Sunday, April 5, 2020

Tech Tip: HTML Link

I commented on someone's introduction. She was talking about how she liked to cook and the different recipes she used. I have a friend that is a food blogger, so I used this tech tip to link her blog into my comment on the introduction. I was so happy all of this coding stuff worked for me. I just hope I remember what I did!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Week 10 Story: Granny Putana's Fruit

Once upon a time there was a celestial baker living high above in the heavens. She cooked delicious fruity dishes for the gods all the time. One day, she made a new fruit cake creation that the gods did not like, and in their anger, they threw her out of heaven saying “You will be cursed to live on the earth as an old woman for at least 15 years.” She was sad that she disappointed the gods, and she was sad that they were so mean to her. Despite this, she followed their wishes and headed for earth

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After living on earth for eight years, her sadness turned to bitterness and then to hate. She wanted to learn how to conceal poisonous ingredients in her tasty dishes so that when she went back up to heaven, she could secretly poison all of the gods. She bought a book about poisons, and one day she read about an incredible poisonous plant called red straw. Farmers fed it safely to their animals, but it was dangerous for humans and gods. The best part about it was that it didn’t have any unusual flavours or smells. This was perfect for what she needed, so she began to try it out on humans.

She went from town to town killing everyone in the villages with her sweet treats. She hobbled in as a sweet old granny and asked to live in someone’s house for a night. To show her appreciation, she would cook some fruity desserts for that household, but they would smell so good that the entire village would want some. She would joyfully exclaim that she loved to cook, and she would bake up her treats for everyone in the town. The naive villagers would eat the deceitful sweets until their bellies could take no more. Then, by the time she had finished cleaning her dishes and cooking station, everyone would be dead, and so she would move on to the next village.

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She kept this up for a few weeks, and then she arrived at baby Krishna’s town. She chose baby Krishna’s house to stay at, and Krishna’s parents gladly agreed. Krishna’s parents were loving trusting people that would offer anything to a sweet old granny. Everything was going to plan for granny, but as she was cooking her meal Krishna’s mom asked her to watch Krishna while she went to the market. To maintain her kindly fa├žade, granny agreed to watch the baby. Krishna approached her right before she was about to add the poisonous red straw to the food. He was well mannered, very chubby, and very cute. Granny was enamored by his lotus-shaped eyes and happy babbling, so when he pointed to her bowl and said “food!” she gladly obliged him. She gave him a little bit of the icing on her finger that didn’t have the red straw in it, and Krishna gave her finger a little lick. Then he started to nibble on her finger. She laughed and tried to pull her finger away, but then he began to bite her.

He grew razor-sharp teeth and quickly chomp chomp chomped his way up her arm. Then, he bit her head off to keep her from screaming and getting everyone’s attention. Then he ate the rest of her body, her food, and her special poisonous ingredient, the red straw. He licked up her blood and any other traces of her except for her dishes. When his mother finally came back, she only saw her happy smiling baby and granny’s dishes licked clean. She figured granny had left, so she started washing the dishes. Krishna began to cry because he needed his diaper changed. His mother checked his diaper and only saw a few tiny golden seeds sprouting. She gave her baby a confused look but decided to plant the seedlings anyway. In a few months, her garden greeted her with a delightful smelling fruit she had never seen before. It was a small tasty berry that was red with yellow golden seeds on the outside. As she showed it off to all of her friends and family, they asked her what she would name the new fruit. Krishna interjected and said “Strawberry.”

And so was the origin of the strawberry.


Author’s note:

My story is based very loosely off of the story of Putana from Krishna’s childhood. In the real story, Putana was a demoness hired by King Kamsa to kill a bunch of boy children by looking sweet and convincing people to let her nurse their babies. Her milk was poisonous, so whoever drank her milk would die. By killing all of these kids, she was supposed to find and kill Krishna. However, when she actually started nursing Krishna, he drunk her poisonous milk and all of her blood, and she died. He was not harmed though. After she died, she was eventually burned up, and she left a sweet smell behind. She was also able to go to heaven because she fed Krishna even though her intentions were bad. In my story, Granny Putana is just a bitter old woman, and her poison was the red straw. Since she was evil when she died but was rebirthed as something as nice as strawberries, I guess she got a pretty sweet deal in the reincarnation cycle. Strawberries are just really good, and I wish I could leave my house to go by the really good ones at the farmers market.


Chapter 2 of Shri Krishna of Dwarka and Other Stories (1920) by C. A. Kincaid. Source: Indian Epics: Readings and Resources.

Sweet old granny. Source: Wallpaperflare.
Granny cooking: Source: Wallpaperflare.
Strawberries. Picture taken by Brian Prechtel. Source: Wikimedia.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Reading Notes: More Jataka Tales Part B

Just like in Part A of these notes, I really value the respectful and observant nature of kings. The human king didn’t look at the monkeys and think, “They are just stupid animals, and there is nothing I can learn from them.” I also like how the chief of the monkeys didn’t see himself as over the monkeys in a way of superiority but was willing to humble himself to protect his people.

The story about the hawk and his friends was so nice. I think it was interesting how the mother hawk had to be the one to tell the dad to make friends and then use the friends to help the family. I also liked how each friend had something unique to contribute that genuinely helped the situation, and that they were all willing to help.

I liked the story of the brave little bowman. It’s always a bit unfortunate when someone forgets who they really are, like how the big man thought he was hot stuff. I think it was interesting how they didn’t discuss any ridicule that the big man faced for running away like a coward. Perhaps his fear was enough of a punishment. I also think its interesting how this story didn’t cover up the rules of society. Usually a small crippled looking man wouldn’t be army material, and he knew that. I thought it was so interesting that the King asked the soldiers what pay they would like to receive. That’s crazy to me. I also thought it was interesting how the little man didn’t abandon the big man and let the demise of the army be over the big man’s head. Instead, the small man decided to take the victory for himself, keeping people safe and receiving honour.

The story of the wicked prince and the grateful animals was such a great contrast to many of the other stories I have praised thus far. In this case, the prince was the wisked one where as the animals were kind and loyal. However, there was still that aspect of looking towards and caring for animals. At first, I wondered if the poor man would have told the prince why he took care of the animals first, maybe the prince wouldn’t have been so mean. Unfortunately, the guys name is Wicked, so it isn’t likely that he would have acted any different.

I presumed prince Wicked’s father wasn’t that mean, so why did he let his son grow up that way. Again, I appreciate the loyalty and respectfulness of the animals. Conversely, I’m not too mad at the servants. In fact, I thought they were kind of funny. They weren’t necessarily like “lets kill him” but they were like “…lets just see what happens.” Some people may think it’s the same difference but I think it’s the difference between a small covered up chuckle and a loud guffaw. I love it.

These Jataka tales have shown such a strong connection to and respect for animals, and I think this is well represented by this picture.

Japanese Woman bowing to a whale. Source: flickr.

More Jataka Tales (1922) by Ellen C. Babbitt. Source: Indian Epics: Readings and Resources.

Reading Notes: More Jataka Tales Part A

I liked the story about the girl monkey and the pearls. I value patience and quietness, and I think both the girl monkey and the chief of guards had these qualities.

I like that the chief of guards was realistic and used the concept of parsimony to uncover the thief. He didn’t start making up some extremely outlandish idea about some person swooping in with a bird to steal the pearls and then swooping out past the guard. But he recognized that his guards were capable enough to have discovered something openly suspicious, and he was able to pick out the unusual in the mundanity of the monkeys.

When I read the story about the wolf and the rats I started thinking of the movie ratatouille and the story about little red riding hood.

I liked the story about the rats. I like how the rats were kind and had compassion on the wolf even though he was cruel to them. However, their compassion didn’t blind them from the reality of how the food chain works.

Seeing the story about the Penny-wise monkey I immediately thought of IT. Kind of like what I talked about in an earlier story, I like that the king was observant and humble enough to notice the Monkey’s situation, apply it to himself, and learn from it. I think it’s interesting how this story really didn’t provide much information about whether or not this “far-away little country” was actually dangerous or not. However, I am a big believer in “better safe than sorry.” I feel like many western stories don’t talk about good humble people in charge but rather greedy and blind people. So, it is refreshing to hear about characters who are slow to act and quick to watch, listen, and think.

I appreciate the king’s patience in the story of the red bud tree. I was especially excited to see this story as red buds are very beautiful trees and in fact the eastern red bud is Oklahoma’s state tree. I think it’s interesting how the story made a point to say that none of the other brothers talked about it or asked questions. I definitely have a similar vibe in my family. My younger brother is much more open to asking questions and talking about things that I think are relatively set in stone or well understood. Sometimes it can be annoying, but when his concerns are clarified it can provide a deeper understanding of the issue. This can be useful.

Many of the characters of the Jataka tales observe each other and animals. Source: flickr.

More Jataka Tales (1922) by Ellen C. Babbitt. Source: Indian Epics: Readings and Resources.


Reading Notes: Shri Krishna Part B

Did Surya know giving his worshipper the jewel would lead to his downfall, and if so, why did he let him have it.

Why would anyone be so bold as to indirectly anger Krishna. Satadhanwan wanted to kill Krishna’s father in law because he was mad about who he gave his daughter too. Really, I think they everyone is just mad because they weren’t cool enough or as worthy as Krishna. Its also interesting how Satadhanwan posy was like, we will protect you from any consequences. Have any of theme ever fought a bear king for 21 days and lived to tell the tale. I don’t think so. They need to humble themselves and sit down somewhere

I like the little happy ending of the Syamantaka jewel story. Its interesting how in the pictures Krishna seems to be marrying an animal as Jambavati is a princess of bears, but in the book, it said she looked like a fair maiden. Does she have the ability to switch her appearance?

Is it common for rivers to just get up and move where you call them? Yamuna eventually asked Balarama for forgiveness. Why did she do that. Did she know he was partly celestial?

These people/demons need to straight up kill people when they mean to kill people. Don’t just throw someone in the river hoping they’ll drown. Make sure they die if that’s your goal. Sambara’s story is hilarious. It kind of reminds me of the Jataka tale about that Monkey King who knew one of his sons would kill him so he tried to kill all of his sons.

This story didn’t go into a lot of detail of how heart broken Krishna and Rukmani must have been when they lost their eldest boy. I wonder if Krishna knew and was chilling and told his wife not to worry about Pradyumna.

Prad had the balls to cut off Sambara’s head. It makes me think a bit of the avengers movie, “should have gone for the head” I’m screaming.

Balarama reminds me of yudish by getting into this mess of a dice game, but his brutish nature also reminds me of Bhima. I do think its interesting how a very rude comment led to such a strong punishment, a violent death. Though offensive and unnecessary, death shouldn’t have been warranted. I’m a little upset by how okay that was.

Krishna always ends up coming back home, to his city Dwarka. Despite all of the crazy adventures everywhere else, I do like the stability of having a place to return to, a home. It’s a cycle I guess.

Krishna and Balarama will always head home. Source: picpedia.

Shri Krishna of Dwarka and Other Stories (1920) by C. A. Kincaid. Source: Indian Epics: Readings and Resources.

Reading Notes: Shri Krishna Part A

I find it rather annoying and frustrating the idea of reincarnation especially of demons. Like why can’t they come back and maybe not remember their past demon identity. I kind of wish reincarnation was also a time to reinvent one’s self.

This story talks about how demons “oppress the earth,” and it makes me wonder did they ever mean this metaphorically. Like do any of these “demons” represent plagues. I really got corona on my mind right now.

This story is giving me major bible vibes. Parting a sea, Holy baby, bustin people out of prison, killing all male babies

This story of putana is a very intriguing story. It reminds me of the ramyana when ravana was able to attain salvation despite his devilish ways. When they talked about her stinking body it made me think of like those beached whales that explode because they fill up with too much gas. It interesting how she looked sweet and that was her disguise, but she ended up smelling sweet and attining salvation. I also think its really interesting how she was able to attain salvation with cruel intentions. Ravana actually low key got himself together at the end, but putana never seemed to be worthy of it. This story says she attained salvation, but did the villagers at the time know that she had attained salvation just by her sweet burning smell? I wonder how they felt or how they would have felt if they knew about her obtaining salvation.

How did Nanda know he needed to burn her body? Did he know he needed to do that? Was it wisdom or just a random act?

I think it’s interesting how baby Krishna is strong and chooses to be strong in certain instances. It makes me think of Jack-Jack from The Incredibles. Despite his celestial nature and his choice to use strength, this story still presents him with very childlike features. He gets upset if his caretaker leaves him. He cooes and feels openly proud of himself for killing giants, and he gets into trouble.

I though this story of Kubera’s two sons was interesting. We’ve seen this a lot where people were frozen in time but then get reawakened back into the real world. I wonder if the transition was weird or hard for them and I wonder how long it was that they were trees. Is there father still alive? Is technology or dress any different from when they were roaming free. Do they remember their past lives, or their memories as trees?

I also like that the sage was said to have had pity on them. Sometimes sages seem like powerful and spiteful wizards, but sometimes they are useful, wise, and kind.

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Jack-Jack and Krishna are Basically the same. Source: Pexels.

Shri Krishna of Dwarka and Other Stories (1920) by C. A. Kincaid. Source: Indian Epics: Readings and Resources.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tech Tip: Canvas Mobile App

I actually really like the canvas mobile app. I have an android device, and I'd say it works pretty okay. I really like having access to my class information on the go if I don't have a computer, and its actually pretty functional. I can access Powerpoints, articles, and documents that my teachers post. I will say, at first, I had issues with seeing things on my calendar, but it has gotten better. However, I do still have issues adding things to my calendar on my phone. My favourite thing about mobile Canvas is how the grades are displayed. You can see all your grades easily at one time without having to go into each individual class, and if you don't like that I think you can change that feature.