1. Had to add some fun facts -Halloween is right around the corner.
  2. Many scholars argue the word “vampire” is either from the Hungarian vampir or from the Turkish upior, upper, upyr meaning “witch.” Other scholars argue the term derived from the Greek word “to drink” or from the Greek nosophoros meaning “plague carrier.” It may also derive from the Serbian Bamiiup or the Serbo-Crotian pirati. There are many terms for “vampire” found across cultures, suggesting that vampires are embedded in human consciousness.b
  3. A group a vampires has variously been called a clutch, brood, coven, pack, or a clan.f
  4. Probably the most famous vampire of all time, Count Dracula, quoted Deuteronomy 12:23: “The blood is the life.”f
  5. The Muppet vampire, Count von Count from Sesame Street, is based on actual vampire myth. One way to supposedly deter a vampire is to throw seeds (usually mustard) outside a door or place fishing net outside a window. Vampires are compelled to count the seeds or the holes in the net, delaying them until the sun comes up.b
  1. dolmens
  1. Celtic for “stone tables,“ dolmens may have been placed over graves to keep vampires from rising


  1. Elizabeth Bathory
  1. Considered a “true” vampire, Elizabeth Bathory supposedly bathed in the blood of young virgins

Vampire legends may have been based on Vlad of Walachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler (c. 1431-1476). He had a habit of nailing hats to people’s heads, skinning them alive, and impaling them on upright stakes. He also liked to dip bread into the blood of his enemies and eat it. His name, Vlad, means son of the dragon or Dracula, who has been identified as the historical Dracula. Though Vlad the Impaler was murdered in 1476, his tomb is reported empty.f

  1. While both vampires and zombies generally belong to the “undead,” there are differences between them depending on the mythology from which they emerged. For example, zombies tend to have a lower IQ than vampires, prefer brains and flesh rather than strictly blood, are immune to garlic, most likely have a reflection in the mirror, are based largely in African myth, move more slowly due to rotting muscles, can enter churches, and are not necessarily afraid of fire or sunlight.f
  2. Vampire hysteria and corpse mutilations to “kill” suspected vampires were so pervasive in Europe during the mid-eighteenth century that some rulers created laws to prevent the unearthing of bodies. In some areas, mass hysteria led to public executions of people believed to be vampires.b
  3. The first full work of fiction about a vampire in English was John Polidori’s influential The Vampyre, which was published incorrectly under Lord Byron’s name. Polidori (1795-1821) was Byron’s doctor and based his vampire on Byron.f
  4. The first vampire movie is supposedly Secrets of House No. 5 in 1912. F.W. Murnau’s silent black-and-white Nosferatu came soon after, in 1922. However, it was Tod Browning’s Dracula—with the erotic, charming, cape- and tuxedo-clad aristocrat played by Bela Lugosithat became the hallmark of vampire movies and literature.f
  5. A vampire supposedly has control over the animal world and can turn into a bat, rat, owl, moth, fox, or wolf.c
  6. In 2009, a sixteenth-century female skull with a rock wedged in its mouth was found near the remains of plague victims. It was not unusual during that century to shove a rock or brick in the mouth of a suspected vampire to prevent it from feeding on the bodies of other plague victims or attacking the living. Female vampires were also often blamed for spreading the bubonic plague throughout Europe.d

this morning I read an article on California prisons’ decision to have inmates cut back on their showers,due to the drought. I posted it on my twitter.A point to mention—

So after 2 decades of mandatory minimum sentences, the 3 strikes law and mass incarceration, the California prison industry, an industry that has become one of the,if not the largest, employer in the state of California now finds itself down to the wire-how to keep the inmates clean and hydrated( don’t forget the outbreak of diseases in the prisons is still something that has to be contained and soap and water is the way to do it)as well as making sure that the farmers have enough water for their crops. (Crops that we all need because we all have to eat.) But then none of us would benefit from a massive disease hitting the prisons, either. And the correctional officers have to come and go from work. That makes them the carriers of that disease.

So what to do? All this and we are just in the 5th year of a historic drought.


“In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. Encryption does not of itself prevent interception, but denies the message content to the interceptor. In an encryption scheme, the message or information, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually uses a pseudo-random encryption key generated by an algorithm. It is in principle possible to decrypt the message without possessing the key, but, for a well-designed encryption scheme, large computational resources and skill are required. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients, but not to unauthorised interceptors.”

All of the above being true, how in the heck than, did my documents suddenly become totally unavailable to me and my password stop working. someone with the key, which I don’t even know what that is, must have broken through the encryption, accessed my documents and now I can’t access them. Thank goodness, I had saved some things on DVD.

” You must remember, the winners are the writers and they always tend to paint their enemies in darker colors.”

Watching Revolt, The Roman Invasion of Britain on the Smithsonian Channel. A speaker just said something I think is memorable.

” You must remember, the winners are the writers and they always tend to paint their enemies in darker colors.”

This is so true. all of history, then is written from the perspective of the winner of that particular episode in history. That means that the losers are never given a chance to vindicate themselves? No, they do receive vindication. When the historians and archaeologists get out there and investigate and unearth all of the, sometimes, ugly, details that explains the win. That’s why I enjoy these channels so much. Both sides of History are given a chance to speak.

The Better Man Project ™


And all at once, my purpose became clear to me. It had been shown to me in glimpses throughout my life before, but in this moment, it all became so clear that it went right past my eyes and mind and straight into my heart.

Years ago, I started a journey to become a better man. This journey has fulfilled me in ways that I never could have imagined at the time. I learned the importance of love, passion, and never quitting. I was also taught the importance of having goals in life and using them to drive the vehicle of where you want to go and who you want to be. But over this past week, and I have purposefully neglected writing here because I had no words to even explain what had happened, I was reminded of the most important lesson of all: unconditional love.

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I’m watching Ice Age: Who discovered America and there was a very short section on mirages. I found it very interesting that they’ve discovered that they are really bent light rays-something I never knew. And that people are actually seeing further then they would be if those light rays had not been bent. So does that mean that one day they would determine that people are truly able to see into the next dimension-through equally, or more powerful bent light rays?


Happy Mother’s day!