Lemurian Hour #3- Eunique Divination

English: Chaosphere.
English: Chaosphere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here we go with episode number 3, wherein Ben and I discuss the politcs of taxing robotics, the sociology of banning sexbots, the coolness of refugee-helping chatbots, and the utter dickishness (genitalia deliberately referred to) of far too many of America’s soldiers. We also argue about abolishing the police.

Next I talked with Eunique Grisby of Urban Mystik, chaos magician and entrepreneur, about chaos magic, and her life with it. Chaos magic has long had a special place in my heart, so talking with someone about it was a real kick.

Lemurian Hour #2- Hellzapoppin’!

English: Lunar libration. see below for more d...
English: Lunar libration. see below for more descriptions Français : Librations de la lune. Voir une description détaillée en dessous. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to the 2nd episode of the Lemurian Hour! In this episode, I discuss current events with my brother Ben, including the future that liberals want, vacationing on the Moon, a mysterious and deadly attack on a hippo in El Salvador, and long lunches at the State Department. I also talk with Katalin Justice for our monthly Cinematic Pig’s Feet. Our movie this month is the 1942 surreal musical, Hellzapoppin’. Here it is.

Path of the Black Flag Excerpt: “The Abbe of Theleme”

The ‘abbey’ to Theleme was a sort of commune founded hundreds of years ago by the eccentric fire giantess, Pantagruela. Unlike her more warlike kin, Pantagruela had no wish to conquer and enslave others. Instead, she merely wanted to live in peace, do her own thing, and enjoy the company of other beings doing their own things as well. She founded the abbey as a sort of ‘anti-monastery’, a place where the only rule was, ‘Do as you will.’ Being an enormously rich and powerful giantess, not many people questioned this rule.

After more than a century of relative peace at the abbey, Pantagruela died. Since her personality was the binding force of the community there, it soon disbanded after her passing, and the giant-sized abbey stood empty. It was soon inhabited once again, however, by the even more eccentric Tengu wizard and mystic, Horus the Great. He  founded a school of magic, determined to do away with the stuffiness and hierarchy found in traditional magica schools, and in life. In this, he was inspired by the Abbey of Theleme’s original charter, and was a great admirer of the philosophy of Pantagruela. This school lasted only a few years before scandal and a lack of funds drove it apart, and Horus moved on to other pursuits. Its impact was sufficient enough, however, for the Horusite philosophy of wizardry to grow and outlast the second incarnation of the Abbey, and indeed Horus himself.

Another, more commercially minded wizard named Mirabilis claimed the Abbey of Theleme after the departure of Horus. He hoped to capitalize on the the reputations of Pantagruela and Horus, and built a sort of tourist attraction into the structure of the abbey. This project was abandoned shortly thereafter, as Mirabilis found the construction work continuously disrupted by strange disturbances. Despite his best efforts (and those of several adventuring parties) he was unable to stop the disturbances, so cut his losses and went on to construct a tourist attraction based upon the exploits of a whimsical family of ratfolk.

Nowadays the abbey serves as an artist’s commune and event space. Artists of various disciplines, including those who use arcane magic as their medium, reside and work in the various nooks and crannies of the giant-sized abbey, while bards and skalds use the the large common rooms for concerts and exhibitions. The local authorities frown on what they consider to be blatant lawlessness and the corruption of the youth, but due to the number of magical wards and guardians installed by the previous master and mistress of the abbey, they can’t really do anything about it. These wards and guardians do not seem to bother the artists, or their audiences.

Lemurian Hour #1- Peter Tupper

Welcome to the first episode of the Lemurian Hour, with our first guest Peter Tupper! I’m excited about doing a podcast again. It’s been too long. My plan is to release these weekly. Some will contain long-form interviews, like this one. Others will will contain shorter interviews, along with regular feature, such as current events with Ben Robinson, and Cinematic Pig’s Feet with Katalin Justice. There will be more regular features coming later, so stay tuned for that.

Our guest this week is noted BDSM expert and author, Peter Tupper. He has written extensively, both fiction and non-fiction. We talked about his latest project, a history of consensual BDSM, and the public’s current fascination with the subject, including the controversial ‘50 Shades‘ phenomenon, and we discuss some of the notable BDSM relationships in history, such as that between Hannah Cullwick and Authur Munby. Peter is by no means the on researcher on this subject. We also touch on the work of Mr. Raven Kaldera (I apologize for misgendering Mr. Kaldera in the podcast. Definitely a he.)  We also discuss how people into BDSM can survive in these times.

I’ll be the first to admit that this interview is a little bit rust, at least on my end. Peter Tupper was fine, but it has been a while since I have been behind a microphone, and it shows, both in performance and in technical quality. However, I think this is a pretty good episode, and the rest will be even better. If you’d like to help out, please consider leaving me a good review on iTunes, and supporting me on Patreon.

It’s Filthy Lucre Day!

The Filthy Lucre Tour: Live in Japan
The Filthy Lucre Tour: Live in Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Note: Every day is Filthy Lucre Day.) 

In an effort to monetize every aspect of life, I have started a Patreon campaign, and an e-store. The store is currently selling art prints of my collages, and the patreon will go towards supporting the creation of:

So, why not sign up for my patreon? Or maybe buy a print? You know you want to.

Random Reddit

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love Reddit. You can find me on it here. Reddit is essentially a giant message board, or actually a collection of message boards based on different topics. Anyone can sign up for it, and subscribe to the message boards, or subreddits, that interests them. Plus, anyone can start their own subreddit, on any topic they like.

Lots of people have lots of different ideas about what Reddit is. What side it’s on. But the thing about Reddit is, it’s too large to encapsulate in any one label, like ‘Left’, ‘Right’, ‘Racist’, ‘Sexist‘, ‘Socialist’, or ‘Gigantic Timesink’ (okay, that last one is a good encapsulation.)

One of the great things about Reddit, and a great way to see just how many different things there are on Reddit, is the ‘Random‘ feature. Click on that, and it will take you to a random, safe for work subreddit (for the Not Safe For Work subreddits, go here. Go ahead. I’ll wait.)

To illustrate this, below are ten random subreddits, that I went to using the ‘Random’ feature. No cherry-picking, no do-overs. Let’s see what we have.

/r/MadisonLouch

Madison Louch is a model, ‘social media star’, and DJ, who evidently has quite a devoted following on Twitter, Instagram, and of course Reddit. She is beautiful, from Johannesburg, blonde, and seems allergic to wear clothes.

/r/sadcringe/

Want to make yourself feel better through the suffering of others? Want to lose faith in the general competency of Humanity? Then come on down to /r/sadcringe, where you can see the finest in people being sad, in a way that is just embarrassing to experience.

/r/Cartalk

Car repair questions, asked and answered. As someone who just spent $2600 to get my car repaired, I can appreciate this subreddit. As far as I can tell, no direct relation to the famous radio show.

/r/deadpool

Are you into Deadpool? Are you really into Deadpool? Like, are you contemplating making a shrine, that sort of thing? Here you go.

/r/PS2Cobalt

Planetside 2 is an online first person shooter, where people play different members of a combat team of three science fiction factions as they battle for planetary supremacy. As is typical with these sorts of games, there are different servers for different geographical regions, to reduce lag and people screaming at each other in languages the other person doesn’t understand. Cobalt is the European server for this game. The content of the subreddit is mostly pictures of the game’s environment, and records of gameplay. Since my idea of a computer game nowadays is a rousing game of freeciv, I will leave this to the most vigorous game players out there.

/r/The100

I haven’t seen this show. I have friends who have seen this show. They became great fans of this show. Then a characters named Lexa was killed off, in a way that seemed cheap, cynical, and insulting to the LGBTQ community. My friends got pissed. I don’t intend on watching this show. Your mileage may vary.

/r/democrats

Great if you’re a democrat, I suppose. At least, if you’re a democrat who is pretty happy with the DNC. I am not a democrat, so not my cup of tea. Seems to be slightly less toxicly vitriolic than some other political subreddits.

/r/Volvo/

Fahrvergnügen! Do you like volvos? Do you like volvos the same way some people like Deadpool? Here you go.

/r/puns/

I’m not a fan of puns. This subreddit is for fans of puns. Fortunately, it’s filled with a healthy amount of self-loathing. I felt dirty reading it. Yes, I subscribed to it. I still feel dirty.

/r/harrypotter/

I’m just barely a fan of Harry Potter. I am not, however, enough of a fan of Harry Potter to get as much used out of this subreddit as other people will. Maybe you are. I’ll stick with my epic ‘Space: 1999‘ fanfiction.


Did you find a new favorite subreddit? Did I leave out a subreddit you love, that you want to share with the world? Let me know in the comments.