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Borges and the Book of

Borges and the Book of Infinity

http://bluelabyrinths.com/2015/03/26/borges-and-the-book-of-infinity/

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But if the Library of Babel is a library that is all libraries, then what if there was a book that is all books? What if, in the pages of a book, one could find infinity itself?

In his essay ‘Partial Magic in the Quixote’ Borges recounts a series of odd occurrences that take place throughout the history of literature. In Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote, Borges begins to discover the problem of infinity through a number of events; events that seem to blur the line between fiction and reality.

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“To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

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As usual not endorsing/refuting real word beliefs:

"Then, Bāhiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cognized. That is how you should train yourself. When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bāhiya, there is no you in connection with that. When there is no you in connection with that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two.

This, just this, is the end of suffering."

-Buddha

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Total War: WARHAMMER - In

Total War: WARHAMMER - In-Engine Cinematic Trailer: High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ14x-8YvvU

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Total War: WARHAMMER - In-Engine Cinematic Trailer: Karl Franz of the Empire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epK0ouN0l7U

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Total War "Rule the World" Trailer - E3 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gluogeTdqng

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"It is not the critic who

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotuons; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly."
-Theodore Roosevelt

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Rage of Demons

http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/rageofdemons

Confront the demon lords rampaging through the Underdark in the new Dungeons & Dragons storyline, available on computer, console, and tabletop.

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136 Contemporary Artists Invade London in “LAX/LHR” Exhibit

http://hifructose.com/2015/09/04/136-contemporary-artists-invade-london-in-laxlhr-exhibit/

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A weird but very interesting

A weird but very interesting movie.
Great visuals and soundtrack.
Tale of Tales

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Ah that looks really interesting. Been hankering for a good fantastical film...

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Two Swords of Mars [Cavaliers of Mars]

http://theonyxpath.com/two-swords-of-mars-cavaliers-of-mars/

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Cavaliers of Mars entered its next phase last week. I’ve written most of my parts of the book, and now I’ve got the rest of my team working on their first drafts. It’s exciting to tune into the discussions on the development list each day.

To celebrate that, I’d like to share a short tale of adventure upon the red planet.

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Aztec civilization creation myth - Legend of the five Suns - documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyYm0BsdgYA

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“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
― Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

“...every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.”
― Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

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“Death destroys a man but the

“Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him."

-E. M. Forster

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Hyper Light Drifter new 2015 Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN9YsuJMsDg

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Who’re You Going to Call?… Vigilantes!

http://www.koboldpress.com/who-are-you-going-to-call-vigilantes/

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...If you have not had a look at the vigilante class featured in the playtest (the playtest recently closed on August 17th for final thoughts), the vigilante is reminiscent of how the modern costumed super hero goes about being heroic. The basics of the class involve having a secret vigilante identity to champion just causes against tyranny and a public mundane identity to move about society unnoticed. There are also four major ways to develop the vigilante that loosely conform to the four basic character tropes. While trying this class out and thinking of the things a vigilante should have to make fighting evil easier, I remembered a favorite comic book character that had a way to get signaled when help was needed. It was with these thoughts that I developed the following wondrous item.
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LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS

LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS SPACETIME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kr9Vf83Ywc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPOJDNkeRsI&feature=youtu.be

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Aesma and the Three Masters

http://killsixbilliondemons.wikia.com/wiki/Aesma_and_the_Three_Masters

"When a young goddess by the name of Aesma ventures out to challenge YISUN's three greatest disciples, she defeats them by sheer ineptitude. But when Aesma returns to YISUN, she also discovers the greatest truths escape her altogether."

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“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.”
― Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

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Another classic:

Another classic:

Jack Vance's Cugel's Saga (Dying Earth)

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Thanks for the book rec!

Thanks for the book rec!

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Puzzling through dreams in Rememoried

http://www.polygon.com/2015/9/11/9307607/rememoried-gameplay-video-first-person-puzzle

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Official Destiny: The Taken King Live Action Trailer – Evil’s Most Wanted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpDLxs8z08A

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The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick by R. Crumb from Weirdo #17

http://www.philipkdickfans.com/resources/miscellaneous/the-religious-experience-of-philip-k-dick-by-r-crumb-from-weirdo-17/

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Adia Victoria songs:

Adia Victoria songs:

https://soundcloud.com/adiavictoria-1

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Eric Basso:

"ceremonies are a dim memory you
can get the old ones to talk of
anything but that they’d rather
make something up than admit to
what no one chooses to remember
natural cataclysms in a distant
past when the ground yawned and
cities were swallowed up behind
mammoth dust-clouds such legends
are all too easy to come by but
if you ask about the ceremonies
they tell you to look out for a
certain pebble or to read what–
ever patterns the wind makes in
the sand they would rather tell
lies than confess to what real–
ly happened and no one wants to
break the conspiracy of silence"

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"Givenchy tour de force on the Hudson River"

http://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/givenchy-and-marina-abramovic-take-new-york-with-a-stunning-spectacle?utm_source=idtwitter

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Inspiring Prog
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And my absolute favorite by

And my absolute favorite by Genesis:

Dancing With The Moonlit Knight - live
Xaositect performance?

Album quality:
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight

Dancing With The Barmy Knight

Can you tell me where my portal lies?
Said the unifaun to his true love's eyes.
It lies with me! cried the queen of maybe
- for her merchandise, he traded in his prize.

Paper late! cried a voice in the crowd.
Old man dies! the note he left was signed old father Ditch?
- it seems he's drowned;
Selling Sigil by the pound.

Citizens of hope & glory,
Time goes by - it's the time of your life.
Easy now, sit you down.
Chewing through your wimpey dreams,
They eat without a sound;
Digesting Sigil by the pound.

Signer says you are what you think - think well.
Taker says you are what you get - get well.
You know what you are, you don't give a damn;
Bursting your belt that is your homemade sham.

The factol leads his dance right on through the night
- join the dance...
Follow on! till the full peak sets in the mould.
Follow on! till the gold is cold.
Dancing out with the barmy knight,
Knights of the cross-trade stamp and shout.

There's a tiefling lady outside Fortune’s Wheel;
Laying out her magic cards, waiting for a peel.
The deck is uneven right from the start;
And all of their hands are playing apart.

The factol leads her dance right on through the night
- join the dance...
Follow on! a round ring-talking down we go.
You're the show!
Off we go with - you play the hobbyhorse,
I'll play the berk.
We'll tease the clerk
Ringing round & loud, loud & round.

Follow on! with a twist of the wheel we go.
Follow on! till the gold is cold.
Dancing out with the barmy knight,
Knights of the cross-trade stamp and shout.

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Joachim Ringelnatz

Cassel (Carps at Wilhelmstrasse 15)

In the shop they've been put
Into a tank, so intimate.
To swim in this is their privilege.
A bit frazzled outside—not much edge—
Inside they're
Altogether livelier.
Mumbling spells like wizards is part of their demeanor,
As if this made the water cleaner.
Dumbly in their probosces mayonnaise they munch,
And dream of being shaved against the grain,
Of being gutted, killed, warmed, or, again,
Garnished on a silver plate for lunch.
Inside tycoons they end,
Their funniest bone they send
The wrong way down the larynx.
And picturing their souls one thinks
Of wood lice
Doing knee-bends for exercise.
In Cassel there wasn't, let me confess,
Much else besides to captivate or depress.

(from Reisebriefe eines Artisten, 1927)
—Translated from the German by Christopher Middleton

Ev'rywhere

Ev'rywhere is wonderland
Ev'rywhere is life,
In Auntie's rubber garter-band
As in the whole wide land.
Ev'rywhere obscurity.
The child becomes a father.
Not much later, maybe five
Minutes later ends the strife.
Ev'rywhere eternity.

Blowing softly on a snail
Makes him shrink into his shell,
Dropped in cognac, mixed with ice
Lets him think he saw white mice.

—Translated from the German by Ernest A. Seemann

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good stuff, have to play

good stuff, have to play catch up!

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Witcher 3 Hearts of Stone
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Usual caveat about not

Usual caveat about not endorsing or refuting real world beliefs ->

Paine -> Not quite Athar, not quite Godsmen? Maybe Indep?

"No one will deny or dispute the power of the Almighty to [communicate a revelation] if he pleases. But admitting, for the sake of a case, that something has been revealed to a certain person. . . it is revelation to that person only. When he tells it to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a fourth, and so on, it ceases to be a revelation to all those persons. It is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other; and consequently they are not obliged to believe it."

-Thomas Paine

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Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf, If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.

-Kafka, Diaries

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Great stuff!

Great stuff!

Here are some historical depictions of mythical creatures:


Cynocephaly


[url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panotti]Panotti


Monopods


Harpy


Unicorn


Baku


Ifrit

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Great stuff Knight!

Great stuff Knight!

Doko Roko:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ericsmack/doko-roko

"In our explorations of the wastes we have come across a tower. It stretches toward the heavens with a vengeance. It pierces the clouds, my lord. It looks as though it has been destroyed and rebuilt countless times. The portcullis gate shows signs of weakness."-letter from the 31st expedition

Doko Roko is a 2D rogue-like, vertical action game with an emphasis on lightning-fast combat and rich atmosphere. I have long since dreamt of a game that treats its fiction with as much nuance as it treats its core mechanics. But what if that fiction were not spread so thin amongst a sprawling expanse? What if this world were a contained and thriving ecosystem inside of a tower?

My goal with Doko Roko is to experiment with how a world might look if it built on top of itself rather than outward in all directions, like how you might layer glazes onto an oil painting to model subtle variations in light and color.

"Bring us your tired, your weird, your huddled, writhing masses yearning for solace! The architects of the old world built this tower to hold the wicked, the abandoned, and the depraved. It is home now to all who seek its shelter.

The unslain are welcomed." -Old Tower Epigraph

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Death's Gambit Official

Death's Gambit Official Reveal Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_PTjN5t9XQ

"Become the agent of Death and rid this world of immortals."

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We Happy Few Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc67_BrCdPc

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"All artists whether primitive or sophisticated, have been involved in the handling of chaos."
-Barnett Newman

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Death's Gambit looks great!

Death's Gambit looks great!

Macbeth - Trailer
I watched it yesterday - original text, great score and great visuals - awesome movie!

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Nice, will check that movie

Nice, will check that movie out - thanks for the rec!

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Indie+ Horror Anthology (2015)

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/164434/Indie-Horror-Anthology-2015?src=slider_view

"Welcome to the second Indie+ Anthology, released just in time for Halloween weekend! Enjoy eleven differnet short horror pieces from the Indie+ staff, special guests, and friends of Indie+ to celebrate the creation of our Indie+ Community page on G+!"

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"...We are in between stories

"...We are in between stories at the moment. No doubt the very nature of story-telling and myth-making will itself require transformation if we recover. But that we might live without myth all together? I just don’t see that being possible. That said, there is a real chance that we will not make it through this nihilistic cultural phase to tell new stories. Myth is non-negotiable. It is an intrinsic part of the very biology of our social species. Life on the other hand…"
-Matthew Segal

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"“The speculative Reason is

"The speculative Reason is in its essence untrammeled by method. Its function is to pierce into the general reasons beyond limited reasons, to understand all methods as coordinated in a nature of things only to be grasped by transcending all method. This infinite ideal is never to be attained by the bounded intelligence of mankind.

But what distinguishes men from the animals, some humans from other humans, is the inclusion in their natures, waveringly and dimly, of a disturbing element, which is the flight after the unattainable. This element is that touch of infinity which has goaded races onward, sometimes to their destruction. It is a tropism to the beckoning light–to the sun passing toward the finality of things, and to the sun arising from their origin. The speculative Reason turns east and west, to the source and to the end, alike hidden below the rim of the world.

Reason which is methodic is content to limit itself within the bounds of a successful method. It works in the secure daylight of traditional practical activity. It is the discipline of shrewdness. Reason which is speculative questions the methods, refusing to let them rest."
-A.N. Whitehead

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Architecture of Obsession:

Architecture of Obsession: Eight Outsider Art Gardens

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/guide-to-outsider-art-gardens

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From Zeus to Williams-Sonoma: The History of the Cornucopia

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/from-zeus-to-williamssonoma-the-history-of-the-cornucopia

"In addition to its specific origins, the horn of plenty became a symbol of wealth and abundance linked to mythological heavy-hitters Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest, and Dionysus, God of the Awesome Party, but it also became aligned with a number of minor gods in both the Greek and Roman pantheons. Most of the goddesses associated with the horn, which is itself a symbol of fertility, were patrons of luck, a bountiful harvest, or wealth. They had names like Abundantia, Fortuna, and even Copia, the goddess whose name can still be found in the word “cornucopia”—“cornu” meaning “horn” in Latin."

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Library Love: A Rough

Library Love: A Rough Timeline of Lost Libraries

https://litreactor.com/columns/library-love-lost-libraries

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Not everyone loves books. For centuries, despotic governments and rulers have feared the power of the written word and its influence on the masses; enough to destroy the most hallowed sanctuaries of bibliophiles across the globe—libraries. From Iraq to Los Angeles, countless libraries have been lost to war, fire, and “progress.”
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"Rebellion in the face of

"Rebellion in the face of tyranny is its own justification. Rebellion allows us to be free and independent human beings. Rebellion chips away, however imperceptibly, at the edifice of the oppressor and sustains the flames of empathy, solidarity, hope and finally love. And in moments of profound human despair these flames, no matter how dim, are monumental. They keep alive the capacity to be human. We must become, as Camus said, so absolutely free that "existence is an act of rebellion." Once we attain that freedom we discover that rebellion is not defined by what it achieves, but by who we become."
-Chris Hedges

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From: Caliban upon Setebos

From: Caliban upon Setebos
By Robert Browning

'Saith, He may like, perchance, what profits Him.
Ay, himself loves what does him good; but why?
'Gets good no otherwise. This blinded beast
Loves whoso places flesh-meat on his nose,
But, had he eyes, would want no help, but hate
Or love, just as it liked him: He hath eyes.
Also it pleaseth Setebos to work,
Use all His hands, and exercise much craft,
By no means for the love of what is worked.
'Tasteth, himself, no finer good i' the world
When all goes right, in this safe summer-time,
And he wants little, hungers, aches not much,
Than trying what to do with wit and strength.
'Falls to make something: 'piled yon pile of turfs,
And squared and stuck there squares of soft white chalk,
And, with a fish-tooth, scratched a moon on each,
And set up endwise certain spikes of tree,
And crowned the whole with a sloth's skull a-top,
Found dead i' the woods, too hard for one to kill.
No use at all i' the work, for work's sole sake;
'Shall some day knock it down again: so He.

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A bold bad man, that dar'd to

A bold bad man, that dar'd to call by name
Great Gorgon, Prince of darknesse and dead night,
At which Cocytus quakes, and Styx is put to flight.

Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene (Canto I, stanza 37)

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great stuff Knight!

great stuff Knight!

usual caveat about not endorsng or refuting real world beliefs:

In Praise of Darkness: Henry Beston on How the Beauty of Night Nourishes the Human Spirit

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/06/04/henry-beston-night-outermost-house/

“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars — pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time.”

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Think I'll have to take a

Think I'll have to take a closer look at Henry Beston's work. :)

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usual caveat about not endorsng or refuting real world beliefs:

“The places we have known do not belong solely to the world of space in which we situate them for our greater convenience. They were only a thin slice among contiguous impressions which formed our life at that time; the memory of a certain image is but regret for a certain moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fleeting, alas, as the years.”
― Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

“They reminded me that it was my fate to pursue only phantoms, creatures whose reality existed to a great extent in my imagination; for there are people - and this had been my case since youth - for whom all the things that have a fixed value, assessable by others, fortune, success, high positions, do not count; what they must have is phantoms. They sacrifice all the rest, devote all their efforts, make everything else subservient to the pursuit of some phantom. But this soon fades away; then they run after another only to return later on to the first.”
― Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

“Only imagination and belief can differentiate from the rest certain objects, certain people, and can create an atmosphere.”
― Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

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Good stuff, always meant to

Good stuff, always meant to get into Proust.

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Grand Duchy: Notorious Fey of Dornig Cities, Part 1

http://koboldpress.com/archives/20547

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One expects to find sylvan fey—playful and capricious creatures such as nixies, sprites and satyrs—in the sprawling forests of the Grand Duchy. And lurking in the realm of shadow are their cousins, the conniving and tricksy Scaithsidhe who occupy the court of the shadow queen.

But Dornig cities also attract other sorts of fey, who for the most part, are mischievous and sinister, twisted reflections of the gritty, unsavory side of urban life. Acting singly or in gangs, they prey on the greed, vanity, or innocence of elfmarked and human alike, robbing them of coin, pride, and even their lives.

Some of these fey are so notorious they are known by name, either monikers given by a fearful public or a nom de guerre of their own choosing. After all, what fey would ever reveal their true identity?

Grand Duchy: Notorious Fey of Dornig Cities, Part 2

http://koboldpress.com/archives/20550

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Bulb Boy Launch Trailer:

Bulb Boy Launch Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEOI2DMfZb0

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Usual Caveats about not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs:

"The religious myth is one of man’s greatest and most significant
achievements, giving him the security and inner strength not to be
crushed by the monstrousness of the universe."
-Carl Jung

"If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life
that you ought to be living is the one you are living."
-Joseph Campbell

"To confess sins is to know evils, to see them in oneself, to acknowledge them … He who merely acknowledges generally that he is a sinner … without examining himself – that is, without seeing his sins – makes a confession but not the confession of repentance. Inasmuch as he does not know his evils, he lives as before."
-Emanuel Swedenborg

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Burial - Archangel:

Burial - Archangel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2qLD9c3Gq4&feature=youtu.be

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Joe Hisaishi in Budokan - Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9mGQU7rGGM

"Joe Hisaishi in Budokan was a concert commemorating both the Japanese theatrical premiere of Ponyo and the 25 years of musical collaboration between composer Joe Hisaishi and film maker Hayao Miyazaki."

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Burial - Rough Sleeper

Burial - Rough Sleeper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4_dzevyFK8

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Burial - Stolen Dog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIAh5tETh1c

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Usual caveat of not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs:

"Consciousness is… the fundamental thing in existence – it is the energy, the motion, the movement of consciousness that creates the universe and all that is in it… When consciousness in its movement… forgets itself in the action it becomes an apparently “unconscious” energy; when it forgets itself in the form it becomes the electron, the atom, the material object. In reality it is still consciousness that works in the energy and determines the form and the evolution of form. When it wants to liberate itself… out of Matter, but still in the form, it emerges as life."
-Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga

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"As I put on pace, night followed day like the flapping of a black wing… I saw the sun hopping swiftly across the sky, leaping it every minute, and every minute marking a day… I saw the moon spinning swiftly through her quarters from new to full… the jerking sun became a streak of fire… I saw trees growing and changing like puffs of vapor, now brown, now green; they grew, spread, shivered, and passed away. I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams. The whole surface of the earth seemed changed – melting and flowing under my eyes."
-HG Wells, Time Machine

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“Arriving at each new city,

“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

“Who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined?”
― Italo Calvino

“The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.”
― Italo Calvino

“This is what I mean when I say I would like to swim against the stream of time: I would like to erase the consequences of certain events and restore an initial condition. But every moment of my life brings with it an accumulation of new facts, and each of these new facts bring with it consequences; so the more I seek to return to the zero moment from which I set out, the further I move away from it. . . .”
― Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

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Great! 'The Invisible Cities'

Great! 'The Invisible Cities' is still on my to-read list.

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yeah, it's one of favorite

yeah, it's one of favorite books!

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Samurai Jack new season trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzIxLwVwtiQ

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Warlock: Pact of the Key

http://koboldpress.com/archives/20507

"Your patron gives you a set stylistically suitable keys. Archfey provide you with keys of carved wood or polished multihued glass while fiends give you keys of iron and bone and jagged edges; the Great Old One grants keys of twisting matter that change even as you look at them. These keys exist in the otherworldly space of your patron and can be called to your hand with a thought as part of an action. If you drop these keys or otherwise relinquish them, they return to their extradimensional space. The keys function as thieves’ tools, and you add twice your proficiency bonus when using them. You are not proficient with other thieves’ tools unless you have gained that proficiency by some other means. Portals that can lead to a realm associated with your patron that normally require an activation word or object can also be opened with these keys as if you met the qualifications for its use."

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Gemineye - Poetic Bloodline

Gemineye - Poetic Bloodline on Def Jam Poetry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeie9864oeE

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Absence and Memory on the Lower East Side

http://hyperallergic.com/71049/absence-and-memory-on-the-lower-east-side/

"The shadows of memory and haunting of the afterlife are entwined through three shows currently open on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. While perhaps odd choices for the warming weather that generally restores life to the streets, these exhibitions dwell more on death, offering some intelligent contemplations of how art can function as a form of remembrance."

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom - First Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AkY9a7DQUE

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I found that I was no longer looking at it, but was it; a distinct, indescribable, but in no way vague, still less emotional, shift of consciousness into the plant itself. Or rather I and the plant were one and indistinguishable; as if the plant were a part of my consciousness. I dared scarcely to breathe, held in a kind of fine attention in which I could sense the very flow of life in the cells. I was not perceiving the flower but living it. I was aware of the life of the plant as a slow flow or circulation of a vital current of liquid light of the utmost purity."
-poet Kathleen Paine upon gazing at a flower

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Wow! Great resources recently

Wow! Great resources recently! I love love love Italo Calvino's writing. And that's some amazing art from Nisachar - definitely worth looking thru his gallery.

I loved this one...

http://orig13.deviantart.net/a677/f/2012/188/2/9/mbx_vol_01_17_markandeya_oracle_by_nisachar-d56bb8m.jpg

Also, I'm sure you linked to it a while ago, but here's Piranesi's "Carceri" drawings, which David Zeb Cook cited as being influential to the look of Planescape's art:

http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/Dutch/Renaissance/Facsimiles/PiranesiCarceri1750/

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Ah I really like those

Ah I really like those Piranesi drawings - thanks for posting them!

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Usual caveat of not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs:

“The future Buddha was once born as a rabbit, who vowed that he would give his own flesh to any beggar who came to him, in order to protect the beggar from having to break the moral law by taking animal life. To test him, Indra, the Hindu king of the gods, took the form of a Brahmin and came to him; the rabbit offered to throw himself into a fire and roast himself so that the Brahmin could eat him. Indra conjured up a magical fire; when the rabbit—who first shook himself three times so that any insects that might be on his body would escape death—threw himself into the fire, it turned icy cold. Indra then revealed his identity as Indra, and so that everyone would know of the rabbit’s virtue, he painted the sign of a rabbit on the orb of the moon.”
― Wendy Doniger, The Hindus: An Alternative History

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"I belong to Ohrmazd (Ahura Mazda, the Lord Wisdom), not to Ahriman (the Spirit of Evil and of Darkness); I belong to the angels, not to the demons. .. . I am the creature of Ohrmazd, not the creature of Ahriman. I hold my lineage and my race from Gayomart (primordial Man, Anthropos). My mother is Spandarmat (Angel of the Earth), my father is Ohrmazd. . . . The accomplishment of my vocation consists in this: to think of Ohrmazd as present Existence (hastih), which has always existed (hame-butih), and will always exist (hame-bavetih). To think of him as immortal sovereignty, as Unlimitation and Purity. To think of Ahriman as pure negativity (nestih), exhausting himself in nothingness (avinbutlh), as the Evil Spirit who formerly did not exist in this Creation, and who one day will cease to exist in Ohrmazd's Creation and who will collapse at the final time.3 To consider my true self as belonging to Ohrmazd and the Archangels {Amahraspandan)"
-Zoroastrian Book of Counsels

"The concept of this dimension of light, an archetypal dimension because it grounds every being in another self which keeps eternally ahead of him,can provide us with the key to a celestial world inhabited by figures who are constituted and governed in their being by a law of their own, a law with its very own logic. The responses we have just read refer to the twofold plane or twofold state of being which characterizes Mazdean ontology,and which is designated by the two terms menok and getik. We must take care not to reduce the contrast they express to a Platonic schema pure and simple. We are not dealing precisely with an opposition between idea and matter, or between the universal and the perceptible. Menok should, rather,be translated by a celestial, invisible, spiritual, but perfectly concrete state.Getik6 designates an earthly visible, material state, but of a matter which is in itself wholly luminous, a matter immaterial in relation to the matter that we actually know.7For, and this is the peculiarly Mazdean conception,a transition to the state of getik means in itself not a fall but rather fulfillment and plenitude. The state of infirmity, of lesser being and darkness represented by the present condition of the material world, results not from its material condition as such but from the fact that it is the zone invaded by the demonic Contrary Powers, the arena of struggle and also the prize.

Here the stranger to this creation is not the God of Light but the Principle of Darkness. Redemption will bring the flowering of the 'tan i pasen', the"body to come," the corpus resurrection is; it does not tend to destroy the getik world, but to restore it to its luminous state, its archetypal dimension."
-Henri Corbin, Cyclical Time and Ismaili Gnosis

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Celtic Song of Farewell (Sung

Celtic Song of Farewell (Sung by Richard Carney):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7QnwGt9Cgc

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Metallica - Sad But True (S&M)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF7hPeNtti8

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Tool's Schism Orchestral cover

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swRbdBdAjQk

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"The astonishing thing about

"The astonishing thing about the human being is not so much his intellect and bodily structure, profoundly mysterious as they are. The astonishing and least comprehensible thing about him is his range of vision, his gaze into the infinite distance; his lonely passion for ideas and ideals, far removed from his material surroundings and animal activities, and in no way suggested by them, yet for which, such is his affection, he is willing to endure toils and privations, to sacrifice pleasures, to disdain griefs and frustrations, for which, rating them in value above his own life, he will stand till he dies, the profound conviction he entertains that if nothing be worth dying for nothing is worth living for. The inner truth is that every man is himself a creator, by birth and nature, an artist, an architect and fashioner of worlds. If this be madness...none the less it is the lunacy in which consists the romance of life, in which lies our chief glory and our only hope."
W. Macneile Dixon

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2nd Update for Today:

2nd Update for Today:

Azam Ali - In Other Worlds MV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJl2ne0Qjs

Azam Ali - I'm a stranger in this world

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlbZnv5DApY

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Frida Kahlo: The story behind

Frida Kahlo: The story behind the style of an icon

http://www.wgsn.com/blogs/frida-kahlo-the-story-behind-the-style-of-an-icon/

"The artist remains a style and creative inspiration but to understand her image you have to understand her history. WGSN Business Development Manager Angela Maria Diez reports"

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The Expanse – Opening Titles

The Expanse – Opening Titles

https://vimeo.com/146590747

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Paragon: LUCID: Dreamscape Reality (free right now):

http://drivethrurpg.com/product/97122/Paragon-LUCID-Dreamscape-Reality?src=slider_view

Quote:
Opening one’s eyes after falling asleep can mean different things to different people. For most, it means awakening to reality. For a few rare individuals, it could mean awakening to a dream; a lucid experience limited only by imagination, but still belonging to the world we know as reality. But when a dream is reality, how does one tell the difference?

Stepping from a dream into the Dreaming Reality can be a bit of a shock, and believing that one can influence reality while dreaming can be very difficult. However, these are issues any Dreamer must overcome in order to learn to protect himself from the Shadows, and from the dangers inherent in his own dreams and nightmares.

Welcome…to LUCID

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Usual caveats about not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs:

"It is simply not true that Osiris is a vegetation, or Apollo a solar myth. Rather, if we must talk like this, we should say that vegetation is an Osiris myth and the sun a myth of Apollo, since Apollo and Osiris and all such names refer to facts of a higher order..."

-Krishna Prem

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