Hey guys

I seriously haven't posted anything in a while, have I?
Sorry bout that. I've been working on my latest project, plus I've had school work (I've changed schools 4 or 5 times in my life, how was I supposed to know this time it would drastically affect my free time?). But I'm back (mostly cuz I have a 3-day weekend so I don't have to freak out over impending deadlines), and I waned to give some notifications:

First, it's almost Hallowe'en. If you're reading this, please tell me what you'll be doing, since apparently everyone does their own thing, right? I've got parties coming up and I plan to be going as Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead, since I'll have the costume already half-ready once I finish my current history project. I will be trick-or-treating, b/c with my current condition I'll put on a fez and vest and dance like a monkey to reunite with my best friend chocolate again.

Second, I have braces. Finally. I was supposed to get them two years ago but apparently there was something wrong with my teeth that made it so I had to wait til two weeks ago to get my braces. Check my new updated profile pick to see what I look like with em.

Third, I've joined some new sites! First, my new schools literature club website (there's no editor for it tho, so don't be critical about entries posted by people who aren't perfect): Buccaneers' Literature Club! I've also joined deviantart! Jakob Dailes' DeviantArt Page. There you go! Check it out!

Fourth, I'm thinking about making a website. As in, an actual website. Any suggestions on content?

Well, see you later guys.


Holy crap

I'm posting this from my iPad. From school. Awesome.


Max the Super-Speedy Dog!

Check out my YouTube account. If my new video that I made cuz I'm bored isn't on there yet, try again tomorrow.


Google Chat

I've noticed several people (some of which who I actually DID wanna get in touch with) have requested that I Google Chat with them. I'd like everyone (who hopefully is reading this) to know that if you request to Google Chat with me, I'm not ignoring you if I don't get back to you instantly or at all. There are two very good reasons why I hardly EVAH Google Chat:
1. Google isn't the most-advanced hardware in the Home Depot (that's called a metaphor, kiddies). I'm ALWAYS signed in to Google, unless I'm gone for a long vacation from home (which, unlucky for you, I rarely do). Which means that Google shows me as online, even if I'M NOT EVEN ON GOOGLE. That's right, kiddies: Google is LYING TO YOU. However, while I am rarely on Google, I am always on my e-mail (unless I'm not home, of course). So, if you would like to Google Chat me, e-mail me first so that I don't find out about it a week later. (My e-mail, which I have posted everywhere, is mythlover@comcast.net)
2. I have less knowledge of how to Google Chat than a chimpanzee in the Amazon which has never even seen or heard-of Google (and personally, Google Chat gives me nightmares). (That's right, kiddies. More metaphors.) Please bare with me on this: the first time I ever tried to Google Chat was when my cousin Ashley requested me to. So, I clicked that I would do it. Three hours later, and I was still on freakin' Step 1 on How to Google Chat. (One thing that still puzzles me is why Step 1 seemed to have about 30,496 sub-steps.) Most of these sub-steps included the same questions over and over: Do you have a Gmail? Why don't you have a Gmail? Sir, why are you rocking back and forth crying in fetal position (I've only asked you this 30,495 times)? So yeah, apparently Google wasn't satisfied that I had a Google account, but I apparently also had to have a Gmail. While I'm on (slightly) better terms with Google Chat now (I use it sometimes), I still kinda get nightmares about it. So please, gimme a break. I'm just a (not-so)little (adolescent)boy!
So, there's my explanation for why I'm not so great with Google Chat. Have a nice day.


The Classical Club short: The Good Samaritan

Inspired by God to make this the first Classical Club short. Here we go!
All art and text copyright (C) JakobDailes and "The Classical Club(R)" All usage of this art or text (or both) must be alerted to JakobDailes (mythlover@comcast.net) and copyrighted with his name or his company's name.
Certain small details inspired by LordGodsServant on YouTube.
B.T.W. Think Jesus was a good teacher or person but not the "Messiah" or "Son of God"? Comment below.


New Superbook!

(Why wasn't I informed of this?!)
I used to be madly in love with a certain cartoon series called Superbook. It was old, from the 70's or 80's, but I thought it was a good show, and I enjoyed each episode I could get my hands on. Basically it was about these two kids and their robot-toy Gizmo, who owned a magic storybook that could suck them into the past and let them relive historical events from the Bible.
Anyway, I just found out that for the last 2 YEARS a CGI remake of the series has been in production and on TV, and NO ONE HAD TOLD ME.

Lives will be lost tonight.
But not before I find every friggin' episode of the awesome-sauce.


Look, I'm on YouTube!

I've got a YouTube accout now. I've been wanting to get one for a while, but never got around to it till now. No videos yet, but there will be. So look for JakobDailes on YouTube (I know, it is an original and unexpected username). Look for me!


Phrase-Fame!: "All who live by the sword will die by the sword"

Phrase-Fame! is my new blog-section about history. Here, I'm going to discuss famous phrases that probably everyone has heard of before, but talk about their unlikely origins and such.

So, here it is...

I had a strange compelling to do this phrase first, I guess because so many people have probably quoted it but probably thought it came from some hippy or something.
"Ἀπόστρεψον τὴν μάχαιράν σου εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτῆς, πάντες γὰρ οἱ λαβόντες μάχαιραν ἐν μαχαίρῃ ἀπολοῦνται."
"Return your sword to its place. For all who take by the sword will die by the sword."
- Yeshua of Nazareth, 33AD
Anyone think that all seems familiar?
Meaning: Those who lead violent lives will have violent deaths.
Picture this: "Wake up!" Simon jolted awake. "So, you couldn't keep watch even one hour?" Looking up, Simon caught Yeshua's eyes. He coughed, "Oh, I'm sorry! Master, please, I meant to stay awa--" His eyes caught on Yeshua's face. He looked weary, and mourning. A single tear had emerged from one eye. His face was beaded with blood. Yeshua sighed, "My soul is sorrowful even unto death, Peter. Keep watch, and pray that you don't fall into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak." He didn't know why, but Simon thought Yeshua was talking about both of them in the last sentence.
Yeshua looked disappointed, yet another emotion added to the mixture of others splashed across his face. He took Simon by the hand and pulled him up, saying, "Wake! You can sleep later on! Enough." Simon's friend and fellow-fisherman Iohn snored spasmatically and jolted awake from where he'd been sleeping over a few feet away. Iohn's brother Yames rose from the hedge he had slowly been sinking into for over an hour while asleep, moaning, "Five more minutes..." Both seemed to realize Yeshua's seriousness, and jumped to their feet, yelling, "Oh! Master, sorry." Yeshua sighed, "Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man shall be betrayed to sinners! Let's go, my betrayer comes." Simon's head reeled. Yeshua had said almost the same thing at dinner, right before he sent Yehuda off and took them three to the Olive Garden.
At the same time Yeshua finished his sentence, lights started flashing a ways off. Yohn stuttered, "W-what is that, master?" Yehuda emerged from the bushes, with a temple-guard and a boy with a torch behind him. Yames smiled, "Just Yehuda. Is this a trick, brother?" Yehuda ignored him, and walked up to Yeshua, grinning. He kissed him on the cheek, and yelled, "Hail, my teacher!" Yeshua glared down at Yehuda, and said, "You would betray me with a kiss?"
The temple-guard raised a horn to his lips, and blew. A horde of officers and temple-guards bearing swords, spears, and clubs appeared from the forest all around. Yeshua and his disciples were surrounded. Yeshua stepped toward Yehuda, the first guard, and the servant-boy, "Whom do you seek?" The guard replied, "Yeshua of Nazareth!" Yeshua sighed, "I am he." The guard drew his sword and pointed it at Yeshua. Several guards fell over. Yeshua wiped the blood and sweat from his face, and said, "Whom do you seek?" The guard said, "Y-Yeshua of Nazareth, sir." Yeshua replied, "Then you are seeking me. Leave my discipled unharmed though." Several guards, including the first one, rushed up to grab Yeshua. Simon panicked, "Lord, shall I strike them?!" The first guard grabbed Yeshua and struck him with chains, wrapping him up. Simon pulled his sword from his belt where it was hidden, and rushed forward. He swung like a madman at the guard, who jumped out of the way, just in time for the sword to slice clean through the servant-boy's ear. The boy dropped his torch and fell to the ground shouting. Some guards cried out in concern, "Malchus!" and rushed forward. In the crowd, Simon was pushed away, losing sight of the others. The first guard yelled, "Where'd he go?! Wher did that donkey with a sword run to?!"
Simon felt a hand on his shoulder. He spun around, and saw Yeshua behind him, unchained. Yeshua shook his head, "Put your sword back in its place. All who live by the sword will die by the sword." Simon stuttered, "But Master"-- Yeshua broke in, "Do you not think that if I asked, my Father would send down even more than a dozen legions of angels to help me." Yeshua glanced over at the guards, who were looking around. "But," Yeshua continued, "how then would Scriptures be fulfilled." Yeshua walked through the crowd of guards, bent down, and rubbed his hand against Malchus the servant-boy's bleeding stump where his ear had been. Some guards yelled, "There he is!" and grabbed Yeshua, pulling him away. Simon heard Yeshua call out to the guards, "Why are you coming at me with your swords and clubs?! Am I a murderer or a robber? Day after day I sat in the Temple and the synogague, preaching and socializing, and not one of you so much as spoke harshly toward me, let alone lifted arms against me! You're fulfilling the Scriptures in doing this, though." Within minutes, most of the guards were cleared out, except for 2 or 3. Malchus was still sitting on the ground in disbelief, rubbing his ear. Simon caught sight of Yanes and Iohn running off toward the house where earlier they had been eating dinner with Yeshua. Yehuda had disappeared. The remaining guards caught sight of Mark, a young man who had been following Yeshua around since he healed him a year ago, who had been watching from behind a tree. They grabbed him by the robe, but he ran off without it, and they chased him.
Malchus looked over and caught sight of Simon-Peter. He stammered, "Wh-who was he? The guy they arrested?" Simon muttered, "He was the Messiah," and walked off, leaving Malchus to clutch at the new ear that had appeared as soon as Yeshua touched him.
Long Story Short: Yeshua of Nazareth (known as Jesus in modern times) was born in c.04AD to a newly married couple: Yoseph, a carpenter, and Mary, a young woman from Nazareth. Despite the fact that Yoseph and Mary were living in Nazareth at the time, a census was proclaimed by the Roman emporer Augustus, and Yoseph and Mary had to go to Yoseph's hometown, Bethlehem, where Yeshua was born in a stable since there were no inns available. Growing up as a carpenter's apprentice, Yeshua showed large interest in the synogague and the law. When he grew up, Yeshua gathered 12 disciples, known as the Apostles, who included Simon (who Yeshua called Peter), Yames, Iohn, and Yehuda (now known as Judas). He taught them about peace and the Kingdom of Heaven, which was promised to whoever accepted him into their hearts and followed God's laws. Yeshua was also known for the incredible healings and miracles he performed, such as curing the blind and lame, feeding over 5,000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and two fish, and calming storms.
At Passover in 33AD, Yeshua and his disciples went to Jerusalem. There, Yehuda went to the Pharisees, the "you're-not-worthy-to-even-kiss-the-ground-I-walk-on"-acting members of theSanhedrin (Jewish-council, similar to our House of Representatives), who had been plotting Yeshua's death for years now. Yehuda promised to hand Yeshua over to them for 30 silver coins, and that night, when Yeshua and his 3 favorite Apostles went to the Olive Garden just outside Jerusalem, Yehuda came with armed guards from the Temple and arrested Yeshua (This is when the famous phrase was uttered). Yeshua was brought before Annas and Caiaphas, the leaders of the Sanhedrin, who turned him over to King Herod the Younger to be tried for blasphemy and leading a revolt. Herod gave Yeshua to Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governer of Judea, who had him beaten, flogged and mocked in order to pacify the Pharisees. The plan fell through, however, when the Pharisees stirred up the Jews and led a protest demanding Yeshua's execution. Yeshua was crucified the next day (tied down and nailed to a wooden cross in order to cause slow suffocation) and died at 3 P.M.. He was buried by a friend named Joseph of Arimathea, but the third day after he died, the tomb was found open by his mother and several of his friends. His body was missing, and all throughout the day, he was sighted by friends and family, alive, thus fulfilling a prophecy he made earlier that he would rise from the dead.
Yeshua's disciples travelled the world, declaring him as the Son of God and proclaiming his message, which is in the New Testament of the Bible, thus creating the religion of Christianity (which I'm a firm believer in).
Notes: Despite Yeshua growing up and living in modern-day Israel, due to Hellenization (the spread of Greek and Roman culture because of Alexandros Megas ("the Great")), he and everyone he knew would've spoken both Aramaic ad Greek. During research, do you know how many Greek to English translation sites I found that apparently find it just too hard to translate Greek to English?



My birthday happened. So glad all of you sent presents, cards, and comments on Feb. 27!

That was sarcasm.
I can't believe my parents picked up the subtle hints that I wanted a cookie-cake (after all, I only scribbled it into their day-planners, burnt the words 'I WANNA COOKIE-CAKE' into the side of the house, and hired the Goodyear blimp to fly over bearing the banner 'LUCAS WANTS A FRIGGIN COOKIE-CAKE YOU MORONS')
And here's my new business-card!

Grimm Happenings is my new project. A book-project. Because Legendary recently was drenched in gas, set on fire, and dropped from the Empire State Building (to be scattered along America's coast the next day) by the hideous goblins that are "mid-write editing".
Grimm Happenings is about a British boy (Eli) who just moved to America and is finding he has strange powers. Some of his classmates and teachers (Mr. Batton and the ever-so-hot Angela) seem to know something they aren't telling, and some classmates (like Trevor) seem to unknowingly be part of that something. That's all I'll reveal for now.
Also, I (and by that I mean my dad) am renovating my den. From (dog-pee-covered) carpet (that refuses to be washed) to beautiful tile. Woo!
B.t.w. I noticed no entries were submitted for my art contest. My friend Will is an artist and (yes, I know, he's a judge, but I told him he could submit one if he didn't vote on it) he didn't even submit. (Maybe I should have told him louder. Note to self: Buy megaphone.) I'm giving a redemptive period of until May 15. Then I'll vote (if anyone submits art). Click on the art contest label to see the rules.
I won't be doing very many posts til "HERA: The Goddess and her glory" comes out. Awesome, right?
Expect a Myth-Talk (super-long) about Dionysos (I call him D) soon.


What I'd like to see

For 2011, a lot of good movies seem to be coming out. These are the 5 I'd like to see the most:
1. Gnomeo and Juliet
It looks funny, and I love Shakespeare, so this could be great.
Synopsis: Gnomeo and Juliet is a computer-animated family film based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet featuring two garden gnomes in forbidden love. The couple looks to find lasting happiness and avoid tragedy as they are caught in the middle of a feud between blue and red-hatted garden gnomes.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_L_5vrHoWQ
2. The Tempest
I (again) love Shakespeare, especially The Tempest, and the trailer is... interesting (the end of it is beautifully done).
The Tempest is a 2010 American comedy-drama film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, in which Prospera, the duchess of Milan, is usurped by her brother Antonio and is cast off on a raft to die with her four-year-old daughter Miranda. They survive, finding themselves stranded on an island where the beast Caliban is the sole inhabitant. Prospera enslaves Caliban and claims the island. After 12 years, Alonso, the king of Naples, sails back to his kingdom from the marriage of his daughter to the prince of Tunisia, accompanied by his son Ferdinand and Antonio. Prospera, apprehending her chance for revenge, causes a tempest, wrecking the ship and stranding those on board on her island.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDyGl2uIQ-Q
3. Beastly
It's based on Beauty and the Beast (the book is much better than the Disney movie) and, while I wish they'd just made the guy hairy instead of all covered in tattoos with veins popping out, I'd like to see how close they get to the book (both the book Beastly and the book Beauty and the Beast)
Beastly is an upcoming fantasy romance film based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name about Kyle Kingson, a handsome man with an evil streak, who disrespects a classmate, who is a witch in disguise, during an environmental event. The witch then casts a spell on Kyle and physically transforms him into a monster until he can find true love.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Neo6W1f7hyY
4. Tangled
I know it's already out. I'd like to see it because of all the good reviews I've heard of it (and because it's a fairy tale, duh).
Tangled is a 2010 animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios in which the magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzCDHIE6vTU&feature=channel
5. The Brother's Grimm: Snow White
Snow White with Julia Roberts as the Queen. I gotta see this.
Relativity Media is working on "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White", directed by Tarsem Singh, it is set for release on June 29, 2012. Julia Roberts is attached and will be the Evil Queen.
No trailer yet.

In answer to your question, yes, I do only like movies having to do with my intended profession (folklorist/mythologist). How'd you know?


In case you're wondering...

My favorite shows:
1. Dan Vs. (The Hub)
2. Mythbusters (Discovery Channel)
3. My Wife & Kids (Nick@Nite, and most likely other channels)

My favorite foods:
1. Chocolate
2. Pomegranate
3. Any other thing on Earth that tastes good and is edible

Can you tell that I'm really bored?


The Aigis

The Aigis/Aegis, in Greek myth, was the breastplate ornament passed down from Zeus to Athene when Athene's friend Pallas died. Athene personalized it using some Gigante-skin and Gorgon-heads and ta-da, the aigis aqcuired the power of paralyzation to any who beheld it! Although constantly depicted as a breastplate ornament in their art, the Greeks would sometimes call it a shield (hence the modern confusion over the whole "shield or breastplate ornament" thing).
Okay, I've been trying to figure out why the aigis is sometimes confused as a shield. But then I just figured it out! The Greek "apsida" meaning shield, doesn't actually mean shield, but buckler, which isn't always meant to mean shield, but sometimes just an unspecified form of protection. So when the Greeks called the Aigis an "Apsida" they must've really meant some form of protection, which makes sense since the Aigis has a paralyzing power.


Bibliotheke Cover and Back Cover! EEK with joy!

Look at that. Wow.
Oh yeah, and I'll sue you if you say this is yours.
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Don't be a floobur goober.


Sappy Gnu Ear!

I mean Happy New Year!
Rejoice, evrybdy! We're all a year closer to death!
Try to be like Ke$ha, and not be a douche.