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Watching The Shining for the first time, and I have one big question about it...

The setting is supposed to be Colorado, yes? High enough into the mountains that the air is thin, and the skiing is great but the hotel still doesn't stay open in the winter. And also... built on an "Indian Burial Ground," and the builders of the hotel even had to "fight off Indians" during construction in the early 1900s.

So my question is - what fucking Native group lived THAT high up in the Rockies, or at least close enough to use the area as a burial ground? And continued living there into the early 1900s... y'know, long after Indian Removal?

Sorry, Steven King/Stanley Kubrick, your lack of research is showing.
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Just finished reading Aeschylus's The Eumenides for my world lit class and... hooboy. It has lines like this:

(Clytemnestra's ghost, to the Furies) "Storm at him/ With hot blood-reeking blasts blown from your vaporous wombs

Okay, yes, periods are icky. But really? Really.

And then there's this:

(Apollo) "The mother is not the true parent of the child/ Which is called hers. She is a nurse who tends the growth/ Of young seed planted by its true parent, the male.

Not only are women just incubators, they don't even have a true connection with the kid!

What the fuck, Ancient Greece?
amredthelector: (ozzy bucket)
The Ramayana: One of the oldest records of victim blaming in the world.
amredthelector: (Spoink hat)
I think I take rpgs a little too seriously. Not in the "this is SRS BSNS" kind of way... just... I tend to go kind of nuts making personalities for my characters. I think this started with pokemon, where I always try to come up with motivations and a personality for my trainer, and then each pokemon on my main team. Any rpg I play, I make up little personalities for the characters so that the game feels more like a story. I've just always felt that when you play a role playing game, you should, y'know, create a role and play it. It makes games a lot more fun, in my opinion, because it helps you feel attached to the little pixels and gives games a more interactive feel.

Am I alone in this? Do any of you make personalities and little stories for your video game characters?
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When I first heard the term 'drag race' I was about six or seven, and my first thought was "Wow, it's really mean to make a bunch of guys run around a track in dresses and high heels." I didn't realize that a drag race actually involved cars until I was almost out of middle school. I kind of prefer my version.

So I think I might be allergic to the handsoap that's put up in the dorm bathroom. My hands have been rather dry lately, and the past few days they've been really red and raw. I stopped using the soap in the bathroom in my dorm for a few days, and bought some of my own for my room, and my hands have been doing a lot better. Lotion has also helped. Still, I'm a bit concerned that soap is potentially making my hands just raw as hell.

Cybersix is fucking amazing. I didn't hear about this show until just a few hours ago, but I tracked it down and have watched a few episodes and oh my god. Awesome. There's only 13 episodes though, and I'm kind of scared of watching the whole thing because I know I'll get attached to it and just feel sad when it's over. I wonder if there are translations of the original Argentinian comics floating around somewhere?

Got done reading Blackest Night. Very awesome, and I really want to continue reading The Flash now. I'm a bit disappointed with the ending, but it was still very enjoyable. A good gateway comic, I think.

And lastly, meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] umi_mikazuki under the cut:
Music meme )
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So I came across this article earlier today. Okay, it has a sensationalist title, but it does have good points. I definitely agree that something is going on with how English is being taught right now in the US (and I guess Canada, too). I was a student aid for a math teacher during a free space in my schedule back in my sophomore year of high school. I graded a lot of papers for the teacher, and I noticed this sort of thing a lot. On tests, when faced with a problem they didn't understand, many kids would write 'IDK' instead of 'I don't know'. Text speak was sprinkled all over papers, and I saw a lot of people replace 'to' and 'too' with '2' and 'for' with '4'. Both of my English teachers had to go over the difference between their/there/they're - in high school.

Now, some of you may know that I'm going to school to be an English teacher at the high school level. Honestly? It was because I noticed this sort of thing that I decided I wanted to teach.
amredthelector: (ozzy bucket)
So it takes me until I'm nearly 19 and trying to figure out how to say 'My favorite animal is the fox' in Spanish to realize that Zorro is literally The Fox in Spanish. And I've been a Zorro fan since I was, like, eight. I guess I'm just used to vigilantes dressing up like the animal they're named after.

...Though, that does sort of explain why I like Zorro so much...
amredthelector: (MomoTendou)
This is just cool.

From the article: Scientists today announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor. The find reveals that our forebears underwent a previously unknown stage of evolution more than a million years before Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen that walked the Earth 3.2 million years ago. [...]

The fossil puts to rest the notion, popular since Darwin's time, that a chimpanzee-like missing link—resembling something between humans and today's apes—would eventually be found at the root of the human family tree. [...]

Ardi instead shows an unexpected mix of advanced characteristics and of primitive traits seen in much older apes that were unlike chimps or gorillas [...]

All previously known hominids—members of our ancestral lineage—walked upright on two legs, like us. But Ardi's feet, pelvis, legs, and hands suggest she was a biped on the ground but a quadruped when moving about in the trees.

Her big toe, for instance, splays out from her foot like an ape's, the better to grasp tree limbs. Unlike a chimpanzee foot, however, Ardipithecus's contains a special small bone inside a tendon, passed down from more primitive ancestors, that keeps the divergent toe more rigid. Combined with modifications to the other toes, the bone would have helped Ardi walk bipedally on the ground, though less efficiently than later hominids like Lucy.


Check out the rest of the article, too - it's really interesting. There's also some artistic interpretations of Ardi, and an interactive page about some of Ardi's specific skeletal features.

Way, way cool.
amredthelector: (ozzy bucket)
I find it fascinating how once a person is exposed to a new idea or thing, they start seeing it everywhere. Y'know, those weird coincidences, where you've just learned about something, and it seems like you did just in time for it to be important? (Example: I read a 2003 report about the war crimes that happened in Sierra Leone yesterday, and today, BBC online posts a story about how three Sierra Leone rebel leaders have been sentenced for a combined prison term of 120 years for crimes against humanity.) Or, like, you get some material object, and suddenly you notice how many other people have the same thing. (Example: my parents bought a new car a few months ago. Now, I see that particular brand everywhere.)

It's just... interesting. Like, before you learn about this thing, you never see or hear about it, but once you do, it's everywhere. I wonder why our brains do that?

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