Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Okey-dokey! That'll do it for awhile :)
I'm getting ready to move and it'll be a minute before I get my studio set back up.

Best wishes to all and thanks so very much for humoring me and my oddball scribbles.

Figuring to return w/ all new foolishness on April 1st


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chaos Magic Music Money

Speaking of RAW, $$$, and John Higgs books....

bc ideogrammic review of KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money by JMR Higgs
Sometimes you find a book that is just aimed square at your head, and this one is a total bulls eye for me. The idea of a band straight up burning £1,000,000 is endlessly fascinating to me, and that's before you even start unraveling the abstract intent behind it. Let alone the RAW, Alan Moore, and Discordianism of it all... Whew! Burn, baby, burn...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

RAW Currency

Back in the summer of 2006 I created a novelty currency for Robert Anton Wilson to use in a crowd funding effort to help pay for his end of life care. The idea, as conceived by Vincent Murphy, was to print up some RAW money, Emperor Norton style, which Mr. Wilson would then autograph, and auction off on eBay. A plan which was pulled off w/ modest success, and ended up chipping in around about $1,000 to RAW’s medical bills.

(Eventually Douglas Rushkoff & Mark Frauenfelder would initiate a much more substantial fund drive, which afforded RAW the opportunity to pass away in comfort & levity.)

At that point I’d been studying w/ Bob for 2 years, and had become accustomed to regularly learning mind blowing life lessons from that damn old crank, but this one got me good!

See at that time I couldn’t sell any of my artwork to anyone at any price. Hell, I couldn’t even give the shit away! But in his hands 10 scraps of paper I made were worth $100 + each. Now the obvious difference is the autograph right? Except at the same time the RAW bills were selling on eBay, I won an auction for a signed coffee mug of his for $10. So what made the difference? How did RAW transform my paper into money? Well, magic, of course!

RAW had a bit about the surreality of the Federal Reserve, a private bank, printing money into existence, ex nihilo, which begged the question: what transforms that paper into money? And why does only the paper printed by that particular institution pass for money, and all else is considered counterfeit? RAW mused that the Federal Reserve must have a magic wand! After they print paper bills they wave the magic wand over the paper and presto change-o: the paper transubstantiates into money.

And the truth in that joke makes for some very funny money indeed!

So as to honor the lesson learned from this almost decade old caper, I should like to release the RAW currency into the wild. Print it, enjoy it, spend it, whatever you want it!

A 2 page pdf, which if you print on a duplex (double-sided) printer, will give you 3 RAW bills per sheet.
(Cut out along the front page for correct trim size)

“Wealth is nature’s abundance, freely given, plus the exponential advance of technology via human intelligence, and as Korzybski and Fuller demonstrate, this can only increase at an accelerating rate. Money is just the tickets or symbols to arrange for the distribution—either equitably, in a free money system, or inequitably, as under the tyranny of the present money-cartel.”

From: Illuminating Discord: An interview with Robert Anton Wilson

I was reminded of all this recently after watching the entirely excellent film “The Big Short” wherein the absurdity of the finance industry is elucidated w/ stunning clarity. As the movie so bluntly states: “It’s possible we are in a completely fraudulent system.”

In other RAW related news: A new eBook edition of Cosmic Trigger has been released by Hilaritas Press & the RAW Trust!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Strange Universe

I'm currently reading the heck outta John Higgs' new book "Stranger Than We Can Imagine" - An Alternative History of the 20th Century.

I enjoy being reminded of J.B.S. Haldane's cosmic humility, in any of its various phrasings.

Here's a fuller version:  "I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."

Which I tend to associate w/ a complementary sentiment from Warren Ellis' Planetary: "It's a strange world.  Let's keep it that way."