While the site is still in development, I continue to try to keep you buggers entertained. I saw Troy the other day, and it was a pretty good movie. You could tell there were Hollywood liberties taken, however. There is some dispute over who the Greek sun god really is. I have no doubt that Troy worshipped Apollo, but Apollo is generally considered the god of things like poetry, not the sun. The largely recognized sun god is Helios.
The son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of Artemis. Apollo was the god of music (principally the lyre, and he directed the choir of the Muses) and also of prophecy, colonization, medicine, archery (but not for war or hunting), poetry, dance, intellectual inquiry and the carer of herds and flocks. He was also a god of light, known as “Phoebus” (radiant or beaming, and he was sometimes identified with Helios the sun god). He was also the god of plague and was worshiped as Smintheus (from sminthos, rat) and as Parnopius (from parnops, grasshopper) and was known as the destroyer of rats and locust, and according to Homer’s Iliad, Apollo shot arrows of plague into the Greek camp. Apollo being the god of religious healing would give those guilty of murder and other immoral deeds a ritual purification. Sacred to Apollo are the swan (one legend says that Apollo flew on the back of a swan to the land of the Hyperboreans, he would spend the winter months among them), the wolf and the dolphin. His attributes are the bow and arrows, on his head a laurel crown, and the cithara (or lyre) and plectrum. But his most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers.
Apollo’s so hot right now. But he’s not the sun god. He’s the light god. I bet they’re good friends, Helios and Apollo. You can’t have one without the other. It’s like how CS guys and CIS guys hang out. The CS guys do all the work and CIS guys break it. They go hand in hand.
The site is going well. It’s moving along well, though it could have been disastrous. The new theme I have done is called Wintern. It’s also the theme for the index page for Awayken.com. I really like the way it’s turned out. I have high-hopes for themes in the future and for the site in general. It should be easier for me, now, to add things to the site. That means less excuses for me!
I’ve also started moving more of my old websites over to Awayken.com so everyone can see. Some of them I had hosted elsewhere (like my COMP sites and ISLE), and others are so old that I had almost forgotten about them. One of those sites was a site I did for a project in school on the NSA.
Well, apparently, the NSA site is flash enabled. Maybe it’s an attempt to appeal to younger kids who may go to work for them. I just know that the intro wasn’t worth my time. Nothing cool happened and I think it played twice before letting me go. There’s a lot there, though, on NSA’s site. Then I spotted it.
The NSA has a Kid’s Page! Besides sporting the requisite “Comic Sans” font in certain graphics, this just looks like an abbreviated version of the rest of their text. Crypto Cat is our friend as we explore links like “What NSA/CSS Does”, “Technology in Cryptologic History” and, of course, the “Coloring Book”.
Would you like to do your own coloring? Try the following exciting sample taken off of the NSA’s site.
Remember kids becoming an NSA officer is just as easy as “RXQ”!