Sunday, February 28, 2010

Welcome

Welcome to the new contributor, the man who puts the E in WE, the Sea Captain. Hopefully he'll help keep the blog from becoming too girly (although with work he probably won't post as much as I do.) Only time will tell!

More Mermaid Ads

Mermaids pimping for beauty products! This makes much more sense to me than mermaids selling coffee or mens' shirts, considering mermaids are known for their beauty and their vanity.


Sometimes mermaids aren't used in an ad for makeup or perfume but their image is used on the item or is alluded to by the item. For example the Lolita Lempicka perfume L is meant to make you think of a mermaid and the sea.
 Bare Escentuals had the Siren of the Sea hydrating and brightening collection.

Too Faced released a Mermaids Treasure collection featuring a pretty blue bag with a mermaid on it. One of their Bronzers also has a mermaid on it.
The vintage fragrance Ondine is name after the mythical Ondine a beautiful water nymph/mermaid. I'm not sure whether this is on purpose or they just chose a pretty name. None of the ads I've found for the fragrance seem to allude to the mermaid.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Broadway Mermaid

How sad is it that this ended its run on Broadway after just over a year? Boy was I bummed about not demanding to be taken, until I found out that it will be on tour this fall (unfortunately without Sierra Bogges!) I really hope one of the first stops is here in Atlanta.



I'll post the tour dates as soon as I know them.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Jellyfish for your home

Get a Jellyfish LED Lamp for your desk!

Merman Sighting on Funny People

We rented Funny People (we're probably the last people on earth to do so) and it was ok. Adam Sandler played a comedian actor, George Simmons, who was trying to make a comeback while sick (I won't give away too much of the plot in the event anyone wants to see it.) It jerked you around emotionally a bit but ended all right. For me the best part had to do with Adam Sandler playing a merman. Basically his character made a movie called Merman where he played, you guessed it, a merman. In Funny People they talk about it several times. Kids love it and even a younger woman he has sex with loves it. She asks him to make the Merman Call while he is being intimate with her. I can't recommend the movie since I found it too depressing! It's also very definitely for mature audiences.




Thursday, February 25, 2010

The mermaid wife and the selkie

There are many tales of men falling in love with mermaids, but very few of them end happily. The marriage always starts out well enough but it isn't long before the mermaid starts to miss her free life among the waves. Mermaids find it very hard to adapt to the dryness of life on the land.
Mermaids are beautiful wives but hopeless as cooks and housekeepers. Even the most lovestruck man must find it irritating to come home to nothing but raw fish for dinner. Because they are vain, a mermaid will neglect the housework and instead spend her day combing her hair and looking in the mirror.
If the man and mermaid have children, the kids will have webbed toes and fingers. They will be excellent swimmers but not very good at most other games.Often when the mermaid abandons the shore she will leave her children behind. She may occasionally return to visit them but, more often than not, she quickly forgets them.
Very similar to these tales are the tales of Selkie (Silkie) wives. A selkie is a seal who, on land, sheds her skin to become a woman. Usually a man who sees a selkie will want to make her his wife as she is so beautiful. In order to trick her into marrying him he will wait until she is a woman and steal her sealskin. Unlike mermaids selkies are said to make excellent wives, although they long desperately for the sea. A selkie wife will often spend hours just gazing at the sea and if she ever finds her sealskin she will immediately return to the sea. Selkie mothers usually avoids her human husband, but always return to see their children.
The stories of the Selkies are found exclusively in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, and Scottish mythology. There are similar tales involving bird women in other countries such as Africa and Russia. In Japan there is the story of the Tennyo which is basically the same. I've read a manga called Ayashi no Ceres which gives an interesting twist to the story although it's rather dark.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lego Atlantis

Have some undersea adventures with Lego! See Lego Atlantis!

They have a new line out this spring all about Atlantis. It may be aimed at little kids but there are tons of adults who still enjoy building and creating with legos. I bought the Gateway of the Squid from the new line and it's really neat. If you get a chance check out the details on the squidman! Other neat pieces are the Manta Ray man and the Shark man from other sets. I, of course, have a mermaid (from an older pirate set) and she'll be joining the fish guys in some undersea adventures!

If you're into Lego, there are a lot of older undersea type sets with divers and sharks for you to collect. When I have more room I'd like to make a whole undersea scene complete with ruins and lots of merpeople.

If you're looking for just a piece (like a fish tail for your merperson) I'd like to suggest Bricklink. They let sellers sell whatever piece however they want to. Usually it's cheaper than eBay.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on the Smurfs

When I was a kid we lived in Germany and not speaking German there was only the AFN to watch, so my grandparents sent videotapes of my favorite cartoons over to us. My favorite show back then was the Smurfs. I coundn't get enough of those little blue guys (and Smurfette.) I was very fortunate to be living in Europe since that is where the majority of the Smurfs merchandise was sold. I had tons of little smurf figures and had so much fun playing with them. My favorite figure was Smurfette as a mermaid. This is actually the only smurf I still have. There is a varient of this smurf with a blue/grey tail. I'm not sure which is more rare and I suppose it doesn't really matter. What's important are the memories she evokes.

Although Smurfette never actually became a mermaid on the show there was an actual mermaid on the show (why not, there were unicorns and pxies and everything else.) In Handy's Sweetheart, while testing out his deep-sea diving equipment, Handy meets a mermaid named Marina and falls in love with her. There love is of course doomed since he can't live underwater. She shows up again in the episode No Smurf is an Island. Handy makes a submarine (Smurfmarine) so that he can go and be with her. Unfortunately it breaks down and he almost drowns. They decide that even though their love is great they just have to wait to be together. I believe she shows up in another episode, one where the smurfs are out sailing on Captain Dreamy's ship the S.S. Smurf, but I am not completely sure.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Atlantis cont.

When the gods divided the cosmos between them, Poseidon the Lord of the Ocean took possession of a chain of islands stretching from Spain to Central America. The largest of these island was as large as Asia Minor. Poseidon found this lands to be more beautiful than anywhere else in the world. They had everything anyone could ever want; veins of all precious metals, mines of gems, plants of all kinds, herds of cattle, crystal clear waters, etc. The god found that the islands were populated by an incredibly handsome and intelligent race. The race was so new, however that they had yet to give a name to their islands, nor did they have any leader or social organization.
As Poseidon explored the land he found, on a hill in the center of the island, the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.  She told him her name was Cleito. He proceeded to have ten fine sons with her. They named the first born Atlas, and Poseidon named the islands Atlantis for him and the ocean Atlantic, for him.
Poseidon is the most jealous, violent and distrustful of gods. Because he couldn't trust Cleito he isolated her on the hill by digging three great moats around it. Each moat was just over a mile wide and separated from the other moats by a circle of land of equal width.
When his sons had grown he made them into kings, each responsible for 1/10th of Atlantis. As the people of Atlantis were so smart and so industrious, the island nation quickly flourished. They build a magnificent city on the rings surrounding the hill of Cleito, that was far ahead of the rest of the world in technology and beauty. They had magnificent libraries, observatories, laboratories, academies and universities. They had sparkling fountains and brilliant gardens.
The people of Atlantis eagerly traded goods and knowledge with the rest of the world. They taught the Egyptians and Mayans how to build pyramids. They instructed the Greeks how to construct Athens. The people of Atlantis spread their knowledge of arts and sciences wherever their ships could sail. They invented reading, writing, mathematics, agriculture, architecture and all the concepts of civilization. Supposed the Atlantean scientists had also mastered the mystic forces which controlled the cosmos.
For centuries, Atlantis was the center of the entire world.Their peace was enforced by a great navy, too strong to be challenged. Unfortunately around 1300 centuries ago the parliament of the ten kings began to feel it was not just enough for Atlantis to spread their knowledge far and wide. They wanted any who benefited from Atlantis to become is vassal and pay a tribute to their masters. And so it came to be that Atlantis began their conquest of the world. They sacked and pillaged North and South America and then Africa and Egypt. They stayed in Egypt for a while preparing to take Greece and sweep through Asia.
Around 9500 BC a huge Atlantean fleet sailed into the bay of Athens where they were met by a vastly outnumbered force of Athenians. Despite being outnumbered the Athenians managed to send the Atlanteans away in a full retreat. 
As the defeated Atlanteans prepared to sail for home, the entire sky turned blood red. A mass of black clouds covered the sky and the sea rose in gigantic waves which overturned the entire fleet. The entire world shook with earthquakes and the ocean roared from one sea to another.  For days and days it seem the world would come to an end, but finally the seas and sky began to calm. A few battered ships sailed into ports reporting the news that Atlantis had disappeared, swallowed by the Atlantic. 
Some people claimed that Poseidon, embarrassed by the Athenian defeat punished his people with total destruction. Others claimed that the Atlantean scientists had discovered the forbidden secrets of the cosmos, and released the forces which will eventually destroy mankind.

- loosely adapted from The Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were (with lots of glaring omissions and probably spelling and grammatical errors.)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Atlantis found

Last year around this time, some guy claimed to have found the lost city of Atlantis on Google Earth. A British aeronautical engineer was playing around with the new Google Earth 5.0, which includes undersea data, and noticed something funny off the coast of Africa, about 600 miles west of the Canary Islands. It shows a rectangular grid with what looks like roadways leading away from it at the coordinates 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W.

Google was quick to dismiss his claims. They claimed "what users are seeing is an artifact of the data collection process," Google said. "Bathymetric (or seafloor terrain) data is often collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the seafloor. The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data."

In case you've been living under a rock for your entire life, Atlantis is a legendary island mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias that supposedly sank 9,000 years before Plato was born, "in a single day and night of misfortune". Basically ever since Plato wrote the story of Atlantis down scholars have been debating the realness of it. My personal belief is that Atlantis was really Santorini, a small greek island that was partially sunk by a volcano around 1645—1600 BC. Plato was either confused or attempting to turn the story into a morality tale. He probably added the fantastical elements to draw the reader in.

Originally Atlantis was believed to have great scientific knowledge far ahead of anywhere else at that time. Dolphins were more often associated with Atlantis than mermaids in the past whereas today Atlantis is often associated with Poseidon/Neptune and mermaids. In most of these stories after sinking Atlantis became home to merpeople. DC comics character Aquaman lives in a neighboring city to Atlantis while Lori Lemaris (Superman's one time girlfriend) is from Atlantis. There is a mermaids of Atlantis game and an expansion pack to the game Zeus where you build Atlantis for Poseidon. Even on the Spongebob show, Atlantis is the capitol of the sea and where the merman King Neptune resides.

My favorite "take" on this is the Futurama episode The Deep South. In the episode the crew's ship is dragged underwater where Fry meets and dates a mermaid named Umbriel.  Instead of being from Atlantis, it turns out the merpeople are from the fabled lost city of Atlanta (that's where this site gets its name.) This episode is HILARIOUS! It's chock full of really great under sea moments and southern stereotypes. I won't spoil it for y'all, but one of my favorite scenes is of Dr. Zoidberg doing a little gardening by his new house!

Tomorrow I'll post the tale of Atlantis as related in the Encyclopedia of things that never were.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mermaid Hair; how to and what to use

Every summer it seems wavy mermaid hair is back in! It's always touted as the must have style. But, how to get it?

First, know that I have very sensitive skin and horrible allergies. There are so many beauty products I can't use do to the fragrance (so many I'm allergic to) or me being allergic to the actual ingredients. That being said I love mermaid hair. I crave mermaid hair and there are some products I use to keep my hair shiny, soft and manageable so that I can create beautiful mermaid waves.

First, I look for products with sea weed (I also take Icelandic kelp supplements just to get the max help.)  The reason for this is threefold:
1. Seaweed helps the body prevent absorption of toxic chemicals, including radioactive waste and pollution. It is recommended for use during chemotherapy, or after excessive X-rays.

2. The optimum nutrition in seaweeds gives better immune function, and revitalizes the body in many ways, promoting heart health, better digestion, hormonal balance, nervous system strength, and much more. (“Of the fourteen elements essential to the proper metabolic functions of the human body, thirteen are known to be in Kelp,“ says Dr. J.W. Turentine, ASDA agricultural scientist.)
3. Seaweed promotes the growth of thicker, more lustrous hair. (Some people even claim it helps to regrow hair!) It also makes nails and teeth stronger, and helps skin to be smoother and more even-textured skin.

One of my favorite shampoos is Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Shampoo. It's perfect for anyone although without a good conditioner it can be too drying.

Another great shampoo is Seanik by Lush. This is actually a solid shampoo bar and it lasts forever. It has sea salt to create volume and Nori seaweed to soften and nourish.

One I've tried but found too harsh for my skin is Rusk Deepshine Sea Kelp shampoo. It's supposed to give you lots of shine but it just leaves me itchy. (I have yet to try the Coral Therapy, but will soon.)

Another one I'd like to try is Jason's Plumeria & Sea Kelp Moisturizing Shampoo. It's supposed to strengthen and moisterize your hair. Plus it's organic!

I've also tried Freeman Sea Kelp shampoo and it was too drying.

Frederic Fekkai came out with a Marine Summer Hair line, and while it worked great on my hair, I was so allergic to it that my face got red and swollen.

Each of these has a corresponding conditioner, but none are very intense.

Bumble and Bumble Conditioner is actually more of a detangler than conditioner. It has marine greens that help nourish your hair. I love it for non-intense moisture (for those oily days), plus it has a light scent.

The Deepshine conditioner is a leave-in and I occasionally use it. It's very thin and adds practically no moisture, but it makes your hair nice and shiny and it smells so good.

When my hair needs deep intense moisture I have to spend a bit more money than I like, but it's worth it. Back in 2002ish John Frieda had a Beach Blonde line of shampoos and conditioners for sea/sun/salt damages hair. All the stuff was great, but the star of the show was the Kelp Help Deep Conditioning Masque. It was the most amazing stuff ever. Back in the day I bleached the crap out of my hair and the hair masque always brought it back to soft and supple. Jars of this are now so hard to find (mostly on ebay) but they're worth every penny until I find something better.

There are of course other shampoos and conditioners with seaweed and you should use whatever works best for you.  I am always looking for new stuff to try.

Once you have your conditioner in make sure you comb it through your hair in the shower or bath before you rinse it out. Be sure to use a wide toothed comb like this one by Conair. Be sure to rinse your hair with cool water for maximum shine.

Now that your hair is clean and conditioned it's time to make it wavy. There are a number of options depending on how wavy you want your hair.
1 Braid your hair into lots of little braids (mine is pretty thick so I do about 16-20) and go to bed. When you take the braids out in the morning your hair should be ultra wavy/kinky. You can get similar results with a crimping iron (not sure if they still make those.) Think Darryl Hannah in Splash.
2 Braid your hair into pigtails. When it's about halfway dry take them down. Your hair should have a little wave, but not too much. I do this one when I'm lazy.
3 Use a double or triple barreled curling iron. (I have yet to try this method because I am not good with irons.) Your hair should be right in the middle of the curl spectrum.
4 While your hair is still wet use a curl activator or sea salt spray and scrunch. I recommend Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
5 I saved the best method for last! There is a hairdryer called the Remington Airwave/Spin Curl. There is a fabulous review and instructional here at the Yummy Mummy's blog. As long as you do a deep moisturizer or use a leave in conditioner, this is the best for gorgeous mermaid hair. And don't worry it doesn't stay all dreadlocks.

If the wavy look isn't for you try a fishtail braid. I've not mastered them on my own hair yet, but I'm working on it.

Now you should have amazing mermaid hair. But you don't have to stop using seaweed there. There are tons more beauty products that have seaweed in them. I'll post about those soon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oannes the fishy god

Many many centuries ago Man had no wisdom and could not write. He also couldn't read but really that goes without saying since not being able to write there wasn't anything to read. At this point mankind couldn't understand agriculture so people were hunter/gatherer types roaming the land looking for food. Mankind plodded on for many years struggling to survive in this way.

Man often stayed by the shore in these times, there being an ever ready supply of fish, and one day a man dressed as a fish emerged from the water. He was the fish god Oannes and he had come to teach mankind.

In the third century BC, a Babylonian priest named Berossus wrote about Oannes. His work survives only in fragments and the following text was recorded by Greek historians.
"At first they led a somewhat wretched existence and lived without rule after the manner of beasts. But, in the first year after the flood appeared an animal endowed with human reason, named Oannes, who rose from out of the Erythian Sea, at the point where it borders Babylonia. He had the whole body of a fish, but above his fish's head he had another head which was that of a man, and human feet emerged from beneath his fish's tail. He had a human voice, and an image of him is preserved unto this day. He passed the day in the midst of men without taking food; he taught them the use of letters, sciences and arts of all kinds. He taught them to construct cities, to found temples, to compile laws, and explained to them the principles of geometrical knowledge. He made them distinguish the seeds of the earth, and showed them how to collect the fruits; in short he instructed them in everything which could tend to soften human manners and humanize their laws. From that time nothing material has been added by way of improvement to his instructions. And when the sun set, this being Oannes, retired again into the sea, for he was amphibious."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Penny-Farthing Press

Penny-Farthing Press has a comic called The Loch which is about the Loch ness Monster, a mermaid and their undersea friends.
Hidden deep beneath the surface of Loch Ness, a young plesiosaur and her friends are preparing to take on the most difficult task of their lives: growing up. Meet Nessandra, Krakey, Bolt, and Allura for the first time as they embark on a Knowledge Journey. Hardcover. 64 Pages. Full Color.

Sounds cute, and the artwork is adorable. Might be something to pick up for a daughter or niece.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mermaid Ads

Just some nice ads for you to check out! Click any pic to see a larger version.













Next time I post advertisements will be only ads for beauty products featuring mermaids.
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