Friday, January 24, 2014

January 23rd Cosmic Trigger Play Update


Calling all Discordians.
This just in from Daisy Eris Campbell:

Cosmic Trigger-Squeezing in the Pool of Life And other Fine Messes

Happy 23rd! (just)

Firstly a quick update for the as-yet uninitiated:

Plan is to stage an adaptation of Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson, with scenes from Illuminatus! woven through, as well as a dramatised peek backstage at the original Liverpool production (directed by my dad, Ken Campbell). To be funded by crowd, staged by enthusiasts and encircled within a festival of Higher Intelligence. We've had a successful read-through of the first draft, done a talk with some scenes WATCH HERE and folk have started sending in money, despite not yet launching an official crowd-funding campaign...

And when you send in your £23 or $23 you will also become a Discordian Pope. And if you're already a Discordian Pope, then I'm excommunicating you until you cough up. Right, consider yourself initiated.

Hello Popes,
A bunch of us are Liverpool-bound for another Discordian Jamboree. It'd be a joy to see you there!

Here's the blurb:

Time to Pull the Cosmic Trigger?
The Kazimier 4-5 Wolstenholme Sq. Liverpool, L1 4JJ.
Sunday, February 23rd, 4pm

Come and join the Discordians Heaven-bent on resurrecting the ideas of Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of Illuminatus!
Fresh dispatches from John Higgs, author of "The KLF - Chaos, Magic and the Band that Burned a Million Pounds", with his talk: "I Blame Liverpool".
Never-before-seen filmed interview with Alan Moore, discussing all matters RAW.
Daisy Eris Campbell brings us up-to-date on the synchronic forces aligning in her mission to stage Cosmic Trigger
Includes scenes from the play, with music, magick, puppetry, projections - and acting.
If you want to help us pull the Cosmic Trigger, there is nowhere else to be.

You can reserve your place HERE and it's £5 on the door. It's a good idea to reserve, but please don't unless you really are coming, otherwise well, it will be chaos - and we wouldn't want that ;)

And please let folk know!

Thanks yous:

Many thanks to all of you who volunteered your time to do some research for me. And even more thanks to Roman and Jlyte, who delivered! (Only teasing, I'm sure the rest of you are beavering away, down a cosmic fun-hole of bizarre inquiry - I look forward to seeing the results).
Thanks to everyone in Liverpool - Greg, Paul, Paddy, Larry, Nicki, Angie, Tom et al for making it such a magical day on Monday. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with for the 23rd.
Ta, Shelle.
Big thanks to those of you who've donated your £/$23s - it's what's made this Liverpool escapade possible, which should in turn help immanentize the es-Show-ton (seamless).

Help Needed:

The next hurdle (or initiation), following the Liverpool do, is to make sure the crowd-funding campaign ignites like a bastard - CROWD FUND LAUNCHES APRIL 23RD
As some of you will know, I plan to offer the following (amongst many other things) as rewards to those who donate money within the official campaign:
An exclusive, never-before-heard interview with Shea and Wilson backstage at the NT
Ken Campbell box-set of video recordings of his one-man-shows - not previously available!
The audio recording of the original LIVERPOOL Illuminatus! production

So - help-wise:

Can you design beautiful packaging for the above?
Can you edit the above and add nice titles and whatnot?
Can you help burn CDs/DVDs?
Do you have any other recordings/photos/memorabilia that could be copied and offered as rewards?
Do you have any other genius ideas of rewards we could offer?
Could you record yourself wishing us the best with raising the money, and include a RAW or Ken anecdote?
Do you know other people who should darn well be on this mailing list, but may not yet be so?

Donating before we launch the crowd-funding campaign will get you on the guest list to an exclusive after-show party - only available to the Inner Circle of early supporters.

DONATE HERE email address:

All Hail Discordia!

xx xxx Daisy

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Here is an image I made in support of Brenton Clutterbuck's around the world Discordian adventure, if you have not yet availed yourself of his endeavor, I encourage you thusly!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


“These people, Joyce, to some degree Pound, McLuhan, they were the prophets of the world in which we now stand, the world of integrated interactive media, extraordinary data retrieval that erases the 17th century notion of the unconscious. Nothing is now unconscious if your data search commands are powerful enough.”
Terence McKenna in Riding Range w/ Marshall McLuhan

If we're going to live in a Brave New World / 1984 mashup can I at least humbly request that my Netflix recommendations be a bit more doubleplusgood?

I originally drew the Joyce & Pound / 0 & 1 bit for RAW's now mythic Tale of The Tribe class, in reaction to his observation that (pardon my poor paraphrasing) Pound's The Cantos modeled history as linear progression moving up & down (from inferno to paradiso), and that Joyce's Finnegans Wake modeled history as a cyclic process going round & round (from swerve of shore to bend of bay). With further nudging by his equation that Joyce + Pound + Mcluhan = Internet.  (I may not have that notation exactly right, Mcluhan may have been a multiplier, but you get the idea)

My first exchange with RAW concerned the shape of things to come.  I proposed to him the model of an escalating spiral, to which he said he agreed, though wasn't dogmatic about it. I do find it encouraging though what visual concept results from combining the historical trajectories of both Joyce & Pound...



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Your inside is out, and your outside is in...

Today would have been Albert Hofmann's 107th birthday, and that's not just a simple anniversary date, as he did actually make it to 102!
Aquí una caricatura del Dr. Albert Hofmann por el artista Rafa Gámez
In Gregorian Calendar terms it also measures 6 'years' since RAW left the planet, which means he would have reached 80.
Bob by Chapter37 at Deviant Art
Adam Gorightly also noted the day and linked to his eloquent memo, written at the time, RAW RIP RIFF

By coincidence [ahem] D.E. Harding (the writer of On Having No Head: a contribution to Zen in the West) died just a few hours before Bob, at the age of 97.  For more information on The Headless Way you can go to their website.  They run online groups and forums, and right now a Moodle class is starting to study The Hierarchy of Heaven and Earth (Douglas' first book, and quite a heavy read) - all very reminiscent of us studying Illuminatus! with RAW for 12 weeks at the Maybe Logic Academy. 

Non-self portrait by Ernst Mach

The best day of my life—my rebirthday, so to speak—was when I found I had no head. This is not a literary gambit, a witticism designed to arouse interest at any cost. I mean it in all seriousness: I have no head.

What actually happened was something absurdly simple and unspectacular: I stopped thinking. A peculiar quiet, an odd kind of alert limpness or numbness, came over me. Reason and imagination and all mental chatter died down. For once, words really failed me. Past and future dropped away. I forgot who and what I was, my name, manhood, animalhood, all that could be called mine. It was as if I had been born that instant, brand new, mindless, innocent of all memories. There existed only the Now, that present moment and what was clearly given in it. To look was enough.
It took me no time at all to notice that this nothing, this hole where a head should have been was no ordinary vacancy, no mere nothing. On the contrary, it was very much occupied. It was a vast emptiness vastly filled, a nothing that found room for everything—room for grass, trees, shadowy distant hills, and far above them snowpeaks like a row of angular clouds riding the blue sky.
I had lost a head and gained a world.     
- Douglas Harding

And, as Bob emphasised, you have to do the exercises, not just read the books!


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