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February 12, 2014

Steven asks…

Looking for some good emo bands?

Looking for some emo bands. So far I have listened to fall out boy, taking back sunday, say anything, cute is what we aim for and a few others. I am looking for not like sad songs, but like upbeat maybe even sexual songs.
Btw ya some people might disagree that those are emo bands, but bare with me.
Thanks in advance for your help.

admin answers:

Hawthorne hights, escape the fate,i am ghost, bring me the horizon, the red jumpsuit apparatus, saosin, three days grace, afi, alesana, alexisonfire, all time low, the almost, armor for sleep, as i lay dying, atreyu, before their eyes, billy talent, bleeding through, bless the fall, bullet for my valentine, cancer bats, chevelle, chimaira, chiodos, circa surviver, confide, dance gaven dance, darkest hour, a day to remember, destroy the runner, drop dead gorgeus, emmure, envy on the coast, the fall of troy, foo fighters, from autumn to ashes, from first to last, funeral for a friend, green day, halifax, inhale/exhale, killswitch engage, lovehatehero,linkin park, lower definition, mayday parade, matchbox romance, misfits, my chemical romance, norma jean, the offspring, oh sleeper, our last night, pierce the veil, plain white ts, protest the hero, rise against, scary kids scaring kids, seether, senses fail, silverstein, a skylit drive, sixx am, a static lullaby, still remains, story of the year, sum 41, taking back sunday, thursday, underoath, unearth, the used, we are devastation, zebra head, 30 seconds to mars, the absence, abigail williams, the agony scene, aiden, all shall perish, all that remains, anberlin, animosity, annotations of an autopsy, arsonists get all the girls, as blood runs back, as cities burn, at the throne of judgement, august burns red, avenged sevenfold, behemoth, beneath the massacre, beneath the sky, between the buried and me, big dumb face, the black dalhia murder, black tide, born of osiris, breaking benjamin, bullet for my valentine, cannibal corpse, carnifex, the chariot, children of bodom,CKY, coheed and cambria, cradle of filth, darkest hour, a day to remember, dead to fall, demon hunter, despised icon, the devil wears prada, devil driver, diecast, the dillinger escape plan, dimmu borgir, disturbed, emarosa, every time i die, five finger death punch, forever the sickest kids, hawthorne hights, haste the day, HIM, the human abstract, i killed the prom queen, impending doom, in flames, jimmy eat world, job for a cowboy, knights of the abyss, korn, lamb of god, misericordiam, my children my bride, neaera, the number 12 looks like you, opeth, otep, our last night, papa roach, parkway drive, pysrcoptic, psyopus, rage against the machine, see you next tuesday, sea of treachey, shadows fall, slipknot, suicide silence, through the eyes of the dead, trapt, trivium, unearth, whitechapel, winds of plague, with blood comes cleansing, the world alive, zimmers hole,symphony in peril, brokencycle
not all r emo but good enough…

Charles asks…

what is 1 major literary element used in The Odyssey by Homer?

okay so i have to do this assignment for school but first off im not sure what exactly the literary elements are but also where/ how they were used in the odyssey

p.s. ANSWERS NEEDED ASAP ( the essays due the 8th ;) )

admin answers:

I just did the Odyssey Spring quarter. The Spark Notes has a lot of good stuff.
Here are some ideas from the second site:
“The Sea
Odysseus spends so much time sailing home that the sea really takes up a good chunk of his life. This is fitting, since the sea and its perils work much the same way the Odyssey argues that life does; it is full of suffering, but it can’t be avoided. The sea can send blessings like sea breezes to blow him home or obstacles like storms, Skylla and Charybdis, and treacherous islands. Because the sea is ruled by Poseidon, it is also a manifestation of the superiority of the gods and nature over man.
Laërtês’s Shroud
The shroud is a symbol of female deception. Because she is a woman, Penélopê doesn’t have much power to resist the suitors (as seen repeatedly by her son’s commands to go back upstairs to the bedroom, since everything else is a man’s affair). So, since she cannot fight them off or throw them out of her house, all she can do is delay the day she must pick a suitor. So she stretches that out as far as she can by prolonging the time it takes her to complete an honorable feminine task – weaving a death shroud for the despairing father of Odysseus. Though she spends all day weaving, she unravels her work each night. The fact that Penélopê does not actually produce the shroud symbolizes her immobility and her helplessness to make any real progress against her enemy suitors.
Odysseus’s Bow
The bow is a symbol of kingship and strength. Whoever strings it is worthy of King Odysseus and can rightfully take the throne. Physical strength was an important quality to the ancient Greeks, not only in warfare, but because psychologically it was tied to political strength and the iron will needed to govern a people who were given to argument and debate.

Not surprisingly, none of the suitors even comes close to succeeding, showing their weakness and folly in vying for Penélopê’s hand. Telémakhos almost strings the bow and might have done it had Odysseus not interrupted him; this shows that Telémakhos has matured into manhood and is almost ready to take the place of his father. Of course, that he stops upon request reminds us that he maintains deference to Odysseus’s will.
Odysseus’s pet dog is a symbol of unconditional loyalty. Though Argos was a puppy when he last saw Odysseus, many years later he still loves him and shows his affection for his master by wagging his tail and trying to move nearer Odysseus when he hears his voice. Though he is ignored and often mistreated by the hands that once fed him, Argos still hangs around the palace hall, waiting only for his master’s return. After seeing him at last, Argos dies happy.
Disguises and Dreams
In the Odyssey, disguises are usually a sign of divine intervention, manipulation, and sanction. The gods have no qualms deceiving mortals and helping their favorites deceive others. They often use disguises themselves, reminding us that the gods, too, can be devious. Dreams as well are the direct result of divine power, but tend to be more straightforward and often comfort the sleeping mortal.
Food and Banqueting
In a culture that holds hospitality as an all-important test of character, feasting and festivities are a measure of hospitality and human civility. Often, defects in the banquet signal some fundamental flaw in the host. For example, Polyphêmos feasts on human flesh, which makes him, well, an inhuman monster. Kirkê seems hospitable because she serves good food, but proves to be a witch by poisoning that very food with a drug that turns the diners into animals. Odysseus’s men transgress boundaries of hospitality by dining on Hêlios’s sacred cattle and suffer death as a consequence. The most obvious example of a misused banquet is the suitors’ pillaging of Odysseus’s provisions. This shows that the supposedly “noble” men do not have the human qualities of restraint and propriety; they are therefore somewhat less than human and worthy of death (or so the Odyssey argues). On the other hand, Nestor, Meneláos, and the Phaiákians serve proper banquets – full of good food, wine, and singing. They are considered not only good hosts, but great human beings.
Odysseus and Penélopê’s Bed
It turns out that Odysseus carved his bed from the roots of a live olive tree. As such, the bed is unmovable. It’s also growing, but evidently that’s not a problem for anyone. The point is that the bed can’t be moved, altered, or shaken – it’s steadfast and constant, much like the love between this royal couple. Odysseus’s sleeping around seems not to count, but Penélopê’s continuous loyalty is represented by the unmovable bed. “

David asks…

how did the age of exploration help pave the way for the Scientific Revolution?

admin answers:

For starters, those plying the high seas came to need more sophisticated navigation devices.
In daylight, on the open water, by looking at the sun, they would have a generally accurate perspective of where they were when able to work out the angle of the sun as compared to the horizon. At night they used the stars. This was when the weather (sky) was clear.

When travelling in overcast and stormy conditions, those plying the high seas were in great peril of getting lost and even encroaching on a competing colonial power’s territory. They needed such accurate pieces of equipment as a ‘time piece’ which could weather the high seas.

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Your Questions About For Those In Peril On The Sea

August 14, 2013

William asks…

odessy book 12 hellov help from somone smart?

Book Twelve: Sea Perils and Defeat

1. Kirke advises Odysseus not to try to fight Skylla for both practical and philosophical reasons. What are these reasons?
2. Homer uses similes that are developed and detailed. These lengthy similes are known as “Homeric similes.” On page 218, to what does Odysseus compare the sailors being eaten by Skylla?
3. Odysseus says the power of destiny forced him into the position where his men ate the cattle of Helios despite being warned. What actions, man’s and god’s, played into this destiny? List at least four.

admin answers:

1. She advises that the practical reasons are that Skylla is dangerous and bloodthirsty – and has six heads with three rows of teeth in each ‘full of black death’. The philosophical one is that she is no mortal thing but ‘mischief immortal’

2. He compares them with little fish being hauled up onto dry land ‘gasping and struggling’

3. The hunger of his men in pleading to be allowed ashore, the actions of Eurylochos in persuading the men to eat the cattle rather than die of hunger eventually; Athene keeping out of the action in not protecting him, the role of Zeus in punishing their crimes?; the enmity of Poseidon towards him for blinding his son Cyclops

Jenny asks…

What is the best way to control slugs?


we have a real problem with slugs eating my beautiful plants! Anyone got any good solutions that are pet safe? I have used slug pellets that are safe for cats and it appears slugs too!


admin answers:

Hostas and lettuce are two of their favorite foods. But they will happily chow down on just about any plant in your garden. One year, I found them in the tassels of my sweet corn—a good seven feet off the ground! Unfortunately, the existing beneficial nematodes used with great success against fleas and grubs can’t help here, because slugs are above ground pests. And the ‘new’ slug-eating nematode we mentioned last year will probably not be made available in the US, due to fears it may prey on earthworms as well. But don’t worry—there are many other non-toxic ways to subdue these slimy sons of snot!

1) Beer. Yes, it really does work. It’s also the best non-personal way to confirm that overnight damage is due to the slimy beasts. Just don’t use the often-cited “stale beer”, which slugs like about as much as you and I do. Place commercial traps or old margarine tubs on top of the soil close to the damaged plants, wait until dusk and then fill them with the cheapest—but freshest—beer you can find. The next morning, they should be filled with dead drunken slugs. Dump this defeated debris nearby (where it will attract their cannibalistic pals) and repeat every evening.
2) Coffee. New research has found caffeine to be very effective at dispatching slugs. Save your dregs and spray them full strength directly on the beasts in the evening. Surround plants under attack with a mulch of used coffee grounds to deter slugs and feed the plants.
3) Iron phosphate. Turns out that iron is very bad for a slug’s digestion. Like deadly bad. So a new generation of products with brand names like “Sluggo” and “Escar-Go!” wrap iron in a slug-attracting bait. You simply scatter the pellets around plants in peril to wipe out the pests without poisons. (And a little extra iron is good for your garden soil.)
4) Copper. Slugs get shocked when they touch this shiny metal. You can buy ready-made copper plant guards or just adorn your raised bed frames with copper flashing. Hot-glue rings of pennies around the tops of your containers. Drop captured slugs into a jar of pennies and watch ‘em spark!
5) Diatomaceous earth. Available at garden centers, ‘DE’ is the mined fossilized remains of dinosaur-era, sea-going creatures called diatoms. It looks like white flour, but is incredibly sharp on a microscopic level, dehydrating slugs on contact. Surround plants under attack with protective rings of DE (be sure to wear a dust mask); freshen them up if they get wet.
6) Boards. Lay some old planks between your garden beds. The vampiric slugs will crawl underneath to hide from the sun. Come morning, lift the boards and scrape the slugs into a bucket with a flat piece of metal. Then do with them what you will. Hey—got any pennies?
7) Human hair. Surround your plants with a protective barrier of hair. The slugs will get all tangled up in it and strangle (hey—it was them or the hostas!); and the hair will eventually add plant-feeding nitrogen to the soil. 8) Citrus. Leave lemon, orange and grapefruit rinds out overnight near slug prone plants, and then collect and trash them—covered with slugs—first thing the next morning. Old lettuce leaves work well too.
9) Vinegar. A spray bottle filled with plain white vinegar is a great cure for slugs that aren’t on plants. An extremely effective mollusk dissolver, vinegar is also an herbicide—so don’t spritz the salvia.
10) Toads. Avoid all pesticides, provide water low to the ground and a damp shady spot for them to hide during the heat of the day, and these wonderful nocturnal predators will eat lots of slugs for you.
11) Rove beetles. These big black bugs don’t bother plants, but do eat LOTS of slugs and their eggs. So don’t hurt them!
12) Lightning bugs. The larval form of these summertime entertainers, the fascinating “glowworm,” eats slugs and their eggs. To encourage adults to breed nearby, turn off outdoor lights at night, allow a small area of your garden to stay moist and a little weedy, and don’t use pesticides.
13) Ducks! Just turn a few loose in the garden—these feathered friends (and natural fertilizer providers) are among nature’s FINEST slug-eaters! And all together now: “We can always use the eggs”. Thank you.

Joseph asks…

Are there any authors out there who mix romance with adventure?

I’m looking for books that have a significant portion of romance in them, but also have a story line that is not driven by the romance.

admin answers:

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels have good characters and exciting plots and a lot of humour, there is plenty of romance in them, but the plots are not driven by the romance, but by Stephanies attempts to succeed as a bounty hunter. They are a really good series, the first one is ‘One For the Money’.

As another commnentator has alreayd mentioned, Tanya Huff’s ‘blood’ series are really good and have a strong romantic element in them, very good characters and exciting plots, and a strong vein of humour. The first one is ‘Blood Price’. Her ‘Keeper Chronicles’ series also has a strong romantic element, the first one is ‘Summon the Keeper’.

Maddy Hunter’s ‘Passport to Peril’ series are whodunnits featuring a hapless tour guide from Iowa who always seems to run into a corpse on her ill-fated excursions abroad. There is a strong romantic element in the books, which are also very amusing. The first one is ‘Alpine for You’.

Elizabeth Peters wrote some very good books that feature young American women who usually find themselves getting involved in a mystery in an exotic location, usually to do with archaelogy or antiques or something similar. Some of my favourties are ‘The Jackal’s Head’ ‘The Dead Sea Cipher’ ‘Legend in Green Velvet’ ‘Street of the Five Moons’ and ‘Summer of the Dragon’, and there are quite a few others.

Barbara Michaels (Elizabeth Peters writing under a different name) write Gothic thrillers which generally have a strong romantic element inthem. ‘The Sea King’s Daughter’ is a very good one, so is ‘The Dancing floor’ and she has written loads of others.

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