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

- Jake Kotze

June 23, 2017

AYAHUASCA: Into The Dark Abyss?

I listened/watched a few good talks about ayahuasca yesterday.
One at 'Rune Soup' where Gordon White interviewed
Dr Beatriz Labate, who's book pictured above is ironically
available from Amazon.
I also watched an interesting video by 'Your Mate Tom' about his ayahuasca visions called -
AYAHUASCA: Into The Dark Abyss
And another one featuring a psychologist who went to South America to try the spew brew.
After just having finished reading the bloody horrible non-fiction book that Mother Ayahuasca told Graham Hancock to write, ‘Entangled’, I vowed never to touch the stuff, as long as I live.
Bia’s talk was a good one though and has helped to quell my PTSD from reading Graham’s book. So if I can just get past my fear of the Amazon jungle with all those caymans, anacondas, and piranhas waiting for me in the river for when I fall out of the boat, plus my fear of choking on my own spew while tripping out on the brew of the vine of souls, then I might just give it a shot one day.
But I doubt I will.

Bridge Over Troubled Water? Life Imitating Art?

First of all I'd like to send my condolences to all the people who lost loved ones and friends in the tragic events that have taken place in London over the past few weeks and I think the raising of money with this single was a very kind gesture by all involved and that this song is one of my favourite songs of all time.
I've always found it haunting for some reason, but even more so now that I've found a few synchronicities involving this song and the tragic events over the past few weeks.
I only heard about the choice of song for the Grenfell disaster in the last few days and thought that maybe the choice of song title was to include the London Bridge/Westminster Bridge terrorist attacks as well.
I have no idea if that is the case, or not, but from what I have read the single was only to raise money surrounding the fire.
Robbie Williams leads 'moving' charity single for Grenfell Tower victims
"The single, a cover of Simon and (Art)Garfunkel's 1970 song
Bridge Over Troubled Water, was organised by music and TV producer Simon Cowell, and released on streaming services including iTunes and Spotify overnight.
It topped iTunes charts in the UK just hours after its release and has already reached the top 20 in Australia.
All proceeds from the song will go to the London Community Foundation, to assist those affected by last week's disaster, which saw a fire sweep through the 24-storey apartment block in London.
79 people have so far been confirmed dead in the tragedy, with hundreds still unaccounted for amid protests at Theresa May's government's response to the disaster.
The track, which begins with an emotional verse from grime rapper Stormzy, also features stars including Jessie J, James Blunt, Craig David, Geri Halliwell and Roger Daltry, each taking turns singing lines from the song.
It's backed by Queen's Brian May, Chic's Nile Rodgers and The Who's Pete Townshend who provide musical accompaniment, as well as a choir of locals from the tower's North Kensington community, including survivors of the blaze."
London Bridge
London Bridge is Falling Down?
Now, I'm not suggesting that there is some sort of Illuminati conspiracy involved in the choosing of this song...although I'm sure some nutters will be thinking that when I  point out a few eerie things around this song and the fire.
I'm pointing these things out on a Jungian "collective unconscious" level and am not for one minute suggesting there are conscious choices being made between this song and current events...and some would just write it off as nothing more than coincidence.
My response to that is...whatever, but here is what has come to my attention with this song choice.
The first thing I thought of when I first saw the tower burning on the news and hearing that there were people trapped in the building was September 11, or as it has been referred to since as 9/11.
'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was recorded on November 9th, which when you write that date down in Great Britain, or Australia (where I live) is 9/11. 
Not only that, but Art Garfunkel's birthday falls on
Guy Fawkes Night, November 5th.
And if you think this all sounds a little bit too much like the 'X-Files', well Chris Carter and Paul Simon both share the 13th of October as their birthdays, which is why Chris Carter named his production company 10/13.
"Ten Thirteen Productions is a production company founded by Chris Carter in 1993, which produced four television series and two films (The X-Files: Fight the Future and
The X-Files: I Want to Believe). The company was named after Carter's birthday, October 13."
Being an Aussie myself and knowing how many Australians were killed and stabbed in the London Bridge attack I also thought it was ironic that the 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' album was released on January 26th, 1970, which would have been Australia Day.
Art imitating life...or just all coincidence?

June 22, 2017

The Future of Pod-casting and Trouble at Ten

I listened to the above ABC produced pod-cast a few days ago, which was about the future of pod-casting -
Can Audible's Original Programming Chief Make the Sopranos of Podcasting?
I thought this was interesting, as I had written a bit of a rant on how I like the "free" pod-casts that are available to me on line, which I don't want to pay for -
When This Baby Hits #88 We're Going to Hear Some Serious S#it in the "Synch Community"
And I have to write that I used to like the site until I found out that Amazon acquired it in 2008.
Audible headquarters
" is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming on the Internet.
Audible sells digital audio-books, radio and TV programs and audio versions of magazines and newspapers.
Through its production arm, Audible Studios, Audible has also become the world's largest producer of downloadable audiobooks.
On January 31, 2008, Amazon announced it would buy Audible for about $300 million.
The deal closed in March 2008 and Audible became a subsidiary of Amazon."
SIR NOFACE with Chad Calek – Paranormal Podcast 488
I notice a lot of individually produced pod-casts that I don't mind listening to, like the 'Paranormal Podcast' and 'Mysterious Universe' are being sponsored by Amazon subsidiaries such as and others...maybe not so much 'Paranormal Podcast' now that I'm listening to the latest show above, unless the Gia network is now owned by Amazon.
To me that just smacks of a company trying to monopolize the pod-cast market...that's if you can make it successfully marketable...which I'm sure you can.
Even though I do buy stuff through Amazon at the moment, the bigger the company becomes the less likely I will be to continue buying from them in the future.
I don't like supporting monopolizing players like Amazon, if I can find an alternative.
The free cookies they are handing out now will cost you a dollar each tomorrow, I think.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
"Bezos selected the name Amazon by looking through the dictionary and settled on "Amazon" because it was a place that was "exotic and different" just as he envisioned for his Internet enterprise; the Amazon river, he noted was by far the "biggest" river in the world and he planned to make his store the biggest in the world.
Bezos placed a premium on his head start in building a brand, telling a reporter, "There's nothing about our model that can't be copied over time.
But you know, McDonald's got copied.
And it still built a huge, multibillion-dollar company.
A lot of it comes down to the brand name.
Brand names are more important online than they are in the physical world."
Additionally, a name beginning with "A" was preferential due to the probability it would occur at the top of any list that was alphabetized.
Since June 19, 2000, Amazon's logotype has featured a curved arrow leading from A to Z, representing that the company carries every product from A to Z, with the arrow shaped like a smile."
As mentioned in the 'Download This Show' podcast, free to air TV station Channel 10 has gone bust and while there is talk it may be gone forever, players like Murdoch (owner of FOX) are circling for a bargain buy, by the sounds of it.
Ironically Channel 10 are the free to air station that brought shows like 'The Simpsons' and 'Twin Peaks' into the home of most Australians for free.
The Fox TV network on the other hand will let you watch 'The Simpsons'  for a price on their cable network.
Would you like a cookie?
It's a shame seeing free to air networks like TEN going the wall financially, but I'm sure they won't be the last to be put into this situation in the future.
I think it was ironic also that Marc Fennell, the host of the 'Download This Show' pod-cast was once a regular on the now defunct Channel 10 show named 'The Circle' -
The Circle of Connection
Considering the movie 'The Circle' is about an Apple like monopoly company and is about to hit Aussie screens soon -
Emma Watson's Eerie Circle
Emma Watson, Bill Paxton, Oscar Night and Synching Like a Stone
And on the subject of 10 being in trouble lately I was listening to another pod-cast show that talks about all the trouble happening for number 10 Downing Street in Great Britain and all the recent turmoil in that part of the world lately -
Edition 160 – John White – Political Chaos In The UK
Personally, I don't like listening to political pod-casts like this episode was focusing on, but the show's site does have a few interesting topics discussed in some of their other pod-casts, apart from this boring (in my opinion) episode.
The 'THA Talks' Podcast
So I hope they don't end up going all Red Ice, as far as politics goes, as Red Ice Radio used to be interesting when they first started out, now it's mainly just political BS, hatred and fear-mongering happening at that site.
There are a lot of good "free" podcasts being put out like
Noah Lampert's 'Synchronicity' pod-casts and I can understand Noah's frustration in trying to build these ventures financially in a very tough and competitive new industry (as Noah expresses in the You Tube above), but listeners like me are drawn to these pod-casts because they are free.
Conversations with Richard Fidler
Richard Fidler doesn't like being interviewed
I love listening to all of these creative pod-casters doing what they love and talking about what they love and bringing it to their listeners for free.
I hope they all find ways to keep those pod-casts coming for free, while hopefully making enough money for themselves to keep those podcasts coming to the ears of tight fist-ted bastards like me, who don't want to pay to hear them:-) 

June 21, 2017

The Cloud Egg Appreciation Society

I'm already a member of the 'Cloud Appreciation Society' -
The Cloud Appreciation Society
But it might be time to form the 'Cloud Egg Appreciation Society', or find myself one to join?-)
Cloud eggs: How to make the latest healthy breakfast craze
Cloud eggs are created thus:
First, separate the yolk from the white.
Whisk the white as if you were making meringues and fold in any optional extras you may like, such as cheese, ham (not for me thanks)
or little cubes of bacon 
Place the whipped white in a cloud shape on a baking tray, leaving dips in the middle where the yolks will go later.
Bake in an oven preheated at 230°C oven for five to eight minutes.
Put the egg yolk in the middle of the cloud and return to the oven for three minutes before serving. eggs.

'A Day in the Life' of The Muse?

Have you ever wondered what inspires an artist to sing or write a particular song?
I've been reading Chris Knowles' series of posts about the late Buckleys, Tim and son Jeff and 'The Song of the Siren' .
Song to the Siren/Chase the Blues Away?
The posts also center around Elizabeth Fraser's musical career and romantic connections with the late Jeff Buckley, who died in a river 20 years ago.
Tim Buckley was born on the 14th of February, 1947 (the same year David Bowie...or Davie Jones was born), which of course is Valentine's Day.
"David Robert Jones was born on 8 January 1947, in
Brixton, south London, England, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963.
The singer's debut single, "Liza Jane", credited to Davie Jones and the King Bees, had no commercial success.
Dissatisfied with his stage name as Davy (and Davie) Jones, which in the mid-1960s invited confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees, Bowie renamed himself after the 19th-century American pioneer James Bowie and the knife he had popularised.
His April 1967 solo single, "The Laughing Gnome", using speeded-up thus high-pitched vocals, failed to chart.
Cover of the 1973 Danish single
Released six weeks later, his album debut, David Bowie, an amalgam of pop, psychedelia, and music hall, met the same fate.
It was his last release for two years"
"Did someone mention Davy Jones?"
Released May 26th, 1967
How many (rabbit) holes does it take to fill the Albert Hall?-)
Chris Knowles mentioned in his post about a show that 
Elizabeth Fraser was doing on July 23rd, 2017 at the
Royal Albert Hall.

I was reading this blurb at the site for the July 23rd Albert Hall concert/talk - 
"Two musical legends will appear in conversation at the Royal Albert Hall for a unique one-off event to mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexuality."
Which reminded me of The Beatles album from 50 years ago and the song 'A Day in the Life', which has the lines -
"I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the
Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on.
Reading further about what inspired that song I found out it was written about the Guinness heir Tara Browne (Born March 4th, 1945) who died in a car crash in London, steering his car into a lorry and saving his model girlfriend Suki Potier, who would later die in a car crash while on holiday in Portugal on June 23rd, 1981.

Released July 23rd, 1978
"In 1966 Suki was dating the Guinness heir Tara Browne. On 18 December 1966, she was with him in his car when he was driving through South Kensington and collided with a parked truck.
Tara died instantly; Suki was not injured.
The Beatles song A Day in the Life is often held to be based on this incident.
After living with Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones guitarist, she married the Hong Kong business man Robert Ho, eldest son of Stanley Ho, one of the wealthiest men in Macau.
She and her husband died in a car crash while on holiday in Portugal in 1981"
Browne failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry.
A Walk of Art and Synch in Redcliffe
Redcliffe in Queensland Australia is where the Bee Gees would start to make their way into the music world.
23 km north of Brisbane
"At the beginning of August 1958, the Gibb family set sail for Australia from Southampton on a ship called Fairsea.
Also aboard was Red Symons, future guitarist of Skyhooks, as well as Kylie Minogue's mother.
In 1959, the brothers began singing at the Redcliffe Speedway between races to earn money, their vocal talent brought them to the attention of Bill Gates, a radio deejay.
Gates was also interested in Gibb's original material including "Let Me Love You" and 
"(Underneath the) Starlight of Love". 
After hearing those songs, Gates asked him for more original material for the tape.
"The Bee Gees returned to England in early 1967.
On 24 February, the group passed a live audition with
Robert Stigwood and later signed to Robert Stigwood Organization also the same day that "Spicks and Specks" was released by Polydor as a single in England.
Stigwood became the manager of the Bee Gees.
The result was their first international LP Bee Gees' 1st, the second single from the album "To Love Somebody", on which Gibb provided the lead vocal has become a standard song as covered by hundreds of artists consistently throughout the years since."

"Drown On the River"
"In 1967, Gibb was in The Speakeasy Club, a nightclub in London where he was introduced by Pete Townshend to John Lennon.
Lennon was still wearing his outfit for
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band photo shoot earlier that day on 30 March 1967; after a couple of scotch and cokes, Townshend said to Gibb, "Do you want to meet John?" and he led Gibb across to a room where Lennon was holding court and Townshend said, "John. This is Barry Gibb, from the group the Bee Gees" to which Lennon replied, "Howyadoin'".
"So I met John Lennon's back", Gibb says with a laugh, "I didn't meet his front".
Gibb earlier said in 2010 about the meeting, "It was virtually a closed club and you went downstairs and there was a coffin and if you were someone they knew and you were supposed to go in, the wall would turn around... and in you would go.
There would be [Rolling] Stones lying around all over the place.
It was one of those days when I met John Lennon – from the back.
It was Pete Townshend who introduced me... [Lennon said], 'Pleased to meet you', and he carried on talking to his guest.""
1967: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
1977: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
"The Muses /ˈmjuːzᵻz/ (Ancient Greek: Μοῦσαι, Moũsai; perhaps from the o-grade of the Proto-Indo-European root *men- "to think" or from root *men- "to tower, mountain", since all the most important cult-centres of the Muses were on mountains or hills."
"The earliest known records of the Nine Muses are from Boeotia, the homeland of Hesiod
Some ancient authorities thought that the Nine Muses were of Thracian origin.
There, a tradition persisted that the Muses had once been three in number.
In the first century BC, Diodorus Siculus quotes Hesiod to the contrary, observing:
Writers similarly disagree also concerning the number of the Muses; for some say that there are three, and others that there are nine, but the number nine has prevailed since it rests upon the authority of the most distinguished men, such as Homer and Hesiod and others like them.
Diodorus also states
(Book I.18) that Osiris first recruited the nine Muses, along with the Satyrs or male dancers, while passing through Ethiopia, before embarking on a tour of all Asia and Europe, teaching the arts of cultivation wherever he went.
According to Hesiod's account (c. 600 BC), generally followed by the writers of antiquity, the Nine Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (i. e. "Memory" personified), figuring as personifications of knowledge and the arts, especially literature, dance and music."
Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997)
1997: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
"To "drown on the river" is to lose a poker hand because of the last card drawn."
"The Deal film was scheduled to release in September 2007 but it was released direct to DVD in Europe around February 2008, and to ‘select theaters’ in the United States at the end of April, when the soundtrack CD also appeared."
Or poker with the Joker, more like it.
Is This a Joke Robin?