Saturday, July 02, 2011

Starwood, X-Day


First a couple announcement/corrections.

July 3, 2011 (Sunday) at 11-something p.m. ZERO DEFEX will play at X-Day 14 at the Wisteria Campground near Athens, Ohio

July 6 & 7, 2011 (Wed & Thu) I will be speaking and leading workshops at Starwood, also at the Wisteria Campground

I believe these are both listed wrong on my Book Tour Page. Unfortunately the files with which I created that page are now lost. So I'll have to recreate the entire page from scratch to correct anything on it. I'll get to that...

Both of these events are far out of the range of the kinds of events either I or the band usually do. We're not really hippie-in-the-woods kind of people. So I'm a little nervous as to how they'll turn out. Does a bear poop in the woods? Yes. But I do not usually poop in the woods.

Apparently people often go to these things "sky clad." I will not be sky clad. I'm not sure how much I want to see sky clad hippies with beer guts boppin' around at the drum circle. But I guess I'm gonna see a lot of that.

X-Day (but not Starwood) is a festival run by the Church of the Subgenius. The Church of the Subgenius is a brilliant parody of cults and organized religions that is always tottering on the edge of becoming either a cult or an organized religion itself. Each year the leader of the church predicts that aliens will descend in a fleet of UFOs to pick up the members of the church and blast everyone else in the world to smithereens. Each year the members meet to await the saucers. Each year the saucers fail to arrive. And each year the leader of the church makes a new excuse as to why it didn't happen this year and promises that next year the aliens will come for sure.

I'm a great believer in robbing bad things of their power by making fun of them. So I'm all for the Church of the Subgenius. For all their lunacy, some of the philosophy in their books is pretty deep. And some is just goofball nonsense.

Last night Zero Defex played at Thursday's Lounge in Akron. In attendance was our original guitarist Tommy Strange. He said we played too fast.

The truth is a lie!!!

48 comments:

Juan said...

1

Harry said...

2 will have to do.

proulx michel said...

Three is THE number!

Anonymous Bob said...

FORE!

Anonymous Bob said...

CAPTCHA : spomite : I kid you not

john e mumbles said...

Nice vid! The Thanksgiving (or Xmas?) scene is my fave. Nothing like a hardcore punk rocker praying over food with the fam. & Why not?

Anonymous said...

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
http://www.venganza.org/


Flying Spaghetti Monster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

Flying Spaghetti Monster
From Uncyclopedia
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

Anonymous said...

Halloween Evangelism
http://www.venganza.org/2010/10/halloween-evangelism/

Rally sightings
http://www.venganza.org/2010/10/rally-sightings/

FSM Courthouse Installation
http://www.venganza.org/2008/03/courthouse-statue/

Futurama sighting
http://www.venganza.org/2010/08/futurama-sighting/

Anonymous said...

I prefer the Discordians over The Church of the Subgenius.

http://principiadiscordia.com/

captcha = fnord

HwaSon said...

My wife is pagan and her I and go to Convocation in Detroit, very similar to Starwood. Both are pagan gaterings, but hippieness tends to still seep in everywhere. At least Convocation is in a hotel. Working bathrooms and no skyclad allowed!

If you end up enjoying Starwood, check out Convocation sometime. I always enjoy myself just because it's a good community.

www.convocation.org

Anonymous said...

"For all their lunacy, some of the philosophy in their books is pretty deep. And some is just goofball nonsense."

It's called slack.

Anonymous said...

http://mishkanyc.com/bloglin/2011/07/02/shoplifting-from-american-apparel-and-the-american-movie-goer/

Moon Face Buddha said...

Hail Eris!

john e mumbles said...

Robert Anton Wilson was a Pope in the Church of the Subgenius. I personally once-upon-a-time became a "mail-order minister" via Ivan Stang's WEIRDNESS BY MAIL.. in order to legally marry two atheist friends and later a pagan couple.

...oh, and to bug my ordained minister friends (I've had a few).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hql0JBMuNSM&playnext=1&list=PL30F92D9D6EA8AC42

john e mumbles said...

The great collage artist Joe Schwind was largely responsible for the unique look of THE BOOK OF THE SUBGENIUS (available -free- in toto via google books)

He's listed here, along with yours truly (I am at the top of the "E"s), although the wiki links to both of our profiles are gone...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minicomics_creators

evolveintobirds said...

Punk can never be played too fast.

merciless said...

or with the volume too low..

Anonymous said...

Our Flying Spaghetti Monster,
Who art in orbit around Ramen 324,
Hallowed be thy Noodly Appendage.
Thy Pasta al dente, They Sauce be done,
On earth as it is on dishes.
Give us this day our daily meatball,
And forgive us our diets,
As we forgive those who eat fried chicken.
And lead us not into starvation,
But deliver us from tofu.
For thine is the Meatballs,
And the Pasta,
And the Sauce,
Now and forever.

RAmen.

“Let us sing praise to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, for He is a loving God. Of His might and dominion, there is no compare; of His mercy and deliciousness, there is no equal. No other god can challenge Him; in the taste test, He is invincible. Through His pasta, He has blessed us with everlasting life, and holy is His Name. For He is the Flying Spaghetti Monster: the One, True, and Most High God, creator of man and midgit, giver of pasta, giver of sauce, from age to holy age; not created He was, but ever He lives, through the glory of spaghetti, now and forever. R'Amen.”
~ Ishmali Camuwundra on the Flying Spaghetti Monster

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

Gluteus Maximus
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Gluteus_Maximus

Anonymous said...

You guys just aren't serious.

R said...

I wonder whether the verb “play” can properly be used for punk at all.

R said...

- I think one does not “play” punk. - Rather - one “anti-plays” punk.

- In its spirit it’s a sort of anti-music, or non-music.

Punk Verses of Contemporary Times in Dead Mountains said...

- “What do you do when you are making so much stupid noise?”

- “Anti-playing non-music.”

- “How do you anti-play non-music?”

- “Just fuck off, - will you?”

Jamal said...

Jim Morrison died forty years ago today.

FORTY FREAKING YEARS AGO!

Steven said...

Ahh... Skyclad pagans. One of many reasons I am no longer pagan. Expect to see some ADF folk there. It will be weird to know that people I know might be there.

Anonymous said...

You can all become Genuine and Authorized Discordian Popes and Legionnaires of Dynamic Discord and it won't cost you one red cent.

http://principiadiscordia.com/downloads.php

Anonymous said...

No one should be Skyclad in public unless they are under 30. This includes you Brad. Hippies are cool until they get old. Then they are ridiculous. See mysterion.

Anonymous said...

pimsler approach or rosseta stone?

r said...

As I may see it the main thing pseudo-spiritual festivals promote is self deceit.

anonymous anonymous said...

hi ran,

spiritual festivals are mostly escapist fantasy. people pretending to be something they're not for fun. you see the same thing here on Brad's blog. for every sincere buddhist you have a mysterion.

Awakened Yeti said...

you cant see your own eyes, you cant run from your own legs, you cannot hide from jr bob dobbs because hes stupider than you are

you cannot hide from your own hiding place

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhRUe-gz690

Anonymous said...

Another One Of God's Great Ideas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=077m3tC-XD4


Jesus Teaches About "The Good Samaritan"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIVB3DdRgqU

Anonymous said...

it's still mysterion's blog, saddly.

Anonymous said...

it's sadly.. and yet, and yet, mysterion is still a fool

An old story said...

Anonymous and Anonymous were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met an old man who appeared to be stuck in the mud.

"Old people are so stupid!" said Anonymous. He lifted the old man in his arms and carried him over the mud. "Thank you, young man. But I wasn't stuck. Let me explain..." began the old man. "Just shut the fuck up, OK?" replied Anonymous, rudely.

Anonymous did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging house. Then he no longer could restrain himself. "We young men shouldn't waste our time with old farts like that," he told Anonymous. "It's a waste of time. Why did you bother?"

"I left the old man there," said Anonymous. "Are you still carrying him?"


COMMENTARY: Is the old man left behind? If you say "Yes" you may fall into error. If you say "No" you are stuck in the mud. Just shut the fuck up, OK?

Anonymous said...

OK M

Anonymous said...

Episode 71 :: Carol Tavris :: Delusions and Cognitive Dissonance

http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_071.php

Anonymous said...

We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.

—George Orwell (1946)




A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.

—Stephen Mitchell’s modern translation of the Tao Te Ching, in homage to Lao Tzu (ca. 500 B.C.)

anon #108 said...

"The brain is designed with blind spots, optical and psychological, and one of its cleverest tricks is to confer on us the comforting delusion that we, personally, do not have any."

It's an old story.

M

Anonymous said...

OK M

anonymous anonymous said...

"We all have, intentionally or unintentionally, hurt another person who will forever regard us as the villain, the betrayer, the scoundrel. And we have all felt the sting of being on the receiving end of an act of injustice, nursing a wound that never seems to fully heal. The remarkable thing about self-justification is that it allows us to shift from one role to the other and back again in the blink of an eye, without applying what we have learned from one role to the other."

Anonymous said...

Vipassana in prison.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/255596/the-dhamma-brothers

Riddle said...

How old is 3:38 am?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvKIWjnEPNY said...

37.

Answer said...

37, and a lovely filth it was.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. I'll let keep on playing next time.

Anonymous said...

8:58 am is a fake.

R said...

Intellectuals can talk about sincerity, but that’s about all they can do.