About twenty years ago, when any article about Apple (then Apple Computer) referred to the company as "beleaguered," I was an active member in a users' organization known as the Los Angeles Macintosh Group. I wrote some articles for LAMG's journal, I attended their meetings, and I participated on the forums on their internet site. Note that I didn't call it a "website" because it wasn't part of the now ubiquitous World Wide Web which was still growing and was not dominant at that time. Most people today think of the internet and the World Wide Web as the same thing, but actually, the Web simply uses the internet as a means of interconnecting millions of sites. Back then there were different
I am writing this just a few days before the supposed Mayan Apocalypse on Friday, December 21, 2012. The belief that the "end times" are here is nothing new. This LINK will take you to a page that lists over 200 dates where experts and religious leaders said the end of the world was coming. They all have one thing in common: none of them have worked out as their promoters stated.
And I will hereby fearlessly predict that the so-called Mayan Apocalypse will also turn out to be a dud. Some Mayans in Guatemala are denouncing the way the government is turning this into a "folklore for profit" giant party, with an expected 90,000 money-bringing suckers believers coming for the show. NASA has
David Godwin is a brilliant fellow. He's a true expert on all things magickal and his knowledge of esoteric lore is second to none. Most recently he has been working as an editor for FATE magazine and has dug through their decades of files to create three books for Llewellyn, True Ghosts 2, True Ghosts 3, and True UFO Accounts. I was the editor of FATE for three years, so I have a soft spot in my heart for all things ghostly and extra-terrestrial. If you have an interest in documented and sworn stories of ghosts and UFOs these books make great reading.
David also wrote one of the most important books ever for all occultists. One of the basic concepts in virtually all occult
Today, there are more than 800 million active users of the social network known as Facebook. That's closing in on three times the population of the U.S. Twitter has about 300 million active users. Facebook and twitter are means of communicating with others. But are they really helping people become more social? I think they're doing the exact opposite.
I'm not criticizing Facebook or Twitter for what they are. Rather I'm suggesting that people should realistically understand that while using Facebook and twitter may be good for communication, they're not so good as sources of socialization. Sitting in your room, staring at a monitor, is not the same as meeting people in person. You can't