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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Subject:navigating a complex & delicate balance between integrating our shadow & shining our light (repost)
Time:6:28 pm.
I have been asked again recently (around the same time as last year),
"What about the shadow side of meditation?"
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/the-dark-knight-of-the-souls/372766/

Which immediately reminds me of this related article...
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/28278-the-mcmindfulness-craze-the-shadow-side-of-the-mindfulness-revolution

Ultimately, I believe that there are different stages of meditation
that require different strategies in different contexts... speaking
allegorically, we must navigate a complex and delicate balance between
integrating our shadow & shining our light.

I do not believe that meditation is a one-size-fits-all prescription
for wellness... what might help one person in one situation might
traumatize that same person in another situation... or perhaps be
completely ineffectual to someone else in one context and maybe only
slightly beneficial to them in another. Human beings are extremely
individual creatures and can be capable of diverse degrees of
adaptability in a wide range on situations, and are also occasionally
ignorant, stubborn & even self-destructive sometimes. Meditation can
be an extremely powerful metaprogramming tool, and can produce
feelings of everything from serenity to bliss to trauma & terror,
depending on a wide range of factors, including total life experience,
exactly what sort of meditation is being practiced & other
circumstances at any given moment.

The sage advice is usually to sit through it and accept your emotions
for what they are, since they are only emotions, right? Well, maybe...
As long as we also realize that emotions can also exact a toll of
toxic trauma on the body if people dwell on them too long. Just like a
baby can injure their vocal chords from crying too long and loud...
too much stress can actually cause injurious conditions to the body.

Perhaps along with the age old advice to simply accept our emotions
for what they are & let them pass, perhaps there is also a
particularly safe rate at which our bodies can handle the release &
processing of deep repressed traumas, for instance... sometimes, it's
important to learn how to let out just a little bit of the shadow
while we learn to integrate it, and then practice compartmentalizing
it again until a later time when we have more resources to deal with
more of the backlog?

There are times when I feel that I may drown in a well of tears if I
continue to contemplate all of the suffering in the world; but then I
realize that I must balance such sympathies with a compassion for the
joys and celebrations of life also, or I am completely missing the
point.

Although I have adopted a few additional guidelines throughout my
life, I am also still devoted to my first magickal motto: "Pleasure
production & harm reduction!" It is a concept related to Callahan's
Law: "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we
refute entropy."
http://aethyrflux.livejournal.com/116892.html

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For people who are encountering severe challenges on the road to
shining their light & integrating their shadow, I have this research
to share:

With all of the trauma that people carry around with them, it is
essential for us to learn & practice disciplines we can use to shake
of these oppressive forces, or we can end up developing conditions
like PTSD, chronic fatigue syndrome, and dysautonomia.

A few years ago, I heard a story on NPR about Tibetan monks who were
tortured by the Chinese, and since they would use transcendental
meditation techniques to rise aboe the suffering... when they had
escaped to safety, they found that ***their meditation was triggering
PTSD episodes!*** eventually, they figured out out that more
body-centered techniques like qigong & tai chi (& i would sugest
ecstatic dance) helped them actually release the trauma
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102373662
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090313080100.htm
http://www.bu.edu/today/2009/treating-tibet%E2%80%99s-traumatized/

An esteemed colleague of mine referred me to this research
that indicates that when a prey animal is captured by a predator, it
will use the immobility/freeze response ("playing possum") to survive
until it can possibly escape... and then, if it does escape, when it
gets to safety, it will *shake* off the tension... literally a
full-body shaking, like an orgasm of celebrating life!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_A._Levine_%28therapist_%26_author%29
https://web.archive.org/web/20141018003945/http://traumahealing.com/somatic-experiencing/neurophysiology-treatment-trauma-immobility-not-dissociation.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20120318232034/http://www.traumahealing.com/somatic-experiencing/art_chapter1.html

The extra good news is that humans are extremely adept at developing a
myelinated vagus nerve system to engage social systems (including
love) as an alternative to fight, flight or freeze reactions...
http://stephenporges.com/images/nexus.pdf

Anyone want to venture a guess at what kind of exercise would help
develop this myelinated vagus nerve system? Perhaps everything from
proper nutrition to adequate sleep to a reasonable amount of exercise
and maybe even a bit of meditation in one form or another? And yes, we
each have to do practice these disciplines individually, but I am
willing to suggest that it will probably reinforce the process for us
to practice with other people who are also exercising their
disciplines! It can be useful to have others around to build consensus
together on what best practices are... not absolute restriction from
an authoritarian guru, nor completely relativistic flow without
question... but perhaps we can help each reinforce other to find a
comfortable balance, and enjoy the liberating feelings of actual
healing? In the context of the McMindfulness article by Dr. Rubin,
that is my guess as to what "emancipatory" practices might look like,
anyway

"We need to investigate the content and meaning of what we become aware
of in meditation instead of attempting to transcend it or reduce it to
what we already believe based on Buddhism, psychotherapy or any doctrine.
Practicing meditation in an emancipatory way could be a powerful ally in
our efforts in the 21st century to live with greater awareness and sanity,
intimacy and passion."

I also suspect that it helps to step a little bit outside of the self
& open our hearts to feeling what it is like for other people to
interact with us from their perspective, but that is perhaps a deeper
subject for a different long and rambling post in the dark night of
the soul?

Meanwhile, it looks as though I have managed to carry the sun through
the underworld for another night, so that it can rise into the dawn...
and in preparation for the coming winter months, I will find further
ways to keep up The Great Work & enjoy The Cosmic Play!
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Subject:How to explain to children... "Winter is Coming!"
Time:11:26 am.
"The Americans just elected who?"


The US Electoral College (but not the popular vote) has just elected none other than The King in Yellow AKA "The Living God:" an avatar of He Who Shall Not Be Named (...Hastur? ...or Nyarlathotep? ...depending on what you mean/who you ask).

On the bright side, I now know what holiday cards i will be sending out this year! #KiYXmas

America, it's time to tear down that crusty old yellow wallpaper and see the deadly mold that is rotting at the core, behind the walls, and underneath the foundation!


"There's still time to change the road you're on" - Led Zepplin

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This has been my standard rant about the GOP "candidate" ...now updated to reflect the disastrous sequence of events which may forever be known as...

_Who knew that The 2016 Campaign Trail would lead us down The Road To Hali?_

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How have so many Americans fallen under this delusion that it have elected someone like Ned Stark as President, who is not perfect, but is true enough to be our moral compass... when he's actually more like Joffrey Baratheon, who is totally beyond redemption?! (or worse, we may have just given the up the Iron Throne to The Great Other)

"A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across the waters with her dragons – wields power badly.
Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it's not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn't ask the question: What was Aragorn's tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren't gone – they're in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles?
In real life, real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with. Just being a good guy was not the answer. You had to make hard, hard decisions. Sometimes what seemed to be a good decision turned around and bit you in the ass; it was the law of unintended consequences. I've tried to get at some of these in my books. My people who are trying to rule don't have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn't make you a wise king." - George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview (wait, what? ...just exactly how do you think GRRM connected to HPL & the KiY?)

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Some people suggest there may be a far more sinister game at play...

Not just the fact that Trump was following a scheme where he would make money even if he lost the election
Conservatives Have Groomed the Perfect Suckers for Trump’s Epic Scam (Win or lose, he'll get what he wants out of this campaign)

And no, not my fav (not impossible) recent conspiracy theory... that Trump is prob taking money under the table from Clinton

"Bill Clinton & Trump talked on the phone in May 2015... a friend of a friend imagined how the talk went"
*This Is A Hoax*

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If you thought that I meant Cthulhu had finally changed his "mind" & threw his support behind Trump... even Stephen King has suggested this absurd fable... nonetheless, do not believe the foolish fairytales that the silly meatbags & idiot fleshlings have been printing in their newspapers.

Apparently, those are all all lies, too!
Great Cthulhu would never dream of pulling The Elder Party outta the race & pitching in with a joke like Trump... here is a much more reputable source...

"Thank you. as you all know, you just can't believe everything you see and hear, can you? Now, if you will excuse me, I must be on my way." - Mr Corusoe (Jimi Hendrix)

I can already hear what you people are starting to say... we don't have to choose the lesser evil... let's battle it out to find out who is the greater evil?!

But it looks to me like they are already starting to become some sorta amorphous blob... kinda like the Borg, i guess?

It can be challenging for people preparing to vote for an entity that is still in some ways, incorporeal...

...but once you get over the absolutely grotesque revulsion, i hear it gets easier (kinda like Stockholm Syndrome?)

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To bring this bizarre tale to a close, perhaps we should investigate what it was about Howard Phillips Lovecraft's ethnocentrism that was so evocative of the bigotry that is still to this day so pervasive in America, and is exemplified in the character of Trump & his "campaign?"

HPL proclaimed his Anglo-Saxon ethnocentrism loudy, yet married a Russian Jewish woman. He preferred the countryside of Providence, RI & she was at home in New York City... and they lived in the big apple together... aw, i guess he was really just a big ol' lantern-jawed softie, wasn't he? ;-)

Like many humans, Lovecraft was a teeming mass of contradictions!

Much has been written about this subject... here is a well researched & documented perspective:

"Lovecraft's racism is blunt, ugly, and unavoidable. One of the most accurate criticisms that has been made of Lovecraft is that he was far too willing to assume a position of informed authority on subjects he had some minor knowledge of via reading or second-hand learning, but no lived experience. I feel that this is how Lovecraft's racism can best be understood: as the ignorant blustering of a person who had few to no encounters with the races he claimed to despise, and was willing to inherit and emulate the prejudices of the culture he grew out of and sought to keep alive through his own affectations. As such, his fiction is decidedly marked by his racism, and readers are faced with the dilemma of being alternately disgusted by its crude and vitriolic aspects (as in the case of "The Street" and "The Horror At Red Hook"), and intrigued by the thematic depth and complexity it can achieve (as in "Arthur Jermyn," "The Lurking Fear," and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"). The amount of work written dealing with Lovecraft's racism is a testament not only to its presence in his fiction, but also to the attempts of readers to integrate a vitriolic hatred with the image of an otherwise brilliant and sensitive writer whose genius and impact upon the fiction of the previous century are now finally being acknowledged within academia."

Thus, one might view him as an overly-intellectual Puritan with little life/world-experience... and stunted in social/emotional growth...

He was someone who never evolved past adolescence in his fear of "the other" ...a fear which was stoked by his constant contemplations of death... a process which Terror Management Theory asserts will trigger a reversion to exactly such behaviour in the mass of the populace, to judge against those that are perceived as "other" when confronted with the concept of death, in general

Any similarities to Microsoft's "Tay" AI debacle are absolutely not coincidental.

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Robert Chambers' writing about The King in Yellow inspired Lovecraft to write of the Necronomicon (& perhaps one can see parallels in other profoundly revolutionary works such as Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, & the seminal film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, as well). "Worth noting (in Robert Chambers' story "The Repairer of Reputations"), is the treatment given to jews and afro-americans. I wouldn't go so far as to call it ethnic cleansing, but foreign-born jews are excluded as a "measure of national self-preservation" and afro-americans are moved to the "independent negro state of Suanee". This whole first paragraph is in my personal opinion not Chambers' personal views, although they might be mistaken as such. He was a member of the "400 families", a sort of ruling class in America at the time, which was rich, powerful and did not need to work. Chambers' family, however, worked as a matter of honour. It might be thought that these racist views were common among this rich, arrogant American pseudo-nobility. I do not consider this first paragraph to be what Chambers thought; I believe it is intended to suggest to the reader that not only is Hildred Castaigne insane, the whole world has gone mad."

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Also, q.v. my post on separatist ideologies & violence (AKA, "One race: the human race!")

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What hope do we have, at this point?

Let's go to Sen. Bulworth concerning Racial Deconstruction:
"Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color."

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ADDENDUM: FROM THE 'LAST' LAST SUNDAY (In times of chaos, i often look back to this as a lighthouse/reality check)

In retrospect, this article briefly discusses the following observations about this series of discussions...
1) There Is No Choir
2) Looking Beyond 'Fun'
3) The Problem With Solutions
4) Individuals in Systems
5) A Direction, Not a Destination

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"We may be decent people, acting compassionately in our daily lives, but when we live in unjust hierarchical systems, being decent day to day isn't enough. No matter what the specific topic of any Last Sunday, we tried to keep this in the foreground: We live in an imperial society structured by a predatory corporate capitalism, with identities shaped by white supremacy and patriarchy, in a technological fundamentalist society dominated by the faith that we can invent our way out of an ecological crisis."
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Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Subject:#liberreshvelhelios
Time:12:32 am.

Today was weird.
I woke up as this spot of earth we inhabit was turning towards a ball of nuclear plasma.
All of the sudden, it started getting really hot & there were way too many people on the roads.
The birds and flowers were pleasant, at least.
But now I am super tired and feel like going to sleep while it's dark outside, instead of staying awake while it is pleasantly cool & the beautiful stars are shining.
I imagine I'll get used to being a daywalker, again.
But it sure seems like hunting would be more successful during the night.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Subject:...lighting a candle until the dawn breaks...
Time:5:06 am.
with hope for the flowers blooming soon
http://aethyrflux.livejournal.com/60498.html

i have had some grave subjects on my mind, this morning
http://aethyrflux.livejournal.com/240098.html

it is almost time for me to write about the previous year of the wooden goat...
http://aethyrflux.livejournal.com/243153.html
...transforming into the upcoming year of the fire monkey!
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Monday, January 25th, 2016

Subject:...perhaps a spot of tea?
Time:12:51 pm.
i have deep respect for the discipline & flow of tea ceremonyCollapse )
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Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Subject:CARPE DIEM!
Time:3:33 am.

https://medium.com/the-happy-startup-school/david-bowie-s-lazarus-video-isn-t-just-a-goodbye-it-s-haunting-warning-67aef9c575c5#.g9ba4si9y

"Do not waste any more time not expressing yourself. Say what you need to say, boldly and without reservation. Nurture your creativity and don’t be shy about it. Stop constantly consuming and start creating before it’s too late, and that dark, mysterious wardrobe into nothingness consumes you.

Leave your mark. Start today."

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Subject:Now, you hold the reins!
Time:6:25 pm.
Once, an angel fell to Earth... but then the heavens wanted their star returnedCollapse )
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Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Subject:"Embrace Tiger... Dance with the Mountains!" (as if John Denver did bibliomancy with VALIS?)
Time:7:09 am.
I was challenged to figure out what PKD meant by the following statement...
'I, like John Denver, can’t turn down a good taco.'Collapse )
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Friday, September 25th, 2015

Subject:itchy-O, Total Unicorn, Rusty Lazer, Wino Vino, Attic Ted, Popnoir & The Ratty Scurvics Singularity!
Time:8:54 pm.
SEPTEMBER -26- SATURDAY 7:09p-3:33a

http://meditationdeathmat.ch/curios/itchy-o/

Sliding scale tickets are available in advance starting at $15, currently @ $20... the price will increase to $25 on the day of the show! (buy tix @ link above)

itchy-O
Total Unicorn
Rusty Lazer
Wino Vino
Attic Ted
Pop Noir Sound System
The Ratty Scurvics Singularity

https://www.facebook.com/events/391846911020286/

Location Revealed!
The Honeycomb Hideout is located just South of the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 Racetrack... take 183 South of Austin & take the first left past SH-130... 10107 Bock Rd., Mustang Ridge, TX 78610
...fyi, google maps street view shows 10107 @ 14316 Bock Rd
https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0658647,-97.6656909,3a,75y,180h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suBJdRDWyauzxxfzf3cHjmw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

The parking lot is at 10109 Bock Rd... the next driveway to the right, just past the event.

Please carpool with a designated driver, to conserve space and stay safe (designated drivers get a window seat on the Mothership)!

BYOB in a cooler & a picnic basket of provisions... epic pool party begins @ 7:09pm... remember your towel!

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This is your opportunity to get on board when the mothership returns... amidst judeo-xtian revelatons of the apocalyptic blood moon tetrad & the newage appropriation of pseudo-science evolution into the gamma wave x fifth dimensional ascension...

"During times of difficulty or danger, in whom do you put your trust?"
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Friday, September 11th, 2015

Subject:reality check, please!
Time:2:02 pm.
To all of the tourists and sparkle ponies who only spent a few hours or days out in black rock city, this year... i have this to say:
the desert is definitely a place for people to encounter an initiatory experience, but not unless you immerse yourself deeply enough to encounter what some have referred to as profound isolation... in such an alien landscape, which is completely inhospitable to life in any form, one becomes significantly more aware of one's own individuality and personal needs for survival (AKA, "If I don't feel like I might die, then it's not Burning Man!"). Ironically, this also often leads people to recognize one another's needs: although each of us must be radically self-reliant, we also recognize respect & particpate in communal efforts (AKA, "If we do not survive together, then we perish apart!"). People can certainly recognize this relationship in any environment, but it is perhaps significantly more prevalent in the stark wasteland of the Black Rock Desert?

Which bring us to the age-old hermetic question...
"In times of difficulty or danger, in whom do you put your trust?"
I make no claims that anyone has an ultimate, objective, correct, or even authoritative answer to this question... I only ask people to show me how they put their answer into action through life-affirming processes for themselves & their community.

Here are some examples of my responses...
transforming vandalism into volunteerism
http://aethyrflux.livejournal.com/142611.html

Absolve ye selves!
http://aethyrflux.livejournal.com/192997.html?thread=1029349#t1029349

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But in response to statements like these in articles from virgin burners (who are well-meaning, but simply do not even have the breadth of experience learned from weeks even, much less years in the dust)...

Adventures in Capitalism: A Capitalist Visits Burning Man
http://chrisyeh.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-capitalist-visits-burning-man.html?m=1
"the price tag and inconvenience make Burning Man unattractive to criminals."

...I could not resist sharing the inevitable rant which came forth (responses deleted to protect the innocent)...

He certainly did not look very hard... besides the "victimless crimes" related to consensual drugs and sex ... theft, destruction of property, rape, & other forms of assault are to be found on the playa, albeit at slightly lower rates than in other cities the same size

There is certainly a lot more than meets the eye going on out there... and I guarantee you will not like what you see if pay attention to the man behind the curtain... brc could perhaps best be described as the world's "happiest" company town... at its roots, it has always been a feudalistic economy of artists running around trying to impress a bunch of Lords and Ladies handing out grants so they can continue to provide an initiatory experience to the newest crop of young impressionable silicon valley execs... let's see what happens when all of the proverbial Dorothies finally realize that all they have to do is click their heels & chant "there's no place like home" ...there's no need for tornadoes, witches, & fairy godmothers... once people have been there & back again, they start to appreciate tending the gardens in their own back yards without the extravagant excess of a pilgrimage to the playa... those mirages out there have a way of ensuring that people are either independently wealthy or living in complete destitute poverty, with little in between ... yeah, now that you mention it, I would rather go to Bansky's Dismal-Land... it would be a slightly more accurate portrayal of the realities that people need to see when they look deeply into the mirror

However, there's certainly still a considerable abundance of independently wealthy individuals to be found out on the frontiers of reality
http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/07/obligatory-burning-man-think-piece/
Obligatory Burning Man Think Piece
"Larry and Sergey and Eric are burners. So are Zuck, and Dustin Moskovitz, and the Winklevii; so are Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Shervin Pishevar."

The federal state & county authorities have been increasingly difficult for brc, llc to deal with... the "Borg" has been talking about shifting the "gerlach regional" burning man festival towards private lands for years (now that plan is supposedly beginning to be implemented)...
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/will-burning-man-become-a-permanent-community.html
"Is Burning Man on the Cusp of Becoming a Permanent Utopian Community?"

Meanwhile, many of the older "burners" have been shifting away from brc and towards other regional burns that are less and less interested in centralized control, but still maintain some degree of networking with one another

And although i thought self-satire was one of the unspoken traditions of burn culture handed down from the cacophony society.. in any case, no one is exempt from fair and accurate reporting when speaking truth to power... unfortunately, most counter cultural revolutions throughout history have all too often been lacking in awareness of their own flaws, especially when they begin to resemble the orthodoxy too much... i just prefer to see people put their money where their mouth is, so to speak... and I see more of the virtues of "burn culture" in burners without borders and other projects in which people are creating more sustainable systems, rather than engaging in outrageously wasteful desert festivals where people spend shamefully ridiculous amounts of money at Walmart outfitting their turnkey camps and vanity campaigns... although there certainly are exceptions to every rule... there are people who still ride their bikes to brc, the AEZ is still a shining example of sustainability, BWB keeps on inspiring service projects around the world, as well as many others... i just think it bears mentioning the recurrent phenomenonae of people who identify as burners who have intentionally moved away from "the big burn" to live near regional festivals and are at least making significant efforts towards creating more sustainable systems
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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Subject:happy lunar new year from the abodes of night!
Time:8:40 am.
" ... This is the threshold of life; this is the threshold of death. ... Whatever horrors may afflict the soul, whatever abominations may excite the loathing of the heart, whatever terrors may assail the mind, the answer is the same at every stage: 'How splendid is the Adventure!'" Liber LXXVIII: The Book Of Thoth - ATU XVIII (The Moon)Collapse )
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Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Subject:New Online Payments Company In Austin Looking For Developers & Designers -- Full Time with Benefits
Time:3:18 pm.
New Online Payments Company In Austin Looking For Developers and Designers -- Full Time with BenefitsCollapse )
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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Subject:Aaron Swartz Hackathon: ATX 2014
Time:10:24 pm.
Aaron Swartz Hackathon: ATX 2014
24 hours: Saturday November 8th @ 12:00pm until Sunday November 9th @ 12:00pm
ATX Hackerspace: 9701 Dessau Rd, Suite 304, Austin, Texas 78754

http://codeathon.pbworks.com/w/page/88478675/AaronSwHackATX2014

Inspired by the work he did and the people he touched, we are organizing recurring hackathons at locations all over the world in memory of Aaron Swartz. The next set will be synchronized on the weekend of November 8-9, 2014. The event will bring together the varied communities that Aaron touched to figure out how the important problems of the world connect, and to share the load of working on those problems

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/738396772914028/

On Twitter, use Hash Tag: #aaronsw

http://aaronswartzhackathon.org/

How will it work?Collapse )
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Subject:Is there anybody... out there? Anyone looking for a new home?
Time:5:49 pm.
Is there anyone looking for a room, starting tomorrow? I thought that I had everything lined up, but we still have a vacancy. $400/mo. plus bills for a farm house on 13 acres in deep south Austin! PM me for further details...
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Subject:snowden, assange & greenwald weighing in @ sxsw
Time:11:03 pm.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/03/04/edward_snowden_to_speak_at_south_by_southwest_on_nsa_privacy.html
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Friday, November 8th, 2013

Subject:What are you bringing to the 42-hour #AaronSwHackATX? <list.extend(x)>
Time:1:32 am.
* a project &/or at least willingness to participate!
* a laptop
* a towel (for h00py fr00ds!)
* creature comforts & fuzzy things for catnaps in our chill space ...unless you plan to stay awake & code the entire time, like Ben Bot did during <tinyurl.com/ATXcode12>!
* canned food, gift cards, coats, blankets & other donations for #ATXFloods
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Monday, October 28th, 2013

Subject:Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon: ATX - #AaronSwHackATX
Time:1:37 am.
Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon: ATX - #AaronSwHackATX
42 hrs: Fri Nov 8 @ 7pm til Sun Nov 10 @ 1pm
ATX Hackerspace: 9701 Dessau Rd, Suite 304, Austin, Texas 78754

http://codeathon.pbworks.com/w/page/70396310/AaronSwHackATX

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c6i8m14er4h9d9vdk13laficev0

https://www.facebook.com/events/543408382405458/

http://redd.it/1pdc7a

Within weeks of Aaron's death in January of 2013, 20 hackerspaces, schools, and libraries organized Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon events all over the world. In our collective shock and grief, we came together to console ourselves, remember Aaron, and to work on important problems ranging all the way from open access advocacy to a web.py database refactor.

Inspired by the work he did and the people he touched, recurring hackathons at locations all over the world are being organized in memory of Aaron Swartz. The next set will be synchronized on the weekend of November 8-10, 2013. The event will bring together the varied communities that Aaron touched to figure out how the important problems of the world connect, and to share the load of working on those problems.

Half a year later, we still feel an immense shock and loss. The world Aaron helped shape is still far from open and we must honor Aaron's legacy by working together to change that.

Join us at the fabulous ATX Hackerspace from 7pm Friday 11/8 until 1pm Sunday 11/10, to work for 42 hours on projects that would honor Aaron Swartz' dream of truly open access and strengthen Austin's already impressive hacker community.

Although any project in the spirit of Aaron's work is welcome, these seem to have migrated to the top of the list:
* tor2web and jot2tor
* Fork the Law
* Archiving Aaron's writings
* Mailpile
* Prosecutorial Overreach/Underreach
* Transparency Toolkit
* Restore the Fourth
& * SecureDrop ...already launched, posthumously: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/aaron-swartzs-unfinished-whistleblowing-platform-finally-launches/

here is a more extensive list of project ideas... https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ai2JAMm86EJbdFg1TW5tenNJSUt3X2dVVmQ3M08xSlE#gid=1

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And don't just take our word for it... here's what Cory Doctorow has to say about this world-wide event:
http://boingboing.net/2013/10/17/aaron-swartz-hackathon.html

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Monday, October 7th, 2013

Subject:MULIER MULIERI DEAM?
Time:3:27 pm.
Where can we find the divine feminine in pop culture?

I have been thinking about this concept for a few days, and it led me into a labyrinthine exploration... and I am still not certain how to relay my ideas in this medium...
but i can offer this trail of proverbial breadcrumbs...Collapse )
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Subject:the naked truth: are the risks worth it?
Time:3:01 pm.

This morning, I encountered an online claim of a friend having contracted an STI from a partner who did not divulge their status before having sex... the person making this post stated their motivation was that they didn't want this kind of permanently life-changing surprise to happen to anyone else.

According to the EFF, "Truth is an absolute defense to a defamation claim. But keep in mind that the truth may be difficult and expensive to prove."

And although, depending on the level of negligence/intent, the original claim is perhaps still somewhat more likely to be considered a tort suit for battery (q.v. p.892), rather than a criminal assault (In the wake of the anti-heart balm movement, the traditional doctrine of Caveat Emptor held sway over unmarried intimate relations... until more recently, when deadlier STIs began to be more commonplace... and now, the affirmative duty to disclose has become the new standard)... Still, such a case can indeed be challenging to prove in court (plaintiff has burden of proof, medical records are confidential, and it's hard to subpoena enough people to establish patterns of deceitful behavior, etc.)... This person felt strongly enough to talk about this serious issue publicly, so we can imagine that they have done some due diligence on the issue... Especially since they are sticking their own proverbial neck out for us, here... So, even though it might be a difficult case to win in a courtroom, they felt that people should be aware of what they believe to be a significant risk to the community... Perhaps there may have been a way to handle this through private channels; but knowing the party in question, I would imagine that they have already tried to do so... And knowing how difficult these sorts of situations are, I would imagine that they have met with little success... It is often difficult to get people to admit when they have made an egregious error... And it is equally as difficult to get others in a community to aid in resolving what most people tend to prefer is kept as a private matter...

For future reference, in this electronic age, one can even use a third party site like qpid.me to check one another's STI status before taking the risk of sexual relations... But let's face it, using a website to share STI status is not a foolprof way to determine one's risks... Yet, it is possibly a way for socially awkward people to communicate information that they feel awkward about discussing... They do provide an extensive account of people's STI tests, it is not an exhaustive list... For instance, they will verify if someone has been given an HPV vaccine... However, they do not confirm HPV or HSV-1/HSV-2 status, since they say they "can't get meaningful, actionable information" about these viruses... And unfortunately, these conditions are... Shall we say, often under-reported? It's a hot topic in many hedonistic communities...

Of course, when considering STI status, one must always consider the window period

And let's all insure that our agreements for safer sex relationships are fully consented to when everyone is completely clothed, conscious, & sober And let's all insure that our agreements for safer sex relationships are fully consented to when everyone is completely clothed, conscious, & sober

Just in case y'all need a refresher on risk assessment for any particular combinations of body parts in sexual connection, Violet Blue has compiled some excellent charts & tables of Safer Sex

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Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Subject:all work & no play? depends on your definitions!
Time:2:21 am.

I have been reading Jane McGonigal's book, Reality is Broken... and I must say that I have been quite inspired by her evangelism of the transformative & motivational qualities of play
http://janemcgonigal.com/my-book/

I also found a similar project online by writer, musician and theorist Pat Kane...
http://www.theplayethic.com/what-is-the-play-ethic.html

what does it really mean for us to work or play?Collapse )

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