Omnium Gatherum: 3jan2021

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 3, 2021

It’s the first Omnium Gatherum of the month, and the first of the year! So, let’s again welcome all Patrons to join the fun. Hi, everyone!

I’m currently in the midst of a winter storm here at the library. Staying wrapped up, under cats, with hot tea, mostly! Hope you are all doing well, and recovered from any safe and sane festivities you engaged in over the last few weeks!

Yesterday was perihelion, when Earth is closest to the Sun. It’s a moveable event on the Gregorian calendar, and I’m not sure there’s any calendar that marks it, but it occurs so close to New Year’s Day on our common calendar, that I really do think it makes sense for perihelion to be “Astronomical New Year” in a solar calendar system. Anyhow, I’ve personally decided to start paying attention to perihelion and aphelion, as much as I do solstice and equinox, for example.

Speaking of marking perihelion, in case you missed it, I’ve just released (Whew! Finally!) a new zine: Hermetic Library Zine January 2021, issue #3, at perihelion! Be sure to check it out!

I also started to post updates for followers on Bandcamp about the activities of Anthology Artists that I’ve noticed. This time around the sun, I’m going to try to do better at keeping up with what all 142 Anthology Artists across all 15 (+2!) albums (so far!) have been up to about what news I’ve heard through little updates that go out via email, or are on the Bandcamp site. This is part of my thinking, which I’ve talked about previously and which is ongoing, about how to keep in contact with people in ways that avoids drowning in noise or being filtered by algorithms. So, there’s now Patreon and Bandcamp updates which hopefully reach you all! I’ll keep thinking on this more, but I just started doing the Bandcamp updates, and maybe you’d like to be sure you’re following along on the library’s profile there, if you want to get those also! (But, I’ll probably be posting those regularly in these Omnium Gatherum posts, such as the one below about Primitive Knot, as I see them, too!)

By the by, it’s the time of resolutions. So, like the quote from Moonchild, which is often attributed directly to Aleister Crowley, but is actually in letter from one character in the story to another: “may the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!

Thanks again, again, and again for being ongoing Patrons of my work, and for your help keeping Hermetic Library going! May your coming cyclical trip around the sun bring you many joys and much success!

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

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