Targeted

The New York Times tells the story:

Timothy Trespas, an out-of-work recording engineer in his early 40s, was sure he was being stalked, and not by just one person, but dozens of them. […] He would see the operatives, he said, disguised as ordinary people, lurking around his Midtown Manhattan neighborhood. Sometimes they bumped into him and whispered nonsense into his ear, he said. […] “Now you see how it works,” they would say. […] At first, Mr. Trespas wondered if it was all in his head. Then he encountered a large community of like-minded people on the internet who call themselves “targeted individuals,” or T.I.s, who described going through precisely the same thing. […] The group was organized around the conviction that its members are victims of a sprawling conspiracy to harass thousands of everyday Americans with mind-control weapons and armies of so-called gang stalkers. The goal, as one gang-stalking website put it, is “to destroy every aspect of a targeted individual’s life.”

(It gets ‘better’ …)

Spontaneous Divination

Searching for “a method by which to scry using the Internet as a whole …”

The Library of Babel … uses a small set of characters, lower case letters, no digits, and the only punctuation marks are comma and period. here is how i use it. i type in my search string, which for the purpose of demonstration will be my entire post. next i look at the results page and examine the options. the third option down shows where your string is found, padded with random english words. choose more random word matches and then scroll down the list of matches until one finds a number which is appealing. click that number. see the search string in bold. look at the words to either side. ta da.

The Library of Babel (link).

(Other than it being a ‘data’ anagram, I’m not getting much from “ta da”.)

Yoga Bared

Beyond the downward dog:

Despite the modern innovations in meditation and exercise, “yoga” remains a flexible term that need not be bound up with notions of health and self-actualization. In truth, in ancient India, “yogis” were considered to be witch doctors that practiced dark arts to harness unnatural powers such as the ability to control other humans both living and dead, and to fly using human corpses as vehicles, as well as tele-vision, mind-melds, shape-shifting, immortality, extra-sensory perception, and indestructible adamantine bodies. If these sound like cool superpowers, know that yogis are considered evil. Even today, as [David Gordon] White points out, yogis form stock villains in Bollywood films and disobedient children are told “Be good or the yogi will come and take you away.”

Among White’s translations of Patanjali’s four-word definition of yoga (yoga-citta-vritti-nirodha):

Yoga is the icy silence of post-disintegration.