Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Maybe Bucky would feel impressed

A Japanese design company has come up with an elegant solution to the problem that Bucky solved with his Dymaxion Map, of showing the countries and continents of Earth so that all were correctly scaled (unlike most of the maps we may feel familiar with (The Mercator, The Peters, etc).

Even better, using principles of origami, they have made it so that it can actually be made into a globe!

You can find all the details about how they figured it out on their website, here.

They certainly acknowledge their debt to Bucky's original work (you can see his Dymaxion map on page 3 of their explanation) - but in some ways their map looks less odd than Bucky's (which can also be folded into a near globe).
Bucky's Dymaxion Map

Monday, October 24, 2016

RAW 3000

The @RAWilson23 twitter account, that I run, recently passed the threshold of 3,000 followers, which isn’t necessarily a major milestone in the grand scheme of the social-media-sphere, but just the same... 3,000 others found & connected. Not too shabby.

Admittedly, It’s only a ⅓ of the users that @R_A_W has, but that account seems to continue to only have a passing resemblance to the lives and ideas of Robert Anton Wilson, and so I’m happy to continue my @RAWilson23 project. I did, of course, offer to turn the account over to the RAW Estate as they became more active, but they declined, and seemed happy to let my little experiment continue.

One of my favorite things about this project has been watching the explosion of RAW awareness through this little node in the planet's info circulatory system. My goal has been to signal boost the others so that they could find each other, but there wasn’t all that much to work with at the beginning. Mentions of RAW on twitter were pretty slow, and mostly just automated quote accounts tweeting “belief is the death of intelligence” over and over and over again. @jacksontom and his blog was the first sign of new life in the (ugh, sorry) RAWnaissance, and I hope everyone appreciates how critical it was that Tom kept the light going after the Maybe logic Academy dissipated and before the RAW Trust formed, and how it remains a primary means of propulsion for all this flying lasagna :)))

And then along came @JohnHiggs & @DaisyEris and the merry band of Discordians @2CosmicTrigger3, which seemed to open up the floodgates! There were a lot of us already working on RAW relevant media, but the Cosmic Trigger play seemed to create a kind of harmonic convergence, that amplified those already at the party, while also bringing more people into the festivities. These days I find it genuinely difficult to keep track of all the RAW related shenanigans at play in the world.

Here’s just the tip of the twitter iceberg:

@festival23COD@amoebadesign@PropAnon@rasadeva@AdamGorightly@notjessewalker@ChasingEris@robinince@rushkoff@PQuadrino@BogusMagus@FLYAGARIC2019@StealThisSingul@AldertonKate@catvincent @gacord@advantardeodus@cnels43@jonone100@reichinhell@leashless@jakeshannon@RGC777

There's dozens and dozens more, of course, all conspiring to keep the ravioli in orbit, long may they stick apart!

Friday, September 16, 2016

RAW auction 2016

[read the whole text in the above link]

Matters of the heart; One of my personal loose ends is sorting through my remaining boxes of my parent’s possessions. A couple of the possessions I have integrated into my daily life, an object sitting on a shelf, or a shirt hanging in my closet, a book in the bookcase.  But the truth is everything else stays all boxed up, and relatively useless unless you feel like developing muscles lugging boxes around. I don’t, and it is time to make these items available to others who may enjoy them.

To do this, I am setting up an E-Bay auction, to list a number of RAW collectables, along with “just random” stuff that belonged to Bob and Arlen, my parents.

Before you make assumptions about whatever will be listed, and why I would do this let me explain! In late 2007, I also sold some memorabilia, as I needed desperately to raise money to take care of Bob’s past debts, family needs, and to take some financial weight off me as I attempted to help my brother. I was so grateful for folk’s interest and support, and was deeply touched and amazed at some of the notes I received!

Fast forward to today; I have several boxes, not a lot, as Bob and Arlen really never owned much. And, most of what they did own was often second-hand, well-used, etc! But… I have a sense that some folks would really enjoy having an object infused with RAW’s history and life; whether every-day stuff, or not! And, again, the income (whatever is received) will help to pay bills, and move Hilaritas Press forward!

For instance; I have Bob’s lovely Aran Fisherman’s sweater made by John Molloy of Donegal, Ireland that he bought in Ireland for warmth (photo above). It is too big for me, my husband doesn’t wear sweaters, and someone might just think it would be awesomely cool to write their own masterpiece while wrapped in a sweater of RAW’s!

Back in the day, several of us bought bits and pieces, to help pay Bob's tax bills, or whatever.  Here is your opportunity (if you believe in that psychometry stuff).

Me personally? (the bogus one)
I love having the T-Shirt that he got given for his appearance on Politically Incorrect, even if he never actually wore it!

Watch this space, for further news of eBay auctions.   Or stay in touch with Hilaritas Press.


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