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 (à 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.

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Voodoo: Dancing in the Dark”

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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.

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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.

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Cowboys & Aliens

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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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