Friday, November 5, 2010

Interesting Facts on Friday

'Remember, remember the 5th of November...' Today is Guy Fawkes Night in Great Britain. It marks the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605. My favorite retelling of the story, and the reasoning behind it, is in the movie V for Vendetta. The whole thing is about citizens gaining control of their government, government being afraid of their people and not vice versa. Or, at least, that's what Hugo Weaving says in the movie.

It was an assassination attempt, which I don't agree with, but...seriously....it makes for a GREAT movie! There's a poem that has accompanied these celebrations that goes a little something like:

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!

Do YOU celebrate Guy Fawkes' Night? How do you do it?

In Harry Potter news: It looks like some scientists in the UK are one step closer to making Harry Potter's invisibility cloak a reality. Through the use of something called 'metamaterials,' researchers have created 'Metaflex,' a material that bends lights around an object and could potentially be used in clothing. Right now the metamaterials can be used on a flat surface to make items invisible. The researchers biggest hurdle right now? Visible light. You know...like...the light humans can see. They've mastered light outside the visible spectrum, but can't quite get with the visible.

But, really, if you had access to an invisibility cloak...would you use it? (And please...keep the "Heck yeahz! I'd be all up in the girlz's locker ro0mz!!!" comments to a minimum.)

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

8 comments:

  1. This would take dressing up as a ghost to a whole new level.

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  2. That's so sweet! I could find out what people say about me when I am not there! It would be a big help making out my will.

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  3. I know exactly what I would do. I would go everywhere I could to learn as much as I could about other religions, magickal and esoteric traditions, and cultural practices without having to integrate myself into every new cultural system. I would loose much in the way of understanding, as integration is a major part of the learning process, but I would gain so much in observation that it would tempt me to do it nonetheless. I'm a bad girl.

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  4. Bonfire Night is bigger over here for a lot of people than Halloween. I celebrate with a big bonfire, I try and light it without matches or a lighter but I'm not that successful most of the time! As for an invisibility cloak... getting on the train without having to pay £5.90 for a 15 minute journey (that's my gripe department).

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  5. WAsn't Guy Fawkes a Spanish agent opposed to the Protestant government of England, and desired a less egalitarian Catholic dominated theocracy?

    So.. kinda the opposite of the new fictional character?

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  6. So, what would a department-store display of invisibiity cloaks look like?

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  7. Nov. 5 1955 is also the day time travel was invented in Back to the Future ;)

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  8. For Makarios, a link to an invisibility cloak display picture: http://www.klopex.com/pictures/2005/renaissance/big/renaissance068.jpg

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