Ennealogic, 2012: Week 3

Psyoptic psymbolism, meta-chthonic phenomena, a list of beasts from A to Z, a two-dimension third-dimension, and new music from far beneath.

During the darkest hours of the afternoons and brightest hours of the night, we are mining the dumpsters, back-alleys, desalinzation plants, storehouses, and underground libraries of This Entropic Technological Millieu. Some of this flotsam we re-direct to our Twitter feed, some of it we post under our VISIONS, and some of it we put up on the shelf for future reference. Borges would be proud of our cataloging system.

Because we’re sifting through so much, we think it would be wise to do a weekly ‘best of’: the best videos, links, news, and bits of strange information we’ve picked up along the way/throughout the week, as we burrow ever-nearer to the center of the Earth. There we will find the Philosopher’s Stone. We will list our nine favorite things, because this reflects the shape of the enneagram.

1. The phrase, “over the transom” – In the publishing world, something that is received ‘over the transom’ is something, such as a manuscript or writing collection, which has been received without prior notification or proposal. We’ve received a few things over the transom this week.

2. ‘The Measure of Mystery’ and ‘Beyond & Between’ by Daniel Higgs – Earlier this week, we received and reviewed the new Measure of Mystery tape from Gnome Life Records. We are now currently awaiting arrival of the new Beyond & Between LP from La Castanya and distributed by Dischord Records. Here is a track from the latter:

3. A Fermilab-brewed hypothesis of a ‘holographic universe’ – “In 2008, Fermilab particle astrophysicist Craig Hogan made waves with a mind-boggling proposition: The 3D universe in which we appear to live is no more than a hologram.Now he is building the most precise clock of all time to directly measure whether our reality is an illusion.”

4. Our participation in the SOPA protest – So we’re auto-torn-hooting, self-back-patting, whatever. We did it.

5. Errol Morris’s Believing is SeeingWe will be writing a formal review of the book soon, but this week, our editors finally got around to giving it a microscopic look. It’s brilliantly designed, obsessively researched, and ceaselessly curious. These are a few of our favorite things. First glance suggests you should pick up a copy ASAP. Any book written by the man who got Werner Herzog to eat a shoe needs to be read.

6. PSYOPS patches – The feature image of this Ennealogic installment is from one of the many images created-by and designated-for the various, secretive US military Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) programs. There’s a lot of stunning symbolism in the design of these, as well as an endless list of cryptic messages and possibilities of interpretation. We’ll have more on these in the comings weeks.

7. This photo we have in our Chthonic Phenomena Facebook album

8. The launch of our R. Dower Book Series– A perfect place for writers with large manuscripts who are looking to get published in a unique way. “The R. Dower Book Series, launched in January 2012, is a special book search named for one of our chief intellectual progenitors, R. Dower, Metaphysical Imaginary (1949 – 2010). Though chronically reclusive and a religious opponent of word processing technology, R. Dower knew how to spin a yarn… and then loop it three times around Alpha Centauri.”

9. An entire animal alphabet – There’s an animal for every letter. There’s a bharal, a grilse, a porbeagle, a xerus, and other great Scrabble words.

That’s it for this week. Come back next Friday for another ennealogical exercise in abridgement.

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