Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photo Challenge Week Eight: February 19 to February 25

So I only have about a zillion photos to catch up on posting, not exactly my idea of fun.  Still I have to be proud of the fact that I have still be taking them every day, even if some of them have been reaching a little for subject matter.  Anyway, on to the pictures:

February 19, 2014:

Super awesome postcard from my super awesome pen pal.

February 20, 2014:

My first foray into juicing, what's become an obsession since then.

February 21, 2014:

The view from my bed, mostly cos-play odds and ends.

February 22, 2014:

Shiny new nail polish. (with badly done nails, I need more practice)

February 23, 2014:

Fancy new lettering for my letter writing.

February 24, 2014:

My monkeys at daycare.

February 25, 2014:

One of my favorite juicing recipes so far: Carrot, apple, sweet potato, beet and orange.  Yummy!

The prompts for Week Nine in case you get stuck are:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: 1984

This was more of a well it's there so I will reread it sort of thing than a conscious choice to read it again after so many years.  What happened was I decided to borrow Ace's e-reader for the trip to Cuba since it has a longer battery life than my new one and is touch unlike my old one.  So I just plugged it in to the computer and synced it to my Kobo account, which immediately dumped 1800 and some odd books onto it. (not the best idea ever)

Apparently there is a bit of a learning curve to the thing because I couldn't figure out how to get off the first page of books at first, hence deciding to read 1984.

It came across both better and worse than I remember it being when I read it in high school.  I found Winston easy to identify with, on the surface going through the motions while underneath you are questioning what's going on around you.  Julia also felt very real to me but for very different reasons, she seemed very callous to me, reminding me of a lot of people I interact with who operate on the "me first" principal.

The whole idea of being constantly watched to the point where even your thoughts aren't safe...that's a bit terrifying but less now than I found it in high school.  At some point I guess you learn that there are things scarier than being constantly monitored.  The rewriting of history so it says what they want it to say...much scarier.  The control of the media we ingest so we are pretty much only exposed to what they want us to see...

All in all it's not a bad read but as far as Orwell's work goes I still prefer 'Animal Farm'

Monday, April 14, 2014

H is for Hell

The idea of Hell is one of those things that varies it's mythology from religion to religion.  In most cases it is a place of torment, punishment for the sins we commit in this world.   To me as a relatively non-religious person, looking at the world around me I find it a lot easier to believe in Hell than in Heaven.
Linear religions often depict Hell as being endless whereas in cyclic religions it is a stopping place between incarnations.  Other traditions merely consider Hell as a neutral place, a housing for the dead so to speak.  Regardless I learned some neat things about some of the mythology surrounding Hell and I would like to share them with you:

1) Though the word Hell generally brings to mind visions of fire and brimstone a number of religions including Buddhism and early Christianity also include portrayals of Hell being a cold place.

2) In Ancient Egypt a guilty person was taken by a 'devourer' and would be subjected to terrifying punishment and then annihilated.

3) The Mayans have an underworld of nine levels of hell, the worst of which is also of course the lowest.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

An Aside

A few days ago I can down with what (at least in my opinion) is one of the worst stomach flues I have ever had.  On a positive note I have lost a few pounds, on a negative note, as you may have noticed I have fallen behind on my A to Z Challenge posts.

I was debating not continuing this year as it is not the only thing I am behind on at the moment but as the doctor feels semi confident that I will be fit as a fiddle within a few days I have decided to take the weekend to catch up with my posting and continue to move forward with a positive attitude.

So a apologize for the tardiness of the forthcoming posts and hopefully everything shall be back in sync by Monday or Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

G is For Geisha

 Geisha are traditional female Japanese entertainers whose skills include classical music, dance and games.  There is so much here to be fascinated with that it's like being a kid in a candy store...you don't know where to look first.  I learned some really neat stuff and I think there are great stories there.

The most interesting thing I learned is that there is (like most things) a process of apprenticeship for becoming a a geisha.  As, they progress towards becoming a full geisha their dress, hairstyle and makeup all become simpler.   Other things I learned are:

1) There were (and still are a few) male geisha.

2) Geisha must retire if they marry.  

Geisha can work well into later life which is just fascinating to me as I said. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

F is For France

 As part of my family history France has always held a special place in my heart as far as places I want to write about go.  My great grandparents met and fell in love in France, it was my great grandmother's home and one day I want to travel there and see where my things got started for my family.

I had a very hard time even beginning to narrow down all the interesting things there are to say about France because really being that it has so much history, and is a major power center in the world how do you say only a few things? 

1) The oldest traces of human life in France date from approximately 1.8 million years ago.  (that's flipping awesome)

2)  France was one of the first countries to have an environment ministry in 1971.  

3) There are 47,000 religious buildings in France 94% of which are Roman Catholic.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is For Emu

So I discovered a few years ago that Emu farming is actually this HUGE thing here.  I'm not entirely sure why, but it's like insanely popular.  Which whatever, I love a good edible meat.  I also saw on a morning show I was watching with my mom the other day that you can feed something like 8-10 people with an Emu egg.  At which point I totally wanted to get one for home because with Ace heading into puberty he eats like a horse and could probably eat an Emu egg in a sitting.  
Anyhow, other interesting things I learned about Emus are:
1) They are nomadic and may travel long distances to find food.
2) They can live between 10 and 20 years in the wild. 
3) Females are a small amount larger than males and have a wider rump. 
4)  They require pebbles and stones to assist in the digestion of plant material.