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SCOD Hybrid Design

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Crafts, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2016 by Drogo

‘All or nothing’ is the same mentality that causes gridlock in Congress, and starts wars. In historic and environmental circles, there are many hypocritical idealists and intolerant purists. Puritanical authoritarian attitude leads to inhumane imbalances in politics, as found in Nazis, and my ancestors ‘the Puritans’ who not only killed witches, but also stray Quakers. As radical as Bernie Sanders seems compared to main-stream Hillary, or far-right Trump; he still would barely scratch the surface of our socio-economic problems or ecological design work that needs to significantly change the paradigm. But Sanders would be a good start to help shift pop-culture a bit further to the left socially, as Obama allowed somewhat.

The SCOD way of reasoning, is that it is better to preserve larger portions of nature when planning architecture. If over 50% of a farm can be kept for growing food, and wilderness conservation for-ever (as long as can be predicted reasonably and indefinitely), then regardless of the details of any historic, artistic, or ecological architectural combinations; the master plan is a success overall.

Hybrid cultural appropriation and poly-synthetic blending is a natural part of history. Race is an artificial term, to distinguish superficial differences between homo-sapiens. New-Age multiculturalism celebrates social and religious diversity, and encourages exchange and adaptation. Enlightened New-Age spirituality runs parallel with advances in science; such as the importance of bio-diversity, relativity, quantum theory, and mathematical fractals.

Cultural pride is not hatred of others; what this statement means to me, is I can love Celtic music and mythology, and not hate other cultures. I can even love cultures that are not my own, and adopt what interests me into my own celebrations and studies in life; regardless of snobs that say I am not worthy because it disrespects cultural purity. Obviously I can be sensitive to cultures that have been abused, but I am fine with Africans wearing torcs and crowns like those in the museums of Europe. I would love that. We should share and celebrate each-others historic cultures, while helping to create new World cultural traditional blends. None of it was ever pure, and we will continue mixing and remixing all things.

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Friend In Need – Christian Witchcraft

Posted in Book Reports, Crafts, Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2015 by Drogo

This is a reprinting of an extremely rare (only one copy known to exist by experts) old American spell book by the Wizard Zittle. Pennsylvania-Deutsch (German immigrant) braucher pow-wow hoodoo folk-lore magick literature, spread into Boonsboro, Maryland. Inspired locals like Michael Zittle made and used original and pirated books for medicine cures and magical charms of self-help, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency. While considered dark-evil ‘powwow magick’ during the 1800s, these independent publications were Christian folk-lore witch-craft; as most European immigrants were proudly Christian Protestants (Lutheran) and Catholics. This curious occult local artifact has now been revived by local occultist, and Pagan Priest Drogo Empedocles!

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Artistic Success

Posted in Crafts, Economics, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2015 by Drogo

To an artist ‘success’ is always secondary to the inner need and desire to create. Even when artists are driven by desires to be rich and famous, determining their success is always an after-thought of hind-sight. The purpose of deciding what is successful is not just to apply award praise or sad regret, but more importantly such analysis concludes sustainable functionality or repetition of similar models. Insanity can be defined as repeating the same failed efforts again and again but expecting different results. To be sane we evaluate our efforts that work to achieve goals. Achievements are real success; however the problem with prioritizing success, is that inventors often fail over and over in order to innovate. This is why a practicing artist must push aside the ambiguity and hypocrisy of past and future labels and problems; and just be and do what they want. Artistic Success is part self-evaluation, part opinion of critics, and part completion of work itself; all of which matters less than our ‘will-to-make’.

Too Busy for Change

Posted in Crafts, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by Drogo

When i hear other people saying “sorry i am too busy”, i admit it makes me want to say it more…. i think this is the road block to developing a working community of renaissance doers that function in the market better together. Im not saying we are not actually already busy, with children work school etc…. but i think until we list a scod group as part of that busy-ness with several people committed, large scod projects will remain almost impossible.

It is important to think critically, but it is more important to contribute constructively than only criticize; by ‘contribute constructively’ i do not mean just using nice words to criticize, i mean actually helping by sacrificing more time, tools, or work….. This rule of collective actively, creating and making with others is critical for forcing change, and it starts within our own minds; specifically not just finding problems, but problem solving… which can allow innovation to make a difference.

I understand many people do not want to do certain things, and they do other things to contribute to a better world. However i would like us to continue finding people that not only want to meet, but proactively create meetings and attend them where we conspire to do projects and then do them. Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival does a great job of this, and not only does it seem to work but i find the meetings a joy to attend.

I remember the feeling that having ‘regular jobs’ creates; it is sort of like the Old Testament God saying, ‘You shall have no other job before me!”

i sometimes commit to way too many projects, and have to quit any that i cant handle. When you have a full time job written in stone, plus the schedule is a full routine every week, then some things have to go if you want to do something else more.

Sometimes the choice is to keep doing the same things, which is fine too… it just makes it impossible if everyone does that to make collective change. if we all say we dont have time to do anything significant outside the box, guess what happens…. nothing significant. We can very easily all say we are too busy for change.

That being said, it is the way of SCOD that some people work more regular jobs in mundane places, in order to fund a better market place transition that is desired. However such full-time normal jobs should not be seen as permanent if people are not content spending the rest of their lives doing it, so long as they are able. As difficult as it may be, sometimes people need help in forcing a change of habit, if indeed they want to change the pattern. If people do not want to change enough mundane patterns to be able to contribute effectively to SCOD, then SCOD is not for them during the times they do not want to do it. SCOD is like an open field, it is there regardless of where you are, and unless it is paved over with a parking lot and condos, it will be there for you to return when you are ready to get serious.

Once people have kids i no longer expect anything from them. In reality i know people commit to what ever they think they want to, in whatever ways they think they can. When slaves are shackled, sometimes desire to be free is not enough. We are all within degrees and shades of freedom and slavery.

Life is tragedy and comedy, going from freedom to slavery, and back and forth to various degrees and shades of bondage and release, falling and flying, weakness or power, living and dying.

Local Authors and Illustrators Dilemma

Posted in Book Reports, Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Crafts, Economics, Illustration, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Organic Development with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2014 by Drogo

I often wonder why locals are not more interested in supporting local authors and illustrators, even those i have put in my books because I support their belief in supporting local food and history. It is not because they are too poor, because they have enough spending money for other more expensive entertainment like events, shows, internet, drugs, etc… so i was going to send out a survey to understand the lack of market better, but after thinking about it i think the surveys would not do much good.

i think there is just no existing market example; at least none established like a Common Market for local books. So people do not think my books are worth investing in, even when they are well made and even have the reader in the book! Of course thank you to those who have invested and purchased my books!!

Funny thing is i have given away many books for free, and have even published entire books for other authors for free. And people have actually seen the books in person, like at a festival even… still very few sales. Ok there is one local book store just opened last year; ill ask there sometime when i get the courage, but i have asked at libraries and other stores with no success. There are other local books stores for used books or historic books, but you would be surprised how stuck-up most venues are… they already usually have too many books that don’t sell enough they say.

Going door to door worked for my historic book for the town, but organic person to person has not worked for BOG PEEPS strangely… perhaps it is the income difference so they view themselves as lessers or equals; rather than benevolent sponsors…. even though both actually have the money to afford a copy if they believed in the product and it would not hinder their bill paying.

Hopefully a time will come when people view ARTS as a local ‘produce’ worth supporting in weekly common markets. We can make it happen by supporting local artists and authors with actual purchases and financing. Supporting individual artists and writers is not fantasy, it is real and we need to live it.

 

 

 

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Post-Bubble Recession Economics

Posted in Crafts, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by Drogo

This article has presumptions based on post-911 and post-2007-recession data and experiences gathered by SCOD members.

1. Most of the money is being horded by 1% of the population (ultra-rich).

2. Upper-Middle Class are not hiring or spending as much as they should locally.

3. Monsanto and other Mega-Companies have monopolies that we can only break by collaborating on cooperative projects like eco-villages, organic gardening, gathering, hunting, home-made crafts, repairing reused items, etc….

Here is ‘real-talk’ about post-bubble economics…. people are lagging.  Instead of paying strangers to do things and buying products from companies, we need to intensively correspond about buying products and services from each-other; that is how we transition for real. Granted some companies are better than others, and some people are more talented or skilled than others. Regardless of flaws, the transition must take place.

We with SCOD are doing it, but I rarely find mundane people willing to seek out ways to give back. I am lucky enough to find some, and those I will stay in touch with. Even the most poor of us, can give back in their own ways when given gifts. Post-bubble recession economics, trade-for-trade with friends. Communicate, negotiate, exchange…. work it out. If someone does not pay you enough for your goods or services, tell them. If you think people are acting odd because they won’t talk to you about an issue of commodity, challenge them on it.

Work with those willing to work, and ditch those that will not participate. Enthusiasm and follow through, that is what we need. Do it people, do it. If someone calls you that you can trust, you better fricking call them back asap to get things done.

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Banks are very selfish, because at all times they will always only give what benefits them more. That is because they function on basic Capitalist profit driven values. Even when they always make much more than they need, they NEVER return much of those profits back to the most poor who barely have enough money to put in an account. This is why interest rates from banks will be non-existent if they can help it (as we experience now).

Why are bank account interest rates are lower than they used to be?
Banks get money from the Fed at 0.75%
So the banks don’t need our money as much as they did before the Great Recession and Housing Bubble Collapse.  Also they make more on mortgages, and as long as interest stays low on mortgages, they do not want to raise our interest on accounts, even if it would entice us to invest more with them; they simply do not need our money, they make their own with the Fed.

Frederick Artist Laura Higgins

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Crafts, Services, Sales or Trade with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2013 by Drogo

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Frederick independent artisan website for Laura Higgins who is owner, maker, designer, curator:

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“Making Bad Ass Jewelry for Bad Ass Broads – I have been making jewelry for about 15 years now. Along with various types of creative outlets, I enjoy making jewelry as both a stress relief and a fun pass time.” – from her Etsy site.

Laura makes modern gothic-rock jewelry, dynamic psychedelic graphic art,  and expresses herself publicly with tattoos, her own fashion style, even occasionally costume and dramatic make-up art!!

“I never really think about that stuff. All the things the buyer wants to know I have trouble even explaining haha My style can change day to day depending on how I’m feeling and I make such a wide variety of stuff it’s hard to narrow down any of the influences, subjects etc… My medium changes all the time as well. I could be making jewelry one minute then get the urge to paint and I just kinda go at it and paint what I’m feeling whether it be a picture or just abstract emotional stuff.. I’m all over the place lol.”  – Laura Higgins

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