The awesome Minister Faust has set a blistering pace on Ecstatic Days this week, guest-blogging like he was leading a platoon told to “take that thar ridge”: 21 posts in 5 days thus far. It was a magnificent display of fireworks and wit, and a lot of fun, too. It’s not over yet, either, as he will probably post a few things this weekend. Interwoven with stuff I’m posting, before our next guest-blogger, John Langan, comes in on Monday.
So, thanks to Minister Faust, and here’s a recap of his entries thus far for those who may have missed it. Also, don’t forget to check out his blog and both of his critically acclaimed novels: COYOTE KINGS OF THE SPACE-AGE BACHELOR PAD and FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF DR. BRAIN.
Howdy, and Welcome to Me
Introductions and musings on the Geek Squad
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds
“Heavy stringsâ€“DOO DOO Doooâ€¦ DOO DOO Doooâ€¦. followed by a disco rhythm section and bleebo-bleebo laser sound FX. No, Iâ€™m not being ironic and Iâ€™m not slamming MWW. On the contrary, I genuinely love it. I tracked it down from the public library, taped both records from the LP, evenutally bought the thing on cassette and just this summer purchased the excellent double-CD album.”
Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds–The Remix
“To read folksâ€™ reactions at Amazon.com, youâ€™d think ULLAdubULLA IIâ€™s remix of Jeff Wayneâ€™s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was a Britney Spears version of Bach, or something. I mean, some of those folks didnâ€™t just hate it, theyâ€™d’ve murderised it if they couldâ€™ve…”
Faust on PKD Dick, Plus Fighting Words About Blade Runner
Video featuring Faust’s thoughts on PKD, and further thoughts on Blade Runner.
And We’re Back…
“Below is a photo I believe might be Earth Câ€™s Obama/Biden ticket from 1980, which fared well against Earth Câ€™s Republican ticket of Reagan/Dr. Doom.”
Earth Câ€™s US President bin Laden says Sarah Palin is â€œmy kinda galâ€
Um, the post title says it all…
Faust on Spirituality, Religion and Life
Featuring a YouTube video series…
Only in America? WTF?
“Ordinary Americans are victims of an educational and media system that deprives them from a larger view of the worldâ€”theyâ€™re not the people who constructed that system. Itâ€™s also hypocritical, because I can guarantee you that the majority of Canadians (southerners who live within a three hour drive of the Canada-US border) know nothing about the vast majority of the country (the north), its peoples, its languages, or even the number of territories (was two, now itâ€™s three)…”
Hey, Everyone, How About a Hug?
Click a dog, hear some poetry…
Dynamite Music from Ralph Bakshi’s Spiderman
“I spent years looking for this beautiful stuff, and now, boom, here it is. All praise is due to Beware of the Blog…”
TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Dr. Ganz Ferrance on Psychology and the Afrikan-Canadian Family
“Over the years on The Terrordome, Iâ€™ve spoken with scores of people about the structural, systemic barriers to the freedom, prosperity and happiness of Afrikans and other groups. Tonight Iâ€™d like to address another set of barriers.”
Sarah Palin the Charmer, Part 2
“Journalist and blogger Charley James writes: ‘So Sambo beat the bitch!’ This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obamaâ€™s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.”
Top Ten Propaganda Terms, 2003
“Itâ€™s true that more people than ever are media savvy. But because of the sheer scope and power of corporate media, especially when in league with government, itâ€™s difficult not to buy into at least some of the propaganda terms that are shot into our brains on a highspeed basis by the second.”
Whatâ€™s the deal with MMORPGs?
“Iâ€™m considering writing a book dealing with massively-multi-user online role-playing games (MMORPGs), but I probably shouldnâ€™t, because Iâ€™ve never played one. Talk about hubrisâ€“that practically makes me a 19th century anthropologist or a corporate journalist in Iraqâ€™s ‘Green Zone.'”
Feelings About the Words “Geek” and “Nerd”
“Personally, Iâ€™ve never been fond of lexical reclamationâ€¦ too much effort in my opinion needs expending.”
To Palin, Guiliani and Others Who Disparage Community Organisersâ€¦
Faust on irony or hypocrisy…or both….
Some Dynamite Music For You
…And readings from Faust’s novels…
I’m Not Sayin’, But I’m Sayin’
More on Sarah Palin
New Internationalist Names Condi Rice â€œSexiest Evil Woman Aliveâ€Again, the title says it all…