Monthly Archives: September 2007

A Slamdance, at a Wedding.

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(Photo by My Dad.)

No, seriously.  I forget what song it was.  Maybe The Romantics’ “What I Like About You.”  My stepbrother’s wedding.  That’s me in the dragon shirt, getting squashed by my son-in-law and my nephew.  Nina is obviously the one under the flowing braids.

It is always 3:33 pm somewhere.  If you are here for the naked pictures, you must realize one thing.  We are all naked under our clothes, all the time.

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Second Question of the Day.

Quantum Switching.

(Digitized Self-Portrait by me, used in Nick Herbert’s Nobel Prize presentation to illustrate quantum merging.)

There is a barrel of background information on this question inside the post under this if you want to make an educated decision…

If you could switch bodies with anyone, or any thing, what or who would you want to be?

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The full body transplant experience.

Namesake.

(photoshoppery of real plastic body armor by Rian Fike.)

The full body transplant experience grows from the urge to become the object of your desire, to merge completely into one glowing entity, to be totally in love. Not love like hearts and possessions, but love like fire.


Nina and I met under a full moon on Miami Beach at midnight, and we recognized each other from twelve previous lifetimes together. (I wrote a short story about the other lifetimes, but I forgot where I put it.) We were each accomplished Chaos Magicians, and we were both filled with the most insanely intense desire for each other.

We knew this was the one, so we waited. We waited one entire year before our first kiss. Magick often involves sacrifice, and the power we were building was focused on one of its most exalted rituals. We were going to switch bodies.


I am not one to switch and tell, but I can share some of the side effects. We began to release the exact same pheromones. We could talk without words. Sometimes our faces disappeared when we looked into each other’s eyes.


We have never sought a scientific explanation for the experience, but one day I was pixeling around with Photoshop for the next wave, I hooked up with Nick Herbert and his Quantum Tantra trip. Nick is the real deal. His experiments with the accelerators at Stanford have combined with the confirmed existence of the quantum dimensions of other realities, enough to hear an echo of the full body transplant experience in deep physics. Yes, it is very possible that the human mind is a form of consciousness that can “switch bodies” with any other physical structure, including inanimate objects. If the thing you are joining with is on the other side of the Universe, all your transportation problems are solved.


This quantum effect creates very very dangerous possibilities, but it also solves all problems associated with ethics, and Nick Herbert calls it the Golden Rule 2.0. When he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in response, he actually used some of my illustrations in his presentation. You can click over to his site for more information…

Here’s your link, merge at your own risk:

http://members.cruzio.com/~quanta/goldenrule4.html

I know it is possible to switch bodies with someone or something else, I’ve done it.  I can’t give you detailed instructions, but the first step is the courage to give yourself permission.


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First Question of the Day.

The swarm in question.

(Painting of Insectoid Troopers by Andy Brase)

Our daily ritual:  I ask an open ended question, and you get creative.  Simple enough?  Okay.  There’s only one thing to do.  Tell me your answer to this…

If the entire world were to be swarmed over by one thing within the next 24 hours, what would you want it to be?

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This is what you will usually get here.

My One True Love.

(Drawing by J. Abrams, Caricature Artist at Sea World)

This blog is going to be like a sponge for my spare time at work when my lesson plans are done and there is still time to fill.  I am actually feeling much better about this school year after five weeks, mostly because I am remembering how to accept the kids as they are instead of realizing how much less they have going on than years gone by.  There is a whole generation of people in the inner city that can easily be viewed as a massive waste of flesh, but that does no one any good. 

So I relax. 

I’m listening to the new KT Tunstall while I type this, it’s not as instantly accessible as her first record but still rather pleasant.

One thing I want to start on this blog?  A question a day.  Real open ended stuff, the kind of thing that used to be the basis for my classroom.  (Before the waste-of-flesh generation, obv.)  I’ll put today’s question in a new post after I get done rambling.

Tonight, you ask?  Taco Salad with Genessee Cream Ale, lots of kissing with the wife, playing cards at Hobby League at 6:30, checking to see if the Mets can keep from drowning, lots of massage with the wife, a game or two of Cribbage, then sweet dreams.

Here’s the plan.  I will also be using this blog to make a scrapbook of my peculiar mental condition, with corresponding links and a pics added with each bulging burst of my brain bursting through my fingers onto the keyboard and into your eyes.  Hold on, I’ll get a pic and a link.

The drawing is of none other than my glorious wife Nina.  We had it done by a caricature artist twelve years ago, at Sea World, on our first weekend date.  The link is for the article I managed to sneak it into… so she could finally be the superhero that she has always been to me. 

Here’s your link, for September 25th:

http://metagame.com/vs.aspx?tabid=46&ArticleId=5420

Thanks for hanging out with me today, I’ll see you tommorrow.

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The reason I am starting this today.

I got published by Neatorama!!!  Check me out, fourth from the bottom: http://www.neatorama.com/category/quote-a-day/

I get happy.

(Photo by Craig Gibson, God of Trading Card Game Tournament Coverage.)

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So this is it. I start a “blog”.

Where should I begin?  The beginning, obviously.

The name is Rian Fike.

Born in Toledo on the same day same year as Princess Diana.  Grew up in Central Ohio, mostly in Newark.  I am a jerk from Nerk, yes I am.  Moved to Miami in 1972 when my dad got a job as a Professor of Social Work at Barry College.  They call it a University now, but it’s still barely college to me.  A child of the seventies, I am warped.

I have been teaching Art in the Miami public schools for 24 years.  Five years at Liberty City Elementary, eight at Allapattah Middle, now eleven at School for Applied Technology which is an alternative high school.

I started playing Magic the Gathering for fun about eight years ago, and when Upper Deck announced they were developing a Trading Card Game with spandexed superheroes and villains… I jumped face first with everything I had.  Now I have a weekly writing gig and I love it.  Check out my weekly column called Risk Vs. Reward at:

http://entertainment.upperdeck.com/vs/en/

I am all about the love.  You will get more about that soon.

Welcome to my new thing.  This is gonna be good.

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