Dont tell the Insane Asylum

Well last night the SysAdmins of the Insane Asylum had the closest thing to an Office Party/Do/Event for the celebration of the Winter shutdown that the Insane Asylum will be having this year.

The DemonPenguin and Myself went from the office to see Avater 3D.  Well what do you expect SysAdmin to do to celebrate? other than go, drink beer, and watch a new release scifi movie in glorious 3D.

So we shot from the Asylum (located in the welsh wilderness) to the cinema (located in England).  There was a slight Miss-hap as my mind went to sleep and the autopilot drive ended up taking me to an x-colleagues house, luckily I woke up in time to get to the cinema with only the slightest detour.

First up was food, Steak & Chips washed down with chilled beer. And by great timing we got to leave not long after the place was invaded by a swarm of small people (Children not Midgets).   Then on to the movie.

NOTE: Just thought I’d share this as its confusing me. According to the inbuilt spell check on this blog the word movie is being shown as spelt wrong.

On to the movie. I have to say Avatar is amazing, it is a movie all should watch, and if you are going to watch it you need to do it in 3d.  I wont review the film, since I do not want to ruin it for anyone. All I will say is two things, 1) you really really need to go see this film.  2)Why don’t people learn the lessons from Jedi? No matter how heavily armed you are with advanced technology, a bunch of ewoks armed with sticks can defeat you!

This is a lesson anyone who wants to destroy america should pay attention to. Ignore bombs, soldiers, just ship in crates of monkeys armed with sticks and watch America drop to its knees.

Happy Samhain/Halloween

Halloween is one of the oldest surviving holidays, its origins going back thousands of years. Hundreds of years ago in what is now Great Britain and Northern France, lived the Celts (A friendly bunch of People). The Celts were Nature Worshippers, and had many different gods, The Sun God being one of the most common ones, since the sun dictated when they would work,rest and play. The Celtic New Year was on November 1st. It was celebrated every year with a festival and marked the end of the “season of the sun” and the beginning of “the season of darkness and cold.”

On October 31st after the crops were all harvested and stored for the long winter the cooking fires in the homes would be extinguished. The Druids, the Celtic priests, would meet and light new fires and offer sacrifices of crops and animals. As they danced around the the fires, the season of the sun passed and the season of darkness would begin.

When the morning arrived the Druids would give an ember from their fires to each family who would then take them home to start new cooking fires. These fires would keep the homes warm and free from evil spirits.

The November 1st festival was called Samhain (pronounced “sow-en”). The festival would last for 3 days. Many people would parade in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals. This festival would become the first Halloween.

By some small quirk of fate, the 3 day festival has significant meaning to me, As I was born at some point during the 3 days (oct 31/Nov 2) I’m not sure when, so I tend to celebrate for the 3 days, And class the middle (Nov 1) as my birthday..

So Happy Halloween, Merry New Year, Happy Samhain, and any other greeting you wish!!!