Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Second Life web browser beta test

I just checked out an invite only beta test for a web browser access to Second Life. Good stuff. Gets you in fast and looking around. Has a selection of complete premade avatars and a good list of popular destinations including one of my favorites, the Blarney Stone Pub in Dublin. ^_^

If you have never checked out Second Life before you can sign up for a free account.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Awesome Jay Bakker quote: Fruits of the Spirit

Interesting interview here.

"Read about the fruits of the spirit, a tree doesn't eat its own fruit, fruits are given to others to enjoy."

Somehow that quote hit me like wow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On Nature's God - a short poem

A pagan’s god breathes when the wind blows,
Speaks when the leaves rustle
Or the thunder bellows
Acts as the cat pouncing on a grasshopper,
Or when one person shows kindness to another.
What end? There are only beginnings.
Be saved from what?
The earth keeps turning with the seasons,
Sparkling frost giving way to golden summer.

- Mike Rock, all rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blue Mars in a web browser

Blue Mars Blog: Blue Mars runs on the Cloud! Remote rendering demo...

This is an very interesting development for gaming/virtual worlds. Comment your thoughts below.

Trailer: Farmegeddon

There is a war going on against family farms, while farming in itself has its problems, this really underscores the inherent violence of our political system and institutions - the status quo has not come about due to an uncoerced free market - to the contrary there is coercion at every level, including around our most basic needs like our food:

Farmageddon Trailer 1410 from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A girl in EVE!

This girl is awesomely cute, I love the anime inspired hairstyle.

New EVE Characters will rock..

One of my big hobbies lately is EVE Online, I'm eagerly looking forward to the next expansion so my Gallente toon can look as hawt and sexy as this:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Amazing song/artist

This amazing and beautiful artist deserves some love. Go view and Like this please.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Belly Magic from Picatrix

Those close to me know that I've had many longstanding issues with some kind of gastritis and it has recently been worse, so naturally I was researching some options for spiritual intervention. I already knew about the 18th lunar mansion's spirit Egribel (Picatrix Book 4, ch. 9, pg. 290 Warnock/Greer edition), and have an image I made in the past (not entirely happy with, can do better) but her time to come around again is next month, July 17. I really need something much sooner..

Another working in Picatrix is an image of the sign Cancer (Book 2, ch 12, pg 122 Warnock/Greer). Quoth: "It's image is to be placed on the stomach for all its infirmities" and has some really hard to match conditions for just anytime.

This same chapter also mentions an image of Libra for "all infirmities of the stomach" as well with similar difficulty in electing, and I may need to read it more closely but the text as given may have some contradiction in it.

Another possibility is Venus, I have a good talisman of Venus already and can do work in her hour. Picatrix (Book 4, Ch 4, pg 245 W/G) says to "Ask from Venus.. invigorating the appetite". A challenge I have here is my natal Venus is afflicted and weak, so it may take more effort to woo Venus's favor in this regard for me than some other planets I might appeal to for other things.

Also Book 3, Ch. 7 (pg 158 W/G) holds that the Moon may be appealed to for "a great appetite for eating". I have a good Moon talisman as well and that is something I can work with, the Moon is not especially strong for me but is not afflicted either.

Emotions are very important to the organs of digestion, and Jupiter is well known as the planet of Peace. While there are not workings in Picatrix as subtle as those for "peace of mind and body" he would be appropriate to invoke balance in one's condition, Marsilio Ficino has some things to say about Jupiter's role in this in his Three Books On Life, I may dig that out later for an exact reference. Jupiter hour would be very appropriate for balancing activities such as zazen or meditation, yoga or tai chi.

I hope this is helpful to other seekers who are challenged by these matters of the stomach and appetite.

Copies of the compleat Picatrix in English can be obtained from Renaissance Astrology

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Protest letter to Alamo Drafthouse

I just emailed this letter to the Alamo Drafthouse in response to their decision to screen a particularly sordid medical horror flick by Tom "Sicks" SIx:


Dear Alamo Drafthouse,

I am absolutely disgusted and revulsed that your management has chosen to give screentime to the horrific abomination by Tom Six that I can hardly even name it appalls me so much.

Some ideas ideas should never have even been conceived let alone brought to life in image and motion, and that surpassed given a venue and audience.

Having seen the trailer and finding that more than sufficiently horrific, the idea of subjecting audiences to 90+ minutes of this is superlatively grotesque. There is absolutely nothing redeeming either in the premise, content or presentation of this theme and the possibility of copycat crime based on something as dramatic as this is a very real possibility.

Censorship can only be executed by a governmental body -- private enterprises instead have the responsibility of exercising good judgement and discretion in choosing what to associate their enterprise with. Alamo Drafthouse did not have to choose to provide a platform for this to be disseminated. That you did so says much about the owners and management I wish I did not now have to know.

Giving this thing screen time in your theatre is a profoundly disappointing and immoral act.

I'm no conservative Bible thumping Baptist either - I'm a primarily buddho-pagan libertarian humanist, and an artist - and this film violates every rational norm of human society and good taste. This is just one step away in graphic luridness from a snuff-film, and definitely their equal in the depiction of female and minority exploitation and dismemberment, and dishumanment.

I fervently hope that given the imminence of it coming to the screen that it's run is extremely short for the sake of Austin audiences and, well, humanity in the most expansive meaning of that term possible (ie, what makes us human beings and not dementedly intelligent insects).

Thank you for your time in reviewing my feedback as a longtime admirer and sometime patron of your establishment. Your business is one of those that define the character of Austin and the Austin I know and love has absolutely nothing in common with this monstrosity of a movie.

Sincerely,

Mike Rock