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Anthology news, 25sep2023

Some news and an interview for you to check out!

Xemporium released Massive Thorax by Chapman and ERGONOMICS EP by EGONE.

Kevlar Nuckler released The Connection.

Noah23’s 23 minute album project for this month on the 23rd was Vertigo and dropped a music video for Shawshank Redemption.

Dvar, the Russian band with lyrics in a constructed language, which many think is Enochian but isn’t, has recently released Orlengaar which is the 3rd part of their Chronopolis trilogy.

Nil by Nose released Another Man’s Treasure.

Highbrow Lowlife just added Singleminded Dualisms 1987-1989, CD version by White Stains

And, last but not least, check out a recent conversation I had with R Loftiss of Black Lesbian Fishermen, Karyæ, The Gray Field Recordings, and The Howling Larsons at In conversation with R Loftiss.

Hope you’re doing great!

And, one more thing: don’t forget that in just 5 days is the deadline for the combined call for submissions to MMR18 and TINAHLAA-5 has been posted, with a deadline of September 30, so get in touch or let anyone you know who would be interested in on the news!

And, of course, be sure to check out the anthology at Hermetic Library and Bandcamp, and in all the digital streaming and online shops. (Spotify finally got MMR4 into their catalog, so that’s pretty much everywhere now has MMR1-4 and MMR12, with more coming as I am able!)

Magick Music and Ritual 17 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2022, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vviii

In just 5 days, on Sept 30thm is the deadline to participate on This Is Not An Hermetic Library Anthology Album -5 and Magick, Music and Ritual 18, the anthology issue for 2023; so, heads up, that it is time to get in touch! Moreover, whether you participate as an artist or not, if you become an ongoing Subscriber you’ll get 5 whole albums right now, and then the other two new releases planned for this year!

Hermetic Library Call for Submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 18 for 2023

In conversation with R Loftiss

R Loftiss and I recently had a conversation about their music and life. I haven’t had the chance to have a conversation for the blog in quite a bit, but R has been a long time participant in the Anthology Project as part of Black Lesbian Fishermen, Karyæ, The Gray Field Recordings, and The Howling Larsons.


John Griogair Bell, Librarian: Take a moment to introduce yourself! Who are you?

Hermetic Library Interview R LoftissR Loftiss

R Loftiss: As you’ve mentioned, I’m in several bands. Other than that, I was a librarian myself for several years, a graphic designer for a publishing house, and a travel agent for the Iowa Tribe in Oklahoma. I ran (run?) the record label AntiClock Records. I currently work with refugees here in Greece and raise my daughter with my husband Alan Trench of the now defunkt World Serpent, the not defunkt Twelve Thousand Days, and the funky Temple Music. I live an entirely bohemian and leisurely life.

L: Can you share more about your work with refugees in Greece? Maybe a story about that you can share, or call to action for people to hear? Link to an org people can help support that you recommend?

R: I started off helping my friend Mary to distribute clothing in Ritsona. At the time it was a self-organized camp, meaning the Greek government had little to no involvement in it. At first it was really appalling. Some people were living in tents. There was no water or electricity. It got better over the years and became a kind of little village with shops, cafes, and diners run by the refugees themselves. It was an open camp and we visited it quite often. We had friends there. Journalists were visiting all the time. Politicians paraded around saying “look what we did” (though, in reality they had nothing to do with it). What really kept the camps healthy were their openness and the fact that a bunch of hardworking NGOs helped provide some semblance of normal life. But then the government took full control (this was early last year), kicked all of the NGOs out and made the camps “closed controlled access centres”. Now residents have cards and curfews. The camps were enclosed with 11 ft tall concrete walls with barbed wire. They said the walls were for the residents’ protection but why, then, is the barbed wire facing inwards? And, of course, things are falling apart. Some people are near starvation because NGOs that provided food are no longer allowed in. Though the government provides food to registered asylum seekers, there are those that exist in a gray area that aren’t provided with these meals and so have to depend on the kindness of others in the camps. People are bored because any entertainment previously provided by NGOs is gone. They are also scared because they are no longer treated like human beings. The camps are often overcrowded and missing the most basic items like soap. It’s horrendous and I could write a book about it. Needless to say, kicking out the NGOs caused a void that has yet to be filled. I doubt it ever will be- not completely. And I can’t believe it wasn’t by design. Especially considering the attitude of our current conservative government.

In 2021 we began a project called Means to Dream [Donate] to meet the need for school supplies for children in the camps. There weren’t many NGOs or groups doing this and supplies were NEVER provided by the Greek government or the EU. Though, by Greek law, the children are required to attend public schools. Can you imagine being an outsider, not knowing the language, AND having nothing to even write with or write on? And so we’ve managed to buy all sorts of supplies plus art supplies and musical instruments for the camps for the past couple of years. We’re about to make another purchase to provide supplies for the 100 primary and kindergarten school children in Ritsona. The funding for which was provided by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church so we’re very grateful to them. It’s been a really fulfilling project. The situation here is deeply depressing and frustrating but it’s cathartic to be able to do this.

I’m afraid things are only going to get worse for all of us before they get better and it’s important to do what we can while we can. It seems the method for those who would hold onto their power by any means is to start little fires everywhere. So we’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to look and we blame each other. Which is only compounded by the fact that we literally are living on a world on fire. Everything is reaching it’s tipping point. It is in our own best interest to make corrections, to restore some right to the world, unless we would have complete destruction as our epitaph.

I also curated a compilation album to benefit NGOs helping in the refugee camps throughout Greece called “In the Cities of Your Eyes” and “Where All The Lost Belong” by Karyæ appears on it. 100% of the profits (Bandcamp waves their share) are now going to METAdrasi, which runs foster care (among other worthy programs) for unaccompanied refugee children in Greece. You can donate directly or get an incredible music album for your efforts.

I also recommend The Aegean Boat Report which monitors and reports detailed, correct and neutral information on refugee arrivals, and campaigns to ensure that illegal activities such as pushbacks by governments, their coast guards and other uniformed state employees are highlighted and stamped out.

L: You’ve participated in several bands that appear on Hermetic Library Anthology Albums, which I mentioned in earlier but you’re part of The Gray Field Recordings on MMR 8, The Howling Larsons on MMR9, Karyae on MMR10, and Black Lesbian Fishermen on MMR 10, 13, 16 and TINAHLAA-3. Plus, if things go according to plan, there’s some tracks on the currently upcoming MMR18 people can look forward to. Tell me a little about these projects.

R: Yes, and thank you for allowing me to appear on those releases! Okay, well… The Gray Field Recordings was a band that I started in 2001 with friends from school, Justin Jones (an incredible violinist) and David Salim who is a great viola player. I was very lucky to work with them. Unfortunately, we all moved away from each other and working together became very difficult/impossible. So now, it’s mostly just me though I manage to rope in other talented musicians such as Alan Trench and Mike Seed.

Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss the Gray Field Recordings 2011The Gray Field Recordings, 2011
Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss the Gray Field Recordings KnivesThe Gray Field Recordings, Knives

I’ve also been in Karyae with Elizabeth S (from Eyeless in Gaza). We don’t really record together much anymore – distance and time have put it on indefinite hold.

Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss KaryaeKaryæ

The Howling Larsons is my folkish band with Alan. We’re mostly focused on Black Lesbian Fishermen these days so we don’t do much howling anymore. Which brings me to…

The Black Lesbian Fishermen is our Greek band with Nikos Fokas (Vault of Blossomed Ropes), Stelios Ramaliadis (LUUP), and Stratis Sgourellis, also guest starring Christos Pergamalis (Mantara) and Giorgos Varoutas (Vault of Blossomed Ropes) at times. Basically, we happened to meet up with like-minded musicians in Athens and we’ve been making mischief ever since. It’s really the band I always wanted to be in… you know, the kind you imagine as a kid, where everyone is just having a really fun time and making something that accidentally sounds fucking amazing. Well, not really accidental… all the other musicians are real musicians. But it’s wonderful… I’m really happy to be a part of it.

Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss Black Lesbian Fishermen 2019Black Lesbian Fishermen, 2019
Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss Black Lesbian Fishermen SigilsBlack Lesbian Fishermen, “a music box melody using sigils that were actually played through a music box”

L: Hahaha, yeah, well, I don’t know how much it was me “allowing” you to appear; more like I’m glad you have been willing and able to participate!

R: Thank you either way!

L: What other projects have you been involved in that you’d like to mention?

R: I was in a band before Gray Field Recordings called JUNK. I’ve recently unearthed the recordings and they’re not too bad, really. I was also in Language of Light and Anvil Salute.

Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss Anvil SaluteAnvil Salute

I’ve played with Ctephin. I’ve mixed and produced all of my own albums, the last Black Lesbian Fishermen album – “The Metaphysics of Natron“, and the “Decapitation Compilation” for LUNG Magazine. I organized and released “In the Cities of Your Eyes“, a compilation to benefit various NGOs that were helping in the refugee camps here. I’ve organized live shows for various artists including Z’EV and Ctephin.

L: I’m wondering if you’ve have any realizations or breakthroughs in the time since, or if natural change has continued with growth of the same path. For example, what’s changed for you since your last release, or just through time in general?

R: In the time since my last release, I think, probably, the change is continued growth and just my own path…I’ve always been on it. But, I mean, the scenery definitely changed since my last album… I got married, moved to a different country, had a kid, and lived through a plague! Haha. I don’t know, maybe the biggest change is more confidence (?) in my work… or, maybe, “comfort” is a better word.

L: Lawrence Olivier was famously nervous before performances, even after a long career on stage, and was once asked about that. His response was essentially that if it didn’t make him nervous, it wouldn’t be worth doing any more. Personally, I’ve always taken that to mean both that one can use nervousness by transforming it into energy for the work, but also that there needs to be some kind of frisson for the work to continue, I mean, otherwise it’s done, yeah? But, there’s a grain sand in the center of each pearl. Do you feel like that too? Does maintaining the thrill to art become a struggle at all? For my part, I once observed years ago that I tended to write poetry when I was having negative emotions and paint or draw when I was having positive emotions. Hmm, I should probably have been drawing and painting more that I have been over the years …

R: I think the best performance comes when you’re feeling electric and it just goes through you like you’re a conduit and not putting any effort in at all. As for creating music or lyrics or whatever, I’ve never felt nervous about it. It’s more of a necessity but I feel more comfortable about releasing it these days. If I don’t do it then I feel depressed. Being depressed doesn’t really inspire me to work. I mean, negative emotions work as inspiration after the fact but in general not while creating something. I suppose anger does at times. But mostly I just feel like I’m experimenting and it either works or it doesn’t.

L: What’s your next project coming up?

R: There’s a wonderful remix album of tracks from The Gray Field Recordings’ “She Sleeps to the Sound of Knives” by Nikos Fokas, Vassilis Sardelis (Rendeece), and Alan Trench. It’s such a shining jewel, I’m really so proud of it! I have to find some way of releasing it into the wild.

I’m also producing Nikos Fokas’s newest album, soon (you can see it’s all very incestuous). And working on mixing and producing the new Black Lesbian Fishermen album.

L: Tell me about your esoteric studies and influences. What path are you on? What’s being on that path done for you?

R: Gosh, where to begin? I thought Crowley and the O.T.O. was all kind of romantic until I actually joined the O.T.O. and found it really wasn’t. That doesn’t mean I don’t like some of Crowley’s ramblings. And I really like Israel Regardie. I’m a huge fan of Lon Milo Duquette, as well. I think A.E. Waite is a total bore. Then there’s the writings of Robert Anton Wilson… he was wonderful! St. Thomas of Aquinas, Carl Jung, Agrippa, William Blake, Adam McLean, Peter Carroll, writings attributed to John Dee, the Chaldean Oracles, Jacob Boehme, the I Ching, BOTA, alchemy, Goetia, Leonora Carrington, etc etc., fairytales, folklore, fiction, poetry, art (I mean, all that has magic in it, right?)… all of these things have influenced me. I was in the Theosophic Society for a while but I didn’t like it. I think I just don’t like being part of any society. I’m basically a generalist with a short attention span.

Currently, I’m practicing lucid dreaming. I highly suggest this if your reality has become a bit too real. It totally loosens the gears.

I think that doing art in any form is like a strange alchemy. It transmutes things into something more meaningful. As for what it’s all done for me… I guess it has helped me see a bit of the world behind the world…if only for a little while. It has definitely moved my imagination!

L: I know that we talked about this before, and that it wasn’t an involved process, but you have used tarot to help jump start generating music and lyrics on some Black Lesbian Fishermen tracks. Can you talk a bit about how that worked?

R: For some of the songs on the newest Black Lesbian Fishermen album, we used tarot to create the melody and inspire the lyrics. We only used the major arcana. We assigned different diatonic notes to the cards. The first card we chose was the key it would be in. So, because there are 22 cards in the major arcana, anything above 12 was added together (card number 13 would be 4, etc). A card that adds up to 4 would be C, as a keynote. Everything that you subsequently draw is relative to C being 1 so 4 (if your keynote is C) would be E flat. For “Biting Through” we chose 1 keynote card, plus 6 subsequent cards and built the melody around them. We were using the Visconti Sforza deck, which has some cards that have cracked earth in the image and some cards without so I based the lyrics on an I Ching reading in which cracked earth equaled a broken line and solid earth meant a solid line. It ended up being 22 (Grace) one way and 21 (Biting Through) when reversed.

L: Has your esoteric work informed your music and life in other practical ways? As what I’ve called a rich language with which your Self can talk to you self, or maybe other specific benefits in practice or technique?

R: I don’t usually use esoteric practice directly in my music. The tarot thing was a one-off. I’ve used quotes from various sources as lyrics. I did do part of a ritual from the PGM during a live performance of To Sic A Goddess, the lyrics of which are directly from the PGM. [n.b. To Sic A Goddess appears on MMR 13—Librarian] I also created a music box melody using sigils that were actually played through a music box (it’s hard to explain). “To Sic A Goddess” is a ritual designed to make Hera angry at an your victim. The sigils were intended to bring us good fortune. But none of those rituals had the result they were designed for. The magic we use in performances is created mainly to captivate. In that way it is practical and has results. I did, however, once perform the Invocation of Thoth with Ctephin and the electricity for the entire city block went out right at the crescendo. It was spectacular!

L: What do you know now about your particular esoteric path and study that you wish you’d known before?

R: Not to be too disappointed. I wasted some of my early years being angry at various systems for not being what I expected them to be. And that’s just silly. Do your own thing. Also, try lots of different things. Try things that make you uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to be crazy, to be an idiot.

L: I like to point to Cole Porter’s song Experiment: “Experiment, be curious … If this advice you always employ The future can offer you infinite joy And merriment, experiment and you’ll see.” Let there always time to fail fast and often with new things, so mote it be.

R: Absolutely!

L: What do you suspect is true, but can’t prove, about your particular esoteric path of study?

R: I suspect it’s all true. All of it, in one form or another. As for my path, to me that just means the journey I’ve been on and it can’t be anything other than what it is. My path has been true. Whether it’s grounded in truth or not, well…I’d say a little bit of both. Talking animals will certainly lead us home by the light of the moon.

Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss GoliathR Loftiss and Goliath


Thanks to R Loftiss for taking the time to talk with me about their work. Be sure to check out the anthology profiles for all kinds of work, and watch for R to appear on again on the upcoming release for 2023. Also, follow the threads to all the other bands and artists mentioned. And, last but not least, consider helping support the work of Means to Dream with a donation and METAdrasi by picking up the benefit album In the Cities of Your Eyes.

The Fall of the House of Usher

Fall Of The House Of Usher Trailer: Mike Flanagan’s Final Netflix Show Revealed. The Fall of the House of Usher trailer reveals creator Mike Flanagan’s final Netflix horror series, which is based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The first trailer for The Fall of the House Of Usher, based on Poe’s short story and his other works, has been released. The Netflix miniseries is created by Mike Flanagan, known for The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass. The Fall of the House Of Usher features familiar faces from Flanagan’s past projects, along with Mark Hamill.”

Also “‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ – Poster for Mike Flanagan’s Netflix Series Introduces the Family“—”Based on the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Mike Flanagan‘s final series for Netflix is ‘The Fall of the House of Usher,’ and it’s headed our way this Halloween season. The limited series from Intrepid Pictures is ‘based on multiple works from Poe,’ and Netflix recently announced that ‘Usher’ will premiere on October 12, 2023.”

Watch “The Fall of the House of Usher | Official Trailer | Netflix

“She’s coming for them all.

In this wicked series from Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) and based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth.”

Hermetic Library Omnium the Fall of the House of Usher 23sep2023 Poster

Half million year old wooden structure found at Kalambo Falls in Zambia

“Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest known wooden structure, and it’s almost half a million years old. The simple structure — found along a riverbank in Zambia — is made up of two interlocking logs, with a notch deliberately crafted into the upper piece to allow them to fit together at right angles, according to a new study of cut marks made by stone tools. Geoff Duller, a professor of geography and Earth sciences at the University of Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom, was part of the team that made the discovery in 2019. He said the structure, excavated upstream of Kalambo Falls near Zambia’s border with Tanzania, probably would have been part of a wooden platform used as a walkway, to keep food or firewood dry or perhaps as a base on which to build a dwelling. A digging stick and other wooden tools were found at the same site.” “That the wood has remained in place and intact for half a million years is extraordinary. And it gives us this real insight, this window into this time period … It’s completely changed my view of what people were capable of that time.” “The discovery challenges the prevailing view that Stone Age humans led a nomadic lifestyle … Kalambo Falls would have provided a reliable source of water and the surrounding forest ample food, perhaps allowing for a more settled existence.” “At the very least, they’re putting a huge amount of effort into this place” “The wooden structure has no real parallel in the archaeological record”—”‘Extraordinary’ structure has no real parallel in the archaeological record, scientists say

Discovered 2019, published 2023: “Evidence for the earliest structural use of wood at least 476,000 years ago” —”Wood artefacts rarely survive from the Early Stone Age since they require exceptional conditions for preservation; consequently, we have limited information about when and how hominins used this basic raw material. We report here on the earliest evidence for structural use of wood in the archaeological record. Waterlogged deposits at the archaeological site of Kalambo Falls, Zambia, dated by luminescence to at least 476 ± 23 kyr ago (ka), preserved two interlocking logs joined transversely by an intentionally cut notch. This construction has no known parallels in the African or Eurasian Palaeolithic. The earliest known wood artefact is a fragment of polished plank from the Acheulean site of Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel, more than 780 ka. Wooden tools for foraging and hunting appear 400 ka in Europe, China9 and possibly Africa. At Kalambo we also recovered four wood tools from 390 ka to 324 ka, including a wedge, digging stick, cut log and notched branch. The finds show an unexpected early diversity of forms and the capacity to shape tree trunks into large combined structures. These new data not only extend the age range of woodworking in Africa but expand our understanding of the technical cognition of early hominins, forcing re-examination of the use of trees in the history of technology.”


Hominins built with wood 476,000 years ago. Understanding the timeline of technological developments sheds light on early societies. A remarkable finding in Africa of a structure made from shaped wood provides clues about our hominin relatives.”

These ancient whittled logs could be the earliest known wooden structure. Stacked timbers dated to roughly 476,000 years ago show that ancient hominins worked with wood.”

Hermetic Library Omnium Half Million Year Old Wooden Structure Found at Kalambo Falls in Zambia 24sep2023

Heretic’s Fork

Heretic’s Fork by 9FingerGames, from Ravenage Games. “Dear candidate, we are pleased to invite you to take up the position of manager of Hell. You will punish sinners by using our deck-building computer system to construct hellish towers capable of keeping the endless hordes of the underworld in check. Best of luck!”

Also “Work an office job keeping sinners in hell via tower defense in Heretic’s Fork. Deckbuilding roguelike tower defense with a menu-driven metaplot.”—”Among the shocking variety of roguelikes, deckbuilders, tower defenses, and deckbuilding roguelike tower defenses released in past years, recent release Heretic’s Fork stands out for me because the menu screen has the aesthetics of like a prototype of Windows 95 or whatever. That’s part of the game, too, because you get weird stuff that lives on your desktop and weird files to open and emails from your coworkers at your job where you keep ‘the endless hordes of the underworld in check.’ Which honestly whips butt, and I love it.”

Hermetic Library Omnium Heretics Fork 24sep2023

“In this narrative of good versus evil, of Christians versus demons, of the gender binary versus ‘gender ideology,’ it is not the transgender child suffering from homelessness who is the victim but the parent who rejects that child”

“It one of the last sessions on the main stage at the annual political gathering of the Christian right, hosted by Perkins’s Family Research Council. And Perkins was giving his blessing to the movement’s most promising public face: the Christian parent. Holding back tears, Atterbery read from a printout the tragic story of how she had refused to accept her teenager’s gender transition, prompting her child to run away at the age of 16 and become homeless.” “Her child is now 23 and, Atterbery confirmed in an interview with me, unaware that his mother is sharing his story on a national stage to serve a fast-moving political project whose ultimate goal is to ban transition-related care for adults like him.” “In this narrative of good versus evil, of Christians versus demons, of the gender binary versus ‘gender ideology,’ it is not the transgender child suffering from homelessness who is the victim but the parent who rejects that child. The Christian right believes that parents like Atterbery are its greatest hope for political redemption in the post-Roe era.” “It’s not that these groups have stopped working on abortion—but with public support for abortion rights surging, they have good reason to deemphasize it in public. The rapid evolution was plain to see.” “That devotion to gender essentialism has always animated the Christian right; what’s new is the intensity with which it is now focused on trans people. And as that focus intensifies, the rhetoric itself is darkening. I lost count of the number of times speakers mentioned demons or the ‘demonic agenda’ they believe is at work on the left.” “This is how they hope to win: by convincing you that trans kids are our country’s most pressing political and spiritual problem, and by convincing Christian parents to isolate those children from schools and technology. If you are wondering why the Christian right is so focused on parental control, beyond the fact that they think it is a winning political message, consider that it is integral to the survival of their movement.” “To build power, especially now that it can no longer rally the base around abortion, Christian conservatives will not only have to keep hold of their own children; they will have to reach beyond the base. So, in the election to come, when you hear about ‘parental rights,’ know that message for what it is: the latest adaptation of a sophisticated political movement that is coming for your vote.”—”At the Vote Pray Stand Summit, Christian Parents and Their ‘Rights’ Take Center Stage. The movement that helped end Roe is embracing a political strategy that wraps the demonization of trans people in the innocuous-sounding catchphrase ‘parental rights.'”

Hermetic Library Omnium in This Narrative Good Vs Evil Christians Vs Demons Not Transgender Child Suffering Homelessness Victim but Parent Who Rejects Child 24sep2023

The five tropical flamingos of the apocalypse herald the end times with first visit to Lake Michigan

“Five flamingos that showed up in Wisconsin to wade along a Lake Michigan beach attracted a big crowd of onlookers eager to see the unusual visitors venturing far from their usual tropical setting.” “‘This is huge. This is unbelievable,’ said Edelhuber, an avid bird watcher and photographer. The sighting was unexpected but not a total shock because of recent reports of flamingos in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania, said Ryan Brady, conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife biologists hypothesized that the flamingos were pushed north in late August by the strong winds of Hurricane Idalia, the Journal Sentinel reported. The typical range of the American flamingo is Florida and other Gulf Coast states as well as the Caribbean and northern South America.”—”Flamingos in Wisconsin? Tropical birds visit Lake Michigan beach in a first for the northern state.”

Hermetic Library Omnium the Five Tropical Flamingos of the Apocalypse Herald the End Times With First Visit to Lake Michigan 23sep2023

Ho’oleilana bubble may be an enormous fossil-like remnant of the birth of the universe

“A University of Hawaiʻi-led discovery of an immense bubble 820 million light years from Earth is believed to be a fossil-like remnant of the birth of the universe. Astronomer Brent Tully from the UH Institute for Astronomy and his team unexpectedly found the bubble within a web of galaxies. The entity has been given the name Hoʻoleilana, a term drawn from the Kumulipo, a Hawaiian creation chant evoking the origin of structure. The new findings published in The Astrophysical Journal, mention these massive structures are predicted by the Big Bang theory, as the result of 3D ripples found in the material of the early universe, known as Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO). ‘We were not looking for it. It is so huge that it spills to the edges of the sector of the sky that we were analyzing,’ explained Tully. ‘As an enhancement in the density of galaxies it is a much stronger feature than expected. The very large diameter of one billion light years is beyond theoretical expectations. If its formation and evolution are in accordance with theory, this BAO is closer than anticipated, implying a high value for the expansion rate of the universe.'”—”Vast bubble of galaxies discovered, given Hawaiian name. The immense bubble has been given the name Hoʻoleilana, a term drawn from the Kumulipo, a Hawaiian creation chant.” [cache]

Hermetic Library Omnium Ho'oleilana Bubble May Be an Enormous Fossil Like Remnant of the Birth of the Universe 24sep2023

See “Ho’oleilana: An Individual Baryon Acoustic Oscillation?“—”Theory of the physics of the early hot universe leads to a prediction of baryon acoustic oscillations (BAOs) that has received confirmation from the pairwise separations of galaxies in samples of hundreds of thousands of objects. Evidence is presented here for the discovery of a remarkably strong individual contribution to the BAO signal at z = 0.068, an entity that is given the name Ho’oleilana. The radius of the 3D structure is 155h-175 Mpc. At its core is the Boötes supercluster. The Sloan Great Wall, Center for Astrophysics Great Wall, and Hercules complex all lie within the BAO shell. The interpretation of Ho’oleilana as a BAO structure with our preferred analysis implies a value of the Hubble constant of 76.9+8.2-4.8km s-1 Mpc-1

Research on Jamais Vu, the opposite of Déjà Vu, wins a familiar but novel Ig Noble

“Chris Moulin, Nicole Bell, Merita Turunen, Arina Baharin, and Akira O’Connor for studying the sensations people feel when they repeat a single word many, many, many, many, many, many, many times.”—”Ig® Nobel Prize Winners (2023)

See, from 2018, published 2020: “The the the the induction of jamais vu in the laboratory: word alienation and semantic satiation“—”Jamais vu is a phenomenon operationalised as the opposite of déjà vu, i.e. finding subjectively unfamiliar something that we know to be familiar. We sought to document that the subjective experience of jamais vu can be produced in word alienation tasks, hypothesising that déjà vu and jamais vu are similar experiential memory phenomena. Participants repeatedly copied words until they felt ‘peculiar’, had completed the task, or had another reason to stop. About two-thirds of all participants (in about one-third of all trials) reported strange subjective experiences during the task. Participants reported feeling peculiar after about thirty repetitions, or one minute. We describe these experiences as jamais vu. This experimentally induced phenomenon was related to real-world experiences of unfamiliarity. Although we replicated known patterns of correlations with déjà vu (age and dissociative experiences), the same pattern was not found for our experimental analogue of jamais vu, suggesting some differences between the two phenomena. However, in daily life, those people who had déjà vu more frequently also had jamais vu more frequently. Findings are discussed with reference to the progress that has been made in déjà vu research in recent years, with a view to fast-tracking our understanding of jamais vu.” “Jamais vu is a memory phenomenon related to the experience of déjà vu – often operationalised as the very opposite: i.e. finding subjectively unfamiliar something that we know to be familiar (Brown, 2003; Moulin, 2017). The term comes from the French ‘never seen’. Descriptions of this experience in daily life arise when processing or experiencing faces and places (such as the fleeting sensation that a well-known person looks different or strange, or temporarily finding a familiar environment novel). It can also arise for procedural acts such as playing a musical instrument or driving a car: one can be performing a repetitive act and suddenly have a sense of the complete loss of fluency. Perhaps the most common example is with spelling of words. Very occasionally with familiar words, we have the (usually brief) sensation that what we have written is unaccountably wrong, or that the written form of a word looks strange or peculiar.”


Also “Jamais vu: the science behind eerie opposite of déjà vu“—”repetition can do something even more uncanny and unusual. The opposite of déjà vu is ‘jamais vu’, when something you know to be familiar feels unreal or novel in some way. In our recent research, which has just won an Ig Nobel award for literature, we investigated the mechanism behind the phenomenon. Jamais vu may involve looking at a familiar face and finding it suddenly unusual or unknown. Musicians have it momentarily – losing their way in a very familiar passage of music. You may have had it going to a familiar place and becoming disorientated or seeing it with ‘new eyes’. It’s an experience which is even rarer than déjà vu and perhaps even more unusual and unsettling.”

Unknown Anatolian-Indo-European language found in a cultic ritual text written in Hittite cuneiform on clay tablet

“Professor Daniel Schwemer, head of the Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Germany, is working on the cuneiform finds from the excavation. He reports that the Hittite ritual text refers to the new idiom as the language of the land of Kalašma. This is an area on the north-western edge of the Hittite heartland, probably in the area of present-day Bolu or Gerede. The discovery of another language in the Boğazköy-Hattusha archives is not entirely unexpected, as Daniel Schwemer explains: ‘The Hittites were uniquely interested in recording rituals in foreign languages.’ Such ritual texts, written by scribes of the Hittite king reflect various Anatolian, Syrian, and Mesopotamian traditions and linguistic milieus. The rituals provide valuable glimpses into the little known linguistic landscapes of Late Bronze Age Anatolia, where not just Hittite was spoken. Thus cuneiform texts from Boğazköy-Hattusha include passages in Luwian and Palaic, two other Anatolian-Indo-European languages closely related to Hittite, as well as Hattic, a non-Indo-European language. Now the language of Kalasma can be added to these.” “Being written in a newly discovered language the Kalasmaic text is as yet largely incomprehensible. Daniel Schwemer’s colleague, Professor Elisabeth Rieken (Philipps-Universität Marburg), a specialist in ancient Anatolian languages, has confirmed that the idiom belongs to the family of Anatolian-Indo-European languages. According to Rieken, despite its geographic proximity to the area where Palaic was spoken, the text seems to share more features with Luwian. How closely the language of Kalasma is related to the other Luwian dialects of Late Bronze Age Anatolia will be the subject of further investigation.”—”New Indo-European Language Discovered. An excavation in Turkey has brought to light an unknown Indo-European language. Professor Daniel Schwemer, an expert for the ancient near east from Würzburg, is involved in investigating the discovery.”

Hermetic Library Omnium Unknown Anatolian Indo European Language Found in a Cultic Ritual Text Written in Hittite Cuneiform on Clay Tablet 24sep2023