It's where you are whenever you're here.  

 


D
ocumenting modern culture 
as it manifests
on or near that hotspot
on the surrealistic power grid
kn
own as Spokane, WA and/or
the kn
own or unknown universe

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999


I'm helping Jesse produce his Mr. Dark series. It's online now!


Elsewhere...

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MY ViDEOS

Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knife game.

Rogue Wave
I dream I am swamped by a rogue wave as I explore the beaches of The Olympic Peninsula.

Ditching Mr. D
I foolishly invite Mr. D to accompany me on my summer vacation.

Shadow Biker
... I slipped into a wormhole and spend 24 years as apprentice to Evil Lord Saint-Chev who instructed me in the black arts.

Welcome to the Fire Room
A young man is confronted by a menacing bartender. Horror. Quite disturbing.


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EARLY CREEPY COLLABORATIONS
with weird stories 
behind them.

CORK
Mr. Needles and Professor Terrington instruct an inept waiter on proper wine service.

GUNTher
(re-uploaded 10/14) 
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.


Mi VIDEOhS

The Perfect Haunted House
Mr. Needles, Professor Terrington and Stik Mann search for the perfect haunted house to use in a zombie movie - but Stik Mann has ulterior motives.

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. S-s-psychological, p-political horror.

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.

Nib-Ron's Warning to OrbEarth
Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But something is lost in the translation.)

Cuttin' Onions with Zemek
I try to show graffiti artist gangsta dude Zemek how to chop onions. 
Weirdness ensues.


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Go to my IMDb site, unless you have laundry to do or something.


MY ViDS

Does God Hate Spokane?
A pop quiz about the Westboro Baptist Church, who brought their God-Hates-Everything show to Spokane.

Soup
I make soup.

The Al-Ray
James and I canoe out on Mystery Bay to check on an old-school wooden work boat.

Encounter 
Nature and I softly collide on the Fish Lake Trail early one Easter morning.

Cloudburst
I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.


Poster by Chris ?

Here's Screen Test (2014), a bizarre little Jesse James Hennessy film. I wrote the script and was assistant director.


MY V-ViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

The movement takes over downtown as they march on Chase Bank and the Bank of America, 10/15/11.

PFC Bee Dies for the Homeland
The last few horrible moments of brave Private First Class B. Bee.

PETA Protests Cruelty to Fish
An awesome moment in Spokane's surreal history.

Geothermal 
Giggle

 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.


CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
offline until 1/1/15
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2014
A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Played in New York City.)
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
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MORE OF MY ViDEOS

Fun with Firearms
Jesse and I have fun with firearms on Fourth of July morning.

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

Occupy Spokane
I film the first rag-tag meeting of the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon.

Dick's Day - Day of the Dick
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to Spokane.

Crossing the Mighty Kootenai
I cross the very scary swinging bridge above the Kootenai River as it surges above flood stage..


Go directly to my
YouTube Site


MY ViDS

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?).

The Flood
A paranoid "documentary" about the Ice Age floods that scoured much of Washington State around 15,000 years ago.  I also freak out about caves and hotel rooms and Indian spirits.

Travel Notes
The mystery, religious pilgrimage, and Doubting Thomas angst I experience while traveling.

High Water
The Spokane River roars through downtown Spokane - Spring 2011


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MY TRIP(Y) CLIPS

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 


MO of MY
STUFF

The Klamath River Whale
I film a gray whale who wouldn't leave the Klamath River Bridge.

Arm Chomping
Keeping the revered art of arm chomping alive at Mootsys Tavern.

Seaworthy
James shows off his salvaged boat. Then we tour his boat building school.

The Western Loop
The video journal of my 1/14 road trip.


Special Report

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


AND EVEN MORE
of my stuff

Tat
Jesse visits the 2010 Spokane Tattoo Convention. I follow along with a camera.

Darlin'
Local band Darlin' plays Prago cafe in downtown Spokane. Angela Landsbury and Andy Griffin provide the subplot.

Lunch with Arp Xigar
Arp and I consume raw animal products and redefine the three martini lunch.

Vitt
A moment at the sauté station with the inimitable Joe Vitt.

OtherSpokane's
 Christmas Special
The Leroy Lovegun Christmas Special (Party Crashing 101)
Click here to see Jesse's version using the same footage.


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Check out the work of my friend and occasional collaborator, filmmaker 
Jesse James Hennessy


AAAAAAAND
EVEN MORE
of my stuff

A Christmas Moment
James has a "moment" at the Leroy Lovegun Christmas party. 

Drip
Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage.

Occupy Spokane's March 
on Chase Bank
 
The Occupy Spokane movement swells 10/14/11 and spills over into downtown Spokane.

the making of MEAT
A short film of us preparing to make the short-short film MEAT (included within).

Texas Tea
 I meet Ash, a "pumper" from one of the many oil fields north of Pecos. He explains the mechanics of it all, from pump jack to wellhead. This is rural Texas.

Foxxy Moron Show 7/2/05
Foxxy Moron and the Sexxy Revolution at The B-Side Tavern.

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video


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MY ViDEO SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


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POLiTICS 2012

Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two


Heeere's my face 
on Facebook


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

The Martyrdom of
MAGOO
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


I first used "The Bing" as a name for The Bing Crosby Theater


OtherSpokane.com is protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights" of all men, and the First (or even the Second) Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Don't tread on me, pretty-please.

12/18/14

After a Spokane deputy's claim that the Spokane Police Department's MRAP vehicle is equipped to deal with "Constitutionalists," talk show host and conspiracy guy Alex Jones claims Ozzie Knezovich's defense of the department's actions demonstrates that a police state is under way.
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Keith Richards turns 71 today. Again, Keith Richards turns 71 today.
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The surreal sci-fi farms that grow most of our food
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Obama just ended the stupidest part of US foreign policy.
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This is how cults work: The more intelligent you are, the easier it is for cults to brainwash you.
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We let the terrorists win again: Sony cancels release of The Interview because of threats.

US intelligence officials say the North Korean government was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures' computers.

When countries lose it over American movies: The Deer Hunter, Hostel, Schindler's List, 300.
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The percentages are marked on the new pot packets: What are THC and CBD?
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What was the psychology behind dueling?


12/17/14

Congress ends medical marijuana prohibition: Federal drug agents will no longer be able to raid retail outlets.
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US to normalize relations with Cuba.
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Future graveyards might look like this.
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The insane history of how American paranoia ruined and censored comic books.
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Check out this cocaine comedy from 1916: Douglas Fairbanks stars as detective Coke Ennyday in The Mystery of the Leaping Fish. One hundred years after the fact, the cavalier attitude toward drug use is remarkable.
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Researchers have transplanted the 302 neuron nervous system of a certain worm into the body of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot.
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Dennis Kucinich on how Congress reignited the cold war while no one was looking.
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Wu wei, the art of trying - but not too hard - is central to romance, religion, politics, and business. Those ancient Chinese philosophers were on to something.
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Why the Roman Pantheon hasn't crumbled: Ancient concrete has some benefits over its modern equivalents.
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Here's a good (though a bit scholarly) article about graffiti through the ages.


12/16/14

It's my day off from work, but I still go in early and make soup. It's like a hobby to me. Afterwards, if it's comfortable biking weather, like today, I'll take the long way home.
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Click for more work from John Holcroft.When I announced on Facebook that I won first place in the Inlander's Short Fiction Contest, I noted the irony of an un-Christmassy kind of guy like me having a story to be published on Christmas Day. "A Christmas miracle," I wrote, and added, "Tiny Tim, your dead goose is on the way."

An old friend was quick to point out that it was not a goose that born-again Ebenezer Scrooge bought for the Cratchit family, but a turkey.  

Yes, there is an actual controversy about this:

Russell Baker from 1986: Did Scrooge buy a goose or a turkey?
Realbook: The Question of Turkey or Goose.
Chowhound: Shouldn't it have been a goose?

Conclusion: Ebenezer did indeed buy a turkey. So, should I say my goose is cooked, or not?
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People who bought boxes of shit from Cards Against Humanity were actually surprised to receive boxes of shit.
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Villagers in Kazakhstan are falling asleep en masse for no apparent reason.
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Here's a good article from Adbusters: Global Funk: Freud found one word to describe the particular type of insanity surrounding him - neurosis.
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Cops kill rampaging cow in Pocatello: more evidence for the Arp Xigarian theory that cows are evil.


12/15/14

Every year, researchers publish papers that use proper scientific methods to answer questions of dubious importance in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal.
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It has always been in the interest of the ruling class to cultivate illusions which obscure the true nature of the game. Time to look behind the curtain: Rule from the Shadows - The Psychology of Power.
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Here's an interview with a BU professor of ethics about the two Spokane-based psychologists who were paid $80 million to develop and carry out the CIA's torture program.
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An Oxford philosopher argues that we are not adequately accounting for technology's risks: We're underestimating the risk of human extinction.
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Media ignores tens of thousands of people marching against police brutality.
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The legendary x-rated Butthole Surfers show at Danceteria.


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I just found out I won first place in The Inlander Fiction Contest. Read my story "Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit" in the upcoming Christmas Issue. For those of you choking right now, let me clarify: I - the Grinch, Mr. Scrooge - am having a Christmas story published in a Christmas issue of a decent mag. It's no less than a Christmas miracle, my friends. Tiny Tim, your dead goose is on the way.


12/12/14

We had to take our entry to the NYC 100 Hour Film Race offline until the judging. The Dairy Heirs will be back for viewing on 1/1/15.
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Congress passes bill granting the executive branch unlimited access to citizens' private communications.

Here's the bill. The Senate slipped in Sec. 309 without House consideration.
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Here's the Vice News interview with James Mitchell, the Spokane-based architect of the CIA's Enhanced Interrogation Program.

The Democracy Now story from 2009: How a team of psychologists in Spokane, WA, helped develop the CIA's torture techniques.

John Stewart on the torture report.
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It's said that fairy tales are at the roots of fiction. Perhaps, but scholars cant' even agree on what constitutes a fairy tale.
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The astonishingly incompetent superhero art of Fletcher Hanks.
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How the Victorians imagined the future.
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Secret weapons developed by Japan during World War II.


12/11/14

I hope I had some influence on this (see below). Here's my friend Chef Dave's Craigslist ad from Salt Lake City: Line Cooks that Don't Suck.
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Eighty million dollars was paid to a Spokane firm for "enhanced interrogation" (i.e., torture).

Sixteen abuses from the CIA torture report.

Here's the entire CIA torture report.

The only CIA agent jailed for the torture program is the whistleblower who confirmed its existence.
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The game is rigged: Why Americans keep losing to the police state.
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Ray Bradbury on writing, emotion vs. intelligence, and the core of creativity.
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Why growing numbers of pot smokers eat mango before lighting up.


12/9/14

[Had to take this offline until 1/1/15.]

Here's our entry to the NYC 100 Hour Film Race:

 


12/8/14

Deadline for the 100 Hour Film Race is at 9pm tonight. Jesse is editing as we speak (or whatever it is we're doing). In the meanwhile...

I unwound from intense filmmaking by listening to the many different versions of the song 
"Baby, It's Cold Outside." 

So far my favorite is this from the 1949 musical romantic comedy Neptune's Daughter with a version by Ricardo Montalban and Ester Williams, and another with Betty Garrett & Red Skelton, with the roles reversed.  In the same spirit of nostalgia, here's Mae West and Rock Hudson, where Mae blows it at the end and no one cares. And I really like this version by Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (whereupon I was distracted by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga singing The Lady is a Tramp).

Zooey Deschanel sings it in the shower in the movie Elf. Here's a version with someone tap dancing the "wolf" part. And there's this fun animation by She & Him. And this in French.

These are good. But they're only audio:
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
Ray Charles & Nina Simone


12/7/14

"That's a wrap" - the greatest words ever...


12/6/14

I spent half of yesterday hustling a shooting location with Jesse. We finally gained access to a beautiful, elegant Victorian-style house on Summit Boulevard. There a wonderful elderly lady graciously gave us her keys and said to lock up when we're done checking it out. She forgot to inform us, though, that her even more elderly husband was still in house and not privy to the knowledge of our presence. Imagine his surprise.

The other half of the day we finalized the script. Nothing too definite as we're working with four very talented actors in the principle roles, whose improvising would undoubtedly be better than anything we could write. 

(I'm purposely not mentioning names, trying to build suspense, and hoping you'll watch the finished product.)

Yesterday (or was it the day before?), we sat down with three of the principal actors and our hair/makeup person (who was one of the major driving forces, and who came up with an hilarious title). It was an uncommon joy to watch this crew hash out the characters and their motivations. 

Today we shoot.


12/5/14

The game is afoot!

Here are the parameters for the 100 Hour Film Race:

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Action: Sleeping
Prop: Whipped Cream

If you're like me, you had to immediately disqualify your first idea.


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The NYC 100 Hour Film Race begins tonight! I'll be with Jesse James Hennessy's crew as co-writer and co-producer. Jesse has assembled a bodaciously talented group of actors from stage and screen. This could be veeeery interesting.

The Film Race is an international competition that challenges filmmakers to create short films (5 minutes and 30 seconds max.) in 100 hours. Filmmakers are e-mailed a theme, prop, and action and have 100 hours to write, shoot, edit, and upload an original short film.  

This is the same outfit that runs the 24 Hour Film Race, where this summer we placed in the top 24 finalists - out of a worldwide field of hundreds of entries - with our film A Drink in the Dark.


12/3/14

Well, the Great Craigslist Debacle just gets better and better. 

My preliminary investigation suggests that there was only one complaint about my demonic Craigslist ads (see below). But, get this: the complaint came from someone at Northern Quest Casino. 

That's right. Somebody from the gambling hall was morally indignant about my classified ad. (It wasn't Miss Kitty, was it? Or one of the other saloon girls?)

Still, I'm trying not to judge. Let's remember that the Roman soldiers, when dividing up the personal effects of crucified Jesus, had the good sense to gamble for Christ's robe so they wouldn't have to tear such an obviously fine fabric.
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Oh, by the way, I had "professional ads" on Craigslist for a week before the Ad-From-Hell incident. No one responded. Yesterday we had nearly 30 applicants.


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I was forced to remove two employment want ads that I put on Craigslist because of "many complaints," presumably from customers.

One ad was for Prep Cook: 

The restaurant is looking for a prep cook.
Duties include prepping stuff. Minimum wage to start but quick raises if you're not stoned or stupid.
Special bonus consideration if you can explain the purpose of a bacon-stretcher.

Below the ad I included the photo from the 12/1/14 post below of the people falling off of a cliff into the pits of Hell. 

The other ad was for Dishwasher:

The restaurant is looking for a dishwasher. 
Duties include washing dishes. Must be able to endure occasional boredom punctuated by long periods of surrealism and horror.

I included the lead photo from 12/1/14 of the man in flames.

They were obviously jokes for the type of people who work these kinds of jobs: young people, punk rockers, pot heads, and other pariahs and ne'er-do-wells, people who still have a sense of humor. 

I can assure you that everyone who complained has never endured a shift in our dish pit. Ask someone who has. They'll tell you my description is right on. 

If I offended you, I couldn't be happier.


12/2/14

 

 

                                                                   Please Stand By

 

 


12/1/14

The first shot of Apocalypse Now is obsessed over by many directors. It's the sound, yo.
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If atheism grew out of Judeo-Christian tradition, what does atheism mean in a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist context?
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Mark Twain on plagiarism and originality, in a letter to Helen Keller.
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Hell has changed over the years, from a place of stillness to one of fiery torment to gaudy satire. It all depends on what sells.
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How every part of American life became a police matter.
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No one who has ever given a TED talk has ever gotten laid.
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Dear evangelicals: You're being used.
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China is planning to build a canal across Nicaragua. Some want to stop it with force.
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The timeline of human evolution: From cell with nucleus to Einstein.
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This 19th Century Japanese folk tale still inspires UFO believers.
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A journalism student shreds the case against Mike Brown.
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Some people can hold their breath for five minutes, others barely one. The trick is rather surprising.


11/30/14

Ten lessons on filmmaking from David Lynch.
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Throughout history we've had an affinity for the humble fart joke.
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How will we make music in 200 years?
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The world's deadliest terrorist group issues pancakes recipe. Jihadelicious!
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Do you reeeeally know how the internet works? Take the quiz.
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A drug derived from certain mushrooms, psilocybin, is being reexamined for its medical applications.
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Did you know that "female hysteria" was once "treated" by doctor assisted manual stimulation of the clitoris?
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How to survive an elevator free fall.
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"HOW LONG CAN YOU TREAD WATER?"
   ~  Bill Cosby 


11/29/14

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11/28/14

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11/27/14

 photo n-FERGUSON-large570.jpgWhat?!! Just when you thought mainstream media was bought off. From Time magazine: The violent protests in Ferguson are part of the American experience. Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture.
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The secret talents and obsessions of 10 famous creators – J.R.R. Tolkien's paintings, Richard Feynman’s sketches, Marilyn Monroe’s poetry, Sylvia Plath’s drawings, and more.
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How the US media would cover Thanksgiving if it were in another country.
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Are "We the People" useful idiots in the digital age
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Only two camera shots: the video for The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars.
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The best turkey frying disasters on the internet.
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Why does the White House always pardon white turkeys?
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The Roman Dodecahedra are fist-sized bronze artifacts found throughout Europe and dating back nearly 2,000 years. More than 100 have been found, but there are absolutely no records to hint at their purpose. What say you?
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A Pakistan court has handed down a 26-year jail sentence to an actress who acted in a scene about Muhammad's daughter.
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How the Civil War created Thanksgiving.
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The conspiracy theory that Alex Jones is actually long-dead Texas comedian Bill Hicks.
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Dressing the part: From Doc Martens to pantaloons, what revolutionaries wore to the big uprisings.


11/26/14

my To-Do List:

  Think of your next creative project as if it is embodied within a Magical Transmitta-Box. Of course you can change the Treble and the Bass. But, you can also adjust the Absurdity level. You can play with the Wonderment switches. You can dial down the Practicality or crank up on the Oppression knob. Introduce the Existential or tune in the Puritan. Push different combinations of the Seven Deadly Sins buttons. Thump the Regularity readout; sometimes it sticks. Fiddle with the antenna and try wrapping it with aluminum foil. 

  While biking, develop a system of escape/evasion routes throughout the downtown Spokane area via alleys, trails, bridges, walkways, the tight spaces between buildings, etc., just in case it becomes necessary to dodge the police, federal agents, zombies, invading armies, or invading extraterrestrials for that matter.

Plan a long-distance road trip. You're due for a big one.  Travel only roads you've never traveled before. Shoot way too much video. Take a wrong turn on purpose. Stay in dumpy, small-town motels. Add some Kahlua to your morning coffee. Have potentially dangerous sex. 

  Try not to be such a dick.


11/25/14

Hieronymus Bosch, the trendiest apocalyptic medieval painter of 2014.
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Picasso on success and why you should never compromise in creative work.
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In "targeted" US drone strikes, the vast majority killed are those not targeted
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How cops control poor black neighborhoods: A sociologist reports from the inside.
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Here's an illustrated catalog of untranslatable words from around the world.
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The emotion of wonder inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it - but why do we have it?
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Here's a BBC documentary about the history of the English madhouse.
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Does eating carrots really improve your vision?
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Neal Cassady's letter that inspired Jack Kerouac's On The Road is discovered.
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The Sand Creek Massacre: The opening of a national historic site in Colorado remembers one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native Americans.


11/24/14

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was ... 50 years ago...

Last night I was researching the strange terminologies associated with the Catholic Eucharist: transubstantiation, transignification, consubstantiation, impanation, epiclesis, etc, when suddenly the name of the priest of the church we attended in Post Falls in the early to mid-60s popped into my head: Father O'Donovan, a name I hadn't thought of in decades. 

I googled "Father O'Donovan Post Falls" and this website came up: Monsignor Timothy John O'Donovan died just two months ago. 

I realize many are waiting for the all-too-common horror stories or molestation jokes that often follows any mention of priests today. But I'm sorry to disappoint you. 

Although I left the church not long after reaching the Catholic age of reason, and I can't remember ever actually believing the Catholic take on Christianity, I am left with the vision of an extremely kind and gentle man. I remember how his presence radiated peacefulness and spirituality, that sometimes his face actually seemed to glow. I remember him patting the back of my head and feeling something electric flow from his fingers into my skull.

Only now do I realize that I actually loved the man.

So, Father O'Donovan, wherever you are, I'm sorry I lost contact with you. I'm sorry if I hurt you when I left the church. I'm sorry I missed your funeral.

But, I know you would have forgiven me.


11/23/14

A vision in 1531 believed by many Mexican Catholics to have been the Virgin Mary - ultimately printed miraculously on a coat - draws millions to Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City every year. One year it drew me and my son. We stood directly beneath it. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life
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"Vape" is the Oxford Dictionary's 2014 Word of the Year.
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Here's a CGI rendering of the world's tallest rollercoaster coming to Orlando.
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Here's a modern spin to the 50's classic Teardrop Trailers, incorporating new technologies and innovative design for living in the wild.
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Coca Cola introduced an ice bottle in Colombia that melts away with no waste after use.
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Why God will not die: Science keeps revealing how much we don't, perhaps can't, know. 
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This guy took a class on how to pick up women, and learned more about male anxiety.
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What happens to your body when you consume alcohol and marijuana at the same time?


11/22/14

Anonymous claims to have evidence directly connecting Ferguson Police Department to the Ku Klux Klan
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Patti Smith and David Lynch talk Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Pussy Riot.
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Soon, millions of men will be having sex with life-like female robots.
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Passwords: More than an annoyance, they are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. They are totems of our inner lives.
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Genius designs that are both simple and functional.
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An investigation into the fear of creepy clustered holes.
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An atom is about 99.999999999% empty space. If you removed the empty space from the atoms of all people, the entire human race could fit in the volume of a sugar cube.
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The Children of Woolpit is an ancient account dating back to the 12th century, which tells of two green-skinned children, speaking an unknown language, appeared at the edge of a field in the village of Woolpit in England.
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Why do people write graffiti on bathroom walls?
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Sister Mary Corita, nun, teacher and pop art pioneer.
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I've been pen pals with nearly 50 murderers and serial killers.
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Utah considers cutting off water to the NSA's monster data collection center.
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Rigid morality, hypersensitivity, no taste for bad taste: The art world is now among the more self-policing areas of contemporary culture.
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The Ramones do three songs at CBGB's in 1974.


11/21/14

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Oh, all that stuff that was here this morning...
It's gone. Not sure what I did.


11/20/14

On the benefits of the three-act screenplay structure.
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photo - ssgThe Playground of the Illuminati
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The man who has been handing out cash to Spokane homeless is a convicted Idaho felon, on parole on Grand Theft charges.
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How to beat those anti-boozing bracelets.
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Have you heard about the Honda unicycle?
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Why do some Asians wear surgical masks in public?
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  Jesse and Jason during the shooting of Mr. Dark.
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Sweden has a global rep as a leader in developing innovative technologies. But will a trend for inserting microchips in the human body catch on? Here's one of the first Swedes to do so.

This guy doesn't like it at all.
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Here's a time lapse of the wall of snow that consumed Buffalo.

Obviously, some people thought this would be a good opportunity to GO SURFING IN LAKE ERIE.
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How to fold the world record paper airplane.


11/19/14

I just submitted my story to The Inlander Fiction Contest, with TWO DAYS TO SPARE before deadline. Oh, the things I've learned since my college journalism daze.

Also, in two weeks we'll be doing the 100 Hour Film Race. Why? Because somebody has to carry the Crazy Torch.

And I just read Jesse's script for Episode Two of the Mr. Dark Series. Production sometime in January.
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Lunch at the Robot Cafe: What Japan's automats portend for American restaurant chains.
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The ultimate tyranny: Research on the iconic power of human heads suggests why decapitation holds special horror.
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SIX FEET of snow in Buffalo, New York, in the last 24 hours. Winter overpowers America (and it's not even winter yet).
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If you're in the Flogsta neighborhood of the Swedish city of Uppsala, scream out your window at night and see what happens.
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Warmonger, fishmonger, fear-monger, rumor-monger - what's the deal with the word "monger."
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Ten dystopias that are more relevant than ever before.
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Good luck explaining why you're still single and Charles Manson isn't.
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Lay, lie, laid, lain - learn when to use each of these verb tenses.
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From The Nation: About Anonymous' activism - a look behind the mask reveals a naive techno-utopianism.


11/18/14

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and noff noff in Swedish?
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American Psychological Association investigates the role psychologists played in the US torture program.
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The field just got a bit smaller, ladies. Charles Manson is getting married.
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The unanswered mystery of the 7,000-year-old Ubaid Lizardmen.
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Deep in the Amazon jungle, a National Geographic writer takes part in an ayahuasca ceremony, and finds a terrifying - but enlightening - world within.

Common themes in South American Indian yage experiences.
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"The banks and the corporations had a simple plan: to remake America to serve them. But pulling it off would require electing a spokesmodel as president."  Watch the four minutes of Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story that shows how Ronald Reagan sold out America.
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When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War. The media wouldn't run the picture.
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Penn Jillette explains his libertarian view to Bill Maher.
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Here's a cool article in the Review about early Spokane Valley farmers who built structures with river rock.
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The history of pigments: Why colors you see in an art museum can't be replicated today.


11/17/14

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11/16/14

DNA tests on bizarre 6-inch skeleton shows it to be human.
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Erowid, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive, accurate and current database of psychoactive drugs on the internet, approaches its third decade.
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As this new war rages (yeah, we are at war, remember?), mainstream media silences the debate.
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President Obama can issue an executive order today that requires government contractors to disclose their dark money campaign contributions
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The Yaybahar: The invention of the strangest acoustic instrument.
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Bill Maher and the Islam debate: There is a need for frank talk about Islam and Christianity. Liberals should be on the side of real debate.
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Watch the head of a match ignite and disintegrate at 4,000 frames per second.
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Why chefs hate people.
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Frozen dead guys: Is cryonics an ambulance into the future or the latest twist on our ancient fantasy of rebirth?
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Imaging at a trillion frames per second. Seriously.
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A new documentary and a new book look at Himmler and Eichmann through newly discovered letters.


11/15/14

The Man Show is in Spokane at the Fairground: truck pulls, helicopter rides, stuff blowing up, motorcycles and women with large breasts! I can't wait for The Woman Show: sewing, cooking, bathroom cleaning, man pleasing and baby rearing.
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An Idaho teacher killed and skinned a rabbit in front of his class of 16 students.
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Patti Smith to perform at Vatican Christmas concert! I wonder if she'll perform Gloria.
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The dystopian reality where everyone is a suspect and the war is an ongoing battle to "keep you safe" is a recurring theme in literature, sci-fi, movies, and historical reality - it's a repetitive construct of our past.
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The everyday cannibals and murderers of Los Angeles: Who needs film noir when you've got these insects in the City of Angels? No, we're talking actual bugs, here.
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Can you tell which drug someone is on just by looking at their eyes.
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Despite 11 hours of cold storage, a 91-year-old woman was discovered alive and well after a mortuary technician detected movements in her body bag.
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Why do things sound scary?
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Watch as a neurosurgeon opens up a patient's skull and clears the clotted blood from the surface of her brain. Graphic footage, to say the least.
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Here's the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer.
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Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews British comedian and activist Russell Brand about his controversial book, "Revolution."
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Here's video of scientists descending into the "end of the world" Siberian crater.


11/14/14

UN official accuses US states of violating international law by legalizing pot.
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Time skeptics question history, space, and the clock itself. They insist that through careful manipulation, minutes and seconds as we know them can be altered or even erased.
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A group of scientists discovered that they could tell what random number a person was thinking of from the movement of their eyes.
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The big problem with Kim Kardashian's butt photos that nobody is talking about.
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Our Lady of the Holy Death is the fastest growing religious movement.
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Three words that drive English language learners nutty.
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Billy idol says punk didn't make a dent in the political system.
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Women having a terrible time at parties in Western art history.
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Scientific American magazine asked readers to send in images of obscure, obsolete electrical devices.


11/13/14

Here are some "behind the scene" promotional pieces I did for Jesse's Mr. Dark Series:

 

 

 

Also, I added an Oddities page to the website.


11/12/14

Humans landed on a comet today.
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The New York Times has published an unredacted version of the famous "suicide letter" from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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"I'm sorry, sir, the Star Trek convention was last weekend."  --->
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Meet Morpheus, the Greek God of Dreams who delivered messages from the gods to the mortal world.
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I think the world is ready for Shroud of Turin wrapping paper for Christmas.
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Evidence of Biblical tripping? 
Read Exodus 30:22-33
Read the Calamus page from Erowid.org.
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Here's a story I wrote in March of 2001 after my son and I returned from a grueling overland trip to Mexico City ... It's a good thing we got back when we did.
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God may send a man good meate, but the devyll sende an evyll cooke.
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The Effects of Celery on Women's Panties: Here's a collection of 50s pin-ups by Art Frahm featuring women (1) who are carrying celery, and (2) whose panties have fallen down.
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A visual guide to schizophrenia.
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Alien abduction or "accidental awareness"? Where do stories about alien abduction and experimentation come from? Perhaps the operating room on Earth.
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"How merrily we headed for catastrophe."
   ~ Albert Speer


11/11/14

Hearing criticisms of your own beliefs is essential to form a considered opinion. The right to be offended is a vital right - and it's under threat.
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"Guccifer" rampaged through the email accounts of rich and powerful Americans and others, showing the ease of going rogue on the internet.
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Five major banks have been named in a lawsuit by wounded US vets under the theory that they indirectly helped fund attacks on US troops by Shi'ite militia groups.
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Vintage ads to keep women in their place.
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Lenders can now disable your car if you're behind on a payment: people with poor credit are being sold cars with GPS-based kill switches.
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What's up (sorry) with the condoms of the future?
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Many physicists - including Stephen Hawking - believe time travel is possible.
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California just became the first state to defelonize drug use.
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John Oliver on the lottery.

John Oliver on the salmon cannon.
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The unbelievable skepticism of the amazing Randi.
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The apples that Johnny Appleseed planted were used to make America's beverage-of-choice at the time, hard apple cider.


11/10/14

I'm trying something a little different today. Half of my posts will be done telepathically. Later today, when you think of something interesting or funny, that was me.
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Sick of people around you doing their own thinking? Here's a psychological concept you can exploit. It's called pluralistic ignorance. Please use responsibly.
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Creativity, Madness and Drugs: Would we have Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds had the Beatles not taken LSD?
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The daughter of one of the country's leading clinical researchers of psychedelic-assisted therapy visits Amsterdam: A Trip With Dad.
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Operation Cue: When you need to know what a nuke will do to a neighborhood, sometimes it's easiest to nuke a neighborhood.
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Tricking someone into trusting you in order to gain something from them is common behavior in both the animal and human worlds.
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Subjects who kept pace with a walking colleague estimated a potential enemy to be smaller and lighter than did other walkers who were not marching. In related news, I don't know but I've been told, Eskimo...
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Sokushinbutsu and the ancient Japanese monks that mummified themselves to death.
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Scientists at U of W achieve direct brain-to-brain communication between humans.


11/9/14

 photo img_1915.jpgTransrealism: The first major literary movement of the 21st Century? wiki
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Scientists are now one step closer to understanding the biology behind visual and auditory hallucinations.
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The acid test: Can you dissolve a body completely?

The most notorious acid bath murderers.
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 photo static_managed_img_Scitech_660_371_entangled-diamonds.jpgThe technology to get you back doesn't exist: Why thousands of people are willing to die on Mars.
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Zero Hour: The telling of time was a matter of survival and strategy during WWI.
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The rise and rise of sexology - treasures from the Institute.
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How your brain decides without you.
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Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they could only happen in a lab. Yet life depends on them.

Have we been interpreting quantum mechanics wrong this whole time?


11/8/14

photo - ssgThe Lizard People: The greatest political conspiracy theory ever.
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Here's a studio recording of The Beach Boys recording Good Vibrations.
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A new website is giving fans the chance to bid on sex with porn stars.
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Ten eminent historians are asked, Who are the most influential figures in American history
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Laser tattoo removal is actually more complicated than you might think
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Here's a video of a giant but lightweight human-powered helicopter built by two young Canadian engineers.

Click here to play the Canadian National Anthem.
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photo - ssgPeople once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or have sex. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?
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Bernie Sanders has proposed a bill to make Election Day a national holiday. You can support it here.
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Love him and hate him: Bill Maher on GenerationASS.
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Here is how likely each form of birth control is to result in unplanned pregnancy.


11/7/14

With the election out of the way, President Obama is ready to talk to Congress about getting approval for war in the Middle East. In related news, my doctor will ask if it's okay to leave the artery clamp in my belly that he left in my belly.
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Will machines ever think like humans? And if they did, how would we know?
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The corporate coup d'etat is nearly complete. Think Jeb Bush in 2016.
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The Pageant of the Masters is a bizarre annual spectacle in which actual living humans pose as paintings and sculptures by the old masters.
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Furry furniture that looks like taxidermied Dr. Seuss creatures - comic and surreal.
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The Navy SEAL who they say shot bin Laden? He's from Butte.
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Police say man with no hands and no legs is armed and on the run. Huh?
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The particularly grotesque headless chicken solution aims to raise poultry birds without suffering. 
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We know very little about the effect of space travel on the human psyche - but what we have learned so far suggests that it's profound.
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Playboy does a positive review about alcohol vaping.
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Noam Chomsky: US is the leading terrorist state.
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What Nobel Prize winner Obama doesn't want you to know about Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
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A seventeenth-century nun and Susan Sontag debate the merits of self-portraiture.


11/6/14

Well, I've heard the Coeur d'Alene gun show is pretty good.
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What a horrible tragedy: A group of self-serving, warmongering lowlifes lost control of the United States Senate to a group of self-serving, warmongering lowlifes.
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The philosophical implications of the urge to urinate.
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Here's another big, wet slap in the face: Did you remember that yesterday - Election Day - was also Guy Fawkes Day? Why "V for Vendetta" is more important now than ever.
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Ten famous female Dadaists you should know.
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This could be good: Narcopolis - all drugs are legal. An elite unit works to keep the black market down and the licensed drug companies rich. No, it's fiction, really.
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When you get right down to it, marijuana was the only real winner in yesterday's election - now legal in Alaska, Oregon and D.C.
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Punctuation tips: How to properly use dashes, hyphens (yeah, I know, I purposely do it incorrectly), parentheses, quote marks (double and single), apostrophes, ellipses, brackets, slashes, question marks, and exclamation points.
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I Don't Know Jack: a documentary about the troubled life and violent death of Jack Nance, who starred as Henry Spencer in Eraserhead, and a number of other parts in David Lynch movies.
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Ah, give me a break, at least the sun shone briefly yesterday.


11/5/14

I suspect that nothing bad will happen today. There will be no car accidents. No one will slip in the tub. No family will be evicted from their home. No child will cry. We will not bomb anyone today and no one will bomb us. Men of industry on a campaign to enrich themselves will instead do something for the public good. People will smile and hold the door open for one another. The sun will shine today.


11/4/14

Ha! John Oliver on the power of your state legislature.
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NASA actually had to publically deny a humor site's hoax that the world will experience a 6-day blackout caused by space debris.
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Gen. Keith Alexander, former head of the NSA, didn't just grab billions of call records from AT&T. He also stood to profit off of its customers.
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Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus.
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Bill Gates is backing a company developing a device implanted under the skin and releases birth control hormones on demand.
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 photo elephant_by_nudigital-d6l7oti.jpgWhy Fabien Cousteau wants to build an underwater city.
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On the eve of the midterm elections, 42 percent of Americans endorse President Obama's performance - alarmingly high given his administration's ethical and legal lapses.
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The true story of the Elephant Man.
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"Progressive" Pope Francis champions a conference of exorcists.
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Patriot Act power now overwhelmingly used in drug investigations.
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"Time is the substance of which I am made."
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Over the past decade, addiction has come out of the shadows and into popular culture. Here are ten studies that shook the addiction world
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Why are some people left-handed?
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Supposedly, here is an interview with a "CIA spook about political murder."


11/3/14

The psychology of a horror movie fan: Scientists have tried to figure out the appeal of axe murderers and creepy dolls, but it mostly remains a spooky mystery.
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Daylight Saving Time is the greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on the American people.
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Five pro-pot myths that must be busted.

Third generation Kennedy fears marijuana legalization.
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The modern day witches of Poland.
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Hopi legends and the Flying Shields: The Hopi believed that the Ant People came up from the ground.
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Prince's eight minutes on SNL.

Chris Rock's monologue last night on SNL: on the Freedom Tower and the commercialization of American holidays.
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The true story of Pocahontas as NOT told by Disney.
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Do parallel worlds interact with one another? There is a new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes.


11/2/14

Have a wonderful Day of the Dead!
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Devil in the room: an eight minute documentary enters a world between dream and reality to explore the science - and horror - of sleep paralysis.
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The most terrifying non-horror movies: Kid terror is the worst terror. So a nameless coachman abducts young boys and takes them to a place called Pleasure Island, where they're turned into little asses? That's right: Pinocchio.
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Some Scientologists were giving out this anti-marijuana tract for trick of treat.
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Bonus sniff: New York haunted house display uses putrescine  and cadaverine, two chemicals responsible for the characteristic odor of a decaying corpse.
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Rockers' best appearances in Eighties horror movies.
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Your reaction to "gross" pictures can betray your political beliefs: Liberal and conservative brains show different activity patterns when they look at pictures of things typically thought of as disgusting.
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Did gladiators drink an energy drink made of ash?
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The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting regions that don't normally talk together.
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The Leonardo self-portrait hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers.
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If you could enhance just one aspect of your brain, what would it be? Technology is shaping our thinking about mental abilities and their improvement.


11/1/14

Mr. Dark - Episode One - is online. Folks are diggin' it.
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God is the Machine: In the beginning there was 0. And then there was 1. A mind-bending meditation on the transcendent power of digital computation.
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Bill Nye speculates on the future of mankind: Is the human species still evolving?
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The revolving dining room in Emperor Nero's luxurious palace really existed.
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Four psychological terms that you're using incorrectly.
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A visit to Rob Zombie's Haunted House - on acid.
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What happens to consciousness when we die? "I am, therefore I think."

Embrace the unexplained: Materialism constricts our study of consciousness, but mystery compels it.
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Listen to "Montage of Heck," a music montage made by art school punk Kurt Cobain, years before his fame.

What would John Lennon, Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain look like today?
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Debunking the myth of why the atomic bombs were necessary to end World War II.
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Something time travelers should remember about Earth's ancient past.


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