News Fragments

-A limited bestiary titled ‘A Time Nomad’s Animalium’ is available in PDF form for download 'HERE' as an accompaniment to Middens.

-I’m fairly far along in the creation of a new game that could arise as early as fall this year. 

-We’re presently selling several limited large scale prints that are available for nineteen each. General size is 11x17. If any of those pictured would interest you contact John.Clowder@gmail.com specifying one of the below to place an order.

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Train of the Dead

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Oedipus and the Sphinx

Prism Archives Presents: Chevalier's Budoir: Harpya 1978

seizuretheday:

Since tomorrow my internet is disconnecting and may remain offline for some time I wished to leave this short film as a sort of parting gift. Merry holidays and thank you for all the fish. 

nomadfucker asked: Actually I've been curious for a while - what are your film tastes too? I heard from KipIcon that you and them share a favorite movie, and I'm curious as to which it is.

Below are what I would suppose to be twelve of my most cherished films. Out of honesty I should admit I eliminated one, the 13th, from the list because I felt that film to be too specially personal to reveal. 


*Translated to ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’. The dialogue in this film is entirely quoted from the actual transcript from Joan’s trial.

*The original Carpenter version. Fun fact—-the director of the special effects was hospitalized for exhaustion after the film’s completion. 

*There is a wonderful stop motion animation film titled ‘The Fool and The Flying Ship’ based around a similar story that I would highly recommend.



*Return to Oz is laden with intricate symbolism that only someone of abnormally developed faculties could interweave. Meaningful detail drips from every facet of its production. 

*The original Alice in Wonderland is written as a dream yet every other director has approached the material as a fairy tale. A truer version than any despite its liberties.

*i love this film more for its wit than its comedy. Groucho seems the basis  for Bugs Bunny.

*I adore most of Miyazaki’s later filmography but this is my favorite of his works.

Anonymous asked: Completed Gingiva yesterday and was quite impressed. Your work has an extraordinary, bewitchingly rare quality. It's clear you've garnered a passel of fans already, with good reason I might add. It is your abilities as a wordsmith that set you apart from the rest. Knowing your reverence for the printed word, I ask who has most influenced you as a writer? Is there a coterie of authors you keep close at heart? Who do you think your fans might enjoy reading?

My literary diet is mainly composed of fringe comics, sacred texts, natural history books and a pinch of surrealist, science fiction or fantasy literature.  All books pictured below reside within my house. 

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*Dinosaur Comics. This was part of my internet daily rounds for quite awhile.

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*Hark A Vagrant 

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*This is more a representative of my love for books of this type. The look of the T-Rex has changed close to seven times in the last 100 years. Look no further for definitive proof of the capriciousness of science.

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*My collection is filled with these texts on nature. This is among my favorites of those I own. 

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*Did you know the best two best Arthur books ever written were scribed inside jail cells?

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*Reading this can be laborsome, but if your only introduction to Socrates was through your teacher’s mouth you should consider meeting the man himself. Socrates believed all knowledge was remembering which is the antithesis of what you’ll learn in school.

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*Don’t accept second hand tellings of the material. Empty your prejudices and read the teachings yourself.  

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*I am not in general satisfied with the works of Murakami. His short stories are more to my preference.

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marshmallowviscera asked: So essentially, what you're saying is that those men weren't hugged enough as children? (This isn't belittling your response, I'm simply trying to see if I understood your intention with it.)

This is a true story.

Some years ago Africa experienced a sudden increase in elephants. Being large as they are these elephants soon overstepped their available food supply. The government decided that the most humane course of action was to eliminate the elder elephants while sparing the younger generations.

Flying in helicopters the rangers shot into the elephant herds killing most of the adults. The newly orphaned elephants were culled together and transported to various preserves.

Years passed peaceably and not much was thought of the event. The orphan elephants adjusted to their new mode of life and food was plentiful once more. No fuss, no butts, no coconuts.

Then out of blue large numbers of the endangered white rhino were turning up dead. Firstly poachers were suspected, but upon inspection that didn’t appear to be the case because the rhino horns were left intact. Unexpectedly it was found that elephants were the culprits.

After some examination it was revealed that the parks suffering these attacks were those who had adopted the orphaned elephants. The attacks extended beyond rhino killing. Unusually even tourist vehicles were being upturned, park property destroyed and people gored to death. 

Analysts were dispatched to observe the rogue herds. Researchers found these elephants had grown up to be extremely violent. The herds themselves behaved like street gangs.

Elephants, like humans, are socially sensitive animals. With no older elephants to act as mentors the younger generation turned volatile…

Due to the threat to wildlife and humans alike many of these traumatized elephants were killed(especially those who had acted as pack leaders). During the course of all this it was suggested that perhaps these pachyderms were merely in need of positive role models.

Acting on this idea adult elephants who had grown up within family circles were shipped to the problematic parks. Quickly bonding the newly sent adults seemed to adopt the orphaned elephants like surrogate parents. The project was a huge success, and attacks ceased altogether.

In the case of Gingiva it is not merely that these entities were not physically touched, but that they were altogether not socialized or inducted to rightful conduct. In that scenario convenience had become a greater virtue than compassion. All children were raised in facilities, and all the elderly died behind a metal curtain, while the inbetweens were too busy toiling for money to be bothered.

Did you know elephants can cry?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2417554/Elephant-calf-cries-hours-mother-tried-stamp-death-shortly-birth.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270977/Elephants-really-grieve-like-They-shed-tears-try-bury-dead—leading-wildlife-film-maker-reveals-animals-like-us.html

spira-virgo asked: In Gingiva, there was one thing that made both laugh (out of my control cause I was suprise of what's happening) but now that I look back on it, i just want to punch myself from those moments. Why did those man-monsters whatever they were promise to love her and then if either she spent her life with them or kindly refused them they became so henious? Is it because love dosen't excist it all or is it because this is how poor Gingiva is treated?

Imagine a newly born infant that has all it requires to live but is never touched once. Do you know what happens to that child? Picture that the babe is given food, shelter, water—-all the gross necessities of life—but is never lovingly held.

What happens?

That baby dies…

Usually in as little as four months*1
 
A caring touch is essential to the creation of new life and, in my opinion, the sustainment of life that exists.  

In Gingiva conditions have arisen where few are affirmed in loved. Such shortness of caregiving nurtures derangement*2

How could this happen?

The nucleus of all society is the family. This is because a family is the smallest divisible unit of a meaningful communal collective. It is the atom that supports the molecular integrity of the the whole community. When the family tradition is destroyed so is the society imperiled.

Why is this so?

"When families are broken the sacred rites are forgotten. Vice rots the remnant polluting the women. Through the degradation of womanhood comes the birth of unwanted progeny. An increase of unwanted population certainly creates hellish life both for the family and those who destroy the family tradition. The ancestors of such corrupt families fall down because, with charity overextended, the acts of offering food and water stop." 
-The Bhagavad Gita

If an infant inevitably dies from lack of affection then what of these children unwanted by their mothers? If death is the outcome of major neglect then what is the outcome of even minor indifference? 

An individual is the smallest divisible part of a family. Improvement of an individual leads to the improvement of a family which inturn brightens nations. These elated nations inturn elevate the world. The conviction of one person can lessen the burden of the very Earth.

Like molecular degeneration—-eventually through the duplicate succession of generation after generation of neglected and abused descendants hellish conditions are established.   

The macro is only a view of the micro from a distance. It is not empty words to say that the betterment of the world begins with betterment of one person.

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2*What is oxytocin?
Effects of oxytocin on perverse social behaviors

marshmallowviscera asked: I've another odd question for you, this one about Gingiva rather than Middens: with that object head of hers, is our protagonist able to speak? (Since she's a silent protagonist, it's difficult to tell.)

The prohibitive nature of Gingiva’s workplace has instilled silence in its employees by habit. Moreover, the assembly line itself is so noisy with the clatter of machinery that casual conversation isn’t possible without yelling.

Reticence is familiar and therefore comfortable for Gingiva, though she can speak if she desires. 

Anonymous asked: What do you think of people uploading videos of themselves talking over your games? I'm geniunely curious because, to me, it seems to be used less as a way to appreciate the experience and more like a vessel for that person's commentary. It's interesting to see different points of view, but I feel that a lot is lost by only watching games.

Think of the highest number you can imagine and then put a zero at the end.

Think of the lowest number you can imagine and then put a zero in the front. 

No final number can be named that does not contain all numbers yet any number that can be individually conceived of can be indefinitely grown. Since this is true no number separate from infinity can be adequately called the ultimate number.   

Now think of the universe… 

Whatever you imagine subtract one thing from it.

Is it still the universe?

Without that one thing can it still be called whole? 

This means that the universe is sacred and all it contains is sacred. Nothing in it is too much.

It all belongs. All that is.

Endless and incomprehensible the universe is an expression of the infinite. There is nothing that abides within it that isn’t wanted. More potent than the sun it sends forth all forms, forever varied and equally merited, like rays of light. Whether inert or animate every being in creation contains its spirit and is, intruth, an amsa of the boundless. 
 
Who can judge what it creates? How can infinity find satisfaction if forbidden infinite freedom of expression?

Whether you wave a flag or burn a flag, whether you paint the Mona Lisa or deface her with a mustache, whether you produce a film or talk over it with friends, whether you wear a dunce cap or a crown,  whether and whatever you do—-it is valid.

swamp-kei asked: Hello- I played middens and enjoyed it endlessly, your art is a huge inspiration to me. Where do you find what you use in your collages?

seizuretheday:

A collage artist is like a necromancer, taxidermist or scavenger bird. Naturally they seek out those places where images are sealed to rest, or simply left rotting untouched. They thrive on imagery that was never intended to be art, was never recognized as art, and died silently and neglected. Like the hyena, vulture or jackal they are generally outcasts because they portend death—the demise of art.   

Shape yourself as the king of lost toys. Collaging is like a meeting between carrion eating, dumpster diving and archaeological digging. Seek the cremation grounds where art goes to die and catch the ashes on your tongue.

Anonymous asked: So with Gingiva becoming Moments of Silence, do you plan to make any more games in the Middens/Gingiva universe, or will your next game be something else entirely?

Perhaps I’ll create another game…or perhaps I’ll expel the last of my savings on a Maximilian medieval helmet and spend my remaining days roving the modern desolation as a faceless wanderer without direction.