" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

October 21, 2017

The Art of Butchering Pop Culture

Artist turns classic love songs into vintage horror novel cover art
I came across an artist who goes under the name Butcher Billy from the above link where it was written -
"Think of the best love and heartbreak songs from the 80’s until now, but now imagine them as 70’s and 80’s era Stephen King novel covers and you’ve got the work of graphic artist The Butcher Billy, who’s shared these covers on his Instagram."
I threw my wedding ring into those waters in the above poster when I divorced
The thing is it was the image of the book referring to Lionel Richie's song 'Hello' painted on a novel cover artwork of  The Butcher Billy's in Google images, while I was looking for images for a post I was writing about the new 'IT' movie that was about to come out at the time that drew my attention to the website that featured more of Butcher Billy's book covers.
But it was also announced that Lionel would be headlining 'Bluesfest' on the Easter Monday in 2018.
Plus 'Twin Peaks' had just also finished it's series run on TV when I stumbled on that image.

The Twin Peaks of Nightmares and Dreams?

I wrote a few posts back when I was writing about Rose McGowan's current media storm and some films that she starred in -
2017: The Name of the Rose, the Black Hole Sun and the Place of the Lion?
that I couldn't help thinking of the little synchromstic film a couple of my synch-head buddies put together and even showed it to
Rose McGowan not long after they made it.
This is it in the You Tube below and when I watch it again in 2017 and look at the themes and actors
(some who passed away unexpectedly this year also) my jaw hits the floor.

A young person in the film industry who viewed that post and video said to me what would these guys know about Hollywood film-making and actor's lives anyway?
Which brought a smile to my face.
So I thought I better write this post to explain to others wondering the same question when watching that video, which was made quite a while ago, that the guy narrating the film is Andras Jones, who played one of the twins in the movie
'Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'.
Andras Jones
And ironically enough, while on the subject of twins, Andras even starred in a film in which the lady with the eye-patch on that 'Twin Peaks' magazine cover up near the top of the post was in.
And Andras was into pizzas long before anyone ever heard of "Pizzagate" I might add:-)
The other guy involved in the film that Andras narrated about Rose McGowan also made a synch film on Andras' movie roles, too.
See the You Tubes above and below if you don't know much about Andras and would like to know more.
Striking Balance With Andras Jones
So there you go and now you know who Andras Jones is, if you didn't before.
I hope you found this post more food for thought when it comes to synchromystisism, movies and actor's careers...and the type of weirdos I hang with on the internet;-)

October 20, 2017

Dark Nut of the Soul?

Rose (Rise?) Arianna McGowan in 'Planet Terror'
Nuit the Sky Goddess
Nut (Goddess)
"In Egyptian mythology, Nuit or Nut was the sky goddess.
She is the daughter of Shu and Tefnut and was one of the Ennead.
The sun god Re entered her mouth after the sun set in the evening and was reborn from her vulva the next morning.
She also swallowed and rebirthed the stars.
She was a goddess of death, and her image is on the inside of most sarcophagi.
The pharaoh entered her body after death and was later resurrected."
Rose as Miss Kitty/Bast from 'Monkeybone'
"In art, Nuit is depicted as a woman wearing no clothes, covered with stars and supported by Shu; opposite her (the sky), is her husband, Geb (the Earth).
With Geb, she was the mother of Osiris, Horus, Isis, Set, and Nephthys.
During the day, Nut and Geb are separated, but each evening Nut comes down to meet Geb and this causes darkness.
If storms came during the day, it was believed that Nut had some how slipped closer to the Earth. Nut is the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in this world.
Her fingers and toes were believed to touch the four cardinal points or directions."
Is the Trump just a Joker?

Gambling Addiction: Enter the (Twilight?) 'Zone' Where Winning is a Distraction?

"We can spend an awful lot of time pursuing a pleasurable experience that is far from "mission critical" — like discovering how a piece of machinery is assembled, or nutting out the pattern to a sequence of symbols.
This kind of puzzle can be frustrating, but the pleasure of eventually solving it spurs us on — and crucially, our brains process the anticipation of that understanding as a form of pleasure.
Chemically, even though we've done nothing useful, this is the same reward we get for achieving a survival goal.
And it's that anticipatory pleasure pathway which goes into overdrive when we gamble. It can lead us to a place that addicts call
"the zone", where even winning the jackpot is a distraction from the game."

Gambling addiction: Enter the 'zone' where winning is a distraction
""If you give them a predictable set of rewards, then they lose interest quite quickly; if it's unpredictable, they tend to establish behaviour which is very hard to extinguish."
The second manipulation is called classical conditioning — discovered way back in the 19th century by Anton Pavlov.

He found that feeding a dog, and associating that food with a sound, meant that the dog would eventually salivate at the sound alone."

A little less conversation
A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
Satisfy me baby
Baby close your eyes and listen to the music
Drifting through a summer breeze
It's a groovy night and I can show you how to use it
Come along with me and put your mind at ease
A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
Satisfy me baby
Come on baby I'm tired of talking
Grab your coat and let's start walking
Come on, come on
Come on, come on
Come on, come on
Don't procrastinate, don't articulate
Girl it's getting late, gettin' upset waitin' around
A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart...

A parallel universe with real-world consequences
"It's also highly addictive.
The dopamine release is what keeps people going back to addictive drugs like cocaine, Dr Livingstone says.
And over the past 100 years or so, the architects of gambling environments have become masters at utilising this chemical cycle in our brain — to the extent that gamblers really don't welcome anything which disrupts it, because it takes them out of their "zone".
"The zone was very much about flow and rhythm and repetition and just continuing," says Natasha Schull, a cultural anthropologist who spent many hours in the casinos of Las Vegas researching the design of gambling environments and the way gamblers behave.
She spoke to addicts who said
winning a jackpot just made them feel annoyed."

"Carolyn Hirsh is a former Victorian MP and psychologist, and was also a self-confessed gambling addict.
She remembers the power of that psychological conditioning in action.
"There's the music, there is the sound when you win, and you think 'I've won', although you haven't — you've actually lost.
But music plays," she says.
"People come around and give you free
coffee and look after you, there's that nice feeling.
But … I think the real thing is the way the machines are designed alters the brain."
These changes to the gambling brain can do a lot of damage.
Being in "the zone" means being in an alternate universe, where family and responsibility don't seem important.
There's even data to show an association between areas with a large number of poker machines and the rates of particular kinds of crime, Dr Livingstone says.

The gambling zone
""The harms of gambling include separation, fraud, financial disaster, divorce, violence and neglect of children," he says.
"They are associated with mental and physical ill health, and of course ultimately with suicide. Most people who experience gambling harm are too ashamed to admit that they have succumbed to such a silly addiction, as they see it."