The comet huntress

The Renaissance Mathematicus

If people ask what sort of historian I am, if I am being somewhat formal I answer a narrative historian of the contextual history of science. That’s quite a mouthful and if I have to explain it I say, I’m a storyteller. I tell stories from the history of science, not anecdotes but factually based stories. For me the most important aspect of those stories is that the scientific elements are embedded in the social, political, cultural, religious, intellectual and economic contexts of their time. Science for all of its supposed objectivity does not live outside of human culture but is an integral part of it. If I was asked to give an example of how my approach to the history of science works in practice I might well point people towards Emily Winterburn’s The Quiet Revolution of Caroline Herschel.[1]

Caroline Herschel001

In this book Emily Winterburn has delivered up…

View original post 680 more words

The Collapse of the Alt Right

Opp Post

In January you’ve still got the choice
You can cut the weeds before they start to bud
If you leave them to grow high they’ll silence your voice
And in December you may pay with your blood”

– Peggy Seeger, Song of Choice

An alt right conference over the weekend of March 9 was intended to be a moment of regroupment for the American white identity movement. In reality, however, it merely revealed the deep divisions and isolation of white power activism in America. The conference was hosted by an alt right legal front group called The Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas. This event was intended to bring together various Neo Nazi groups such as Identity Evropa (yes that’s how they spell it), The Traditionalist Worker Party (again they spell it that way) and Shieldwall Network. The event was intended to bring together “identitarian and alt right leaders…

View original post 2,160 more words

What is Synthwave? 2018 Edition

Iron Skullet

“Synthwave Skeletor” artwork by Iron Skullet
Enjoy the The Ultimate Synthwave Playlist while reading this article

Synthwave music has undergone a rapid and far-reaching transformation in the past two years, both in terms of style and overall quality. As the genre pulls in new producers and fans from diverse music styles, and older fans become increasingly disenchanted with the traditional sound of the genre, it becomes more relevant than ever to discuss the nature of the music, where it has come from, and most importantly, where it is heading.

What is Synthwave Music?

Although it’s a common assumption for new fans to make, synthwave is not a general or broad term for synthesizer music, and despite the genre’s retro stylings, does not include music from the ‘80s or other decades of the 20th century. Synthwave is a distinctly modern music genre begun in the mid 2000s as an homage to the…

View original post 4,515 more words

On the Zodiacal Names and Characters of PGM VII.795—845 — The Digital Ambler

Man, going through the PGM has been productive lately. One of the reasons is because I finally picked up a copy of Stephen Skinner’s Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic, finally, after way too long. Though I take issue with some parts of his analysis and contextualization of the material in the PGM, it’s still another solid […]

via On the Zodiacal Names and Characters of PGM VII.795—845 — The Digital Ambler

Digital Syriac Corpus — AncientEsotericism.org :: Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity

Via PaleoJudaica (in turn reblogging AWOL): The Digital Syriac Corpus has been around for some time, and is starting to have a significant corpus of digitized Syriac texts available for free on its website. “The Digital Syriac Corpus is a freely available, open-access, online repository for digitized editions of Syriac texts. All of the texts […]

via Digital Syriac Corpus — AncientEsotericism.org :: Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity

‘Kill All Citations?’ 5 More Examples of Angela Nagle Lifting From Others

Free Charles Davis

Angela Nagle has written a very short book, Kill All Normies, that as I reported for The Daily Beast — and others noticed at Libcom — is heavily dependent on research and phrasing of uncredited others. I didn’t get to include each and every example, editors and attention spans being what they are, but there sure are a lot.

Here, on this blog, I will continue noting examples of Nagle, billed as an expert on “internet-culture,” SJWs and the alt-right, borrowing others’ writing on these topics without attribution.

An Introduction To The European New Right,” by Ash Milton:

Prior to 1968, reactionaries had taken the line that, even with cultural decline, the common people were still inherently conservative in their temperaments even if they were sometimes enticed to revolutionary causes. We can see this echoed today in the “silent majority” and “Main Street” rhetoric of modern conservatives…

View original post 455 more words

Statement on Atrocities on Dalits : New Socialist Initiative — KAFILA – 10 years of a common journey

Guest Post by New Socialist Initiative New Socialist Initiative Condemns Hindutva Engineered and Inspired Atrocities on Dalits Hardly a day passes without headline news of some or another atrocity on Dalits. On 24 May, a Dalit man in the Ahmedabad district was beaten and his house attacked by a gang of socalled ‘upper’ caste men […]

via Statement on Atrocities on Dalits : New Socialist Initiative — KAFILA – 10 years of a common journey

60-Year-Old Maths Problem Partly Solved By Amateur — Slashdot

An amateur mathematician has made the first breakthrough in more than 60 years towards solving a well-known maths problem. From a report: Aubrey de Grey, who is more widely known as a maverick biologist intent on extending the human lifespan, has taken the academic world by surprise after announcing a new solution to the so-called…

via 60-Year-Old Maths Problem Partly Solved By Amateur — Slashdot

Abbott Addresses Life-Threatening Flaw In a Half-Million Pacemakers — Slashdot

lod123 shares a report from Threatpost: Nearly a half-million pacemakers are up for a firmware update to address potentially life-threatening vulnerabilities. Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical) has released another upgrade to the firmware installed on certain implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) devices — a.k.a., pacemakers. About 465,000 patients are affected.…

via Abbott Addresses Life-Threatening Flaw In a Half-Million Pacemakers — Slashdot

Apologies for any bullshit I might have reblogged by accident, my fault for expecting consistency in quality from ANY source by just scanning instead of reading more in full first.

HARKII Of Sound Mind podcast Episode 1: “Why I don’t think blockchain will change the music industry.” — Rocknerd

I recorded a podcast with industry blog HARKII a few weeks ago, and it’s just gone up: Why I don’t think blockchain will change the music industry. It’s about half an hour and says basically the same stuff I put in the book, and that I’ve written about at length here. The sound quality is…

via HARKII Of Sound Mind podcast Episode 1: “Why I don’t think blockchain will change the music industry.” — Rocknerd

The Twenty-Eight Faces of Mēnē

The Digital Ambler

The devil of every author hit me the other day when I released my ebook on the Grammatēmerologion, the lunisolar calendar system I developed for associating the days of the lunar months to the letters of the Greek alphabet for my Mathesis work.  Every author can sympathize: within hours of my having made the damn thing public, I found something that would have been an excellent addition to incorporate into the text.  Damn shame, that.  Ah well, live and learn; besides, after actually thinking about it, I couldn’t find a way to incorporate that information neatly into the text anyway.  I’ll write about it here instead, for those who are interested.

To give some backstory, I’d like everyone to know that I first came across grammatomancy—the Greek alphabet oracle that assigns each of the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet to an oracular statement of advice or wisdom—from the Biblioteca…

View original post 1,771 more words

On Taurus

Anamchara Astrology

The Sun is now well into Taurus! So put on your sweatpants, grab a pint and a pizza, and settle in as we explore the meaning behind one of everyone’s favorite signs.

The three keys to understanding any sign are its element, its modality, and the planets that have dignity or debility there. Taurus is an earth sign, a fixed sign, and is the domicile of Venus, the exalted seat of the Moon, and the detriment of Mars. The fertile environment of Taurus is made so by its fixity and earthiness, as well as by the planets that have the most dignity here: Venus and the Moon. Venus rules Taurus; it is her nocturnal house, where she retires to re-energize for her work.

Comfort, luxury, pleasure, indulgence are the name of the game for planets expressing their energies through Taurus; their agenda is set by Venus and all of her…

View original post 835 more words

Big Revolutionary Man Doesn’t Need Your “Criticism”

Worker's Spatula

WallOfGammon

THE INTERNET, RIGHT NOW – Enquiring if “you even know who I am and what sort of work I do???”, and “what do you do, except leave meaningless attacks on everyone not up to your puritanical standards on web forums???” a white cishet man from the oppressor nation background in an imperialist country criticised for his unexamined privilege positively exploded today at how unreasonable some people can be.

Having patronisingly ignored all polite attempts to correct his behaviour, he responded to harsher criticism by policing the tone of his critics and launching into a tirade about how much more of a serious revolutionary he is than “you people”, presumably everyone.

“While you’re all throwing around made-up words like ‘labour aristocracy’ and ‘privilege’ and ‘revisionism’ and other student left terms, I’m doing serious revolutionary work and reading Lenin and Mao,” screamed the important man in all caps. “If I need your…

View original post 134 more words

KPFK’s “Indy Media on Air” Brings Fascism to the Airwaves — Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ)

by Javier Sethness The red-brown convergence, or the seemingly puzzling political alliance between far-left (red) and far-right (brown), is a serious and worsening problem around the world—evermore so since Donald Trump’s election and inauguration. Beyond the divisions between authoritarian and libertarian socialism on the left, both authoritarian and anti-authoritarian socialist traditions share with fascism an […]

via KPFK’s “Indy Media on Air” Brings Fascism to the Airwaves — Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ)

The Continuing Proof of the Efficacy of Anti-Psychotics — Mind You

By Marvin Ross Despite the protestation from the anti-psychiatry advocates, medication for schizophrenia works and another study has just been published to support that position. A new study based on a nationwide data of all patients hospitalized for schizophrenia in Finland from 1972 to 2014 found that the lowest risk of rehospitalization or death was […]

via The Continuing Proof of the Efficacy of Anti-Psychotics — Mind You

Imperial Theatrics in Syria: Where Is Justice for Syrians?

Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ)

By Javier Sethness, for the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice

Douma Reuters Douma, Eastern Ghouta (File: Reuters)

On Friday evening, 13 April, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the commencement of joint U.S. missile and air strikes with France and the U.K. against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in response to the Syrian military’s alleged use of chemical weapons during the siege of Douma on April 7th. This chemical attack on Douma has reportedly taken the lives of more than forty people and, according to the Syrian-American Medical Society, at least five hundred others have presented with symptoms consistent with exposure to chemical weapons—likely chlorine and possibly also sarin. The Douma gas massacre, for which Assad is clearly responsible, represents the culmination of the regime’s long siege of the rebel-held Damascus suburb, a campaign which began in 2013, aimed at retaking control of the whole of Eastern Ghouta. During…

View original post 1,117 more words

The ‘anti-imperialism’ of idiots

Leila's blog

DavOd8fWkAA2loL Cartoon criticizing selective outrage which only applies to chemical attacks, by Yaser

Once more the western ‘anti-war’ movement has awoken to mobilise around Syria. This is the third time since 2011. The first was when Obama contemplated striking the Syrian regime’s military capability (but didn’t) following chemical attacks on the Ghouta in 2013, considered a ‘red line’. The second time was when Donald Trump ordered a strike which hit an empty regime military base in response to chemical attacks on Khan Sheikhoun in 2017. And today, as the US, UK and France take limited military action (targeted strikes on regime military assets and chemical weapons facilities) following a chemical weapons attack in Douma which killed at least 34 people, including many children who were sheltering in basements from bombing.

View original post 1,764 more words

A Syria for All Its People — Two Books on an Unnecessary War — The Intercept

On Friday night, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched strikes against military targets in Syria to punish Bashar al-Assad’s regime for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend. The United States and its allies have been bombing Syria since 2014 as part of a military campaign against the Islamic State, but Friday’s attack marked only the second instance…

via A Syria for All Its People — Two Books on an Unnecessary War — The Intercept