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Let me start by saying, first of all, that I am a (fairly) hard polytheist. I won't go so far as to say that every single deity name that comes up in mythology is, in fact, a separtate and individual deity. I think that some of them are alternate names for some gods, or that some of them are shades of another god.

For a bit more clarity on that last thought, I'll paste a comment that I made to A blog post on the subject

I get what you’re saying here. It sounds like you’re trying to say in much deeper terms that all of the gods are some of the gods, no?

I also agree that in many cases, a god will appear across pantheons, in different names but that not all gods that appear similar are the same. Most of what I believe about specific deities is pretty much limited to Greek and Roman/Pre-Roman Italic because that’s what I know best and even then, most of it is based only on what I’ve read of mythology, history and religion and based on that, what I’ve decided makes sense to me- though I hope this is a little better than just pulling it out of my ass. I believe that the Greek Apollo and the Roman Apollo are the same god while Artemis and Diana are not the same goddess and Leto and Latona might be the same but I don’t know. I don’t think that Ares and Mars are the same god, or that Aphrodite and Venus are the same goddess. I also don’t think that Apollo is Soranus or Veiovis or Bellenos or Lugh or most of the other gods of which people frequently say he is a cognate- and I am absolutely certain that he is not Helios or Aesklepios though I’m pretty sure that he is Paeon (and to make it more confusing, that Aesklepios might also be), but I think they are all related in varying degrees of closeness. I also think he’s related in some manner to Heimdall and- at least in my extremely limited knowledge- Bragi.


So...there are many separatre, disstinct gods- it's just that not every single name ever is a distinct god. Many, maybe even most are, some aren't.

I am also a panentheist. I believe that the divine is within everything. When I say that I believe the Divine is within everything, I mean that I believe that there is some "stuff" that I call "The Divine" of which there is a little bit in everything. I also believe that this is the basic building block of life for the gods, other non-corporeal beings, and probably for the souls/spirits of such things that have souls or spirits (I'm not an animist, I think I'm semi-animistic, but as far as what exact things I beieve to have spirits versus what doesn't, I haven't exactly made up my mind. Some thing are obvious, others..not so much- but that's wandering a little off-topic here, so maybe some other time.) Please don't misunderstand me- I'm not an emanationist. I don't believe in "The One" or "The all" or whatever you want to call the idea of a single, supreme entity even beyond the gods from which they, uh, emanate. When I say that I believe The Divine is "the basic buildig block of life" for the gods, I mean it in the same sense that carbon is called "the basic building block of life" for physical life. I don't believe that the gods emanate from this one source any more than I believe that plants and adnimals emanate from a cloud of carbon.

I believe in their literal existence. The gods are not "energies" or "thoughtforms" or "archetypes"- this one drives me crazy. the gods are not archetypes. A specific deity may fulfil an archetype, but that's different. An archetype is not a specific example, but a general idea, a stock character. "Love Goddess" and Thunder God" are archetypes. Aphrodite and Zeus are examples which fulfill the archetype.

I said in my last post that I believe that the gods are the supreme beings, I could just copy and paste my second to last paragraph from that post here...but you've probably already read it if you're reading this and if not, if you care to read the bit I elebotrated on that, you can just go back and look.

I don't know if the gods are necissarily male or female, "young" or "old", or each other's mothers and fathers and sons and daughters but I don't think it's not possible that these things are true of them. I also don't think that it's wrong to ascribe human wants, needs and emotions to them. These may be human traits, but I don't think that the gods would reveal themselves in this way if there were no meaning and purpose to it. Of course, I also think it's very possible that humans got all of these traits from the gods themselves.

I believe that the gods are above us, they are to be worshipped and respected and loved. They are not our equals, they are not below us. They can be worked with, but they are not to be used.

This is where I get ranty. As I frequent a number of online pagan forums, I see a lot of things that annoy me. One of the big ones is how people treat the gods. People saying "I dno't worship the gods because I don't bow down to anyone" or "I useed Aphrodite for my Beltane spell last week" or "Hey, I don't know anything about them, butI think it would be a brilliant idea to call Hathor and Quetzalcoal for my Equinox ritual, wanns join in?" all just make me want to bang my head against the most covenient brick wall- and then grab them and do the same to them. Seriously...learn what words mean and learn a little respect for the gods. And learn a thing or two about them while you're at it. Because nothing says clueless like "Apollo's my favorite god because I'm gay and he's gay!" or "Apollo and Artemis go together so they're like the perfect Wiccan lord and lady!!!"

Okay, it looks like I managed to keep the rant pretty short. Tay me.

Da List )
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I didn't think that when I said that thirty days doesn't necessarily mean thirty consecutive days that it would start right away, but there ya go. I'm going to double up today, since I have two posts mostly-written. I think they will probably finish themselves while I write. Also, I'm thinking about changing one of the days- probably the last one because I can't think of any others offhand that I really want to cut right now, but I've been thinking for a few days that I want to write about places that have or have had some significance to me in a spiritual context.

If you could read my thoughts, this is exactly the sort of thing that you would be subjected to frequently. I don't imagine that most people would want to be able to read my thoughts.

The structure of the universe is a subject of curiosity for me. Particle physics and string theory are subjects that I've read a bit about and have wanted to read more but haven't gotten around to it yet. If, as the Big Bang theory tells us, the universe exploded into being from a single point and continues to expand outwards, then clearly there must be a perimeter somewhere, right?

If this is true, I imagine the universe to be something like the town of Seahaven in the movie The Truman show- but on a much, y'know, grander scale. If you haven't seen the movie and want to know, or if you need me to clarify what ideas from the movie I'm talking about- just so you know, I sum the entire thing up in two sentences..... ) If you could take a boat (or a spaceship) out far enough, you would reach the "wall" of the universe. What's the wall made of? what's on the other side? Is it possible to get out? How big is the universe? How much does it weigh? (If on the other hand, it's not true, this is all a bunch of pointless blather.) Here's an idea: what if the spark of fire is the big bang that sets a whole new universe into being? Does that mean that you become a god every time you flick your Bic?

How ridiculous is that? Is it any more ridiculous than a giant bird coming along and laying an egg from which the cosmos hatches? And how is the idea that the universe once took up the space of a single point until it exploded any less absurd?

I don't think it is, but only the latter is at all accepted as a scientific possibility. Science explains how things work, it explains the forces of nature. It doesn't explain the forces behind the forces. We all know that Zeus isn't literally up there, riding around on a cloud, picking out a lightning bolt, taking aim and hurling it at the ground. At least not on this plane of existence. But can we say for sure that He isn't literally doing so on the plane of the gods, that that's not hmm...meta-force? behind the natural phenomenon that we know as lightning? Maybe natural phenomena in this realm is a result of the activity of the gods in their realm bleeding over here. Maybe when Nyx laid the cosmic egg, its first crack in hatching over there caused the big bang. Maybe all stories of creation are literally true in that realm- maybe a whole bunch of different huge events happened all at once, and the outpouring of energy was just so unimaginably massive that it caused this explosion in a void of nothingness that set this realm into being.

It makes sense to me. I've never really been concerned with trying to reconcile how so many different people can have so many different explanations for how the world came into being, so this isn't my desperately grasping at straws. In fact, i didn't really even have this last idea in mind at all when I started writing this. I've long held the idea that I illustrated above with the example of Zeus, but it never went so far as the origins of the universe until now, and as I look back on what I'm typing here, it really makes a lot of sense to me.

Continuing on...

I believe that the gods are the supreme beings- at the very least that they are the highest beings that we humans are aware of, but I don't really believe that there are any higher than that, aware of them or not. Above the gods, I believe there is only "The Divine"- which I will explain more in my next post. No, I'm not an emanationist. From the gods, it goes on down the line, but I couldn't really put an exact order or hierarchy on what "the line" is- where demi-gods versus deified mortals versus nymphs fall, I don't know. The order doesn't affect me, and how or how much it affects them is their affair. I just know that I am human and the gods are above me.

I believe that there are many worlds in parallel, they're all occupying the same space It's like projecting more than one movie onto the same screen at the same time. Sometimes two different characters in two different movies say the same word at the same time, or the same character appears in two movies at once or the same song plays on both soundtracks. When this happens, the worlds bleed through into each other.

I think that's all I have to say on cosmology. For the moment at least.

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Why (not) paganism? I'll start by pointing out that it's been a very long time since I've called myself "pagan" or referred to what I do and believe as "paganism". The word doesn't really hold meaning for me. No one can decide what it means exactly, though the definition which many people seem to subscribe to is that it covers any non-Abrahamic religion. That doesn't work for me, and it certainly doesn't even begin to give the vaguest idea of defining me. And I'm not an ancient Italic country-dweller either.

So...pagan? No. I won't argue that it's incorrect, but I don't actively describe myself as such.

I tried to be Christian for many years. I was a member of ADF for several years- I even got to the point of beginning clergy training. But I'm not any of that. And all three of those points will be addressed later in other posts on this meme.

So to steal a thought from my girlfriend, My religion is Apollo. There are other elements to it as well, but they are (mostly) minor in comparison. I have been dedicated to Him since April of 2007, and he has been a major fixture in my religious life since 2005 and present in some way or other for several years before that. He is the one thing I am always certain of, the one thing I have never been afraid of losing. He came in and took over for another deity (also to be addressed in a later post) and has been connected to pretty much everything ever since.

I don't know if I first called to him, or answered his calling me. It doesn't matter. Why Apollo? Because Apollo is what I want, but more importantly Apollo is what I need. Nothing else would be right.

Okay, I got it done tonight. Oh, and I've made a change to the list. )

Me too!

Sep. 27th, 2010 06:25 pm
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Thirty Days of Paganism Meme

I'm gonna do this thing too. I should get the first entry posted tonight, but if I don't, then tomorrow. "Thirty days" does not guarantee thirty consecutive days.

1. Beliefs - Why Paganism?
2. Beliefs - Cosmology
3. Beliefs - Deities
4. Beliefs - Birth, death and rebirth
5. Beliefs - Magic, spellcraft, mysticism and various woo shit
6. Beliefs - The power of prayer/reciprocity
7. Beliefs - Patronage and other deeper relationships
8. Beliefs - Holidays
9. Deity Gender- who cares?
10. Patrons - Apollo (and other Apollo-related gods)
11. Pantheon - Dionysos
12. Pantheon - Hermes
13. Pantheon - Gods and spirits of Sparkly Things In The sky
14. Pantheon - Titans and Protogenoi
15. Pantheon (anti) - Artemis and Brigid
16. On not being "Earth-Centered" or "Nature-Based"
17. My ways of worship
18. Community- Not quite an outsider but don't really belong anywhere
19. Paganism and my family/friends
20. Paganism and my relationship
21. Other paths I've explored
22. Paganism and major life events
23. Ethics
24. Personal aesthetics with magic and ritual
25. Favoured ritual/magical tools, and why
26. Any "secular" pastimes with religious significance, and why
27. How your faith has helped you in difficult times
28. One misconception about Paganism you'd like to clear up
29. The future of Paganism
30. Advice for seekers
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If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.


(And you know, I guess my other friends here are important too... :-P )
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I will give you a colour. List ten things that you <3 that are your colour.*

[livejournal.com profile] vanirpriestess gave me black.

So....

1. Gavin and all the accoutrements thereof. (Especially her black leather trench coat!)
2. My black shirt that is very sadly on it's way out- it's just going to give up and turn to dust any minute now. *cries*
3. my iPod
4. the night sky in remote places
5. black forest cake
6. my black velvet pants
7. coffee (okay, it's technically not black, and I usually put milk or cream in it, but I'm running out of things here.)
8. the tattoo of the text of the 21st homeric hymn on my shoulders
9. black and white photography
10. the song Blue Skies Black by the Grand Street Cryers
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The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to. So here is the game! Hit shuffle on your ipod or mp3 player and write down the first 25 songs. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful. That is the fun!

1- Mika- Happy Ending
2- ES Posthumus- Pompeii
3- Duncan Sheik- Genius
4- Sheryl Crow- The Na-Na Song
5- Tears For Fears- Advice for the Young at Heart
6- Sophie B Hawkins- I need Nothing Else
7- The Wallflowers- 6th Avenue Heartache
8- Robbie Fulks- Let's Kill Saturday night
9- Tchaikovsky- Chinese Dance
10- One Republic- Apologize
11- Shiny Toy Guns- Don't Cry Out
12- Jeremy Fisher- Goodbye Blue Monday
13- Lisa Loeb- Furious Rose
14- Archive- Londinium
15- Squad Five-O- Bye American
16- The Halo Benders- Your Asterisk
17- Juno Reactor- Hotaka
18- Kent- Velvet
19- Brother Sun, Sister Moon- Bangkok
20- Garrison Starr- Superhero
21- Pat Foosheen- Zion
22- Eric Carmen- Make Me Lose Control
23- The Grateful Dead- Uncle John's Band
24- Life of Agony- Heroin Dreams
25- Bran Van 3000- Carry On

And then there's the Life Movie Soundtrack Meme...

1. Open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. New question– press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool


Opening Credits:
Massive Attack- Teardrop

I get to share an opening theme song with House. Hehe...I guess the movie is going to be mostly about me and Gavin minus the medical bit?

Waking Up:
Tears for Fears- Break it Down Again

Hmm...I guess this works. I never thought of it as a wake-up song, but it works.

First Day At School:
Sophie B Hawkins- 32 Lines

So wrong...

Falling in Love:
Robbie Fulks- Let's Kill Saturday Night

This would be a fun song for a falling in love scene!

Breaking Up:
Shelley West- José Cuervo

Ah...so I go out and drink a bunch of tequila and have a one-night stand with a cowboy to make myself feel better?

Prom:
Tom Waits- Waltzing Matilda

Take an already-sad Australian folk song and turn it into one of the most de-fucking-pressing things you've ever heard. Yes!

Life’s Okay:
Laura Brannigan- Spanish Eddie

This really works, if you don't think too much about the fact that it's about a guy dying. No, seriously. It does.

(Actually, I was waiting for Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport to come up next...)

Mental Breakdown:
Tanya Donelly- Edelweiss

My mental breakdown is caused by Captain Von Trapp?

Driving:
White Houses- Vanessa Carlton

Yeah, I guess I could drive to this song.

Flashback:
Baby Fox- Dum Dum Baby

Doesn't really work, but such is the nature of the random shuffle.

Getting Back Together:
Pete Yorn- Just Another

Getting back together...only to break up again soon after?

Wedding:
The Presidents of the United States of America- Video Killed the Radio Star

*giggle* Is this the walking down the aisle song or the first dance song?

Birth of a Child:
Dave Matthews Band- Don't Drink The Water

Damn. Something's wrong with that kid.

Final Battle:
Primitive Radio Gods- Motherfucker

Yes!

Death Scene:
Grand Street Cryers- Push Erase

(I suddenly can't remember how the song goes, don't feel like finding my headphones to listen to it and the lyrics don't appear to exist on the internet. Because, you know, who's ever heard of the Grand Street Cryers?)

Funeral Song:
Iggy Pop- Success

This is so not a funeral song. Gavin, make sure it gets played a my funeral, okay?

End Credits:
Deep Blue Something- Light The Fuse

I really like this one.
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I'm slowly writing on some of the subjects from the memes that I posted last week, so if you haven't seen yours yet, you eventually will.

From this meme, [livejournal.com profile] raistlynn asked me to write about Apollo. I've yet to do so not because I forgot about it or anything like that, but because I've just not been able to write anything that I find satisfactory.

The fact of the matter is that I don't really know how to write about Apollo in a way that even begins to do Him any sort of justice. Every time I try, I grow stronger in the belief that human language is just not sufficient. How do you explain infinity? How do you describe the brightest light you've ever seen, the most beautiful sight to ever reach your eyes or the greatest terror you've ever known? And how can you explain that yes, it is okay- even adviseable- to place your trust in the source of that terror?

I can always start to write about him, but after a few sentences or a short paragraph, I can't continue. Why? there is plenty to write about...that's the problem, there is so much to write about, so much that can be said, but I can never really say it. The thoughts which, in my head were perfectly fine, become imprecise, faulty and unbeautiful when they see the light of the page or screen.

At best, I can reasonably write about my own feelings. This is probably why I write so much in the way of poetry about him, and why it tends to be so personal, because even if I can't quite get the exact word, I can find something close enough. Whereas with Apollo himself, thre is no such thing as "close enough".

Believe me, I am trying to find a way, because I would really love to write a book about him.
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from here: http://fuego.livejournal.com/781340.html (if you still want to contribute to this meme and give me a topic to write about from an available letter of the alphabet, have at it.

So I received some uh, interesting topics. I have to say, there's not much I am able to say about a couple of them....

From [livejournal.com profile] glitteringlynx- xmen

This is a topic about which I know nothing. I mean, I've heard of characters names...Rogue, Professor X, Woverine, Archanagel etc. But I really know nothing about them to be able to write productively. I thought about going to wikipedia and looking them up...but do you really want a book report on a wikipedia article?

From [livejournal.com profile] raistlynn- Apollo

When I can think of a starting point, Apollo will likely get his own entry.

From [livejournal.com profile] needa- zymurgy

Another topic upon which I know nothing. I looked this one up because...well, I had to. I didn't even know what it is. The study of fermentation. I'm sure it leads to the production of better wine and all but...I don't have anything interesting to say myself about it. I've been trying to think of something, but never studied it myself, I'm clueless.

From [livejournal.com profile] heartofmoon-salt

Salt. Salt??? Ick. I'm not a fan of salt. I don't even have a salt shaker in my kitchen. I eat very little of the stuff and was actually once told by a doctor that I should consume more. Yuck. Once in a great while, I'll eat some chips.

But blue halite crystals are pretty, and so are those wacky new agey salt lamps that you see around from time to time. I wouldn't mind having one because they look cool.

I remember from chemistry class in high school that if you mix an acid and a base, it will produce a salt. And you can dehydrate a slug by sprinkling salt on it. My seventh grade earth science teacher taught me that, but that it's also very inhumane and said that if you have to kill a slug, please, please, please boil them in water instead because it kills them faster. That was Mr. Sponseller. But I'm getting off topic. Hey, that's three things beginning with S- salt, slugs and Sponseller! Woohoo! Wait...science! Four things!

Salt is also useful for melting ice. But it leaves white residue on stuff.

Salt.
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Hoisted from [livejournal.com profile] fervid_dryfire

Alphabet meme:
1. It begins with a list of all 26 letters of the alphabet.
2. Comment with something for me to talk about that starts with one of those letters.
3. One topic per letter - it's like a claims list!
4. You can comment multiple times, but only if the letter you chose hasn't already been taken.
5. I will post a new post talking about all topics given to me!

A -- taken
B -- taken
C --
D --
E --
F --taken
G --
H --
I --
J --
K --
L --
M --
N --
O --
P --
Q --
R --
S -- taken
T --
U --
V --
W --
X --taken
Y --
Z --taken

Depending on the topic and how verbose I feel, I might post about several in a single LJ post, or in separate entries. Please note that an extremely vague and broad topic will likely result in me rambling on about the first thing that comes to mind in relation to that topic, so if you want something more specific, be more specific. I'll also edit the post when letters get taken.
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Just like everyone else is doing, here are twenty-five things about me: )

Memage!

Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:26 am
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01. What are your nicknames?
just online names...Fuego, Fiamma

02. How do you style your hair?
it's long- maybe two inches above my waist at the longest point, slightly wavy, no bangs, frequently in a ponytail and currently fuschia.

03. What's new in your life right now?
New AIM screen name (this is sorta a big deal to me, yes.)
I still feel like the whole relationship thing is kinda new.

04. How many colors are you wearing now?
Hmmm...do different shades of grey on my sneakers count? Does my hair count? Oh wait...my hair is the same as my socks and the fuschia trim on my sneakers.

if you count the different colors in my jewelery, but not minor variations in shades of grey on my sneakers, then twenty.

05. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Yes, it fluctuates, though the fluctuation is usually completely internal and I'm really good at faking being social sometimes (other times not so much)

06. What was the last book you read?

Read anyhting at all from- reread a few pages of Kushiel's Mercy today while testing out the humidifier I picked up.

Read completely- Hmm...good question. I've done a LOT of reading of bits and pieces here and there from this year. The last full book that I remember reading is Iron Angel by Allan Campbell

07. Do you nap a lot?
Not as much as I sometimes would like to.

08. If the person you secretly like is already taken, what would you do?
Well the person that I like is taken by...me. So it's not like I need to plot to seduce her away from myself or anything...

09. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
momentarily, but nothing so far that has made me really unhappy in the grand scheme of things

10. What's your favorite dessert?
Depends what I'm in the mood for, but just about anyhting from XS is a pretty safe bet (mmmmm...chocolate lasagna...)

11. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
how long does it take or how long do I actually need? I can roll out of bed and walk out the door in less than ten minutes, looking just as presentable as if I'd taken an hour, but I usually take a bit longer than that because I have no need to rush.

12. What websites do you visit daily?
Gmail, LJ the weather channel, a bunch of forums, google, wikipedia, IMDB (many days anyway)

13. What classes are you taking right now? And if you're not in school any more, what's your job?
Well, I'm studying for the CVE exam. Work for me is (officially) technical support for a manufacturer of video and teleconferencing equipment, mostly after-hours stuff, some real work on Thursdays. In reality, it's mostly surfing the web, reading books and telling people to go away.

14. Do you like to clean?
Not generally, but there's a definite hierarchy of stuff I don't mind versus stuff I absolutely loathe- don't mind vacuming or doing laundry at all on one hand...on the other oh my god, I hate washing silverware more than just about anything in the world.

15. What's the last song that got stuck in your head?
Currently my brain seems to be periodically flipping back and forth between Advice for the Young at Heart by Tears for Fears and Ordinary Day by Vanessa Carlton

16. What's the last movie you saw?
Saw Shrek for the first time on Friday.

17. What's better: eternal love or memorable love?
If it's forgettable, was it really love?

18. What color do you look best in?
most shades of red, pink- especially darker shades, some shades of orange, black,

19. Best time of your life?
Right now. Before this...college.

20. What are you most looking forward to in the coming month?
coming home from traveling. Being done with the CVE exam.
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Yanked from oh...everyone.

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In August I stole [livejournal.com profile] erl_queen's purse (-30 points). In January I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near LA (-76 points). In September I turned [livejournal.com profile] chronarchy in for eating carbs (3 points). Last Sunday I ruled Duluth, Minnesota as a cruel and heartless dictator (-700 points). Last week I helped [livejournal.com profile] carynml hide a body (-173 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-976 points). For Christmas I deserve a spanking!

Sincerely,
fuego

Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:
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Meme, hoisted from [livejournal.com profile] c_korone


TECHNOLOGY

Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?

The Souls Of Acheron, a painting of Hermes Psychopompos by Adolph Hiremy-Hirschl
(http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Mythology/TheSoulsOfAcheronAdolfHiremyHirschl.html )

Q. How many televisions do you have in your house?

One, not mine.
cut for length )
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Song meme, by way of [livejournal.com profile] blackpaladn:

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs you like that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

This meme brought to you by the number five and the letter A:

Okay...so to make it slightly less easy (though, not much, I have a lot of music) I didn't pick any songs whose first word was "A" (Otherwise, A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton would be on the list)

Amazing Grace- Laura Love- as a general rule, I can't stand this song. I just can't get with the whole "I'm a wretch" sentiment. I know that's not the whole song, but it's the verse most heard. (By me anyway) However, Laura Love's version, which, sadly, I doubt anyone on my friends list has ever heard, is just kick-ass. Her voice is amazing, she completely changes styles in the middle of the song, I actually like listening to it. it took me for freakin' ever to find it after I left college, where I first heard it...only found it last year when it showed up on the itunes store. (I also love her rendition of Nirvana's Come As You are)

Advice For The Young At Heart- Tears For Fears- this is just a really cool song. Tears For Fears is way up there on my list of favorite bands.

All The Gold in California- The Gatlin Brothers- not really the type of music that most people would probably expect me to listen to, one of the small handful of exceptions in my dislike of country music...I have a bit of a soft spot for some stuff from the 80's, like this one, older Alabama, Randy Travis, Juice Newton, a few others. My parents listened to Eddie Rabbit all the time when I was about five. Anyway, I love this song.

Afrodiziak- Bran Van 3000- awesome song. It's up there with Drinking In LA, Carry On and Forest as my favorite BV3 songs. They need to do more of the hip-hop thing in their songs. I love how they have so many different sounds, but this, I think, is by far the best. There's just not enough hip-hop that isn't all motherfucker-bitch-ho-money-drugs. I'd listen to more of it if it didn't all sound the same.

American Storm- Bob Seger- I rediscovered this song late last year when a whole bunch of crap that I've been dealing with for months now was looming on the horizon. It was so right "...suddenly the pressure's falling, falling/the skies have all turned grey/suddenly the storm is heading straight your way..."

Age Of Innocence- Smashing Pumpkins- it's the Smashing Pumpkins. I love the Smashing Pumpkins. I don't need to say much more. This isn't one of my favorite of their songs, but it does begin with the appropriate letter. (Zwan was thoroughly unimpressive.)

Other songs that could have made the list...

Any Way, Fisher
Annie's Song, John Denver
Apple Shampoo, Blink-182
Apple, The Autumns
All Through The Night, Cyndi Lauper (especially the version that is a duet with Shaggy. It's kinda wrong, and so awesome. I think I like it better than the original.
Another Shot, David Garza
Another Sign Of Life, David Rice
Ashes And Wine, A Fine Frenzy
Allison Road, Gin blossoms
And We Danced, The Hooters

...to name a few.

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May. 7th, 2008 05:26 am
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Okay, how badass is this? I get a trained cheetah, a castle the hovers over a freakin' volcano...and ninjas. Oh yeah and everyone is required to worship me. This is the regime to end all regimes.

If You Ruled the Land . . . by wackyweasel
Your first name:
How you gained your rule:
Your title is:Your Majesty - straight-up, no fuss
Your symbol is:the eagle, for grace, power, and big freaking wings
You rule from:a floating castle - ABOVE A VOLCANO!!
At your side is:your trained cheetah, Speedy - go fetch me a soda!
Your enforcers, troops, and guards are all:NINJAS!!!
Your most popular law is:Free alcohol to pretty people if they sit with ugly people
Your least popular law is:All religions required to write you into their doctrines
Your worst enemy is:Ringo Starr, but you can't remember why . . .
Your popularity rating is:
38%
Your chance of being overthrown is:
7%
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So several people on my friends list have this meme going- name a subject and I'll give you my "top five" items in that category.

Note: extremely broad topics like "books" "songs" or "movies" will get you a blank stare and an "Uh, I dunno, there are so many...", possibly followed by my "top fifty in no particular order", not my top 5. So if you're going to ask about topics like that, narrow it down a bit.
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