Monthly Archives: July 2013

I Will Watch My Shadow Grow

A post I saw on Tumblr made me think a post about Shadow from Final Fantasy VI might be an interesting task to take on. On the face of it, he’s a pretty archetypal character: a brooding ninja who dresses … Continue reading

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No One in Oz Looks His Age

Determining anyone’s age in Oz can be a difficult matter, as people don’t age unless they want to. (Actually, that was Ruth Plumly Thompson’s idea; L. Frank Baum stated in The Tin Woodman of Oz that even babies don’t age … Continue reading

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Me Tarzan, You Jane

Tarzan – The ape-man is one of the most prominent characters of twentieth-century fiction, dating back to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes in 1912. There were actually a lot of Tarzan books, but I’ve only ever read the … Continue reading

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Give Me That Old Norse Religion

While polytheistic religion is a definite minority nowadays, you can probably find groups and individuals worshipping any god or group of gods if you look hard enough. Worship of the old Norse pantheon is known as Asatru, or worship of … Continue reading

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The Rest of the Snorri

Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths, by Nancy Marie Brown – Much of what we know about old Norse mythology comes from Snorri Sturluson, a thirteenth-century Icelandic poet and chieftain. Sure, there are earlier references … Continue reading

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They Put a Microchip in My Place

I made a quick comment on self checkouts recently, which resulted in a debate on Facebook. I’m really not that opposed to self checkout in particular, aside from the fact that they rarely seem to work correctly, but it’s more … Continue reading

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Fight It Out!

My post last week about wandering monsters in video role-playing games got me thinking about some of the strange aspects of battle mode in general. When you run into monsters, the screen tends to fade out and send you into … Continue reading

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