The Children of Hurin

March 23, 2007

My favorite fictional tale, aside from 1984, is the entire serious of books about the fantasy world J.R.R. Tolkien created including the Lord of the Rings. I also really enjoy The Silmarillion and all of the many writings about the first age. My favorite story from The Silmarillion (it is a narrative of an age, including many individual stories) is the story of Turin Turambar. So when it came out that Tolkien’s son was putting together a full book with a constant and complete narrative like a regular book (and unlike some of the other books he’s put together), I was ecstatic. The book, entitled The Children of Húrin, is set to come out next month. This is the cover page:

Childrin of Hurin cover

Also, for amusements sake, a funny You Tube video about the Lord of the Rings:

Of course this isn’t exactly plausible as the eagles were not meant to take a direct roll, but were observers for Manwe, the ruling god on earth.

I’m part way through writing a very long post about Iraq, and hopefully will finish it within the next week.


Ego Brain

March 9, 2007

I haven’t posted in a while and I need to. I have plenty of things that I want to write about but never make the time to do it. I’ll try to change that in the future. At some point next week I’ll write a very long post about Iraq. For now, I’ll post the lyrics to a song I like a lot by System of a Down song titled “Ego Brain”. System of a Down, who does a variety of styles revolving around hard rock/metal, is my favorite band. I really like the lyrics to their songs and I also like their alternative style. This song is one of their songs that isn’t at all metal and is one of their more alternative and different songs.

Life is but a dream
Drifting on a stream, a stream
Consciously it seems
All of what remains

Ego brain
That makes shame, shame love after it rains

You see my pain is real
Watch my world dissolve
and pretend that none of us see the fall
As I turn to sand
you took me by the hand
and declared that love prevails over all

I am just a man
Fighting other man for land, for land
while I turn to sand
In spite of the pain

Ego brain
That makes shame, shame love after it rains

You see my pain is real
Watch my world dissolve
and pretend that none of us see the fall
As I turn to sand
you took me by the hand
and declared that love prevails over all

All of what remains

Ego brain
That makes shame, shame love after it rains

You see my pain is real
Watch my world dissolve
and pretend that none of us see the fall
As I turn to sand
you took me by the hand
and declared that love prevails over all

(Love after it rains)