Monday, January 10, 2011

Gimme That Old-Time Religion...

One of the most original and intriguing blogs out there is Indexed, written by a brilliant young lady named Jessica Hagy and "published weekday mornings as the coffee brews." Ms Hagy expresses the world around us in terms of simple charts and venn diagrams, and some of her diagrammatic observations are - in my humble opinion - brilliant.

The other day, she posted this two-chart series that asks "Where Do You Stand With the Olympians?". At a time when people tend to take religious beliefs to mind-numbing extremes that can even include demanding the murder of those who don't worship the "correct" way, it seems as if we might as well go back to the days when the gods on Mount Olympus played us like cheap fiddles. Here are Ms Hagy's two charts showing how to interpret the wraths and the blessings of the gods -


If you aren't able to enlarge the diagrams (I still haven't figured out why I can't get them to enlarge properly when clicked, dadgummit), you can get Card #1 full-size here, and Card #2 here.


Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


P.S. - According to this morning's news, Congress has announced it will suspend all legislative activity for a week in honor of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other people murdered and seriously injured last week in a horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona. I think that's a good gesture ... but given the way Congress has been working lately, how will we notice the difference? And if you want to know how little ossified political attitudes can change in response to evidence, you can read this.




Mike said...

Jessica hits a lot of nail heads wirh her venns.

KathyA said...

These are brilliant -- took me a minute to take it all in, you see, I'm really not that smart.

Interesting that Poseidon's wrath was vicious pirates -- I would have thought more along the lines of vicious seas or man-eating sharks...