April 18th, 2012

Devil, incubus, gentleman, martini, scoundrel

Lotería

A couple of weeks prior to Beaster, I was amused to come into possession of this curious little game similar to Bingo, called "Lotería" {'lottery'}. I remember seeing these images from time to time at various places here and there, particularly when acquiring some select culinary indulgences, so when one night they veritably presented themselves before Me at the cash register anyway, with a bit of extra change, I decided to see what it was really all about.

This game originated in Spain & Italy, then was brought to 'New Spain', the Americas, where it integrated into the subsequent culture.

To prepare the game, one has to cut out the little blue squares provided which become the play pieces. The game is played exactly like traditional bingo, although there are certain little phrases which can be uttered when an image is traversed [see link above].

I always thought the Devil card, or "El Diablito" {who appears rather Lokian, in My estimation} and the skull card, or "la calavera" were visually interesting; and at first, I quite honestly thought these were tarot cards upon first impression.

As it turns out, even though billed as merely a game, these cards are actually used as "divinatory" tools by some; but what I really found amusing are the folkloric relations of Roman Soldiers 'casting lots' for the nazarene's robes, as well as the timing of their purchase, so it seemed to make some sort of sense that this would be played on a Beaster night, for this lottery game may very well have been the one referred to in the legend. Of course, depending on the company, it can be modified to gamble from anything from money, to libations, to salacious dares, if desired.

Also turns out that there are many variations of these cards, and have become quite a franchise among the latin crowd; there is even a deck called "Space Loteria" which correlates characters from the Star Wars saga into its art. ∞

Shadowmancer

Hold on to your fenders!

THE KNIGHT FILES


Arriving today at The Haunted Noctuary is one Knight Industries Two-Thousand {"K.I.T.T. for easy reference, 'KITT' if you prefer."} model by Hot Wheels / Mattel. That iconic A.I. super car with the transitioning scanner & voice modulator, able to take great leaps with turbo boost capabilities, as the great equalizer, and friend, of former police officer Michael Knight turned crime-fighter and vigilante {not unlike The Dark Knight Batman}. KITT is programmed with so much interactive personality, which learns as he goes along so as to seem organic, it is sometimes as if progenitor Wilton Knight's persona is integrated into the microchips therein. Quite Satanic overall, & one of My all-time favorite shows.

As it happens, The Mother of All Satans owned a red Pontiac Firebird, with that phoenix emblazoned on the hood. It certainly displayed the command to look, and was absolutely the fascination of many who witnessed it, generating both envy and inspiration, and this Dracling was thrilled. Obviously, making quite a favorable impression & creating an A.C.I.* here.

Being a collector of everything from weapons to action figures to canes, pens, objects d' art, jewelry, multimedia, to occult arcana, it naturally followed when I learned of the release of this limited run line of models that it would be acquired to accompany the Knight Rider DVD series, as well as the die-cast Batmobile.

As stated on the back cover:

Born: 1982.
Birthplace: Foundation for Law And Government.
Designer: Wilton Knight.
Specialty: K.I.T.T. KNIGHT INDUSTRIES TWO THOUSAND, an advanced artificially intelligent vehicle used in a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

This model measures approximately 3" of solid die-cast metal, with scanner, 'KNIGHT' license plate, & voice modulator / double screen dashboard detailing. A splendid acquisition for the KR collector. ∞

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* Aesthetic Crystallization Inertia, or could that also be 'Automotive Crystallization Inertia', in this case?

Shadowmancer

Fits like a glove...

The scent of leather permeates the air, its smooth feel caresses the skin...

So it was time to acquire another pair of black leather gloves, and decided on these Giovanni Navarre Deerskins. A snug fit as they are being broken in, an elegant accent to the Warlock's accoutrement, and can portend sensuality and danger. {+-}

Certainly a necessary part of personal Draconian Aesthetics. With black soft polyester lining, so it preserves the flesh warmed and supple, protected for what needs to be done, and prepared for what is desired to be done. ∞