" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 28, 2014

Soap, 237 and the Peppermint Twist

Soap"With enough soap, we could blow up just about anything."
'Tyler was full of useful information.'
-Tyler and the Narrator 

IKEA in Fight Club

 I used to work for a big Swedish Furniture store in Brisbane for 24 years until they made me redundant 
(and a big thank you to management for flushing me out of that s#ithole, too, or I'd still swimming around in it wishing I could find a job that I actually liked turning up to).
I now work for a health food and products distributor 
who actually move a lot of soap, funnily enough,
considering the movie  Fight Club
and the scene in this You Tube Clip .
 Now, I'm a big fan of Kubrick's movies and also the movie  
Room 237 made by a fellow syncer/sinker  Rodney Ascher.
Room 237 is the room in the movie The Shining where Jack thinks he sees a hot woman in a bathtub who gets out of the tub and starts kissing him only to be seen in the mirror as an old rotting woman's corpse.
I was picking an order for bottles of Dr.Bronner's soap 
and noticed the bottle I had in my hand contained 237ml, 
(which is what we use in Oz  / Australia)  
(8 fl oz) of liquid soap.
237ml (8 fl oz)
I decided to buy this bottle, not because I liked peppermint, only because the peppermint bottle was dark blue and would show up best in a photo.
I got this reply from Alan Green when I posted this photo in  
The Kitchen Sync Facebook group with a comment about the 237ml measurement -
"my wife and I use Dr.Bronner's too (also Peppermint)
I swear I've considered doing some sync article on the crazy label."
 I also decided to buy a cherry scented bar soap for my bathroom sink.
 I noticed on one side of the bar was the words ALL ONE.
I remember thinking what a contrast that was to the FIGHT CLUB soap.
"When the narrator first meets Tyler, Tyler declares that he is a soap salesman, although Tyler has various other occupations including a night-time movie projectionist and a waiter. 
Tyler, however, most identifies himself with the job of selling soap, thus lending weight to the symbolic importance played by soap in the movie. 
Tyler calls soap "the foundation of civilization" and tells the narrator that "the first soap was made from the ashes of heroes". 
He also uses lye, a chemical ingredient of soap, to introduce the narrator to the pain of "premature enlightenment." 
In this role, soap is a symbol of purification and cleanliness, of a culture lacking the hypocrisy and fraudulence of contemporary culture. 
However, in that Tyler makes soap by stealing fat from the liposuction clinic dumpsters and then sells these soaps "to department stores for $20 a bar", soap also represents a too highly refined culture, a culture where all traces of natural humanity are suppressed, effaced, washed off. 
Rather than being made from the "ashes of heroes", soap is made from 
"selling rich women their own fat asses." 
The fact that Tyler is a salesman for this product represents Jack's subservience to this culture. Fight Club is founded as a way for men to regain their primitive instinct that culture tries to wash off."
What does the soap in Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk symbolize?
Then just after getting a reply from Alan about the peppermint soap, on my Facebook feed I get notified that Say Lou Lou have a new song called Peppermint.
 Which reminds me The Sweet performed a song at their Brisbane concert this year called Peppermint Twist
A song they said they were surprised to see go to number 1 in Australia when they first released it.
 My post about the Sweet concert is here -
 Sweet Concert On Wednesday Night
What do you think the odds are of the soap being peppermint smelling in the Ballroom Bathroom?-) 
"Look Ma, clean hands".

Dr.Bronner's soap bottles are covered in really strange religious quotes too, like this one in the photo below.
Left click on photo to make bigger.
Cleanliness next to Godliness, is that as good as it gets?-)
Strangelove of soaps, wouldn't you say?
Dr.Bronner might have been a strange guy, but I do like the ethics behind his company and soap products.
One last tip though, don't buy the shaving cream.
It's as good as it looks, if you get my drift.
I also just realized that on my Sweet:The Hits CD right after  
Peppermint Twist there is one more song which is not mentioned 
on the CD playlist.
You have to wait a few minutes and then it starts playing.
The song is Let It Snow .
"Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience was inspired by the late Jim Bronner, son of Emanuel Bronner, who invented the industry-standard fire-fighting foam concentrate in the 1980s. 
He later modified his foam to make artificial snow for Hollywood sets, and he even created a home foaming unit for blasting snow-like foam for fun in the backyard when his children were growing up. 
The Magic Foam Experience was created in his memory."
Dr. Bronner’s “All-One!” Magic Foam Experience
The Shining Snow Globe.
Magic Foam Experience

SnoFoaming Blast

And here is a picture I spotted of Lady Gaga in a green 237 looking bathroom using Dr.Bronner's Almond soap in the bathtub.
Lady Gaga

UK Press: Spotted!! Mother Monster Goes Gaga for Dr. Bronner’s Almond Soap!

UPDATE: May 29th, 7:21 pm (Australian time) 
 How synchy is this?
I wrote the above post and posted it early May 28th, Australian time and about 24 hours later on May 29th (Australian time) I see on the news that a guy jumped onto the Red Carpet and punched Brad Pitt in the face.
I can't believe how synchy this is.
The suspect, 25-year-old Vitalii Seduik
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere of Disney's 
'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on 
May 28, 2014 (American time).
" Brad Pitt was punched in the face while walking the red carpet at Hollywood's El Capitan theater on Wednesday evening.
 Pitt had been attending the premiere of "Maleficent" with his partner, Angelina Jolie, who stars in the film, at the time of the incident. 

He was posing for photographs and signing autographs when 
"some guy jumped over the barricades and made contact with Brad Pitt," 
Officer Nuria Vanegas of the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times.
The suspect punched Pitt in the face, police told KTLA.
The suspect, 25-year-old Vitalii Seduik,  
allegedly attempted to crawl under actress America Ferrera's gown 
at the premiere of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" 
at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month."
Brad Pitt Attacked, Punched In The Face On Red Carpet At 'Maleficent' Premiere

Mt Thompson: The Place Beyond the Pines?

May 25, 2014

We Need to Talk About Hollywood

"I take my usual walk at the golf course, while I explain how unfair my life has been."
 Elliot Rodger
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Elliot Rodger at the golf course.

"The gunman who carried out a series of shootings in California that left six people dead is Elliot Rodger, the son of a Hollywood film director, police have confirmed.
Witnesses reported seeing a black BMW speeding through the streets and spraying bullets at people and other targets in the beachside community of Isla Vista, where many college students live, on Friday night (local time).
Sheriff Bill Brown confirmed that the 22-year-old Rodger - the son of The Hunger Games second unit director Peter Rodger - was the only suspect."
Santa Barbara shooting: Elliot Rodger, son of Hollywood director, confirmed as gunman 
I couldn't help noticing this kid seemed to be a cross between  
Donnie Darko and the evil Kevin from the movie  
We Need to Talk About Kevin.
A golf course is a prominent feature in the movie Donnie Darko, not that Donnie played golf either.
 Elliot Rodger also seemed to crave the attention that Kevin K did in the movie We Need to Talk About Kevin, as can be seen in the trailer for the film.
Ironically, Elliot's father Peter has only written and directed one mainstream movie, and that was a film called Oh My God, a documentary about people's opinions on whether God exists.
""Oh My God" asks people from all walks of life, from celebrities, to the religious, to atheists and the common Man - the question - "What is God?  "

Peter Rodger was only The Hunger Games second unit director, not the main director of the movie. 
Elliot and Peter Rodger on the red carpet.

 In The Hunger Games the heroine kills with a bow and arrow, and in We Need to Talk About Kevin, the villain shoots up his high school with a bow and arrow.
We Need to Talk About Kevin
 Speaking of hunger games and birds, I noticed there was a food joint called Freebirds within a block of the shooter's endgame  
(so to speak)

 Someone had alerted me the other day to the backward letters on a poster some Kenyan girls 
 were holding in protest about the schoolgirl kidnappings in the media, so I thought it was rather strange to see this store facing their Rs around the wrong way,too.
But something that needs to be talked about more than Hollywood's influence in these shootings...if any, is just what are these kids on?
"Mr Shifman said Rodger had been diagnosed as being a highly functional Asperger's syndrome child and had been treated by multiple professionals."

Elliot Rodger
The fictional Kevin.
 Maybe we need to talk about  Katniss EVerdeeN, too

UPDATE: 27/05/2014 
I saw this TIME magazine article saying,
" Whenever there's a mass shooting or massacre, 
there's a 98% chance the perpetrator is a man. 
Why is that? "
Why Mass Killers Are Always Male
But I remember Sir Bob Geldof  having his first hit with a song about a real life female shooter who didn't like Mondays.
And who should be interviewed by Peter Rodger (Elliot's dad) in the one and only true feature film written and directed by Peter Rodger according to IMDB? 
Sir Bob Geldof...who for the record doesn't believe in God...
and who would blame Sir Bob after all of the misfortune in his life? 

Am I Still on the Right Track?

I bought the Bangalow railway sign key-rack (above photo)  
last Sunday when I attended the Bangalow Billy-cart Derby.
I bought it and a compass after seeing it in a shop window on the main street.
There will be a following post soon explaining why I purchased the compass on the day.
But last year I wrote a post about the Bangalow Billy-cart Derby asking whether I was on the right track.
On the Right Track?
I crossed the road and headed into another shop that sold pretty much the health products my company distribute, although we didn't supply this little store though.
I probably spent about half an hour to forty five minutes speaking about these products to the lady who worked there 
(that's her above, she must have just stepped out as I was snapping a picture of the store front)  
and another customer in an interesting three-way conversation.
While I was in there a spotted a pile of so-called "Destiny Cards",
but they seemed rather plain to me and didn't appeal to my heart.
I liked the idea though and then found a deck of  
Inner Self Guidance Cards.

Inner self guidance cards

So I bought them as well as a glass angel figure and a stone pelican.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

The angel and pelican at home on my desk.
I decided not to shuffle the deck when I got home and just take the bottom card off the deck and accept it as my message of guidance.
And this was it -
I love that goose-bumpy WTF (?) feeling I get when I pull a card like this one first go.
I then started to pick cards from a shuffled deck to see what other guidance I could get.
The next card was something pretty meaningless to me like JOY, or something like that, then the next one was ONE STEP AT A TIME.
This one I thought was particularly interesting, but you'll have to wait for a more detailed post on that card, then I got something like PEACE, which again I discarded as a dud draw and then I drew GOING WELL, which I took to be going well on track, or something like that.
It wasn't until I was re-reading my post I wrote about the Wishing Well in the school grounds across the road that the penny dropped, so to speak.

If Wishes Were Fishes

It was not lost on me that there was a sky blue car parked outside the shop either.
I thought the cross pattern (above) was interesting too, as I had just bought a large blue cross that I had my eye on last year.
Not that I'm a very religious person, but I'm a bit of a bower-bird when it comes to blue crosses in my life, as I see them as good heartwarming signs to me.
My Bangalow buys taking their place in my bedroom.
I also picked up a sky blue dream catcher in another shop called Abracadabra, which capped off a rather magical day of bargain hunting for me.
 So maybe all the signs are pointing to me being on the right track after all?