That’s No Moon!

I wanted to share a couple of things I’ve come across on the web over the past month.

First, there’s a New York Times article about two of Pluto’s moons getting named after Greek mythical figures, both from the underworld. Pluto is one of the many incarnations of the god of the underworld that most of us know as Hades. Hades is arguably one of my favorites from the Greek pantheon, and I was very pleased to see that these scientists chose to stick with this chthonic theme. The first moon is Kerberos (or Cerberus), the three-headed guard dog of the underworld. He’s had pretty recent incarnations in storytelling such as Fluffy in the Harry Potter series. The second is Styx (sometimes spelled as Stix, not to be confused with Strix, two totally separate myths), which is the name of the river of the dead. Pluto already had a moon named after the ferryman that paddled through the Styx–Charon. Pluto also possesses Hydra and Nyx. Please remind me never to visit.

The second thing is this amazing non-profit I came across called the Traditional Cultures Project. They work in indigenous cultural preservation, a subject close to my own heart. I did a lot of preservational work during my time in Ecuador, mostly recording myths and trying to get my head around the Kichwa language well enough to help preserve some of it before it goes extinct. I would love to go back out and do more fieldwork like this in the future, and I’m glad others are taking the initiative as well. Please consider supporting these guys and projects like them.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a picture I took at Comic-Con of a giant LEGO drow:

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Yeah, I guess it was kind of fun.

Launch

Welcome to the StrixWerks site launch! Or rather, relaunch. I’ve scrapped the old site and am re-purposing it for my academic and professional works.

In case you don’t know me, I’m Strix. I’m a full time Ph.D. student, writer, ocean sport enthusiast, and nerd extraordinaire. I travel the world and give lectures on mythology. I write a lot of nonsense about myth in the modern world. Also, I have a weird obsession with owls. I like storytelling, and will do that in any way that I can. Currently that means that I work in Hollywood. I do consulting on a variety of things related to myth, storytelling, world building, archetypal patterns, alien linguistics, whatever. I am also a serious gamer, and am deeply entrenched in the world of pen and paper RPGs and LARP. Also MMOs. Also interactive theatre. And transmedia. I think you get the gist.

It’s a brave new world out there right now, and I’m excited to be in the field that I’m in. I guess technically you could call me a mythologist. If you’re looking at the screen funny and asking yourself what that is, join the club. I’m still figuring that out myself. What I do know is that there is something important going on. Myth and storytelling lie at the core of the human experience. Doing it right is extraordinarily rewarding. Doing it wrong, well, that’s when you’ll want to call and get people like me to consult on your script.

I will be keeping the blog portion of this site updated with all my events and projects, and sometimes even witty banter. Please consider subscribing to the RSS feed (I even made you a pretty button to click at the top right there, do you see it?), and feel free to e-mail me, follow me on twitter, facebook, and all that jazz.

Sincerely excited to have you visit,
-Strix