Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Looking for Life in the Multiverse

It is nice to know that you have been in Fashion even before fashion arrives. As a long time enthusiast of Vampires and just about anything Gothic, I have also been quite the enthusiast of said Multiverse and Multidimensional “Realities” for the past 25 years. Seeing the esoteric possibilities of Multiple Dimensions arrive to the forefront of Scientific Thought has put quite a smile on my face. Dr. Kaku has taken the lead in this area, in recent times – with quite a prolific cornucopia of high-level thought on the subject - which has now hit the cover of Scientific American Magazine.

• Multiple other universes—each with its own laws of physics—may have emerged from the same primordial vacuum that gave rise to ours.
• Assuming they exist, many of those universes may contain intricate structures and perhaps varied forms of life.
• These findings suggest that our universe may not be as “finely tuned” for the emergence of life as previously thought.

And, per Vampires and Gothic...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My "Steampunk" Doorbell... Delivery guys love it.

I created this Steampunk Doorbell last year and mounted it on the front of my house. Most Pizza and Delivery guys love it. It acts as somewhat of an intelligence test, as some people understand that the Glowing Blue Button in the center is the key - and some don't. I can honestly say that it receives many comments.

How to Travel to a Parallel Universe - Teaser

Just a small sample from the mind of Dr. Michio Kaku (and other Theoretical Scientists). The New "Reality".

Friday, December 18, 2009

Life and Death on Mars - The Sahara Desert may know...

ALH84001 is a 13,000 year old meteorite from Mars, found in 1984 in the Allan Hills Region of Antarctica. This sample contained nanometer-sized iron sulfide and iron oxide grains (which was theorized were produced by bacteria) and organic compounds known at polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PHAs, which suggested the organic remains of Martian organisms. In November of 2009, NASA scientists commenced new research that used a new analysis technique, called ion beam milling, to study the iron grains. They concluded that there is "considerable evidence" that the nanocrystal iron grains were not the result of geology, which leaves biology as the real only other alternative.

Finding Life on Mars may be much more difficult that finding a needle in a haystack. One only needs to look at the Sahara Desert to illustrate this point. Only recently (and only available in certain areas) proof has been found that the Sahara Desert was an Ocean 30 Million years ago. It then became Swamp and then Rain Forrest. Then, with devastating climate shifts, the area became the Sahara Desert. One could research miles and miles of the Sahara Desert and not see any evidence of life, or even past evidence of an ocean. With this in mind, and knowing that Mars once had an Atmosphere, and with increasing evidence of Ocean erosion - the possibility is looking better and better that some form of life once existed on Mars. Perhaps we will eventually find skeletons as advanced as the Whale skeletons we are now finding in the Sahara Desert.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Victoria's Secret Christmas Commercial By Michael Bay

I loved this commercial. It was Audio Delight and Visual Eye Candy the entire time.  Included a lot of things Michael Bay is known for. Smokin Hot Girls, Action, Explosions - and really nice Sound.. What more could u ask for? :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SteamPunk Live!: A Retrofuturist Dream

RE/Search Publications (V Vale) has been printing unique and Progressive works for several years. One of my favorites by RE/Search is Modern Primitives by V. Vale and Andrea Juno. “Modern Primitives is the Bible of Body Modification, including tattoo, piercing, and scarification.”

Recently, with the emergence of “Steampunk” from Cyberpunk, Victorian Era inspiration and other quaint modalities of Fantasy – RE/Search has published: SteamPunk Live!: A Retrofuturist Dream. Personally, I haven’t picked up this latest gem yet. However, I have enjoyed much that has come from the progressive RE/Search minds. Worth a look.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Life as an Art Project - Esoteric Thought: Part I

Going back about 10 to 25 years ago, I was pushing the envelope every way I possibly could. I saw Life as an Art Project – and “Reality” as something fixed in parameters only to those who allowed restrictions, dogmatic structure and Social Programming to block out Potential and Possibilities with the ever present gossamer curtain hinted at within various Esoteric Orders (and richly illustrated in the movie: The Matrix). A fan of Socrates, Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna; and the fantastic mindset of: Think for Yourself & Question Everything. How can one be truly honest with the MultiVerse if one does not Question Everything. Freedom, is seeing Potential. Thank you Dr. Michio Kaku (and many modern Theoretical Scientists) for keeping the expansion of the “Mind” an important aspect of finding “Reality” – and finding our True Nature. From Quantum Mechanics to Multiple Dimensions and Multiple Universes… From Esoteric levels of formulation and Enlightenment; from Mystery Schools and Mothman Madness to new and emerging patterns of Thought…

I haven’t changed my position over the years. One still needs to push the boundaries. What is “Art”? What is “Reality”..? If you answer these questions too quickly, put more thought into it. I have changed the process I use. My Motto and Lifestyle use to be: “Wild Times and Wild Days”. I have had several glimpses behind the Curtain. Oz is exceedingly a bizarre place. I have learned that the Wizard is as much Us, as it is that great Known Unknown – the Mystery of the Cosmos. There is a Great Riddle of the Sphinx. The Answer to the Riddle isn’t really too hard to grasp. The Path to the Answer though…

Those Artist and Thinkers that resonate with the above Mental Masturbation will understand, and keep the Flame burning. Push the Edge. Know Thyself. Know thy Art. And truly know, that a glimpse beyond the curtain is only a moment away – only an experience away…


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aliens, Multi-Dimensional Reality and Paranormal Visitations

I think the Multiverse is much stranger than we imagine. Many of the top Theoretical Scientists now believe in an unlimited number of Dimensions. These Alternate and Multi Dimensions come, Consensually via modern Scientific thought, in one of 4 types. I won’t venture too deeply into the 4 primary different types, however, suffice it to say we may have parallel lives (Parallel Existence) or/and we may have other weird Dimensions flowing through where you are sitting right now. There may be Higher Vibratory Dimensions and Fractured “Reality” Dimensions. There may even be several types of Alternate Reality / Dimensions that we haven’t even theorized yet. I find it very Exciting that we may actually have an unlimited number of Alternate Lives, and that other Inhabitants may be Dimensionally “Visiting” right now. Some of the best works on the subject are by Dr. Michio Kaku, and on a more Paranormal vista - works by John A. Keel (especially: The Mothman Prophecies) and Jacques VallĂ©e. Vallee's UFO classic, Messengers of Deception is quite an interesting read.

I do wish to share a thought that flows through that mess I call a mind now and then: Imagine a technologically advanced Alien Civilization that was 500 years more advanced than us. What would the mode of transportation, cities, “aircraft”, etc. look like? Now imagine that this Alien Civilization was 1,000 years more advanced than us. Would you recognize modes of transportation, the Entities themselves, etc. How about 5000 years more advanced than us… 20,000 more advanced than us… 100,000 years more advanced than us… 500,000 years more advanced than us… 1,000,000… The age of the Universe does allow for an Advanced Alien Civilization to exist - that is more than several Million years more advanced than us, if they (or some type of Natural Disaster) didn’t wipe themselves out. Would we even know if they were right next to us right now..? I do know one thing. They sure wouldn’t be crashing their poorly driven UFO’s in the desert.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Tribal Gothic Website soon...

Finally making progress on the New layout of the Tribal Gothic Website. This has involved much work so far: Images, coding, Flash, etc. I cannot take full credit, as part of the layout is from a template – however, there continues to be much modification to said template. All will hopefully be uploaded soon.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Not being “Normal” was never a choice.

Over the years, I have had the somewhat unique pleasure of being asked why I like what I like or, enjoy what I enjoy – as if I chose to deliberately detach myself from the common likes of most other people. I admit that I never really fell prey to programming, be it Social, Political, Religious or other systems of “Belief”. Perhaps, the hint is that I almost always put “Belief” and “Reality” in quotes. Consensual reality and programming – no thanks, not for me.

The origins are obscure – however, I remember even at the tender age of 5 or 6, enjoying shows where the main character or characters were the outcasts or, the unique thinkers. Such shows as: Secret Agent Man, The Prisoner, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Bewitched… I watched and listened to anything unique, unusual – out of the Norm. I also started my interest in Vampires, Aliens, Paranormal, Horror Movies, Sci-fi and general outsiderness at around 6 years old. Perhaps, this could have something to do with the glowing globe/sphere that occasionally visited the backyard at dusk and later in the night. It could have something to do with my sleepwalking around that age… I was prone to see Shadows moving on the walls late at night (an active imagination perhaps) and the mist that somewhat quarterly invaded my room around Midnight and again at around 4:oo am… Perhaps it was the Sleep Paralysis… The 11:11 occurences… The Streetlight effects… Only that, and nothing more. No Raven, no Owl, no…

Perhaps it is simply that I have been blessed/cursed with an incredible “Imagination” and seem to see beyond what most others view in their daily lives. Even at age 5 or 6, I sought different music, different TV shows, different Artists… Dali, Bosch, Giger, Escher, Edward Gorey… Gothic was soooo appealing. Black was my favorite color since the age of 4 (seriously) and anything Psychedelic was appealing – as it is with many children. I performed the usual Mind-altering experiences as a child: spinning until you get so dizzy you fall down… I would sit and stare off into the distance until I thought I could “see” beyond “Reality”…

So, these days, when I listen to Skinny Puppy, Bauhaus, Sphongle, Sun Ra, Tones on Tail, etc…. And, I watch movies that twist the theme of “Reality” like: Vidocq, The matrix, Dark City, eXistenZ, Videodrone, Fight Club, Wanted, 12 Monkeys, Brazil… And I work on my Alien Gothic Steampunk Art - It all seems quite “Normal” to me.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

Since I have an affinity for the Viking, Pagan and other belief systems that were persecuted, tarnished and in some cases destroyed via the agents of oppressive and hateful dogma over the years, I tend to favor this theory on Friday the 13th.  Quoted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th

"One theory by author Charles Panati, one of the leading authorities on the subject of "Origins" maintains that the superstition can be traced back to ancient myth:

The actual origin of the superstition, though, appears also to be a tale in Norse mythology. Friday is named for Frigga, the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility. When Norse and Germanic tribes converted to Christianity, Frigga was banished in shame to a mountaintop and labeled a witch. It was believed that every Friday, the spiteful goddess convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil - a gathering of thirteen - and plotted ill turns of fate for the coming week. For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as "Witches' Sabbath." --{ Charles Panati, Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, 1987, p. 13. "
"Another theory about the origin of the superstition traces the event to the arrest of the legendary Knights Templar."

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tribal Gothic is going to Mars - Again!

In late May and then again in early June of 2003, two separate Mars Rovers were launched on a 7 1/2 month journey to the surface of Mars. The first Rover landed on the Martian surface around January 2, 2004 and the second one around January 20, 2004. The two rovers — MER-A Spirit and MER-B Opportunity, have been making news ever since. Each Martian Rover contained a DVD with individual names submitted to NASA. Thus, Tribal Gothic has been on Mars (in digital form) since 2004.

- -- Actual image of the DVD from Mars - - -

The new Mars mission also allowed for the option to send your name on a Microchip to Mars. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is heading to Mars in 2011.  Tribal Gothic will once again be digitally heading to mars!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Re-Vamping the Tribal Gothic Website

Giving the Tribal Gothic Website a Total Overhaul and Re-Vamping!  Hopefully, this process will be finished soon!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Angel's Trumpet Tree.

Growing Tropical Plants in a non-tropical climate is tricky. Psychotic and temperamental Fall and Spring Seasons make for a difficult time - and many rescue missions involving bringing the plants indoors for periods at a time. Still, it is all worth it. Here is my Angel's Trumpet Tree/Bush in full splendor.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Definitive Truth about 2012

In most calendars, the year 2012 follows 2011 and is followed by 2013.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Evening with Vincent Price

I have always been active in meeting and engaging with personal Icons and inspiring individuals. For the first half of my life, Vincent Price was such an Icon and such an inspiring individual. Many years ago (during one of his many peaks) I attended a lecture given by Vincent Price at a community college in South Florida. After the lecture, I met up with Mr. Price to offer the typical fan support and obtain an autograph. He seemed just a bit embarrassed about his iconic status, but obliged with the autograph, seeing how much I appreciated meeting him. He was truly a classic gentleman - and to me, an Icon.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Alien Gothic Steampunk - and Meteorites

I have been a Gothic Artist for many, many years. I have also produced Sci-fi and Steampunk inspired works for quite a few years (progressed from Cyberpunk). Always thinking beyond the normal boundaries – Rules/Regulations of certain varied Genre. Now, I have found some comfort in using the term: “Alien Gothic Steampunk” blending the Darker forms of Gothic Subculture with Steampunk and Sci-fi. I have started a new line of works (Pendants, Bracelets, etc.) that contain Meteorites (and other exotic ingredients). Long live Alien Gothic Steampunk!  http://viemecanique.etsy.com/

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Campo del Cielo Meteorite

Secret Ingredient:   Meteorite  -  Campo del Cielo 

Meteorite  - Campo del Cielo

 Basic  Information · Location: Campo del Cielo, Gran Chaco Gualamba, Argentina, about 500 miles north-northwest of Buenos Aries. Latitude 27 degrees 39 minutes South, Longitude 61 degrees 44 minutes West. · Structural Class: Coarse octahedrite, Og, Widmanstatten bandwidth 3.0 ±0.6 mm. · Chemical Class: Group I, 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, 3.6 ppm Ir. · Time of Fall: 4,000 to 6,000 years ago

History The first record of the Campo was in 1576. A Spanish governor learned of the iron from the Indians who reportedly believed that it had fallen from heaven. The governor sent an expedition under the command of one Captain de Miraval who brought back a few pieces of a huge iron mass he called Meson de Fierro (large table of iron). The location of the find was the Campo del Cielo (field of the sky or heaven), a fitting name for the location of a meteorite. Since the Indians believed that the irons fell from heaven the name may have come from the meteorites. The area is an open brush-covered plain that has little water and no other rocks--very good country in which to locate meteorites.

Structure of the Campo del Cielo

The Campo del Cielo is described as a polycrystalline coarse octahedrite. At 3 mm the Widmanstatten bands are thicker than those at Canyon Diablo or Odessa, but still thin enough to have the same coarse octahedrite classification. The mass was composed of large austenite crystals from 5 to 50 cm in size. On break-up the fragments were cold worked like those at Sikhote-Alin and Gibeon. It has been hypothesized that the original body was tabular in shape and broke up on entry into the atmosphere. Chemistry of the Campo del Cielo: The Campo del Cielo is classified in Group I, 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, 3.6 ppm Ir. Of course, almost all of the remaining portion of the meteorite is iron. The important minerals are: · Kamacite--this iron nickel alloy makes about 90 percent of specimens in finger size and width crystals. Neumann bands are common. · Taenite and plessite, the other iron-nickel alloy constituents are found at grain boundaries. · Schreibersite is uncommon. · Troilite is found aggregates with graphite and silicates.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sci-fi SteamPunk Scented Essential Oil Burner

Steampunk scented Oil Burner
Sci-fi SteamPunk Essential Oil Burner - for scented oils. Made of  Wood and metal SteamPunk Essential Oil Burner - of Sci-fi, Victorian Fantasy design.  This very unique one-of-a-kind item was made with vintage and found watch / pocket watch parts - plus, Swarovski crystals and found items. Painted wood base.   Oil holding area unscrews for easy cleaning. Can also rotate/adjust top portion for heat adjustment.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SteamPunk Paperweight by Vie Mecanique.

From an Alternate Fantasy SteamPunk World... Very decorative and unique Metal, Glass and Wood SteamPunk Paperweight of Victorian Fantasy design. Light refracts and uniquely bends and enhances image depending on lighting and angle of viewing. 3" dia. at base.

Made from old Watch and Pocket Watch parts, Swarovski crystals, fine Magnifying Glass Dome, wood and felt base.

SteamPunk Paperweight by Vie Mecanique

SteamPunk Paperweight by Vie Mecanique

Magnified SteamPunk Paperweight.

Monday, August 24, 2009

After many years of being an Artist, Musician, Cosmic Entity, Quantum thinker...

After many years of being an Artist, Musician, Cosmic Entity, Quantum thinker; and whatever else I am – I still continue to recreate myself; reinvent the patterns that are “Me”. Like rings on a tree, each one being a slightly different progression. These past few years have seen a modification of personality – perhaps more understanding, I hope. The real point is that we create our “Reality” one thought at a time. It doesn’t matter if you look at it from a Quantum Physics viewpoint (sub-atomic; wave collapsed to a particle = manifestation to Newtonian “reality”) - or, a Kabbalistic structure of manifestation of possibility to material (Yesod to Malkuth). Each “Thought” and “Belief” continually creates ourselves; our  “Reality”. We are directors of a movie of life. Sure, there are special effects teams, supporting actors / actresses sub-directors, critics… However, it is Our film. As an example of modified “Reality”; I never thought I would meet my favorite Artist (who, the adventures of, I had following through Magazines, Movies and the Internet)  – but when I allowed that reality of actually meeting this person, I met him in his museum in Switzerland some years ago. I never thought I would see one of my most inspiring and favorite paintings – but when I allowed that reality, I saw this painting up close in person at the Prada in Spain. I never thought I would live in Copenhagen, Denmark (where Niels Bohr made such a Quantum splash)… I ended up living there for almost 4 years. Now, I am in the next moment of allowing a new positive reality to manifest! New Ideas and works. New modes of thinking and living.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mostly from our WordPress Blog

Much of this blog from the beginning will be from the Tribal Gothic WordPress Blog. This is giving us an opportunity to be creative and experiment with different features from various web apps.

Tribal Gothic is up and running on WordPress!

This is our first post on WordPress.  We will be sharing updates as well as photos of  New Gothic Steampunk Creations. Now, back to the Studio...

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