10 Cool Things I Found On the Internet #28

Ma’at was the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of truth, balance, cosmic order, justice and harmony

Sometimes the water flows where in previous months it has been barren and dry. And you can breathe deeply again after a long time of shallow breathing. I hope you enjoy this weeks picks!

A cockatoo dances along with vets

The Hero by Xavi Druantia

Medieval Myths Bingo

There’s a whole lot of silly cliched things that happen in medieval films and TV series that likely didn’t occur during medieval times. Read more about why these things are myths in the always provocative and interesting myth-busting history blog Fake History Hunter

Medieval Myths Bingo by Fake History Hunter
Medieval Myths Bingo by Fake History Hunter

Loon at Sunrise by Pitaloosie Saila (1994)

Pitaloosie Saila is a Canadian Inuk artist who specialises in Inuit art

Loon at Sunrise by Pitaloosie Saila (1994)
Loon at Sunrise by Pitaloosie Saila (1994)

Go To Bed With Cillian Murphy

That’s sadly the closest any of us will ever get to saying that phrase

Never become a prisoner of your own past

Never become a prisoner of your past it was just a lesson not a life sentence. — Unknown

Originally tweeted by MClaudia Aleixo (@MClaudiaAleixo) on 27/11/2020.

The Shoebill or Abu Markub in Arabic meaning ‘father of the slipper’

The earliest proto-birds, such as the famous Archaeopteryx, had heavy, tooth-filled jaws. But as birds continued to evolve and became increasingly aerial animals, they developed new ways of keeping their weight down. In addition to gaining hollow bones, their jaws changed too, into lightweight, versatile keratin structures – beaks.  Read more about fascinating and odd beak shapes on the always interesting Nature Nook blog.

Early Arab traders that encountered the shoebill in the marshlands of the Upper Nile called it abu markub, meaning ‘father of the slipper.’ Apparently, this bird just cannot escape shoe imagery. Via Nature Nook
Early Arab traders that encountered the shoebill in the marshlands of the Upper Nile called it abu markub, meaning ‘father of the slipper.’ Apparently, this bird just cannot escape shoe imagery. Via Nature Nook

Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers – Maze of Sounds

Cats who wear their hearts on their furry chests

天使と悪魔

Originally tweeted by もふもふ動画 (@ru_ruru831) on 30/11/2020.

David Lynch on creativity, intuition and meditation

The Ghostbear of Hookland by Maria Strutz

“I studied Sculpture in Germany at the art academy (HbK) in Braunschweig and Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins in London. In the last 20 years I’ve extensively experimented with printmaking, fascinated by the possibilities of being able to create a multitude of colour combinations by changing the colours in the different layers of the print-run. I’ve been inspired by the precision and subtlety of colour gradations of Japanese woodcuts as well as the starkness of German expressionism.” See more on Maria’s website.

The Ghostbear of Hookland by Maria Strutz
The Ghostbear of Hookland by Maria Strutz

A river returns to life by Chechie Winnie

We are continuously told to allow time time, or sometime told that time heals everything.

I have come to believe this. Nothing is permanent if your purpose to make it change. The problem comes in when we try to avoid hard work.

Nature, on the other hand, is patient. As soon as she gets what she needs to flourish, she does so unapologetically.

When the rift valley lakes started to be reported to be flooding. I was optimistic that my beloved river will definitely come back to life.

I was to visit it, a while back but corona with the lockdowns, I had to wait. And when the opportunity finally came. I didn’t hesitate but made my way to confirm my hopes.

Ma’at was the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of truth, balance, cosmic order, justice and harmony

She was depicted with vulture wings, the ostrich feather of truth in her headdress and carrying the Ankh, the key of life. Ma’at’s worship can be traced to the Old Kingdom ca. 3200 BCE.

According to the Papyrus of Ani (The Book of Coming Forth or Book of the Dead) everyone would be judged before Ma’at to determine whether they were good and able to move on to the afterlife. The feather was weighed against the heart while they stated the 42 Negative Confessions.

Ma’at was the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of truth, balance, cosmic order, justice and harmony
Ma’at was the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of truth, balance, cosmic order, justice and harmony

Originally tweeted by Ma’at (@surimana16) on 26/10/2020.

Let me know what you think of these picks, I really hoped you enjoyed them. Ka kite anō 🙂

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

7 thoughts on “10 Cool Things I Found On the Internet #28

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning The Nature Nook again! And thanks for introducing us to the Fake History Hunter blog, which seems very interesting!

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  2. I love the info on Ma’at! Very interesting! I haven’t seen that video with David Lynch, one of my favourite film directors, but I know that the precise transcendental meditation technique is apparently intellectually protected? – so its secrets and the precise practice are only for the paid “initiated”? That’s a pity. David Lynch advertising coffee and cigarettes while wearing a black, unironed shirt? This is all so “Lynchian” lol – he is not from this universe 🙂

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    1. I know Ma’at is incredible, would love to one day visit Egypt to see it is person. 🙂 This video with David Lynch is very intense and rambling (as is to be expected from him hehe) there are some amazing insights in there about creativity, hope you enjoy it 😀 This transcendental meditation sounds even more compelling if it’s behind a pay wall…I am intrigued! He’s one of my favourite directors too! Just looked this up…would be amazing to do it!! 😍 https://www.miu.edu/mfa-in-screenwriting

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      1. I do enjoy it, and oh, brilliant, yes! The course looks great. David Lynch is also a painter and a very idiosyncratic director. I cannot image many taking this technique and even getting close to his visual originality and ideas, but for personal growth and boosting own’s creativity, I guess it is really superb.

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      2. Yeah it would be a dream to be as amazing as him, everyone else is just an acolyte and a wannabe compared to him, but who knows it may unlock weirdness in people hehe. I would definitely do this course but it looks like there’s a component of in-person attendance which I wouldn’t be able to do sadly being on the other side of the world, hopefully with covid they will make the whole thing 100% online then would like to do it.

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