Author Archives: mutecypher

About mutecypher

Old. Bold. Deal with it.

More Mohini Trickery

Here is another story about the female trickster goddess Mohini, an avatar of Vishnu. At one time there was a war between the lesser gods (Devas) and the demons (Asuras). The Asuras were beating the Devas, so the gods went … Continue reading

Posted in myth | Tagged | Leave a comment

Thoughts on Education

From the Analects of Confucius: “I do not instruct the uninterested; I do not help those who fail to try. If I mention one corner of a subject and the pupil does not deduce therefrom the other three, I drop … Continue reading

Posted in Musings | Tagged | Leave a comment

History Sticks Around

I used to co-host a call in radio show about computers on the local community radio station. I posted the audio (along with images of various fauna from my yard) on Vimeo. I see that it’s still there. Check it … Continue reading

Posted in data, Local | Tagged | Leave a comment

World Baking Day Thred

May 17 is World Baking Day. What a happy day! In honor of this delightful occasion I created a Thred. Bless you, Bakers.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Crud, Weird Again

As part of my research into trickster goddesses, I came across the concept of ideasthesia. As the name suggests, it is related to synesthesia. The term came from the observation by some psychologists and neurologists that many instances that were … Continue reading

Posted in Musings | Tagged | Leave a comment

Trickster Goddess Story

In Hindu mythology, there was an Asura (a demon) named Bhasmasura who wanted to be the most powerful Asura ever. He thought that immortality would make him the most powerful demon. He prayed and prayed to Shiva. He meditated deeply, … Continue reading

Posted in Magic, myth | Tagged , | Leave a comment

I’ll Dip My Toe Into The Tide

I wonder how much of the “oh, those pathetic college students, wanting to be sheltered” is accurate, and how much of it might just be trickery – like the Samoans who pulled Margaret Mead’s leg about their culture. I’m sure … Continue reading

Posted in art, Magic, Musings | Tagged , , | Leave a comment