Let me begin by saying that I didn’t have any sort of preparation when writing this. No outlines, you know—those nifty little things that many writers use when wanting to write stuff, the one where you put capital letters or roman numerals and then follow a topic sentence to it, and then topic points below it or subtopics, etc. You know what I’m talking about, I know you’re not stupid, or maybe you are. Anyway, you’re the only one who knows you better—or maybe not. Let me get back to what I’m talking about. Yeah, no outlines, no drafts, you know—that kind of crap, just good old cut-throat ranting.
“If I were to define a labor union, I would put it like this: A labor union is a collective group of incompetent workers who gather together in a democratic attempt to mutilate an existing firm’s policies to fit with the substandard and altruistic doctrines of the group, and is motivated by the temptation to achieve a perverted common good.”—Meo Animus
“If a relationship is based on what is socially accepted or the non-taboo, may it be between friends or lovers, then it is not worth keeping. Because the strongest relationships are based on values—not on stereotypes such as religion.”—Meo Animus
“Every feat of the unusually beautiful, every perception of the majestic, every detail of the creative, every so-called limitation of ingenuity surpassed—has been the product of man’s most powerful tool against the odds—his mind.”—Meo Animus
FINALLY! (w/ an exclusive for Tumblr blog announcement)
After several grueling days of brainstorming—thinking of how the story should flow through—I have finally done writing the master-plot. I’m just so sorry it took me this long when I said in my last post that it would only take me a couple of days. There was just one part that was very difficult to crack, but when I got past that, everything else went smoothly. The title of the story is; The Mover.
I won’t spoil anything what the story is about though, just wait until I finish writing the first episode to find out. I admit this won’t be one of my best works, but I am damn proud of it! So I hope you’ll tune in. I will be releasing the first episode by early next week and I am saying that with a degree of certainty.
So stay tuned! Or as they say in tagalog…..ABANGAN!
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be posting “The Mover” here on Tumblr, or any other post from the main Meo Animus page for that matter. This is to promote Meo Animus’ Blogspot page. But I will post links to new posts here on Tumblr whenever there is one. I will still continue “tumblring”, reblogging posts, and everything, but this can no longer be considered as a mirror blog to the Meo Animus on Blogspot. Here is the link to the main Meo Animus: justinihil.blogspot.com
I received a suggestion regarding writing those short stories I talked about in my previous post. The suggestion was; instead of writing isolated short stories, why not write episodically, connecting each story in a single master-plot just like a television series. That way, it would be easier for me to write them since I won’t have to come up with a new plot every now and then. I think it will also be more interesting for the readers as well. The suggestion was just so brilliant that I just had to post it here! I think I can come up with a master-plot within the next couple of days.
I would still write individual stories though, just in case I come up with something else that is worth writing and sharing. My first idea was to make a Robin Hood parody, changing the story of the original Robin Hood on how I think it should have ended in reality. I’ve just begun researching about Robin Hood.
I guess I’ll just announce when the master-plot is done and when the first episode will be released. In the meantime, enjoy your summer! Well, that’s if you live in the Philippines.
Scheduled Posts, Short Stories, Novels, The Good Stuff
My summer classes have already started since last Tuesday (April 10) and I don’t think I can post as frequently as before. Not because I don’t have the time to write articles, I have plenty of free-time to be honest, but because I don’t have internet connection in my dormitory. The only time I can connect to the internet is whenever our school library’s Wi-Fi is available, but that doesn’t happen every day. So the only sure time that I can be connected to the internet is during the weekends.
However, I have been intrigued by this “schedule post” or “queue post” feature of blogs though; it grants me the freedom to schedule posts whenever I want them to be available for view on my blog. I think I will be using this feature for my next posts. The reason for this is, for example; I have written a number of articles during the weekdays, it wouldn’t be ideal if I would post all of them at once during the weekends. I want to have somewhat—a kind of consistency. So maybe I’ll write a couple of articles during the weekdays and then schedule them to be posted the next week, one at a time. But I don’t intend to have specific days for an article to be released, like I would schedule articles to be posted every Tuesday and Thursday, no. Maybe I’ll do that when I find my rhythm in writing articles, but not just yet. I will just release them on dates which I feel like is the best time for them to be posted. I think I can manage writing at least two or three articles every week.
I am often asked a question that I could easily answer but nobody would believe. A question that has haunted me for as long as I could remember. As you would continue reading this, you probably would think of me as an arrogant bastard who shows off the little of that he knows. But I know that we all have felt that sense of not having something that you would have probably had if it weren’t for certain circumstances. I just wanted to share and to express this feeling that I have had for a long time in writing.
Music has always been an influential part of my life, and I do think it will remain that way ‘til my last breath. Every time I listen to it, especially the ones that I think sounds beautiful, I get a feeling of ecstasy that would flow through me. I could sometimes feel goosebumps develop on my arm and I would remain in that suspended reality until the end of the piece. It is like a drug to me. Often times I would repeat and repeat that piece by whistling, humming, and sometimes even singing(when listening to songs with lyrics) even long after the end of the piece. I have always had this deep passion for music since my first memories.
But the sad thing is I could never really consider myself as a musician. Sure, I can play the guitar fairly well, know a bit of piano, know the basic rhythm of the drums, can learn a song by ear, and whatnot. But all of that means nothing. I have just a very small idea with regards to the most basic theories surrounding the realm of music, I have tremendous difficulty when trying to read notes, and I only know the very basic of terms. I have always been frustrated from that fact even up to now.
“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”—JOHN GALT
When I was still a kid, I never found musical films to be appealing. I thought it was corny and lame but years later when I saw the movie Enchanted, I don’t even remember how I found myself to be watching that movie, but I did and I did enjoy it. Disney just has a very unique way of connecting to the audience. It seems that they just simply know the complex dynamics of human enjoyment or something. Because of Enchanted, I promised myself to be more open-minded when it comes to watching movies. But wait, I’m not here to make a review on the movie Enchanted, I’m here to talk about Tangled.
The reason why I first talked about Enchanted is because if it wasn’t for that movie, I wouldn’t even consider watching Tangled. Now I admit, I never heard of Tangled AT ALL the year it was released(which was 2010). Can you believe that? I don’t know, maybe I was too preoccupied with something else. I only heard of it maybe more than a year later it was released and then finally decided to watch it earlier this year because my college classmates talked about it in one conversation.
I just want to share this musical piece. Its actually from one of the movies that I have watched during the break. It is a Taiwanese film entitled “Secret” directed by Jay Chou and the music was also written by him. I just can’t get this song out of my mind. But I won’t make a review of this movie just yet, but I will be doing so maybe in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!
I don’t know, I just don’t have the slightest idea how those film critics are rating movies. Some movies, literally I try desperately to hang-on until the end, trying to stop myself from watching another movie. So boring in fact that I would occasionally check my Facebook to see if I have new notifications. When I finally discover that I have no new notifications (as usual), sometimes I don’t go back immediately to continue the movie, sometimes I would just go outside to the other room to watch TV or go to the kitchen to find something to eat. I guess it’s my way to renew my interest in watching the movie. But sometimes it’s just not enough and I would just find myself watching another movie.
But hell, when I search that boring movie in two of the most famous critic websites, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, the ratings in my opinion are just ridiculous. Sometimes it would be in the higher 50%, in extreme cases in the higher 30%, and the movies which I find to be very entertaining would be in the lower 20%, I just couldn’t believe it. Though there are times where they would rate boring movies the way I think that they deserve and rate very entertaining movies at least in the higher 50%.
Iligan City Blackouts, Democratic abuses, and Free-Market... We didn't had to suffer like this...
My first article is actually a very old article that I wrote more that 2 years ago. It is the first article that I’ve ever written and it was originally posted in Facebook since I didn’t have a blog before. I know the hiccups of this article, take note that it was written 2 years ago, so please bear with it. So here it goes.
“Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the economy: by special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed the entry of competitors into a given field, by legislative action.” —Ayn Rand
We are all troubled by the continued blackouts here in Iligan City due to critical water levels in Lake Lanao and Pulangi River, the sources of the Mindanao grid. Apparently, the decrease in water supply is caused by the natural phenomena known as El Niño. El Niño is best-known for its association with floods, droughts and other weather anomalies experienced in many different regions around the world. There is no doubt that we are one of the unfortunate regions that suffer the effects of El Niño. According to news, in response to the crisis, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) also known as the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), have forced hydroelectric power plants located at various areas in the southern island in Mindanao to reduce its power generation by at least 50% of their total capacity due to low water inflow from Lake Lanao and Pulangi River due to the onset of the dry spell. To compensate for the lack of water inflow, Iligan Light and Power Incorporated (ILPI) scheduled regular blackouts until the end of March 2010 or longer depending on the situation whether if the drought continues.