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It’s just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.

Well, I know a few people who may say otherwise. And like with everything else, it depends on the book.

But I don’t really want to talk about books. More like the movie that particular quote comes from.

If you’re unaware, I’m talking about the 1999 movie ‘The Mummy’ staring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo. I really liked the movie as Ancient Egypt has always been a big interest of mine. Of course they didn’t get EVERYTHING correct in the movie.

  • The codex-style books (pages, covers and binding) were not invented until the Roman Empire. Ancient Egyptians used scrolls. Therefore the Book of the Dead or book of Amun-Ra should not look like modern ‘books’ at all.
  • After being hanged and prior to boarding the boat Rick is explaining to Evie about his troop believing in the city so much they marched across Libya. The movie is based in 1923 and the country was not referred to as Libya until 1934.
  • When they seek Winston’s help, the Victrola is playing at 33 rpm. Victrolas only play at 78 rpm; long-playing (33 rpm) records did not appear until the 1950s.
  • The knife that Rick uses to cut out the scarab from Jonathan’s arm is a Benchmade model 42 butterfly knife, which would not have been available in 1923.
  • The plane Winston is flying is a Stampe et Vertongen SV-4B. These planes went into production in 1930, five years after the film is set.
  • Dr. Bey says that Hamunaptra was a myth told by the “Arabs” to Greek and Roman tourists, but the Arab conquest of Egypt was after the Greek and Roman periods.
  • The ancient Egyptians believed that there was a strong link between death and the compass direction west (where the sun “died” every evening). The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra as they approach it suggests that they have been traveling eastwards from the Nile, but if the ancient Egyptians had built a “City of the Dead” they would never have built it on the eastern side of the Nile. [However, the movie never claims otherwise. The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra does mean that they approached it from the west, but it doesn’t mean that they have been traveling eastward from the Nile. Apparently they circled around to the western side of Hamunaptra, so that the rising sun could show them the way. This would also explain why both parties approached the lookout point from the opposite directions (they circled the city differently).]
  • In the opening shot of Thebes, pyramids are visible, but there were no pyramids built around Thebes. You can also see a small version of a Sphinx in front of the pyramids, making the whole set look like Giza, in Cairo.
  • The movie refers to “Bedouin Tuareg”. The Bedouin and the Tuareg are two different peoples, the Bedouin being Arab and the Tuareg being Berber. The Tuareg live in the Sahara to the west, not in the vicinity of Egypt.
  • Imhotep fears cats because “cats are the guardians of the Underworld”. In Egyptian mythology, cats were associated with the goddesses Bastet (fertility, motherhood and protection) and Sekhmet (healing) and not the Underworld.
  • Both times, when the Arab horsemen are attacking Hamunaptra, the sound of ululation is heard. In the Middle East, this sound is traditionally made by women, and during times of celebration or grieving. It wouldn’t be made by attacking men on horseback.
  • The hieroglyphs on Ardeth Bay’s forehead are supposed to spell Imhotep. They are, however, incorrect, and are translated as Imhotper, rather than Imhotep.
  • When Dr. Allen Chamberlain is reading the mummy’s curse in hieroglyphs, he is in fact reading them the wrong way. The way the hieroglyphs were facing, they were meant to be read right-to-left. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs can be read right-to-left, left-to-right, or up-to-down.
  • When Evelyn and Rick climb down into the vault under the statue, Evelyn uses mirrors to illuminate the chamber. You see the light passing from one mirror to the next. The speed of light is way too fast to be tracked like that.
  • There are five canopic jars pictured in the chest. However, only four canopic jars were ever used during mummification. The heart was left in the body, and there for would not have had a corresponding canopic jar.
  • At the beginning of the movie when the horsemen are about to shoot O’Connell, all of the horsemen are holding bolt-action rifles with one hand as they get ready to shoot and you hear all of the rifles being cocked even though it takes two hands to cock a bolt-action rifle.
  • The “Royal Air Corps” has never existed. It was the Royal Flying Corps until 1918 and has been the Royal Air Force ever since.
  • The ancient Egyptians in the movie, i.e., Seti I, Anck-su-Namun, and Imhotep, are actual historical figures. However, that’s where the accuracy ends. A simple look at their lifespans shows that these three characters could never have known each other. Imhotep (2650 BC – 2600 BC) died over 1,000 years before the reign of Seti I (to 1279 BC). Anck-su-Namun (1348 BC -1322 BC) never knew Seti I. She was wife of her half brother Tutankhamun “King Tut” (1332 BC – 1323 BC).

Just to name a few things. And yes, I did get help with these facts as I’m not THAT good with Ancient Egypt!

Fast forward 18 years (oh holy shit, really??) and we have a new The Mummy movie that is coming out this summer June 8. Unlike the 1999 gem this one has the mummy as a princess who has been denied her destiny. Which right there is sort of skewed as destiny means “the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future” so her dying or being killed was actually her destiny. And according to IMDB the new movie IS a remake of the 1999 movie. Here are some other facts IMDB has thrown out for us:

  • The movie introduces Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll which will set up the character for a standalone film in Universals monster universe.
  • The film’s tagline, “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters”, is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal.
  • It is intended to be the first installment in a possible Universal Monsters shared universe
  • Ironically, while casting the male lead in The Mummy (1999), Tom Cruise was considered before director Stephen Sommers eventually selected Brendan Fraser. Eighteen years later, Cruise plays the lead in this remake.
  • Sofia Boutella’s character is named Princess Ahmanet, which is similar (but not related) to Amunet, a primordial Ancient Egyptian goddess that was the consort of the deity Amun.
  • The Mummy’s design and gender were altered due to Apocalypse’s look during the post-credit scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • The film marks the first collaboration between Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe.
  • The zero gravity scene took 64 takes and was shot for 2 days in a falling plane. Reportedly, a lot of the crew got nauseous during the scene and vomited, except for the main stars Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, who were really proud of the stunt.
  • Len Wiseman was originally set to direct, but he dropped out before production began. Wiseman was then replaced by Andrés Muschietti, but he also later dropped out due to creative differences.
  • This will be the first movie in The Mummy franchise where the mummy is female.
  • Javier Bardem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Eddie Redmayne were all considered to play Dr. Henry Jekyll before Russell Crowe was cast in the role.
  • This remake of “The Mummy” will be released 85 years after the 1932 original version, 18 years after the 1999 remake, and 16 years after “The Mummy Returns”.
  • This film’s tagline, “A new world of gods and monsters,” is taken from a line in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which featured the original Mummy, Boris Karloff. This line also inspired the title of the film Gods and Monsters (1998), which starred Brendan Fraser, star of the 1999 film The Mummy (1999).
  • Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) is not the first female mummy in the Universal Monsters franchise. Before her are:
    –The Mummy (1932), Imhotep (Boris Karloff) searched across millennia for his mummified lover, Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon (Zita Johann), who had been reincarnated as Helen Grosvenor.
  • The Mummy’s Hand (1940), Kharis (Tom Tyler) had hoped to resurrect his beloved, the mummified Princess Ananka (Zita Johann, archive footage). Before he could, however, he was caught, and for his unholy transgression Kharis was cursed to be an undead mummy forever.
  • The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), although Ananka was absent in this film she did appear in The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), reincarnated as Amina Monsouri (Ramsay Ames). When Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) eventually captured Amina, she transformed into the 3,000 year old mummy of Princess Ananka.
  • The Mummy’s Curse (1944), Princess Ananka’s mummy (Virginia Christine) clawed her way out of a muddy grave before being transformed once again into a beautiful woman.
  • The film was partially filmed in London, England, with shooting taking place in July 2016.
  • The Mummy is written by Christopher McQuarrie who has previously directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher (2012) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).
  • The plane crash sequence was partially shot with Tom Cruise on the ‘vomit comet’ zero-g airplane.
  • The character played by Tom Cruise was originally named Tyler Colt, but this was ultimately changed to Nick Morton.
  • The film will feature 2 Oscar Nominated Actors – Tom Cruise & Russell Crowe who are collaborating for the first time.
  • The release of this film and American Made (2017) mark the first time Tom Cruise has appeared in more than one film per year since 2012. In 2012, he starred in both Rock of Ages (2012) and Jack Reacher (2012).
  • The first live action Mummy film to be released since The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
  • Universal was once the reigning studio of horror films. Starting with Dracula (1931) and all through the decades was known as such to the present.
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll is a character in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. He struggles with good and the bad attitudes in his life, thus creating the two different personalities, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde whose first name is Edward.
  • This will be the fourth Mummy film to receive a PG-13 rating.
  • This is not Tom Cruise’s first foray into the horror genre. He played a vampire in the film “Interview with the Vampire” (1994).
  • Baltasar Kormákur was offered the opportunity to direct, but turned it down.
  • Alex Kurtzman’s 2nd directorial after People Like Us (2008).
  • Composer Brian Tyler will be giving music to The Fate of the Furious too, another Universal studio produced movie.
  • As of May 22 2017, Universal Studios is officially calling their new monster universe the Dark Universe. This was also hinted at in the 3rd trailer.

While it may be a remake of the 1999 movie it does not seem to be a remake of the 1932 movie.

Judging by the trailers and the description, it seems not [to be a remake]. The 1932 picture concerned a male mummy which had come to life and was searching for his reincarnated lover. This movie appears to concern a magically powerful, power hungry female ruler of Egypt whose resting place is disturbed, resulting in her trying to reassert her power over the world. So it looks more like a remake of the 1980 film “The Awakening”, which was in itself a remake of the Hammer Horror film “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” (1971), which was in turn a working of the Bram Stoker novel “Jewel of the Seven Stars”. Interestingly, there is also a mockbuster version of this ‘evil queen mummy’ idea which was released in 1998 to steal the thunder of the Brendan Fraser movie. It was titled “Bram Stoker’s Legend of the Mummy”.

I don’t understand how it is not a remake of the 1932 film but be a remake of the 1999 film since that one was in fact a remake of the 1932 film. And even IMDB says it is a remake of the 1932 film in the 1999 movie FAQ page (which there are spoilers if you have not seen the movie–really? Why the bloody hell not???).

The Mummy is a loose remake of The Mummy (1932), which was based on a script by American playwright John Balderston, who also contributed to Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) and covered the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb for New York World when he was a journalist. Balderston’s script was rewritten for this film by screenwriters Lloyd Fonvielle and Stephen Sommers (who also directed The Mummy (1999)). Two sequels followed: The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). A novelization, also titled The Mummy and written by American writer Max Allan Collins, was released concurrently with the movie.

Of course keep in mind that IMDB is in fact made up of paid subscribers and they don’t know everything if anything.

What I’m getting to is that I am not entirely sure this remake is going to do any of the previous movies any good. And could very well be quite the horrific start to Universal Studios’ new monster universe.

We’ve all seen it. Studios try to kick off a grouping of movies but falling flat on their faces. More so after Marvel Studios had such a whirl wind of cash with their brilliant collection of movies starting with my personal favorite of Iron Man back in 2008.

What other studios don’t seem to grasp, and I really cannot believe that not a one of the people in their employ hasn’t said anything–or if they have they haven’t been listened to (dumbasses) is that the only way to have the type of success Marvel Studios is finally  having is to set everything up as they did.

Did anyone imagine what was being planned out in 2008 watching Iron Man? I didn’t. Also as I have said many times, I’m not a comic book reader and certainly wasn’t clued in to a lot of the hidden clues about what was going on. I’m sure the fan base realized slowly, perhaps after Thor hit theaters in 2011.

It sort of took many by surprise. Especially since Marvel Studios hasn’t always had the best of luck. The Incredible Hulk comes to mind. Thankfully they finally hit gold with Mark Ruffalo (no offense Edward Norton) and I can understand why they haven’t thought about doing another Hulk movie.

By the time The Avengers started showing trailers, everyone was hooked. I was beyond excited as I had indeed seen all the movies up to that point so I had a good grasp of what had been happening and I am an avid staying through the credits type of girl. Even when I didn’t understand what was going on when they were hinting at what was coming (the exception was Mjöllnir in New Mexico at the end of Iron Man 2. At that time I was living in New Mexico so YAY!) I would get excited (had nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr *wink*).

As strange as some may find it, I am glad I haven’t read the comics. One thing I have always hated is knowing what is suppose to happen and seeing something else happen or it not happen at all. I have seen many movies based on books I have read (and I have read a few books based on movies or seen a movie THEN read the book) and although I enjoyed the books sometimes I don’t like the movies.

Also it is so much more fun not to know what’s next.  Well at least when it comes to books and movies…..

Until next time, I decide to check out the evolution of Marvel Studios’ success. And in case you ever get in the mood to do a Marvel marathon here’s the line up (including some movies not tied to the Avenger timeline in an obvious way):

2008- Iron Man
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2008- The Incredible Hulk
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2008- Punisher: War Zone
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2010- Iron Man 2
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2011- Thor
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2011- Captain America: The First Avenger
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2012- The Avengers
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2013- Iron Man 3
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2013- Thor: The Dark World
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2014- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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2014- Guardians of the Galaxy
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2015- Avengers: Age of Ultron
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2015- Ant-Man
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2016- Captain America: Civil War
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2016- Doctor Strange
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2017- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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2017- Thor: Ragnarok
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2018- Black Panther
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2018- Avengers: Infinity War
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2018- Ant-Man and the Wasp
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2019- Captain Marvel
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2019- Untitled Avengers film
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Because religion is in my face.

I miss the days where I didn’t get annoyed with stupid people due to the fact I didn’t know just how many of them there was on this poor planet. This time is also known as BIA. Before Internet Access.

The last couple of days I have been annoyed once again with Christians. Because they are truly stupid and probably should have been exterminated a long ass time ago. And yes, as usual I am quite aware not everyone of any group is the same, feel the same and certainly don’t act the same. But if we’re completely honest with ourselves, we’d realize that it doesn’t fucking matter. One. Little. Bit.

Perhaps we should point the finger at a subtype of the Christian faith, the Conservatives. These idiots come out of the woodwork of their pews to make a big stink about something completely utterly mind-blowingly stupid. And I am more then sure you know what I am talking about for I am also sure that it’s been blown up in your face, especially if you have a Facebook account.

Conservative Christians have crawled out of the church pew woodwork to rend their garments and beat their breasts, at word that Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast will feature an openly gay character. They’ve loudly promised to boycott the film and Disney itself in spiritual protest.

OMD WHO CARES??? Seriously. Who the fuck cares? These idiots have been promising to boycott everything. I’m sorry, did anyone see them bitching about Fifty Shades of Grey or even the second movie whose title I can’t even remember, not that it’s important. I honestly don’t remember hearing shit. There could be many reasons behind this.. may hap I was ignoring everything that had to do with that disgusting display of lies as I am certainly no fan of the books that spawned such crap. But I’m not talented enough to be able to avoid hearing everything there was about it… with exception of it’s second movie, which I didn’t even know was created much less hit theaters. Perhaps because I’m out of the US?

This news alone is of little surprise, as it’s been the M.O. for these opportunistic, self-righteous Bible-thumpers who never waste an opportunity when there’s publicity to be had, damnation to be dispensed, and joy to be squashed. Such unprovoked jerkery is what we now expect from the American Religious Right, who have long since jettisoned the loving, compassionate, redemptive justice work of a poor-loving Jesus—and gone all in with the glossy, homophobic pulpit bullies who arouse their passions. Their continued persecution of the LGBTQ community and anyone who supports them, is a sad song we’ve all gotten used to them singing.

This is true. These asshats come out whenever there is joy to be had. Perhaps the reason we (or I) didn’t hear them screaming about Fifty Shades is because it started life as a fanfiction of the god awful Twilight series and that was presumed written by a religious idiot.

But right now their sanctimonious diatribes and their public castigation ring more hollow than usual, because to offer these things they’ve had to take a break from the work of breathlessly and violently defending the three-time married, adultering, vile, misogynistic, professed pussy grabber that many of them voted into office. To ratchet up the energy to launch a witch hunt about a fictional gay character, they’ve had to pause from doubling down on supporting a flesh and blood President guilty of Olympic levels of lying, vulgarity, and a seemingly endless stream of decisions targeting the poorest, sickest, most vulnerable—not to mention the water we drink, the air we breath, and the planet we stand on. (Thank God there aren’t any Bible verses addressing any of that stuff, or these folks would be looking pretty darn ridiculous right about now.)

Yes. Actually where the FUCK have these asshats been since the beginning of the year? Why of all things they have chosen they’re making a fucking stink about a FICTIONAL CHARACTER when there is a most deserving clusterfuck of a appalling creature in the flesh??? Perhaps they would be better turning this energy inwards to themselves to ask why the holy fuck would they ever stand behind a man like trump?

It turns out that when the rubber meets the road (or the campaign trail), “Biblical morality” is far less of a concern when it’s the guy who claims he’s against abortion, the one who promises you a Supreme Court Seat, the one who can keep your state Red. Then, the selectively parsed out words of the Scriptures become far less pressing, the life of Jesus much less critical—and a stranger’s sexual activity no longer a priority. In that case, they can in one breath lament the corruptible influence of LGBTQ people simply trying to live quiet, undisturbed lives—and in the next breath they can pledge allegiance to a foul-mouthed predator who’s repeatedly treated woman as utilitarian sex objects.

Ah yes, when the person can throw money or power your way, you’re going to ignore their horrible ways and just pretend they are just and godly. I am not sorry to say that I have never once seen anyone from the LGBTQ community standing on a corner telling people they’re going to hell because they are not a person of LGBTQ persuasion. They don’t get in your face and demand you change your sexual preference because they believe they of all people are more deserving of whatever it is people want most I suppose. They certainly don’t go knocking door to door asking you if you have found sex with another *insert your sex here*. I got physically assaulted by a Christian when I walked into Hastings to return a movie because they were holding a Harry Potter book party. I wasn’t even there for the party. I just wanted to return a movie and find another one. But I got HIT IN THE FACE with a fucking Bible. I did get the woman hauled off to jail, the whole while she screamed that I was going to hell.

And this is the pathetic, hypocritical corner the Evangelical Church has now painted itself into. By throwing its muscle, money, and manpower behind such an unapologetic, reprehensible, amoral human being like Donald Trump—it has lost the very small patch of moral ground it had left on which to stand to point the finger at any professed sinful behavior. They now haven’t a pulpit to pound on. And this is why their decision to once again go back to draw from the well of making the LGBTQ community the target of attack is so reprehensible. That they insist on inflicting damage on an already marginalized community to rally their base, is opportunistic bullying and hypocrisy of the highest order.

This is the only reason I even bring this stupidness up. These people helped trump get into the white house. They if not financially supported him, they spiritually supported him and now they wish to damn Disney for having an openly gay character? Who the fuck do you people think you are? Jesus himself will turn his back on you if he actually exists and you honestly believe we are going to pay you any mind?

More and more, younger generations view gender identity and sexual orientation as non-issues, which is making these religious folk’s righteous indignation look more and more like the unhinged ramblings of an old man who has lost his faculties. The Christians who are weeping and gnashing their teeth right now aren’t winning any converts, they’re doing nothing to damage Disney, and everything to damage the image of the Church in the eyes of the world, as an out-of-touch, hateful, inconsistent horde—who apparently find gay people “icky” but misogyny perfectly Presidential.

Do I really need to say anything right now? Are we really expecting them to be able to convince people that they should have any say in anything ever?

I’m sure these folks will do some wild theological gymnastics to make a gay character in a fictional story somehow more of a threat to our children than a confessed predatory President who brags about forcing himself physically upon strangers. They will work overtime to try and get God to consent to their inconsistency—but God will not. They can conjure up all sorts of Biblical slight-of-hand to try and justify themselves, but it will all be fruitless.

There may have been a day in the now distant past, where the preachers and Evangelists would have gotten a nice bump from such histrionics; a time when they may have even convinced some Biblically illiterate, easily suggestible bystanders to go along with them. It may have been sound Church business at one time. But these self-righteous reservoirs are drying up, as the old folks in these communities die out and the building themselves grow dormant, with no new converts to fill them. They are quickly become dusty museums of a religious bigotry that thankfully fewer and fewer people feel like practicing.

Today these protests are falling on deaf ears, by an educated, technologically connected generation, who see such obsessions with people’s personal plumbing all as much ado about nothing. They have no interest in a Church who doesn’t seem at all burdened to attend to the real suffering in the world, preferring to protest musicals, out terrified teenagers, and police public bathrooms for nonexistent boogeymen. 

Disney’s primary business is in the telling of stories and the dreaming of dreams and the singing of songs. And in days when the world has become so dark and so starved of simple joy—we need their brand of beautiful magic more than ever. The majority of us who affirm the inherent value of all people will pack the theaters and escape from that dim existence for a couple of hours, celebrating the diversity of this life with our children in stories and songs. Meanwhile “the Church” will stand outside with signs, sneering and scowling and being miserable in the name of Jesus—before returning to social media to troll some folks online who believe Donald Trump isn’t a great model of morality for our nation’s children.

And those of us who believe that we’re all equally welcome at the table despite who or how we love (many of us committed Christians), will stand at the door smiling, and with our hands pointed toward the dining room, simply sing to all who gather:

Be our guest, be our guest…

I am so glad the younger generation are looking at the older ones wondering just what the fuck is their deal. As they should, as we all have and should. Sometimes things need to be called out on. Things need to be looked at and then weighed to determine their priority in each and every one of our lives. Weights come out differently for us all. For some, like myself the fact that there is an openly gay character in a Disney movie, live action or animated weighs absolutely NOTHING compared to the Tangerine Tyrant many of religious community put in charge.

Quoted article can be found in it’s entirety without my comments. If you want to read it that way. Also to give the original author props. Please like it, especially if you liked mine!

Any community who supports the Tyrant will not get any support from me. In fact, I’ll be more likely to gladly support whatever they’re against. But I tend to do that anyway.

Until next time, do yourself a favor and just pick your battles. Have the sense to know when to give up on something and when to really dig in and fight.

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Welcome to January 1, 2017

I’ve made no reservations to do anything or to stop doing anything this year outside of this blog and trying to stay alive. I’m rather sure that the latter goes without saying, but seeing as I’m an American woman I felt it probably needs to be said. Sadly. I’ll be going back up to the States shortly for a very brief visit and quite frankly I am more scared of going up there then I have ever been here in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

2016 was a rough year to be honest. Mainly emotionally. It started off well I think, or so bad I have blocked it from memory. We lost quite a few celebrities this year. And a few tech products as well. We all had our own losses in our personal and business lives and have at some point gone to bed with tears in our eyes and a heavy heart.

2017 is a new year so a new beginning. Not quite sure what that is really suppose to mean for most people. Obviously we’re starting a whole new year, and some people may start a whole new way of life, or outlook, or how they feel about things. Or maybe even a new chapter. Sadly to have a beginning at all means something comes to an end.

For some irrational reason I am glad 2016 is over. Like the end of the year is going to stop what has been going on from continuing (wouldn’t that be lovely?). That creature America has elected to ruin run the country will soon be taking office. Wars of all types are still being fought, people are still hungry, homeless and desperate. A new year will of course bring good things, but we cannot go joyously into the year without remembering what we are bringing with us. I am not glad however that I will spend the next three months forgetting that it’s 2017 and have to fix the mistake.

It’s really hard to think pleasant thoughts with the taste of 2016 still stuck in my throat. Hell, it was hard to know what I did with my passport when I noticed it wasn’t where I have always kept it for over a year and a half now. Doesn’t help matters that we are moving later this month and somehow it got packed in a box that thankfully is not taped up. -_- First crisis of the year thankfully diverted. That would have been one hell of a crisis!!

Yes, we will be starting this year soon in a different house. As much as I really like the house we’re moving into it makes me really sad to be moving from the one we’re currently in. But for only two small furry reasons–and if I’m completely honest with myself it’s really like five. The biggest complaint I truly have about Mexico is how animals are treated. To them it is weird to share your home with an animal. So there are a LOT of strays to be found. In our complex alone there are five I know about. And I have named them all and have come in contact with petted and fed each of them.

hello-there

This is Kao K’o-Kung or KoKo. As you can see, he’s a Siamese. Possibly not one of those purebreds, but that certainly doesn’t matter! He’s quite sweet and quite curious. Had to be handed to me once by the guys who delivered our new bed as he had to check out the back of the truck. He talks, but not too loud and not in that demanding way like his namesake. He’s the darker and slightly smaller of the two Siamese.

 

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Meet Yum-Yum. This darling little boy (I think it’s a he) will bitch you out loudly if you happen to be late with the cat chow. If KoKo isn’t there when you walk out and Yum-Yum is, KoKo will be there shortly! If you are familiar at all with a certain series by Lilian Jackson Braun you should recognize where the names come from. Yes, I have waited a long time to be able to name two Siamese after those delightful cats!

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This is Orange Ball or OB for short. I think it’s a she but she’s a little bit shy and makes you wait for her to come to you. She’s soft as you’d imagine her to be and she likes to talk. I think she’s the youngest in the complex as she certainly is the smallest.

little-black

This is Little Black. He’s the cat that started it all. He would sit outside our door and meow “Hello!” until I opened the door and sat outside with him. He is quite shy and like OB you need to wait for him to come to you. He is the reason I started feeding the outdoor cats. He reminded me strongly of my Memnoch who died in 2013 and who I so terribly miss. I think he’s the neighbor’s cat as I see him over there quite a lot and he still comes to the door every now and again, but probably because of KoKo and Yum-Yum not as much as he used to.

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I *THINK* this is the eldest of them all. He certainly is the one with the most mileage visually. He’s also the only one I can confirm the sex of. He isn’t the biggest fan of KoKo or Yum-Yum and for the most part they leave each other alone, but every once in a while you can hear them growling at each other. I see him most with OB and for the longest time I though he was a momma cat because of OB. He doesn’t allow you to pet him for long, and he’s the only one who has made use of the cardboard box hide-aways I made when we first moved in.

These are the only things I will miss once we move. It’s funny how the very thing hubby says made him fall in love with me is the biggest thing that now annoys him. My unending compassion for creatures that are not human. Not a big fan of many humans, but I have a lot of trouble ignoring an abandoned animal. Might have to do with the unresolved issue I have with feeling like I’ve been abandoned many times in my life. Who the fuck knows right? I like taking care of things that seems to appreciate my attention and is more than willing to supply some of that attention right back.

The house we are in now is okay but it is just WAY too big for just me and hubby. We have a master, a guest room and then a cat room just for cat toys and litter boxes. There is a living room where we have our desks, the projector and Xbox One. Next to that is basically an unused area that has a lot of cat toys and the indoor garden which we were told when we moved it that a gardener would take care of but that person hasn’t been seen since we moved in and naturally the garden is pretty dead. There is a dining room that the cats use for their dishes and where my lion table is currently sitting. Then there’s the kitchen which for the size of the house the area is a bit small. Each room has it’s own bathroom, the guest room having the only bathtub that was SUPPOSE to be a jetted tub but of course it’s all window dressing–meaning it doesn’t work you can’t even turn the knob and none of the switches in the room do anything for it. We only get hot water in the kitchen and that one guest bathroom, except for lately where there is no hot water in any of the showers. But we do get hot water in the bath tub. I’m not one to take a lot of baths.

A LOT of the switches do nothing. There are missing light bulbs in areas even my 6’3″ tall hubby can’t reach so they’ve been left as is. When we have a problem we have to figure it out ourselves with help from friends. Last time something major happened in the house we had to pay for it to be fixed then threaten not to pay rent until we were reimbursed, which of course ended up being the amount taken off that months rent. And the icing to the cake was the fact there is someone living underneath us in our three story condo that we weren’t told at all about. Even the realtor had no idea the guy was down there. And his girlfriend cannot part worth shit and so we have to park elsewhere and the last time we did we lost our passenger side mirror as we hit a tree we had no idea was that close to the drive due to the fact we don’t normally park there. Of course now that we have to park there we know the tree is that damn close.

So yes, getting out of this condo is going to be really good. The new place is smaller, but still three bedroom. The master is an obvious master and is large, which is good as our king sized bed set is large. It also has some furniture already in it, which is also good as almost all of our stuff is in storage units in the States.

I could keep going but I have honestly run out of steam. I hate complaining and to me it always feels like it’s all I do any more. Perhaps I should complain less this coming year.

Until next time enjoy the holiday while it lasts, try to remember this is a new year and steel yourself for all that is to come.

Featured image is by Artist Chris Barker who freely allows the image to be shared. The image, which contains a collection celebrities who have died in 2016, and has become an emblem of the year. Barker has asked that in lieu of payment, donations be made to the Jo Cox memorial fund.

 

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We lost a great person yesterday. And my heart remains broken.

I was going to take a page out of Wil Wheaton’s book next month and force myself to do a daily post all through January and perhaps see if I keep it going from there. Of course I was going to start on January 1, 2017 shortly after watching the first episode of the fourth season of Sherlock from the BBC. Of course the obvious is things have changed.

Carrie Fisher, the world’s most beloved royal not born to royalty, a person who gave us the best lines for both foes and loved ones, a woman who wasn’t ashamed of telling the world she had bi-polar and worked very hard to make all mental illness stigmas disappear died early Tuesday morning despite the support of an entire galaxy for her to get better. I am sure you have heard about it by now, the Internet once again exploded (is anyone by chance keeping track of the number of times it has in fact exploded?) with the news on every. Single. Social. Media.

Like many, MANY people of my age and older, Star Wars; Episodes 4, 5 and 6 had quite the impact on our lives. The first movie came out the same year I was born, and I didn’t even see any of them until I was in 7th or 8th year of school. I was living with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins at that time and my uncle rented a VHS player (back when those could be rented) and all three Star Wars movies for the weekend.

I don’t remember the date at all. What I do remember is claiming my favorite arm chair, a large bowl of popcorn and settling in. My younger cousins weren’t really into watching anything that wasn’t cartoon so they went off to play in their room or watch their own movie, I have absolutely no idea what they were doing.

I’m not going to tell you that the moment the opening crawl began I was snagged. To be perfectly honest, it probably wasn’t until the end if not the next movie that got me locked in. I do remember thinking Luke was sort of cute, and it may have been that thought alone that pushed me into the next movie.

What I absolutely remember while watching the movies is that the chair developed a heart beat. I could feel it in my back as if I was sitting on someone’s lap and could feel their heart. I remember that very clearly. I have never had that happen before and I do not believe I’ve had it since. I watched all three movies at least twice that weekend.

I do not what exactly about these movies I adored so damn much. It could very well may have been because I developed a crush on Luke Skywalker. No matter what it was, I eventually fell for the whole universe. Carrie’s Leia as well as all of the others. Although if truth be told, R2D2 was until very recently my most favorite of all–now of course I can add BB8 and K-S2O, C-3PO comes in a close last and only because he really is a bit annoying at some points.

When I heard that Carrie was taken to the hospital because of a heart attack, my own heart leapt to my throat and all I could think was “Don’t you fucking DARE 2016!” As if the year itself had any doing upon what has been happening during it, but we all of course need to point the finger at something or someone. Even at the very mention of a possibility I wanted to cry. Of course I felt a bit better when news spread that she was in stable condition although still in ICU. I suppose that made Tuesday that much more painful.

I could barely get the words out of my mouth as I read them from my screen. I held my breath as I searched through news sites and trying, hoping to find that what I was reading was another in a long line of hoaxes. Even though I think I was reading the news on a reliable source, anyone can make a mistake thinking a story is true, and one like this is certainly considered news breaking and sources are still interested in breaking any news first.

As always, those who are still living will continue to live and continue to hurt but we’ll also continue to remember and miss all those we have lost, not just in 2016 which may or may in fact not be a year where so many things and people died than any other, but throughout our entire lives.

And on that, I have collected quite a few stories, articles, tweets, pictures, videos, etc. on this and it’s taken quite a while to do so. In fact an entire day. I haven’t even hit Facebook yet! But I do see that I have 90 Notifications for it.

Below you will find the documents I created for each of the articles I found, complete with pictures and where allowed, videos as well as the original urls. First part is the title of the article followed by what network it was on (CNN, Hollywood Reporter, NPR, etc.). Feel free to check them out, download them, share them, maybe even read them. Just remember her and not JUST for Princess/General Leia Organa.

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ETA (12-29-16): Adding new documents from new materials found. This is probably going to happen a lot I am afraid.

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ETA (7:57pm Central Time US December 28, 2016): Carrie Fisher’s mom Debbie Reynolds just died as well  so hearts are going out to the family even more now. Must be horrible for Billie having her mother and grandmother die so close together.

“Debbie Reynolds died after she was rushed to the hospital Wednesday, as reported by the Associated Press. She was 84.

Reynolds was hospitalized after suffering what TMZ and the Los Angeles Times said was a medical emergency.

Reynolds lost her daughter, Carrie Fisher, on Tuesday. Fisher died at a Los Angeles hospital days after suffering a heart attack on a plane last week. She was 60.

TMZ was the first to report the news, saying Reynolds was at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills planning her daughter’s funeral and may have suffered a stroke. The outlet reported Reynolds has been distraught since Fisher’s health declined last Friday.

The Los Angeles Times also reported Reynolds was rushed to the hospital, adding that she complained of breathing problems.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed they responded to a call for medical assistance from a house on Coldwater Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills (because the LAFD’s station was closer) shortly after 1 p.m. local time. LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told USA TODAY that an “adult female” in “fair to serious condition” was transported to Cedars Sinai Hospital, the closest to the address.

Because of a federal privacy law, emergency services can’t identify patients.

Reynolds had been giving periodic updates on Fisher while her daughter lay in the hospital, first telling fans Fisher was “stable” and on Tuesday confirming her death with a touching note.

“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother,” she wrote on Facebook.

The Oscar-nominated actress is grandmother to Fisher’s only child, daughter Billie Lourd, 24.

Copyright 2016 KING”

http://www.wfaa.com/entertainment/report-debbie-reynolds-rushed-to-hospital/379894226

Apparently, she missed her daughter way too much. I hope Todd (Carrie’s little brother) doesn’t follow suit and that Billie has all the support close to her as we all feel the pain.

Until next time, hold those you love close, if you can’t hold them close, tell them how much you love them, if you cannot do that then show them. There is always a way to tell someone you love them, but only if they are listening.

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Anthropology Midterm results.

I have to tell you that I had more anxiety about getting my papers and midterm back then I was writing the papers or taking the test! So the midterm itself was worth 100 points, each paper worth 50 points for a total of 200 points. She then had two 5 point bonus questions so the most one could get was of course 210 points.

I was quite concerned about one of the papers I wrote as the topics were archaeology and biology. A paper on each. I did mummy forensics which I got all marks and the comment “Great work. Thanks for such an entertaining read!!” I really wasn’t worried on that topic. It was the archaeology paper that had me slightly worried. ‘Indiana Jones and Real Archaeology’ was the title of said paper which not only got full marks but the comment of “Great job! Thanks!’ she also underlined the sentence “If nothing else, Indiana Jones has piqued the interest in archaeology and has added to the wonder and excitement that is history” and commented “too true!” I also had a quote from Alfred Kidder that she thought was awesome. So there’s 100 points right there not to mention a happy me knowing that once again my writing has shined.

The next two papers due when we have our final are on cultural and linguistic anthropology. No idea what exactly I plan to write about. Will have to look around in those fields and see what tickles me. And then wait until the last week before starting it. Yeah, not completely kidding there, I do my best writing a few days if not the night before it’s due.

Side note; Broncos, you’re killing me here! It’s the Chargers for football’s sake! What’s wrong with you!

If you haven’t noticed I have changed the banner so it’s not so…typical. I love Egypt, I do but having it as a banner when you’re blog is Anthropology is a little too cliche. Not even that cutesy cliche either, not that I’m one to do the cutesy stuff, but I have to say I like the one I created much better. Makes it more me as this blog should be since you’re going to be reading about me and what I’m up to with that anthropology stuff mixed in.

Speaking of anthropology: we started the culture section today. Did you know Americans are the only country who gives a rip about time. We need that instant gratification and will actually get cranky if we have to wait in line for more than three minutes. We have heart disease and loads of stress and for what? This obsession with time. Which is sort of funny; we stress about time which can actually cut our lives down so we actually end up with less time!

The rest of the county has got the right idea.  Apparently there isn’t many fast food places either. Which is good as it is really nice just to sit down, have a cup of whatever and allow the possibly good for you food to digest. Even if you wanted to do something like that here, it’s extremely hard!  I can only imagine how others feel coming over to this crazy country and just try to do things the way they used to. Even if you wanted to, the culture around you just is not going to let you!

I imagine it is difficult to remember when you’re not in America anymore. I can’t say I would mind experiencing that little “problem”

Haha. I have spent this night writing this post and watching tv. Which is why this is taking so damn long to get out there. You can blame it on “How I Met Your Mother” I wouldn’t want to choose a godparent for anything, “Partners” first time seeing this one, wasn’t too bad. “2 Broke Girls” which I love Max to death, “Mike & Molly” I dare you not to laugh while watching this one. And of course there will be “Castle” and who doesn’t love Nathan Fillion? Poor thing with Fox cancelling everything good he’s been in, television wise. LOVED, LOVED Firefly and Driven was looking really freaking good too! And those damn pussy other networks who wouldn’t (or couldn’t still yelling at them though) pick either of those shows up and run with them. Hollywood is seriously in trouble.

“Elementary” is looking well. I love BBC’s “Sherlock” and I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes movies as well as a lot of television that comes out of the UK. They are so laid back in so much of the stuff that makes Americans out as keepers of old English oaks if you understand my meaning.

I should probably stop here and publish this before I find some other random non-anthropology thing to talk about. Not saying this is to be strictly anthropology related but people come to expect something. So expect anthropology and whatever else randomly finds it’s way into my mind while I’m writing about anthropology. But I do promise some anthropology.

Until next time, take the time to people watch. Seriously, nothing is more fun then to sit back and watch your fellows live their lives. It can make you appreciate everything you have and the time you do. So take the time and relax.

Also, I ended up with a 108 on my midterm, which means I only missed one question but got both the 5 point bonus questions. Things might just be sinking in. I also listened to Mozart while studying.

Side note: Thank you Broncos for coming back from behind! 35 to 24, sorry Chargers. Not really.

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