MonthJuly 2006

Circuitbending guide

Circuit-bending is an electronic art which implements creative audio short-circuiting. This renegade path of electrons represents a catalytic force capable of exploding new experimental musical forms forward at a velocity previously unknown. Anyone at all can do it; no prior knowledge of electronics is needed. The technique is, without a doubt, the easiest electronic audio design process in existence.

Reed Ghazala’s Art of Circuit Bending.

Build your own E-Meter

E-Meter schematics.

See also: Secrets of Scientology: The E-Meter.

Those Dangerous Suburbs

According to Nathan Newman, it’s more dangerous to raise kids in the suburbs than it is to raise them in Harlem.

Burroughs on Scientology

William S. Burroughs on Scientology:

In view of the fact that my articles and statements on Scientology may have influenced young people to associate themselves with the so called Church of Scientology, I feel an obligation to make my present views on the subject quite clear.

Some of the techniques are highly valuable and warrant further study and experimentation. The E Meter is a useful device … (many variations of this instrument are possible). On the other hand I am in flat disagreement with the organizational policy. No body of knowledge needs an organizational policy. Organizational policy can only impede the advancement of knowledge. There is a basic incompatibility between any organization and freedom of thought. Suppose Newton had founded a Church of Newtonian Physics and refused to show his formula to anyone who doubted the tenets of Newtonian Physics? All organizations create organizational necessities. It is precisely organizational necessities that have prevented Scientology from obtaining the serious consideration merited by the importance of Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries. Scientologists are not prepared to accept intelligent and sometimes critical evaluation. They demand unquestioning acceptance.

Mr. Hubbard’s overtly fascist utterances (China is the real threat to world peace, Scientology is protecting the home, the church, the family, decent morals … positively no wife swapping. It’s a dirty Communist trick … national boundaries, the concepts of RIGHT and WRONG against evil free thinking psychiatrist) can hardly recommend him to the militant students. Certainly it is time for the Scientologists to come out in plain English on one side or the other, if they expect the trust and support of young people. Which side are you on Hubbard, which side are you on?

Ali’s Smile: Naked Scientology by William S. Burroughs (PDF)

New Nietzschean Diet Lets You Eat Whatever You Fear Most

While dieters are accustomed to exercises of will, a new English translation of Germany’s most popular diet book takes the concept to a new philosophical level. The Nietzschean diet, which commands its adherents to eat superhuman amounts of whatever they most fear, is developing a strong following in America.


“One must strive to eat dangerously as one comes into the Will to Power Oneself Thin,” Nietzsche wrote. “What do you fear? By this are you truly Fattened. You must embrace your Fears, as well as your Fat, and learn to Laugh as you consume them, along with Generous Portions of Simple Salad. Remember, as you stare into the lettuce, the lettuce stares also into you.”

Full Story: The Onion.

(via DNA Cowboy).

Correct Burroughs paranoid quote?

Dr. Menlo’s looking for the exact “A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on” William S. Burroughs quote. There are a few permutations of it on the web, and I’ve yet to find a single actual citation. Did he say it in an interview? Was it in one of his books?

Update: At last, a textual citation. Wikiquote lists the quote as “A paranoid man is a man who knows a little about what’s going on” and cites Friend magazine in 1970. (Thanks to Joseph Matheny for the Wikiquote link!)

Update 2: The Cynics Lexicon (Google Books link) sources the sources the quote to Friends magazine as opposed to Friend. I’m guess it was this magazine.

Update 3: I asked some archivists who have a complete collection of Friends magazines if the quote showed up in the Burroughs interview in issue # 9, they said nothing along those lines is in that interview. Back to the drawing board.

Review Sees No Advantage in 12-Step Programs

New York Times Reports:

When Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs are examined in controlled studies, a new review reports, scientists find no proof that they are superior to any other intervention in reducing alcohol dependence or alcohol-related problems.

The researchers, led by Marica Ferri of the Italian Agency for Public Health in Rome, found little to suggest that 12-step programs reduced the severity of addiction any more than any other intervention. And no data showed that 12-step interventions were any more – or any less – successful in increasing the number of people who stayed in treatment or reducing the number who relapsed after being sober.

Full Story: New York Times.

Deepak Chopra and Grant Morrison: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Super-heroes

IGN’s notes from the event.

CBR’s notes from the event.

Transbemanism: I don’t get it (yet)

I just read these notes on Transbemanism… and I get the “beme” idea, I think. I don’t get the transbemanism aspect of it yet, though. I need to listen to that R.U. Sirius Show episode

Notes on Martine Rothblatt’s Transbemanism lecture.

Kevin Kelley: the Big Here

Damn, I didn’t know the answer to hardly any of these questions. Granted, I’m still new to Portland, but I don’t know the answers to many more for Sheridan or Olympia. Another thing to add to the project list: learn the answers to all these questions!

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