On The Subject of Fictional Parents

From this thingie. I am full of birthday cake from yesterday and forgot to take Lactaid with it, so I am feeling quite ill. But also excited, because I just saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - I loved Mantis. I related to her awkward social grace.

I haven't talked about M+I in a long time so here are ten questions about parents for all of them. Except D, anyway.

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2016 Films, Short Reviews

Apologies about the lack of content here, but all of my free time has been spent lately either working on certain writing projects, mastering the rules of the road, and playing Persona 5. The last one will hopefully lead to more content here.

But due to my work, this is one of the few times that I've watched blockbuster films that I would normally never have had any interest in. I've also been able to catch up with films I wanted to see - something that is endless in pursuit, but in the matter of 2016, obtainable at best. So here are some very short reviews on the films I've seen from 2016. I would love to write longer posts on 20th Century Women and Kubo and the Two Strings - if you're guessing because I'm biased in their corners, then you would be correct. This isn't everything from 2016. I still have Lion, Hidden Figures, Fences (I have it now!!), and Paterson to watch, and a few films I received for free as well. But this is what I've seen so far. And it's writing something on here which makes me happy.

Without further ado!

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I Wouldn't Live There If You Paid Me To

For the road up to my uncle's home (I'm always going to say "my uncle's home" even though he's gone now), I made an Easter playlist that only I could make. I should hope only I could make. Of course, the software of my phone and the car didn't communicate well and before I knew it, I was on the back-up CDs. Ah, technology. The sweet smell of the future. If any of it worked.

I figure I'm just going to have to burn this onto a CD to play it.

Seeing as I don't want this to go to waste, I figured I'd post the playlist here. No links, nothing on 8tracks or whatever playlist websites there are out there. Just a list. It may have been inspired by the soundtrack to 20th Century Women. It's also very heavy on the David Bowie, but when isn't that true in my life?

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  • Current Music: Don't Worry About the Government - Talking Heads

Current Existence

When I was volunteering at a library, I was in the way of one of the employees once. I said, "I'm sorry." He stared at me, curiously, and then replied, "Whatever do you have to be sorry for?" I laughed nervously, because that was better than to respond with, "My existence."

While I may be open here and with my family on the matters of anxiety and depression, I make absolutely no mention of it at work. Even when it kills me not to say anything. The only mention I have ever made was to Zooey and that was because we had similar problems. But I've been incredibly shaken recently - a couple of days ago, a glass pitcher fell on me. My hands were all cut up and I couldn't stop saying, "I'm sorry," even though it wasn't my fault at all. And then this morning, I put on a top that was a little too close to my skin (without any stretch) and I started to have a panic attack. So schlepping attire it was.

At the moment, I just want to curl up and cry. But I don't have time for that. I have to go to work soon. So I have to try to ignore the fact that I've had a panic attack and try to move on with my day.

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The Big Country

Slowly collecting the entire soundtrack to 20th Century Women because Talking Heads + David Bowie + Devo + Siouxise and the Banshees = best soundtrack ever conceived.

Also slowly working on a post about it because Mike Mills' film is perhaps the best film I've seen from 2016, a year already filled with such great movies. This is one of the few films I've seen that features incredibly modern characters who never follow a cliched route.

And it features one of my favorite S & the B songs: Love in a Void. Too many bigots for my liking.

To think anyone would ever prefer Black Flag over Talking Heads.
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I Art Thou


I even had some time to play it last night, too. And I have to say, I loved the dubs in Persona 3 and 4. 5 is a pretty good dub, too. But. We've slid back on the pronunciation of names, haven't we? It's not sa-KAH-mo-to. It's sa-ka-mo-to. It's not ta-KAH-ma-ki. It's ta-ka-ma-ki. Stressing like that breaks the cadence of the Japanese language. It's like I'm thirteen again and swearing never to watch the dubbed episodes of Fushigi Yuugi ever again because they pronounced Amiboshi's name as ah-MEEEE-boshi. At least there are no Al-bears to be found. You need to watch out for the Al-bears.

Anyway, I plan on going through Persona 5 as I did with all of Xenosaga. Commenting on it as I play it, etc. I want to start out by saying that telling the story in media res is such a fresh idea. So programmed am I to how stories are normally told through RPGs that I was confused initially, but I love the entire framing of the story.

Now, onto Per-Kuma! And happy 20th anniversary, Persona!
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On Digital Devil Saga

Yes, I am a Warrior of Purgatory!

It shames me to say that I only discovered the Shin Megami Tensei games near the end of the Playstation 2's run. My sister saw a review for Persona 4 and thought, since I like RPGs preferably from Japan, that I would enjoy the game immensely. My mind was blown by the game and its revolutionary system that made turn-base play a thing of the past. Not to mention its well-developed characters and a plot that is interesting upon first play, but a bit of a let-down after having beat it about . . . 4 times? Then came Persona 3 which I loved even more than Persona 4 and greatly appreciated the darker plot as well as some of the more sinister imagery.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin was fun initially but grew slower and slower over time. I still haven't beaten it and I don't see myself playing it anymore in the future. It did introduce me to Maya though, who I love. And I loved the new Guilty Gear Games - I mean, Persona Arena and Ultimax. And Catherine is an excellent game with a fascinating plot that I just can't seem to get through because this is Team MegaTen and they feast upon my tears of frustration.

Then I played Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. And everything kind of changed from there. I would definitely say that Nocturne is my favorite of the MegaTen games so far. In fact, saying that I'm biased when discussing it doesn't quite do my love for it justice. Aesthetically, the game hits all of my pings: world with virtually no humans and environments that look like the insides of a body. Check and check. Also your friends from the human world are monstrosities! Watch them turn into abominations!

Since Persona 5 is coming out in the very near future (April 4th to be exact), the Playstation Network had a sale for all MegaTen games released on the Playstation 2. And seeing as there are plenty that I still have yet to play (I'm looking at you, Raidou Kuzunoha), Digital Devil Saga seemed like the best bet.

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Introductions Aren't Necessary


I haven't been on here for a while due to the fact that I'm covering hours, working two jobs, editing a story for possible publication, and I find myself coming home exhausted. Also I have a very social, playful cat by the name of Bentley who insists that playtime must occur whenever I'm reading or writing - if you can also play with your cat using a string toy while writing, I salute you. Reading is easier with him. In fact, I've come to enjoy my time writing while flicking his Cat in the Hat here and there. He loves my attention so much, though. He rolls around, shows me his tummy, and starts blinking at me. Despite the bend in his tail, he will even shake it vigilantly while in my presence.

I got a little off-topic there while talking about Bentley, which I usually do. In short, no time, V tired.

But I would like to change that. One of my biggest hurdles, in life, is that I'm too harsh on everything I write. Especially here, where I can't even bring myself to write an analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five because I'm too afraid that I won't write it well. As opposed to the important thing when writing an analysis: the ideas. This is why I haven't been able to write anything about Girl Interrupted despite it resonating with me so much. Let's not talk about the film adaptation.

To make up for the absence, I wanted to write a new introduction to who I am and what "An Analogy is a Signpost" is. I wanted to talk about how I'm incredibly inspired by Japanese 80's animated shows and films, how I love cephalopods - and if the first five minutes of Arrival weren't enough to get me choked up, what happens to a certain cephalopod alien friend certainly got me to that point - and their bizarre, alien intelligence. But I realized it would be just another post where I'm attempting to provide content where there is absolutely no content.

This is another subject I grapple with, the idea of "content." I think back to Alan Watts' words, that there is no such "thing" as a "thing." Perhaps content and analysis are my "things." I'm putting too much into those words that don't really convey anything at all, only to me as a person. Content to me is no content to another. And content to another is no content to me.

Keeping this blog has meant everything to me. At times, it has meant my sanity. And I want it to continue the way it has - not necessarily as a collection of analyses, but more a repository of thought. Which may have content or not. Depends on how you view it.
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Some Good News

Just going to make a note here right now that some good news may be on the way with the writing front. May be. May not be. Time will tell.

Meanwhile, my heart says: I am, I am, I am.
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