Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 30th, 2017.
The big news for the week is that I’ve suddenly got a plethora of broadband options up here. Not only did the teleco that can’t figure out customer service manage to show up and do an install, but completely out of the blue I’ve got previously-unavailable LTE on my cell phone! Cell phone tethering with LTE is now an actual option, and it is almost equivalent to my new DSL; but, it turns out that there’s an even better DSL option possible. Turns out that since I’m, seriously, less than 100 feet from the DSLAM, I have an option that is significantly better. I’m currently at 20 down / 1 up, but the other option, if I can manage to get any customer service from someone other than the install tech, is 50 down / 6 up; which is good enough to possibly even start streaming again!
But, now that I’ve got reliable broadband, I’ve got options that weren’t available before. For one thing, I’ve been informally hanging out on the Hrmtc Underground voice chat server in the mornings while I work on the site. Come on over and check that out!
You may recall I’ve talked about what voice chat could develop into if people are interested in it. Now it’s possible to officially do regular “open office hours” while I work on the site. The idea was that I’d sit in voice chat while working on the site, which is most days, from early morning until afternoon. Other ideas possible now are to have call in talk shows or presentations, which I think would be fun. Voice chat is also a cool way we could do Reader’s Theatre. I could record any of those so there’d be an archive of them to post. Anyhow, there’s lots of ideas unique to voice chat, distinct from the site or blog or various and sundry social media accounts or BBS, that could happen, if there are people interested enough to make that a thing.
I realize I’ve not yet created an icon for the voice chat, other than the generic Hrmtc Underground mutant Abraxas. I’ll have to think about that!
So, yeah, head over. Create an account and let’s see what we can make happen!
My secret door project went SNAFU when I found out the bolts for the casters for the bottom of the bookshelf/door turned out to be too short.
So, completing that will have to wait until I’ve got new, longer bolts. Bummer, but it will still happen!
This coming week will be mostly above 100° at the library. When I saw that I rushed to pull the ancient non-functional AC and replaced it with an AC I had in storage. I’ve got it all installed in a temporary way for now.
It looks totally janky, but I used it yesterday and it worked pretty well with outside being around 90°. Hopefully, it will still work well when it gets above 100° and even, according to the latest forecast, over 110° on Thursday. The library cats and I will probably survive. Wish us luck!
Lots of new pages and work on old pages this week, which is pretty much every week for me, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.
Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week
- “It is never easy, even when the world is most normal and peaceful, to mark off with sharp lines the area of individual freedom. No person ever lives unto himself or is sufficient to himself. He is inextricably woven into the tissue of the social group. His privileges, his responsibilities, his obligations are forever over-individual and come from beyond his narrow isolated life.” — Quote
- Illness as Metaphor — Review
- Greater Feast of William Wynn Westcott — Calendar
- “The Glitter Squadron’s record speaks for itself, General.” Bunny’s voice is level. She places the poster on his desk. “Cleaner than yours, I’ll dare say. And—” Bunny smirks, and points to the general’s medals—“our bling is better.” — Quote
- The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories — Review
- Greater Feast of Paschal Beverly Randolph — Calendar
- Extracurricular Activities — Review
- “You have mastered women and the world when no desire either to avoid or attain sways your loving or limits your freedom.” — Quote
- Great Wine Made Simple — Review
- “Commerce is weird,” Billy says. “I mean, think about it. People buy things.” “And I,” Anil says, “am buying you a drink. Put that goddamn banana away.” — Quote
- “My muscles flexed and movement was a joy, a dance. The wind was whispering against my face. I am wolf.” — Quote
- The Years of Rice and Salt — Review
- “Successful government employees survive by recognizing power and responding to it.” — Quote
- Richard Hittleman’s Yoga — Review
- Legionnaire — Review
- “If you want to push things toward The Way of Men and start the Interphase, create disappointment.” — Quote
- Rites of Passage — Review
Some top pages at the library
- Fama Fraternitatis — Rosicrucianism
- MUTUS LIBER, part I — Caduceus
- Ave CLVI — T Polyphilus
- Scorpio and the Love Dragon — Michael Osiris Snuffin
- Liber Porta Lucis sub figurâ X — Aleister Crowley
Some top posts on social media
- Creed of the Gnostic Catholic Church – Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica – Hermetic Library
- What’s Crowley Got To Do With Thelema, Anyway? – Sam Webster – Hermetic Library
- Preface. – The Secret Doctrine – Helena Petrovna Blavatsky – Hermetic Library
- The Crux of Rosicrucianism – Hermetic Library
- Fama Fraternitatis – The Crux of Rosicrucianism – Hermetic Library
Some top posts on the BBS
- The most Legendary LitRPG Giveaway of all time. Seriously
- “a collection of timeless, mystical wisdom—or a flexible framework that has endured by changing with the times”
- “Lyrically, he drew inspiration from Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Gnosticism”
- Narrative Machines
- “Commerce is weird,” Billy says. “I mean, think about it. People buy things.” “And I,” Anil says, “am buying you a drink. Put that goddamn banana away.”