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I think this forum could have a lot of fun with this.

Apple Talk / ATTN Suu: Found something for ya...
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:36:42 am »

 :lulz: I'm not sure if this will be laughter or ragescream inducing. You decide...

Techmology and Scientism / We're teaching robots how to have "selves"
« on: February 17, 2012, 09:15:39 am »

A Robot Teaches Itself How to Walk


AT&T Must Let Beastie Boy Vote on Net Neutrality, SEC Says

By Jesse Hamilton

(Updates with Franken comment in eleventh paragraph.)

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has told AT&T Inc. and other telecommunications companies they must include a resolution supporting wireless net-neutrality in annual shareholder votes.

In a letter posted on the SEC website, the agency asserted that net neutrality -- the idea that Internet service providers must treat traffic equally -- has become a “significant policy consideration” and can no longer be excluded from shareholder ballots. AT&T, Verizon Communications Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. must now grant shareholder requests for votes this year on resolutions that would support net neutrality.

“In view of the sustained public debate over the last several years concerning net neutrality and the Internet and the increasing recognition that the issue raises significant policy considerations, we do not believe that AT&T may omit the proposal from its proxy materials,” the SEC said in the Feb. 10 letter.

The shareholder resolution would recommend each company “publicly commit to operate its wireless broadband network consistent with network neutrality principles,” the letter said. The companies should not discriminate based on the “source, ownership or destination” of data sent over their wireless infrastructure.

“It allows shareholders to come to the table for the first time on an issue that we think is really of preeminent importance,” said Farnum Brown, an investment strategist at Boston-based Trillium Asset Management LLC, which led the multiyear effort of shareholder groups. “Persistence pays, I guess is the moral of the story.”

FCC Regulation

The Democrat-led Federal Communications Commission approved a regulation in 2010 that bars land-line Internet-service providers from blocking or slowing online content sent to homes and businesses, while still allowing mobile-phone companies to put limits on Internet traffic. Verizon sued the FCC in federal court, arguing the regulator lacks authority to regulate how companies provide Internet service.

Trillium, with the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Inc. and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, had been seeking access to company ballots for at least four years.

Beastie Boys

Trillium is representing three individual AT&T investors -- Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D of the hip-hop band Beastie Boys; his wife Tamra Davis, director of films including “Billy Madison” and “Half Baked”; and John P. Silva, of Silva Artist Management, which represents recording artists Foo Fighters and Beck.

AT&T argued the proposal “would directly interfere with its network management practices and seriously impair its ability to provide wireless broadband service to its customers,” David B. Harms, a lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, wrote in a letter to the SEC on behalf of the company. Mike Balmoris, a company spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the response.

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance had found in past years that similar net-neutrality proposals fell under the category of day-to-day business operations and that companies could exclude them from shareholder voting. With the agency changing its position, the previous exclusion no longer applies.

“Net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time and today’s decision by the SEC was a big win in the fight to maintain a free and open Internet,” Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a statement. Franken had co-written a Jan. 31 letter to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro with four other senators, urging the commission to deny the companies’ exclusion requests.

Reviewing Next Steps

“We received word last week that the SEC declined,” said John B. Taylor, a spokesman for Sprint, in an e-mail. “We understand other companies in our industry received similar guidance. Sprint is reviewing the information received from the SEC and potential next steps.”

Bob Varettoni, a spokesman for New York-based Verizon, declined to comment. His company had argued that this latest shareholder proposal didn’t offer “any new information that would indicate that ‘net neutrality’ has emerged as a consistent topic of widespread public debate,” according to a Dec. 22 letter to the SEC from Mary Louise Weber, an assistant general counsel at Verizon.

Companies whose requests are declined by the SEC can challenge the regulator’s findings in court.

--With assistance from Todd Shields and Tom Schoenberg in Washington. Editors: Anthony Gnoffo, Maura Reynolds

To contact the reporter on this story: Jesse Hamilton in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maura Reynolds at

RPG Ghetto / Gold
« on: February 12, 2012, 07:38:55 am »
There are some threads on that are simply worth reading.

Apple Talk / Toys you always wanted when you where a kid.
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:20:40 am »

You need to check out the other links to this guy's videos. How to live productively with your own madness 101.

Techmology and Scientism / WOW - Scale of the Universe
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:05:30 am »


January 12, 2012

Dear Mr. McCoy,

Yesterday, Vicky Baxter, Executive Director of Downtown Incorporated of Santa Ana, forwarded this message regarding the opening festivities for the museum show "The Cacophony Society Zone Show" hosted by Grand Central Art Center.
Today I received a call from Mike McCoy, Homeland Security who issues permits for events from the City, with concerns about the February Art Walk and the association with the Cacophony Society.   He spent some time looking at the website and is concerned about what will be presented to the public because the City of Santa Ana is co-sponsor of the First Saturday Art Walks.   He is asking for a detailed description of what will be presented to avoid any issues with public complaints or controversy.   I did not anticipate this but he is right.  We do co-host the First Saturday Art Walks with the City. Please send me the details of what is planned so we can inform Mike.

- V. Baxter

​We understand the Department's domain over public complaints and controversy in the arts as well as the precedent setting crowd control issues and threat of civil disturbance raised by the April 3, 2004 GCAC's exhibition of art by Thomas Kinkade "Painter of Light."

In cooperation with your request for further information, we are providing the attached list of public art and performance scheduled as part of our opening.

These are playfully customized cars typically decorated both with thrift store finds, and other colorful detritus, generally free of sharp edges or objectionable content.  These Include Emily Duffy's "Vain Van," the Thingmaker's "Tijuana Taxi," Reverend Hotcakes "Jungle Truck," and Reverend Charles Linville's "Ass Car."  It should be pointed out that the visual and sculptural references in Reverend Linville's "Ass Car," are exclusively confined to parts of canine anatomy freely displayed throughout our country wherever dogs are found.   Parked alongside the art cars will be an assembly of immense fiberglass dog sculptures.  These fiberglass icons of The Cacophony Society depict only shoulder and heads of what is generally taken to be a Dachshund with no lower objectionable parts displayed or insinuated. If need be, photographs of these cars may be provided for DHS approval.

The Art of Bleeding is a performance art group offering faux educational programs in health and safety out of the back of an ambulance.  They are joined by performer Chuckles the Klown offering a playful yet safe yet really playful demonstration on needle safety.

Is an associate of The Art of Bleeding who uses uplifting humor to teach about hideous disfigurement and tragedy.

Employs a phone booth sized replica of the Semitic top in a performance that crosses the beloved Hanukah tradition with the teen party game "Spin the Bottle."  The operator of the dreidel insures the level of striptease involved conforms to "community standards" as well as any additional standards DHS normally applies in its regulation of bookshops, adult theaters, nightclubs, or burlesque houses.

One of the iconic activities engaged in by the Cacophony Society is mock protests over ludicrous causes. Honoring this tradition and as a satiric nod toward the controversial and ultimately dangerous nature of public discourse, we provide a soapbox, poster board, and markers to Society Members as well as enthusiastic passersby.   These activities and limited use of bullhorns will be conducted in accordance with our understanding of issues of pubic nuisance and noise abatement and/or guidelines issues at DHS discretion.

Musical performances will be provided by Fancy Space People, Creekbird, Clowns & Fetuses, and Phat Mandee.  The diverse content and presentation of these musical acts would be difficult to describe in this context, but set lists, audio recordings and video links can be provided for DHS scrutiny.   The ensemble Clowns and Fetuses has suggested that their themed performance on "Human Spontaneous Combustion" would feature a number of piñatas to be set ablaze.  The piñatas would be of standard size and construction and ignited sequentially in a designated safe area.  A moderate amount of accelerant such as barbecue lighter fluid would necessarily be employed.  We are prepared to work with local fire officials and/or DHS in ensuring that appropriate fire fighting equipment and personnel is on hand and that no damage to person or property occurs.

Comedian-magician Bieno Svengali as well as comedian Eric Cash will perform.  Exact content of their sets is not confirmed at this time, though Cash is expected to preside over a mock raffle "giveaway" of an Afghani war orphan.

In the spirit of free discourse and rapprochement, The Cacophony Society will dedicate a table to the display of introductory literature on the CS as well as whatever literature or materials DHS would care to provide.  A live representative will be available for discussion. Coffee and donuts provided.

As with any live event, a certain level of spontaneity is to be expected, but the above describes to the best of our ability art, performance, and activities planned for the opening of this museum exhibition. If you can provide further guidelines on any of the described activities, they would be much appreciated.

We look forward to working with The Department of Homeland Security to make this a fun, safe, and educational event for all.


Al Ridenour
Founder, The Los Angeles Cacophony Society

John Law
Member, Suicide Club: Co-Founder San Francisco Cacophony Society: Co-Founder, Burning Man.

Jon Alloway
Director, Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society

 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:


Principia Discussion / RAW Week on Boing Boing
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:25:41 am »
It's the week of the anniversary of Robert's passing.

As such, Boing Boing has dedicated a post a day on the front page to RAW.

Aneristic Illusions / Let's talk about the Media Blackout
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:19:17 am »
When was the last time you saw a major news org mention OWS, SOPA, or NDAA?

Six people at Global Revolution TV were arrested last week as the team was evicted from their headquarters in Brooklyn. The Global Revolution team has covered Occupy Wall Street through live streaming since Day 1. Global Revolution is directly responsible for bringing local as well as national and international attention, and participation, to the Occupy movement. At its outset, they operated under a tarp in the centerof Zuccotti Park, but as gears shifted through the fall and winter, Global Revolution’s base has been forced to relocate several times. On January 2nd, an eviction notice was posted on the door of the latest headquarters at 13 Thames Street in Bushwick, stating that the space is “imminently perilous to life” and that “violators of the commissioner’s Vacate Order are subject to arrest”. Interestingly, no one else in the building was evicted despite these dubious and vague claims about imminent health hazards at this address. 

Among the six arrested that night was Vlad Teichberg, a former Wall Street trader who gave up his pursuit of profit for the pursuit of social justice.  The charges were:  Trespass, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Resisting Arrest. All six were released on the night of January 4th. 

RPG Ghetto / Official D&D 5E Announcement
« on: January 09, 2012, 03:44:58 pm »
 :lulz: :argh!: :kingmeh:

(The NYT aparently broke this story before they should have.. as it was 'under embargo' until this morning.......)

More on this here:

And some interesting insights on this whole development over @ EN World:

Comments on the dev of 4E (& what got fucked up):

Thought you all would appreciate those latter links.

Principia Discussion / Antero Ali on Chapel Perilous
« on: January 07, 2012, 05:15:00 am »
I found this piece pretty illuminating, considering how we were trying to come up with a good verbal description of "Chapel Perilous" last month. I actually like the view here better than anything we sketched out (tho it does resonate with some of the things we said).

A shout out to those residing in or visiting Chapel Perilous
by Antero Alli on Friday, January 6, 2012

"Chapel Perilous, like the mysterious entity called "I", cannot be located in the time-space continuum: it is weightless, odorless, tasteless, and undetectable by ordinary instruments. Indeed like the Ego, once you're inside it there doesn't seem to be any way to ever get out, again, until you suddenly discover that it has been brought into existence by thought and does not exist outside of thought."
-- Robert Anton Wilson

We know who we are. We are the dispossessed, the outcasts, and the outsiders, rebels with a cause who have upturned the mulch of our dead lives and seeded those fertile fields with incendiary visions of our future selves. Having already subverted the norm, we renunciate dominator culture’s status quo of everything and drift happy disconnected -- babes in the abyss -- wavering in the ambiguity fog of dislocation.  Free-floating between old worlds and the new, guided only by the shining paths of mother evolution.  We have passed over, we have passed the point of no-return and since there is no turning back, we celebrate the momentum lifting us on the wings of perception, grace, and whatever skills we have earned from surviving the inevitable catastrophe of self.  Only when we are over, does our real life begin.

Throughout my adult life, almost everyone I’ve met or have gotten to know has frequented, or currently resides in Chapel Perilous.  All of them fall into any one or all of the following four categories of Chapel residency (in order from the greatest percentage to the smallest):
LIFERS (THE FLOCK);  who remain in Chapel Perilous completely unaware of their displacement
CLERGY; who are aware of being there but choose to remain and serve the flock
HERETICS; who have awakened and managed to escape as either agnostic or paranoid
TOURISTS; who have awakened, escaped with soul intact and who return for reasons of their own
Though I have known all four personally, I now count myself chiefly as a Tourist.  I periodically return there whenever the Muses decide I need a good shaking up.  I can never predict when that will be but it usually happens when the Muses are ready to use me.  I am a love slave to the Muses and consider myself lucky to be a Chapel Tourist.  I have known Lifers, Clergy, and Heretics who have not been so fortunate.  Some of what I've seen and heard would make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and shout.  There’s a reason why it’s called Chapel Perilous and not Chapel Happy.  If there was one word that might save you some grief as a Lifer, Priest, Heretic, or Tourist, that word would be:  nonchalance.  Learn to treat the archetypes and their realms with the same indifference with which they treat you.  Don’t take "them" personally; Chapel Perilous is not personal.  Chapel Perilous is a great place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.
-A. Alli

Apple Talk / Let's watch Nicholas Pell troll all of Grunge Rock
« on: January 06, 2012, 09:53:44 pm »
 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:




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