Other lists are given in the Lemegeton and in Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, by the sixteenth-century demonologist John Wier of¡r Weyer, a pupil and friend of Agrippa. Wier provides a complete hierarchy of hell, wich includes Beelzebuth, supreme chieftain of the infernal regions, Satan in second place, Euronymus who is the Prince of Death, Moloch the Prince of the Land of Tears, Pluto the Prince of Fire, Baalbetith, the arch-demoness Proserpine, Astatroth, Adramelech, Nergal, Baal who commands the infernal armies, Lucifer who dispenses the justice of hell, Chamos, Melchom, Behemoth, Dagon, Asmodeus who rules the gambling houses, and Antichrist who is sadly fallen in state since he is now the mere mime an juggler of hell. Some demons are embassadors to certain countries, including Mammon (England), Belial (Turkey), Rimmon (Russia), and Thamuz (Spain).
Richard Cavendish. The Black Arts.
With the news today about the re-release of the Hitchhiker’s text game, I felt an urge to go see if I could find my old copy of the original radio scripts. As I was thumbing through it, I came across this footnote:
Ah yes, the whale. Well, this came about as a result of watching an episode of a dangerously insane TV detective show called Cannon in which people got shot the whole time for incredibly little reason. They would just happen to be walking across the street, and they would simply get killed, regardless of what their own plans for the rest of the day might have been.
I began to find the sheer arbitrariness of this rather upsetting, not just because characters were getting killed, but because nobody ever seemed to care about it one way or another. Anybody who might have cared about any of these people - family, friends, even the postman - was kept firmly offstage. There was never any “Good night sweet Prince” or “She should have died hereafter” or even “Look you bastard, I was meant to be playing squash with this guy tonight” just bang, clear them out of the way, on to the next. They were merely, excuse me, Cannonfodder.
I thought I’d have a go at this. I’d write in a character whose sole function was to be killed for the sake of a small detail in the plot, and then damn well make the audience care about it, even if none of the other characters in the story did. I suppose I must have succeeded because I received quite a number of letters saying how cruel and callous this section was - letters I certainly would not have received if I had simply mentioned the whale’s fate incidentally and passed on. I probably wouldn’t have received them if it had been a human either.
BTW, here is the F/X note in the script for the whale’s materialization:
F/X: POP AS OF WHALE SUDDENLY COMING INTO EXISTENCE SOME MILES ABOVE THE SURFACE OF AN ALIEN PLANET. INCREASING WIND.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes an idea worth your time. How can you tell if something is good or not? How do you know if other people would be interested in your idea? How do you pick just one? All these questions might be swirling around in your brain, but it’s truly important to focus on what you’re interested in. The ideas that fascinate you will most likely fascinate the readers you’re trying to target.
You might have all those ideas jotted down in a journal or notebook somewhere, so how do you know what to focus on? Here are a few ways to pick out a “good” idea:
If something has been sticking with you for a while, that’s probably a good indication that you should work on that idea. If there’s something you can’t get out of your head, or an idea that has been with you for a long time, allow yourself to explore that idea. There’s a reason why it’s so interesting to you, so figure out why. What makes it so intriguing? Where did it come from? If you have an idea you’ve slowly been adding to over the years, try to tackle it. It’s probably worth it. And if not, you can finally put it to rest.
If it’s a concept that hasn’t been explored yet, there’s a huge chance you’ll be able to build a good story. People are looking for something fresh (with a little bit of the familiar peppered in), so a “good” idea has some level of originality. It’s really hard to be 100% original (impossible, maybe?), but you can add your own twist to something. Take a familiar plot and try to deconstruct it. What do people really like about that common story? How can you change it? How can you combine it with other concepts? Those ideas will generally pique the interest of your readers.
If it inspires you then it’s a “good” idea. Plan and simple. Something that makes you want to write, keeps you up at night, and inspires you to get better is something worth spending your time on. Anything that makes you want to write is worth it.
If you can build on it and make that one idea more interesting, then try to develop it. One idea doesn’t make a story; you need to be able to make it into something whole. If you have an idea that leaves you stuck and it doesn’t seem like it can turn into anything else, it’s probably not a good idea. An idea worth scrapping is an idea that doesn’t lead you anywhere. Good ideas leave room for new developments.
I was collecting the voice files from Disney Infinity when I noticed that Elsa’s are arranged and performed in a rather…amusing way.
Performed by Idina Menzel herself
OHMYGOD I’M DYING HAHAHAHAHA
WHATR THE FUCKING FUCK IS SHE DOING
WHEN WOULD SHE EVER MAKE THOSE NOISES PH MY GOD
Some common logical fallacies! Very interesting, and good at not making you sound dumb…
I felt the need to post this for three reasons:
- 1. people in general asking how I did it
- 2. people questioning if I took a gifset and ran it through photoshop filters
- 3. because I want people to know that its digital art- painted in photoshop- not traditional. In my original post I used the words “hand painted” because I was groggy and exhausted and I wanted to imply each frame is a from-scratch illustration but I think some people took it to mean there are 16 physical hang-on-the-wall paintings of this which there certainly is not. I tried to change the wording but the post kinda went viral before I had a chance to catch myself. Sorry about that. I may be less awesome than you thought. Oh and on a side note this method of animating is called rotoscoping (same method was used in the movie Anastasia).