Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Monday, January 23, 2012
Aye, so it's almost Chinese New Year. Right after the "International" New Years Day.
Firstly, a new blogskin! Was getting bored of my old skin for a while, but never got around to changing it. Heck, I didn't blog very frequently in recent months, so changing it would feel kinda pointless. I happened to chance upon an article talking about Weeping Angels in a series called Doctor Who, which I don't watch. I checked a few videos on Youtube and the Wiki article, and I found them to be a really interesting creature concept. In addition, Cradle of Filth's song, "The Death of Love" has become one of my favourites, and although the lyrics apply mainly to Joan of Arc, I see that they can be used in other contexts as well, specifically one of a person you love.
I've long wanted to make a blogskin somehow related to the death of love, but it was such a broad thing. I mean there can be a death of love for practically anything. A hobby, a lover, an object, an era. Then somehow I was reminded of Lucifer, and how Christian tradition places him as a fallen angel who rebelled against heaven. Ah, would not that be one of the most epic death of loves? God rejected him from heaven, and has promised that in the End Times, Satan would be bound forever and punished. How it goes, I have no idea. And there's also the paradox that if God forgives anyone, should He not forgive Satan as well? Although it could be argued that God knows Satan will never changed, so hence, he will never be forgiven. Regardless of theological arguments, the fact remains that perhaps Lucifer's fall was one of the ultimate death of loves, and I found extremely intriguing. And it can go both ways. God's love of Satan was dead, but also for Satan, his love for God must've surely died as well.
So I used two images I found online. The main angel you see is credits to tonemhp-d30ydzw of deviantArt. I also realize that I have not had a white-themed background for a long time. It's almost always been black, with maybe 2 exceptions? So I made it white-ish. I kept it minimalistic as well, to try something new. Because of the total reversals of colour, I had to change all the HTML codes to invert the colours so the stuff could be read. I haven't done that in a really long time. Time consuming. But eh, what the hell, it's a new year, try something new.
Also, along with the new year, and while changing the HTML for my blog, I decided to do some spring cleaning as well on my links. I clicked most of my friend's blogs to see who still updated, who's blog died, and who's had been deleted. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of blogs I saw were dead. Most died in 2010 or 2011, while some since 2007 and 2008. As I said before I like keeping memories, and these blogs are their memories. I deleted those who's blogs were deleted, but kept those who either still updated, or hadn't deleted it, just for keepsakes. I read some of the latest updated from different people. One of my friends discovered an illness in her body that would severely affect her life, back in 2009. Another guy broke up with his girlfriend, and he was emo-ing about it, back in 2008. A few people became parents. Apparently a lot of people either quit their studies, or changed course, regretting their first choice. Lots of things I discovered. I've been reading blogs less and less, and even more so when it was people who I wasn't close to begin with. Some people who's blog I expected to die, were still blogging in 2012 though, which was an interesting surprise. The worst part was I had blog links of people I completely don't remember AT ALL. GEEZ! Except for famous bloggers and commercial websites and the such, the people I link are all people I know. And there were many blogs I had linked, who I couldn't remember at all, not even the slightest hint of memory. Oh, geez.
Along with cleaning up my blog links and changing the blogskin, I also updated my Facebook profile. I have a funny About Me section that I change every year or so. Just something witty in case someone bothers to read it, which I find is more interesting than things that typical people put like those likes, dislikes, hobbies, and stuff. I also briefly browsed through my friends list to see how some people were. Chia Sheng has become a father. Quite a number of people I know have graduated. Many have become working adults. Some got attached. Many more broke up. I also deleted a few accounts that I knew to be fake. I accept all friend requests, 'cause who knows whether it may be a funny account, or what. But I'll delete fake accounts later on. I don't delete people though. I added some activity updates, added some people to my list of inspirational people, one of whom was Christopher Hitchens, who apparently none of my friends know died. Geez! One of the four horsemen of atheism and nearly all my friends don't know who he is! Rest in peace Hitchens, you were a brilliant author and debater. Here's one of the last thing I read from him. May you find whether there is truly a God in this world.