Thursday, September 30, 2010
But, the chapter on Palo Mayombe in it prompts me to ask: just how reliable is this book? If it's fairly reliable, cool. No worries. But, uh, you know. After reading that chapter, I'd just like to make sure the author isn't making shit up.
So you see, when the pentacle is like this, you're a Wiccan. But if the Pentacle is like this, then you're a Satanist.
I'm glad we got that "cleared" up. I feel so, uh, what's the right word? "Enlightened."
And thanks, Z.E. Accordino and Jhonn. I did LOL muchly.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It was written by someone that claims to be an adult, with a business degree, who is complaining about the lack of "morals" and "ethics." And because the people this individual knows who are doing well, lack such things. Meanwhile, the author of said email has followed all the rules, been a good person... And life still sucks.
The one response this email got went something like this: Your real problem is that you keep asking 'Why Me'! If you stop saying that, what you want will solidify and life will be awesome again!
I have my doubts. Maybe the problem is that life isn't fucking fair, and some people have become caught up in the lie that if you're a good person, it will all work out for you.
Life doesn't work that way. And problems aren't caused because someone asks why me?!
Neo-Pagan "Elders" these days. The standards keep slumping, and the answers are all the same. "It's because you asked 'why me'."
The fact that I get older and become more appalled by the answers of "enlightened adults" never ceases to fucking amaze me. Tuesday and today's irritation is "spiritual devolution:" when one tried so hard to evolve that they became an idiot.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
While hunting around for some information regarding a video game I'm playing, I noticed... that ad. And I laughed. Oh, how I laughed. IMVU... marketing toward the cybersex fetish niche? Well. I suppose it was only a matter of time.
Incidentally, while I understand that many women are supposed to kinship toward Bella... Since when did anyone want to be Edward Cullen? ("Mormon Vampire. Lovely. Takes all the fun out of being a Vampire.")
EDIT: Wait. I've figured out how it works! See, as Twilight is a "mostly chaste" romance, IMVU cannot be openly accused of marketing towards the "cybersex fetish" niche market. Because they're encouraging chaste, uh, 3D animated... uh, dialogues.
All the while, still marketing with the sex. That's almost brilliant. It also must be what makes Twilight work. I'll have to think about this some more. Because I still fail to see how those novels could be seen as romantic. Yes, it's a love story. But I'm not sure a love story between two idiots is a love story worth reading or telling, even if one of the idiots is a vampire. In fact, I have tons of scathing comments about that.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
As such, all over the downtown area it sounds a bit like a Freddy Krueger film. This is made more amusing - if amusing is the right word - by the earth-quake style booms that you can periodically feel as they tear up the road.
Ah, well. Don't take this for complaining. It's totally fucked up my sleep cycle, but beyond that it's rather amusing to wake up to nigh-endless metal screeches, booms, and small explosion sounds.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
In particular, blogger seems to dislike R.O. and Harold Roth the most. It also hated me twice. Which breaks my brain a little bit. How the fuck can I spam my own blog?
Monday, September 20, 2010
- If you're sloppy? That's your fault.
- Not all curses are death curses.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I've been observing I find odd of late, and thinking about it for a while. And what I think I'm seeing is people mistaking two categories that intersect; those categories being “politics” and “human decency.” I say they intersect, because human decency is apparently lacking in some individuals for whatever reason, and it tends to take legislation to enact it. This, of course, goes far beyond the 14th Amendment.
Why would this bother me? Because I keep seeing magicians, who often seem to regard themselves as Agents of Liberty, saying crazy shit. So far this year I've seen magicians:
Justify the lack of health coverage for those that can't afford it on the basis of their taxes. (Seriously? You're afraid of losing some... money? Over someone's welfare?)
Discuss the horror of Islamic Fundamentalism while neglecting to mention the various factors that led that segment of the Islamic world to turn its eyes towards the United States. I suppose it's just too much to ask why someone might want you dead?
Justify torture in regards to terrorism. No, really. But to be fair: it was a magician who's pretty much a fascist. So I probably shouldn't be surprised.
I could go on, but I won't. And I'm not going to start taking screen-shots whenever I see something stupid on Facebook, because I'd end up with too many screen-shots, too quickly. My point is this: if you're doing it, stop.
If you're seeing things that make you uneasy, then don't divert from the topic. Don't bring up something equally atrocious, but off topic. Don't justify evil due to another evil act. That's childish. “He did it first!”
Human decency works like this: everyone has worth. This worth is not in dollar bills, and all human life has infinitely more worth than your wallet. The tendency to politicize human decency diverts us from the actual topic at hand. The fact that people exploit systems diverts us from the topic at hand. Human decency remains regardless of that, and regardless of any desire to stop that exploitation. Any and every system will be exploited. Its inevitable. The question is whether or not the system meets the demands of the populace; if it does not, it needs to be reformed on the basis of meeting those demands. Not to tighten the measure against exploitation, as that happens as a byproduct of the reform itself.
The “unemployment rate was about unchanged at 9.6 percent,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports in the last update as to our economic position in terms of employment statistics. The “number of unemployed persons is 14.9 million.”
I want you to take a moment to reflect on those statistics. They're relevant to our present as American citizens. We've got around 1 in 10 folks without a job. (No, I am not one of those. Though slow months feel like it.) Black or African Americans are sitting at 15.2% unemployed. Hispanics are looking at a 13% unemployment ratio.
Human decency means that your response to this had better not be “laziness.” They can't all be lazy, when you walk through your city's downtown area and see rows upon rows of empty windows; a small army of homeless individuals, and (living in Sacramento) an endless array of white people with brief-cases and white Nikes ignoring them. I'm pretty sure that a third of them are Lobbyists, too.
Human decency isn't political, and liberation isn't political. And excuses don't work if you claim that that's your end goal.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Before I begin writing on the subject, I felt that it was the most fair to provide resources for anyone seeking more information on the subjects that I'll be bringing up on EI.Net shortly. As such, here you go:
Mark Pesce is the creator of VRML (Virtual Reality Machine Language), the earliest Virtual Reality programming language that I'm aware of. He also happens to be a neo-Pagan, and wrote The Executable Dreamtime, one of the essays which helped shape some of the views on magick I still hold to this day. It's probably one of the most remarkable essays in Disinfo's Book of Lies, and along with the above provides a good look at what “cybermagicians” in the next century are going to look like. Piracy is... Good? is a 2005 lecture that Pesce gave, and then threw on the internet. It appeared on the internet shortly after the arrival of Torrent software, and may become a landmark in all future discussions on this subject. Many of Pesce's topics are especially prescient, and his thoughts are not to be spurned. While it relates to television and traditional media involving it, I suspect that it will have cross-over appeal for obvious reasons.
The first part was shot in Sweden in 2006 as the Pirate Bay fiasco began, and the film discusses the nature of social change, online piracy, and communications in the 21st century. It was put together on a low budget, and released for free on the internet. Due to donations, it's creators were able to put together...
The Dissolving Fortress is the second part of the documentary, dealing with the nature of social change and information. This section of the film is particularly interesting because it narrates the history of Information Piracy, beginning with the small printing press and then accelerating to the internet.
Uh. I think everyone and their mother has read Hakim Bey's TAZ by now.
I'm trying to find a rather fascinating documentary I'd seen on Pirate radio/television stations in Spain, where one professor even called what they were doing a “temporary autonomous zone,” but I can't remember the damn title. Bah.
Anyway. More to come. Notice something lacking? Oh, yeah. Mention of ships, the seas, and swashbuckling so far. That's because I'm going the William Gibson route. Why? Because last time R.O. annoyed me by raving about “rape” and “pillage.” That's called “linguistic drift,” and the reason that when peer-to-peer file sharing began, the record industry called it “Piracy.” They want you to make those associations. Which don't strictly hold any longer, as I'll explain in my forth-coming entry.
More links if/as I find them. I also need to dig through some of my books.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
If you haven't noticed, the Net Neutrality debate has kicked up a few notches in the last few weeks. I'm saying this following yesterday's post, and after a few hours of thinking about piracy and trying to begin to form something to a coherent whole.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
“The Roman lawyers of the sixth century were, however, just as mindful of the need to educate their successors as their predecessors had been and indeed, members of the legal profession are just as concerned today. Justinian therefore asked Tribonian and two of his professional colleagues, Theophilus from Constantinople and Dorotheus from Beirut, to prepare an elementary textbook for students from which they could learn the principles of the law and through which they would be guided to the Digest itself. Taking the Institutes of Gaius as their model, they produced the Institutes of Justinian which was also published in December 533 and given the force of law – which soon proved inconvenient, for again the cross-referencing was not very efficient and at times rules are stated different in the Digest and Institutes...”
So, the Institutes were the textbook which was meant to guide a young Roman toward the Digest, which was the law as written. As a side note: Justinian dedicated the Digest to God, and considered it his task to deliver stability as guided by God. He also forbid all commentaries on the Digest, thus making the law enshrined and trying to make it impossible to default to earlier versions of laws superseded by the Digest. That's... a lot of civil power, when you think about it.