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For those keeping track, the baby is now six days late. Both the baby and I are still doing fine, but I am getting a little anxious. I’m also starting to get a little bored since I don’t want to start any new projects just in case I’m, you know, interrupted by going into labour. In the past week, though, I’ve finished cross stitching two bibs, read all 800 pages of the entire Chronicles of Narnia, and watched both seasons of HBO’s series Rome.

Rome was pretty good, even though it was far from accurate. I really appreciated how they didn’t make the city itself the beautiful marble megalopolis that most of us picture when thinking of Rome. The city wasn’t clad in marble, as it were, until after the series took place. (Octavian used the captured Egyptian treasure to start the transformation.) The city was dirty, the people rude and rough, and life clearly hard for anyone not a patrician. The depiction of Egypt, at least in the first season, was a bit disappointing. I’m not sure where the idea for the ratty wigs and face paint came from. In the second season, Egypt was a little better. However, Alexandra was more a Greek city than an Egyptian one, but that’s me being nit-picky and not appreciating that Rome is about the drama and not about the “copyright-free history of Rome”, as Miss Q has reminded me.

I am very surprised by some of the changes made for the sake of drama, though. For example, in Rome, Caesar’s freedman, Posca (a fictional character), steals Marc Antony’s will from Egypt and takes it to Octavian Caesar in Rome. In actuality, Marc Antony had left his will with the Vestal Virgins, as was the custom. Octavian (or someone in his employ) broke into their home/temple and stoled the will. Much more interesting and dramatic in my opinion. What about Marc Anthony’s wife Fulvia, who is thought to have tried to start a civil war in his name? And as for Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s deaths, more than a little artistic license was taken there. Surprisingly, Cleopatra still used a snake.

I wonder, though, about how genuine it is to set a story in a well recorded historical time, and present it as a fictionalized re-telling of events, and then change so many things. Sure, it is TV and it is all about the drama and the ratings. But how many people are now going to think that Octavia was an adulteress, when in fact she was held to be a paragon of Roman virtue; or that Marc Antony had an affair with with Octavian’s mother when nothing of the sort happened. Maybe in the next series about Rome, the creators will assume that Remus defeated Romulus, and call the show Reme.

I read The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs at the weekend. On the surface, it seems like this would be an odd choice for a Pagan, but I found it very interesting. Maybe that was because I am fascinated by all religious practises, or maybe because A.J. Jacobs is a very funny writer.

The book deals with Mr. Jacobs attempt to live by all, as in 700 some odd, rules in the Bible for a year. Some of them he tackles only once, like living in a hut in his living room, and others he tries to follow all year, like attaching tassels to his clothing and not trimming his facial hair or side locks.

As part of his project, Mr. Jacob also visits with people who take the Bible literally, to varying degrees. He visits an Amish bed-and-breakfast, an orthodox Jew in Israel (his ex-uncle, Gil), a group of Red-Letter Christians, snake handler Jimmy Morrow, a Falwell mega-church, and the Creation Museum.

While the Creation Museum was still under construction when he visited it, Mr. Jacobs managed to give a fairly good impression of what its creators believed–creation happened literally as described in the Bible. Dinosaurs, they say, walked the Earth with man, which is demonstrated by a display of a young cave girl playing next to a (vegetarian) raptor. If you are interested in learning more about the Creation Museum (from a sceptic’s point of view), I found this blog entry: Your Creation Museum Report and accompanying Flickr photo set. Be sure to note that signs that state that venom only became harmful after “Adam’s Sin”. Also, thorns are given as proof that dinosaurs lived along with humans, because thorns appeared only after “Adam’s Sin” and they have been found in the fossil record next to dinosaurs. (Also notice that Eve doesn’t even rate high enough to be considered as part of the “Sin”…)

I did get more out of this book then a few laughs at the expense of Creationists. I gained an understanding of some of the Biblical rules that many people in our society follow, often unknowingly; chief among these include the passages people use to condemn homosexuality. I also gained a better understanding of Judaism and Christianity as a whole. But like Mr. Jacobs, a confirmed atheist, my religious stance has not been changed. Rather, I think I am now more committed to following the rules of my own faith more carefully, because I am now more aware of what they mean and why they exists.

Today’s Writer’s Block question on livejournal asks What do you think the lower age limit should be for LiveJournal and other social networks, and why? and it’s a question that got me thinking.

I’m torn two ways here and both because of Regan

On one aspect, she… wants to do the same things I do, both online and offline, and this includes facebook, twitter, blogging etc.

I liked Livejournal’s answer of ‘yes, you can join but we need parental permission’ and they emailed me and asked me first.
Livejournal also blocks her from viewing any journals that require you to be 14+ or have certain keywords/interests.

Facebook because I knew she only really wanted to play Farmville, I gave her permission to lie about her age on the application.
I am very careful watching who adds her and make sure she knows exactly who the people she’s talking to are.

On the other hand, I full well know the risks and dangers of children being online.
I am, however, as I said, very careful and have made sure she understands the dangers and do keep track of her activities.

Her account on the computer has full child restrictions on, netnanny etc preventing her from accessing any inappropriate websites.

So. Basially. I don’t think there should be an age restriction. It’s not the internet and the denizens of who are responsible for censoring what my child sees/does… it’s me.
I do police what she sees and I’m pefectly happy for her to be using livejournal, facebook and twitter with my supervision. As she grows in maturity and continues to prove her reliability, she will of course have more freedom online.

This was initially a question I saw on That’s My Answer. I left a quick brief reply but then started to think more about the topic which birthed this post

What social media do you participate in? And how much time in your day do they suck?

I have a livejournal, a wordpress site, facebook and twitter.

Livejournal takes me probably only about an hour or so, to post if necessary and to read through and comment on my friends list.
I don’t check every day though, probably only a couple of times a week although I’m getting better and posting and commenting more regularly than I was. .

WordPress depends. Posting, reading and commenting again about an hour. If I’m adding any articles or there are fanlistings to join then maybe another half hour to an hour.
Again, not on a daily basis, more like 2-3 times a week depending on what I have to say and I’m getting better and remember to post and comment.

Facebook… is fast becoming one of those sites I’m not really sure how I lived without. But less for the people connection and more for the games. Vampire Wars, Farmville, Cafe World… all so addictive and so much fun. That’s a couple of hours a week or so – depending on when my crops etc are ready!

Twitter I want to get more into but I’m never really sure what I’m supposed to say on them. I love reading other peoples tweets though, little snippets of life fascinate me.

Last night, Q and I watched The Da Vinci Code. While it was Q’s first experience with the story, I was intimately familiar with it. Firstly, I had read the book about two years ago, and was neither impressed or disappointed. But the idea of Christ’s bloodline was something I knew about from some reading my father had done years ago.

For those of you who haven’t read the book or don’t know exactly how the story ends, I won’t spoil it other then to say, if the theory is true, I’m feeling a little ripped off. Seriously though, I believe that Jesus almost certainly did have children, and that there are likely millions of people walking around with his blood in their veins. I also believe Jesus was not the literal son of God, but rather His figurative son. Meaning that Jesus was a very special man who was very aware of the divine, and did his best to let others know what he knew. Sadly, things probably haven’t turn out as well as he would have hoped, I’m sure.

But what about those people who may carry Jesus’s blood? Well, I don’t think they are (or would be) any more or less special then anyone else. I believe that we all carry the divine within ourselves, but some of us are more aware of it then others. I know that I am special and loved by the divine, but I also know that I can’t walk on water or turn water into wine.

Miss Jade

jade rachel. 37. october 29 1978. scorpio. snake. welsh. lives in london. black hair. green eyes. tattooed. pierced. mother. daughter. sister. aunt. fiance. widow. lesbian. wiccan. hippy. geek. goth. ravenclaw

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