Yes, please boycott Oreo for their support of Gay Rights. We’ll all appreciate you going on a diet. While you’re at it, please also throw away your iPod, iPhone, and iPad since Apple supports as well. Hopefully you have lots of clothes, because you’ll need to ditch your Levi’s and Nike’s too. Perhaps you bought them at ... JC Penney’s or Sears? Sucks you’ll have to take them back … or actually, anything you wear from anywhere probably had a gay involved. Flying somewhere soon? Better not be on American, Delta, Southwest, or United…you’ll need a new ticket. Airline wasn’t mentioned? Just be sure your jet isn’t Boeing made. Don’t sleep at Marriott or Hilton (or any of their family brands) because you might catch the gay they support. That morning coffee from Starbucks will have to go as well, go ahead it replace it with a McCafe…oh wait, McDonald’s supports gay rights too. Hmm, do you clean with Tide, Gain, or Bounty? Use Duracell batteries, shave with Gillette, or use Fixodent? Brush with Crest, use Pantene, Scope, Tampax, Venus, or Old Spice products? Those are all gone too, stupid Proctor & Gamble supporting the gays. Damn, you’re using Internet Explorer or Crome to see Facebook and read this status? Download something else, Microsoft and Google show their Pride as well. Ah, but your drinks are safe. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Budweiser are on your side … if your side is on the right side of history since all three also support Gay Rights. Hopefully, you or your lawyer will never need in-depth research. Both LexisNexis and Westlaw, who together control the market, support Gay Rights. Drive that big, manly, Ford F350? It’s a "Friend of Dorothy" too, as it’s company Ford and General Motors also support the rights of all. So, do us all a favor, don’t take it all out on a festive cookie … just stay home and boycott everything.
The Founding Fathers were always aware of putting power into the hands of a populace with little or no literacy. We have a Senate because they wanted more calm, educated, deliberative minds to control the passions of the body politic.
They had no concept of a mass media that can hold powerful sway over voters who are so low functioning, or of a Senate that has been brought to the level of the House, whose rules have been changed to lessen its power as a gateway.
What is more troubling, though, is that those who are well educated are becoming increasingly more ignorant, ignoring their civic life in favor of solely profitable or pleasurable pursuits.
About 19% of voters narrow-bands their interest in public life to a single issue like abortion, gun rights, LGBT rights to the point that they do not engage in broader public issues, according to ABC News.
Many, particularly young adults, that do read news, lack the attention span to even read through an article of any length.
The USA TODAY syndrome of “dumbing down” the news to appeal to readers with nano-second attention spans has further catered to our political and social devolution.
America’s poor reading habits belie its passion for entertainment and self-gratification, with no care for civics or how the world around them is being reshaped.
“Knowledge has gone from being an adjunct of money power and muscle power, to being their very essence. It is, in fact, the ultimate amplifier. This is the key to the powershift that lies ahead, and it explains why the battle for control of knowledge and the means of communication is heating up all over the world.”—Powershift – Alvin Toffler on the age of post-fact knowledge and the rise of the super-symbolic economy (1990)
so according to some, my career is sprialling downwards at breakneck speed where i will be thrust into a pit of irrelevancy and non-fame status.
how is that a bad thing again?
i have a cat, a studio, all the music making gear i need, and some lovely fans who remain true to my craft. and as…
This is a great example of a Litany of Gratitude. He’s relatively content with his lot. Can’t beat that. And his music is pretty darn good, too.
Haters and dissers are going to boo and diss. Envy of success brings out the ugly in some dried-up little souls, sad to say. Me? I’m a pair of ears with a keen mind between them. And I see a kernel of wisdom- he’ll do OK, no matter what happens.
“Belief is a toxic and dangerous attitude toward reality. After all, if it’s there it doesn’t require your belief- and if it’s not there why should you believe in it?
“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”—Terence McKenna √ (via xaos)
“In the post-post-modern world, it’s easy to snicker at calls to make the world a better place, whether they come from sustainability advocates or dedicated humanists. But who really wins if no one believes that our nation’s leaders, corporate and otherwise, can be better than the worst we can imagine about them? What good does it do to assume no compromise will ever be struck and no bargain can ever work out for all sides?”—Alexis Madrigal, on why our world is badly in need of new thinking. (via theatlantic)
You don’t play the ANS synthesizer with a keyboard. Instead you etch images onto glass sheets covered in black putty and feed them into a machine that shines light through the etchings, trigging a wide range of tones. Etchings made low on the sheets make low tones. High etchings make high tones. The sound is generated in real-time and the tempo depends on how fast you insert the sheets.
This isn’t a new Dorkbot or Maker Faire oddity. It’s a nearly forgotten Russian synthesizer designed by Evgeny Murzin in 1938. The synth was named after and dedicated to the Russian experimental composer and occultist Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (1872–1915). The name might not mean much to you, but it illuminates a long running connection between electronic music and the occult.
You can find traces of the occult throughout the history of electronic music. The occult obsessed Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo built his own mechanical instruments around 1917. The famous Moog synthesizer made an early appearance in Mick Jagger’s soundtrack to Kenneth Anger’s occult film Invocation of My Demon Brother in 1969. And in the late 1970s Throbbing Gristle built their own electronic instruments for their occult sound experiments, setting the stage for many of the occult themed industrial bands who followed. The witch house genre keeps this tradition alive today.
It’s little the surprise otherworldly sounds and limitless possibilities of synthesizers and samplers would evoke the luminous. But there’s more to the connection. The aim of the alchemist is not just the literal synthesis of chemicals, but also synthesis in the Hegelian sense: the combination of ideas. Solve et Coagula. From the Hermetic magi of antiquity, to Aleister Crowley’s OTO to modern chaos magicians, western occultists have sought to combine traditions and customs into a single universal system of thought and practice.
Electronic music grew from similar intellectual ground, and it all started with Scriabin. (…)
I love stuff like this. And yes, I want to do some of this myself. Sonic sigils. Awesome.
As I’ve made my way through life, I’ve noticed many patterns setting up. Some are major, others minor- few escape my notice.
One pattern in particular rears its head relatively regularly. It’s related to the clothing and shoes I wear, and almost never fails to manifest.
The first is the Skirt Rule: it says that whenever I wear a skirt to work (which is really rare), I will have to crawl under a desk to fix something. (I’m a computer tech- this is part of my job.) But since I rarely wear skirts (I consider them a drag both literally and figuratively), this rule has shifted to encompass brand new and freshly laundered trousers. I wore a pair of the latter today. And there I was, on my knees beside a balky computer, trying to figure out why it wouldn’t power up. (I fixed it.)
The other rule is the Annoying Footwear Rule. I tend to purchase practical and comfortable shoes, but sometimes, for whatever reason, the heel is a bit too high, my sock seams cut across a toe, or the toebox bites. And when one of these annoyances happens, you can bet that I’ll be on my feet all day. Today, I wore thinner socks than usual, so I had the double annoyance of less-than cushy walking, and shoes that did not want to stay on my heels. And of course, I ran all over. Figures.
There are other correlations, too- some are well known. Like if you wash your car or mow your yard, it’ll rain. Or you won’t have a tissue when you really need one. Or you will suffer an uncharacteristic urge to eat a hot dog with mustard (or a crunchy taco or noodles) when you’re wearing an expensive garment. The mustard is always magnetically attracted to it. I call it “French’s Law”. And I always seem to get photographed (again rare!) in the act of eating. Ugh.
Meditation is not so much a process of stilling the mind as of perceiving realities that exist beyond the mind. There is an inner world that can be perceived only when the attention has been turned away from material involvement and redirected toward the divine source within. “Listening” entails much more than listening with the ears. It means, among other things, the stillness of expectation, and complete mental absorption in whatever inspirations come. It means receiving as opposed to generating uplifting thoughts with the mind.
Thus, “listening” clarifies a misconception people frequently have who imagine that yoga teaches self-effort, but scorns the need for divine grace. Divine grace is forever impersonal. It is not, like the human will, dependent on personal choices or inclinations. It has no favorites. Like the sunlight, it shines impartially everywhere. What keeps sunlight from arriving equally everywhere is the presence of obstructions: clouds, buildings, the curtains covering a window. What keeps grace from reaching us is obstructions in our consciousness.
We may not be able to do much about obstructions to grace that are put there by Nature or by other people — illness, for example, or negative thought forms — but we can draw back the curtains that cover the windows of our minds. These obstructions are our mental restlessness and worldly desires.
This, then, is the benefit of practice: It draws back our mental curtains; it helps us to listen more intently to the divine call within. It is like turning the chalice of thought and feeling right-side up, that the wine of grace may fill it. If, instead, the chalice is turned upside down, grace, which (unlike the sunlight) is superconscious, will simply be withheld. Why should it spill uselessly to the floor?
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”—Remembering Nora Ephron , who passed away last night at the age of 71, with her most timeless words on women, love, happiness, reading, life, and death (via explore-blog)