August 7th, 2008

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What I'm reading

"Godless" by Pete Hautman - Some kids who are tired of the religion their parents raised them in make up a new religion, Chutengodianism, worshiping the town's water tower as God. But their religion begins to get out of hand, and even dangerous.

It's a young adult novel, so it's a fairly quick read. I haven't finished yet, but I love it so far. It was very Discordian of Jason Bock, Chutengodianism's founder, to come up with a religion worshiping a water tower as God. But they made a lot of errors that will lead to the problems later on. I can already see ways of improving their "theology." They've made the water tower just as angry and vindictive as the God of Catholocism, they've made commandments, and in general they seem to be doing a very amateurish attempt at a parody religion. But their parody religion seems to depend entirely on the form of their God to make it a parody; in all other respects, their new religion is no different from any other. They could easily have made an entirely benevolent God; a better understanding of how to parody - a better understanding of humor - could have helped them a lot. As they've made it, I could easily see their religion taking off as a real religion - it certainly makes a LOT more sense than Scientology.

All in all, "Godless" is a good example, so far, of why one of Satanism's biggest sins is "forgetfulness of past orthodoxies." Because they're just giving the spirit of their old religions a makeover. The details are different, but it's essentially the same old oppressive religion. Very good book, though.

"The Code Book" by Simon Singh - Excellent book so far. Covers all kinds of codes and ciphers throughout history. I looked a little ahead, and it seems they will eventually get to ASCII and quantum encryption and stuff that goes way over my head. Basically, I got the book to look for ideas to help me in my own code-and-cipher making.

"The Law of Attraction" by Jerry and Esther Hicks - Haven't actually started it, but it sounds very good. It's about the law of attraction, which is essentially that like energy attracts (we're talking about higher plane energy here, not magnetism) and how to use that to one's advantage. Basically, New Age magick. If it's anything like the tapes I used to listen to, I should enjoy it very much.

Also checked out "The Dream Merchant" by Isabel Hoving, but I have no idea what it's about and haven't started it yet.

Still working on reading "Civilization One" by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler. Very awesome book! I give it 12 stars!

Also, reading of "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings" by Charles Hapgood is going a little slow. Fascinating reading, I have just been too ADD in the reading department to get very far in it. Because while fascinating, it has far more information about the process they used than it does about the results.
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What I'm reading and what I'm eating

What I'm reading: Finished "Godless" by Pete Hautman. Excellent book, I loved it. For more details on it, click the tag "what I'm reading" and go to the post just beneath this one.

So, with Godless finished, I started "The Dream Merchant" by Isabel Hoving. Originally written in Dutch and translated into English by a British company, this book is about a boy who is invited to work for a company that has the ability to let people physically enter the dream-world, which they use to visit peoples' dreams, find out what kinds of things they most desperately want, and then sell it to them - inventing those things if they have to. But he's barely begun working for them when he's gotten the attention of someone who works for a rival company that does the same thing, only more ruthlessly. Yet it begins to become clear that there's something much more dangerous in the dreamworld than a rival corporation. Excellent book so far, I just started it a few hours ago and I'm already on page 71. That sounds pathetic, but there's a lot of words on each page. Not like Godless, which was 200 pages but, if it had been formatted like The Dream Merchant, would probably have been just 100 pages long, if that.

What I'm eating:

Alright, so a couple weeks ago I bought a whole bunch of pinto beans from the bulk produce area of Winco, and cooked what ended up being 10 cups worth. Then, I was at a loss as to what I should do with them. Then I had a brainwave a few days ago, and used the food processor to make them into a bean paste much like refried beans (the rest of the beans I made into chili). Unfortunetely, I added too much onion to the bean paste, and it was too overpowering as a burrito filling. Thinking it was a failed experiment, I considered throwing it away. Then I had another idea. I added salsa and cheese to it, and now it makes an excellent chip dip! The salsa, the cheese, and even the chips balance out the onion! Cool!

"My Computer Is Positively Ancient"

"My Computer Is Positively Ancient"*
By = Opus Van De Oplicter
(AKA Fayanora AKA Tristan A. Arts)

Steam-powered hard drives
Chug along like cars,
While my modem gets a boost
From a dozen leyden jars.

It is made of wood
And it's stuffed with hay;
The boiler sits inside it
Insulated by baked clay.

Open up the case,
See the gaping hole?
That is where I need to put
My computer's fire's coal.

If it needs power
Turn the crank six times,
Shovel in a ton of coal,
And adjust the power lines.

The Internet is fine
If you do it right;
Its adaptor is enormous,
And cannot go off at night.

A hundred thousand gerbils
Power the device,
The stench is just amazing,
And they eat no more than mice.

The Internet connector
I got from Living History Farms;
And I used a hundred slaves
To haul it from the barn.

It displays all things in binary,
Which I now can read with ease;
My printer is a Gutenberg
And destroys a thousand trees.

My computer is a work of art,
Much older than the Sphinx;
And now my printer's broken,*
Which I say reeks and stinks!

* = Not really.