Category Archives: History/Mythology

Media Roundup: Endings, and also some Medieval Combat

This week’s post is going to be a little bit more of a roundup, rather than focused on one thing. Innkeeper Chronicles (web serial), Once Upon a Time (TV), and The History Channel: Great Battles Medieval (game) are the topics. … Continue reading

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Tea ceremonies, rice paper, and flower arrangements; this year’s Sakura Matsuri experience at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Once again, I went to the Sakura Matsuri festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. One of the first things we did was go to a traditional Japanese flower arrangement demonstration–there are different schools for this, and I think that the demonstration … Continue reading

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PHD Comics, Illustrated 2 Minute Thesis

Okay, so it’s not science, but it’s related to grad school and it’s really cool. This is an illustrated two minute explanation of a graduate student’s thesis project, dealing with language and culture by observing children in a Sherpa community. … Continue reading

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Putting Words in People’s Mouths, Apocalypse 2012

Maybe I should have posted this sooner, but I’m doing it now because now is the great concentration of Mayan doomsday prophesy posts and news articles on the internet. So in the interest of fairness, I feel the need to … Continue reading

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“Greek Mythology” (?) in The Immortals

I do have a soft spot for ancient mythological fiction, which is why I chose to see this movie. I’m not all that familiar with Theseus’ story, either, and I’m by no means an expert on ancient Greece. So I … Continue reading

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Tam Lin and Mediaeval Baebes

Tam Lin is  a Scottish ballad, the titular character being a man who had been taken by the fairy Queen. The story follows Janet, a young woman who happens upon Tam Lin and rescues him from the fairies. Typically, she … Continue reading

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Black Ships, a retelling of the Aeneid

This is the story of Gull, an oracle that sails with Aeneas and the refuges of the fallen city of Troy, to find a new homeland. It retells Virgil’s Aeneid–for those who don’t know, that’s a classic epic written during … Continue reading

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