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"Mundus Vult Decipi . . ."

March 01, 2013

DeScope is . . . Back From the Shadows (Again)!
Back from the Shadows Again, #1
Photo by:
Robert and Cathy, AKA hsld

Yes! That's right! DeScope, A Cranky Journal of Themed Design and Development is BACK, baby! Back from the shadows! Back from the brink! Back from beyond! back, uh . . . online . . .

Back with new content? Oh, hell no. Not yet. But, like, you know . . .

Hey, whattaya want, fre crying out stinking loud, hunh? We're back that's something, right?

So what does this mean to YOU, Mr. and/or Ms. Reader of Cranky Journals of Themed Entertainment and/or Development?

No, really: what does this mean to you? Anything? Something? Nothing? Other?

Wow . . . 89.3 percent "other." Wow and ow.

Look, here's the danged deal, drop me a line and say hello or something. Lemme know what's, like, you know, on your minds.

In the meanwhile (in between while) . . .

DeScope, A Cranky Journal of Themed Design and Development is BACK!

(There, that oughtta hold the little designers for a year or two . . .)

by Rich Procter

March 12, 2011

Peter Bergman, member of the Firesign Theatre, died last Friday (March 9, 2011).

To anybody under 40, this probably won't mean a hecukuva lot. To people of a certain age—I'm 60, born in 1951—this is . . . well . . . profoundly sad. The Firesign Theatre changed my life. The were as brash as the Beatles, funnier than Monty Python, smarter than Thomas Pynchon, jazzier than Miles Davis . . .

The Endless Queue

"Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur"

April 23, 2010

"The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived."

A nice, dead language-y quote that, like all such quotes anywhere and everywhere, used to give the illusion of classiness in the absense of that self-same quality.

Attributed (as we all know) to Petronius, but it might have been some apple-polisher or someone else for all we know.

And the Hits Just Keep On Comin'!

"Have you been out to Disneyland,
When the moon is shinin' bright?"
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A satirical revue premiering at the COMEDY WAREHOUSE, Pleasure Island, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, on or about May 1, 1989
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The Resistible Rise of Mickey Mouse, Swampland Socialist
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The Firesign Theater's "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus"
as Preemptive Satire of Themed Design and Development (Among Other Things)
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Grad Nite, Disneyland, June 12, 1974:
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Demi-gods of Themed Entertainment
Design and Development:
Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776-1810): Ultraviolet and ultra cool
The best, the most perfect theme park attraction in the world: CASEY Jr. CIRCUS TRAIN!
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The people have spoken! Well, you know, kinda . . .
Theme-y and amusement-y park "bests"
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From the DeScope Archives . . .
Dark Rides on my Brain: In Praise of Day-Glo Thrills
and Paper-Mâché Glories
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Cinema Circus
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"Your Trip to Disneyland!"
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The Lazarus Effect
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