Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Be the Change

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
--Arundhati Roy

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Coffee and Marijuana: Putting them into perspective

I believe myself to have been fooled by my culture in concerns with my health, and I feel it's an almost universal deception, and thus feel the need to share it with you: Do we have the correct perspective on drugs?

For 7 years now I've had a love for marijuana that soon turned into a preoccupation and opened the "gateway" for me to a tobacco addiction I've had for an equal number of years.
And as hazardous to my survival as that may sound, for 12 years I've had a love for coffee (and caffeinated teas). This was a substance use promoted by members of my family, people at-large, and the Caffeinated Culture - and I honestly feel that this has done just as much, if not a hell of a lot more, damage to my body.

This isn't a weed-smoking apologist article that's going to blindly defend and promote a substance that promotes slackness in many and psychosis in some. Instead, this is an honest account of a Human Being who's had real-life experiences with two very different substances that have altered my relationship to reality in a variety of ways.

Coffee is a chic thing, it snuck in the back door through tea (which also contains caffeine) into our culture long ago but only really seen its hayday at the end of the 90's and early 2000's with the rise of the take-away chains (at least in Ireland and Britain), and even though some of us saw it for the muck it truly was, our culture hasn't had time to "vet it" and decide whether they're going to frown when they see their children drinking it. It hasn't suffered the campaigns set out against it by the United States government like marijuana has. It hasn't been recognised as perhaps a completely disgusting and possibly cancerous activity, and campaigned against on all fronts, like cigarettes.... and I really wasn't smart enough to cop onto that at an impressionable age.
So now I'm suffering a worsening and harmful ADDICTION to caffeine and sugar (another stealthy culprit) at an age where I should have a stable metabolism and energy-flow; Why!?

I've never stopped drinking coffee and tea. I only copped that something was terribly wrong when I met some friends in the park, holding a take-away cup of coffee, and one of my dear friends said "Dude! You LIVE on coffee". Scary, right? Well I've never been that oblivious with my tobacco and marijuana dependencies. I gave up smoking twice, for months at a time, but due to peer-pressure and a feeling that something was missing inside I took to smoking again. I stopped smoking marijuana 2 times, often for a year or two each time but I began again because I genuinely loved getting high. If I could shake my caffeine addiction for any longer than a month, I'd stay off the stuff!
The picture I'm painting here if you haven't glimpsed it yet is that I've been programmed to worry about one somewhat harmful activity and never given the same treatment concerning something a whole lot more dangerous.

Do you drink coffee and caffeinated teas daily? If so, then you have a drug problem, just as much as you'd have a drug problem if you smoked cigarettes or marijuana. Caffeine and the extra junk that comes with coffee and black tea is killing you! Never mind your liver and kidneys needing to pass all this rubbish out of your system, but if you drink coffee daily you are (as generalising at this sounds) dehydrated and lacking in essential minerals. You may not feel the dehydration, but this is the nature of Human perception: if your inner/outer environment changes slowly you will still experience the world and feel that what you're perceiving it to be is exactly how it always felt.

At the time of writing this, I had only really noticed this sleight con played on me by unwitting individuals as damned as I am. I'm going to seriously rehydrate myself by staying away from caffeine, because this realisation has changed something within me emotionally; and when something changes you emotionally your thinking automatically shifts if you let go of old lies.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

This is the end, beautiful friend...

Truth be told, at first I sort of hated Twitter. I created an account just to look around and what I saw wasn't all that impressive or endearing. As I gained a bit more experience with it, I began to think that this tool could be used for something more than expressing the most abjectly vacuous of thought fragments. I left thinking "I don't have a use for it now but I might return to this site if I have something to promote." As fate would have it, I did indeed end up having something to promote. Only...Twitter didn't prove all that effective a tool for doing so. I acknowledge its ability to create a certain amount of traffic—every link sent to 30,000+ followers receives almost 20 clicks; glory be—but that traffic has yet to lead to anything meaningful, i.e., a single blog comment.

The Break-up by FrameFrozen
It could very well just be that I suck at using Twitter properly and it could also simply be that there is nothing on this site worth anyone's time, including my own. Nonetheless, the definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over again expecting a different outcome. So Twitter, I'm sorry, but I have to break up with you. We had some laughs. I'll keep you synced with Facebook as a courtesy. Here's hoping we can still be friends. (You can keep the DVD player).

So, Twitter out. What is my next move? YouTube still seems a pretty good place to promote a site/brand/product/other. Facebook kinda feels like one of those sites where inertia works both ways. Reddit, Digg and Delicious remain unexplored frontiers though if I had to guess, I'd wager promoting nothing but your own blog is probably a no-no in the terms of service agreement?

Truth be told...I'm getting tired of this shit. No one else seems to give that much of a shit about Head Explode and I can't think of a reason why they should. Maybe it is time to invest my time and energy in more fruitful endeavors. I'll keep the forums online for the lulz and, in the event I actually have something to say, I'll even leave the blog up. But for the most part, I've lost the vim and vigor—assuming it was ever really there to begin with—to make something out of this site and any further effort feels a lot like phoning it in.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

What I've Been Up To - No. 6's Journal

I haven't done anything with the Lynx & Lucia website for a few weeks now because I've been working on a new project; An Internet radio station. is the web address. I'd appreciate everyone's support in this new venture of mine because before writing and after Magick, my favouritist thing in the world is radio. I don't have much of an audience, I'm not responding to any unfilled niche, I just have a desire to broadcast TRUE RADIO. Good music of all sorts, local music, and people sharing what matters to them.
As we celebrate mediocrity, all the boys upstairs wanna see how much you'll pay for watcha used ta get for free

Tom Petty sang it well in "The Last DJ". In a world where mediocrity reigns, where beauty takes a backseat, and the media has been so co-opted by propaganda and misery to the point no one wants anything to do with any of it, I alone am standing up for what radio has to offer Humanity. I alone am standing up for the dream that once was and is now lost. All these radio stations now days either play what's on the charts, stick to one genre religiously, or disseminate pure rubbish that clogs up our minds and weighs heavy on our Hearts. What I'm doing is introducing you, the listener, to a range of GOOD MUSIC that you most likely haven't heard as well as some that you have, taken from all genres, to give you a unique listening experience. I'm also bringing folks on from many perspectives in life so that your head remains clear and your Heart remains light.

So please tune in with me Monday thru Wednesday 8PM (GMT) to 11PM, and on Saturdays (9PM) and Sundays (3PM) if I feel up to it. Give a call in, pop into the chatroom, and get involved as Eclectic Vibrations Radio is a Human Service (much like a Public Service, but for Humans) and is only enhanced by your participation.

And if you like the way we sound, bring your friends along to listen!
And check out the How You Can Help EV Radio Grow page. I can't stress enough how I need much I need YOUR support over the next few months as I know there is an audience out there for me, but due to the increasing amount of "white noise" on the Internet and in the real world, they don't know they're my audience yet!

The first few weeks have been long and hard, but it's been loads of fun. I really feel like I'm in my element, and it shows me that I do have what it takes to have my own slice of the world while I'm here.
As a Sensitive I allowed the world to crush me. I fought back in my own way. I learned my lessons. And I tried my best to be fair and diplomatic the whole way through. But it finally crushed me, degraded me, and left me feeling alone and afraid. It was only after several months of self-pity and hermetically stealing myself away from the world that I learned that I AM ALRIGHT and that my intuitions about this Human world were correct - it IS a place of confusion, pain, and denial, and that's all the more reason for a person like me who's been through the worst of it to come forth and give a space to those still suffering under the weight of The Babylon Matrix.

Come visit my site again soon, and do tune in.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

How to Be the Perfect Troll, Vol. I: Guerilla Tactics

A longtime disciple of John Cleese, I've always enjoyed trolling people, both online and off, more than most. A while back I wrote a comprehensive list of things you can do to irritate the shit out of people in the way I know best—by acting like a drooling simpleton. Unfortunately, that list was eaten by a server manned by a team of retarded children and it has been over a year since I really made an effort to troll anyone, meaning I am well out of trolling stroke. Still, here is an incomplete list of the essentials for being an effective troll in any setting, completely off the top of my head.

1. Bad spelling, poor grammar and inappropriate use of words. Ah, the holy trinity of trolling. Even the most unlettered attempt to troll can be made so much more effective by deliberately confusing your with you're or their, there and they're. As Number 6 points out in his excellent essay, the people most likely to respond to a troll are those who lack personal sovereignty and thus feel the visceral urge to police the expressions of others. There is generally a lot of crossover between this mentality and spelling/grammar Nazism. A great technique is writing a period not at the end of every sentence but at the end of each line you type. I also like misusing commas and semi-colons. Experiment and see what works best for you.

Oh, and there is one other thing you might try, but I digress. Moving on!

2. Argue with people by repeating what they've said in only slightly different terms. This is one of those things that works at least as effectively face to face as online. Repeating yourself in general is frustrating for most; doing so because the person you're communicating with can't keep up enough to realize there's no difference of opinion while still being very obnoxiously opinionated? Why, it's enough to make your head explode.

3. Stay in character by saying as little as you can as loudly and regularly as you can. If you've spent any amount of time on internet forums, one thing you are sure to notice is that the people who have the most posts are ironically the people who tend to say the least. That's because they weigh in on each and every issue rather than sticking to an area of expertise (and this is generously assuming they have one). Why don't these people just stay silent when they have no idea what they are talking about, i.e., almost always? As the great Adam Carolla is quick to point out, the dumber you are, the louder you are. Stupid people advertise. It's just that simple. If you want to irritate people, make your voice heard as much as possible whenever possible...for the lulz.

4. Respond with vacuous, idiotic, contextually ambiguous text message standbys like "lol" apropos of nothing. Make people wonder what the fuck you're laughing at and why, especially amidst serious discussions. Other favorites include "ok" and "wat."

5. Avoid the quote button. Or, on threaded message boards, don't respond directly beneath the post of the person you are addressing. Respond with a standalone post that contributes nothing to the discussion while clearly being in response to something that was posted 5 pages ago.


7. Respond to multiple choice questions with yes or no. For example, the person you are "debating" asks if you're pro life or pro-choice and you respond "yes" without specifying which of the two it was in response to.

8. Always, and I mean always, jump at the chance to misinterpret or flat out overlook similes and metaphors. For instance, in a discussion about learning a new skill, when someone remarks "Look, most people don't hit a homerun their first time at bat," you should always respond with something to the effect of "wat are you takling about? this si a discusion about lerning guitar, bseaball has noting to do with it!" This is best accompanied by a "roll-eyes" emoticon, if possible. Which segues nicely into the next guideline...

9. Few things induce rage like misplaced condescension. If you've ever met a smug creationist talking about how stupid it is to believe "we evolved from mud," you already know what I'm talking about. The most obvious application of this is in discussions that act as beacons to contrarian smartasses in the first place, i.e., global warming. It's also great when you get a chance to dismiss the Parteiadler as a racist symbol by saying "The swazticka hsa been around fro thousdans of years, its NOT RACSIT!" Garnish generously with condescending lmao's and rofls.

10. Defend your fellow idiots. It probably goes without saying, but you should always play the role of die hard apologist in any discussion related to offensive, bigoted remarks made by a public figure. The only problem here is that there are a number of prejudices that go completely unpoliced, i.e., anti-Arab sentiments. Thus the obvious move is to play the part of the always unctuous holier-than-thou PC Police.

11. Randomly quote meaningless Bible passages in any discussion with atheists. Weaken your already threadbare argument on gay marriage by appealing to an authority they don't recognize. These also take up lots of page space while contributing almost nothing worth responding to in terms of actual content. It's also great to quote the Bible (or the Quran, if you're feeling frisky) as proof of God's existence, accompanied by the circular "teh BIble is true becoz it was writen by GOD!" This is particularly effective when assuming the role of the morally superior windbag, i.e., "i get my morality from God, where do u get yours!"

12. Present feeling rather than facts. A simple "IMBEACH OBAMA!" can go a long way towards deteriorating the integrity of the discussion. And of course it never hurts to pepper your diatribes with "lol stupid lib" and "PINKO COMMIE BASTERD!"

Okay, that's it for now. I might make a follow up entry to this if I ever get back in the trolling swing of things, so stay tuned.

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