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5 Dragons that Rocked Popular Culture

imagine dragonsDragons are mystical creatures that will forever tickle the imaginations of children and adults alike. Are they real? Are they out there somewhere, slumbering, waiting for the time to wake up and destroy humankind? What odd questions to ask. Seeing that my favorite band Imagine Dragons are having tours at this original site makes me wonder about the most famous dragons of all time. As it turns out, here are five of them:

Sephira of Eragon

Eragon is the well-received novel of Christopher Paolini about a farm boy who later became a spawn of good versus evil. One lovely day he stumbled upon a mysterious stone which turned out to contain a dragon, Sephira. It was so popular it warranted the release of its trilogy and a motion picture, too.

Mushu of Mulan

The Chinese people love dragons as evident in their Chinese Dragon dances every New Year. How they came to love dragons deserves a whole other post. For now let’s focus on Mushu, the funny little odd dragon that stays by Mulan’s side as she journeys to the realization of the real sense of womanhood and courage. Mushu was excellently voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Smaug of The Hobbit

Smaug is the evil dragon that everybody hates in Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. Smaug guards treasures in the Lonely Mountain, treasures which, it turns out, rightfully belong to the dwarves. Smaug is such a popular dragon that he appeared on Forbes’ Fictional 15 several times. He currently ranks as the second wealthiest fictional character with an estimated $54.1 billion net worth, just second to Scrooge McDuck who has a net worth of $65.4 billion.

Elliot from Pete’s Dragon

Pete was rather fortunate to have Elliot, the sometimes-invisible dragon, as a best friend. Elliot was very mischievous and often times caused havoc, but later redeemed himself by igniting the torch of a light house.

Puff The Magic Dragon

Who would ever forget Puff the Magic Dragon who lived by the sea? Not me. It was the anthem of my childhood. Peter, Paul, and Mary sang about Puff and unknowingly sparked a love for the said dragon, inspiring a movie in 1978. Puff was voiced by Burgess Meredith. We wish we can see Puff rolling in the mist of Honah Lee.

 

Thankful to World War II?

Mars-bruno-marsWhen you read what today’s generation posts on wars are, you would surely be disappointed. A lot of them did not experience any kind of war or even hardship that is why it is easy for them to speculate the rumored 3rd World War. Going through a war is not easy, war is not about who is right but it is about who is left. We can never say that a country won the war because everyone lost something or someone over a complete and utter nonsense of showing off of egos and toys and wealth. Though it is detestable for the human race to go through this again, there have been discoveries, technologies, and innovations that shaped the world.

Penicillin

One of the greatest medicines that helped humankind today is the penicillin, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered it long ago but it was during the WWII that Dr. Howard Florey proved its effectiveness without any doubt. Together with Andrew Moyer, they were able to produce the most effective and strongest antibacterial medicine in the world. It helped save a lot of lives and until now still being widely used.

Radio Navigation

During the first and second world war, both parties could never effectively navigate an aircraft for a bombing run. So there was a need to develop a technology that would do that. Before GPS there was GEE-H, Oboe and GEE to ensure that these ships fly and land safe.

Rubber and Oil

There was a difficulty in acquiring both goods, as they are not widely supplied. The Axis forces invented synthetic oil since there is a shortage of natural oil. They use this as a fuel for the Luftwaffe air force during the entire WWII. Allied forces were forced to make synthetic rubber, as the ones controlling the rubber market were the Axis.

Coding Machines a.k.a. Computers

Lorentz and Enigma are the foundations of the modern computer; they defined the coding and decoding mechanisms of computers. It is used to code and decode top-secret military messages during the war, to keep them from prying eyes of different spies.

So even if WWII is a very bad memory for all of us, it still has some positive effects to the society. It sped up the process of technology, because of it we can check the original site for Bruno Mars’ tours, or solve problems quickly. However, let us not allow the devastation to happen again, war always brings apart families and friends, it creates divide rather than unite.

A Walk Through the History of Listening to Music

Music-HistoryImagine a time where music was a fleeting treat, something that is anticipated for a long period of wait, and experienced in a short span of time. Before the twentieth century, before all the technology appeared that made our lives easier, listening to music is a social event. People gather to listen to singers, operas, choirs in churches, and orchestras, and enjoyed music together.

With the invention of phonograph came the new trend of people listening music at the privacy of their own homes, but it was still a luxury by then to own one. And it also changed how music is made. When people did not have the phonograph yet, music was written in such a way that it will be enjoyed for a long time, so composers wrote long symphonies and operas for the enjoyment of the audience. A phonograph can only hold a couple of minutes’ worth of music, that is why musicians changed the way music was written by shortening the songs and only showcasing the melodies that would generally stick to the audience. Because of the birth of this technology, songs have become the short snippets that last 3 to 4 minutes.

Another technology that changed the course of music is the radio. Because of the price of the phonograph, there are still people who cannot listen to music at home. Thanks to radio waves, the likes of Elvis Pressley and the Beatles were discovered and became viral. After that, the pace of technology became even faster with the invention of the Walkman. Music is no longer a shared intimate event by a family but it became personal since the Walkman made it possible for music to be transported to your room or outside the home.

Today, music has become digital and readily accessed. Even going to a concert by Blake Shelton, the Maroon 5, or Lady Gaga will only require a person to click their original site to see the concert dates and venues. If you missed their concert, you can easily download their songs online or listen to them through various websites.

History of music shows us that even if technology exists it does not mean music has been radically changed. It still maintained its original purpose and that is to entertain.

War and Peace in this Generation

warThere are points in time when the history of the world seemed to revolve around giants who have forced their personality on to the global stage. These have included such world leaders as Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. However the tides of war was filled with warriors like Gen. Eisenhower, Gen. Patton, Gen. Rommel, Gen. MacArthur, Gen. Yamashita, Adm. Yamamoto, Lord Mountbatten, and Gen. Montgomery, Adm. Nimitz, Adm. Halsey, and Adm. Spruance, among others, who were brought front and center under the scrutiny of their opponents, their men and their own national leaders.

Looking at the lens of history, we see that these men steeled themselves and looked at war in the eye and gave a good account of themselves. What made these men great (or terrible) was that they fought as if they were the underdogs (which they most probably were at some point). For the most part they fought knowing what the risks were involved. In some cases, they knew that a few years down the road they would be seen as fighting on the wrong side of history.

There is a personal side to all of these men. They were private individuals who were introspective and pensive, and studied their opponents as much as they studied maps and their own logistics. They became successful because they were able to predict who would be opposing their forces, and what would the opposing side do.

In their own free time, they were seen as a lot smaller men and not the giants history has painted them. These men cared a lot about their personnel, soldiers and sailors they are going to war with. In their own free time, they took off their impassive masks and took care of their dogs, tickling or rubbing their pet’s belly. It seems that if a general had a pet, it would be a dog. Of course not all of them had dogs, but those that did, were not bashful of posing for a picture with their pet.

The human side of these titans showed at odd times, but always they were human when it was with their pets, holding their leash as if it was their only anchor to their own humanity. Speaking of leashes, how well do you take care of your dogs? It is important to know that you’re giving your loyal pets the best care they could possibly deserve. I recommend http://www.playsafedogs.com/best-vacuum-for-pet-hair for advice on how to keep your house clean while keeping your pets happy. When it comes to food,  http://www.playsafedogs.com/best-dog-food-for-pitbulls is a good resource for information.

Carousels Weren’t Really So Merry

image001Children and adults alike love the fleeting sensation of riding a merry-go-round or also known as carousels. If you don’t know what a carousel is, it’s either you lived in a cave or from outer space. Even psychotic kids know carousels.

But that’s beside the point. Carousels are a mainstay in every fairs and theme parks but very few know the origins of the beloved ride. If I say that the earliest forms of carousels were used for military trainings, you’ll think I’m kidding. But I am not. It really was used to train warriors.

Back When There Were Actual Knights

The 12th century was the era of intellectual scholars and religious crusades. Chivalrous knights were highly regarded as heroes of the Christian faith. When crusaders decided to travel to the Middle East, they saw a lot of Asian cultures and were fascinated by some. One of these is the game or training method of Arabian horsemen wherein they toss scented clays from one to another. Horsemen untouched by the scent of the clays were regarded as superior riders.

The European knights apparently loved this game and made their own version of it. They hanged small rings from poles and tried to spear the rings with the goal of ripping them off. Eventually commoners joined the game and the first carousel was set up at the Place du Carrousel in Paris. This carousel was donated by Louis XIV in 1662. By the early 18th century, carousels were produced by individual parties and toured throughout the region.

Carousels Today

The carousel we see today was first manufactured in 1861 by Thomas Bradshaw. This steam-powered merry-go-round had fixed animals and central pole on a rotating disk. It was fast becoming a fixture at carnivals and fairs.

The merry-go-round has been a subject of quite many art forms such as films, theatre plays, novels, and even clothes. Have you seen Katy Perry’s The Carousel Dress? She wore it in June 2009 at the MTV European Music Awards. The odd dress is just one the singer’s peculiar and sometimes outrageous costumes as you can see here: http://www.katyperryzone.com/costume/. Click here for more info on the Roar singer’s quirkiness.

Even though its origins weren’t really so merry, carousels turned out to be a childhood ride that can create very merry rounds of memories.

Ancient City: Ancient Living

living roomImagine a city with no streets or doors; no unfair social status and so clean that their sewage schemes will put the best urban planners to shame. Maybe you cannot really imagine or picture out that kind of society now but this was possible thousands of years ago. Catalhoyuk is an ancient city located southeast from the city of Konya in Turkey and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Catalhoyuk has an estimated population of 10,000. It is formed like a honeycomb with no obvious doors or space for streets. Their rooftops are flat which makes it the walking area of the people while they have holes big enough to fit their bodies that serve as doors and ventilations. Most of them have uniform units of houses; there are no public buildings in the area. There are bigger houses, but not that blatant, that has ornate murals inside. However, they do not have obvious social distinctions among them because there were no evidences that a house is more important or more beautiful than the others.

They bury their relatives and ancestors in the village itself. According to different excavations the dead bodies, which have undergone ceremonies, are under the houses. They also have many murals, and figurines in their homes but no one god stands out. One Seated Woman of Catalhoyuk can be seen mostly in the upper levels of the city. Most of the bodies buried also do not have heads with them; they are believed to be used in rituals as there are skeleton heads seen in some areas. Men and women are also considered to be equally important in the society, a very common trait in Palaeolithic societies.  They receive equal regard, nutrition and reverence.

Catalhoyuk’s end was not documented; there is no known factor which caused its demise. The inhabitants were very steadfast in cleaning their homes that there was very few rubbish found. They also have a very good sewage system finding very little food waste seen inside. Their house has also minimal furniture with almost uniform way of arrangement; some have incomplete furniture while others have none at all. To know more about unfinished furniture and how to make it work, check here.

It remains a mystery how their society died. Some speculated a large migration during the rise of agriculture, it could not have been plague since the bodies found were properly buried and the city was intact. Nevertheless, we should take lessons from them that even though they had a very simple and uncomplicated life, they were able to live harmoniously with each other.

How Surviving the Music Industry is Like Surviving the War

The music industry is definitely a chaotic world. Though it feels great to be cheered on and admired by many, getting to that point is not an easy journey. Thousands of musicians throughout the years have tried to make it big in this industry, but only a few of them have reached the top. In a way, the music industry is similar with a war. This might sound weird, but it is true. Here are some reasons why:

  • In a war, only the toughest troops win. The weak-hearted are always defeated. In the music industry, the same thing is true. Given the number of people who wanted to be on top, it is not easy to rise above the others. Only those who are willing to take the risks and compete head on make it to the end. The Florida Georgia Line band for instance has not made their way to fame as a country pop duo if they have not pushed hard enough. They made sure that their voices are heard and are a cut above the rest.
  • Troops with a good strategy usually win the war. Also, they create an alternative strategy should the original plan fail. Singers must also do the same thing. They cannot just enter the business without a plan at hand. They need to ensure that their brand of music will be appreciated. In the event that their first attempt to fame fails, there must be an alternate plan so that they won’t just give up the fight easily.
  • Sometimes, surviving a war is also about knowing when to give up. The same thing is true for singers. Not everyone succeeds. One must know when it is time to take a different road. For the Florida Georgia Line band, this idea has not crossed their minds as they were able to hold on to their position after capturing the hearts of the people.

Now you know what needs to be done to survive the real battle in the music industry. If you wish to be inspired by the Florida Georgia Line band, you can check this original site now.