Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Oldest Recorded Sasquatch Sighting (Skræling)

A Viking Foray
A Viking Foray
According to some accounts, the oldest known sighting of a Bigfoot or Sasquatch in "The New World" was recorded by none other than Leif Erikson, or Erik the Red. Erikkson referred to "ugly, hairy men" with great black eyes" who towered over himself and his fellow Norsemen. The name he gave them was Skræling.

While others insist this description refers to the Thule people, a pre-Inuit peoples who lived in the regions where Ericson and his men are said to have landed, including Canada, some note the inclusion of the word "hairy" as indicative of a different species. The Norse Vikings were, after all, very hairy -- they are most often depicted with great beards and matted hair, themselves.

Perhaps even more intriguing is the connection between the use of the word, Skræling, and the existence of pygmies, possibly throughout the globe. The Vikings were known to grow quite tall themselves, in addition to being hirsute; to many peoples, they would be hairy and towering figures.

As History repeats itself, we are continually finding out that our ancestors knew far more about the world than even we do today, and that many of the "facts" we thought we knew are erroneous. While the Skræling of which Erik the Red spoke may have been nothing more than the indigenous American peoples of their time, the connection to countless descriptions of Bigfoot seem to cloud the issue.

© The Weirding, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Antikythera Mechanism Solved?

Antikythera Mechanism
Antikythera Mechanism - AP
Speaking from a conference at the Katerina Laskaridis Historical Foundation Library in Greece, researchers claim to have made great strides in determining what the 2100+ year-old Antikythera Mechanism was used for.

Discovered in a shipwreck off of Crete in 1900, the Antikythera Mechanism was long thought to have been used in some manner for Astronomical and Astrological means. Similar devices are mentioned in ancient texts. But researchers have been able to use modern technology to read the Greek text on the mechanism, some of which is merely 1/20th an inch wide.

According to a team of scientists who have worked on this for decades, the Antikythera Mechanism was not only used to determine the position of the moon, sun, and stars, but to predict lunar and solar eclipses. Interestingly, one of its functions may have been to predict the color of these eclipses, although the reasoning behind this is unknown.

The team also said that it appears the Antikythera Mechanism was manufactured by at least two people, maybe more, and was not the work of a single individual.

© The Weirding, 2016

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.