Sacrifice of Isaac at FJJMA

Here's an amazing sculpture at our own Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, with a special relevance for this class: it's the Sacrifice of Isaac. You can read the story at Wikipedia: Isaac, and the characters of Abraham and Isaac appear in the Bible Women unit here at the UnTextbook and also to the unit on the Folklore of the Holy Land.

I got the picture at Twitter. Read the FJJMA website page to learn more about the sculptor and the story behind this artwork Menashe Kadishman




Yesterday's Twitter: Genies and Wishes

In yesterday's Twitter, someone shared this wonderful Cyanide and Happiness cartoon; more at Explosm.net.

Just in case you do run into a genie from a bottle...!


Bio-techne: Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones

Bio-techne: Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle dronesthe Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories? by Adrienne Mayor

Here is the opening paragraph of Adrienne Mayor's story-ful essay:
The question of what it meant to be human obsessed the ancient Greeks. Time and again, their stories explored the promises and perils of staving off death, extending human capabilities, replicating life. The beloved myths of Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts, the sorceress Medea, the engineer Daedalus, the inventor-god Hephaestus, and the tragically inquisitive Pandora all raised the basic question of the boundaries between human and machine. Today, developments in biotechnology and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) bring a new urgency to questions about the implications of combining the biological and the technological. It’s a discussion that we might say the ancient Greeks began.

Read the rest of the essay to learn more about:

Medea and Talos, the bronze robot
Jason and the replicant army
Hercules and the regenerating Hydra
Daedalus's living statues
and many more...
Jason and the replicant army
Hercules and the regenerating Hydra
Daedalus's living statues
and many more...

Kiowa Calendar: Red Horse Winter

The beautiful Silver Horn Calendar Record 1904-1905-1906 is a Kiowa record of the seasons, including Storm-Maker Red Horse, the creator of tornadoes.


You can learn more in this NPR story: A Native American Take On Tornadoes.


Yesterday's Twitter: Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages

From yesterday's Twitter, here is a great statement from Public Medievalist. If you are interested in medieval cultures, their Twitter feed is a great one to follow @PublicMedieval. You can also find lots of resources at their website.

Here is a full-sized view: