Hex.Ink

Hey, look, new digs! The domain dememe.info was going away, and my wife happened to have an unused domain name that neatly bridges computing and witchcraft references, and she was kind enough to give it to me when Dememe Nonny cut the blog loose. I’m sure Dememe'd’ve let me had space on the new domain, but it was getting a little too far from the basic concept, so I went for Hex.ink. The name is just too cool not to use, really, so I guess I’m going to start referring to the blog as Hexink or Hex Ink or something. I’m going to be playing with the look of the blog, too, so be ready. Also, tags should become functional, which will be nice, won’t it? If you’ve been following the blog by RSS feed, you’ll need to subscribe all over again. The information is in the sidebar. (Or should be, and if it’s not, I’ll get it back as soon as I can.) If your client lets you edit URLs, you can just fix it that way, from ariadne.dememe.info to hex.ink. I’ve been a busy bee while the blog was down. I’m working on Bakcheion is doing for the Dionysian ritual at Many Gods West, which is very exciting. (If you’re going to Many Gods West, I do hope you’ll come!) I thought I’d done enough triangles for the first row of the rainbow blanket… …but it turns out I was still 18 short. Working on it… But I did get the corners of the ones I had tied to help define the squares I’ll be stitching them into, so that’s something. I collected a couple of packages a very kind person had sent to me, care of a friend’s house (our packages sometimes go astray). They were filled with treasure! But that’s another post… Here's a spoiler, though....

Hex.ink Announcement

Hi! This blog will be moving very soon! Shit! There are issues with stuff and things, and dememe.info is going away, so there won't be a redirect. The blog will be at hex.ink. There's nothing there now, and there may be a couple of days of downtime, even, but hex.ink is where it will be when it's there. (My sweet wife gave me that domain.) So go bookmark hex.ink now, ok?...

Notes Are Going to Graceland, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

I've been having one of those periodic health problems that randomly crops up and bites me. Between that and no internet at home (still), writing and posting have been difficult. Spinning: Almost none. Mornings have been rough. And then I made a labyrinth in my ritual room that takes up most of it, and figuring out how to spin around it has been interesting. I think I have a comfortable setup now. I mentioned in Watering the Wine something about the taste of watered wine not being to many people's tastes. Part of that is simply that we mostly drink much dryer wines than the Greeks and Romans did. Theirs were thick and sweet. Indeed, Greek reds today are often sweeter than their counterparts from the US or other parts of Europe. They also taste much better when watered than a California red blend or an old vine Zinfandel does. Normally, I'd prefer to use Greek wines for ritual, both because I like them and because they taste better watered. (My favorite is the Makedonikos Red from Tsantalis, which is both delicious and affordable, if you can find it.) But my cellar is looking rather bare of Greek wines (and increasingly of any wines), and I don't have money to just run out and buy a bottle, I have to drink up what I have. But another thing I have is a bottle of grape must syrup, made from juice and skins left over from pressing, and boiled down until thick and sweet. A little of that in the cup goes a long way to making watered wine taste much better, and is still a fitting beverage to drink with Dionysos. I have an Italian version, called Saba, which I picked up from ChefShop.Com. I got it to use on desserts, but it works very nicely for this, too. It's a bit pricey, but it goes a very long way. Another option might be to make your own grape syrup, boiling down pure grape juice (not the Welch's or whatever, they put stuff in it) and crushed whole grapes into a sticky syrup, with roughly the viscosity of the stuff for pancakes. Careful, though, to do it slowly, over a low flame, and keep a close eye on it. Expect it to take hours. Strain it well afterwards, to get the skins and stuff out, then add just a drizzle to watered wine for flavor. Or use it in any of the many many Greek desserts that call for it. I finally managed to make the pieces for the Greek alphabet oracle I've been meaning to do. I actually wrote out the whole thing, with the letters, the Greek lines, the translations, notes on the translations, and notes on possible interpretations of the oracle (all taken from here, in a blank book. And then let it sit there and did nothing with it for weeks. But last night, I got out the air-dry red Mexican clay I keep around for these purposes, and made twenty-four flat roundish shapes, and carved letters into them. I rather enjoyed having clay all over my hands. I always do. I'll never be a potter and ceramicist, not like my friend Sherry, but I do like mucking about with clay occasionally. I'll give them a day or two to dry, and then give it a try. I've started work on the devotional hanging I promised to Hermes a while ago. I found a stack of woad-dyed silk hankies I did years ago, very "cloudy" ones, not solidly colored. So I snagged one and painted this verse to Hermes on it in gold. I'll cut it into strips and weave it into the hanging in much the way I did for Athene. I've got some blue yarns in mind from my stash. Good to have a project again. I really need to find some pleasing yarn and start practicing more Zati masks. I like them a lot, but really need to learn how to shape them and plan them. Oh, and there was another connection I missed in the web of the Purple Thread: Pasiphae, who was the mother of Ariadne, is the sister of Circe and Aeetes, all of whom are the children of Helios and the Oceanid Perseis, and Aeetes is the father of Medea, making a firmer connection between Circe and Ariadne, and Medea and Ariadne. Ariadne and Arachne is hosted on dememe.info. The main domain is the site for a search engine specifically for the Fail-Fandom Anon community. (If you're an FFA member, you already have access to sign-in info; if not, it's useless to you.) The creator and maintainer of the search engine is known on FFA as Dememe Nonny. She knows about the many many problems with WordPress,...

Look! Over there!

To your right! --> In the sidebar! It's an RSS link, for anybody who wants one. Also, there are now actual About pages linked up there. /\ Somewhat different from the WP versions. If you care. Also also, while it's not apparent from the main page right now, there are Disqus comments available on entry pages. Working on it. Or my wife is, really....

New Location

So. Moved the blog. Why? Well, for one thing, WordPress has been getting harder to use, not easier. It's been doing things like truncating posts and reformatting stuff randomly, certain things just stopped working in Firefox, all kinds of crap. Time for a new platform. Also, though, I've come to really despise the company WordPress. There were various things, but the really big one was this: There was an attack blog that specifically targeted and outed trans women, endangering their homes, their livelihoods, and their lives. It was clearly a violation of the Wordpress terms of service. Wordpress, after months of complaints, finally took the blog down. The bigots complained. Wordpress put the site back up, and it is still there. Wordpress is intentionally and knowingly hosting a blog that is harming trans women, some of the most vulnerable and endangered people in our society. The assault, rape and murder stats on trans women are terrifying. I'm close to a number of trans women, and my wife is one of them. I don't want to provide any more content or traffic to a site that would do this to them. It took months to find a platform I could deal with, and then get it loaded onto a private server, and up and running. That's part of the reason I haven't been posting much. I cheated a couple of times, because I had stuff I wanted to get down on pixels, but I'm really very tired of it. So. I'm now using a platform called Ghost. It's still in beta, although it's about to get a final release. It's still lacking a few features, including native commenting systems (sorry, using disqus for the moment, as irritating as I find it; I promise I'll switch as soon as it's possible) and tag pages (I can put tags on things, but they don't do anything yet). I couldn't transfer the old comments -- all seven of them -- so those are lost. But here I am in a shiny new home, even if it's a little bare yet. Be patient, we're fixing it up. Expect to see more here. As I'm intensifying my religious practice, I'm also looking a lot at Hellenic Reconstructionism, and while that will never be the entirety of my practice, it's starting to have a larger and larger influence, and I'll be talking about that. I'll also be talking about the social tension that combining Wicca and Hellenic practices causes. I may be talking about oracular systems, offerings, research, food, and whatever else comes up, as well as fiber crafts. This is probably going to become a more religion-focused blog than it has been in the past. And here we go......