Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Philosopher and The Snake

The Philosopher

Way back in the year 360 BCE, Greek philosopher Plato wrote about an island that has been the subject of much debate. Over the years, many have assumed the island to be fictional. Others believe that the island did exist, and have offered their opinion as to its possible location.

The island, of course, is Atlantis.

Atlantis, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, are named for the Greek god, Atlas. Poseidon was the father of 5 pairs of twins. Atlas and his twin brother Gadeirus (or Eumelus in Greek) were the eldest. Atlas, the first born, was made rightful king of Atlantis and the Atlantic Ocean.

The people of Atlantis lived in peace at first, but war eventually broke out. In the end, an earthquake destroyed the civilization and the island sank into the ocean.

If this short introduction has piqued your interest, you may read more about Atlantis in this article by New World Encyclopedia.

Robotic Water Snake

Are you comfortable around water snakes? Those that haven't swam off to hide may be interested in a recent article from Gizmodo. In the article, Eric Limer tells of a robotic water snake designed for underwater movement. Read the short article and then take a look at the video at ieee.org. Terrifying, or just good technology? You decide.

Take a look at the comments below Mr. Limer's article as well. A few of them are quite amusing.

For those that may have never seen a water snake before, the photo above shows just one of the many varieties: a northern water snake. No, he's not the robot.

Full Moon

For many of us, tomorrow (28 Nov) will be a full moon. Merfolk, feel free to act a little crazy! Those that watch H2O: Just Add Water will understand.

Don't get TOO crazy though, we want to see you back here next time.

Coming Up

Quite some time has passed since I published a mermaid interview. Fear not, mermaid fans, I have a few in the works.

No water snake interviews, I promise.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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