Friday, April 25, 2008

SubGenius Class Starts on Monday!

MaybeLogic Academy Online Course:
Running Your Own Cult (Do's and Don'ts) and
HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS

Presented by Rev. Ivan Stang and other SubGenius Old-Timers
8-week multimedia online course from April 28 - June 22

http://www.maybelogic.org/stangcrs.htm

This isn't held in a classroom in Ohio. This is an online course that takes place on a slick interactive multimedia website. You can "attend" from anywhere in the world, and you can log in any time of day or night. Everything can be downloaded and saved for later, too.

Last year, we had exactly 50 online "students" sign up. Many signed up after the classes had already started; I guess word got around. I wasn't expecting such a large online audience, and really went overboard. Each week I wrote a chapter of text that described various parts of SubGenius real-life history in hopefully funny detail, and I scanned hundreds of documents from each period so that the students could read our older zines, early works, and even organizational notes and letters to each other. (For instance, the correspondence between us and R. Crumb, and Mark Mothersbaugh, are included, as are the outlines and basic scribbled notes that became Pamphlet #1 and THE BOOK OF THE SUBGENIUS.)

I spend a lot of time describing the high points and especially poignant or hilarious moments involving the bizarre characters we met over the years while developing "Bob's" Church. The idea was to find the real-life turning points that make good stories.

Because the Maybe Logic Academy website allows downloading of large files like videos and audio, I went through our archives of video and tapes going back to 1977. I turned hundreds of hours of audio into MP3s, and converted ancient VHS tapes to MPEG videos that any computer (and many DVD players) can play.

SubGenii may be interested to know that the course allows you to download, if you want to, THREE DVDs' worth of audio, video, and graphics. This includes ALL the dozens of Media Barrage and Bobsongs tapes, all the edited SubConvention tapes, a ton of video unavailable anywhere else, and thousands of scanned photos and out-of-print magazines, including most of the 7 giant Stark Fist printed issues and "Bob's" Favorite Comics.

Students don't have to download all this stuff; I expect that most people last year read the text and looked at all the scanned graphics like zines and letters, and then downloaded just the main bits of multimedia that interested them. Or they downloaded all of it and saved it for later. No one could possibly have time to absorb all the hours of media we offer while the course is going on.

As far as requirements go, I am a pretty Slack teacher. Energetic students can work to design their own cults -- there were both funny and serious ones last year -- and less workaholic students can just lurk. It's not like you are graded or anything, although last year I did provide a diploma at the end.

The most fun part of the course for many is probably the interactive aspect. The course has its own online forum, like a newsgroup, where people can leave comments or questions any time. I answered a lot of questions there in great detail, covering stuff I hadn't in the main text. We also had chat room "live" sessions every few nights, at various times of day so that folks in distant time zones could tune in conveniently. (There were students from all over the world.)

Because I got all that scanning done last year, and a detailed history of the Church written, I'll have a lot more time this time to expound, tell embarrassing stories and do online chats with the students. Last year it was extremely hectic for me, but this year I'm looking forward to having time to flesh out the material with more and funnier detail.

I will also try to drag in more Guest Instuctators like Dr. Philo Drummond, Onan Canobite, G. Gordon Gordon, Dr. Hal, LIES, maybe even Nenslo!

So if you're really curious about the real-life side of SubGenius -- "What are these people REALLY like?" -- or if you simply like bargains, for that $135 you get media that would cost about a thousand bucks . . . if you bought the items one at a time, and if the items were available in our catalog. Most aren't. (Although just about all the media in our catalog is also included, in downloadable form!)

Here are the other instructors of various classes so you can see how highly faluted it is:
http://www.maybelogic.org/instructors.htm

As you can see, MaybeLogic Academy is a class act, with some of the most visionary artists and writers of our time involved. (They snuck us in the back door when no one was looking.)

But most important of all, here is the shopping cart:

https://www.deepleafproductions.com/deepleafcart/home.php?cat=2

See you in the virtual classroom! (You don't need to shave or dress up.)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Seattle, Hamburg, X-Day; SubGenius Online Course; SubCondoms; videos; MORE

It's a busy summer in SubGeniusdom!

(Scroll down past this simple list for details on each item.)

This week: ROBOHAMLET play in NYC

April 19: MONSTRO Seattle Final Devival!

April 25: London fund-raiser with SubGenius preaching, music

April 28: MaybeLogic Academy's 8-week SubGenius History and Cult Development ONLINE COURSE begins

May 3: Hamburg Devival in Germany

July 2-6: X-Day 11 (details with adults-only pictorial)

July 3rd-7th. Xday Europe 10, Copenhagen Denmark
See Yahoo Groups Euro_SubGenius for details

The Amino Acids Movie, Part 1

"Bob" and Connie Condoms

Fixing alt.slack, the SubGenius Forum

July 22-27: Starwood 28

Hour of Slack Home Subscription Service

New stations and mp3 downloads

More SubGenius Movies, downloadable sermons (see below)

Jocko Domo Art Project

INWO/SubGenius Game -- Last Chance for Out of Print Game

Magdalen could still use help

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ROBOHAMLET play -- now in NYC, April 10 - 19

A COMEDY ABOUT THE EXTINCTION OF THE HUMAN RACE.
The Church's new Sacred Agent is the producer, and SubGeniuses get in for half price!

Medicine Show Theatre, 549 West 52nd, 3rd floor, New York City
All shows 8 pm, $20. Tickets and reservations, call Medicine Show, 212 262 4216.

ROBOHAMLET is the story of the extinction of the human race at the claws of their own creations, the Crylons, genetically modified crabs created to make a caviar substitute, whose incredible fecundity has overwhelmed their human creators. The last humans make a brave stand, and the only weapon that can stand between them an annihilation of humanity is the Robot, who carries the burden of human culture, recites Shakespeare, and feels ambivalent.

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APRIL 19: The Final Devival - Seattle, WA

at Transcendent Church of Bass, 920 Elliott Ave. W. on the Seattle Waterfront. This will be one of the larger devivals of the year. Preaching by Dr. Hal Robins, Popess Lilith von Fraumench, Assassinated Nenmaster Nenslo, Priestess Pisces, and others; Musical Guests: Hemorrhoy Rogers and the Ping Pong Ding Dong Gang, many DJs.

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April 25: London fund-raiser
EDENSOUNDS 3rd BIRTHDAY - CHARITY FUNDRAISER
@ The Synergy Centre, 220 Farmers Road, (Off Camberwell New Road), London SE5

A 3 room musical mashup of deep house; progressive, psychedelic & hard trance; funk, soul, acid jazz, rare & tribal grooves, Latino, Balkan Beats, global chill, glitch, dub, ambient electronica, live acoustic & musical comedy... many bands, with Rev. Priest and Pope Mickey Finn in Room 3.

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April 28 to June 22:
MaybeLogic Academy's SubGenius History and Cult Development 8-week ONLINE Course:

Running Your Own Cult - Do's and Don'ts / History of the Church of the SubGenius

SubGenii may be interested to know that the course allows you to download, if you want to, THREE DVDs worth of audio, video, and graphics. Includes ALL the Media Barrage and Bobsongs tapes, all the SubCon tapes, a ton of video unavailable anywhere else, and thousands of scanned photos and zines, including most of the 7 giant Stark Fist printed issues. If you're REALLY curious about the real-life side of SubGenius, or if you simply like bargains, for that $135 admission price you get media that would cost about a thousand bucks if you bought the items one at a time and if they were available anywhere else.

Last year's course attracted 50 students and was very successful. Because we got so much scanning done last year, and a detailed history of the Church written, there will be a lot more time this year to expound, tell embarrassing stories and do online chats with the students. We will also try to drag in more Guest Instuctators like Dr. Philo Drummond, Onan Canobite, G. Gordon Gordon, Dr. Hal, LIES, maybe even Nenslo!

Here are the other instructors of various MaybeLogic Academy classes so you can see how highly faluted it is.

But most important of all, here is the shopping cart.
This might be the last year we do this!

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May 3: "The 7th Heaven Devival" Hamburg, Germany

Hafenklang (Große Elbstr. 84, Altona, S. Königsstraße

Appearing: The Cassandra Complex • Mutate Now • 23 Diameter Drill Heads • Tumorchestra • DJ Ratagosk • Crazy White Shaun • Pope Black • Rev. Plastic Mediator • Pope Mickey Finn • Pope Perro • Rev. Kay Witke the Keeper of Pope Perro • The Pope of Dope Rev. Inspector Insector • Rev. Blue Rabbit • Rev. Lucky Bastard • Rev. Femme Delux • Rev. Skum • The Right Rev. Rodney Orpheus • Rev. Priest • Pope Circlemaker • Add your name here.

"This Devival has snowballed outta ConTroll and this is proBOBly the biggest EuroVenue we have ever had. Dont forget that Mon. May 5th is a bank holiday in England and Mexico. Other slacktivities include: Following Pope Black • Follow Pope Perro • All You Can Eat Sushi • Acubeating • Sex Hurt. Any questions just contact me." Email: pope_black666@yahoo.de

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July 2-6: X-Day 11! SUBGENIUS EVENT OF THE YEAR and END OF ALL HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH

At Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman NY

The new sub-SubSITE for X-Day 11 (or XI X-Day) is up and running, with info, maps, a mess of new graphics by everybody - an endless ocean of X-Day promotion.

But what you REALLY want to see is the X-Days of Yore PICTORIAL (Adults Only!!).

NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR HUMANS! Or some SubGenius kids. It's not ALL nakedity, but it's MOSTLY nakedity, and femalien at that. If you want to see even more -- like, hundreds, maybe thousands more -- at the bottom of the main X-Day 11 page are links to the photo/text reports on all the Drills since 1996, and links to all the X-Day movies on YouTube and Google Video that we know of, with the best ones individually linked.

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July 3rd-7th. Xday Europe 10, Copenhagen Denmark
See Yahoo Euro-SubGenius group for details

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The DOBBSHEAD CONDOM and THE CONNIEDOM

Now available directly from Bulldada Time Control Labs!

"DobbsCo DobbsHead Brand condoms... it's like coming into money!" Available in "Bob" or Connie packaging. Attendees of X-Day Drill X will remember these; those who were awake at 7 am on July 5 got free ones, and those who weren't found "loaded" used ones in their tents later.

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July 22-27: Starwood Festival 28 at Brushwood, Sherman, NY

This is the largest neopagan outdoor fest in the country, and usually features our best-attended Devival of the year, with Rev. Stang presiding, but often with other SubGenius preachers and bands as well. Great music festival, with dozens of bands and workshops; not just for pagans and occultists!

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Hour of Slack on New Stations, Home Subscription Service

Latest station to carry our weekly radio show is WXDU 87.7 FM in Durham, NC (Duke University station). Showtime is 6 am to 7 am. The station also streams at http://wxdu.org

Complete list of stations, and mp3 podcast, downloads of all past shows

Remember, HOUR OF SLACK CDs are available as a HOME SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE!

(Note: radio stations get CDs with the cusswords safely bleeped
out; civilian subscribers get to keep all the cusswords for their
collections.)

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New SubGenius Movies, Audio links and downloads

Amino Acids Movie, Part 1 - SLACK REMOVAL MACHINE

Baltimore Devival Videos
Includes Dr. K'taden Legume, Rev. Carter LeBlanc, Priestess Pisces, Rev. Susie the Floozy, The Amino Acids' entire set, Rev. Ivan Stang doing "SubGenius 101."

Amsterdam Devival and Tour, 2007

San Francisco Mongoloidapalooza, December 2007:
Video and photos by Scott Beale of Laughing Squid
Stang's rant

Download/hear the 3-hour Puzzling Evidence show from Dec. 7 on KPFA Berkeley:
Yappers include Dr. Gary G'broagfran! Dr. Hal! Dr. Philo Drummond, OverMan First Degree! Puzzling Evidence! Stang! Bishop Joey of Church of the Last Laugh! KROB! And Many More!

Denver radio KOA with Stang, 2008

Denver Radio report from 2007 on Magdalen

Nostalgia! Stang on AM radio from 1988

Winterstar 2008 Stang sermon audio

St. Byron Werner on Little Rock news TV
The local news DARED to bring St. Werner into their studios to show his art, discuss his illustrious Hollywood FX and art career, and his Secret Techniques. I notice that the examples of his art shown do not include any of his blowjob collages. In fact MOST of his new artwork they probably dare not show. St. Byron retired from the Hollywood scene and moved to Little Rock about 4 years ago. He just wrapped up an L.A. art show with Rev. Mark Mothersbaugh, St. Robert Williams, St. Gary Panter , Todd Schorr , Dennis Worden, The Pizz and others.

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Jocko Domo, Aug. 29
Decorative Domes by Creative Apes - raises money for the Magdalen Bevilacqua case, lowers consciousness for the basket case.

Reverend H.V. Monkey is on the lookout for creative individuals to participate in a DEVO-themed art project which will be taking place on August 29th at the Asterisk Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. This project—called JOCKO DOME-O—involves the artistic ‘mutation’ of DEVO Energy Domes.

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INWO/SubGenius Game -- Last Chance for Rare Out of Print Game!

Steve Jackson Games has discontinued this classic, but we acquired all 150 remaining copies! Currently still $16.95, but the price goes up as the stock gets lower. Includes 100 high quality art cards, elaborate game rulebook.

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Fixing alt.slack, the SubGenius Forum

Normally it is the greatest forum on the Internet. (It's also one of the very oldest!) Recently, for those who access it through Google Groups and browser, it has been marred by spam and numbskulls. This browser fix 'kills' the spam and Pinks.

Also, for gamers, SubGenius Steam Groups wanted

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SubGenius movie screenplay
That's what I, Stang am working on in my copious spare time. I don't want to say who prompted us to finally get on this, because nobody would believe me. We're also engaged in finding overseas publishers for Italian and French translations of our books, and planning a SubGenius art book and more CD albums.

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Rev. Magdalen and family can still use all the help they can get with the SubGenius child custody case. The family is currently together, thanks to a gigantic screw-up by their enemies, but their legal bills are eating them alive. All details at Modemac's Wiki.

PRAISE "BOB," THANKS FOR THE SLACK; SEE YOU ABOARD THE SAUCERS ON JULY 5!

Friday, April 11, 2008

GETTING RID OF THE ADS AND ASSES OF ALT.SLACK

Praise Rev. ChuckKey for bringing this to our attention.

Many of us LOVE the main SubGenius forum, alt.slack. The fact that it is unmoderated and uncensored is one of the best things about it, but that has also lately allowed a drawback: floods of both unsightly ads, and nonsense floods (the bad kind) from disturbed SubGenius wanna-bes. These seriously cut down on the Slack in alt.slack.

If, like many, you are using Google Groups through web browsers like IE or Firefox to look at alt.slack (as opposed to a newsreader and Usenet service, which already come with these anti-spam features), the simple installation I'm about to describe will allow you to "killfile" unwanted ad spam and chronic assholes whose posts you do not want to see.

Imagine never again having to scroll/wade through floods of nonsense posted by Chinese spammers or drunk, mentally ill Pinks just to get to the JUICY STUFF!

This works on Mac OS, Windows, Linux, or any other platform using Firefox as a browser.

Go to this site:

http://www.penney.org/ggkiller.html

There are three links there -- one to download Firefox browser, one for GreaseMonkey (a Firefox extention), and one for the latest Google Groups Killfile Script.

#1. If you aren't already using Firefox, you might want to try it. It's more secure than Internet Explorer. On Macs, it's much more stable than Safari. There are ways to copy over your bookmarks.

#2. Now go to the GreaseMonkey site and click on DOWNLOAD GREASEMONKEY and then "ADD TO FIREFOX" on the resulting page. It will automatically download the extension and put it where it needs to go in Firefox. (Ignore the warnings re: malicious software! Show no fear!)

#3. Then you must RESTART FIREFOX. You will probably be prompted to do this, although in my case the prompt window was hidden at first.

#4. Now you reopen a Firefox window, return to http://www.penney.org/ggkiller.html and go to the next link, "Latest Google Groups Killfile Script:" http://www.penney.org/googleGroups.user.js

If you've done everything right so far, just clicking on that link (which ends in "user.js," telling Firefox it's a script) makes the newly installed GreaseMonkey present a dialog box with the option for installing that Google Groups Killfile Script. Ignore the warnings and let it install the script.

The next time you go to Google Groups, EVERY POST now has the option of "IGNORE USER" between the name of the poster, and the PROFILE link. (On Windows this may appear as an X in a box as well.) You can also IGNORE THREAD. This is good for killing crossposted flame wars from other newsgroups.

Once you have clicked the IGNORE USER link for a given asshole, the next time you return to alt.slack, all posts initiated by that asshole will have VANISHED, and you won't see any future posts by that asshole either.

If you have trouble, here are the instructions that helped me:

http://wiki.greasespot.net/Greasemonkey_Manual:Installing_Scripts


Under TOOLS menu (on Mac Firefox anyway) there's now a GreaseMonkey option where you can uninstall the script or reinstall it.

Finally, even Googleposting Jackadandies, to borrow a Nensletic term, can truly and effectively "plonk."