Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Daily Cosplay


Before the forests of the Ethvold grew in the Valley of Kayomar, Amenut settled in those lands. He lived in the Mistbane river, a servant of Tefnut. It was here that Heth found him. A creature of careful thought, Heth came to Amenut without form. He settled upon a rock and watched Amenut, and the Frog God rose and spoke to him and they were ever after companions. So it was that Heth, a servant of Toth, came to dwell in Aihrde. In later ages he took up the duty of guiding the dead upon the Arc of Time, of judging them, or passing them on to his master, but he always loved the Ethvold and in time took the guise of a great crow, and so he dwelt ever after.

He was worshiped as a powerful god of the underworld by the Ethrum. Men worshiped him far and wide, and almost everyone made sacrifice to the crow god before any task. His great temple they built in the Oak Stand in the Downs of the Darkenfold. From there Heth herded the souls of men and brought them to the nether planes or the stone fields as he deemed they deserved. Men called upon him whenever they went into battle, traveled dangerous roads, or did anything that might cost them their lives. His followers were many and they followed an intricate system of rites in his worship.

In time, as the Ethvold failed, so did Heth. Now he dwells in the upper reaches of the Darkenfold, powerful upon the Arc of Time, but a shadow of his former self upon Aihrde.

~The Codex of Aihrde

Midnights Dreary


UFO Files

Colorado witnesses picked up some interesting footage in the early evening of October 14. It appears a small silver/white globe hovering in the sky until it slips behind a cloud. It apparently comes back several times and they get more footage of it. You can see all three videos here.

The witness felt it was more than one object, captured at different times. He filmed it all from his front porch.

The Other World

The Ends Makes it All Worth While

If your a toy collector, you might want to snatch up those Break Bad toys while you can. They are about to become a hot commodity I suspect, as Toys R Us is pulling them from the shelves. This after  a woman in Florida started a petition drive to force the store back to being kid friendly.

The figure in question is the title character, played by Bryan Cranston, is carrying a satchel of cash and a bag of blue crystals.

In protest to the petition protest Bryan Cranston announced on a tweet that he's so mad that he's burning all his Florida Mom Action figures.

That's A Whole Lot 'o Likeness

The actor who play Frankie Carbonne in Goodfellas, Frank Sivero, is suing the Simpspons and Fox for use of likeness rights or some such, claiming the Louie character in the Simpsons, is based off his character from Goodfellas.

He claims he was never compensated for the use of his character, that he created, even though he was promised a movie deal or "something in the future". Well he's asking for 250 million dollars. Louis has appeared in about 12 episodes of the Simpsons.

That's a whole lot of compensation. Read more.

Armor Up ~ Upon the Wall

Word of the Day -- Globe

A globe is a three-dimensional scale model of Earth (terrestrial globe or geographical globe) or other celestial body such as a planet or moon. While models can be made of objects with arbitrary or irregular shapes, the term globe is used only for models of objects that are approximately spherical. The word “globe” comes from the Latin word globus, meaning round mass or sphere. Some terrestrial globes include relief to show mountains and other features on the Earth’s surface.

There are also globes, called celestial globes or astronomical globes, which are spherical representations of the celestial sphere, showing the apparent positions of the stars and constellations in the sky.

The sphericity of the Earth was established by Greek astronomy in the 3rd century BC, and the earliest terrestrial globe appeared from that period. The earliest known example is the one constructed by Crates of Mallus in Cilicia (now Çukurova in modern-day Turkey), in the mid-2nd century BC.

No terrestrial globes from Antiquity or the Middle Ages have survived. An example of a surviving celestial globe is part of a Hellenistic sculpture, called the Farnese Atlas, surviving in a 2nd-century AD Roman copy in the Naples Archaeological Museum, Italy.

Early terrestrial globes depicting the entirety of the Old World were constructed in the Islamic world. According to David Woodward, one such example was the terrestrial globe introduced to Beijing by the Persian astronomer, Jamal ad-Din, in 1267.  The oldest surviving terrestrial globe is the Erdapfel, created by Martin Behaim in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1492.

No Boundaries

Monday, October 20, 2014

Daily Cosplay

The Red March

The Red March comprises that region around the Rilthwood that lies at the foot of the Grundliche Mountains. It refers to a wilderness area that is claimed by no king, but is distinct for its stone mounds and friendly thickets. The land is fresh, the ground fertile, the winters mild, and the trees abundant.

What distinguishes this land most though is its people. Hospitable beyond words, these sturdy farmers offer house and home to stranger and friend alike. It is a safe respite for those weary of the world and its dangers. Hearty food, heady ales, and comfortable feathery beds at a cheap price offer havens for many travelers.

The population is sparse though, and its plentiful waters and open paths attract all manner of creature, both fell and wild. Monsters situate their dens in the crooks, crevices, and crannies of the land, making passers-by and travelers their occasional prey. It is home to some very famous monsters, such as the giant Skullgrinder and his band of surly burglars, the Fallowmouth Serpent, the crazed Rendweird, and Palatine the wayward bard, who sings horrible songs with a breath that smells like a swamp and with the voice of an ogre. So famed are some of the monsters that the inhabitants would be loathe to see them go, but hardy adventurers and the like always manage their way into this land in search of easy loot and clean living.

~The Codex of Aihrde


Royals...Foil Weird Al

I really like Lorde's song Royals, but this Weird Al version is pretty good. Have no idea how he managed the bacterial lines.

Movie Trailer ~ The Dead Lands

Not New But Interesting

I seem to remember reading about this theory back in the 90s. Large deposits of methane gas beneath the Bermuda Triangle release and knock ships or even planes on their keister, sending them to Davie Jones's Locker. An article posted last week over at LiveSciene talks more in depth about the theory, never bothering to use the word "keister" in the whole article...that knocked me on my bum!

But the short of it is methane deposits explode, sending huge balls of gas top side, they hit a ship, knock it over, it sinks and vanishes so fast they don't have time to alert anyone.

What it doesn't explain are the half eaten corpses found on abandoned sailing vessels and merchant ships that come back from the dead!

Warriors from Our Collective Past

Not So Sure

That this will catch on!

Tour of ISS

Here's a pretty cool tour of the International Space Station. Astronaut Sunita Williams gives you a pretty humorous and very cool tour of living in space.

Word of the Day -- Breteche

In medieval fortresses, a bretèche or brattice is a small balcony with machicolations, usually built over a gate and sometimes in the corners of the fortress' wall, with the purpose of enabling defenders to shoot or throw objects at the attackers huddled under the wall. Depending on whether they have a roof, bretèches are classified in two types: open and closed. The open ones were accessed from the battlement's wall walk, or from a crenel.

Medieval latrines (called garderobes) were fairly similar in construction, but they were not placed over doors. In Catalan (lladronera) and Portuguese (ladroneira) the word for bretèche was in fact derived from the Byzantine latreys (latrine), but this regionalism did not carry over to other languages. Because the places protected by bretèches were usually vital, they were usually manned by professional soldiers, often mercenaries in the Middle Ages. As a result of these circumstances, the word for latrine even denoted a mercenary in some regions. This gave birth to the Spanish word ladrón.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Dragon's Lust

Mermaids: A History in Brief

As regular readers of the blog know I'm rather fond of mermaids. The whole idea behind them is fascinating. The thought that these beautiful temptresses glide through the deeps, passing unseen beneath shits and watching us from afar is just too cool to think about.

Well with all that in mind, the folks over at Wired (not folks, but one folk, Matt Simon) has put together a brief history of the ladies of the deep. Its a good read, check it out.

Flash Backs of the d20 Glut, Movie Style

Warner brothers announced nine more movies in their line up for the next few years, which include such earth shattering comic books as Aquaman, Suicide Squad and Shazam. Wonder Woman is wedge in there too so that is  good news.

But this seems like a really ambitious roll out for Warner Bros. That's alot of movies with alot of super heroes, many of which, though I personally like, such as Aquaman, will not have the same wide, popular appeal as the better ranked heroes like Superman or Batman. I think Wonder Woman can carry her own, but heck Green Lantern couldn't carry his own and he's been a staple of the DC verse for a long, long time. He just didn't have the popular appeal.

Hopefully they'll do all these books justice and make good movies. We'll have to see.

See list at ICV2.

Barrow Downs Unroofed ~ literally

Someone pulled the roof off all the Barrows in the downs, which was just rude, now all those dead spirits will have to lounge in the sunlight!

Word of the Day -- Terrace (Fighting Platform)

A fighting platform or terrace is the uppermost defensive platform of an ancient or medieval gateway, tower (such as the fighting platform on a bergfried) and breteche. The fighting platform is surrounded by a battlement, usually with merlons and embrasures.

Whilst in warmer climates (for example in the Mediterranean region) the platforms were usually open, in Central Europe they were frequently covered by a roof structure (on towers by a spire or tented roof).

Movie Trailer ~ Hobbit 3

The most watched trailer so far this year..., the Hobbit