Scientology in the 70s

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  1. sw00p says:

    i have to deal with that every day - it's called the programmer's God Complex (admit it, we all have one) ...

  2. baconmonkey says:

    This looks like excerps from Star Trek ToS storyboards.

    or like half of the Remedy crowds.

    except for the criminals who dig ditches to trap pudgy redheads returning from the grocery store.

    and I want a "computer operator" badge, to go along with the C that got turned into the first G in "programming".

    P.s. Vikings never wore horns on their helmets.

  3. vxo says:

    Highlights of the book, as seen by myself....

    Page 13: That's not a computer. Note above, that's a Hewlett-Packard analog multimeter (it might be their true-RMS ac model, not sure). Similar models are listed in my old 1990 HP Test/Measurement catalog and may still be produced under the Agilent name - they're real workhorses. Below it, I suspect, is a communications service monitor, but I can't be sure. The whitish area on the left side, in that case, would be a small CRT. Below everything? An ultramodern rusty file cabinet! Finally, top right, is a circa-1978 frequency counter. I've got three of 'em. Now that's my kind of "computer"! All Praise The Hamboree, meanwhile. If you've never been to a hamfest, I strongly suggest venturing to one some time. You can find all sorts of cool techno-weirdness. Anyway, on to...

    Page 16: I can't figure out just what the hell they were going for with this photo. On the right is a Heathkit tube tester. The black circles at the top are tube sockets of various types, and the meter indicates the DC transconductance. The switches at the bottom configure it for the pinout of any of a few thousand (?) tube types, all of which are listed on a neat little paper scroll that winds through the window in the middle. I used to have one of these, but sold it at a hamfest, and am now regretting doing so. I can't exactly be sure what the object is that the guy's frobnicating, or what the two are on top of it (adjustable power supplies...?) Wow, I'm pretty well versed in 1970s electronics technology for someone who was not even alive through the era.

    Page 19: I'm sure this home's interior was designed by the same people who designed The Gobbler.

    Page 42: Nice graveyard, folks.

    Who knows, maybe scientology was a far different organization than it is now when this was published... they would not dare make any claims of healing to others. It's kind of an ultra-exclusive cult now, the benefits of which are only available to, uhh, its suckers.

    • erorus says:

      Because of your post, I noticed that on page 19, on the first image (with the conflict), the back wall on the left is red.. then, once the conflict is resolved, the same wall is definitely a completely different shade.. of blue. Hmm, I wonder if they're trying anything subliminal.... ;)

      Reminds me of all those weight loss (or hair regrowth, or toothpaste) commercials: in the "before" pic, the person is all frowny and slouched with a pale shirt, and in the "after" pic, the same person is happily smiling in a bright shirt. They have no shame.

      • vxo says:

        I just looked at that again....

        Looks like they changed color filters or lighting... or just watercolored the photo after the fact.

        Note that the red of the person on the left's clothes changes saturation and hue slightly, the painting background goes from white to blue, and the guy on the right's pants go from khaki to gray. The carpet also does a transformation. Whatever they did, it seems to leave skin tones untouched...

  4. injector says:

    Pages 23 and 24, sound like something that could come in handy at the DNA Lounge.

    • jwz says:

      You know, I think the two young fresh fellows pictured there just might be <lj user=netik> and <lj user=baconmonkey>.

      • oh yeah, like i'm gonna let THOSE two give me a "locational assist".

        i'll just stay here on the floor where it's safe, thank you very much.

  5. substitute says:

    I haven't laughed so hard in weeks. I made a local mirror for the time, 30 seconds from now, when a huge attorney will demolish that site.

    I want to be a COMPUTER OPERATOR now. Although the liquor store robbery is the best part.

  6. wfaulk says:

    shaving your beard and, most importantly, leveling, then removing, your Stevie Wonder poster. Maybe it just got removed with the fake wood paneling. (39 and 40)

    On a more crotchety note, I love the way they imply that Scientology has something to do with Christianity by way of its relationship in the photos and comments in the text, but actually undercut that early on by non-sequitur-ly noting that “Even in pre-Christian religions, the cross has been a trusted religious symbol….” (Scientology seems to use the cross as well — note the ‘i’ in the logo.)

  7. jonabbey says:

    Nobody does transparent bat-shit crazy cultish propaganda like the Scientologists.

    Austin has a big old Scientology clatch on the main drag next to the UT campus. Generations of students have been amused by all the propaganda spew, but you have to feel bad for those few suckers who get dragged in to this shite.