An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for March 3, 2021
Another new month, so welcome all Patrons to this Omnium Gatherum!
Until now, I’ve used this space to offer a little summary of some things since the last Omnium Gatherum, and since the previous month’s first post open to all Patrons. However, since I started doing weekly newsletters, I’ve talking about what’s happened each week over there. Instead of duplicating my weekly summaries, let me suggest that the new place for the summary I was doing in this first post can now be found there, for the most part!
Do consider heading over to the newsletter, and subscribing for those. You can check them out online before subscribing, of course, but I think they’ve turned out pretty good and each is full of information, updates, memes, and more! Also, the first month is a wrap now. I started them at the beginning of February, and just sent out the first one for March. Issue 6 went out this morning!
But, I’ll still post Patron specific stuff here, in the first monthly Gatherum, I think.
Mainly, Postal Exchange went out finally, now that the winter storm has passed and I could get to the post office without crampons and pitons, sled and team of sled dogs.
I’m going to try to add another merch item this month, but with that I’m going to have to think about what is next. I’m quickly coming to a point where I can’t stack any more merch items as perks on my existing Patron tiers. So, what to do? I could swap them in and out, which I’ll probably do anyway, to keep new designs rotating in (and I’ll have to figure out what schedule works for that too! Maybe every 5–6 months so that everyone gets a chance to grab a design on the 3-month cycle for the Patreon merch system?). But, if I want to add more merch on top of the existing items, I may need to create some new tiers. I’m currently thinking of adding a Propagandist tier, which will add full size wall posters to the previous merch items, and a Completionist tier, which will further add all the things, including t-shirts and everything else on top. In order for those tiers to work in Patreon’s merch system, which limits what I can add to a tier based on the pledge, I would probably have to make Propagandist a $60/mo pledge and Completionist a 120/mo pledge. But, they’d include a lot of fun merchy things! I don’t know if people will be interested in them, but it seems like I might as well create them and try, right?
But, the next merch item I’m planning is actually a series of mugs. But, the series would be 1 mug each 3 months, for a full series of 4. I’ve pretty much got 3 of the designs already in mind, but I’m not sure what to do for the fourth. I have to have all four done when I set up the sequence, so I need to figure it out. The first one will probably be the “Kill Me / Fill Me” mug design I’d created for Cafepress years ago.
And here’s an old glamour shot of the Cafepress mug, so it may or may not look the same when made by Patreon merch.
I also want to do one with Crowley’s more famous (of two) Coffee prayers. The first, of course, is: “O coffee! By the mighty Name of Power do I invoke thee, consecrating thee to the Service of the Magic of Light.” but there’s another which also mentions a sandwich: “I will go to the Café du Dôme and break my fast humbly with Coffee and Sandwich. May it strengthen me in my search for the Quintessence, the Stone of the Wise, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness!” Both from John St John, or Liber DCCCLX (Book 860). I don’t think it makes sense to do both of them in the same series, right? So, I might save the second one for the 2nd series. But, there’s two designs.
I’m thinking about doing a third design with “In my mouth be the essence of the life of the Sun!” on one side and “In my mouth be the essence of the joy of the earth!” on the other from the Gnostic Mass, Liber XV. That would be three designs.
What about the fourth?! I did have another design I created for the old Cafepress site. I’m not sure if it is too close to the other one, or if this is something Patrons would also want. It’s got the “My life with the Fill Kill Kult” design.
That would be four designs! But, what do you think of these four ideas? Do you have some other idea that comes to mind?! I’m going to be thinking about this a little bit longer, but I want to get this set up and going before the end of this month one way or the other.
But, I kinda like all those ideas. If you love or hate them, or even if you feel meh about one or more, let me know! I mean, these mugs would be for you all!
Well, okay, I’m probably only going to be able to add these mugs to Deluxe Exchange (and above, if I create the additional new tiers), because of how Patreon’s merch system works, but … I would love to know what you think, either way.
I’ve been getting some interest in participation in the next zine, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do the next one around Aphelion in June. We’ll see. I may have to fill it with my own writing and memes, collected from the newsletter, but I’m hoping I get a bunch of other people to participate as well!
And, I’ve already had the first couple whispers from people looking forward to participating on the next anthology album, for which the call for submissions doesn’t even go out until June!
Yeah! And yay!
So, that’s the major Patron stuff I’ve got on my mind right now, for this monthly round up. I’ve probably missed something important, but only I’ll remember what after I send this, no doubt!
Thank you for your ongoing patronage here on Patreon! I really could not keep doing all this without your continued support. You really do make the magick happen, and I’m so very grateful for your help doing what I do. I just can’t ever say enough how much your support means to me, but I hope all that I’m able to do with the site and everything is clear evidence of what your support makes happen!
As always, if there’s anything soever, questions, comments, or concerns; or thoughts about what would help make your experience as Patron even more satisfying, get in touch!
Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:
- “Jim and Susie Malcolm present A St Patrick’s Celebration Singalong via Zoom, Saturday March 13 @ 7pm PST; 8pm MST; 9pm CST; 10pm EST & Sunday March 14 @ 4pm PST; 5pm MST; 6pm CST; 7pm EST. Suggested donation $15 per person. In mid-March we like to swap our thistles and sporrans for shamrocks and shillelaghs, stick an ‘e’ towards the end of our whisky and celebrate the wonderful songs of our dear sister Celtic nation. Featuring some of the most famous and popular Irish songs of all time with lashings of choruses, plus backdrops, slideshows, stories and anecdotes. To sign up, just email [email protected] and say which day you’d like to come”
- “RTÉ Virtual Parade with St Patrick’s Festival | 2021.”—”The #RTEVirtualParade is back, this year in partnership with St Patrick’s Festival. ”
- From the Rhymes with Reuss dept: “Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, March 2nd. Get involved! Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 — Dr. Seuss’s birthday.” Counterpoint: “Dr. Seuss Enterprises ceases publication of six titles because of racist stereotypes.”
- From the Streisand dept: “‘Satanic’ El Diablo Eurovision entry must be removed, says Holy Synod.” So, now you’ve got to watch it, amirite? Watch “Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo – Official Music Video (Eurovision 2021 Cyprus).”
- Children Of Osiris released Shem 7 part of “an album sequence based upon interactions with the angels of the shemhamphorash. A sequence of 9 albums. Also the Archangel’s of the related spheres.”
- Michael Idehall posted the video Leaf 2021-02-21. “The ‘Leaves’ series of compositions is a monthly reoccurrence on” his Patreon.
- “No Escape From Discordianism. He has no explanation for why the world is as it is.”
- “Sex, Drugs and the Devil in the swimming pool: The various demonic hauntings of David Bowie.”
- “Do you have anything to show for it?“—”Something I’ve noticed in a lot of spiritual/self-improvement circles is the lack of any real change in the people who make them up. I’ll see someone who carries the aesthetic of someone becoming a better person, but nothing changes in their day-to-day life.”
- PRONAOS: Reflections on the Preliminary Practices of Buddhist Tantra from a Western Perspective [Bookshop, Amazon] by Greg Kaminsky, of Occult of Personality podcast—”If you’re interested in esoteric spirituality and the pursuit of gnosis, seeking effective and practicable methods that produce transformation and even have the potential to bring the practitioner to self-realization, then this book is for you. Designed to provide readers with a perspective on the view and methods of the preliminary practices of Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana) in a way that is accessible and applicable to modern Westerners, using examples and quotations from familiar philosophical and esoteric traditions. Because human beings are essentially similar, this path of esoteric Buddhism can be effective and has proven to be so for women and men across centuries, continents, and cultures. The highest spiritual realization is available to all of us regardless of who we are, where or when we live, or any other circumstance provided we receive the teachings and practice the methods. This book is a first step towards that.”
- “Off with their heads! Why are Lewis Carroll misquotes so common online? Following a recent similar Royal Mint slip-up, the Westminster Collection’s new 50p coins have sent Carroll experts down an internet rabbit hole to source false quotes.”
- “Dark side of wonderland: ahead of V&A show, book explores Alice’s occult link. As museum prepares to celebrate Lewis Carroll’s heroine, ties to mysticism and magical societies have come to light in a new work, Through a Looking Glass Darkly.”—”The V&A exhibition, Fior suggests, will be a good opportunity for fans to go back to the darker side of the stories, something that the Disney cartoon version has almost obliterated.” About the exhibit Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at The Sainsbury Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, opens March 27th—”Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.” Also the book Through a Looking Glass Darkly [Publisher] by Jake Fior—”Through a Looking Glass Darkly is a deeply layered hypnotic journey to the dark side of Carroll’s original text. If Through the Looking Glass is Carroll’s mirror image of Wonderland, then this is the mirror crack’d. Here we encounter Alice not as a Victorian schoolgirl but a confident yet conflicted teenager immersed in a landscape of impending danger and bewildering beauty. This reimagining contains examples of real ritual magic and is complemented through the use of references to actual moments in history.Including the fierce battle to save secret magical society ‘The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’ from the malign influence of a young Aleister Crowley. The final chapter charts the extraordinary history of this book. The very process of its creation seems to have invoked the discovery of major lost historical objects and a relationship between Carroll’s original text and the arcane teachings of Western Mysticism.”
- From 2012: Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America: A History [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by J Dillinger—”The first comprehensive history of magical treasure hunting from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, revealing a magical universe of treasure spirits, and wizards who tried to deal with them. Combining history and anthropology, this study sees treasure hunting as an expression of shifting economic mentalities and changing ideas about history.”
- Intermittens Issue 11—”Intermittens is a snapshot in time of Discordian a-musings. Now, 10 years after its predecessor, the magazine is revived! Featuring works from Aktion23 (the largest German-speaking Discordian cabal), The Aftermathematics Research Cabal, and several others you’ve come to know and love (or perhaps haven’t come to love yet!), this edition is JAM-packed with thought-provoking, funny, and mostly sensical writings. (And some wonderful art!) I’m super proud of everyone who contributed to this edition, and I hope you’ll both enjoy and get something out of reading this! -Alana”
- Kurukulla: Goddess of Bewitchment. A Devotional Path to the Red Enchantress of Uddiyana by Verónica Rivas, from Anathema Publishing, pre-orders begins Monday, March 15th 2021, due to ship April 2021—”In Kurukulla: Goddess of Bewitchment – A Devotional Path to the Red Enchantress of Uddiyana, author Verónica Rivas combines academic research with personal experience to offer a theoretical-practical study of Kurukulla, the goddess in Hinduism related to desire, lust, magic, and witchcraft.”
- “Ancient Egyptian manual reveals new details about mummification. Based on a manual recently discovered in a 3,500-year-old medical papyrus, University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt has been able to help reconstruct the embalming process used to prepare ancient Egyptians for the afterlife. It is the oldest surviving manual on mummification yet discovered.” “[F]inal text edition is planned for 2022 as a collaboration between the Louvre Museum and the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection.”
- “A Happy Contrarian.” About Conversations With René Girard: Prophet of Envy [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by René Girard, edited by Cynthia L. Haven. Also Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Cynthia L. Haven.
- ““Can you imagine if you presented Freud to Jane Austen?”: Josh Cohen on literature and psychoanalysis. The analyst and writer’s latest work, How to Live. What to Do., is a mix of case studies from his consulting room, personal reminiscence, and literary reference points.” About How to Live. What to Do: In Search of Ourselves in Life and Literature [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Josh Cohen, due October, 2021—”Focusing on some of the best known characters in all of literature–chosen to trace the arc from childhood to old age–a brilliant psychoanalyst and professor of literature shows how our inner lives become at once stranger and more familiar when seen through the prism of fiction.”
- “The Life and Death of the Dream Job. A new book reminds us that work is only a means to an end.” About Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Sarah Jaffe—”A deeply-reported examination of why “doing what you love” is a recipe for exploitation, creating a new tyranny of work in which we cheerily acquiesce to doing jobs that take over our lives.”
- “Is It Time to Kill the Book Blurb? The pre-publication endorsements—’dazzling!’ ‘a masterwork!’—that litter book covers have long been a staple of publishing. Are they of any value or mere relics that deserve to go?”
- “Extraterrestrial engineering. In the 1950s, Earth-bound MIT students made aliens feel more at home.”
- “Until Recently, People Accepted the ‘Fact’ of Aliens in the Solar System.”
- “NASA rover beams back first sounds ever recorded from the surface of Mars.”
- “A 1990s iMac Processor Powers NASA’s Perseverance Rover.”
- “NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars is carrying an adorable ‘family portrait’ of Martian rovers.”
- More on this: “Sun probe surprises NASA with incredible photo of Venus. The Parker Solar Probe might’ve made an unexpected discovery.”
- “Computer Simulations Suggest Mars Moons Result of Ancient Collision.”
- “The weird space that lies outside our Solar System.”
- “The Milky Way may be swarming with planets with oceans and continents like here on Earth.”
- “Space Hurricane Observed for the First Time.” Also “Prof. Zhang Qinghe’s Research Group Found the First Known Space Hurricane Poured Electron Rain.”
- “A massive iceberg – larger than New York City – breaks off Antarctica.”
- “Octopuses Have a Secret Sense to Keep Their 8 Arms Out of Trouble. Even when an octopus can’t see light with its eyes, its arms seem to know it is there.”
- “A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children.”
- “Snakes insert their heads into living frogs’ bodies to swallow their organs (because nature is horrifying).”
- “Sharks that glow in the dark? Scientists discover luminous deep-sea predators off New Zealand. Among the three glowing sharks, the kitefin shark is now the largest-known luminous underwater creature.”
- “Greek ship carrying parts of the Parthenon is giving up more secrets.”
- “Ancient Egypt’s Mona Lisa? An elaborately drawn extinct goose, of course.”
- “Kangaroo Painting Thought to be 17,300 Years Old. A two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has been identified as Australia’s oldest intact rock painting.”
- “Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Trove of 1000-Year-Old Viking Jewelry.”
- “Iridium in undersea crater confirms asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.”
- “Ancient Dog Bone Evidence of Route Humans Took to North America.”
- “Scientists May Have Just Solved The Long-Standing Mystery of Earth’s ‘Missing Ice’.”
- “Physicists Show a Speed Limit Also Applies in the Quantum World.”
- “With Arithmetic Dynamics, Mathematicians Unlock New Insights. A new proof demonstrates the power of arithmetic dynamics, an emerging discipline that combines insights from number theory and dynamical systems.”
- “New ‘Radically Different’ Map Is Said to Be The Most Accurate 2D Map Ever Made.”
- “Citizen scientists show placebo effect may explain benefits of microdosing. The psychological benefits linked with taking regular, small doses of psychedelic drugs are likely the result of users’ expectations, a study suggests.”
- “Atlantic Ocean circulation is the weakest in at least 1,600 years, study finds – here’s what that means for the climate.” Also “A Major Ocean Current May Be Hurtling Towards Collapse.”
- “How vulnerable is the world? Sooner or later a technology capable of wiping out human civilisation might be invented. How far would we go to stop it?”
- “COVID-19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction. Study reveals details of how coronavirus infects heart; models of tissue damage may help develop potential therapies.”
- “The Pandemic and Pagan practices.”—”Recently, The Wild Hunt interviewed two speakers, Murtagh AnDoile and Melissa Harrington from the ‘Conference on Current Pagan Studies.’ The interviews focused on the impact of COVID-19 and its restrictions on Pagans.”
- Not so hot on her 9 to 9 rewrite celebrating hustle and crunch culture, but … “Covid-19: Dolly Parton marks vaccination with Jolene rewrite.”
- “US bishops discourage Catholics from getting Johnson & Johnson vaccine if given a choice. ‘If one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s,’ the statement read.”
- “How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It. Margaret McKinnon survived a midair catastrophe, then became a major researcher of memory and trauma. Now she’s studying how the pandemic will haunt us.”
- “What I wish I’d had in Texas. When it comes to a disaster like Winter Storm Uri, what does it mean to be prepared?”
- “Paramount+ Adds New ‘Reno 911!’ Project ‘The Hunt for QAnon’.”
- Not new news, but good to remember how essential Marcia as film editor was to what became Star Wars. She deserves huge thanks and kudos, as well as constant recognition. “The secret weapon of ‘Star Wars’ was George Lucas’s ex-wife Marcia.”
- “The Once-Classified Tale of Juanita Moody. On the brink of nuclear war, America’s bold response to the Soviet Union depended on an unknown spy agency operative whose story can at last be told.”
- “Mary Anning, the first female paleontologist.”
- Oh, ffs. “Wisconsin Hunters Kill Over 200 Wolves in Less Than 3 Days. The gray wolf lost Endangered Species Act protections last year, prompting a recent hunt that killed at least 216 wolves — far exceeding a quota set by state wildlife officials.”
- “Psychopathy linked to fear-specific reductions in brain activity when taking another’s perspective.”
- Tweet thread —”I wrote about WandaVision, Doctor Strange, and the contrast in how we portray witches vs wizards.” Also “What ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ say about magical gender roles. Scarlet Witch’s power is all about chaotic emotion, while Dr Strange is an academic elitist.”
- “Theory: Scarlet Witch’s Chaos Magic Sets Up Doctor Strange 2’s Villain. WandaVision episode 8 introduced Chaos Magic into the MCU via Scarlet Witch – and set up the Elder God Chthon as villain of Doctor Strange 2.”
- “WandaVision and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Are Having a Spellbinding Conversation About Nostalgia.”
- “This ‘treasure’ rewrote California history. It was an elaborate hoax.”
- “When should you end a conversation? Probably sooner than you think.”
- “Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College. A student said she was racially profiled while eating in a college dorm. An investigation found no evidence of bias. But the incident will not fade away.”
- From the Pennywise the Union-Busting Clown dept: “McDonald’s Secretive Intel Team Spies on ‘Fight for $15’ Workers, Internal Documents Show. McDonald’s collects ‘strategic intelligence’ on workers advocating for a $15 minimum wage, including ‘how and where will FF$15 attack the brand.'”
- Watch “Persona“, official trailer for the documentary on HBO Max. “Taking a personality test can provide useful insights into our sense of self, but many may not realize how deeply embedded personality assessments are in everything we do. PERSONA explores the unexpected origin story of America’s great obsession with personality testing, uncovering the intriguing history behind the world-famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator while raising a slew of ethical questions and demonstrating how some personality tests may do more harm than good – like impacting online dating matches or job prospects. This eye-opening documentary reveals the profound ways that ideas about personality have shaped our society.”
- Upcoming crowdfunding: “Sefirot. A Tarot board game for up to two players from the lost lands of Dioscoria. Explore your destiny in various game modes.”
- “Top 10 historical board games. Try your hand at ten games spanning over 5,000 years of history – including ancient board games still played today, like the Game of Ur, senet, warri, mahjong and chess.”
- Tweet—”Your free tabletop Goetic Temple!”
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