Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending December 25th, 2016.
I’ve added SSL certificates to the library site as well as the blog. And, after watching them for a couple days, I’ve now set them to default to the secure protocol. Welcome to the future! Of course, part of this is in preparation for the switch to the new site, so that logins will be secure; but, these days, search engines are demanding that sites be secure in order to continue being ranked well.
I’m thinking of flipping the switch and put the new site in production. With the new secure protocol and that the new site is finally, and fully, mobile ready, search engines will be more happy with the site. There’s still so much work to do, but I’m not sure it makes sense to wait any longer. There will be things messed up on the site for a while, but there’s stuff that’s broken now because of my various template upgrades being partially rolled out over content that still has some original bad HTML, so, for just one example, there’s pages where content appears in white on a light background because the old, legacy HTML didn’t properly apply paragraph tags. Oy! So, why not just go for it? Yeah? Yeah! Okay! Let’s go!
Over the years, I’ve added grouping indexes and breadcrumbs and site search, but I also doubled content on the site, started to try for those metadata and concordance layers, and so forth; but, I just couldn’t keep up with hand coding the site, and only partially rolled out at least three (maybe more?) template updates, as much as I love the craft of being hands on, keepin’ it old school. Hopefully, this new site will help me keep up and make it easier for whatever the future brings, including making it much easier on Fellows to update their pages and possible future additional content work from additional librarians!
Which means, if you or someone you know is interested in helping with the site, especially if you’re familiar with wiki syntax or, even better, Dokuwiki specifically, let me know!
This week, with a heavy heart and a sense of defeat, I have decided to say goodbye to Hermetic Hosting. I am no longer accepting new hosting agreements or domain registrations as Hermetic Hosting or Hermetic Library, and I’ve contacted existing clients to consider their options. I’m sad, to be honest; and sorry I couldn’t be of more service doing hosting. It sure seemed like a good idea, but after years of trying to get it going … time to let that idea go.
The last logo design I did for Hermetic Hosting was pretty neat. I used Fludd’s Temple of Music as the texture inside the H. I had this notion of the spheres and music being a metaphor for esoteric activity online, a kind of big band music of the Infosphere Orchestra. I sure thought that was spiffy. Wasn’t it?
Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week
- Tinisland by Troy Schafer
- The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture by William Irwin Thompson
- “plodgering” is a word I’ve coined; it combines plodding, slogging, and soldiering, and I intend it to connote how it feels to be marching day by day in the midst of an uncomfortable and highly unglamorous process of change, all the while doing battle with the elements in myself that would prefer I stay stuck) — Carolyn Elliott, Awaken Your Genius
- Christmas Good Will — Ministry of Information
- Everything is forever running and returning by Kieran Mahon
- Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
- “There’s no going back. So we might as well get on with things.” — Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
- “Yet by-and-by I hope to weave A song of Anti-Christmas Eve And First- and Second-Beast-er Day. There’s one who loves me dearly (vrai!) Who yet believes me sprung from Tophet, Either the Beast or the False Prophet; And by all sorts of monkey tricks Adds up my name to Six Six Six. Retire, good Gallup! In such strife her Superior skill makes you a cipher! Ho! I adopt the number. Look At the quaint wrapper of this book! I will deserve it if I can: It is the number of a Man.” — Aleister Crowley, “Ascension Day”
- Day One by Ace of Space
- The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M Valente
- “I never linger over such memories, for they have long since lost any emotional significance for me. There was no way I could restore them to life except by transforming them and making them unrecognizable, at first glance, to my eyes, solely because during that deformation they acquired the lewdest of meanings.” — George Bataille, Story of the Eye
- Western Medication by Kim Logan
- Doctor Copernicus by John Banville
- “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace. I came with a sword.” — Paulo Coelho, Aleph
- Personal and organizational site and domain hosting with Hermetic Hosting and Hermetic Library
- Dispelling the Difference (II Supraterranean) by OrosKhaos
- The Mass: A liturgical commentary: Vol. II: the Mass of the Faithful by Auguste Croegaert
- “In spite of or because of their anxiety, most of the reactors were more uninhibited in the display of emotion than were the non-reactors, and more voluble. They were also much more religious, much more active in the affairs of their church and much more preoccupied, on a subconscious level, with their pelvic and abdominal organs.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
- Ritual of the Element on Winter Solstice
- Prana by P Emerson Williams
- The House of Doors by Brian Lumley
- “Fleet of foot, I ran in the dream. My paws flew, chasing elusive deer hide. My nose smelled deer, on top of a multitude of smells.” — J Damask, Wolf at the Door
- “Unto the Least of These” — George Sanford Holmes
- Apollo 22 by Ophwurld
- Rites of Public Celebration, edited by Mesniu
- “The old truth which was known to the ancients, but which had been almost entirely forgotten during our modern age of materialism, that man is not a finished being, incapable of any further organic development, but that his body and his mind are continually subject to transformation and change, and that no transformation can take place where no substance exists, because force cannot exist without substance, has become almost universally known.” — Franz Hartmann, With The Adepts
Some top pages at the library
- The Sigil of Ameth — Enochia
- Anathema of Zos: The Sermon to the Hypocrites: An Automatic Writing By Austin Osman Spare — Austin Osman Spare
- Notes on the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram — Mark Stavish
- Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ — Table I — Libri — Aleister Crowley
- The Perfect Sermon, or The Asclepius — I — Sacred Texts
Some top posts on social media
- The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley
- Now from your wide
Raw cunt, the abyss,
Spend spouting the tide
Of your sizzling piss
In my mouth; oh my Whore
Let it pour, let it pour!
Aleister Crowley, Leah Sublime
- Ordo Templi Orientis — Orders — Aleister Crowley
- AL (Liber Legis) The Book of the Law sub figurâ XXXI — Libri — Aleister Crowley
- Orders of Aleister Crowley
Some top posts on the BBS
- “‘SMOKE’ has been photographed rising from the ruins of a house once owned by the self-confessed ‘most wicked man in the world’.”
- “There was a time, however, when this well-heeled Hawke’s Bay village was regarded as “the Vatican” of esoteric spirituality.”
- “If he’s not wearing his favorite pair of goat horns, the Pagan priest might as well be naked.”
- Dharma, Mysteries, and Mandala
- “orgasm as a form of social control”