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Omnium Gatherum: May 21th, 2014

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for May 21st, 2014

Punishment in the Afterlife "sees a naked person without performing prayers"
“If someone sees a naked person without performing prayers, they will have committed much sin” [HT Public Domain Review, Boing Boing]

 

  • Why everything you know about wolf packs is wrong” — Lauren Davis, io9

    “A key problem with [Rudolph] Schenkel’s wolf studies is that, while they represented the first close study of wolves, they didn’t involve any study of wolves in the wild.”

    “‘The concept of the alpha wolf as a ‘top dog’ ruling a group of similar-aged compatriots,’ [David] Mech writes in the 1999 paper, ‘is particularly misleading.'”

    “And perhaps someday, our popular culture will more closely resemble our modern behavioral science rather than the results of outdated research.”

  • Angels, Toilets and Graffiti Revealed at Sudanese Monastery” — Past Horizons

    “Cleaning of the plaster also allowed us to discover dozens of previously unknown inscriptions and drawings depicting both saints and images of Jesus. The study of the inscriptions is carried out by Dr. Grzegorz Ochała from the University of Warsaw. His analysis shows that, as in many other places in medieval Nubia, the cult of angels was extremely popular in al-Ghazali. Among the inscriptions on the walls of the North Church, Dr. Ochała identified the names of the four archangels: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel.”

  • 50 Years Ago: Testimony of Kerry Wendell Thornley” — Historia Discordia

    “Mr. JENNER.
    All right. I take it from the remark you have made in your reflecting on this matter that you were you devoted yourself to some fairly considerable extent to reading?

    Mr. THONRLEY.
    Yes, sir.

    Mr. JENNER.
    And in what fields?

    Mr. THONRLEY.
    Completely omniverous. Anything that I would happen to get a hold of I would read. At that time I was reading, well, at [Lee Harvey] Oswald’s advice I read ‘1984.’ At someone else’s advice I was reading a book called ‘Human-ism,’ by Corliss Lamont, as I remember, and I was reading either ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ or the ‘Idiot’ by Dostoievsky, I forget which, at that time.

    Mr. JENNER.
    But your reading had some reasonable amount of organization or direction?

    Mr. THONRLEY.
    None whatsoever; no, sir. It never has.”

  • Thirty Years of ADF Part 1: An Incomplete Memoir of the First Ten Years” — Ian Corrigan, Into the Mound

    “The work of organizing is the ditch-cutting and rock-hauling of our spiritual path. May the gods and spirits bless the laborers.”

  • What words do we have to describe transcendent religion?” — April D DeConick

    “I want to thank all of you who have responded to my request for a word to describe a particular worldview that sees all religions as inadequate human constructions of our experience of a transcendent sacred, rather than divine revelations of God to different local populations (pluralism/universalism/perennialism). I need this word for a new book project (after The Ancient New Age) where I am describing three options that have been emerging in the modern world to deal with religious intolerance. The third is the option without a name, at least yet!”

  • Discovering the Artists of the Eastern Sahara” — Past Horizons

    “Recently discovered rock art on the walls of a cave in the Egyptian Western Desert has been provisionally dated by a Cambridge University archaeologist as between 6,000 and 7,000 years old, created at least 1,000 years before the building of the pyramids. The drawings add weight to the argument that Egyptian culture drew on cultural influences from Africa and not only from the Near East.”

  • Scientists find way to turn light into matter” — RT News

    “Researchers in London have found a way to make matter from light, using high powered lasers. The idea behind the theory was first thought up 80 years ago by two physicists, who were to work later on creating the world’s first atomic bomb.”

    “They have managed to create a machine called a photon-photon collider, which would turn light into matter. However, the type of matter they are looking to create will be invisible to the naked eye.”

  • Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start” — Laura Hudson, Wired Underwire

    “Really, freedom of speech is beside the point. Facebook and Twitter want to be the locus of communities, but they seem to blanch at the notion that such communities would want to enforce norms—which, of course, are defined by shared values rather than by the outer limits of the law. Social networks could take a strong and meaningful stand against harassment simply by applying the same sort of standards in their online spaces that we already apply in our public and professional lives. That’s not a radical step; indeed, it’s literally a normal one.”

    “Ultimately, online abuse isn’t a technological problem; it’s a social problem that just happens to be powered by technology. The best solutions are going to be those that not only defuse the Internet’s power to amplify abuse but also encourage crucial shifts in social norms, placing bad behavior beyond the pale.”

  • ‘Madness’ of Nietzsche was cancer not syphilis — Robert Matthews, The Telegraph

    “A study of medical records has found that, far from suffering a sexually-transmitted disease which drove him mad, [Friedrich] Nietzsche almost certainly died of brain cancer.

    The doctor who has carried out the study claims that the universally-accepted story of Nietzsche having caught syphilis from prostitutes was actually concocted after the Second World War by Wilhelm Lange-Eichbaum, an academic who was one of Nietzsche’s most vociferous critics. It was then adopted as fact by intellectuals who were keen to demolish the reputation of Nietzsche, whose idea of a ‘Superman’ was used to underpin Nazism.”

    “Despite the lack of documentary or medical evidence, the allegation has since been repeated without question by generations of academics, said Dr [Leonard] Sax. ‘Extraordinarily, this single passage in Lange-Eichbaum’s obscure book is the chief foundation, cited again and again, that Nietzsche had syphilis.’

    Nietzsche scholars welcomed the new findings and said that they would help in the rehabilitation of the philosopher. ‘Nietzsche was not anti-semitic or a nationalist, and hated the herd mentality,” said Prof Stephen Houlgate, a Nietzsche scholar at Warwick University. ‘If this new research gets rid of another misconception about him, I’m delighted.'”

  • Intro to Thelema — Three Recommended Books” — Brandy Williams, Star and Snake

    “[Aleister Crowley's] language is Edwardian English, educated, dense, and often offensive — in fact deliberately so. Not only that, he sometimes wrote in code or symbolic language, not unusual in magic, but requiring a key to decode. It takes some time to develop the Crowley Filter translating what he says into understandable and useful information. When his work is not confusing or upsetting, it is knowledgeable, insightful, and deeply inspiring.”

  • In Addition to What Thou Wilt: Our Thelemic Temple’s Revised Rules” — Zak Parsons, Something Awful [HT Quadrivium Supplies]

    “Your journey to understanding may be long and arduous, but that is no reason not to close the chip bag.”

  • The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age” — Joshua Benton, Nieman Journalism Lab

    “We must push back against our perfectionist impulses. Though our journalism always needs to be polished, our other efforts can have some rough edges as we look for new ways to reach our readers.”

  • Sturgill Simpson Puts a Metamodern Spin on Country Music” — Stephen M Deusner, CMT News

    “Sturgill Simpson was recently accosted after a show in Wisconsin by a woman who accused him of promoting Gnosticism with his new single, ‘Turtles All the Way Down.’ The song discusses Jesus, Satan, Buddha and ‘reptile aliens made of light’ before revealing that ‘love’s the only thing that ever saved my life.'”

    “It’s not every country singer who gets accused of Gnosticism — or even knows what it means.”

  • Between Alchemy and Pietism” — Mike A Zuber, Correspondences 2.1

    “A minor figure undeservedly forgotten, Wilhelm Christoph Kriegsmann (1633–1679) has received only limited attention from historians of alchemy and church historians. He is known chiefly either for his idiosyncratic Phoenician reconstruction of the Tabula Smaragdina, a foundational text of alchemy attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, or alternatively for writing one of the earliest sustained defenses of Pietist conventicles to appear in print. In an attempt to bridge this unsatisfactory segregation, this paper argues that the notion of ancient wisdom (prisca sapientia) provided a crucial link between these seemingly disparate areas.”

  • 20 Questions With Gary Lachman” — Jason Mankey, Raise the Horns

    11. There were a lot of moments in your Crowley book that had me laughing at some of his antics. I know a lot of Thelemites and fans of Crowley who take everything the man ever wrote, said, or did extremely seriously. How do you think Crowley would feel about that? Was he capable of laughing at himself?

    He could laugh at himself on occasion, but I think he was too involved in what other people thought of him, of his effect on them, to be really un-selfconscious in the way you need to be to have a sense of humor about yourself. He was very rarely out of character. He can be very funny though. Someone asked him what one should call a young, male swan. He answered ‘Why not call him Edgar?’ He had a quick, intelligent wit and I found myself laughing quite a few times while doing the research.”

    15. I sometimes find myself referring to Crowley affectionately as ‘Uncle Al,’ but Crowley was certainly not all sunshines and rainbows. How do you feel about the modern tendency to overlook many of Crowley’s faults?

    That’s one aspect of the book. Yes, let’s clear up all the tabloid rubbish that was published about him in his day, but let’s also not make him out to be some liberating hero. He was a brilliant, highly talented individual who had more than a few flashes of genius, but he was a colossal pain to practically everyone around him. In other words, let’s not be hero-worshippers or ignorant detractors, but serious about understanding who and what he was. There’s no point in approaching him or anyone else in any other way.”

  • An excerpt posted by Gary Lachman from his book Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World can be found at “Crowley on the Bowery

     

  • The Strange, Secret History of Isaac Newton’s Papers” — Adam Mann, Wired

    “When Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727, he left behind no will and an enormous stack of papers. His surviving correspondences, notes, and manuscripts contain an estimated 10 million words, enough to fill up roughly 150 novel-length books. There are pages upon pages of scientific and mathematical brilliance. But there are also pages that reveal another side of Newton, a side his descendants tried to keep hidden from the public.”

    “The story of Newton’s writing and how it has survived to the modern day is the subject of a new book, The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts. Author Sarah Dry traces their mysterious and precarious history and reveals both the lucky twists and purposeful turns that kept the papers safe.”

     

  • The Rules of the New Aristocracy” — J Michael Straczynski [HT Boing Boing]

    “We are the New Aristocracy because we were born into it. We got our money the old fashioned, Medieval way: our parents gave it to us. We were born into the wealth that we stole from you and your family over the last fifty years. You were not born into anything other than poverty and struggle. You will never be us. You will never have our advantages. And we like it that way.”

    “And you are the New Peasants.”

  • Announcing: The Diotima Prize!” — Sam Webster, Pantheon Foundation [HT Spiral Nature]

    “The Pantheon Foundation announces The Diotima Prize to help support the educational goals of one Pagan student who is currently in an accredited seminary program.

    The merit-based Prize is named for Diotima of Mantinea, the philosopher and priestess who is the teacher of Socrates in the Symposium of Plato, explaining to him the path of Divine ascent through the contemplation of Eros and Beauty.”

  • Hermetic Intelligence” — zeteticus, Soul Spelunker

    “The primary way the soul is deepened is through imagination.”

  • Eliza Gauger, tumblr

    “Susan Schoon Eberly, an expert on congenital disorders, delineates the origins of fairy lore through a historical-biological lens, matching discernable patterns of appearance and behavior from changeling legends to disabilities now understood by medical science.”

    “‘there are a number of fairy characters…who seem so clearly to represent certain congenital disorders that they are difficult to interpret as purely the products of imagination'”

  • Hermetic Library anthology artist Pandemonaeon, Sharon Knight and Winter, are going on summer tour and have a new “secret society for creative dreamers” called Ring of Enchantment for fans to become patrons in order “to generate tour support for us while bringing inspiration and beauty to you”.

     

  • Hermetic Library anthology artist SickTanicK has produced and appears on the new SKR mixtape release, which includes the single “Teach Me How To Satan”, SKR Made You Do It, being made available at no cost for streaming and download.

     

  • American Atheists, tweet

     

  • Buddy Baphomet, tweet

     

Pantheacon 2013 program guide posted

The program guide for Pantheacon 2013 has been posted and there’s quite a number of people I recognize on the schedule, too many to list really except for Hermetic Library fellow Sam Webster and anthology artists T Thorn Coyle and Pandemonaeon, and, of course, Lon Milo DuQuette. Lon appears multiple times on the schedule, including one class, at 7pm on Fri, where he and T Thorn Coyle will be offering “Love Your Demons, Love Your Self: a Conversation & Working”. This last class will apparently also be offered in an extended format at Oakland later in May.

Pantheacon 2013

Hexenfest

You may be interested in a campaign to support the first annual Hexenfest, Festival of magick-based music and dance. Two of the people behind this are Sharon Knight and Winter, who together form Hermetic Library Anthology Album artist Pandemonaeon, and Winter worked with T. Thorn Coyle on her Anthology Album track.

“Our Story

Hi there. We are Sharon Knight, Winter, and Anaar. Two musicians and a fashion designer inspired by myth, magick, and the realms of faerie. This is Sharon, writing this. Winter and I travel the land as a touring duet under my name. As yet we haven’t been able to tour with our full 6-piece band, Pandemonaeon. So we decided to create the kind of festival we’d like to play at, right here in our home town. Anaar, a dark tribal bellydancer and clothing designer for Tombo Studio, liked the idea, and Hexenfest was born.

There is no way we had time to make a video with all this first year festival prep going on, but if you want to learn more about us and see that we’re real people out in the world doing cool stuff you can visit us here: http://www.sharonknight.net, http://www.pandemonaeon.net, http://www.tombostudio.com/. And you can see Pandemonaeon live in this here video: http://www.pandemonaeon.net/videos/Pandemonaeon…

The Impact

Hexenfest will be the first Pagan/Pagan-friendly festival focused on music and the arts in California that we know of. In traveling to festivals all over the country, Winter and I have found that there is far more going on in terms of Mythic faires, Faery festivals, and Pagan festivals on the East Coast than there is on the West Coast. We aspire to change that.

This campaign is intended to launch what we hope will be an annual festival dedicated to quality Pagan/Pagan-friendly music, art, & dance – i.e.themes based in myth, legend, folkloric tradition, earth spirituality, fairytale, and the like. We feel the demand is here, especially in the Bay Area. If you would like to see such an event happen every year, this is your chance to help make it real.”

Heart Girt With A Serpent

 

Heart Girt With A Serpent
(Crowley/Knight/Winter)

San Francisco-based gothic tribal folk metal band Pandemonaeon celebrates the release of their third album, Dangerous Beauty. Founded by a guitarist with a penchant for unusual chords and a vocalist enchanted by Celtic melancholy, Pandemonaeon blends their driving rock sound with the delicate beauty of folk instruments such as violin, oud, saz, mandocello, bouzouki, flute, and percussion. Fleshing out their sound with heavy rhythm, lush keys and “beauty and the beast” vocal stylings, Pandemonaeon is reminiscent of a harder edged Dead Can Dance. Their sound has been described as “Dark tribal fusion with powerful vocals and metal accents” and “Music for bellydancers in combat boots”.

Captivated by the realms of myth and dream, Pandemonaeon draws on Celtic, Scandinavian, and Middle Eastern folk traditions, imbuing their songs with rich archetypal imagery and creating soundscapes both modern and timeless. At times haunting and stark, at times driving and passionate, the result is deeply evocative. Pandemonaeon’s archetypal themes and otherworldly sound have made them popular among neo-tribals, neo-Pagans, Tribal Fusion bellydancers and lovers of dark fantasy. Dangerous Beauty was chosen as the number one Pagan music release of 2010 by tastemaker Jason Pitzl-Waters of “The Wild Hunt ” blog and “A Darker Shade of Pagan” music podcast. Their music has also been featured in the cult horror film, “The Commune” (2009) and a Gothic Fusion bellydance DVD “Dark Imaginations” by Anaar (2009).

Following an early courtship by Warner Brothers, they have maintained a strident DIY ethic, adopting a warrior-like can-do attitude toward bringing their musical vision to light despite hardship. This steely-spirited commitment to perseverance is reflected proudly in Dangerous Beauty.

pandemonaeon.net

 

“I am the Heart; and the Snake is entwined
About the invisible core of the mind.
Rise, O my snake! It is now is the hour
of the hooded and holy ineffable flower.
Rise, O my Snake, into the brilliance of bloom
On the corpse of Osiris afloat in the tomb!
O heart of my mother, my sister, mine own,
Thou art given to Nile, to the terror Typhon!
Ah me! but the glory of ravening storm
Enswathes thee and wraps thee in frenzy of form.
Be still, O my soul! that the spell may dissolve
As the wands are upraised, and the aeons revolve,
Behold! in my beauty how joyous Thou art,
O Snake that caresses the crown of mine heart!
Behold! we are one, and the tempest of years
Goes down to the dusk, and the Beetle appears.
O beetle! the drone of Thy dolorous note
Be ever the trance of this tremulous throat!
I await the awaking! The summons on high
From the lord Adonai, from the Lord Adonai!”

Liber LXV Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente sub figura ADNI

 

Originally from Dangerous Beauty, released 25 September 2010

Sharon Knight: lead vocals
Tim Rayborn: harmony vocals, saz
Paul Nordin: extreme vocals
Winter: acoustic & electric guitars
Caith Threefires: bass
Mark Abbott: drums

 

 

The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Kim Cascone – Black Flame
  2. David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
  3. Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
  4. Alka – Nether
  5. Last Three Lives – Memory
  6. Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
  7. Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
  8. The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
  9. The Contrarian – The Magician
  10. NVSBL – NVSBL
  11. Whip Angels – Hermes
  12. Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
  13. yzzy☥kyzy – 93
  14. SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
  15. J Simpson – Strange Angels

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1 is now available for immediate download!

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Also, back on Dec 3rd 1996 the domain hermetic.com was registered. Today is Dec 3rd. So, this anthology album is being released today in order to also celebrate the birthday of the Hermetic Library itself. So: Happy Birthday, Hermetic Library!

 

 

The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Kim Cascone – Black Flame
  2. David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
  3. Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
  4. Alka – Nether
  5. Last Three Lives – Memory
  6. Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
  7. Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
  8. The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
  9. The Contrarian – The Magician
  10. NVSBL – NVSBL
  11. Whip Angels – Hermes
  12. Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
  13. yzzy☥kyzy – 93
  14. SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
  15. J Simpson – Strange Angels

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool

Last few hours to grab the pre-release bonus track along with The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

I’ve previously announced the pre-release availability of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1 and in just a few more hours … this will finally be released into the world!

While that’s incredibly exciting for me, and I’ve been waiting impatiently to finally share the entire anthology with everyone, I want to mention once again that only pre-orders of the anthology album include immediate download of “Inner Conversation” by Mahatma Dalí. This is a 28 minute incentive track available as part of this digital pre-release in 2 parts, in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. This extra material really works well when added together with the entire album, but will neither be included in downloads once the whole thing is released nor will it appear on physical CDs of the anthology. So, if you’re looking to grab that, it’s time to get on that before it is too late!

Either way, whether you do decide to preorder the anthology or pick it up when it releases, please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

As a reminder, you can read the original announcement at Pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1 or head directly over to the anthology itself at The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1.

 

 

Two new physical CD packages added to the pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1

I recently announced the pre-release of The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1, and have just added two new options for those looking to also have a physical CD of the anthology.

The first option is to pre-order a “Compact Disc + Digital Album” and the second is “Compact Disc + T-Shirt + Digital Album”. Both include a CD professionally mastered by SickTanicK, and professionally pressed, with original cover and insert artwork by me, John Griogair Bell, the librarian.

Ordering the compact disc includes the full digital album, of which the two part pre-release bonus track is immediately available. People who pre-order the anthology will be sent an email when the album releases so they can download the entire set.

The t-shirt that is available is one of the fitted American Apparel men’s t-shirt with the Hermetic Library logo, made of ultra-fine, combed ring-spun cotton, that gets softer with each washing. These shirts are cut small, so size up for a looser fit.