Tales of Bellerophon


Tales of Bellerophon

An ancient Greek parable against arrogance

 

How does one make a story about an epic battle between a man on a flying horse and a fire-breathing Lion/Dragon/Goat hybrid boring enough to fall asleep to?

 

Give this a listen and find the answer to that question.

 

Story: 16:30

 

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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters

 

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“The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology offers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Christina Balit, the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children’s imaginations.

National Geographic completes the book with embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help young readers connect the stories to real life events, people, and places. A family tree and a “cast of characters” profile page help make relationships between the characters clear, and a mapping feature adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter directing readers to more information round out this luminous book. Sure to dazzle all those intrigued with the fantastic tales of Greek mythology and enchant new readers, this vibrant book will soon become a family keepsake. “

Sources:

https://www.theoi.com/Heros/Bellerophontes.html

https://www.greekmyths-greekmythology.com/myth-pegasus-bellerophontes/

https://www.uexpress.com/tell-me-a-story/2008/9/21/bellerophon-and-pegasus-a-greek-legend

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Proteus-Greek-mythology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyidus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(mythology))

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(genetics))

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna_(mythology)

 

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Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer


This week we find out about Agent Dale Cooper’s strange method of investigation, learned in a dream about Tibet.

 

I’m starting to see why this show has such a reputation for weirdness, because it starts to get strange with this episode.

 

Story: 16:10

 

Obviously there will be spoilers for the show, and while Twin Peaks does have some disturbing content, the intention of Sleepy Time Tales is to help you sleep, so I’ll avoid those bits as much as possible.

Amazon has some very interesting media for Twin Peaks, besides the show itself, including the apparently rather excellent book The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost, the show’s co-creator, so take a look.

https://amzn.to/2WsYZCm

 

Sources:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/81411/16-damn-fine-facts-about-twin-peaks

 

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The format choices for sleep aid podcasts

Why am I doing this again?

I’m quite a recent convert to the idea of a sleep aid podcast, in fact it was the first one I discovered that inspired me to try make my own which I began before realising there were different format choices available. I’m a huge fan of Sleep With Me, I discovered the show a few months ago and immediately started sleeping a lot better. I usually mention in the introduction of most episodes though that when I have recommended Sleep With Me to people I know it hasn’t really worked out for them. Drew Ackerman the… host? narrator? I’m honestly not too sure what to call him, but he’s the mind and voice behind the show has a very… specific voice that doesn’t work for everyone. The iTunes reviews and feedback he reads out at the end of some episodes suggests this isn’t uncommon.

But I figured I have a very different voice, it’s deep and drony and flat when I don’t get over excited, so I thought I’d give it a bash myself and see how it goes. As of this writing I’ve recorded 9 episodes and while I haven’t as yet made any attempts to promote it I’m starting to build up a listenership. There are subscribers on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, I have received some very kind feedback and I even have a (single 😀 ) patron on Patreon. Again without doing any promotion. The reason why I have the Patreon at all will be covered in another post.

Different Sleep Aid Podcasts and format choices

Because the first sleep aid podcast that worked for me worked so well I’ve tried as much as possible to emulate a lot of the structure of Sleep With Me. This includes the very long intro to every episode as well as the self promotion being front loaded. After all, I’m hoping the listener is asleep by the end, promoting the show’s social media and website at the end wouldn’t be very useful.

I’ve since discovered that there are other formats, there’s another very enjoyable sleep aid podcast I’ve tried out called Nothing Much Happens. It’s a very slick show of original stories written and told by Kathryn , the format is very different. The episodes are much shorter, without long rambling intros and the stories are short and read out twice. Kathryn has a wonderful voice and the stories are very calm and comforting. So if the long rambling format of my show, as inspired by Sleep With Me doesn’t work for you I definitely recommend you try it out.

So, what am I yammering on about?

As I said, I’ve received a small amount of feedback so far, and while most has been positive I did get a message on Facebook that was quite critical, although I can’t disagree with anything the person said. They especially dislike the long intro to every episode. They find it infuriating rather than relaxing. I try highlight in the intro to most episodes that not everything will work for every restless sleeper. I find the long rambling intro to Sleep With me very important. In fact I often fall asleep before I even reach the main story! So in my show I repeat that format choice, because it works for me. And according to some of the stats and feedback it works for other people too.

I’m not going to argue that maybe I can do a better job. I’m still very new to this whole thing and I hope to improve over time, but fundamentally, that’s part of the design. So if you like what I’m doing, We are people of a similar mind. If you don’t try out Nothing Much Happens. And I’m starting to do some story only episodes together for the $10 Patreon level, so if you kind of like what I do except all the rambly intro bits, there is an option opening up for you soon. 🙂

Going Interstellar


The further adventures of the starship Zambezi as it leaves the solar system for interplanetary space

 

What happens when a starship filled with sleeping humans and crewed by a few scientists and maintenance engineers goes through the wide emptiness of the outer solar system?

 

What really is out there?

 

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While with the last episode of this sci-fi sub-series I focused on the more grounded series The Expanse I’ve decided to share something more wild and silly. If you haven’t yet you should try out Killjoys. https://amzn.to/2VhrSEq an entertaining romp along with a group of bounty hunters with dark secrets who get involved with a potentially galaxy threatening threat.

 

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(dwarf_planet))

http://convertalot.com/relativistic_star_ship_calculator.html

https://www.solarsystemscope.com/

 

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Twin Peaks – Traces to Nowhere


Back again to the mysterious logging town of Twin Peaks. Tonight we get to know some of the citizens a bit better and see some more of the surprising connections that tie people together, and tie them to the young victim, Laura Palmer.

Obviously there will be spoilers for the show, and while Twin Peaks does have some disturbing content, the intention of Sleepy Time Tales is to help you sleep, so I’ll avoid those bits as much as possible.

Amazon has some very interesting media for Twin Peaks, besides the show itself, including the apparently rather excellent book The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost, the show’s co-creator, so take a look.

https://amzn.to/2WsYZCm

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