Numbers Stations

This is one of the better known mysteries out there, but surely someone hasn’t run into it yet, or would like to know more about how it works. Shortwave radio is not very popular in the United States*, having been supplanted by AM and FM.  But there’s still plenty of places in the world that… Continue reading Numbers Stations

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The disappearance of Lord Lucan

John Bingham, seventh Earl of Lucan.  Dashing playboy.  Rich, handsome, gambling bon vivant.  Reportedly considered for the role of Bond. Probably murderer. In 1963 he met and married Veronica Duncan. By the early 1970s, his hard-play lifestyle and her post-partum depression were taking a toll on the marriage. By 1974, wanting custody of his children… Continue reading The disappearance of Lord Lucan

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The Jonestown “Day After” Tape

Lots of people know about Jonestown, the settlement in Guyana led by “Rev.” Jim Jones, and its tragic mass murder/suicide* on 18 November 1978. Many of those people know about the so-called “death tape” (transcription here), which is a cassette tape recording of Jim Jones and a few other people talking as the murder/suicides begin: Jones explains… Continue reading The Jonestown “Day After” Tape

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English Milk Punch

On the right of this picture is a bottle of Laird’s applejack  (apple brandy, not the Pony) showing what it looks like when you buy it.  (Source: Wikipedia.) And this is what ours looked like after we did chemistry on it: And here’s what pinot noir wine looked like: What did we do to this poor alcohol?  We… Continue reading English Milk Punch

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Punching holes in silicone

For my clear ice project, I wanted to use silicone trays which produce ice cubes that are reasonably, well, cubic, instead of one of the various elliptical/ovoid shapes you can get. The problem is that silicone is sorta “self-healing” when you poke a hole in it with a nail or needle; yes, you have a… Continue reading Punching holes in silicone

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How to make clear ice

If you’re trying to perfect your presentation of cocktails, you might want to make perfectly clear ice. While a lot of people will tell you to boil the water first — and it does help a certain amount — it may not give you quite the perfection you’re looking for, depending on the quality of… Continue reading How to make clear ice

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Tzaddi “is not the Star”

The verse in The Book of the Law where it’s mentioned that the Hebrew letter Tzaddi “is not the Star” led to Crowley doing some weird gymnastics with the Tarot trumps and their attributions.  This was recently discussed on Reddit (in /r/thelema).  Reddit user “Do_What_Thou_Wilt” has an excellent page with excruciating detail about Crowley’s solution… Continue reading Tzaddi “is not the Star”

Cakes of Light recipe

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Most Thelemites are very familiar with Cakes of Light, the eucharistic cakes prescribed in The Book of the Law for the (Thelemic) Gnostic Mass: For perfume mix meal & honey & thick leavings of red wine: then oil of Abramelin and olive oil, and afterward… Continue reading Cakes of Light recipe

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Nai Enomentienquë?

Alyavë tulilyë palanello / Fortunately you come from afar Etta uminquë rucë i randar / Thus we do not fear the long ages Alyavë melin ettelëanorë / Fortunately I love foreign lands Ar nan amanya pan melilyen / And I am blessed that you love me Lelyuvan Tolenna Eressëa / I will travel to Tol… Continue reading Nai Enomentienquë?