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The HP Garage
"In 1938 David and Lucile Packard got married and rented the first floor of the house at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. The simple one car garage became the HP workshop and the little shack out back became Bill Hewlett's home. In 1989 California named the garage "the birthplace of Silicon Valley" and made it a California Historical Landmark."
technology  mythology  stories  history 
10 weeks ago by pierredv
(48) (PDF) Technology in Cross-Cultural Mythology: Western and Non-Western | Kevin LaGrandeur -
Kevin LaGrandeur

What is really significant when we look at technology in the ancient world is that technology is not limited to Classical mythology. Rather, its presence in those stories coincides in important ways with its appearance in other types of fictional and non-fictional accounts, and not just in Western literature, but in the literature of other cultures as well. These other accounts include quasi-mythological tales like The Iliad, tales from ancient cultures in India and China, and non-fictional accounts of real instances of technological innovation by ancient inventors. The devices made by ancient Greek engineers—such as the Antikythera mechanism, or the devices of Ctsebius and Hero of Alexandria, and Philon of Byzantium—are especially notable because they reflect, and are reflected by, the various fictional accounts. Chief in importance among technological innovations that appear in all three realms (stories, myths, and reality) are automata, especially humanoid automata. Their main significance is their ability to enhance and project the power and status of their makers or owners, who were sometimes the same individuals.
More Info: This is an early draft of a paper that was later published, in different form (see link below), as "“Robots, Moving Statues, and Automata in AncientTales and History,” in Critical Insights: Technology and Humanity, ed. Carol Colatrella (Salem Press, 2012).  mythology  technology 
june 2019 by pierredv
(2) Ulysses 31 Restored - Episode 01 - YouTube
Via Laurence Scott in New Atlantis article, "Much of my YouTube nostalgia is explicitly, tenaciously sought. With eyes wide open, I’ve gone in search of a specific scene from the 1980s cartoon Ulysses 31, a sci-fi retelling of Homer’s Odyssey."
Sci-Fi  mythology  TV 
june 2019 by pierredv
A Mythic Perspective of Commodification on the World Wide Web | Robinson | First Monday, Mar 2002
"The Internet, initially established by scholars and scientists to freely share information, is being transformed into a source of profit for entrepreneurs and corporations. Commodification, the process of developing things and concepts and even people into saleable products, calls for a representation of the foundational mythology on the Web and its manifestation as symbolic language. This study posits a textual analysis of Wired for the purpose of measuring this transformation on a mythic continuum (connectivity-location-being)."

Useful references in section on "Definition of Myth"
FirstMonday  mythology  internet  culture 
june 2019 by pierredv
Mythologizing Modernity Through Vernacular Discourses | Baysha | International Journal of Communication

Political communication is often depicted as an exchange of rational arguments between rational individuals. However, in political communication people not only communicate emotionally but also rely on nonrational understandings drawn from mythical representations of various symbols and images. The problem becomes especially acute in the realm of global communication as nations permanently appropriate the political ideas of modernity. This study investigates how a local newspaper in the USSR during perestroika interpreted the concepts of “democracy” and “market”—two essential components of the discourse of capitalistic modernity. Following Roland Barthes’ method of deconstructing mythologies, this study shows how the newspaper’s interpretations led to a mythologizing of modernity’s basic concepts.
IJOC  mythology 
may 2019 by pierredv
Modern Myths, Heroes and Legends in TV and Movies - Learning Liftoff
"In this series Myths, Heroes, and Legends, we examine various categories of our favorite movie adaptations in this area and how they enhance and inspire your child’s learning. In this post, we cover:
Modern Myths, Heroes and Legends"
april 2019 by pierredv
Enki, Ea - Wikipedia
Enki (/ˈɛŋki/; Sumerian: d<http://dEN.KI>EN.KI<http://dEN.KI>(G)𒂗𒆠) is the Sumerian god of water, knowledge (gestú), mischief, crafts (gašam), and creation(nudimmud)
mythology  Wikipedia  tricksters 
april 2019 by pierredv
Modern Mythology
From the about page,

Note from the editor

Modern Mythology is interdisciplinary web journal: an open platform for forward-thinking, even at times iconoclastic work, both online, and in the form of anthologies produced in partnership with a variety of publishers. It began as group blog in 2007. By 2010, we had over 100,000 views a month, and decided to organize and release our first anthology in conjunction with UK based Weaponized Press, The Immanence of Myth, which was included in core curricula for several courses at SUNY Binghamton. By Fall 2016, we decided to pull the plug on what had once been a popular but out-of-date site cluttered with thousands of posts, on what had become a clunky, out-of-date CMS. We re-started over here on Medium, fresh. That is the site you see now. “All fiction is philosophy. All philosophy is fiction.”
mythology  writing 
april 2019 by pierredv
Origins of the Trickster - Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
Discussion of earliest use of the term in the mythological sense
mythology  tricksters 
april 2019 by pierredv
The technology, mythology and economy of technology | Management Decision | Vol 38, No 6
Kazem Chaharbaghi, Robert Willis, (2000) "The technology, mythology and economy of technology", Management Decision, Vol. 38 Issue: 6, pp.394-402,
technology  mythology 
april 2019 by pierredv
How the mythology of World War II shaped Brexit - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for March 28, 2019
"Inside the [Biggin Hill Memorial] museum, a retired police officer peers into a cabinet of medals, maps, and crockery. “This is why a lot of people voted to come away,” explains Robin, who didn’t want his surname used. “We would like to stand alone again. We’ve always been an island nation.”"

"But the mythmaking that connects the Battle of Britain to Brexit has a particular strain. In this narrative, Britain is forever battling alone, bereft of allies, against a dominant continental European power. And anyone who settles for less than victory is an appeaser on par with those of the 1930s, before Churchill led the nation to its “finest hour.”"

"In the hands of pro-Brexit politicians, myths of wartime derring-do fueled the 2016 referendum, which turned on ideas of sovereignty and EU overreach, as well as immigration and jobs."

“In many countries [the war is] recognized as a disaster and a cause of immense suffering. In Britain’s case it’s seen as a uniquely powerful moment of national success.”
CSMonitor  politics  mythology  Brexit  UK 
april 2019 by pierredv
according to the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, when Eos asked Zeus to make Tithonus immortal, she forgot to ask that he be granted eternal youth. Tithonus indeed lived forever
Wikipedia  mythology  Greek-mythology  aging 
april 2019 by pierredv
Mars - Ancient History Encyclopedia
"Mars was the Roman god of war and second only to Jupiter in the Roman pantheon. Although most of the myths involving the god were borrowed from the Greek god of war Ares, Mars, nevertheless, had some features which were uniquely Roman. Considered more level-headed than the often impulsive and disruptive Ares, Mars was also seen as a more virtuous figure by the more martial-oriented Romans. As a protector of Rome and the Roman way of life and as a defender of city borders and frontiers, important festivals connected to warfare were held in his honour and the god was also closely associated with the wolf and woodpecker."
mythology  Roman-mythology 
april 2019 by pierredv
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor | Rattle: Poetry
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor Winners

"Much like George Lakoff and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. ... For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience. Is America the great melting pot, or is it an experiment in unity through diversity? What metaphors are embedded in television commercials ... Put simply, Postman (like his teacher and hero, Marshall McLuhan), maintained that the medium through which information is conveyed directly colors meaning and our sense of the world ... We are, essentially, what we see, hear, and read. Postman might go so far as to opine that we are the metaphors we use."

This makes me wonder about metaphor shading into myth...
poetry  Rattle  metaphor  Neil-Postman  mythology 
march 2019 by pierredv
PROMETHEUS - - Greek Titan God of Forethought, Creator of Mankind
= short summary
= family
= encyclopedia entry from "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology"
= alternate name spellings and epithets
= classical literature quotes from (translated) original sources
= some nice images of vase painting
Greece  Greek-mythology  mythology  Prometheus 
january 2019 by pierredv
APOD: 2019 January 23 - Orion over the Austrian Alps
Explanation: Do you recognize this constellation? Through the icicles and past the mountains is Orion, one of the most identifiable star groupings on the sky and an icon familiar to humanity for over 30,000 years. Orion has looked pretty much the same during the past 50,000 years and should continue to look the same for many thousands of years into the future. Orion is quite prominent in the sky this time of year, a recurring sign of (modern) winter in Earth's northern hemisphere and summer in the south. Pictured, Orion was captured recently above the Austrian Alps in a composite of seven images taken by the same camera in the same location during the same night. Below and slightly to the right of Orion's three-star belt is the Orion Nebula, while the four bright stars surrounding the belt are, clockwise from the upper left, Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Rigel, and Saiph.
APOD  astronomy  photography  constellations  mythology 
january 2019 by pierredv
The Market as God - The Atlantic, Harvey Cox, Mar 1999
"The lexicon of The Wall Street Journal and the business sections of Time and Newsweek turned out to bear a striking resemblance to Genesis, the Epistle to the Romans, and Saint Augustine's City of God. Behind descriptions of market reforms, monetary policy, and the convolutions of the Dow, I gradually made out the pieces of a grand narrative about the inner meaning of human history, why things had gone wrong, and how to put them right. Theologians call these myths of origin, legends of the fall, and doctrines of sin and redemption. But here they were again, and in only thin disguise..."

"there lies embedded in the business pages an entire theology, which is comparable in scope if not in profundity to that of Thomas Aquinas or Karl Barth"

"Since the earliest stages of human history, of course, there have been bazaars, rialtos, and trading posts—all markets. But The Market was never God, because there were other centers of value and meaning, other "gods." The Market operated within a plethora of other institutions that restrained it. As Karl Polanyi has demonstrated in his classic work The Great Transformation, only in the past two centuries has The Market risen above these demigods and chthonic spirits to become today's First Cause. "

"Today The Market's fickle will is clarified by daily reports from Wall Street and other sensory organs of finance. Thus we can learn on a day-to-day basis that The Market is "apprehensive," "relieved," "nervous," or even at times "jubilant.""

"I am beginning to think that for all the religions of the world, however they may differ from one another, the religion of The Market has become the most formidable rival, the more so because it is rarely recognized as a religion. "
theAtlantic  religion  markets  mythology  business  theology 
january 2019 by pierredv
[pdf] Classical mythology contorted, Helen Morales, Omnibus 57 Helen Morales
Classical mythology contorted, Helen Morales, Omnibus 57
Helen Morales
Omnibus  mythology 
january 2019 by pierredv
"The Homeric Hymns are a group of poems, each to a specific god (Demeter, Dionysus, Apollo, etc.), written in the style of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The Hymn to Hermes was probably written down around 520 B.C., though the material it contains is of great antiquity. Translated by Lewis Hyde in Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art (New York: North Point Press, 1999), pp. 317-31."

"Maia gave birth to a wily[1] boy, flattering and cunning, a robber and cattle thief, a bringer of dreams, awake all night"
mythology  Greek-mythology  Hermes 
january 2019 by pierredv
Prometheus - Wikipedia
"a Titan, culture hero, and trickster figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilization. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind"

"The etymology of the theonym prometheus is debated. The classical view is that it signifies "forethought," as that of his brother Epimetheus denotes "afterthought".[5] It has been theorized that it derives from the Proto-Indo-European root that also produces the Vedic pra math, "to steal," hence pramathyu-s, "thief", cognate with "Prometheus", the thief of fire. The Vedic myth of fire's theft by Mātariśvan is an analog to the Greek account. Pramantha was the tool used to create fire."
mythology  Greek-mythology  Greece  Prometheus  Wikipedia 
january 2019 by pierredv
Hermes was one of the 12 Olympian Gods and was god of trade, thieves, travelers, sports, athletes, and border crossings, guide to the Underworld.
mythology  Greek 
december 2018 by pierredv
Clotho - Wikipedia
According to Hesiod's Theogony, Clotho and her sisters (Atropos and Lachesis) were the daughters of Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (Night), though later in the same work (ll. 901-906) they are said to have been born of Zeus and Themis.
Greek  mythology  genealogy  Hesiod  Greek-mythology  Wikipedia 
november 2018 by pierredv
Darwin's discovery: The remarkable history of evolution | New Scientist
"The story of the uncovering of this great revelation has been retold countless times since the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859. In the process, the assumptions and guesses of one generation became accepted as fact by the next – with some spawning widespread myths. "
NewScientist  evolution  History  mythology 
january 2017 by pierredv
Troy and the Trojan Wars
"Despite their age and transcription into ancient Greek, the prehistoric rivernames show such a high degree of similarity with those of actual rivers in England both individually and as a group, that there can be little doubt that Troy was situated in Cambridgeshire."
Troy  mythology  fruitloopery 
march 2013 by pierredv
The Believer - Interview with David Simon by Nick Hornby, August 1st, 2007 | Issue forty-six
Compares the Greek gods with postmodern institutions.Quote:
"The Wire is a Greek tragedy in which the postmodern institutions are the Olympian forces. It’s the police department, or the drug economy, or the political structures, or the school administration, or the macroeconomic forces that are throwing the lightning bolts and hitting people in the ass for no decent reason."

Ref via Helen Morales in Omnibus No. 57, Jan 2009, "Classical mythology contorted". She introduces the Simon quote by saying, "Do we have an equivalent, then, to the gods in ancient myth?"
She comments after the quote, "A sobering thought, but perhaps a realistic one, that life is a rigged game and that we are controlled by institutions, much as the ancient Greeks imagined they were controlled by the gods..."
religion  television  greek  mythology  ***  culture  interviews  Greek-mythology 
april 2010 by pierredv
Greek Goddess Selene in Myth and Art - Mythography
From her immortal head a heaven-sent glow
envelops the earth and great beauty arises
under its radiance. From her golden crown the dim air
is made to glitter as her rays turn night to noon
greece  mythology  Greek-mythology  Greek 
april 2008 by pierredv
Tudor rose -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
includes reference to origin of "sub rosa", from Eros and Aphrodite
july 2005 by pierredv

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