Zipporah at the Inn is the name given to an episode alluded to in three verses of Exodus. It is one of the more unusual, curious, and much debated, passages of the Pentateuch. The verses in question are Exodus 4:24–26, the context is Moses and his wife Zipporah reaching an inn on their way from Midian to Egypt to announce the plagues to the Pharaoh.
On the way, at a place where they spent the night, the Lord met him and tried to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin, and touched his feet with it, and said, “Truly you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” So he let him alone. It was then she said, “A bridegroom of blood by circumcision.”
The standard interpretation of the passage is that Yahweh wants to kill Moses for neglecting the rite of circumcision of his son. Zipporah averts disaster by reacting quickly and hastily performing the rite, thus saving her husband from Yahweh’s anger.
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry Force Quit (lickthevelvetpouch remix by Ipecac Loop) by Chemlab. Jared Louche’s voice is so calming. Sadly I can’t find the remix anywhere online, but here’s a link to the original. Still good.
Carl Linnaeus, father of taxonomy, divided the flowering plants into three groups: the meteorici, which change their opening and closing times according to the weather conditions; the tropici, which change their opening and closing times according to the length of the day; and the aequinoctales, which have fixed opening and closing times, regardless of weather or season.
Linnaeus noted in his Philosophia Botanica that if one possessed a sufficiently large variety of aequinoctal species, it would be possible to tell time simply by observing the daily opening and closing of flowers. Though Linneaus seems never actually to have planted an horologium florae, or flower clock, his plan was taken up with great passion by many 19th-century gardeners, who often arranged a dozen or more species in the manner of a circular clock face.
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio Combining these two as I never, ever listen to the radio by choice. Having said that, I used to have to listen to it in work and Heartbeat by Scouting for Girls was on constantly.
heyy i was just wondering if you could give me the 30 days of song list thing. i think i might want to try it :]
Hope there wasn’t too much of a delay in me replying to you. I’ve been offline for a few days and trying to catch up! Anyway, here you go :)
Day 01 - Your favorite song Day 02 - Your least favorite song Day 03 - A song that makes you happy Day 04 - A song that makes you sad Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone Day 06 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to Day 09 - A song that you can dance to Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep Day 11 - A song from your favorite band Day 12 - A song from a band you hate Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love Day 15 - A song that describes you Day 16 - A song that you used to love but now hate Day 17 - A song that you hear often on the radio Day 18 - A song that you wish you heard on the radio Day 19 - A song from your favorite album Day 20 - A song that you listen to when you’re angry Day 21 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy Day 22 - A song that you listen to when you’re sad Day 23 - A song that you want to play at your wedding Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty Day 29 - A song from your childhood Day 30 - Your favorite song at this time last year
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate Dominion Day by Gary Numan. In fact, pretty much anything by Gary Numan. If he ever stops being such a painful cliche and manages to regain some originality, I might take that statement back.
Tsukumogami are a type of Japanese spirit. According to the Tsukumogami-emaki, tsukumogami originate from items or artifacts that have reached their 100th birthday and thus become alive and aware. Any object of this age, from swords to toys, can become a tsukumogami. Tsukumogami are considered spirits and supernatural beings, as opposed to enchanted items.
Day 15 – A song that describes you This reminds me of Dylan Moran in Monster doing his skit about how dangerous gin is. "Everybody, shut up. Shut up! This song is all about me." Tee hee! Anyway, I Am Terrified by IAMX.
Rev Robert Shields (May 17, 1918 – October 15, 2007) was a former Minister and high school English teacher who, after his death, left behind a diary of 37.5 million words chronicling every 5 minutes of his life from 1972 until a stroke disabled him in 1997.
Each thing I do I rush through so I can do something else. In such a way do the days pass - a blend of stock car racing and the never ending building of a gothic cathedral. Through the windows of my speeding car, I see all that I love falling away: books unread, jokes untold, landscapes unvisited. And why? What treasure do I expect in my future? Rather it is the confusion of childhood loping behind me, the chaos in the mind, the failure chipping away at each success. Glancing over my shoulder I see its shape and so move forward, as someone in the woods at night might hear the sound of approaching feet and stop to listen, then, instead of silence he hears some creature trying to be silent. What else can he do but run? Rushing blindly down the path, stumbling, struck in the face by sticks; the other ever closer, yet not really hurrying or out of breath, teasing its kill.
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure Given my unabashed dislike of metal in general, I’ll pick Safe Home by Anthrax. I geniuinely can’t think of anything I listen to that would fit this description. I love everything I listen to and I’m never too shy to share.
Dr. Walter Jackson Freeman II performed nearly 3500 lobotomies in 23 states, mostly based on scanty and flimsy evidence for its scientific basis, but more significantly he popularized the lobotomy. A neurologist without surgical training, he initially worked with several surgeons, including James W. Watts. In 1936, he and Watts became the first American doctors to perform prefrontal lobotomy by craniotomy.
Seeking a faster and less invasive way to perform the procedure, Freeman adopted Amarro Fiamberti’s transorbital lobotomy and began to perfect it, initially by using ice picks hammered into each frontal lobe through the back of each eye socket. This procedure placed great strain on the instrument and in one case resulted in the leucotome breaking off in the patient’s skull. As a result, Freeman designed a new, stronger instrument, the orbitoclast.
Day 11 - A song from your favorite band Like the favourite song question, this one is very subjective. My favourite band changes depending on my mood. Right now, for example, I’m loving IAMX, however I can’t discount Nine Inch Nails and The Cure when I’m thinking about who my favourite band is. On that note, I’m reverting back to NIN. Twist.
Some people think it’s one of the weirdest books ever published. An art book unlike any other art book. A unique and disturbing surreal parody. Grotesque and beautiful. It’s very hard to describe. Codex Seraphinianus by Italian artist Luigi Serafini is a window on a bizarre fantasy world complete with its own unique (unreadable) alphabet and numerous illustrations that borrow from the modern age but veer into the extremely unusual.
Created in the late 1970s, the book’s blurb on the cover flap talks about Codex Seraphinianus being a book for the ‘age of information’ where coding and de-coding messages is increasingly important in genetics, computer science and literary criticism. “The Codex presents the creative vision of this time…” goes on the blurb. If Serafini was so influenced by ‘information’ in the 1970s to create this maverick art book, then what must he make of today’s information age featuring Facebook, Twitter and Google?
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to I would desperately love to say Pore by ohGr, but I still haven’t learned it all. Or Warlock by Skinny Puppy. Ditto. I know the words to loads of songs. Isn’t it odd that we can remember song lyrics fifteen years down the line but can’t remember a birthday or where we put our keys? Choosing a random favourite song by someone I haven’t mentioned yet that I know all the words to - But Not Tonight by Depeche Mode.
The red string of fate, also referred to as the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of “the red thread” is believed to be Yue Xia Lao (月下老) (often abbreviated to “Yuelao” [月老]), the old lunar matchmaker god who is also in charge of marriages.
"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break.”
Salvador Dalí was the last of the great cultural outlaws, and probably the last genius to visit our cheap and gaudy planet. Look around you with an unbiased eye and, alas, you will see no painter of genius, and no novelist, poet, philosopher or composer who takes his or her place in that top tier without asking our permission.