1/24/2006 12:41:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|I'm typing this leaning against the pillar in a bare room. There's nothing left in here except me and my laptop.
I suppose this will be the last post for a while. See you in Tokyo for giant robot fun.
I am blogging to: Arctic Monkeys|W|P|113803153616044773|W|P|Look East, Young Man|W|Pemail@example.com/24/2006 04:39:00 AM|W|P|Marcus|W|P|have fun.
Hope the flight and general move goes ok.
See ya later (hopefully around our birthdays)1/26/2006 04:35:00 AM|W|P|Scott and Christine|W|P|Hey Dan, we hope everything goes well for you with your new adventure in Japan. Take the chance to travel around in Asia (Angkor Wat and Palau were our highlights). Post loads of photos. Cheers for now!!1/20/2006 04:46:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|Keeping up today's goth theme this is the best review of the new Neph album I've read so far.
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM - Mourning Sun
Written by Mark Reed
Thursday, 12 January 2006
It's almost as if you opened the Blue Peter Goth Time Capsule from 1987.
A decade ago, Carl McCoy told his constituents that "I AM The Nephilim!", and then promptly scuppered his previously prolific band's reputation with one album, two singles, and about ten live shows for the next fifteen years. Leaving aside 2002's "Fallen" (a ragbag collection of unfinished demos released by his former label), "Mourning Sun" is the Nephilims first album of new material in a decade.
The familiar cliches are still familiar : pompous and humourless, big hats, old Goths writing concept albums about something important like death and the afterworld, and whatever. It's almost as if you opened the Blue Peter Goth Time Capsule from 1987. The familiar black cover, the obsidian shiny art, the strained and ornate typography, the complete lack of any visual or musical progression since 1989, and yet – it sounds timeless. As if it fell fully formed from a world without time, and was opened with the gasp of escaping air like the Well of Souls in "Raiders Of The Lost Ark".
Of course, there's more to it than that. "Mourning Sun" is immense in it's sheer black-painted balls and it's stubbornly singular vision. From the opening, ambient terror of "Shroud/Exordium", which is five minutes of incoherently threatening mumbling (the entire lyric is "Closer. Closer. Closer. Die"), to the final, bizarre Halloween Metal ProgRock of "In The Year 2525", the Nephilim's latest release is the aural equivalent of a sulkily vicious Manga film.
Musically, there's little progression from the highpoint of "Elizium". The familiar ingredients : gravel-clad vocals, shimmeringly elusive keyboard textures, driller-killer guitars and a claustrophobically intense rhythm section, are matched with McCoy's economically inhuman, cold vocals. Lyrics betray little, if anything of a personality, and more of a philosophical concept that appears to encompass fallen angels, death, eternal life, love, and God's Mighty Hand. Imagine Johnny Cash singing this.
And whilst I appear to be hard on this, it.s a record I love. Like "Zoon" before it, the songs are so complex, the musical themes interwoven so dextrously and coherently, that "Mourning Sun" is less of a record, and more one fifty eight minute song in ten parts : a rock symphony if you like. Sections rise and fall with the beating of waves, musical and lyrical motifs reappear then vanish, guitars cut slices through the airwaves, and a pummelling RSI-inducing bassline ripples like a Jurassic Park monster. And then Carl McCoy's voice, seemingly oblivious to the inherent self-parodiac nature of the medium, uncurls like God giving birth or El Diablo himself going carol singing.
"LOOK UP! LOOK DOWN! LOOK! STRAIGHT INTO THE LIGHT!" he implores, like some demented murderous clown doing a variation on If You're Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands.
And "Mourning Sun" is great. Great to the scope of it's vision, great to the achievement, and great in it's ridiculous and overblown pomposity. Move over Axl Rose, a new primadonna is in town.|W|P|113770015604226387|W|P|Two posts in one day? Ambassador, you are spoiling us!|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/20/2006 02:51:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|Just like Littlejohn, you couldn't make it up...
Vicar preaches the word of goth
Thursday January 19, 2006
Clad in black, heavily painted with pale make-up and dark eyeliner, the goth's way of life is not usually associated with a church service unless, that is, it is being conducted by the Rev Marcus Ramshaw.
The associate vicar at St Edward King and Martyr church in Cambridge, himself a goth, holds a 45-minute service complete with candles and a specially written liturgy for members of the goth community. There are no hymns but goth music is played instead, including artists such as Depeche Mode, Joy Division and the Sisters of Mercy, said Mr Ramshaw, 34.
"The service seeks to find new ways of making the life of the church meaningful to people from alternative, and particularly goth, communities," he said.
"We've been piloting it for a year. It is a service in which people are encouraged to be truly honest about their feelings. I thought it could be one way of encouraging people into church that wasn't Bible bashing and would show people Christianity can provide hope and support."
After the service, most of the congregation go to a goth evening at the nearby Kambar nightclub called, appropriately enough, the Calling.
I wonder how many people this service actually attracts? And what is wrong with them?|W|P|113769343813935204|W|P|Bela Lugosi's Dead, But Coming Back On Easter Sunday|W|Pemail@example.com/17/2006 09:39:00 PM|W|P|dan|W|P|There was a documentary about Philip K Dick on Radio 4 last night. It was okay, but a bit hamstrung by only being half an hour long which is barely enough time to get to grips with his visions and Exegesis, let alone anything else. What was cool though is that the programme was part narrated by the Philip K Dick Android - a synthetic reconstruction of the dead writer. The robot is designed to provide a convincing imitation of life, with subtle head movements and facial expressions. The software that gives life to the device is well-stocked with all of Dick's printed works and memoirs. It also has face recognition software and a library of faces; it was capable of recognizing several of Dick's relatives who came to take a look at the project. It includes voice recognition and natural language processing features. No word on whether or not it can pass the Voight-Kampff test.
More details here.
I am blogging to: Rev Hammer|W|P|113750234755465207|W|P|Let Me Tell You About My Mother|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/16/2006 06:02:00 AM|W|P|dan|W|P|I'm typing this out on my shiny new laptop, bought to act as our main PC in Japan. It has some ridiculous overpowered specs, but playing HL2 and Farcry on it is amazing :). My main PC has gone into a fit of petulance at the new arrival and is refusing to boot up. Child.
Japan is less then two weeks away now. We should be flying on the 26th, and I'm off to the embassy tomorrow to sort my visa. I had my start date put back, after it became clear that there was no way everything was going to get sorted in the meagre span allotted. I've spent the afternoon looking at all my books and agonising about which ones to take with us, and which ones to put into storage. This is hard and painful work, but chances are if your name is Robertson Davies you've won the jackpot prize of a trip to the Far East! Just finished reading Persian Fire by Tom Holland - a very good account of the conflict between the Greeks and Persians in the 5th century BC. No matter how often it is recounted the story of Thermopylae is always a treat. The jacket copy makes great play of how Tom Holland's previous book Rubicon(about the Roman Republic) was a great success and won loads of awards etc etc, but somehow fails to mention all the vampire novels he wrote in the 90s. Funny that. Anyway, they are worth reading if you can find them - the titles I remember enjoying most were The Sleeper In The Sands and Supping With Panthers. They all had a sound historical grounding, and were rereshing original in their take on the mythos. Better than Buffy anyway*.
Still on books, I was in the pub last night, and Sky news was on in the corner. The story about a suspected paedophile working as a teacher only really came to life for me when his name flashed up on the screen. William Gibson. Brilliant.
*That was for you, Marcus.
I am blogging to: The Afghan Whigs|W|P|113735979477151745|W|P|This One Really Wasn't Like Neuromancer|W|Pemail@example.com/16/2006 08:06:00 AM|W|P|Marcus|W|P|in return for the buffy comment (you git) did you buy another copy of sleeper in the sand after you lost your original copy.
I say lost but obviously I really mean leant to me and haven't got back yet. :)
That's along with a copy of a few John Irvings and all your Tug and Buster. Urm do you want them back or shall they come to Bermuda with me ;)
The wonders of sorting through stuff for moving.1/17/2006 02:20:00 AM|W|P|
"14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "
They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.
The roots of racism are not of this earth.
Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.
The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.
AIDS in Africa.
Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.
Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:
1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere
4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
5. Romans - The seamless transition between Cleopatra and Julius Ceasar may be a clue alluding to a partnership.
6. Mafia - the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.
Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.
Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."
This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.
20 cent/hour Chinese labor, 50 cents for material.
An $80 sweater costs less than a dollar; tribute kicked upstairs vindicates the creative accounting.
I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe. But these individuals become wealthy exploiting those they hurt.
They have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.
The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.
I offer an example of historical proportions:::
People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".
Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
Unions serve to empower.
Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an environment where there are fewer hurdles.
Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.
The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.
The coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton's WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.
They desire a system based on duality:::good and evil. They seek to set up a system of two participants and assign them polar opposites:::
Coke and Pepsi
BestBuy and CircutCity
Energizer and Duracell
Republican and Democrat
The list goes on and on:::
AMD and Intel
Apple and Microsoft (?)
Lowes and HomeDepot
Sam'sClub and Costco
WellsFargo and BofA. For the longest time in CA these two banks reigned supreme.
Pier1 and CostPlus
Borders and Barnes&Noble
PetCo and PetSmart
Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals, malcontents.
Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they decided who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.
Royalty is the correct way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient's hierarchical organization.
Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.
Jewsus Christ is a religious figure of evil. He teaches of a begnign, forgiving god when quite the opposite is true.
The seperatist churches formed so they could capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
And now they do it to disfavored people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.
Since Buddism doesn't recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Asian representation is instead fully selected by the thrones.
Budda was the Asian's Jewsus Christ::: bad for the people. It was a clue they both emerged at the same time. Timing may be a clue alluding to ranking.
Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "Last one you ever suspect."
"You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell." St. Wigham, Helloween VI:::missionary work, destroying cultures.
Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.
The advent of the modern Christmas was a brilliant move. It creates a vested interest among those who would prefer the Church of Evil be destroyed::::
As goes the Catholic Church so goes the majority of annual retail sales.
The similarity between the names "Santa" and "Satan" is no coincidence.
Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumcision upon all other white people.
I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
Their centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.
For their suffering the Jew leaders were granted the right to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite by imposing a false god upon white people, a recurring aspect of the elite's methodology.
Jews were ostracised for a reason.
Retribution for the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, the Korean War got the disfavored United States into this socially depraved environment in the latter 20th century because we attacked an antient, revered peoples. Our continued presence keeps us in trouble.
When the disfavored americans attack the wrong people again, as they suggested they will, in Korea or elsewhere, they will pay dearly.
All peoples are ranked in terms of favor and disfavor. And when the disfavored abuse those with favor there is hell to pay.
All the groups mentioned throughout are necessary to justify the will of the managing species. They conceive a strategy, devise a plan yet need a way to implement it, and without these groups the managing species would be exposed in the course of execution. So, based upon their rank they are assigned goals to accomplish and are rewarded with favors.
I question if we would even experience global warming if they didn't sabotage and terraform in an attempt to destroy disfavored human life on planet earth::::they instruct their petroleum friends to repress alternative technologies, the can terraform the weather as they did in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina (and lots of other examples).
This is all happening shortly after the Exodus of 2000 for a reason::: they are INFLICTING it upon us. They are hastening closure.
Just as favored European peoples got out before the ugliness of WWII, the semi-favored within the US got out before 9/11.
Armeggedon isn’t about the end of the world. Armeggedon is about the death of the disfavored left behind. And they weren’t lying::this time it is going to happen with fire.
Dhoruba Bin Wahad
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Black Panthers1/17/2006 06:46:00 PM|W|P|Marcus|W|P|Dan you get some top quality blog comments ;) |W|P|Program on the emergence of civilization.