Saturday, October 31, 2009

treasure map


  • The New Complete Book of Tarot-Juliet Sharman-Burke
  • The Revenge of Gaia-James Lovelock
  • Parzival-Eschenbach
  • The Language of Vision-Jamake Highwater
  • The Mythic Tarot-Sharman-Burke, Greene
  • Preludes & Nocturnes-Neil Gaiman
  • Spent-Geoffrey Miller
  • The Doll’s House-Neil Gaiman
  • Down To Earth-Jem
  • Finally Woken-Jem
  • Beats in Space-Tim Sweeney
  • KEXP podcast #169
  • Wilco (The Album)
  • I Am Sasha Fierce-BeyoncĂ©
  • B’Day-BeyoncĂ©
  • Splitting The Atom-Massive Attack
  • Narrow Stairs-Death Cab For Cutie
  • Let It Bleed-Rolling Stones
  • My Best Friend’s Girl
  • Bolt
  • Little Buddha
  • Singles
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Shrink
  • The Last Word
  • Away We Go
  • School of Rock
  • Aliens Vs. Monsters
  • Ponyo
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf
  • American Beauty
  • Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  • Angel Heart
  • Ghostrider
  • The Big Lebow$ki
  • Where The Wild Things Are
  • The Reader
  • Visioneers
  • World Center For Birds of Prey
  • Corn Maze

sympathy for the Devil

Gimme Shelter (making the boat. . .)


(died c. 1540), German astronomer and necromancer. Reputed to have sold his soul to the Devil, he became the subject of dramas by Marlowe and Goethe, an opera by Gounod, and a novel by Thomas Mann.
Faustian adjective

Faust or Faustus (Latin for "auspicious" or "lucky", but also German for "fist") is the protagonist of a classic German legend who makes a pact with the Devil in exchange for knowledge.

ORIGIN early 16th cent.: of Germanic origin (compare Swedish dialect focka and Dutch dialect fokkelen); possibly from an Indo-European root meaning [strike,] shared by Latin pugnus ‘fist.’

Dan: You think love is simple. You think the heart is like a diagram.
Larry: Have you ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist, wrapped in blood! Go fuck yourself! You writer! You liar!

Away We Go?

The Fundamental Consumerist Delusion
Consumerism depends on forgetting a truth and believing a falsehood. The truth that must be forgotten is that we humans have already spent millions of years evolving awesomely effective ways to display our mental and moral traits to one another through natural social behaviors such as language, art, music, generosity, creativity, and ideology. We can all do so without credentials, careers, credit ratings, or crateloads of product. Our finest, most impressive goods and services have been endowed to us by our DNA, in the from of physical and psychological adaptations that naturally display our virtues and naturally impress our peers. . . This is a core message from evolutionary psychology: the most precious, complex, intricate, and wonderful things in life are the biological adaptations common across all humans--especially the adaptations that signal our individual differences so conspicuously. We already have everything we could possibly need (84). . . ~Spent Geoffery Miller

Friday, October 30, 2009

This Is Your Brain On Money

. . . Even in the twenty-first century, we still can't buy true love, respect, or fulfillment. If we're lacking them, we can't buy sane parents, successful siblings, or sensible children. We can't even buy decent replacements for biological adaptations that go wrong--artificial eyes, brains, hands, or wombs. Our bodily organs are the most value-dense items that we can call our own. They are beyond price, but we take them for granted until we lose them through accident or age. If you were going blind through macular degeneration, how much would you pay for another ten years of sight? If you were suffocating from emphysema, what would you pay for another one hundred clear breaths? If you were infertile and wanted children, how much would you pay for working sperm or eggs of your own--not just DNA from an unknown donor(65)?

Our inherited legacy of adaptations is literally precious. Even the poorest parents give their children vast riches, in the form of senses, emotions, and mental faculties that have been optimized through millions of year of product development. They are so reliable, efficient, intricate, self-growing, self-reparing that no technology comes anywhere close to matching them. The human genome is the ancestral vault of riches, the secret Swiss account. It is very important for consumerist capitialism to make us forget this, to take for granted what we owe to life itself. Beyond our true necessities and luxuries--our bilogical adaptations--we get only a little added value from market-traded products.
Ultimately, the fundamental difference in our existence is not between being rich and poor, but being alive and not alive, breathing and not breathing. This is why people focus on breathing during meditation. . . Fools toast each other's wealth, wheras sages toast each other's health(65-66).
~Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior Geoffrey Miller

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


-I've been sick the past couple of days. I reconnected with 1991 in this time by beginning to reread The Sandman. I can't believe how much more I'm able to get out it now--with a fairly extensive background in mythology & the story. I was never a fanboy. I read Silver Surfer and The Sandman. That's it, but I now have a handle on classic comic history and can see how Gaiman was working with existing structures and characters. Take John Constantine for example.

I only know him from the film staring Keanu.
Anyway. I have a few themes right now that are asking to be laid out.
Here they are:

The Constant

An American Identity

The Brides of Satan


The Wasteland
Self Constructed Wonderlands of Sadness
Where The Sad Things Are Wild. . .

The Monsters Are Real

What Are You Going To Do?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

the middle way. . .

The Magician

The Wizard

-watch it here

Ostrom explains her groundbreaking research into the public management of natural resources. The political scientist argues that people should be empowered to organize themselves in small ways that scale up to a global network

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Today I received the following article in my inbox. My rebuttal follows.

By Paul Hudson
Climate correspondent, BBC News

Planet Earth (Nasa)
Average temperatures have not increased for over a decade

This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

So what on Earth is going on? . . .

A rebuttal:

Science presumes to know what is going on. It says, "this is truth and all who disbelieve are heretics." Fact and truth for science are mutually exclusive.

I try and take everything with a grain of salt.

But, let me try and understand something,
Are you arguing the point that our actions don't have consequences and that we can do anything that we want?

I have many friends who feel this way. They are mostly in the 20's and aren't responsible for anything or to anyone.

I don't have the answer as to science or politics, but I do know that our country is very wealthy, very lazy, and very fat (unhealthy). We think we own the world, and therefore can do anything that we want.

I don't agree with this philosophy. We shouldn't waste things. I think this is something you taught me.

Our lifestyle is unhealthy. Is it such a stretch to think that perhaps we could harm ourselves?
"More, Better, Cheaper, Faster" has lead to a basic devaluation of life.
If I have any kind of belief it is this:

This I believe: The purpose of life is procreation and death.

Death feeds life. Thus ending initiates beginning.

Religion is built upon the rock of sacrifice. Literally. The Foundation Stone is death, and that is a solid foundation. (Death creates.)

Society is built upon the mutual *faith* in the value of money. We all agree to believe that "this" has value. It is built upon nothing.

The only material with real value is life.

Would you make your fish live in that, or do you think you would maybe change his water?
This is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but you wouldn't know it.

I completely agree with you. We don't fully grasp climate change or global warming. We have just barely begun to understand our ecosystem. Science changes every 15 minutes, and as such, it is a strange thing to base a religion on. It is so ephemeral.

However, we are accountable for our actions. My children will inherit the broken world that I leave to them. Thus, I've begun reconsidering the "American lifestyle".

And as an aside, some of our local, organic farmers are just as conservative as you. Our strawberry man changed his name to "Prolife" and we didn't run him out of town.
He's nuts, but we are still willing to listen to him.

So be well
Love your (Marxist?) sun.

--I found refutations of this article at these links:


Abe's Axe is a symbol. Like the firey wand of Hermes, it is the conduit for bringing into action manifestations from the creative imagination. He is not killing vampires so much as freeing living dead men. The great emancipator would like to bring you into the 4th dimension of consciousness. He is going to have to kill you to do this, though. Or, actually, just annihilate your ego to transport you. In this instance, his axe is the craft. A craft is both a transport and a skill. The magician's wand is both. A pen can be mightier than the sword. What's your craft? Use your symbol well. . .

Heal The King!

Heal The King!