It took me a while to figure out what exactly to write about here. Everything I thought of I felt like it didn’t quite meet the standards of the challenge. So I’m going to share a blogging platform I use and really like quite a lot. Tumblr. I also use this place like google. There’s not much to say about it besides that it’s pretty awesome.
Shizuko’s Daughter in 54 characters.
Dear universe, can you hear me? My step mom’s a witch.
Break ups are hard, especially with a band that was at one point the soundtrack to my life. The band that held said title? Panic! at the Disco. At age twelve p!atd’s first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, was the first CD I had ever bought for myself. It’s safe to say I’d jam to them everyday.
In the morning when I woke up? Yup.
On the way to school? You bet.
On the way home? Of course.
Did I dance around my room with Panic! on full blast? Every friggin’ day.
It’s was love at first listen. I enjoyed the distortion sounds, I liked the lyrics, and I loved the theatrics that went along with their live shows. It humored my twelve year old mind and I
was convinced this band would be in my life forever.
Sadly, all good things come to an end. With the release of their second album I couldn’t even understand what I was hearing. Where did this band that had the catchy music and lyrics go? Where were the crazy theatrics? Gone. Thrown away for some “vintage” looking guitars and paisley print shirts. But I didn’t want this relationship to end. So I held on much longer than I should have. But when Panic! broke up within themselves I realized it was time to let go.
So thanks for the intro into my musical preferences today. I hear you knocking with that new album, but you aren’t the same band I wanted to be with forever. It’s been real, it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been real fun.
See ya ’round.
Such a long time since I’ve actually sat down to type up a new post. I’ve had multiple ideas running through my head but none of the will power to actually document them. Oh well. Onward with the adventures anyway!
I’ve started re-reading the Inheritance Cycle since what’s supposed to be the final installment (more than likely there might be another book after this release though. Paolini just can’t seem to make up his mind.) is coming out in November of this year. A few pages into reading my favorite books ever written I realized how easily it would be to add them to my study of mythology. Dragons, elves, magic, sword fighting. I mean, what else could you ask for? So I’ll be doing that in following posts.
Onto my second topic, advancements with technology and how am I ever going to tie that in with mythology? I don’t know, but I thought this was interesting so I’m going to post about it anyway.
I read a story by Ray Bradbury titled The Veldt. In the story is a concept I thought quite a lot about when I was younger. I always clung to the idea of having a room I could walk into and project everything on my mind onto the walls. Create the most absolute ridiculous scenarios and be able to live amongst the crazy creatures in my head. That’s exactly what happens here, except things get a little too real. What happens if the technology for this malfunctions and these creature come off of the walls? Well, that’s just what happens. I highly suggest reading the story.
Anyway, what if we could move this type of technology to books? Where you could press a button maybe and physically live inside the book. I should think there would be maybe an hour time limit on a visit but that’s the idea.
I didn’t want to post this without a title and I can’t think of one so that’s why this sentence about nothing is here.
Have you ever stared at a chart so long that things that once made sense don’t anymore? I felt that way while I was looking at family trees in mythology.
I’m more familiar with Greek mythology then anything (how cliche, I need to get out of my comfort zone) so that’s why I chose this chart over others. But after a bit of time staring at this my eyes started to water.
And on another note, in reference to my last post about religion, today I decided to get some feed back about the topic. I’d like to know how much of a part religion plays in your life.
So if anyone who’s read this far into this post could please take the time to state your thoughts that would be so lovely.
I’ve decided since I’m moving away from Northern myths I’d head in the direction of Greek and Roman myths. So I stumbled my way onto this blog, but then they moved over to here. Interesting stuff I must say.
Obviously there’s a lot of connections to be made with modern topics and mythology. I’ve decided to tackle the biggest connection between modern religion and Norse myths before drifting into Greek and Roman tales.
- There’s a heaven (Valhalla).
- There’s a hell (Niflheim).
- While Northern myths are polytheistic and modern religions are monotheistic there is a king of the Gods (Odin) who is very similar to God, Abraham, or Allah.
- One of the most interesting similarities I’ve found is the the presence of giants. In Northern myths frost giants reside in Jotunnheim. Giants were first introduced to Christianity and Judaism in Genesis 6:1-4 and elaborated on in the Book of Enoch. The story of God’s fallen angels led by Azazel who lusted after the women of earth. These angels took humans as their mates and gave birth to mean spirited giants.
1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with[a] humans forever, for they are mortal[b]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Excerpt taken from here.
There’s many more that I could make and things I could go so much further into detail about but not now. Maybe another time.
Here’s some interesting blogs I’ve come across and I thought it’d be nice to share them. Because sharing is caring.
I figured this blog was appropriate because it deals with Norse mythology.
And this blog has quite a bit about Eastern (some Southeast) Asia myths.