Archive for July, 2006

Circuitbending guide

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.

July 27, 2006 2 comments
Build your own E-Meter

Build your own E-Meter

E-Meter schematics.

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

July 27, 2006 1 comment
A working to aid new initiates

A working to aid new initiates

Details at Frequency 23.

July 27, 2006 Comments are Disabled
Those Dangerous Suburbs

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.

July 26, 2006 1 comment
Burroughs on Scientology

Burroughs on Scientology

PDF of Ali’s Smile/Naked Scientology, William S. Burroughs’s collection of anti-Scientology materials.

July 26, 2006 2 comments
New Nietzschean Diet Lets You Eat Whatever You Fear Most

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.

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“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).

July 26, 2006 1 comment
Correct Burroughs paranoid quote?

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?

Leave Doc a comment.

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: 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!)

July 25, 2006 2 comments
Review Sees No Advantage in 12-Step Programs

Review Sees No Advantage in 12-Step Programs

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.

July 25, 2006 1 comment
Deepak Chopra and Grant Morrison: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Super-heroes

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

IGN’s notes from the event.

CBR’s notes from the event.

July 25, 2006 2 comments
Transbemanism: I don’t get it (yet)

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.

July 23, 2006 0 comments