Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mirages / Fatamorgana

Mirage occurs when light bias and produce an image of an object or the sky when it actually does not exist. This phenomenon usually occurs on hot surfaces such as asphalt roads or desert.

Mirny Diamond Mine, Serbia Mirny Diamond Mine, Serbia

This one is an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mines in the world. This one is an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. At 525 meters (1.722 feet) deep, with a top diameter of 1200 meters (3.937 feet), there's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to A Few helicopters having been sucked in to. At 525 meters (1722 feet) deep, with a diameter of 1,200 meters (3937 feet), there is even a no-fly zone above the hole caused by the few helicopters that have been sucked in.

The red arrow in the photo above is pointing to a huge truck. Red arrow in the photo above is pointing to a big truck.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Adventure in mythology

Some of the oldest and most widespread stories in the world are stories of adventure such as Homer's The Odyssey.[7][8][9] Mythologist Joseph Campbell discussed his notion of the monomyth in his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell proposed that the heroic mythological stories from culture to culture followed a similar underlying pattern, starting with the "call to adventure", followed by a hazardous journey, and eventual triumph. The adventure novel exhibits these "protagonist on adventurous journey" characteristics as do many popular feature films, such as Star Wars[10] and Raiders of the Lost Ark.[11]


An adventurer is a person who bases his lifestyle or their fortunes on adventurous acts. An adventurer or adventuress is a term that usually takes one of three meanings:
  • One whose travels are unusual and often exotic, though not so unique as to qualify as exploration.
  • One who lives by their wits.
  • One who takes part in a risky or speculative course of action for profit or position.
In fiction, the adventurer figure or Picaro may be regarded as a descendant of the knight-errant of Medieval romance. Like the knight, the adventurer roams through episodic encounters, usually involving wealth, romance, or fighting. Unlike the knight, the adventurer was a realistic figure, often lower class or otherwise impoverished, who is forced to make his way to fortune, often by deceit. Also, an adventurer is a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his or her wits in a corrupt society. The picaresque novel originated in Spain in the middle of the fifteenth century. Novels such as Lazarillo de Tormes were influential across Europe. Throughout the eighteenth century, a great number of novels featured bold, amoral, adventuring protagonists, who made their way into wealth and happiness, sometimes with and sometimes without the moral conversion that generally accompanies the Spanish model.
Under Victorian morality the term, used without qualifiers, came to imply a person of low moral character, often someone trying to marry for money.
In comic books such as Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe, the term "adventurer" is used as a synonym for "super-hero" when listing a character's occupation.
In role-playing games, the player characters are often professional adventurers, who earn wealth and fame by adventure, such as undertaking hazardous missions, exploring ruins, and slaying monsters. This stereotype is strong enough that the adventurers can often be used as a synonym for the player characters. Non-player character groups of adventurers can also exist, and can be an interesting encounter for the players.
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