one with a heart, one with a rose and one with a butterfly. Signifying the courage, beauty and transformation she will encounter on her way

By snyc: “So the red ribbons held by the birds that surround and hold The Fool make me think of the sensory ties that hold The Fool back, which are so easily broken if only The Fool has the courage. (These ribbons are also shown in The World, but in The World they have been broken and are wrapped around her arms.) Finally, I view the statue that The Fool stands on as representing memories of the past, visions of the future, feelings, and desires.”

I view The Sun as embodying purpose, and since the right foot is often the foot that takes the first step, now I think that it means the call of purpose is what drives The Fool to take the leap, to take the first step off the cliff…

By kloeyy: “It really gives me a new perspective on the blind faith and the stirred emotion to feel compelled to step forward or leap into the unknown.”

Some more ideas from psychic-revelation.com:

In terms of finances, the Fool is an extremely positive card. You can expect increase, and furthermore, you will find it in yourself to know that no matter what happens financially, that you will be all right and will “come out on top.” Trust yourself, work hard, and you will do better than you expect.

Some ideas from destinysspiritualjourney blog:

The first thing to be noted about The Fool, is that it is the ‘zero’ card of the major arcana. The Major Arcana, represents important major life influences and is also sometimes seen by readers as a journey, through each and every card in this arcana. I always imagine The Fool as the first card in the tarot deck, some view The Fool as neither first nor last, but as the character wondering through the major arcana. The Fool is the one who experiences the trials of all the cards.

Why is the Fool the one experiencing the trials of the cards? Because humans are Fools without no life experience. Humans are designed to make mistakes in order to become wiser or better people.

On this blog, I am the Fool, sharing my experiences through life – more or less. I was born a fool and I will die a Fool, and there is no shame in that.


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