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The Wheel of Life

July 24, 2014

WheelOfLife

Uncle Samsara / Americosmos

Uncle Samsara / Americosmos

I’ve been thinking about the image above a whole lot. Or the Bhavacakra imagery in general, I guess. The concepts have been surfacing a lot in my mind and imagination, and I come across pictures a whole lot too.

I really just wanted to look at and upload the traditional picture, but I came across this Uncle Samsara to the right, and thought it was pretty good too

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

July 20, 2014

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Frank Herbert‘s Dune is definitively up there among my favorite books of all time. I mean, I know there are a whole lot of people love these books, but I do too!

Over the years we’ve all been teased with film adaptations of Dune, but they’ve never turn out all that well. To be fair, I guess there have only been a couple film adaptations as far as I know, but both kind of suck.

Well, I watched a documentary this week called Jodorowsky’s Dune. It was a pretty good film about what director Alejandro Jodorowsky had planned in the ’70s for his adaptation of Dune… about the the Dune movie that was never made.

Like I say, the film was pretty damn good. What interested me the most was seeing how much goes into getting a film made (or not made, in this case). Writing the script, drawing the storyboards, creating set designs, putting music together, interfacing with the studio. Crazy crazy time consuming.

Who knows, Jodorowsky may have been the one who made a Dune movie worth seeing. I’m really not too sure about the changes he had planned for the story, but I do know he had some very talented people working on the project with him. With the late great Mœbius working on the film’s storyboards (which, my goodness, I’d love to own the hardbound storyboard drawings shown in the documentary!), H.R. Giger (of Alien fame) working on the sets, Salvador Dali hired on as an actor, and Pink Floyd planning on scoring the music (this right after finishing their masterpiece, The Dark Side Of The Moon)… well, it is had to see how any project could go wrong with talent like that working with ya.

But it did go wrong I guess, because the film was never made. But this documentary about the unmade film was made, and I liked it.

My Pal Loki

July 13, 2014

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My boy Loki passed away yesterday. I am not one to grieve in public, let alone online, but even though I have other things I could write about Loki is pretty much what I am thinking on. I miss him.

He was a very old boy. I got him in 1998, and he lived until yesterday, 07/12/14. So he was at least 16 when he passed away, but he was also full grown when I got him, so it is possible he was 17 or older. I took him to the vet a couple of years ago, and he told me Loki’s breed never lives past 11 or 12. He was some sort of Rottweiler mix… with maybe some Shepherd in there? Or he could have been a Lab mix too. His personality kind of reminded me of a Lab anyway.

I remember when I first met him at the SLC Humane Society we went out back to play ball. He was more interested in sniffing the perimeter of the fence than the tennis ball, but we still had fun and I knew he was my dog. When I went back to adopt him a few days later, he was so excited to see me he jumped into my lap and pee’d on my leg. Ha! Since then we’ve played hours and hours of Frisbee and fetch, spent years walking and hiking around, went on a few really good trips together, or just chilled out at home. He has been a constant companion for the whole 16 years I have had him. Like I say, I miss him so much.

Yesterday, after he passed, one of my other dogs came running up to me to say hello and get petted. I swear I saw Loki running up to me behind her too. But he wasn’t there. But he was. But he wasn’t. But deep down I really think he was.

I keep expecting to see him laying on his dog bed, but then remember he isn’t around anymore.

I don’t really talk about it, but I believe in reincarnation. Just a very strong feeling I have deep down in my heart. I guess me an a couple billion other people do, so I am in good company. Anyway, I guess I want to tell my boy Loki that I hope to see him again in this world, but if I don’t, I’ll look for him in the next.

I drew the picture of Loki (below) a couple of years ago. I know it is kinda cheesy, but I like it. To me, it shows Loki’s personality really very well. Plus, I remember that exact scene playing out. Loki jumping up all happy like that when a bird flew overhead.

I love ya Loki

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Dovilio Brero the Atlantean

July 6, 2014
Treasure of Atlan

Treasure of Atlan

So, I run across plenty of interesting (and maybe weird) ideas and stories, but I like it that-a-way. Its a strange but interesting world!

Something I came across recently was the artwork of Italian artist Dovilio Brero. Specifically his artwork that depicts his “experience” in Atlantis.

I do love Plato and all, and I have no doubt that we only have a relatively small understanding of human history. I’m also positive there are lost and forgotten civilizations out there waiting to be discovered. But even though I am open to the possibility of Atlantis, Lemuria or Mu (maybe not as a continent I guess, but something like a city?), I am pretty skeptical about most of what I’ve heard… and each individual story one person might tell about Atlantis seems to contradict everybody else’s.

What I have a very hard time believing though is that an artist physically traveled back and forward in time to Atlantis, came back to the present, then painted what he saw. But that is exactly what Dovilio Brero says he did. Its a wonderful and wacky world, and what do I know? I guess I know I kind ‘o like his Atlantis paintings, I like all the funky details. And his story is entertaining, if nothing else.

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Port of Atlan

Port of Atlan

Necropolis Ancient Atlan

Necropolis Ancient Atlan

City of the North

City of the North

Atlan Particular

Atlan Particular

The Tables of Emerald

The Tables of Emerald

Portal of Warrior

Portal of Warrior

Atlan Column of the World

Atlan Column of the World

Atlan Temple

Atlan Temple

Big Elephant Portal

Big Elephant Portal

The Epic of Gilgamesh

June 29, 2014

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imagesIts said that The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest known story in the world. Even though I am a history and mythology nut, I had never read it before this last week. I was somewhat familiar with the myth and characters, but man-o-man, what a great tale. Gilgamesh said “I will stamp my name upon men’s minds forever!” Even though his story was lost for a time, I think he has.

Reading this, it is easy to see the inspiration behind many mythologies, with the most famous probably being the account of the bible’s Great Flood and Noah (who is known in The Epic of Gilgamesh as Utnapishtim). This shouldn’t be a surprise because, from what I remember, the biblical Abraham migrated out of the same near-eastern region. You can even see the origins of many modern myth in the clay tablets (there was much more than just the legend of Gilgamesh recorded in the clay tablets). There are a whole lot of people today who use these myths to explain UFOs, Panspermia, and the Annunaki origins of man. Not to mention Enkidu, who sounds a lot like Bigfoot when we first meet him. Not that I think he literally is or anything, or is even supposed to be, but when he is first introduced Bigfoot was exactly what I thought of…

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The Gilgamesh mythology speaks of the roots of civilization, how mankind first left the forest as an animal to later became human (that’s what Enkidu’s tale says to me anyway), how we’ve sought and gained control over nature (represented by the Cedar Forest and the monster Humbaba), and addresses questions about the meaning of life and the meaning of death.

The story behind the story is also pretty amazing. It was originally written down onto baked clay tablets which were lost and buried underneath ancient ruins for over 2,000 years. In 1853 the first fragments of those clay tablets were discovered among the ruins of Nineveh (the ancient capital of Assyria), but the text couldn’t be translated until decades later.

I love this mythology!

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Artwork at the Mustang Temple

June 22, 2014
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Last fall I saw a documentary on the restoration of a Tibetan Buddhist temple in Mustang, Nepal. It was very interesting to see the effects of time on this all-but abandoned temple, and how the art and architecture were brought back to life.
I like to look at all different kinds of artwork. But typically what my eyes like the most are flat color fields. Throw in some history, gods and artistic talent and you’ve got my attention.
Although I saw this documentary a few months ago, my mind kept wandering back to it and the images. So beautiful.
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Manifest Destiny

June 15, 2014

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I’ve been seriously falling behind on my comic book reading this last year or so. Not intentional, I guess I just found myself busy with other things. I did, however, read the first collection of a new series called Manifest Destiny. This series is published by Image Comics, written by Chris Dingess, and illustrated by Matthew Roberts. I don’t know that I’ve read or have seen any other work by these two creators, but I’ll keep my eyes open. Both the story and artwork are solid and very well done.

Manifest Destiny starts off with explorers Lewis & Clark heading out west in 1804. The primary mission is to explore, but they are also sent to investigate all sorts of supernatural occurrences leaked back by the French to the US Government. Their first encounter is with some sort of centaur/Minotaur/buffalo hybrid beasties who begin hunting them down. That’s pretty early, and as the story progresses, other weird stuff starts going on. Oh, and Sacajawea kicks monster ass, which is great to see.

I love stories about the old west, especially when they have a spooky twist.

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PRIDE

June 7, 2014
Pride Batman

Pride Batman

I say this every year, but I can’t believe how fast time goes on by. Its already June, and it is PRIDE weekend here in SLC.

Much love to our friends on this rainbow weekend!

A Murder of Crows

June 1, 2014
Todd Powelson

Todd Powelson

I have been seeing a lot of crows lately. I learned a long time ago to pay attention to them. Many cultures have seen them as omens of some sort. Its never really clear whether or not the omen is good or bad. But they fly between worlds. Watching. Bringing messages. Memory and Dream. All I know is when I see one I pay attention.

About a year ago I was walking along and I saw this crow flying overhead being chased by three smaller birds. I imagine that crow got caught trying to invade the smaller bird’s nest. Those little birds chased the crow around, herding it to and from different branches, dive bombing and squeaking at it. I must have watched  them for about an hour. It seemed that way at least.

A few days ago I saw something similar again. A crow flew over my head, and then about thirty seconds later it flew over me again in the other direction being chased by a single small squeaking bird. I wasn’t able to watch their drama for long though because that little bird chased the crow out of my view pretty quickly. You tell ‘em birdie!

I think I have seen at least one or two crows everyday for the last few weeks. I like that. Yesterday I was walking along and there must have been ten or more flying around. Circling around really. A murder of crows and their carrion.

I also saw a hawk today. I liked that too.

The Uncanny X-Men

May 25, 2014

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When I was a kid the Uncanny X-Men were my thing. I remember reading one of their comics for the first time, I musta been at around age ten. A friend had a copy of X-Men 111 (I just looked it up). Written by Chris Clairmont and penciled by John Byrne, the X-Men were trapped by Magneto in some big top circus. I thought it was the absolute coolest.

Colossus was my favorite, and if I could have picked any superpower back then it would have been the ability to change my flesh into indestructible steel. I don’t know if that would still be my first choice, but I wouldn’t mind having that super-power today. Wolverine was a close second, of course, but yeah Colossus ruled. And together, their fastball special would warm my nerd heard. Really, the whole team was great (except maybe Cyclops. I always thought he was kind of a weenie. But even he had his place, you betcha! Zapping people with his eyeballs!).

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I followed their comic through Junior High and into High School, which is when my interest in comics in general started to wane. I still loved em, but was just busy with other stuff I guess, plus I was always broke haha. I’ll be honest, the X-Men did kind of wear me down at the time too though. Even though some great characters like Apocalypse and Cable were introduced around the same time and in these alternate history story-lines, there just started to be too many of those alternate histories, with too many of Jean Grey and Scott Summer’s children coming back from the future (or past!) to the present to set things right. I mean, I love that sci-fi stuff… but in moderation. I clung on to them for as long as I could, but by the time I went to college and they were trying to get me to buy all their metal foil covers, I was out. I pretty much quit buying comics for over ten years.

But I have always had a soft spot for the X-Men.

Back in maybe ’04 or so I came across Grant Morrison‘s “New X-Men” for sale and I decided to pick it up. Illustrated by Frank Quiety, I guess these issues kind of got me back in. Not as fanatically as I was when I was a kid, but I did read more of the series, along with related titles like X-Force. So damn good. I’ve gone backward and forward in time since then to get caught up.

Anyway, I am writing about the X-Men because the new X-Men: Days of Future Past came out this weekend and I just saw it earlier. Great movie, and brought back very fond memories!

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