Atom’s Prophet

This post contains (gasp!) some serious, non-semi-comedic content. Consider yourself warned.

 

Atom’s Prophet

 The stones break beneath my sandaled feet. My burden—my yakkaigoto—is heavy.

With sorrow.

With fear.

With the knowledge that this day heralds the end of days. I am sighted, like Apollo of days past. I am blighted, the Atlas of the days to come. And sunrise by sunrise, my shoulders ache and my endurance wanes.

I am careful to step only on the rock, though even it cracks before my weight. Master Ariom told me he’s never seen such inryoku around a man. It is true—I can feel the very molecules of my body being pulled, no, torn towards the planet’s mass. The physical pain is great, but not as unbearable as the weight on my soul.

The rising sun is beautiful, my love. Atom’s tender touch warms my face and the rays cascade through the trees around me. How I wish you could see the sunlight—the sweet taiyoukou of our country. How I wish you could leave the sanctum, so I could hold you once more.

I know you are crying. I know a tear just struck the page.

Oh my love. I am so sorry.

Master Ariom will have told you by now: this is my final letter. He will find the leaden box, this letter inside, near the epicenter. He will not find my body. I beg you to never look for it, to never leave the safety of the sanctum. By my blood—by Atom Itself—I will not risk losing you.

Is it possible that my inryoku intensifies even as I walk? I can do little but trudge across this park, and I struggle to hold the pen and clipboard in these increasingly heavy hands. Such, I suppose, is the price of Atom’s gifts.

I can see the pattern, swirling deep down in the skin of my hand.

Atom! I don’t even need a scope! What have I become to prophesy without the aide of our artifices?

It seems that by the gaze of Atom Itself, I can see the pattern with my naked eyes. And it is clearer than ever! I peer into the cells, into the molecules of my flesh until it comes into view.

The source of our strength, our foresight, and my yakkaigoto—the atom.

While the nucleus stands as a pillar in the storm, the electrons whirl about it in a tempest of speed. Only by Atom’s guidance can I follow them.

The particles dance in the storm until a color emerges from the chaos. I unwind it into a long thread, then move on to the next atom. In a fraction of a heartbeat, I see this atom’s color as well, and unwind it. One by one, quickening my pace, I unwind the threads of a million atoms until a grand tapestry unfurls before me.

It’s the picture of a man, viewed from behind. He’s kneeling on a sidewalk, his yukata robe pulled tight around his thin shoulders. His arms are outstretched as he welcomes the brilliance before him—a blazing glow that engulfs the sky and threatens to devour the entire tapestry. The soft pink of cherry blossoms rings the foreground. But the tips of the petals are blackened, on the cusp of combustion.

I know what I see. But before I can contemplate on it, the tapestry changes. The electrons alter their pace, some slowing and some zipping faster, which shifts the colors of the threads. Gradually, a new picture forms.

Earth. But there’s something wrong about it. Pinpricks of light dot the surface of the planet. Are they the lights of cities? By Atom—no.

Like in prophecies past, I’m able to delve into the tapestry by allowing the atoms to guide me in, cradling me in their warmth. I reach the surface of the Earth. My senses reel, overwhelmed by the stimuli around me. The burning stench of charred flesh, the wails of the dying, the rusted tang of blood.

I bend over and retch into a pile of rubble. A tiny hand protrudes from between two charcoaled wooden beams. A finger twitches.

But I cannot help them. I am numb—touch is the only sense denied to me. Trapped in living prophecy, woven tight against the threads, I am powerless as I’ve ever been. The atoms erupt in tumult as if sensing an intruder, and I am expelled.

My hands convulse as I write. The masters never prepared me for this agony.

My love! Images such as these haunt me every day, and it rips me apart. The stones themselves break beneath the burden—my yakkaigoto—that I carry. To see the end of days, to feel the rancid wind as the apocalypse rushes towards us all, and be helpless to stop it… by Atom’s Light, I cannot bear it anymore!

My eyes burn. My final breaths tremble with sobs. I am so sorry that I must leave you.

I have stopped walking. The sidewalk beneath me is indented, wide cracks racing out from beneath my flattened sandals.

There is beauty in this park around me, but I struggle to see the good in it. I will try, for your sake. The verdant grass, cut simply, marvelously. A patch of flowers—azaleas, I think—in the morning shadow of a fountain. The grove of sakura, their pink blossoms open, as if crying for me as they try to shelter me from what comes. Do they know?

I reach out and take a branch in my hand. I stroke the soft petals across my cheek and wipe away my tears as I imagine your gentle caress. Do you remember our picnic in Shiretoko? We sneaked in, to the falls, where we ate honeyed bread beneath the sakura grove. A grove much like this one. It was so beautiful, but I could not take my gaze off of you. I regret so much in my life, but I do not regret proposing to you that day.

Listen to Master Ariom’s teachings. Raise Akemi well—I know you will—and tell her I’m watching over her.

I pray that my visions do not come to pass, but I fear they are inevitable. Remain in the sanctum and you will be safe.

My strength fades. My knees have buckled and the cement splinters before the inryoku of my kneeling body. My blood seeps into the little fissures. I look up to see the glint of a plane flying high above—I must go now. This city will soon be devoured in Atom’s blaze. Hiroshima’s fate is assured.

I will welcome the Light with open arms.

My love—my sunlight, my blossom. My sweet taiyoukou, my gentle sakura. Though Atom takes me, I will always love you.

 

Thank you for reading.
It was late in the afternoon yesterday, but I wasn’t getting anywhere on my main writing project. So I decided to take a break and write some gibberish until my block was broken. I typed “The stones break beneath my sandaled feet” and then went from there. I might return later for a rewrite.

 

= )

Penguin Attack Strategy

Couldn’t figure out how to embed this but it’s pretty giggle-inducing: http://www.ducksters.com/games/pokethepenguin.php

If you’ve ever played competitive Sudoku, then you’ve probably heard of the famous Penguin Attack Strategy.

Here’s a ten minute short story that explains its origins.

Sudoku with Spiffy

Spiffy looked all around himself at the mess he had made. The floor was absolutely littered with what most people would call junk. A pair of bottlecaps, an old bead curtain, a fluffy mitten, and some kit-kat bars, among other things, lay on an old table. These were the tools of Spiffy’s success.

Allow me to explain this nonsense. Spiffy was a Sudoku player by trade. Spiffy was also a penguin. He twisted his flightless wings around for a stretch as he thought of his past life. Determined that he would become a penguin on a comeback to glory, he set his beaky face in a grim grimace.

He had been honored with the title of Sodoku Deathmatch World Champion years ago. But after his defeat at the flippers of the insidious Lord Backhump, Prince of Whales, Spiffy fell into quite a funk. Now he practiced day and night to get his groove back

154 words in 10 minutes at 06:36 AM on Dec 12, 2011
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I was actually disappointed with this story. I had taken some ideas from past stories of mine and ended up running out of time. I didn’t have enough time at the end to put the last period in there, let alone finish my thoughts. All the same, it was fun : )
And now a poll:
Thanks for reading and have a fantasmic day!

Pure Internetical Power!!!!

Let me begin by stating that I don’t know how to write. My example: “The Internets are a powerful thing.” Eleventeen grammar teachers just choked on their past participles after reading that atrociousness. Following that, an infinite number of mathematicians died from shock when they realized that eleventeen is a real number in an infinite universe, which would be necessary for them to exist. The philosophy professors then applauded.

I digress.

The point of this blog post is to demonstrate the truthocity of the statement:

The Internets are a powerful thing

I have taken it upon myself (read: I got distracted) to liberally scour the internets for some cool quips. Many of these quips are funny and some are thought-provoking. And one will trigger an undetectable countdown in your brain after you read the words. An hour after the countdown begins, you will explode into confetti and there will be a party. With cake. You have been warned.

  • “I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.”
  • “I enjoy having breakfast in bed. I like waking up to the smell of bacon, sue me. And since I don’t have a butler, I have to do it myself. So, most nights before I go to bed, I will lay six strips of bacon out on my George Foreman grill. Then I go to sleep. When I wake up, I plug in the grill. I go back to sleep again. Then I wake up to the smell of crackling bacon. It is delicious, it’s good for me, it’s the perfect way to start the day.”
  • “How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?”
  • “Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.”
  • “What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?”
  • “You can divide infinity an infinite number of times, and the resulting pieces will still be infinitely large. But if you divide a non-infinite number an infinite number of times the resulting pieces are non-infinitely small. Since they are non-infinitely small, but there are an infinite number of them, if you add them back together, their sum is infinite. This implies any number is, in fact, infinite.”
  • “When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.”
  • “We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
  • “Philosophy is the science which considers truth.”
  • “I’m never gonna get used to the 31st century. Caffeinated bacon? Baconated grapefruit? ADMIRAL Crunch?”
  • “If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.”
  • “I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.”
  • “As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.”
  • “It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.”
  • “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”
  • “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.”
  • “We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.”
  • “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
  • “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Okay, so the list was a cop out because I couldn’t figure out anything cool to post today. But it was fun = )

I might do more awesome quotes in future bouts of laziness.

One final thought: Have a great party!

Die Another Day

My first blog post should be epic.

And that’s about as far as my thoughts got after a few minutes of staring at the screen. I was just studying my fingers, listening to random music online (insert free advertising for Grooveshark here) when it hit me. One of the more epic songs in the infinitely long and indefatigably awesome history of epic songs had started playing. A little piece called “Die Another Day” by Madonna. I had found my inspiration.

I encourage you to click the little play arrow below and allow pure aural epic to seep into your brain whilst you read the rest of this post.

(Hopefully this video works. Otherwise the epic level of this post will be turned down about 4 notches, which would be very sad.)

Got it playing? Okay, now turn your sound up.

Is it nice and loud? Good. Now turn in up again. Oh yeah.

I’m gonna wake up, yes and no

Destined will be about everything. And nothing. But really, it will only be about maybe. Opinions. I’ve never shared more than the tiniest tidbits of my opinions on life, the universe, and everything. I do have a Facebook, but writing more than a bit in a post there makes one seem…bombastic. In the lame way. And I don’t use Twitter because that blue bird creeps the bajeezus (sp?) out of me.  So it’s come to this. A blog. Here’s to waking up, yes and no.

I’m gonna break the cycle

If you’re looking for a blog on gardening or the latest political news, you’ve come to the wrong place. Probably. My hope is that Destined can be a blog about anything. So if that means that I feel like writing about Selas Flowers one day and the mating habits of the common Draccus another, that’s what I’ll do. (Caution! Cuidado! Random references that not everyone will get run rampant in this blog. Consider yourself warn’d.) The next post might be a movie review. Or I might discourse upon  philosophy and God. Or maybe I’ll just come up with a particularly interesting method of weaving bacon and post the recipe. Whatever. The point is: Destined will  defy its dictionary definition and be chaotic in its themes; a mirror of my own whims and random personality. Because it’s fun. Let’s break some cycles.

I’m gonna avoid the cliche

This part is easy for me. Cliches avoid me like the plague (edit: oops, how did that one sneak in here?). I consider the normal boring and try to spice it up as much as I can when necessary. Fresh garlic is decent, but oregano is the way to go. When I can get away from the normal, I do. I will go out of my way and do combat rolls to make life more interesting, even when it makes life harder. But that’s for a later post. The point is, expect the unexpected when reading my blog, because I avoid the cliche.

I guess I’ll die another day

If this is the last post you read of mine (you’d get a -2 to epicness), you should at least take this advice: die another day. You’ll have plenty of “dead time” to float around and dodge crossed streams, or whatever, so take what limited living time you have now and roll with it. Just absolutely roll with it. Don’t let anybody (especially not yourself!) ever tell you your limits, because they are wrong. Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. And you aren’t small. So be all the epic you can be. Die another day.

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Don't worry. The helicopter survived.