Jump to content

Ice Queen

Members
  • Content count

    1,574
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Ice Queen

  1. Ice Queen

    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Years ago, I lived in an area that was almost but not quite rural. We used to get turkey jams on the roads. And there's nothing you can do about it except wait for them to move along. They are HUGE birds.
  2. Ice Queen

    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Crows are jerks. Blue jays are even bigger jerks. They will tag-team dive bomb juvenile crows mercilessly. I've seen them steal peanuts right from the squirrels in my yard and bully their way to the bird feeder. The poor finches and starlings don't stand a chance. About a month ago, I saw literally thousands of Canada geese flying overhead. We must be directly in the flight path. I wish I'd gotten that on video, it was amazing! We just moved to this house last November so I don't know if that's a normal occurrence here or not. It was really something to see, though.
  3. Ice Queen

    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    I love the raptors. We've cleaned up our environment and waterways, and now we have multiple bald eagle nests for the first time in over 200 years. My favorites are the peregrine falcons, though. We have several falcon and eagle cams set up, and both the eagles and the falcons have adapted remarkably well to urban environments. One pair is painful to watch--the last two years have taken their toll on raptor watchers because, well, it's pretty gruesome. That nest has been a soap opera. (See Hope and Terzo at the Cathedral of Learning.) But it's fun to watch the hatchlings grow from white fluffballs to young juveniles in a matter of weeks. There's a local old guy who rehabs birds of prey and is known simply as "The Bird Man"--I have no idea what his real name is! He used to go around to the local schools and the nature center and give presentations to the kids, who got a kick out of it.
  4. Ice Queen

    Daylight savings time sucks spring 2017!!!

    I don't care which we'd end up with as long as they pick one and leave it alone. I was fine on Sunday, but I've been wiped out all week. As soon as the sun sets I want to go to bed and sleep. I have a light box that I use every day in the winter and vitamin D is a good friend. Otherwise I'd go into hibernation. It's so gloomy here, especially in January, and we can go weeks without a single sunny day. I actually don't mind going forward and losing an hour of sleep in March--that extra hour of daylight in the evening makes all the difference and doesn't bother me at all. If we stayed on DST it would be dark till around 9 am in winter. But it wouldn't get dark until 5 ish in December.
  5. Ice Queen

    Jon will get wightified, a theory by Lothar Frey

    I agree that it could be Val or he could warg Ghost, and that's why we have the Varamyr chapter. I think we're more or less on the same page. I don't think Jon is going to be a wight. If he takes control of the Other army, he'll do it knowing full well what he's doing and why.
  6. Ice Queen

    Jon will get wightified, a theory by Lothar Frey

    I disagree. She didn't survive because she was special. It was a one-off magic trick that won't be repeated. It was, according to Martin, a result of the blood magic she invoked during the ritual to save Drogo. If she tries that stunt again, she will die. Targaryens are not, I repeat NOT, immune to fire. I don't think the idea of one of the Starks (Jon or Bran) going full Team White Walker is that preposterous. Dany is, obviously, a dragon. Fire made flesh. Who's the representative for the ice side? There has to be one and it has to be a Stark. We don't know that much about the Others, but I really don't think they're mindless zombies, nor are they evil. Everyone gets all bent out of shape like the Starks are paragons of virtue or something. They are no such thing, and they are intimately connected with ice and ice symbolism going back to the Long Night (if not before). Ice and fire are mirror images, so what goes for one side has to go to for the other. The dragons have Dany. Who do the Others have? The thought of Jon being resurrected by Melisandre makes me sick. He is of the North and the old gods. It's just wrong on so many levels.
  7. Ice Queen

    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    I didn't say they were indigenous, only that they're there.
  8. Ice Queen

    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    I dunno about that. The Cherokee are incredibly admixed. There are Cherokee tribes all over the southeast and Midwest, even in Puerto Rico.
  9. Ice Queen

    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    Wow, that's something. A lot of those anecdotal family stories turn out to be absolutely true. The southern US had the most admixing going on--white Europeans, black Africans and Native Americans all mixing together and producing children.
  10. Ice Queen

    Craster is a Stark

    Okay, if you say so.
  11. Ice Queen

    Craster is a Stark

    If that's trying, then the Targ line must also come to an end (for real this time). The dragons and the Others go out together.
  12. Ice Queen

    Craster is a Stark

    That's pretty cool ! The name "crow fort" or "crow's nest" is pretty appropriate considering how he is with the NW. He's their lookout, their main source of information on what's going on beyond the Wall.
  13. Ice Queen

    Craster is a Stark

    From http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Craster
  14. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    It's not just religious groups. Some employers won't allow female employers to wear anything but skirts and dresses. Until about 5 years ago, we had to wear skirts/dresses, pantyhose and heels (no open toes). Every single day. No pants, capris, nothing sleeveless, no spaghetti straps, and skirts had to be finger length. One company I worked for fired a female VP for wearing a short skirt to a meeting.
  15. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    I thought this article might be relevant. It's about the contrast between Hillary and Petraeus, who disclosed top secret information to his girlfriend and nothing really happened to him. http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/08/opinions/broadwell-petraeus-double-standard-drexler/index.html
  16. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    True anecdote: I once dated a man (an engineer, incidentally) who believed that if a woman got pregnant she should be fired. Needless to say, that relationship didn't last very long. We may be headed in that direction, sorry to say. As far as women choosing to not have children, I can foresee the day when birth control and abortion are both illegal and women have no say in how many children they have or when to have them. I hope I'm wrong, I really do. But our government has taken a lurch to the right, and it's not worker friendly. It's certainly not friendly to women. I used to have the child care argument with my ex all the time. He could take days off whenever he wanted. I could take days off, but it was PTO and you only get so much per year. It was always me who stayed home when the kids were sick or had an appointment. Always. It was the source of countless arguments. One time I was stuck at home for three solid days with two sick kids. He came home from work and informed me that he was going to the bar with his brother. Like hell! He went to take a shower...and I got my keys and left him there with the kids. I went to the gym, went to the mall, then stopped and had a drink. It was great. When I got home, he looked awful, after only a few hours. He apologized and said he had no idea that's what I'd been dealing with all week.
  17. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    I call them dementors. They just suck all the joy out of everything and are just a pain to be around.
  18. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    One of my high school friends got a full scholarship to MIT to study genetics. She was and is absolutely brilliant, easily THE most intelligent person I've ever known. Even she had problems with the guys treating her like crap--made worse by the fact that she's African American. She used to complain about it all the time, but she hung in there and kept on going. She ended up getting a PhD and retired at the ripe old age of 42 as the Global Director of a biotech firm. Not too shabby! Women have always gotten the shaft in the sciences. Rosalind Franklin comes to mind...and you should hear what James Watson has to say about her in The Double Helix. I almost didn't finish the book because of it. Totally demeaning and patronizing. Both she and Madame Curie died in pursuit of their life's work. In astronomy, they weren't allowed anywhere near a telescope and were reduced to the status of "computer". As to the other, we have to stop ingraining in girls that they're awful at math. They're not, but they've been conditioned to think they are. If we ever want to have more women in STEM programs, we have to encourage them and stop the boys in their tracks whenever they demean a girl for being good at math and science. What that means is that half of the available talent pool is being squeezed out and made to feel that they're not good enough. This goes for teachers as well. Most math and science teachers are men.
  19. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    Yep, not surprised. Not only do you get talked down to and patronized, but you have to babysit them. My lab partner in one of my biochem classes almost (literally) killed himself when I wasn't there to say, "Don't do that!" I really don't think that things have changed all that much in 25 years. My daughter always had an affinity for math. In elementary school she would lose points on homework and tests because she never showed her work. She didn't understand why she needed to when she could do it in her head. In 6th grade her math grades started to drop. She informed me that girls aren't supposed to be good at math. That broke my heart--where did she get that from? It took until her senior year in high school for her to admit that not only was she good at it, but she actually liked it. She'd better; she's taking both stats and calc next semester. LOL Her advisor wants her to be a math tutor.
  20. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    Spot on, Theda.
  21. Ice Queen

    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    Rape continues even today. Vietnam, Darfur, Somalia, even Iraq and Afghanistan. Look at what ISIS and Boko Haram are doing. And US forces are just as guilty of it as any other nation.
  22. Ice Queen

    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    One of my ancestors was at Great Meadows (AKA Fort Necessity) with George Washington. He was involved in the Battle of Jumonville Glen, which is what started the French and Indian War.
  23. Ice Queen

    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    Thank you. One of my cousins says he's going to continue the research and we're going to put together a family website at some point. I think a lot of people are finding out just how much hanky panky was going on back in the old days Not only that, but knowing that your ancestors were involved in things like wiping out the Native Americans and owning slaves (among other brutalities) might be hard for some to grasp.
  24. Ice Queen

    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    My father passed away last weekend and I'm sad that he never did a DNA test. He was really into genealogy, at least for his mother's side. She was born in Wales and he'd always assumed that that's where her family was from. Wrong. They were from Scotland. His father's side of the family has been in the US since Jamestown, so tracing the family out of the US has been problematic. I once put my maiden name into Google and it came up as Isle of Man. It's apparently a transposition that occurred in the 16th century in Peele, but what the original name was, no one knows and we may never know. Isle of Man is interesting because my grandfather always maintained that they were Norwegian and Irish, and now that makes sense. Godred White Hand invaded the Isle of Man from Dublin in the 11th century (after getting his butt kicked with Harald at Hastings). Which means I may well have ancestors that were Viking raiders. My mother's father's family is kind of boring. There are two family Bibles from her dad's side going back to the 1700's when they went to Belfast from Scotland. All of the Civil War stuff is documented--from the Whiskey Rebellion to the move to Kentucky, to one of my ancestors spending almost the entire war in a Union prison. Her mother's family, however, was Eastern European from the Carpathians. My great grandmother was a gypsy.
  25. Ice Queen

    References and Homages

    I may have another, not confirmed of course. The story of the NK's pursuit of the Night Queen is very similar to the story of Pryderi's pursuit of Rhiannon in Welsh myth. In fact, the name Rhiannon means "night queen".
×