Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Flying Avengers of the Greco-Roman World

Greco-Roman mythology is full of trios of scary women. I’m not sure how that meme got started, but you have the Gorgons, the Graeae, and the Fates. Another three dangerous females are the Furies, the Latin name for the Erinyes … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Cucular Power

Dark Lord of Derkholm, by Diana Wynne Jones – This story is based on the interesting idea of a fantasy world exploited by an unscrupulous businessman from our world who somehow gained control of a demon. He brings tour groups … Continue reading

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Kudos for Kuros

I can’t say I’m especially familiar with the Wizards & Warriors series. I did watch my brother play through the first game, which involved the quest of the knight Kuros through the Kingdom of Elrond to rescue the princess from … Continue reading

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Nintendo’s Mythtakes

Anyone who’s familiar with the game Kid Icarus probably realizes that a lot of the character names are based on Greek mythology. How well do these characters actually conform to their portrayals in mythology, though? In most cases, not so … Continue reading

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Space Dog

Obviously, the Great Outside World in the Oz series is supposed to be OUR world. That doesn’t mean, however, that it doesn’t have occasional differences. In The Road to Oz, Dorothy identifies the closest town to her home as Butterfield, … Continue reading

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Snake Oil Dependence

I came across this video today on Unreasonable Faith, and I have to say I come across a lot of what this guy is talking about. It ranges from people who pray instead of taking their kids to the doctor … Continue reading

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When Celebrities Go Bad

Today, we were talking about Mel Gibson’s spousal abuse and other such celebrity scandals, and my wife mentioned that there are a lot of women who still take Mel’s side, and hate Oksana Grigorieva for some reason. I can’t say … Continue reading

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