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-- Retro/Weird: some content from the era of Gopherism ------------
Welcome to Retro/Weird! Gopherism came onto the online scene as the
once-ubiquitous BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) were starting to fade
away. Naturally, some of the more famous BBS crossed over successfully
to the new Gopherholes and fewer still then made the jump to the WWW.
I feel it's only right to feature some of these, er, institutions along
with a brief info. Enjoy the weirdness!
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"The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval
initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents
Gopher was mature at that time of course, but I felt it only right to inclu
this link due to its historical significance.The entire WWW in November 1992 (link)
Based in Lubbock, Texas, CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc) is the most-
accomplished and longest-running group in the computer underground.
Founded in 1984 and widely considered to be the most elite people
to ever walk the face of the earth, this think tank has been referred
to as both "a bunch of sickos" (Geraldo Rivera) and "the sexiest group
of computer hackers there ever was" (Jane Pratt, 'Sassy' & 'Jane' mags)
The cDc is a leading developer of Internet privacy and security tools,
which are all free to the public. In addition, the cDc created the
first electronic publication, which is still going strong.Cult of the Dead Cow
2600: THE HACKER QUARTERLY is an American publication that specializes
in publishing technical information on a variety of subjects including
telephone switching systems, Internet protocols and services, as well
as general news concerning the computer underground and left wing,
and sometimes (but not recently), anarchist issues. The magazine's
name comes from the phreaker discovery in the 1960s that the transmission
of a 2600 hertz tone (which could be produced perfectly with a plastic toy
whistle given away free with Cap'n Crunch cereal) over a long-distance
trunk connection gained access to "operator mode" and allowed the user to
explore aspects of the telephone system that were not otherwise accessible.
The magazine was first published in 1984, coinciding with the book of the
same name and the break-up of AT&T.2600 Magazine2600 "Off the Wall": A weekly show on WUSB radio, Stony Brook, Long Island2600 "Off the Hook": A weekly show on WBAI radio, New York
CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS: Hard to define, but here goes..
"Pity the poor human Earth Pink who comes looking for a SIMPLE, SHORT
EXPLANATION of The Church of the SubGenius?, one that he or she can
UNDERSTAND QUICKLY. If the Church could provide THAT, it would be
bigger than Islam or Christianity by now -- and probably much, much worse"
"A parodic cult that grew out of mailart, and begun by the Rev. Ivan Stang.
The Church is one of the most obvious parody cults, attack new-wave
evangelicalists. Begun as a mock-threatening campaign, pictures of bicycles
minus their front wheels were sent to various individuals by Stang, claimin
the receiver had stolen his wheel but could, for five dollars, purchase an
indulgence for the sin. The money was sent, together with a photograph of
the sender's complete bike, to be blessed".Church of The SubGenius: "The Hour of Slack"
THE ANCIENT AND HONORABLE ORDER OF E CLAMPLUS VITUS (ECV) is a fraternal
organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the heritage of
the American West, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold
mining regions of the area. The fraternity is not sure if it is a
"historical drinking society" or a "drinking historical society."
There are chapters in California, Nevada, and other western states.
Members call themselves "Clampers." The organization's name is in Dog
Latin, and has no known meaning.The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus ECV HISTORYMore ECV HISTORY