Maps of Knowledge
Looking for magic in Medieval and Renaissance German society can be difficult at times. The difficulty does not lie in a lack of magic, but rather, the disunity between the societies recognized as being Germanic. This disunity makes the quest for such history much more expansive. Thus, one must expand their definition of what it meant to be German in these eras to all the lands that the various German peoples inhabited. Taking this expanded view, one realizes that Germanic influence spread from Greenland in the north to the Mediterranean in the south, and from the British Isles in the west to the Caspian in the east in the Medieval period. This area encompasses a wide range of cultures and thoughts that influenced Medieval and Renaissance German culture. This milieu forced the various Germanic peoples into conflicts with peoples from cultures as disparate as the Celtics, with their gods inhabiting every pebble and twig insight, to Mamelukes, who had accepted the monotheism of Islam. The Medieval and Renaissance eras found German society immersed in conflicts for who would be the cultural heart of Europe, thus it is logical that the church sought to conquer the souls of heathen European cultures, and to bring them under the heal of the Trinity. However, as those that bore the cloth were often the middle-born son of their family, their battle was to spill ink upon the page, as they were dissuaded from shedding blood on the battlefield. In this paper, we will explore the historiography of those who battled over canon, rather than with cannons, and how they framed the conversation around magic in German society during the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
Picking Up the Pieces After a Friend Has Left: Tom Bradbury
Please bear with me, as this is my first time doing this in writing. Unfortunately, this is not my first eulogy. Nor is it my first for one someone that has made such a large impact on my life in such a short time. I’ve spent most of my day trying to write this and finding it hard to piece together the words. I’ve been lurking, but not as active as normal in the Vocal community today. This is because we have lost one of our most beloved creators.
Who Created Princess Leia’s Aesthetic?
Star Wars is one of the most iconic films in American history. This is due to both great storytelling and the timeless costumes. And as with all great works, fans are always curious about the origins of their favorite works, and Star Wars is no exception. Whether it’s drawing links between Star Wars and other sci-fi works like Dune or Perry Rhodan, or other inspirations such as Seven Samurai, it is easy for one to see that George Lucas’s sci-fi epic was not created in a vacuum. However, one of the most iconic looks of the first film (now episode IV), Star Wars: A New Hope, is Princess Leia’s hair. And as such, it has been the subject of much speculation since the film was released. The goal of this article is not to rehash old articles or detract from how others interpret Star Wars through their cultural lens. But rather, it is an attempt to ponder the actual origins of Princess Leia’s look and offer new evidence as to its providence.
I'm Glad You Changed Your Name
A group of misfit companions must cross a cursed land to save to their world from the clutches of a crazed wizard. In their quest, a good wizard leads the band to take on the growing army of monsters of the evil wizard. No, this is not Lord of the Rings. This is Wizards, Ralph Bakshi’s 1977 post-apocalyptic science fantasy film.
Bay of Pigs
When John F. Kennedy became President of the United States on January 20, 1961, he inherited every policy decision that Eisenhower had yet to carry out. (1) One of these was the planned invasion of Cuba to depose Fidel Castro and the 26th of July Movement. The Central Intelligence Agency had recruited and trained Cuban exiles to conduct the invasion. The operation became known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion after the point that the Cuban exiles made their landing. The planning of the invasion began with the 1959 defeat of Fulgencio Batista, the former president of Cuba. The CIA believed that the use of Cuban exiles would work because of their perceived success in the 1954 coup against President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala. In the 1954 coup against Arbenz, the CIA had used disgruntled Guatemalan military officers and Agency provided air support to aid in the coup. In the Bay of Pigs, there would be no such saving graces. The air and artillery support the US promised was either canceled or so delayed that Castro's forces easily repelled the invading forces. Additionally, the CIA had no understanding of the environment in which they were operating. In Guatemala, there had been differing factions to exploit within Arbenz's government. In 1961 Cuba there were no such factions left on the island. This was due to any that had opposed the 26th of July Movement fleeing the island in the wake of losing their benefactor. This meant that the invaders had no support to meet them once they arrived. This led to the spectacular failure that is now associated with the Bay of Pigs. By 1961, the CIA had grown confident enough in its abilities to conduct such an operation. However, they operated with undeserved confidence, as they had not learned how to conduct such operations in hostile nations. It is by looking at the CIA's overconfidence in their ability to pull off the Bay of Pigs Invasion that we see how Fidel Castro and the Cuban government were able to assert their sovereignty, and become a regional power despite the lopsided odds stacked against them.
As the screen fiend Makes you scream From the shadow of its beam Ripping your mind at the seam Shut up and scream As it comes across the way
My Job? What Job?
In this challenge, we are asked to answer the question, “I love my job because…” Well, the truth is, this is a hard question to answer. I, like many others over the last year and a half, currently do not have a job. This is not to say that I have not worked since COVID hit the world. In some ways, I have experienced quite the opposite at times.
Bee & Wasp
“Whence have you come my whispering wasp? Lying so blissful on the fence Only pretending pretense To hide the vents of embellishments