MonthJanuary 2008

Hatch 23: the occult secrets of Lost

Just in time for the season premiere of Lost! Hatch 23 is an Esozone/PDX Occulture educational project seeking to uncover the occult undercurrents of the popular television series:

There’s a lot going on beneath the surface of the ABC television series Lost. Lost is sprinkled with references and allusions to the occult and esoteric secrets. Perhaps the most explicit reference is the use of the number 23. Since the release of the Jim Carrey movie,the significance of that number has become widely known.

But Lindelof and company started sprinkling the number throughout the first season, over 2 years before the movie. The number comes from Robert Anton Wilson, as Lindelof has confirmed at various times

Full Story: Hatch 23.

Obama Supports Marijuana Decriminalization

Given what Obama seems to mean by decriminalization, this position is not exactly radical. About a dozen states are said to have decriminalized marijuana, which generally means that possession of small amounts for personal use does not result in arrest and can be punished by a modest fine at worst. Possession is still illegal in almost all of those states, the conspicuous exception being Alaska, where possession of a few ounces in one’s home does not trigger any penalty at all. Possessing more than the limit (usually an ounce), growing marijuana, or selling it remain crimes even in so call decrim states.

Full Story: Hit and Run.

Update: Now he says he’s against it.

Lost and the occult introduction: 23

lost numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42

There’s a lot going on beneath the surface of the ABC television series Lost. Lost is sprinkled with references and allusions to the occult and esoteric secrets. Perhaps the most explicit reference is the use of the number 23. Since the release of the Jim Carrey movie,the significance of that number has become widely known.

But Lindelof and company started sprinkling the number throughout the first season, over 2 years before the movie. The number comes from Robert Anton Wilson, as Lindelof has confirmed at various times, including in this Entertainment Weekly interview:

My father was into the Illuminati and the number 23, so he was a big reader of Robert Anton Wilson. So there was some intentionality behind it, but we had no idea, no grand design behind the Numbers. But suddenly, the No. 1 question stopped being ”What is the Monster?” and went to being ”What do the Numbers mean?” This isn’t to say that the Numbers don’t mean anything. We just had no idea it had this potential to get totally out of control.

And also on this Maybe Logic Academy page, quoting from the Chicago Tribune:

But for Damon Lindelof, co-creator and executive producer of the ABC drama Lost, “It is a good lucky number. The first thing I do when I get to Las Vegas, every time I go, is I drop $50 on the number 23. It hasn’t hit yet, but one of these days…”

Lindelof has been fascinated by the 23 enigma since his childhood and has made the number part of the mysteries on Lost.Jack Shepard’s seat on doomed Oceanic Flight 815 was in Row 23. Twenty-three passengers from the tail section of the plane survived the crash. And the number is among Hurley’s winning lottery numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 that end up bringing him and the other survivors bad luck.

Though Lindelof said the number 23 is often purposely used on Lost, he sometimes is just as surprised as some fans when it pops up. Conspiracy or coincidence? It’s a perfect illustration of the 23 enigma.

Who was Robert Anton Wilson? And why is the number 23 significant?

robert anton wilson

Robert Anton Wilson was an author who researched and wrote about, amongst many other things, the occult and secret societies. He is perhaps most famous for his Illuminatus novels and his non-fiction Cosmic Trigger series. I think any fan of Lost would especially enjoy reading the first Cosmic Trigger book, Wilson’s autobiographical detailing his “stranger than fiction” life.

One of Wilson’s fascinations was the number 23. He discovered it by way of two other writers: James Joyce and William S. Burroughs. Wilson claimed Joyce was fascinated by the date April 23: the day Shakespeare was born, and the day he died. Burroughs became obsessed with the number after the following bizarre incident:

In the early ’60’s in Tangiers, William Burroughs knew a certain “Captain Clark” who ran a ferry from Tangiers to Spain. One day, Clark said to Burroughs that he’d been running the ferry 23 years without an accident. That very day the ferry sank, killing Clark and everyone aboard. In the evening, Burroughs was thinking about this when he turned on the radio. The first newscast headlined the crash of an airline plane on the New York-Miami route. The pilot was another Captain Clark and the flight was listed as Flight 23.

Wilson, and later his readers, began compiling more and more 23 synchronicities. Here are a few from Fusion Anomoly:

W is the 23 letter of this alphabet. The symbol for that letter is two points down and three points up.

The human biorhythm cycle is generally 23 days. One measures a circle beginning anywhere.

It takes 23 seconds for blood to circulate through the human body.

The human body has 46 chromosomes, which are paired, in somatic cells. Generative cells have half this number, 23, which is the number of chromosomes each parents gives to human

23 Axioms in Euclid’s Geometry.

The Knights Templars had only 23 Grandmasters. Jacques de Molay was the 23rd and last of the Templar Grandmasters.

23 is the first prime number in which both digits are prime numbers and add up to another prime number.

There are many, many others. Here’s another lengthy list. And here’s a list to uses of 23 in the show.

And 23 is just scratching the surface. We’ll be looking at Lost’s references to the occult, secret societies, conspiracies, utopian engineering, mad science, underground culture, numerology, geomancy, alchemy and more. Keep watching this site, or subscribe by RSS, for more occult secrets!

Prepare For Your Death Online: 20+ Helpful Tools

I really didn’t think about this until I came upon this article. It’s something all of us in this high tech age are going to need to think about eventually.

“No one likes to think about it, but death is inevitable. After it happens, you won’t have to care about paying the electricity bill anymore, but what’ll happen to your blog, e-mail, online profiles? The fact that you’re, well, dead, is no excuse for slouching online; therefore we bring you over 20 tools that will take care of your online stuff after you’re gone.

With everyone having so many accounts and data out on the web now, you have to consider what will happen with it when you are no longer amongst the living. These are some checklists and ideas of how to keep things going, or giving a trusted individual access so they can take care of things for you after you’ve gone.”

(via Mashable)

The RFID Controversy: Corporations Want to Imbed Traceable Microchips to Everything We Buy, Wear, Drive and Read

‘Once a tagged item is associated with a particular individual, personally identifiable information can be obtained and then aggregated to develop a profile.” ~ U.S. Government Accountability Office report on RFID technology

A future full of traceable microchips is much closer than many would like to think. Already microchips are being found in computer printers, car tires, personal care products, clothing, library books and “contactless” payment cards. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, experts say.

[...] The Washington Post reports that this technology is already well developed and enables objects and people to be tagged and tracked wirelessly. Newer and potentially invasive uses are being patented, perfected and deployed daily to unsuspecting consumers. While the technology obviously presents a risk to privacy, many believe that these microchips are the way of the future. Like it or not, these potential tracking devices will soon be imbedded everywhere imaginable. Microchips with antennas will be hidden in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumers wherever they go.”

(via The Daily Galaxy)

One Pill Makes You Autistic — And One Pill Changes You Back

Need to finish that work project, and wish you had the mental intensity to do it? Just take a synapse-regulating inhibitor, induce temporary autism, and you’ll want to ignore your friends and do nothing but number-crunching for days. Autism-inducers could become as popular as Provigil among the geek set by 2020. Last night, in fact, a group German researchers announced they’d perfected the method for inducing autism. (They can also cure it.)

Full Story: io9.

(via Lupa).

Review of David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy

Wow! All throughout this book and his others for that matter, Icke details and talks about how secret societies have all these very same rituals, ideas, plans and structures and how evil and dangerous they are. And then he’s saying that some unknown being wants to indoctrinate him and the rest of us in those same mystic rites and that he wants Icke and the rest of us to turn ourselves inside out.

I’m afraid that I don’t turn myself inside out for any entity; no matter how ?good’ they supposedly are.

I also have a very hard time following the logic that Satanism, witchcraft and Harry Potter are different from Icke’s sources of information. What I mean is this. Icke constantly rails against them, (well not so much Harry Potter but he does mention the ?evilness’ of the Harry Potter series) and yet Icke consorts with psychics, who channel goodness knows who, as well as witch doctors and shamans. Not that I’m against the Harry Potter series, on the contrary I loved it. And as for witches, I have a wonderful story or two that I could share about the kindness and total loving nature of a witch I happen to know. My point is there seems to be some sort of double standard or divide here. Why is one bad and the other good? It boggles my mind.

Full Story: My Strange Blog.

(via Disinfo).

Parkour video

Caresse P-Orridge Sings “Are You Experienced”

Genesis P-Orridge’s daughter Caresse sings Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced.”

(Thanks Danny!)

First issue of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing available for free download

swamp thing

As part of DC’s “free first issues” promotion, they’re offering a free PDF download of the first issue of Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore.

Download from DC

(via Boing Boing)

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