Gists of Thought

Because I’m too much of a privacy paranoid for Twitter, but still oftentimes incoherent to fill the space of proper blog posts.

December 11, 2018 – A lot of things have been happening lately, both in an immediate and long-term sense. But what really bothers me right now is that the pictures I took of last weekend’s shenanigans are not in the flash drive where I usually store them. So I can’t upload to Facebook. Which really, really sucks.

Damn I hate Facebook exactly for this kind of mentality it propagates! 🙁

November 18, 2018 –

“They say he feared me, and perhaps he did, but less, I think, than I feared him… Not what he could do to me magically. I knew that we were evenly matched… It was the truth I feared. You see, I never knew which of us, in that last, horrific fight, had actually cast the curse that killed my sister.”

~ Albus Dumbledore, in conversation with Harry Potter

If you care at all for Dumbledore’s character arc, I’d advise you to avoid the theaters like the plague for the meantime.

It’s a good thing, I guess, that most of us are more invested in “After all this time?” / “Always,”.

June 10, 2017 – A plot twist in Prisoner of Azkaban that is often overlooked is how, by the end of the book, it turned out that Harry’s first visit to Hogsmeade was due to a “written” document from his father, James Potter.

To recap, at the beginning of the book, Harry received a Hogsmeade permission form from Hogwarts for his legal guardian to sign. After a series of mishaps, Harry ended up stranded in the castle on the first Hogsmeade weekend his year enjoyed. Of course, a year that seemed full of Hogsmeade trips Harry won’t be allowed to join is averted when the Weasley twins gave Harry the mysterious Marauder’s Map.

And who are these Marauder’s with their privacy-invading, mischief-making map? Yep, turns out Harry’s father was among them, a partial author and full-time mischief maker.

“I have no hesitation in saying that James would have been highly disappointed if his son had never found any of the secret passages out of the castle.”

~ Remus Lupin, fellow Marauder to James Potter, ex-Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Now I wonder if Hogwarts authorities (Snape, McGonagall, Dumbledore) would have accepted this line of reasoning had they caught Harry in the act of sneaking into Hogsmeade?

April 1, 2017 – Happy April Fools! But no this isn’t an April Fools joke. What I want to say is…

Just about a couple of months after writing my ode to blogs and the web that was, I encounter this article from The Atlantic which just about sums up my feelings on the matter. Guess great minds think alike. Or just a fact that I’m not alone in what I feel. Hah.

March 19, 2016 – Whenever I read something written by someone from NASA, I can’t help but feel their sense of wonder dripping out of every word. Case in point, this article about Pi. If I can make it through (adult) life with this sense of wonder intact, I can leave (and live) this life in peace, ready for whatever adventure lies next in wait.

Or maybe not? After all, we try to find the path to Zen, walk it—until we lose it.

October 6, 2015

To return to a book is to return not just to the text but also to a past self. We are embedded in our libraries. To reread is to remember who we once were, which can be equal parts scary and intoxicating. Craig Mod at Aeon Magazine


May 6, 2015 – New look after around two years of relying on WordPress. And this is my first time actually using anything pre-packaged! Says I’m really impressed with its design no? 🙂

September 5, 2014 – I wish that I was rain so then I’d spend my summertimes falling for you.

February 24, 2014 PST – I’m in America wooooooo!!!!

January 28, 2014 – Honestly, I do not have any idea how to “keep it chill”. I’m equal parts hopeful and terrified at how you may interpret my actions: the casual smiles, the day-end farewells I try not to give everytime lest I scare you away, the gifts that are meant to surprise you and convey my intentions.

Then I pray, that Love would find me worthy and direct my course.

December 4, 2013 – When someone gives you a story, consider it well. Flowers wilt and sweets end up consumed but stories will last for as long as someone chooses to remember them. Stories, like diamonds, are good as forever. They are more fragile, true, but, executed properly, they are no less beautiful.

November 7, 2013 – Are we human because we look at the stars, or are we human because the stars look down at us?

I maintain that we are human because we look at the stars. When we look at the stars, we wonder. And wonder, alas, is one of the most human emotions.

August 26, 2013 – I’m thinking, maybe I should re-instate photograph of the month? It’s been so long since I’ve had a proper post.

August 6, 2013 – The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defence. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. ~ John Steinbeck

May 16, 2013 – Shakespeare:
Shall I compare thee to a summer day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

Some contemporary pop song:
You’re so fucking hot!

And that is why, ladies and gentlemen, I read Shakespeare.

April 14, 2013 – Feeling fresh and fine. Work week, let’s get it on! *Rawr*

March 31, 2o13 – Truth is, no one is indispensable. The world will continue turning no matter who goes. But some people are irreplaceable. Yes, the world will continue turning without them but it’s going to be a very different world.

March 24, 2013 – “Life is not how you survive the storm but how you dance in the rain”. Timely random quote. Thanks.

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