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More RL Zelda Things!

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So, you all know how I like having LOZ things in my daily life.  This is now what my dock looks like on my Macbook.  Using LiteIcon, a cute little application that allows you to easily change the system icons on your mac, I’ve personalized my icons for the various things that I do.  Becoming Hylian gets Zelda themed icons, while my other two interests get their own system icons.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing while it’s been hotter than Death Mountain here in Nor Cal.

Everyone, do your best to keep cool!  Times like this I wish I had an Ice Rod, I’d freeze my house!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2015 in BecomingHylian, Daily Life

 

Playing the Ocarina

Naturally, I’ve recently gotten into playing the Ocarina.  I have two of them now, and I thought I’d write a little review about them!

 

My first ocarina is a ceramic one from TOTMC Ceramic Ocarina

I tend to find this particular ocarina ‘breathy’, which means there’s a lot of air that doesn’t sound like its being used for playing the actual notes, so it sounds like it’s sighing a little as I play it.  It also does not light higher notes, tending to do what I call a ‘fweep’ when I try to hit any notes at C or above.

I do find it to be an extremely easy instrument to play, however.  It’s small for my smaller hands, fairly lightweight. It is ceramic, so there is the feeling that if I’m not gentle with it, it will break.

 

My second ocarina, and the one I prefer playing is a Stl Plastic 12 hole Ocarina.

I absolutely love this particular instrument, and playing it is very, very easy.  The only time I manage to get into the ‘fweep’ is when I’m trying to play any note above high F on the scale.  Which is basically no fingers on the ocarina holes.

 

On both ocarina, I have difficulty playing any notes that require the smaller holes, but I think that’s just because I’m so used to placing my fingers on the regular holes.

 

I’m hoping someday to be able to afford a Songbird Ocarina: Songbird Ocarina However, I think I’ll do this through busking with my current STL ocarina, after I design myself an adorable costume to go with it.

 

In time – Along with everything else!

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Daily Life

 

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The things we take with us adventuring…

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So, here’s a little array of what I take with me on an average day.

In order of appearance, right to left top to bottom:

  • Shield Backpack
  • iPad/Android Tablet cover my friend, Tricia, made for me
  • iPad Mini
  • Android device
  • Zelda Wii bag
  • Zelda Adventurer’s pouch for the 3DSXL
  • Glasses – Nothing Zelda about those, just make it so I can see better
  • Link between Worlds 3DSXL (With Ravio/Link charm)
  • Kindle – It’s in Hylian
  • Stress notebook – in Hylian
  • Kiore’s Sketchbook
  • Android tablet
  • Work notebook / Blog Notebook
  • Journal – in which I write in Hylian

I was kind of bored while I was in the hotel, so I thought I’d take a nice picture of all of the things that I carry with me on a daily basis.  Yes, it all fits in both the Zelda Wii Bag and the Shield Backpack.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Daily Life

 

What am I doing?

Isn’t that always the question?

Basically, I am absolutely in love with the Legend of Zelda.  It’s pretty simply.  It inspires me daily.

Unfortunately, I live with pretty crippling self doubt and depression.  Every day is a struggle to crawl out of my bed and face the day.  I do work, I have a very difficult time, however, going to work, and making it through some of even the most basic days is something I struggle with.

Why have I decided to Become Hylian, and what does that even mean?

Becoming Hylian

I’ve found that the three overall themes of the Legend of Zelda speak to me. Courage, Wisdom, Power.

I lack these three things in my life at the moment. I am a coward. I am Ravio levels of cowardly. I am not particularly Wise, I act impulsively and emotionally. My cowardice makes me weak; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

BUT! The other day, I was at work, having just had a difficult situation land in my lap, and basically wanted to shut down. I picked up my pen, grabbed my notebook, and wrote:

Courage is doing what needs to be done - even though you're afraid

Courage is doing what needs to be done – even though you’re afraid.

This was powerful for me!  This was a strength that I hadn’t encountered before.  I admit, I had to take a few minutes, and an anxiety pill, but, every so often, when I felt that overwhelming urge to hide again, I would reach over and touch those words.

And it helped.

Becoming Hylian, for me, is about improving my everything, learning and understanding what Wisdom, Power and Courage really mean for someone like me, who’s always had a problem understanding these virtues, much less living them.

For me, the Legend of Zelda, the stories that it tells, are inspiring.  Even if it’s something as small as being able to take that deep breath after having something frightening happen to you, and sit up and be able to do the work that needs to be done.

This is a part of it.  There are also the more fun parts of Becoming Hylian.  Changing my living space to reflect a Hylian-style home.  The furniture and interior decorating that we would see in The Legend of Zelda (Particularly Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword in my case), dressing in a more Hylian appropriate way, building Hylian related crafts, and learning Hylian related skills, cooking Hylian related foods…

Am I little Legend of Zelda obsessed?  Yes.  This is, after all, the only franchise I have carved into my skin (I have a Triforce tattoo).  How far am I going to take this?  Well, for those of you who know me (I doubt anyone reading this does…) all the way.  I would like to make it so that coming home isn’t just coming home, it’s stepping into a little piece of Hyrule.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in BecomingHylian

 

Hello Hyrule!

My name is Kiore.

I’m from Ordon village, and I’ve seen a lot of Hyrule.  I’ve watched as Hyrule as we know it began.  I’ve been there through peace, through war, through Hyrule herself being torn apart.  I’ve watched as it has fallen to Twilight, and I’ve see our sacred Triforce restored.

I’ve seen the rise and fall of Legend upon Legend.  They all have the same name…

Zelda.

Join me as I travel back through the culture of Hyrule.  We’ll enjoy the crafts, the people, the food, the world.

I’ve put this blog together as a fun little exercise, all for one thing.  To get me a little closer to

…Becoming Hylian.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in BecomingHylian