MonthMarch 2005

Second issue of Maybe Quarterly is live

The latest issue of the Maybe Logic Academy student publication is online. Includes contributions from LVX23 and Metachor.

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The Collected Writings of Jack Parsons

The Collected Writings of Jack Parsons is an e-book containing The Book Of Babalon, The Book Of Antichrist and a few other essays.

Thelemapedia Tarot entry

Thelemapedia has a great write up on the history and use of the Tarot.

Link.

Update: this article is actually copied largely from the Wikipedia entry on Tarot, which is actually longer.

Don’t call it a come back

Daniel Pinchbeck, and the fine folks at FutureHi, are starting a project called Metacine: a Magazine for the New Edge. It’s about stuff like Burning Man and, like Future Hi, “new” psychedelic culture.

It sounds a lot like Mondo 2000, a magazine for the new edge that ran sporadically from the late 80s (under the title Reality Hackers) until around 1997. It had articles about Burning Man, raves, designer drugs, smart drugs, etc. and basically spawned the magazine Wired. Burning Man’s been going for nearly 2 decades now. Nothing new there. All the sustainable bio future stuff they’re talking about on the Metacine web site? Sounds like Mother Earth News or the Whole Earth Catalog.

So what’s “new edge” about all of this? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with any of what they’re doing. I’m excited about all of it, honestly. But trying to package it up as some sort of new movement sounds like journalese to me. I’ve been as guilty as anyone else about this. Just look through the Technoccult archives and you’ll find plenty of evidence.

Why this obsession with doing “new” things? Finding the trends, the edge, blah blah blah blah blah. Seems like we’re all still stuck in the past, rambling about sustainable energy and Leary’s 8 circuit model and all that. But is that really such a bad thing?

Then there’s Jason Louv’s attempt to create a new occult ultraculture. Rather than trying to document a new culture, Jason’s trying to will a new one into existence with his book. I admire what he’s doing, and I know he’s doing it for the right reasons. He wants to see a new generation of socially consciousness occultists. It actually reminds me a lot of Terrence McKenna’s stuff though, about the role of shaman as a healer for the community. McKenna called his vision of the future an “archaic revival,” because everything he expected to occur was actually ancient.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Jason and for the Future-Hi cats, and I’m sure Pinchbeck has the best intentions. I’ll be pre-ordered Generation Hex and will probably be a Metacine subscriber. But I’m worried that an obsession with novelty and “the next big thing” will only hurt all our long term goals, stunt our personal development by making us trend whores, and blind us to realms of less glamorous possibility.

New issue of the Grey Lodge Occult review

New issue of the multimedia occult journal.

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What is the best HP Lovecraft collection?

I’m almost afraid to admit it, but I’ve never read any H.P. Lovecraft. I know, I know. Cut me some slack, I’m young and there’s only so many hours in a day. So to remedy this situation I need to know what the best Lovecraft story collection is. Please recommend only one.

Also, the only Kafka I’ve read is “Metamorphosis,” and that was years ago. So I could use a decent Kafka collection as well.

Update: This is what I ended up getting:

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre with an introduction by Robert Bloch (the Del Rey one, not the Createspace one)

1947: the Year the Future Broke

Vortex Egg rounds up some 1947 synchronicities

The Roswell, New Mexico crash occurred on July 2, 1947.

Aleister Crowley died on December 1, 1947

Sandoz Laboratories, the sole producer of LSD began marketing that drug in its country of origin, Swizterland, under the trade name ?Delysid? in 1947 (it was introduced to the United States the following year).

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

The sound barrier was broken by Gen. Chuck Yeager (USAF) on October 14, 1947.

The transistor was invented on December 16th, 1947.

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Wikipedia entry for 1947.

Cell Phones Put to Novel Use

I love reading about this sort of stuff:

It’s especially effective for intensifying the thrills of a horror story, said Satoko Kajita, who oversees content development at Bandai Networks.

The Tokyo-based wireless service provider offers 150 books on its site, called Bunko Yomihodai, or All You Can Read Paperbacks. It began the service in 2003 and saw interest grow last year. There are now about 50,000 subscribers.

“It’s hard to understand unless you try it out,” Kajita said, adding that the handset’s backlight allows people to read with the lights off — a convenience that delights parents who like to read near sleeping infants.

Users can search by author, title and genre, and readers can write reviews, send fan mail to authors and request what they want to read, all from their phones.

Bacterial Circuit Could Build Nanoscale Machines

More useful bacteria communication:

Electrodes have been used to trap, interrogate and release individual bacteria in a bio-electronic circuit that could be used to construct nanoscale machines.

“One of the great challenges of nanotechnology remains the assembly of nanoscale objects into more complex systems,” says Robert Hamers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We think that bacteria and other small biological systems can be used as templates for fabricating even more complex systems.”

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Brancy by Jeff T. Kane

Brancy by Jeff T. Kane

Ted wore tinted aviator?s glasses and a tight black shirt with white lettering on it that Tasheem couldn?t make out. Damn Ted Wang was cool, his black hair looked freshly permed and he almost resembled Hyde from ?That 70?s Show.? Except Ted Wang wasn?t a bitch like Hyde, Wing had told him all about his grandfather?s blackbelt.

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