31 October 2006

Duel of the Fates

Cad Goddeu is a sixth-century Celtic poem. The English version is called The Battle of the Trees. The poem, too long to reproduce here; signified a battle among gods, a battle of wits -not of force. The poem has inspired Shakespeare who in turn is said to have inspired Tolkien's Ents. Chinese Whispers.

The poem is like a book. No references to the length. It is like a book, for it has to be read completely to understand it. Various parts mean various things. The sum of these parts is the tale. The shortest meaningful extract, however, goes "Under the tongue root a fight most dread, and another raging behind, in the head".

Probably the most famous Cad Goddeu inspired work is the Duel of the Fates. The soundtrack to Star Wars prequels. Usually played when the Jedi battle the Sith, but most significantly played as the theme to Anakin's transformation to Darth Vader. Lucas is said to have had this poem translated into multiple languages. He liked Sanskrit best, probably because not many know this language. Prometheus understands a bit of Sanskrit. Most words in the soundtrack are terribly bad pronunciations, if at all Sanskrit. However, it does seem to vaguely refer to "Under the tongue root a fight most dread, and another raging behind, in the head".

So why babble about Celtic Star Wars? Come to the point, we must (to use Yoda grammar. PS: Yoda is most probably derived from the American pronunciation of 'Yoddha', the Sanskrit term for warrior).

Some time ago, Lizza felt Blue and Yaxlich felt Mondayne. With Prometheus, everything seems to be of epic proportions. He thinks he is Bipolar. He is Mondaynely Blue. He is faced with an uncharted course of actions. Like chess just after the opening has been played. The midgame can go any which way. There are no correct or incorrect paths. His game has come to a veritable Zugzwang. One cannot pass, or lose a turn, in chess. When faced with such a compulsory move, and when any move made will result in some loss or the other, a Zugzwang is said to have occurred. He is forced into Anakin's Gambit, to merge Star Wars and Chess. A gambit where he either loses everything material and then some more, immaterial things if he choses what he believes is honorable, but impractical. On the other hand, he loses his high moral ground but does the rational thing and can salvage a number of things that affect not just him, but those he loves, those who have sacrificed a lot for him.

"Your battle alone, it is. Help you, no one can".

Prometheus hates diary posts. He has tried never to blog about his day or week or even year. But he believes he owes it to his friends; that they should know that Prometheus might not be blogging for a while. He hopes he can come back to blogging sometime. And he hopes his friends will be there then.

29 October 2006

Dear Leader is Displeased

Dear Leader Count Prometheus is displeased. Blogger would not let him blog. First, MyFileHut went down. His images disappeared. He had to move them to Photobucket. Next, Blogger would not only prevent him from posting, it would also block his attempts at commenting on other blogs. Clearly, democracy has failed.

Dear Leader does not tolerate this injustice. He will not give in to the ways of the powers that be. They will not be allowed to do as they please. They will no more trample upon us.

Dear Leader hopes Blogger listens to reason. He hopes they understand that he will be forced to resort to.. other means.. of persuasion. Dear Leader presents a trailer, a picture of our recent success, of what will befall Blogger if they listen not.

23 October 2006

The Amazing Meme of SilverSabre

Prometheus promised SilverSabre that he'd do his Amazing Meme. A visual depiction of one's favorite things.

Blogger tried its best to prevent Prometheus from posting images. Blogger has since learnt that a Promethean Promise is never broken and Hell hath no fury like Prometheus displeased. Ergo, we present the Amazing Meme as applied unto Prometheus.

Iron Eagles

Distilled sunrise

Six String Thunder

The Final Frontier

Shitty shitty? Bang bang!

Techno Prisoner

All Hail Gutenberg

The Fast, The Furious and The Luxurious

Everybody wants to rule the world

With friends like these, who needs the One Ring above?

As with all Promethean Memes, all ye who enter here stand tagged.

22 October 2006

Genesis of the Great Wall

Prometheus is in high spirits. No, they haven't appointed Bacchus as Food and Civil Supplies Minister here. His artsy-fartsy wall was well received, even liked by his friends. His spirits lifted when he pushed away the thought that all of his friends had en masse joined the SPCA and were observing Be Kind to Dumb Animals week. Happy, Prometheus is, to see the nice comments left on his wall. Also happy he is, to have crossed 5000 hits without jigging his counter.

In a related development, the inbox of Prometheus was inundated with interpretations of his wall, the Weirdo award going to the one asking 'Why's the lady on top left holding testes'. Inundation may be read to "4" questions. He thus felt the need to elaborate upon his genesis of his Great Wall.

It began with the a middle finger image. A pencil was drawn and morphed onto the middle finger. This became the centerpiece on the backdrop of Pink Floyd's album cover of "The Wall". The album cover text was hollowed out to leave but a vestige of the original. Next came Lady Justice, tied down, taken from another album cover. This time from "...And Justice for All" by Metallica. The Prometheus image was cut out and edged. As an afterthought, the face of Prometheus was replaced by that of Bela Lugosi playing Count Dracula. That should answer folk asking whether that B&W image is a mug shot of Prometheus. Next was the text-in-text image at bottom left. It reads 'Evil' within a border shaped like 'Good'. The title text was done in Metallica Old font with edging and glow added. More afterthoughts saw the addition of the One Ring onto the pencil-finger and finally "The Godfather" puppet controller just below. Unhappy with all this morbid imagery, Master Yoda threatened to slice n dice the wall with his lightsaber. Prometheus had to apply a charcoal effect and fade him out to stop the demolition.

Don Frank Sirianni annointed the wall with the Foxxfyrre tag and ordained it in his GmB wall of fame, in the process revealing the great truth of the conspiracy of Gemmolina and himself to get Prometheus to do a wall. And walk right into the conspiracy Prometheus did.

Dontcha hate it when ya hafta explain a joke?

Oh PS: Be honest, how many of those discrete items didja recognize? huh, huh?

20 October 2006

Great Wall of Mine-a

Friends of Prometheus had been doing the Grafitti My Blog wall, an ingenious concept by Frank Sirianni. Frank has so many walls, Prometheus thought of dubbing him Wall Mart, but killed the pun before it reached civilized eyes. Since Lizza stonewalled his mongering for doing a wall for him, he said to himself 'Wall, lets do it ourselves'. Before he could come up with more brain damaging puns, he mailed his wall to Frank. This process involved much trepidation since Prometheus' dalliance with art had ended when his drawing teacher turned an unimaginable shade of purple upon beholding his masterpiece.

Prometheus suspects Frank is an illustrious member of the SPCA and PETA, for Frank not only liked the wall but has lavished such praise upon him that Prometheus turned the aforementioned shade of purple, albeit for different reasons. He posts his wall here, in honor of the Grafitti My Blog tradition and goes off to plot a celebration upon becoming another brick in the amazing grafitti wall.

Disclaimer: Prometheus, while claiming ownership of this collage, does not claim any rights or lefts on the components of the said collage and attributes them to their respective or disrespective creators. Prometheus does not take any responsibility for ocular damage caused or artistic sensibilities affected. Viewers are advised to use protective equipment. Prometheus knows this fontsize is unreadable, but fine print wouldn't be fine print if it weren't in fine print, wot?

11 October 2006

Block of VoIP

Sung to the tune of "Walk of Life" by Dire Straits.

Here goes Etisalat makin stories
Of values of the UAE
Here goes Etisalat blocking websites
Anyplace, where porn there may be

Block out the foxy, they got the Proxy
Makin sure you don't stray
Skype leads to eternal damnation
Long-distance charges, they make you pay

Come do the song about the blockhead ISP
About rewards in the afterlife
Come do the Block, do the Block of VoIP
Yeah, do the Block of VoIP

Weird Al Prometheusovich

08 October 2006

Me(me) Two

Prometheus, having been tagged by Terra Shield, breaks his silence to post this meme.

  1. What is the best thing about my workplace?
    Prometheus owns it.

  2. What do I hate about my workplace?
    It ain't like Microsoft headquarters. Yet.

  3. What small irritants at my workplace really annoys me?
    It ain't making money like Microsoft. Yet.

  4. Describe the actions/quirks of the weirdest person I work with (can be a co-worker, employer, or a vendor if you are self employed):
    That's classified. Prometheus could tell you, but then he'd have to kill you. Yaargh! Could never resist that pun from Top Gun.

  5. What is one thing that I would change at my workplace to make life a helluva lot better?
    Make it like Microsoft.

  6. Pick five songs that I'd like played at my funeral......
    Now really, is this part of the same meme? Or is it a hint that Prometheus would depart this world sooner than he can say 'Microsoft'. But anyways, Prometheus has been meaning to start his own meme (dang the enterpreneur in him) on playlists. Just that Blogger won't allow tables. But here goes Prometheus' playlist. There are more to come, he's always adding more songs. As of the time of this publication, this is his current playlist, sorted by artist, that he'd like to be played at his mummification.
  • Chiquitita -- ABBA
  • Mamma Mia -- ABBA
  • Voulez Vous -- ABBA
  • Ring My Bell -- Anita Ward
  • Toccata And Fugue In D Minor -- Bach, Johann Sebastian
  • Für Elise -- Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • 5th Symphony in C Minor -- Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • 9th Symphony in D Minor -- Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • The Steward of Gondor -- Billy Boyd & London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Uptown Girl -- Billy Joel
  • We Didn't Start the Fire -- Billy Joel
  • Buffalo Soldier -- Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • Blaze of Glory -- Bon Jovi
  • Wanted Dead or Alive -- Bon Jovi
  • You Give Love a Bad Name -- Bon Jovi
  • Brown Girl in the Ring -- Boney M.
  • Daddy Cool -- Boney M.
  • Nightflight to Venus -- Boney M.
  • Rasputin -- Boney M.
  • Rivers of Babylon -- Boney M.
  • Sunny -- Boney M.
  • Mighty Wings -- Cheap Trick
  • (I Just) Died in Your Arms -- Cutting Crew
  • Smoke on the Water -- Deep Purple
  • Heavy Fuel -- Dire Straits
  • Money for Nothing -- Dire Straits
  • Walk of Life -- Dire Straits
  • Hotel California -- Eagles
  • Without Me -- Eminem
  • Layla (Acoustic) -- Eric Clapton
  • Tears In Heaven -- Eric Clapton
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) -- Eurythmics
  • Bring Me to Life -- Evanescence
  • Rock Me Amadeus -- Falco
  • Run to the Hills -- Iron Maiden
  • Danger Zone -- Kenny Loggins
  • Faint -- Linkin Park
  • In the End -- Linkin Park
  • Numb -- Linkin Park
  • A Tout le Monde -- Megadeth
  • Countdown to Extinction -- Megadeth
  • Foreclosure of a Dream -- Megadeth
  • Hangar 18 -- Megadeth
  • Holy Wars... The Punishment Due -- Megadeth
  • Symphony of Destruction -- Megadeth
  • Battery -- Metallica
  • Blackend -- Metallica
  • Creeping Death -- Metallica
  • Damage, Inc -- Metallica
  • Disposable Heroes -- Metallica
  • Enter Sandman -- Metallica
  • Fade to Black -- Metallica
  • Fight Fire with Fire -- Metallica
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls -- Metallica
  • Master of Puppets -- Metallica
  • Motorbreath -- Metallica
  • Nothing Else Matters -- Metallica
  • Phantom Lord -- Metallica
  • Pulling Teeth (Anasthesia) -- Metallica
  • Ride the Lightning -- Metallica
  • Seek and Destroy -- Metallica
  • The Four Horsemen -- Metallica
  • The Shortest Straw -- Metallica
  • The Thing That Should Not Be -- Metallica
  • Whiplash -- Metallica
  • 40th Symphony -- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  • One Way Ticket (To the Blues) -- Neil Sedaka
  • Hero -- Nickelback
  • Come as You Are -- Nirvana
  • Lithium -- Nirvana
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit -- Nirvana
  • Jeremy -- Pearl Jam
  • Comfortably Numb -- Pink Floyd
  • The Wall -- Pink Floyd
  • Another One Bites the Dust -- Queen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen
  • We Will Rock You -- Queen
  • Losing My Religion -- R.E.M.
  • Creep -- Radiohead
  • Californication -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Under the Bridge -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) -- Safri Duo
  • Black Magic Woman -- Santana
  • Maria Maria -- Santana
  • Smooth -- Santana
  • Altered State -- Sepultura
  • Dead Embryonic Cells -- Sepultura
  • Desperate Cry -- Sepultura
  • Infected Voice -- Sepultura
  • Reign in Blood -- Slayer
  • Born to Be Wild -- Steppenwolf
  • A Hard Day's Night -- The Beatles
  • Can't Buy Me Love -- The Beatles
  • Love Me Do -- The Beatles
  • Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds -- The Beatles
  • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) -- The Beatles
  • Nowhere Man -- The Beatles
  • Yellow Submarine -- The Beatles
  • Yesterday -- The Beatles
  • More Than A Woman -- The Bee Gees
  • Stayin' Alive -- The Bee Gees
  • Video Killed the Radio Star -- The Buggles
  • Break on Through -- The Doors
  • Light My Fire -- The Doors
  • Every Breath You Take -- The Police
And for the finale,
  • Star Wars Imperial March (Darth Vader Theme) -- Metallica & San Fransico Philharmonic
  • and
  • Wherever I May Roam -- Metallica
ending with 'Carved upon my stone, my body lie but still I roam' from the last song.

That's five songs. Right.

And Prometheus must, as is the nature of tags, tag five people. He tags all of his friends, whatever their number, will still be termed 'five'. All who read, must comply with this meme, for they will otherwise be come upon by the Curse of the Promethean Sarcophagus.