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 November 22, 2012 officially open!"... and then, he retires back to the vestibule...
||||||||| Catherwood steals into the room, and intones "Announcing 'H Stones', also known as 'Nancy' -- the time is 8:39 PM" -- then he slowly retires back into the anteroom...
H Stones: I hope you all had an excellent thanksgiving this year and hopefully no power cuts
H Stones: i will be back online at opening time. TTFN
||||||||| It's 8:55 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| H Stones - dead from measles
||||||||| 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, November 22, 2012 - 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?"
||||||||| Thweeny waltzes in at 9:03 PM carrying an obsidian door knocker.
||||||||| Catherwood ushers cs in through the front door at 9:03 PM, picks up his cues (only slightly scorched), and heads for the billiard room.
Thweeny: Pass the Indian, please...
Thweeny: Hey cease
cs: hi tween, zombie stones
Thweeny: Thought I'd wait and see if enough people showed up that it warranted putting up a stream
||||||||| "9:04 PM? 9:04 PM!!" says Catherwood, "Merlyn should be here by now...oh, THERE you are!" as Merlyn enters and sits in the comfy chair.
Thweeny: Hi Merlyn
Merlyn: hey
cs: hi merl
cs: too bad you don't have A Shadow Moves, tween
Thweeny: Sure don't
cs: big firesale tomorrow i see, merl
Merlyn: yeppers
cs: but no news about the brouhaha sale
Merlyn: more like leftovers - let's eat!
Thweeny: Thought that was going to be ready for the holidays
cs: i commented about it to taylor's posts on facebook but he didnt reply
Merlyn: at least by St. Swithen's day
Thweeny: I have Back From The Shadows from BoD, of course
cs: As I keep saying, A Shadow Moves Upon the Land is my favourite firesign piece
cs: i can probably send it to you as a file, tween
cs: ive sent tons of stuff to doctech that way. ah clem too
Thweeny: Please do
Thweeny: Do you use the Send This File service?
Thweeny: Easy way to transfer large files
Thweeny: www.sendthisfile.com
Thweeny: a free service
cs: i used that with ah clem, yes. doc told me to use something called PSP but I dont know what that is.
Thweeny: Would love to be able to play it
Thweeny: Please send anything rare that I can't get from Oz
Merlyn: you mean PGP?
cs: no, psp. doc had he use it to send him a bunch of the stuff he played on rfo
Merlyn: ok, dunno it then
cs: ok, i found shadow on my old computer. i can send it to you anytime
Thweeny: That's the thing about STF, I just get an email notification and have 3 days to download it :)
Thweeny: Send at your convenience
||||||||| Catherwood accompanies ThanksTweening inside, makes a note of the time (9:20 PM), then fades off into the distance going on about the waiting room or the sitting room or something.
||||||||| Catherwood says "9:21 PM, time for SOMEONE to leave!", grabs Thweeny by the collar and gives 'em the old bum's rush out the door
Merlyn: cat, can you cc me on A Shadow Moves Upon the Land?
ThanksTweening: Yeah, there's a trick to that as well.
ThanksTweening: If you send the STF to yourself, you can then forward the link to as many people as you like
Merlyn: that's ok, I have a trick knee
ThanksTweening: Then you'll have no kneed for it
Merlyn: something strange is afoot
||||||||| 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 Elayne disembarks at 9:24 PM.
Elayne: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Elayne: Please pass that there Indian...
ThanksTweening: Happy Turkey Day, all...
cs: hi el. happy turkey day
Merlyn: hey E
Elayne: Today, I feel we are all turkeys.
Elayne: Of course, tomorrow everyone becomes an ass.
ThanksTweening: gobble gobble
||||||||| Catherwood stomps in at 9:26 PM, dragging Principalpoop by one leg and asks "Can anyone vouch for this yo-yo?"
Elayne: I am celebrating Buy Nothign Day by making a second Thanksgiving for me and Robin. It's like second breakfast, I suppose.
Principalpoop: turkey lurkey
Merlyn: black ass Friday?
Elayne: Today we went to my cousin's house. Tomorrow it's just the two of us.
cs: ok, shadow is being sent, tween
cs: poop
Merlyn: there's a robinson crusoe joke somewhere in there
Elayne: I've just pre-cooked a couple of the veggies.
ThanksTweening: Black Friday, the day of rampant consumerism
Merlyn: tween, can you forward to me?
cs: i'm watching a news piece about hobbit themes meals and they mentioned that hobbits have 2nd brfeakfasts
Elayne: Tomorrow I cook the turkey and stuffing, the rest should be microwaveable.
cs: synchronistic or what?
ThanksTweening: Will do, Merl
Merlyn: tx, got my email?
Elayne: First I have to cut the bread in cubes and dry/toast it in the oven. I haven't made croutons from scratch before.
cs: Neither Fumiyo nor I like Turkey.
Merlyn: (sent anyways)
cs: E used to buy some sliced turkey from the store for Bit
Merlyn: scratchy croutons
cs: needed to take turkey sandwiches to school the next day, like all the other kids
cs: Fumiyo, not E
Merlyn: they can't dictate sandwich fillings, can they?
Elayne: Then adding shrooms, onion, more shrooms, chestnuts, toasted pecans, apple and celery, mixing it all together, baking it and hoping for the best.
Elayne: Using shiitake for the first time, I hope it makes a good ingredient for stuffing/dressing.
cs: ooo, shitake are great
Elayne: But I'm too exhausted now to think about tojmorrow.
cs: ok tween, upload is complete
Elayne: I have shiitake and portabello stuffed iwth crabmeat.
cs: tiring day, el?
ThanksTweening: Thanks
ThanksTweening: Does the name of that mushroom come from where they grow it?
Elayne: First time I've driven a substantial amount since my eye problems, Cat. I'm almost back to 20/20 but driving at night always tires me out, I never get enough ambient light.
cs: yeah, i try never to drive at night anymore
cs: even eagle eyed Fumiyo is starting to avoid it
Elayne: First time I've been on here for awhile as well. Between Hurricane Sandy knocking out out power for a week and my subsequent eye adventures I haven't been spending as much time on the computer as I usually do.
cs: you have all the stuff from rfo, tween? i sent doc a ton of stuff
cs: maybe your eyes need a rest, el
ThanksTweening: cease, what year is this, and what show did it come from?
ThanksTweening: I haven't downloading everything from RFO yet
cs: the thanksgiving 67 mushroom show
Elayne: I'm resting them as often as I can, Cat.
cs: from the krla version of radio free oz that was on sunday nights that year
Elayne: Is anyone going to be participating in the Firesign auction tomorrow? I can't as it's Buy Nothing Day. I wish Taylor had chosen Saturday or Sunday instead.
cs: the script for it should be in the new book of plays they're releasing soon
cs: tomorrow or something
cs: i dont like auctions but i'll have a peek
cs: i'm not sure what is being auctioned
Merlyn: I don't think it's rare stuff, I think it's stuff from touring shows
cs: aha
cs: you take buy nothing day seriously, el
Merlyn: limited quantities of things not being reprinted, etc
ThanksTweening: indeed
ThanksTweening: Good sentiment though
cs: taylor mentikoned something about everything being signed by all the firesigns
ThanksTweening: Give me a little while to set up the broadcast
Merlyn: that could be, they would sign a bunch of things beforehand
Merlyn: hands
||||||||| Catherwood trudges in at 9:43 PM, dragging H Stones by one foot and asks "Can anyone vouch for this bozo?"
Merlyn: with them
H Stones: greetings one and all
Principalpoop: your highness
Elayne: Evenin Stones!
Merlyn: might go fast assuming Peter's autograph is among them
cs: hi stones
||||||||| Catherwood stumbles in at 9:44 PM, dragging DJ Tween by one foot and asks "Can anyone vouch for this idiot?"
cs: good point, merl. i hadnt thought of that
cs: is this to make money for Lily or just general revenue for the lads?
||||||||| New notice: 'At 9pmCST, there will be a broadcast of A Shadow Moves at - http://listen.ehhh.us:8000/tweeny.m3u'
Merlyn: little of both I think
Elayne: Oh excellent, 15 minutes to go!
Elayne: Thanksgiving isn't complete without Pass The Indian, Please...
ThanksTweening: I will play that as well beforehand
ThanksTweening: and Humbolt, of course
cs: my vlc player wont open it. i'll try windows media player
ThanksTweening: The stream isn't up yet
ThanksTweening: I'll let you know when it is
Merlyn: don't pee into the stream though
Elayne: Thanks, Tween.
ThanksTweening: Would probably not help
cs: dont know why cut and paste wont open it for me tonight,tween
cs: oh, ok
ThanksTweening: cease, THE STREAM ISN'T UP YET lol
Principalpoop: all my friends know the low rider
cs: is dex being to feswtive to join us tonight?
Principalpoop: this time of year, turkeys must hide hehe
Principalpoop: probably in a tryptophan daze
cs: they should try constantinople
Principalpoop: istanbul?
cs: no, constantinople
Merlyn: constant monopole?
Principalpoop: ahh orthodox
cs: i almost made a vid of that, but wasnt happy with it
cs: we were talkling about that song here a couple of monthes ago
cs: combining the istambul song, its cousin Putting on the Ritz, with a great ossman poem about bergman in turkey
DJ Tween: OK, you should be able to access the stream now, although you will hear silence
cs: even went to a local turkish restaurant to film its food
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 10 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Merlyn: I hear silence and a slight buzz
Principalpoop: the sound of silence, is that jethro tull?
Elayne: I wish I had a slight buzz!
Merlyn: I'll put a bee in your bonnet, then
DJ Tween: We'll start off with a Shoshone invocation from medicine man Rolling Thunder, (from the album of the same title), then Pass The Indian, Humbolt County, and A Shadow Moves
Elayne: Or a birdhouse in my soul, Brian.
DJ Tween: Everybody got the stream?
Merlyn: you'll have bees living in your head
Merlyn: the stream seems to auto-stop after a few seconds, right now
DJ Tween: OK, here's goes...
Elayne: Hope I can connect soon, it's still spinning...
DJ Tween: OK, I've stopped the playback
Principalpoop: gimme dat ding
DJ Tween: Let me know when everybody's got the feed
Elayne: I'm stopping and restarting, hang on.
DJ Tween: Got it now, E?
DJ Tween: k
DJ Tween: np
Elayne: I'm on, I think
DJ Tween: Should show a solid connection, but silence
DJ Tween: OK, we'll try again
Elayne: Yes, my iTunes clock is counting up
cs: nothing here but i'm used to that
Principalpoop: i don't need tv, when I've got -rex
cs: i hear sound!
Principalpoop: t-rex
Elayne: I'm hearing stuff, thanks!
DJ Tween )
cs: aha!
cs: is this the npr version?
DJ Tween: Yes
DJ Tween: from All Things Firesign
DJ Tween: I don't have the live version as a separate file
cs: i dont think npr liked that christ thing
Principalpoop: intestines spilling on the ground spoils the thanksgiving image too
DJ Tween: http://firesigntheatre.com/npr/
DJ Tween: "Incomprehensible? Listen to it and judge for yourself"
DJ Tween: That was their excuse for not playing it ;)
||||||||| It's 10:10 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| H Stones - dead from the common cold
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
Elayne: Thanks so much, Tween.
ThanksTweening: Yo dude! That's an oversimplification!
ThanksTweening: much welcome, E :)
Principalpoop: i could not comprehend that hehe
cs: i guess it was more than a cold
Elayne: Lovely, Tween, thanks. Now I go sleep. :)
cs: here it is. do you have this, el?
Elayne: I don't remember, Cat.
cs: my favourite firesign piece
DJ Tween: This track is horrible muddy, cease
DJ Tween: Doing what I can with EQ
cs: its from 1967. be thankfulll it exists
DJ Tween: true
Elayne: Rather redundant, isn't it? And the intermittent audience laughter is weird.
cs: apparently they were once in the museum of tv and radio but someone removed them
cs: that was live at the Magic Mushroom. really their birth as a performing group
DJ Tween: Yeah, people were expecting comedy
cs: i hope tahlor can find clean copies of the mushroom shows somewhere
DJ Tween: kewl, cease
cs: there's humour later
cs: the lads had done a very long piee for kpfk, the indian symposwium or something
cs: i think austin wrote this for that, although i've never heard the symposium
cs: the way this is cut reminds me of the kind of radio he was into pre firesign
cs: too bad he isnt here to inform us
DJ Tween: oops, tried a file copy during transmission
DJ Tween: pardon the glitches
Elayne: Powerful stuff, but way too redundant.
cs: this does give you a peek into the krla oz show. it wasnt all laughs by any means
ThanksTweening: Hey, super early FST? I'm on board :)
cs: just like Electrician has a lot of bummers in it
cs: he's got The Plague
ThanksTweening: Have to remember what was going on in '67
Elayne: It's a bit too performance art-y for me, I'm afraid.
ThanksTweening: The country was in great turmoil, and trying to find its identity
cs: its possible the plague scene from electrician arose from the lists of dead indians you just heard
ThanksTweening: Not unlike, I suspect, what we're coming into soon again
ThanksTweening: Like a Beat coffee house performance in some ways
cs: pausing now and again to touch a child's head
cs: not that far in time from the beat generation
cs: i know bergman was close to the living theatre and the sf mime troup
ThanksTweening: Obviously heavily influenced by Keroac et al
cs: bergman lost a girlfriend to neal cassady
cs: he told that story on one of the rfo podcasts
ThanksTweening: Locusts!
cs: austin is always getting riled up in the mushroom plays
ThanksTweening: Cassady at Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neal_Cassady
cs: the firesigns minus proctor actually went to hopiland to do radio
cs: that was part of the symposium
cs: this is a precursor to Humboldt County
ThanksTweening: I've driven through the Hopi and Navajo reservations, but that's about it
ThanksTweening: Angry Arts Festival lol
cs: ossman wrote poems about the trip, had a very weird experience there
cs: that was a real event. emmet grogan writes about it in his book Ringolevio
Elayne: My first husband's in-laws were native Americans. His brother-in-law was the chief. He got drunk a lot and liked dirty jokes.
Elayne: Charlie was a real character.
Elayne: As far as I know most of that side of the family is working at Mohegan Sun now.
ThanksTweening: Good on FST for naming all those tribes
cs: the casino?
ThanksTweening: Just the Indian's way of getting their wealth back from the white man ;)
ThanksTweening: about 30 seconds of silence there, cease
ThanksTweening: will have to edit
Elayne: K, now I take my leave. Next week, all!
ThanksTweening: Thanks for the track, Cat
||||||||| "Hey Elayne!" ... Elayne turns, and sees Bradshaw approching with the handcuffs, and is dragged away, screaming "it's only 10:44 PM, I don't have to go yet!"...
ThanksTweening: have a great week, all
cs: i did a little audio piece based on that and the song Pass That Peace Pipe as sung by Duckman and George Carlin. I can send it to you tween
cs: by el
ThanksTweening: Please do :-)
Principalpoop: thanks tween night E
ThanksTweening: anything I can't get from Oz is very welcome
ThanksTweening: yw P
Principalpoop: gobble gobble, have a super week
||||||||| "Hey Principalpoop!" ... Principalpoop turns, and sees Bradshaw approching with the handcuffs, and is dragged away, screaming "it's only 10:45 PM, I don't have to go yet!"...
ThanksTweening: Until last time, again...
cs: by poop
||||||||| ThanksTweening says "Catherwood, call me a cab." After the obvious joke, ThanksTweening exits at 10:46 PM.
||||||||| DJ Tween is kicked out just as the clock strikes 10:46 PM.
cs: off we go
||||||||| "10:46 PM? I'm late!" exclaims cs, who then hurries out through the french doors and down through the bushes.
||||||||| At 10:49 PM, the lights go out! Rocky Rococo's voice pierces the inky darkness: "I've got you now, Merlyn!" Shattering glass is heard, and then the lights come back on...
||||||||| 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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