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

- Jake Kotze

November 30, 2023

Synchronistic Enlightenment or Psychosis?๐Ÿฅœ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿฆ

Interesting small talk between two shrinks in the above
'Connecting with Coincidence' podcast featuring two shrinks I was responsible for throwing together a few years back through a listening "coincidence":-)
Chris lives and works in Geelong, Victoria,  Australia.
 A town which is mentioned (as a sign?-) in this post linked below, which I wrote before listening to that 'Connecting with Coincidencepodcast episode.
Ain't that nuts?-)
And my AFLW team the Lions just beat Chris' team the Cats last weekend in Brisbane to reach the grand final, to be played in Melbourne this weekend:-)
Two Geelong Cats Talk Synchronicity and Sport?
I like how Chris mentions David Cronenberg's movie 'A Dangerous Method' in that podcast episode, as I'm on a Cronenberg movie watching binge right now, as I wrote in this recent post -

UPDATE: December 2023
The Lions won the 2023 GF:-)

November 29, 2023

PKD was Cracked?๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿณ

After listening to the first season of the 'Dickheads' podcast and reading or listening to those PKD stories they mentioned in season 1 and the beginning of season 2, I'm beginning to think that PKD isn't worth the time of day, as far as wasting my time reading or listening to his stories.
His stories remind me of wreaked cars in a car yard that movie producers come by and try to salvage any great ideas that might be in them and write a different movie script but put the PKD stamp on the movie poster to attract the sci-fi fans who are into Dick.
Human Is ... Science Fiction?๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ”ฌ
I'm beginning to wish I had never bought PKD's exegesis, which I'm still yet to read -
What Happened During 2-3-74?๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฆ‰
At least I haven't been wasting my money on reading Dick's works, having a council library to borrow any books they have of his for free, like 'The Man in the High Castle' as well as DVDs of movies that were made from his books and listening to the great podcast featuring a lot of Dick's short stories being read for free at THE LOST SCI-FI PODCAST.
Blade Runner 2049: The Empire Never Ended?

The White Platypus/Little River Band Synch?๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฐ

I saw
a news story this month about a white platypus being spotted in a river in northern New South Wales, which got me to thinking how The Little River Band used the platypus on some of their record covers.
Discovery of an extremely rare white
platypus in Northern NSW
So, I did a search on the net for LRB covers and found a record of theirs called 'The Definitive Collection', which was a best of album with a lot of songs of theirs I really liked.
I was thinking about buying the CD over the net for $20, but then let it slip from my mind.
Then the next day at the Op Shop I work at part time, a guy bought in a shoe box of his old CDs as a donation and as I was sorting through them, there it was, 'The Definitive Collection'.
So, I bought it for $1.
The Definitive Collection (Little River Band album)
Formed in 1975, the
Year of the Rabbit/Cat?
"As we passed the Little River exit sign, [Shorrock] said "Little River, that'd be a good song title." Within a split second he said, "Hey, what about Little River Band?" We all agreed it was the perfect name for us."
Of course, this white platypus thing would have to happen in 2023, the Year of the Water Rabbit, wouldn't it?-)

UPDATE: November 29th, 2023
Investigation launched after woman’s
body found on
South Coast beach
Just minutes after I put this post up on the net, I read this breaking news story above about a drowning in southern New South Wales.

November 28, 2023

Human Is ... Science Fiction?๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ”ฌ

I listened recently to two podcasts about the PKD short story 'Human Is' as well as watched the 'Electric Dreams' episode 'Human Is' on a free uploaded You Tube someone has had up for a year.
It was good to see Bryan Cranston playing the husband in the TV episode, not to mention fellow Aussie Essie Davis playing his wife -
Bryan Cranston: Drive, Speed, Breaking Bad ... and the Last Book I Read ...?
Electric Dreams TV Series (20172018)
I've also been watching an interesting lecture series on 'The Great Courses' streaming service about sci-fi called 'How Great Science Fiction Works' given by Gary. K. Wolfe, who also co-hosts a podcast about sci-fi called the '
Coode Street Podcast'.
I've only listened to the last episode of those 637 podcast episodes, so far.
Professor Gary K. Wolfe, Ph.D.
I'm about halfway through the lecture series right now and so far, I'm finding it interesting viewing.
Not that I can see myself becoming much of a fan of reading sci-fi for fun, as the novels I have been reading of PKD's are about as much fun as having dental surgery, and that's not including the drugs that go with it:-)
I've also just been watching Essie Davis in the new series 'Faraway Downs' on Disney Plus, which was mainly filmed as 'Australia' back in 2008.
Faraway Downs/Australia?๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿค 
Series based on the 'Alien' film franchise
I'm also working my way through the 'Dickheads' podcast where 3 self-professed PKD fans act like the 3 Stooges of the sci-fi world, hitting each other with insults instead of weapons and fists:-)
I'm up to 'The Impossible Planet - Story Vs. Film' episode and they haven't killed each other yet surprisingly:-)
And as much as I'm interested in PKD as a pop cultural study, I can't say I'm much of a fan of his writings that I have read of his so far.
Total DickHeads?๐Ÿ’ญ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“•

November 26, 2023

The Drowning ... Just Keep Swimming?๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฆˆ

I've just finished reading Bryan Brown's first full length novel 'The Drowning' and I have to say that I'm surprised to say it is a good read.
I'm not a reader who is (or was rather) into reading crime fiction novels, so I didn't think I was going to enjoy reading this book of Bryan's.
Plus, I thought this was just going to be good actor playing at trying to be a good author by writing a story, but it turns out he is a good writer who can tell a good story and probably has a few good stories left to write yet.
I wrote about why I bought the book in this recent post -
Faraway Downs/Australia?๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿค 
Bryan Brown (rightfrom my POV
And to tell the truth, if my son wasn't in line to read my copy I would probably have left the book in my "to read" pile until sometime next year.
I found it amusing that in the novel Bryan writes Australians love to shorten names, and when he asked me what name I wanted the greeting in the book to be made out to and told him Daz, he asked me what Daz was short for and I told him Darren.
He asked me how I got the name Daz and I almost said to him "where have you been living for the last 50 years?"
It's almost a rite of passage in Australia that anyone born with the name Darren or Darryl is going to be called Daz, just like anyone born with the name Barry, Sharon, Gary, KarenHarry or Kevin is going to be called Baz, Shaz, Gaz, KazHaz or Kev by their mates at some point in their lives, if not all the time.
Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett
Bryan even gives a shout out in the acknowledgements section of the book to Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett for helping him with questions regarding police matters and procedures for the some of his novel's characters, so I wondered if he ever said to Bryan, "just call me Daz"?
Suddenly Senior Podcast
Bryan's a guy with a great sense of humour and would easily be fun to have a chat with over a drink at a backyard BBQ or in a pub, I feel.
I've been listening to Bryan on a few podcasts he has been on recently flogging his book and that gives you a sense of the type of humour he has about life in general, which is pretty much the way most Aussies are about life, I think, including me.
The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show
I was telling my son how I was in Target the other day and saw Bryan's and Trent's books for sale at half the price I paid for them at Avid Reader ... Doh!
Oh well, I like to help out starving artists just getting started in the publishing industry;-) 
I saw in the paper that Michael Caine has retired from acting at the age of 90, so I hope Bryan keeps acting and writing well past that age.
Sherlock Holmes & Drug Abuse?๐Ÿ’Š
And being a Cronulla Sutherland Sharks member myself I was surprised to hear on one of those recent podcasts that Bryan is a St. George Illawarra Dragons supporter.
You think it would be their year next season, but then again look what happened to the Rabbitohs this season:-)
And his club were formed on my birthday in 1998 I see -
My Happiest Birthday Ever
And turning 60 next year does technically make me a dragon ... not to mention "Suddenly Senior", but I'll always feel like a teenager next to Bryan:-)
The 60 Year Cycle and the Yellow Path?๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ“…

UPDATE: December 2nd, 2023
Swimmers warned to ‘keep their distance’
pilot whales’ mystery death
I saw this mysterious news story today about bodies being washed up on an Australian beach -
"Environmental officials are investigating after more than 30 pilot whales were discovered dead on a remote Tasmanian beach.
On Tuesday, 34 whale carcasses were found on Bryans Beach, near the southern end of Tassie’s Freycinet Peninsula.
Marine Conservation Program (MCP) researchers were on site on Wednesday collecting samples and measurements to try to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
So far, it remains a mystery."