Archive for November, 2010

My Blogroll

A blogroll, in blog­ging terms, is a list of exter­nal web­sites that the local web­site lists and has some kind of con­nec­tion with. Its not very long at the moment but I expect it will grow.


A Suc­cu­bi’s Tale — One of the most seduc­tive super­nat­ur­al crea­tures around, suc­cu­bi (and their male coun­ter­parts, incu­bi) are ascribed in pop­u­lar cul­ture to be over­whelm­ing­ly and hyp­not­i­cal­ly charm­ing (sec­ond only to vam­pires in these regards, if only by their sta­tus as sec­ondary to vam­pires in pop­u­lar­i­ty, although the own­er of the blog in ques­tion will say otherwise.)

Mind Con­trol 101 — Okay, hyp­no­sis isn’t Mind Con­trol, or, at least, that’s the point I am try­ing to present. Still the two con­cepts over­lap in the pub­lic con­scious­ness far too much to be ignored.


Der­ren Brown — Well, he plays on on TV, along with play­ing an illu­sion­ist, show­man and magi­cian, and prob­a­bly a few oth­er kinds of per­former that haven’t been named yet. And he’s pret­ty good at them all, from what lit­tle I’ve been able to see (the Atlantic Ocean and the metaphor­i­cal divide it rep­re­sents makes it dif­fi­cult to watch him here in the US.) Plus he has a lot intel­li­gent things to say about a lot of dif­fer­ent sub­jects in his blog.

Bri­an David Phillips — An Amer­i­can Were­wolf in Taipei — Bri­an David Phillips has appar­ent­ly made one of his life’s goals the pro­mo­tion and pop­u­lar­iza­tion of hyp­no­sis to the lay and pro­fes­sion­al com­mu­ni­ties both through his Soci­ety for Expe­ri­en­tial Trance and his exten­sive col­lec­tion and sup­port sys­tem of train­ing videos.


Bliss­ful Thoughts — The blog of my good friend Lady Ru’Etha. She is one of the few peo­ple I’ve allowed to hyp­no­tize me. Warn­ing: Con­tent may be NSFW as what she has to say can ven­ture into sex­u­al territory.

Juke­box’s Hyp­not­ic Blog — Some­one I’ve befriend­ed through Lady Ru’Etha and who also has inter­est­ing things to say about hyp­no­sis. Again, some con­tent may be NSFW as what he has to say can ven­ture into sex­u­al territory.

“Mars Needs Women” (1967)


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“Mars Needs Women”: Men from the plan­et Mars (led by for­mer Dis­ney child actor Tom­my Kirk) come to Earth to steal genet­i­cal­ly-per­fect women (includ­ing stun­ning­ly beau­ti­ful sci­en­tist Yvonne Craig) with which to rebuild their race. Their strat­e­gy leaves a lot to be desired, as they announce to the Earth that they are com­ing and why, so the Earth is imme­di­ate­ly on guard against them.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Mars Needs Women” (1967)”

BlogCatalog: not worth the effort

I have a very good plu­g­in in All-In-One Web­mas­ter, which con­cen­trates sup­port for a num­ber of blog-ori­ent­ed web­sites and ser­vices, not the least of which are Google Web­mas­ter and Google Ana­lyt­ics, Yahoo, etc. It puts in the meta tags and code into the blog pages to iden­ti­fy the blog to these ser­vices and makes it easy to reg­is­ter for these ser­vices if not already registered. 

One of the web ser­vices this plu­g­in sup­ports is Blog­Cat­a­log. I went and signed up with the ser­vice and added the returned ID code into the set­tings page and ver­i­fied the data was in the blog page. Then I wait­ed for Blog­Cat­a­log to fin­ish query­ing the web­site to check the tag and ver­i­fy the site was there.

That was a cou­ple of weeks ago. With a week, i got a mes­sage from Blog­Cat­a­log say­ing they could­n’t ver­i­fy the blog, which was bogus as I could see that the required meta tag was present. I wait­ed about anoth­er week and tried again, with the same results.

There­fore, I went to the Blog­Cat­a­log web­site to reg­is­ter a com­plaint. What I found was that the com­ment form was­n’t work­ing, and when I tried to add a dis­cus­sion about this sit­u­a­tion, I got an almost-blank page with a mes­sage say­ing “An unex­pect­ed error occurred.”

If that’s the lev­el of sup­port Blog­Cat­a­log has for its own web­site, then its not worth my time to do any­thing fur­ther with it. I’ve removed the ID code from the set­tings pages and will have noth­ing fur­ther to do with them. Its just not worth the effort. 

Just a reminder, folks

I just had to delete a com­ment which had very lit­tle to do with the top­ic at hand and every­thing to do with being a (rather pathet­ic) polit­i­cal dia­tribe. That kind of mate­r­i­al has no place here and will be delet­ed: this is my place and any­one who wants to con­tribute has to play by my rules. Those rules are pret­ty flex­i­ble but this time the writer went way over the line. I won’t repeat what they wrote but what it came a lit­tle too close to get­ting referred to the author­i­ties that I am com­fort­able with (and if they’d been a lit­tle more imag­i­na­tive than just sim­ply doing a search&replace job it would have been) and I’m refer­ring specif­i­cal­ly to a US fed­er­al depart­ment with a proven record of hav­ing no sense of humor.

“They Live” (1988)


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Aliens invade Los Ange­les (and by impli­ca­tion, the entire world) but no one notices, because of their tele­vi­sion mind con­trol devices. Instead, every­one is hyp­no­tized into believ­ing every­thing is nor­mal, with con­tin­u­al rein­force­ment through just about every media venue, from bill­boards and mag­a­zines, even to the dol­lar bills in cur­ren­cy. Only a few peo­ple can see the truth and they are the most hunt­ed peo­ple on the planet.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly for the aliens, the newest per­son to see through the mind con­trol haze is a drifter with an extra­or­di­nary sense of self-preser­va­tion and the back-alley fight­ing skills to back it up. One drifter against an entire city. The aliens are in trouble.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““They Live” (1988)”

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