Archive for October, 2013

Is this the strongest season in two years?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

I may have been selling myself short with Infinite Stratos 2. With Kyoukai no Kanata, Coppelion, and Samurai Flamenco, this might be one of the stronger seasons of recent years. I’m totally sucked in by attractive, bespectacled women as well.

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And the newest anime I’m watching goes to…

Tuesday, October 22nd, 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.

Book Review: A Grammar of the English Tongue

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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.

Some rants on grammar nazism

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

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. 🙂