Tuesday, September 13, 2005

IDIOTS, MORONS, IMBECILES, CRETINS

Do you know difference between these words before you use these words to lash out at someone?
According to British legal stature, an idiot is an individual with an IQ of less than 20, an imbecile has an IQ of between 20 and 49, and a moron an IQ between 50 and 69. Cretins are specifically persons with a deformity or mental retardation caused by a thyroid deficiency; cretinism is now more commonly called hyperthyroidism. Idoit isderived from the Greek for "private person" (as in idiosyncracy); moron is from the Greek for "foolish"; imbecile is a construction from a Latin phrase meaning "without a stick"; cretin comes, via the French, from the word "Christian" and implies a holy person - God's fool" as it were.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The four horsemen appears in the New Testament as the four evils that will come at the end of the world or apocalypse.

WAR - White Horse SLAUGHTER - Red Horse
FAMINE - Black Horse DEATH - Pale Horse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse potrayed byRussian painter, Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. The painting hangs in the Museum of Religion and Atheism in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Twelve Months

Snowy, Flowry, Blowry,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.
from the poem by George Ellis (1753-1815)

Poor Reading List

Many of us read for one reason or another. To entertain ourselves, to past time, to enrich our knowledge and so on. A few days ago, I stumbled into Mortimer J. Adler's book, How to Read a Book. After comparing his recommended list of books to mine, I realized that most of my books are not brain challenging for me as these easy read onl provide a form of entertainment during my idle time. I think I should try to read at least one of his recommended titles. Homer would be a good pick. I took a copy of Homer's Odessy and plunged myself on a nice couch. While flipping and skimming through the pages, I felt nervous, fear and confuse. Nervous because I'm not used to such writing style, fear because thick pages suggest a long torment and confuse because of the inter-relating web of relationships and places. /* Sigh! */

Friday, September 09, 2005

2005 Reading List

A Brief History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
The Art of Travel
by Alan De Bottom
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
A Walk in the Woods
by Bill Bryson
Notes from a even Smaller Island
by Neil Humphrey
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
by J.K. Rowling
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Rubbish: A Chronicle of Waste by Richard Girling
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Deception Point by Dan Brown
The Pianist by Wadyslaw Spielman
French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Superman

Origins of Expressions

superman: someone with greater-than-human powers

Superman is a comic strip character created by Siegel and Schuter during the 1930s. The character first appeared as a comic strip in Action Comics in 1938. Superman's debut success was followed on by decades of ongoing popularity based on the numerous comic books, animation films, tv series and even movies made on this character. Able to fly faster than an aeroplane, stop a speeding train on track, leap from tall buildings are just few feats Superman is capable of. When we call someone as a superman woman, we are implying that he or she is capable of doing much more than an average person, possesses more mental and physical power or much more stamina.
Surprisingly, years before Superman was created Siegel and Schuter, an 19th century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, invented the term Ubermensch, which literally mean Superman and which he applied to a hypothetical human being of superior intellect and morals. One of the common misconceptions of Ubermensch is that it is equivalent to the ideals of Nazism. The concept of racial supremacy or antisemitism is absent in Nietzsche.