Monday, November 11, 2019

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Anput

Wait... did Anubis have a wife? I'm so confused. I randomly ran into this cynocephaly woman by the name of Anput. I had a little difficulty tracking down information on her. But apparently she was the wife of Anubis.

Or was she?

A lot of the information online about Anput is that she was simply the feminine form of Anubis. I worried that this was just people making a female form of a popular character from ancient stories. The reason I feel this way is because she seems to have the exact same position as Anubis, that being the god of the mysteries of embalming.

One source told me that she merely assisted Anubis in this task. I don't know about you but I find that very sweet. It may have been all business for them, but there is a familial sweetness to a husband and wife working the same job. That's cool.

Another thing that confuses me about the lore is that some drawings has Anput as a human female. I mean... which is she? There is a possibility that she was female and wore an outfit that resembled a jackal. Some of the records suggest this. Nevertheless, it's hard to nail down what the truth really was.

One thing that was confirmed is that Anubis fathered a daughter by the name of Kebechet. She was a human woman with the head of a snake. Anput is often cited as the mother. I think, at this point in my research, my headache got a little bit too much, and I had to draw back for a while and let a lot of this settle.

The whole thing really does make me curious. I ask myself if Anubis really did fall in love or if it was a marriage of convenience. Was she really human or another cynocephaly? How was it that their child was so strange? I don't have the answers to these things, but I'd love to hear your opinion on the matter. Who and what was Anput? I'd really like to know.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Fairy Tale Spotlight: What Remains of Edith Finch

I found out about "What Remains of Edith Finch" in 2019 after checking to see if Giant Sparrow made any more games after "The Unfinished Swan." Turns out I already owned it. It was a freebie given to me for being a member of the PlayStation Plus service. I went ahead and replayed the first game as a refresher. Loved it all over again. And then... it was time to play their new 2017 game.

I did not really know anything about "What Remains of Edith Finch." I went into it with a fresh view, only thinking about what they were able to accomplish before, but not knowing anything about what was to come. What I ended up finding was a sincere progression of the theme but delivered in an entirely new way.

"What Remains of Edith Finch" follows a young adult woman as she explores her childhood house. A strange place right out of the pages of a Lemony Snicket story. Apparently the Finch family was full of creatives. They all painted, sculpted, wrote, acted, built... dreamed... imagined... loved. Every one of them was an artist and seemed to yearn to exist within their creations... maybe more than was healthy.

There was another issue with this huge family: They had a very real tendency to die. In fact... by the time the game started, Edith was the only one of them left. The family believed that they had a curse on them. It got so bad that all the children were sealed into their rooms for their lives to prevent accidents. But what do you do to stop an imagination so large and powerful that it threatens to run away with you?

A lot of the deaths seemed like just accidents. That's how they were reported. But the truth of the matter was that the Finches were all desperate to escape from reality. The one boy did not jump off a cliff; he flew... be cause he dreamed of flying.

Every single dead member of the Finch family left something behind. Not only their memory but the whole of who they were through their artwork. And through their imaginings, we get to experience who they were within their creative minds, and not just a tale of someone who slipped and fell or committed suicide in the name of leaving to a better place. This was a family of dreamers, and the game allows you to see them for who they believed they were... and maybe they really were those things.

Now the most interesting part of the game came by way of Milton Finch. They were hinting at him throughout the game. He was the most curious because nobody ever found his body when he died. Well as it turns out, Milton created a magic paintbrush that took him to a world of his own creation. From there, he became a king that designed the world to his own liking. Yes, Milton was the king from "The Unfinished Swan." And if you know the story, he did not really die.

The fact that Milton lived makes me question the supposed deaths of the other family members. Did they really find the worlds they were looking for? Was their "death" their strange way of moving on to their own personal frequencies? The game presents a very fun fairy tale question. I can't help but wonder if this wonderful family was able to find the happiness they deserved.

Sadly, the game ends on the same unfinished note as their previous. But at the same time, this game ultimately completes "The Unfinished Swan." So I can't help but wonder what story their third game will tell. I want to dive deeper into the mind of the artist. I want to see the worlds they create. I want to sink deep into their imaginations and see their mastery at work. Most of all, I want them to live forever within their creations. I feel similarly about my own creations. This world is so boring and silly. What we need is a bit of crazy. A bit of whimsy. What we need is a fairy tale.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Fairy Tale Spotlight: The Unfinished Swan

I want to stop for a bit and talk about a game company that had become very endeared to me over the last 5 years. The company in question is called Giant Sparrow. Since 2012, they have produced a total of 2 video games, both of which have filled me with a lot of happiness, and perhaps a bit of sadness too. All good, by the way.

The name of these two games are "The Unfinished Swan" and "What Remains of Edith Finch." This week, we are going to talk about these two games in that order.

One thing to note about Giant Sparrow games is they all seem to have stories hovering around death. Yet there is still so much life there. They are not so much about death, but the life lived and what is left behind. "The Unfinished Swan" introduces a boy named Monroe right after the death of his mother. The only thing left behind after her passing is a painting she made of an unfinished swan, which was his favorite of all her paintings.

From there, he is drawn into a fairy tale world literally based on an unfinished work of art. He has to use droplets of ink and water in order to make the strange world around him make sense. And from this odd presentation, we find the narrative of a king who created the world around him to suit himself. The only problem was that the people living there did not have his vision and tended to complain and revolt.

The king does occasionally try to make corrections to his artistic world to appease them, but it seems that there are always complaints. Ultimately, he is forced into various creative slumps that lead to darkness and a little bit of danger and chaos. Through all this Monroe experiences the kings trials through the artistic progression of the world he painted for himself.

The thing that fascinated me about the king is when I realized that this is not just some fairy tale character. He is a real person who literally escaped into his own imagination. He's a real person living within a world that he personally created. And even better... he is still working on it while there. How was it his fault that the people living there wouldn't agree with him? I wonder if that's something God has to put up with often. Nevertheless, the king learns that he can't satisfy everyone and decides to move on.

When an artist dies or retires, something very odd happens. He still somehow exists. Maybe not him particularly. The art tends to take on a personality of its own as it seeps into the minds of those who view it. It can even inspire others to continue creating. I'm surprised people don't link artistic endeavors with godhood more often. Ask anyone who creates, and see if they don't want to be apart of their creation. If they say no, they are probably lying or don't care about what they are making in the first place.

Artists are the true world-builders. They create things that would never exist if they had not put brush to canvas. "The Unfinished Swan" is a perfect example of the effect loving artists have on us. All they really want is to escape from this boring world by creating something more interesting... something we never had until they stepped in. This is a video game about someone who finally managed to escape.

But who was the king? Where did he come from? That question was left unanswered in the game. But in 2017, a new game by Giant Sparrow would finally answer that question. And it would be one of the strangest journey's any video game would ever put me through.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Daffy Duck and Me

I guess this is going to be a silly blog but still a bit personal. Over the last couple years up to the present, I have been watching a combination of the show Duck Dodgers and The Loony Tunes Show, and I must say... I can strangely relate to the character Daffy Duck. And if you know anything about Daffy, you may wonder if I am some sort of narcissistic asshole for making that claim. Maybe!

For as long as I can remember, I have been rather brutal and harsh on my friends. I say whatever comes to mind and sometimes end up causing a lot of offence. I hurt people's feelings and sometimes I have to apologize for it... sometimes. Actually hardly ever. I may be allergic to it.

The thing is... Daffy does all the same things. He just does whatever he wants without really planning it. No thought whatsoever goes into anything he does or says. Somehow he still progresses through life. Nobody likes him, but he doesn't really worry about that because he is a narcissistic asshole.

The more I watch and study his behavior, the more I can't help but wish I could have his sheer inability to care what others think of him. Daffy is completely and utterly an independent thinker. Sure the thoughts are some of the most inappropriate thoughts imaginable, but the point is that they are HIS! Nobody gave him these thoughts. He's just that awful with no help from anyone else to make him that awful.

Daffy is also very much an anarchist in his own way. This comes from the fact that he doesn't accept anything but his own way in all things. In The Loony Tunes Show, Daffy often imagines himself as a wizard of great power who always gets exactly what he wants. It's a great fantasy, but he seems to incorporate it into his daily life. There was even an episode where he had some business cards made that titled himself as an actual wizard.

I love this guy! I love him for his independence. Yes, he is a horrible person, but at least he's active and unashamed about being horrible. There's honesty there. It's hilarious.

No matter how much you disagree with the things that Daffy Duck says and does, you cannot help but love him more than any other character in the Loony Tunes lineup. Even if its a "love to hate," he steals the show every time. So this is my official salute to what I believe to be the best Loony Tunes character ever made: Daffy Duck. And some days... I wish I was him. I aspire to be him. That's right, I wanna be a jerk. Sounds so liberating honestly. I can see it all now... T.K. Wade -- Professional Wizard (and author).

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Set

Of all the demons I have covered so far in these blogs, the one that eludes me the most, at least so far, is Set. Set is the famed Egyptian god of chaos, fire, deserts, trickery, storms, envy, disorder, violence, and... foreigners. Yes, he is all those things. But exactly how can he be all those things? Well, the truth is that Set is actually one thing that embodies all those things: namely just chaos.

Despite his name, there is nothing really set about Set. He is all over the place. I have not even been able to determine what animal he is. Nobody has. The drawings of him are confusing. Is he an aardvark? A bird? A jackal? Donkey? A fox? Seriously, nobody knows. Maybe he is one of those things... or maybe he is all of them. Maybe he shifts between them. Nobody knows. But then that just makes the chaos that he embodies all the more real, doesn't it?

I recently pointed out that it is very common for demons to exhibit birth defects. I'm beginning to think that Set was a birth defect. He was a little too much of everything that caused him to be a big horrible nothing. Yet he was still powerful as he was. And I get the distinct impression that he was not super upset with the way he turned out.

Set always seemed to embrace who he was. And there was a lot of violent energy inside him that needed to get out. And so he let it out in all of its terrible glory. He was not only a sociopath... but also a psychopath. A sadist. A being that enjoyed the endless suffering of others. He reveled and laughed at each and every disaster.

And yet, as much as we know about him, he still somehow eludes us. He can never truly be pinned down for what he actually is. It's in his nature. Chaos cannot be tamed. Chaos cannot be understood. Do the hurricanes that destroy our coasts have a reason to do what they do? Set never had a reason to do anything. He just did it, and reveled in pleasure at being able to exist at all.

You may find it interesting that he fathered Anubis. Don't think much of it though. There was no love there. Set thought very little of anything but himself. He was only placing himself well within the hierarchy of the gods. Seating himself in an immutable place where nobody could ever contest him.

Set is an example of unbridled terrible evil on a scale far greater than any human dares to consider. He is a careless, brutal, horrible creature. And sadly his influence still exists to this day. Demons don't really die. They just get slightly misplaced. And from there, they still have a say in how things are done. And how Set does things is the very last thing we need. We'll be better off without him.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Fairy Tale Spotlight: The 2018 Samson Movie

I recently watched the 2018 movie Samson. Being that I recently wrote my own Samson story, I felt it might be a good idea to check it out and see how it stacked up. Did I like it? Did I hate it? Truth is... it's a mixed bag.

I was already expecting them to make Samson a mortal man empowered by God rather than a human/angel hybrid. I was even fine with that. I don't expect religious films to bother with the outer circle of spiritual phenomenon. So I was ready to experience a purely human Samson in all of his glory.

Unfortunately, I have a lot of complaints. This movie takes far too many licences with the truth. They threw in characters just to move the plot forwards. Characters who were not killed in the Bible were killed simply to add to the drama. The villains were cartoony and came across to me as more like comedy than something to really fear. But okay, so they wanted to make it clear they were bad. Fine.

There were parts that I genuinely enjoyed, and those came in way of the key moments where Samson used his strength to kick Philistine ass. The donkey jaw bone fight was my favorite. I loved these moments. If the whole movie was just them, it be a lot shorter, but probably better. I'll explain why.

Like I said, I did not mind them making Samson a mortal human, but dang! He was always depressed and crying about stupid stuff! When he wasn't using strength, he was all teary eyed. Every time he whined like a girl, it almost made me want to just stop watching the movie. This is not the Samson I was familiar from the Bible at all.

Another problem I had was that his strength was not presented as omnipresent. He sort of... had to... ask for it once in a while. Before he did this, he would sometimes seem weak and scared. There was one scene where he was running for his life. It was kind of silly seeing him like this. It was clearly done just to add extra drama to it.

Oh, yes. The running scene happened after he was found in a brothel. And he was oddly not comfortable being in such an ungodly place. I mean COME ON!

Is Samson worth seeing? Answer: No. It isn't. But I would recommend looking up the main milestone scenes on YouTube if you can. They are actually very good. But at the end of the day, this is a great story that is sullied by too much overthinking and the usual drive to spin a religious story as to not offend everyone. Hope this review helps.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Breaking the Ten Commandments (9-10)

The Ten Commandments is often used as a set of rules by modern churches to help people keep in line. The truth is that the laws of Moses were made obsolete at the moment the curtains were ripped in the temple. Let's continue to look at the final two and see why this list should be ignored as nothing more than a historical document and not modern law, legal or theological.

9: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Lying basically. This particular commandment doesn't even make sense by today's standards. What is wrong with lying? Do you really think telling the whole truth in every situation is a genuinely good thing? I encourage you to be honest and sincere with those you trust, and do feel free to lie to those who you do not trust. Also there is a difference between telling the truth and being sincere. It has to do entirely with being honest and accepting who and what you are. The Jews, at the time, were so prone to making deception and lies that they needed this commandment to keep them straight. Today, it is obsolete.

10: You shall not covet.

This is a jealousy thing. Once again, it had to do with the Jews at the time constantly wanting things that were not theirs. And to be honest, there is something to be said for contentment. However, this law, like every other one in the Old Testament, was intended for a target audience. There is no harm in wanting something that isn't yours. Just don't let it take over your life and lead you on a nasty path. This commandment, as intended, is obsolete.

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I've said my piece. I consider everything in the Bible to be true, but not everything is relevant universally. When Jesus died, the curtains in the temple ripped. We are no longer intended to be a theocracy. We have the freedom to choose. We have the freedom to be what we truly want to be. We are no longer bound by the laws of Moses or God (the Father). Take every situation you encounter with the judgement of a good heart. Don't go by rules. Jesus gave us the power to figure these things out, and as long as we do so with a good heart, we shall never be in the wrong in His eyes.

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