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Flashback to NUFOC 38: Austin Daze Volume #2, Issue #12 – September 2001

FLASHBACK: In early 2001 I was actively promoting the then upcoming 38th Annual National UFO Conference that I was Hosting and Organizing for a 3 day / 3 night ParaUfological Extravaganza here in Austin at the Original Alamo Drafthouse cinema. It was “The Best UFO Conference nEver!” … it was canceled due to the terrible events of September 11th.

The following article appeared in the 12th issue of Austin Daze – a very Austin publication that has thrived ever since. I don’t recall the author’s name, the article credits him only as “D”… but we met in his East Austin abode and discussed all manner of strange subject matter. His excellent stream of consciousness, gonzo-style approach to his writing was mirrored in the funkiness and fun of our actual meeting. I wonder what he’s been up to since …

So now, presented here for archival purposes, is the text, cover and a PDF of the Austin Daze issue featuring pre-NUFOC event coverage.

– SMiles Lewis

Austin Daze Volume #2, Issue #12 – September 2001 –  austindazevol2iss12-2001 pdf

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It was late and I was anxious to get home. The day had been rough, and I was looking forward to a hot dinner, a cold brew, a lukewarm shower… and maybe, if I played my cards right, a clandestine midnight romp, a hairdresser with blue eyes and sturdy hips and a taste for decadence. I goose the truck along and curse the length of the road and bop to ‘jamming oldies’, whatever that is.

The Toyota stalls out and rolls to a stop smack dab in the middle of a railroad crossing. Wonderful. Dinner and suds and cleanliness are suddenly a long shot, and the odds on snatch are totally off the board at this point. Then the lightshow commences and the bells start clanging and big pieces of wood with orange stripes begin to descend towards my ride.

 

Just fucking great. I throw the truck into neu­tral, leap out and start heaving… touch and go for a moment, but I manage to get the bitch off the tracks and rolled back into a ditch before the hammers fall. I spit. I search my vocabulary for the proper adjectives to describe the situation. The wind begins raging around me. Beautiful… a goddamn storm to boot. I turn around and the big lights wash over me and then I don’t remember.

I am lying naked on a table. There are wires hooked up to my head and face and hands. I am bleeding from an incision in my stomach. There is something cold and hard up my butt. A deep hum resonates from the room, and long sickly fingers hover over my body. I weigh a million pounds, immobile. There are voices, but they are gravelly and whiny and weird, and I don’t understand them. A horrific face appears above me and I pass out again.

An alien abduction? Exhaustion coupled with drugs? Self-hypnosis? Manifestation of the col­lective mythos? Hallucination directed by an out-ward power? Who the fuck knows, eh? It’s fair­ly certain that something happened, and there are a lot of explanations floating around out there.

Weird paranormal shit descends onto the global population in regular fashion. It is well document­ed and well studied and we still don’t really know jack. With that said, let me introduce…

The 38th Annual National UFO Conference. That’s right, boys and girls. September 14-16 at the Alamo Drafthouse, and Austin Daze has man-aged to gain full press coverage of said event.

And this reporter has managed to gain a pre-event interview with King Bullgoose Loony in Charge of Everything, Austin’s own Miles Lewis.

It was a strange night and Miles is a weird guy. I had my consciousness bent on not a few moments, and I was left to ponder a bunch of shit during the wee hours. We set up in my studio, and I had tape running, but it didn’t really matter. I was expecting arcane reports and outlandish testimo­nials, but the gig went side-ways on me almost immedi­ately.

I felt like an idiot for most of the conversation. Miles would ask me if I was familiar with the writ­ings of soandso or the research of soandso or the study by soandso or the findings of thisorthat commission or the data compiled concerning thisorthat event. I just nodded and reached for beer. Jesus. Interviewing the President was a cakewalk compared to this shit. Dubya is dumb and mean and easily handled by a cagey reporter who can hold some beer. Miles is off-the-board smart and well-informed to boot. And he had dis­turbing tales to tell.

My main impression is this: UFO is a misnomer to the highest degree. The serious work being done in the field has little or nothing to do with small green men in flying saucers. There is still that contingent, and it gets a lot of sensational press, but the true intelligentsia are off into way heavier stuff.

The government conspiracy theories are a given. Of course the Feds know more than they let on. Of course they lie to you. Of course they experiment on citizens and cover-up knowledge. We’ll get an earful of that at the conference.. CIA dudes and NSC dudes and various other G-men will be in attendance.

It is the other coca that is fascinating, however. The mystery of ELF (Extra Low Frequency) Waves, invisible, capable of causing change in machines and weather and the human brain–the Saint’ theories, the Earth as a collective organism, spouting out communiques and warnings via individ­ual experience–the role of media and science and government and academia in exerting and control-ling the direction of global consciousness–There are a lot of posers out there, boys and girls, and the people looking into it are most often shunned, shunted, jeered and generally held down by The Man. Nothing happens in a vacuum, as they say, and there is a reason for everything. The NUFOC gang is chasing those reasons for no money and a lot of shitrain. It’s worth a fucking listen.

The conference features heavyweights like Robert Anton Wilson (best-selling author of the ‘Illuminati’ stuff and paranormal researcher), Jenny Randles (Britain’s leading ufologist), Loren Coleman (world-renowned cryptozoologist), Kenn Thomas (para-political investigator), and many more. Hell, I’m gonna show just to find out what terms like ‘cryptozoology’ and ‘para-political’ actually mean. I’m also gonna drink beer and eat pizza and hit on weird chicks, but I figure I can fit it all in.

But wait, there’s more. Alien cuisine (your guess is as good as mine), psychotronic music (the Galactic Diva Pamela Stonebrooke, Experimental Aircraft, 5ciBorg Sam and the Automatons, and PONG! ((hint: this is the band formerly known as Ed Hall)) ((yaya))), and a collection of funky films, some serious, some tongue in cheek, but the name Wilhelm Reich ought to jump out at you. From 1971, no less. The gig is gonna rock.

But here’s the biggie, at least for me. There’s gonna be a chick there who hod sex with a reptilian alien… and totally dug it. My mind immediately went into high gear when I heard that one. I’ve gottago for it. Being alone and naked in bed with a woman who has done a lizard from some other part of the universe is an experience I want to have. Definitely come out to the conference, but back off on the reptile chick.

I’m calling dibs now… D

PS Miles is throwing this shindig out of his own pocket, floating checks, hammering credit cards, etc. He’s flying in these high profile cats from around the globe, hiring bands, renting films, tak­ing over the Alamo, fronting hotel rooms and food, etc. It’s a twisted Austin flavor artistic endeav­or, and it needs your support. A full day or two or even the whole weekend will be worth the bucks… new theories to make you look smart in front of your friends and family, off-the-wall film, other-worldly food and bent experimental music. Decent. But I’m serious about the lizard lady.

Hands off… D

Links:

Austin Daze Volume #2, Issue #12 – September 2001

Flashback: Guide to Para Texas at Texas L.O.W.F.I

– LOWFI –

The League of Western Fortean Intermediatists

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Flashback: Guide to Para Texas

In late 2001, in the wake of September 11th, a new publication was born out of fear for our Republic and a need to communicate the weirdness of post-911 life to our Central Texas friends, family and neighbors.Austin Para Times issue 3 cover

From early 2002 to mid 2003 I was editor of the Austin Para Times news-zine. We covered a variety of paranormal and parapolitical issues and topics.

I left the magazine to finally start my non-profit community lending library, the Anomaly Archives.

In issue #3, I wrote an article as my alter-ego Jackson Valient (with co-writer Yogina Bare … another pseudononymous author and fellow fringe explorer) that serves as an introduction to all things anomalous here in Central Texas.

I offer it here for archival purposes and as part of my personal introduction to our new audience within the LOWFI network.

– SMiles

AusTex Anomalous Para Guide to Texas

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Austin Para Times issue 3 cover

Cash / Landrum UFO Encounter

SciFi Airship Drawing

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Ray Stanford - PSI: Project Starlight International

Flashback: Guide to Para Texas | Texas L.O.W.F.I

Ed Hall

 

I actually shot some of the footage for this video. Over the years several close friends of mine repeatedly shot film and video footage of ED HALL – one of my all time favorite bands. They produced several albums (below) but disbanded, reforming later in a completely new guise as PONG. See links below to past Ed Hall Reunion shows and more!

 – SMiles

See also …

Ed Hall Reunion Show 2003

March 9th, 2007 by SMiles

Ed Hall Albert

Albert (1988) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall Love Poke Here

Love Poke Here (1990) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall Gloryhole

Gloryhole (1991) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall Motherscratcher

Motherscratcher (1993) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall La La Land

La La Land (1995) – Ed Hall

 www.PongSongs.com

 

 

SMiles on Vyzygoth’s Grassy Knoll Again

SMiles on VYZYGOTH’S Grassy Knoll

Untamed Dimensions with Adam Gorightly https://i2.wp.com/www.elfis.org/images/smiles-lewis/128538673797.jpg
vyzygoth.com/audio/smiles10-8-07.mp3

38th annual National UFO Conference – 30 second TV spot

This 30 second TV spot for the ill-fated 38th National UFO Conference aired a few times on Time Warner cable before being pulled due to the cancellation of the conference because of the events of September 11th, 2001. 

This 30 second TV spot for the ill-fated 38th National UFO Conference aired a few times on Time Warner cable before being pulled due to the cancellation of the conference because of the events of September 11th, 2001.

The 30 second TV spot featured an animated version of the official poster (left) by Mack White. This rare television spot featured one of the first big hits by local Austin band PONG (formerly the infamous Ed Hall), Blues Underground – a song that had lyrics such as, “The Knights of Templar, They Run The Game, They’ve Got The Money, And All The Fame, Long Ago Across The Sea, The Invented Monopoly!”

www.MackWhite.com / www.PongSongs.com

For details on the “Best UFO Conference nEver” goto …

SMiles on VYZYGOTH’S Grassy Knoll

SMiles on VYZYGOTH’S Grassy Knoll

Untamed Dimensions with Adam Gorightly https://i2.wp.com/www.elfis.org/images/smiles-lewis/128538673797.jpg

vyzygoth.com/audio/mileslewis9-24-07.mp3

A good portion of our interview covered what Dreams End blogger Ty Brown has been investigating. Check out his interview with Ty at this url:

vyzygoth.com/audio/dreamsend9-24-07.mp3

Both of these shows will be re-broadcast on Anomaly Radio.

Anomaly Radio

RE: my Vyzygoth brain fart RECALLED 

Hi Vyz,The other day I was relistening to our interview and as I anticipated, I recalled what it was I was going to say that led to my memory-lapse / brain-fart:

Stealth / Viral marketing – NLS conference, library who used itI was mentioning the day job conference I went to in Portland, Maine … what I was going to say was that, one of the speakers was from an urban library that was conducting an advertising campaign to get minorities into the local libraries for computer training. In her speech she said that, they had even resorted to paying a viral / stealth marketing company to do some “less than legal” activities towards this end.

So I was just trying to bring up another real world example of strange-bedfellows regarding the arenas of viral/stealth capitalism.

SMiles

Memorial Weekend 2007

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Howdy friends,

This past weekend I visited my Dad, Grandma and little brother at our family lakehouse just outside San Antonio. The lake had risen since I was last there a month or so ago.

It was a VERY “Springy” weekend with record numbers of deer, and mating birds, fish and insects seen around the property. There were twenty to thirty deer crossing our driveway Saturday evening, fish mating in the newly wet shallows, many cranes and other birds I’ve not seen around and huge swarms of swirling gnats. Later that night I saw more fire flies than I’ve ever seen before. Dad said he’d not seen so many since he was a child.

We also watched an absolutely amazing Full Rainbow grow that began as a small patch that grew from behind the ridge to the right on the other side of Medina Lake, opposite our house on the corner of a cove. (pics to follow I hope – update 070610: pics at top) The rainbow grew and grew until it completed itself in the valley to the left on the other side of the lake near a huge red roofed business. The rainbow was simply gorgeous – dominating our view and framed perfectly opposite our location.

Then the weather began to get stormy and eventually we had to go in because of the winds, lightning and rain. Later that night some hugely powerful storms blew through Central Texas and caused quite a rucous. This seemed like one of, if not THE most powerful storm I’ve weathered up at Medina Lake – and we’ve had some strong ones. I’d been dozing nicely with the sound of the rain and winds until the flashing, thundering and howling became to loud and eventually we were all awake. The next day the lake had risen several feet and continued to rise that morning. We’ve still got a ways to go till its full but with a few more good rains … it could happen.

The tumultuousness of the nights flashing and crashing translated into some very strange and lucid dreams. I partly translated the noise and luminosity of the storm into aspects of a party happening in a dream version of our lake house. Several times as I gained lucidity I would try and fly but only get a few feet off the ground before floating back down and losing lucidity. For more on my dreams go here …

www.Oneironauts.com

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay at the lakehouse very long and so I had to go back to Austin. But I’ve been keeping busy ever since returning …

www.AnomalyRadio.com / www.ELFIS.net

Until next time ….

– SMiles