Monday, September 15, 2014

The 3rd Elf's in a Pickle

The Third Elf (that's me) is in a bit of a pickle and needs some help (don't we all?) I'll keep this short as I can, because there's so much more interesting stuff to read elsewhere.

For those who don't know me (which is 99.9% of people who reads Visible's blogs) I've been his web master elf for around 4 years; for those with longish memories I came on board with Visible as the (non) entity known as "Sim" (that was when Smoking Mirrors was, in a sense, a darker place) - and for reasons I can barely now recall, I changed name at some point to what it is now, Visible's 3rd Elf.

Anyway, I've not only f*cked up, but in recent days I've been f*cked over too - the most pressing consequence of which is I have a little over 48 hours in which to find a place to live. This is something which is as non-negotiable as it is pressing.

Back to where I was, which is nowhere much; 48 hours is all I've got to try get myself installed somewhere - and if this is going to happen, it's going to cost me money that I do not have. (Right now, an ice-cream would cost me money I don't have; one indicator of how badly the f*ck up has been).

I am NOT asking for a donation (or donations, whichever - alright, the buttons in this post might say "donate" but I haven't got time now to customise things much); what I am asking is if any person(s) reading might consider making a loan or loans to me - via those "donate" buttons) so that I can weather this storm. How big a loan? Hard to say exactly, but securing even the most modest of somewheres is likely to be north of £500 (£750?, damned if I know) once any deposit is factored in. My hope is that maybe a few £5.00 and $10.00 combined will see me make that. Sorry not to be more certain on that particular need, but as I write, I've had little time to research this.

Thank you, if you can help: this first button should work fine for any currency...

... and this next button will be better still if you have the option to pay GBP sterling:


- clicking through via that last image link will mean zero fees if Sterling is paid (because my own bank is in the UK) - plus PayPal will not take the usual 4.9% commission.

The email address to use is - and anyone who can help, please will you also email me so we can talk about me repaying you?

Meanwhile, even if I'm fortunate enough to get a place, I am going to be without a cellphone or a laptop - so if anyone, anywhere, has some old (possibly forgotten, never used, but functioning) hardware tucked away in a drawer which they could spare, it would help massively if they could send it to me...

vintage laptop and cellphone

Please contact me and I'll provide the address (assuming there is one). Or if you want to write and just tell me I'm a dick, or anything else, that's fine, too.

This has been enormously difficult to write; most likely it's too long (while at the same time not saying enough); or it's too short, while saying too much. Whichever way, thanks for reading and thank you again if you are able to help this stricken elf at this particularly challenging and uncertain time.

I've had the privilege of working for Visible for 4 years. It's an unpaid role - when I first started working for Vis he had no money to speak of (and I suspect the same pretty much applies today). Let me clarify something there; it's an unpaid role because those were the terms that I set and I wouldn't have had it (or will have it) any other way. It's unpaid (in the conventional sense) because before I even started working for Visible, he'd already given me something which I couldn't begin to put a price on; I've never worked for Vis "for free"; everything I've done (and still hope to do) has been payback. For me to ask Visible for help now simply doesn't jive; I set out my terms to him in 2010 and I'm not going to breach them. This is why I'm casting the net elsewhere - and that's to anyone here who might be reading this.

Thank you again. I'll update within 48 hours if there's anything to update on, and I'll update after 48 hours if I can.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Few Notes About Visible

Much gratitude to whoever found you Les Visible, and got you to hospital. Thank you too, Susanne for being, among whatever else you might be to Visible, a staunch friend to him.

Vis; what a horrible, horrible thing to happen; it would be bad enough if it had happened in the company of others and in a "safe place"; that you hurt yourself badly while alone and isolated (and in near freezing temperatures I guess) - and then had to wait many hours, and in a lot of pain, for help which might not even arrive, must have been challenging, and then some. I'm truly sorry for what you've gone through (going through) and I'm just one of thousands+ who I know will be wishing you well.

James Jancik has created a Get Well soon, Les Visible!healing meditation for Visible - it is so worth listening to, and more than once. Thanks James and sorry it's taken me an age to get it linked to.

Meanwhile - and this is for Mouser, or anyone else who has been in touch with Vis; what does he need, or will he need? Has he got a laptop with him, or access to one? If he hasn't and is going to need one, please let us know and I hope we can arrange to get one out to him. Any other equipment he needs, fresh clothes or whatever? Would he like some visitors? Yes, no? And if yes, let's get that sorted - perhaps we could crowd fund something...? Of course, if he's in grumpy mode then visiting him might not be a great idea. Mouser, give us any feedback please.

Maybe a chat-room here on the page could yield something positive; if Vis isn't going to be posting for a few days (or more?) then we might at least chat among ourselves. Who is up for a chat room? I might just put one up anyway, even if I end up talking to myself.

Finally, sorry again James it's taken me hours to get the meditation link up - am having all manner of computer problems here; likewise sorry Guldur, Dawn, Est I've not been able to acknowledge your mails yet.

God bless Les Visible - and thank you God that Vis is Get Well soon, Les Visible!alive

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Get well soon, Visible

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hearts In Bloom

Hello everyone!

Dropped in to share a song I wrote some time ago.

I was doing my breathing excercises and had a quick flashing daydream where it was wintertime. I could see Christmas lights all around, and it felt like everything was falling apart and coming together at the same time. There was this electric tension in the air. I could see signs of revolution (RE-evolution) and wild and crazy things going on all over the place.
Cycles of time spinning together and colliding and rumbling apart.
The breath of the universe doing its work.
The vision took me through different time periods, through Native American prophecies and dreams, past distant stars and constellations, and then all the way back to Mother Earth.
I saw Johnny Cash exploring the depths of Nickajack Cave, exploring the depths of himself.
I saw tall beings harvesting for souls, black water rising over mountaintops, strange lights in the sky, the sun going mad.
I saw myself. In different times. Driving in the dark. Wild deer running across the road. And then I saw myself through the eyes of the deer. I was looking at myself, gazing through my memories.
Everything was connected. Everything had its place.

It was just a glimpse. Just a flashing vision. It lasted maybe a couple of seconds. And then it was over. The feeling I got from the whole thing was very positive and empowering. I had the sense that humanity was finally going to shine in full bloom and take some very important step. In the daydream the chaos and mayhem felt like a golden opportunity for everyone. A chance to rise up and be the ones we have been waiting for. Be the change.

I started writing the song as soon as I finished doing my excercises. It pretty much wrote itself.
The song is called "The Breaking Wheel / Man Oh Man". At the time I wrote it I dedicated it to the work of Clif High. Seemed appropriate. Later on I was listening to Visible's radio show and pondering about sending Les a link to this song. Then immediately after that thought had crossed my mind I heard the words "deer" and "headlights" in the song that plays during the intro/outro of the radio show. Those words play a role in my song as well.

My friend Ville (the singer of the band) quickly put together a kind of a test video for the song. At the moment our band is called Crown of Leaves. We used to be known as Sandhya for a while. The name is prone to change. We'll see. I have written all of the songs that are in english and I play acoustic and electric guitars. We are currently bringing in new members to the band and starting to rehearse new songs and fine-tune the old ones.

So here's the song. Hope you guys enjoy it.

Here's one more. It's the first song I ever wrote.

You'll find more rehearsal videos on our YouTube channel or by checking my own YouTube channel. Some of the songs are in Finnish and most of them include just me and our singer Ville.

We will be posting more videos and better versions of the songs once we get the new members in and fully acclimated.

In the meantime,
Keep On Rockin In The Free World!
Thanks much.

Jarno Mikael