Have not posted in a year…

February 21st, 2012

I wonder if it even matters any more? I really have no time. I am at another turning point in my life it seems and am fed up with Facebook. Its no longer a matter of simply cleaning my friends list, it’s a matter of them changing my settings every time I turn around, and the fact I can’t find a damned thing I ever put in there. No tags, no proper search, no real options at all… so while I still may post to it via my phone, I may no longer keep up today there as I have been.

I am looking back into Live Journal, as there at least I can search all I want too, find the things I need, and really have enjoyed it in the past… but what of this blog? It certainly has everything I want… everything, but friends.

So, does anyone actually read this?

New Forum(s) Proposal

February 15th, 2011

The Occult Corpus is about as big as it can possibly get… While there is still some room for growth, the place IS getting a bit bloated. So with that, I was thinking it may be time to actually expand the place (kind of) by creating a new set of sites to help carry the load.

I do NOT want to have the OC weighed down with additional sites and more links then are needed, so my proposal is to simply make an entire new set of sites so that they can grown on their own into their own communities.

So with that, here is what I am thinking…

The largest of the sub-forums here are Chaos Magick & Ceremonial Magick, and I’ve received several requests to expand these and separate them into additional sub-boards and the like. Such things can be server intensive especially on a board as big as the OC (over 50 boards and growing!) By taking the expansion off site, it would allow smoother sailing on each individual forum and will allow each of those forum to segregate on a higher level then that found here on Occult Corpus.

Proposed Forums
Magickal Forums (magickalforums.com)
Chaos Magick Forums (chaosmagickforums.com)
Ceremonial Magick Forums (ceremonialmagick.info)

For the three of them to get started I need a total of $600 dollars. That will pay for the domains, vBulletin licenses (without blogs), and get me going on hosting.

My main goal is to get the Magickal Forum’s set up as a base ($200), then any additional benefactor memberships will grant Contributor memberships on the other two (and more) for at least the first year Contributors will get sustainer upgrades accordingly as well. However, these upgrades will be manually, so it may take several days for the cross over.

These forums will not truly be affiliated with the Occult Corpus beyond this post and getting them set up (You may need to contact me here till I can get the MF board going). As such, I can not offer any perks for the OC by buying into the new forums at this time…

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The boards will be as follows:

Magickal Forums (magickalforums.com)

NOT a clone of the OC, but will have a few crossover topics such as Divination. The scope of the board will be to kind of expand on many of the proposals made here at the OC but that would bloat this board…

Overall it would be another general discussion board for magick and the occult, but for the most part would cater to a slightly different crowd then here at the OC.

Chaos Magick Forums (chaosmagickforums.com)

The general ChM discussion board on this forum will be pretty much like the ChM board here on the OC, but there will be sub forums specifically for the different aspects of ChM (which there is not room for here).

Ceremonial Magick Forums (ceremonialmagick.info)

As like the ChM forum, it’s base forum will be pretty much as seen here on the OC, but there will be more paradigm specific subforums as well as (hopefully) more in-depth discussions from Ceremonialists!

Once these three boards are created, I’ll be taking suggestions for additional forums of a more specific nature (Druidry, Buddhism, etc.) but one step at a time…one step at a time.

NOTE: All three forums are actually created, but any new posts or members will likely be deleted once I can get them upgraded to vB.

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The membership tiers will be pretty much as they are here on the OC, but with a few minor differences… (some of the below options may change)

(B) Benefactor —— $50 (Equal to Board without the ability to Vote)
(C) Contributor —– $25 (Standard Gold Membership)
(S) Sustainer ——- $10 (Standard Silver Membership)
— Custom Title —- $5 (same as here)
— Name Change —– $5 (one time only)

BCS –> Gold Colored name
BCS –> Custom User Title
BCS –> “Benefactor/Contributor/Supporter” Rank/Title
BCS –> Access to Old Timers Board
BC- –> Access to the Gold Members Board
B– –> Access to the Mod Social Board
BCS –> More Private messages
BCS `–> Can send more messages at a time
BC- `–> Can ignore quotas (send PMs to full inboxes)
BCS –> Profile Notes
BC- –> Can post calendar events
BCS –> Can delete own Visitor Messages (Profile Comments)
BCS –> Can Delete own posts (within 24 hours)
BCS –> Can delete tags in own thread
BCS –> Can upload attachments
BC- –> Larger Avatar (120×120) (Up from 100×100)
BC- –> Larger Profile Pic (200×200) (Up from 150×150)
BC- –> Can upload images for Signature (200×400) (NEW!)
BC- –> Can have a photo album
B– `—> larger images
BC- –> Can create Social Groups (but not delete them)
BC- –> Can use thread [prefixes]
B– –> Can use thread icons
BCS –> Will NOT see advertisements

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As a completely unrelated note, I am also considering NON-occult board (currently Homesteading) so if you are willing to hunt down enough contributors to get it up & running (up to $300 annually depending on various factors), I may consider taking it under my wing.

How do you make a contribution to this? Well, at the moment I am not exactly sure. I would hate to take your money if I can not garner enough support for the forum you would like to contribute to… so I guess at the moment, I am just working on “promises”… so if you’d like to contribute, shoot me a PM or email, and we can work it out from there…

Thanks!

Q

Starting a new forum

January 25th, 2011

I am seeking to start a forum for my homesteading site (www.homesteading.us) and have tried several free forum platforms but dislike most of them for various reasons. The only forums that have everything I need would be ones I actually need to pay for. That’s IPB, which I do not really care for from a members viewpoint, and the other is vBulletin, which I actually like all the way around (cept maybe price).

Its current price is $195 without any bells and whistles, and I have only about half of that, so I was hoping to find a select few people that would be willing to help come up with the other half. This does not include the annual hosting (which will need to be increased with the addition of a forum) or the domain name (which I we actually have anyway because of the main homesteading blog).

If you would be willing to help out by any means let me know.

Graphics, web design (Actually, server side, and/or front end experience with vB are pretty much a must). Mods will likely also be needed, but I am holding off at this time (and will likely promote members that seem worthy).

Cost is really the big issue, so I am going to offer up Gold Memberships for full price, but with extended benefits.

The price for gold will initially be set at $20 and will be for one year, but if you are willing to take the chance and pay before the forum is actually set up, I’ll double that time! (In fact, if you wish to pay more then $20 I’ll double any time offered, as in, four years for $40). So in effect I will actually give a full year of Gold Membership for $10, which generally would only last 6 months.

The perks you will get are as follows…
- Custom User Title
- Access to the Benefactor Forum
- The ability to ‘vote’ for changes
- Larger Avatar
- Ability to upload/download attachments
- 500 Private messages
- Ability to ignore PM quotas
- Thread prefixes (read more)
- Larger profile image
- Board Member ‘rank’ title
- ONE name change (optional)
- The ability to create Social Groups
- You’ll never see ads on the site

I am also pondering having a silver membership which would be less then what you’d get above…but I’ll not put that into effect till the board is up.

Another usergroup I have been considering is Plantinum, which would have all the above perks, plus access to the moderators social board, and greater input into the site. This membership will likely be set to $50 annually, so if you are interested, let me know (and I’ll again, set it for two years rather then the base one year).

Additionally, ANYONE that donates ANY amount will be notified once the forum is started so that you can help set the place up by giving board suggestions and additional input on things like skins, images, and the like.

Again, I can not do this until I can get at least 5 or 6 members…so you can either pay now and hope for the best, or shoot me a note and pay once I have collected enough members. If you pay me now and I can not get additional members in a month, I’ll send your money back. But please do consider this, as I think the addition of a forum will greatly help…

You can contact me at qryztufre@gmail.com (which is also my paypal email)

Ink

August 20th, 2010

Ink *****

Only two stars on this one! It was a wonderful concept, and a very interesting story line, but it’s direction and cinematography were very hard to follow along with. It is difficult to tell where the dreams start and reality ends which was the cause for much of the confusion.

Its the story of an 8 year old girl who falls victim to an entity named Ink. Ink kidnaps her and its up to her ’story teller’ dream-giving guardian and a ‘path finder’ to get her back while they fight a nightmare giving group of Succubus.

I can say that the entire concept behind the dream entities was a brilliant and original move on the part of the movie and that was what kept me watching it. If you like movies that cross over to the ‘other side’ then you may really enjoy this movie (assuming you can follow along with it’s direction).

LINKS:
Original Site: Ink
IMDB: Ink
Netflix: Ink

This movie is available for instant viewing on Netflix.

UP

August 20th, 2010

UP *****

This movie would have gotten all 5 stars, but I kept that last one off based on it simply being WAY to sad for my tastes. Would you believe it actually brought tears to my eyes twice in the first 18 minutes alone?

Its a story of a boy that falls in love with a girl to whom he makes a promise to put a house on Wonder Falls (which is in South America, which is just like America, but south). He can not fufill this promise until he is rather old, and along the way he finds he has to keep an eye out for a young Scout, a talking dog, and a strange bird. Together this unlikely group has to battle a world famous adventurer and the rest of his ‘talking dogs’.

All in all it is a great movie, but it is SERIOUSLY sad! So if you watch it, keep a box of tissue nearby you may find you need it.

It is fun for the entire family though, as my 5 year old grandson sat through the entire movie twice and watched it all the way through both times.

LINKS:
Official Site: UP
IMDB: UP
Netflix: UP
It is available for instant viewing on Netflix!