Archives for the month of: October, 2006

Like many modern technophiles of this era I have a lot of music on my computer, and I have an MP3 player. Winamp has been my player of choice for quite a while, not because it’s better than all the rest, but simply because when I first started listening to music on the computer it was.

Now there is a new and quite frankly brilliant alternative (a good alternative to iTunes as well for the anti-apple iPod owners) it is, Media Monkey! The basic package is free (always nice), and it can sync playlists with portable devices (although I ‘ve not actually tried this yet), perform easy format conversions, auto tag mp3’s from amazon, or from file names, or even rename files from tags. All in a very easy and quick way.

Personally I’m seriously thinking about paying the $20 to get the full version, which can do a few other useful sounding things.

Saturday afternoon is the time, my living room is the setting, the company is my housemate Dave. The time has come. The hangover from the night before has subsided to acceptable levels and we both have 4 pills and a pint of water. The time has come.

The pills in question are Dionysos (mentioned before) and we’re both taking a full dose. The effects reportedly take forty five minutes to an hour to kick in (or one shower in some parts). We swallow them down, personally I felt a bit silly, like it was still ‘wrong’ in some way. Certainly not like taking vitamin pills that’s for sure!
About an hour later the nausea hits Dave, I’m affected about 15 minutes later. Fortunately it’s not to heavy, in the grand scheme of things, just rather unpleasant.
After about two hours our extreme Englishness kicks in:
“Ooo, I don’t like this….. Cup of tea?” Says Dave
Immediately this is an excellent idea, tea and biscuits. Much better.

And that was it. I felt nothing other than slightly ill, Dave reported feeling slightly ill and ‘a bit spaced out’.

The only possible way that these pills were ‘mind broadening’ is the appreciation for simple things we gained through the experience. Simple things like fresh air, tea and biscuits, and a comfortable sofa. A bit disappointing for £10, but to an extent I was expecting that. It’s unlikely that I’ll find my ‘ideal drug’ first time out.

I just wish it had been a bit less crap.

Being interested in photography and photoshop I have an idea of how distorted some of the images of people in magazines and the media can be. There is an excellent example of just how fake things can be on apophenia, a blog I read with interest (to be honest the video is a slight departure from the normal commentary).
You seriously need to check out this video.

I’d be interested if there were a male version, to contrast how much (or little) guys in magazines get the same treatment.

So, before I recount the experiences of the first trial I’ll tell you what I got and from where. In order of strength (from what I can tell) I have Dionysos (no idea how to pronounce that), Purple Ohms and 1 gram of 5x Salvia standardized extract. It seems that I made a bit of a mistake with the Salvia as it seems that the stuff I have is intended to be smoked. I should have gone for a tincture. Haven’t decided what to do about this.

Anyway, the Dionysos is the first one I tried last night. As I said in my last post, the recommended dose is 3-4 capsules, I started with one. There did seem to be an effect, it can only be described as rather mild… Read the rest of this entry »

I can tell from my stats that people have probably failed to notice but I’ve put the picture uploads that I lost from the server move back on the gallery. See some gig shots taken for Seven Story Down in a new album devoted to music shoots.

Drug update coming soon.

On a lighter note, some of the more eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that a previous post has gone missing, along with some new pictures in my gallery that the post was extoling. This I assume is due to the fact that my website has changed servers and now resides in the UK.
Probably the MySQL database copied across was an earlier version than the one with the post and pictures in.

No matter, soon I’ll put the pictures up and point at them with another post 🙂

Until then, happy camping!

Yesterday I bought some drugs.

I can imagine that this statement can arouse a whole host of differing reactions from different readers, so let me elaborate. No they are not cough/cold type drugs, no I’m not breaking the law. They are the herbal highs that supposedly mimic the effects of popular illegal drugs. I find it strange and interesting how these kind of drugs are still a bit of a social taboo in most circles. Stand-up citizens would have nothing to do with such distasteful alterations of mental state. But then they wouldn’t think twice about getting a bit tipsy at a dinner party, or kick-starting the day with a strong cup of coffee. These drugs are ‘normal’ socially acceptable methods of altering ones brain chemistry.

-rant off.

To be honest I am sceptical as to the potency or actual effect that these drugs will have, but that simply raises the curiosity stakes in my book. After all they are completely legal for people over the age of 18 so why not give it a go and find out?

I am not however, in any way, assuming that legal means safe. I will be taking these pills with caution, and I hope to share the effects (or lack thereof) here. To me this seems like a fairly sensible course of action as there seems to be little to no first person recounts of these drugs, and the reviews that are available are only on the sellers websites and unsurprisingly give no mention to possible negative experience. I already know from reading a new scientist article on the subject that some of these drugs can cause hangovers and in some cases the actual trip can be unpleasant.

I plan to start this weekend, with the weakest of the selection I’ve purchased. It has a recommended dose of 3-4 pills, I’ll start with one.
Stay tuned to find out the names of these drugs, where I bought them and any other background information I can find as to the possible effects.

And of course my recount of the experience itself.