Matthijs Holter

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Razumny’s pictures

In Inspiration and vibes on September 24, 2010 at 8:34 am

My friend Aleksander (“Razumny”) is taking cool pictures of games. Here’s one he made of the Society of Dreamers board – with the diamond-shaped planchette we’ve used when playing!

Check it out on Flickr.

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Old photos

In Inspiration and vibes on August 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

It’s wonderful to see these pictures from an age that’s so close, but just beyond reach. Countries that aren’t all that far away from where I live, but where they speak languages from a different language family, follow religions I don’t follow, read books I’ve never heard of. A lot of the people in these pictures probably had jobs that no longer exist.

Still, they’re going for a swim with their friends; hanging out in the shade of a tree.

Any of these people – any of them – could be used as a character in Society of Dreamers.

Russia in Color, a Century Ago
Hungarian Amateur Photography, starting in the 1900’s
People of the Imperial Russia (a big page with lots of pics; you can see the Flickr photostream here instead, if you want)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

In Inspiration and vibes on March 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm

This old 1920 classic can provide some inspiration. Characters like the mountebank and the somnambulist; strangely surreal townscapes; travelling circuses; “spirits everywhere”… You might want to turn down the music while listening.

Who were the members of the Society?

In Inspiration and vibes on March 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm

No archives of the Society have been unearthed, and it is possible that they kept no written record of meetings or membership. Speculation has been rife; few 19th-century scientists and occultists have escaped the scrutiny of historical bloodhounds trying to ascertain exactly who the Society consisted of. Since, as mentioned, there may have been several Societies of Dreamers operating over a period of time, there are many persons of note to speculate about. Here are some of the more prominent ones.

Helena Blavatsky

Founder of the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky seems to have viewed the mnemosites as spirits of the dead, or possibly the unborn.

Marie Curie

Physicist pioneering the field of radioactivity. It is highly doubtful that such a rational scientist should be part of the Society of Dreamers; still, rumors persist.

Carl Jung

Strangely, Jung is said to have joined the Society at the age of six. Perhaps this influenced his later choices in life, and even his psychoanalytical research. Or, as always, his membership may simply be a pseudo-historical fabrication.

Nikola Tesla

The many strange experiments of Tesla caused his contemporaries to call him – sometimes jokingly, sometimes in awe – a magician. If anyone could have attempted to construct an apparatus capable of transferring dream images between living brains, it would have been him. Evidence is, however, scarce.