“You don’t get it do you, I built this place. Down here I make the rules. Down here I make the threats. Down here… I’m God.“―The Trainman to Neo
The Trainman is an exile who created and operates Mobil Avenue and is a servant of another exile program known as the Merovingian.
After saving fellow Resistance member Axel, Niobe is approached by the Trainman in a subway station. While Niobe does not know who this person is, the Trainman tells her that Zion lasted 72 hours the last time it was attacked by the Machines (referring to the fifth iteration of the Matrix). When questioned about his identity, the Trainman states that he is only an observer of the events unfolding.
Later, the Trainman is approached by Morpheus, Seraph, and Trinity onboard a train. When he sees Continue reading
The Matrix 101
Q: Morpheus doesn’t seem himself in Revolutions – he’s just not kicking butt with the confidence of the previous movies. What’s happened?
A: Morpheus has just learned from Neo that the prophecy is a lie. It’s another system of control engineered by the machines. While he’s likely not completely convinced of this yet, the simple fact is that this man has based his entire existence on finding the “One of Prophecy” to stop the war and free his people. Now, today, he’s been told his life’s work is a sham. This has a debilitating effect on Morpheus. He cannot lead any longer because he doesn’t know where to go next. It’s up to Neo, and Morpheus still believes in Neo, so he does what he has to do to support Neo. If that means co-piloting the Hammer with Niobe, he’ll do it. If it means being the first human to lay down his weapon when faced with hesitating Sentinels after the battle of Zion, he’ll do it. His role is not diminished, nor is his importance, but the path he’s following has changed. We learn the prophecy is a lie from The Architect’s conversation
S. R. I. A. (Rosicrucians)
From Metaphysics, 2006
www. sria.org/articles.htm (Articles)
www. sria.org/index.htm (intro)
The Societas Rosicruciana In America. This Society is the American organization formed by properly qualified initiates to propagate the Ancient Wisdom Teachings in the western world.
Society of Rosicrucians, Inc.
Tradition ascribes the origin of Rosicrucianism to [latter] Egypt, as an organization among the Egyptian priesthood and its Hierophants. Shortly after A.D., the Christian ministry found that the truths of the Ancient Wisdom Religion foreshadowed the New Dispensation, and the two blended in the thoughts of small groups, which became the resort of the more mystical members of the Christian clergy. Continue reading
Scorpio 1st house
A steady unbreakable gaze. The winner of a staring contest. Boring holes through the back of people’s heads with your eyes. Liking to give off an impression of being intense. A passionate approach to life. A person who likes to cause extreme reactions in others through their personal appearance: sometimes making extreme faces, other times showing no expression at all. Hiding all clues to the inner self through the outer mask. A person who actually, physically, hides. A person who does not like having photos taken. A person who seeks an outer, physical transformation. A person who is obsessed with her own appearance. A person whose presence exudes sexuality. Intense presence. Sexual presence. A person who approaches life in a paranoid and suspicious way. A person who has an intensely healing presence. Making people feel uncomfortable. A person who doesn’t know how to relax. A person who Continue reading
From University of Michigan
Zombie History and Haitian Folklore
The origin of the concept of zombiism stems from Haitian Voodoo culture. The word zombie–in Haitian it is “zombi”–means “spirit of the dead.” Voodoo folklore contends that Bokors, Voodoo priests that were concerned with the study and application of black magic, possessed the ability to resurrect the deceased through the administration of coup padre—coup padre is a powder that is issued orally, the primary ingredient of which is tetrodoxin, the deadly substance of the notoriously poisonous fou-fou, or “porcupine fish.”
According to legend, “a zombi(e) is someone who has annoyed his or her family and community to the degree that they can no longer stand to live with this person. They respond by hiring a Bokor..to turn them into a zombi(e).” (Keegan, www .flmnh.ufl.edu)
Once they had been issued the coup padre, the subjects being prepared for their descent into zombidom would appear to die insofar as their heart rate would slow to a near stop, their breathing patterns would be greatly subdued and their body temperature would significantly decrease. The public, thinking that Continue reading
By John D. Cody
AS thunderous tones deepen, their power seemingly intensifies over frail barriers such as glass windows. Certain abrupt thunder peals often shatter windows into tiny fragments. In the apparent absence of thunderous tones we may observe the strong and continuous vibration of glass window panes during storms. A sudden eerie silence, and the window is shattered before our eyes.
Natural phenomena are prodigious generators of infrasound. The potent distal effects produced when natural explosions occur produce legendary effects. When Krakatoa exploded, windows were shattered hundreds of miles away by the infrasonic wave. Wind was not the causative agent of these occurrences, as no wind was felt or detected. Seismographic stations registered the blast, and barometers measured the shockwaves. The “ringing” of both earth and atmosphere continued for hours. It is believed that Continue reading
Neurolinguistic Programming and other Nonsense
By Steven Novella, 2007
There is an episode of Spongebob (one of those few cartoons accessible to both young children and adults) where Patrick, upset that his friend Spongebob has won so many awards and he has won none, decides to copy everything Spongebob does. Patrick is a lazy, dumb, pathetic, (but charming) do-nothing, and he is no less so by simply mimicking Spongebob’s every move – hence the comic irony my four-year-old can appreciate. Neurolinguistic programming (NLP), at its core, takes the Patrick approach to success and counseling.
The wikipedia entry on NLP is fairly factually thorough, and I won’t waste time here reproducing it, so for background I suggest reading the entry. Also, Continue reading