Saturday, September 30, 2017

The "Looking for a Girlfriend"-guy and "This Man"... is there a connection?

So a few years ago flyers started appearing around the Lower East Side saying "Looking for a Girlfriend" under the vaguely mugshot like picture. The flyer mentioned he was an artist so I thought this was some sort of way to get attention for his work because it's kind of strange to look for companionship in this way; but it turned out he was kind of serious about it. 

The last time I saw these flyers must have been like two years ago, then I quickly forgot all about them until yesterday when I was walking home and I saw a freshly posted flyer with the same picture and statement. I wonder if he did manage to find a girlfriend for a time but now he's looking for a new one. Or maybe he took a break from trying to find a girlfriend, and now he's trying to get his groove back. Who knows!


That man also reminded me of "This Man". If I'm not mistaken, "This Man" was created by a socialologist in the 1960's to see how quickly an image could spread (or something like that), and in recent years "This Man" has made a comeback. I wonder if "This Man" is looking for a girlfriend too. 


I hope they both find someone someday. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

I've never seen "Dune" but I feel compelled to....


I know next to nothing about the book or film "Dune". I know it was made to be a sort of piggyback film because of how successful "Star Wars" was, but that aside I've got nothing. For the past few weeks I've been bumping into references to it in everyday life. Random conversations, in videos, articles, and even when looking up artwork from my favorite artists. 


Sasha Burrow is an VFX artist who is usually found working with The Asylum on various movie projects. He's worked on a lot of my favorite movies from that unique company, but he also does a lot of concept art that I simply adore. I love his rendition of Nyarlathotep (above) and other creatures from the Cthulhu mythos. Burrow has also been working on a personal project called "Dune Special Edition", which is a fan edit done by him and him alone to redo or remake various portions of the original film. 

You can see what he's done so far below;


I also know there was at least one comic book adaptation, based on the film and not the books. I really wonder why this series has fallen to the wayside. Aside from the original film and book series I don't here much about it; and in our recent climate of nerd nostalgia there has been no resurgence of merchandise of any kind. I am really sure there's a following for this series, but is it still part of scifi subculture and not pop culture? How odd. 


And I own the DVD for "Jodorowsky's Dune", a documentary about a version of "Dune that was never made. It still has one of the most inspirational trailers I have ever seen. Really wondrous. I haven't even seen the movie yet!


I feel as though if I start digging more into what Dune is I will never stop trying to understand it. It may very well consume me. I guess I'll buy the DVD then.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Count your blessings damn it!

This has been a particularly difficult week for me both professionally and academically. There were a lot of struggles and in some cases I barely got buy. But today, after class, on my way to the elevator, there was a box of donuts that were Halloween themed with a note that said "Free donuts, take as much as you like". I took two donuts and I was immediately filled with instant joy, and life was worth living once again. 

It really is the small things in life that keep you going. The folks from the department that left these out will never know at all how happy they made me, or how much they sustained me for most of the day with just two donuts. I felt legitimately spoiled by this small act of kindness. 


The Astronomicon Minorem, by The First United Church of Cthulhu

So, during my break between classes I made time to read the Astronomicon Minorem, the foundational holy unholy book for the First United Church of Cthulhu (FUCC). Although it didn't take me long to read, roughly an hour and a half if even that, I really felt the love and detail put in this new scribed sacred tome. 

The authors seem to have a similar background and spiritual journey that I have, in that, they've studied some off-beat spiritual teachings alongside those which are far more ancient and esoteric in nature. It makes for an interesting balance in the literature which is a combination of DMT research, historical interpretations, poetry, classical art, and structure detail as it pertains to the FUCC. You get the feeling that this spiritual philosophy is walking that fine line between being absolutely serious and being a lark. I mean, it's the only holy book I've ever read that has the word "noobz" in it, but it also contains some very interesting analysis on H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos. It's also another religion that mixes popular and subculture into it's own sort of mythology in a way that expresses the feelings of FUCC and what it represents. I have my own opinions on that, but that's not entirely important since the fun of books like this is interpreting the data to your own core values and personality. 

What I think I love most about this is the presentation of the book itself. The cover art is absolutely stunning, and the pages are laid out in a zine or indie comic from the 1990's kind of way. This is the kind of literature I used to find in comic shops near the Fangoria and Famous Monsters magazines. Dynamic, expressive, and even creeping with personality. The selections of drawings and painting in this book are simply inspired. Some of them I would have never associated with Lovecraft or Cthulhu but they totally fit that sort of dark aesthetic. 

The esoteric information within the Astronomicon isn't where my mind tends to go when I think of the Cthulhu mythos, but it's a fine interpretation as any other. Some of the descriptions I will have to mull over for a while and see if I can understand it from the FUCC point of view, or if I can connect it to my own. Without question, there's good stuff here, but I feel like I need a bit more context to understand it all. I probably have to read more of the recommended Lovecraft stories to really get it, which I am more than happy to do. 

I'm really happy I picked this up and made contact with FUCC. I've been exploring Cthulhu mythos spirituality for a while, trying to understand its abstract and gruesome nature, and after reading this I definitely have a greater view of it all. 

Click the book cover image below for ordering information, and click the image beneath that to find out more about the First United Church of Cthulhu. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sisyphus was right, this ain't so bad

When I decided to go back to school I knew it'd be exhausting but man I still wasn't prepared to engage in some of the academic work that I'm currently in. Modern Logic is an absolute killer for me. It was difficult for me in high school and it's no different now. I may have to try a new tactic soon though because I don't want to fall behind and retake the course. I'm pretty exhausted

I pretty much feel and look like this:


I don't want to complain too much though; I am really enjoying myself. The challenge is of course difficult but when I have a few moments I like to count my blessings and remind myself that things could always be worse and I just have to keep pushing forward because I have a goal to get to. If things go well I should be graduating next year sometime in June. That's the plan anyway, so we'll see what happens. 

Just gotta keep pushing that boulder.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New books! "The Astronomicon Minorum" and "Instant Memory"!

Some books I ordered finally came in today; the "Astronomicon Minorem" from the First United Church of Cthulhu, and "Instant Memory: The Automatic Memory System" by the Institute of Advanced Thinking. I've wanted both for a while and when I saw the opportunity to order them on Amazon I jumped at the chance. 

The Astronomicon is the first holy unholy book put together officially by the First United Church of Cthulhu, and it is quite beautiful. Rather light in text, but from what I read so far it's solid with the information it provides. A great deal of thought was definitely put into the imagery and presentation of the words within, which is great because a lot of Lovecraftian lore is quite horrid and abstract so I think some imagery might help some readers get accustomed to the material.

"Instant Memory" from the Institute of Advanced Thinking is a booklet filled to bursting with definitions and techniques on how to improve memory. I've been prone to forgetting important information quite often and I've always looked for something to help me with retention. Maybe I'll finally find the proper technique in this text. 










Monday, September 25, 2017

I got a shout out on "The Pope on Film" Podcast!

So one of the podcasts I listen to gave me a very nice shout out during their recent episode. Reverend Steve, of the Church of Ed Wood, believes I may have mysterious and esoteric origins that relate to another dimension. Could this conspiracy be true?! I SAY PROBABLY.



16 hours with 3 hours of sleep....

It's amazing what the human body can feel like after being so sleep deprived. I feel both numb and sensitive to the world around me. Weak but like invincible to any sort of onslaught. I want to go to bed, but I also want to keep going. I wonder if there's a name for this sort of feeling....


My apartment is a temple for the Spider God to breed its kin....

So my window altar to Hotei the laughing Buddha has a small tenant who decided to do a bit of decorating. Hotei is now covered in a beautifully put together web by a tiny spider who made his nest somewhere near the window. This is great actually, mainly because we had a problem with ants over the summer and the spider seems to have taken care of that for us. 

I am concerned however about the massive ultra-spider gestating on the wall over where we keep our cats litter box. It's a clear white color and fairly large. My girlfriend tells me it's probably fine, but I'm skeptical. I don't know a thing about spiders though, so who'm I to judge. It's probably safe, right??? 

Right?????? 




Sunday, September 24, 2017

1960's Scrooge McDuck doll (very tiny)

This cute little dollie belonged to my mom before she gave it to me. She doesn't remember where she received it or found it, but she's had it since she was a very small girl in Chile in the 1960's. The fact it is in such good condition is remarkable. Usually rubber-headed dolls like this begin to crack or turn to dust because of entropy over time, but Uncle Scrooge is still holding up rather strong. 

No tags anywhere anymore so he may very well be a bootleg, but he seems legit. I've never been able to find any more info on this or any other dolls in this line. 




Advanced Ancient Technology: the "Relax-O-Matic Backscratcher"

I found this item at a thrift store for $4. I have no idea how old it actually is, but the box resembles something from the 1940's, and even feels as though it's from that era but really who knows. This could very well be a recently made thing from 20 years ago. There's also no company name on it, at least not one I could find. It just says "Made in Hong Kong".

It's just a little plastic hand at the end of a metal pole attached to a battery powered vibrating handle. I didn't have any C batteries available to see if it still worked, but that doesn't really matter; it makes a beautiful display piece on my shelf. I'm also convinced that the model on the box art is none other but Connie Dobbs, the primary wife of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. 












Saturday, September 23, 2017

DOOMSDAY UPDATE 2017: nothing happened again

Another doomsday arrives and hits the ground with a plop. No giant monsters, asteroids, alien invasions, or returning messiahs. What a gyp. Not a darn thing.


One of the other things I heard was CERN was going to activate their doomsday weapon and release satanic demons from Hell itself to come after us all. That didn't occur either. Or maybe it did and all those gosh darn demons are invisible. 


Some folks even tried to convince me that this is all a set up by aliens to trick us into believing the world didn't end, but it did, and now as we lay helpless they've entered our minds and are currently experimenting on us, sapping us of our chakra energy to fuel their saucers. This is my favorite fringe theory. It's really cinematic and reminds me of "The Matrix".


But supposedly, the source for all this baloney is now backtracking on his initial prediction saying that today, the 23rd, is the beginning of the TRIBULATION and that the next date we should be paying attention to is October 5th when Nibiru will finally be visible to us all. 

When there's money to be made there'll always be a doomsday. That's the only thing for certain. 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Doomsday Eve 2017


So according to some numerologists the mysterious Planet X, also known as Nibiru, is going to swing by the earth causing two asteroids to smash into it. This would of course be the end of civilization as we know it. I hope this means that the aliens that inhabit Planet X will swing by and tell us whats up if they're really up there. 


We go through a doomsday scare at least a few times a year, and normally it's attached to some author trying to sell some scare propaganda or books using peoples fears. I just like to enjoy the media frenzy of it all, but I really do wish they'd come up with some new material. It's always an asteroid or something. Whatever happened to that awesome three-headed-dragon from Revelations? I wanna see that thing!


There was also a broadcast interruption on Californian television with a mysterious message warning us all that the government is hiding the truth about Area 51 and what's really going on there. Big surprise. I don't know, I feel as though if a massive asteroid or another planet was going to swing by our world we'd probably see a trace of it by now. But maybe I'm just an idiot. 

In any case, below are some videos you can watch to fully prepare  yourself for the end times. 





I'm already worn out by all of this. I feel like this is a song playing on loop. Either stop talking about doomsday, or just end it all already. Let me know so I can plan accordingly.


And as always, remember, "the world ends tomorrow and you might die", so you might as well get right with "Bob"!



Shuma Gorath should be the main villain in the next Dr. Strange movie

Recently I've become quite obsessed with the Marvel character of Shuma Gorath. He's probably more famous for his video game appearances than anything else, but he's actually a pretty old character from the Dr. Strange continuity. Being a Lovecraft inspired creature, Shuma Gorath is an interdimensional monster who rules over countless worlds and has a huge array of powers and abilities. 

Movies based on the Cthulhu mythos are truly scarce so it's be nice to see a beast like Shuma Gorath on screen as part of the MCU. Then we'd also get to see his minions Dagoth, Arioch, Sligguth, the Living Buddha, the Water Elemental, Nightmare, Ghaszaszh Nyirh, and so many others. 

Although I liked the Dr. Strange movie, I did find it a bit drab. I think having a greater pantheon of monsters and gods to battle with would be much more interesting than other magic users.