The Selfcleaning World

stories & images from a world on the edge..

Destroy Clocks

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Destroy Clocks.  Abolish time.  Break the chains of causality.  Really, how badly do you need time?  For precise social order, for appointments?  Peel off the temporal dimension.

Destroy Clocks is my new band and I’m stoked to be playing shows and sharing the recording of our 6 song EP.  Stream or download it for free from our bandcamp page: http://destroyclocks.bandcamp.com/

Destroy Clocks crashes the barricades, spills through walls and pushes exploration to the brink with hypnotic and arousing jams.  Drawing from shoegaze, jazz, doom, hardcore and psychedelia among other inspirations, the group’s free form mind will draw you in and turn you out.  Fusing ambient keyboards, volatile guitar and propulsive rhythms the trio calls forth bewitching grooves from the percolating chaos.

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Nightvision

Nightvision

Acrylic paint, collage and pastel on canvas, 2013.

The object in the background is based on a sighting in the night sky during the summer of 1998 in Saskatoon.  I was sitting outside with my friend Muxx, taking a break from jamming in my parents’ basement, and we were both looking up when balls of light in a triangular formation appeared from out of the northern sky moving south.  The lights appeared to be part of a single massive V-shaped object, which made no sound as it passed overhead.  We looked at each other in amazement – what the.. did you just see that?  If Muxx wasn’t with me I would have questioned my own faculties.  The incident stayed in the back of my mind for years.  Then an internet search revealed that similar sightings have been reported throughout North America going back decades.  The craft are known as ‘big black deltas’, BBDs.  It is speculated that they are advanced U.S. Defense Department craft featuring some type of non-combustion propulsion system, hence their silence.  But who knows. . .

http://www.thestealthblimp.com/

Eyes aglow in the night  . . .  sensing you, sensing me  . . .  something on wing afoot.

Car + Clay = Cool

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This year’s Nuit Blanche in Ottawa featured a cool installation by Christopher Griffin: Super Nova, a Chevy Nova plastered in clay creations made by passers by.  My friends and I crafted an olden man with a big hat and pipe and stuck him on top.

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Hey Pancake-face

Street art selection

Montreal graffiti

Ottawa graffiti man in sunglasses

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Saskatoon graffiti - alien scrawl

 

Top : Montreal

Middle : Ottawa

Bottom two: Saskatoon

Gulf of Thailand

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As our time in Asia came winding down we planned for the last few days to be spent relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean.  With not quite enough time to make it to the islands of southern Thailand, we opted for the beach resort town of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, about a 3.5 hour train ride from Bangkok.  Hua Hin has a history serving as the ocean retreat for the Thai royal family, with vast tracts of sand dotted with high end resorts, one of which we treated ourselves to for a couple nights (The Anantara) after many nights of less glamorous accommodation.  Wading up to the pool bar, ordering blender drinks and reflecting over many experiences, it was a great way to close out our epic Southeast Asia journey.

Anantara pool

 

Elephant Riders

Temple elephant

Elephant domestication has a long history in southeast asia.  We tried out elephant transport on a trek in northern Thailand.  Not the fastest or most comfortable way to get around, but it was cool to get up close to the giant beasts.  I felt bad for our mount though, with the two of us on a seat and our guide sitting on her head.  Better than a poaching I suppose.  Momma elephant had her baby walking beside her the whole time.

Elephnat trek Thailand

Five Stars

I have a short story in the new issue of Schlock Magazine: http://www.schlockmagazine.net/2013/06/24/five-stars/

It’s titled Five Stars and is about a couple vacationing in Mexico who get more than they bargained for on the white sun-drenched sands . . .

Returning to their room they view the spinning ceiling and warping walls. They take turns vomiting and then lay naked, blistered and sweating. Hours later a maid comes in, also spinning. The husband groans something. She ignores him, continuing to freshen things up around the sprawled bodies.

Aztec Calendar 

Hanoi street scenes

Bamboo for sale on Hang Vai street…

Bamboo for sale

Ancient banyan tree rooted between buildings…

Banyan tree

Architecture in Hanoi’s Old Quarter…

Old Quarter Hanoi

Serpent Gods from Southeast Asia to the Amazon

Naga - Chang Mai

Nāgas are a class of serpent beings or minor deities in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology.  They take the form of massive, often multi-headed snakes with human features.  Nāgas are said to reside in Pātāla, the seventh of the nether-dimensions, and are associated with the underworld, caverns, rivers and other water bodies.  They are believed to possess the ability to change into human form.

In many temples they are architecturally rendered slithering down the front steps of the main entrance, providing protection.  These photos are from temples in Thailand and Laos.

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Nāgas are part of a shared serpent mythology that extends to the dragons of both Chinese and European lore.  There also appears to be a parallel with the cosmic serpents described in the shamanic ecology of the Amazon river basin.  Visions of serpent deities are enabled by the shaman’s use of ayahuasca, and depicted in art and religious iconography.

The Snake Gods by Pablo Amaringo

Amazonian serpent entities include the Yakumama, mother of the water, Sachamama, mother of the jungle, and Huairamama, mother of the sky.  These entities are illustrated in the paintings above and below by the artist and shaman Pablo Amaringo (in Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, 1999, North Atlantic Books).

Jungle Mother by Pablo Amaringo

Yet another connection can be drawn with the reptiloids of recent UFOlogy and conspiracy lore.  In Cambodian legend, the nāga were thought to be a reptilian race of beings who had a large empire in or near the Pacific Ocean.  Could this belief be related to stories of shape-shifting reptilian aliens from the Alpha Draconis star system?

Type C Male Reptiloid, from Blue Planet Project - Alien Technical Research 25  http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_alien/blueplanetproject/blueplanetproject06.htm

Type C Male Reptiloid, from Blue Planet Project – Alien Technical Research 25

Serpent deities appear to be metaphysical creatures conserved across cultures, beings of influence and portent that, it can be imagined, have made their presence known among many peoples.

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