PS Inspiration Take II: Getting Back on the Infinite Staircase

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A cross-section of quotes on art and imagination. Niiice.

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction. -Simone Weil

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge. -Pablo Picasso

http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/07/22/science-of-dust-picasso/

We’re constantly moving dust from one place to another, only to have it replaced by more dust-- entropy always wins. -Picasso

A piece of space-dust falls on your head once every day... With every breath, we inhale a bit of the story of our universe, our planet’s past and future, the smells and stories of the world around us, even the seeds of life. -Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito

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The Maker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDXOioU_OKM

Balance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wJj58aLvdQ

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Sorry Unsung, still have to

Sorry Unsung, still have to get to your links. Here's some Charles Fort:

"...that there is nothing that is beautiful and white, aglow against tangle and dark, that is not symbolized by froth on a vampire's mouth."

"All things break one relation only by the establishing of some other relation—All things cut an umbilical cord only to clutch a breast."

"...Or that there are no coincidences, in the sense that there are no real discords in either colors or musical notes.That any two colors,or sounds,can be harmonized by intermediately relating them to other colors or sounds."

“Char me the trunk of a redwood tree. Give me pages of white chalk cliffs to write upon. Magnify me thousands of times, and replace my trifling immodesties with a titanic megalomania — then might I write largely enough for our subjects.”

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Still need to look at those links...

Sorry man, just swamped!

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Tuck Me In:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNQIdEv-Emo

Warning: Horror Short

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Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd,
But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd:
Where order in variety we see,
And where, though all things differ, all agree.
-Alexander Pope

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Flower - Akikaze no Answer

Definitely somewhere on the Upper Planes. Elysium or Aborea would be my guess.

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As always not refuting/endorsing any real world beliefs, but this seemed like something a Xaositect sage might say:

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"The conviction that laws somehow give us a full accounting of events seems often to be based on the idea that they govern the world's substance or matter from outside, "making" things happen. If this is the case, however, then we must provide some way for matter to recognize and then obey these external laws. But, plainly, whatever supports this capacity for recognition and obedience cannot itself be the mere obedience. Anything capable of obeying wholly external laws is not only its obedience but also its capability, and this capability remains unexplained by the laws.

If...we construe laws as rules, we can put the matter this way: much more than rule-following is required of anything able to follow rules; conversely, no set of rules can by themselves explain the presence or functioning of that which is capable of following them.

It is, in other words, impossible to imagine matter that does not have some character of its own. To begin with, it must exist. But if it exists, it must do so in some particular manner, according to its own way of being. Even if we were to say, absurdly, that its only character is to obey external laws, this "law of obedience" itself could not be just another one of the external laws being obeyed. Something will be "going on" that could not be understood as obedience to law, and this something would be an essential expression of what matter was. To apprehend the world we would need to understand this expressive character in its own right, and we could never gain such an understanding solely through a consideration of external laws.

So we can hardly find coherence in the rather dualistic notion that physical laws reside, ghost-like, in some detached, abstract realm from which they impinge upon matter. But if, contrary to our initial assumption, we take laws to be in one way or another bound up with the world's substance — if we take them to be at least in part an expression of this substance — then the difficulty in the conventional view of law becomes even more intense. Surely it makes no sense to say that the world's material phenomena are the result — the wholly explained result — of matter obeying laws which it is itself busy expressing. In whatever manner we prefer to understand the material expression of the laws, this expression cannot be a matter of obedience to the laws being expressed! If whatever is there as the substance of the world at least in part determines the laws, then the laws cannot be said to determine what is there..."
-Talbott, From Mechanism to a Science of Qualities

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No problem. Way I see it, this thread's a preserve-for-posterity thing as much as anything, right?

Anyone who hasn't forgotten about Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (1999), please disregard. Otherwise:

Academician Prokhor Zakharov of the University of Planet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuhI_jabtE8&list=PLCrCld4MsdpF8lhLdSgB2QnKGJ3TfPLXW Guvners, Athar?

The popular stereotype of the researcher is that of a skeptic and a pessimist. Nothing could be further from the truth! Scientists must be optimists at heart, in order to block out the incessant chorus of those who say, ‘It cannot be done.’
--Academician Prokhor Zakharov, University Commencement

Man's unfailing capacity to believe what he prefers to be true rather than what the evidence shows to be likely and possible has always astounded me. We long for a caring universe which will save us from our childish mistakes, and in the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary we will pin all our hopes on the slimmest of doubts. God has not been proven not to exist, therefore he must exist.
--Academician Prokhor Zakharov

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDgXQPxzY8E

Sister Miriam Godwinson of the Lord’s Believers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX9OdR6hgEU&index=2&list=PLCrCld4MsdpF8lhLdSgB2QnKGJ3TfPLXW Harmonium, paladins, proxies?

Beware, you who seek first and final principles, for you are trampling the garden of an angry God and He awaits you just beyond the last theorem.
--Sister Miriam Godwinson, "But for the Grace of God"

And so we return again to the holy void. Some say this is simply our destiny, but I would have you remember always that the void exists, just as surely as you or I. Is nothingness any less a miracle than substance?
--Sister Miriam Godwinson, "We Must Dissent"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwqN3Ur-wP0 (Anarchists.)

Chairman Sheng-Ji Yang of the Human Hive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_hrYz_2uAk&index=3&list=PLCrCld4MsdpF8lhLdSgB2QnKGJ3TfPLXW Dustmen, Sensates, Ciphers, Godsmen, Athar, Bleakers, Guvners, Signers, Chaoticians?

If our society seems more nihilistic than that of previous eras, perhaps this is simply a sign of our maturity as a sentient species. As our collective consciousness expands beyond a crucial point, we are at last ready to accept life's fundamental truth: that life's only purpose is life itself.
--Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, "Looking God in the Eye"

We hold life to be sacred, but we also know the foundation of life consists of a stream of codes not so different from the successive frames of a watchvid. Why then cannot we cut one code short here, and start another there? Is life so fragile that it can withstand no tampering? Does the sacred brook no improvement?
--Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, "Dynamics of Mind"

Learn to overcome the crass demands of flesh and bone, for they warp the matrix through which we perceive the world. Extend your awareness outward, beyond the self of body, to embrace the self of group and the self of humanity. The goals of the group and the greater race are transcendent, and to embrace them is to achieve enlightenment.
--Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, "Essays on Mind and Matter"

Tyranny, you say? How can you tyrannize someone who cannot feel pain?
--Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, “Essays on Mind and Matter”

CEO Nwabudike Morgan of Morgan Industries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlWyV00YLf8&list=PLCrCld4MsdpF8lhLdSgB2QnKGJ3TfPLXW&index=4 Fated or Merkhants.

Resources exist to be consumed-- and consumed they will be, if not by this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten future seek to deny us our birthright? None, I say! Let us take what is ours, chew and eat our fill.
--CEO Nwabudike Morgan "The Ethics of Greed"

Human behaviour is economic behaviour.
--CEO Nwabudike Morgan, “The Centauri Monopoly”

Look at any photograph or work of art. If you could duplicate exactly the first tiny dot of color, and then the next and the next, you would end with a perfect copy of the whole, indistinguishable from the original in every way, including the so-called ‘moral value’ of the art itself. Nothing can transcend its smallest elements.
--CEO Nwabudike Morgan, "The Ethics of Greed"

Lady Deirdre Skye of Gaia’s Stepdaughters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DT56Imed9w&index=5&list=PLCrCld4MsdpF8lhLdSgB2QnKGJ3TfPLXW Beastlands or Arborean petitioner, Godsmen, Signers, Sensates?

No longer mere earthbeings and planetbeings are we, but bright children of the stars! And together we shall dance in and out of ten billion years, celebrating the gift of consciousness until the stars themselves grow cold and weary, and our thoughts turn again to the beginning.
--Lady Deirdre Skye, "Conversations With Planet"

Symbols are the key to telepathy. The mind wraps its secrets in symbols; when we discover the symbols that shape our enemy’s thought, we can penetrate the vault of his mind.
--Lady Deirdre Skye, "Our Secret War"

“You are the children of a dead planet, earthdeirdre, and this death we do not comprehend. We shall take you in, but may we ask this question-- will we too catch the planetdeath disease?”
--Lady Deirdre Skye, "Conversations With Planet"

Colonel Corazon Santiago of the Spartan Federation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLZ0thoxrHI&list=PLCrCld4MsdpF8lhLdSgB2QnKGJ3TfPLXW&index=6 Doomguard, Mercykillers, Harmonium?

Proper care and education for our children remains a cornerstone of our entire colonization effort. Children not only shape our future; they determine in many ways our present. Men and women work harder knowing their children are safe and close at hand, and never forget that, with children present, parents will defend their home to the death.
--Col. Corazon Santiago, "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"

Why should the future be different?
--Col. Corazon Santiago "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGCaACqy1Ro

Commissioner Pravin Lal of the Peacekeeping Forces
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMCF2CJaqGs&index=7&list=PLCrCld4MsdpF8lhLdSgB2QnKGJ3TfPLXW Indeps, Godsmen, Guvners, Anarchists?

The entire character of a base and its inhabitants can be absorbed in a quick trip to the Rec Commons. The sweaty arenas of Fort Legion, the glittering gambling halls of Morgan Bank, the sunny lovers' trysts in Gaia's High Garden, or the somber reading rooms of U.N. Headquarters. Even the feeding bay at the Hive gives stark insight into the sleeping demons of Yang's communal utopia.
--Commissioner Pravin Lal, "A Social History of Planet"

Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart, he dreams himself your master.
--Commissioner Pravin Lal, UN Declaration of Rights

All cutscenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=035cpHEowS4&index=1&list=PLBBA4EA8EABF39223

War is war; destruction is destruction. You think this is obvious. But war is not destruction, it is victory. To achieve victory, simply appear to give your opponent what he wants and he will go away, or join you in your quest for additional power.
--Datajack Sinder Roze, "Information Burns"

Please don't go. The Drones need you. They look up to you.
--prompt before quitting, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

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Saw Balance & Maker. The

Saw Balance & Maker. The first seemed like a good example of a demiplane, perhaps with Keepers who've become autonomous. Maker seems like a good NPC for characters to assist, perhaps ultimately help.

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“All Art is Magick…There is no more potent means than Art of calling forth true Gods to visible appearance."
— Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Part 3, Chapter X.

"Art is, like magick, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images to achieve changes in consciousness."
~ Alan Moore

"Art and ritual have a common root, and neither can be understood without the other..." ~ Jane Harrison, Ancient Art and Ritual

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Polyphonic Overtone Singing - Anna-Maria Hefele

"Anna-Maria Hefele is a one woman vocal ensemble. Trained in overtone singing, she is able to manipulate the resonances of her voice to produce polyphonous melodies, producing a ghostly and enchanting sound."

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Lizzy John

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Dig that crazy Sensate bee-dome-fountain hat. Hermetic mysticism has always been something I enjoyed alluding to in my games, though if I'm honest I don't know a whole lot about it.

I sometimes think about old tombs and weeds
That interwreathe among the bones of kings
With cold and poisonous berry and black flower:
Or ruminate upon the skulls of steeds
Frailer than shells and on those luminous wings -
The shoulder blades of Princes of fled power,
Which now the unrecorded sandstorms grind
Into so wraith-like a translucency
Of tissue-thin and aqueous bone
- A Reverie of Bone
--Mervyn Peake, Shapes And Sounds

I, while the gods laugh, the world's vortex am;
Maëlstrom of passions in that hidden sea
Whose waves of all-time lap the coasts of me,
And in small compass the dark waters cram.
--Mervyn Peake, Shapes and Sounds

I am the wilderness lost in man.
--Mervyn Peake

‘Glorious,' said Steerpike, 'is a dictionary word. We are all imprisoned by the dictionary. We choose out of that vast, paper-walled prison our convicts, the little black printed words, when in truth we need fresh sounds to utter, new enfranchised noises which would produce a new effect. In dead and shackled language, my dears, you are glorious, but oh, to give vent to a brand new sounds that might convince you of what I really think of you, as you sit there in your purple splendour, side by side! But no, it is impossible. Life is too fleet for onomatopoeia. Dead words defy me. I can make no sound, dear ladies, that is apt.'
--Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous architectural quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer walls. They sprawled over the sloping arch, each one half way over its neighbour until, held back by the castle ramparts, the innermost of these hovels laid hold on the great walls, clamping themselves thereto like limpets to a rock. These dwellings, by ancient law, were granted this chill intimacy with the stronghold that loomed above them. Over their irregular roofs would fall throughout the seasons, the shadows of time-eaten buttresses, of broken and lofty turrets, and, most enormous of all, the shadow of the Tower of Flints. This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven. At night the owls made of it an echoing throat; by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow.
--Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

Withdrawn and ruinous it broods in umbra: the immemorial masonry: the towers, the tracts. Is all corroding? No. Through an avenue of spires a zephyr floats; a bird whistles; a freshet beats away from a choked river. Deep in a fist of stone a doll's hand wriggles, warm rebellious on the frozen palm. A shadow shifts its length. A spider stirs…
And darkness winds between the characters.
--Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast


Gormenghast illustration by Ian Miller.

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The polyphonic singing is one of those things where it reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what. Michael Shanley’s Planar Burgs album, maybe, or the Diva from The Fifth Element, or a Tangerine Dream song? Even then it feels like there’s something else I’m not remembering. A primal something, maybe.

More Ian Miller.





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Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
--Mao Zedong

The people are like water and the army is like fish.
--Mao Zedong, Aspects Of China's Anti-Japanese Struggle

Mountain.
Peaks pierce the green sky, unblunted.
The sky would fall
but for the columns of mountains.
--Mao Zedong, Three Short Poems

Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent.
--Chairman Mao Zedong

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Good art - and I have to read

Good art - and I have to read Peake at some point!

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Brian Josephson, Order and Change: the end of an error?

Lecture at the Imperial College conference "The many facets of Time", regarding the possibility that the 'triadic order' of Peirce may underlie the order in nature, rather than some mathematical formalism.

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As always, not endorsing/refuting beliefs - This seems like something an Anarchist or Cipher might write:

The Clenched Fist of Reason:

"I mentioned in last month’s post here that our familiar term “world” is a rounded-off version of the Old English weorold, “man-old,” the time or age of human beings. That bit of etymology conceals more than one important insight. As I noted last month, it reminds us that this thing we call “the world” isn’t something wholly outside ourselves, something we experience in a detached and objective way. It’s something we create moment by moment in our minds, by piecing together the jumble of unconnected glimpses our senses give us—and we do the piecing according to a plan that’s partly given us by our biology, partly given us by our culture, and partly a function of our individual life experience.

That point is astonishingly easy to forget..."

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Tomorrowland:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/must-watch-britt-robertson-george-clooney-find-tomorrowland/

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Sebastian Onufszak

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Jessica Joslin

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Imogen Heap - The Listening

Imogen Heap - The Listening Chair

A Xaositect coming with a song on the spot. :-)

Imogen Heap - Entanglement

"Here we are
Blood pressure rising fast
Air electric
Conduct this orchestra

A micro utopia born
As the overture plays
This prelude to life long love
Our bodies’ entanglement take
You all over me
Me all over you..."

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Fort's idea of transmediumization explained:

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"Nor—and this is key—did Fort believe in any stable distinction between the imagined and the physical (WT 1010). Indeed, the imagination, properly understood in its true scope, is nearly omnipotent in Fort’s worldview. Indeed, it is so powerful (and potentially perverse) that Fort suggested in more than one context that we are all living in someone else’s novel, which was not a particularly good one (BD 79). He even speculated about something called “transmediumization,” which basically boiled down to the idea that imagined things could become real, physical things.

He was quite serious about all of this (in a humorous sort of way), and he was out to prove it. His main occult method of proving that we are caught in someone else’s writing and that the world is a physical-mythical quasi-thing was a rather unique form of—what else?—reading and writing. There is a certain logic here, which is also the logic of the present book. It goes like this: if we are being written, the best way to realize this and eventually free ourselves from this writing is to read our situation more deeply, more critically, and then begin to write ourselves anew. If we do not want to be written and read this way, we must learn to read and write our lives differently.”
- Jeffrey J. Kripal, “Mutants and Mystics : Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal.

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'2001: A Space Odyssey' Gets a Gorgeous Trailer for UK Re-Release

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Valin Mattheis

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American Horror Story Cover

American Horror Story Cover of Lana De Rey's Gods & Monsters

"In the land of Gods and Monsters
I was an Angel Living in the garden of evil.
Screwed up, scared, doing anything that I needed.
Shining like a fiery beacon.."

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“We are all future butterflies who think, wrongly, that we are just slugs. And we are evolving, whether we admit it or not, into something else. Something with wings.”
― Jeffrey J. Kripal

“...we are haunting ourselves in the present from the past and the future via the ghost and the alien.”
― Jeffrey J. Kripal

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Juli Jah

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Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Teaser Trailer

What happens when the Warforged Technopath achieves Awakening?

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Styx: Master of Shadows - Trailer

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Valin Mattheis... That's just awesome.

And James Spader... I'm going to go looking for some stuff from The Blacklist or even Boston Legal now. I feel like there's gotta be some material from those that would fit into Planescape, at least tangentially. The guy just elevates anything he's in.

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Deep Down
Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBt_0hzyVRM

Jazzpunk
Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T0UOy03_IE
Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2vn8AIPfKQ

‘What's one more meaningless act of violence on that zoo of a planet? It would be appropriate. When in Rome, burn it.’
--Iain M. Banks, The State of the Art

What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now. [...] But the old man didn't have to be. He could lie quiet in his canopied bed, with his bloodless hands folded on the sheet, waiting. His heart was a brief, uncertain murmur. His thoughts were as gray as ashes. And in a little while he too, like Rusty Regan, would be sleeping the big sleep.
--Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.
To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.
--Albert Camus, The Stranger

Astride of a grave and a difficult birth.
Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave digger puts on the forceps.
We have time to grow old.
The air is full of our cries.
But habit is a great deadener.
At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing.
Let him sleep on.
--Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Cake - Sheep Go To Heaven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xau1ZQUtW5c

“I can’t get behind the gods, who are more vengeful, angry and dangerous if you don’t believe in them!”
“Why can’t all these gods just get along? I mean, they’re omnipotent and omnipresent-- what’s the problem?”
“What’s the problem! What about the men who say do as I do, believe in what I say for your own good-- or I’ll kill you! I can’t get behind that!”
“I can’t get behind that! Everybody knows everything about all of us!”
“That’s too much knowledge!”
Both: “...I can’t get behind that!”
--William Shatner (featuring Henry Rollins), I Can’t Get Behind That
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ihIUagwiU

To live at all is miracle enough.
The doom of nations is another thing.
Here in my hammering blood-pulse is my proof.

Let every painter paint and poet sing
And all the sons of music ply their trade;
Machines are weaker than a beetle’s wing.

Swung out of sunlight into cosmic shade,
Come what come may the imagination’s heart
Is constellation high and can’t be weighed.

Nor greed nor fear can tear our faith apart
When every heart-beat hammers out the proof
That life itself is miracle enough.
--Mervyn Peake


http://undertale.tumblr.com/
Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYjpxIOJr6c

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empiresnafu.org (I don’t often say this, but NSFW. Probably not good for those of a sensitive disposition, either.)

S.N.A.F.U. was a visionary, a wanderer, a transcendental collector and maker of things. Shortly prior to IT's death IT was diagnosed as schizophrenic. (There are significant reasons to doubt the diagnosis.) The few details that are known of S.N.A.F.U.'s early life cannot legally be divulged until the year 2026.
--excerpt, Briefing

“We now recreate for those who slept The third world war The doppelganger war The war of the self The battle of the mind for the mind… it is revolution with out conclusion. Within this zone of separation all that you imply by sound or action is retroactively realized within the minds of all who perceive you.”
Then, S.N.A.F.U. with several of the newly instructed, all oddly garbed, and equipped with instruments of cacophony, would parade through the streets, dispensing xeroxed invitations to the temple. The invitations were disjointedly evocative, vague on details other than the time and location of the NIDUS-MONAD, and the statement that admission to the event was free, but a penalty fee, usually about ten dollars, would be imposed on any who wished to gain admittance while wearing any form of clothing.
--excerpt, Briefing

Early in the development of the NIDUS-MONAD, knowledge of Ixt'lot'l came to S.N.A.F.U. in a dream. IT wrote, "IT saw IT'S ancestors striving to attain linguistic proficiency in Ixt'lot'l This language of the deceased is communicated via pure sensory dilation. One does not engage in conversation, one courses with delirium. Structured not in phrases but in fugues. Ixt'lot'l is a precision tongue of immaculate vagary, and misappropriated recollection. Communication of specific meaning is so improbable that it is hoped for only by fools… A fugue is sent, and the sender's cedes all determination of content to the immutably predefined context of the receiver. The time of the dead differs from the time of the living. The duration of a fugue is utterly subjective, measured only by the depth to which it is dwelled upon by a receiver. A fugue recounting a lifetime of knowledge might fade, brushed away in the blink of an eye. or The moist cry of an unseen bird on a yellow morning might swell to extend over a thousand lifetimes. In Ixt'lot'l falsehood is impossible and truth is unknowable except as sensation."
--excerpt, Ixt’lot’l (*footnote)

Spawned from the lush detritus of the collective subconscious, the dome-headed, mechanoid Scarabs of the Empire S.N.A.F.U. Restoration project are filthy and asexual. They are janitor-midwives of the collective subconscious, ostensibly sworn to tidy up the "dung" of the underbrain and bring about the birth of a new spiritual day.
--excerpt, THE SCARABS - DOME HEADED TRIUMVIRATE FROM S.N.A.F.U.'S UNFINISHED OPERA: "INNER LIFE of the RATS"


#0.8080811-Particle Opera (The Desert)


#07088.086 [Reticulation Follicle] - Roentgen Equivalency Stigma


2 views of Ferrous Appendage For Purposes of Ambidextrous Atmospheric Electrical Accumulation
“Device, intended to be worn on either left or right arm while the wearer stood atop a tall building, mountain, or other altitudinous location in hopes of attracting lighting”



Chylds N-GYn of ProgressiOn


From the Para-Symbiosis of Tyranny
“consumes limbic debris, broken dreams and particulate aerosol fecal matter.”


#00.00837419 - H3AD


Still from an early unfinished bio-pic about S.N.A.F.U.
“The coat of baby armor is one of several similar "reality filters" designed and constructed by S.N.A.F.U.”

HOW DID S.N.A.F.U. DIE?
S.N.A.F.U. spent the final seventeen days of IT's life at ------------ state hospital undergoing a court ordered psychiatric evaluation. The death was ruled an accidental suicide. There is no evidence to suggest that S.N.A.F.U. did not die by IT's own hand, but it is unlikely that S.N.A.F.U. considered IT's death an accident, or suicide.
--excerpt, Briefing

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Primus & The Chocolate Factory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APbUoAYkEXg

The Real Tuesday Weld - The Last Werewolf Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClWhZP3gGvQ

The Real Tuesday Weld - Me and Mr Wolf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrwT3bhRz8M

Lazarus and the Plane Crash - The Clay’s A Calling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xXQWkos42w

The Real Tuesday Weld - Deep Blue Something
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9UGLB1vosU

cyriak - malfunction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnWP2Emps1M

If ifs and maybes were virgins and babies, we’d all have a Happy All Hallows’. Happy Halloween.

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More incredible stuff Unsung.

More incredible stuff Unsung. Trying to play catch up - watched some animations you posted. Really liked The Creation & Nebula!

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Psychology's Magician

"Algis Valiunas on the life and career of Carl Jung, mystic scientist of the mind"

"For Jung, the discoveries he made never lost the gleam of the uncanny. Where Freud shone a searchlight of austere rational understanding on the unconscious, Jung came to eschew the very notion of understanding, indeed the very word: the adept knew wondrous things without understanding them. Such knowledge bypassed the conventional mental circuitry and went straight to — where exactly? Jung couldn’t say; perhaps no one could. These matters remained enveloped in a haze of mystery."

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Knowing many stories is wisdom.
Knowing no stories is ignorance.
Knowing only one story is death.
-John Michael Greer

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“The unconscious is always the fly in the ointment, the skeleton on the cupboard of perfection, the painful lie given all idealistic pronouncements, the earthliness that clings to our human nature and sadly clouds the crystal clarity we long for.

In the alchemical view, rust, like verdigris, is the metal’s sickness. But at the same time this leprosy is the vera prima materia, the basis for the preparation of the philosophical gold.”
—Carl Jung, Dreams

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Leonora Carrington

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Regardless of whether I

Regardless of whether I comment or not, this thread is always fascinating to browse.

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Dance In The Rain

Dance In The Rain

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Southlands Bards Who Strike the Right Note

"The clapping of hands to a folksy rhythm, the dance-inspiring thump of goatskin tambourines, the high reedy long notes produced by conical horns carved of apricot wood—these are just some of the sounds of the Southlands.

Like a magic carpet, music is interwoven into the fabric of the region’s life and culture."

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Here’s 9 Great Movies About Magick and the Occult

"In honor of Halloween, here’s a roundup of nine great films about magick and the occult. Obvious choices (Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist), as well as films that present the subject in an exploitative manner (such as those of Dario Argento) have been left out… as have the Harry Potter movies, because that’s just too easy."

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13th Sage: Heroquesting the Dragon Empire

"In Glorantha, heroquesting takes you across to the Other Side, the timeless world of the gods, the Godtime in which the world was created and nearly destroyed. When things are going right, you tap into a story in which your god (or perhaps just an ancient Godtime heroine) gains power, or wisdom, or accomplishes some great thing for the world, or at least for your clan or for your river valley or maybe just for the magic shield you discovered in a ruin that you think might be connected to a story of the great guardian god Elmal! (When things are going wrong, you aren’t quick or powerful or knowledgeable enough and some aspect of the heroquest kicks your ass and punts you out of the Godtime damaged or disturbed or dead.)"

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Nadezhda Illarionova's Dark Fairy Tales

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Tsukema Tsukeru
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLy4cvRx7Vc

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Furisodeshon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y6H-YjsE9Q

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Fashion Monster
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GivkxpAVVC4

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Thanks for the kind words! I

Thanks for the kind words! I love those J-pop videos, makes me think of the Feywild and/or Dreamheart. Still catching up to those other vids...

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Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse

"The ancient world also offers plentiful examples of traditions that champion multiplicity outright. Atomists like Democritus and Epicurus proposed a plurality of universes generated by random collisions, representing a “spatial multiplicity.” Lucretius, who drew extensively upon Epicurus’s notion of an atomic “swerve,” offered a “temporal multiplicity,” wherein an infinitude of universes fade in and out being. Meanwhile, the Stoics opted for a model that is eternal, but features a single cosmos that eternally returns after being destroyed in fire (epyrosis) and re-arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Rubenstein’s reading of these philosophers, which draws upon both Michel Serres and Nietzsche, is lucid and elegant."

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race

"Twenty years after the events of Iron Sky, the former Nazi Moonbase has become the last refuge of mankind. Earth was devastated by a nuclear war, but buried deep under the wasteland lies a power that could save the last of humanity – or destroy it once and for all. The truth behind the creation of mankind will be revealed when an old enemy leads our heroes on an adventure into the Hollow Earth. To save humanity they must fight the Vril, an ancient shapeshifting reptilian race and their army of dinosaurs."

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Final Epic Trailer

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Into the Woods Trailer

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Catching up on Unsung's great links...

Queens of the Stone Age, Living Tomb, Crawl & Castlevania - loved it all. Thanks for posting those Unsung!

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AKB48 - UZA

(The Chinese version's video is probably more fantastic.)

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Sunny Hill - Pray

Warning: MV is a *downer*

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New York Organ Donor Network "Long Live New York"

Feels like this kind of magi-tech is something that might happen in the Hinterlands?

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Five Moons RPG by Sean K Reynolds

"With Five Moons RPG, you can play a character that's fun and successful without having to focus on combat math. You can choose skills that make your character well-rounded--without making you vulnerable. You can wear magic items that are fun and flavorful instead of just being a source of plusses. You can defeat opponents using diplomacy or intimidation, and not just with one all-or-nothing roll."

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Home-Brewed Hyborian Adventure

"Howard termed Conan’s time “The Hyborian Age.” And its place was the prehistoric realms of Hyboria and the outlying “savage” lands. The map of the Hyborian Age isn’t too dissimilar from what we imagine the pre-cataclysmic continent of a unified Europe/Asia/Africa to look like. It’s a time of young civilizations and forgotten kingdoms—a time of high adventure! Thus, the Hyborian Age becomes one of the best playgrounds imaginable when it comes to tabletop roleplaying. There have been many notable adaptations throughout the years of the Conan mythology for pen and paper RPGs. And the Cimmerian’s influence is no stranger to the core concepts of D&D itself—heroic adventure in the face of thrilling adversities, among them."

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Kumpan

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Lawful Evil.
"Damn! This is gonna be a lot harder than I thought."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SXHp42HGUA

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Of Monsters and Men -> Slow &

Of Monsters and Men -> Slow & Steady

Of Monsters and Men - Sinking Man

Of Monsters and Men - Sloom

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'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Final Trailer

"I am prepared to fight for eternity."

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Some Words about the Poem.

"Poetry can bring joy, it can ease grief. It bridges different worlds & myriad cultures.

Poetry can bring rain & make the crops grow. It smoothes the path for the traveler and brings sleep to the feverish child.

Poetry is our heart’s cry and our heart’s ease. It constantly renews our seeing: so we can speak the constantly changing Truth..."

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“Truth can not be suppressed and always is the ultimate victor."
-the Yajur Veda

"You must learn to endure fleeting things - they come and go!"
-Bhagavad-gita 2:14

On this Earth do I stand,
Unvanquished, unslain, unhurt.
Set me, O Earth, amidst the nourishing strength
That emanates from thy body.
The Earth is my mother,
her child am I!
-the Atharva Veda

"We do not know which weight is worse to bear
our conquering them or their conquering us."
-Bhagavad-gita 2:6

"Now you will see me as I am become Death, Destroyer of worlds.
I am vengeful time!
All around you in battle are your enemies
But their deaths are not yours but mine!
So arise my champion, without remorse..
Bravely, even joyously defeat your foes,
for you are the most amazing archer,
but truly 'tis I who guide your arrows!"
Bhagavad-gita 11:32 and 33

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Led Zeppelin's Dance with the

Led Zeppelin's Dance with the Occult

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...It was going to be a slightly different album, Zeppelin’s hard- rock edge softened with British folk influences. But the opener, “Immigrant Song,” was pure Zeppelin, a Viking-inspired revelry about cold Nordic winds and the halls of Valhalla. At the time Page was obsessed with Aleister Crowley, whose notorious turn-of-the-century magical and sexual escapades were idealized by much of the sixties counterculture as brilliant feats of radicalism. Page believed Crowley was a “misunderstood genius” and thought he had a duty to spread Crowley’s prime directive: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” While Page’s own passion could be infectious, it was not always easy to know when he was just looking to stir things up. Manning later said he never knew of Zeppelin’s guitarist ever actually trying to cast a spell or perform a ritual. But Page had invested a huge sum on rare Crowley manuscripts, and even went so far as to buy Crowley’s home on the shore of Loch Ness—a mansion rumored to be haunted by the spirits the dark magician had conjured. By agreeing to inscribe the Crowley line on the master pressing of the album, Manning decided to humor his friend even though the risk of damaging the master was great...

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Graywalkers

'Graywalkers takes inspiration from all the classics; Fallout, XCOM, Jagged Alliance, you name it. It also wants to build a name for itself, though, using a very stylized artistic approach, and a rather unique premise for the setting: Heaven, Hell, and Earth have merged due to an incident known as “The Rupture."'

'First is that the source and nature of our world is supernatural. Most of the post-apocalyptic settings are nuclear based or virus based. Hardly any deal with a supernatural cause.'

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Restore Light Across 9 Norse Worlds in Eitr

"Eitr is an isometric adventure RPG by London-based studio, Eneme Entertainment. Conceptualized from Norse mythology, Eitr is a vicious black poison that corrupts whatever and whoever comes in contact with it. Darkness consumes 9 Norse worlds after the tree Yggdrasil (the connector of the worlds) becomes poisoned by Eitr. It is now up to Shield Maiden to restore light to the Yggdrasil."

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Sephiroth - The Call of the Serpent

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"...The great justification for the act of reading and writing fiction is that through it we can be disciplined and seduced into imagining other people’s lives with understanding and compassion, even if we do not ‘identify’ with them...”
—Arturo Islas

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Beyond Creation - The Aura

"Knowing your thoughts,
Forecasting all slightest gesture.
I am the Aura that guides you in every step of life.
I'll make you feel what I like you to feel and taste

Now listen to these gusts of mechanical torture that are irradiating all these people.."

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Skinner and Arik Roper’s “New Maps of the the Abyss” at Cotton Candy Machine

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Is there anywhere we can look

Is there anywhere we can look where we can't find the Dreamer? There’s a nice ancient Indian story where a particularly violence-prone king (liked to behead people who displeased him) asked one of his “wise men”, “Tell me who is greater, God or me? If I don’t like what you say, our “beheader” is right here to deal with it.” The wise man thought briefly, then said, “Why King, of course you are greater. You can banish people from your kingdom, but God, being omnipresent, cannot.”
-Don Salmon

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“I heard word
Of bellied sailcloth,
Creak of oars,
And gold in Eastland.
Then I smelled
A smell remembered:
Salt of spray
And black-pitched boat's keel.”
-The Long Ships - Frans G Bengtsson.

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“And watch out for Molly. See if she does anything unusual. There’s something I don’t trust about the way she exploded and then came back from the dead like that.”
― David Wong, John Dies at the End

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"I have had a long life, Hugi. You insult me by assuming I have never considered these footnotes to sophomore philosophy..."
-Zelazny, Courts of Chaos

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Tolkien, Return of the King spoiler:

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'Gandalf did not move. And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the City, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.

And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.'

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Drama vs. Realism vs. Game: Maximum Effort

A super-strong hero needs to save his girlfriend—it’s the most important thing he has ever done. Problem is, she’s trapped under a bus that’s heavier than anything he’s ever lifted.

What happens next?

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Lost Magic: Eldritch Epiphany

"By pronouncing an ancient syllable first spoken at the dawn of creation, you instantly know the optimal way to modify your next spell in a way you desire."

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Yohei Horishita’s Elaborate Digital Illustrations

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The history of the world is

The history of the world is the history of the warfare between secret societies.
-Ishmael Reed, Mumbo-Jumbo (Illuminatus! Trilogy)

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The Purple Sage opened his mouth and moved his tongue and so spake to them and he said:

The Earth quakes and the Heavens rattle; the beasts of nature flock together and the nations of men flock apart; volcanoes usher up heat while elsewhere water becomes ice and melts; and then on other days it just rains. Indeed do many things come to pass.
-Lord Omar Khayaam Ravenhurst, K.S.C., "The Book of Predications." The Honest
Book of Truth (Illuminatus! Trilogy)

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He saw that he was confronted, actually, with two propositions. The first was simple: “The circumstances are such that I must concentrate on so-and-so”. The second was less simple: “The circumstances have been so contrived as to suggest that I must concentrate on so-and-so”.

In pursuing the first proposition he must, at least, not lose sight of the second.
-Michael Innes

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For I am the first and the last. I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin....
I am the barren one, and many are her sons....
I am the silence that is incomprehensible....
I am the utterance of my name.
-The Thunder, Perfect Mind

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'It would be difficult, if not actually impossible, to find a clearer expression of the mytheme of Radiation: for Keel, the world’s mythologies are literally vibrations or frequencies along the electromagnetic spectrum (EM) interacting with the vision-generating, mythmaking organ of the human brain. We see what our cultures and religions have conditioned us to see as we interact with these energies, but—and this is the subtle part—there may well be something “out there” interacting with us.

Though he often framed the issue in the form of a rhetorical question, Keel clearly believed that there exists in the environment “a mysterious exterior force that has the ability to manipulate us.”41 We are being written, and zapped, and screwed with.

By what? By the superspectrum, a spectrum of energies that, at least at its higher reaches, cannot yet be measured with our present technology and science. Why can’t we measure these higher reaches of the superspectrum? Because “it is extradimensional, meaning that it exists outside our own space-time continuum yet influences everything within our reality.”

In a word, it is occult.'
-Jeffrey J. Kripal. “Mutants and Mystics : Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal.

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You who hears all.
Who attends to every prayer.
Who sees all -
I pray You blink -
And miss what happens next.
-Grant Morrison, Annihilator

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As usual not affirming

As usual not affirming/refuting any beliefs:

“It is true, certain and without falsehood, that whatever is below is like that which is above; and that which is above is like that which is below: to accomplish the one Wonderful Work.”
-The Emerald Tablet

'All that is yonder is also Here.'
-Plotinus

'Esoterically the man below corresponds entirely to the Man Above.'
-The Zohar

'Whatever is here, that (also) is There. Whatever is There, that again is here'
-Kathopanishad

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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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"The realm of the soul is like an ocean. It's vast. When the physical body and brain, which act as buffers for this world while we are alive, fall away, we risk falling into the lower realms of the spiritual world: realms that correspond directly to the lower portions of our psyche and are, as such, murky in the extreme.

That, I believe, is what the ancients were talking about whenever they brought up realms of afterlife that were grim, dark, and miserable. And that's why initiation was so important, both in Greece and in so many other ancient cultures. Through initiations, people were reminded experientially of their true identities as cosmic beings whose inner structure directly mirrored the structure of the spiritual worlds that waited at death. The idea that the human soul is modeled on the spiritual world met that by following the ancient Greek injunction to "know thyself," one learned to know the cosmos that gave us birth as well.

Initiations were often frightening in parts because the spiritual world has its darker areas, just as the human psyche does. But mostly these rites appear to have been deeply affirming. The initiates knew that the rites they had experienced had prepared them both to bear the burdens of earthly life and to find their way back home to the higher regions of the world beyond when they reentered it at death. These were realities for these ancient peoples. What they had to say about them was based at least in some part on experience, which is why their writings on the subject can be thrilling and, for some people, terrifying."
-Map of Heaven, Eben Alexander & Ptolemy Tompkins

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Can't post links for now, will have to make do with quotes. As always, not endorsing/refuting anyone's beliefs:

Krishna Prem on the Hermetic Axiom 'As Above, So Below':

"On all planes and sub-planes of the Cosmos this Axiom rules. It is the master-key which will open all locks. The mere possession of the key as an intellectual doctrine will no doubt lead to all sorts of merely analogical reasoning which may lead the enquirer nowhere in particular; but the image of the key printed on the pages of a book is not the Key and our statement applies solely to him who has found the Key itself. For him the four great Doors that are at the four cardinal points of the Cave of Initiation stand open, Doors that are symbolized in all the temples of India and which will give him entry into strange and secret passages that lead to all the Quarters of the universe. There is a sacred cavern in the Himalayas from which underground passages are popularly supposed to go to far-off Benares and Prayag. The actual passages are probably a myth; nevertheless the symbolism is true, though the mystic cities to which they lead are not the ones bearing the same names that can be reached by rail."

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'In many myths, the one possibility the gods are most anxious about is that humans will discover some secret of immortality or even... attempt to stride the high heavens. ...It's a little bit like the rich imposing poverty on the poor and then asking to be loved because of it.'
-Carl Sagan

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Quotations are by Terence McKenna:

“The trick to making the shamanic virtual world compelling is to fairly and truly convey it. You can’t cut corners. You can’t fake it. . . . So that this stuff really does blow people’s minds, so that people see, well, human imagination is large enough to accommodate the human soul. It doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re wearing too tight a pair of shoes.”

“We have no idea how strange the world we can create in the near term will be.”

“I think that’s the question that remains unanswered, you know, that’s the grail of the thing. What is the nature of the Other, is basically what you’re asking. Is it a construct, a projection or a discovery? It’s not clear to me what it is.”

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'Whatever is here, that is there;
Whatever is There, that also is here;
From death to death he goes
Who sees things here as different
By the manas is this to be realized;
There is not even the slightest difference here.
From death to death he goes
Who sees things here as different'
-Katha Upanishad

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'The aim of the College of Complexes, as an educational / recreational forum, was neither to recruit members nor to mobilize troops for the achievement of specific goals, but rather to inform, agitate, educate, emancipate, provoke, inspire, offend, scandalize, tickle, and excite.'
-Franklin Rosemont

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Excerpt from Italo Calvino's

Excerpt from Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities:

"In Eudoxia, which spreads both upward and down, with winding alleys, steps, dead ends, hovels, a carpet is preserved in which you can observe the city's true form. At first sight nothing seems to resemble Eudoxia less than the design of that carpet, laid out in symmetrical motives whose patterns are repeated along straight and circular lines, interwoven with brilliantly colored spires, in a repetition that can be followed throughout the whole woof. But if you pause and examine it carefully, you become convinced that each place in the carpet corresponds to a place in the city and all the things contained in the city are included in the design, arranged according their true relationship, which escapes your eye distracted by the bustle, the throngs, the shoving. All of Eudoxia's confusion, the mules' braying, the lampblack stains, the fish smell is what is evident in the incomplete perspective you grasp; but the carpet proves that there is a point from which the city shows its true proportions, the geometrical scheme implicit in its every, tiniest detail.

It is easy to get lost in Eudoxia: but when you concentrate and stare at the carpet, you recognize the street you were seeking in a crimson or indigo or magenta thread which, in a wide loop, brings you to the purple enclosure that is your real destination. Every inhabitant of Eudoxia compares the carpet's immobile order with his own image of the city, an anguish of his own, and each can find, concealed among the arabesques, an answer, the story of his life, the twists of fate.

An oracle was questioned about the mysterious bond between two objects so dissimilar as the carpet and the city. One of the two objects -- the oracle replied -- has the form the gods gave the starry sky and the orbits in which the worlds revolve; the other is an approximate reflection, like every human creation.

For some time the augurs had been sure that the carpet's harmonious pattern was of divine origin. The oracle was interpreted in this sense, arousing no controversy. But you could, similarly, come to the opposite conclusion: that the true map of the universe is the city of Eudoxia, just as it is, a stain that spreads out shapelessly, with crooked streets, houses that crumble one upon the other amid clouds of dust, fires, screams in the darkness."

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Excerpt from Italo Calvino's

Excerpt from Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities:

'and these innovations do not disturb your city's astral rhythm?' i asked.

'our city and the sky correspond so perfectly,' they answered, 'that any change in Andria involves some novelty among the stars.' the astronomers, after each change takes place in Andria, peer into their telescopes and report a nova's explosion, or a remote point in the firmament's change of color from orange to yellow, the expansion of a nebula, the bending of a spiral of the Milky Way. Each change implies a sequence of other changes, in Andria as among the stars: the city and the sky never remain the same.

as for the character of Andria's inhabitants, two virtues are worth mentioning: self-confidence and prudence. convinced that every innovation in the city influences the sky's pattern, before taking any decision they calculate the risks and advantages for themselves and for the city and for all worlds.'
-invisible cities by calvino

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From Gaiman's Sandman:

From Gaiman's Sandman:

Morpheus: You should have gone to her funeral
Orpheus : Why?
Morpheus: To say goodbye
Orpheus: I have not yet said goodbye to Eurydice
Morpheus: You should. You are mortal: It is the mortal way. You attend the funeral, you bid the dead farewell. You grieve. Then you continue with your life. And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live.

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"He respected my people. We respected him. We were never lovers, and we never will be, now. I do not regret that however, I regret the conversations we never had, the time we did not spend together. I regret that I never told him that he made me happy when I was in his company. The world was the better for his being in it. These things alone do I now regret: things left unsaid. And he is gone and I am old."

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"In the centre of Fedora,

"In the centre of Fedora, that grey stone metropolis, stands a metal building with a crystal globe in every room. Looking into each globe, you see a blue city, the model of a different Fedora. These are the forms the city could have taken if, for one reason or another, it had not become what we see today. In every age someone, looking at Fedora as it was, imagined a way of making it the ideal city, but while he constructed his miniature model, Fedora was already no longer the same as before, and what had until yesterday a possible future became only a toy in a glass globe.

The building with the globes is now Fedora's museum: every inhabitant visits it, chooses the city that corresponds to his desires, contemplates it, imagining his reflection in the medusa pond that would have collected the waters of the canal (if it had not been dried up), the view from the high canopied box along the avenue reserved for elephants (now banished from the city), the fun of sliding down the spiral, twisting minaret (which never found a pedestal from which to rise).

On the map of your empire, O Great Khan, there must be room both for the big, stone Fedora and the little Fedoras in glass globes. Not because they are all equally real, but because all are only assumptions. The one contains what is accepted as necessary when it is not yet so; the others, what is imagined as possible and, a moment later, is possible no longer."
-Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

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“We are pluriforms of God

“We are pluriforms of God voluntarily descended to this prison world, voluntarily losing our memory, identity, and supernatural powers (faculties), all of which can be regained through anamnesis.”
-P.K.Dick

“From Ikhnaton [pharaoh who initiated monotheism] this knowledge passed to Moses, and from Moses to Elijah, the Immortal Man, who became Christ. But underneath all the names there is only one Immortal Man; and we are that man.”
-P.K.Dick

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'There is a very good reason for this chameleon-like nature of Dick’s self-interpretations, I would suggest, and that reason boils down to the fact that Dick understood himself to be a kind of gnostic comparativist, that is, he saw the deepest truth of things as being available to us in the history of religions, but also as “splintered up over thousands of miles and years.” There are sparks and bits, for example, in Neoplatonism, Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, Taoism, Brahmanism, Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, Orphism, and so on, but no single system taken alone is true, hence “none is to be accepted at the expense of all the others.” Rather, like the Soul or the Self, the truth must be recollected from its dispersal in history and culture. “This is my task,” Dick declares.

Having admitted all of that, it is also true that Dick was profoundly drawn to systems of thought that he himself identified as both “Christian” and “gnostic.” Dick understood Gnosticism to be an accessible, “already accomplished” truth that was best reflected in a set of early Christian communities and texts that saw the world of matter as corrupt or even evil and that understood the biblical creator-god to be a kind of dumb demiurge or lower creator god. As we have already had many occasions to note, the true gnostic Godhead, who was entirely beyond this material world, could be reached not through the violent and finally ignorant beliefs and rituals of the orthodox churches, but through a personal gnosis, that is, a mystical experience that revealed to one the ultimately illusory nature of the material, social, and religious worlds and the essential divinity of the soul-spark. In other word—Valis.

This is a dangerous truth. Hence the simplest summary of Dick’s gnosis is probably Sutin’s potent observation that one of the most common and consistent features of the Exegesis is the author’s sense of himself as “a frightened ‘knower’ of a secret” (DIS 117). He certainly believed that the only sure way to knowledge and salvation was “disobedience”—disobedience, that is, to the ruler of this world of civility and church. This sense of fear and forbidden knowledge, of course, was already encoded in his science fiction before he came around to a conscious gnostic worldview. Science fiction, for Dick, was a kind of natural Gnosticism without revelation, which we might frame for our own purposes in its simplest terms as a refusal to yield to the social reality in which one happens to find oneself...

...In the pink light of Valis, he also came to see that many of his earlier sci-fi novels, and especially Ubik, encoded the later revelation. He came to see that these earlier novels were, in effect, messages from the future.26 They thus “have a strange ring of (revealed) truth about them.” This leads him to ask a question. Is “something writing through us?'
-Jeffrey J. Kripal. “Mutants and Mystics : Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal

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THE SECRET SCHOOL SUGGESTS

THE SECRET SCHOOL SUGGESTS THAT WE ARE THE AUTHORS OF OURSELVES, ENGAGED IN SOME EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT THAT WE ARE ONLY JUST NOW BEGINNING TO SEE WITH OUR ORDINARY MINDS....WE ARE REACHING TOWARD A NEW KIND OF MIND, ONE THAT CAN WALK THE PAST, READ THE FUTURE, AND USE PSYCHIC POWER WITH KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL.
-WHITLEY STRIEBER, THE SECRET SCHOOL

HUMANITY IS NOT A FRIGHTENED INFANT BUT MORE A GIANT IN BONDAGE, AND THE CHAINS THAT BEAR US DOWN ARE FASHIONED FROM THESE SECRETS.
-WHITLEY STRIEBER, CONFIRMATION

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“THUS WE MAY STAND AT THE THRESHOLD OF DISCOVERIES . . . WHICH MAY REQUIRE A LITERAL EVOLUTION OF OUR SPECIES—AND THIS MAY INDEED BE TAKING PLACE. THUS EVEN TO KNOW THIS HYPER-STRUCTURE IS TO CEASE TO BE HUMAN, AND YET SUCH KNOWLEDGE—NOT FAITH, NOT REVELATIONS, BUT THE UTILIZATION OF PURE INTELLECT—IS POSSIBLE. I ARGUE, THEN, THAT MAN AS A SPECIES MAY BE COMING TO AN END, SUBSUMED INTO A HIGHER LEVEL OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMPLEXITY; AND A NEW SPECIES MAY BE EVOLVING OUT OF HIM. I ARGUE, FINALLY, THAT THE HYPER-STRUCTURE IS TO SOME DEGREE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN PROMOTING THIS, SINCE IT IS AN EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS IN WHICH IT IS INVOLVED.”
-P.K.DICK

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Dick also did not hesitate to employ the Hindu philosophical concepts of Atman and Brahman, the immortal witness Self (atman) and universal ground of Being, Consciousness, and Bliss that are identical or “nondual.” Thus he compares the godlike Logos of his novel Ubik to the Atman. And he compares Valis to the Brahman, which hides itself in and as the trash of the material world and the kitsch of pop culture—“Zebra,” as Dick liked to call this Being, with the suggestion that we are being deceived by a higher power, just as animals are deceived by mimicry and deception in the animal kingdom. “Zebra, if it can be said to resemble the contents of any religion,” Dick wrote, “resembles the Hindu concept of Brahman.”

God, it turns out, shows stripes in the high grass not to help us, but to hide from us and to trick us. Or to eat us, for tigers have stripes too.
-Jeffrey J. Kripal. “Mutants and Mystics : Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal.

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Dick’s Gnosticism, like his vision of time, was fundamentally Two. In some of his novels, it is also the case that there are two gods. There is a lower sinister or stupid creator-god, who has trapped us in matter and is worshipped by the orthodox systems through the sacraments; this is “the arrogant one, the Blind God (i.e. the artifact) which supposes itself to be the one true God,” as Dick glossed his own character of Palmer Eldritch. And there is the transcendent Godhead, Yahweh, Ubik, or Yah (in The Divine Invasion), whose absolute nature we share by virtue of our deepest divine spirit, the “wise, benign, powerful true God from ‘outside,’” who has “invaded our spurious reality & is transforming it ontologically into the good and real,” as he hides in the trash of pop culture (PV 70, 193).
-Jeffrey J. Kripal. “Mutants and Mystics : Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal.”

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– ‘Monkey robot’? he says.

– ‘Monkey robot’? he says.
– Puppets on a string, dangling, jangling, gangling from the ganglions in the head. That’s how they control us. That’s all we are to them, monkey robots – apemen, golems, fucking soldiers of the Empire.
– The Empire?
– Empire never ended. Just hid itself. You can only see it if you close your eyes.
-Vellum (The Book of All Hours)

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"...It’s not the man himself, I’m worried about, just the mindworm that he’s carrying in his head, the sordid little dream, the meme, that pulls his strings and pushes his buttons, looking to lay its sick spores in the empty thoughts of all the hate filled whores and motherfuckers too dumb to see what’s happening. Language lives, my friend, information with intent, aware, awake inside us. Call them gods, call them demons, they’re the archons of our world, these fucking mindworms, spawned in speeches, nurtured in newspapers, feeding on our fears and desires. Ideas are not just born, my friend. They breed. And behind every good demagogue is a bad idea. I should know; I’m a myth myself....
-Duncan, Hal (2011-08-11). Vellum (The Book of All Hours) (p. 325). Macmillan Publishers UK. Kindle Edition.

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– You’ve been living in the Empire so long you don’t even see it, working lurking, in the background, in the shadows and reflections. Do you know who your masters are? Dreams aren’t real? I say they walk among us, whispering in our ears all their sweet promises and threats, carried in our heads, mindworms, maggots eating at our dead souls. Dreams, memes, gods and monsters, creatures of the id. If they aren’t real then what the hell am I?
– You’re a very disturbed young man, Jack. You’re ill.
– I’m awake!
-Duncan, Hal (2011-08-11). Vellum (The Book of All Hours) (p. 379). Macmillan Publishers UK. Kindle Edition.

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I'm not sure what the story

I'm not sure what the story might be, but it would be fitting for someone or a group of someones on Mechanus.

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Eladrin

There was a theory awhile back that Eladrin are formed through the creation of art. The combination of music, poetry, etc by Eladrins give rise to new members of their kind. If this is the case... perhaps this image is of an Eladrin child being "written" in to existence. If this is indeed how Eladrins are formed, they would not have a True Name as much as perhaps a True Poem or True Song.

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Nice ideas Similie!

Nice ideas Similie!

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Fossil Echo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a88Ixh00kY

A story-driven 2D adventure/platformer. From the developer: "Influenced by the Oddworld series, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, as well as Studio Ghibli films, Fossil Echo tells the story of a young boy and his journey to climb a giant tower in the middle of the sea."

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At a performance everything

At a performance everything works out on its own. I've solved the mystery: You have to submit silently. Open up, let go. Let anything penetrate you, even the most painful things. Endure. Bear up. That's the magic key! The text comes by itself, and its meaning shakes the soul. Everything else is taken care of by the life one has to live without sparing oneself. You mustn't let scar tissue form on your wounds; you have to keep ripping them open in order to turn your insides into a marvelous instrument that is capable of anything. All this has its price. I become so sensitive that I can't live under normal conditions. That's why the hours between performances are worst.
--Klaus Kinski

I find the totality of metamorphosis most terrifying when I'm Woyzeck... Suffering through that had as devastating an impact on me as if I hadn't only always suffered as Woyzeck but continue to do so over and over. Malaria of the soul, recurring again and again. My total being is one large breeding ground for the shocks of the world past, present and future. All living and dying, all vibrations pass through me. The entire universe pours into me, rages in me, rampages through and over me. Annihilates me. It comes and goes whenever it likes. It rules me, commands me, envelops me, threatens me, and waits for me everywhere and all the time. It sucks me up, sucks me dry, grows through me. It's in my spinal marrow. In my brain mass. In my blood, in my bones. My muscles. Guts. Genitals. Sperm. Flesh. Eyes. Hearing. Taste. Smell. Balance. Laughter. Tears. In my days and nights. In my thoughts. In my feelings. In my courage and my fear. In my despair and my hope. In my weakness and my strength. Everywhere and all the time.
--Klaus Kinski, on his performance in Woyzeck

Kinski always says [nature] is full of erotic elements. I don’t see it so much as erotic. I see it more as full of obscenity... Nature here is violent, base. I wouldn’t see anything erotical here. I would see fornication, and asphyxiation, and choking, and fighting for survival, and growing, and...just rotting away. Of course there is a lot of misery but it is the same misery that is...all around us. The trees here are in misery, the birds here are in misery. I don't think they sing, they just screech in pain...
Taking a close look at, at what’s around us there is some sort of a harmony. It is the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder...but when I say this, I say this all full of admiration for the jungle. It is not that I hate it. I love it. I love it very much. But I love it against my better judgment.
--Werner Herzog, of the filming of Fitzcarraldo

Tourism is sin, and travel on foot virtue.
--Werner Herzog

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Fossil Echo looks like my jam. Now, let’s see if posting links is going to get me blocked again…

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Debut Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBcvmaQ8I3g
Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnY21Fg5G1Y
Another neglected mythology.

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I liked this one:

I get that it’s got to be Orcus, but Orcus will always come a distant second to that one nalfeshnee in the Tower of Incarnate Pain from Hellbound. Tapheon, and his wand, the despoiler of flesh.

Re: Drama vs Realism vs Game, I’ve heard good things about Smallville (the game, not so much the series), but never got the chance to play it. Also feels like there’s a joke in here somewhere connecting this post with that Don Salmon quote and the paradox of the stone, but I can’t quite connect those dots.

Mutants and Mystics. Fascinating stuff but I don’t really have anything cogent to add.

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You say you're heading to

You say you're heading to OneGate? Boy, there's advice and there's common sense, both of which I have no qualms hitting you across the mouth with, so open those elephant ears and listen. OneGate may seem a paragon of good-natured sunshine, but that place is as corrupt as a three-day-old geese turd that's been sitting in your sister's left cheek for two months. They sell you a three thousand-year-old song & dance and expect you to clap for nothing. Just because you've got businessmen who've been doin' the business of business since the Cordican pharaohs were trading discount tables for Brebulan grain-rice doesn't mean you've gotta cheapen the experience of capitalism for the rest of us. You've gotta be business-wise. You've gotta have gut-smarts. One look at you and I know you're no mover-shaker, son. I've met hundreds of 'em. They look nothing like you. Appearances notwithstanding, the biggest giveaway to your fly-weight nature is that you're standing in the Bricks. Nobody who was ever anybody would ever dip their toes here. This ain't a place to live, breathe, or make money. Venture capital? Buddy, try murder-death capital. And the boozers at OneGate are the worst of the lot. They'll sell you your wishes, one by one, at the foot of your dreams, until all your hard-earned cash is in their pockets. They are the new pharaohs and they're hiding out on Anachronox. OneGate is their newest den of iniquity. I don't know if you're old enough to remember the Cordican Dynasty Wars back in aught-nine... Some of the gents in charge of the pyramid-malls fled before they could be brought to trial. And just where do you think they went? That's right, scumbo. They came to the one place anyone can hide without fear of being found... Anachronox. You think OneGate was always the bright, shining money beacon it is now? Once it was just as dingy, gray and soul-shattering as the Bricks. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that if you got enough money, you can turn a trot tray into a ham palace. And that's just what they did... Built on the blood of the haggler mummies collecting dust in their bargainer tombs. Can you deny it? Can you look me in the face and say 'peanuts and monkey farts' as my sister was keen on saying. This was back before the sudden appearance of a goiter on her--
--Grumpos Matavastros, Anachronox

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"If you expect science to

"If you expect science to give all the answers to the wonderful questions about what we are, where we’re going, what the meaning of the universe is and so on, then I think you could easily become disillusioned and then look for some mystic answer to these problems. How a scientist can take a mystic answer I don’t know because the whole spirit is to understand-well, never mind that.

You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here, and what the question might mean. I might think about it a little bit and if I can’t figure it out, then I go onto something else, but I don’t have to know an answer, I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is so far as I can tell. It doesn’t frighten me."
-Feynman on Beauty

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The Frame has its

http://www.gog.com/movie/the_frame

The Frame has its protagonists, brought together by what seems like pure chance, race through the world as its very fabric quickly unravels thread by thread. A demonic stranger seeks to undo the reality as we know it in a dangerous game of changing rules and uneven playfield. How can two people protect that, which they themselves don't understand?

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Mary Oliver- The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

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Haomahttps://www.youtube.com

Haoma
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKyQMcSmyDI

Sudzalfest Intro (Alex Budovskiy, 2008)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpPkFiG9Iyc

Flying Lotus - Zodiac Shit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ScYz9sNaQk

Flying Lotus - Tiny Tortures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbi6pvFhXcE

Tom Waits - Heigh Ho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUokR-lXmlc
Put this in the background mix when the party goes to the Dwarven Mountain and see how long it takes someone to notice.

The Drop (commercial)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A49e8MdU7_k
Fated/Cipher/Sensate heroine saves the day. This might have already been in the thread somewhere.

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I can't believe Frank is

I can't believe Frank is lettin' that Time Minder hang out in his place of business. All they do is sit around waitin' for people to give 'em affection and feed 'em. The life, huh? Time Minders perceive time as a simultaneous occurrence, not a progression. For them, time doesn't move forward like it does for us. Everything is occurring at the same time. Their birth, their death, it's all happening NOW. They see all time as a whole. When you pet one, you achieve a small measure of immortality. You exist in their memory not just at the moment, but at every moment they ever have and ever will experience. Or something like that. Most people pet Time Minders before any big undertaking, but methinks people pet them a little too often.
--bystander loitering in Frank’s Flophouse, Anachronox (Time Minders being the game’s in-universe version of a save point.)

Billy Ocean - Loverboy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JjhBv2dqsk

Ring of Fire (Andreas Hykade, 2000)
(Decidedly NSFW.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSHEd-2ut3I


Dark Scavenger (game trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZFIpUQ9dL8
(Extremely hard to describe or do justice. An RPG with turn-based single-player jRPG-style combat where you weaponize inventory items and NPCs you meet, point-and-click adventure game-style. What it really reminds me of is a cross between Fighting Fantasy and the wackier text adventures of the old Infocom days. Here’s a review that probably does as well as anybody could at summing it up: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/05/03/wot-i-think-dark-scavenger/)


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Penny Dreadful | Season 2 |

Penny Dreadful | Season 2 | Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YdeSNcAWos&app=desktop

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Penny Dreadful | Episode 102 "Seance" | Autopsy of a Scene (TV14)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQWtK6cdnYE

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As always, not refuting or

As always, not refuting or endorsing anyone's faith:

Surfing the Astral Light

http://galabes.blogspot.com/2014/12/surfing-astral-light.html

'A digression about occult slang might be useful at this point. Most of the older systems of occult philosophy still in circulation use the 19th-century terminology of “planes,” and speak of the mental plane, the etheric plane, and so on; we’ll get to those and the common human experiences involved in them in a later post. The material plane, in this way of speaking, is the world as known by the five ordinary senses and instruments based on them: basically, the world as known by modern science. The other two, or four, or six planes—depending on the specifics of the system of occult philosophy you’re studying—tend to get lumped together in ordinary conversation among mages as “the inner planes,” and the material world is called “the outer plane” It’s a very rough categorization but a useful one.

The “vibe” or “feeling” we’ve been talking about belongs to the category of inner plane experiences, and when an inner plane experience checks out in material, verifiable terms, that’s called an “outer plane check.” Operative mages tend to pay close attention to outer plane checks, since those offer one of the very few ways to calibrate inner plane perceptions. When a perception turns out to be a dud—which of course does happen; inner plane perceptions are no more infallible than, say, eyesight, and suffer from their own equivalents of optical illusions and eye trouble—it’s not uncommon to hear the discomfited mage say something like, “Yeah, my outer plane check just bounced.”'

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This 3D-Printed Vase Shows

This 3D-Printed Vase Shows Different People's Faces As You Turn It

http://io9.com/this-3d-printed-vase-shows-different-peoples-faces-as-y-1679999741

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"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
-Stephen F Roberts

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The first piece, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the Universe and all its powers and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
- Black Elk of the Oglala Sioux

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"A wise man proportions his

"A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence."
-David Hume

"Some things have to be believed to be seen."
-Ralph Hodgson

“I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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"Alices forever find

"Alices forever find themselves falling into cursed rabbit holes, accidentally killing witches, having their halfbrothers stolen by goblin kings, being willed magic rings, finding demons inserted in their chests or having armored knights ride through their homes at bedtime. Obscure gods, however, sympathize with them (they are often born to powerful families), and an Alice is a boon to any adventuring party. Some Alices wear striped stockings, some Alistairs wear pointed shoes."
-A Red & Pleasant Land

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Usual disclaimer about not refuting/endorsing beliefs:

Cartoon Guide to Chaos Magick

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Free RPG Materials from

Free RPG Materials from Lamentation of the Flame Princess, a company dedicated to Weird Fantasy (sadly I can't link to them directly without getting blocked by the spam filter, so there's only a link to their main page. Look in the right corner):

http://www.lotfp.com/RPG/

Adventure: The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children PDF

Adventure: Better Than Any Man in PDF

Rules: No-Art LotFP Rules & Magic PDF

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Chuubo's Marvelous Wish

Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine

"The Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine RPG is the new diceless RPG from Jenna Katerin Moran, author of the well-regarded Nobilis and an important contributor to Eos’ Weapons of the Gods and White Wolf’s Exalted RPG.

It’s a progressive, warm-hearted game that focuses on adventure and slice-of-life stories — think Laputa: Castle in the Sky or Kiki’s Delivery Service, but also Western stuff like Friendship is Magic, Harry Potter, and Adventure Time!"

A review by Holden S:

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This is post-apocalyptic pastoral at its finest. Also, gothic, action-adventure, and several other genres.

The world has drowned in nothingness, but some scant few shreds of the old cosmos remain, largely having forgotten themselves. The gods and devils and Knights of Nothingness of old live on as schoolboys and shopkeepers and mad scientists, moving through mad miraculous tales in the stable remnants of the universe. Will you unravel the mystery of who slew the sun and plunged the universe into oblivion? Resurrect and re-start the world that was? Or just appreciate a slow, sunny day by the shores of Big Lake with your friends?

Chuubo is a game of many stories starring a roster of "pre-generated" characters, who are more like customizable character classes or archetypes than standard pre-gens. (Someone plays The Best Friend, for example, but there's enormous latitude to make that character concept your own, including modding name, gender, personality, etc-- only his 'mythic archetype' and associated powers are kind of fixed.) There's really nothing else on the market quite like it. Rules are diceless and very easy to use, and the art and layout are gorgeous and charming.

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