Review: The Utopia of Rules, by David Graeber

GODS & RADICALS

Reviewed: The Utopia of Rules – On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. (2015) Brooklyn and London: Melville House.

Reading a book about bureaucracy may not sound like an exciting way to spend a weekend off with my family. And yet, having just started David Graeber’s latest – A Utopia of Rules – when I wasn’t making tea for my elderly grandmother, I curled up in a comfy chair with this little pink book, mocked up to look like one of the forms it excoriates, and excited by each new page. Although many of the ideas Graeber presents here aren’t new, the clarity and force with which they are drawn together and set out is a rare pleasure – a contrast with turgid official paperwork that was almost certainly intentional.

Graeber – a social anthropologist, anarchist, and prominent leftist thinker, based at the London School of Economics (LSE) –…

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Binding Bad Habits (Spell Saturday #27)

This Crooked Crown

We’ve all got bad habits, right? I bite my nails when I’m nervous or idle. It’s one of those things that I hate so much and yet can’t stop myself. This spell is designed to help stop those bad habits.

This can be used on yourself or on someone else. I only caution that you make yourself aware that bad habits often have deeper root causes and binding the bad habit can lead to other negative behaviors. Just a heads up.

The beauty of this spell is that it’s knot magic! I love knot magic and it’s so easily customized to your needs. You can use this spell while making a friendship bracelet, tie a few simple knots in a piece of string, tying your shoes, or even braiding your hair. For the purposes of writing, I’m using a single piece of string but if you’re doing something else then…

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Building to the FogMoon

My cards leading up to the moon. New reading cloth too.

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…….this is in three parts. …….

……….maybe I’ll get these hooked together soon?

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Runes Oracle Dailydraw 25Nov2015

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My Sigils

I don’t know what I’m (not)doing to make this be all caps?

When it becomes clear a sigil/spell is in order. I write out something about this need. I distill it to the essential actions required. Then distill it more if it’s more than two or three words. Sometimes I cut out more than one of it just doesn’t simplify. The vowels and duplicate consonants are eliminated, then arrange them to fit the folded snowflake on a piece of scrap. Sometimes I free hand it.

Exploring My Heritage, and Me

Some time ago some one said something about making a sigil for “fuck off”

For some reason cutting it out of paper seemed like the thing to do. gplus-28835526

I folded to paper to make a six pointed snowflake.gplus-783498548

As I unfolded it. gplus-2116287883

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I posted it on tumblr.

I noticed one day that tumblr removed the image because it broke their rules lol.

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My Sigils

 

Some time ago some one said something about making a sigil for “fuck off”

For some reason cutting it out of paper seemed like the thing to do. gplus-28835526

I folded to paper to make a six pointed snowflake.gplus-783498548

As I unfolded it. gplus-2116287883

An interesting visual gplus363012742

Started to

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Appear.

I posted it on tumblr.

I noticed one day that tumblr removed the image because it broke their rules lol.

A spell resource for a follower

24Nov2015

magieundkuhnheit said:
Hi! I’m sorry to bother you, but do you know any spell to make someone think of you? Like I think good and nice things of someone at random times of the day and my heart warms and I feel okay?

Hello there Catalina,

I’m guessing there is someone you feel you are invisible to. Below are some links to a few spells I thought you could use.

I also included a link to a post about spellcrafting, and below the cut, colors and herbs that might be used in the development of your own personalized spell(s) for now and the future.

I myself use Sigils (SnowflakeSigils) more than any other spell type

Friendship Spell

rainy-day-witchcraft answered:
Spell for Attracting Positive People
Spell for those of Like Mind
Long-Lasting Friendship Spell
How to make an enchanted water spell. By wiccateachings

Spellcrafting by windvexer

Correspondences for friendship and love below the read more.

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The War is Upon Us.

When I first started researching as a young woman the direction I felt I should go. I came across such information as you’ve mentioned here. I knew mine wasn’t a beaten path to follow and had known since I was a quite young. Seeing another’s understanding is wonderful.
Thank you

Star Candles and Sickles

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For centuries those who hold power in society have been persecuting and executing our genius minds in the name of heresy and crimes against the church. Galileo, the Italian philosopher, mathematician, engineer, and astronomer figured out that the sun did not go around the planet. He was punished for revealing this scientific fact with house arrest where he continued to write about his findings. He was lucky. He was not committed to the pyre as so many others were. He was lucky. He was not female. Hypatia, in earlier days, was also these things that Galileo was and was murdered by a Christian mob accused of what most females are accused of in those days- creating conflict. I suspect there was far more to her murder than just the fact she was controversial.

Reading documents from those who fanned the witch hunts and Spanish inquisition reveals some very interesting things…

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Palindromes and Magic Words

PuzzleNation.com Blog

[Palindrome, written as an ambigram.]

Regular readers of PuzzleNation Blog know that I am a history buff. I love delving into the past and exploring the myriad ways that language and puzzles have evolved over the centuries. Whenever puzzles tie into a moment in history, whether it’s wartime cryptography or rumors of crossword espionage, I’m immediately hooked.

And it turns out that palindromes have been around far longer than I previously suspected.

Palindromes, as you probably know, are words, phrases, or sentences that can be read the same way backwards and forwards. From “race car” to “Madam, I’m Adam” to “Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog,” palindromes are a classic example of wordplay.

One of the most famous palindromes is dated all the way back to 79 AD in Pompeii (though it has been found in other places throughout history), and is known as the Sator…

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How Swamp Does It: Cleaning & Cleansing

Silent Seance

I had this brilliant idea. I’m starting a series of posts about how I do things. My way is in no way the right or only way, it’s just how I do it. Feel free to make adjustments that fit you and your lifestyle!

The question I get most often goes something like  “I think there is a thing in my house, what do I do??” The first course of action should be to find out if there is actually something there. For some people, this can be complicated. Spirits whether benevolent or not so much can manifest in a lot of different ways which further complicates things. Their presence can be marked by cold spots, energy feeling ‘off’, the feeling of being watched, or in some cases, they can be way more intense. In many of the instances I’ve encountered, rather than it being some sort of spirit issue…

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