Renegatus

The Beast is Unleashed! My new eBook, Renegatus! In the darkest of realms, in the blackest of times men are at war. Desperate decisions destroy their repertoire, armies rip through cities like carnivores. I present to you a story you can adore

Where Kings have been betrayed, where princes have been slayed, where hope cannot be prayed, where honor can offer no aid.

Leaders are surrounded by treacherous toads who sell them to the highest bidder for gold.

And in their demise no lords rise, but no newly acquired position is secured… Bands of rogues are looking to expose the situation.

Therefore my old friend, Ravengaddafi presents to you…

RENEGATUS

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History’s Unknown: Ancient Emoticons

The Modern emojis we use on smartphones and other devices were created by Shigetaka Kurita, who established an entire library of these little creatures in the categories of faces, food, weather, and other images essential to everyday life. A total of 176 emoticons. Shigetaka Kurita has stated “it’s difficult to express yourself properly in so few characters” referring to the limited of letters, words, and spaces on social media outlets such as Twitter and some emailing programs. These conflictions were Shigetaka Kurita prime reason for establishing the emoji.

I’m sure Shigetaka Kurita had some history in mind when first taking on this venture, however, many people who use emoji fail to make that connection.

Truthfully, Emoji or emoticons are a thing of the past. A refurbished alphabet of pictures dug up from the bones of past civilizations, such as Egypt and Greece covering law, trade, literature, and religion.

Researchers originally referred to the ancient emoticons as “funny signs” because they didn’t possess any tools to properly decipher or interpret the images.

A hieroglyph is a combination of logographics and alphabetic elements. An emoji is the same thing, take for example a smiley face, which means happy. Instead of writing the term “happy” we apply the icon to the text. This is exactly what a farmer in Ancient Egypt would do; drawing four donkeys on a tablet means he owns four donkeys. It was a record keeping system.

Linguists say emojis are the fastest growing language on Earth. So, are we evolving or devolving? I’d say evolving, after all let’s not forget the ancients compiled more information than even us modernists could interpret today. In fact, there are thousands of ancient texts, books, languages, and cultures historians and scientists still have yet to decode. The emoji serves as a visual language. 

Hieroglyphs, pictograms, and emojis are not bounded by any linguistic rules. Words and sentences follow a formula different from symbols. But symbols and languages both display emotions and ideas. However, the emoji has the advantage of existing in a time, where population, globalization, and diversity runs high.  

Emoji has the potential to become a global language as it’s usage has increased 777% and in many ways already is a language. In fact, before its popularity and compatibility in and with mobile devices, businesses were already using this little tool to communicate with customers; hamburgers identified fast food and weather icons informed the day’s forecast. 

Anatolian Hieroglyphics

Sumerian Hieroglyphics

Which Wave Are You Headed

Reminiscence back to that 80s flick, where you see Tom Cruise speeding down the freeway on his motorcycle in Top Gun (I left it a little blurring to give it that retro feel). 

When you look back to the eighties it is as if your looking directly into a world of science fiction. Think about it; the movies, the style, lol the hair, and the many innovations and inventions in technology. But what’s most scientific about this era is the music, and the immortal legacy it left behind. I’m not talking Sweet Dreams, Beat it, or When Doves Cry. I am speaking about that new wave, that retro they call the New Retro Wave.

For the last two weeks, I have been hardcore listening to eighties electro music, particularly something called Retro Synthwave or New Retro Wave. I guess it’s a thing, because to me it is a thing. It makes me think of lasers, sci-fi books and movies, which brings me to my point. The eighties were the prime era of Science Fiction novels and movies; Terminator, Explorers, Blade Runner, and of course Star Wars, and my unsurpassed favorite Alien. These films set the tone for writers like me. It was a foundation, a fresh wave of creative stories. And the titles chosen were very simple because they spoke for themselves, no complications or exaggeration at all. Today it’s hard to choose good titles because our predecessors got first pick of the very simplistic ones.

Let’s not forget James Cameron gave us iconic female characters such as, Ripley and Sarah Connor, Lucas awarded us with my ❤ Princess Leia, and their stories were organic, unique, and most importantly character development wasn’t an issue.

Sci-Fi movies and novels of the eighties had the advantage of being written during an infinite era, where technology was changing, evolving. A time where young people were finding new ways to live. An era that produced geniuses. And a time when culture became as modern as it had ever become. 

As for technology, there were all these perceptions, designs, and predictions of where it could leave us as human beings, hence the fresh concepts of flying cars, colonized moons, and laser-firing weapons. The fact we had to wait over thirty years for VR headsets and hoverboards was a fatality, but hey no empire is built in a single decade. Honestly, I don’t consider those “hoverboards” as real hoverboards. Where’s the hove?

When it comes to this retro electric music, I feel as if I’m lost in space, aboard the Millennium Falcon. Not fighting in any battle, just enjoying the endless starlight sky of…space

The beams, laser sounds, and hymns of other illustrious sounds related to the universe elevate my mind, striking me into trance from where I cannot and will not escape. My body bounces. My fingers twitch as if playing the keyboard.

Synthwave is a retro electronic music genre reviving 80s beats. Its popularity has grown in recent years, and while not mainstream yet, the synthwave has become notorious. The assistance of modern computers has provided retro electronic with the necessary instruments needed to manipulate a more advanced tone, while still retaining its past organic flow. 

A Few Lost Places in History

Beauty, one of the most intriguing yet deceptive things to the human being. The City of Biringan is renowned for its gorgeousness…and fear! A mythical city that lay in the surroundings of the Philippines. Any who dare enter the mystic city become the hunted

Kitezh, a city believed to have been founded by Georgy II, Grand Prince of Vladimir. Known as the Invisible city. In the 13th century the fearsome Mongols heard of the city and proceeded to search for it…

Thule, is largely known, however, it is still not well known if you catch my drift. Associated with Antiquity, modern scholars place its exact location in Norway. But others claim Thule to be either Iceland or Greenland.
The Nazis inserted a heavy interest in the Thule mythology. Hitler believed Thule to be the origin of the Aryan race.

What if I told you of a kingdom in Canada where men of blonde hair in expensive furs rule? Native Americans near the Saguenay River told French explorers tales of gold mines in Canada. Scholars say it was the El Dorado of the North, however explorers found no such existence of a place called Kingdom of Saguenay.