posted on November 9, 2007 at 2:40 am

uh oh
that g word is loose on my page
raw power blasts on the i-box
and scarlet defaces a 2006 vegan calendar
the weather is grey and dreary
nagging doubt still hanging about
and there last night on the comment page
a link to a website that rates the level of intelligence
required to read any blogges
so of course i put my blogges
it says genius
i got the e-certificate to prove it
if you scroll around a bit
on this very page
you will find it
(thanks to jolly hordern for techsupport)
oh dear
im afraid thats one of those words that sets me off
all over the place
they told me at high school i had the iq of a genius
and wondered why i was doing so averagely
i grew up believing john lennon n bobby dylan were geniuses
and albert einstein
isaac newton
da vinci
van go go
not a term dished out lightly
not many across the board genii neither like leonardo was
you know
einstein figured out e = aura2
but could he paint to save his life?
what scientific advance has dylan ever made?
can you be a genius at a very specific thing
or is it an all round accomplishment?
for example
could one
be a genius blogger but quite ordinary everywhere else?
if youre ingenious are you in, genius?
can a genius lack ingenuity?
and what the hell does it mean that e-certificate
that my readers are required to be geniuses
in order
to understand my blogges?
immediately suspicious
i typed in
i suspected that the criteria for my genius rating
must be due to having a large and colourful vocabulary
and i thought that in that case
sam sejavka will be an interesting test blog
he uses all kinds of arcane and strange words after all
it wouldnt be sam without it
the answer comes back
high school
hes awarded a high school e-certificate
that is the ability required to read his blog (?)
(which i would dispute by the way)
does anybody out there know how they would calibrate such things?
the program must be looking for certain word combinations
or is some mysterious panel reading and rating somewhere
housewives at home reading and rating blogs for extra bickies
i would love to know
and as a compliment to you
my dearest readers
my backbone and my support in my declining years
you reader
who doth verily understand these words
i labour over each day
a labour of love
i can assure you
as a wonderful vindication of your intellectual prowess
you sir
you madam
are assessed as a genius
(as hard as it may be for some of you to believe….)
isnt that nice?
you read my blogge cos you liked that song i wrote
4 million years ago when we were all babes in the would
and now
some distant hand declares you genius
sort of…
did you ever suspect how clever you were to understand my jive
do you really understand
or are you here out of loyalty
or looking for ideas
cos the being throws away brilliant ideas
like others throw away the shells of pistachio nuts
beware if you steal my idea
i’ll hunt you down with my team of lawyers
working for me round the clock
examining things for traces of ttb intellectual copywrite
i can now fully let my own disputed genius loose more and more
i have reined it in in the past
for fear of appearing too highbrow
too esoteric, derek
and so
from now on
expect more online genius than before
each blogge will contain one new scientific proof
plus essays on mathematics history and amazing facts
youd be stupid not to be a genius these days
ttb is
now you can join this exclusive club
and guess what genius
its cool to donate
especially if you are a genius

57 Responses to “post #777”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 4:02 am #

    genius!….gen x

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    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 9 November 2007 at 4:09 am #

    just to see what my blog reading level wood be I punched in my blogspot and guess what it said, Elementary my dear esskay, Elementary…
    Nevibaby Blues

  3. avatar
    markobears | 9 November 2007 at 4:24 am # in that reward

    SB”Patrick youre a Genius!!”

    Patrick “but doesnt Genius live in a bottle?”
    Patrick – the retarded starfish from spongebob.

  4. avatar
    Richard | 9 November 2007 at 4:29 am #

    and there I was wondering why I never understand a word you say!

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 4:35 am #

    Congrats sk the genius, poor SS will be devastated!
    Love Amanda

  6. avatar
    AelSunriseBird | 9 November 2007 at 4:53 am #

    Your thoughts, your words, your A- type personality. No fear to tell us eloquently what’s on your engaged well wired mind.

    Well yes,that’s why I’m here. It’s hard to find genius literature, enough to feed me every day. When my Father was alive it was easy. A conversation was enough to last a week. Once I wrote poetry for a living, now I’m inspired to pick up gold leaf, draw with a pencil or paint, applying it to something new and precious. Creating pieces of universe with our hands, guess I’ll need the geniuses at the exhibition to rate my work.

    Whatever, the money I made at one staged clothed me very well, now I choose this income to benefit indigenous children and children in war torn countries. Those who need a bed to sleep on, a leg to stand on & caring hands to hold.

    I come here to your blog while I quite literally wait for paint to dry, promise, in this weather it takes quite a while. I’m given time to listen to the rain, love nature, speed type my replies to your ethereal smörgåsbord, give care and pay attention to the loyal smooshie dogs, the nonchalant cats, the free & patient birds and most importantly kiss the foreheads of my children & run my hands across their hair while I tell them that I love them or yes that it’s fine for them to stay over at a friends place tonight. I’ll make some jewellry and meditate.

    You make me laugh. I like the way you dissect western genius. If it’s already there, you don’t need a certificate to tell you. There are too many forms of intelligence to knows where to start.

    Yep Albert needed to be home schooled too due to disruptive behaviour & flunking with grand ‘E’s to show for a mind that worked to fast for his pen to catch up. Took to book keeping ’til his 40’s.

    What did shunning regimented rule abiding houses of learning show for that?

    Unbrushed hair and parallel universes….onya Albert.

    Onya You.

  7. avatar
    craig1.618 | 9 November 2007 at 4:57 am #

    paraphrasing groucho marx:

    i wouldn’t wanna be a part of any club that would have me as a member 🙂

  8. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 9 November 2007 at 4:58 am #

    I tried this blog…

    …with words of wisdom
    from the some of great sages,
    mystics and thinkers…
    de bono
    de mello
    achaan chah
    dalai lama

    …and it was assessed as

    ELEMENTARY, my dear being!


    then I tried a
    football tipping blog
    run by a ten year old boy…

    it listed
    the week by week tallies
    of each participant
    and a few sporting links

    …and it was assessed as



    which just goes to show…
    it is easier for a ten year old boy
    to rig a tipping competition
    than it is for a genius
    to enter the kingdom!


  9. avatar
    AelSunriseBird | 9 November 2007 at 5:17 am #


  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 5:42 am #

    well i already new that, cuz i am am i a genii

    when u coming to the US for some sing songs?

  11. avatar
    Thelonious | 9 November 2007 at 5:47 am #

    So great to know of my geniuseness. Ha Ha Brother Kevin who described me as the worst student he had ever taught. Humbug to you mr Berg who wrote in my school report that in religious studies I had not contributed one single useful thing the whole year!!Thank you SK you have made my day!! I have made it.

  12. avatar
    geniuses | 9 November 2007 at 6:17 am #

    but not good with printers :-/

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 6:26 am #

    that’s why a genius is a genius. man.

  14. avatar
    Melissa | 9 November 2007 at 6:47 am #

    wow, is it really blogge #777 today? That’s quite a magical number apparently .. though I’m not sure I have the smarts to figure out exactly what it means 🙂

  15. avatar
    steve kilbey | 9 November 2007 at 7:04 am #

    being here doing this
    the truth hurts
    oh !

  16. avatar
    daniel12 | 9 November 2007 at 7:05 am #

    That G word really does seem to mess with your mind.
    Why do you do it to yourself?
    What do you want from this blogg ?
    The red pill or the blue pill ?
    You say you want the red pill but then you scoff the blue pills when it begins to take effect.
    I’ve seen it here many times
    Delusions of grandeur followed by the worst self doubt and self effacement.
    Perhaps it’s because the truth is somewhere in between.
    Your a smart chap no question about it.
    You’ve had a sucessfull career too
    and people still buy your stuff.
    But surely you’ve heard the works of the great composers.
    Seen the paintings of the great masters.
    Surely you’ve noted how wantonly the G word is bandied about in the world of pop rock musicians.
    George Harrison thought it was silly, Jimmy Page thought it was silly too, do i really have to spell it out.
    I don’t get off on abuse and I’m such a crap spella.
    Being a smart guy i’m sure you can work it out.
    I do like yer jive but it don’t make me no genuis.
    I’m mostly employed for my brawn nowadays and i’ve struggled to overcome brain damage from a punch to the head.

  17. avatar
    nickfiction | 9 November 2007 at 7:28 am #

    I wonder if this machine that calculated kilbeys blog genius was the same one that calculated the location of the last golden ticket in willy wonka and the chocolate factory. If it were I ‘d still read anyway…..

  18. avatar
    Klink | 9 November 2007 at 7:32 am #

    I must admit, following your Blogs is an art in itself.

    Priest = Aura, was that an Einsteinism?

  19. avatar
    PAGEY | 9 November 2007 at 8:15 am #

    i too am a genius but alas, haven’t the genius fucked this planet over. they are in 80% of cases hopeless sinners. Mad now handling the genius creations, forcing the imbecile to control their creations….
    oh how i long for everyone to be a kindergarten teacher…

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 10:04 am #

    well, as a matter of fact i AM a kindergarten teacher, pagey…small children are the real geniuses because they have a way of looking at the world and thinking about things that we lose as we grow up…their freshness, their vibrancy and the excitement they experience from the most mundane things (to adults, anyway)is something that i really love…wouldn’t be anything else, i don’t think…i love being a teacher…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 10:13 am #

    daniel12 I like you.

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    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 10:15 am #

    I KNOW HOW THEY GET YOUR RATING SK!….well,ya see…ya know the little man who lives in the monitor of your computer?wel he transmits a brief yet voluptuous description of the reader’s facial expression,and reaction through to the TTB HQ,which is then transmitted through to the last remaining oompah-loompahs,who can process the shortwave,shorthand,and pass it on to the god of cyber-ratings…which for those who dont know this place’s whereabouts,is in aisle 3 at woolworths in carindale… quote a genius “Trust the process” .

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 10:22 am #

    Through careful measurements of the eagerness with which the keystrokes are made it divines what the enquirer most dearly wants to hear about themselves and delivers it.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 10:35 am #


    I am definitely not a genius but I predict that SK becomes rather friendly with aelsunrisebird. She kisses his eyelashes and lends him her specs.
    He lends her his pastel and they make art.
    NK falls off the wagon and eats her young.


  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 10:41 am #

    But seriously folks

    Can anyone give me a good vegan option for cheeses hard soft whatever. It is something I find very hard to replace.
    Thanking you in advance,


  26. avatar
    AelSunriseBird | 9 November 2007 at 10:45 am #

    #777 = 7+7+7=21 2+1=3

    3 it’s the magic number.

    I’m heading off to my Kabbalah studies now. If I’m going to be a good & beneficial Rav I’d better get my head back into my many lessons & books.

    Thanks for the great debates this week.

    By the way, to those who still don’t get the concept of no cruelty to animals, go back and revise on what this good man has been dwelling upon for the past forever…Listen to Steve, he’s already a good teacher, he knows what he’s talking about and he does it well.

    PS: ..Would someone tell the dog to stop barking & teasing the cat?
    “SNOW! Leave Coco alone. Yes I know you just want to be his friend, yes Snow , Coco just wants to be left alone. Ok?”

    ‘Thanks…all happy now, smiling Samoyed who thinks he’s a Japanese Spitz. Smiling saved from abuse Burmese’

    Pray for the monks.


  27. avatar
    AelSunriseBird | 9 November 2007 at 10:48 am #

    Go to Macro, Summer Hill Organic shoppe, any good vegetarian whole food market place, all have good selection of vegan cheese 🙂

    Check the internet for tasty vegan food….YUM xx


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 11:51 am #

    umm – markobears – that picture is fucking horrible – can you please change it before commenting again

  29. avatar
    Melby Symey | 9 November 2007 at 11:54 am #

    I’ve been called many things…but never a sort of genius for reading the inspired works of a genius. I’m sortta chuffed by this…so I can only imagine how much you’ve been preening your feathers today Steve.

    BTW…did your printer start working again…I was feeling anxious that it had continued to defy your best efforts to make it comply.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 11:56 am #

    Went to a book store in Copenhagen earlier today and bought a couple of vegetarian cook books. Imagine finally becoming a vegetarian at the ripe “old” age of 39…Yes, you live and you learn.

    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark.

  31. avatar
    rubikon | 9 November 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    I agree the word Genius is a much overused word these days.

    In rock music there aren’t that many – Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Steve Kilbey. I can’t really think of any others – there are a lot of other very talented people for sure, but Genius?, no not really.

    Some people are a genius at one specific thing, and some very rare individuals such as Leonardo appear to be a Genius at pretty much everything they do.

    I’ve got a pretty high IQ, maybe that’s why I’ve always appreciated your music, your Art? – takes one to appreciate one? 🙂 but unfortunately for me I’m not a Genius at anything paticularly.

    Have a beautiful day.

  32. avatar
    scarlet's black eyes | 9 November 2007 at 1:02 pm #

    being here doing this and Dear Mr.Kilbey,
    i just guess, maybe we should not measure different things under one same standard, for example, we cannot say Tom Cruise is more sexier than a tiger; although they have some thing in common. they are not plant.

    I tried -> the result is: genius.
    i tried> the result is junior high school.

    it’s true the ten boy’s website get a genius level, but quite strange. istn it because the evaluation system have used the whole resourse of the!

    website also has their own characters, i’ve just realised.

    please compare them horizontaly, but not vertically.

    and i’ve tried some blogs, they are all under the, i thought the results are quite fair. no doubt, it’s a very clever system! so, please just use it cleverly!!!!!
    as a robot can also make some very simple mistakes(though we know they are very clever, but they sometimes they can not think as a human being does, even maybe the person is just a nerd), the system certainly has its weaknesses.

    sorry for my very limited English.
    but one fact is, ttb IS a genius, he doesnt need this system to prove it actually. that’s for sure.

    does it make sense?

    by the way, my blog is elementary level. and i think the result is quite fair. feel sorry for those who has got a same level with me, i guess it’s just because the system doesnt have a kindergarten level to give.

  33. avatar
    scarlet's black eyes | 9 November 2007 at 1:15 pm #

    to rubikon:
    may i ask how high is pretty high?
    sorry Mr.Kilbey, i’m just very curious about IQ test.

  34. avatar
    rubikon | 9 November 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    to: scarlet’s black eyes..

    OOh, that would be telling :).

    One thing about IQ tests…they’re just a test of potential..what you do with that potential is up to you.

  35. avatar
    veleska1970 | 9 November 2007 at 1:34 pm #

    well, personally i think the genius of the church and you especially is painfully ignored by the masses.

    what can we do to educate people??

  36. avatar
    veleska1970 | 9 November 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    oh, and one more (this is IT, i promise!!)

    “its cool to donate
    especially if you are a genius”
    i’m cool…i’m a genius…i donated a few days ago, but my bank is not showing you picked it up yet. did you miss it??

    lotza love…..

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    Dear veleska

    You are junior high(which I’m sure you know)
    However aelsunrisebird is a post grad.

    Dear aelsunrisebird

    Thanks for the tips.


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    scarlet's black eyes | 9 November 2007 at 2:33 pm #

    being here doing this:
    have you noticed there is another factor that can affect the result?

    * how many links are there on the blogs?

    and i also found, the testing system have set English as it’s default language but saying it can works on MOST websites.

  39. avatar
    blackeyes | 9 November 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    and thanks for your response. i appreciate it. 🙂

  40. avatar
    John | 9 November 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    Anyone else feel as stupid as I?

    John Garratt

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    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 3:42 pm #

    I like yesterdays blogge Steve. At first I thought it was just primarily in America or the West that people so blatantly and brutally opposed one another. Of course it’s everywhere.
    The fear response(animal, instinctual), in my opinion, can be overcome. And that very response is what keeps us in fear. It’s the human mind. Wanting, wanting, wanting.
    What I like about you Steve, and the reason you are a level above the rest, is you have tons of this same fear written in your blogges, but the difference is you are AWARE of it.
    Most of the worlds population has no idea they’re running around like a pre-programmed toy. They are actually fearful of their own sensitivity and ability to feel. That’s why it’s easy to kill an animal, or a human.

  42. avatar
    steve | 9 November 2007 at 3:48 pm #

    Yeah, you got me. I stole your idea three times. Twice I credited you…but this last…well it was only a little idea…high qwuality nonetheless…about stars grown cold.

  43. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 9 November 2007 at 3:49 pm #

    Let’s simply say that Sk is a sage, an oracle and a mind of a higher order. His memory may be lapsing because that great song he wrote so long ago was in 2006 and it was called “Easy”. Buy the single- it is accompanied by three wonderful live tunes.

    To allay my infinite and inordinate compunction, I lstened to the two ambient genre Gilt Trip CDs. They are as cool as Heaven. That other brother Kilbey is very musically gifted.

  44. avatar
    Jab @ BZT | 9 November 2007 at 4:19 pm #

    Well, I guess I’m a walking paradox then. I read TTB and understand it all but, still, I’m a fucking moron.

    How does THAT work?

  45. avatar
    scott | 9 November 2007 at 4:34 pm #

    For chrissakes, lend your genius to NORML and lets get marijuana legalized in the states. Good on ya Denver

  46. avatar
    fantasticandy | 9 November 2007 at 4:37 pm #

    i read my first novel at the age of three, it was h.g. well’s ‘the war of the worlds’
    after three days at infant school
    the education people came to my parents house and told them i was a ‘genius’.
    i was taken out of class and placed with final year junior students because i had a ‘reading age’ of twenty-one.
    i was five years old.
    you can guess the rest.

    i am now, and have been for twenty-four years a postman for royal mail.

    three years ago i finally recovered from my ‘childhood’ and formed dudes of neptune.
    seventy-five songs so far.
    so many years to claw back,
    so few ahead.

    fuck the g word.
    i really love you people,
    but we’ve all been fucked one way or another.
    follow steve’s example.
    think outside of the box.
    you know, the one the ‘man’ put you in.

    love to all,
    andy L.

  47. avatar
    davem | 9 November 2007 at 6:14 pm #

    Mr Kilbey.
    I have a childlike awe when it comes to your art. It’s great to be awestruck killa and I have been for 25 years. Being happy about yourself means not being worried about smart-arsed comments or feeling the need to have a pop elsewhere.So much truly great stuff was so short-lived…Gabriel-era Genesis, Rubber Soul thru’ Pepper Beatles, Only Ones, Jeff Buckley, …but you’ve produced from ’82 until now. Thank-you!!
    Andy – one of the best things about TTB has been getting to know you. I’m glad you’ve found “you”. You’re a top, top bloke.
    Well done Thomas. Keep in touch if you weaken.
    Love to ALL.

  48. avatar
    eek | 9 November 2007 at 6:38 pm #

    they told me at high school i had the iq of a genius
    and wondered why i was doing so averagely

    Probably because you were bored shitless. I think it’s quite obvious when you are interested in something you are brilliant.

    As for the geniusness of the readers of this blog — I’ll take any compliment I can get. 🙂

  49. avatar
    verdelay | 9 November 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    I like to think of myself as mostly better than other people.

    Clever as fuck and a handsome devil to boot.

    I imagine you all feel the same way…

    …apart from you stupid ugly people – you must really hate the rest of us.

  50. avatar
    Cee | 9 November 2007 at 9:09 pm #

    youd be stupid not to be a genius these days

    En estos dias serias un estúpido no ser genio

  51. avatar
    Sam Sejavka | 9 November 2007 at 10:25 pm #

    Designed & directed by ‘this distant [and censorious] hand’…Hmm… High school … Hmmm …Hmmm … Do I have a crow to pluck. Must I reach out with my own hand of judgement and slap these remote arbiters… Or will I curl into a ball and
    cry to heaven for vengeance …

    Yes, I can see you smirking. As if you didn’t know you’d lure me out of the woodwork with that one.

    If you’re ingenuous, it helps, if you want to be a genius.

    3 days and counting down to Stradbroke. Will give my regards to the crew.

  52. avatar
    Sam Sejavka | 9 November 2007 at 10:28 pm #

    Just read the comment by Being here, Doing this… and am greatly relieved

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    lily was here | 9 November 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    Yeah, i knew that. For the record, my blog’s rated Genius and there’s nothing much on it except a link to Steve & Sams, so maybe there’s some truth in algorithms. I got it! Your name must start with the letter ‘S’. You’ve heard of Einstein’s twin brother Salbert? – the true brains behind the theory of simple relativity. Seriously though, we label the term “genius” as the ability to show creative originality …see things that others dont, in ways that others cant, someone who can change the way others see the world & change perception with their exceptional thinking, questioning everything. Im curious about the way the brain does & doesnt work, intrinsicly designed and tuned by the universe so that we dont have too many. But I wouldnt wish it on anyone i love, for the suffering, loneliness & frustration. Sorry to hear that Andy.
    Sue xxx
    ps i seriously doubt Lennon was a genius. Talented, clever and charismatic, for sure, but genius? Hendrix, now thats genius

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 November 2007 at 11:55 pm #

    P.S. when i typed mine into that blog rating thingy….at first the computer started to whirr,and the site was speechless,then….after about 3minutes,the analysts brought to my credit. ;-))* …”DINGLEBERRY?”….good morning all! xo …love,as always,gen x

  55. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 10 November 2007 at 1:43 am #

    t’is not the truth that hurts
    t’is the illusions to which we cling!

    truth is
    so often missed
    as we strive to reach it
    via intellect alone
    rather than
    the wholly trinity…

    the heart
    the mind
    the soul

    united as one


  56. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 10 November 2007 at 2:07 am #

    Being Here Doing This is an erudite, objective and refined thinker.

    Great blog week Sk. The best since I joined. It was admittedly tense at times. That’s life full of love and strife.

    You cease to amaze. I’m finally listening alot to Gilt Trip. In all honesty songs like “Darkness And Gardens Of Steel” and “Dress Circle Seats For Creation” are as exemplary as some of Tangerine Dream’s finest recordings. I dig them and to a leser extent THE ORB (Alex Paterson). Genuine plaudits for you and RPK.

  57. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 11 November 2007 at 7:53 am #

    My favorite use (or misuse?) of the word genius, is to describe someone who finds a unique way of thinking/doing that no one else gets to first. 🙂

    To me, “genius” is the deployment of creativity and ingenuity to make a unique revelation of some sort.

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