Month: April 2005

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An Interview with musician Thomas Truax, the most famous son of the totally non-fictional Wowtown.     One man band Thomas Truax is based in New York City, but he's always touring around, and I've seen him live about five times in London, performing with "mechanical sound sculptures" rather than mere human musicians. His album of "dark romantic lullabies" and "lively rock melodramas", Full Moon Over Wowtown, was one of the best albums of 2004, and I also recommend you net junkies track down a copy of his very spooky song "Inside the Internet", on the EP Homesleep 9. The new album "Audio Addiction" will be out in June on Psycho Teddy Records. Many of his songs describe events in a place called Wowtown, and Thomas writes and broadcasts something called the Wowtown News. Ever curious, Blather (Barry, in this case) decided to find out more about this intriguing place....

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Air-raid sirens, scary machinery in the dead of night. Burning crosses, and hangman's nooses. Read about the latest weird occurrences at the Greenpeace Forest Rescue Station in Northern Finland » (apologies, link no longer working)

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Sue packs her bag and goes to magick school with the 'Maybe Logic Academy'. She doesn't know what to expect, but suspects it will be an interesting experience... This month I am enrolling in the ‘Maybe Logic Academy,’ for some perilous experiments in the world of magick. I’m wondering if I’ll remain unscathed…It’s some time since I’ve donned that particular hat, except in a recent case of restless spirits (now I wonder what that could be?) The ‘Maybe Logic Academy’ is an online learning centre and community. I came across this site on Robert Anton Wilson’s website, and quickly jumped over to have a look... The Academy offers courses in the latest mind-bending theories for those who like to question their reality and perhaps broaden their perspectives on life. Students are offered the opportunity to blow their minds by learning from cutting edge authors and theorists. The site seems promising,...

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12 part T.V. shows. Alien contact. CSICop and Marijuana. Mars and Venus. One man did it all. Ladies and Gents, meet Carl Sagan... "In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness." Kennedy Recently, when reading Robert Dalek's superb biography of President John F. Kennedy, I was struck by one of the challenges that Kennedy faced during his campaign for the White House - his Catholicism. Kennedy and his campaign managers spent countless hours trying to deal with what was seen by many as potentially Kennedy's greatest weakness - a suspected inability to seperate the duties of his office from the teachings of his religion....

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Sue Walsh gets her 15 minutes on the Big Bite by talking to David McWilliams about the concept of blogging. Why, she isn’t quite sure. On air at 2.25pm tomorrow and repeated at 8:30 am Wednesday morning on R.T.E.1 I’m in R.T.E reception, along with five other pale, lost looking people. We are here to talk about blogging, and why we do it. I’m plastered in make up and have a microphone under my dress (!). I approach the couch, where David McWilliams is waiting. ‘The Big Bite’ is a daytime discussion program hosted by the wonderful David McWilliams; the broadcaster and journalist. He is also (allegedly) the man who coined the phrase 'The Celtic Tiger'. The program is aired every day at 2:25pm, and usually focuses on human interest stories. The reason we were invited onto the program was to discuss blogging, as this is a new concept to...