Who are these people?

Postby MizunoL on Mon Mar 19, 2001 6:40 am

I hope you'll forgive me for this, but every forum has an obligatory "Who are you" thread, right? <P>I'm a sixteen year old female high school student toughing it out in the cesspool of south Louisiana. This is actually the first year I haven't been required to do a myth-related anything for school; it's nice to do mythology of your own free will. I love Parthenos for the story. It's nice to have a comic where I have to look up the references now and then. It makes me feel intelligent. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"> <P>That wasn't so bad, now was it?
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Postby Aglauros on Mon Mar 19, 2001 7:02 am

Let's see ... I'm female, eighteen years of age in this life, a resident of Idaho *ducks any potato jokes ((They're NOT FUNNY!)), a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering and double minoring in physics and applied mathematics (at present), and a sucker for anything mythological. My dad got me hooked at the tender age of three on Greek mythology, and I've never looked back. Okay, so I took Latin instead, but hey, the <u>Metamorphoses</u> are a lot of fun. Unlike Caesar, Ovid doesn't have a fondness for one-line paragraphs ... even if his plots do sometimes go wayyy too many levels deep.<P>And, just as an aside, I'm extremely glad that I managed to come across a place where Greek mythology comes out of the dustbin and returns to its rightful place - right in the center of the household altar. (You know - the one you're staring at right now.)<P>Translation: I love you guys too. ;-)<P>Okay, <i>Parthenos</i>-wise ... I love the story. I wait with baited breath on each strip. I'm extremely fond of Athena (my deity of choice) and Artemis. I wish Eris would show up, just to add some spice. (Okay, I'm a weekend Discordian too.) I think Hera has finally been correctly characterized, and Haphaestos needs to take a long walk off a bridge wearing cement shoes. I use too many 'I's when I post. And that ... is that.
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Postby Virgil v2.0 on Mon Mar 19, 2001 11:54 am

*taps mike*<P>I'm 19, male, and attend the paragon of Jesuit education, Georgetown University (Fun fact: the jesuits drink as much, if not more, than we do). College has fed my obsessions: filmaking and roman civilization.<P>Myths have always facinated me. As a writer/director, it's amazing to see how every movie, play, novel, ect. can all be reduced to 3 or 4 master stories that haven't changed sice the beginning. Every generation contemporizes the tales to the current fashion. It's the ones that trancend their time, though, that we dream of creating. Homer did it, Virgil did it, Dante did it, and the grandmaster pimp daddy Shakespeare did it. All us creative types desire their immortality. I guess that's why "Amadeus" scared the sh-t out of me.<P>As for the classics, I'll take Virgil and Juvenal over the greeks any day. Any culture that produces a great work of literature and names it "The Golden Ass" has serious cojones. But that's just my personal bias.<P>Hmmm...seems I'm still failing spanish. I should probably start studyizzzzz...<P>-Virgil v2.0<P>P.S. Why yes, I have seen Gladiator. 12 times. Boo-yah.
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Postby Virgil v2.0 on Mon Mar 19, 2001 11:56 am

Your turn, Mike <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif">
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Postby Dreamless on Tue Mar 20, 2001 2:05 am

Southwest. Or Arlington, depending.<P>mike
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Postby Tzadik37 on Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:26 am

I'm 22. I'm doing the drop-out thing right now, though I intend to return to school in the fall. <P>I'm the Brother of the Artist. Not that this grants me any particular insight into the future; he's stopped discussing plot with me. Except for snarky emails complaining about sharing my nonexistent inside knowledge on the forum. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>Your turn, Mike, or I'll do it for you, and it won't be flattering. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif">
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Postby Virgil v2.0 on Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:30 am

So far I've only explored NW and the Capitol area. Got any sugesstions for things to do in your 'hood? Perferably involving cheap booze <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif">
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Postby MizunoL on Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:01 am

Crap. I'm the young one. <P>I have to go with the Greeks in matters of religion and plays. If it weren't for them, who would the Romans have stolen culture from? <P>I must confess that I've yet to sit down and really read The Aeneid beyond reference purposes, maybe I'll argue my English teacher into thinking that Virgil should be read before Steinbeck.<P>Underage drinking? I know nothing of the sort...
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Postby Aglauros on Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:38 am

<u>The Golden Ass</u> was a good book; at least, I liked it. Then again, I only read a translation, and Robert Graves took out lots of Apuelius' raunchy jokes, so he probably changed the plot a bit, too. It's inescapable. What I've read of Suetonius was good, too, but again, translations are never quite right. (However, my Latin is much worse, so I shouldn't complain.)<P>Gladiator rocked. I only saw it once, but that was on Opening Night, so maybe my promptness makes up for lack of repitition.<P>Personally, the Romans are preferred, but that's mainly because A) Latin is easier than Greek for my linguistically-challenged brain to comprehend (although my ex seems to have no problem with it), and B) the Romans were great civil engineers. They came up with the first aquacrete (or whatever you call underwater concrete). And, y'know, ya gotta be nice to the civils, right? ... okay, well, maybe not.<P>Anyway. Back to work. *mumbles something about physics homework and retreats to her dark, lurky corner with a calculator and lots and lots of green paper*<P>------------------
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Postby Tzadik37 on Tue Mar 20, 2001 11:43 am

Not really; our 'hood is not the best for that sort of thing. Apparently, back in the day, there was a nightclub about a block away from Dad's place. They shut down because people kept getting shot in front of it. It's not nearly as bad as I make it sound. The really bad neighborhood starts about 3 blocks east of there. And I'd still be okay walking through there in the middle of the night, even if my skin is the wrong color.<P>And Arlington, as far as I can tell, is pretty much dead. No, I think you've got the happening part of town, such as it is, basically on your doorstep. <P>No, wait, there's those hookah bars down in south Arlington, which I've heard about but never been to. I never quite saw the point, but some of my friends really liked 'em. <P>No, no, it's dead.<P>I can tell you where to go in DC to find hookers, if you're interested in that, but again, having never done more than drive past in the middle of the night, I can't vouch for the quality. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>A crackhouse too, for that matter...<P>Speaking of such things, Arlington does have the pawnshop that 90% of the guns used in criminal activity on the East Coast go through at one time or another. Not really the best night spot, though.<P>Oh, I think DC puts enormous taxes on booze, but I'm not sure, since I tend to do all my booze shopping on the other side of the river. Definitely worth looking into before making large purchases of the stuff, though.<P>I really oughtta do the whole sleep thing...
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Postby Dreamless on Tue Mar 20, 2001 12:28 pm

Ok, ok. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>I'm Mike, 23; I graduated (in CS) from Stanford almost two years ago, and have spent the time since programming for Shaba, a SF-based game company. Am originally from DC, and I suspect I have more of the DC nature about me than I think.<P>I studied Latin in high school, and various greek myth/lit stuff in college. I even toyed with the idea of minoring in it, and if I'd decided to do Greek as a language instead of Japanese I might've... but the Greek comic and game industries are lagging a bit behind.<P>And there's a tension--it's fun to analyze and dissect things, but you also want to make your own... Am not quite sure where Parthenos falls on that line.<P>And my preference also leans to the Romans, at least in things like culture and society; but if you want that old-time religion, you have to go with the Greeks.<P>mike
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Postby Virgil v2.0 on Tue Mar 20, 2001 12:44 pm

Where in DC?
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Postby Virgil v2.0 on Wed Mar 21, 2001 8:31 am

Oh, the prices are high...VERY high<P>Also, Metro has apparently decided to forget about real crime in NW and focus on busting underage drinking. In one raid last week, they arrested 30 GU students alone <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/frown.gif"><P>Someone tell "Mayor" White to call the dogs off. His desire to please a bunch of old rich bastards who don't want to be woken up at 2 in the morning by drunk college students is interfering with my constitutional right to get fu#$ed up.
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