steve-and-stevePatrick Farley, my long lost spiritual doppelganger, who I first discovered in 1996, and whose historical life resonates so much with mine, has created another extraordinary comic taking place exactly where I lived in 1975, Los Altos, California. My brother and I used to spend a LOT of time in those hills up behind Pore Clares. Farley has several times now captured the exact essence of my formative years across several comics. To this day I know of no one who has done this as eerily as he does. And he does it again here.

This comic is about Steve and Steve (Jobs and Wozniak), who lived just a few minutes from my house.

Comic: Steve and Steve

A few years later I remember driving with my dad by the small building that was then Apple HQ, with the pirate flag flying on the mast, hearing my dad uttering under his breath, “Damn hippies”.

See my related post about my time in Los Altos and Cuptertino in the late 1980s.

Probably the most extraordinary comic Farley has ever done is First Word – definitely check it out!

To see more of Farley’s extraordinary work go here: www.electricsheepcomix.com

 

Here’s a similar post I made about Farley in 2002.

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Phadroid and The Human Experience – Catching The Ghost

October 19th, 2011 | Posted by paul in Visionary Art - (Comments Off on Phadroid and The Human Experience – Catching The Ghost)

 

Andrew Jones: Their physical form can be almost a vehical…There are momement when a dancer can traing themselves to fully let go of themselves and thier ego and their identity and become this canvas where this ghost comes in and takes over.

Phaedra Jones: I believe there is a difference between technique and the process of cretivity or spirituality, because that process creates itself. Whereas technique or structure is created by the mind… there is huge difference between the state of mind, and the state of no-mind. If humanity is going anywhere further than where it is now, I believe it can recieve more information from states of no-mind than states of the known. And that’s what we are trying to explore together. It takes a lot of courage because we are so used to being in control. When you don’t know where you are going, you can go to places you cannot even comprehend.

Visit: The Human Experience

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E-Sheep

November 3rd, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on E-Sheep)

E-sheep is a website by a fellow named Patrick Sean Farley, who I have never met but, who in the 7 years I have been aware of his work on the web, is like the brother I never had. I discovered his first site called “In Orbit Around The Web” in 1996. The similarities between him and I seem uncanny at times. The site features comix by Sean and his artwork – which is achingly beautiful at times.

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Patrick Farley: World Around Web

July 10th, 1996 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I stumbled on this guy today.  Wow, the art and topics he covers are simply awesome. I feel he’s like my long lost brother or spiritual doppelganger  Totally in the spiriti of Robert Anton Wilson. Covers Bucky Fuller, Left Libertarianism/Anarchy, the works:

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World Around Web

BUCKYFULLERFor over 500 years, humanity has known that we live on a spherical planet. And yet, old reflexes-of-the-mind die hard. At dusk, we still say “The sun went down,” when we know that in reality, the sun did not “go down” at all — the Earth turned around. Likewise, we still refer to the morning’s light as the sun “coming up” when we know full well that our big ball, the Earth, simply rotated us around to face toward the Sun again. The unconscious belief in a flat Earth, continually reinforced by our uncritical repetition of yesterday’s outdated phrases, warps our perceptions of who and where we are. We tend to forget that we live on a sphere, and settle comfortably into the primitive misconception that we live on a flat world. This is not trivial.Geometry is politics. The unspoken, unconscious belief in a flat Earth, according to Buckminster Fuller, is responsible for humanity’s stupidest blunderings. As he wrote in his 1972 book Earth Inc.:

 

Space Vehicle Earth was so superbly well designed, equipped and supplied as to have been able to sustain human life aboard it for at least two million years — despite humanity’s comprehensive ignorance which permitted a fearfully opinionated assumption of an infinitely extensive planar World. 

Humanity also spontaneously misassumed that its local pollution could be dispelled by the world’s infinite extensiveness. Humanity also missassumed that an infinite succession of new and pleasing varieties of abundant, vital resources would be disclosed progressively as man exhausted first one and bespoiled another of the as-yet known valuable (vital) resources.Not only did Fuller believe that our “flat-Earth” reflexes led to pollution, environmental degradation, and war, it also blinded us to the wealthy, life-enhancing possibilities offered to us by our world’s roundness (for instance, a solar-energy grid wrapped around the Earth would be continually accumulating power, since half of it would always be facing the Sun.)

 

Fuller meticulously examined his vocabulary and expelled all inaccurate or incorrect phrases he found. In their place, he invented startling new terms. For example, instead of saying “upstairs” and “downstairs,” , he used the words “outstairs” and “instairs.” Instead of the words “sunset” and “sunrise,” he coined the terms “sunclipse” and “sunsight” respectively. (Many more of these innovative terms can be found at the Bucky Fuller Glossary at Volant Turnpike). Fuller claimed that continued use of these phrases gave him a more comfortable worldview and helped him think and intuit more clearly.

Following in Bucky’s footsteps, I propose we change the name of the World Wide Web to the World-Around-Web, for this simple reason: the Earth is not flat. By describing the world as “Wide,” we continue to reinforce the primitive notion that we live on a flat plain, extending indefinitely into all directions. This is utterly inappropriate for the Internet, which has, for the first time in human history, united peoples of all localities into a common, non-local medium of communication. The sooner we begin to reorient our thinking and intuition to sphericial Spaceship Earth, the sooner the Internet will become a tool for comprehensive global problem solving.

Still WWW has a nice symmetry to it, that WAW lacks. I suggest then, to shorten the name, we call the Web simply the WOW. The “A” has been replaced by an iconic “O” that illustrates, in the most basic hieroglyphic, the roundness of our Earth.

What’s more, this new name will shear off several redundant syllables when you’re giving your online address to somebody verbally. Instead of having to say “double-you, double-you, double-you, dot, my domain, dot com….” you can simply say “wow.mydomain.com”.

I urge all sysadmins to name their Web servers wow instead of www. I urge everybody else to start referring to the Web as the WOW whenever and wherever possible. If you support this movement, feel free to download any of the “bumperstickers” below and stick them on your webpages. Let’s set the trend in motion.

 

UPDATE March, 2004 : The site has since gone offline, but you can still find remnants here:

http://wow.spif.com/WOW

http://web.archive.org/web/19970215122916/http://tcp.com/~prime8/Orbit/View/index.html

http://web.archive.org/web/19970215123028/http://tcp.com/~prime8/Orbit/Bucky/index.html

He has gone on to do a lot of amazing comic work, see: E-Sheep.com

UPDATE 2010:  E-Sheep is no more, and has been upgraded to something even better- check out www.electricsheepcomix.com

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