Friday, May 13, 2016

More Friday the 13th Church Stuff

Yesterday, we discussed a little about why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky by some. My takeaway is that it specifically has to do with the ascendancy of the "Antipope" on Thursday the 12th, but it is also interesting to note that it was on this day in 1981 that Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Petersburg Square.

It seems certain that the would-be assassin knew his Catholic History and planned the attempt to accord with the dates, but the [Roman-]Catholic Church has made its share of enemies throughout the centuries, so it cannot be certain that he acted alone.

Years later, the Catholic Church would find itself in yet another bad position as it faced numerous claims of child molestation and abuse from across the world. While this has little to nothing to do with Friday the 13th, it may have factored into the attempted assassination.

© The Weirding, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Marshall Cabinet

If you play music of any kind that involves electronic or digital instruments, you are already aware of Marshall speakers and how great they sound.Of course, such quality comes at a price too few can afford, so be sure to shop around before you commit to such a large purchase. Find Marshall cabinets online and elsewhere, and price them accordingly. Shopping online can be a convenient time-saver!

The Cathars and the Knights Templar - Friday the 13th

Aurora: Roman Goddess of Dawn
Aurora
If you have ever wondered why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky, it dates back to long before any of us were even thought of and, as is often the case, involves the Romans and Judaeo-Christian religious beliefs (at least, according to my limited research and memory):

According to some, the Cathars held secret religious beliefs Christians and similarly-aligned religious despots believed heretical. The Cathars, so it is said, thought themselves to be the good guys -- as those with deeply-held religious beliefs often do -- opposed to the evil god of the material world, who the Christians worshiped. Some say the Cathars Perfecti were vegetarian celibates whose initiates were allowed to eat fish. Some of their beliefs may have been Islamic in nature, suggesting to some scholars that they were converts to Islam.

If all of this sounds strangely familiar, it's because a lot of this appears to have been taken -- possibly confused with, or possibly presented as counter-intelligence -- from the history of the [then Roman-]Catholic Church. In fact, Rome is said to have been the most stringent opponents of Catharism. There was also a small congregation of vegetarian women in England known as The Shakers who remained celibate (and their cult is said to have died because of this).

Some time in the mid 13th-Century, the last remaining stronghold of the Cathars was felled. Some of them were said to have absconded with a secret treasure the Knights Templar (and others) believed to have been The Holy Grail -- or a mummified cockatrice known as "Baphomet," which the Knights Templar were later said to have worshiped. Discrepancies as to where the word "Baphomet" comes from remain, but the mummified remains could have been dinosaur bones, and the remains of animals not native to Europe, that scholars of the day pieced together incorrectly, basing their assumptions on their provincial knowledge. The Cathars who survived the night are said to have surrendered the following day and they were immediately burned at the stake.

The Knights Templar may or may not have been the very force which drove the Cathars from their roost, and continued to pursue them to retrieve their secrets and treasure, but the two cults were almost certain to have had some contact during their eras of activity. In fact, following the Cathars' fall, many may have become Knights Templar, as some scholars say the Cathars had been entirely eliminated by the end of the 13th-Century, while the Knights Templar are said to have persisted until the early 1300s. There seems to be little information regarding the Knights Templar prior to the Cathars, and either may have been converts to Islam.

In the early 14th-Century, the King declared the Knights Templar heretical and killed them all, as well, after torturing them into "Confessing" to alleged crimes they may or may not have committed. At any rate, the date on which the last of the Knights Templar were either first attacked, or finally murdered, is said to have been Friday the 13th.

The Antipope Nicholas V
ascended on Thursday the 12th, 1328.

Now, all of this is hard to confirm -- especially online -- and I may well have much of it confused, but it is interesting enough to post (as I've been meaning to do many times before). Remember that although I try to research what I can to ensure you are getting plausible information, I do not have all the answers -- nor even the right questions! In fact, this post from the venerable Mental Floss (UK, apparently) sheds more light on this traditionally "unlucky" day which mentions none of this, and may well be correct. However, the connection to the ascendancy of the "Antipope" is likely the smoking gun behind this superstition.

© The Weirding, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Be Cautious and Cookies Warning

I don't know how else to get this message through, as I can only assume that if you're reading this, you may have already been infected or tracked by malicious code. I'm not even certain that either of those issues is what is plaguing my system, thanks to Dell and Office Depot (from which I purchased this overpriced laptop that has yet to perform correctly or be replaced with a unit which does), but we are still experiencing technical issues that may or may not be affecting others.

It may have to do with incompatibility issues regarding Windows 10 and older, or other, OS; it may be malicious or simply bad coding on any of the blogs, social network profiles, and/or the website itself; it may be limited to my home network or a wifi hotspot I've connected to anywhere along the way; again, whatever is happening is far above my paygrade and technical expertise, so I can only issue this (hopefully timely) warning to anyone reading this.

WE DO NOT OWN NOR DO WE USE THEWEIRDING.COM -- nor have we been able to determine who does.

Blogger issued some kind of notice a while back saying that we needed to let you know that cookies are tracking you when you visit our blogs, but it was handily-worded so as t imply that the issue had already been resolved by Google itself... then it suddenly reformed into Alphabet and I no longer see said warning. Either way, I didn't understand what it was saying, as it was poorly-worded and smacked of fearmongering. Either way, it goes without saying that they'll find a way to disavow themselves of all knowledge regarding any issues that arise from using their services ("Hey, it's free; what did you expect for free?").

[ASIDE: Personally, I feel their logo should include those three monkeys with their hands over their eyes, ears, and mouth, but that's me. And, again, it may not even have anything to do with Blogger or Google, and may not be as widespread as I fear.]

We are still here, and still trying to make sure we can bring you "verifiable" weird news and odd bits as we find them -- without causing security or computer health issues -- but we can only do so much, especially when we aren't even sure what the problem is, nor whom it affects, or how. We have caught malicious coding on the blogs and site in the past and worked to clear them up as soon as we were made aware of them, but that's really as much as we can do.

We hope you enjoy the site and the blogs, and hope you do not encounter anything that harms your systems. These were always meant to be places where we were able to come together and discuss common interests, not scammy ad sites or opportunistic, fly-by-night ventures. We provide ads, including occasional sponsored posts, to offset operating costs and man-hours worked, as we are not paid for any of this. If these ads are deemed offensive or somehow illegal in certain locales, we've little or no control over that -- we've little to no control at all over which ads are shown, much less which ads are shown to specific geographical locations! The same is true of cookies and beacons, et. al. -- some of which we need to gauge performance, as Alphabet's (nee Google's) numbers are always changing and often incorrect.

We've encountered good and bad people along the way on every side of these issues -- one woman cited our website for our 404 page because it has a single, black dot representing a nipple! Luckily, most of the people we've actually had contact with aren't that aggressive, nor that perverted.

Speaking of which, we are not at all involved in GaymerGayte nor anything surrounding it. Almost all of this content is based on research, or is wholly original content, by the author(s) listed (almost all of which is by C. Harris Lynn). Many of those who have contributed play[ed] video games, but this author only plays World of Warcraft and a handful of Steam games, and is happy to repeat that I've only encountered a handful of nasty, spiteful, and hopelessly prideful, people along the way who caused issues that largely made me lose interest in continuing playing regularly.

The blogs and the site, including the social networks on which we have posted (and may or may not continue to post), are for adults only -- which is 18+ years of age in this area, but may be younger or older in your locale. This author is neither anyone's parent nor anyone's police, judge, nor jury; please enjoy responsibly!

This does not constitute a legal document nor binding agreement; this is merely another "technical issues" post. The first two Ws in "www" stand for World-Wide, and we are neither familiar with the laws in every locale, nor do we care to be. Be careful and have fun -- we use neither bots nor AI scripts, so if it seems "fishy," it probably ain't us. We do not provide a newsletter, nor ever have we, on or from any site we own and operate.

© The Weirding, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Commenting Issues

Hey all, we did not intentionally remove commenting; we're having an issue with the Google+ account(s). That's why we do not have the "official" Google+ Badge on any (well most, maybe) of the blogs.

I have been working on it off and on for months now, but it is mostly a Google+ issue over which we have no control: It will no longer connect to our G+ page because it says the URL G+ provided us contains unacceptable characters. So far, we've not found a way to change the URL - not to mention the fact that it's been the same since we got on G+, so we don't really want to change it. We don't get a lot of visitors as it is, and we don't want to make it more difficult for them to find us!

Comments have been moderated for most of the OddBlog's existence, so there isn't a problem there; this is a technical issue that we are working to resolve, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

© The Weirding, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Keyboards

I was a heavy metal kid, so keyboards were not my favorite instrument. As I grew older though, I learned that many great metal bands and artists used keyboards for lots of things. I grew to respect it as an instrument, although I still have no idea how to play one.

These days, all you need is an avid keyboard to turn your computer into a small, but perfectly functional, studio. With a minimum investment, you can record demos right in your own home these days!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Urban Legends

If you have a subscription to Hulu+, you can watch the entire Urban Legends series from 2002. Hosted by Natasha Henstridge, the retellings of urban legends from over the centuries can be tedious, but it is packed with interesting information. While many of the legends are debunked, others may surprise you; most have a grain of truth to them, but change over time.

Each hour-long episode explores a handful of urban legends, spending several minutes on each.

© The Weirding, 2016

Rings for Mom

Mother's Day is not that far off, and everyone likes to feel special. Consider giving your mom one of the mothers rings from here to celebrate this year. Many are engravable, allowing you to make her gift even more unique. From gold to silver, with and without stones, you can find the perfect ring for your wife, girlfriend, mother, or mother-in-law for this Mother's Day or any other occasion.

While there is no need to be in a relationship with someone to give them a nice Mother's Day gift, most consider jewelry to be a more intimate present than the standard fare. These rings are far from pricey, but giving them out willy-nilly would not be affordable for most people; these are special gifts meant for the important mothers in your life.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Update

I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted! As I've complained about elsewhere, I have had nothing but trouble from my new computer for the last several months. With any luck, that may have been finally resolved. My ISP is overloaded but not "at capacity," so there's no work order - accounting for the interruptions and slow speeds over the last several months.

I'm still playing with the color template. I have several stories I've collected since I have been away, as usual - I have no idea if I'll publish any of them, as usual. If I finally have these computer issues resolved, I may be able to get back to posting regularly. There's nothing I can do about the internet connection, but that shouldn't affect posting.

Despite searching, I found nothing on Admiral Byrd - or very little, I should say. I did come across a large biography but it made no mention of Operation: High Jump. I'll be posting more links to documentaries and similar programs you may find interesting. Some of these may be controversial, even hoaxes, but if I think enough of you will dig it, I'll likely post it.

© The Weirding, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

RCA Cables


In the early 2000s, it seemed like you received an rca cable with everything you bought.Since streaming media has overtaken many forms of delivery, this is no longer the case - some 15 years later, you may well find yourself tearing-up your home to find an RCA cable! Just last night, I spent well over an hour looking for a USB cable - another periphery that used to come with everything you bought for your PC.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pacu Fish in New Jersey Lake Origin of Urban Legend?

Pacu
Pacu
Regardless of where you live in the United States, you are likely to have heard the urban legend regarding testicle-biting fish that infest local bodies of water. Usually, these myths are accompanied by moralistic tales of illicit activity - skinny-dipping or romantic trysts by moonlight. However, a recent discovery in a New Jersey Lake had even national periodicals discussing the urban legend.

Two Pacu, fish with human-like teeth that are indigenous of South America, were discovered in Swedes Lake in New Jersey. Pictures of the fish went viral online, and have been seen around the globe, causing the testicle-eating fish myth to begin anew. However, National Geographic, USA Today, and other major outlets were quick to lay the urban legend to rest, saying the Amazonian fish eats fruits and nuts, not meat. Pacu are related to piranha, another fish with razor-sharp teeth which is infamous for its carnivorous diet.

However, the legend persists. In 2011, two swimmers' bodies were found in New Guinea sans testicles, fueling speculation amongst the locals. No one can confirm or deny that the fish may mistake swimmers' testicles for their usual vegetarian fare on occasion, but fish and other wild animals are known to eat the soft parts of decomposing corpses. They usually go first for the eyes, ears, and - yes - the testicles.

Tropical fish, the Pacu are unlikely to survive in temperate waters that may well freeze in winter. As to how the Pacu got into Swedes Lake, it's likely they outgrew their fishtank and someone threw them in there.

© The Weirding, 2015