Omnium Gatherum: 18feb2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for Feb 18, 2020

Here’s some things I’ve found that you may be interested in checking out:

  • Ends TODAY! Tikkun is “offering a 20% OFF Presidents’ Day discount code SAVE20 to our next Spiritual Activism training — Beyond Resistance: Prophetic Empathy and Revolutionary Love — starting this Wednesday, February 19th. Sign-up by Tuesday, Feb. 18th to receive the discount! For more information about the training, […] click here to learn more and register. (Enter the discount code SAVE20 on the right hand side during checkout once you’ve chosen the full price and entered your name and contact information.)”
  • Skeleton found in cave could reveal Neanderthal death rites—”‘So much research on how Neanderthals treated their dead has to involve returning to finds from 60 or even a 100 years ago, when archaeological techniques were more limited — and that only ever gets you so far,’ said Emma Pomeroy, lead study author at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Archaeology. ‘To have primary evidence of such quality from this famous Neanderthal site will allow us to use modern technologies to explore everything from ancient DNA to long-held questions about Neanderthal ways of death, and whether they were similar to our own.'”
  • The Green Knight, from director David Lowery. Starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton. The Green Knight – Summer 2020. From A24. Looks creepy and cool! Plenty to find interesting here, but be sure to check out the oval tarot cards at timestamp 0:53
  • Utopia Inc. Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?”—”If today’s communities offer escape from the cult of individualism only to end up being ‘walled gardens’ for a privileged class of bohemians, entrepreneurs or spiritual seekers, then perhaps, for all their material success, they might yet be said to have failed. Whether today’s collaborative experiments will create tentacles into more diverse populations or tackle agendas of social justice and economic inequality remains to be seen. ”
  • Carmilla | Season One (FULL SEASON) | KindaTV
  • So May It Be: A Witch Dating Simulator✨ [was] summoned for download on Valentines day 2020.” “✨So May It Be: A Witch Dating Simulator✨ is a weird, magical and nostalgic visual novel. Play as a witch hanging out with your witchy friends, ditch school, contact the dead and fall in love. You can relax with your friends and play some minigames. Decide who you are, who to ask out, what you talk about and what you say. … Created by the Irish coven of witches at Planchette Games”
  • Andrew Weatherall: lone swordsman who cut new shapes for British music. From producing dub symphonies, or DJing ferocious techno, to never losing his insatiable musical curiosity, Weatherall was a truly inspirational figure”
  • My Favourite Painting: Viktor Wynd—”Artist and collector Viktor Wynd chooses a haunting picture by Austin Osman Spare.”
  • Meet a Mysterious Woman and a Marmot in This Exclusive A Peculiar Peril Excerpt, about A Peculiar Peril (The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead) by Jeff VanderMeer, a YA title due out in July—”Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather’s overstuffed mansion—a veritable cabinet of curiosities—once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables).”
  • An Oral History of Black Sabbath: The Album That Started Heavy Metal. Fifty years ago, Black Sabbath shook the Earth to its core. Here, in the band’s own words, is the story of its origins, creation and legacy…”—”But the source of Black Sabbath’s awesome power came from a much darker place than the temporal. Instead, the band eschewed the façade of hippy-centric peace and love that dominated the music of their peers, delving into the kind of subject matter that others dared not – fantasy and the occult, taking cues and inspiration from figures like Aleister Crowley, Dennis Wheatley, H.P. Lovecraft and J.R.R. Tolkien. It came from the unique magic created when those four musicians played in a room together, each bringing their A-game to the record. It came from something intangible – a true one-of-a-kind moment in time.”
  • Ginger Meyerson, editor of Storylandia, is having an “Open studio, Friday, 21 Feb 2020, from 4-7pm at 2716 N Broadway, #210, 90031. No purchase whatsoever necessary to be welcome.” She’s looking for good homes for all her collages. “Yes, my main goal is to get these collages into good homes, so no reasonable offer will be refused. And whatever sells leaves with the buyer. I’m also happy to ship within in the contiguous United States. And, yes, money is wonderful and always welcome, but I hope no one is confusing me with a money grubbing spore or something. :) So please, one and all, fall by the studio for one of the last chances to see the collages before they go into storage FOREVER.” Also, can be seen on her website.
  • Plotin. Qui es-tu? by Jean-François​ Pradeau, in French. Read a review by John Dillon at Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
  • The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus: The Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom by Christian H. Bull, Religions in the Graeco-Roman World series. Read the review by Korshi Dosoo at Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
  • New Hilaritas Press edition of Ishtar Rising: Why the Goddess Went to Hell and What to Expect Now That She’s Returning by Robert Anton Wilson, with foreword by Grant Morrison. Also.

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