Virtual people

In Blade Runner : 2049, K has a virtual woman that’s able to roam with him wherever he goes. But could we someday make that into reality. Mark Sagar, a computer scientist seems to be on the cusp of that, well, at least through a computer, right now. Mark Sagar and his team at Soul Machines has created BabyX, a 3D digital child based on images of Sagar’s daughter at 18 months, has rosy cheeks, warm eyes, a full head of blond hair, and a soft, sweet voice.

A baby stuck inside a computer monitor but can react to the user; when Mark holds up books it, or she, can read and react with warm smiles if it’s right or if scolded for a wrong answer, gets teary eyed.

A real virturla person? Mark says in the article, “We want to know what makes us tick.” The interactivity goes both ways, according to Sagar.

 

The first digital face Mark and his team has developed was in Feb, a woman called Nadia, for Australians National Disabillity, which plan to launch her next year, as an online aid for people with disabilities. Instead of using a text based to talk they could go through Nadia.

You can read the whole article Bloomburgbuisness

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Magical weapons from books and comics

Hi all you Friends of Fantasy (FoF) I’m going to start posting these Articles on Fantasy Friday, starting this month:

Magical weapons have been around since before “Lord of The Rings.” They can be of any object; swords, rings, stones, or capes even, or it can be a heart — “Angelheart” as in my debut novel “The Lost Angels” This list is just a few magical weapons found in novels and comics:

  • Excalibur — A magical sword given to King Author from the Lady In The Lake
  • Dagger of Time – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Phantom Sword – Legend of Zelda series. A sword created by the ocean king. Used to kill phantoms and to finish off Bellum.
  • Parthia – Fire Emblem series. A bow of fire, regalia of House Archanea
  • Crystalis – Crystalis. The titular sword is formed from four elemental blades
  • Soul Reaver – Legacy of Kain series
  • Magic Orbs — Orbs in Magic Knights gloves that bring fourth their weapons in Magic Knight RayEarth.
  • Avo’s Tear – Fable. An ancient sword said to be as powerful as the legendary Sword of Aeons. This Sword was imbued with extraordinary power when the Guild Mage Solcius used it in a spell to close a large vortex.
  • Cloak of Levitation — The purpose of the cloak is to give the user the ability to fly found by Dr. Strange
  • Curoch – The Blade of Power from The Night Angel Trilogy
  • Axe of Hereward in Charles Kingsley’s 1866 novel Hereward the Wake
  • Ruyi Jingu Bang – A magical staff wielded by Sun Wukong in Journey to the West
  • Sword of Gryffindor – In the Harry Potter series, a sword that was previously owned by Godric Gryffindor.
  • Sting — Bilbo’s sword made by the elfs of Riverdale in Lord of the Rings

That’s just to name a few of magical weapons. I know there’s so much more that I could cover but it’s time to use some of these weapons to slay some monsters lurking around. If you have any you’d like to add feel free to comment below!

Twenty years of magic

2017 Time 20th anniversary

  • Wow! 20 years already? Someone must have been playing with a Time Turner because it felt like yesterday that I got my copy of “The Deathly Hallows” and with the Fantastic Beats I guess the magic is still going strong. But let’s take a look back from that fateful day of June 26, 1997. (excerpt from TIME Magazine: Harry Potter) by Lev Grossman and Allie Townsend
  • June 26, 1997—Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is published in England of 500 copies.
  • December 27, 1998—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone appearance on the New York Times best-seller list.
  • September 4, 1999—The first known Harry Potter fan-fiction is posted to FanFiction.net “Harry Potter and the Man of Unknown”
  • July 2000—The New York Times creates a children’s best-seller list after the first three books spend a year atop the adult-fiction list. (Taking the #1 spot after Potter moves to the kids’ section: Danielle Steel’s The House on Hope Street)
  • November 4, 2001—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone premieres in London.
  • November 6, 2001—The Simpson pays its first homage to Harry, in the “Treehouse of Horror XIII”
  • June 22, 2002—The brothers of the band Harry and the Potters play their first show, kicking off Wizard rock.
  • November 2002—Rowling files suit against the publishers of Tanya Grotter and the Magic Double Bass, a Russian Harry Potter knockoff. It sold three million but her victory in court blocked it from Western markets.
  • July 2005—In Vancouver, 14 copies of “Half-Blood Prince are accidentally sold before the official release, prompting a court order forbidding buyers to disclose any of its contents before its on-sale date.
  • July 21, 2007—8.3 million copies of Deathly Hallows sells in the U.S. during its first 24 hours on sale.
  • July 2007—By the time the final book, Deathly Hallows, is released, publisher Bloomsbury has spent $20 mil (10 mil in England) on an army of guards, satellite tracking systems and legal contracts to prevent leaks.
  • June 18, 2008—Sales of Harry Potter books pass the 400 million mark.

There it is. The spell has been cast by one woman, J.K. Rowling who says, “No story lives unless someone wants to listen” And with the spinoff of “Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them” and its upcoming sequels I’m sure the magic will keep flowing from fan fiction to rockbands and from Rowling herself, who will wave her wand for us again and tell us what’s next on Pottermore.com (More timeline events can be found in the Time Magazine special edition “Harry Potter”)

Thank you, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the SS                                                         HP and the Cursed Child      harry-potter-wand

Star Wars celebration

“The Last Jedi” trailer just premiered world wide and it looks like a hit with a darker tone than “The Force Awakens.” But one question on everyone’s mind. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” What does this mean? Fans of the show “Rebels” already know the meaning of the message!

Plus it’s Star Wars celebration week and here’s the “40 years of Star Wars” from Orlando Florida! And many more vids from the celebration. Enjoy!

‘May the Force be with you’

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Angel Lore

Versions of the word “angel” occur in many different languages around the world. The Greek word angelos translates to “messenger” and is considered the basis for modern-day literary interpretations.

The concept of angels have been around since before we began to mark time and long before any organized religion. Angels appear in writings of many cultures, where they are described as winged, powerful beings who bear a resemblance to humans. They are also messengers between God and man. It is believed that at birth everyone is given two guardian angels.

In Christian literature, angels predate the creation of Earth, as the first War in Heaven occurred sometime before the seven days God spent creating the world.

In the 13th century, angels were put in paintings and literature, when angels were believed to move the stars, and govern the planets. Some of angels from films and books are as follows:

  • Aziraphale The Good Omen by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (1990)
  • Balthamos His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (2008)
  • Raziel The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (2015)
  • Zauriel Helmet of Fate from DC Comics (2007)
  • Dill Scar Night by Alan Campbell (2006)

Types of Angels:

There are many types of angels. Most don’t even come in contact with the human race. Only a small group gets the privilege of guiding humans.

The first order includes the Seraphim, who serve at Gods foot and sing his praise.

The second are the Cherubim. They exist just beyond the throne. They are the guardians of light and stars. They are the keepers of all knowledge and secrets, both Divine and Earthly.

Thrones are pretty much the judges of the divine law and passing sentence upon the guilty. These are the last of the echelon.

Angels of the Cosmos. The second house of angels maintains an orderly unification between the spiritual and corporeal universes. This calling enables the angels to pass often between the two planes of existence. These angels will sometimes, but rarely, come into contact with humankind, which magnifies their risk for compromise by man’s flaws. Those who are purest are te most susceptible to impurity.

The second chori of the hierarchy are the Dominions. Their primary purpose is to maintain the lines of communication between the spiritual and material worlds so that, when Word comes down from The Creator, it is clearly and quickly spread through the whole universe.

Next are the Virtues, who act as channelers of vast energies from The Creator and His closet orders. Their job is to pour the unending supply of spiritual energy from the Heavens to the material worlds, where it can seep into the collective human consciousness, and bestowing blessings.

Last among The Angels of the Cosmos are the Powers. Overseers of all the laws binding the physical realm, they are the guardians of peace, harmony, and order. It is known that they keep count of the births and deaths of God’s followers throughout history, and they hold historical knowledge of the world. The Powers patrol the borders of Heaven and before his fall, Samael, used to be their leader.

The final house of angels are called The Angels of Earth, they are, however, involved with all affairs of mankind. Their presence is almost a constant in everyday lives of humans, listening and influencing. The Principalities are the bearers of the social mores necessary for successful poetics and administration within the Earthly realm. They specialize in working with large groups and creating positive energies so that relations can flow.

The Archangels are the second level of The Angels of Earth, and are the best known of the angelic orders. They answer prayers, which is why people are aware of them.

The final order of this group is called, simply, Angels. Their focus is the guardianship of humanity, and the entire material world.

There are a lot more to these winged beings then what we know of. . . more to come

Source : “The book of Angels” by Ruth Thompson, L.A. Williams, and Renae Taylor

100 Fantasy movies

Who doesn’t love a good fantasy movie? Where you can just escape for a few hours and enjoy entering another world or realm. From daring Princess, heroic heroes to dashing villains and crazy sidekicks, fantasy has always been an escape from our everyday world. Here is the top 100 fantasy films according to Rotten Tomatoes. But first I wanted to make my own top 10 list, Some of these are trilogy set.

 

10. The Terminator trilogy

9. Ghost in the Shell 1 & 2

8. Indiana Jones trilogy

7. Back to the Future trilogy

6. Avengers 1 & 2

5. The Dark Knight trilogy

4. X-Men trilogy

3. Lord of the Rings trilogy

2. Star Wars series

1. The Secret of NIMH (can’t believe it didn’t mention this)

 

Here’s the link for Rotten Tomatoes top 100. Let me know what you think in the comments if you would add any or take some away.