Friday, August 27, 2004

Go Back to Sleep

Check out this excellent video of Counting Bodies like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums by A Perfect Circle at dubya dubya dubya dot a perfect circle dot com
"Go Back to Sleep, America" Bill Hicks

when a monkey looks in, no philosopher looks out.

'Pataphysical research

This will be a page for research links related to my Academy courses, and other 'pataphysical events

the ideogram of the moment...

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

More fun for the consumer in me....

Bob has written the first of a series of 3 autobiographical books.

The Dylan Chronicles Vol 1 is going to be published in October.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

The Great Magician

I am looking for a short story with that title, which I loved and have lost any copy of.

It was published in Evergreen Review 13 (the 'Pataphysical edition)...which I don't have a copy of any more, but I highly recommend if you can find it.

I suspect that it was one of the short stories by Jean Ferry. What makes me suspicious is that it is very similar to this short story called The Secret Society, which I have stuck up on a temporary page while I dig around...

And I never could work out how much funnier 'Pataphysics might seem if you were a member of the college...

[LATER] Hey! waddya know - I found it in my mysterious filing system - joke boxes of paper which have trailed around with me for years, much to the amusement of friends...I'll type it up tomorrow as this copy is too faint to scan OCR (sigh) - and it's by Rene Daumal (from same edition of Evergreen).....

Is It Rolling Bob?

Yeh, they made a record of Bob songs in reggae. Sounds great and I can't wait...

I seem to be a Bob fan: Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Bob (RAW himself) and I guess even Bob Dobbs, though I hate to take the name of the SubGenius in vain.

Then there's Bill Hicks, Bill Bailey, Bill Burroughs (Mr Burroughs to me)...

Hey ho, back and silly as ever from my short break...gotta get on with my online Academy stuff...homework!
PS on September 3rd

Sorry about the comment that was attached (I have hidden it now) - it's a bunch of dodgy URLs, and when I find the idiot who abused my comments system I'll do something unpleasant to them. At least sign it, and don't do it anonymously. And if it is an automated thing, and happens again, I'll just switch off the comments. Phew, I managed to write this without swearing...

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Are we there yet?

We are back from our holiday in West Wales. I am not sure Julie will ever want to go on a motoring holiday with me again! I got travel sick with the switchback winding roads, and the squidgy suspension, and was miserable for several of the days - it wasn't JUST the rain or media withdrawal...sorry about that, lover.

I am back at work today, although she has a few more days look at, and edit, her amazing photos...

One last thought about cars, however. I have decided that cars are for people who are always in the wrong place. Up they jump - "damn, I'm 30 miles from where I am supposed to be!" and off they go. They get there, half an hour later they realise they are wrong again "Back to the car!"

Once they can use the car to fix their bad planning, they end up living (say) 50 miles from where they work - forced to drive 100 miles a day, just to earn a living...of course drivers say they love it, but I think the thing they enjoy most is the privacy (the way some people use the toilet, or bath time as a retreat place). Play your own music, and no nagging (that's why most cars contain only one person, and car-share schemes are an uphill struggle).

Anyway - stuff to do....

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Mask Behind The Mask

I am enjoying being in the MaybeLogic Academy. I guess it's indiscrete, talking about a secret forum where everyone just has 'handles' (pseudonyms, aliases) and 'avatars' and no-one publishes their 'real name' or age or location or sex or anything. That's fine if you are into being mysterious.

I can't be bothered with all that. I publish all and be damned. Information wants to be free....Why should you believe a name like Toby Philpott anyway, when a quick bit of research will tell you that it's as probable a name as John Bull, Uncle Sam, Friar Tuck or Robin happens to be what my parents called me, but why should you believe me?

So - hidden in plain sight - the cheekiest and best plan.

The Forums do seem to be a bit slow moving - perhaps I am the only person who pops in daily...and 'talks' a lot. Still I am looking forward to doing the Illuminatus! course, because I was always delighted with that book. I have also taken on the more daunting course about James Joyce and Ezra Pound - a bit of brain exercise - but working in the library really helps, as we have all kinds of old books out in The Stacks (some not catalogued) which are useful references for this kind of literary project.

Meanwhile, we are going for a week in the country soon...leaving someone else to feed the fish. The cats have had four of the goldfish now ( no surprise to me) but the smaller, faster, more camouflaged fish should be OK. hmmm.

The cats are on an Atkins Diet... (fish and birds)

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Nice One! - get a signed copy and meet The Man Himself

Don't forget, if you want to buy a copy of Tony's "A Summer in the Park" - and you are in London - try and get to one of these dates for a signed copy:
Book launch and signing by the author
Thurs 12th Aug 6.30pm
Upstairs at the Red Lion,Great Windmill St London, W1D 7LQ
Fri 13th Aug 04 6pm at Freedom BookshopAngel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street,London E1 7QX. (Be Lucky!)
Sun 15th Aug 04 7pm Upstairs at the Masons Arms51 Upper Berkeley St, London W1H 7PP

Further launch details: Sheila Trapovska 0207 247 9249e-mail

A Summer In The Park (£8.50) (IBSN 1 904491 04 9) 204 pagesPublished Summer 2004 by Freedom Press Angel Alley84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX.

I will be hustling my local library to buy the book, or I will donate a copy...(for details see previous posts, review in The Guardian Guide, etc) - Good to hear that he's given up both dope and tobacco and feels better...

any picture I can get my hands on...

Friday, August 06, 2004

Ah come on now, you can afford these (cheap laffs)...

Support Your Anarchist Parasite and Mixed-Ability Shaman! (no not me, but Lofty Tone) - I have no financial interest in this, it's just a whole-hearted recommendation - if some of the postcards here don't make you laugh then what are you doing on my site?

(sings like Mick Jagger, waving shotgun) "Hey! You! Get Offa My Site! "

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Run to your nearest Anarchist Bookshop, or just do a few clicks...

I got to hang out with Tony Allen for a while back there - an astounding stand-up performer. Check out his book Attitude, from Gothic Image for just a taste of his thoughts and style - or try to catch him live (although he claims not to do that stuff any more). Why not do a stand-up comedy workshop? Look for current news, or listen to the radio interview, on the New Agenda Trust website . I also recommend his Speakers Corner Journal - now (Aug 2004) published as A Summer in the Park , from Freedom Press , with an intro by Ken Campbell. (highly recommended...what can I say...why would you believe me?)

any picture I can get my hand on...

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

21 Tatane, 132 E.P. Saints Catoblepas, lord et Anoblepas, amirals

Just a quick link, a daily pic of the cosmos, (I liked the Blue Moon on July 31st - which you will find in the archive)

Just to keep a perspective on the heady atmosphere of the Academy. fnord
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