jackshoegazer: (Writing/Reading)
Here are the rules:

Don't take too long to think about it. 15 books you've read that will always stick with you. They don't have to be the greatest books you've ever read, just the ones that stick with you. First 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy these instructions and tag 15 friends, including me--because I'm interested in seeing what books are in your head.

01. The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
02. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
03. Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung
04. A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber
05. Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge
06. VALIS by Philip K. Dick
07. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
08. Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
09. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
10. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
11. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
12. Flashbacks by Timothy Leary
13. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
14. The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Thomas Wolfe
15. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
jackshoegazer: (Iconomicon/InUrLj)
MAH ICONS.

default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favorite

HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: One-hundred and seventeen.
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: Zero
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: Yes.
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Yes - I make the best icons.
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: I have several Harry Potter-related icons.
AND THE SECOND MOST: I have two StarWars-related icons.
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Technically none.
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: Nope.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Haha, yes.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: Duh.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: like ordering from QVC - best kept to a bare minimum.

DO THE MEME.
Coding can be found here
jackshoegazer: (Jack/Pale)
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change clothes; don't fix your hair.
Post with no editing.
Post these instructions.



At School, in the Library

jackshoegazer: (Jack/iPod)
* Tag 7 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

* People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

I was tagged by [profile] helpimarock  .

And now I tag:
[profile] anubis75 
[profile] bedlover 
[profile] kiwikat 
[profile] natural_path 
[profile] twilighttreader 
[profile] okwatanzinone 
[profile] irishspongie 

20Q )
jackshoegazer: (LJ/Fight Club)
[profile] explodingalice hit me up for the five-interest/three-icon meme.  Here are the results:

The INTERESTS:

0 = 2: is a mathematical statement of metaphysical belief that though things appear divided (yin/yang), they are actually one (Tao), or rather Nothing. Often expressed with this little ditty: 00 = 0n-n = 0n ÷ 0n = (0n ÷ 1) × (1 ÷ 0n). 0n ÷ 1 = 0; but 1 ÷ 0{n} = . The clash of the infinitely big with the infinitely small. It is a super simple expression of one of the ways I view the structure of the universe. And thus it is cool.

Bright Eyes: is the current musical project of indie darling Conor Oberst, who has been writing great songs since he was like 14. A lot of people give him shit for a) being an indie darling b) being arguably sort of emo c) hordes of screaming girls and d) writing songs that have much more age and wisdom in them than some people feel is capable for his age. To all of this, I say, "Bugger off. The man writes great songs, his lyrics are heavy with clever and heartfelt metaphors, he experiments with a lot of production styles, and like all truly good songwriters, he takes the mundane and makes it universal."

Enochian: is an "angelic" language, recorded way back in the 16th century by Dr. John Dee (mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I) and Edward Kelley (convicted criminal, spiritual medium, and alchemist.) According to Dee's journals, Enochian was supposed to have been the language God used to create the world, and which was later used by Adam to speak with God and the angels, and to name all things in existence. Adam then lost the language upon his Fall. It was "recovered" by Dee, using Kelley as a scryer, though only partial English translations existed in Dee's notes. I'm a huge fan of all things esoteric and occult (in the literal sense - occult means "hidden") and especially the history thereof.

Morgan Stewart's Coming Home: is a 1987 Jon Cryer movie about the son of a senator who spent his life in boarding school but is brought home so his dad can run a "family values" campaign. He's a weirdo and a horro-movie fan and doesn't fit in and all kinds of horrible awkwardness ensues. "Are you on drugs?" "Yes, I have to admit. I've been freebasing Clearasil." It wouldn't be an 80's movie if there wasn't a corrupt ass trying to ruin his dad's campaign which Jon Cryer must defeat and save the day, of course. I loved it when I was growing up. This rare movie and Ferris Bueller were definitely influential in my young impressionable days.

Scientific Illuminism: is the subtitle of The Equinox, a series of publications in book form that serves as the official organ of the A.'.A.'., the mystical order of Aleister Crowley.  The motto of the A.'.A.'. is The Method of Science, the Aim of Religion, thus approaching the exploration of spiritual reality with the same rigor and standards that science tackles other fields.  It was one of the first attempts to bridge science and religion and, I thought, did very well.

The ICONS:

Hunter S. Thompson was one  of the writers that really encouraged me to write.  Not personally.  He didn't pat me on the shoulder and say, "Hey, Jack, write a goddamn firebrand of a novel!"  But after I read him, I really felt like I could.  Thus, I use this  icon for writing projects, especially edgier ones.

I rarely use this icon, but I love it nonetheless.  It is from the camping trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan that I took with Jacquelyn and Ethan two summers ago.  It was a great time.  We played in Lake Superior, which looked like the ocean.  We visited weird small-town museums of local history.  We burned a lot of wood.  I really miss it.  Hopefully we'll get some camping in this summer.  Last summer was a bit of a wash.

Oh Billy Mack!  "Hi kids.  Don't buy drugs.  Become a pop star, they give you them for free!"  He is my favorite character from Love Actually and this is the best line of naughties I've ever heard uttered in a film.  When I make a mistake, this is the line that runs through my head.  As you may imagine, LJ provides much opportunity for its use.
jackshoegazer: (Jack/Tattoo)
[info]untasted said: I want you to write about the moon/stars.

    Though tempting to approach this poetically or scientifically or even astrologically, I think today, I'll run at this from some other angle.  Metaphoric maybe?  I don't know. 
    Anyhow, I was just thinking of light from stars which are of course suns that are some insane brazillions of miles away.  I was also thinking of how when a fast-moving vehicle passes us, it is but a wonky blur we can't see clearly.  However, if you're traveling the same speed as that vehicle it is perfectly clear.  Thus, if one were to travel at the speed of light, light would then become clear to us.
    Perhaps the world we see, the ephemeral world, is light blurring past us.  What then, would the world and even ourselves look like if we could see it clearly for just a moment.  As we know from physics and the wonderful Einstein, as we approach the speed of light, time slows and at the speed of light, time would stop.  So, if seeing the world clearly coincides with time stopping, time vanishing, wouldn't that then mean that true reality, the universe and ourselves seen clearly, is the universe and ourselves without the effects of time.  Time is the world blurring past us.
    As Mircea Eliade, Philip K. Dick, and many many mystery schools and initiation traditions tell us, "Time can be overcome."  Certain rituals and experiences result in a transcendence of time, showing the initiate their true selves, their selves outside of the constraints of time.  Is this consciousness at the speed of light?  A human soul moving like a star through space?  Indeed, indeed.
jackshoegazer: (Decline/Civilization)
[info]divhysteric asked: What do you think the real purpose of education is?
It is like a many tentacled thing with many purposes.  The main ones, I would say is education and socialization.  What separates humans from other creatures is our ability to have a history, to have a socially constructed world that does not disappear when we die.  Our world, our culture lives on after we die.  (We can argue later whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.)  True knowledge is built upon a mountain of previous knowledge, supposition on top of supposition.  We have billions of human beings running around and as they learn things, we want them to put their learnings on the top of the knowledge heap, forever building bigger and better.  In order for this to happen, we must educate our people so they know all of the knowledge heap first.  This knowledge is also social knowledge.  School is the main place children are socialized into society, where they learn the structure of our civilization, how to navigate this very confusing world we live in.  This is what education is for - teaching, brainwashing, whatever you want to call it.  It's necessary for our continuation as a conscious, self-aware species.
jackshoegazer: (LJ/Fight Club)
I've seen this meme going around.  I am uninspired for blogging purposes.  Thus, I post:
Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it.
jackshoegazer: (Jack/Halloween/Hat)
I was tagged by [profile] angrybunnyman and [profile] labelle77 for this meme so I guess I'll do it. Grrr. Wait, I think I may have already done this one, hold on.... I did! But it was only for 6 habits/quirks/facts. Since my audience was much smaller back then (6-11-06), I will repeat some, if they are still true.

List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
Tag seven people to do the same.


1) I like to say and sing absolute nonsense. Non-contextual words like aeropuerto, lamb and monkey; gibberish like shim, blurm, and kahlamb; nonsensical names like saying, "Cheeseburger Mountaintop, it's time to get up!" when I wake Ethan in the morning; and of course, the singing, like, "I talked to a shoe/all covered in dew/who said do you chew/a hole in my aaaaaarm?"

2)
Sometimes I will half-wake-up in the middle of the night, analyze my dreams, memorize a one or two sentence summary of the meaning and then go back into deep sleep. When I awaken, I won't be able to remember my dreams at all, but I'll have a sentence in my head like, "Stop repressing your emotions, you're building up Reichian armor."

3) I play the Pokemon card game and I enjoy it. Especially when I make the noises the Pokemon would make, complete with sound effects. Piiiii-ka-CHOOOOOO!

4) When someone is being a hypocrite or ignorant, I will humorously point out the ridiculousness of that exact behaviour in another person or situation and then get the person to make fun of themselves. I take great delight in this.

5) I wear my iPod but keep the volume off so that I can listen to other people's conversations and they will think I can't hear them. I bet a lot of people do this. What a loser I am.

6) I judge towns and city neighborhoods by the quality of the graffiti in the bathrooms of the establishments I visit. Coffee shops with literary puns for graffiti gets a much higher rank than gang scrawl or offers for a good time encouraging me to call 555-DICK.

7) When I am driving around, (not in the taxi, but my own vehicle) if the same car, especially if it's an "official" or "government" or "police" type of vehicle, has been following me for more than a couple blocks, especially as I near my house, I will purposely take a strange route, circle a block, stop at a store, et cetera in order to "lose them." It's not that I'm seriously paranoid, but rather it's paranoia-for-fun.

Tagged are: [profile] _remains, [personal profile] anima, [profile] explodingalice, [profile] ghostwes, [profile] strangedasein, [profile] sweetafton23, & [personal profile] blackbuttoneyes.  I don't care if you do it or not.  I am merely upholding the rules of the meme.  If it were not for rules, society would disintegrate benheath our feet and land on our heads and I'll be no part of that, no siree bob.
jackshoegazer: (TV/Head)
Here is how it works:
1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDB search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters.


01) The man likes to play chess; let's get him some rocks. The Shawshank Redemption - [profile] ladytinkerbelle

02) A: Religion is nonsense.
     B: It's also a gold mine if you know where to dig. Shine - [profile] laudanumb

03) Tell him the liberator who destroyed my property has realigned my perception. Fight Club - [profile] gutzilla

04) Maybe you can find yourself a nice antique rocking chair to die in. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - [personal profile] antarcticlust

05) Maybe she's using you to channel some dead lesbian lover. Being John Malkovich - [profile] weishaupt

06) A child's voice, however honest and true, is meaningless to those who've forgotten how to listen. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban - [profile] yutamiyu

07) I'm telling you this for your own good, that's the worst fuckin' sweater I've ever seen. High Fidelity - [profile] ladytinkerbelle

08) A: Who the hell did you see me kiss?
     B: Some dude backstage. I don't know who he was but he seemed unimpressed. Mallrats - [profile] explodingalice

09) I don't need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I'm the one who buys it. I know how good it is. Pulp Fiction - [personal profile] cygnus & [profile] yutamiyu

10) Come on. Why don't you take a look around. You know what's about to happen, what they're up against. They could use a good pilot like you, you're turning your back on them. Star Wars IV - [personal profile] cygnus & [profile] yutamiyu

11) Oh, you don't complain? Then I must be psychotic, then! What is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets. American Beauty - [profile] labelle77

12) Ladies and gentlemen, you are such a wonderful crowd, we'd like to play a little tune for you. It's one of my personal favorites and I'd like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn't think he's seen anything good today. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - [personal profile] cygnus

13) Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who. Monty Python & The Holy Grail - [personal profile] cygnus

14) Everything is a mythical, cosmic battle between faith and chance. Children of Men - [profile] yutamiyu

15) A: What makes you think that?
     B: Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear. Empire Records - [profile] zm_dawg
jackshoegazer: (Jack/Glasses)

What Pseudo Historical Figure Best Suits You?
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as Friedrich Nietzsche

Well you're an egotistical maniac, and you are so very iconoclastic that you probably are currently lost in a post-modern Jupiter, I mean jungle of self-definition.

Don't let it get you down though, someday, through a willful onslaught of reinterpretation of dated forms and ideas, you will strike on something that passes as remotely new, and people WILL be into it on the basis of how hip it is alone. Also, the average espresso drinker looks up to you.


Friedrich Nietzsche


75%

C.G. Jung


75%

Miyamoto Musashi


58%

Dante Alighieri


50%

Sigmund Freud


50%

Mother Teresa


42%

Adolf Hitler


33%

Charles Manson


25%

Jesus Christ


25%

Stephen Hawking


25%

Hugh Hefner


17%

Elvis Presley


17%

Steven Morrissey


17%

O.J. Simpson


8%


jackshoegazer: (Political/Lacks Experience)
Hey everybody, how do you match up?

100% Dennis Kucinich
99% Mike Gravel
83% John Edwards
80% Chris Dodd
79% Barack Obama
77% Joe Biden
75% Hillary Clinton
73% Bill Richardson
30% Rudy Giuliani
26% Ron Paul
19% John McCain
14% Mike Huckabee
13% Mitt Romney
11% Tom Tancredo
5% Fred Thompson
















2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
jackshoegazer: (Leisure/Chair)
(Stolen from [profile] wwonka666)

1 - Go to wikipedia, on "random":
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. I got Danco Island.

2 - Go to Random Quotations:
The last three or four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. I got "Nothing is easy to the unwilling." - Nikki Giovanni

3 - Go to flickr and click on "explore the last seven days":
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to mix it all up. Post it.

And here you have it, my album:
jackshoegazer: (Jack/iPod)
Show off how lyrically clever you are. iPod is on shuffle, here are the first lines from each of the first twenty-three songs I hear (unless they're immediately self-identifying.)  Which ones do you know?
01)  "Should time allow us to describe our prowess..." For We Are the King of the Boudoir - The Magnetic Fields by [profile] urte
02)  "She took me off my guard with disappointment..."  Nitemare Hippy Girl - Beck by [personal profile] enamour
03)  "Sunbeam shine, mousy girl on the end pew..." Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie - Belle & Sebastian by [personal profile] antarcticlust
04)  "Do you not hear me anymore?" Battle Of Who Could Care Less - Ben Folds Five by [personal profile] antarcticlust
05)  "She don't like her eggs all runny..." In Spite of Ourselves - John Prine by [personal profile] antarcticlust
06)  "Tuna, rubber..." Marianne - Tori Amos by [personal profile] decemberthirty
07)  "She said you'd given up..."
08)  "I don't know just where I'm going, but I'm gonna try for the kingdom, if I can..." Heroin - Velvet Underground by [profile] atomic_goo
09)  "Gold teeth and a curse for this town were all in my mouth." New Slang - The Shins by [personal profile] antarcticlust
10)  "I can't help my feelings, I'll go out of my mind..." Hash Pipe - Weezer by [profile] punkybrister69
11)  "Tell your boyfriend next time he around, to buy his own weed and don't wear my shit down..." Addicted - Amy Winehouse by [profile] maeghanne
12)  "Neither the flowers on the hill or the moonlight on the sea have ever looked so blue..." 12 Old Familiar Way - Of Montreal by [profile] urte
13)  "When you climb to the top of the mountain, look out over the sea, think about the places perhaps, where a young man could be..." It Ain't Easy - David Bowie by [personal profile] tekelili
14)  "I'm gonna fight 'em off..." Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes by [profile] matadin
15)  "Lately I've been wishing i had one desire..." 15 A Perfect Sonnet - Bright Eyes by [profile] emilyreplied
16)  "Do I need? Destiny."
17)  "This is the definition of my life..." Dry the Rain - The Beta Band by [personal profile] antarcticlust
18)  "I call ye cabin neighbors, I call you once my friends..." The Avalanche - Sufjan Stevens by [personal profile] antarcticlust
19)  "The rain it started tappin' on the window near my bed..." Bowl of Oranges - Bright Eyes by [profile] protodisco
20)  "We sit and we sigh and nothing gets done..." Compliments - Bloc Party by [profile] urte
21)  "I've been in and out of every honky tonk in town..." Mrs. Leroy Brown - Loretta Lynn by [personal profile] decemberthirty
22)  "A heart that's full up like a landfill, a job that slowly kills you, bruises that won't heal..." No Surprises - Radiohead by [profile] protodisco
23)  "New realities are conditions much to little for us to suffer..."
Good luck and happy hunting!
jackshoegazer: (Miracle/iPod)
First sentence from the first post of every month in the year of some people's Lord two-thousand and seven.

January:  "It is the first of January, which for some odd reason marks the beginning of a new year on our calendar."

February:  'I totally pussied out of cooking dinner tonight and got carry-out from The Taj."

March:  "Today I drove a woman home from the hospital."

April:  "I finished P.D. James' The Children of Men."

May:  "I have made a separate journal for my taxicab adventures."

June:  "Ethan has one last week of school and then it's oh-glorious summer vacation."

July:  "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

August:  "Eventually, everyone involved was very unhappy with the flyer for the camp out rave and so I quickly redid it in about a day and a half."

September:  "Today, I have to do my first bit of homework."

October:  "If I listen closely, I can hear the subtle roar of the highway nearby."

November:  "To quote Arthur Dent, 'This must be Thursday.  I never could get the hang of Thursdays.' "

December:  "Winter has arrived in full force."

This doesn't speak much of my year.  I think last year's summary was better.
jackshoegazer: (Jack/Old Shoes)
I've been tagged by [personal profile] blackbuttoneyes for a meme - to describe one's earliest memory where the memory is clear, and where "clear" means you can depict at least three details and the age of that memory.  I've always tried to remember my earliest memory, digging further and further into the past, but alas, I don't really know.  For this reason, I am intrigued by memory and its ethereal and mutable nature.

So let's explore a bit, shall we?

Part of the difficulty stems from the fact that I don't know if some of my memories are real.  I have a fuzzy memory of coming up a set of brown carpeted stairs into an apartment where there were several people lounging around.  I remember being surprised and nervous, because I don't think I'd ever been there before. I asked my father about this and he has no recollection of any place like that, or the people I saw.

I also have a memory of going to a bonfire party.  It was very dark and there was a large fire, a lot of people and cars everywhere.  I lost my Greedo action figure and I remember being very upset about it.  Again, my father has no idea about this, and says he never took me to a bonfire.  It is possible it was my mother who took me to these places while my father was at work, which would make me about two, since my sister Angela, who was born a month before I turned two, is no where in these memories.

The oldest memory I can definitely place is after my sister was born, somewhere between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half.  We were visiting my uncle who lived in a very large house.  It was the first time I'd see a laundry chute.  My cousin and I ran around the house, dropping toys down the chute and dashing to the basement to rescue them.  In our crazed running around, I fell down the stairs.  They were semi-spiral, not a complete spiral, but curved around as they went.  I remember my father picking me up and making sure I was okay.  I realized I was more started than hurt and ran off to play some more.

What I do not remember is watching Godzilla movies over and over again.  My dad said between the ages of two and four, all I wanted to watch was Godzilla movies and said I watched them all the time, whenever they were on.  I have no memory of this whatsoever.

Sometimes, it takes me a moment to figure out whether something I remember was "real" or if it was a dream, and I've often thought of starting a book with the line, "He was the only person he'd ever met whose earliest memory was a dream."
jackshoegazer: (Jack/Kindergarten)
Here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that's playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button.
6. Don't lie.

1. Opening Credits:  The Empty Page - Sonic Youth

2. Waking Up:  Clark Gable - The Postal Service

3. First Day At School:  Lover I Don't Have to Love - Bright Eyes

4. Falling In Love:  Knight Rider - of Montreal

5. Fight Song:  Wake Up - The Arcade Fire

6. Breaking Up:  Punk Love - The Magnetic Fields

7. Prom:  Fog - Radiohead

8. Life:  Porcelain - Moby

9. Mental Breakdown:  The Medication is Wearing Off - The Eels

10. Driving:  Caring is Creepy - The Shins

11. Flashback:  I Cover the Waterfront - Billie Holiday

12. Getting back together:  Litli Tónlistarmaðurinn - Björk

13. Wedding:  Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell - Sufjan Stevens

14. Birth of Child:  Going to a Town - Rufus Wainwright

15. Final Battle:  Ne me quitte pas - Regina Spektor

16. Death Scene:  Blips Drips And Strips - Stereolab

17. Funeral Song:  Roadhouse Blues - The Doors

18. Ending Credits:  You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse

Some of these are pretty silly, but several are hilariously apropos.
jackshoegazer: (Jack/iPod)
If you comment on this post, I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

[personal profile] brdgt selected these from my list:

0 = 2:  is a mathematical statement of metaphysical belief that though things appear divided (yin/yang), they are actually one (Tao), or rather Nothing. Often expressed with this little ditty: 00 = 0n-n = 0n ÷ 0n = (0n ÷ 1) × (1 ÷ 0n). 0n ÷ 1 = 0; but 1 ÷ 0{n} = . The clash of the infinitely big with the infinitely small.  It is a super simple expression of one of the ways I view the structure of the universe. And thus it is cool.

Complex Psyche: is the title of a book I wrote with my friend John Hood.  Actually the full title is Complex Psyche -or- The Omegaphelion of Mustafa Shibui.  We wrote it in February and March of 2002, in exactly sixty days.  We used the exquisite corpse method in the writing.  I am doing a final edit at the moment, converting it all to a single font, double spaced for publication.  The story follows a troubled writer, Mustafa Shibui, and his farcical entanglements with some strange, strange characters.

Converging Cosmologies:  is a phrase I use for my approach to religious studies.  I take the "model agnostic" view in that any cosmology, philosophy, religion, etc, is but a map that one civilization, person, group, etc, has made and that map should not be confused with the actual territory, or another way to put it, the menu is not the meal.  If all cosmologies are maps that have been made of human experience and our place in the universe, then on one level or another they are at least partially true, partially valid, and if one were to take all the maps that have been made throughout history and piece them together, see where they overlap, where they differ, one might begin to see a clearer picture of what is really going on, like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, or like a photomosaic - a large picture made up on lots of little pictures, hence, converging cosmologies.

Enochian:  is an "angelic" language, recorded way back in the 16th century by Dr. John Dee (mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I) and Edward Kelley (convicted criminal, spiritual medium, and alchemist.)  According to Dee's journals, Enochian was supposed to have been the language God used to create the world, and which was later used by Adam to speak with God and the angels, and to name all things in existence. Adam then lost the language upon his Fall.  It was "recovered" by Dee, using Kelley as a scryer, though only partial English translations existed in Dee's notes.  I'm a huge fan of all things esoteric and occult (in the literal sense - occult means "hidden") and especially the history thereof.

Fnord:  is a deeply frightening word.  It was coined in Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy.  In the book, unenlightened people cannot see the word 'fnord' and it has hypnotic power over them.  This "programming" is done to children while in grade school.  "Fnord" is scattered liberally in the text of newspapers and magazines, causing fear and anxiety in those following current events. Every appearance of the word subconsciously generates a feeling of uneasiness and confusion, and prevents rational consideration of the subject.  However, there are no fnords in the advertisements, encouraging a consumerist society.  Wilson is one of my favorite authors of all time and the Illuminatus! trilogy is an amazing book, hugely profound and funny and written, I would say, holographically and had an immense influence on my thinking and writing.

Kundalini: is the subtle energy of the body, coiled at the base of the spine, radiating through the chakras.  Any raver or hippie or New Ager worth their salt can tell you all about it.  In certain cosmologies, mental illness and neurosis and whatnot are caused by blockages of kundalini.  These blockages are caused by unconscious or subconscious trauma and therefore tie in nicely with and focus on many types of integral and transpersonal psychologies which I am interested in.

Orangutans:  are great apes known for their intelligence and their long arms and reddish-brown hair.  I love monkeys and all their kin.  I don't care if I'm being politically incorrect or scientifically invalid, I like monkeys.  But mostly, it's because it's just fun to say. Come on, say it... "ORANGUTAN!"  One more time, out loud.... OAR - ANNNN - GOOOO - TAAAN!

The End.

iTunes Meme

Oct. 9th, 2007 09:39 pm
jackshoegazer: (Conor/Machine Kills)
How many total songs? 2343. That's 7.2 days, and 11.15 GB

Sort by song title - first and last?
"'7" by Moby  & "Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie

Sort by time - shortest and longest?
"One Last "Whoo-hoo!" For The Pullman" (0:06) by Sufjan Stevens & "BBC Radio 1 Broadcast Essential Mix" (1:57:36) by Daft Punk

Sort by album - first and last?
"'Zebra" by The Magnetic Fields, from 69 Love Songs & "Poor Cow" by Peter Bjorn & John from Writer's Block

Sort by artist - first and last?
"Electronic Performers" by Air & "Bring the Danger" by DJ Zinc featuring GQ.

Top five played songs?
"Beggin' (Pilooski Edit)" by Frankie Valli
"Joy! Joy! Joy!" by Sufjan Stevens
"Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois" by Sufjan Stevens
"That Boy Needs Therapy/Frontier Psychiatrist" by The Avalanches
"You Will. You?Will. You? Will. You?Will." by Bright Eyes

Find the following words. How many songs show up?
Sex:
24
Death: 6
Love: 154
You: 249
Home: 40
Boy: 79
Girl: 29

Tadah!
jackshoegazer: (This Machine Kills Pain)
List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.
1)  Sufjan Stevens - Joy! Joy! Joy!
2)  The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
3)  Bright Eyes - Four Winds
4)  Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
5)  Regina Spektor - Consequence of Sound
6)  NIrvana - Lounge Act
7)  Of Montreal - My British Tour Diary
And now, I tag:
[profile] kiwikat
[profile] _remains
[personal profile] anima
[profile] soavezefiretto
[profile] protodisco
[profile] gutzilla
[info]sweetafton23

Obviously you don't have to do it if you don't want to.  It isn't a binding contract or anything.  The Meme Police will not come bashing down your door.  I promise.

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