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 Thursday's chat log for July 07, 2011 officially open!"... and then, he retires back to the vestibule...
||||||||| Catherwood stumbles in and intones "Presenting 'RedPillTweeny', just granted probation at 6:54 PM", then leaves hurriedly.
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 7 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
||||||||| It's 7:10 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...
||||||||| Catherwood escorts RedPillTweeny inside, makes a note of the time (8:19 PM), then fades off into the distance going on about the waiting room or the sitting room or something.
||||||||| It's 8:40 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| RedPillTweeny - dead from Globner's disease
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Catherwood strides in with a trumpet, plays a fanfare, and proclaims "Nine PM on Thursday, July 07, 2011 - I now declare alt.comedy.firesgn-thtre's chat officially open!" -- then he looks around at the empty room, looks at his watch, and mumbles "...am I early?"
||||||||| Catherwood enters with cease close behind, mutters something about disrupting his 9:02 PM tree-stunting plans, and runs off to the Aviary.
cease: is this thing on?
||||||||| Catherwood enters with llanwydd close behind, mumbles something about disrupting his 9:09 PM tree-stunting plans, and hurries off to the anteroom.
llanwydd: good evening cat and tween
cease: hi llan
llanwydd: we should have waited
cease: someone has to get here
cease: how are things in florida?
llanwydd: things are going well. I just might stay for the winter but I'm definitely going back north then or sooner
cease: you dont want any more winter than necessary
llanwydd: yeah, I'll probably be heading back in late March/early April
llanwydd: how are things in canada?
cease: we had a 5 day heat wave here, but back to normal cold and wet
llanwydd: had rain today
cease: keep intending to get my yearly haircut but still need the ear cover
llanwydd: I get mine cut every three months
||||||||| Catherwood ushers Dexter Fong in through the front door at 9:17 PM, picks up his cues (only slightly scorched), and heads for the billiard room.
llanwydd: don't need it more often than that for some reason
Dexter Fong: Howdy Dear Friends
llanwydd: HEY Dex
cease: nothing on top so i gotta get as much mileage from sides as i can
cease: hi dex
Dexter Fong: Hi Cat and llan
llanwydd: how's ny, dex?
Dexter Fong: Pretty good, llan...a bit warm but not intolerable yet
Dexter Fong: And no sign of the haboob
cease: no boobs? yer in the wrong city
Dexter Fong: Haboob, will travel
cease: yes i like boobs a lot
cease: what firesign play mentions the fugs?
Dexter Fong: Can;t remember/think ofone Cat
cease: its my fave, a shadow moves over the land
Dexter Fong: Was that a test?
cease: the song about the grand canyon festival rhymes "fly out the fugs" with indian rugs
cease: i just quoted a fugs lyric so i thought i'd point that out
cease: just thught you might know that
llanwydd: not familiar with fugs
Dexter Fong: I've heard "A Shadow" but haven't relistened enough
cease: i used pieces of it in one of the audio collages i gave you
cease: reffed the play in my review of Guy Savoy hiwch you may have read
Dexter Fong: One of your Audio Plays?
cease: firesign pals.
cease: bergman got fired for lpaying a fugs song on the radio
cease: collages, not plays
Dexter Fong: Among other reasons
cease: the first was a rif on pass that peace pipe
Dexter Fong: Cat: You've sent me a lotta stuff, but I'm unsure as to whether or not you sent me "Audio Collages"
cease: i gave it to you last sept at your place
cease: alonmg witjh lots of other stuff whichh you dont need cuz of Duke
Dexter Fong: Okay
Dexter Fong: I'll have to sort things out then
cease: i should have them on my website when doc gets it back
Dexter Fong: Yes, Duke certainly simplified the Radio show aspect of FST
Dexter Fong: Not all of it, but most of it
cease: we still need the 66-69 stuff
Dexter Fong: OZ? and what else?
cease: 3 ozzes
cease: shadow was written for a much large indian day at kpfk in 66 i want to hear that
||||||||| Catherwood strides up and snorts derisively "Presenting 'no_anchovies', just granted probation at 9:38 PM", then leaves hurriedly.
Dexter Fong: Hi No
no_anchovies: any mail for me while i was gone?
cease: no
no_anchovies: (my favorite line from "Duck Soup")
Dexter Fong: Your landlord called but I told him you just left
no_anchovies: anyone here, or that you know of, attend the movie night in L.A. ?
llanwydd: I recognized it immediately, n_a
llanwydd: I have also used it for grand entrances
cease: you aint got no friends onyour left
llanwydd: so there
no_anchovies: you're right.
llanwydd: I'm mean you're right
no_anchovies: were you aware they just show'd the FT movies (Martian Space, etc.) in L.A.?
Dexter Fong: I think I heard about it No
cease: yes
no_anchovies: who runs the FT mailing list?
cease: merl
no_anchovies: ah.
cease: you get updates
no_anchovies: because it was sent out late, so i didn't have time to make it up there. disappointed.
cease: do know the website?
Dexter Fong: But there seems to be some problems in that they're limited to how many emails they can send out in a specified time
Dexter Fong: All the FST stuff is on a new server
Dexter Fong: or a lot of it anyway
cease: get on planet proctor too. he became agrandad for 2nd time today
Dexter Fong: Twins?
cease: no, 2nd kid
Dexter Fong: on the same day?
||||||||| Catherwood escorts Bunnyboy in through the front door at 9:48 PM, picks up his cues (only slightly scorched), and heads for the billiard room.
Dexter Fong: Hi Bunny
Bunnyboy: Yo da
Bunnyboy: Did you guys scare everyone away again?
llanwydd: hi bunnyboy
Dexter Fong: Not yet
cease: hi bun
Bunnyboy: Any idea what The Big Surpise was, at the Cinefamily event?
Dexter Fong: A second grandchild?
no_anchovies: you're making/not-making the doctor unhappy/happy
Dexter Fong: AH....Itrallic
Bunnyboy: Not even Proctor would induce labor for a PR event.
no_anchovies: were you there, Bunny?
Bunnyboy: That I weren't. 2 states away.
Dexter Fong: They never come up into the eastern hills, those guys
no_anchovies: attended a screening in the 80's that Ossman was at.
cease: he talked?
no_anchovies: nah. audience, but spoke to him after on the street.
no_anchovies: Thalia Theatre, NYC.
no_anchovies: prolly defunct by now.
Dexter Fong: No, I saw that screening of Martian etc and some other stuff at the Thalia
no_anchovies: it was 80's, right?
no_anchovies: (my brain is like an old cheese log...)
Dexter Fong: I guess so No, can't remember exactly when though
no_anchovies: for those who don't know... The Thalia Theatre was distinguished by it's curious habit of having the rear seats lower than the forward seats.
no_anchovies: & if ya sat in the front, the screen devoured you.
Bunnyboy: The UA Cinemas in Spokane WA had the same reverse-rake seating.
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 10 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Bunnyboy: And STAR WARS played there, forever.
cease: i know there is a spokane
no_anchovies: as it still does, no doubt.
||||||||| Elayne sneaks in around 10:01 PM, trying to avoid Catherwood because of last night's "unpleasant incident."
cease: hey el
Elayne: Evenin' all! Sorry I'm late, I forgot it was Thursday for the last couple of hours. :)
cease: hey el i havce coic news
no_anchovies: Catherwood, clean up that Cheese Log.
||||||||| Catherwood cleans up that cheese log.
Elayne: COIC, Cat?
Dexter Fong: Hi Elayne
cease: as i type, fumiyo is translating ziggy marley comic Marijuana Man for his concert in japan
cease: that guy we got stoneed for first time bought japanese rights and hired fumiyo
Elayne: Oh, comic news! That's terrific, that comic's been getting a lot of press!
cease: never say dope dont pay
Elayne: He'd better not bring any of that marijuana into Japan! :)
Elayne: If they can get Macca, they can get anyone...
||||||||| With a theatrical clearing of his throat, Catherwood pipes up: "10:03 PM and late as usual, it's doctecazoid, just back from Funfun Town."
cease: i hop[e not. just fumyo's translated comics
cease: true that
Elayne: Robin's got a few pages of Superman to ink this weekend. We think it's the last issue before their company-wide resetting of all titles to #1...
llanwydd: hey doc
cease: eng lettering is kinda hard to read. f's will be much more elegant
Dexter Fong: Hiyah CDOC
no_anchovies: anyways... i haven't been feeling well of late, so i'm out early. just wanted to check in. nite all.
cease: hey doc
doctecazoid: g'day
Dexter Fong: Fell better No
||||||||| At 10:04 PM, no_anchovies vanishes mysteriously -- just as Nino the Mind Boggler predicted!
doctecazoid: it's been such a long exposition you know, i'm so tired
Bunnyboy: oh, hiyez, Easters!
Elayne: Issue #714, the "last issue of the classic incarnation" of Superman.
Dexter Fong: Have you slept a wink?
Elayne: He's doing pages 17-20.
Elayne: BRB, nature calls.
cease: check log for my comic news, doc
doctecazoid: doesn't feel like it, dex
doctecazoid: i shall cat
cease: f is translating a dope comic
doctecazoid: e: glad to hear robin's keeping busy
Bunnyboy: Elayne: DC did me a great service. They probably decided to do the reset, to give folks a jumping-on spot...
cease: for ziggu marley concert in japan in august
doctecazoid: can you tell your acs from your dcs?
cease: thats real work, el
Bunnyboy: ...and it works just as well, for jumping off. There are NO titles from DC that I will be following.
llanwydd: np: the further adventures of nick danger
doctecazoid: we have two new kitties - got them from the captain of my 8ball team
Bunnyboy: They've kicked the few that I follow: Justice Society, Doom Patrol, Zatanna...
doctecazoid: chagall and pollock
cease: good news for all, doc
cease: that makes 2 bollcks
Bunnyboy: DC = Dumb Comics.
Dexter Fong: Speaks there a bitter man
Bunnyboy: Although, to be fair, Marvel is getting dicier, too...
Bunnyboy: Although I've somewhat enjoyed Fear Itself, it spends a lot more time outlining action/plot than actually presenting them.
Dexter Fong: Of the three Comic Movies this year, Only X-Men: First Class seems to be any good
Elayne: Back, catching up on log...
Bunnyboy: Can I say "Although" again? Sheesh...
Dexter Fong: Didn't bother seeing either Thor or GL
Bunnyboy: My writing suffers, from reading bad writing.
Bunnyboy: Thor is fun!
Bunnyboy: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS was swell!
cease: i havcent seen super hero flick since 3rd superman with fumiyo and young bit
Dexter Fong: Sausiche his own, Bun
Bunnyboy: Aside from the "what power do YOU have" scene.
Elayne: Oh wow, Doc and Lili have new kitties! You still have Seurat and, damn, the other one... right?
Dexter Fong: Doc named a kityy "Damn"?
Elayne: Punctuation is everything, Dex. :)
cease: doc and lili have no right wing cats
Bunnyboy: That Damn Cat!
doctecazoid: cat just fubar'd my glasses while i'm typing here in the office
doctecazoid: guess i have to get new ones now damn
Elayne: Cocteau is the other one?
doctecazoid: at 15, kahlo is the oldest. you met seurat and cocteau when we got them - they are 7 now.
Elayne: I didn't even know about Kahlo! Wow, you've got FIVE??? I can't imagine having more than 2...
Dexter Fong: kahlo, a cat with a unibrow....wow
doctecazoid: we love 'em all, e
Elayne: No doubt, Tom! But I can't imagine living in a space big enough to fit so many kitties.
Bunnyboy: Are you in BC, doc?
doctecazoid: e: they really don't take up that much room really
doctecazoid: bb: no, a.d.
Elayne: But their litter boxes surely must...
doctecazoid: if i were in b.c. i would be typing in sanskrit
Elayne: LOL, Doc!
doctecazoid: e: we use the crystal stuff, and disposable boxes.
Bunnyboy: doc: Fence sitter, me.
cease: lol
doctecazoid: gotta change 'em out this weekend tho
Bunnyboy: doc: Is it that really sweet BLUE crystal stuff?
doctecazoid: bb: that's gotta be painful
Bunnyboy: BREAKING BAD ref...
doctecazoid: bb: yeah, keeps the kitties all wired up and perky - they're more entertaining that way
doctecazoid: gotta get the most for my entertainment dollar these days
Dexter Fong: Got house guests so gotta leave early tonight, hope to be back on regular schedule next week
cease: have fun dex
||||||||| Merlyn waltzes in at 10:21 PM carrying an obsidian door knocker.
Dexter Fong: Night Dear Friends
Merlyn: bye dex
doctecazoid: ok dex - glad to get you for a brief time this evening
Elayne: Hey Brian!
cease: hey merl
doctecazoid: hey merl
Elayne: Bye Tom!
Merlyn: hey all except that snobby dex
doctecazoid: i'm not leaving dex is
Elayne: Oh sorry, bye Dex!@
doctecazoid: he has house guests - they're probably rummaging through his record collection right now, and asking if he has any snacks
Elayne: Tom, your cats do that all the time, don't they? :)
Merlyn: my house guests just eat the snacks, but then again they're cockroaches
doctecazoid: surfing through the cable channels, looking for a bad b movie to watch
Bunnyboy: nite Dex!
Bunnyboy: lo Brian!
doctecazoid: our cats rummage through all our stuff, not just the albums
cease: thats what cats do
cease: its aint YOU stuff
cease: r
doctecazoid: yeah, they keep telling us it ain't our stuff - but we ignore them anyway
Merlyn: I think the reaper and the weekly log maker are working now
doctecazoid: merl: that's great!
Merlyn: unfortunately, I don't think the chat from june 14 with Austin exists
Merlyn: it seems the timing was wrong and it switched to the next day, and then saved the wrong day's log
Merlyn: there are 2 or 3 like that
doctecazoid: merl: even though we spent a bunch of time updating scripts with modified path info, would it be worth it to set the path info in environment vars and reference the env vars in the scripts?
Elayne: Phil P's desktop computer is on the fritz, apparently.
Elayne: So I doubt we'll see him for awhile.
doctecazoid: e: yeah, always sad to hear when an important laptop shits the bed
cease: yes but good news about grand daughter
doctecazoid: grand dude indeed
Merlyn: that might be worth it doc, but what sets the env vars?
Elayne: Great news! I didn't realize she lived so close to him, I thought Kristin and Geoff were in England, as he mentioned having come back from my husband's old stomping grounds.
Merlyn: some scripts are cron jobs, some get triggered by user actions, some are run by us
doctecazoid: merl: can we set them in the dot profile files? would that work, or would they only be in effect durring a shell session?
Merlyn: I think that would only be in effect when we log in and run them
doctecazoid: are those grounds stomped yet?
doctecazoid: merl: ok, i figured that was too easy a solution
Merlyn: but there might still be a way to localize that kind of information
Merlyn: most scripts can probably just assume the local dir as `/bin/pwd` and so on
doctecazoid: merl: that would be great - it was a pain to have to sift through all the scripts and modify them one by one - there should be an easier way to handle that
cease: this isnt the solution i expectorated
Merlyn: yeah, I agree
doctecazoid: you've come over all phlegmish?
Bunnyboy: So, the unanswered question (mine): What was the "surprise" at the Cinefamily event?
cease: onlyh on the shores
doctecazoid: my guess would be the filmed version of tv or not tv - but i don't really know, that's just a guess
cease: you mean proc berg at the event
Bunnyboy: Can't wait for the "Lost Comedie" scripts. I've got some olde actor buddies to turn them loose on.
doctecazoid: i know p&b did a short film verson of tv or not tv way back when - saw it in college
Elayne: Too much work to do, must go do it. Next week, all!
cease: id love to see love is hard to get and 16 dreams.
||||||||| "Hey Elayne!" ... Elayne turns, and sees Bradshaw approching with the handcuffs, and is dragged away, screaming "it's only 10:33 PM, I don't have to go yet!"...
cease: ive heard of that
cease: byu el
doctecazoid: note to self: work this weekend on getting the firesale store upgraded to handle more firesign products
Bunnyboy: Did that include a Shakespeare piece, with "no one left to write an ending to this wretched play"? Saw that on PBS, aeons ago...
Merlyn: c u E
cease: yes
Bunnyboy: And that P & B special also had the "Blessed are the meek..." biz, directly from GIVE US A BREAK. I think it was used as credit-roll background.
cease: or maybe
Bunnyboy: nite El!
cease: and the legendary les crane show
Bunnyboy: Hey, there's another question: Why no CD re-release of GIVE ME A BREAK?
cease: not enuf demand?
doctecazoid: bb: re give us a break - not sure why
doctecazoid: which label did they do that one for? can they get the rights?
doctecazoid: and if so, for how much? (that kind of thing is frequently an impediment to a re-release)
||||||||| It's 10:40 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| Dexter Fong - dead from the yaws
||||||||| llanwydd - dead from Globner's disease
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
cease: by llan
cease: dex be long gone, like a turkey through the cone
Merlyn: wut?
doctecazoid: the same re-issue question can be posed for 'everything you know is wrong' and 'martian space party' for that matter
cease: brownie terry and sonny mgee
doctecazoid: (the videos, that is)
cease: that was my sing off for a radio show i had in ottawa. long gone, from the blues at newport album. great stuff
doctecazoid: lodestone sold 'em as vhs tapes, but they seem like good candidates for a firesign-label dvd release
Bunnyboy: Mercury was the label. And Starland Vocal Band are featured.
doctecazoid: bb: the questions are (a) can they not get the rights from mercury (same label as eat or be eaten, another candidate for re-issue) and (2) was the starland vocal band appearance a work for hire (in which case they gave up their rights already)?
cease: the planet or the sign?
cease: aha
doctecazoid: the nasa space vehicle
doctecazoid: or rather the nasa space program!
cease: the dead singer
doctecazoid: scaramouche scaramouche can you do the fandango?
cease: glen on tube yest bemoaning the loss of us space programe
Bunnyboy: Oh, I gotta cook...and eat!
Bunnyboy: Nite, yez!
cease: have fun bun
Merlyn: nite BB
doctecazoid: nite bb
||||||||| "10:48 PM? I'm late!" exclaims Bunnyboy, who then scurries out through the french doors and down through the garden.
doctecazoid: cat: i'm bouncing the bitsite stuff up now - will try and get it configured and functional by the weekend
cease: great news doc
cease: tell me when seemreal.com is up. got annoying email from network solluitions today telling me i had to update info
cease: i cant get into site and i'm not on their data base so i'm fine
doctecazoid: hopefully the setup will go smoothly - i think there was just the one email program we had set up there - no other scripts or programs. mainky just static web pages.
doctecazoid: seemreall will follow after bit site is up
doctecazoid: (i really like the fact that omnis allows multiple domains to be hosted from one account)
doctecazoid: (at no extra cost)
cease: excell ent
doctecazoid: unpacking the bit site "tarball" (unix equivalent of a windows zip file) on the server now
cease: i hope bd doesnt try and suck the oil out of it
doctecazoid: let's hope not lol
Merlyn: programmers would be at a loss to name things if it weren't for puns
doctecazoid: it's so true!
Merlyn: I'm installing a new version of Gimp now, for example
cease: doesnt a pun activate similar areas of the brain? they're both about puzzle solving
cease: forest gimp? i thought he got eaten by a cougar the other day, in the forest
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 11 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Merlyn: only his leg, cat
cease: we had a bear attack near my mother's place yesterday. lots of them around here, cougars too
cease: a jogger got treed by bear chased off by small dog
cease: we had deer at our old house and they can be worse to dogs than bears
Merlyn: that reminds me of this speedometer, cat: http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lbtoh31Ufq1qzsgrno1_500.gif
cease: we're fast than turkeys then. and if he hadnt bred them to bread, they'd fly
Merlyn: but notice we're slower than bears
cease: way slower.
cease: this guy was discribed as pro runner, but the bear almost got him
cease: we live in the forest, what do we expect?
doctecazoid: ok, i'm about to dropp off here (literally) ... i'll see youze guyz on the interwebs ...
Merlyn: cya doc
doctecazoid: cat i'll let you know when the bit site is viewable
cease: off we split
cease: great news docf
doctecazoid: ttfn ttyl nytol (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............
||||||||| cease scurries out the back door as Mayor P'nisnose blasts through the front door holding a shotgun and shouting "Where's cease?! It's 11:07 PM and my ballot boxes haven't been stuffed yet!"
||||||||| doctecazoid rushes off, saying "11:07 PM? Mark Time is almost on! Where's a radio?"
||||||||| Merlyn says "Catherwood, call me a cab." After the obvious joke, Merlyn exits at 11:07 PM.
||||||||| 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."

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