Saturday, December 2, 2023

Beyond Sound—Zappa's Civilization Phaze III

Bob on Zappa

McLuhan Scholar and Zappa researcher Bob Dobbs, Chad Nantais and Scott Norris explore how Zappa transcends purely auditory art, engaging the listener's sense of space and touch, and how it encompasses a wide range of musical styles, all while maintaining a cohesive thematic thread throughout his diverse compositions. [Video above is playlist of 12 videos. Use icon at upper right corner to navigate the videos.]

Friday, December 1, 2023

Bob’s Private Session Partial Transcript 2, 23 December 2020


Transcribed by Nan

Bob 1:09:43
McLuhan talked about the meaning of space and time in alchemy or in the occult in magical traditions, and the devil was a chronological idiot; he didn't know time. So, people have heard you and said -- I think it was Scott said recently -- "iON doesn't know time; that means he's a demon." Because demons, like McLuhan said, are chronological idiots. What do you say to that criticism of you, falling into the cliche or archetype of not knowing time and the...

iON 1:10:20
Well, we don't know time because -- we do know time. We know there isn't any. We know all about it. It's made up by man because they have to chronically, canonically mark where they've been like a dog that runs around pissin' everywhere so it can say it's been here and been there. It has to piss on anything so it can remember where it's been by the smell. So, that's the timed element as it were.

Bob 1:10:22
[yawning] That's what time is for humans? That's what time is for humans?

iON 1:10:37
Rrrr, rrrr rrrr rrrr? Well, you need a nap, Bob? [Bob chuckles] You can kick your feet up. Kick your feet up, we'll wait.

Bob 1:10:37

iON 1:10:37
It's okay.

Bob 1:10:56
I just -- the gas of Maui infected me there. [chuckles]

iON 1:11:00
Oh, I know, it is terrible. And now he's complainin' that he wants a nicer prison cell, Carolyn. He don't like his prison anymore. [Bob chuckles] There you go.

Bob 1:11:10
Okay. So, the marker is when we note time, make up the concept of time, we're doing the dog pissing.

iON 1:11:21

Bob 1:11:23
Right. So,...

iON 1:11:24
Humans use time. We don't use time, we know it, we know time very well, and it's, it's a distraction.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Bob’s Private Session Partial Transcript 1, 23 December 2020


Transcribed by Nan

Bob 28:20
Okay. The stars aligned. Jupiter and Saturn came together and they're calling it the Bethlehem star. Was there an actual -

iON 28:33
Christmas star.

Bob 28:33
- Bethlehem star? Christmas star. Was the actual -- if there was a Bethlehem star, and it was maybe at the time of one of the Jesuses birth -- we don't know which one -- was it this alignment of Jupiter coming close? Jupiter and Saturn?

iON 28:48
The flipping. The flipping. Yeah.

Bob 28:50
Yeah. That's what the Bethlehem...

iON 28:53
The flipping. Yes.

Bob 28:55
That's why the Bethlehem star was so bright.

iON 28:58

Bob 29:00
Did people have enough astronomical knowledge...

iON 29:02
And that's why, that's how they get, that's how they got to little -- that's why it took 'em that long to get there and they had little Christmas. Remember little Christmas?

Bob 29:10
No. When was that?

iON 29:11
That happened the sixth of January 'cause it took the wise men that long to get there. It was called little Christmas.

Bob 29:20
Okay, so what's little Christmas? The same star?

Saturday, November 25, 2023

BOB & The Dictators

Let me tell you something you don’t know… and wouldn’t if I didn’t tell you.

It was the end of July, 1974, and Carolyn and I had just spent a week or so at soon-to-be-an-Oscar-winner Don McBrearty’s home at 31 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, opposite Upper Canada College.

The highlight of that part of our triumphant “tour" (celebrating Carolyn’s recent acceptance into Dalhousie Medical School) was going down to McLuhan’s Coach House on Saturday - July 20 - to visit Marshall McLuhan and help him celebrate his 63rd birthday.

On that occasion Marshall introduced us to Barrington Nevitt - inaugurating an important scholarly connection in the McLuhan Quadrant.

Our new friend, Cynthia Losier, was with us and she asked “Mac” about her friend, Derrick De Kerckhove.

McLuhan answered: “Derrick is in Africa selling advertising for the CIA.”

I hadn’t met Derrick, yet.

Anyway, we headed off for NYC a few days later to spend a couple of weeks in Zappa-biographer David Walley’s East Village “cave”.

David was off on vacation somewhere.

So this turned out to be the week President Nixon got “Watergated” and left Washington.

The night before his resignation speech (August 8, 1974 - JW’s 9th birthday) we went to Club 82, which was just around the corner from Walley’s home.

Welcome to 82 Club: The Naughty Story of a Legendary New York Drag Institution

The musical entertainment was being provided by THE DICTATORS, a new band we had never heard of, but would go on to be known as the world’s first PUNK BAND.

This was 5 months before CBGB’s opened.

I don’t recall the “music” because a food fight broke out between the band and some members of the audience.

The main food-splattered “victim” was Legs McNeil, who was on his way to becoming the world’s first “punk”.

I noted his name and when I was at CBGB’s two summers later, Legs was now a “legend".

I had inspired the kinetic aspect of the Punk movement at CBGB’s a year before by my jamming with Dean Latimer (former employee of Walter Bowart’s EAST VILLAGE OTHER) and his band, ORANGE JULIUS…

… and by my poetry presentiment on the stage after the band’s contribution to the evening’s “fun”.

Here is the story of THE DICTATORS:

My “xenochrony" surfaces in this article wherein I discover that Handsome Dick Manitoba lived on City Island at the time - City Island was where Carolyn and I ended up 25 years later, where we began iONdom in 2005.

A hidden subplot of the TV show, THE SOPRANOS, was City Island with our landlady (Fordham St.) being the sister-in-law of Joe Gallo - Bob Dylan did a song about him:

And the “character" living next door to us was the landlady’s close friend, “Big Pussy”.

Boy, he didn’t like me!!

He was probably “psychic”.

Anyway, it was an auspicious evening - Aug.7, 1974 - the ramifications of which are still being felt throughout the universe.

See tomorrow’s news.

After NYC, we drove across the USA for a big reunion - called “An August Affair” - of the Cosmic Awareness movement in Seattle.

Our driver that summer was Maritimer Ed Seeton who would accidentally get us to Maui in June, 2008 - after we hadn’t seen him for 20 years.

This event led to David Worcester, channeler for “Cosmic Awareness”, moving to Los Angeles in 10 months.

Which meant we would be spending a lot more time in L.A. for the next 30 years - including spending many hours with Joe Dun Sloan, the maker of the “D-Cell”, anti-aging miracle:

JoeDunSloan YouTube
Bob Dobbs

Friday, November 24, 2023

A Badge of Honor, YouTube Removes Jack McClinton Interviews Bob Dobbs, 16 October 2020

“We wanted to let you know our team reviewed your content, and we think it violates our medical misinformation policy. We know you may not have realized this was a violation of our policies, so we're not applying a strike to your channel. However, we have removed the following content from YouTube:

Video: Jack McClinton Interviews Bob Dobbs, 16 October 2020

We realize this may be disappointing news, but it's our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all. If you think we've made a mistake, you can appeal this decision - you'll find more details below.

What our policy says:

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“I talked with the worlds first Trillionaire. Probably my favorite interview of all time. Information given here is really classified. But who cares. I’ll give some…”
Jack McClinton

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Performed at the End of the “Solar Government” Phase

President Kennedy's assassination was the last high-level murder performed at the end of the "Solar Government" phase (1945-60):
Bob Dobbs

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

What Youth? 1 August 2023 (18:00) “Foxtrot”

Video by Akito.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The Guf, 24 March 2010

Transcribed by Nan

iON 0:00
Brian, Brian.

Brian 0:03

Bob 0:05
Go, Brian.

Alison 0:11
Thanks, iON, I appreciate that. Thanks. Go, Brian.

Brian 0:15
Yeah. You were talking about the Guf, but the Guf is emptying. When the veil comes down, when there is no veil, will the Guf be empty?

iON 0:23

Brian 0:26
Okay. Now you, you are talking to us from the Guf. When the veil comes down, what will be the interaction between...

iON 0:35
Okay, here's what it'll be. Okay. Do you know tides? Do you know how tides work?

Bob 0:41

iON 0:43
No, Bob, we're not talking -- we're talking to Brian. Brian, do you know how tides work?

Brian 0:48
Yeah, ocean tides, right?

iON 0:50
Yeah yeah, yeah, that's good. Okay,...

Unknown 0:52
It's pretty [indistinct], yeah.

Bob 0:57
Go ahead, iON.

iON 0:58
There's a separation now. Not with everyone, but with some human creators, there's this veil that separates you, the human creator, from you, the human creator with power. Okay? So, when the veil's thinning, you're finding a seepage; your NonPhysical is becoming all -- be all you can be? Well, that's all you can be, is when you get this all hitting on every cylinder. Now, once that happens, once that occurs, some human creators are gonna go into meltdown overload, and they'll start transitioning to a degree that you've never seen before on planet earth. There won't be enough caskets to hold the bodies. There will be the mass exodus bigger, way bigger than the Hebrews leaving Egypt. They will not choose to stay in physical because it will overload their sensory perception that they can allow. So, you're gonna see more Haiti experiences, when hundreds of 1000s of human creators will start transitioning instantaneously; large, vast numbers. Now, here's what that's gonna do. In the party line of the flow of NonPhysical, you're going to have an influx to such a degree that the Guf actually will become very, very, very, very, very full, almost super full, or a super concentration. And we're so glad you asked this question because this is the first time on planet earth that it's ever been asked and answered. So, kudos in your 14th hour, Bob, that you're gonna get something new, fresh, fresh, fresh and new. The overflow, the overload, that comes to the Guf from this huge, vast dynamic, we're talking in the in the process of half a million to a million or so. Okay? In one lick. And can be much more than that, just depends on, just depends on the human creators who are participating at this degree and line up to be the fastest path to their joy. So, as we say 2, it could be 2 billion. But if we say 2 billion [phone pings] and it's 1 billion and a half, then we're less than 'cause we missed it by half a million.