Author Archive: solanah

Why “Death Note” is a stunning piece of animated cinematography

You can’t study Japanese and avoid hearing about Death Note – arguably, the most popular anime series of all time. So, I decided to give it a shot. For the first couple of episodes, I was bored, to be honest. But once you have detective L. on the set, and the story unfolds, it becomes one of …

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“La-La Topolya” by BI-2 translated from Russian into English

“La-La Topolya” is an OST by BI-2 for the movie “Things That Men Talk About.” The song has some metaphorical phrases that can be translated literally, but actually mean something else in a fixed context. “La-la topolya” – literally means “la-la poplar trees”. But it actually means something like “blah-blah-blah”, “yada-yada-yada”, “etc. etc. etc.” “Skol’ko …

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Clémentin Agrees to Die

The next morning, Clémentin woke up with a splitting headache. His thoughts refused to fall in place. They would come and go, like waves that washed the shores of Mataró where Clémentin lived. The night before had been by far the worst in his recent memory. Clémentin sat up on his bed and rubbed his forehead. …

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Saint Germain des Prés, a place I got tipped off about in a dream

Okay, let me see when this happened. The screenshot in my phone is from December the 7th, 2016, 8:01 am. It means I had this dream on the night of Dec 6 to Dec 7. I dreamed about some place abroad. I was outside an old building, standing on the line to a movie theater …

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Top 7 artist collaborations (list)

Every once in a while, I feel like compiling a list like this. For example, check out my 7 Greatest Contemporary Instrumental Music Composers  😉 I hope this will help some of you discover new artists or songs you may have never heard.  Enjoy! MIKA and Chiara | Stardust Chiara won X-Factor Italy and MIKA was the …

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Limitations of Linear Thinking

If I am ignorant, I am in the dark. If I am learned, I am in even greater darkness. ~ paraphrasing the Vedas. Linear thinking is a way of, first of all, learning things. And, second, of performing cognitive operations with the things you have learned. Cognitive operations are analysis, synthesis, comparison, etc. If both …

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Protected: The Blue Mosque of Tabriz, and Two Lives Terminated in Year XX’67

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Why Is Wednesday a “Rain Day”?

The Japanese have a complex writing system. In addition to two alphabets, they also make ample use of Chinese hieroglyphs. But, if learning Chinese writing is difficult in itself, it becomes twice as difficult in the Japanese language, because each symbol has two “names”, a native Japanese name and a borrowed Chinese name. Sounds crazy, …

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Pain Eater’s Girlfriend: The Prologue

Aenuee stood guard to the portals and times when he noticed an algorithm by the name of Fralandin idly making his way through the stars. The guard sensed two conflicting tendencies in the algorithm that were mutually exclusive. On the one hand, Fralandin was oozing energy, ready to plunge into action at any moment. On …

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Yours, Daniel Rayner – Upcoming Novel

Hello, hello… Well, although, in my previous post, I promised not to write anymore, you should realize that that was the uncut version, and one that I wanted to post when I was fully resolved to quit blogging. 😉 Which is no longer the case. Ukrainian artist Tatyana Glebova did this amazing illustration (above) for …

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