links for 2010-03-03

  • "Gene Porter was the man behind "The Man."

    "The Man" was Mr. Porter's own secret hot sauce, and at lunchtime Mr. Porter would work his way through the tables of his crowded barbecue restaurant, challenging customers to try a tiny dab of the fiercely hot liquid on a toothpick.

    Mr. Porter, 71, the owner of Dixie's BBQ in Bellevue, died Sunday of cancer."

    (tags: seattle food)
  • "Austin Osman Spare (AOS) (1886-1956) is the most famous occultist that most people have never heard of. A recluse, Spare is something of a missing link in the cultural histories of both art and magic in the early twentieth century."
  • "The following card game, meant to be played with a pack of Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot cards, was invented by Anders Sandberg. Sandberg holds a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He’s a leading transhumanist and is quoted extensively in Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity is Near.” Back in my day, however, we knew him as the guy who ran the most wicked “Mage: The Ascension” fan page on the Internet. If you know what this game is (aka “Dungeons and Dragons wasn’t enough to corrupt you brats into the occult? Here, have this.”) (aka “Nothing in this game is true, but it’s exactly the way things are”) you are already doomed. If you don’t, it’s too late to explain now.

    The card game can be played by anybody without any previous knowledge of any other system, including Crowley’s deck. Looks very keen."

  • Book review of "Harry White, Music and the Irish Literary Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. xviii + 260 pp. £58. ISBN: 978-0199547326." Mentions Irish, Sean-Nós, W B Yeats, and Florence Farr.