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Official Archive of the Ong's Hat Project

The Incunabula Papers: Ong's Hat and other Gateways to New Dimensions The Incunabula Papers: Ong's Hat and other Gateways to New Dimensions

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Official Archive of the Ong's Hat Project

    Xen – The Zen of the Other, The Audio Drama

    Xen – The Zen of the Other, The Audio Drama

    Xen: The Zen of the Other is a work that follows one man as he attempts to find his way through the jumble of modernity that envelopes us all and threatens to strangle us in its “Tentacles Longer Than Night.”


    Cast into a world where the liminal overlaps with the world of paranormal /philosophical speculations, Ezra Buckley struggles to keep his head above water long enough to pluck a jewel of wisdom from the crown of a forest spirit.

    In a world devoid of rites of passage, Ezra finds himself on his own as he is confronted with the very real prospect of having a life-changing, Liminal experience in the woods of Big Sur, if he can survive it.

    Is it even real?

    Is it the legendary Watchers of Big Sur phenomena or something else?

    Xen is a work that confronts the questions of identity, modernity, life, the other, and the place for rites of passage in the modern world.
    This audio-play version of Xen includes a fully hyperlinked ebook for reference use.
    released October 29, 2021

    Xen: The Zen of the Other

    Written by Ezra Buckley. You’ll have to decide for yourself if that’s a real name or not.- thepsychopath.org
    Background information by Cameron Whiteside, if that indeed is his real name.- whereiscameron.wtf
    Produced by P. Emerson Williams- pemersonwilliams.wordpress.com
    The voice of Joseph Matheny performed by himself- josephmatheny.com
    The voice of Ezra Buckley performed by Chris Gabriel aka memeanalysis- memeanalysis.com
    The voice of Ralph performed by P. Emerson Williams
    The voice of Tiamat performed by Anna "Maiya" Young- www.godmonsters.com
    The voice of Racoon 1 performed by Iskandar Sakut abn Mayu (aka Eian Orange of Z(enseider)Z)- eianorange.zenseiderz.org
    The voice of Racoon 2 by performed Deb Petrochko - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(mythology)
    The voice of the waitperson performed Missy G - afieldofred.wordpress.com
    The poems of Ezra Buckley read by Joseph Matheny

    Xen: The Zen of the Other- Copyright 2021 Joseph Matheny
    All Rights Reserved

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    Statio Numero: Coming Soon

    Statio Numero: Coming Soon

    Statio Numero– A six-part podcast series examining the mysteries of Liminal and Xen.
    This limited podcast series is the third and final act of The Liminal Cycle, a meta-trilogy.
    A story about personas, identity, liminality, and voice.
    Coming later in 2022

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    Coming Soon: Highly Strange

    Coming Soon: Highly Strange

    We’re producing our first original on high strangeness. In it we explore the psyche of “strange” through the stories of three people in highly strange situations.

    Season One – “Information Golem” looks at the life of Joseph Matheny as he dreams up what perhaps becomes the world’s first online ARG (Alternative Reality Game) known as Ong’s Hat. Launched in the 90’s as an innocent social experiment around story and information, things quickly went left of field. The oddities that surrounded Ong’s Hat are curiosities Joseph still struggles to understand to this day. Joseph has gotten alot of attention lately from the press because of the Quanon craziness and White House uprising. More recently he was featured on Slate Magazine’s Decoder Ring series. Also there’s news of a upcoming Netflix feature on conspiracy creation he’ll appear in. His story touches on the issues that seem to dovetail at the volcanic crossroads where personality and mental health meets randomness and free information. Lots of unruly yet relevant questions get born there.

    Listen to “Highly Strange” on Spreaker.


    • 9 min
    The Forgotten ARG

    The Forgotten ARG

    In 2001, an ARG was released in the form of a PC game. Despite its innovation, it became a tragic failure and faded into obscurity. Join me for a look into the ARG Majestic.


    • 14 min
    The ARG Genre

    The ARG Genre



    • 10 min
    Ong’s Hat: An Early Internet Mystery

    Ong’s Hat: An Early Internet Mystery

    The story of one of the ancestors of what we now call alternate reality games


    • 7 min

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