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Summary for the week ending Jul 23, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 23rd, 2017.

Lots of new pages and work on old pages this week, which is pretty much every week for me, really.

It’s been quite warm here at the library, so the cats and I have all been up really early to get work done before things begin to roast. This winter I closed off a main downstairs room to help channel heat, and haven’t opened that back up yet. I have decided to build a secret door from a bookshelf over the entrance so that I can keep it blocked off when necessary, but also get into it. Sure, okay, a regular door would work too, but … a bookshelf that is also secret door! How could I not? Anyhow, the point is that it’s cooler down there. And, it’s space I’ve not used for anything other than storage for months, that I should, maybe, sort (it’s actually all, but a for a couple, my books down there too, still packed up, so there’s that.). Plus, I know the library cats miss chasing each other down there for a bit of variety from chasing each other everywhere else.

I might, maybe, I really don’t know, be getting broadband installed this week? They’ve missed 2 other install appointments already without getting in contact at all, so I have no idea. At this point, I’m amusing myself with whether they’ll ever. It would be nice to ditch the craptastic unreliable and expensive satellite, but I’m now completely convinced that service from these other titans of customer service will be abysmal, if the install experience is any indication. Oh, well. I continue to do what I can with what I have until I have something different!

You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Also, hey, what’s going on over here?

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

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Summary for the week ending Jul 16, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 16th, 2017.

Mostly working steadily each day on the site, as I do, this week. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

The library passed 14,000 followers on Twitter recently, so that’s pretty cool. As always, I’m glad for all the new and old followers following along.

Here’s the 14th hexagram from Aleister Crowley’s I Ching

Here’s a quote from Aleister Crowley’s The Cry of the 14th Aethyr

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

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Summary for the week ending Jul 9, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 9th, 2017.

Lots of work, mostly focused on the site, this week. But, I’d mentioned previously the new options for pages in languages other than English, and I did a big push to add some Gérard Encausse materials in the original French and translated to English. I haven’t seen his work available online before, except there are some French language PDFs that appear some places, some of which seem to have disappeared.

I worked on transcribing and translating the first couple resources of many to come. You can check out the start of pages for Encausse’s French language Traité Méthodique de Science Occulte and the English translation Methodical Treatise on Occult Science. I’ve only gotten through the front matter, preface and introduction so far, but I think that will give you an idea of how awesome this could become.

I should note that I have what I think is a peculiar taste in translation. I am always bothered when translations use completely different words, with completely different roots, and scrambled structures from the originals. So, you will find that I’ve tried to stay very close to the feel of the original French language in my English rendition. I think it is great to be able to feel the same flow of language as the original author’s source material instead of something written as if the destination rendition was the author’s native language. Perhaps you’ll agree with me on how that feels better. Or not.

However, there’s so much work that can be done along these lines that there’s really no way I’ll make fast progress on these translation efforts. There’s room for many people that are interested in working on a language mirror, who can have a login to some or all of a language namespace to add mirrors of existing documents on the English site. Other documents, such as those that originate in the language, like these Encausse materials in French or Pessoa’s Mensagem (apparently the only work of his to appear originally?!) in Portuguese, but don’t yet appear in English, can be added and then translated into English as well.

Like I needed more work, right? And, let’s be completely honest: I’m punching way above my weight-class by attacking a project of transcribing French and then translating to English. I’m nowhere near even close to being fluent in French. But, fortune favours the bold, eh, wot? C’est vrai, non?

Well, there it is anyway, proof of concept for now, given how only the smallest bit of progress has been made, but still I think and feel it very awesome to be able to offer these materials at all, even if it takes forever to realize a full work transcribed and translated!

If you watch the recent changes on the front page or subscribe to the RSS, you’ll also have noticed some other completely new material as well as a lot of the ongoing updates and fixing import cruft that I’m up to full time already.

I keep burning the candle at both ends, adding new material and improving the old.

So much to do! But also so much progress! Huzzah!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

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Summary for the week ending Jul 2, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 2nd, 2017.

Just a quick reminder that, in addition to ongoing calls for Reader’s Theatre audio, Zine whatevers, and your pitch for an idea, that the call for submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 13 is open. Also consider the Odd Order anthology, GIT COMMIT GLITCH.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

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Summary for the week ending Jun 25, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending June 25th, 2017.

This week I posted Black Brothers and Secret Chiefs, the next new Symposium topic on the BBS. Consider this writing prompt and share your response in the thread. For a reminder about what Symposium is all about, check out the pinned post about the symposium category.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

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Summary for the week ending Jun 18, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending June 18th, 2017.

You may recall a while ago that I sort of accidentally on-purpose deleted the old CafePress shop for the library, where I had some shirts and stickers. You might not recall that, either the shop, because, well, no one went there anyway, or that I deleted it, because, well, no one missed it when it was gone, even me.

The shirts were too expensive even though I had my cut set to only $1, so really I was just working for CafePress for free, and there was shipping added to each, which came out to be, like, $30 per shirt. Insane, and rightly only a couple of people other than me bought any. (I actually wore my swag shirt out completely threadbare.)

But, I vaguely looked around for alternatives for a bit, considering the idea of starting up a new shop somewhere else.

One of the alternatives I checked out was Merch by Amazon (Hey, hey, thanks for the suggestion, Kane!). I was pretty sure I wouldn’t get accepted, since it looked like something for much bigger and more active swag game than I bring to the table. However, my application actually had a successful result.

It is only for offering designs on shirts, so I set up a four to start. Frankly the byzantine and Kafkaesque design approval process is a pain, so two of four designs were rejected for reasons which are not at all clear to me yet, other than I’m pretty sure they’re confused and externalizing their confusion on me to deal with. But, even still, that means there’s two that did make it online! Here they are! In a variety of colours!

They only stay online if people buy them, so I’ll add additional designs over time to replace these as they retire. That also means you’ve got to get them while they are available, if you want them.

However, in many ways this is a huge improvement. The designs are printed on premium shirts, but are half as expensive as the old shop. Also, if you’ve got Prime, there’s no shipping costs added. Although there’s rumours Merch will be opened in the UK, unfortunately for now it’s US only. All in all, in spite of a few sad trombones, a lot better that before.

There’s also pages for each of these two, and many more posters, on the site, most with a bunch of interesting relevant quotes, if people ask you for more information.

Get some cool propaganda swag from the Ministry of Information, spread the good word, and help support for the work of the library!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

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Summary for the week ending Jun 11, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending June 11th, 2017.

This week I set up the infrastructure to allow easily adding translations of library pages into other languages. I can add a number of languages, each mirroring the structure of the English language library, but for now I’ve selected a few. In the upper corner of each page is a flag icon which is a dropdown menu which offers crosslinks to the current page in the other potentially available languages.

If the page in a particular language doesn’t exist, the link goes to a note that says the page doesn’t yet exist and it can be added to the site. Currently I only have the main indexes set up, and I’m definitely going to need volunteers to take on these languages as projects, but they exist!

Check out the main library page in German, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and, not actually set up yet, Latin.

There’s a note at the top of each new language index to say that the translation is a work in progress, and the list of new and changed pages only includes those relevant pages within the language namespace.

Well, it’s a start! My personal hope is to have the existing content of the library offered in other languages. I’m also hoping that some new content in other languages can be added and then translated into English, and the other languages.

If you know of an important resource in one of these languages not currently available on the site in English, that should be available on the site, and that could be added as a project to translate to the others, let me know!

If you are fluent in both English and another language, and have an interest in coming on board to help with one of these new language mirrors, get in touch! If you know someone else who might be interested, let them know about the opportunity and then have them get in touch!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and become a Patron!.