Archive for December, 2012

Musical Psychology – Temporal Bias

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Music Reviews, POB Audio, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by Drogo

Popular Psychology Regarding Music and Temporal Associations

People tend to associate old music with the old mentalities born during the same period, vs associating new music with change. Often it has to do with the person thinking such things, and less to do with society. For example one person may have been addicted to drugs during their high school “Led Zeppelin” phase, and so they look down on listening to that music now. And someone that enjoyed themselves during their Led Zeppelin period, may love that music still. Even people not from the era the music was made, can have totally opposing feelings about their different associations.

In music for me it is about being open to the way other people play, and try to play with them. If they are not open to the way I play overall, there is not much to be done about it. There has to be a willingness to compromise and play together, just like in friendships. I have been making music since i was a kid, and this is my philosophy.

Make your own music, they way you want to make it. I encourage others to express themselves, especially if it does not hurt anyone else. Never mind if no one else likes the way you sing or play an instrument as much as you do. Playing music for yourself, is a very valid exercise and meditation.

I wonder how many public performers get told they suck, simply because the audience is grumpy or does not like their style??  Also technical issues with instruments can make people think players are far ‘worse’ than they are when not being affected by a glitch. I think most opinion works on vague impression. There is a reason most people that care about you will tell you ‘who cares what others think, play for yourself’; it is not that they really don’t care about the opinions of others, it is that they realize we care too much for people that want to bring us down to make themselves feel better. One reason people do not want to be in bands is because of ‘egos’; which means at least one or more people in the group being overly egotistical, controlling, and too selfish. When people want everyone to play only their way of playing, play becomes work to please the boss, and things get exclusive quickly.

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SCOD Victorian Tavern

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Recommendations & Tributes, SCOD Thesis, Victorian Tavern with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by Drogo

Pipedream Pub Reboot 2012: SCOD Victorian Pub Manifest

Is anyone interested in working on designs with me for a “SCOD Victorian Revival Tavern”? The pub can be either urban townhouse pub style, or rural mansion. As discussed with other SCOD members, Victorian is obviously more popular because of the steam-punk fad, and the high-level of technology and design (relative to the former medieval based project). I will need volunteer writers and illustrators, but if all you have is a penny’s worth of ideas, that will do too. We are more likely to find investors to manifest a Victorian SCOD, rather than the older more rugged Medieval SCOD.

Perhaps combining Victorian Fashion elegance, Victorian Historic Revival Architecture, steam-punk designs, carnival freak-show acts, psychic-supernatural circus philosophy, and other aesthetics; will allow SCOD to appeal to a larger audience and membership.

2012 is also the year that the search for the first democratically elected or volunteer SCOD Council is declared. This will further define SCOD membership, with an emphasis on Pro-Active contributions, rather than Re-Active. Also it will allow SCOD to evolve led by the most current active members, and not held back by the stubbornness of older less-active members (such as myself). Allowing for a SCOD President to be elected often, will allow many to fill the position, and feel proud to add “SCOD President” to their resumes. This in turn will further the goals of SCOD outreach.

I think that by having a Council, it will mimic the structure that existing intentional communities have (not just organizations), and make it clear which members are active contributors (previously labels such as SCOD Associative Member were unclear as many Associated Members were more active than some of the older members). In this way SCOD will become more defined by its ACTIVE members, than by seniority of membership; but through a more defined Constitution (by-laws) we can structure a legacy to build from, and certain ideals to add to or modify (but not disregard).

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(note: while this house is not a Victorian Style, it was built at the tail-end of the Victorian Period, and beginning of the Modern in 1908; Inside the entire first floor is dedicated to Victorian Decor, and is an Art & Antique Middle Class Museum. This case study shows how SCOD theory is adaptable.)

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Internet Nasty Comments

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization with tags , , , , , , , on December 27, 2012 by Drogo

Negative Comments Online

Negative comments are like pieces of shit, they stink and most people are capable of producing them regularly; so we should treat them as such and bury them, or flush them down the toilet of our minds. It is also good to be self-reflective, and if the evidence is over-whelming that we deserve the negative comments, then perhaps there is some use to make sure the waste becomes compost. If you already have compost, and rich enough soil, you do not need to worry about the negative feedback.

It is easy to say “do not let it get to you” or “dont worry about it”. It is harder for me to take that advice. I will attempt to explain why, although i admit it may be a waste of my time, when i could be sleeping and it is 3 AM as usual.

I have gotten some random nasty comments when i publish online, and i think i make to much of them, but then again i make to much of everything i guess. I cannot simple ignore insults, even when it is clear the person does not care about me. Perhaps it is precisely that they do not care, that gives it almost as much significance as those that do care. Such insults are false because they are hollow, insubstantial. Yet it is the void that wounds me, or rather that i wound myself with. When they tell me “get a life” i think about it, and start to argue “i think i have a life, actually”. Perhaps it is also because it is the only comment i get on something, and often no one but that asshole cared enough to write anything, at the time i checked in (be it when everyone else is sleeping and i cannot). I am not sure.

I have not taken the time to address such negative comments at any length (until now), as i am not sure how much attention should be given to people that want to harm others that are not harming them or anyone else. My usual way of handling offensive comments, or at least my first impulse as a fighter, is to lash out at them, and try to hurt them worse than they hurt me (or at least as much). Naturally, this is what they want, as they are self-destructive in their offensive arrogance (asking for a fight). I think i could write a book on the subject, in attempts to come to terms with it, perhaps then it would not bother me so much. Nah.

I will just try to shut them out, and focus my own energy.

– Drogo Empedocles on idiots

 

 

 

 

 

For My Friends to Summon Me

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2012 by Drogo

A Conjuring Spell to Evoke my Spirit

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First, let me advise the potential readers. To my strong and wise friends, you will understand this completely, and will not need this explanation. To my more timid friends, do not be afraid. To my enemies, I warn you not to abuse my good will. To lame idiots that will never get it in this lifetime, i reflect their own negativity back at them, and say “no you get a life of your own worth having jackass, and stay out of mine” (in response to insults they say to me). This is not a suicide note. Nor is this fiction. This essay is meant to explain to people how I prefer to be addressed. That being said, this is certainly not the only spell to call me, there are other methods. While I am alive “in body” there are many existing methods of communicating with me, that may not be available when my body is dead. However, as I have stated before, I intend to be around as a spirit before moving on entirely (from ghost to reincarnation or other realm entirely). I know this spell will work, because I use it to summon myself all the time (regular meditations). So this spell works for my spirit even while my body is still “alive”, so it should work better when my spirit is more free, and not contained.

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Now I have dealt with many types of spirits, good and evil and neutral; in various amalgams. Sometimes I have conjured other spirits by accident, sometimes by choice; and often a little of both. I have even been possessed, and banished spirits. However I prefer to use common nature magicks; I like to work with spirits (and gods), and make things better; rather than use dangerous powers that I may not be able to control. That is why I do not intend to publish many spells about summoning other spirits, as they may not want to be bothered by strangers. So it is fair enough that the first conjuring spell for a human spirit that I publish, be one to summon I.

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Spell to Summon Drogo Empedocles

This spell may be performed in haste with emergencies, or best in a prepared setting with ritual relics and additional pageantry. Other names for Drogo Empedocles may also be used. After the spell is conducted, Drogo may appear as an apparition, or you may simply feel his presence. If you do not sense Drogo, it does not necessarily mean that he cannot be summoned at that time; he may be present, but you may have a reception problem on your end in temporal existence (technical difficulties). Another possibility is that he might just visit your dreams.

Begin with basic ritual, light a candle, and play Pagan Music.

Next hold a Celtic talisman, and speak these words:

 

“Upon this day, upon this night

to my left, or to my right;

I call upon Drogo Empedocles,

if you can, if you please, or if you might.”

 

Then bow your head and Drogo will be there, bowing his head in return.

Communicate with Drogo directly.

Upon ending the summons, simply thank Drogo for coming, and properly close communications with a “good-bye”. The spirit of Drogo will bow and leave.

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Legal Decongestant Drugs

Posted in Medical, SCOD Online School with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2012 by Drogo

Legal over-the-counter Drugs to alleviate stuffy nose congestion from colds (minor infections), allergies, or other causes.

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“Allergy Medicine” Antihistamine – Diphenhydramine

Side Effects:  hypnotic drowsiness (sedation), liver stress, nausea, constipation, delirium, heart stress, confusion, memory loss, paradoxical reactions, discontinuation rebound effects: anxiety, mood swings, and insomnia.

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“Nasal Sinus Medicine” Sudafed  (Circular Red or Long White Pills) – Pseudoephedrine – sympathomimetic amine  vasoconstrictor (restricts blood flow into the nose, shrinks swollen nasal mucous membranes,  increases drainage of sinus secretions, and opens Eustachian tubes)

Side Effects:  minor stimulant (insomnia), cold nose (reduced nasal blood circulation),  hypertension, anxiety, paranoid psychosis (panic attacks).

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Warning:  Topical decongestants should be used with caution and for no longer than three days to avoid rhinitis medicamentosa (paradoxical reaction).

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“Cold Medicine” DayQuil / NyQuil (by Vicks) – Phenylephrine, Acetaminophen, Dextromethorphan – relief of headache, throat congestion (headache), pains (cold, flu, and fever symptoms)

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NyQuil also includes the Antihistamine – Doxylamine succinate

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Vicks VapoRub – Mentholatum (camphor, menthol, spirits of turpentine, eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, myristica oil, thymol, nutmeg)

Side Effects:  Oil in lungs, stimulates mucus production and airway inflammation

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“Nasal Spray Chemical”  – Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride (instant vasocontrictor decongestant)

Side Effects:  rhinitis medicamentosa (paradoxical reaction, may become reliant to constantly relieve chronic congestion daily).

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Eustachian tubes – tubes that link nasopharynx to middle ear

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Conclusion:

The safest method seems to be to use meditation (psychology, visualization, massage), steam, hot salt water (saline spray or Indian neti-pot), and other more natural methods as those side effects are more obvious, and less complicated.

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Electric Ceiling Light Details

Posted in SCOD Online School, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2012 by Drogo

Preparing to Install an Electric Ceiling Light

The following descriptions and photos are meant to help anyone designing or working on a ceiling, and using hanging electric ceiling lights.

1.  Design and build beams for the ceiling and lights to be attached. One important thing to remember is that ceiling lights cannot be installed directly under beams if the drywall (or other ceiling material) is directly secured flatly against the beams. The lights must be attached to the ceiling structure above the ceiling, by its electric outlet box. Then the box hole is cut into the drywall, and the drywall is secured to fit exactly around the light electric outlet box holes. Hint: it is far easier to do with another lighter material (not drywall), like for panels in a drop ceiling or a thinner fiberboard sheet panel.

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2.  Inspect electric light for assembly

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3. In this case the metal bracket attachment for the electric box, has a screw rod, with a loop cap. Unscrew the loop cap, and add a chain to connect the hanging lamp to the loop cap.

special note: as you can see in the photo of the instruction manual, they did not draw the wires.

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Two pairs of pliers are needed to bend the strong chain links. Open them wide enough to link to the loop cap, and the hanging lamp. Then close the links.

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4.  Feed wires through chain, and loop cap.

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5.  Install surface of ceiling (drywall or other), cut hole for box. Secure metal bracket into box.

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6.  This part must be done by an electrician when all power is off at the breaker panel: Pull line wires down from electric box, and connect them properly to the lamp wires, up through the metal bracket; including ground wire.

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7.  Add plate guard to loop cap, and screw it into metal bracket in electric box. The plate guard will hide the edges of the hole in the ceiling that the wires come through. Make sure all connections are secure!

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* Remember to hire a licensed electrician because it is the law, and you could be killed by electrocution.

Life Liberty Over Killer Liberty; Many People Are Too Stupid To Have Guns

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2012 by Drogo

Gun advocates may not respect me for various reasons. Although I have fired, and own several types of guns; I sometimes do not use correct terminology for them. I also prefer collecting and using blades over guns for various reasons. Also as an adult, I prefer Peace over War.

However I am still a warrior, a fighter, and a veteran soldier (5 years service in the ANG). Also I respect and like guns as a tool for killing enemies worthy of death; or for hunting, although I am not a hunter.

All that being said, I have also been:

1.  Shot at by drunk rednecks

2.  Threatened at Gun Point several times

3.  Had several friends die from being shot

If you have had any of these type of incidents happen to you, and are afraid for your life, or have a similar PTSD like I do; and you still want to defend the freedom of everyone to have guns, over the need to reduce the amount of guns and people that have them… then i will respect your opposing opinion. If you have never had any of these terrible things happen to you, and you support gun possession over gun control; then you are probably ignorant and should shut the hell up before some-one shoots you or you shoot some-one else. I speak from experience, because I once favored gun violence freedom (when I was a kid and teen), over the right for people to live that want to live in peace. I now think I was wrong, and that way of thinking is ignorant or unethical evil produced by fear (Nazi shit). Trust me, I do understand that way of thinking, i just think it is wrong.

So yes, I may sometimes call a gun an automatic weapon, when it is only a semi-automatic model; or some other semantic issue that someone thinks is a huge problem. I however think that the thousands of guns, untold amounts of ammunition, and unknown amounts of insane people that will use them irresponsibly, are all together a far larger problem.

As a warrior I do not believe that adding more guns to the situation, will solve much; that is why I do not carry my guns with me in most cases. Mexican stand-offs often create more tension, and more potential for shootings to be provoked. Although if all testosterone driven gun-addicts shot each-other, that might make the world a safer place (after the mass shootings are over).

I have also heard the argument that other countries without guns have higher blade violence, and such things like the insane person would just use a blade or bomb instead. I do not believe the statistics support these claims, and certainly do not compare in number of deaths. Guns are simply easier for insane idiots to use, that is why they are used to get the body counts. If the crazy people have to work harder, like have skill with a blade, or build a bomb, the odds are that they do not do it, as other factors stop them; or if they try they are unsuccessful at killing as many people. The people that use bombs, would most likely be the same people that want to use bombs in the first place, and people that would have otherwise used guns, would not be able to use other weapons in the same way for numerous reasons: psychological, intelligence, skills, and environmental factors. The simple fact is many people are too stupid to have guns. I admit I may be one of those people, because I think I should have guns if anyone should; and I am sure people more unstable than I am feel the same darn way. I think there should be a grandfather clause for existing gun owners, and then start restricting a little more, at least until we have evolved enough to behave ourselves on the whole. (which may be never)

http://timelines.latimes.com/deadliest-shooting-rampages/

“In one year, GUNS murdered 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States.  http://bradycampaign.org/facts/

The GUN Murder stats per 100k > US: 4.14 Canada 0.76 Australia 0.44 Germany 0.22 England/Wales 0.07. US has the highest gun murder rate.”

World Homicide Rates = USA 4.2 vs UK 1.2 = we have 4x the homicide rate that England does; combine that with the Gun Murder Rates, and Cultural Psych Studies, it is clear that the availability of guns is our problem. It is not because we are more violent a culture than England.

* This all being said, I end this article with a prayer for all the innocent victims of gun violence against them, or accidental shootings. May my friends all rest in peace, and the souls of all those victims, even ones I would never know, go on to a better state of being, and may their remains rest in peace. May we learn to resolve our problems in this world more peacefully from now on, and may we not have to worry about gun violence in the future, whether by some middle-ground or by a safer way of living. *

So mote it be. – Drogo Empedocles

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Related articles: https://scodpub.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/batman-vs-guns/