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YuleTide: Santa Klaus and His Companions #1 – BLACK PETE(s)

Posted by invizweb on December 20, 2008

For the next 6 days the Invisible Web will unveil the cast of characters, some of which are very abstract, who play different roles on Christmas (companions for the Jolly Old Saint and then Klaus himself, flanked by his Knight), and then 13 more for Winter holiday celebrations of varying cultures worldwide. Together they tell a story like no other. Today’s player…

Centuries ago in the Germanic lands, Sinterklaus (Santa Klaus) was a originally a bishop based in Turkey who traveled the world delivering goods to well-behaved children on Christmas day.  He was originally accompanied either by a Devil he conquered and chained to his side or the character from tomorrow’s story Krampus.  However, in the 19th Century, Saint Nicholas’ story was retconned in Holland and the region of Flanders so that he saved a Moorish “slave” from Spanish servitude and thus in gratitude he is under the bishop’s employ as “Zwarte Piet” (Black Pete).  There has been theories throughout history that Santa Klaus is actually a new incarnation of Odin –  if this was so then Pete is actually one of his ravens, either Hugin or Munin, whom are the constant companions of the one-eyed Highfather of the Aesir House of Norse Gods.

(C) Detroit Metro Times

(C) Detroit Metro Times

Pete’s function was to help the Saint distribute candy and goods to amiable children (Santa Klaus is not as healthy anymore due to his old age supposedly; he is actually rather gaunt in his Germanic incarnations) .  However, little hooligans were warned that misbehavior may earn them a lashing from a birch switch or a kidnapping to Spain via Santa and Pete’s mystic burlap sack.  Nowadays, he just feigns to kick kids (I wonder if IWA MidSouth wrestler Chuck Taylor will disguise as Pete or Krampus just to have an excuse to beat up kids).

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The Invisible Web Episode 22 (0303) – The Winter Solstice-Perchtenlauf-Christmas-Yule-Etc Espectacular

Posted by invizweb on December 20, 2008

Happy Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Perchtenlauf, Requiem of the Dead, Tongzhi, Christmas, Yule or Winter Solstice.

KARL~!

KARL~!

On this episode of the  Invisible Web Cast, I interview the only court certified historian of the combat sports, Karl Stern once again for the first half of the show.  We  discuss DC vs Marvel Comics continuity, 52, Annihilation, and some good recent reads.  We also touch on some Wrestling history.  As a bonus he reads part of his novel, Absence of Absalom, now available for the Amazon Kindle and all compatible readers.  Approximately 46 minutes of whackiness~!

AUSTIN~!

AUSTIN~!

And on  the second half of the show, the Out There Trilogy comes full circle as “Stunning” Austin Gandy of Disinfo World News and formerly Out There Radio, joins us for more than 45 more minutes of hijinks~!  We reveal the origins of young Austin.  The discussion is had of popul;ar holiday customs of traditions including but not limited to reindeer.  Then SUMOM is brought up.  What is SUMOM?  Find out the answer to that question and others on this episode.  Plus we try to sort out our colleague, the Popo Bawa‘s career as a childrens’ television star.

And a bonus surprise appears.

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And thanks once again to Wendy Rule for her song, “La Femme de la Mer.”  How can an epic show end without an epic song of timeless proportions?

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Puroresu on NTV to be Cancelled after 55 Years

Posted by invizweb on December 20, 2008

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Domo Arigato Miyamoto Shigeru-kun 56 times

Posted by invizweb on December 20, 2008

I am at a loss for words at time so I will just have to say what I feel.

Domo arigato Miyamoto Shigeru-kun.

(C) Tina Fineberg/AP

(C) Tina Fineberg/AP

Almost two  decades ago in the last Saturday of December of 1990, my dad was excited because he was going to give me what otehr kids have: happiness through my very first video game console.  I did not know what the fuss was as I was going to miss the latest episode of Friday the 13th: The Series.  After three hours and assistance from my near genius cousin, we finally got the damn Ninetndo Entertainment System hooke dup on our old Zenith TV.  I did decently on the first three or four levels of Duck Hunt.  However, around mdnight, my brother and I decided to switch the console system on restart to finally play the crown jewel of console gaming at the time: Super Mario Bros.   After two minutes we were cruising along, stomping Goombas and Koopa Troopas until we reached the first pit.  That night neither of us could make it.  A few weeks later my dad played it and explained to my brother that he needed to do a running jump to cross over.  I was never able to cross that first pit without sweating bullets (think about level 8-1 now Mario afficionados0), and if I did the first Goomba would do me in.  I fared better with Super Mario Brothers 3 though.  I still have fear of side scrolling platforms and jumping was hell for me in Final Fantasy X and Rogue Galaxy.

Thank you Miyamoto for bringing joy to millions of children with the story of your Italian Brooklynite plumber chomping down on psilocybin shrroms and brutalizing turtles.   You are in fact a great man.  Belated 56th birthday (November 16, 2008) wishes to you~!

Christopher Coats has the scoop on the game maker’s life and works at Finding Dulcinea.

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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry passes away at age 76

Posted by invizweb on December 20, 2008

Star Trek the Next Generation was one of my favorite weekly shows during its final three seasons, and one of my favorite weekday shows when the WB was still the WPIX.  One of the premiere charcaters on the show as the mother of Counselor Deanna Troi, Lwaxana.  She was played by Majel Barret, who was married to Gene Roddenberry in 1969, but did not have the Roddenberry surname during much of the credits.  I would later find out she was also the voice of the all the Enterprise and most of the starships on Stra Trek and its spin-offs.  She first started as the Number One officer of Captain Christipher Pike in the pilot episode of the original series.  However, as stated above the recurring character of Lwaxana was one of my favorites because she was in stark contarst to my own parents and upbringing. Except for one or two other actresses, I don’t know if the Lwaxana Troi chracter would have been portrayed right by any others.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the First Lady of Star Trek, passed away at the age of 76 to Leukmia December 18, 2008.  She had finished taping the voice-acting work for the upcoming Star Trek prequel.

(C) Newsarama

(C) Newsarama

Newsarama and the Daily Grail both cover the life and times of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

Farewell First Lady Majel.  Thank you for the memories.

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