Countless personal saviors!!! The SubGenius
knows, bulldadaistically, that each SubGenius should do WOTAN's
work exactly as He reveals it to him, and that He has wildly
varying messages for different people in different situations.
By the same token, it is madness to accept any one
'personal savior' -- even Dobbs -- as a permanent
guide. Perhaps "Bob's" greatest invention is the concept
of SHORT DURATION PERSONAL SAVIORS, or "Shordurpersavs"
in Tibetan. The true Sub accepts into his heart, as his own personal
savior, anyone or anything with which he happens to be impressed
at the moment. Shordurpersavs change from hour
to hour, from whim to whim. It could be the hero of a movie you
just saw, the author of a book, a bottle of Thunderbird, a good
pal, a dog, a sex object. Not professional gurus you are locked
into believing, but temporary ones according to the needs of
The Now. They change so fast it never gets embarrassing; you
aren't inclined to 'proselytize' them off on disinterested others
who will later laugh at you; you know their effects will wear
off in minutes -- although the very idea is unthinkable under
the influence. One need not mention them at all -- a superb Tenet,
since one is sometimes deeply ashamed for having a particular,
unsavory Shordurpersav: some can be Personal Saviors
and False Prophets at the same time.
As said before, SLACK is a trickster.
--from The Book of the SubGenius
For ShorDurPerSavs after May 2003, see
the ShorDurPerSavs category in my blog.
3 May 2003
- Avram Davidson, SF author -- again.
- Walter Scott, old friend (no, not the author).
14 Apr 2003
- Ward Cunningham, inventor
of the Wiki.
Ain't raw HTML a bitch?
- Avram Davidson, author of
Adventures in Unhistory, which will soon be reprinted (I got
Hotchkiss. Say no more.
- Olaf Stapledon, author of Last and First Men,
Star Maker, Sirius, Odd John, and many
other visionary SF novels.
28 Jun 2000
- Moses Klein ... mathematician, philosopher, activist, radio
commentator on human rights issues, translator of foreign books,
doctoral student, teacher, hoopy frood, and friend. His home page doesn't do him
25 Jun 2000
- Dr. Ludovic Lazar Zamenhof ... a.k.a. "Doktoro Esperanto",
inventor of the artificial international language Esperanto.
4 Jun 2000
- Sid Sackson ... designer of such classic games as Focus
(a.k.a. Domination), Acquire, and Sleuth.
5 Mar 2000
- RMS (Richard M. Stallman, of the Free Software Foundation. Emacs is just
so much better at twiddling HTML code than any of the GUI editors I've
used. Plus, the GPL
is a work of genius.
11 Sep 1999
3 May 1998
- The Magic Box (AKA "television")
- Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips
24 April 1998
Christ (see "one is sometimes deeply
ashamed for having a particular, unsavory Shordurpersav"
above). Marty was watching Jesus Christ Superstar
tonight. Jesus seemed pretty cool, although perhaps unfortunately,
Herod made Evil look like fun too. (Anyway, GOD went to HELL
for ME? Thanks, God! Note that Christians are always touting
"salvation" as a "free gift." That's cool.
I like presents. But it's not a free gift if you owe JAYzuss
your eternal fealty...)
Bill de la Vega, an old high school friend
who combines many of the best attributes of both of the above.
Happy Birthday, Bill!
30 June 1997
Eigta (don't ask)
1 March 1997
P.D. Ouspensky, with or without Gurdjieff.
the I Ching
23 Feb 97
25 Feb 96
My Holy Guardian Angel
The programming team that wrote Nisus Writer
on the Mac
19 Jul 95
18 Jul 95
Stephen Peplaski (firstname.lastname@example.org),
for valiantly coming up with a list of about twenty funny things
to call my non-F2F friends page (coming soon; I'll put a link
here). One would have been fine, Steph!
12 Jul 95
Rudolf Ritsema and Stephen Karcher,
translators of a new I Ching edition
Me at 21
8 Jul 95
Malaclypse the Younger
Kevin Kelly (author of Out of Control
Alex Chislenko (see my Friends
1 Jul 95
authors of Mage: The Ascension
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
What if legislators who passed unconstitutional laws
were fined or imprisoned? Think about it.
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