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Sorry for the prolonged absence...

November 4th, 2006 (09:53 pm)

and sorry to anyone who has tried to contact me the past week or so. I was having computer trouble and car trouble and cat trouble and phone trouble. I'm pretty much back in touch, I have my phone working and my van back. Please forgive any rudeness, I'll try to get back in touch with anyone I've missed as soon as possible.

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Mothman!

October 26th, 2006 (04:51 pm)

I am actually a bit annoyed with the Sci-fi channel today. And it has nothing to do with Mansquito this time. I am irritated with their Sci-fi Investigates show. I have always had a guilty fondness for Ghost Hunters. I like watching silly people scare themselves silly, and they go to some truly lovely places, even if they then proceed to misuse electronics and have hysterics.

Sci-fi Investigates has a somewhat similar premise, four 'experts', consisting of a "forensics expert" who seems to be a just graduated technician (who also apparently was involved with a dance troop a while back), a "scientist" and an "author and historian" who are ufologists, and someone who has suffered the indignity of appearing on two previous reality tv programs. So far, no problem, I hope noone watches the sci-fi channel for scholarship. The heavily staged "conversations" bewteen the characters are only mildly grating, but the really irritating part is that they never investigate anything! They just come to town, go to the tourist sites, maybe talk to witnesses who always show up for these kinds of shows, then they go hike in the woods or something for 15 minutes and never find anything. Not only does the show just give a surface retelling of general information about the topic, they don't even go into detail on it. How can you discuss the MIBs in Point Pleasant during the Mothman flap without mentioning either John Keel or Gray Barker (who probably was most of the men in black).

Also, whenever they look for monsters, the ufologists tries "monster calls" in the woods. He even had a Mothman sound. That makes me feel sad to watch.

On the plus side, they had lots of cool footage of PP's new Mothman statue. I think it needs a smaller statue of a terrified and fleeing Richard Gere to complete it, but hey, nothing's perfect.

On a nonranting front, I found out my van has a vanquished head gasket, so I'm renting a Taurus for the rest of the week to get to work. House repairs continue erratically. Generally all is well.

http://www.mothmanlives.com/

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Very Busy Day

October 24th, 2006 (12:31 am)

I have had an extraordinarily busy day today renting a car and calling mechanics and whatnot so I don't have much to post I'm afraid. I do find that I enjoy driving a Taurus however. I also can no longer find the American Templar web page that credits Elvis with being a servant of the American tutelary angel.

At least there are other crazy people.

Also please keep the family of slain Mosul priest Paulos Iskander in your prayers. He was murdered by terrorists in Iraq. You can read about it here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=7824

I have to go, have a good night.

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October 19th, 2006 (01:41 am)

I won a 632 sq in Weber propane grill at work today. I am completely thrilled with this. I have wanted a grill for ages. So, hooray for me! Much happiness. Also, my kitchen floor has been put back on, still sans cabinets or tile but still, its a very good thing. Thank God for generous contactors.

Here is a cool article for any amateur astronomers out there:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,221638,00.html

Apparently the Leonid meteors are going to give a particularly fantastic show later than usual, in November. Sadly, though, you have to be in the Eastern US to see them at the height of their performance.

Apparently Dan Brown of Da Vinci code fame is putting out another book. His success really irritates me. I don't begrudge the man the right to write what he wants, but his books purport to have factual information, when all he does is recycle conspiratorial nonsense. Here is a good and extremely thorough response to the Da Vinci code. It wouldn't be as irritating if the book was less of a snore, but other than the "controversy" it really has nothing to sell it.

Oh well, it's so unfair, I suppose I'll go cry myself to sleep on 632 sq in of propane powered grilling majesty.

Have a good night and God bless.

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Intriguing Web Sites

October 16th, 2006 (11:05 pm)

Just fun web places.

http://www.goreyography.com/

Edward Gorey is one of my favorite writers and artists. He was an odd person, probably best known for the opening sequence of PBS' 'Mystery' program.


http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/

Recordings from wax phonograph cylinders. For your retrophilic musical needs.


http://n.nfshost.com/1.html

A weird puzzle website.


http://www.forteantimes.com/

Forteana is the general field of the inexplicable. It's named after Charles Fort, who was a wonderful, strange man. After several failed business ventures, he inherited a large sum of money, settled down with his wife, and spent his days reading old newspapers and writing books about the oddities contained therein, with ludicrous explanations for everything from rains of fish to misplaced kangaroos. It's really an experience reading him.


http://www.chesterton.org/

The American Chesterton Society. Devoted to celebrating the works of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, one of the most eloquent and clever writers of the early 20th Century. He's also a great apologist for the Christian faith.

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Magic Squares

October 16th, 2006 (10:08 pm)

I like magic squares.

If you don't, know a magic square is a grid of numbers in which each row or column adds up the same value. This page explains about the mathematical properties of the squares. The squares were also considered to have occultic applications in Alchemy and Astrology (which really weren't wholly separate disciplines in their day). Cornelius Agrippa's Books of Occult Philosophy are generally considered the first serious works on such matters in Europe. This section of the books contains his associations for the squares (down near the bottom of the page.)

Agrippa's books are worth taking a look at in general if you like esoterica or antiquities. They give an insight into how interconnected philosophy, mythology, science and theology were in the mind of the Renaissance scholar. They are also great RPG references.

Given the vast amounts of dead time I have had lately at work, I've taken to working them out by hand. So far I can do a 5x5. Pretty sad, huh? Back when I did antique book repair, several times, we would have grimoires (that is personal books of magic) sent to us to fix. There was a big boom in theosophy, magic, and what not around the turn of the century. If I could have afforded it, I would have bought up every one of them. In particular, there was one full of magic squares of various types, along with a weird system of associations for dates and standard playing cards.

Well, I'm rambling now, so I think I'll quit. God bless you and thanks for reading.

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Monsters

October 16th, 2006 (12:53 am)

Well, I had thought I had a neat post regarding two separate "monster dogs" supposedly terrorizing rural areas, but it turned out they were the same story with the details wrong in the first one. Almost too bad, the idea that Maine is crawling with beasties is sort of cool. Here is the story at foxnews.com. I hunted up some pictures of it (which I won't be posting because they are a bit gorey.) It honestly just looks like a dog to me, but there you go. Speaking of terrifying animals, here are some really unpleasant examples; the lions of the Tsavo, the leopard of Rudraprayag, and the crypto-fabulous Bete de Gevaudan. Upon further examination, I note that all three cases have been made into movies lately... odd.
Well, very little has changed on the personal front, and so I am off. Keep warm, have fun, and God bless.

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Greetings and Salutations

October 14th, 2006 (11:48 pm)

Hello out there.

This is my inaugural live journal posting.

Here's to many more!

Ahh, delicious Dr. Pepper.

To be honest, this is about the worst possible time to try and start such an endeavor. I am in the midst of terrifying household repairs, I have a cat with a weird eye disorder, and I have a friend who is in the hospital recovering from a stroke (God be with him!) On the other hand I had a couple of hours to kill and very little else I can do at the moment. Hopefully there will be content here soon.

Just as a starter, one personal interest of mine is the Voynich Manuscript. Most of the interest in it seems to have died down since a bunch of analysts proved the manuscript could be the product of a Cardan Grille. Still, it is a fascinating document, bringing together real historical mystery, interesting historical personages, and lots of fascinating kooks.

Till next time, take care and God bless.

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