Archive for October, 2013
The first anime I watched after Psycho-Pass wasn’t some classic or critically-acclaimed series.
It was Infinite Stratos 2.
After all this time, I’m still in love with Charlotte Dunois. I love a beautiful, smart, and demure lady. Whereas all the others are passive-aggressive toward Ichika, Charlotte has been consistent with her emotions for Ichika.
I’d love to meet a girl like her.
For the past few weeks I have been borderline anal with regard to English grammar. Mere peccadilloes seem to incur my wrath. As I reflected on my thoughts, I’ve grown to realize that my anger was uncalled for. To remind myself of my fallibility, I have decided to brush up on my English grammar. This serves a two-fold purpose: first, I can sublimate my irrational anger towards the procurement of knowledge; second, by reading about wise people and their works that reflect their wisdom, I become humbled as I am reminded that I still have much to learn about the synthesis of perfect sentences.
My plan has been mostly successful: instead of being angry at others, I have directed my energies to honing my ability to speak and write in English. I’ve also realized that I had no right to judge other people’s inability to speak or write proper English seeing that I still have much to improve on.
Anyway, the book was great: despite the age of Samuel Johnson’s hortations, the work still brims with wry wit and humor. I find that his descriptions of the letter ‘Y,’ then considered a vowel, to be quite funny: ‘Y is a vowel, which, as Quintilian observes of one of the Roman letters, we might want without inconvenience, but that we have it.’
Johnson has this to say about adjectives: ‘[t]he comparison of adjectives is very uncertain, and being much regulated by commodiousness of utterance, or agreeableness of sound is not easily reduced to rules.’
While a lot of the rules and observations regarding English grammar still apply today, the asides to me were more entertaining and offered a colorful picture of what the English language was at that time. It may not be as successful nowadays as a guide for grammar, but the book is enlightening as a zeitgeist of the English language during that time.
I figured that I’m just going to write whatever comes into my mind. Although I do still want to get back to anime, it’s quite difficult with 24-hour duties every three days, and the board examinations at the back of my mind. I have been studying reviewers over the past month so that once the boards do arrive, I’d at least feel competent enough and know enough to pass.
I’ve recently been a stickler for English grammar, especially because I find it quite grating to see people use English as if they were smart yet butcher the language violently. As a result, I’ve tried to be more careful with what I write online. (If I do make mistakes, feel free to call them to my attention, as I will address them as promptly as I can.)
That’s essentially it. I’m currently reading some Nick Hornby: after months of reading classics and medical books, it’s a bit refreshing to read crisp, humorous writing. I hope I can finish the book today, barring any deluge of obstetric patients. 🙂