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How to Set Fire to the Rain

Adele is big news recently. She won a shit-ton of awards in the Grammy’s and she had the fuck you moment on the Brit Awards (where she was cut off while giving her album of the year speech).

Boooo!

I love Adele. Even if listening to her makes me feel old (Really?! She’s only 23? Shit I’m old.). Her album, 21 was awesome. It reminds me a little about Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill. I guess heartbreak, anger and frustration really are good inspirations for writing great music.

I love Adele’s lyrics. For me it shows that there’s hope for the music industry going forward. I wouldn’t say the lyrics are deep or poetic. But they effectively convey an emotion that the listener can relate to. It’s descriptive and beautiful. Like how the song Set Fire to the Rain describes the heartache someone feels during an end of a relationship. It’s raw and powerful. Moving.

But I Set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Let it burn while I cry
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name

Good right? At the very least, it’s loads better than:

Baby, baby, baby ohh
Like baby, baby, baby noo
Like baby baby, baby ohh
I thought you’d always be mine.

Fuck you Bieber

Moving on. Set Fire to the Rain is my favorite song in the album. It’s a great song with a catchy chorus. I think setting fire to the rain is a metaphor for crying in the rain. You know, imagine crying in the rain, the tears are welling up and rolling down your eyes and the tears make your eyes burn.

Set fire to the rain = Eyes burning 'cause of tears

At least I think that’s what it means. But the great thing about music, it can mean anything for anyone. It can even mean this:

LET IT BURN!!!

Which, come to think of it, is fucking awesome. Starting now, this will be what I picture when I listen to the song.

Note:

I still didn’t use a scanner when digitizing both pictures, I used a smart phone camera. Yes, I should really get a scanner. For the picture of the crying girl, I tried digitizing the drawing without inks, just the pencils. That’s why the lines are all over the place. I was going for a “sketchy look” but it didn’t turn out that well. Oh well. 

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Ironman versus Magneto

Marvel’s next big event is going to be “The Avengers versus The X-Men”. I’m excited, and comics fans should be excited too. But there’s one match up that is an eensy bit one sided don’t you think:

 

Notes:

Instead of scanning the line art, I tried taking a picture of the original drawing with a camera phone instead. Just for the hell of it. It turned out pretty okay. Here’s the photo:

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Solid Snake: The Pokemon Trainer

In hindsight, this comic would have been more relevant had I made it about 5 or 6 years ago…

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Fan Art: Death Metal

Here’s a fan art I just made of Death Metal:

Death Metal Custom

Just who is or what is Death Metal? Death Metal was a character in the comic series Combatron in the old Funny Komiks that used to be published in the Philippines. Yes, before manga became really big here, during the advent of the new millennium (which ushered Filipino made manga like Culture Crash), there was Funny Komiks. Combatron was my favorite of the offerings because it had cool ass robots (think rockman/megaman) and lord knows I love cool ass robots. Death Metal was super awesome because he couldn’t be killed since his life force was on some fucking comet and not in his actual body.

Also, his name was fucking Death Metal!!!

In case you were wondering, here’s what the original Death Metal looked like:

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2010: The Year in Review

About two weeks too late…

The year in review is a staple to so called bloggers like me. You basically summarize the past 365 days in a couple of sentences (coherency is optional) and give some bullshit insight about how your life turned out. Think of it as ESPN Sports Center Highlights of your life.

So without further adieu, here’s the sum total of the codemonkey experience for 2010:

1. I started blogging again!

I don’t know why. I just god damn felt like it. So there.

2. I finally got a PS3!

Before graduating from college, I promised myself I’d get one. After four fucking years I finally did. The games are sell-your-liver expensive but the system is totally worth it. Especially because of MGS4, and the Uncharted Series.

3. I got a new Job!

Yup, last 2010, I switched companies. It was my first time doing so and didn’t know what to expect. How do I deal with the new culture, new officemates etc? Wait. I actually DID know what to expect. Whenever I’m pushed into a new environment, the same thing always happens; I go into fucking hermit mode for the first few weeks/months. When I’m new, I always come off as a shy person who has the social capacity equivalent to a man stranded on a deserted island for years and who finally gets rescued and introduced back into society.

Then after a few weeks I begin to feel at ease in my environment and start to participate (though awkwardly at first) in social situations. I don’t know why, but it always takes me a lot longer to be comfortable around new people compared to the rest of the human race. It’s like my very own useless mutant power.

4. I got Engaged

Yes. Me. Engaged. Who would have thought? This January 29, I’m going to be a married monkey. A lucky married monkey mind you (wink wink). The past couple of months, we’ve been preparing the wedding and I had no fucking clue that prepping for one would induce ginormous amounts of stress. My fiancé (Gem, who’s always first to comment on this blog of mine and who will soon be known as Mrs. Codemonkey) and me had to worry about invitations, guest lists, seminars, marriage licenses (don’t get me started on the fucking retards in City hall) etc…

But its all worth it since I get to spend the rest of my life with the woman I love (naks naman!!!).

Also, I’d like to take this time to apologize to the people whom we didn’t get to invite to our upcoming nuptials. There are so many. We’re sorry =(. Its not that we don’t want you to be there. We just have a limited guest list.

It sucks not being rich.

So that’s my year in review. No bullshit insight for me thank you very much. So I’ll just end this post by saying; The year had some ups and downs but it was mostly ups. All in all, it was a fucking good year for me. The codemonkey is happy and all is right in the world. Huzzah!

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Codemonkeys Dream of Awesome Shit

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