Archive for August, 2011

My First Anniversary

Happy 1st Anniversary to Me !!!

One year ago yes­ter­day, I post­ed my first post to this blog. That means I’ve been post­ing week­ly (except for the Christ­mas hol­i­day week) for 52 weeks now. Actu­al­ly, I’m pret­ty proud of that, although it also means I’ve had far too much free time (a la unem­ploy­ment) on my hands to make that happen.

Upcoming for the Next Year

Next year will fea­ture more of the same: week­ly blog posts about items from my exten­sive col­lec­tion of hyp­no­sis-relat­ed mate­r­i­al. Maybe this year I will even start work­ing on the non-fic­tion material.

“Jane Annie” by J M Barrie and Arthur Conan Doyle

Giv­en the peo­ple behind it, it should have been a success.

It wasn’t.

“Jane Annie, or The Good Con­duct Award” was an opera writ­ten by J M Bar­rie (of “Peter Pan” fame) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sher­lock Holmes fame) with music by Ernest Ford, for the Savoy The­atre by Richard D’Oy­ly Carte. Four of the biggest names (Doyle, Bar­rie, D’Oy­ly Carte and the Savoy The­ater) in the Lon­don lit­er­ary and the­atri­cal cir­cles could­n’t save what would turn out to be the the­ater’s first true flop.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Jane Annie” by J M Bar­rie and Arthur Conan Doyle”

“Voodoo: Dancing in the Dark”

[amtap book:isbn=1563895331]

When for­mer super­hero Priscil­la Kitaen (code name Voodoo) trav­els to New Orleans to dis­cov­er her future, she becomes involved with a bat­tle between fac­tions of the loa and an attempt to res­ur­rect a dead sorcerer.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Voodoo: Danc­ing in the Dark””

GenCon Findings — 2011

This past week­end I attend­ed Gen­Con, the major gam­ing con­ven­tion in the US. As usu­al, I am look­ing for inter­est­ing and unusu­al role­play­ing games, espe­cial­ly ones that have ele­ments of hyp­no­sis or mind con­trol as part of the char­ac­ter designs or in the oppo­si­tion. This year, I found three such games.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “Gen­Con Find­ings — 2011”

Cowboys & Aliens

[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409847/]

Went to see “Cow­boys & Aliens” yes­ter­day. For those peo­ple still unaware, its based on an inde­pen­dent com­ic about an alien attack on the Amer­i­ca South­west, prob­a­bly some­time in the 1870s. These aliens are attack­ing the locals, kid­nap­ping them for exper­i­ments while at the same time min­ing gold in the region. Over­all it was a good movie, bet­ter than I’ve seen it reviewed, and I enjoyed it. (It was also nice to see that Har­ri­son Ford has­n’t lost his touch.)

How­ev­er, the rel­e­vant area of the movie is only a brief scene, but it also explains a large plot point. When the lead, Jake Lon­er­gan, is dis­cov­ered, he has no mem­o­ry of him­self, only a pic­ture of a woman and a mys­te­ri­ous met­al bracelet on his left arm. Only when he’s in town is he iden­ti­fied as a want­ed crim­i­nal. But when he is to be takn away and the aliens attack does the bracelet reveal itself to be an alien weapon, which brings down one of the alien assault ships. How­ev­er, the many oth­er ships have already car­ried off a num­ber of the townsfolk.

Through a num­ber of tri­als and dif­fi­cul­ties, Jake and the remain­ing towns­folk track the aliens back to their ship and mount a res­cue. Dur­ing the res­cue, Jake dis­cov­ers the miss­ing towns­folk in a large cham­ber, still bound in the alien grap­ples, all star­ing blankly at the light in the ceil­ing. Despite being warned, Jake looks at the light and starts zon­ing out, only to awak­en when his com­pan­ion shoots the mech­a­nism. As for the oth­ers who were under the light for much longer, their mem­o­ries are affect­ed, caus­ing minor to severe mem­o­ry loss. (And for at least one indi­vid­ual, its an improvement.)

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