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Samhain: The Celtic New Year (Part 2)

Posted by kristobaldude on April 22, 2014

Award-Winning Author Nicole Evelina

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Some of you may remember that last year I did a post on the Celtic feast of Samhain that was a sort of experiential fiction. It was a nice experiment, but I’m not sure it conveyed information the way I would have liked, so this year I’m going to talk about the holiday in a more straightforward fashion.

Samhain (October 31 or November 1, depending on your source), was the beginning of the Celtic new year. It was also the Celtic feast of the dead. (You may see similarities between the modern Day of the Dead and even Catholic All Souls and All Saints celebrations.) It was the day when the veil between the worlds was thinnest (Beltane, May 1, is the second) and it was believed we could touch the spirit world and it could touch us. Ancestors were revered and remembered. To this day, people in the Celtic world still follow the…

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What Did Camelot Really Look Like?

Posted by kristobaldude on April 22, 2014

Award-Winning Author Nicole Evelina

Think this is what Camelot looked like? Think again. Think this is what Camelot looked like? Think again.

When I say the word “Camelot” what do you think of?

Probably a grandiose medieval castle made of stone with turrets and spires, something out of a fairy tale. And that is how it has been portrayed in drawings, movies and TV shows.

(Full disclosure, my Camelot does have some of these elements, but I’ve also given you a logical explanation of why it could be possible. In that, I’m invoking the fantasy side of the genre of historical fantasy. But all of the other castles in my books are true to the time period.)

But the reality of Celtic castles, if we assume King Arthur lived somewhere in the late fifth to early sixth century, is very different. In fact, the word “castle” really doesn’t even accurately describe them. They were more like fortifications than homes. For the most part, rulers…

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War criminal Watch: Condoleezza Rice now on dropbox’s board of directors.

Posted by kristobaldude on April 10, 2014

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Bush Administration …

Notes On Liberty

Yesterday the company that specializes in remote file sharing announced that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is now on their board of directors.  This is troubling news for a number of reasons.  The first, more pedantic reason, is simply that she played no small role in the deaths of several hundred thousand people throughout the middle east as well as the unnecessary deaths of thousands of US soldiers.  More practically though she was a member of the presidency that pushed the PATRIOT Act and is now working intimately with a company that has access to millions of personal files.

For those of you who do not know the dropbox software essentially allows you to put files in a folder on your PC where they are synced to the “cloud”.  You, or anyone else, are then free to download those files from anywhere in the world as long as you…

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Tintype Witches (almost), 1875

Posted by kristobaldude on April 8, 2014

Witches from the Old West?

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More links: Wall Poster Tapestries, Books, Sex, etc…

Posted by kristobaldude on November 1, 2009

Old Glory.com (Wall Tapestries)

Book: Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge

Book: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

Book: The Devil’s Advocates: Greatest Closing Arguments in Criminal Law

Book: Maya Frost – The New Global Student.

Books In Print.com

Book: Sun and Steel – Yukio Mishima

Now Foods.com

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