Another year is at a close. 2014 brought me an interest in and focus on Japanese culture, particularly the country’s myth and folklore. This month we even tried preparing some Japanese food at home. Cooking with kelp and bonito flakes makes me feel connected with mermaids. (Although if they’re cooking it must be over hydrothermal vents, which could distantly correlate with that tempura experience.) Also, this month I’ve started studying Japanese, which would be my first non-Indo-European language. Although I’m supplementing it with some resources from the library, Trombley and Takenaka’s Japanese from Zero 1 has proven a gentle and fun introduction to the language. Vocabulary, grammar, and syntax are taught along with the steady inclusion of hiragana–after specific hiragana have been taught, those characters replace the romaji (Roman letters meant to represent Japanese sounds) used elsewhere. If the book came with an audio feature I would be entirely satisfied. Still, the result of Trombley and Takenaka’s teaching methods is a continual feeling of accomplishment for the student. I definitely recommend the book for others looking to learn Japanese outside of a classroom.
At the end of 2013 I reflected collectively upon the old year by considering my most hit pages, and that list of links has, in turn, become one of my most popular pages. This year I’ll give a shorter list.
According to WP Statistics, my top ten most clicked pages include:
|1.||Supplication and Solidarity in The Iliad (2013)|
|2.||The Driving Force of Honor in Icelandic Sagas (2012)|
|3.||Pooka Night (2013)|
|4.||The Self-Representation of Queen Elizabeth I (2014)|
|5.||The Liaden Universe (2013)|
|6.||Galactic Mythology (2013)|
|7.||The Starflight Handbook (2014)|
|8.||Subversive Feminisms in Celtic Mythology (2012)|
|9.||The Hobbit–An Unexpected Deficiency (2014)|
|10.||Feminine Power in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2012)|
According to Social Metrics, which tracks sharing via various social networks, my top three pages of interested created in 2014 are:
|Mermaid with Fish|
See which pages were of most interest in 2013.