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Chrono-synclastic infundibulum - SLYT featuring Bob & Ray, somehow based on a concept from Kurt Vonnegut's Sirens of Titan which refers to a region of the universe in which all conflicting opinions are simultaneously correct.
posted by longsleeves (17 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's a codex. The cipher is the red driveway. Don't think that you can attain inner gold without resolving the putrefaction. Silly ape.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:26 PM on August 7, 2009


I'm not sure what that was; I know I enjoyed it.
posted by swellingitchingbrain at 9:40 PM on August 7, 2009


"a region of the universe in which all conflicting opinions are simultaneously correct."

also known as the NYT op-ed page...
posted by wendell at 9:41 PM on August 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


Context: this is from a PBS production that was kind of a pastiche of Vonnegut's works. It was called Between Time and Timbuktu. KV was a huge Bob and Ray fan and was delighted to have them for this.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:47 PM on August 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


Thanks for the additional information, Lentrohamsanin. I was wondering what the hell I was watching.

And you know, watching that, it seems to me that PBS was a lot more adventurous once upon a time. A pastiche of Vonnegut? I can't imagine that being made by PBS today.
posted by hippybear at 9:54 PM on August 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Thank you Lentrohamsanin, that's what was I was thinking of when I stumbled across the youtube clip. I believe there's most of Harrison Bergeron in there too.
posted by longsleeves at 9:58 PM on August 7, 2009


In fifth grade, I got to choose my book for my book report for the first time and chose Sirens of Titan, mostly because I was fascinated with chronosynclastic nebulae and thought the rest of my class would be too.

They were not.
posted by klangklangston at 10:14 PM on August 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


All hail Bokanon.
posted by gallois at 11:39 PM on August 7, 2009


Interestingly, sales of red driveways took off after this show was played.

I loved this show. They had two-thirds of it available on demand at my high school library back in 1975. I must have watched it and "Harvey" a dozen times.

Happily, I've found a link to it online Between Time and Timbuktu- a space fantasy. It makes me happy that the Chinese are showing appreciation for Kurt Vonnegut, even if they don't have any respect for copyright laws.

Also, I don't think that Bob and Ray get enough respect these days. Thanks for posting this.
posted by notmtwain at 5:33 AM on August 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


...the Chinese are showing appreciation for Kurt Vonnegut...

Just be careful not to inhale too many of them at once.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:38 AM on August 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


I just wanted to say that Sirens of Titan is one my favorite books.

More interestingly, it was a bunch of AskMeFi recommendations that got me to finally read it. Oh, MetaFilter.
posted by defenestration at 8:54 AM on August 8, 2009


This is why I always drive out of way to avoid the Superpositional Argument Agora . One asshole says"What is reality?" and you're stuck in an opinion pile-up for the next hundred years.
posted by The Whelk at 9:15 AM on August 8, 2009


Close this link at once! It is nothing but foma!
posted by tspae at 9:42 AM on August 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


One asshole says "What is reality?"....

More sugar!
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 11:28 AM on August 8, 2009


notmtwain gets bonus points for digging up that Chinese link to the full film. What a wonderful artifact!
posted by hippybear at 12:05 PM on August 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


The promise of Bob & Ray was not enough to hold my attention during Yet Another Typical Druggie Psychedelic Sequence.
posted by DU at 5:09 PM on August 8, 2009


I'm delighted to add that y'all are part of my granfaloon.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:58 PM on August 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


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