… Wind Chill Advisory Sunday night into Monday morning for wind chill readings of 35 degrees or lower…
A cold front will sweep across South Florida on Sunday. Cold air will usher into the area behind the front Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Temperatures are forecast to fall into the 30s across most of the area by Monday morning… even near the coast. The wind may continue strong enough Sunday night to create cold wind chills. As such… a Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for the area. A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when temperatures and wind will combine to create wind chill readings of 35 degrees or lower.
I know it doesn’t sound like much to folks up north, but a lot of people in this part of Florida don’t know how to dress for proper warmth. The record low before this for tomorrow was 29°F / -1°C in 1985. Time to trot out the extra blankets! I worry about the local homeless population… especially the older ones.
Drawing with my off-hand. looks a lot different than my usual thing.
First use of the doodle board page in about three months.
juliabee found this transmogrify-thingie. Brilliant stuff.
Picture assortment. Maybe some new icons? Clickie for bigger
Would someone be so kind as to bring me some mashed potatoes? And Pie? and Green Bean Casserole? I’m missing thanksgiving food, it seems. I would be very thankful, and let you pet Newton.
How tall are you next to famous people? (If you pick Chuck Conners (The Rifleman), Lou Ferrigno or John Larroquette, you can see how tall you are next to ol’ Scotto, we’re all the same height – 6’5″.)
|IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY IT IS ADVISABLE TO KEEP NEWTON AWAY FROM FIRE AND FLAMES.|
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|scotto has fragile contents which may break!|
You Have A Type B+ Personality
While you’re totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
I’m very juvenile with bandwidth thieves lately… I converted this melons picture to this one for myspace users. That’ll teach ’em to use a free host. [update: – they’ve already noticed and removed the image from the page! The most effective tactic yet.]
Father Time and the Grim Reaper both carry scythes. I wonder who came first, and if one is based on the other?
A quick google search comes up with this.
Chronos (or Chronus) is the personification of time, which is what the word means. It is used in “chronology” and other modern words. It was used originally in a solely poetic sense. There isn’t a god or goddess directly associated with time per se in Greek myth. But there may have been a Titan of time…
Cronus (or Kronos) was the father of Zeus and his siblings. He was part of a group of beings called Titans that existed before the Greek gods.
His parents were Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth). They had many children, but Uranus was fearful of them and kept them confined inside of Gaia. She didn’t like this much. She gave Cronus a sickle, and he castrated his father the next time he came near. When this happened the blood that was spilled formed creatures like the Giants and the Furies, and the genitals of Uranus were thrown into the sea and would eventually produce Aphrodite.
With Uranus out of the way, Cronus married his sister Rhea and ruled the Titans. Cronus was afraid that one of his children would overthrow him as he had overthrown his father, so as each child was born he swallowed them one by one. He had already disposed of Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Hestia and Demeter in this fashion before Zeus was born. This time Rhea had Zeus hidden and tricked Cronus into swallowing a stone instead.
When Zeus was old enough to take care of himself, Rhea got Cronus to release the children he had swallowed, either by talking him into it or by giving him a potion that induced vomiting. When the other gods were free they joined Zeus to fight the Titans and overthrew them.
From these stories and other facts it is believed that Cronus was a harvest god from long ago, worshiped by a culture before the Greeks. His sickle is a tool used in harvesting grain. Many people believe that the story of his overthrow by Zeus represents the overthrow of the culture that worshiped Cronus and the old gods by the people who worshiped Zeus and the other more familiar Greek gods.
The Romans identified Cronus with their god Saturn. Saturn, the Sower, was also a god of agriculture. The Roman god’s festival, called the Saturnalia, was held from the 17th to the 19th of December and was quite popular.
Cronus and Saturn were also identified with time. Harvest and time might be related in the first place, but some suspect this relationship may have happened because of a confusion between the words Cronus and Chronus.
Harvest was also associated with death because of the end of growing season. Kronos eating his children was used in a poetic sense for time devouring all things, as in the old saying “nothing lasts forever.”
Our concepts of Father Time (usually found in cartoons around New Year’s Eve these days, but historically found as part of the Saturnalia festival when it was pushed to the first of the new year to avoid conflict with Christmas) and the Grim Reaper carrying a scythe are directly derived from Cronus. Both of these more modern figures are sometimes accompanied by a crow. Robert Graves wrote that the word Cronos and the god may have actually meant “crow,” but once again it could just be a result of confusion with the similar-sounding words for crow (Latin “cornix” or Greek “corone”).
The three Greek words that were either related originally or related through confusion later were: Chronus (meaning “time”), Cronus (the god of harvest before the Greek gods took over), and corone (meaning “crow”). Sometimes just having words similar to each other is enough to mix stories up with one another. Whether they are connected because they sound similar or because they have similar roots is unknown.
All three words are definitely now linked in some fashion. Images of the Grim Reaper in engravings in the Middle Ages that show a skeletal figure holding a scythe and hourglass with a crow nearby show this connection.
Also note that the origins of words in Ancient Greek are uncertain. It could be that Chronus and Cronus were supposed to be the same thing originally, or that Cronus originally did mean crow. We don’t have enough information on the beliefs of the pre-Greeks to know if Cronus was intended to be a crow or not. Many people think the three words coming together was just a silly coincidence, but there’s no firm proof one way or another.
Crows were sometimes associated with fertility figures in other cultures, but that doesn’t necessarily prove anything. Also, crows could be associated with death (by going after corpses) as well as harvest (by going after grain).
Like most things in mythology, the concepts go back so far in time that we can’t trace the origins reliably.
1 year ago – happy Newt, nipples off, palm post – bus stop, tummy ache.
2 years ago – Tests, truth, rumor, links and history, lj spam, Kev in court
4 years ago – – Reflections on the old regime, The Litter Box Song *snerk*, Cow Saliva, “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”, rehiring some of the fire-ees.