HYPER-INTERACTIVITY TEARSHEET From “Freaks In The Machine: MONDO 2000 in the Tech Culture” High Frontiers 1988

Describe your earliest peak experience in 500 words or less. The best response, as determined by a panel of huffy curmudgeonly semioticists, urban folklorists, and idiopathologists, will be published in the next issue.

Magazines are supposed to learn more about their consumers for advertisers. We needed advertisers just like anybody else. But this tear-sheet from High Frontiers #4 (1988) was not at all normal. Some of it today might just look like cheap “hipster” appeal, but these semiotics were potent and friendly in the day. And some of these are genuinely amusing.  I believe many of the questions came from Morgan Russell. Also, from Queen Mu and R.U. Sirius and maybe some other folks. Answer Us!

HYPER-INTERACTIVITY TEARSHEET  

Please fill in the following questionnaire (or a photo copied facsimile) and send it in to High Frontiers P.O. Box 40271, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Be sirius!)

1: Name (optional):

2: Address (optional):

3: Employment:

4: Sex and Species:

5: Annual Income:

6: You find yourself accidentally locked in the bathroom for a weekend. What would you prefer to find on the toilet tank? (choose 3) □Reader’s Digest □Forbes □High Frontiers □Commonweal □Soldier of Fortune □Penthouse □Covert Action Bulletin □Scientific American □Zippy the Pinhead □The Pope Speaks

 

 

 

7: 1 own: □a computer □a television set □a stereo record player or CD player □a VCR

8: What was the last thing for which you spent more than $500?

9: You are at a party and on your third glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. The host(ess) comes up to you, smiles, and tells you your wine has been dosed. What do you hope it is? (choose no more than two) □a Satyriasis Agent □LSD □an Intelligence Increase Agent/Cognitive Enhancer □Belladonna □Quaalude □Ritalin □Steroids □Tarantula Venom □BZ □Fly Agaric

 

 

10: List several hobbies of yours:

 

 

 

 

 

11: I go out for entertainment about once: □a week □every two weeks □every month □very infrequently □never

 

12: 1 usually go out to: □Films □Night Clubs □Dance, Opera, and other “High Culture” Events □Professional Wrestling □a Crack House □Comedy Clubs

13: A list of my 3 favorite films:

 

 

14: I watch Television: □several hours a day □several hours a week □very rarely □never! □several monitors tuned to different stations are on all of the time with the volume off and The Residents playing on the stereo.

 

15: A list of my 3 favorite TV programs:

 

16: 1 read __ books per month.

17: The last 3 books I read were:

18: □True or □False: I look Mahhhvellous! It is more important to look good than to feel good. I spend __ per month on clothes. I would describe my sartorial style as □Chic and Elegant □Deadhead □Funky but Chic □Hardcore Punk □Totally Nekkid □Brooks Brotherhood □Slutty □Nerdish

 

 

19: □True or □False: I feel Mahhhvellous! It is more important to feel good than to look good.

20: Do you take vitamins/supplements every day? What vitamins/supplements do you take?

 

 

What else do you do for your health?

21: You go to a party hungry. You hope you’ll find on the banquet table: (Limit of 2) □Lox, Bagels, Halvah, and Knishes □Hamburgers, Fries and Cokes □Fields of Wheat Grass □Sculpted Spam □Brown Rice and Sesame Seeds with Tahini and Seaweed □Crudites with Aioli □Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, and Jolt Cola □Pate de foie gras, Boeuf Bourguignon, Chateau Haut-Brion, Salade Nicoise, Perrier-Jouet, Mousse au chocolat, and Chateau d’Yquem

22: 1 would describe my religious belief as □Christian □Satanic □Buddhist □Subgenius □Bigger than a Breadbox □Pagan □Hollow Earth □Agnostic □Sculpted Spam □Atheist □A11 of the Above □Other

23: Politically, I would describe myself as a(n): □Paranoid □Republican □Terrorist □Democrat □Nazi □Yippie □Sculpted Spam □Libertarian □Practical Joker □Post-Political □Green □Turning Blue in the Bathroom □Communist/Socialist □A11 of the Above □Other

24: 1 would rather go out to dinner with: □Allen Ginsberg □Suzanne Sommers □Fred Flintstone □Oliver Sacks

25: What is your Power Animal? □Tasmanian Devil □Coyote □Body Louse □Lemur □Phoenix □Sloth □Tapir □Wombat □Raven □Dugong □Stingray □Bullwinkle □Pit Bull □Other

 

 

25: What is your Power Animal? □Tasmanian Devil □Coyote □Body Louse □Lemur □Phoenix □Sloth □Tapir □Wombat □Raven □Dugong □Stingray □Bullwinkle □Pit Bull □Other

26: 1 find sex: □Retrograde □Funny □Wherever I can □Disgusting □All consuming □Sacred □Scary □More Trouble than it’s worth □Other

27: OPTIONAL BONUS QUESTION Describe your earliest peak experience in 500 words or less. The best response, as determined by a panel of huffy curmudgeonly semioticists, urban folklorists, and idiopathologists, will be published in the next issue. The winner and top five runners-up will receive a year’s subscription.

 

 

 

 

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