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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
H. P. Lovecraft: The Ultimate Collection: 101 Stories, 45 Poems, Biography, and Bibliography in One Volume by H. P. Lovecraft (Kindle Edition)
A short but important review for those who are fans of H.P. Lovecraft. For the first time ever his entire collection of Science fiction and Horror Stories has been released in the Kindle Version for Amazon. The amazing thing is that it is only being sold for the meger price of $3.99. It makes me almost want to to and buy a Kindle myself, it would well pay for itself when you count the cost of quality Lovecraft books with all of the stories and poems contained herein.
"A lot of thought and care was obviously put into this nice and humongous collection of Lovecraft stories. If you are a fan of lovecraft or horror then this is the only collection of his you'll ever need. A whopping 101 stories of his are included in this one volume, many of which I'd never heard of. I like that the table of contents for stories includes his works that are lost (but obviously not included). The linked table of contents for the stories are arranged chronologically in the order he wrote them, which is interesting because it shows the progression of the various stages of themes in his writing, and each story's title page includes the date written and published information.
"Also included are 45 of his poems. This is my first introduction to his poetry, and I read somewhere that Lovecraft considered himself first and foremost a poet. This isn't the entire collection of his poems, however, but after looking through the bibliography of his poems (included in this volume) it's easy to see why. Lovecraft wrote hundreds upon hundreds of poems, which would make up an entire book in itself." K.G. Barnes on Amazon.com.
This is one not to be missed if you are a collector.
Those interested in more of Howard Phillips Lovecraft might also fancy these eerie selections.
Legal Highs: A Concise Encyclopedia of Legal Herbs and Chemicals with Psychoactive Properties Second Edition by Adam Gottieb (Paperback 1994)
"Read this book if you are new to legal highs. It lists many sources of legal highs and where to find them, and how much to take. WARNING - If you are unfamiliar with chemistry / extraction and synthesis; you should not be creating legal drugs from pure form, your stomach and intestines / brain may not like what you fed it. Or even if you are unfamiliar with drugs in general. Some people have adverse and very severe reactions to legal highs. I would not try any of the legal highs from here, I got extremely sick from morning glory seeds, (they were from a wholesaler, and did not contain pesticides). Be forewarned about legal highs. Use this book for reference only. Also, you must consider the source of the legal highsbecause, 1)It depends where and how the herb/seeds were grown, proper nutrients, light, etc... 2)How fast harvest was, from life to package, some herbs lose their potency within days. 3)How the extraction was performed, etc... I advise researching legal highs to the fullest extent using the Internet before buying this book. Also, many companies already sell legal drugs already prepared and tested. So, Do yourhomework before ingesting any legal high... " - thedrugsdotcom / amazon.com.
When this book was released originally in 1973, it was distributed in pamphlet and xerox copy form and the author hid himself under the nome de plume of the Twentieth Century Alchemist. It covers in details many herbal and psychedelics, as well as compounds that you maybe able to find in quantity around your won household. How to get a decent and safe high off of things like Californa Poppy, Catnip, Dill, Guarana, Hops, Mint, Kola Nuts, Nutmeg, Madrake, Parsley, Yohimbe, Daturas, Wormwood and a slew of other odd alternatives to narcotics or other drugs. Each elixir per se is described first with its name, and scientific names or family, its materials, usage, active consituents, effects, contraincations, and supplier. Basically, many of the ideas in here are not going to taste that good (for example the nutmeg which must be consumed in large quanitities, therefore it is not a book for fine dining - rather a text strictly for altered states and high flying ambitions. A sacred neo-hippie codex.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
2000: Consumer Solutions for the Worst Techincal Blunder in History: A Survival Guide for the Year 2000 Problem by Jim Lord (Paperback 1997)
I am writing an short but to the point article about this book for three reasons, all of which are pretty much personal both in opinion and my need to express them. The First One is - that this may have been one of the worst examples of a scam artist hoax that has ever been written, this I address directly to Jim Lord should he wish to correspond. The Second One is, that I am glad to see his book is no longer even able to sell for more than 0.01 on Amazon.com. Real justice would be if this book never made anyone - the author, the publisher, or their descendants another red cent. The Third One is that this book may have single handledly already influenced so many people with Millenial Minded madness that future events may cause these same people who survived Y2K in tact and fine - to once again go off the deep end in panic, conspiracy, and paranoia over the upcoming end of the Mayan Long Count calendar on the winter solstice at midnight on the date 12 . 21 . 2012.
"This book was written because The Y2K Problem scares me to death and I don't think enough is being done to prepare for it. The purpose of the book is to help the reader make those critical preparations. Here are the most important things I want you to know when you have finished A Survival Guide For The Year 2000 Problem:
1. How to protect your financial assets from Y2K related problems
2. How to safeguard your critical, private information from Y2K losses and contamination
3. How to protect yourself against the physical dangers caused by the Y2K Crisis
4. How to influence decision makers to take action on Y2K "
- this is an actual excerpt from Jim Lord's Book on the Y2K disaster that was impending, or the 'Millenial Bomb' as he calls it over and over again in the book. And don't take my word for it, there were thousands and thousands of intelligent people, business men and women, scientists, ...all of them much smarter than I am at 41 years old - everyone of them sucked into this profiteering propoganda that Lord and others like him spread. Their only goals being obvious, quick influence on an expansive computer market, bad investments and debts from their own failure to produce successful computer market products, and to make some big quick, cold hard cash before the last toll of the 1999 years' bell ringing.
The other point I wish to make is about not John Lord or his book, but about the similarities between te Y2K hysteria, and the just as blindsided view that many persons I know are beginning to shape about the 2012 Planetary Alignment that is less than two years away. I know some of you are just being exposed to this event and information concerning it, and some of you may react in an unsure or state of worry, But it is equally possible the Mayan Calendar ending might just be the stone age astronomers equivalent of Y2K...the calendar ends, because they found out nothing more than their calcualtions were off - and maybe they just suddenely found themselves at a crossroad. And the calendar way just a tool of their observations.
I guess I can sum it up in the immortal words of Roger Daltrey and the Who ." I Won't Get Fooled Again..."
'Whoever find the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.'
Above is just one of many incredible momments within the newest of a two thousand year old group of documents known as The Nag Hammadi Library. It is the collection of documents that has been the cause of great controversy since being discovered in the 1940s. The body of documents is as important to the Historical roots of Christianity as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It has been influencial all the way to the modern century having inspired not only scholars, but also artists and musicians from aroud the world. Most notably, Current 93 and Nurse with Wound, who recorded Sister albums around the most important poetic piece of the works "Thunder Perfect Mind". Also the author Phillip K. Dick wrote his master piece "Valis" ( part of the Valis Triology ). Around the belief that he was channelling a new Exegisis of thought and human history. In fact Dick dd not live to see he Nag Hammadi made available to the general public, and the depth of detail and understanding demonstrated in this book is uncanny, if not able to make the most true skeptic ponder the what if's of Phillip's claims. Also notable is the 1979 novel by Harold Bloom, 'The Flight of Of Lucifer : A Gnostic Fantasy.' In any event, the Nag Hammadi has given great understanding to a period of human history (the Time of Jesus) that has had much shadow cast over it. And also gave a much more elaborate understanding of the proto-Chrisitan movemet known as Gnosticism.
“Gnosis” and “Gnosticism” are still rather arcane terms, though in the last two decades they have been increasingly encountered in the vocabulary of contemporary society. The word Gnosis derives from Greek and connotes "knowledge" or the "act of knowing". On first hearing, it is sometimes confused with another more common term of the same root but opposite sense: agnostic, literally "not knowing”. The Greek language differentiates between rational, propositional knowledge, and a distinct form of knowing obtained by experience or perception. It is this latter knowledge gained from interior comprehension and personal experience that constitutes gnosis."
"In the first century of the Christian era the term “Gnostic” came to denote a heterodox segment of the diverse new Christian community. Among early followers of Christ it appears there were groups who delineated themselves from the greater household of the Church by claiming not simply a belief in Christ and his message, but a "special witness" or revelatory experience of the divine. It was this experience or gnosis that set the true follower of Christ apart, so they asserted. Stephan Hoeller explains that these Christians held a "conviction that direct, personal and absolute knowledge of the authentic truths of existence is accessible to human beings, and, moreover, that the attainment of such knowledge must always constitute the supreme achievement of human life."
"It was on a December day in the year of 1945, near the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt, that the course of Gnostic studies was radically renewed and forever changed. An Arab peasant, digging around a boulder in search of fertilizer for his fields, happened upon an old, rather large red earthenware jar. Hoping to have found a buried treasure, and with due hesitation and apprehension about the jinn who might attend such a hoard, he smashed the jar open. Inside he discovered no treasure and no genie, but instead books: more than a dozen old codices bound in golden brown leather.6 Little did he realize that he had found an extraordinary collection of ancient texts, manuscripts hidden a millennium and a half before -- probably by monks from the nearby monastery of St. Pachomius seeking to preserve them from a destruction ordered by the church as part of its violent expunging of heterodoxy and heresy. "
"How the Nag Hammadi manuscripts eventually passed into scholarly hands is a fascinating story too lengthy to relate here. But today, now over fifty years since being unearthed and more than two decades after final translation and publication in English as The Nag Hammadi Library, 7 their importance has become astoundingly clear: These thirteen papyrus codices containing fifty-two sacred texts are representatives of the long lost "Gnostic Gospels", a last extant testament of what orthodox Christianity perceived to be its most dangerous and insidious challenge, the feared opponent that the Church Fathers had reviled under many different names, but most commonly as Gnosticism. The discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts has fundamentally revised our understanding of both Gnosticism and the early Christian church." - quotes from the Gnostic Society Library online. http://wwwgnosis.org/naghamm/nhlintro.html
The Nag Hammadi library consists of twelve books, plus eight leaves of a thirteenth book. There are a total of fifty-two tracts. These are now kept in the Coptic Museum in Cairo, and, as the name suggests, are written in Coptic, although it is clear that the texts are Coptic translations of earlier Greek works. Coptic is the Egyptian language written with the Greek alphabet; there are different dialects of Coptic, and the Nag Hammadi library shows at least two. They were found in codex form (book form rather than scroll form). They were discovered in the mid 1940s, just a few years prior to the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls (another reason for the combination of the texts in the public imagination).
Included in these texts are The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Philip, The Gospel of Truth, The Gospel of Mary and other gospel contenders (alas, in fragmentary form--the translation in this volume however is the complete Nag Hammadi text). The Gospel of Thomas has perhaps been the highest profile text from Nag Hammadi; it has been translated and commented upon extensively, particularly in modern scholarship which discusses gospel development.
There are so many reasons to recommend this book to anyone with an interest in a myriad of esoteric Christian and non-chrisitan concepts. And the translation is one of the most professionally careful ever having been done in the realm of Western theology. Well worth the energy your mind may have to expend on it. I was blown away to say the very least. Amen....
Here also have listed most of the other available translations, for any of them is probably as valid and will suffice the learning of the wouldbe gnostic apprentice of mind.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
While the world claims to be more enlightened and better for the Holy Bible in all of its forms, most still do not really know much about the history of its translations. And it seems that many do not care to this day...When I realized I actually own this most beautiful edition of the Bible, I was saddened to see actual comments like these being posted by customers on Amazon.com...
Brian D. Koppenhaver says: "Amazon Books one of the best places to buy The Word of God supporting the Satanic Freemasons."
Thank goodness there is still some sensability among the Chrisitan faith. As this reply inspires me to believe there is...even if a little biased as well. "Thanks for sharing. May God forgive you for your judgement of others. Truly not a Christian act. Perhaps you should re-read Luke 6:37 or Matthew 7:1." - Rev. Cody Maxwell, Master Mason.
I think it is not necessary to speak for either side myself, but I do think this quote from an actual Mason might say it better than I could try...
"When I was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, this was the volume upon which I took my sacred vows and thus obligated myself, and the volume which my Worshipful Master presented to me as his gift for my becoming the newest Master Mason in our Lodge. I've previewed through this sacred volume and as a Bible-believer, it is a special set of Scriptures with unique Masonic history in it that is both beneficial to both the new Master Mason and those who are non-Masons and are interested in our humble Craft. I should hope every new Mason should be given a copy, and if not, should seek to obtain one. We truly are members of the greatest Fraternity in existence and for those who are not yet Masons but are interested in becoming one, remember, 2B1 ASK1! " - Eric J. Martin ( Virginia Beach , VA )
According to product descriptions "... the only Masonic Edition of the Bible with all these features: Masonic, Scottish Rite, and Eastern Star Records, Masonic Presidents. Freemasonry and the Holy Bible - Taking you through the internal workings of Freemasonry from the first to the thirty-third degree. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masonry. Order of the Eastern Star. Questions and Answers Relating to the History and Work of Freemasonry. (Three women who were Masons!). Biblical Index to Freemasonry - giving references by books, chapter and verse to phrases, characters, events and places associated with the ritual and teachings of Freemasonry. King Solomon's Temple. The Tabernacle of Moses. Words of Christ in Red. This blue cover Bible has gilded page edges."
I am mainly reviewing this Holy Bible to make a simple point. The Bible has been torn historically to pieces through the centuries, by every language and culture that has a hand in it ( funny since so few Christians refer to the Old Testament as the Torah - a very nice way to just write the Jewish Faith out of the whole scheme or involvement in it's existence ). Also anyone criticiszing the Freemasonic Orders should take a little time to read their Crusade histories, in particular the of the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar Orders. If anyone has show devotion, respect and actually given their lives to ensure the existance of the Living Word that is the Bible of today...it has been the Masons. They are far from Satanic in their views, and have every reson to be offended to such commentary.
I came upon this edition quite by accident buying books to sell. But I think this one is probably going to stick around in my collection for a while now that I know more about it. And for those of you who do not realzie it, there are Masonic Editions of every Christian version of the Bible. Catholic, King James, Greek , even Coptic. I have thrown a few examples at the end of the article for those interested in such things.
Holding it in m own hands and looking through the very detailed illustrations in its first few pages, I can attest as a non-Chrisitan or Mason, that it is a true illustration that the Holy Bible is one of the great works of artisitry ever successfully put into print. It is truly a testament to the achievements of mankind to this point.
That at least is how I choose to see it.
The Secret Teachings of All Ages : An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic, and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy by Manly Palmer Hall & J. Augustus Knapp (Hardcover 2008)
There is a big difference between this newer edition and manly of the scarce but available older hardcover editions. At the end of this article I have provided a few links to several older editions that collectors may want to consider for purchasing, you can make up your own mind. - My opinion is simple. This newer paperback edition is one of the worst examples of reprint and bastardization of one of the 20th century's masterworks. Yes inevitable as the industry is about selling out to the lowest common dollar, this would not have happened if Hall were alive to see his great book reduced to a college reader text. Trust me even the smaller 80s editions in hardcover will be well worth the couple of extra dollars that may be incurred.
And if you are knowledgeable of Manly P. Hall and this text, you already understand. I have had this for many years in my personal collection. I believe it is one of top ten books you can read before you die, and one of the classics ever written in human literature.
Even modern Publisher Llewelyn has nothing but high praises for 'Secret Teachings'...
"Simply put, this is the most beautiful and complete occult book ever published. It represents a lifetime of research into the mythology, symbolism, and magical practices of countless cultures. From the secrets of Isis to the teachings of mystic Christianity, nearly every occult dogma imaginable is represented here. The book is full of giant illustrations, some of which fold out into a magnificent two-page splendor. This is the definitive guide to secret societies, famous figures, and more a must for every personal library." - Llewellyn New Times
There are editions available on the open retail market these days if you just want a reader copy, and there are older collectable editions that are worth thousands of dollars, that is if you can even acquire one. I hope the listing below gives you a fair crossection to consider.
The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy
The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Golden Anniversary Edition 1975. An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy
Monday, February 22, 2010
It is very rarely that I have given a rock biography a serious read over, most in my opinion are written with a fourth grade vocabulary because the editors assume that the readership inclined to buy their garbage never finished grade school. Why bother reading another hundred pages of crap that could have just as easily been photo tags from old Hit Parader and Circus magazine articles. Also if I really like the artist, I am looking for more than their fashion sense and how many chicks they bang while on a six day binge...in the case of Jimi Hendrix, this point cannot be more true. Yet, with all such hesitations in mind, I took a chance that there might be some grace left in the world of rock and roll journalism - and in this book I can finally say that some justice was done to the legacy that was James Marshall Hendrix.