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Saturday, November 01, 2003
All Saints Preserve Us
The heat is back on in the castle. Thanks for asking. Though the strange dreams continue. One's coming up here tonight. Stay tuned.

5:42 PM | link |

Friday, October 31, 2003
What I'm reading on this Unhallowed Eve
No heat here in the castle tonight. Strange dreams so far from home. Reading your Jonathan's dispatches from Transylvania, my dear Mina, makes me fear greatly for the lad. Come here, you poor child, let your old friend Dr. Van Helsing comfort you...

11:17 PM | link |

Thursday, October 30, 2003
vanishing point

only one angel

5:57 PM | link |

what it wants / may 2002

I drove back into town, then cut
east again to the end of Walnut.
Parked. There's an open-space path
out there, a big sidewalk really,
running along Boulder Creek. I
walked until it met the tracks. Cut
off the path, sat down by the
stream. Little purple flowers.
Dandelions. Water rushing. I closed
my eyes and listened. Felt where it
wouldn't let go. Heavy, a weight in
my heart, my solar plexus. Right
around there. What do I do to help
it come undone? Open up, let it
out. I fell asleep sitting there,
off and on. Just for a second
disappeared. A flicker. And in
there somewhere I knew there was
nothing to do, undo, nowhere to
hold or let go. This is just what
it feels like. You let it feel that
way. Let it have what it wants of
you. Let it show you what it sees.
Carry it with you. A movie of our
lives together, from the first time
we kissed. Fire on the mountain.
Going to the store that time. The
plum tree in your yard, its
branches bare after the long
summer. Parting, loss. Stones and
flowers in the snow. The crane in
Tokyo where there are no cranes,
flying low through the mist in
Rikugien like tears in rain. And
the last two years a frame at a
time. There are things that memory
cannot hold. Riverrun past Eve and
Adam's and messages on my answering
machine I still can't let myself
listen to. Can't answer. If you're
there, call me. If you're there...

5:55 PM | link |

It's 11 o'clocke. Do you know where your ass is?

Halley and I talked on the phone for quite a while tonight. And it was late when she called, even here in Colorado. This was unusual because she normally goes to bed very early (around 4pm I think). We talked about so many things that now I can't remember -- or, in some cases, it would be inappropriate to reveal the subject matter we discussed. One thing I do recall we chatted about at some length, however, was the current state of our respective asses. Hers is pictured below. That Halley. She's something else.

4:10 AM | link |

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
I Get Shitty Mail
People, people, need I say more? Could we start getting some decent email over here.
And... as an added bonus, here's my new -- God help me -- "screen name." (please do not divulge to any Known Assholes)

11:40 PM | link |

Narcissistic Grandiosity on Spiritual Steroids
As our upcoming installments in the strange story of how narcissism has evolved into a Major Lifestyle Option will involve Abraham Maslow and the development of "humanistic psychology," this item serves as a sort of overture to that larger [fill-in-the-blank] movement. I received this wondrous news via snail-mail last week: Greg Braden, it seems, is coming to Denver! Now, I have to say I'd never so much as heard of this manly looking Jesus clone until I signed up on the mailing list of The Association for Humanistic Psychology, which was founded by, and around the work of, Honest Abe Maslow (more on whom to come).

Here's a clip from the description of one of Braden's current seminars, The GOD CODE: Healing Our Future Through the Message from Our Past. And of course, there's also a book.

The God Code "A coded message has been found within the molecules of life, deep within the DNA in each cell of our bodies. Through a remarkable discovery linking Biblical alphabets to our genetic code, the 'language of life' may now be read as the ancient letters of a timeless message. The code in our cells, including the 'signature' of God’s ancient name, offers concrete evidence that all life is related and the result of an intentional act."
And how does the GOD CODER know all this? Try this on for hypercred:
"A former senior computer systems designer (Martin Marietta Aerospace), computer geologist (Phillips Petroleum), and technical operations supervisor (Cisco Systems), Braden is now considered a leading authority on bridging the wisdom of our past with the science, technology, and peace of our future."
Top that, eh? Martin Marietta. Phillips. Cisco. Wisdom. World Peace.

Having seen it all now, I can die easy.

The flyer I received promises that Gregg's (may I call you Gregg, Gregg?) "interactive program" ($235 for the Denver show) will reveal, among other wonders, "The most recent Dead Sea Scroll fragment containing a portion of the same mystical text discovered in your cells."

Whoa, huh? Holy shit! Right in our fuckin DNA! Who woulda guessed? And our rough-hewn perfectly befuzzed hunka-hunka burnin' Faith Healer has the sheer balls to illustrate the same flyer with a photo of a Dead Sea Scrollette (or it could be a Lebanese take-out menu) accompanied by a quote by Carl Sagan from The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. Now I'm just hazarding a wild guess here, but I kinda doubt that Mr. Science Himself would be all that thrilled at seeing the ideas he stood for being so distorted by one of the very type of demon mongers he was inveighing against. Me, I don't think, you know, like, Science Is The Answer. But neither do I think that Spiritual Snake Oil Is The Answer. Both are epistemologically bankrupt stabs in the dark at a body of knowledge we all know was done in long ago, not by Nietzsche as some suppose, but -- get a clue! -- by the butler in the library with the lead pipe. My personal beliefs have not wavered from the credo that supported so many of us through the ominous onomatopoetry of the ontologically omnivorous '60s:

Acid Is The Answer! ...uh... What Was The Question?

On another note, as Jackson Browne once sang: "I'm having trouble getting into her genes..." And I finally understand why. Because God got there first! If you ask me, this DNA message isn't proof of anything except that life isn't fucking fair. No way some pill or "patch" is gonna help me get it up to those proportions. I've suspected something like this was going on for some time now when these soft-spoken sexy-to-die-for Pretty-Girls tell me they'd rather spend time with their Inner Light than roll around in the dirt with a sex-crazed pussypig like myself. Inner Light my ass! What it is is: they're gettin it from God! So hey, maybe that whole Immaculate Conception thing wasn't so far off after all. When that old black blues dude was singin 'bout another mule be kickin in his stall? He did'n know the half of it. That there was THE BIG MULE, muffo! You don' wanna be messin' with The Big Mule. No way. Stay 'way from that shit or you gonna fine yoself kilt dead one day, bro. Jes a little word of advice for you boys, you take my meanin...

"Ah, but who will take my meaning," said Chicken Little as the sky fell down on her Twin Henhouses. "Not me," said The Association for Humanistic Psychology, which mailed me Gregg's amazing brochure. "Not me," said The Association for Transpersonal Psychology, listed on the flyer as "in cooperation with" -- where for cooperation read cahoots. "Not me," said The Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center (formerly The Humanistic Psychology Institute, a.k.a. Esalen II), which also endorses Braden's barbarous brand of barely intelligible bio-spiritual bullshit. A free sample, you say? Sure, why not. Here's a clip from a page titled Thoughts From Gregg. That in itself is almost too good to be true. For someone like myself just sort of stumbling across it, I mean. But it gets way better...

"The logic of our brain works in polarity -- left brain/right brain, light/dark, good/bad, right/wrong, etc. Praying 'for' something creates a strong feeling -- a charge -- of what 'should' or 'should not' be. The physics of our world require that when something is created with a charge in one polarity, the opposite must be created as well, to balance the charge.

What it means:
Head-based prayer:

When we pray 'for' something, we are using a mental process of logic! While thought-based prayers 'for' peace in Iraq, for example, may be well-intentioned and appear to create a temporary peace or healing in one place at one point in time, they may inadvertently create precisely the opposite of the peace that is intended, in another place, at another time! Shante Ishta

Heart-based prayer:
Our hearts, on the other hand, have no polarity. In the Native traditions, there is even a word that describes the non-polar objectiveness of the heart, the heart that sees what 'is' rather than judges what should be. The word is Shante Ishta (the single eye of the heart). When we choose peace or healing from our heart, there is no polarity created to balance our choice, as there is no 'left' and 'right' heart." [emphasis added]

Mmm-hmmm. I see.

Now, listen. You know me. You know I love to dis this kind of stuff. Chip on my shoulder or something. Has to be. Maybe I was dropt on my head as a kid. Maybe I took too many drugs, drank too much Johnny Walker Black, fucked too many low-life wimmins, shot too many rapids in the dharmakaya -- in my dhamakayak, natch. (The link is so you might have half a chance of getting a pretty good joke you'd otherwise pass right over, like most of the good parts I manage to write for you ungrateful barely conscious nethead motherfucker androids.)

I'm daft for big stones!So, is it just me then? Just another berserker rant into the idiot wind von das Amerikan Weltanschauung? Just another petulant petard to hoist up the skirts ov ze Zpirichewal Zagat Zeitgeist? Or is there something really truly unbelievably FUCKED UP going on here? And dig it: something so OBVIOUSLY fucked up that no one's paying it any serious attention while it seeps and creeps into what's left of our culture validating and valorizing, underscoring and oversubscribing to the implicit but always carefully tacit advertisement: YOU ARE GOD! (small print: if you buy this book, this video tape, this audio cassette, this weekend retreat, this vision quest, this rap, this highly peculiar yet oh so seductive point of view.) Look at it this way...

Yes, you yourself. Your self. Your Self. Your SELF!

As Roy Orbison said: only the lonely... know how it feels when Gott ist tot und die Welt is alles was kaput ist. But now: Achtung, Baby! Only gotta Look Within. Only gotta believe, believe it. Believe these things which are proof of The Truth without which there is no other evidence. Or as Dylan said: you stare into the vacuum of his eyes / and ask him / do you want to / make a d...e...a...l?

Yeah, how does it FEEL? To be stranded without meaning in the badass treacherous unreliable precarious volatile shadowy transient vague dim disappearing postmodern maelstrom of endlessly equivocal interpretations and you're lost in the rain in Juarez and it's Easter time too?

So yeah there's all that. But there's also this. From an unliklier source than you're likely to find anywhere (unless you've learned through trial and error, sturm and fucking drang, like I have, where to look): The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (Sage Publications, 2002) The quote is from Chapter 2 -- "Humanistic Psychology at the Crossroads" -- by Eugene I. Taylor and Frederick Martin. By the way, Taylor (pictured here posing as a bespectacled Jehovah) also wrote Shadow Culture: Psychology and Spirituality in America, which I found in a used book store by chance, and which marvelously shows how this rampant blatherskite extends back at least into the 19th century. (Emerson, you Trance-&-Dental fuck, your ass is mine! But later.) Meanwhile, here's the clip from The Handbook of HP...

"Mainstream psychologists, if they have any recognition at all when asked about the movement, think of humanistic psychology as unscientific, guilty of promoting the cult of narcissism, and a thing of the past."

No! Really?

I wrote this Sunday night, or maybe it was Monday. It was going to be just a sort of aside, because there are a ton of other things I'm itching to blog about. But at this point, I was reduced to incoherent sputtering. I wanted to add more about why this stuff makes me crazy -- yes, I am a victim, and so are you -- and why it's tantamount to a crime that all this New Age flotsam is being largely ignored by "serious discourse" about our current cultural situation (think of the battle scene at the opening of the first Terminator movie). There's more to say, much more. But if I don't post this now, it's never gonna see the light of day, and I'll never get to tell you about the other axis (the first being Nathaniel Branden/Ayn Rand) that has largely produced this river of shit (see The Fugs, 1966). And that other axis begins with the strange career of Abraham Maslow and his early monkey studies. If you are even marginally fascinated by the theme emerging here -- which is: the ascendance of a sterilized, even sacralized, narcissism -- then I think you'll be enlightened and amused by some of my -- as the Über-Hosers like to say today -- "learnings." Stay tuned.

3:07 PM | link |

Monday, October 27, 2003
presentation of self in everyday life

3:21 PM | link |

"RageBoy: Giving being fucking nuts a good name since 1985."
~D. Weinberger
28 October 2004

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