June 29th, 2006

Chris Keeley

grab your gas masks: the world's longest-running lethal robot posse will perform maul, gnash, and pu

[SRL founder] Mark [Pauline] says this show will get one of those long titles SRL is known for. As part of the 13th International Symposium for Electronic Arts festivities

http://www.isea-web.org/eng/news_171203.html

Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) in San Jose Aug 11


Mark your calendars and grab your gas masks: the world's longest-running lethal robot posse will perform maul, gnash, and pulverize its way through San Jose, CA on August 11, 2006. Details and a terrific video of a visit to SRL's San Francisco lab are here from Bre Pettis at the MAKE zine blog. Gajillions of previous BoingBoing posts about SRL are here. Image: Shot by "A*A*R*O*N" at an SRL show in Los Angeles (full-size). (thanks, Violet)

Update: the site with show details is down, so here they are:

[SRL founder] Mark [Pauline] says this show will get one of those long titles SRL is known for. As part of the 13th International Symposium for Electronic Arts festivities, SRL will be performing on August 11 in San Jose. Tickets are available here through the show organizers ZeroOne.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape

the bizarre, psychedelic, and eclectic spiritual landmarks in the state, from the Blythe geoglyph to Kenneth Arnold's Integratron, from the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center to Salvation Mountain, from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to the Manson Family's Barker Ranch hideout.

http://www.visionarystate.com/

Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape

Congrats to BB pal and Techngnosis author Erik Davis and photographer Michael Rauner whose long-anticipated book, The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape, has just been published by Chronicle Books. It's magnificent. (Previous BB posts related to Visionary State here and here.)

Unarius Zencenter Swamis

The beautifully-designed tome is a textual and visual trip (and it is a trip) to the bizarre, psychedelic, and eclectic spiritual landmarks in the state, from the Blythe geoglyph to Kenneth Arnold's Integratron, from the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center to Salvation Mountain, from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to the Manson Family's Barker Ranch hideout. Above is the Unarius Academy of Science, El Cajon, the San Francisco Zen Center, and Swami's, Encinitas.

From Erik's introduction:
0811848353 LargeWhat if California itself was my tradition, a great polytheistic fusion of transplanted religions, nature mysticism, tools of transport, and creepy cults? What if the restlessness and constant mutation of California’s alternative spiritual scene actually reflected an almost dogmatic insight that reality itself is inherently perspectival? What if the California tradition was like the land itself: a collection of amazing and diverse ecologies, but united by freeways?

And so, searching for my rootless roots, I began to research alternative spirituality and religious sectarianism in California, reading deeply, doing interviews, and traveling to unusual sacred sites.
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Chris Keeley

Sheldon Norberg

Progressive Drug Ed Quiz

1 What was the subject of the first Dragnet episode?

2 What psychedelic drug is produced by your pineal gland?

3 When did laughing gas become a popular party drug?

4 What drug was America founded on?

5 What company, built on a now illicit drug, was the first capitalist business in North Korea?

6 Which war did America win with secret hemp production?

7 How many deaths are attributed to marijuana annually?

8 What historic sporting achievement was performed by an athlete under the influence of LSD?

9 What drug was Sigmund Freud addicted to?

10 Recent government funded Ecstasy research indicated that one hit can cause Parkinson's Disease or death.
What drug was actually being injected into the lab's monkeys?

 

1 - LSD, 2 - DMT, 3 - 1800, 4 - Tobacco, 5 - Coca-Cola, 6 - World War II,
7 - None, 8 - Doc Ellis Pitched a No Hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers,
9 - Cocaine, 10 - Methamphetamine

Chris Keeley

Bob Carlos Clarke

Bob Carlos Clarke

http://www.zonezero.com/magazine/obituaries/clarke/index.html

While a student he began taking pictures of the fetish scene, which was to become an important aspect of his work. Carlos Clarke said of his photography "It's not a job, it's an addiction," and for him it was very much an addiction to women and to sexual fantasies. He often used an analogy between sex and photography, suggesting that a good portrait session was a similar activity to making love to the sitter. Typical was also the advice he gave to those wanting to take up nude photography: "Do it to get laid; but get a real job."

Fantasy Females Are Impossible To Satisfy
2004 © Bob Carlos Clarke
by Peter Marshall

Bob Carlos Clarke, born in County Cork, Ireland in 1950, ended his life by running in front of train at a level crossing near Barnes in London around half past eleven last Saturday morning. I'd travelled up to London on the very train only two hours earlier. The police say that "the incident was not being treated as suspicious." It was a sad end to the career of a talented photographer who lived with his second wife and teenage daughter a few miles away in Chelsea, having sold his studio in nearby Battersea last year

Chris Keeley

Jack and Diane

Jack and Diane

http://filmsalt.com/soandbrad/sbjacdian.htm

get yourself to the sanitorium and frantically scribble 'I am a loser' until your fingers bleed and the dead opera lady sings.

Writer/ Director Bradley Rust Gray    
  Producers So Yong Kim, Karin Chien, Rich Lim  
  Starring Ellen Page  
  Animation by The Brothers Quay  
  Shoot date Summer 2006

Jack and Diane, two teenage lesbians, meet one night in New York City and fall ferociously in love. Diane’s playful and innocent nature warms its way into Jack’s tough skinned heart. But when Jack learns that Diane is leaving the country in a week, she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her unfulfilled sexual desire occasionally turns her into a werewolf.

Jack and Diane