The Freelance Zenarchist (lunaticxfringe) wrote,
The Freelance Zenarchist

If you comment on this post, I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.
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Deadlands: a pen and paper rpg set in the Old West consisting of  wandering gunslingers, riverboat gamblers who happen to steal magic from the devil by beating him in poker, Native American shamans, fire and brimstone preachers, mad scientists, zombies (lots and lots of them, including player characer zombies and a zombie Abraham Lincoln), men-in-black, pirates, kung fu masters and various other forms of weirdness. It was the first pen and paper I ever played and it still has a soft place in my heart.

Anti-Tolkien: an idea that maybe, just maybe, Tolkien was a bad writer from a technical standpoint. In addition, his books are terribly technophobic (and admittedly he lived in the worst time for someone to be endeared to industrialization, and dripping with the Merrie Olde Englad myth (i.e. before the horrors of the modern world, there was a time in England where everyone was happy and frolliced in the pastures and wore flowers in their hair and sat around all day eating pies.  This included the working class, who were not down trodden and freely froliced and ate pies with the rest of the populace.)  I don't like Tolkien all that much I guess.

Hypertime: This is High Weirdness so I'm going to let the wikipedia explain. "The basic premise of the idea was summed up by writer Mark Waid as, "It's all true." It presumes that all of the stories ever told about (for example) Superman are equally valid stories. Despite overt contradictions between the versions of the character (and his adventures, supporting characters, and setting) that appeared in the late 1930s and 1940s comics by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, portrayed by George Reeves in the 1950s TV series, depicted in 1960s and 1970s comics drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger or Curt Swan, portrayed by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 movie and its sequels, written and illustrated by John Byrne in the late 1980s, portrayed by Dean Cain in the 1990s TV series Lois and Clark, portrayed by Tom Welling in the 2000s TV series Smallville, or portrayed by Brandon Routh in the 2006 movie, no one of these versions supersedes any other as canon. This was a repudiation of the prevailing approach to continuity in superhero comics, in which only the currently-used version is considered valid, rendering prior stories which are inconsistent with this continuity officially apocryphal.

As it appears within comics stories themselves, Hypertime is a superdimensional construct which—under very limited circumstances (prescribed by editors in the real world, and by various in-story rules within the DC Universe itself)— can allow versions of characters from one continuity to interact with versions from another. For example, in The Kingdom, a version of Superman extrapolated into the future briefly encounters the Siegel/Shuster version.

Hypertime works like this: the main, or "official" timeline is like a river, with a nearly infinite number of distributaries—alternate timelines— branching off. Most of the time, these alternate timelines go off on their own and never intersect with the main timeline. On occasion, the branches return, feeding back into the main timeline - sometimes permanently, sometimes temporarily. Thus, history can sometimes change momentarily and then change back (or not). If characters from a very different Hypertimeline move into our own, this accelerates the process, causing more noticeable (but shorter) changes to the timeline (for example when the Titans were visited by their counterparts from The Kingdom, Jesse Quick was briefly replaced by a version who had taken her mother's Liberty Belle identity)"
This is so silly and fanboyish that I must love it. I must.

The Great Sun Jester: Either a song Michael Moorcock wrote about his friend who died of a drug overdose, which was then recorded by Blue Oyster Cult, or one of my Discordian aliases. It's a good song and a good alias so there you go.

Attila the Stockbroker: A 50 year old mandolin player who opened at punk shows in 1980s England by reading poetry and now performs either on his own or with his band Barnstormer. I find the stuff he comes out with to be stellar.

Svejk: Svejk, first name Josef, is the protagonist of a Czech novel from the early 20th century, the Good Soldier Svejk and his Fortunes in the World War, about how to dismantle the army from the inside. During the course of the novel, Svejk joins the Hungarian forces in World War I, and while proclaiming his deep love for the empire and its Emperor, causes so much discord amongst his own forces that he would be court-martialed were he not obviously meaning well. The term svejking has become part of Czech parlance and refers to someone playing dumb, with politicians frequently accusing eachother of svejking around. In addition, along the way he's become the national hero of the Czech Republic and you cannot throw a rock there without hitting some sort of Zvejk restaurant, bust, marionette, etc. Josef Svejk is one of the best agents of chaos and discord from the 20th century, or any century, and it's a shame most English speakers have never even heard of him.

Jaroslav Hasek: The young anarchist who wrote the Good Solider Svejk. Enough said.
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I guess I'll ask about cheburashka, the gun club, malcom gladwell, serge gainsbourgh, the boys next door, Bette Davis, and, though I know about her Daphne Guinness just so more people can bask in her splendor
Chinese Alchemy, lawless murphys, berzerkerwarlokkerung, susie porter, norks, urbanex, and beanworld
  1. Chinese Alchemy

    Also known as "Internal Alchemy", it's a kind of Taoist Tantra. I used to practise it, but haven't been able to for years, sadly.

  2. lawless murphys

    A local acappella band. Very, very good. One of the members now writes Platinum Grit.

  3. berzerkerwarlokkerung

    This is one of those Livejournal in-jokes. You had to be there.

  4. susie porter

    One of the sexiest Australian actors alive.

  5. norks

    Australian for Boobs.

  6. urbanex

    Urban Exploration. An interesting pursuit.

  7. and beanworld

    A very interesting comic book series. Well worth checking out.
I'm not just svejkin' around.
Fritjof Capra, Max Stirner, Mikhail Bakunin, Jenny Lewis, libertarian socialism, dancing wu li masters, and etc.
Fritjof Capra - Dude. Physicist, but maybe not a good one. Wrote “Tao of Physics”, which, apparently, is more accurate with the Tao than with the Physics, but I’m not an expert on either. I just like them both. (Although, I think I understand the Way and its Virtue more than the atom and its particles.) He attempts to correlate ancient Eastern philosophy with the new physics. It’s a fun mental exercise whether or not it’s completely isomorphic, valid, or whatever. As an artist rather than a scientist, I enjoyed it immensely. He’s written a bunch of stuff about “deep ecology” since. I haven’t gotten around to reading any of it.

Max Stirner - Dead dude. Individualist. Contrarian. To be honest, I haven’t actually read his book, The Ego and His Own. I’ve only read about it, which is kinda like saying I like chocolate even though I’ve only seen it on the shelf... But, I really like the “chocolate” I’ve read about. Maybe I ought to delete that one...

Mikhail Bakunin - Dead dude. Anarchist. Russian. Hairy. I have actually read some of his stuff. He don’ like the guvamint, and he really don’ like the church. On these two points, I tend to agree. It’s in the filthy little details where I begin to diverge. Of course, he operated over 100 years ago, so there have been some developments since his heyday. Russia seemed to have been spewing out the Anarchists back then: Kropotkin, Tolstoy, etc.

Jenny Lewis - Lady. Singer. Talented even. She was in the movie, Troop Beverly Hills, back in the 80’s. Lately she’s been singing pretty songs solo and with the band, Rilo Kiley. Here’s some lyrics to one of my favorite song by them:

Then you hang up the phone and feel badly for upsetting things
And crawl back into bed to dream of a time
When your heart was open wide and you love things just because
Like the sick and dying

And sometimes when you're on
You're really fucking on
And your friends they sing along
And they love you
But the lows are so extreme
That the good seems fucking cheap
And it teases you for weeks in its absence
But you'll fight and you'll make it through
You'll fake it if you have to
And you'll show up for work with a smile
And you'll be better
You'll be smarter
More grown up and a better daughter or son
And a real good friend
And you'll be awake
You'll be alert
You'll be positive though it hurts
And you'll laugh and embrace all of your friends
And you'll be a real good listener
You'll be honest
You'll be brave
You'll be handsome and you'll be beautiful
You'll be happy

libertarian socialism - Idea. Pipe dream. Fancy way to say, “Anarchy”, although neither libertarianism nor socialism precludes hierarchy, which is really all “anarchy” means: no masters. Did y’all follow that with all the commas and whatnot? Libertarianism, to me, means minimal government, minimal restrictions. Socialism, to me, means economic control by the people for the people. Put ‘em together and what do you get? One step closer to Anarcho-Socialism. I also enjoy talking in circles about Democratic Socialism (another euphemism for that slippery Anarchist slope).

dancing wu li masters - Book. By Gary Zukav. Damn near the same idea as The Tao of Physics. If you read this, that, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance... You’d be mighty confused. I would recommend a healthy dose of Robert Anton Wilson before embarking on this quest. Also, I think maybe “Wu Li” is a translation into Chinese of the English word, “Physics.” Maybe. I don’t know. It’s all relative.

and etc. - Word. Et cetera. “And others”. Meaning: “Shit. I can’t remember any more examples, but I know there are more...” Also: “Dammit. I’m tired of providing examples. Look it up.” And that’s all I have to say about that at this time.
Tolkien wrote so dryly you could use one of his books to make the tide go out.