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Robert Anton Wilsonisms [Jul. 11th, 2006|10:26 am]
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ebenbrooks
[mood |sillysilly]

This is re-posted from an old entry in my main journal:

When I was a member of Mutations, I had a regular column in my 'zine that was called "Robert Anton Wilsonisms". In it I described various humorous mis-readings I'd had over the last month or so. I called these mis-readings "Robert Anton Wilsonisms" (or just "Wilsonisms" for short) because of a passage in Wilson's book Cosmic Trigger in which he states that we tend to see what we expect to see, regardless of what really is.

The example he gave was this: he was in San Francisco, walking down Castro Street (the gay district), when he saw a sign that read "Half Gay Cleaners". Although he was in the gay district, he thought that such a sign was a little odd, so he looked again...and saw that is actually read "Half Day Cleaners".

This sort of mis-reading tends to happen to me rather a lot, as I am slightly dyslexic. For instance, this morning I noticed that the shopping list on my refrigerator read:

Cracked black pepper
Ground pepper
Olive oil
Thermonuclear device

I had to blink to resolve the last one as "Thermometer".
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Membership drive? [Jul. 5th, 2006|11:56 am]
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ebenbrooks
So does anyone have any contact with other former Mutants who should be invited into this group? Marlo? Charlie? Matt? Wayne? Jack? Should I send an invite to Jefferson? Are there fomer Mutants that I should specifically not invite into this group? (It's an open secret that I left Muties in the first place because of Dr. West, but I wouldn't be adverse to inviting him at this point...) Are there "honorary Mutants" who should be invited?

Let me know. Thanks.

I'd really like to see more activity here, and I realize I haven't been posting a whole lot myself, but I'd love to see this community reach the heights (and depths) that Mutations did in its heyday.
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Smallville = Pthbthbthbthbthp! [Jul. 5th, 2006|10:44 am]
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ebenbrooks
[mood |irritatedirritated]
[music |"Superman Main Theme" by John Williams]

I know it's not news that Smallville season 5 ended in the middle of May. I've been following it pretty closely since about the middle of season 4, having taken a break between the end of season 2 and then. I've been watching missed episodes by getting the discs from Netflix.

But I'm done. No, I haven't seen all the intervening episodes. I'm just done. Smallville is depressing, disheartening, and getting very, very long in the tooth. It's stretched its gag three seasons too long, and frankly if Clark doesn't put the goddamn suit on in the first episode of Season 6, I'm giving up.

I feel like saying about Smallville what many die-hard Trekkies said about Enterprise: "They did what to the continuity?"

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cross-posted from my personal journal
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"Planet" definition due in September [Jun. 15th, 2006|01:19 pm]
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ebenbrooks
I thought the former mutants might be interested in this:

From Space.com:

Definition of 'Planet' Expected in September

Obviously the "We know one when we see it" definition isn't working anymore...
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Scientology: Proof that God is an Iron* [May. 31st, 2006|12:37 pm]
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ebenbrooks
[mood |weirdboggled]

This is a cross post from my own journal a few days ago, but I thought the Mutants might get a giggle from it:

The Church of Scientology (no link, because I don't want to go there) has constructed a facility in Florida that will train followers (for a sizeable chunk of change, I imagine) to have "Super Powers".

We already knew that Scientology is based on the writings of the late L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction author and (apparently) bamboozler first class. Well, it seems that this "super powers" training program is based on the writings of another science fiction author, Lester Dent (writing under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson):

http://tenser.typepad.com/tenser_said_the_tensor/2006/05/docs_exercises.html

Somehow, I don't find this all that surprising.

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*The logic being: if someone who commits felony is a felon, then someone who commits irony is an iron. This led to an interesting observation by (yet another science fiction author) Spider Robinson: "God is an iron, and I'm a pair of pants with a hole burned in the ass."
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Update [May. 27th, 2006|09:07 am]
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whswhs
Well, since some of you haven't been in touch with me in a while, here's what I've been doing in the past few years:

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Yo! [May. 25th, 2006|02:20 pm]
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kayshapero
Thanks, ebenbrooks! It HAS been awhile - the baby we once wrote up as "SuperVickums" is now 20 years old and has just gotten her own apartment. Vicky's a gamer from way back; she grew up on our gaming "war stories" and, with a friend, invented her first gaming system when she was in elementary school.

So, what've the rest of you been doing?
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Welcome to Former Mutants [May. 24th, 2006|02:16 pm]
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ebenbrooks
[Current Location |San Diego, CA]
[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]

Hello, everyone. I've invited you all in to this LJ Community based on your previous membership in Mutations, the A.P.A. that whswhs Stoddard ran for nearly 20 years until just a few years ago. The decision to create the group was prompted by a conversation I had with Allison caprine Lonsdale about running into brithistorian (the fella from N'awlins--but living in Minneapolis, now) here on LJ. She suggested that a group of LJ users who used to be Mutants might be kinda fun. So, here it is. Hope you find it useful and entertaining.
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