Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Two things woke me up today. MSN, and a nightmare (as usual).
Aiks... yesterday was my final presentation for design2, and my group finally presented everything! Well, in case you've been wondering, here's my fairy that I did. The Dark Fairy, personification of death.
For the dark fairy, otherwise known as the Fairy of Death, it represents death and sorrow. Life has many aspects, and each of the fairies is meant to represent a particular aspect, be it passion or wealth, or nature. However, there is something in life that happens all the time, and that is death. Death happens to all living creatures, yet in a figurative way it can be applied to almost anything we know, making it even more common than we assume. There can be the death of a friendship, death of an interest, or perhaps even the death of a dream. The dark fairy is meant to represent all this, because, as much as we’d like to deny it, death is a part of everyday normal life, and no one can escape it.
Death may be a common part of life, often viewed negatively, but it is required, and can be viewed positively. Without death, things could not grow. Bacteria feed on dead things to decompose the natural world around us and allow for other things to grow. Worms feed on soil and to a lesser extent, dead matter to allow trees to grow with the nutrients they provide. Several species mate while killing and this continues the natural life cycle. Also, without death, the world would be seriously overpopulated, but death keeps things in check, in the complex web of life. This even includes the death of stars and planets, which the remaining matter eventually form new stars, new solar systems, and new things for us to see the beauty of in earth.
There may be passion among humans, and wealth, but for the dark fairy, its biggest aspect, death, is universal to all things. Death encompasses everything we know. There must be an end to everything, for that is what makes life worth living, and all the more interesting. Happiness is only true happiness because it ends when we end, and things only have value when we treasure it. For people who are dying, they tend to treasure life much more than the rest of us. Therefore does death not make everything valuable?
Death is extremely common, but it is often the most feared. Death isn't evil, but it is often misunderstood as such. Death is what keeps the world going, as much as love. And life.
Also, the scythe blade is made out glass. What is unique about glass is that although it is transparent and you can see through it, you can also see a reflection on the glass at the same time. Death is very similar, with our responses. When we are about to die, we often reflect on our lives, what we've done, and how we've lived it, with regrets or none. Also, while reflecting on our lives, we also see death as a window into another world, another life. Therefore the glass represents what death is like, and how it makes us reminisce.
Heh... that's my rationale for the death fairy. Took me about 10 minutes to type that out, and like 3 minutes to come up with it. My group each contributed a fairy, with Ryan and Chun How doing other stuff and we combined it into a chandelier kinda thing. Quite cool. My group also got highest! Along with Shawn's group. 18/20. Mainly 'cause my group is insane. Gavin and Zhi Ling are the top artists in the class. Wai Kwan is insane in her own right, and Ryan and Chun How are pretty good in their arts too. I'm like PWNED by all of them -.-.
Anyhoo, we slacked after class and Miki, Ruz, Gavin and Shawn and I chatted a lot about a lot of things, since it was the 2nd last day we'd be in the same class before majoring. Good to just reminisce about everything.
Actually, the reality of the majoring never really hit till Tuesday, when most of the class ate at a buffet organized by Chong Sern. After eating huge portions (and spamming the ice cream like a psyko) we took pictures, mostly in our own groups though. In case you're wondering, the class can be easily divided into 4 main groups, or cliques. My group, called Essenism (based on the word essence, from some joke), then there's Kongkamness (based upon Kar Leong's nickname), there's SEYCY (based on the first letter of a name they use), and then there's Gavin's group, which don't name themselves. Everyone's pretty much in each of the four groups. With the exception of one or two.
This is Essenism. We coined the name from a joke about a person's essence in the library, and voila! It stuck.
This is Kongkamness, with the exception of the 2 guys on the left. All I know is that Kar Leong started using the word, and his group eventually used it for themselves.
This is the SEYCY group. I had to look at their blog posts to really understand what that meant. It stands for Stupidboy, Evil, Yaw, Chris and Yau, each name belonging to one guy in the group.
And then there's Gavin's group, who don't name themselves and don't really take pictures among themselves. But mainly, these four groups make up the class.
Even though we mostly hang out with our own groups, we do hang out with each other from time to time, and it's a pretty enjoyable class. Compared to what I've heard from other classes, it seems that my class is like the perfect mix. You can leave your PSP hanging around and you will find it in the same place. No one here steals, or is a total moron (the only moron we had failed everything and was retained in the 1st semester), and everyone can be easily trusted with no strings attached.
CD085-3 will cease after tomorrow. So, all the best everyone, in your majors.