Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thor's Hammer (Mjölnir) - Its Powers Explained

     There are two popular versions of Thor's Hammer. The one from Norse mythology, known as Mjölnir  ("That which marks and pulverizes to dust").

     Its power included "whatsoever might be before him, and the hammer would not fail; and if he threw it at anything, it would never miss, and never fly so far as not to return to his hand." And is"capable of leveling mountains."

   The other version of the hammer is from the Marvel comic books and movies. The following refers to the hammer used by Thor in the movies. 

   According to  the movies, the Asgardian technology is 1000 years ahead of us. To give you some idea of how advanced they are, just look at our civilization 1000 years ago: 

     Most of the population was involved in farming, with a village surrounded by two large and unfenced open fields. The village would have consisted of several small huts. They often housed the family's animals. There would be one or two rooms, with a loft for storage. The family lived in a single room.
  There was no electricity, no running water (other than a river or stream), no medical facilities, nothing we now take for granted.

   So first, a list of the powers of Thor's Hammer (not called Mjölnir in this case to distinguish it from mythology).

1)    It can absorb and then discharge a lightning bolt.

2)    When slammed to the ground, it can cause minor earthquakes.
3)    Whenever it is spun by its leather strap, Thor can fly as fast and as high as needed.
4)    It will always return to Thor's hand.
5)    Only those deemed 'worthy' may pick up The Hammer.
1)   The Hammer is very much like a battery - it will absorb an electrical charge, and then discharge it when necessary.
2 and 3)   The Hammer contains a gravity / anti gravity generator. When traveling downward, the gravity generator half energizes, slamming The Hammer hard enough to cause the ground to shake.  When it is spun fast enough, the anti-gravity kicks in and Thor is able to fly. 
4)   The Hammer returns to Thor's hand because of it recognizes Thor's DNA and "follows the scent" to return to him.
5)    Although The Hammer may actually only weigh 100 - 150 pounds, if put on a scale, only those deemed 'worthy' will be able to pick it up.  But who determines who is worthy? Odin, obviously. In the first 'Thor' movie it was Odin who stripped Thor of the power to wield The Hammer. So if Odin wanted to, he could deem anyone as worthy - Lady Sif, Heimdall, Jane Foster, or even Loki.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Season Three Finale of "The Americans"

I've been watching the FX drama "The Americans."

(If you don't know what it is about: It takes place in the 1980's and two Russian spies, Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings are sleeper agents. They came to America, settled down, and had two children, Paige and Henry, who are now in their teens.)

About the middle of the third season, after Paige's insistence, they told her they were from Russia, working for the Soviet Union. Paige understandably was taken aback (she asked them if they were killers or drug dealers). And they told her if she told anyone they would be arrested and sent to prison, for life!

And she had questions, but she never asked the ones I would have (maybe because she was only 16).

The first question I would want to know is, of course, "Why?"  Is life in Russia so much better? (They lived in a two story house with an attached garage and basement. And they drove a relatively new car.)

The next question would be that after living in the US for 18 years, more or less, how could they still be loyal to the Soviet Union?

And I would have asked what was going to happen to them when their mission is over and they returned to the Soviet Union? Neither Paige nor Henry speak Russian, and their lives and way of living is strictly American.

But, there is a new problem that ended the season - Paige called Pastor Tim, her pastor and confidant, and told him her parents were liars and they wanted to make a liar out of her. And that they weren't Americans. And then the damning statement - they were Russians!

Of course, just being Russian didn't automatically mean they were spies. And maybe Pastor Tim would just blow it off, or not believe her. But saying he did, and he called the FBI, and they investigated and found that Elizabeth and Phillip WERE spies.

Where would that leave Paige and Henry? Since Henry knew nothing about this (he is two years younger than Paige), how would he feel knowing Paige betrayed  his parents? Would he agree with her decision? Or hate her?

And since they have no relatives, it never occurred to Paige that there would be no one to take care of them? No place they could go but into foster care? And then there would be a good chance she and Henry would be separated?

Maybe she didn't think about all of this. But depending on what happens with Pastor Tim next season, things could go badly for all of them!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

More Eye Candy!

Lots I could write about, but nothing that is particularly interesting, so time for more gorgeous women.

Google backtracked about sexually explicit photos on their blog sites. I don't have any. But the closest I do have is the B/W photo of Leslie Bibb's outstanding naked ass.

So - more delightful women to look at (AND I can download them to my smart phone for wallpaper).

 Emily Bett Rickards - Felicy Smoak on "Arrow"

 Don't know her name, but find her extremely attractive!

Maria Avgeropoulos - Octavia on "The 100"

Olivia Munn - Attack of the Show, The Newsroom, Miles from Tomorrowland.

Jessy Schramm - Falling Skies, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Natalie Portman - Queen Amidala in 'Starwars';  Jane Foster in 'Thor'

Yvonne Strahovsky - Sarah Walker on "Chuck"

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year's Resolution and Eye Candy

A few days late on the resolution, but....

Made mine New Year's Day (forgot about it the Eve before). And it is the same one I make every year ... and I have never broken it!

And it is -- "I resolve to only make one resolution for the New Year."

And I just did.

And because these posts seem so drab and plain, I have decided to add a picture of some young woman I find particularly attractive. And today's photo is of  Meaghan Rath.

Meaghan played Sally Malik  on the TV show "Being Human" (the American version) until it ended its run in 2014 after 4 seasons.

She was born in 1986 in Montreal. Her father is Austrian and her mother is from India.