I long to write about what I read, or writing related. There is already an old post in this relatively new sub-category. I have to apologize because I can't share with you everything I know or I read in my life. I'm not sure I'm going to find the time to include even the most significant things I have read. These posts will be short and sometimes with less pics. [source] After the new introduction, I have to justify myself on the subject. The title is of Dan Brown's acclaimed book. A catchy one, I have to recognize and on the same time cheap and predictably boring as anyone who read his books may already know. Of course, this is only my own supposition. Being in a train last summer, I read a book by a certain Sam Bourne, which is a pseudonym acquired by a British journalist, Jonathan Freedland, called the biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown. I beg to differ. Dan Brown is on a fame wave because of his lately chosen controlled "controversial" subjects for his novels, and I refer here to Angel and Demons which began to be largely known especially after the long praised and advertised The DaVinci Code, a book famous before Tom Hanks' impersonation of Robert Langdon, the symbologist academic. The Lost Symbol came after the former two mentioned books like a sure hit, but … [Read more...]
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After angering his fans by being late almost two hours to his London 02 Arena concert on Monday, the Canadian Justin Bieber was so lame as to not even apologize. The phenomenon over night youtube singer turned world star, took himself too serious and starts to piss off his 12 year old bunch of girl fans. Now the concerns were that they had school the next day. Thing is, this just doesn't do. School or no school next day, you don't keep a few thousand people waiting for two hours for you to give a lousy performance. [source] Huffington Post implies that there would be a fine imposed to "the young star" which could lead up to £10,000 for every minute of delay. That's what I call a "Huffington Post Style Filling", nothing consistent in that post, actually, and went unsigned as well. I took the pic from them, which shows a groggy Bieber who made "a million dollar a week", last year, according to the same post. Really? That's the end. With this sort of money one can't allow himself to be less than a professional. Almost on the same time, Taylor Swift made headlines on Tuesday when she hit back at Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for making jokes at her expense at this year's Golden Globes awards. Chelsea Handler of whom I recently became a fan, said that Swift is probably a … [Read more...]
The series created by HBO, primarily chronicles the lives and deeds of two common men: Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, two Roman soldiers mentioned historically in Caesar's De Bello Gallico. The fictionalized Vorenus and Pullo manage to witness and often influence many of the historical events presented, of which not all are accurate. Only two seasons were made, the first season depicts Julius Caesar's civil war of 49 BC against the traditionalist conservative faction in the Roman Senate, his rise to absolute dictatorship over Rome, and his eventual fall, spanning the time period from the end of his Gallic Wars (52 BC or 701) until his assassination on 15 March 44 BC (the Ides of March). Against the backdrop of these events, we also see the early years of the young Octavian, who is destined to become the first Emperor of Rome, after he took the title of First Citizen, then Augustus. The second season chronicles the power struggle between Octavian and Mark Antony following Caesar's assassination, spanning the period from Caesar's death in 44 BC to Octavian's final victory over Antony at Actium in 31 BC. All characters deserves separate pages, and I try to resume a little some of their roles.Kevin McKidd plays Lucius Vorenus a strong character with limited brain judgement, … [Read more...]
This short essay was intended more like a pictorial. After the pics, I added the words. The words are dedicated to kids who's fathers weren't near to show them the art of a real shaving. The ancient Egyptians are known to have shaved their beards and heads, a custom later adopted by the Greeks around 330 BC, during the reign of Alexander the Great and Romans after them. The practice was encouraged as a defensive measure for soldiers, preventing the enemy from grasping their hair in hand-to-hand combat. The Ancient Greek word βάρβαρος (barbaros), "barbarian", was an antonym for πολίτης politis, "citizen", from polis "city-state". The sound of barbaros onomatopoetically evokes the image of babbling (a person speaking a non-Greek language). The Greeks used the term as they encountered different foreign cultures, including the Egyptians, Persians, Medes, Celts, Germanic peoples, Phoenicians, Etruscans and Carthaginians. In fact, it became a common term to refer to all foreigners. Another possibility of "barbarian's" etymology, closer to my disertation may come from barba, which means beard. It is thought that perhaps barbarians were noted by the Greeks as having excessive hair and not maintaining a barbered appearance, and hence, were labeled … [Read more...]