Saturday, February 6, 2021

Heraldry and Coats-of-Arms

I recently wrote an article analyzing the meaning behind the Umbrella Academy's coat of arms through the lens of medieval heraldry.

Read it here: What Medieval Heraldry Tells Us About the Umbrella Academy and the Sparrow Academy!

I don't have much more to say because I recently cut the tip of my thumb off while mincing ginger.  Ginger is only one letter removed from "finger," has the precise consistency of a human finger, and comes in units called "thumbs," so really, I should have been more wary.  But although typing is prohibitively difficult at the moment I wanted to write a brief note on heraldry.

Heraldry has been an interest of mine for a while, probably because my own family has a coat of arms, including a crest and a motto.

The blazon of our arms is sable, two pales argent, or chief, as seen below:


The crest on top is a vert cockatrice, representing invincibility in combat, and our motto is "Dum Spiro spero," meaning, "while I breathe, I hope."  It would be easy to interpret this as a hokey "live, laugh, love" kind of phrase, but when taken in context with the aggressive military signaling of the blazon and crest, it's meant to be interpreted as more like,  "you'd better hope I'm dead or I'm gonna keep going."

(This is actually pretty much the meaning behind all Irish mottos, though.)

Friday, January 22, 2021

WandaVision, the first canonical TV series in the MCU, strikes gold!

Hello, blog!  Two days ago, we said good-bye to the Trump administration and hello to Joe Biden.  I don't want to get my hopes too high, so I won't, but I will say that I feel a deep sense of relief that we experienced a peaceful transfer of power (January 6th insurrection notwithstanding) and that things can hopefully not get worse.

On the negative side, my Anxious Knitting™ productivity has severely decreased.  I guess I'll have to wait for another fascist leader before I can finish this afghan.

My writing has been wholly unaffected.  I'm currently sitting on a few commissions, and still writing weekly spots for the Grand Geek Gathering.

My latest post there is about how WandaVision, the new Disney+ Marvel series, ties into the comic line "House of M," with a broad look at some of the Easter eggs and hints within the series.

You can read the article here.

Special personal blog bonus: this may be a stretch so I didn't include it in the article, but if one checks all of the watch faces in the first episodes, one might possibly be getting a hint at the eventual introduction to mutants in the MCU!


A new episode of WandaVision is on today and I'm looking forward to is, as I am looking forward to many things this year.  (I'm taking juggling lessons!)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 Offers Hope (and Streaming Services)

 Happy 2021, blog!

While many have scoffed at the idea that this year will be better, I truly believe it will.  (It could hardly be worse than the dumpster fire that was 2020.)

I'm looking forward to ongoing writing projects, an end to the Trump presidency, a Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, and a couple of really great new Marvel shows coming out.  In the meantime, I recently finished Pixar's latest movie, Soul, and wrote a quick little article about its mechanics and plotholes.

Check it out here!