Archive for the ‘science’ category

ODYSSEUS PART 2

September 15, 2009

History’s toughest journey….just got tougher. Threatened by a demonic monster (Scylla) and a deadly whirlpool (Charybdis), the greatest hero of all time continues his journey home to his wife and child.

ODYSSEUS: WARRIOR’S REVENGE airs on Monday, September 21 at 10PM/9c on HISTORY.

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BUG GIRL

September 10, 2009

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TURNING FEAR INTO FASCINATION, KPI SIGNS “SPIDERWOMAN” KRISTIE REDDICK

She’s drop-dead gorgeous and loves furry creatures with lots of legs. She’s got a whimsical personality and a huge determination to convince us that bugs are not SO icky. She’s dedicated to saving insects from death, destruction, and humans. A real-life Spider Woman? She’s Kristie Reddick, self-proclaimed “Bug Girl” and Texas A&M trained entomologist.

Set to pursue acting (with a BFA in theatre), Kristie’s fascination with Africa took her on a college trip to Kenya. One night, she heard a scream coming from the choos (bathrooms). She ran with her net and red-light to investigate (it was a guy who screamed). Kristie watched as a very large, spider-like creature climbed up to her eye level, reared back, opened its jaws and hissed at her. That’s when it happened. This wild thing was speaking to her, and Kristie instantly fell in love.

Bug Girl + student

She ditched her show-biz plans, volunteered in a lab studying wasps in Florida and then took a job teaching inner-city kids in California. Strapped for cash, she bought a lotto ticket, won $250 and drove cross-country to her next adventure: Texas A&M’s graduate program in entomology (where she’s now a lecturer).

Kristie is one of the few people in the world to have studied solifuges (arachnids that are not spiders…) in Africa, and she has discovered five new species so far.

How many teachers do you know who will go into the wilds of Kenya (or Texas) in shorts and a tight tank top, surround themselves with hissing cockroaches, allow beetles to crawl up their arm, and describe hot spider sex?

Bug Girl+cam crew

Kristie, we look forward to working with you!

The Versace logo: Connecting Modern Fashion and Myth

August 31, 2009

by Phedre de Feullide

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Greek Mythology is a topic which almost everyone studies in school, and which oddly enough, can be found influencing us in our daily modern lives. Everyone knows that Greece was the birthplace of democracy; basically it is where the American idea of government comes from, and has even influenced our ideas of heroes and villains. Not everyone however, is aware of how prolific Greek mythology is in today’s media. Many companies have taken names or logos which take their meaning from Greek mythology; companies like NIKE, named after the goddess of victory, or the product Ajax, named for a hero of the Trojan war. Gianni Versace’s clothing line has also taken its cue from the past.

The Versace logo shows a representation of the head of Medusa: a woman who was transformed into a monster after offending the gods. She was punished for allowing the god Poseidon to seduce her in the temple of the goddess Aphrodite. Her hair, which had once been her most glorified attribute, was turned into snakes. As the story goes, anyone who looked at her would be turned into stone. Perhaps this is not something which one would usually associate with a major fashion house; something being so ugly that it can turn you into stone. However, Gianni Versace had a fascination with classical art and architecture, and it is with the later, beautiful representations of Medusa that the logo is associated with. During the Roman period, especially, Medusa was depicted as a beautiful woman with wild hair, and a few snakes twined here and there.

Copyright 2005, Phedre de Feuillide. College grad with an Art History/archeology degree with a minor in religion. My other interests are classical lit, old movies, and extreme sports. Reprinted from AssociatedContent.com

PITY POOR MEDUSA

August 28, 2009

Watch MEDUSA’S horrific transformation from ultimate beauty…to ultimate beast.

CLASH OF THE GODS: MEDUSA
airs Monday August 31, 10PM/9c
on HISTORY

CLASH OF THE GODS….thunders on

August 26, 2009

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Here’s the upcoming schedule for Clash of the Gods on HISTORY, Mondays at 10PM/9c

Most weeks, HISTORY follows the new episode with a repeat of the previous week’s.

Also, HISTORY posts previous episodes for free viewing on their website www.history.com/video

8/17 HADES
8/24 THE LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR (watch now)
8/31 MEDUSA(watch now)
9/7 (pre-empted by Charles Manson special)
9/14 ODYSSEUS: CURSE OF THE SEA
9/21 ODYSSEUS: WARRIOR’S REVENGE
9/28 BEOWULF
10/5 THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS
10/12 THOR

THE LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR

August 24, 2009

A half bull, half human monster is trapped in a maze–a place archeologists say may still exist today.

CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981 – 2010)

August 24, 2009

Clash of the Titans was released on July 12, 1981 (the same day as Raiders of the Lost Ark). As many have observed, the film gave Greek and Roman mythology the Star Wars treatment with a classy cast of international stars including Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Claire Bloom as Hera, and Ursula Andress as Aphrodite. The legendary Ray Harryhausen worked his stop-motion special effects magic to create the fantastic pantheon of analogue demigods and monsters. The film was made on a budget of $16 million, and it went on to gross $41 million.

Harryhausen was also co-producer of the film, and retired from filmmaking shortly after the movie was released making this his last main feature film.

Okay, so you probably already know that Warner Bros. is remaking Clash of the Titans. Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) is directing. The film stars Sam Worthington (upcoming Terminator Salvation and Avatar) and Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films, The English Patient) and Alexa Davalos, Gemma Arterton, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Visual effects supervisor is Nick Davis of Entrapment (Troy and The Dark Knight most recently). Filming is underway; release is scheduled for March 2010.

Not to be confused with the Canadian animated teen TV series with the clever title variation: Class of the Titans.

[info courtesy wikipedia and imdb.com]