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It unreasonably irks me that

It unreasonably irks me that the maze in the symbol on the guy's desk has no way through. :^)

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That's how you know he's an Anarchist mole.

...Or else a really hardcore Guvner who doesn't believe the law has to make sense-- it just *is*.

Also, that Exode short film was really really good.

The Judge (Batman: The Animated Series)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vhup5MaDfk

‘A guilty system recognizes no innocents. As with any power apparatus which thinks everybody’s either for it or against it, we’re against it. You would be too, if you thought about it. The very way you think places you among its enemies. This might not be your fault, because every society imposes some of its values on those raised within it, but the point is that some societies try to maximize that effect, and some try to minimize it. You come from one of the latter and you’re being asked to explain yourself to one of the former. Prevarication will be more difficult than you imagine; neutrality is probably impossible. You cannot choose not to have the politics you do; they are not some separate set of entities somehow detachable from the rest of your being; they are a function of your existence. I know that and they know that; you had better accept it.’
--Iain M Banks, Consider Phlebas

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great stuff as always, so

great stuff as always, so behind on this thread...

INTERSTICE on Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/158264598

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Dream Maker short film
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A tribute to one of Italo

A tribute to one of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities:

https://vimeo.com/30680506

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Beautiful! Love the Invisible

Beautiful! Love the Invisible Cities.

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Invisible Sun art (more on

Invisible Sun art (more on the actual page btw):

http://invisiblesunrpg.com/art/gallery/

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I like those shorts. I really need to get around to reading Invisible Cities at some point...

That second Invisible Sun image is my favourite.

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How Wolves Change Rivers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

I sit in my cubicle, here on the motherworld. When I die, they will put my body in a box and dispose of it in the cold ground. And in all the million ages to come, I will never breathe, or laugh, or twitch again. So won't you run and play with me here among the teeming mass of humanity? The universe has spared us this moment.
--Anonymous, Datalinks - Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

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Good stuff guys!

Good stuff guys!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LenR8sC-dE

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Someday, the light of love that you set aflame in your eyes
Will transcend time
And surely destroy one dream
Of this world that hurries to its ruin.

Now that you've drank every ounce of your hesitation,
what do you wish for?
On the path of yearning as greedy as this,
Will there be a transient tomorrow?

I want to see you smiling, with the power to destroy even god,
like the ancient magic you showed me in my dreams when i was young.
Everything depends on these feelings of courage of the flower that was plucked
that now lays in my frightened hands.

This wish will awaken that light.

Someday, you will also wish for great power
For the sake of someone else, I suppose.
In the night when love captured your heart,
Yet unknown words are born.

If I can go on without losing my way,
I don't mind if my heart is broken to pieces.
I want a spell
That can let me fight against
The sorrow that is always in front of my eyes.

You are a memory that continues to dream.
I am the sleepless tomorrow.
I will move forward in order to attain
The miracle of the two of us meeting.
What I hold in these frightened hands of mine
Is a sword of handpicked flowers.
My feelings alone are all that I live for,
A wish that I brandish
Within my heart.

When I used to like books about strange lands
Illuminated by captive suns,
I believed the fairy tales that
Taught us that wishes would surely
Come true. (Among the light and shadow...)

Gently, magic from ancient times
Bloomed wildly in silence.
"The power to change the world
Lies in those hands of yours," it whispers.
Let us have an unending dream.
During this time I go through with you,
My feelings alone are all that I live for.
What will create my life is
This wish.

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Monte's interview on Total

Monte's interview on Total Party Thrill - World Building, Invisible Sun, Planescape, and some stuff about the other settings Monte has & is working on.

http://www.totalpartythrillcast.com/2016/09/15/tpt-59-monte-cook-worldbuilding-invisible-sun/

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All LOL Champions Trailer -

All LOL Champions Trailer - League of Legends Cinematic Movie 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7hccI3X7Eg

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There's something planar

There's something planar about these genre-blender arena games, isn't there? Gotta love the fact that they make all these trailers for a game that is doing just fine without them, heh. I don't play League of Legends but I really like the music and character art.

All the many login screens, for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jjiTQSibaY&list=PL3B1F171F3009BE74

In other news:

Zelda x Ghibli Film Trailer (fanmade)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxav9Jj7R68

Grim World (Dungeon World/Fate supplement)
http://www.boldlygames.com/grimworld/

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Ah, the Zelda Trailer is

Ah, the Zelda Trailer is beautiful!

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As always, not endorsing

As always, not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs:

http://www.rubedo.press/2016/09/26/interview-with-jose-leitao/

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...José Leitão is best known for his translation of The Book of St Cyprian: The Sorcerer’s Treasure (Hadean Press, 2014). While working with him on his contribution to Cypriana: Old World, he allowed me to interview him about the complex background behind his translation of The Book. What initially was planned as a blog post morphed into a massive (and massively entertaining to conduct, I might add) conversation that my coeditors and I chose to print in our anthology. In the full interview, we explore the intersections of poetics and magic, the burden of translating magical tomes, and what we can look forward to from him in the near future. Here are some excerpts that illuminate some of the core themes we covered...
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Faun - Federkleid

From the new Faun album Midgard:

Faun - Federkleid
Quite fitting for the Beastlands.

"Plumage" (lit.: dress of feathers)

Across the heath, in the early morning glow
Birds pass on by, where may they be tomorrow
I follow the sizzling of the wings into the somber moor
Age-old songs resound from the haze

Come and fly away with us
Let the wind carry you
Far away from this place
Come and fly as high as you can
Let us chase the skies
In our dance

Silken haze, so chilly, brushing my skin
Further and further, where shall I find my yearning's goal
I close my eyes and grow a plumage
I already feel the wind and spread my wings to fly

Come and fly away with us
Let the wind carry you
Far away from this place
Come and fly as high as you can
Let us chase the skies
In our dance

The heavens in you, how can I know them, how can I see them
In flight we dance like the stars, moving on their paths

Come and fly away with us
Let the wind carry you
Far away from this place
Come and fly as high as you can
Let us chase the skies
In our dance

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Dang I really love Faun!

Dang I really love Faun!

As always not refuting/endorsing any real world beliefs:

TEDx talk on the Power of Animism

https://youtu.be/lmhFRarkw8E

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My dear,

My dear,
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Truly yours,

Albert Camus

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Ah that last one was for the

Ah that last one was for the Ciphers. Should've said that.

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New TV Spot for Dr. Strange:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiLCdnXsX9E

Chronomancy?

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Heroes of Nuria Natal: Gravebinder

https://koboldpress.com/heroes-of-nuria-natal-gravebinder/

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Oh, the lands of Nuria Natal! Where gods walk and men think it nothing to seek immortality. Where riches abound and fortunes are to be made in markets and in ancient tombs. Where the dead walk and the sun bakes. Nuria Natal is a land of wonders, whether you are a native or just passing through. Contained herein are options for characters who would explore Nuria Natal and the rest of the Southlands. They work best when coupled with Southlands Heroes.

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Gravebinder (Wizard)
You are a necromancer who has used your knowledge for a far different purpose. Sometimes called a white necromancer, you stand as a guardian between the living and the dead. Often acting as guardians for tombs and burial grounds, your order makes sure the dead stay where they are put. Should they fail to do so, you are ready and willing to deal with them. This feature replaces your chosen Wizard school.
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STAR WARS: The Old Republic –

STAR WARS: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne – "Betrayed" Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbpDxrew4A0

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As always not endorsing

As always not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs:

Info on Ifa:

https://youtu.be/3Ff3ZvmG1jc

"This film was shot in the Houston, TX area and explores the manifestation in the Americas of a traditional African way of life called Ifa."

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Planarch Codex: Dark Heart of

Planarch Codex: Dark Heart of the Dreamer (free)

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/110283/Planarch-Codex-Dark-Heart-of-the-Dreamer

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Previously a Dungeon World Kickstarter exclusive! Now available to everyone!

Dark Heart of the Dreamer is a setting toolkit torn from the pages of the Planarch Codex, the lost gazetteer of the planes.

The city of Dis is a dungeon that connects all other dungeons. Its sewers and cisterns sink their roots into the underworld. Its pinnacles and spires grasp at the celestial spheres and have begun to spread across the face of the moon. To the west are the docks that gnaw at the elemental reaches, where ships come and go on the seas of fire, air, and water. And in every direction are the planes, tiny as a small fiefdom or large enough to seem infinite, but all in great peril.

This planar supplement for Dungeon World, World of Dungeons, and other games of dungeon adventure is completely modular: section by section, page by page, rule by rule. Use all of it, none of it, or pick and choose elements to use at your table.

It contains the following sections:

Feral Anthropologies provides new GM guidelines for playing in settings where culture matters, inspired by classic RPGs such as Planescape, Eberron, Everway, Exalted, Shadowrun, Freeport, Dark Sun, Wormwood, Tribe 8, Earthdawn, Warhammer Fantasy, Elfquest, Pirates of Dark Water, Agone, Engel, The Shadow of Yesterday, Talislanta, Artesia, Empire of the Petal Throne, and so forth.

Corsairs and Low Brigands describes the pervasive scourge of planar banditry and how to take part in it. You and your misfit comrades are hanging on the edge of just getting by, living hand-to-mouth and blade-to-face in the interplanar city of Dis. Find work however you can, and hope that you still have all your internal organs by the end of the week.

The Ravenous City introduces the monstrous planar metropolis of Dis and its inhabitants. The city of Dis is a living thing, hungrily devouring all the planes it touches. In the lost or forgotten parts of any decadent civilization—its deserted ruins or squalid sewers—Dis has already begun its conquest, absorbing and remaking things, but also taking on the traits of the worlds it digests. Adventurers aware of this invasion use the city’s beachheads to travel between the planes, simply by journeying through Dis. The city has already consumed dozens of planes, and refugees from countless worlds fill its streets. Where else is there to go? Plus, grotesque as it is, Dis now contains the last remnants of their homelands.

Short but toothy, Dark Heart of the Dreamer hands you the tools you need and throws you directly into the action. It's a setting book that knows the most important content isn't the words inside these pages but those spoken at your table during play.

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More Strange-ness:




Gravity Falls - Weirdmageddon (spoilers)
https://youtu.be/WFj519plrfk?t=10

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I love Gravity Falls!

I love Gravity Falls!

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fiat justitia ruat caelum - "Let justice be done though the heavens fall"

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"First we form habits, then they form us."
-Rob Gilbert

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"Is there any wonder then that we men suffer and in our suffering we rage? We are the immortal points that broke apart from the one point to follow Her here. We are the eternal wanderers. And where is She now? She is everywhere and nowhere. She is the embrace of the great emptiness that is the universe. She is the long-lingering kiss of time. She is everything She always was-and everything we always wanted Her to be. Now we serve Her or we rail against her, because we can never escape Her or ever really find Her. She is nameless and She is the very breath of all names--for She is the truth that embraces us all. She is God."
-The Dragon and the Unicorn by A.A. Attanasio

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Channel Zero Trailers:

Channel Zero Trailers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0t9pCnRW4o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJgHZCnpm1w

Based on the Candle Cove Creepy Pasta:

http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Candle_Cove

Essay on Creepy Pasta:

https://aeon.co/essays/creepypasta-is-how-the-internet-learns-our-fears

"With a flood of dark memes and viral horror stories, the internet is mapping the contours of modern fear"

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List of mythological objects

List of mythological objects

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mythological_objects

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Mythological objects encompass a variety of items (e.g. weapons, armour, clothing) found in mythology, legend, folklore, tall tale, religion, and spirituality from across the world. This list will be organized according to the category of object.
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^ That'll come in handy. The internet is a wonderful thing. Apart from all the insanity-inducing memetic devices lying around spare from the last great Information War.

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"You have to understand that I am not a magician as it is commonly perceived. Nor am I a shaman or an oracle. I am a scientist.

"Fifty years ago, Mr Snow, the physicist Richard Feynman gave a lecture entitled 'There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom.' His thesis was that, in a period concerned with megaengineering and macroscale physics, we were not directing the correct attention to the microscale.

"We contain universes. There are vastnesses in every grain of sand.

[...]

"Someone once created, in computer space an object whose every facet threw a unique shadow that formed one Hebrew letter. It therefore follows that there could be an object whose every facet whose every facet generates one letter of every language there is. And every language there could be. Informational superobjects existing outside history.

"And you're surrounded by them. So ask them."

--Melanctha, Planetary #21: Death Machine Telemetry/The Consultation

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Lost Ember teaser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuLnfXsPYGk

Tyranny trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LGj3TpEBZ8

Death in Space animated short
https://vimeo.com/138802207

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Gargoyles

Great stuff, guys!

Gargoyles:

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2nd update for today -

2nd update for today - Tyranny trailer:

https://youtu.be/JxonSmholW0

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Moana Official Trailer
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As They Continue To Fall (warning: violence, fallen angels)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhLJKCPpj28

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Swollen Members - Black Magic

Swollen Members - Black Magic (ft DJ Swamp)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckBWUEq0V60

"...De humani corporis fabrica
The structure of the human body, welcome to Gattaca
Twin girls in the hallway, elevators of blood,
Spin words like spider's silk burn when the fires built
Doves fly, straight from the hands of a replicant,
Run the blade futuristic cities of the heaven sent
I'm home melted chrome and twisted metal,
Surrealist literature from the seamless vessel
The dark arts incantations and spell craft circles and stars
The same fury that hell hath
Feathers of an Osprey, leather glove of the falconeer,
Treasure chests of gold, tales told then you all come near
Photons and gammas, rays and beams
Sailed with Jason and the Argonauts in ancient leagues
The lords of the hidden world seance and candlelight,
Connections to spirits that dance in the afterlife.."

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Happy All Saints' Day

Belatedly:

GeGeGe no Kitarō (1960 anime series) opening theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9boVDep-diw

“This is an age painted with the earth tones of graveyards. An age of buried humanity, where people are just lumps under the earth.”
--Shigeru Mizuki, creator of GeGeGe no Kitarō (October 6th, 1942) https://hyakumonogatari.com/2015/06/16/shigeru-mizukis-pre-war-notes-an-age-of-buried-humanity/

Nightmare, from the 1987 anime anthology film Robot Carnival
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oGxbCc0Xq8

Swing, You Sinners!, 1930 Fleischer Studios short
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9uk9IcoQ0w

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Plenilunio RPG Art

By Javier Charro

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WONDER WOMAN - Official

WONDER WOMAN - Official Trailer [HD]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q8fG0TtVAY

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LOGAN (Wolverine 3, X-Men Movie, 2017) - TRAILER [Full Length]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22iu8byk5C8

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Candle Trailer:

Candle Trailer:

https://youtu.be/8KADI-xG3ag

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Ghost in the Shell Trailer (2017) Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vctm5VD7qKQ

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Quote:Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell Trailer (2017) Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

Well, that's just... horrible. :(
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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK:
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Primus - The Devil Went Down

Primus - The Devil Went Down To Georgia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9uk9IcoQ0w

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017 movie, official trailer-- from Luc Besson, director of The Fifth Element)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BszXhUjJz00

PARADISE - A contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights (2016 animated short)
https://vimeo.com/191632804

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Good stuff!

Good stuff!

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This truth is sought as a thing inaccessible, as an object not to be objectized, incomprehensible. But yet, to no one does it seem possible to see the sun, the universal Apollo, the absolute light through supreme and most excellent species; but only its shadow, its Diana, the world, the universe, nature, which is in things, light which is in the opacity of matter, that is to say, so far as it shines in darkness.

Many then wander amongst the aforesaid paths of this deserted wood, very few are those who find the fountain of Diana. Many are content to hunt for wild beasts and things less elevated, and the greater number do not understand why, having spread their nets to the wind, they find their hands full of flies. Rare, I say, are the Actaeons to whom fate has granted the power of contemplating the nude Diana.

— From Giordano Bruno, Gli Eroici Furori (The Heroic Furies), Trans. L. Williams

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Fanmade (by professionals) Majora's Mask video

Terrible Fate (2016 CG short)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbMQfaG6lo8

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Frank Herbert - God Emperor of Dune

This morning I was born in a yurt at the edge of a horse-plain in a land of a planet which no longer exists. Tomorrow I will be born someone else in another place. I have not yet chosen. This morning, though—ahhh, this life! When my eyes had learned to focus, I looked out at sunshine on trampled grass and I saw vigorous people going about the sweet activities of their lives. Where...oh where has all of that vigor gone?
-The Stolen Journals

Sometimes I indulge myself in safaris which no other being may take. I strike inward along the axis of my memories. Like a schoolchild reporting on a vacation trip, I take up my subject. Let it be...female intellectuals! I course backward into the ocean which is my ancestors. I am a great winged fish in the depths. The mouth of my awareness opens and I scoop them up! Sometimes...sometimes I hunt out specific persons recorded in our histories. What a private joy to relive the life of such a one while I mock the academic pretensions which supposedly formed a biography.
-The Stolen Journals

The trance-state of prophecy is like no other visionary experience. It is not a retreat from the raw exposure of the senses (as are many trance-states) but an immersion in a multitude of new movements. Things move. It is an ultimate pragmatism in the midst of Infinity, a demanding consciousness where you come at last into the unbroken awareness that the universe moves of itself. That it changes, that its rules change, that nothing remains permanent or absolute throughout all such movement, that mechanical explanations for anything can work only within precise confinements and, once the walls are broken down, the old explanations shatter and dissolve, blown away by new movements. The things you see in this trance are sobering, often shattering. They demand your utmost effort to remain whole and, even so, you emerge from that state profoundly changed.
-The Stolen Journals

The singular multiplicity of this universe draws my deepest attention. It is a thing of ultimate beauty.
-The Stolen Journals

In all of my universe I have seen no law of nature, unchanging and inexorable. This universe presents only changing relationships which are sometimes seen as laws by short-lived awareness. These fleshly sensoria which we call self are ephemera withering in the blaze of infinity, fleetingly aware of temporary conditions which confine our activities and change as our activities change. If you must label the absolute, use it's proper name: Temporary.
-The Stolen Journals

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“Sometimes with the most

“Sometimes with the most intense pain a paralysis of sensibility occurs. The soul disintegrates--hence the deadly frost--the free power of the mind--the shattering, ceaseless wit of this kind of despair. There is no inclination for anything any more--the person is alone, like a baleful power--as he has no connection with the rest of the world he consumes himself gradually--and in accordance with his own principle he is--misanthropic and misotheos.”
― Novalis

“The imagination places the world of the future either far above us, or far below, or in a relation of metempsychosis to ourselves. We dream of traveling through the universe—but is not the universe within ourselves? The depths of our spirit are unknown to us—the mysterious way leads inwards. Eternity with its worlds—the past and future—is in ourselves or nowhere. The external world is the world of shadows—it throws its shadow into the realm of light. At present this realm certainly seems to us so dark inside, lonely, shapeless. But how entirely different it will seem to us—when this gloom is past, and the body of shadows has moved away. We will experience greater enjoyment than ever, for our spirit has been deprived.”
― Novalis

“Those who can hear butterflies laughing, know how clouds taste”
― Novalis

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More 'Dying Earth' illustrations by Tom Kidd

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The Waterboys - Stolen Child
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All good stuff!

All good stuff!

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As always neither endorsing nor refuting any real world beliefs:

“Listen to the wind, it talks.

Listen to the silence, it speaks.

Listen to your heart, it knows.”

-Native American Proverb

"There is no place to seek the mind, it is like footprints of the birds in the sky."
-Zenrin Kushû

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Art of Les Edwards

http://www.lesedwards.com/

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Merrie Melodies - Daffy Duck

Merrie Melodies - Daffy Duck the Wizard HD

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