Friday, January 25, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
"I AM that I AM." --YHWH to Moses, ca. 1596-1271 BC.
"I think, therefore I am." --Rene Descartes, 1596-1650 AD.
"I yam what I yam, and tha's all I yam." --Popeye, 1929-Present.
(Not my original conception, but worth repeating.)
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Master Fabio, castle historian, appears in the 1971 Hammer horror movie, Countess Dracula. He disguises his astute mind under the cover of elderly geniality as he investigates the disappearance of young girls and other strange happenings at the castle of the Countess, who has taken to bathing in the blood of virgins to restore her youth. Unfortunately, his efforts do not conclude happily for himself.
Master Fabio was played by Maurice Denham (1909-2002), a British actor who specialized in older characters of a somewhat befuddled nature. He appeared in (besides many other movies and TV shows) Curse of the Demon (1957, as Professor Henry Harrington), the Jackanory presentation of a selection from The Hobbit (1979, as the Reader), 84 Charing Cross Road (1987, as George Martin), and Dr. Who: The Twin Dilemma (1989, as Edgeworth/Azmael), just to name a few roles significant to me and people I know.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The mace was a club-like weapon popular through many centuries and in many countries. Shapes, sizes, and patterns varied a great deal, but mostly had a long handle with a flanged, knobbed, or spiked head. They were popular with churchmen or clerics of military bent, because they were crushing or bruising weapons, and thus circumvented the scriptural ban on the shedding of blood by the sword.
The flail, as a weapon, was based on the agricultural instrument for threshing corn, and thus favored by lower orders. This devastating weapon, consisting at its simplest as a weighted end suspended from a handle by a chain or leather strip, besides landing painful blows, could strike around shields or entangle the enemy's weapon. Sometimes called, in grim humor, a 'holy water sprinkler.' It could have several heads which made it more deadly but harder to handle.
The morningstar (or 'morgenstern') was a spiked ball that could be used as the end of a mace or as the weight on the end of a flail. So-called because of its resemblance to a star.