Wednesday, February 14, 2007

And More Games!!

Ok, if you know the answer to this one, post the answer and a question of your own. Keep that going. This is fun.

A notorious site for suicide, the official suicide count ended in 1995 when the number approached 1,000. There were 34 confirmed bridge jump suicides in 2006. Currently, it is said that a person jumps off this site every 15 days.
As of 2006, only 26 people are known to have survived the jump. There is only one known person to have jumped from twice. She survived the first jump in early 1988, but died in her second attempt later that year.

And yes, I am making these harder.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Game Continues

These are shorter. Good luck.
As the man said, Google=cheating


The Legenda Aurea of Jacobus de Voragine gives the very brief vita of This Saint refusing to deny Christ before the Emperor Claudius in the year 280. Before his head was cut off, he restored sight and hearing to the daughter of his jailer. Later works say that he sent the same girl a love note on his final day.


These "spirits of the night," are called so becase of their large, reflective eyes.
They are found naturally only on the island of Madagascar and some smaller surrounding islands, including the Comoros (where it is likely they were introduced by humans). In the television show Seinfeld, the character of Newman is decribed as having climbing abilities rivaling those of a ring-tailed creatures.
Zoboomafoo, an educational PBS Kids television program features a Verreaux's Sifaka who is also the show's namesake.

This man was pressed into Navel service and later became a slave to the "slaves in Africa." After being rescued he became a succesful slave trader and a strong Christian. Later he became a minister and an abolitionist. Among his greatest contributions to history was in 1785 encouraging Wilberforce, the newly-converted Member of Parliament for Hull, to stay in Parliament and "serve God where he was", rather than enter the ministry. Wilberforce heeded the ex-slaveship captain's advice, and spent the next five decades successfully working for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Still Broken

My best friend growing up got married yesterday.

Today was also the "welcome home centered sacrament meeting" of a friend of mine from high school. I was planning on going up until I was about to walk out the door. I suddenly realized that there was a slight possibility that BWM would be there too. The thought terrified me. I tried to tell myself that he probably wasn't even in Provo, or had no idea that our friend was even back from his mission, or that he's probably dropped all affiliation with the church, but it didn't work. I shut my front door and went back into my room. I just couldn't go.

On a happier note: I'm going to Disneyland!!

Countdown to Disneyland: 5 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes
Countdown to Oscars: 13 days, 20 hours, 3 minutes
Countdown to Day o'Doom: 55 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Part 2

Let's try this one again:

This fictional Character holds a terrible secret. She is a double agent working for MVD, and worked with Bond because she was under orders to see that he did not escape Le Chiffre. (Her kidnapping was staged in order to lure Bond into Le Chiffre's clutches.) Prior to her meeting Bond, she had been romantically involved with an RAF operative. This man had been captured by SMERSH, and revealed information about her under torture. Hence, SMERSH was using this operative to blackmail her into helping them. After the death of Le Chiffre, she is initially hopeful that she and Bond can start a new life, but realizes this is impossible when she notices a SMERSH operative, Gettler, tracking her and Bond's movements. Consumed with guilt and certain that SMERSH will find and kill both of them, she commits suicide, leaving a note admitting her treachery and pledging her love to Bond.

Fleming created a cocktail recipe in the novel that Bond names after Her. The "_______ martini" became very popular after the novel's publication, and gave rise to the famous "shaken, not stirred" catchphrase immortalized in the Bond films. The actual name for the drink (as well as its complete recipe) is uttered on screen for the first time in the 2006 adaptation of Casino Royale.
According to the novel, she was so named by her parents because she was born on a stormy evening.
her full name is a pun on West Berlin. Like her namesake, the city of Berlin, her loyalties are split down the middle.

Arguably one of the most famous amusment parks in the world, more than 515 million guests, among them presidents, royalty, and other heads of state, have traveled to this park from around the world since the attraction first opened to guests on July 17, 1955.

The Dedication is as such:
"To all who come to this happy place – welcome. ___________ is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. _____________ is dedicated to the ideals, dreams and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."


This is a weapon found predominently in Okinawa (there is evidence of similar weapons in India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia). They are often believed to have originated as an agricultural tool used to measure stalks, plow fields, plant rice, or to hold cart wheels in place, though the evidence for this is limited. Another belief, perhaps not as widely held, is that they were modeled after the San-Ku-Chu. Its basic form is that of an unsharpened dagger, with two long, unsharpened projections (tsuba) attached to the handle. The very end of the handle is called the knuckle. They are constructed in a variety of forms. Some are smooth, while others have an octagonal middle prong. The tsuba are traditionally symmetrical, however, the Manji design developed by Taira Shinken employs oppositely facing tsuba.

It is the weapon of choice for many fictional characters:
Marvel comics superheroine Elektra Natchios, and her filmic counterpart played by Jennifer Garner in Daredevil and Elektra.
In The Mummy Returns, the heroine Evie/Nefertiri (Rachel Weisz) and the villainess Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velasquez) do battle with golden _____ referred to as "trident swords" so as to dispel the anachronism of ______ as ancient Egyptian weapons.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) uses them in The Matrix Reloaded during the Chateau Fight, against the Merovingian's Exile henchmen.

Three months

Today I am officially old enough to serve an LDS mission.

I've never really had a deep desire to me a missionary and I'm pretty sure I would be horrible at it, but I have always wanted to serve a humanitarian mission. I've always wanted to go to Africa with UNICEF or something like that.

I got a second job. Now I work about ten hours a day. I took the job not for the money (although it is a good side benefit) but to keep myself busy. It's not working. Apparently I still have too much free time.

I keep thinking that I'm stuck here. Time is ticking away and I can't do anything about it. I'm useless and I can't change. I have to do something. Maybe I will go to Africa, maybe I will put in my papers for a procelyting mission. At least I'd be doing something. At least I'd be useful.

Sunday, February 04, 2007


The evening star, especially Venus.
Archaic Evening.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical.
a. a religious service in the late afternoon or the evening.
b. the sixth of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, occurring in the late afternoon or the evening.
c. Roman Catholic Church. a part of the office to be said in the evening by those in major orders, frequently made a public ceremony in the afternoons or evenings of Sundays.

According to the novel by Ian Fleming, she was so named by her parents because she was born on a stormy evening.
it is also an ancient name for the planet Venus, suggesting that the character is the embodiment of love.
Also a pun on West Berlin. Like her namesake, the city of Berlin, her loyalties are split down the middle.


In Homer's Iliad he is described as of great stature and colossal frame, the tallest and strongest of all the Achaeans, second only to his cousin Achilles in skill-at-arms, and the 'bulwark of the Achaeans'. He was trained by the centaur Chiron (who had also trained his father, Telamon, and Achilles' father Peleus), at the same time as Achilles. Aside from Achilles, he is the most valuable warrior in Agamemnon's army, though he is not as intelligent as Nestor, Idomeneus, or, of course, Odysseus. He commands his army wielding a great axe and a huge shield made of seven ox-hides with a layer of bronze. He is not wounded in any of the battles described in the Iliad, and he is the only principal character on either side who does not receive personal assistance from any of the gods who take part in the battles. 'As such, he embodies the virtues of hard work and perseverance.'

In this battle of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. A small force led by King Leonidas of Sparta blocked the only road through which the massive army of Xerxes I could pass. After three days of battle a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks, revealing a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines. Dismissing the rest of the army, King Leonidas stayed behind with 300 Spartans and 700 Thespian volunteers. Though they knew it meant their own deaths, they held their position and secured the retreat of the other Greek forces. The Persians succeeded in taking the pass but sustained heavy losses, extremely disproportionate to those of the Greeks. The fierce resistance of the Spartan-led army offered Athens the invaluable time to prepare for a naval battle that would come to determine the outcome of the war[1]. Subsequent Greek victory in the Battle of Salamis left much of the Persian navy destroyed. Xerxes was forced to flee to Asia and left his army in Greece under Mardonius, who was to meet the Greeks in battle for one last time. The Spartans and other Greek allies assembled at full strength and decisively defeated the Persians in the Battle of Plataea, putting thus an end to the Greco-Persian War, along with Persian expansion into Europe.


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