Tranzisyon, pasaj, osinon papòt kay…Non an se yon senbòl li ye.  Nan tan lontan, ansyen yo te reprezantel ak yon imaj ki gen de tèt.  Youn ap gade pase epi lòt la ap gade avni. Lèw kanpe nan yon papòt kay, ou nan yon tranzisyon.  Sa vle di ou gen yon kote ou soti e ou gen yon kotew vle ale.  Tout kanpew kanpe a, ou poko chwazi si wap pase pòt la oubyen siw pap pasel, se sa menm ki rele tranzisyon an. E se lèw fin balanse pou konn kisa wap fè, se sa menm ki pral fèw avanse.

Nan lavi, gen yon kote kanmenm wap rive e sa konn rive kew ateri sou plizyè plato.  Se yon moman kote tout bagay poze, ou gen kontròl tout zafèw e lavi a ap kontinye.  Kew vlel, kew pa vlel, pi devan wap rive nan yon kafou.  Gen yon pasaj tankou yon papòt  ki pral mandew èske wi ou non ou vle franchil.  Sa ka rivew jwenn plizyè papòt konsa ki konn kanpe ap tan ou.  Ki va desizyonw lè sa a?


Chanjman pa janm fasil, kit se pou yon bon bagay osinon yon move bagay.  Chak bagay gen bon ak move kote yo.  E se sa ki bay lavi a sans li menm.  Dèfwa li konn anmèdan, men se yon bon fason pou aprann e se konsa wap vin gen eksperyans. Konsa, lèw rive devan yon kafou 4 chimen, wap pozew pou konn kisa pou fè.  Men sonje, tren lavi a pap kanpe.  Kit ou chwazi, kit ou pa chwazi, tren an ap kontinye rout li.

Menm siw ta febli nan moman kote bagay yo rèd, e sa konn rive kote yon chwa konn pi rèd pou fè pase yon lòt, se yon chwa li ye tou.  Ret kanpe pa regle anyen, se yon chwa. E sa enpòtan pou nou pa janm bliye sa.  Pou defann tè nou, sa ka rive nou di “a! M pap fè anyen!” Se vrew pa regle anyen, men sonje sa, se yon chwa li ye tou.

Nan fizik kantik, save yo renmen di e yo renmen admèt ke chwazi obsève yon fenomèn sanw pa ni di ni fè anyen, li chanje fenomèn lan kareman.  Epi chak segond kap pase nan lavi nou, e menm lanmò nou kote nou ka di ke kò vin plis pa ka regle anyen ankò, tout se rezilta ki fèt.  E sa gen yon konsekans sou tout bagay.  Egzistans, se pase de pòt an pòt, trase pwòp chimenw, afronte tout vye baryè, monte miray paw, kite yon bon legzanp, epi viv.




Is there a diplomacy of truth?

Never mistake authentic for truthful.

I know quite a few authentic assholes, authentic liars, authentic snobs and slaves.

Authentically true to themselves and to others: “This is who I am”.

So say we all to the world: I lie, I cheat, I love and I conquer.

I am the one and only.



Lust is inescapable, but it does not define us. There are those who make themselves slaves of their heat. Their brains appear connected to their genitals which may be the true leader of that person’s motives. Nevertheless, it is inescapable. Is it strength to affirm and live your lustfulness in the most decadent way, weakness to fight against it and thus seem to fight against your own nature? Or is it strength to remain steadfast, to believe enough in your convictions, to walk the martyr’s path?

This week I have often wondered what it meant to be a true martyr. Contemporarily, a martyr requires an audience. Self-serving, virtuous groups such as chastity groups are an example of such. They sport “paraphernalia” identifying them as chaste or whatnot. Under the cover of being able to promote the virtue, I argue that it serves mainly to promote their “own” virtue. Many true historical Martyrs, had no idea they would become such. For whatever selfish or selfless reasons, they fought (metaphorically and/or truly) for their causes and ideals….to death. The assumption that a martyr had no fear of death is false. Truer it is to posit that they simply had principles or beliefs aligned with the concept of good that they will die for to uphold.  In a multilateral war, each side has their martyrs, their beliefs. Was there ever a side that felt that theirs was the truly evil one? It’s all a matter of perspective. But “goodness”, in utmost, unapologetic, purest form, is absolute. Far beyond the discussion of what a relative martyr is, the true martyr defends universal principles, as the good Doctor’s wife says: “…without hope, without witness, without reward.


"Virtue is only virtue in extremis"

River Song

Eternal Stranger

pexels-photo-209037To some extent, many people have never lived out of the particular aspect of teenage angst whereby one feels foreign to everything and everyone.

Bodies changing, hormonal awakenings and all that…we’ve been through it, but have we come out of it?

When your mind thinks in a language and your peers’ in another, when your tongue craves tastes that others may shy away from and your ears ring with the echo of songs of the world that are unaccepted in your world…what does that make you?

In your being, foreign; by birth, foreign; who are you really?

Teens grow out of it.

Most learn to live with it

But too many die as it…




Freedom of being…

Invisible is not lonesome, nor depressive.

Not unwanted, simply Invisible

Verily to not be there. Or rather, there but unperceived.

Isn’t Perception what defines personal Reality?

Some forget presence does not imply visible: the wind, love, hate, power

It is the worst thing to be so ignored that we are inexistent.

But it is the best thing.

Life is duality, a dilemma.

Echoing the complex nature of existence: invisible and there; hated and love but ultimately…..Free.

Freedom of being

Boss Fight Books: Kingdom Hearts II

Alexa Ray Corriea, the author of the 16th Boss Fight Books entry, has long worked in this industry, most notably as an editor at Gamespot, and currently at FANDOM. This entry in the series is focused on Kingdom Hearts II, part of one of the most unlikely and confusing crossover story in gaming. As the author so points out, it’s rather hard to have imagined that a fusion of Disney and Square-Enix could actually result in anything good. And yet, they pulled it off expertly, both in terms of gameplay and narrative.

As a reminder of how many of the books work: they are almost always a mix of the author’s experience of the game, input from the creators or members of the developing team and often a slow recap of the narrative or game progression. Some readers have complained about this last element, mostly because they went in without knowledge of it being part of how Boss Fight Books are structured.

I never actually got to play Kingdom Hearts, the first, simply due to the fact that I did not have a PlayStation 2 console. I eventually did get one extremely late in its life cycle, secondhand. What spurred me to jump again on the console-owning bandwagon was another RPG: Persona 4 was announced and I wanted to be ready!

This is a little story for another time…..

Kingdom Hearts II wasn’t my first game in the series though. I played a lot on handhelds, and one of my favorite GBA entries was Chain of Memories. It did well to recap things for me, as well as give some preparation for the second opus. A friend of mine purchased KH2 as soon as it came out, didn’t like it as much as I hyped for it and let me play it first!!

Frankly, I did not care about the beginning being slow at all. All I could think of: this is freaking Kingdom Hearts II!!!!!!! A lot of people could have written this book and probably give off a similar feel to how the author experienced the journey. Personally, I could not have gone as in-depth as she did in her analysis of how gender is characterized. I won’t spoil by saying much, but Alexa Ray Corriea does a great job of noticing such things. I do not remember seeing it that way, maybe because I’m a guy?

Going through the sections of the book retracing Sora and Roxas’ journey, I noticed just how much I forgot. There are some worlds that I remember vividly, and the first few hours with Roxas are clear in my mind. But when she notices some parts, I was floored to find a huge abyss in my mind!

KH2, the book, goes through the motions of a good Boss Fight Book. Nevertheless, having some direct input from members of the development team or even the publisher helps us readers delve with more accuracy into their motivations and goals during the genesis of the game. PAst books have analyzed existing interviews and facts to speculate on such points. It was quite like interpreting the words of long-dead poets, how sure can one truly be that we think they meant is what they truly mean? I believe creator access sufficiently reduces doubt in this case.

Overall, this was an awesome book by a good author who reminded just how much I truly enjoyed this unlikely mashup of universes and genres. I highly recommend it and the game too! Any JRPG fan who hasn’t played it yet, if they exist, should definitely correct this grave misstep. You guys are missing out…

Boss Fight Books: Final Fantasy V

Final Fantasy V is the first book of the latest season of Boss Fight Books, written by Kotaku editor Chris Kohler. His Wikipedia page reads as: “Chris Kohler is a video game journalist and editor who has written for several publications in the past decade, including Wired, Animerica magazine, and Nintendo Official Magazine UK. After graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Japanese, Chris attended Kyoto Seika University on a Fulbright Fellowship, and completed major research for a book tentatively titled Super Mario Nation: The Cinematic Japanese Video Game. At Tufts, he taught a for-credit undergraduate course titled “A History of Video Games” and continues to study Japanese at an advanced level.”

In many ways, the author’s experience with FFV and Japanese only titles in general mirrors my own. Personally, the first time I went through it was in Japanese. I learned about the different colors (ao-mahou was my favorite, Blue Magic), I found that it was actually still possible to finish a game without understanding the plot in its entirety. I say “still because the first game that I played and beat in Japanese was a Dragon Ball game. Knowing the anime and manga, as well as most gameplay systems of the era, my friends and I deduced many of the words we saw, especially hiragana and katakana. Kanji had us beat and we could only memorize so much. The game was a lot of fun nonetheless, it followed rather faithfully the show’s narrative, so we got the gist of it and filled in the rest with our imagination or simply creating the related dialog with funny anime voices of our own. It was only after finding the fan translation that I could truly experience the narrative of FFV on my PC using emulators. The story was crazy as always and very interesting. Nevertheless, it could not beat the greatest feature of this game no matter the language you play it in the JOB SYSTEM!

The book does very well in explaining the system, it even goes as far as unveiling just how one can go about and create the ultimate team, able to mow down anything and anyone in-game in as little rounds as possible. Those strategies require some time and dedication nonetheless and should be expected to be quick cheats such as the famous Konami Code. Knowing the job system intimately is the first aspect of building the uber-party, the second: patience…

Overall, Chris Kohler did a good job not only retracing the history of Final Fantasy V but mostly getting first-hand information and comments from members of the team working on it. Simultaneously, much insight is given about all other titles of the series up to Final Fantasy XIII. Many of my, and his, generation, will find that reliving those moments, their recollections of the general emotions and dreams of the time echo his own. It is a very nice read for a great game, written in a passionate voice that lends well to the structure and pacing of both the game and the well researched recounting of both the real life stories of Chris and Square (now Square-Enix) over the years, centered around the point in time when Final Fantasy truly became the Hail Mary the company needed to succeed.

I received an early copy of this in e-book format as a backer of the season 4 of Boss Fight Books Kickstarter. Click on the book cover at the beginning if any wish to get it in paperback or e-book format from Amazon. Another option, of course, is to get it directly from the official Boss Fight website. Stay tuned for other reviews, the next one will probably be either the book Mega Man 3 or Bible Adventures (yes, there ARE Catholic NES games out there!!).


Ever Forward

Life’s all about new journeys and trying out different experiences. Sometimes the goal is to find “something” that we click with and other times, we just want to get a full breadth of what our existence as it is has to offer. No one really wants to miss out on anything they may like, and we cower in fear of experiencing what we really don’t (death, for example). So once again, after the 1up.com, after Blogger, here I am on a new platform, new journey. I will still continue with Blogger for the Boss Fight Books reviews. In the meantime, maybe I’ll think up something new for this site.

We’ll see……