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

- Jake Kotze

July 31, 2020

The End of Dry July?

Go with the Up Flow?-)
My big glass of alcoholic red wine:-) 
I was flicking through a few old Rupert Murdoch owned local newspapers last night while listening to the latest 'Rune Soup' podcast, where Gordon White [wine?-] was talking to 
Mitch Horowitz about his latest book
'The Miracle Habits: The Secret of Turning Your Moments into Miracles' with Gordon talking up the benefits of 'Dry July', while I was sipping away on a large glass of alcoholic red wine (I could have sworn it was just a large glass of water before I started drinking it;-).
And what was that C word I hear you say at around the 14-and-a-half-minute mark of that You Tube, Gordon?!
Can't believe you used that would in such an un-politically correct and vulgar way.
I'll have to send you my book to read Gordon, so you'll be able to use the word (politically) correctly in a sentence in future.
Not that I care about political correctness myself, to be honest, but I can't ever see that word being pulled from the gutter-mouths and redeemed like Inga fantasizes in that book.
In fact, if I happen to slam my finger accidentally in a car door, or with a hammer, that's the word that wells up from my angry subconsciousness like a bastard child being delivered into an uncaring world:-)
Maybe it's time I gave that book away to a secondhand bookstore?
But if I did that the bookstore owner would probably think I was just trying to be a c... never mind.
On the subject of crossing excepted cultural lines, I was reading the above July 13th, 2020 newspaper and saw that
'BEER FANS GO WITH THE FLOW' story about 'Dry July' on page 19 about the non-alcoholic beers available for drinkers who don't want to get s#it faced, and a story about actor Johnny Depp right under it, with the headline "'Actually, Johnny be good'":-)
Well, I guess you can expect Rupert to milk the Depp stories for all they a worth, since Depp is suing 'The Sun'.
I wonder what word Gordon would use to describe Rupert ... and Johnny too, for that matter?-)
The King of Love is a Dead Man ... or is it Just a Flesh Wound?
From the same July 13th, 2020 newspaper
'Murdoch on the Dancefloor', might be a funnier newspaper headline there?-)
Clinton and Lozen Schultz of Sobar Brewing
I remembered reading a story in an earlier April 2020 Courier Mail newspaper about a guy who I could very well be related to, who brews a non-alcoholic line of drinks called 'Sobar' beer.
Clinton Schultz's children asked him
 to stop drinking
"the silly drink”
I have no idea if we are related, but Clinton sure seems to look a bit like me, and my real surname should have been Schultz if my Nan hadn't have given my father his stepfather's surname, which is an even better name if I was to own a brewery:-)
I know now that my grandfather had three other half-siblings to my father, but that's all I know, so maybe Clinton is a son of one of those half-siblings?
Maybe one day I'll find out for sure, until then ...
I might just buy a mixed 12-pack, since the stout is sold out, and who knows, come next July I might just go dry also?
Drinking red wine is becoming
a bit of a miracle habit:-)

July 30, 2020

A Spectrum of Sanity: Exploring Our Fascination with Monsters/Aliens/Demons?

I listened to a 'Lucid Cafe' podcast titled -
A Spectrum of Sanity: Exploring Our Fascination with Monsters
And I couldn't help think of the horror stories that Whitley Strieber was churning out before he came out of the closet as a "abductee" who claims that he was anally raped and repeatedly taken by "the visitors", whatever that means?
I like Whitley and I did buy his "non-fiction" novel 'Communion' when it came out, but at the time I just wondered how for real this author was, and if he just made the story up to give this horror story of his more teeth in the book market that Stephen King was starting to dominate, and has to this day.
In the years since Whitley wrote 'Communion' I have grown to think that Whitley does believe that he was taken by "the visitors", but I can't say that I'm convinced that he was.
His novel and life still fascinate me though, as his novels have had a massive ripple effect on modern pop culture, for better or worse.
I listened to a 2012 'Hidden Experience' podcast featuring Whitley Strieber just the other day where Mike Clelland author of the book 'The Messengers' and self proclaimed "abductee" also, admits to being fascinated by Whitley's book 'Communion' when reading it in the early 90s.
Hidden Experience Podcast: Whitley Strieber/Interview
I very much have my doubts about Mike's beliefs about being an "abdutee" as well, but it's all fascinating reading to me as to just what motivates Mike on his life journey.
Mike even hosts a podcast at Whitley Strieber's website named
'The Unseen' where Mike interviews some interesting guests.
Maybe Wendy should interview Mike and/or Whitley on her
'Lucid Cafe' podcast sometime soon?
I can't help thinking how Whitley's 'Communion' story really damaged the alien's somewhat more positive Hollywood depictions from 70s/80s movies like 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'ET'.
Whitley's books even used religious sounding titles for his books to seemingly demonize aliens in the mind's of the general reading public, and to spread more fear.
Not even the more believable Travis Walton incident from 1975 painted aliens in such a bad light as Whitley's probing encounter.
Although the producers of the movie 'Fire in the Sky' certainly did their best to scare the paying audience.
Starring Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent
I guess everyone likes a good scary/happy story, real or not?-)
The Philosophy of a Hidden Experience?