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SMiles Lewis dot com – August 2020

Above: SMiles Lewis circa August 2020

SMiles Lewis circa 2012

Above: SMiles Lewis circa 2012

My web presence has varied quite a bit over the past 20+ years of “my-life-on-the-internet.” I first got a digital online version of my brief alt-media print zine setup around 1998 – shortly thereafter setting it up as my first ever domain name: www.ELFIS.net

Soon I was buying more and more domain names for more and more projects, turning the Elfis zine website into a network hub for weird alt-media websites. I think at the height of my web-work I had maybe 70 or more domain names that were all interconnected and would re-syndicate each-others content using early XML and RSS feeds.

With the ever worsening trollish hack-attacks on vulnerable websites, coupled with the rise of social media sites draining away the content that used to be based at people’s personal websites, I’ve increasingly pulled back (after each hack) from the scope of such interconnected website activities. I’ve gotten sucked in to the big social media sites like most people… and I’ve lamented that drain’s diminishing of my efforts at curating my own websites.

As much time as I’ve thought I might have to spend rekindling that effort (during these Strange Days of Covid-Lockdowns), life pulls me back from making any progress. Its a slow process anyway, so I should just embrace the small steps that help make larger strides possible.

To that end… for several months now I’ve been planning on using my own nostalgic archival backup work on my personal files as the potential driver to get back to it! Back in late June I created a TON of draft posts of things I was coming across and wanted to share… but here it is mid-August and I’ve still not posted any of those drafts.

So, may this signal my effort to renew these efforts.

– SMiles

Above: SMiles Lewis circa December 2017

Below: SMiles Lewis circa April 2020

Random Synchronicity: Amok Elephants 1/6/2019

 

Today I was reviewing the wikipedia entries for Running Amok phenomena and had noticed it included a “see also” listing about elephants who’ve run amok, specifically one 911-named pachyderm:

Osama bin Laden, named after the infamous elusive terrorist, was a rogue bull elephant responsible for at least 27 deaths and destruction of property in the jungled Sonitpur district of the Indian state of Assam. After a two-year rampage from 2004 to 2006, an elephant was eventually shot; but some were doubtful that the right animal was killed.

Within hours, my wife randomly selects a TV series available for streaming on Amazon Prime … the Independent Television (ITV) series, Vanity Fair. As far as I know, neither of us knows anything about this series. Within a few minutes of the show, a character brings up a story of him having witnessed an elephant “running amok” in India.

Thank you Synchronicity Matrix?

 

– SMiles Lewis

 

Here we go: Vanity Fair was certainly modern. The opening credits sequence showing the lead characters spinning round on a Victorian fairground ride to the sound of the famous Jimi Hendrix anthem All Along The Watchtower was a bit of a clue

“The opening credits sequence showing the lead characters spinning round on a Victorian fairground ride to All Along The Watchtower was a bit of a clue.”

Olivia Cooke seemed destined for stardom and Vanity Fair had some modern touches, by Jim Shelley | Daily Mail Online

 

 

 

UFOs: Reframing the Debate

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UFOs: Reframing the Debate – Edited by Robbie Graham

Available in Paperback & eBook Formats from White Crow Books

Featuring Over a Dozen Contributors including…

 

UFOs: Reframing The Debate Book Trailer