Mythology info (E-W)Written by Sumbaz
Mythology info (E-W): ****THE KAPPA****
What heck is a Kappa you say? Well I'll tell you, they are Japanese water demons! Kappas are amphibious water spirits that are covered in yellow green scales, have webbed feet, a face of a monkey, and back of a tortoise, but feature that makes kappa a kappa is it's bowl like depression on top of it's head which must always be full of water to maintain its supernatural powers and super strength on land. Now Kappas may live in bodies of water but that doesn't mean a kappa won't come up on land for a snack! Kappas eat humans and animals, they really love to eat human liver. The way they eat their food is sort of gross... so that's why I'll tell you in great detail how they do it ^,^ The kappa eats insides first, then kappa gets a bit thirsty so then kappa drinks blood. Kappas where blamed when ever mutilated bodies were found near masses of water. Kappas where known to be very malicious (not to friendly), but they weren't dumb animals though. Kappas where very smart wise spirits! Mankind is said to have learned trade of mending broken bones from a Kappa in return for his own arm that had been taken from him by a human! Now here are ways that where said to be best ways to defeat a kappa: Bow to it, kappas being proper creatures will bow back to you spilling water from its head, this will force kappa to return to its watery home. Another way was by carving names (or your name) into a cucumber and throwing it into water, now cucumbers are Kappas favorite food and by eating cucumbers kappas will not eat people whose names are on cucumbers. This legendary association between Kappas and cucumbers has become such a part of Japan's culture that sushi stuffed with cucumber is called "Kappa maki". **AMULETS** Amulet: A charm worn against evil or injury. There has been amulet use since don of time. Egyptians would use Eye of Horris to ward of sickness, and any kind of hex. Amulets where used in dark ages commonly, even in gambling. Amulets could even be used to help luck, and they would even be used while gambling, thinking amulet would be key to their wining. Their were amulets that were said to stop fires just by throwing them into it, even though most of those kind of amulets were made of wood (odd) also a newt was thought able to put our fires if thrown into a flame (poor newt). Amulets would be carved onto doors and onto walls, so that they might ward off evil from being there. ***Werewolves***
A werewolf is a human that can change into a wolf usually on a full moon. Werewolves eat humans and livestock. You can become a werewolf unwillingly by having it in your genes, by a curse, or by a bite by another werewolf. You could also willingly become a werewolf by using special ointments like sorcerers did in many stories. Either way, if you become a werewolf it is said in folklore that you must never let even a single drop of human blood touch your lips or you’ll never be able to break your werewolf curse, you’ll be a werewolf forever. The only way to reverse curse of werewolf is to kill original werewolf that started chain of werewolves that lead down to your curse. Werewolves are commonly men, but there are also a few women werewolves as well. Stories of werewolves have been around since antiquity! In Greek mythology a tyrant named Lycaon angered Zeus by feeding him flesh of a child. Zeus punished him by turning him into a wolf man. Lycaon is where word lycaonthrope comes from another name for werewolf. Werewolves were believed to exist for many centuries. In middle ages werewolves weren't always seen as bad in their stories, some were seen as hero or comical figure. Werewolves were seen as really evil things to fear by 16th century. Many people were killed because people claimed they were werewolves, most werewolves were believed to be witches or wizards in forms of werewolves, most accused victims were forced against there will, (under torture) to confess to being werewolves (horrible!!). Finally werewolf uproars stopped by end of 16th century. Werewolf often looked just like common wolves, but were bigger and had no tail. People who become werewolves usually have slanting eye brows, hairy harms and are tall. The ointment said to be used by witches or wizards that changed them into werewolves, was made out of belladonna root, deadly nightshade, bat's blood, cinquefoil, henbane, soot and other odd things, they would would have to brew it in a cauldron under moon light, and speak a spell while standing a circle drawn in sand. I find werewolves cute, and there are a lot of different legends and stories about them, you should read some of them. ***!Unicorns & Narwalls?***
Unicorns were first mentioned more than two thousand years ago by Greek physician Ctesias. Ever since then people went nuts for unicorn in stories, they were put in art and...they were hunted for their horns, which were said to protect you against diseases and if made into a cup it would protect you from any poison that might of been slipped into your drink (Wow! I want one of those ^,^). Well unlike sweet innocent unicorns we know today, they were first believed to be nasty, ready to charge creatures, and way they looked was different as well. Ctesias describes : "The unicorn was native to India, size of a donkey, with a burgundy head & white body, it had blue eyes, a single horn that was bright red at top, black in middle, and white at bottom, horn was also 18 inches long." Well later unicorn was described by Julius Caesar as: "It had a deer's head, elephant's feet, a 3 foot long horn, and a boars tail." Unicorns were also said to have deep bellowing voices. Unicorns were getting very popular. It wasn't till Middle Ages when unicorn took form of pure beautiful creature we think of now, a single dip of a unicorns spiraling white horn into any water would make water pure as fresh rain. It was believed that if an innocent maiden sat underneath a tree, that unicorn with its love for all things innocent and pure would lay it's head in maidens lap and fall asleep. Humans would use this idea to try to capture unicorns for their horns. Unicorn horns were sold all time for 25,000 to 45,000 dollars (wow!), but it was found out that horns were acutely Narwall horns which are whales that have large horn like tusks and swim in cold waters. In 18th century unicorn hunting stopped, for no one had ever seen a unicorn with their own eyes or ever captured a unicorn. Also their is one mention of a unicorn like creature in Bible "one horned creature"...the mystery of unicorn will always insprire people. ***Witches, and Witch persecution***
CCTV – What Are The Advantages? How Do I Decide, What I Need?Written by Jimmie Newell
Closed circuit TV systems have been available for many years, they have also undergone some almost miraculous transformations in recent years. What used to be very expensive, cumbersome and hard to configure systems are now very reasonable, easy to configure , and easy to maintain, and they provide much more versatility and usefulness than just a few years ago.
When choosing system components first decision you need to make is what are you using it for. The primary uses for CCTV systems are surveillance, traffic control, theft, shoplifting, employee theft, and/or robbery deterrence, and identification. Surveillance and traffic control probably do not require color cameras, black & white may actually provide better resolution. However theft, shoplifting and/or robbery deterrence and identification may require color cameras, if there is an arrest and prosecution a court will require color to make positive identification, on a black & white recording a red sweatshirt would appear to be gray.
Next you need to decide what exactly do you want to see, how far away is it, what are lighting conditions, is it indoor or outdoor, how wide a viewing angle is desired? The answers to these questions will help you choose correct kind of camera and lens combination, correct mounting or enclosure, even what kind of cabling needs to be provided.Deciding how you will view, record and store information is next on list.
The choices for viewing include a central monitoring point, multiple monitors, single monitors that can show multiple images, on your computer via Internet, how about on a special cell phone from anywhere in world. Recording and storing information can range from a time lapse recorder, your computer, or a DVR recorder. If you use a time lapse recorder, you need to be aware of limitations on what is recorded and when, and you may need more equipment, such as a switcher and/or multiplexer. Storage of video tapes can also be a challenge. With a DVR recorder, all you need to decide is how long to you want to save events at one time, longer time frame you want to save, bigger hard drive you need. Events or time periods that need to be saved can be downloaded to a computer, or burned to a CD, very economical and easy to manage. A DVR, unlike time lapse recorder will record continuously from all camera's, they also incorporate switcher and multiplexer functions into one unit. A few years ago DVR recorders were very expensive, today they are very reasonable, and will continue to go down in cost and provide more advanced features.