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Nuke 'Em 'Till They Glow!! - The  Early Years

A NETTG Holiday Rant
Written by Benjamin A. Oliver
Artwork by Esa Karjalainen
April 20, 2003

I love holidays! Typically, they're the best occasions to spend a bit of time with loved ones, to rest up from all the daily troubles life presents us with, and so on. This month, the most visible holiday would have to be Easter…

Ben's AvatarAs you can see, my avatar's dressed up for the occasion. :) What can be said about Easter? Well, like Christmas, it's picked up lots of mainstream, religion-neutral connotations over the years. The reasons for this is obvious, considering that we live in a diverse world population, even within nations. I was watching an episode of Martian Successor Nadesico a little while back, where there had been many casualties and the captain (Yurika—never seen a cuter captain, by the way ^_-) had to perform the funeral services for each group that had lost people.

Needless to say, Yurika was kept busy for quite a while, doing hundreds and hundreds of different ceremonies.

I really wanted to do a nice Easter message from the second Esa presented me the sketch for the large card shown above, and I wondered how exactly to tailor it, since I've apparently acquired friends/fans/readers across the globe, from places as far away from me as Brunei, to places as close as Kingston, Arizona. Some probably believe the same things I do, while others probably do not. And I'm perfectly fine with that. It's great to embrace a bit of diversity now and again—you can get and keep a lot more friends that way.

So, while Easter has picked up many items over the centuries such as egg-hunting and the Easter Bunny bringing candy just before the kids wake up (Mmmm! I always did love that aspect of Easter. ^_^), personally I'm celebrating it as the time of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ—for me, probably the most important event in history. In a time where we're familiar with shows like Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z, where getting killed and brought back to life are routine and mundane events, it's nice to have a bit of hope of something beyond this life. It's a really nifty thing, trust me. ^_-

In any case, we've all still got a bunch of stuff we can fall back on as common ground. It's still a holiday (Interesting, I was looking at the word "holiday", which I found is a derivation of "holy day", and in the end, that makes perfect sense) and no matter what anyone's take on it is, that can't keep me from giving everyone the best of wishes. Happy Easter, everyone!

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