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OCCUK- that's funny to say out loud (try it), but it happened anyway. OCCers Scott McGlaughlin, Julia Yezbick, and myself (Ben Gaydos) have started spreading the word on this side of the atlantic, and have expanded the collective's roots to the United Kingdom. Scott has started a London chapter, and Julia and I have begun finding more and more inspired individuals interested in the collective here in Manchester. So don't be wierded out when you see events posted that you can't get to without hopping /on a plane or boat (we'll put you up if you do though). Cheers! 


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OCCMIF (OCC My Imaginary Friends) has also started a chapter here in the lining of my winter coat.10/16/2003 6:26:12 PM
stargrazer
seriously peter. i'm not making it up. i really am in england... seriously.10/16/2003 8:13:06 PM
pax
no really.10/16/2003 8:15:58 PM
pax
Sweet! I wanna join. OCC-MIF is even funner to say than OCCUK. The latter just sounds like you're choking.10/16/2003 9:28:50 PM
name not provided
i was chocking... and my medical insurance is an ocean away... OCCUK!10/17/2003 4:29:31 AM
ben
Oh Julia, I know you are really in England (or at least, I imagine that you are).10/18/2003 9:52:07 AM
stargrazer
All the droll daftness aside, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our friends across the water. Think of all the fun cross-continental creativity we can unleash!10/18/2003 1:40:29 PM
stargrazer
OCC MIF has a nice ring to it, this is my first post to OCC in general, be in UK, MIF, or SSA... Since arriving in London I have been confronted with a multitude of costumes that young adults wear. The most prevelant being the "Hipster Activist." Is it possible to be a youthful idealistic activist and a Hipster at the same time? Those that are not familiar with this term, let me elaborate. A hipster is a being that is up-to-date on current events, drapes her or himself in the latest fashion garb from the GAP, Gucci, etc. oh and believes that they are God's gift on earth. And they usually have a fro hawk. Perhaps I am not hip enough to understand this being, but was wondering about others opinions. Cheers for now, Scott10/22/2003 9:22:51 AM
heyboo
I think that there is such a thing as "activist fashion." It has a limited sphere, but I immediately think of Cruelty-Free shoes as one example. How hip it is might depend on your social circle.

Like Scott, I have a dim view of people who spend their energies in pursuit of hipness. It is often a very empty goal.

10/22/2003 3:24:29 PM
stargrazer
What's a fro hawk? I can kind of picture it...

I learned from NPR that (in the US at least), listening to NPR is a pre-requisite to being hip. I think I'm nearly there!

For those interested: http://www.hipsterhandbook.com/.
10/22/2003 9:23:57 PM
name not provided
I am offering classes is how to be un-hip. Students will shadow me through a typical day of not listening to hip music, getting dressed out of my closet, and using fabulously outdated slang. We will travel in my 1987 minivan to such un-hip destinations as Pigeon Forge, TN and Kalkaska, MI. Graduates will possess eroded social skills, poor eye-contact and questionable personal hygiene.10/23/2003 10:25:27 AM
stargrazer
Can anyone think up a project that OCC and OCCUK could do collaboratively?10/23/2003 3:32:26 PM
stargrazer
Something net-based, or physical?

I've never had it work well, but I've always been a big fan of physical projects you mail back and forth to work on. That's about as vague as I can be.

And you know, now that I say that -- do either even have a central location as such? I know for OCC, there are Lansing and Rochester pockets of people, but that's about best I could think.
10/26/2003 3:56:34 AM
name not provided
There has been an OCC diaspora...we are very decentralized right now, which gives us a nice difference from many other collectives. We have eyes and ears on both sides of the ocean, and on three (?) continents (I think...maybe more, maybe less). Like the Rainbow Family, we have no hierarchy to speak of, although Nick and Ben have done a lot of the groundwork to facilitate the collective on the web (and soon, in print!). Maybe the nature of a collective OCC-OCCUK (now that REALLY sounds like choking) project lies within our far-flung arrangement.10/26/2003 8:39:51 PM
stargrazer
Granted. But to the first question -- would you envision such a collaboration along the lines of something physical, or something intangible?10/26/2003 10:04:41 PM
name not provided
well, i think that jowai is considered to be a global OCC collaboration, and i think that maryann's book is a great opportunity to get occ members together in one space...
also, i found out what a fro hawk is this past weekend, while staying with scott in london- and actually i was corrected by one of his roomates that it is a "faux hawk". i'm not sure which is correct or correcter. they both make sense. from what i've seen it could be described as a mohawk for people without the bollocks to shave part of their hair off. instead they simply gel all their hair into a peak running the top of their head. and it is pretty amazing how many brits sport one.
10/28/2003 5:29:05 AM
ben
Like a hirsute saggital crest?10/28/2003 1:21:19 PM
stargrazer
Come to think of it, sounds a lot like what my hair looks like when I wake up in the morning. Perhaps I am a somnambulant hipster?10/30/2003 1:08:39 PM
stargrazer
sleepster.10/30/2003 6:25:37 PM
ben
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