Wednesday, April 12, 2006

New SubGenius Book DEEP in Progress

The new SubGenius book, The SubGenius Psychlopaedia of Slack -- THE BOBLIOGRAPHON is scheduled to be in stores in August -- IF 9X-Day turns out to be just another Drill. However, the finished manuscript and complete layout with illustrations must be in the hands of the publishers, Thunder's Mouth Press, by May 30. (Note: they are also reprinting our Revelation X!)

We did not get the go-ahead on this project until middle February, giving this book such a short production schedule that ONLY an Emergentile SubGenius could possibly make it, and ONLY by doing it single-handedly. Thus, I, your not especially humble ediotor, am Slack-working 16 hour days both writing and doing the layout. Most of the art, and many of the text pieces, are by dozens of other SubGenii, but this time I am working alone to pull it all together. If the budget was a little bigger, no doubt Paul Mavrides or another pro would be doing the design. Don't tell the publishers this, but I never even learned a page layout program until last week...

Anyway, the cover (see earlier article) and the first 20 pages are done, and it's looking GORGEOUSLY DENSE. I have to hammer together chapters at the rate of one every two days between now and the deadline, so that is practically all I'm doing.

I'm still putting out Hours of Slack, but 3 out of 4 are re-runs from the olden days. Not necessarily a bad thing. I doubt if I will be able to get to teX-Day, which is a major bummer. And since Magdalen and Jesus have their custody case to fight, I'm also doing what they used to -- filling Membership and product orders, and keeping the swag in stock.

So far, so good. I'll be glad when the book is finished and I can do things like read books and watch TV again.* On the other hand, because I am an Emergentile SubGenius, and love "Bob," I am in hog heaven with all this work. Assembling the best of the last ten years' worth of SubG art and writing is ABSOLUTE TOTAL ALL-OUT SLACK for me. Princess Wei is helping in a million ways, including taking on talk-show jobs that I can't do.

The child custody case that Magdalen and Jesus are fighting has drawn a great deal of attention. Several of the better-known web-zines and blogs are covering it, and this has resulted in a huge influx of business for the Church. We've been ordaining new SubGenii at the rate of 3 a day for a couple of months now, and I'm having to restock ARISE! DVDs and The Book of the SubGenius every couple of weeks.

In other words, when that judge threw his temper-tantrum in court (for which he has since recused himself and handed the case to another judge), sure, he did manage to screw up the lives of several people OVER A CARTOON, but he also inadvertently gave the Church a new financial lease on life.

We have never been so busy. Thanks to the influx of new customers and believers, we've paid off some old Stark Fist printing debts and are actually starting to make REAL MONEY (and KEEP IT!) for the first time since August, 1998!

SO... if it takes me two or three months to answer your email, if I ever do, THIS IS WHY.

As I've been doing for the twelve years, I post daily to alt.slack, which I still consider the main SubGenius forum. It has changed in the last two years, since Google Groups made it easier for amateurs to use Usenet newsgroups, but by the same token it has allowed a lot of riff-raff to abuse it. If you look at alt.slack this month, you'll have to skim past an awful lot of "kook posts" to find the juicy true SubGenius material. Luckily, the kook stuff is instantly identifiable -- it's insanely racist. The current kook crop would be FUNNY, and is at first, but unfortunately there are a lot of Bobbies who insist on FEEDING the kooks rather than ignoring them.

You will soon learn which are the Bobbies to avoid this way, too.

I use a newsreader proper to view Usenet groups like alt.slack, so I am able to filter out the kooks and the subkooks who feed them. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I would heartily suggest looking into Usenet and good (free) newsreader programs -- there's a whole world of goodies out there, a lot more than you can get on the Web without spending a lot of money. My personal favorite goodies are the SubGenius ones.

Most of what's in the new book originally came from alt.slack, alt.binaries.slack and alt.binaries.multimedia.slack.

WHICH REMINDS ME, I have to finish the "Bob" chapter today. Back to work! Work-Slack! OK OK SLACK SLACK

* I actually have been taking "breaks from Slack" and have managed to read a novel per week by my current ShorDurPerSav, Terry Pratchett and his FUCKING HILARIOUS Discworld series. Also, I have seen the Peter Jackson KING KONG 7 times so far. (I'm out to beat Harryhausen's record on the first Kong.)

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It seems amazing to me that no one has looked into this, but after doing an extensive search of Google it appears that no one has made the connection.

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you know, Stango, I used the Scissors of Sight and found The Twins. and you know that i did, because a0 i am probably the ONLY HIPWELLIAN in the Church, and 2) I am probably the ONLY SUBGENIUS who has SCARED YOU with actual sciencewhich would choke most Normal geeks.

the Twins?

you see, Ivan, NORMAL Astrology is not simply dead wrong: it is consistently TWENTY THREE FNORDING DEGREES OFF.

the tilt of the equator. when Ptolemy or Carl Sagan in his pastlife astrology they didn't acount for the equinoxes precessing.

this is objecti9ve hard ass science -- and any fool Normal asstrologer who attempted to do something cosmically stupid like blacklist me for telling the truth, well, if you refuesed to set your watch-- you would arrive at every devival an hour late all during daylight savings time

which is propsterous and you might do that anyway. nonetheless, i don't need to crawl up amazing Randi's asshuole and yank a million minus taxes out of his yin yang, because i am already writing books about astrology that wuill make Blavatzky have gleeful heavly pussy farts, and they will also embarass slowwitted money hungry Malkavian-type NORMAL asstrologers who don't have the integrity to acknowledge the tilt of the planet.

the Twins with teh scissors of sight, Stango..are the fact that although normal slowbrains call the time of x-day sun in cancer -- the actual ball opf gas that is sol is transitting Gemini during that period. it just is.

get the crack of Starry Night Freeman if you justwant a cool way to look at virtual stars on cloudy night.s

i like it because MIR comes up over the horizon every few days.

besides, who else can Control Time. I don't control time, but i sure as FUCK can INGNORE halfwitted and outdated interpretations of that devilish and entropic and unlocatable notion if it suits me. (they can show evidence of the entropic parts of the physical universe, which is why i stopped brushing -- that and it keeps Noprmals at abay -- but they will never show a actual PICTURE of time. change is always happening but TIME is just a almost arbitray set of uintervals decided on by the precursors to teh Illuminati -- it is always shifting slightly -- as we learn from the tilt of the earth and the therefore constant if almost imperce[ptiible precession that led hippies to squall about he age of knowledge, information and -- other aquriaun notions like "Eureka"! and, well, genius that are happening now.

the Con is only supposed to keep NORMALS in teh dark.

So anyway this makes me the ultimate Pogue Discordian -- but the twins? the sciccors of sight?
trhat must have been good acid, stango. I iwsh there were some around.


But as I have established a person ideology that Roge Rewardians are too busy slacking to waste energy on Brags, i will jsut have to say that if i actually have invented something that will eventuallyy make old billgates.org give up and go fisghing...

...well you knew about it first, and no matter what i say about you on the GhostWave Network, you can come to the party. i won't need a fundraiser.


the fun part about the Forbidden Sciences is actually delving deep into them with the heloing hands of Normal geniuses like the original physicst Maxwell, who was so influential -- and banned and blacklisted for percieving deep truths about physics -- that Einstein said that he could have not done what he did without his work.

Eliminating BragDom from the work I do simply has THIS effect: i can actually know whan i am Bullshitting myself when it comes to my joy, which is taking apart Normal views about established science: as in: the guff they feed the yokels to keep them thinking NASA does NOT have acess to free energy and antigravity bubblegum.

Eliminating BragDom from my SubGenius routine of course, means that it feels like i don't have a sense of humour acess like sayDave or hellPop Huey - but when it is funny, well, i go Commando. and i am always Going commando.


one day, Stango, when the world melts around the edges and we've all forgotten how to make sense, i predict...you will have Intercourse With A real Live Girl. Again.

But until them, you know how it is, the Hollow Cost of Hell And All:

THE WORLD ENDED YESTERDAY AND YOU DIED. QWe Suggest Enjoying it.

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