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15 July 2014 @ 08:04 pm

Absolutely beautiful... this song helps me feel more and more with each time I listen to it. <3


Brother, do you believe in an afterlife?
Our souls will both collide in some great Elysium way up in the sky.
Free from our shackles, our chains, our mouths, our brains,
we'll open all the gates, and we will walk careless, straight into the light.

I've never felt so enlightened.
Every page I turn, I only find myself feeling more alone.
Posing questions to a silent universe, my very thoughts are cursed.
They just seem to multiply forever in my mind.

Brother, don't grow up.
Brother, please never grow up.

Just hold out against the night and guard your hope with your life.
For the darkness, she will come.
Oh, and you will have nowhere left to run.
Oh, but your eyes are wider than mine, and help me to sleep.
I just hope that age does not erase all that you've seen.
Don't let bitterness become you.
Your only hopes are all within you.

Just hold out against the night and guard your hope with your life.
10 January 2014 @ 03:57 pm
I am by no means fluent (it's painfully obvious, I know), and I don't even plan on being super conversational in Japanese until I get to finally go there (two more years! wee!). BUT, I have had a few friends ask me how I've been teaching myself Japanese over the years, so I decided I'd share a my top 5 online resources for people to check out who are interested in learning some Japanese. :)

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01. Rikkaikun
This is my #1 favorite tool for learning Japanese EVERRR. This is an extension for Google Chrome. You can pretty much hover over almost any Japanese word you don't know, and it will give you the definition, along with the hiragana. This is ridiculously useful for me; I find myself using it EVERY SINGLE DAY when I'm online, and it has helped me learn countless Japanese words, including slang and sayings. Really useful. I think there is also one for Firefox? Or Internet Explorer? Not entirely sure.

02. Tae Kim's Guide To Learning Japanese
This is a full-length online learning guide for understand basic Japanese grammar structure, along with a bunch of useful vocabulary. It can be read online or you can download the PDF! I found myself using this quite often. It's super useful to beginners and intermediate learners. :)

03. Tanoshii Japanese
Like Rikkaikun, for a while I found myself using this site every day. It has the same dictionary as Rikkaikun, but I found myself using it more for its stroke order diagrams. It gives tons of lessons on how to properly write hiragana, katakana, and SOOO MUUCHHH KANJIII.

04. Tangorin
This is another great online dictionary. What's so different and wonderful about Tangorin, however, is they provide lots of example sentences. For example, if I wanted to read some example sentences for the word "book" ("hon" in Japanese), I would only have to type "hon" into the search bar and up pops so many pretty little sentences! These really helped me understand how certain sentences are constructed.

05. Lang-8
Finally, a great way to practice your Japanese is on Lang-8, a community where different language speakers get together and help one another improve. All you gotta do is blog something in Japanese, and a Native Japanese speaker will read over it and correct it for you! Considering I live in a tiny town in the South, it's practically impossible to find any other Japanese speakers. This site gives people the opportunity to connect and study with others who understand the language. :)
13 October 2013 @ 06:28 pm
Sometimes I'm a little behind in watching new movies... I actually never even saw The Matrix until one month ago. (It was wonderful btw ;D) So I've decided to post movies I've watched in the last month (that aren't too recent or in theaters).

Title: Moulin Rouge!
Released: 2001
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman
My Rating: 9/10

Title: El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth)
Released: 2006
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López
My Rating: 10/10

Title: The Green Lantern
Released: 2011
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard
My Rating: 6/10
22 September 2013 @ 09:50 pm
Recently Read...
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (9/10)
Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress by Daniel Defoe (8/10)
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (8/10)

Currently Reading...
The Bear by William Faulkner

To Read...
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Eragon (series) by Christopher Paolini
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling (yes, I've never read these)
Something new (to me) by Ted Dekker
Something new (to me) by Stephen King