And now for something considerably different…

Ever since I trained in Taekwondo in high school, I’ve been interested in how fights are portrayed in mainstream media. I’ve gone all the way from wondering why I don’t spar as beautifully as Jet Li fights to concluding that it is the movies (and anime!) who don’t spar as realistically as real life.

Nowadays, it is easier to find material on the subject. YouTube is full of videos detailing why Game of Thrones have such great battle scenes despite the fact that Jon Snow is a pretty shitty swordsman. That said, I don’t really watch Game of Thrones so my gold standard for swordplay eye-candy remains to be Peter Jackson’s work, for all its narrative faults.

So it is interesting to find an analysis of The Battle of Pelennor Fields from a real-life military perspective. Go give it a read—you don’t need to be acquainted with military literature to get the gist of it. If anything, it will give you an insight on modern military tactics.


They are doing it! A movie adaptation of one of my favorite novels is in the works!

I have been meaning to write a review of this novel for a long time now but, well, life, y’know, yada yada yada…

Also in the pipeline (for almost a year now), is a review of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Overture. But I never got to post it yet, because I’ve been wanting to take a picture of my copies of Overture but because I was a librarian in one of my former incarnations, I have not been able to make a good enough set-up for taking a photo.

Don't expect leniency on late fees though.

For Dreams and Good Madness

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
~ T. E. Lawrence

2014 is just around the corner. Go dream with open eyes. And dream wilder!

Happy new year!