Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Thoughts on fantastical magic.

Why do I like magic? (And by magic I mean Harry Potter and Dungeons & Dragons magic, not wicca & folklore magic.) Maybe because of its reality-altering consequences (u can be anything u want, u just need sufficient knowledge and/or power). Maybe because a toddler with magic is far, far more dangerous than Batman mixed with James Bond at the height of their careers. Maybe because magic is encompassing (who wants to be Cyclops when u can be Mimic- I know, neither of them are magical people, but that's the analogy that sprung to mind).

Just a thought- western magic as popularised by 20th century novels and films are (I think) a recent creation. In the past western magic was more superstitious- no elemental bolts or telekinesis, just plain old curses, charms, potions, etc. All those alleged witches killed in the past were not hunted down because of their earth-shattering powers, but because they allegedly cursed this and concocted that. More like alchemists than sorcerers (what self-respecting sorcerer would bend over a smelly old cauldron while cackling and looking extremely warty? What, never thought of glamour spells? Enslaving others to do the boiling for you?)

Why 7196?

I bet some of u reader wanna know why my blog's URL has 7196 in it. Simple- I want an URL that's easy to type (7196 is easier to type than gathererofknowledge, don't u think?). 7196 also happens to be my student number when I went to UNIMAS (the Sarawakian university).

Some limericks 4 U

Limericks are "five-line poems with strict form and are frequently witty or humorous, and sometimes obscene with humorous intent" (taken from Below is a limerick on limericks:

The lim'rick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical;
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

Here are some more examples:

1) There once was an old man of Lyme
Who married three wives at a time;
When asked, "Why a third?"
He replied, "One's absurd,
And bigamy, sir, is a crime."

2) There was a young fella named Weir
Who hadn't an atom of fear;
He indulged a desire
To touch a live wire-
Most any last line would do here.

3) God's plan made a hopeful beginning
But Man spoiled his chances by sinning;
We trust that the story
Will end in God's glory,
But at present the other side's winning.

4) There was a young girl of Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez;
When comment arose
On the state of her clothes
She drawled, "Where Ah itchez, Ah scratchez."

5) A daring young lady of Guam
Observed, "The Pacific's so calm
I'll swim out for a lark."
She met a large shark...
Let us now sing the 90th Psalm.

6) A senora who strolled on the Corso
Displayed quite a lot of her torso;
A crowd soon collected
And no one objected
Though some were in favour of more so.

I pity the poor linguistically-challenged visitor who find themselves unable to appreciate the above limericks...

Today's Reading

Readings for today Wed 24 October (Luke 12: 39-48). Seems like a continuation of yesterday's reading (collectively titled Call to Faithful Stewardship)

But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Then Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” The Lord replied, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds at work when he returns. I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave should say to himself, ‘My master is delayed in returning,’ and he begins to beat the other slaves, both men and women, and to eat, drink, and get drunk, then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know his master’s will and did things worthy of punishment will receive a light beating. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.