January 16, 2005


An alien spaceship full of xenotamine is landing at Undercurrent’s new laboratory (Dread, Walking).

Also, twisted and brilliant posts at K-punk.

Meanwhile, I discovered a comment posted by Valkator under an old post. (remarks on desertification)

Posted by Reza Negarestani at January 16, 2005 12:42 AM




I want to know what's going on over at Corpus Mmothra and Vortex Egg (blospot sites that are blocked from here) - any Chinese whispers or other rumours gratefully accepted

Posted by: nick at January 17, 2005 08:36 AM



VORTEX: Xanadu, Stigmergy, Swarm Intelligence and the Noosphere

MMOTHRA: The Playboy Interview: Marshall McLuhan

Posted by: northanger at January 17, 2005 09:29 AM



I just noticed the most prominent/permanent text at vortexache reads:

In a very real sense we are shipwrecked prisoners on a doomed planet. Yet even in a shipwreck, human decencies and values do not necessarily vanish, and we must make the most of them. We shall go down, but let it be in a manner to which we may look forward as worthy of our dignity.

-Norbert Wiener

I've received a piece of mail from Berlin which contains a Parallax article (online perhaps, I'll check later) as 'devil lectures'(koelln) souvenir which leans heavily on Wiener (and Freud, Clarke, Lyotard among others), can you guess which one I am talking about?

Posted by: piet at January 19, 2005 09:56 AM



A fresh post points to a 1990 anthology by J R Stewart (Californian) which is free on the net, one chapter begins thus:


The Secret Commonwealth
Robert Kirk's Text
Edited and annotated by R J Stewart . This entire text is Copyright(c) 1997, 1998

An Essay of the Nature and actions of the Subterranean and for the most part Invisible people, heretofore going under the names of ELVES FAUNS and FAIRIES or the like among the Low-Country Scots, and termed hubhsisgedh, caiben, lusbarten, and siotbsudh among the Tramontaines [Highlanders] or Scottish-Irish, as they are described by those who have the second sight and now, to occasion further inquiry, collected and compared.


1. These siths or Fairies, which they call sluaghmaith or the good people: it would seem, to prevent the dint of their ill attempts: for the Irish usually bless all they fear harm of and are said to be of a middle nature betwixt man and Angel, as were daemones though to be of old: [are] of intelligent Studious Spirits, and light changeable bodies like those called Astral somewhat of the nature of a condensed cloud, and best seen in twilight. These bodies are so pliable through the subtlety of the spirits that agitate them, that they can make them appear or disappear at pleasure. Some have bodies or vehicles so spongeous thin and desiccate that they are fed only by sucking into some fine spirituous liquor [essence] that appears like pure air or oil. Others feed more grossly upon the core substance of corn and liquor or on corn itself that grows on the surface of the Earth; which these fairies do steal away,

compare to 'Mine' by Laurence Rickels (who is also the author of 'golem and satan' mentioned earlier but the url for it http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/index/W6MJ9KFBKYFHCP7E.pdf according to google gets you (appropriately enough to a ticket booth somewhere in UK academia (I trust you have less trouble there than at blogg(spott)er .. . care to explain why it gets blocked?)

Posted by: piet at January 19, 2005 10:38 AM



Laurence A. Rickels - MINE [the shaft]
... sea, the open circulation of semen, down into the underworld passage of mining. ... break
by interpreting the break down into the mine as just ... Laurence A. Rickels. ...
http://vv.arts.ucla.edu/terminals/rickles/rickles-4.html - 20k

http://proxy.arts.uci.edu/~nideffer/Terminals/t2/rickles/rickles.html 3K cover page

Posted by: piet at January 19, 2005 10:44 AM



for those who know Rickels not (yet) a quick intro: The Vampire Lectures
Price: $19.95

Discount: 10%

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by Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

Due/Published September 1999, 376 pages, paper

ISBN 0816633924

Rickels sifts through the rich mythology of vampirism, from medieval folklore to Marilyn Manson, to explore the profound and unconscious appeal of the undead and provide a lively history of vampirism in legend, literature, and film. Rickels unearths a trove that includes eyewitness accounts of vampire attacks; burial rituals and sexual taboos devised to keep vampirism at bay; Hungarian countess Elisabeth Bathory's use of girls' blood in her sadistic beauty regimen; Bram Stoker's Dracula,, with its turn-of-the-century media technologies; F. W. Murnau's haunting Nosferatu; and crude, though intense, straight-to-video horror films such as Subspecies. More than a compilation of vampire lore, The Vampire Lectures identifies the subconscious meanings, complex symbolism, and philosophical arguments--particularly those of Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche--embedded in vampirism and gothic literature.


Professor Rickels’ class on Vampires at the University of California, Santa Barbara is always packed to capacity with eager students. With such popularity and a devoted following to boot, it is not surprising that his lectures have now made it into book form. Rickels is a daring and creative thinker who, with an impressive breadth of knowledge, examines various incarnations of the vampire myth and their meanings. Rickels’s background in psychonanalysis also comes to the fore as he discusses how the vampire myth reveals and exposes a host of cultural anxieties throughout history. He also emphasizes the connections between the occult (vampires) and technology. Rickels writes, “But the occult makes its comebacks by each time hitching its partings to yet another new techno-mediatic invention. The occult, discontinuously enough, is the afterimage of every media-technological innovation.” Through his discussion of myth, history, and popular culture, Rickels brilliantly unearths the meanings and ability of the Vampire to recycle itself in different cultures and mediums.

ps: koelln gig definitely NOT filled to capacity but he nevertheless plans to move to europe this year

Posted by: piet at January 19, 2005 10:48 AM



piet, thank you so much, you are indeed one of the best net-archivists; reading your news webpages is like exhuming a buried library from a pre-Sumerian dig site. Are you interested in some kind of cooperation? i've registered a del.icio.us feed ... we'd like to turn it into a virtual library / a hyperstition feed; i need links, valuable urls, net relics. can you help me? if your answer is positive, we can discuss it through email.

Posted by: Reza at January 20, 2005 02:52 AM



of course my pages are up and open to all

a tangible archive of 300 banaboxes full of dead tree matter born 'backstuben' (3 fourhts worth of which in english) could use a better home than a deck built on the high beams in an old barn; existing, hospitably spacious yet protective, huge tree surrounded and (likeminded((ly broad))) outfits please apply.

Posted by: piet at January 20, 2005 12:51 PM



lemme try that again:

of course my pages are up and open to all, . . not sure though if that makes for all that much contrast to my more tangible archive [of 300 banaboxes full of dead tree matter borne 'bachstuben'[buchstaben = letters in german] 3 fourths worth of which written in english, since, after all, webpages can be as dark a balast (if not much darker in fact due to logistics like those siliconhell.com tries to warn about) as any collection of information that remains as closed as the proverbial closed book (more than a decade in my case); all the visitors to my site may be searchrobots for all I know, and worse, harvesters that smell you up for bait quality.

Tomorrow a big respect paying march is scheduled in Amsterdam for one of the poor oppressed have nots who happens to rob ladies of handbags in his spare time (a hobby epidemic for about as long as my books have been closed now) but managed to get killed (right close to where Theo van Gogh lost his life - yes, the caremalawmakers are tossing some wild ones over the dikes lately) by his freshest victim, a lady who pinned him up against a tree as she pursued him with her car in reverse, is in jail for it with our minister of immigration reminding the dutch on evening news radio that the robber is to blame, a perspective that will not be held nor shared by the Maroccans taking part tomorrow. I wish the right wing was strong enough to pronounce death penalties (despite the drawbacks of which I am well aware), get this unfortunate girl out of jail in return for the celebration of a maroccan whose peers and contemparies will no doubt hail him as glowingly and deplore his loss as deeply as if they lost some sort of Robin Hood.

Posted by: piet at January 20, 2005 06:50 PM



for a more polished version: http://wwwoord.web-log.nl

Posted by: piet at January 20, 2005 09:41 PM




check your email.

Posted by: Reza at January 21, 2005 01:18 AM



thanks Reza, my email does not allow lenghty answers when america is awake and bizzy .. .. .with shit that leads to this:


mugshots of those already filling body bags (black ones for 'aimhorrorkins' and white ones for babbleonaeons
first page viewed 10 times as often as page 6 (of 10)

. . .. .. so I have poste your answer and my reply here: http://wwwoord.web-log.nl/log/1696466

Posted by: piet at January 21, 2005 11:12 AM



thanks; check your email again! :)

Posted by: Reza at January 21, 2005 02:36 PM



piet - glad Reza's handling your case right now - there's something about your layering of irony (or it's absence) that utterly defeats me - really have no idea what's going on in your communications. But interested ...

Posted by: nick at January 21, 2005 04:17 PM



Same old shit, really...just entertaining myself and the small community of bearded, socially isolated autodidacts just like me.

By the way, Farmers Manual's "No Backup" really doesn't sound all that dated, does it?

Recent entries to Corpus Mmothra include:

* The Mysteries Of Mr. Ra
* Inner Image and the Collective Experience
* Trika Shaivism
* Why Does Anything Exist?
* After the Revolution, or, Paradigms Lost: Outsiders, Anomalies, and the Future of "Forbidden Science"
* Can Mind Recognize Itself In A Model It's Pondering About?
* The Nine Cemetery Contemplations
* Bastart’s Nickle Guide to Tantra
* Isis, Lilith, Gello: Three Ladies of Darkness
* A Recipe For Universe
* Step One: Open Your Heart
* Feedback Loops & Cultural Systems
* The Little Demon Of Hearth And Home
* Hellhounds, Werewolves, and the Germanic Underworld
* UFO War: Etheric Excursions & Non-Human Entities, Aleister Crowley’s Lam & the Little Gray Men - A Striking Resemblance
* Tibet, Shambhala and UFOs
* Babylonian Ninazu & The Origins Of The Caduceus
* Flight Of The Garuda
* Spinoza & G-D (Kindasorta)
* Morton Feldman & The Birds

Posted by: Mmothra at January 26, 2005 07:41 PM



Thanks very much Markus!

Posted by: Reza at January 27, 2005 04:10 PM



could anyone direct me to these brilliant posts by K punk? All looks like self important shit to me..

Posted by: guy at January 28, 2005 10:49 PM



just saw something worth a few remarks

mmothra posts: The "Dog" (keleb) in Ancient Israel as a Symbol of Male Passivity and Perversion
Via The Journal of Religion and Society

In The He-Strumpets - A Satyr on the Sodomite Club, published in London in 1707, John Dunton complained of the rise of male homosexual prostitution because most female whores were infected with venereal disease:
Your Tails are grown so lewd and bad,
That now Mens Tails have all the trade (cited in Norton: 50).

Later in the same century an effeminate nobleman, Lord Hervey, was described as, "Fit only for the Pathick's loathsome trade." The "pathick" was the passive partner in homosexual intercourse, the "agent" was the active (Norton: 168). Neither England nor the eighteenth century was a particularly congenial place or time for homosexual activity, commercial or otherwise. If penetration was proved beyond doubt, the sentence was hanging. Curiously, the passive partner seems to have gotten off more lightly, as the one upon whom severe indignity had been inflicted or as unworthy of the full rigors of the law.

[2] Ancient Israel appears to have been no more favorably disposed to sexual activity between males, if Leviticus 18:22; 20:13 are to be believed. In Deuteronomy 23:19 (Eng: 18) the female prostitute and the "dog" are linked in much the same way as the female and male prostitutes in Dunton's satirical complaint. Although, it has been acknowledged that the "dog" most likely signified a male homosexual prostitute, this paper will draw upon comparative cultic, legal and linguistic sources, principally Mesopotamian and North-West Semitic, to confirm this. Various interpretations of the word will be examined and evaluated. The word will also be set within the context of gender roles and sexual expectations in the ancient Near East and related to images of submission.

[3] Deuteronomy 23:19 (Eng: 18) and its single reference present a tantalizing glimpse of a liminal figure in ancient Israelite society. It has not, perhaps, featured in contemporary discussion of homosexuality as much as the verses in Leviticus. Nonetheless, it is a vital witness to the existence of male prostitution. Female prostitution, however abhorred, is referred to often enough in the Hebrew Bible. While surrounding cultures provided religious outlets for those males whose sexuality was compromised for psychological or physical reasons, Israel was unaccommodating and unforgiving. Such outcasts could not belong to YHWH's chosen people: no better than common prostitutes, using their "tails" in like manner, they could bring no offering into YHWH's holy presence. Though the writers of the Hebrew Bible almost overlooked their existence, it is clear that Israel in this as in other matters was just "like the nations."

0 comment as usual and if I can help it (by commenting here) it will stay that way

beneath the text just quoted (but not yet read) I see stage actor looking backwards from under his own armpit and out of his bare prominent (and to me unappatizing) ass sticks the thick end of a long whip. Now, luckily I witnessed a much more tasteful version . ., no, what I'm about to decribe don't show even anywhere near what you could call similarity with said sick jokery (positive use of the whipknowers may come forward and speak up). Well . . .other than putting something up one's ass; instead of as done (through pose) in the picture, associating it with perfect(ly leonine / feline) agility, a cartoon by Kamagurka (belgian artist with many outlets) is one of some showing the good intentions for 2005 and features illustrated text, this time attributed to a dog (in fact constituting a better illustration to this Mmothra item text), saying 'zal ik alleen inwendig kwispelen' (in 2005 I'll only wag my tail internally; the drawing shows a dog with tail stuck up own butt), you must know that the association with 'binnenpret' (which means private joke) gives the whole deal a more decent ((less exhibitionist)) twist).

Posted by: piet at January 29, 2005 11:26 PM



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