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Friday, December 30, 2005
younger than yesterday
did I really used to be that old?
This is the worst picture of me ever taken, and there have been some really bad ones. It accompanied an article I wrote way back when for Information Week, which is -- amazingly -- still online. When it came out -- on May Day in 2000 -- Doc Searls sent me mail saying I looked like I belonged on money. You be the judge...

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my new business card
now all I need is a new business

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Thursday, December 29, 2005
in which I take a dumb "quiz"
but the results are too true to disregard (or discard)
I never, ever mess with stupid polls or quizzes like this. Unless they involve books, I guess. I couldn't resist this one, which asks: Which Book Are You? And look at the result. Serves me right.

You're Les Miserables!
by Victor Hugo

One of the best known people in your community, you have become something of a phenomenon. People have sung about you, danced in your honor, created all manner of art in your name. And yet your story is one of failure and despair, with a few brief exceptions. A hopeless romantic, you'll never stop hoping that more good will come from your failings than is ever possible...

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Oh shoot... I just posted this here by accident. It was supposed to go over on Mystic Bourgeoisie. Which it will. But I can't really see any reason to delete it from here, even though it's not pulling the right CSS file. So now it'll be in both places. Just thought you should know all this.

the russians are coming!
the russians are coming!

This is yet an undeveloped thought, as are many of the posts here. Plus, there are lots of unfinished Mystic-B files waiting here on my hard drive for the time to complete them. However, I particularly didn't want to space out this one.

It occurred to me recently that at least three major influences on the subject matter of this study came from Russia.

  • H.P. Blavatsky
    The Madame should need no introduction here. Founder of Theosophy, creator of an intrinsically racialist ontology, spiritualist extraordinaire, charlatan supreme.
  • G.I. Gurdjieff
    This exceedingly odd personage has emerged here lately mostly in conjunction with his student, A.R. Orage, and the latter's deeply antisemitic views as expressed in The New Age, a small but highly influential journal he edited from 1907 to 1922.
  • Ayn Rand
    Author of the Virtue of Selfishness and all manner of bombast masquerading as "philosophy," this randy borderline has often been featured here in her strongly supporting role as poster girl for pathological narcissism. She's not the brightest of these three by a long shot, but she might be the flakiest. No small feat, given the competition.

So what is it about these Russians? I came across a passage in Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts (p. 159) that may help to explain the basic mindset. While it may not apply directly to Rand, who favored plagiarizing Nietzsche, this cultural background may have abetted her inclination to pander to popular delusions.

Moscow and St Petersburg were centres for the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century occult revival. From 1881 to 1918 thirty occult journals and more than 800 occult titles were published in Russia, reflecting interests in spiritualism, Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, alchemy, psycho-graphology, phrenology, hypnotism, Egyptian religions, astrology, chiromancy, animal magnetism, fakirism, telepathy, the Tarot, black and white magic, and Freemasonry (Carlson 1993: 22). Gurdjieff took notice of contemporary interests and presented his teaching accordingly. The cosmological form of his teaching was fully outlined between 1914 and 1918 in a form that takes account of the occult revival in Russia.
The embedded reference is to 'No Religion Higher Than Truth' - A History of the Theosophical Movement in Russia, 1875-1922 (Princeton UP, 1993). The graphic below is from the cover of The Masters Revealed: Madame Blavatsky and the Myth of the Great White Lodge.

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True Romance
hey, it could happen!
In the mid-90s Lauren Laverne was part of a now defunct band called Kenickie. As one Amazon reviewer writes, "Young teenagers making punky lo-fi guitar pop... honest, brittle and sweet." Pretty. But oh, so confused, so haunted. So lost. Sometimes it takes half a lifetime to discover your true soulmate. Things happened. Time passed. Ten years later, Lauren found happiness at last -- with the right man for her!

I found this photo on The Guardian Online and thought it should be more widely disseminated for posterity. There's already so much sadness in the world. Let's make room for a little hope...

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whatever happened...
to EGR?

If you've been coming to this page for a while now and wonder why it's so seldom updated, here's the reason...

No, it isn't because I've been spending all my time on porn sites. Anymore. That grafik above is Mystic Bourgeoisie spelled out in the Comicraft Girls-Girls-Girls-Naughty font. (Ricky, don't lose that number...) The EGR blog isn't dead. It's just resting. At least until I finish the damn book -- which could take man-centuries -- the action's all over at Mystic-B. Click on the shapely babes, above, and you'll be there, too. Namaste, motherfucker!

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~D. Weinberger
28 October 2004

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