The Wild Hunt points us to Technoccult, pointing to this excellent Radar story on the ongoing pandrogenous relationship between Genesis P-Orridge and the late Lady Jaye Breyer. An epic tale of identity, destiny, magick, music and kink, the Radar piece by Aaron Gell is also in the current newsstand issue.
i'm w00ting my own horn because i helped do this. Check out the Mego Museum Board, where Dr. Strange überfan Howard Hallis has posted photos of the custom Eternity figure, an eighteen month project he just completed. i made the costumes with amazing cotton celestial prints Howard located, but discovered in the process that there is a damn good reason superheroes and vast cosmic entities usually wear spandex. The 13 inch Lex Luthor figure used for the custom was extremely musclebound, with tiny wrists and ankles and a wasp waist. In order to get any degree if fit, the entire inseam of the outfit had to be velcroed. But the two fabrics and the reversible cape and cowl make him able to recede into the cape, or move into focus, as you can see in the photos. HH's father-in-law, Michael Blair, did the fine custom paint job.
And the packaging, which pulls the illusion off, is the real deal. My favorite bit is the back of the box, with all the other Dr. Strange related toys we deeply wish we could have, including other Strange-related customs and the Defendersmobile. Yesterday it was decided that i completely love the Living Tribunal custom, and must make one myself. Hey, i don't even have to sew clothes!
Thanks again, Howard, for the chance to warp time and space!
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Another near miss, my brother alerted me to Make Magazine 13, which has a great piece by Gareth Branwyn on the rocketry of scientist/magickian Jack Parsons. As Keith knows, i'm kind of obsessed with Parsons, and this is a great introduction to the geeky side of Jack. Much of the research came from George Pendle's Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons, which is one of two Parsons bios. Like Aleister Crowley, he really needs to be viewed by more than one biographical perspective, so i'd also recommend the pseudonymous Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons, for the big picture. Parson's own writings, Freedom Is A Two Edged Sword, is currently out of print, but you can read good samples around the web, like right here.
The coolest thing for me about Branwyn's article is the fantastic "Rocket Scientist of Satan!" comic book cover by friend of Clea's Cave and Dr. Strange superfan Howard Hallis. You can see this 2003 lenticular digital collage amusingly animated here. Prepare to wander his website for a while... and do not miss The Picture Of Everything.
... the way the families in Arkham do!
As Mike Rudas writes, it had to happen. NifNaks has put together the best yule tree ornaments i've seen this year or any other. Felting has really taken off in the crafting world - i can't remember any time in my life where there have been so many people both wet and needle felting. The NifNaks shop has many wearable gift items as well, including a line of beautiful and realistic mushroom pins. i'll let you click on the link to see the rest of the ornaments, including an awesome Flying Spaghetti Monster christmas tree topper!
Multifaceted genius and revered saint of the Church of the SubGenius, Robert Anton Wilson, departed this plane today at 4:50 am pacific time. Memorial information will likely be updated on his blog. Hoist a glass or a blunt in his name, then perhaps try out a different reality or two... or 23. Thanks, Bob, for doing more to assist my understanding and curiosity than anyone else but my parents. Fnord.
Many readers of this blog are fans, admirers, or friends of Robert Anton Wilson. His unique combination of iconoclasm and humorous, compassionate optimism influenced me profoundly my whole adult life. If you are a Discordian, SubGenius, or a Thelemite, you likely praise Bob. Meeting him was one of the joys of my life, and i'll always regret that he and my late husband never met. For some months deteriorating health has prevented Bob from presenting the talks and online courses which provided him urgently needed income. Now it seems likely that the post-polio syndrome he has suffered for many years is ending his life. Currently he is at home being cared for by family, friends, and hospice. For more information on Wilson's condition and needs, see Mark Frauenfelder and Douglas Rushkoff's Boing Boing post. Also, Robert Anton Wilson's Website and the Maybe Logic Academy's Blog have links where you can contribute according to your will and ability. Here's hoping the small and large gifts provide Bob with a bit of comfort and awareness of how much he is loved.