Artwork by R.Crumb from Weirdo
Corpus Mmothra has a well considered piece by Tim Boucher on modern Gnosticism. i've been calling this current 'Neo-Gnosticism', probably influenced by Harold Bloom's writings, particularly The American Religion. But, really, that's too imprecise - he nails this trend of thought and those of us caught up in it in The Birth of Phildickian Gnosticism. While you're visiting, check out Chaos vs. Thelema?, another challenging piece on a subject close to my heart.
Why does every rubber stamper with a vast collection stop counting at 2000? i swear i've asked several, and they all say "About 2000". or, "I stopped counting at 2000". It must be some arcane cosmic truth...if you possess 2000 graven rubber images, you can make ANY picture. So, i quit counting at 2000, too!
Catching up on the wonderful Swapatorium last night, i found this interview with Michael Leigh, a seminal figure in mail art. It's brief, but has wonderful photos and centers on the collecting aspect of his work. And, guess how many stamps he has?
Smells squiddy when you open the bag. Crunchy but delicate spheres with peanutty center. In fact, it only tastes like peanuts until you've swallowed and the squid flavor gently returns. Strange and delicious...i...need...more...
Like most Penguicon attendees, i had a fabulous weekend. But when you're volunteering, or working the dealer's room, or both, you see a different convention than most of the 600+ SF fan and open source attendees.
No RHPS or Buffy : The Musical shadow performances, no Chaos Machine, games, hot tubbing Star Trek gripe sessions with Gene Roddenberry Jr., scotch tasting <whimper>, or open crafting for me. No SubGenius room party, 'cause i didn't throw one. i didn't catch many panels i wasn't on, but Folk Art and Copyright with Cory Doctorow, Joe Saul, and Cathy Raymond was very interesting (not least because Cory's presentation sold me on Powerpoint and its clones). As a collageist/mixologist/folk artist, Cory's preaching to a convert, and Cathy gave me a better understanding of how lawyers actually view property rights in general.
Saw the Masquerade, which, though small, was mighty. i'd have some pics, but the ballroom's lighting was too poor for my puny flash. Instead, Took got a picture of the three lovely judges, Cathy Raymond, Francine Rossi, and Joan Vinge.
Which brings me to another feature of Penguicon, guest accessibility. Guests i never saw in presentations, like Dr. Peter Salus, were chatting folks up in the common areas. We hope he'll be back next year, because he's such a great guy! i was thrilled to meet Joan Vinge at my table. The small size of the event, the hospitality of the Sheraton Novi, and the care and selection skills of the convention committee and guest liaisons give opportunities to meet everyone even if you miss panels, readings and signings. i was so busy packing stuff for my table that i forgot the books i wanted to have signed! But, at least there are pictures (thank you, Helpful Took!). Keep watching Penguicon's website for info on Penguicon 4.0.
Why do folks get so pissed off at Wil Wheaton? i've never met him, but from his blog and books he seems like a hellava nice guy. Read his absolutely hilarious story of how he's inadvertently offended fellow nerds camping in line at Grauman's theatre for "Revenge of the Sith", even though they know it's showing at the Arclight, half a mile away, instead. i could explain more, but just go, and read one of the funniest things you'll see all year!
Compared to a lot of bigger blogs, this page doesn't get too many goofy keyword searches. Usually one or two subjects or names will dominate for weeks at a time. And, hey, when i wrote about Ron Jeremy's blog i saw it coming...but last night's stats tickled me. Here they are, sans "Ron Jeremy" and redundancies:
1. true porn clerk stories
2. johnny art spiegelman
i don't know how johnny knows art, but i'm #4 on this Google hit parade
3. "american flagg" +download +scan
Google's got nothin' today, and yet someone got here. Is this person looking for the whole comic scanned?
4. Kill Mark David Chapman flash game
Hey, i wanna play!
5. the night gwen stacy died comic book scan
This is all over the internets, but not here. Just goes to show that specificity does not a successful web search make.
6. What is Feminism?
Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know.
7. who wrote Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hyde
i dunno, but it wasn't Robert Louis Stevenson!
8. Cass Corridor + animals
OK, this is my favorite. When i think WSU, i think critters!
9. necromania wood gallery
Second favorite. They said "wood".