Tuesday, November 24, 2009

William Burroughs: Thanksgiving Prayer


William S. Burroughs
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For John Dillinger
In hope he is still alive

Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts —
thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison —
thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger —
thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin, leaving the carcass to rot —
thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes —
thanks for the AMERICAN DREAM to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through —
thanks for the KKK, for nigger-killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces —
thanks for “Kill a Queer for Christ” stickers —
thanks for laboratory AIDS —
thanks for Prohibition and the War Against Drugs —
thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business —
thanks for a nation of finks — yes,
thanks for all the memories… all right, let’s see your arms… you always were a headache and you always were a bore —
thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams.

“Thanksgiving Day” first appeared in the chapbook Tornado Alley, with illustrations by S. Clay Wilson. Director Gus Van Sant then put together the above montage whose power derives almost solely from Burroughs’ reading and, perhaps, the strange sad-old-man expression of his staring eyes at the end. There are numerous variants of “Thanksgiving Day” floating around the internet, but this entry is from RealityStudio.org who copied this directly from the original printed text.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Love the Love Police

A compilation of clips by the 'Love Police' (Also known as the 'Everything is OK guys').

For the full length videos, please visit:

Music: DJ Shadow - 'Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt'

Edited by Harvey Lester (Formerly 'John Nada').

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How to make whole root Kava Kava

A few people have asked me how do I make a Kava Kava beverage from whole roots. Many search results demonstrate how it is traditionally prepared from an Ethnobotanical perspective. This includes everything from pounding and grinding the roots with stone, volcanic rock or coral by hand to having virgins chew it then spit back into a community bowl from which everyone later drinks. Don't worry, they rinse their mouths first. Reminds me of a story Terence McKenna once told however that's a story for another day.

kava virgins

Even if your game for a traditional Kava making ceremony, good luck finding a few young female virgins to sit around in grass skirts and coconut shells chewing your Kava root for hours in the modern world. While I typically prefer the traditional use of Ethnobotanicals, I do not employ any of these techniques when it comes to Kava. I take a more modern approach. Traditions are important but are also very interesting so I encourage everyone to read some of the literature on traditional use. Take part in a ceremony if you have the opportunity. But for the here and now I describe what works well for me…

First begin with mature whole Vanuatu lateral Kava roots [from Gaian Botanicals of course.] Put about an ounce of whole roots broken up enough to fit nicely in a blender with 16 ounce of water and a couple table spoons of Soy Lecithin per person

Let it soak for a few minutes until it looks like this.
Then blend it on high for 5 minutes.
If your blender gets hot you can do 2 increments of 2 1/2 minutes
It should completely emulsify while blending
Strain it into your cup

your strainer may clog up, move the pulp around some with a spoon
Then with clean hands, press and squeeze the water from the pulp
You can now enjoy your first glass of Kava. mmm, that earthy spice taste with hints of fire. A true drink of the gods.I re-blend the pulp to make a second glass and avoid to wasting good Kava lactones.

Its as easy as that.
Please note everyone's sensitivity to Kava varies. 1oz may be way too much for some or be too little for others. Please start low and work your way up. Safety first, you can always drink more.

©2009 EROCx1

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Animated story of Dock Ellis' LSD induced NO-hitter

Dock Ellis

In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, No Mas and artist James Blagden proudly present the animated tale of Dock Ellis' legendary LSD no-hitter. In the past few years weve heard all too much about performance enhancing drugs from greenies to tetrahydrogestrinone, and not enough about performance inhibiting drugs. If our evaluation of the records of athletes like Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Marion Jones, and Barry Bonds needs to be revised downwards with an asterisk, we submit that that Dock Ellis record deserves a giant exclamation point. Of the 263 no-hitters ever thrown in the Big Leagues, we can only guess how many were aided by steroids, but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid.

Sadly, the great Dock Ellis died last December at 63. A year before, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, had recorded an interview with Ellis in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres. Alexander and Ilels original four minute piece appeared March 29, 2008 on NPRs Weekend America. When we stumbled across that piece this past June, Blagden and Isenberg were inspired to create a short animated film around the original audio.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

The 2009 Singularity Summit: Video

Singularity Summit 
The 2009 Singularity Summit
Held October 3-4, 2009
In New York, NY. USA

Videos from The 2009 Singularity Summit 2009
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Hosted by the Singularity Institute featuring a group of extraordinary visionaries in business, science, technology, design and the arts exploring the rising impact of science and technology on society. The summit was organized to further the understanding of a controversial idea – The singularity scenario.

Speakers include:
Ray Kurzweil
Aubrey de Grey
Stephen Wolfram
Peter Thiel
David Chalmers
Michael Nielsen

Complete list of speakers

Videos from past Singularity Summits

Reading List:

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
Ray Kurzweil

Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
Eric Drexler

Global Catastrophic Risks
Sir Martin Rees, Nick Bostrom, Milan Cirkovic

Good and Real: Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to Ethics (Bradford Books)
Gary Drescher

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind
Gary Marcus