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Main Hall / Cooking Recipies
« on: September 14, 2008, 08:49:47 PM »
As I chow down on the last bites of a batch of kobok-style hot wings, I realize that some of the more tasty recipes I've ever tried have come from this community. With spiritual attainment comes gastrointenstinal wisdom? I do not know.

What I would like to know are more recipies you guys have to offer. I'll be having my own kitchen shortly, and I'd love to hear some favorite suggestions to try my hand at. :)

Main Hall / My own artistic project
« on: November 01, 2007, 12:21:02 AM »
After approximately six months in planning, I am now publishing a webcomic with my girlfriend. I am the author, she does the art.

It is a comic in the 'graphic novel' sense, aimed at telling a serious story. The tale itself is fundamentally about superheroes, more in the "Heroes" sense than the campy getup one. Its a setting I've been working on for some time, and I'm fairly proud of the project, so I feel it only natural to share it with my friends at Veritas. :)

It can be found here: (some strips are NSFW, so be warned!)

I hope that you all enjoy what we've done so far, and if so the 'voting' links in the bottom right would be much appreciated, to help us get more traffic. :)

Main Hall / Veritas Story Contest!
« on: August 30, 2007, 10:35:49 AM »
Its that time again!

For those unfamiliar with the game, the rules, regulations, and prior entries can be viewed in last year's thread.

This round of the contest will run from now until New Years Day, so you should all have plenty of time.

Get writing! :)

The Cafeteria / MOVED: how to make money
« on: August 13, 2007, 08:27:17 AM »

The Cafeteria / MOVED: Fear:the final frontier
« on: August 13, 2007, 08:26:59 AM »

The Cafeteria / MOVED: Music with intent
« on: August 13, 2007, 08:26:29 AM »

The Cafeteria / More geeky stuff?
« on: August 06, 2007, 09:44:32 PM »
Yet more playing of various RPGs has lead me to a different dillemia of moral self-definition. :)

As this system goes, while all people possess the above flaws and virtues in varying degrees, for most individuals one of

each could be chosen as the most defining; the biggest part of their character. So, pick ONE, and only one, of each -- the

virtue and flaw which you feel most integral to your character.

Some elaboration on all of the above:

Charity: Belief in being the Good Samaritan, the Golden Rule, and giving in general.
Faith: Belief in an overall purpose or cause to all things (not referring to any particular religion, or even necessarily a deity), and the finding of devotion or comfort in that Plan.
Fortitude: Belief in preserverance, strength, and endurance against all odds, regardless the cause.
Hope: Belief and devotion to inspiring Fortitude in others.
Justice: Belief in protecting the innocent and confronting inequality.
Prudence: Belief in approaching all things through wisdom and careful thought, rather than rash action and impulse, and favoring hard work and devotion to risk taking.
Temperance: Belief in balance in *all* aspects of life.

Envy: Jealousy, continual dissatisfaction with what one has, especially in comparison to others.
Gluttony: One who indulges appetites, be it for food, a high, or anything else, at the expense of all. Usually refers to food, but can refer to any appetite or addiction.
Greed: Similar to envy, but has no connection to others; one is simply consumed for the desire for 'more', always.
Lust: Similar to gluttony, but one is motivated by a passion for something, rather than the indulgence of that something. Usually refers to sex, but again can be any thing or experience.
Pride: One who has let their ego run amok; one who does not accept the possibility that they are wrong, or have failed, and whose self and self-glorification come before all others.
Sloth: The lazy and the apathetic, those unwilling to work. If its important someone else will do it, eventually... right?
Wrath: The sin of uncontrolled anger, meting out fury unwarranted and pain without just cause.

How pleasant. :)

My votes go to Hope and Envy.

Main Hall / MOVED: Standing at the looking glass
« on: July 11, 2007, 07:17:20 PM »

Main Hall / MOVED: Development of my new system.
« on: July 05, 2007, 04:03:50 PM »

The Cafeteria / Random bit of Geekery
« on: June 30, 2007, 08:48:35 PM »
Time to be putting people in boxes. I've always been more entertained by this question than I should be. :)

If the above means nothing to you, then for shame, and read here. :)

Public Dynamic Psi / Fundamental Psi: Introduction to Energy
« on: May 07, 2007, 08:50:23 PM »
We now begin the final segment of Fundamental Dynamic Psi: Energy manipulation.

Energy manipulation is a topic with a wide degree of opinions in the OEC. While under many paradigms it is viewed as an easier process to perform than kinesis or scanning, the practitioners of dynamic psi have found this not to be so. It is something just as difficult, just as easy, and just as prone to analytic overlay as the other branches of psi practice. For this reason, we have introduced the first two pillars of psi first, so that aspirants can can gain practice with the essential skills necessary, as well as reap practical benefits. Now, the use of the mysterious 'energy' of psi will be shown as a powerful tool to augment those other areas.

Let us begin!

What is Energy?

Let us first make some distinctions clear about what energy is not.

When we say 'energy' in this article, we are talking about metaphysical energy, not physical energy. Physical energy refers to things such as kinetic energy, or thermal energy. On the surface at least, the two types are very distinct, but there does seem to be some confusion of terms, such as invoking E=mc^2. This does not seem accurate.

The reason that we use the term 'energy', despite this potential source of confusion, is that in some senses it possesses the same essential function as physical energy. Physical energy is, essentially, the fuel for change. Nothing in the physical world can be changed without it; we need kinetic energy to move, thermal energy for heat, etc.. In a similar fashion, metaphysical energy, as we will find, is the fuel for metaphysical change, and through it sometimes physical change as well.

Secondly, metaphysical energy in dynamic psi refers to a single type of energy. In other paradigms, a host of classifications may exist, such as lunar energy, fire energy, etc.. According to our observations, there seems to be only a single type, but that type can be transmuted into whatever archetypes one desires. In short, energy is energy, whatever flavor of it you have.

What exactly is Energy?

This is a very important question. While the topic of energy manipulation is a frequent discussion about many OEC forums and chats, what exactly it *is* is not one that I have personally observed frequently. In some ways, this makes sense. Energy is something that seems by nature much more disconnected from the "real world" than kinesis or scanning, and so trying to analyze it, its properties, and its effects can be a difficult task.

Energy can be thought of, in some senses, as a substance. It has properties, like a physical substance, such as quantity and location. It can be moved around. It can also be altered and transmuted through intent, and exposure to concepts from the conceptual domain.

Energy seems to exist in a sort of "in-between" place between the physical and conceptual domains, which we call the energetic domain. It possesses location in the sense that is bound to concepts, rather than possessing physical coordinates per se. For example, the concept of a particular room might have energy corresponding to it on the energetic domain. A psion is capable of sensing this energy via the soul as easily as they are to sense concepts.

Energy, in its "natural" state, is very neutral, possessing no real properties of which to speak. However, it is very easily transmuted into possessing certain properties by exposure to intent, witting or no. An excessively negative person might cause the energy bound to them to possess a similarly "negative" feeling. A psion can purposefully imbue any properties on energy that he or she so chooses.

The implications of this "flavoring" of energy is important, because of the way that it relates to the physical world. Energy represents, in some senses, possibility. Classic psychokinesis, whether one realizes it at the time or not, is actually the process of moving energy to the desired target, imbuing it with the intent of physical motion, and then having this metaphysical energy fuel the creation of the physical energy. Similarly, through our latent thoughts and expectations, we flavor energy with ideas and possibilities, which can then, in small ways, manifest themselves upon the world.

We, as psions, can take advantage of the nature of energy by purposefully utilizing it to our goals in kinesis. Where, in previous exercises, we simply used whatever energy was already present within the target, we can now gather it from elsewhere to fuel our desire for transformation. We can also transform existing energies within our environments and ourselves to achieve other desired effects.


For now, keep things simple. Enter into a deeply meditative state in communion with the soul, and try to reach out with the soul's perceptions to sense the ambient energy in the room you are in. Try then exploring other places that energy exists, such as other rooms, objects, and even within yourself. Try to experience the different flavors of energy; it runs the gamut, capable of taking on a host of different impressions from the limitless possible concepts. From here, experiment with attempting to imbue that energy with concepts of your own. For good archetypes to try, consider relatively simple ideas with broad implications, such as "frustrated" or "soothing". This takes a bit of practice, but you will soon find that the energy is willing to be imbued by your intentions as readily as the more passive ones that have already colored it.

Once you feel you have started to get the hang of transforming energy, attempt to move it. This is fundamentally no different than imbuing it with the intent to do so. Once this skill is mastered, feel free to attempt to purposefully gather and imbue energy to enhance your power with kinesis.

Next time, we shall release an article on grounding and filtering; the clearing away of old, undesirable and detritus energy and constructs. From there, we shall move on to construct manipulation.

Main Hall / Decisions
« on: April 05, 2007, 08:05:13 PM »
I just got turned down by one of the graduate schools I applied to. This would not be a big deal, except for the fact that due to a convoluted collection of factors, I'd applied only to one school.

I know that going on to get my PhD is one of the things I wish to accomplish in my life, but it seems that for at least a year that is now out of reach. All the schools I have my eyes set on take applications but once anually. This leaves me in a rather problematic situation, as I don't quite know what to do with myself for the intervening period.

I've been going to college and university for about six years now, since I was fifteen, and in that time I dabbled in many fields and learned a great deal. In ten weeks, I will be graduating with a bachelors degree in computer science. And, I think, for that one year, it is time to do something very different.

I don't particularly want to be a programmer or work for a technical company, as though it may be cocky I think it would be demeaning to be reduced to a code monkey (and starting a career when I plan on returning to school in a year is not prudent anyway). I have been taking suggestions from friends, and I have been given a few novel ideas I am going to look in to. One is to spend the year in a place like China or Japan, teaching English; I have no idea what the qualifications required for this are like, but I have to say the idea of being out in the world excites me. Another alternative that I know nothing about was the Peace Corps or similar volunteer organization, which appeals to me and my desire to do some good in the world.

So I am now looking to you guys for ideas. What might you do, in my situation? Where could I spend a year that would be educational, exciting, different (and hopefully makes at least a small wage)?

Thank you for your help, and be well. :)

The Cafeteria / Game
« on: March 30, 2007, 02:39:32 PM »

When your game is over, after you enter your name, you can choose to submit your score to the "Veritas" ranking group.

Good luck. ;)

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