Another week, another section of art history. I started learning about Egypt today, and I found out some interesting things. For one, the Egyptians based their time scale off of cycles. They divided the seasons into 3 different sections based on how the Nile River was at that time, and that system actually forms the basis for what we use today.
Art was also very meaningful among the Egyptians. They did rituals in order to honor and assist the dead, and had artistic representations made of those rituals. Accuracy was key in these depictions, as it was believed that what was left out of the art was also left out of the after life. If you depicted a ritual involving bread and didn’t draw the bread, the dead wouldn’t get it. As an extension of this, Egyptian art looks very static from one time period to another, and they prided themselves on that fact.
Next up, Marine Biology. My goal for the course is, at the moment, to make a list of marine organisms, and then create a page for each of them. I have a feeling that the World Register of Marine Species might help me a bit with that. It’s going to be a long list, and here are a few of the creatures I have on it.
Pistol Shrimp: I just think it’s cool, and I want to research and know more about them.
Mantis Shrimp: Ditto.
Coral: for the sake of coverage, and being such an important part of the environment
Sea Cucumber: Their main form of self defense is expelling their guts from their butt. What’s not to love?
Abyssal Grenadier: I like the name.
Algae: Again, more coverage, and being pretty important.
Whale: Not sure what kind, maybe a sperm whale or a blue whale.
Krill: Food source for whales, seem to be overlooked a lot in my opinion.
Lastly, sociology. I’ve finished with chapter 3 of the book, and I’ve learned some interesting stuff today. For example, Re-socialization. If normal socialization is learning the rules and customs of your society, Re-socialization is learning new rules and customs to match new things. For example, the military re-socializes you. Also, I learned about how we change throughout our life, in terms of socialization. We have different periods in our life, going through a bunch of different phases and sub-phases from childhood to old age. The things we do in each life phase are affected by multiple things, including our background, society’s view of us, and our own self. We also incorporate parts of our life into our self image. If you’re a doctor, when describing yourself you would mention that you’re a doctor.