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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

I’m sure it’s a good omen that 2010 will ring in with a rare blue moon, or second full moon within a calendar month.

What’s more interesting is how the popular term “blue moon” came about:

The popular definition of blue moon came about after a writer for Sky & Telescope magazine in 1946 misinterpreted the Maine Farmer’s Almanac and labeled a blue moon as the second full moon in a month. In fact, the almanac defined a blue moon as the third full moon in a season with four full moons, not the usual three. Though Sky & Telescope corrected the error decades later, the definition caught on.

Thus born out of error, it really should be called a “blew moon”. At least then we all wouldn’t be straining out necks to see the non-existent bluish hue that you’d expect.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/30/2009 11:28 PM
Category: Science, Weather, Wordsmithing
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It’s a shame that upcoming new release Legion is such an apparent piece of crap, because I’m partial to angel imagery. Something about the wings. And the rich history of Judeo-Christian-Muslim mythology that those wings represent.

Probably the most distasteful part of this movie is the obvious copycatting of zombie, vampires, and other cinematic supernatural creepies. The freaky shape-shifting exhibited by these scary seraphs makes them nothing more than second-rate horror glyphs, interchangeable with any other movie monster. They could have subbed in space aliens without missing a beat, the Biblical reference to the Legion demon aside.

Oh well. I can always turn to one of my favorite angelic works of art: Salvador Dali’s “Allegorical Saint and Angels in Adoration of the Holy Spirit”, pictured above. Those bold, single brush-strokes that form each wing convey a stark energy worthy of the symbolism on display.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/30/2009 11:04 PM
Category: Creative, Movies
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