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David Cronenberg on Predicting the Future and What a Dog’s Reality Is Like

Still from Cronenberg's eXistenZ.

Still from Cronenberg’s eXistenZ.

via Wired:

Canadian director David Cronenberg has always been fascinated by technology, whether it’s the grotesque hand/gun hybrid in Videodrome or the fleshy ports in eXistenZ that allow gamers to plug directly into their spines. That interest is fully on display in Cronenberg’s first novel, Consumed, a murder mystery which explores the way that YouTube and 3D printing are shaping our reality.

“I definitely belong on your blog,” David Cronenberg says in Episode 125 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I was definitely a geek. I don’t think I was a nerd, socially, but I was definitely a geek and loved technology.”

Consumed concerns a young couple, Nathan and Naomi, who travel the world in search of ever more scandalous material to post online. They text each other constantly but rarely meet face to face, masters of the digital world but strangely disconnected from the real one.

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Ian Anderson on Martin Barre’s Departure, Homo Erraticus AUDIO ONLY

This is an interview with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson from the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A morning show, for people who hate morning shows.

Ron Placone interviews Jethro Tull frontman, Ian Anderson. Ian offers a few thoughts on the new album, “Homo Erraticus” as well as the departure of long-time guitarist, Martin Barre. This interview is audio only and originally aired on the Indie Bohemians Morning Show in Nashville, TN.

 

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Frank Schaeffer on Religion, Skepticism, Community, and Connecting as People

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From the Indie Bohemians Morning Show: One of the few independent morning shows left on the airwaves, IBMS is a morning show for people who hate morning shows.

From his website: Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible.” He is also an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his oil paintings. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets.Read the rest

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Altered Statesman: An Interview With Psychedelic Explorer David Jay Brown

Photo taken from David Jay Brown's Amazon Author page.

Photo taken from David Jay Brown’s Amazon Author page.

via Acceler8or:

“I think DNA is ultimately trying to create a world where the imagination is externalized, where the mind and the external world become synchronized as one, so that basically whatever we can imagine can become a reality. Literally.”

Consciousness: What is it? Are your thoughts and emotions nothing more than neural static? Will your physical death extinguish your awareness? Is your individual consciousness just one of innumerable facets of a universal consciousness?

In search of answers to questions like these, local writer/neuroscience researcher David Jay Brown has mind-melded with many of the world’s most prominent philosophers, visionaries, culture-shapers and snorkelers of the psyche, including Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson, Noam Chomsky, Ram Dass, Albert Hofmann, Jack Kevorkian, George Carlin, Sasha Shulgin, Deepak Chopra, Alex Grey, Jerry Garcia, Stanislav Grof and John Lilly. He’s chronicled these meetings in his bestselling interview compendiums Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, Mavericks of the Mind, Mavericks of Medicine and Voices from the Edge.

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The Art Of Punk: Crass – The Art of Dave King and Gee Vaucher

From the assaulting black and white photo-realistic paintings of protest, anarchy, and social satire, to their legendary adopted brand and two headed snake and cross symbol. We head up to the Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco to meet up with Gee Vaucher, and founding Crass member, writer, and activist, Penny Rimbaud. We discuss the art and the lifestyle stemming from the infamous Dial House, where they have lived, worked, and created their own brand of anarchistic beauty, for more than 3 decades. We have a sit down with artist Scott Campbell, at his own New York tattoo shop, and talk about how the art of Crass, and one single t-shirt created a fork in his own road of life. Owen Thornton talks some shit. Finally we hang out with British graphic designer Dave King – the creator of the infamous snake and cross symbol, and discuss post war England, hippies, punk, graphic design, and more, that led him to the creation of the symbol made legend by Crass.

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An Interview with Indie Comic Guru David Brown

The 88 intense (and complete!) pages of Chewler has been called “The ultimate indie comic discovery. Bizarre, artistically inventive, visually orgasmic boasting a hilariously comedic story line about drunks, super-computers, aliens and a dead Nazi dictator.”

I mean it has extra dimensional 3rd eye aliens, how can fellow Disinfonauts not be interested?


David as a fellow indie comics creator, I can sympathize with the struggle to get stuff out there that doesn’t have capes, and I love the fact that your new work Chewler is so damn trippy. I’m thrilled that this zany indie comic [now live on Kickstarter] has been receiving all around positive reviews and reception and continues to gain support.

So, my first question is, why comics? Why not a novel or some other medium to tell this story in?

David M. Brown (DB): My background in writing is screenplay which is a lot like writing comics, really.… Read the rest

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The Playboy Interview: Marshall McLuhan

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via Next Nature:

A candid conversation with the high priest of popcult and metaphysician of media.

From “The Playboy Interview: Marshall McLuhan”, Playboy Magazine, March 1969. © Playboy

In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto — and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse articles in small-circulation quarterlies. But then came two remarkable books — The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and Understanding Media (1964) — and the graying professor from Canada’s western hinterlands soon found himself characterized by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the hottest academic property around.” He has since won a world-wide following for his brilliant — and frequently baffling — theories about the impact of the media on man; and his name has entered the French language as mucluhanisme, a synonym for the world of pop culture.

Though his books are written in a difficult style — at once enigmatic, epigrammatic and overgrown with arcane literary and historic allusions — the revolutionary ideas lurking in them have made McLuhan a best-selling author.

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Mavericks of the Mind – John C. Lilly: From Here to Alternity and Beyond

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via Mavericks of the Mind:

How does one briefly describe a man as complex as John Lilly? Whole books barely provide an overview of this man’s extraordinary existence, amazing accomplishments, and contributions to the world. His list of scientific achievements covers a full page In Who’s Who in America.

John C. Lilly, M.D. is perhaps best known as the man behind the fictional scientists dramatized in the films Altered States and The Day of the Dolphin. He pioneered the original neuroscientific work In electrical brain stimulation, mapping out the pleasure and pain pathways in the brain. He frontiered work in inter-species communication research with dolphins and whales. He invented the isolation tank and did significant research in the area of sensory deprivation.

Educated at CalTech, Dartmouth Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania, he did a large part of his scientific research at the National Institute of Mental Health and built his own dolphin-communication research lab in St.

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