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Another Day Will Soon Pass

Tonight I aided my grandmother with basic computer skills, including monitoring e-mails, composing them, and adding contacts. It’s amazing what complexities we grow used to in life, and the capacity of the human brain to store such knowledge and practically apply it on a daily basis.

At around twelve or thirteen years old I was already developing and managing forums for fans of LEGO, motivated to do so after an adult fan had shut down his site. Even before that I was attempting to make video games out of Powerpoint presentations, and those diagrams I uncovered of my hopeful programs make for a great source of amusement regarding the imagination and perseverance behind it all, despite such fledgling knowledge.

Now, however, that time has brought with it maturity and even greater knowledge, I desire to use the full extent of my mental faculty for the glory of Christ, and to surround myself with people of the same pursuit.

Having studied world views, I am aware that the motivations of my readers may greatly differ. In the case of Secular Humanists (Atheists, Agnostics, [Neo]Darwinian Evolutionists, etc.), it may be the betterment of all mankind, or greater self worth. For Cosmic Humanists (New Age, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.), attaining a better realization of their “godhood,” or supernatural wellbeing may be more likely. Having this understanding of other beliefs has benefited me greatly, and provided a better comprehension of the goals, aspirations, desires, and proceeding actions of those around me.

Note: The mission statement has been updated on “About Me.”

Christmas is Right Around the Corner…

Christmas is almost here, and with it will come a plethora of fresh posts from The Adventure Writer’s Blog – ranging from winter photography, to reviews (such as Sherlock Holmes II) and more!

In preparation for Christmas time, I’ve published a play (as well as a 600-word story version) called 400 Years of Silence.

If you’re a fan of Christmas music, the K-LOVE Christian Radio station is giving away three free songs of the season, gotta love freebies.

Ready for Christmas?

K-LOVE certainly is, introducing their new online Christmas-music streaming page:
Good for getting into the Christmas season!

If you’re wondering why I’ve decided to share this, it’s because I just discovered it myself! I’ve frequently listened to K-LOVE online, and I believe the Christmas player is an excellent addition.

UPDATE: The K-LOVE Christmas player would appear to be seasonal, unlike their year-round stream, and is disabled shortly after Christmas, albeit it gives the appearance of functionality. Links, such as Recently Played, Top Songs, etc. are still available, although they should not be updated until the 2012 Christmas season.

The Stand: More than a Vapor

Tonight I was listening to The Stand by Kritstian Stanfill 
(review coming soon) and felt compelled to write something...

What is life but a vapor? What is a moment in time before eternity?
If we live our lives for ourselves we are met with momentary gratification – but what if we live for something more – the plan of God? Suddenly we are part of something much bigger – the biggest, greatest plan ever conceived. Here we find our purpose, and in it we may truly [and most freely] live.

Like Free Music?

Lately I’ve been getting into the habit of downloading music – something I’d rarely ever done before, I typically go the route of traditional music stores where I by a tangible album. Though for Christian music lovers like myself, there’s an abundance of free, artist-supported downloads on the net. Each month I pay a visit to KLOVE, a national Christian-radio website, which provides a free song every month (see KLOVE link). As well as the music I regularly purchase, I’ll also be reviewing and generally discussing a few of these songs.

Whatever the music you listen to, there’s plenty of freebies available on the net, but as a matter of integrity and abiding in the law, it is imperative to keep from those websites which deliberately pirate music, distributing it free across the net, without the benefit or permission of its author/artist/publisher. There’s so much ground to cover on the net – law enforcement officials can’t cover everything, and its the choice of the people to do the right thing.

Notes from my Mythological Studies (for a Christian-based essay)

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Information from Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton.
6. Who were the graces and muses? For what were they famous?

Graces: Three beings, commonly treated as a “triple incarnation.” They were Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth) and Thalia (Good Cheer) – daughters of Zeus and Eurynome. They would dance to Apollo’s lyre and  join their sisters (The Muses) in song.

Muses: Nine beings, also held to be in unison in certain pieces of literature, although separate beings in later works. They were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory) – Clio (Muse of History), Urania (Astronomy), Melpomene (Tragedy), Thalia (Comedy), Terpischore (Dance), Calliope (Epic Poetry), Erato (Love Poetry), Polyhymnia (Songs to the gods), and Euterpe (Lyric Poetry).

7. Who were the Erinyes and what were their duties?

Also known as the Furies, were devised by Virgil and given the underworld as their home. “Inexorable, but just,” the Furies were fierce pursuers of justice, overtaking wrongdoers and enveloping them in guilt and misery. Later they would become the Eumenides, “The Benevolent Ones.”

8. Pan & his Traits

Pan was the chief of the lesser god’s of earth. He was Hermes’ son and is described as a noisy, merry god, being part animal with goat’s horns and goat’s hoofs. He was the goatherds’ and shepherds’ god and the companion of the woodland nymphs in their dance and an exceedingly wonderful musician.

10. What were satyrs, centaurs, and gorgons?

The satyrs were much like the god Pan – un-human, and ugly, making their home in the forests and other wild places of the earth.

The centaurs were half man, half horse, and generally quite savage. One however, was an exception. A centaur by the name of Chiron was a wise, good centaur, tasked, often times, with taking care of the younger gods and raising them up.

The gorgons were three, two being immortal, the other (Medusa) remained mortal and would later be slain by Hercules on one of his grand labors. They were the daughters of Phorcys and are described as dragon-like creates who dwelled on the earth with the infamous reputation of turning men to stone with a mere turn of the head.

11. Who were the Sirens and the Fates? What powers did they have?

Sirens: The sirens were a dreadfully murderous bunch who lived on an island in the sea. With their enchanting, irresistible voices they would lure sailors to their demise. Only one hero who heard them was known to have lived, Odysseus, who ordered his men to tie him to the mast and stuff their own ears with wool.

Fates: The fates were Clotho (the Spinner of the thread of life), Lachesis (the Disposer of Lots, assigner of destiny), and Atropos (wielder of the sheers that cut the thread of life and brought about death). They were known to give men, at birth, both evil and good to have.

12. Who was Demeter?

Demeter (Ceres) was the goddess of the corn, being the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, the older sibling of Bacchus, the god of wine. She was also the mother of the famous Persephone who was taken away by Hades to be her bride.

13. Who was Persephone? Summarize the story of her abduction and explain how this incident explained the seasons to the early Greeks.

As introduced in Question #21:

Like the flowers Zeus sometimes placed before the maidens he deceived, Hades had placed a narcissus for the object purpose of drawing Persephone’s attention. After she had strayed far from her companions, his chariot rose up from Hades and took her away.

The dark lord, however, could not keep her forever. Upon the earth, a cold winter and famine had arisen from the fretting Demeter, who convinced the gods to force Hades to give up Persephone. Hades, however, would not give her up so easily. Just before she was to leave, Hades fed Persephone the seeds of a pomegranate, for any food eaten in the underworld would entrap its target and force them to live in Hades. From this point on, Persephone spent half a year with Demeter (Summer and Spring), and half a year with Hades (Winter and Fall).

14. Who was Dionysus? What is the connection between him and the maenads?

Dionysus was the last god to enter Olympus, born in Thebes to Zeus and the Theban princess Semele. “He was the only god whose parents were not both divine.” Dionysus, also called Bacchus, had a following of women frenzied with wine called the Maenads, or the Bacchantes.

15. Describe the creation of Earth and Heaven.

“First there was Chaos, the vast immeasurable abyss,

Outrageous as a sea, dark wasteful, wild.”

Such are the fitting words of Milton. The creation, as described by the Greeks, is a most vague one… things just, happened. There was no God in the beginning, according to the Greeks, as we know there truly has forever been. The Earth simply rose up in all her great beauty and the Heavens in the same accord – from them came the Titans, from them the gods, etc.

16. Who were the first creatures on Earth before humans?

The giant, colossal figures known as the Titans – children of mother earth and father heaven, as well as Cyclopes and other hideous monsters. Those with a hundred hands and fifty heads were destroyed by “Father Heaven.”

DP: How do you know where your boundaries are?

“How do you know where your boundaries are? We all have limits for what we are willing to try, or do, but how do you know that you haven’t gone far enough? Or when you go too far?” – Scott Berkun, The Daily Post

Boundaries… often times they are only superficial mental barriers that we set up for ourselves.

I cannot do this because I never have before… 

I cannot experience this, because I have never experienced anything like it…

It often takes a leap of courage to overcome these obstacles – moreover, with that leap comes a realization, which is this: there is a drastic difference between being unable and unwilling or inexperienced. For example, eating escargot is often a scary though for many Americans, yet for most, they are physically able to consume the dish. The only thing that stands in their way is the mental barrier they set up for themselves.

Mental boundaries may be overcome, although some physical boundaries may prove to be insurmountable. For myself, I know I cannot continue doing something when it will result in death, when I have reached my peak physical limit in some particular challenge. Yet when I am tired, or desiring to quit, here I may find the chance to persevere. To grow and develop in whatever it is that I am doing by pushing myself above the average 100% bar.

When considering boundaries, there is one remedy we often overlook: God.

In God there are no boundaries (except for that which compromises the law and character of God’s perfect nature), and by the power of the cross anything may be overcome.

Secretariat / Job: AW Blog Quote

19 Have you given the horse strength?

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Animated sequence of a race horse galloping. Photos taken by Eadweard Muybridge (died 1904), first published in 1887 at Philadelphia (Animal Locomotion). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you clothed his neck with thunder?

25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar, 
The thunder of captains and shouting.                

  (Job 39:19 & 25New King James Version)

Quoted in the film Secretariat, featuring in AW Blog Favorites!

DP: Our Mission Statement

Today’s Daily Post prompt intrigued me more than any other –What do you want to accomplish with your blog? What is it for?

Not to mention its bonus…

Bonus: Many blogs I see never explain to readers what the goal for the blog is, which makes it hard for people who stop by to know if they should come back. Write a post about your 3 goals for the blog, who you think the readers are, and what you’re offering them in terms of topics or themes. Then take a much shorter list of your goals, and include it in a sidebar widget.

A hearty thanks to Jim Adcock for his submission of this topic!

Here is the Adventure Writer Mission Statement, which will be amended and revised continually until its just right!

Although this a multi-subject blog, I do have a few set goals that will remain.

  1. I will continually provide reviews on movies, books, music, manga, MMORPG’s, WordPress themes, video games & consoles, food, and anything else suitable for review! In these reviews, I ask readers to keep in mind that I add my personal opinion into each post – I hold firmly to my Christians values and beliefs and will not compromise.
  2. I welcome any appropriate comments – however, any vulgar, profane, racist, or in any way slanderous comments will be deleted or marked as spam – not to be displayed on this blog. Courteous constructive criticism is welcome and I’m always looking for ways to improve my blog! Any other cordial comments and feedback are encouraged as well – I just have one request: think about what you say before you post it!
  3. This blog is not in any way meant to badger, slander, or reflect and elaborate upon darkly sarcastic, cynical, satirical topics and discussions. I will abide by Biblical standards and keep a civil tone in my writings. As a Christian, I agree with the statement made by Brother Andrew, author of God’s Smuggler: that we are not anti-other religions or other beliefs, rather “pro-Christ.” I am open to the expression of one’s personal beliefs, though you may certainly expect to see me express mine in return.This blog is for informative and expressive purposes – if you have any questions, please leave a comment on one of my posts.
Thanks for reading!
-Adventure Writer

Generational Limit

Marcus Tullius Cicero, after whom Teuffel name...

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Topic: Describe the following quote [with a Biblical perspective]:

“Who knows only his own generation remains always a child.” ~Cicero

When one is limited to the present, they remain isolated to mature conceptions – this limitation makes them as a child. The past provides insight unto the future and the present. Such insight is a safeguard to mistakes, ones that have already been made and should not be made again. Insight, however, is not only limited as a combat to human error, it provides a new outlook on life, one that can grow with age. Insight takes the cooperation of the one who wishes to tap into it. Like understanding God’s word, it requires contemplation and revelation. Revelation may be gained through life experiences that you experience as you grow older. Mistakes should be looked at as something to be learned from and a warning for anyone who may be able to make these mistakes. They do not need to be tried out, as those who have already tried them out, have met negative consequences. If you do not learn from mistakes, experiences, and life lessons that God gives you, age will not assist you — nor give you wisdom. One may look at the generations around oneself and learn from them, even the next generation. If the younger generation is looked to as inexperienced, and cannot be learned from, this is quite a mistake. There is something to be learned from in any generation.

If one is not open to this, and they close their mind to

everything around them, they are as a child.  However,

unlike children, they cannot grow… they cannot learn.