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Giant Pineapples On the Road

20 March, 2011 Sunday // Art, Life, Resources, Icons, Photography

iconChaac, the Mayan god of rain, has split the dam of the heavens over Los Angeles. It has been pouring on and off all day, since very early in the morning to now, evening. I love the rain, the sound and feeling of the earth washing clean are beautiful to me. But my heart also sickens to think of all the pollution that is swept into the ocean, the wastes of our urban civilization. This year has been unnatural in the amount of rain we have been receiving, but it is all for the best, since California has a water problem. How often does it rain where you live?
I cannot believe it is already the end of March. I think it has something to do with how busy I was this past week, but each day really did fly by. I know I write a lot about time and various sentiments I experience at specific moments, but it is what I like to write about the most—the quiet introspection. It calms me down and serves as a bookmark on a single page of my life. And when I say it here, it is helpful for me to see the post in the future and compare myself then.
To be honest, I am at a slight loss as to what I should discuss in these posts. I have never fancied calling this section of my website a “blog,” as much as “updates” (but I get shat upon by others if I say that :P ). I find many of the topics I could possibly talk about have already been blog fodder for others, not to mention topics I myself have commented on those very posts. I find no reason to repeat myself and when I do think of something (usually away from the computer, so I am not at liberty to immediately open up a page and start typing), by the time I get home, I change my mind because I dislike putting up half-formed thoughts that lead to a darkness I have yet to make out. Perhaps I shall come up with a list of things that interest me and see what I have to say about it, and what you may, too. ^^ Hmm…the environment, music,—ah! Right, for once, something I thought of earlier that is still valid.
I was taking a quiz on Blogthings, when I was given this question: Which would you rather live without—laughter or music? I mulled and mulled over that question and ultimately, it was the deciding factor in not completing that quiz and moving on to another. I would very much like to hear your answer or rambling thoughts. I still have not decided, because I think both objects are so delicately precious. One thing I thought of is, a deaf person cannot hear either, but they can see laughter and watch instruments playing. A mute person cannot laugh or sing but he or she can hear others’ laughter and music. A blind person can hear both but do not see the scene associated with them. I love laughing and I am a very humorous person, in the sense that I consider myself funny (not always, but I’ve got some funny bones under my skin) and I appreciate the humor of others. I am also a musician, bred since I was very young to enjoy, to play, and to sing music. I cannot imagine my life without music, but I also cannot imagine my life without the moments which made me cry tears of mirth and feel like my sides were going to split any second from laughing so hard. Of course, I would hope I never have to come to a point where I seriously have to make a decision between the two, but it is an interesting notion to entertain. Even the most bleak stories have a shred of one or the other and even the most tragic lives witness the presence of one or the other.
Regarding the title of this post, I was driving on the freeway last weekend and looked out the window and saw one of the many palm trees that dot the LA landscape. It was of the fat variety which look just like enormous pineapples. I now leave you with my latest art and new resources. :)




7 March, 2011 Monday // Site, Life

iconI will start with the horribly obvious: yes, I have been absent since last July. I may as well have fallen off the face of the earth, and then, to make matters even more unforgivable, about three weeks ago, Naeolia itself disappeared. And then when it returned to the WWW two weeks ago, a blaring 403 Error orange page sat as if it were mocking its existence in shame. And now, it is apparent that I, Nicole, and Naeolia have returned.
I can explain a part of my sentiments in neglecting Naeolia and Erised (which has yet to be resurrected, doubtful in the near future) for the past half-year. Mainly, I needed to concentrate on the pressingly important matter that is the first semester of my senior year. I have passed through the earthly disasters of applying to colleges, scraping through with good grades, all while maintaining shreds of good humor and sanity. The secondary reason for my lack of activity was what I call my “muse.” I temporarily lost the motivation, inspiration, and direction I need to run this website, and when I was starting to become enlightened once more, of course the former reason served as an insurmountable obstacle. But now it is March and I have safely crossed the charted waters of January (end of first semester) and February (beginning of second semester). Highly ironically, I suffered half of February (in separate periods of time) in either extreme sickness or excruciating pain. I missed an entire week of school (never have before) and spent a night in the emergency room. I am finished now, with this probably slightly depressing talk. On to happier, yet still obvious (and some less obvious) things…
New layout! :grin: I think I’m getting better—my coding time has drastically reduced compared to that of the past. I hope it looks right in your browser and screen resolution; if you think something is off, please tell me! The left side should stay fixed as this right content area scrolls. The latter also adjusts according to the width of your browser. Feedback much appreciated. :yes:
I have a new host! Megori graciously runs Tetsunosuke, a free hosting website for both subdomains and domains. I know this will probably mean that in the future I will have to move again, whether it is for my own freedom or Meg’s inability to host websites any longer. But I credit her for Naeolia’s quick reappearance on the web after my old host evaporated on me. Thank you so much, Megori!
I have been reorganizing much of the content having been given this opportunity (to re-upload all of my files to a new server), and will continue to do so. I also have a mass of resources to edit and upload that I hope I can offer very soon. I apologize to my affiliates for my extended absence, but I will be making rounds again soon. Hopefully I will find that I still have a couple attached to me and sadly, I will also probably find some lost ones. I am really tired now so I’ll end this here, but I will say it feels wonderful to be back. :)
P.S. If you encounter any broken links or downloads as you browse the site, please notify me. It is very possible I have missed files in the upload process.