musings by the wizard

Apologies for the machine gobbledygook – human lucidity to follow this interlude of machine madness!

I thought it was 2021… so I could trust a new Word press theme to slot into place without a fuss. But no, the Hestia theme had ideas of being helpful beyond its machine intelligence, and helpfully plastered a whole bunch of sample filler text in posts it actually then posted to you…aghhh! So no, …

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On Fairytales, Romantic Fantasy and the Bourgeois

When in my twenties I belatedly came into real contact with the Punk movement and related underground anti bourgeois drug-taking communities and thought worlds, I immediately knew I wanted very little to do with this possible way of being, this psychic underbelly as I saw it… I aspired to the upper realms, in philosophy a …

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The Sword of the Fifth Element and the Long Tail

There’s a ‘long tail’ – or long tale – to the things we create, if we live (and believe) long enough and don’t forget too much but let it all simmer on a long-term ‘back burner’ – or perhaps call it an athanor, or alchemist’s oven, which would slowly heat ingredients to fuse them together. …

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The Hedonomatrix

Who said the road to hell, or at least dehumanisation, wasn’t fun? Late last night it coalesced in my mind as a coherent pattern, a syndrome. I christened it the Hedonomatrix. There may be other, better, names – I haven’t checked. By any name, it is now (to my mind) officially a Thing, as the …

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My dog ate my ‘shorts’ – the Big Short revisited.

Checking in here to warn of probable impending bursting of the ‘Everything Bubble’ which has been inflating relentlessly for about ten years – I believe now that makes a record length of time between recessions in the US. So, I have ‘shorted’ the market and you should too – or at least get out BEFORE …

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Joy of rhythm and entrainment

Under all our endeavours lie rhythms we normally take for granted: breathing, brainwaves, sleep and waking, digestion… and most vital of all, the heartbeat. On Sunday morning the cat woke me and I noticed I had an irregular heartbeat.  A really irregular heartbeat. Suddenly it was hard to think of anything else but the rhythm. …

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A t shirt full of ancient stone

I had an interlude on the old Kaipara today, an impromptu quest for the smooth heavy brown stones that I’ve carved from time to time – including lately as I live alone in the Hall of the Ark while I finish relining the hall for the hopeful new owners (who want to teach yoga in …

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‘Go Big or Go Home’ for sensitive artists

Happy Earth Day! Excuse the animal metaphors which follow. ‘Go big or go home’ – this saying, from a Trump documentary, got to me in a good way! I thought ‘Yes we can!‘ – to quote the Obama side of the elephant. Both ends of the human spectrum in  their saner moments know there’s only …

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Being me now – everyone else was taken!

Three fifteen is a dangerous time to wake up. If you start thinking it usually goes downhill fast. So you try to go back to sleep. What if you don’t, but instead look at why your thoughts are gloomy, why your energy is so low? I did that this morning at around 4 AM, Gisborne …

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