Omnium Gatherum: October 1, 2018

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 1, 2018

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  • Tweet by Jon Carling

  • Unisex Pumpkin Sigil T-Shirt from Occulture Podcasst

    Occulture Podcast Pumpkin Sigil T Shirt

  • Mozilla identifies 10 open source personas: What you need to know. This new report describes the best ways to work with different types of open communities.” — Patrick Finch, [HT The Open Org]

    “Participating in open source communities—or in any open organization, for that matter—means collaborating with others who might not operate the same way you do. Their motivations may differ. Their governance models might seem foreign. Their goals might not immediately speak to you. So if you’re going to work together, you’ll need to develop a clear sense of what makes the project tick—and decide quickly whether working together is best for your team and your business.

    Similarly, if you’re instigating an open source project, you should ask yourself, “what kind of community do I want to attract?” Then you can plan for and signal that accordingly.”

    “Our recent report, “Open Source Archetypes,” identifies 10 general types (or “archetypes”) of open communities in their strategic contexts. The report offers narratives describing these archetypes, explains what motivate them, and outlines the strategic benefits of working with them. We also cite some examples of each archetype and offer insights into various licensing models, governance models and community standards that comprise them.”

  • Tweet by Jax Goss; from the November-23rd dept. Wolfenoot is everyone’s favourite new holiday!

  • Tweet by Tartans; from the Fear-Not dept.

  • Mysterious Cosmic Rays Shooting from the Ground in Antarctica Could Break Physics. NASA went searching for micro black holes in Antarctica. Instead, it detected cosmic rays shooting from the ground and some physicists think it could be evidence of a supersymmetric particle.” — Daniel Oberhaus, Motherboard

    “There’s something strange happening beneath the surface of Antarctica and it’s got nothing to do with Nazi UFOs. Rather, researchers are arguing that a decade-old experiment may have furnished the first evidence of a new type of particle that has evaded detection by some of the most sophisticated particle accelerators for years. If they turn out to be correct, it would change physics as we know it.”

  • Tituba: The Slave Girl Who May Have Used The Salem Witch Trials To Win Her Own Freedom” — William DeLong, AllThatsInteresting

    “Tituba proved to be a fantastic orator as she talked her way out of slavery using the fear and mass hysteria of witchcraft that paralyzed the people of Salem.”

  • So Long and Thanks for All the Abuse: A History of Sexual Trauma in the Pagan Community” — Sarah Anne Lawless

    “All I have to share with you is the stories of my own experiences. If you have experienced abuse within the magical community I want you to know that you are not alone and I believe you. If you are too scared or too traumatized to speak out, I hope my personal stories will clearly demonstrate that what happened to you was wrong and is completely unacceptable. Maybe it will inspire you to speak out against a predator in your own local community or group or to support a friend who is too afraid to. I hope my opening up in turn opens a dialogue within our greater community about the abuse that is so prevalent within it and how we can work together to prevent it for our future members.

    These are my true stories as I experienced them.”

  • Interview with the Magus by Nathan Dube [HT Miguel Conner]

    Crane Interview with the Magus

    “Prior to the writing of this book ‘Interview with the Magus’ was a series of interviews I wrote for the now defunct over it’s last two years of existence on the internet. While I had been planning on eventually turning the series into a book, its sudden removal from the web lit a fire under my ass to retrieve the two years of writing I had produced for the website via”

    “While this book boasts interviews with some of the worlds most renowned living magicians and esoteric practitioners/seekers/scholars such as Mitch Harrowitz, Jason Miller, Jake Stratton-Kent, Ramsey Dukes, Phil Hine, Taylor Ellwood, and a whole plethora of amazing minds and souls, I also point to new shining stars in the occult scene who deserve attention such as Tommie Kelly, Bill Nemo Trumpler, Sara Mastros, Felix Warren, Scarlet Magdalene, Katelan Foisy, Manuel Ignacio Martínez and others who embody the search for spiritual truth and power.”

  • Stunning 3D laser maps reveal the sprawling Mayan ‘megalopolis’ where more than 61,000 ancient structures lay hidden beneath Guatemala’s forest canopy” — Cheyenne Macdonald and Phoebe Weston, Daily Mail UK

    “Stunning new maps covering over 2,000 square kilometers of northern Guatemala have revealed the site of an ancient Maya mega-city hidden in the dense tropical forest.

    Researchers uncovered more than 61,000 ancient structures at the site using LiDAR technology, which relies on laser pulses to map out the topography.

    Evidence from the exhaustive survey supports earlier suspicions that upwards of 11 million people lived in the Maya Lowlands from the year 650 to 800 CE.”

  • Curse Your Boss, Hex the State, Take Back the World by Dr. Bones, from Gods & Radicals Press

    Bones Curse Your Boss Hex the State Take Back the World

    ““Do you want to be exploited forever, to die a beautiful soul trapped in a body-turned-machine, or will you rise in armed joy?”

    In Curse Your Boss, Hex The State, Take Back The World, Conjurer and anarcho-communist swamp-dweller Dr. Bones unravels the Spectral Cage in which we–even magic-workers–find ourselves trapped. The State, Capitalism, Society, and Media all enmesh not just our actions but our very perception both of this world and the Other, and Dr. Bones shows you how to forge the keys to freedom.

    But unlike the pulp pablum pushed out by mass-market magic publishers, this book won’t tell you how to get that car you saw in the commercial, or how to get a raise or find inner peace. Instead, Dr. Bones offers you rituals and theory to change the entire world, to free not just yourself but others, and issues a revolutionary call to take up magical arms against Capital and the State.”

  • Why It’s So Damn Difficult to Discuss Occult Topics In the Media” — Mitch Horowitz, Medium

    “I am a historian of alternative religions — I document, and deeply care about, outsider spiritual views, particularly with regard to the esoteric, supernatural, and occult.

    […] But it is a struggle. I find that the bar is raised much higher for writing about outside-the-fold topics than it is for things that editors and producers already believe (e.g., “Positive thinking is for dupes and dumbbells.”)

    Here are some of the reasons it’s tough to find a mainstream mic for these issues — and some different ways to think about how we communicate”

  • Why Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Found in a Saint’s Coffin.
    The St. Cuthbert Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book. Some time around 698, it was slipped into the coffin of a saint.” — Allison Meier, JSTOR Daily [HT Lilith Saintcrow]

    JSTOR Daily British Library St Cuthbert's Gospel

    “Saint Cuthbert’s fame grew following his death in 687. The hermit monk’s body, so the story goes, was found to be incorrupt over a decade after his passing in Northumbria (today’s border between England and Scotland). The miracle led to a cult around his remains. Offerings were placed at his tomb. Some time around 698, a small red book was slipped into his coffin.

    This manuscript — known as the St. Cuthbert Gospel, or Stonyhurst Gospel (for Stonyhurst College where it was once held) — is the earliest surviving intact European book.”

  • Tweet by Curious Werequail

  • Tweet by sententiae antiquae

  • The Young Brujas Reclaiming the Power of Their Ancestors. Long stigmatized by colonizers and the Catholic Church, indigenous forms of spirituality and witchcraft are experiencing a renaissance among Latinx millennials.” — Eda Yu, Broadly [HT Sarah Chavez]

    “Brujería, the Spanish language word for “witchcraft,” is typically used to refer to various spiritual practices that have been used by African, Caribbean, and indigenous Latin American populations for centuries. The West-African Yoruba religion, for instance, is estimated by some anthropologists to have been practiced for thousands of years. And Santería (also known as Lucumi) is an Afro-Cuban religion that took shape alongside the rise of Spanish colonization—and the arrival of Roman Catholicism—in Latin America in the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, brujería—and its accompanying bruja (Spanish for witch) title—are being taken up by a growing community of primarily Latinx women and femmes who want to tap into the mysticism of their heritage, often sharing images of their practice through social media or incorporating bruja culture into their creative pursuits.”

  • Gather Around The Fall Fires With These 4 YA Novels” — Caitlyn Paxson, NPR

    “Fall has come at last, which means it’s time to gather around the fire and tell tall tales about girls who survive, girls who fight, and girls who, if given the chance, may prove to be heroes.”

  • Sorcerer’s Screed: The Icelandic Book of Magic Spells” from The Icelandic Magic Company

    Icelandic Magic Sorcerer's Screed

    “Would you like to increase your prosperity, secure the love of the man or woman of your dreams, seek protection from evil forces or grumpy neighbours, catch a liar or raise the dead? If so, the Sorcerer‘s Screed is just the book for you.

    The spells have been adherent to Scandinavian history and culture for centuries and Icelanders have been using magic spells from the first settlement for everyday purposes as well as the more unorthodox.

    The Sorcerer’s Screed is the world‘s most comprehensive collection of Nordic spells. Each spell comes with a diagram and specific instructions for their use and purpose.

    The book was first published in 1940 in the annual but limited publication Jólagjöfin (Yule Present). The author himself, Skuggi (Jochum Magnús Eggertsson, 1896-1966), had handwritten the text and drawn the diagrams.

    This is a revised edition of the original publication where all symbols and runes have been graphically redrawn, a project lead by the designer Arnar Fells Gunnarsson who also designed the book and it’s beautiful and accessible layout.”

  • Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel to reunite for Wicked concert special” — Justine Browning, Entertainment Weekly [HT Judika Illes]

    Entertainment Weekly Chenoweth Menzel reunite for Wicked

    “An early Halloween treat has arrived in the form of news that the original stars of Wicked will reunite to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Broadway smash.

    Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, who portrayed Oz residents and onetime friends Elphaba and Glinda in the musical, are set to headline a special tribute concert on Oct. 29 that will be broadcast on NBC. The event will feature songs from the blockbuster musical hit, with performances from the show’s original dynamic duo, the Broadway production’s current company, and special guests like Ariana Grande and Pentatonix, with more expected to be announced. ”

  • A Master Class in Women’s Rage.
    Want to understand what all the women you know are so angry about? Here’s a syllabus” — Kate Harding, Electric Lit; from the Do-Not-Go-Gentle dept. [HT Jess Zimmerman]

    “For those who would like to learn more about (chiefly, though not exclusively, North American) women’s anger — the reasons for it, the shapes it takes, the resistance to it, the energy it saps, and the energy it produces — I present The Rage Syllabus. I’ve kept the number of required texts to a modest 58, so completing all lessons shouldn’t take you much more than a calendar year of full-time study. Sadly, this means I’ve left out enormous amounts of history, including the entire First Wave and a great many important feminist publications from the mid-to-late 20th century. You have a lot of rage to catch up on.”

  • The Light Is Leaving Us All by Current 93

    Current 93 The Light Is Leaving Us All

  • Empty Faces paranormal investigation ARG

    Empty Faces Paranormal Investigation ARG


    ‘It’s like a real-world escape room.’ Are you ready to put your detective skills to the test in one of the most immersive, fun games of your life?”

  • 18 of the Best Witchy Books to Read This Fall” — Carly Lane, SYFY Wire

    “Witches are timeless in fiction, but there may be no better time to curl up with books about witches than the spooky fall season. As the temperature begins to drop and the days begin to wane, stories about women who possess mysterious powers will definitely light enough of a fire to keep you warm at night — and, admittedly, some of these tales might leave your heart pounding from delight rather than outright fear.

    I’ve rounded up some of the best witchy books to get you in the mood for autumn. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s hopefully wide-ranging enough to help you find something to suit your tastes, regardless of which witch you are deep inside.”

  • Witch-themed bar opens just in time for Halloween in South Bend’s Miami Village” — Mary Shown, South Bend Tribune

    “It took Smith about three years to transition the century-old house located at 1320 Miami St. into the dark and creepy bar that it is today. And yes, dark and creepy is the theme that he is going for. Aptly named The Witches Brew, the bar has a dark witch theme.

    ‘I just wanted to do something different because there’s sports bars everywhere. Literally, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a window on one, so we just wanted to do something different,’ Smith said. ‘I wouldn’t say it’s a Halloween theme, but it is a witches theme.’

    The idea for the theme came from the house itself, which Robert said, reminded him of a witch’s hat. When customers walk in, they will have to take a minute to adjust their eyes to the dark lighting with purple accents all around. Signs and decorations scattered on the walls attribute to potions and spells. Smith says about 50 people can fit into the main floor of the house bar, and said the upstairs is off-limits.

    ‘There’s no upstairs,’ Smith said. ‘Besides, the witch doesn’t like to be bothered.'”

  • Hugh Hefner: The Sad Secrets of His Final Years Revealed” — Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter

    “‘Look,’ one of his friends said as we gathered over a buffet supper before Hef introduced the 1964 comedy A Shot in the Dark, ‘there’s two ways to think about his hedonism: One is that Buddhist thing of living in the moment, and the other is a terrible fear of death'”

  • Something Is Wrong Here: A Roleplaying Game. Uncanny surrealist roleplaying, inspired by TWIN PEAKS, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, and the other dark works of DAVID LYNCH.” — Kira Magrann; from the 3-Days-to-Go dept.