A Firesign Chat


||||||||| Catherwood re-enters the Waiting Room and explains "This is the main discussion room which is logged each night."
||||||||| Catherwood announces, "The time is 4:33 AM - I now declare Sunday's chat log for April 11, 2010 officially open!"... and then, he retires back to the vestibule...
||||||||| Catherwood escorts RedPillTweeny into the room, accepts an I.O.U. as a gratuity, mutters something about 10:18 AM, then departs.
||||||||| It's 10:30 AM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| RedPillTweeny - dead from dengue fever
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| RedPillTweeny bounds in at 1:26 PM carrying an obsidian door knocker.
||||||||| It's 1:50 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| RedPillTweeny - dead from the common cold
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Outside, the 10:29 PM crosstown bus from California pulls away, leaving residualecho coughing in a cloud of diesel fumes.
residualecho: *hack*
||||||||| BloodyL sneaks in around 10:39 PM, trying to avoid Catherwood because of last night's "unpleasant incident."
||||||||| Catherwood accompanies the steel box in through the front door at 10:47 PM, picks up his cues (only slightly scorched), and heads for the billiard room.
BloodyL waves
the steel box: I am unable to wave.
residualecho: But inside, you
residualecho: 're tanned, rested.
BloodyL: retested too
the steel box: ... except for that wave of nostalgia
BloodyL: You wouldn't believe the the amount of work it has taken for me to get here tonight
the steel box: Is there there actually going to be a show streaming tonight?
BloodyL: My main PC decided to go all Kaput on me, working from the laptop now after spending the last 12hrs trying to get the main PC sorted.
residualecho: Hope that gets sorted
the steel box: at least it wasn't your iron lung
BloodyL: I think there is a show on tonight
BloodyL: rofl!
residualecho: I'm waiting for the next show, the one on April 11th! I hope it isn't a year from now!
residualecho: Did you check the Chromium Switch?
BloodyL: Nope, just followed the trail of breadcrumbs from the RFOz facebook page
BloodyL: Oh, I see what you mean now, sorry, ..ommuni..err, I haven't had a chance to read it yet, been working too much! ;)
residualecho: That sure beats following the line of Indians, leaving Rancho Malario Clowndiminiums, to make room for you!
||||||||| Catherwood enters with Dexter Fong close behind, grumbles something about disrupting his 10:59 PM tree-stunting plans, and scurries off to the Aviary.
residualecho: Or so it claims on the Oz splash page.
Dexter Fong: Herro!!
Dexter Fong: Not to be greeting me
BloodyL: That darn electrician has been nipping at the rat cheese again
residualecho: Herroinne!
BloodyL: Hello
the steel box: I like the sugar at the bottom of the box
Dexter Fong: Oh! Like tiny bleeding body, town dress reveal many awful secrets....some boring!!
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 11 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Dexter Fong: Hey BL, echo, and Mr. Box
residualecho: Gnawed wires, no doubt
Dexter Fong: Maude Who?
residualecho: Maude's wireless?
Dexter Fong: Oh! Like tine cat's whiskers...bringing in 50k clear channel station
residualecho: Jacob's Ladder forking up poor little Schrodinger's Kitteh
Dexter Fong sings, "We are climbing Jacobs Ladder, we don't know what is the matter..
Dexter Fong: Everybody join in
the steel box: climbing the ladder to the bottom of the hole
BloodyL: Was it Tim Robbins who starred in the movie?
Dexter Fong: "Heisenberg is on my platter, is he her or on the latter"
Dexter Fong: Today's lecture on The Social uncertainty Principal will be brought to you by a brown shoed square
BloodyL: A principality eh?
Dexter Fong: More like a small fiefdom
Dexter Fong: Sire
the steel box: "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" as Mr. Zappa once noted
||||||||| cease enters at 11:10 PM as Catherwood takes their hat and goat and runs off to the Hat Pack Annex.
Dexter Fong: I suspect that without the RFO broadcast, this chat will not ....well, you know
Dexter Fong: Hey Cat
cease: yes dex, i know.
cease: the hour hour show was only 35 minutes tonight
BloodyL: From Fiefdom to Five of them, welcome cas
BloodyL: cease
cease: so i'm suffering from firesign deprivation
Dexter Fong: You've always know cat...somehow...you've just... welll... seemed to know
Dexter Fong: Did you listen to Earl tonight Cat?
cease: yes dex, that's what i was complaining about, only 35 minutes instead of 90 as usual
BloodyL: Mal nutrition of the Vitamins F, S and T.
Dexter Fong: Wha??????
Dexter Fong: How come?
cease: at least earl played it twice.
cease: dont know
BloodyL: rofl
cease: asked him on facebook, i await his explanation
Dexter Fong: Although there was one HH where they played dwarf
cease: that was in june
cease: maybe something happened in april 1970
Dexter Fong: Okay
Dexter Fong: I was listening to HH that my son sent me...PA, PB, and DO...PP was in ney york
Dexter Fong: new
cease: yes that would have been one of the shows i recorded in 70
Dexter Fong: Guess it could be yours but it's really good audio =))
cease: thanks
Dexter Fong: Pre dwarf release
Dexter Fong: but not by much
residualecho: Still waiting for the Electrician...
Dexter Fong: Earl keeps playing bits of it and the lads keep telling him to stop it, there's dirty stuff on that record
cease: until these shows are coming out, i seem to have the only stash of hhs
BloodyL: Ahh, I know that one
cease: the lads are talking about selling them as a box set but i'll believe it when i see it
Dexter Fong: Well, if you're recording earl's new show, you're probably right although i *do* have a numer of HH shows that my son sent me...guess they could be yours if you put em up on the interweb
cease: i gave them to lots of people and i'm sure some of them put them on the web
Dexter Fong: He downloaded a vertible "SHITLOAD" OF SHOWS
cease: there are a lot of them, true
Dexter Fong: One of the great wartime Variety hours, The shitload of shows
cease: lol
BloodyL: I have a large collection from usenet, clark wintergreen et al,
Dexter Fong: Starring Bob Hope, Ida Lupino, Betty Hutton, warner Von Braun
BloodyL: wouldn't suprise me if it all originated from you guys
Dexter Fong: And the Big Red One Men's Stag Chorus
Dexter Fong: Well BL, I just wanna see them well distributed
cease: the lads may have a problem marketing the box set if everything in it is already online
Dexter Fong: Echo, Mr. Box...how you guys...you gotta FST stash?
Dexter Fong: Cat: If they're only preaching to the choir, there's no marketing at all...they must expand, at least somewhat otherwise in just a really small niche market
Dexter Fong: it's
cease: far too true, dex
the steel box: Unfortunately, I suspect a tape I have of a show is probably toast by now. I do have a script from one of the 3-man shows.
Dexter Fong: Box: Radio (Hour Hour) or a live broadcast?
Dexter Fong: Three faces of Al perhaps?
the steel box: I'm sorry. It is a bootleg from a performance at CSULB.
cease: there must be a lot of those, steel
Dexter Fong: Don't be sorry man, if it's unknown, it's desireable
Dexter Fong: I dunno but if you're like me, and I know I am, any FST is desireable
cease: i suppose only taylor jessen knows how many radio shows there are
Dexter Fong: Let's put him on the stand
Dexter Fong: Wring the truth outta him
Dexter Fong: Press him for knformation
Dexter Fong: information
residualecho: YOU WON"T GET IT!
cease: ive given him a number of tapes of shows he didn't have, and he's their official archivist
Dexter Fong: Mr. Jessop, how many shows are there and when did you know them?
cease: are you taylor, echo?
residualecho: "By hook or by crook, we will."
Dexter Fong: He is a bit of a ham
residualecho: Soz, The Prisoner flashbacks
Dexter Fong: A taylor ham...yuk yuk
||||||||| With a theatrical clearing of his throat, Catherwood announces: "11:31 PM and late as usual, it's Merlyn, just back from Minneapolis."
Dexter Fong: Hey Merlyn, late as usual
cease: hey, it's merl
residualecho: Not as late as tonight's episode
Dexter Fong: Hey Merlyn, what's the true secret identity of "the Steel Box"?
Merlyn: I'm not late, there's no more sunday RFO, and it seemed silly to do mon-fri
BloodyL: hey!
Merlyn: I dunno, all I get is their IP address
Dexter Fong: So what's left, Sat-Sun?
cease: so last week was the last one, merl? that was the impression i got form last week's show
Merlyn: Bergman is changing it to an hour a night mon-fri
cease: yeah, an hour at midnight. who is he expecting to be his audience?
Dexter Fong: What time PST or PDT?
Merlyn: I dunno cat, I didn't even know about this last-minute one
cease: thats 3am your time, dex
Merlyn: pacific whatever time it is in LA
cease: there is a lot we don't know
Dexter Fong: Cat: The Midnight Ramblers,
residualecho: The front page announcement claimed there'd be a show tonight at 8 PST
Dexter Fong: Cat: And it's growing exponentially
Merlyn: also, the mon-fri will be prerecorded and posted
Dexter Fong: A five poster bed
Merlyn: the RFO page says there's no stream tonight, just it'll be posted after it's done
Dexter Fong: How handy
Dexter Fong: Don't call us, we'll not call you either
residualecho: It isn't like immediacy is the most important aspect of the show--like they'll cut away to a Palin speech just cuz it's all raw and unedited...
Dexter Fong: That's why she's so hot
Merlyn: but we can only really chat about a simultaneous stream so we're all hearing the same thing
the steel box: It was all too good to be true ...
||||||||| "11:37 PM? I'm late!" exclaims the steel box, who then runs out through the french doors and down through the brambles.
Merlyn: so the prerecorded shows don't really lend themselves to chatting
Dexter Fong: And I spent 20 minutes synching in my shoes
Dexter Fong: Can understand Mr. Box's reaction
cease: true, merl
BloodyL: yup
Dexter Fong: Seems to me if you're gonna pre-record a podcast, you could broadcast it at some convenient time
cease: very true, dex
Merlyn: me too dex; it wouldn't surprise me if RFO changes more
residualecho: And what time would that be?
Dexter Fong: 50+ years in the business and they still don't get it
Merlyn: late but not too late for east coast
Merlyn: stream monday's show at 8 PM pacific, 11 on east coast
Dexter Fong: Echo, I'd accept a one hour broadcast starting at 10 or 11 pm on a ASunday say
Merlyn: on tuesday
residualecho: Sounds pretty early for me, over here on the left coast. If it was on a little later, then it would just be early for me and about right for you
cease: you can actually converse with bergman, merl. you tell him
Dexter Fong: 10 or 11 EDT
Dexter Fong: 7 0r 8 PDT
Merlyn: I'll tell him
Dexter Fong: Midnight EDT is a bit late for a lot of potential east coasters
residualecho: I like the idea of a communal stream that we can all pee into, but a podcast is for whenever, as long as there's a new one daily
Merlyn: like pees in a podcast?
residualecho: Percisely
BloodyL appluads
cease: it sounded from last week's show that bergman was going to cut up the 3 shows he's done and post them one hour at a time on the daily show
Merlyn: could be cat, I dunno
Dexter Fong: Can you say ephemeral?
||||||||| Gusts of wind blow in from outside and the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of helicopter blades is heard as Happy Panditt's chopper lands on the lawn and Bunnyboy falls out at 11:44 PM.
cease: id rather say it than experience it
Bunnyboy: It's all canned!
Dexter Fong: Hi Bunny
Dexter Fong: afkfr
cease: all the work that went intto promoting this show, and then it dissappears
BloodyL: welcome :)
cease: hi bun
residualecho: If they're gonna put their art in cans, I'd subscribe to hear it for years in my ears
Bunnyboy: Brief pop-in. TREME opener trumped OZ, this week. Sneaking of to ep 5 of THE PACIFIC, at 9 PT.
cease: canned bunny? that sounds gross. even the french wouldnt eat that
BloodyL: they were having streaming issues, decided to record it and post it.
cease: we dont get Treme up here, bun. will have to wait for the dvds
cease: as with The Wire
Merlyn: they were? sounded all fine to me bloodyl
residualecho: If they can stream it enough to keep the water yellow, perhaps they can bottle it for a modest fee
BloodyL: Rather, they *are* having streaming issues
Bunnyboy: TREME looks like it's gonna be a keeper. 10 eps and out, this season.
Merlyn: they are for tonight, yes, but that might be because this was a last-minute change
Merlyn: they may have turned off streaming already, and didn't want to turn it back on for one more night
residualecho: BB, I'm uncabled, so had to look up TREME. Nothing trumps OZ for me...
residualecho: Merlyn, your speculation seems as sound as speculation can be.
residualecho: I've got to go look for my script, the one I haven't finished writing yet...
Merlyn: It should be, I'm wearing spectacles
BloodyL: It seems to me that RFOz has pretty much got itself into a twister, and to be honest, what is the point in all that social networking when the show is still built on FM ideals.
residualecho: trifocals over here
Merlyn: left hand red
cease: yes, it seems a lot of facebookin in vain
residualecho: Even am shows are about social interaction while they stream
Dexter Fong: I always tlak when the radio is on
residualecho: I really didn't expect this to find its full potential just at the flick of a chromium switch.
residualecho: Depending on the show and whoever else is in the room, I talk to the radio very loudly when its on.
Dexter Fong: What? Didn't hear you, I was talking to Oprah
Dexter Fong: or was it Harpo
||||||||| llan sashays in at 11:56 PM carrying an obsidian door knocker.
Dexter Fong:
Dexter Fong: It was Harpo
llan: fancy meeting you here
Dexter Fong: Hey llan
cease: hi llan. welcome to the wake for rfo
Bunnyboy: Call me Benedict Arnold, I'm of to THE PACIFIC. See ya Thursday!
Dexter Fong: Noting fancy about it maam
llan: harpo? what did he say?
Merlyn: cya bb
Dexter Fong: So Long Ben
Bunnyboy honks.
llan: lol
||||||||| Catherwood says "11:57 PM, time for SOMEONE to leave!", grabs Bunnyboy by the collar and gives 'em the old bum's rush out the door
Dexter Fong swerves to avoid Bunny's Thin Lizzie
cease: by bun
llan: there's a sample of harpo's voice on a website somewhere. it's pretty interesting
Dexter Fong: Harpo Marx read The Great Books of Literature
residualecho: There was a call from a Mister Honk Honk--he wouldn't leave his name...
llan: I'm sure he did. he also wrote the most fascinating autobiography I have ever read
Dexter Fong: Stately Plump Buck (beep beep)
llan: if you want a clear mental picture of New York City at the turn of the 20th century, read Harpo Speaks
llan: it is very, very vivid
||||||||| Catherwood walks in wearing his pyjamas, yawns, and mumbles "It's midnight here in New York city"...then he falls over and starts snoring loudly..
cease: better than ken burns?
Dexter Fong: Catherwood, buttom your pajamas, your ass is showing
||||||||| Catherwood walks right past Dexter Fong
Dexter Fong: Ewww
llan: well, I take it burns made a film. harpo wrote a book
residualecho: I read that book silently to myself. When he was Back in the USSR, they called him XAPNO MAPCASE
llan: yes I remember that
residualecho: It certainly was Cyrillic
Dexter Fong: I used to own one of those Mapcases...bound in Moroccan Leather with small writing on it
cease: sounds worth reading. i read a good bio of groucho
residualecho: Hopefully, you didn't read it inside a dog.
Dexter Fong: Inside a cow, more room
llan: hard to read inside of a dog
cease: entrails, entrails, read all about it
Dexter Fong: Three stomachs
Dexter Fong: lol cat =)))
cease: that's a line from Tile it LIke it Is, if you don't know it
Dexter Fong: Didn't but I still like it, no matter where it comes from
Dexter Fong: dog cow
cease: i think Tile was the last play they wrote for the Magic Mushroom series
Dexter Fong: machs nichs
cease: broadcast xmas eve, 67. ah clem has played it a few times
llan: nich danger?
Dexter Fong: I've heard it and own it, but musta missed that line
Dexter Fong: which is not unusual for FST
llan: I've never heard tile it like it is
cease: its their roman play. excerpted to an extent on TV or Not TV
cease: Do the Hun is on it
llan: aha
llan: didn't know the roman play was that old
residualecho: Its what the latest rage is
cease: xmas 67. it even had a christmassy sort of ending
Dexter Fong: laan: about 230 ad
cease: so i know it was written to be broadcast on dec 24th
Dexter Fong: Formerly a pagan holdiay
residualecho: I saw P&B do Declining Fall of the Roaming Umpire at the Golden Bear by the Huntington Beach Pier in '75
llan: the first time I heard Do the Hun was on What This Country Needs
cease: they got a lot of use out of Tile
Dexter Fong: I saw them do it at The Bottom line several time is the //'s
residualecho: WTCN was kind of a record of that live tour
Dexter Fong: ?'s
llan: I thought it was a long way to go for filler material. little did I know they had written it back in the paleozoic era
Dexter Fong: Paleozoic? Yes they were stoned...what of it?
llan: lol
Dexter Fong: Well you guys, I'll be late or absent on thursday but will drop by on sunday just for the BL of it
cease: ok dex. have fun
llan: Declining Fall is hilarious
BloodyL: Nice one!
llan: Nite Dex
cease: tile is good too, llan
Dexter Fong: Thanks cat
Dexter Fong: night all
BloodyL: I will be giving the thursday meet a miss too, night dex. :)
llan: I thought the live sport trendleberg was funnier than the original version
cease: the lads have to keep themselves amused before they can amuse us
llan: well, I've got an appointment with a rheumatologist tomorrow.
cease: all the best with that, llan
llan: my very first ever. I hope for good news
llan: I'll be getting to bed. night everybody
BloodyL: if you can cross your fingers then you are half way there already
cease: night llan
BloodyL: night!
cease: see some of you when i see you on chat anon
BloodyL: see you there! :)
cease: maybe in the next incarnation of rfo.
||||||||| At 12:18 AM, cease hurries out the door saying "Hey, mister ice-cream man, I've got a nickel, wait for meeeee..."
residualecho: Hello, I must be going...
Merlyn: me too
||||||||| Around 12:19 AM, Merlyn walks off into the sunset...
||||||||| residualecho is defenestrated just as the clock strikes 12:19 AM.
BloodyL: See you all on the Funway
||||||||| It's 12:20 AM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| Dexter Fong - dead from dengue fever
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Around 12:21 AM, BloodyL walks off into the sunset...
||||||||| It's 12:30 AM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| llan - dead from the common cold
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Gusts of wind blow in from outside and the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of helicopter blades is heard as Happy Panditt's chopper lands on the lawn and BloodyL falls out at 2:19 AM.
||||||||| BloodyL leaves at 2:19 AM, singing "Oh, I'm just a little fishy, floating in the sea, and there ain't no hook that's smart enough to catch the likes of me..."
||||||||| Catherwood enters, and announces to all and sundry "It's 4:32 AM, time to change the log file and clean out unused rooms; please exit the chat room for a minute or two. Thank you for your patience."

The Evening's Participants:
Dexter Fong
the steel box
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Rest In Peace, Dear Friend

And, "The Home Team"