Thursday, May 14, 2015

Unimportant Stuff below the fold

the next course at Mythgard will be a discussion of the Princess bride.


MomJones discusses scientific ways to get your kids to eat veggies.

Well, my kids would eat broccoli if I put Cheezwhiz on it, or stir fried it with lots of soy sauce.

But healthier ways to pressure them are discussed at the link.


The next big prize fight: It's Romney vs Holyfield...

Instapundit quips: It can't be duller than Paquiao vs Mayweather...

actually they are raising money for a charity that does eye surgery in poor countries.
When I was in Africa, a similar charity flew out an eye surgeon twice a year, and hundreds came in. Many of them just needed glasses, which were given out for free, but the opthalmologist did about 20 cataract surgeries and her nurses did about 50 glaucoma surgeries, and she referred about three for corneal transplants to the big city. We took care of them pre and post op in our hospital, and they used our operating rooms and examining rooms for the clinic.

Here in the Philippines, there are regular free clinics, some funded and run by our OFW physicians. some from the FilAm military exercizes, and one from a Japanese foundation. And local docs like Dr Angie do a free clinic day each month.

The latest one I saw advertized was a "tuli" clinic. Here, boys get circumcized at puberty (I presume a left over from the Muslim times) and often they are done by untrained traditional folks (in the same way that Hilots deliver babies and do massage therapy). So right now, if you see 12 year old boys wearing hip hop type shorts that sag, you know why.


Also from Instapundit:

Ovid is now too upsetting to use in teaching at a college level. It apparently upsets some of the more delicate students.

Well, maybe they need to try Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. I gave it to Ruby since it's funnier than the Bullfinch's mythology that we were forced to read in highschool, and yes, she was shocked at the shennanigans of the gods, but I told her that it was only the PG version...she asked what was the R rated one, and I told her Ovid's Metamorphosis.

The interesting part of the Percy Jackson series is that you can enjoy the kids saving the world while learning about mythology and if you get through the entire series, you even learn about the differences between Greek and Roman culture (something I hadn't thought Camp HalfBlood, Percy keeps getting told one of his main faults is caring too much for his friends, whereas Jason keeps thinking for himself so doesn't quite fit with the Roman camp that stresses cooperation and self sacrifice for the end of the series, they switch camps...)

One interesting part of the series is that most of the kids might be half bloods, believe in the gods, etc. but the good kids THINK like someone brought up in an American form of Christian society as lived by mainline Christians and most Catholics...friendly to everyone, moderately honest, self sacrificing, and figuring one's actions are more important than what formula you spout... and yes, I include Nico in that thought...

still to come: the Thor version of the series. Presumably, like Tolkien or Augustine of Canterbury, these "gods" will fit in better to modern society, once you get rid of their bloodthirsty sides.


the animal lovers first insisted that cat mummies proved that Egyptians loved cats...but then they found millions of healthy young cats had been killed to mummify as gift offerings to the goddess...

but now the good news: Lots of them were fake.

The BBC reports, “some experts suggest animal mummies were being made to be sold to Egyptian pilgrims and so the ancient embalmers could make more profit by selling ‘fake’ mummies
so, like selling indulgences, religious fakery goes way back...

But that won't stop the true believers that animals were beloved in those days:

... others like (Dr) Lidija (McKnight) believe its evidence the ancient embalmers considered even the smallest parts of the animals to be sacred [and] went to just as much efforts to mummify them correctly.” 

yes, and if you believe that, I know a nice bridge in Brooklyn that is for sale.


the history of the Swastika.


Astrology in Tudor Times was part of ordinary medicine.

which is why even the Pope had an official astrologer in those days.

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