Thursday, November 12, 2020

Reading Notes: The Hypocritical Cat

The Hypocritical Cat

    There was a cat that wanted to eat many rats and wanted to trick them to be able to eat them all. So he stood on one leg one day and the rats asked him some questions. The rats believed him to be a pious cat. The cat then ate the last rat in line for a while until the rat chief noticed the group becoming smaller. The chief was at the end of the line the next day and baited and outsmarted the cat. The chief then attacked the cat with the rest of the rats following suit and they ate him.

The Hypocritical Cat by W. Robinson. Source: Gutenburg


"The Hypocritical Cat" by W. H. D. Rouse.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Extra Credit Reading Notes: Babbitt. Jataka Tales, Part B

 The King's White Elephant

    An elephant stumbled upon some carpenters with a limp. The carpenters examined his foot and pulled out a splinter. The elephant appreciated the care and wanted to return the favor. He helped with the trees and was fed. The elephant had a son who was white all over wanted him to help the carpenters. Once told of the kindness from the carpenters, the young elephant went to help. At night he played with the children by the river. One day, a king came down to the river and saw the beautiful elephant. He immediately bought him and took great care of him.

White Elephant by Ishikawa Ken (April 2008). Source: Flickr


"The King's White Elephant" by Ellen C. Babbitt.

Reading Notes: Babbitt. Jataka Tales, Part A

 The Turtle Who Could n't Stop Talking

    Two geese met a turtle and they all became friends. The geese were going to go far away, invited the turtle, and devised a plan for him to join them. They told him he musn't say a word and to bite onto a stick that the geese would hold. The turtle agreed. Some people taunted the turtle when they saw him. The turtle tried to respond and fell to his death.

Turtle by David Reid (April 2011). Source: Flickr


Monday, October 26, 2020

Extra Credit Reading Notes: The Indian Heroes: Mahabharata - The Princes of Elephant City

 Part A - 7 Hidimba and Baka

    After fleeing from the burning house, Bhima and his family rest in the nearby forest. Hidimba smells them and sends his sister, Hidimbi, to bring them to him to eat them. However, Hidimbi fell in love with Bhima when she saw him and warned him. Eventually, Hidimba came over since his sister took too long and fought Bhima. Bhima kills him and has a relationship with Hidimbi. 

Bhima Fights Baka the Asura by Ramanarayanadatta astri(1965). Source: Wikimedia

    Eventually, the family settles in a village that is being "taxed" by Baka. The tax is a blood tax in the form of human life. Luckily for the town, Bhima comes back to the family, from his relationship, and fights Baka. He winds up killing Baka and the family leaves for Panchala.


"The Indian Heroes: Mahabharata - The Princes of Elephant City" by C. A. Kincaid.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Reading Notes: PDE Mahabharata, Part D


    As Duryodhana was dying, Ashwatthaman, Drona's son, Kripa, and Kritavarman were given permission to attack the Pandavas while they slept. As they approached the gate, they encountered Shiva and retreated. Ash then there himself into a fire to receive the good graces of Shiva. Shiva then entered his body and helped them slay the sleeping Pandavas as revenge. Duryodhana died happy knowing of what his son did.


Ashwatthaman propitiates Shiva

before the night raid on the Pandava camp. Source: British Museum


"Mahabharata Online: Public Domain Edition" Part 69 by Dutt and Mackenzie.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Reading Notes: PDE Mahabharata, Part C


    Intense atmosphere described. War drums, evil omens, blood everywhere, animals howling, and "thunder" was taking place. The armies had been fighting all day. The Kauravas had the advantage for a bit because of Bhishma's power. Him and Arjuna fought but called a truce at the end of the day. Sounds like Kaurava forces took heavy losses. Day 2, Bhishma attacked but Arjuna drove him back. Day 3, Pandavas continued to drive back the Kaurava army. Heavy losses at this point. Bhisma  then drive back the opposing force after being taunted by Duryodhana. Bhima won the fourth and fifth days. On the sixth day, Bhima over extended and almost got killed from being surrounded but was saved by Arjuna's son, Iravat. Bhisma won the seventh day and cut down the standard of Yudhishthira. The 8th day, Bhisma's chariot fell and Iravat was slain. Bhima's son, the rakshasa Ghatotkacha got revenge for Arjuna. 

The Pandava and Kaurava armies face each other. Source: Wikimedia


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Week 8 Progress

    I am happy with my progress so far. I am most proud of being able to relate my stories with Halo. I do not have a good weekly routine as I procrastinate a lot and am not as motivated to do the work since I am about to graduate. The class assignments I enjoy the most are the short ones, the shorter, the better. I have used some extra credit options to catch up in commenting and to get some extra points. I think things have gone well in developing my blog and site.

    The changes I would like to make is not to procrastinate as much, but I probably still will. I mainly just want to avoid getting behind as I am about to start a class (8 week class), and I have other classes to focus on, like my Capstone with a project we are starting. There is nothing new I really want to do in this class or change about my blog/site.

Air Force fly-over by R.A. Killmer (May 2007). Source: Flickr

    This picture motivates me as it reminds me I am close to graduating and I will be able to focus on my career with the Air Force.

Reading Notes: The Hypocritical Cat

The Hypocritical Cat     There was a cat that wanted to eat many rats and wanted to trick them to be able to eat them all. So he stood on on...