Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Story Time with the King!

Hello again! Finally right? Yes i know its been a while simce my last post.

Harley: yea almost a month you reclusive jerk

Si2: now Harley thats rude. Im sure his highness had a legitimate reason to leave us all languishing away here in our little corner of the kingdom.

Seraphin: Si, I think Harley's shade is rubbing off on you.

But yes I agree it has been too long and I apologize for that. There is reason however so I will tell you of what has been occuring in our wonderful little kingdom.

A lil over a month ago the Queen and I attended a regalia of the finest quality found in Ithaka. And as such things go I found myself having had a bit much. Now this concerned the Queen greatly as I had been getting on in this manner a bit too frequently as of late. So we had a discussion and I have quite drinking. Over 30 days now in fact. And combined with several other changes, Ive never felt better.

This has been one of my main focuses in the last month. Ive been a heavy drinker since college. An addictive personality matched with a general disinterest in self. Led to many risky and perhaps bad decisions over the years.

I have been slowly dropping many of my bad habits in recent years. Several which i wont discuss here but some more notably however I will. The first to go was smoking which i know delighted Silas to no end as he had for years preached the evils of cigarettes. This year marks over 3 or 4 years since I had my last cigarette. I do still on occasion go to the hookah bar but this is largely a here or there occurence now.

And even with having kicked cigarettes and other bad habits, I leaned all the more heavily on alcohol when things werent perfect. This crutch however has finally been kicked thanks to the strength and support of my loving Queen, as well as the overwhelming support of our dearest friends.

Now please dont look for a self help here. I cant offer much advice on that as I have been lucky thay when I determine to do a thing or not, I do. Anything Ive ever quit, while sometimes it took several tries. The changes that stick have always been, "well no more of that", and then I didnt do it again. So i cant offer much in the way of helpful tips on how to quit other than do your best to replace actions that you associate with the bad habit with something new.

Harley: that's terribly unhelpful

Seraphin: I stated as much

Harley: you really dont have Any secrets that help you when you have to quit something.

Seraphin: be forceful in your determination to quit and have supportive people around you..? I told you this isnt a guide, anyway.

I have been making several such changes recently. I no longer drink, i only have a few sodas on the weekend if that, i workout hard 5 times a week, and i take better care of myself. Im refinding passions, writting, leather work, cosplay, working out, things id let fall aside due to depression, laziness and a general uncaring. Things are continuing to look up. And hopefully Ill also hear good news soon about the position i applied for in my company!

So i guess really what this story is about is a thank you. Thank you to those who have supported me, parents, sisters, Silad, my friends and recently and most all my Queen, they have supported me when i didnt care to support myself, when i wasnt worth supporting, and now in my efforts to be worthy of their support. I love all of you and thank you for continuing to help me on this path.

Always with love to you all. Be good to one another.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Happy Holidays...

A preview of the start of festivities with my family in the Kingdom of Butterflies. Me and King Padre are doing the fusion dance to try and join the yellow beasts into one super beast. Results are indertiminable so far. From all of us in Ithaka, we wish you all a Happy Holidays no matter what you choose to celebrate or believe, much love to you all. Be awesome to one another.
~ Seraphin

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Life Updates

Alot has been going on recently. I am up for a new position at work which is exciting and has been a whirlwind of awesome so far. It has really shown me how amazing my company is. Also I am excited that my novel is being reviewed for publishing and that ontop of that I was invited to submit a short story for a collection of short stories. The next meeting of the Philosophers Society will be this coming weekend so I am looking forward to that as well.

Much love to you all!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fairy Princess

I am super excited about this weekend. Not only has a dear friend, Bluepool, come,to visit while he is in town, but best of all this weekend is Yamacon and with that i get 3 days of costumed fun. Saturday is the day im most excited for tho because The Fairy Princess herself will be joining our royal court for a full group cosplay and it is going to be legendary! This will rank as one of the best group cosplays we have gotten to do so far :)

Much love to you all

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My Novel

I got exciting and long awaited news this week. My first novel, which i spent years on, is being reviewed and edited. This is something near and dear to my heart since Silas was the first to ever look it over and give me feedback. Work is underway on the sequel but the truly exciting part is that there is for the first time in a while. Visible progress on all fronts :)
Much love to you all

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Con Season Recap

Its a weird time of year where we are not going to any conventions and all of the focus has shifted to the everyday. Now as you can imagine, we in Ithaka generally find the everyday rather dull so the Off Season is always a bit of a drag as it begins.

This year was packed full of amazing cons, the first of which was scheduled to be just for Her Majesty the Queen, however, courtesy of Royal Aid from the Parental Kingdom I was able to make a last minute trip to join her. The trip was full of excitement and fun and inspired me for future costumes.

Me dressed as Oda from Bungo Stray Dogs. Photo by InTempest Photography

Our next con of the year took us just the short drive to Downtown for the day where Her Highness won the beginners division makers costume contest for a costume she not only made from scratch but also designed and created the pattern for. (Shes much more talented than I am in but has never competed before), while I was bumped up to the Intermediate division and placed 3rd.

This wad a great honor to me because my inspiration and the man i look up to in leather crafting was one of the judges and his acknowledgment of my progress from when i first started made the entire hospital visit worth it (long story short, i became so focused back when i made the outfit that my diet for 3 days was soda and rum/soda and i forgot to eat completely. I ended up having to go to the er for a blood sugar of 34. Short visit, slap on the wrist. Luckiky now when i get too focused there are ppl shoving food at me once in a while haha) either way, it was worth it. Shown below is the costume that got me 3rd place and a huge med bill lol: Gladiator Harley Quinn (the hammer i made too and doubles as a "backpack"). Picture courtesy of Her Royal Highness the Queen

Harley: oh, hey! There I am! Bout time you let me in on the fun again.

Seraphin: well Harley its been very busy lately and you tend to be a trouble maker.

Harley: gasp* I'm offended! If anything I'm a fun maker!

Seraphin: that may be true as well but weve had to stay focused lately. I know you hate the off season but theres more fun coming, don't you worry.

Harley: not soon enough.

Now anyway, following that we were off for a short visit to the Parental Kingdom and a little con over that way. It was small but entertaining, largely because i got to debut 3 new cosplays, one of which noone had done yet and I was blown away that people noticed and talked about it on a message board within hours of my first pictures posting.

The above is my debuted character people loved. Mushitaro from Bungo Stray Dogs. Photo courtesy of the Queen.

Ohio was my last stop for the year, where i got to not only enjoy a wonderful weekend with close friends, I also got to meet and get to know a new friend who is now very important in my life. It was an Amazing weekend and everyone loved all of our outfits. So I am eagerly awaiting the next con I can attend. Below is a photo of or squad relaxing at the end of the con as well as my top cosplay for the weekend.
Pictures courtesy of me (top) InTempest Pgotography (bottom)

Si2: that is really a quite nice edit job he did on your arm and around the hand.

Seraphin: It really is! The character is Todoroki from My Hero Academia and half his body controls fire while the other controls ice. This is really wana my favorite shots from this shoot.

Another last minute con that I wasnt able to attend with Her Highness and our retinue is definately on the list for next year since the entire thing takes place at a water park and I'm quite excited for that.

We had planned for one more con in Atlanta prior to the end of the season but we chose instead to redo the living room and dining area of the castle with new paint, new lighting, new outlets and of course new furniture. It is now much more Ithakan than before and we feel the trade was well worth it.

For now we have begun plans for next years season and we are very excited to be starting with a con we have not gone to before near DC. Itll be quite fun.

That's all for now on the Ithakan Con Front. Have a good evening. Much love to you all

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Circle: An In Depth Review of Humanity through an otherwise dull film

Spoilers ahead! Proceed at your own risk....

The Circle is a film that as a whole is largely of little entertainment value. The plot revolves around a single room with a group of individual trapped in one spot. I say trapped because should they exit the circle they are standing in they are immeadiately excecuted by a bright laser type stream,of light.

The group is a seemingly random collection of individuals. However as the story progresses, it becomes clear that these people were most likely placed as a representation of the population as a whole. They appear as any person you might see on the street. Theres a high profile buisness type, a soldier, a cop, a thug, a couple having an affair together, a mother to be, a child and several more.

Now as one of the participants figures out and explains to the group, and by extension, the audience, the circle is not randomly selecting people to kill every few minutes. The movement of everyones hands is causing a "vote" on who dies next.

Now what makes this interesting is that as you watch. Initially it is fractured and chaotic and all you want is for them to stop being idiots and band together.

This is a terribke fucking idea.

Because once they band together, and begin to organize, initially to buy time, they start by voting for the elderly to buy time to figure out whats happening. There is one boy, merely sixteen or seventeen, who sacrifices himself for the group. He doesnt know what else to do and he hopes that mayb this last kindness will help others.

There are a short number more who sacrifice themselves because it is inevitable. They have lost hope but had contributed during their time before it ended.

Now what truly stands out are a few specific instances.

The first being the backlash against the first to try and organize the group, when his methods, as thoughtout, and seemingly reasonable as they may be, when the majority no longer feel protected by his voting dictates, he is immeadiately dispossed of.

This is not surprising, throughout history, those who have been trying to help have been killed for it. Humans protect themselves naturally. Those willing to become a target for others is the exception.

Now the next part that stands out is the cop pointing out a thug who had beaten the crap out of his girlfriend for cheating on him. Now the thug knows admitting anything will get him killed, Because if anything, humans overall are a fairly violent and vengeful race. It is only with effort that we can be better. But i digress, the thug, adamantly denies the claims until its clear he is fucked, at which point he tries to justify it and blame her cheating for his behavior. She smugness of the group when they kill him is very clear.

Now as the group dwindles it basically splits into 2 tribes. Those trying to make it out at all costs, and those trying to guarantee either the little girl or the mother to be make it out. This gets fairly heated and results in several more deaths while further showing some fairly instinctual aspects of the process of death, including bargaining.

I skip to the final portion because "tribal conflict" and "us vs them" is a whole other topic, and the final portion is where it really lands one to the gut.

Seriously tho, if you want to watch the movie and hate to have the ending given away. Stop reading now!
I'm serious, im about to discuss the ending of the movie.
You've been warned.

Now as i was saying, the ending here is a gut punch, Especialy if youve been spending this movie trying to decide howd youd survive this same type of ordeal and ended up on the side of, I prolly can't so we save the kid or unborn.

So it comes down to one of the "I must save them" tribe, the kid, and the mother to be. And right here is where it fucked me up. The dude explains that he cant be the one to decide which of them dies. So it comes down to the LITTLE FUCKING GIRL! Who this entire time has been terrified and crying and afraid she would be next, which she almost was a few times. This terrified little kid, who barely understands the world, in this moment is the greatest and saddest of humanity.

She chooses to die, to give the baby a future! This scared little girl, gives up her life for another. Shes amazing! So its right here where it kicks you in the teeth and spits in your face, because this is not a feel good film but a pschological head fuck representation of humanity. And its fairly accurate.

So the guy tells the girl its ok and that hell go with her and as he yells at her to "go now" and she jumps from her circle, to be killed, the guy remains unmoved and votes for the mother to be, killing her as well and saving himself.

A snake in the grass the whole time. Humanity easily seeks out and destroys its blatant enemies, while embracing, to its destruction, the enemy in our midst. People have the ability to be either great or terrible. And tho this ending is a kick in the teeth and saying, see, all that work to save them was for nothing. And that may be, but it doesnt lessen the sacrifices of those who tried, because as we see in the final moments, amongst other survivors back on a normal street. Other groups did save the mother to be or the kid. So it may not work in Your group, but remember yours is not the only group.

Basically, never give up, because you might fail, but failing is not the worst that can happen to you. Also, people suck, but they Can be so much better when they try.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Philosophers Society: The Beginnings.

The first meeting of the Philosopher's Society went very well. We have begun with questions to get to know one another. We are a group who tend to expand on topics and find tangents to those topics, however we remain productive as we get to know one another further. We have diverse backgrounds, diverse opinions and experiences and i believe this will serve our discussions well as we go forward.

Today began with a basic 101 of what Philosophy is, what common fallacies are and a look at inductive and deductive reasoning. A good site for understanding fallacies is: www.yourlogicalfallacyis.com

Philosophy is the study of ways to address fundamental questions in all other fields. Basically, question everything. Do not merely accept something, question it. Ask why or how. Learn from those we are speaking with. This does not mean we must agree with them, but it is a downfall that in recent years the ability to discuss and debate without attacking the other person has been lost.

One of the keys that I believe is needed for this is Active Listening. We should stop listening just so we may answer or retort. We must listen to other points of view in order to understand what they are saying. Many misunderstandings can be avoided by actually listening to anothers point of view. Furthermore, we may learn something from the experience should we be so lucky.

We went on to discuss briefly our backgrounds, where we come from and what our upbringing was like. We did this to better understand where each person is coming from in the discussions down the road. We have the advantage that with our diverse group, We examine and believe in different things. We acknowledge things in different ways and analyze things differently. Our group holds individuals who ascribe to varying beliefs from christianity to atheism and even pantheism. Beliefs ranging from the strictly provable to the intuitive. Skepticism to mysticism. We acknowledge that we do not agree with one another on things, there are things some of us may find unbelievable or even unrealistic, or close minded. We do not however attack one another, we discuss and we learn one anothers views. The more we learn of others, the better we may peacefully and successfully function in the world.

We will be deciding on a topic in the coming weeks for our next meeting. We further decided that the Society shall meet once per month for our discussions.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Dream God Returns to Dream

The Dream God has now returned to the realm of Dreams. Silas left this realm yesterday afternoon. He is now one with the universe and we wish him well on his travels, whatever those may now be.

The impact Silas had on my life was significant. From an early age i remember looking up to Silas as this cool and mysterious uncle. I had no idea who he was in my early years or what it was that he did but he played guitar and sent me CDs so i was in. I still have Wind on the Waves and Blurb and they are some,of my most inportant posessions and memories. I remember I use to cruise down windy Tennessee backroads with the t-tops down listening to the music and getting lost.

I cant speak much to Silas' professional achievments tho I've heard they were impressive. In fact, i cant rightly even tell you what position he held. None of that was important to me. The man i knew was an inspiration to me, a confidant and a soundboard. I was priveleged enough to perform as an actor and dancer for his concert in Cincinnati and to get to spend time with him in studio. Those were dreams of mine that i was lucky enough to obtain, thanks to the Dream god Silas.

He loved alot, he had high hopes for the future. He said the more we talked and the more passionately I discussed ideas and theories he didnt even know I was aware of, the more hope he had. We discussed politics, Asimov, and various other theories and ideas. I loved those talks. In truth it is largely remembering those talks that has inspired not only the millenial discussions but also the philosophers society.

He was right, change is needed, we may not have always agreed on whay direction or the details of that change but its time for change. And, at least for my part, he helped inspire it.

The world seems a little darker at the moment because we have lost a great and loving man. But with any star, they seem dim and far away until a brilliant supernova illuminates it and sweeps through its vicinity, changing nearly everything they touch and even birthing brand new stars.

Silas can never be replaced. I miss him and I will always love him, ill never forget the things he taught me.

Safe Travels Dream god. Well see you down the road Silas.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pokemon Go Explained

Pokemon Go, coloquilaly referred to as PoGo, is a free to play, location based, augmented reality game for iOs and Android. The game uses your mobile device's gps to locate, capture, battle, and train creatures called Pokemon. Almost anyone with children in the last twenty-one years can attest to the prevalence of the card and video game.
PoGo was developed by Niantic with the cooperation if Nintendo to take Pokemon into augmented reality world.

Now from a player perspective the way this works is you download the app and login. Once logged in for the first time, a player catches their first pokemon before going off to try and catch more. The premise of the game is to get out of the house, explore the city and area and to catch and battle pokemon while doing so.

Further information on the finer details of gameplay and the system can be found here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Go

Now as I was asked previously about the reports that PoGo was used by Russian agents in order to create a stir with the prior election, Id like to address that report here.

The report, as I have found it, according to both Forbes.com and CNN, boils down to this: a Faux Black Lives Matter group called "Don't Shoot Us", which is linked to a Russia linked Facebook account. While I lack the intel and resources to confirm or deny what a Russian group, official or not, may have done. What was reported by Forbes.com is thus:

"The group had presences across YouTube and Instagram as well as Facebook, but one of the most bizarre actions the page took was on its Tumblr site. In July 2016 when Pokémon GOfever was at its peak, Don’t Shoot Us created a contest that asked users to travel to sites where police had killed black victims, take over a nearby gym, and station a Pokémon there named after a police violence victim. Then you’d screenshot it, send it in and be eligible for Amazon gift cards."

According to the report, there is no evidence anyone ever entered the contest.

Those aiming this obvious attempt at using tragic instances to try and create a further media buzz, not to help solve the issue, but to cause further tension, clearly did not research the type of person they were aiming at.

There are two main types of player for PoGo, Hardcore and relaxed. Hardcore players are generally only interested in progressing as fast and efficiently as possible, their goal being to dominate the game. Relaxed players tend to be in it more for the fun, the comraderie and/or the exercise. No matter the style, players tend to not to be overly political in regards to playing. They are playing for fun, not to make a statement.

Past just the players, there is no way, within the app in order to message from one player to another. There is no evidence Niantic had anything to do with this attempted event and it is confirmed that all arrangements were made via third party sites. Even tho this did not directly involve Niantic they are reportedly actively looking into the matter proactively.

All that appears to have happened is that organizers attempted to capitalize on a growing world wide phenomon in order to make a stir.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Philosophers Society

I have taken the advice of those that liked Millenial Discussions and expanded it. Following the idea from one of my early posts, I have reached out to a multitude of friends and we will begin holding court soon for the pure purpose of discussion and debate on various topics. Stay tuned. More to come on that as we progress forward.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Millenial Discussions: Change and Acceptance

Horror and I were discussing acceptance the other day as I rearranged the Workshop and Throne Room. Horror is a self proclaimed ass hole and is deffinately not "normal". Which I generally find to be a good thing.  Horror is by no means your standard white cis male, tho many have assumed as much anyway, which is how are convo began. Horror had been attacked on social media fo

Horror has recently been examining themselves and realizing that while he doesnt give a crap if you like him or not, his fuck you if you dont like me attittude has, in his opinion, drifted too close to the realm of uncaring asshole.

While horror is certainly not one lose sleep over someone liking them or not. He does aim to leave the world better than he left it. He does not want to harm others if it can be helped and this revalation has led him to examine the verbage he uses in general because while it may not bother him to be called certain things, cuz "fuck you whatever." He does recognize not everyone is as thick skinned.

This led to several discussions that we have had as of late, including people needimg ro toughen the fuck up, as well as people also needing to he more open and accepting of one another.

As with several of our court, we are very middle of the road, whats the evidence and logic suggest on the issue individuals. We dont choose 'teams' or 'sides' we listen to what is said and make a decision on the actual evidence. And in that vein we end up catching flak from multiple angles in any given debate.

On this matter there are a few things we think should be goals for most any person. Now someone will take offense to one or all of these... But read it through first. Also this is in regards to personal interactions. Not a commentary on protesting, or change that is needed elsewhere.

A. Toughen the fuck up. Youre gona have people who hate you for no legitamte reason, youre gona get called names. Why? Because some people suck, and giving them control over your happiness is what they want. Lashing out emotionally doesnt help you or the cause you support. Furthermore, name calling and insults do not further your cause even if they may temporarily relieve your frustration, and usually its exactly what the other person wanted.

B. Stop being so damned closed minded. Noone cares about how you were raised or how you think it aught to be. And you dont get to tell others how to live their lives. If you dont likes omething, dont do it. But dont think there is anything in this universe that grants you the right to put others down for being happy in a way other than you approve of.

C. Its not that fucking hard to respect someones request to be called by a certain pronoun. Its a word, it aint gonna hurt you, so quite being an asshole. (I say this yet people can barely use one anothers names right when you prefer your given name,to a common nickname, but it should be an active effort to use the persons preffered name and pronouns).

D. Change often doesnt happen overnight and many are actively trying to adjust decades worth of linguistic training. This is not an excuse for those who actively use words that are purely hurtful, cuz fuck them. This is about those he may say something as simple as excuse me, sir or thank you miss. They are clearly not trying to attack you, stop trying to crucify people for an assumption. Politely correct the mistake and move on. If they persist in ignoring your correction, then feel free to blast them for the asshole they are.

Their is a great deal that needs to change and progress into the future but as we are doing so. Stop being such assholes to one another for no reason. Those who deserve it will surely give you a reason so stop looking for it.