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Our connection to the before-times . . .

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The bristlecone pine is so isolated and so well suited to its environment that, until quite recently, its worst enemy was time. If you live 4,000 years, you live long enough to be unlucky, long enough to fall victim to the kind of random events that the Earth’s short-term tenants are spared. John Muir once wrote, of ancient sequoias, that ‘of all living things, the sequoia is perhaps the only one able to wait long enough to make sure of being struck by lightning’.
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If only some could live long enough to die of natural causes

Be my light in this world of darkness.
A woman on Tuesday was charged with setting a fire that burned The Senator, one of the world's oldest cypress trees — and she told authorities she did it because she was wanted light to see the drugs she was doing, investigators said.

Two witnesses identified Sara Barnes, 26, as the person who set the fire, authorities said.

Barnes took photos of the flames with her cellphone and told one of the witnesses that she started it, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said.

"She did not call the Fire Department or 911 to report the fire," said Sterling Ivey, an agriculture-department spokesman.

The tree, which had twigs and branches piled at the base, burned quickly.

"It's a great fuel source," Ivey said. "Unfortunately."

Investigators searched Barnes' apartment near Winter Park Tuesday and confiscated her cellphone and laptop computer. Authorities found methamphetamine, a glass pipe and other drug paraphernalia, they said.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office arrested Barnes late Tuesday on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another woman with Barnes at the apartment was arrested on charges of drug and paraphernalia possession.

The Senator, which stood at Big Tree Park north of Longwood, burned a little after 5:30 a.m. Jan. 16. Known as "The Big Tree," it was thought to have been more than 3,500 years old. With a height of 118 feet and a diameter of nearly 18 feet, the tree was a tourist attraction long before Walt Disney World.

A tip to Crimeline Jan. 17 led to Barnes' arrest. She is being held in the Seminole County Jail.

Another person was with Barnes when the interior of the tree was set on fire, Ivey said. That person has not been publicly identified or charged.

Seminole County will spend nearly $30,000 to install fencing at Big Tree Park near the site where The Senator stood, county commissioners decided today. The fence is designed to prevent someone from stealing the remains of the tree or damaging Lady Liberty, another cypress tree that is an estimated 2,000 years old.
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Anybody has seen it?
Originally Posted by L'Amour Fou (2009) 

The Passions and Demons of Yves Saint Laurent
Published: May 12, 2011

Oh to live the exquisite life! A wistful sigh of longing was my initial reaction to “L’Amour Fou,” Pierre Thoretton’s tantalizing documentary about Yves Saint Laurent, the French couturier who died in 2008.

Later I thought: Maybe not. To be surrounded by the most concentrated beauty the world has to offer and yet be chronically depressed is to confront the sad reality that material bounty may bring fleeting pleasure but nothing resembling peace of mind. To realize that you may have the world while still feeling as if you have nothing is to experience a closer encounter with the void than most of us are likely to have.

As his depression deepened Saint Laurent was joyful only twice a year, on the days a new collection was shown, usually to wild acclaim, according to friends interviewed in the film. Within 24 hours that joy had evaporated. Saint Laurent was so attached to his favorite objects that to part with even one of them would leave “a black hole” in his life, recalls Pierre Bergé, his partner (in business and in life) for a half-century. But the pride of ownership went only so far.

Much of this stately, rather detached biography, narrated by Mr. Bergé, is pornography for the eye (not the body), in which the camera surveys the treasures that the couple collected and that Mr. Bergé sold at a 2009 Christie’s auction for $483.8 million. (That figure is not named in the film.) The mad love of the movie’s title refers only tangentially to their relationship, in which Mr. Bergé was the controlling force and rock on which Saint Laurent built his empire. It refers more directly to their passion for collecting perfect houses filled with the world’s greatest art. In one house, Mr. Bergé recalls, all the rooms were named after characters from Proust.

“L’Amour Fou” is the third documentary about Saint Laurent, following “Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times” and “Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris,” which are now available in the same DVD package. This one, built around the 2009 auction, is a sketchy dual biography that begins with Mr. Bergé’s remembrance of their meeting in 1958, the year after Saint Laurent, then 21, ascended the throne of the House of Dior following its founder’s death.

Vintage footage from Saint Laurent’s early days as a wunderkind show a slim, shy, bespectacled man-child with an impish sense of humor. (When an interviewer asks him what he most admires in a man, his answer is “body hair”; in a woman, it’s “charm.”) Neither a meticulous career retrospective nor a sensationalistic biography of a hedonist who went wild in the mid-’70s after discovering drugs and alcohol, the film concentrates on Mr. Bergé’s discreetly edited personal memories of their life together. When Saint Laurent’s nightlife grew too frenetic, Mr. Bergé moved to a nearby hotel. Saint Laurent finally became abstinent in 1990.

For all the ravishing art on display, “L’Amour Fou” is no catalog. As the camera surveys Picassos, Matisses, Braques and a treasured Brancusi, there is more than the eye can take in. The placement of the art inside their houses reflects their spontaneous style of spotting and collecting almost randomly and assembling everything into a glorious profusion. There is no attempt to analyze Saint Laurent’s importance as a designer, and clips of major Saint Laurent shows are accompanied by little if any analysis. Celebrity appearances are minimal.

If Mr. Bergé’s bite-size recollections are deeply loving, they don’t camouflage the demons that haunted Saint Laurent during his ascendance. Mr. Bergé doesn’t say so outright, but his stabilizing presence was essential to Saint Laurent’s success. Their partnership has similarities to that of Valentino Garavani and his business-and-life partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, as seen in the recent documentary, “Valentino: The Last Emperor.” Saint Laurent appears, however, to have been psychologically much more fragile and more aesthetically refined than his earthier (still living) Italian contemporary, who was born four years earlier.

Along with “Lagerfeld Confidential,” these movies form a trilogy mourning the demise of high fashion while paying tribute to the slightly mad geniuses given unlimited license to realize their design fantasies.


Opens on Friday in New York and Los Angeles.

Directed by Pierre Thoretton; written by Mr. Thoretton and Eve Guillou; director of photography, Léo Hinstin; edited by Dominique Auvray; music by Côme Aguilar; produced by Kristina Larsen and Hugues Charbonneau; released by Sundance Selects. In Manhattan at the Paris Theater, 4 West 58th Street, Manhattan. In French, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes. This film is not rated.
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Yeah, I saw it. It was a while ago and I don't really remember all that much but I did enjoy it. It does cover his fashion work, but a lot of it has to do with his personal struggles.
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A beaded Mario in an epic suburban stop motion adventure.

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The Village is the Village, the Land is the Land, the Suicide of the Spaceman and Other Stories

I've been digging for a copy of this or any information regarding it since a friend (Andrew. G) told me about it in the late 90's and I fell in love with the title. I've also seen the title translated as, "The Village...the Village...the Earth...the Earth, and the Suicide of the Astronaut." It is a children's book by Muammar Gaddafi that from what I can glean takes a sarcastic swipe at Western history. This PDF is in Arabic and was uploaded online last year. Gaddafi would have been 70 this month (according to some sources, it's vague, some say Spring others September). I was excited just to see it and the illustrations until I can get it translated. Due to the lack of information I've been able to find on it (There's less on the net than there was 5 years ago) if not an occult book it's certainly hidden.
معمر القذافى..القرية القرية..الأرض الأرض..وانتحار رائد فضاء..وقصص اخرى

PDF link to story in Arabic:
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Aleister Crowley - Magic Without Tears (1954)
Magick Without Tears, a series of letters, was the last book written by English occultist Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), although it was not published until after his death. It was written in the mid-1940s and published in 1954 with a forward by its editor, Karl Germer.

The book consists of 80 letters to various students of magick. Originally to be titled Aleister Explains Everything, the letters offer his insights into both magick and Thelema ~ Crowley's religious and ethical system ~ with a clarity and wit often absent in his earlier writings. The individual topics are widely varied, addressing the orders O.T.O. and A∴A∴, Qabalah, Thelemic morality, Yoga, astrology, various magical techniques, religion, death, spiritual visions, the Holy Guardian Angel, and other issues such as marriage, property, certainty, and meanness. The book is considered by many as evidence that Crowley remained lucid and mentally capable at the end of his life, despite his addiction to heroin.

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Luigi Serafini: Codex Seraphinianus
Codex Seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978.
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maaaan i wish!
Trailers for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud’s unmade film L’Incal and Moebius’ Arzach.
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Sons of the Desert by Sonia and Tim Gidal

Published by Pantheon Books 1960




























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Cappella di S. Maria degli Angeli by Mario Botta, 1992-96

Monte Tamaro, Lugano, Switzerland

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Buzludzha Monument

(now and then)

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Jacque Fresco (born March 13, 1916), is an American self-educated structural designer, architectural designer, concept artist, educator, and futurist.[3] Fresco writes and lectures his views of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management, cybernated technology, advanced automation, and the role of science in society. With his colleague, Roxanne Meadows, he is the founder and director of The Venus Project[4] Fresco promotes changes to society through a global implementation of a socioeconomic system predicated on his views of social cooperation, technological automation, and scientific methodology, which he refers to as a 'resource-based economy.'
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