Apr. 18th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (El Doctor)
Salon.com has an interesting article concerning one of my oldtime heroes: Paracelsus!

(The Salon article requires a Site Pass, but this shouldn't be an issue to any of you with the appropriate Firefox plugin. For the rest...uhhh, I don't know how to get one otherwise. *shrug* Tough titties, kitties.)

Paracelsus was the fucking man in the 1500s. He was prettymuch one of the fathers of chemistry, modern toxicology, medical science...but still an alchemist, an occultist, and a complete loudmouthed crackpot. Basically, he was the Jonas Salk of his day. And all of you who, like me, use megadoses of zinc and zinc-related substances to ward off the insidious rhinovirus, scourge of Winter, we have Paracelsus to thank for the discovery of zinc as an element with recognizable, individual chemical properties.

So the next time you're grittin' up on some Cold-Eze or Zicam, or trying to infuse the elixir vitae into a homunculus formed of your own jizz and doodoo, or studying the effects of several planets in trine on your menstrual cycle...take a moment to give props to good ol' Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus.

Amusing addendum: In my first year in college, I wrote occasional humor pieces for the Penn State Roaring Lion newspaper under the name Theophrastus Bombastus Pegritzicus. I was really big into the history of alchemy and science when I first started college.
oneirophrenia: (South Pegritz!)
OK, folks--check it out: since this year is looking to be a Big Year for Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, I've made a community for us: [livejournal.com profile] nyarlathotepgh!

We'll be blogging about recording stuff, of course, but also posting details about forthcoming shows, pictures, and assorted other stuff of a Chaotic nature. But, of course, feel free to join up and post anything you like that would be of interest to us or other forum members--in other words, anything Lovecraftian, weird, tentacular, and creepy! :)

I'll be posting information about this to [livejournal.com profile] pghgoth as well, naturally.

I should have an inaugural post up in a bit.
oneirophrenia: (Christyballs)
"There are two means of refuge from the misery of life -- music and cats." ~Albert Schweitzer
oneirophrenia: (Conjoined Fetal Skeleton)
Seriously. There are still people alive who remember the Big Quake of 1906.

That's really amazing.

Hopefully they are smart enough to no longer live in San Francisco.
oneirophrenia: (New Year's Eve)
I shit you not.

It's an island kingdom...for gay folks.

AN ISLAND KINGDOM, people! Shit, I'm going gay just so I can chill in the sun all day long with awesome people who truly understand how to properly decorate an entire fucking island kingdom.

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