Friday, February 24, 2012

Profiles in Badassery: Boudica

Boudicca has fascinated me ever since I heard about her, being a Queen in an age where men held power and resisting the overwhelming Roman army's conquest of Britain. Her name apparently means "victory."

Let us kick some ass!

Basically, Boudicca was the Queen of the Iceni tribe in what is today the U.K. After her husband's death in battle and the brutal treatment given to herself and her daughters (we'll leave it at that), as well as the destruction of Druidic temples and the loss of many lives at the hands of the Romans, Boudicca went above and beyond trying to show the Romans that when somone messes with the Iceni, they suffer extreme consequences.

After storing weapons, Boudicca turned the Iceni loose and they completely (and I mean COMPLETELY) destroyed the town of Camulodunum, followed by Londinium, where Boudicca ordered her army to massacre anyone who got in the way, leading to the terrible loss of a number of innocent citizens. Rome responded by massacring the Iceni during a battle with Boudicca, and the situation continued to spiral out of control until the Romans supressed the rebellion. When the Romans marched onward to capture Boudicca and her daughters, they found them dead, having already taken poison and prefering death to captivity.

FUN FACT: Boudicca was said to have blades coming out of her chariot's wheels.

She made sure nobody sideswiped her chariot.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kells' Triumphant Return

I have returned!

Just FYI, I did not intentionally abandon this site. I actually thought about it several times in the past 5 months, but it was either in the middle of an English final, driving the car across town, or when I was REALLY into eating a Chipotle burrito (steak, olives, lettuce, cheese, and extra guacamole) and just couldn't be distracted.

At any rate, I believe there are some birthdays to celebrate! *pulls out streamers and inflates balloons*

Today is Nicolaus Copernicus' birthday (1473) - we have him to thank for figuring out that the earth is indeed orbiting the sun, and not the other way around.

I don't know what he's holding in his left hand, but it looks pretty damn awesome.

I think people probably listened to him because of his official and rather scary-looking instruments. And he was one smart Polish dude.

King of the Solar System

Also, this guy, 'Grandpa Jones,' who was a Banjo champion and a classic country singer, died today in 1998. He will be missed, and his impressive mustache will be missed as well. We salute your musical ability, Grandpa! (I'm not being sarcastic. I have a genuine awe of anyone who can play a musical intstrument, from banging on the drums in a coordinated rhythm to composing a concerto. You musicians are all awesome.)

He just unlocked 'Hardcore' on Banjo Hero: World Tour.

Love you all!