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 The Marauder's Map82 comments
picture7 Jun 2004 @ 13:54

Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers
are proud to present
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 Crusades8 comments
picture13 May 2004 @ 13:07

"Of all the wars waged in the name of God, none has ever matched the arrogance and conceit of the Christian Crusades. For nearly two centuries (1095-1291), this medieval "holy war" variously raged, sometimes so spiritually misshapen by rapaciousness, murder, and political greed that to think it all had to do with Christian faith is absurd. (...) To understand the effects of the Crusades is to understand much of today's religious geography, and Mr. Jones and company can fairly lay claim to having helped set the record straight." — Jamie Friddle, Editorial Review (

Clearly, the time of crusades is not over, and if we want to understand the troubles of our own times, a good place to start is with the troubles of the past. This documentary gives us a very clear idea of the darkest aspects of crusading, and may give us Americans pause as we hear calls to invade and occupy ever more Islamic nations in the Middle East.  More >

 NCN: 16% evil, 84% good ?10 comments
picture22 Jan 2004 @ 14:04

The Gematriculator is a service that uses the "infallible" methods of Gematria developed by Mr. Ivan Panin to determine how good or evil a web site or a text passage is.
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 Interview with Baalberith11 comments
picture24 Aug 2003 @ 22:22
With the Musing Muse warmest regards to Martha, a faithful and constant friend to The Muse. "It is through the Joy of Connection that we do our greatest work", so this wink is for you, Borderless one ;-)

One of the most fascinating aspects of the World Wide Web is those curious and fascinating places that cyberspace seemingly spawns synchronously and serendipitously out of nowhere and the wild and unruly crowd of unlikely and otherworldly characters it appears to bring together from all over the world/underworld/overworld. One such place, as we all know, is NCN, and it just so happens that the activity of one such unlikely, otherworldly character who goes by the handle of Baalberith and who has been posting a few comments here and there in the Public News Log, did not escape the vigilant attention of the Musing Muse. Enquiring mind has to know. I do not mean to boast but Baalberith is not an easy fellow to get hold of, so it is with undisguised pride that I introduce him here to you:
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 Straw Paws18 comments
picture19 Jun 2003 @ 09:10
The Interview

My column today is a reprint of the infamous Bearly Ponder Press articles by Loopy B Nosey. We spent a delightful afternoon together in conversation and due to the numerous questions by Loopy the interview was extended through dinner and into the late evening.
Loopy wrote two articles and today is a reprint of the first article to clarify any misconceptions. While some of my ideas may seem radical, once you adjust to these changes, your life will take a new turn. Guaranteed!  More >

  Straw Paws6 comments
picture11 May 2003 @ 11:23
Mirth, Mischief and the Morris way

"Serious you say, my manly woman or is it womanly man? Why of course life is serious but it doesn’t mean you have to take it that way."

Mr. Morris speaking to a convention of Nay-Sayers, Doubtsville, USA. (the exact location is secret)  More >

 Aleatoric and Political Surrealism in the Age of the Internet4 comments
picture9 May 2003 @ 20:29
aleatory and aleatoric - Composition depending upon chance, random accident, or highly improvisational execution, typically hoping to attain freedom from the past, from academic formulas, and the limitations placed on imagination by the conscious mind (...)
Aleatory was also employed by numerous twentieth century avant-garde artists. Followers of the Dada and Surrealism produced numerous examples. Jean Arp (French, 1887-1966) made collages by dropping small pieces of paper onto a larger piece, then adhering them where they landed. André Masson (French, 1896-1987) and Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) allowed their pens to wander over sheets of paper in the belief that they would discover in those doodles the ghosts of their repressed imaginations. Similarly, Tristan Tzara (Rumanian, 1896-1963) created poetry by selecting sentences from newspapers entirely by chance.
---Artlex on Aleatoric

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 Un Amour de Swan4 comments
picture9 May 2003 @ 20:19
Katelyn Mariah aka Swan is best known around NCN for her online journal, Swan's Song and Hummingbird's Heart and for her Avalon Gallery of Visionary Art. And with names such as "swan" and "hummingbird" and the ever present bird related imagery of many of her paintings it should have come as no surprise to The Muse that her interest in birds would be something that Katelyn would also actively pursue in her daily life outside of cyberspace. But no swans or hummingbirds here, no casual birding either, as it turns out---Surprise! Surprise!---Katelyn has been working as a volunteer at a rehab center for birds of prey for about seven years now.  More >