Thor and Norse Mythology


The Bifröst plays a role in the 2011 film “Thor” with Chris Hemsworth in the title role.   The character is based on the god ‘Thor’ from Norse or Scandinavian  Mythology and also Germania Mythology.

In Norse mythology, largely recorded in Iceland from traditional material stemming from Scandinavia, numerous tales and information about Thor are provided. In these sources, Thor bears at least fourteen names, is the husband of the golden-haired goddess Sif, is the lover of the jötunn Járnsaxa, and is generally described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded.[1] With Sif, Thor fathered the goddess (and possible valkyrie) Þrúðr; with Járnsaxa, he fathered Magni; with a mother whose name is not recorded, he fathered Móði, and he is the stepfather of the god Ullr. The same sources list Thor as the son of the god Odin and the personified earth, Fjörgyn, and by way of Odin, Thor has numerous brothers. Thor has two servants, Þjálfi and Röskva, rides in a cart or chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr (that he eats and resurrects), and is ascribed three dwellings (Bilskirnir, Þrúðheimr, and Þrúðvangr). Thor wields the mountain-crushing hammer, Mjölnir, wears the belt Megingjörð and the iron gloves Járngreipr, and owns the staff Gríðarvölr. Thor’s exploits, including his relentless slaughter of his foes and fierce battles with the monstrous serpent Jörmungandr—and their foretold mutual deaths during the events of Ragnarök—are recorded throughout sources for Norse mythology.

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Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker Dead in Fiery Car Crash


He was in a car that lost control, a Porsche on November 30, 2013. He was driving in a 2005 Porsche GT. Walker was a passenger
in the car driven by Mr. Rodas, was a friend and adviser to Walker. Mr. Rodas’ eight year old witnessed the high speed crash into a tree.



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From left to right: Drivers Jeff Westphal, Paul Walker, Roger Rodas and Carl Rydquist. (Photo: Facebook – Always Evolving)
Roger Rodas, a competitor in Pirelli World Challenge, has been identified as the second victim in the fiery car crash that also claimed the life of “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker.

Rodas, 38, was driving a Porsche Carrera GT in Santa Clarita, California Saturday when the sports car slammed into a light pole and tree before bursting into flames, authorities and witnesses said. Rodas and the passenger, Walker, 40, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

According to an article in “Wealth Management,” the two first met at a race event in California when Walker noticed Rodas driving a Porsche GT3 he had previously owned. They ended up becoming great friends and even raced side-by-side in a Pro-Am 25-hour endurance race in Thunder Hill, California.

As their friendship developed, Walker occasionally asked Rodas for financial advice before working together formally as client and Financial Advisor in 2007. Rodas helped Walker maintain his passion for cars and racing without having them become a financial burden.

Roger Rodas (R) and teammate Erik Davis (L) sign autographs. (Photo: Pirelli World Challenge)
To do so, the two founded a race shop, Always Evolving, to store their cars and bring in income by doing work for other drivers. Always Evolving ultimately transformed into a full-scale race team, with Rodas taking the role as lead driver.

He scored two wins in the Pirelli Drivers Cup in 2012 before making the move up to the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge. In his rookie season, Rodas finished 13th in the GTS championship standings despite missing the races at Lime Rock and St. Petersburg.

Rodas is survived by a wife and two children. Walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter.

Bifröst-Do you believe that Mythology and History Overlap?



The god Heimdallr stands before the rainbow bridge while blowing a horn (1905) by Emil Doepler.

In Norse mythology, Bifröst  pronunciation  or sometimes Bilröst, is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (the world) and Asgard, the realm of the gods. The bridge is attested as Bilröst in the Poetic Edda; compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and as Bifröst in the Prose Edda; written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in the poetry of skalds. Both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda alternately refer to the bridge as Asbrú (Old Norse “Æsir’s bridge”).[1]

According to the Prose Edda, the bridge ends in heaven at Himinbjörg, the residence of the god Heimdallr, who guards it from the jötnar. The bridge’s destruction at Ragnarök by the forces of Muspell is foretold. Scholars have proposed that the bridge may have originally represented the Milky Way and have noted parallels between the bridge and another bridge in Norse mythology, Gjallarbrú.

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BlackBerry at The Toronto International Film Festival


BlackBerry is supporting the Toronto International Film Festival again this year, with a particular focus on the “People’s Choice Award”.  Of note is the TIFF app for BlackBerry OS 10:

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BlackBerry takes home silver IDSA award for design of TIFF Festival’s 2012 BlackBerry People’s Choice Awards, receives honourable mention for BlackBerry Q10 and  Z10 designs

BlackBerry is proud to announce that it is once again an official sponsor of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival®. As one of the industry’s most anticipated events of the year, the Festival  is a preeminent cultural festival that brings together filmmakers, industry professionals and celebrities to present the best of Canadian and international cinema to film lovers. BlackBerry strives to provide people with the tools they need to succeed, and by sponsoring the BlackBerry People’s Choice Awards, it will support filmmakers in doing what they do best: making great films.

“BlackBerry has long stood by our mission to champion ambition and support professionals, artists, and students on their journeys to achieving excellence,” said Andrew MacLeod, Managing Director Canada at BlackBerry. “We believe that our products and services help people to succeed, and our sponsorship of the BlackBerry People’s Choice Awards is in keeping with this goal. These awards have historically been strong indicators of success for many films, and have stood as beacons for ambition and aspiration.”

A TIFF  app for BlackBerry is available at BlackBerry World, and is designed to enhance interaction between TIFF and festival goers. The app will provide information about the films, programmes, schedules, venues and events, access to festival photos and film trailers, as well as the ability to customize their TIFF Festival schedule with recommended viewings based on their interests.

Last year, the BlackBerry design team was challenged to create a portfolio of People’s Choice Awards that would represent the BlackBerry brand and showcase TIFF’s heritage. The design recently won a Silver IDEA award from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for its unique and iconic shape and utility. Speaking to BlackBerry’s commitment to empowering people to succeed, the BlackBerry design team included the contributions of an intern from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University. The awards were created with BlackBerry products’ attributes in mind: multi-functionality, seamless integration and performance. Each of the three awards had their own unique colour and finish that reflected the category’s characteristics. They were built from a solid block of aluminum and featured a surprise viewfinder at the top of each award. By looking through them, recipients found the awards doubled as light-box theatres that featured stills from the winning films. Additionally, BlackBerry won honourable mentions from IDSA for the designs of the BlackBerry® Q10 and BlackBerry® Z10 smartphones.

Once again, at TIFF Festival 2013, these awards will be given out to the most popular films as voted by audiences in three submission categories: the BlackBerry People’s Choice Award, the major prize given to the most popular feature-length film with the highest ratings; the BlackBerry People’s Choice Documentary Award, for the most popular documentary film in the Festival; and the BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, given to the most popular screening of Midnight Madness films. TIFF Festival moviegoers will be able to vote via one of two methods: In person at the movie theatre by submitting the ballot end of their ticket into an official BlackBerry People’s Choice Award voting box, or by visiting the  and using the tracking number  on their ticket stub to vote. The winners of the BlackBerry People’s Choice Awards will be announced at the Official Festival Awards Brunch on September 15th, 2013.

As the original makers of smartphones, BlackBerry has always provided the devices of choice for people with a voracious appetite for getting the job done. The release of BlackBerry® 10 keeps users moving faster and more efficiently and effectively. BlackBerry’s sponsorship of TIFF Festival showcases its passion for success and ambition at one of Canada’s most important cultural festivals.