Bezrodnym death cult, yoinked from some Symbiosis prose Alex de Campi did a while back. They live on huge amounts of a coca-like stimulant tea, and they let their bodies be worn away by altitude sickness and frostbite. The process of mental and physical deterioration is the religious practice. Each rarified inhalation is communion with the abyss.
Kind of a big collective of Bezrodnym meth-heads/biker gang as a religion. They have their own crumbling floating city, and raid other cities for what goods they may want. The longest-lived have the most power, and the dead are left on the roof of the city, to be eaten by high-altitude carrion birds. (huge lungs and wings, among other adaptations)
Work in progress.
Agrippa, after which the Heart of Agrippa is named. The Heart of Agrippa is held by Katherine in the “Falling” piece.
Descended to the “Earth” of Symbiosis tens of thousands of years ago from celestial watchtower. Genderless. Gave knowledge of separation of the four elements from the Unum to the Order Hermetisk.
Their body sublimated into the ether after death, leaving only their heart, now kept, protected and used to open the mind, to clear obstacles and gain insights in the boundary between life and death. Agrippa is the infant and the codger, the mother and the father, the gasp of life and and the rattle of death.
Work in progress.
(Also, as I was working on this I now realized that Symbiosis has a “magical black person” in it. Ah. Ha. Ha.)
Symbiosis design challenge of the day. ~40s styled outfit for a powerful business person, (chosen gender,female. Body heavy-set.) Make it look imposing but feminine. Current solution: avoid most traditional dress designs, but go with a lot of decorative cloth buttons down the arms, and pleats.
(The Merkateriak Traders Consortium is “Blind To All But Facilitation Of Trade” and wears a skull-cap while working, along with a vertronic harness of sorts that creates a sort of echolocation method of seeing the world. All printed communication is in a braille of sorts. )
In progress. We’ll see how it goes!
Hello to you, internet! (Twitter: Please RT)
So, what you are looking at is my old photoshop workstation computer. It’s a 2006 Mac Pro, it has 2 dual core 3.0 GHz processors, and 14 gig of ram (this is expensive and hard to find server ram)
A while back I had a bit of spare money, and since this computer cannot be upgraded past the “Lion” version of OSX, I upgraded to a newer 2010 model. I pulled the video card and the hard drives out of it.
To get to our muttons, what I basically have sitting around is a workstation that when configured like I had it (it needs about $400 worth of parts) will run Photoshop CS6 just fine (I regularly paint at 11x17 at 600 dpi on it) and I haven’t had problems with other programs like Manga Studio, or Sketchbook Pro. To be honest, outside of being able to boost my memory up to 40 gig, and the helpful things you get from that, I haven’t noticed much benefit from upgrading to the new computer and to the latest version of the OS. The computer is old, and the processing power isn’t very high, but to be honest most people have over powered computers anyway. This isn’t a hot rod, but it will do your work for you. It also has two DVD-R drives if that’s of any appeal.
When I was in art school, I recall having a bad case of the poors, and being jealous of those who had decent computers. Which brings us to what I’m offering. This computer is free for the taking for anyone who either wants to pick it up from me in Kansas City, MO, or will send me packing materials and postage to easily pack it up and ship it off. (I’m both busy and lazy and don’t want to have to deal with the headache of finding a good packing solution myself. I bought both of my Mac Pros locally w/o boxes, so I don’t have the old shipping boxes.)
This is what you need to get this computer properly zippy again. (I assume you have a monitor, keyboard, mouse and other things you need.
ATI Radeon HD 5770 ~$200
A solid state hard drive large enough to run as your boot drive. About ~$100. This is the key to a huge speed increase.
Optional 1TB storage hard drive and or Time Machine backup drive. ~$100
If you are local I’m happy to install everything and put a fresh install of Lion on it. If you aren’t you can do the work yourself or if you trust me you can send me the parts along with the shipping material and I’ll install everything and the OS and send it back.
If you are local and super-poor and really need a computer, talk to me and I’ll look into maybe passing the hat around for you. I’d pay to fix it back up myself, but funds are tight at the moment. We can do this if you are out of town, too, but you’ll still need to find and send me a shipping solution, that’s the one thing i’m inflexible on. :)
So ! If you are interested, feel free to email me using “stevensanders” at gmail dote communist. (hoping to avoid spam bots here.)