09.09.09, 09:09 in Berlin – it’s SCHWA time!

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Please read the Forever SCHWA and the Moron SCHWA announcements first.
Be sure to check the articles Schwagain and Breaking Schwa, too.


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Breaking News

This may be the ultimate SCHWA post on this blog, because BILL BARKER HAS BEEN FOUND. And more: He even commented on a Schwa entry, here on this blog. As it happens, he is working on his 4th book and is about to launch his new website TOTAL MEDIA BLACKOUT on September 11th, 2009. And he even gives his e-mail adress, should you like to contact him!

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In the future, evrything will work

Also on TOTAL MEDIA BLACKLOUT, there is (or rather was, some days ago) part of the old Schwa archive, including an overview of good old SCHWA PRODUCTS (it was the old Schwa shop – and apparently there will be a new one as well). How awesome is that *gg* (ok I’m white and nerdy. Sue me).


Fake Schwa?

Every now and then, someone will comment on any of the SCHWA articles. People who loved SCHWA and the art of Bill Barker – and still do in most cases. Seeing and sharing this kind of enthusiasm, I still am somewhat furious about the sad attempt to wring money out of SCHWA by this bad excuse of a fake SCHWA store on schwacorporation.com. Being somewhat of a perfectionist in all things SCHWA, I even get mad when I see an imitation of Barker’s SCHWA alien head logo. Whether it’s the eyes that are too big or too small or at the wrong angle or the outline of the head that’s too thick or thin or… WRONG – I … yaaaargh!

So, I’m giving you what little new (original or very-well faked) SCHWA items I was able to find. Njoy! And be sure to send me pics or scans of whatever original SCHWA stuff you still own (at reasonable sizes, please).

Let’s begin with some SCHWAvatars:

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Then, I found some of the wonderful slogans of SCHWA on wikiquote, of which I will present my all-time favorites here:

KEEP REALITY SECRET

LIFE IS MORE FUN IF YOU DON’T TALK

INDIFFERENCE MAKES NO DIFFERENCE

STOP DOMESTICATING YOURSELF

DO MORE NOW

SUPPORT ALIENOLOGY

THERE IS A RATIONAL EXPLANATION FOR EVERYTHING.
THERE IS ALSO AN IRRATIONAL ONE.

WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT SPACE?

DEFECTIVE! THIS PART OF REALITY IS KNOWN TO BE DEFECTIVE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED REAL IN ANY WAY. CONTACT THE SCHWA CORPORATION BEFORE YOU BELIEVE

THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE IS BETWEEN YOUR EYES.

THIS COMPUTER HAS BEEN CLEANSED. CONTENTS NOT INCLUDED.

INFINITY IS LIFE’S WAY OF SAYING SLOW DOWN.

NOW IS THE FUTURE YOUR PARENTS WARNED YOU ABOUT.

THERE IS NO FUTURE LIKE THE PRESENT.

THE FUTURES MARKET WILL EVENTUALLY TRADE TIME.

YOU WILL FORGET THIS PREDICTION.

POPULAR MUSIC WILL CHANGE TO THE POINT
WHERE YOU NO LONGER THINK IT IS ANY GOOD.

BY 2020, THE ENTIRE SURFACE OF THE EARTH WILL BE A MOVIE THEATER.

Which, given the rise of mobile cams and youtube, google maps and augmented reality, it already is.

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If you know anything or have a suggestion or if you have discovered a place with shirts/pics not already shown in this blog, please leave a comment. Feel free to post original or fan-made „SCHWA quotes“ as a comment. And remember:

Don’t follow instructions! NOW!

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THE SCHWA CORPORATION SPONSORS EVERYONE. AND EVERYONE SPONSORS SCHWA.


raben-aas is a licensed schwa operative. but what does that mean?

Breaking Schwa!

Please read the Forever SCHWA and the Moron SCHWA announcements first.


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Breaking News

Only three days ago, I found some new items on Schwa. Meanwhile, I have found some more As I was rummaging around wikipedia, I thought: „let’s check the discussion on the Schwa (art) article“. And voilà, there  I found info concerning someone or something called „Compuwatcher“ and the tidbit that said entity owns two schwa websites I never heard of before:  schwapyramid.com and schwareturns.com.

The first features and older pic/screen of an original Bill Barker game (and a link to a sad parody of a schwa shop, obiously NOT by Bill), the second features an almost-wallpaper-sized quasi-schwa pic:

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But it doesn’t stop here. Checking the name of the picture, I read „dellienware2_schwa copy.jpg“ and immediately noticed the name „dellienware“ – which I googled – and found an article about a corporation named Alienware (hint, hint) that apparently was bought by Dell in 2006, changing its name to Dellienware. And while I wasn’t able to find anything aboit Dellienware on wikipedia, I did find an article about Alienware – including a pic of their schwaistique logo:

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What does that mean? I don’t know. Maybe Compuwatcher ripped off an old Alienware wallpaper and pasted „SCHWA“ on its forehead. Maybe Compuwatcher IS Dellienware – or former Dellienware – and Dell sold the corp and now they want to call themselves The Schwa Corporation (or Schwalienware, who knows). In any case it is quite unlikely that Bill Barker has any connection to the project(s) of Compuwatcher.

Also, some anonymous guy wrote this into the Schwa wikipedia discussion:

„As to his (Bill Barker’s) whereabouts just so you dont have to wonder I am his Nephew I saw this and He is in southern califnornia though I cant tell where for fear he may be bothered by people but he is not well, mentally he takes alot of medicine and you can never expect any more schwa stuff out of him, sadly I put this in so people dont have to wonder about it“

Info and author are totally unverified, however.

If you know anything or have a suggestion or if you have discovered a place with shirts/pics not already shown in this blog, please leave a comment. And remember:

Don’t follow instructions! NOW!


THE SCHWA CORPORATION SPONSORS EVERYONE. AND EVERYONE SPONSORS SCHWA.


raben-aas is a licensed schwa operative. but what does that mean?

Schwagain!

Please read the Forever SCHWA and the Moron SCHWA announcements first.


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Another goodie

It’s been a while, but finall I have found some more tidbits and pix of the lost Schwa Corporation.

Apparantly, the website theschwacorporation.net – not the original schwa site, that was theschwacorporation.com (now offering links to porn) – featured a countdown and the schwastique line „a new ending of the beginning“. The countdown ended on Feb. 23rd 2009 and has now been replaced with the words „past due“. Huh.

On this, wikipedia says: „However, given the fact that the domain (theschwacorporation.net) is registered to ‚Compuwatcher‘ with an administrative and technical contact of Tim McFall out of Tracy, CA as opposed to Mr. Barker’s usual private contact information and Reno, NV P.O. Box, it’s highly probable that the domain was taken over.“

Well, we’re back to waiting.

On flickr, I found these pix of old Schwa shirts that I would like to share here.

Gosh, I loved my „this is a test of the emergency t-shirt system“ shirt. Bill, wherever you are: Good man!


The Schwa corporation’s statement of sponsorship or non-sporsorship has already been added to the disclaimer section of this website.

THE SCHWA CORPORATION SPONSORS EVERYONE. AND EVERYONE SPONSORS SCHWA.


raben-aas is a licensed schwa operative. but what does that mean?

Blog | Forever SCHWA!

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As there is probably no „right“ place to say this – and never will be in all likelihood – I’ll say it here:

I am a huge fan of the SCHWA CORPORATION!

And since no one but me and some other fossils out there know (or remember) what this is, I’ll shed some light on this mystery:

SCHWA is – or rather: was – an extremely minimalistic „Alien“ design combined with unnerving, funnny and sometimes even insightful messages „brought to you by the SCHWA Corporation“. As far as I remember, I first discovered SCHWA t-shirts and stuff in the mid-eighties, but the Schwa (art) entry on wikipedia tells me I’m wrong or that the SCHWA corporation has altered my mind.

In the Nineties there was a huge and very kewl SCHWA website and even a SCHWA game for AOL users, and I personally used a SCHWA screensaver for quite some time.

For me, all of the SCHWA designs were little masterpieces of art that made me stop and rethink whatever I was just doing. Maybe not on a religious or spiritual level, but nevertheless: We all lead our lives in part „on automatic“, doing all those mundane things that just need to be done (or that we think or are made to think that need to be done) – SCHWA made you stumble and stop for just a second with messages like:

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or

QUESTION YOUR OWN AUTHORITY

Even today, I still have bumper sticker on the glove compartment of my run-down car that says „THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE IS BETWEEN YOUR EYES“. And if you look hard enough, you just might find one or the other copy of the SCHWA World Operations Manual floating around some online shop every now and then (there even was a German translation available then).

In fall 2001, SCHWA artist Bill Barker disappeared. And has not resurfaced since then. His web project seems to have died, but nevertheless I visit the Schwa Website in the (vain) hope to find news from my favorite t-shirt „brand“ of all time.

Anyway. Next time you see any design of an „alien head“, take acloser look: If eyes and the top of thehead form a real, full circle, if there is no mouth and the colors are just plain black and white you just MAY have found a piece of real, original SCHWA art.

And if you should see a SCHWA t-shirt anywhere out there or know what happened to Bill – please leave a comment!!!

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Please visit the following SCHWA links:
The SCHWA Desktop Theme Pack
The SCHWA Corporation Tribe at Tribe.net
Whatever happened to Schwa and Bill Barker?
Bill Barker on Schwa in Wired magazine
Bill Barker interview on ZoomInfo
SCHWA Pyramid: Alien’s Land on AOL
SCHWA on the Orthodox Anarchist
SCHWA meets DARPA by s.o. who claims to have spoken to Bill since 2001
Long-gone versions of the SCHWA website
Alone cannot you it resist – SCHWA artwork website

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