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The Characters of Julius Caesar in Less than 10 Words

Posted in Miscellany by netscheri on November 15, 2007

Brutus = Deluded
Mark Antony = Nutcase
Cassius = Manipulated Manipulator
Caesar = 75% Dead

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Just a Thought

Posted in Miscellany, Thoughts by netscheri on November 14, 2007

Popular entertainment celebrities in Asia seem considerably humbler than their American and European counterparts. I understand that I may be making a (gross) generalisation, but the trend does seem to be there. Please, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

It was something that I had been thinking about for some time, but what really made me consider it was this clip that I saw when browsing about KaC videos. In what appeared to be a promotional event or fan meeting, the main cast all made the full ceremonial bow to the audience consisting of fans – kneeling, forehead to the ground. I understand that that is a fairly extreme gesture, but it’s present in other aspects as well. How aside from the usual “thank you” to the fans, the actors, actresses and singers seem earnest in their promise to try their best to be better at their profession, to improve their skills, to be able to give the fans more. They seem to have a real sense of owing something to their fans, whereas with American and European celebrities, the “I would like to thank my fans” often sounds flippant, just another in a list.

However, it may also be an effect of the culture and language, for the Korean and Japanese languages seem to be intrinsically more formal, with more emphasis on politeness, than English.  

Distance

Posted in Poetry, Writing by netscheri on November 2, 2007

I wrote something a while ago, and the thought of it has still stayed with me. Unconsciously, I’ve been taking note of poetry and other related works on the same theme in my head, and I now present three of these poems. It’s really an idea that I find incredibly fascinating, of being trapped in a state which is not quite love, not quite hate, and not quite nothing either. Of course, not having experienced much myself, I can only rely on empathy and hope that I’m not too wide off the mark. But here, I just got drawn into talking about myself again. Back to the original subject. The three poems are wonderful poems in their own right, and also in their exploration of this idea. Each poem, though, seems to explore different aspects and degrees of it, so the three of them make quite an interesting collection.

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