It took a lot of fossil fuels
to forge our industrial world. Now they're almost gone. Could
we do it again without them?
Idaho earthquake cluster a
Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel
"A Journal of the Plague Year" reads
like a zombie tale.
Defoe's controversial career
as a pamphleteer.
The grotesque art of Soviet
Study claims to have solved
of Easter Island's giant stone hats.
Amazing. They were this good
50 years ago. The Rolling
Stones in concert 1964.
ads from the past two hundred years: "Any gal what's got a
descend into one of the mysterious Siberian craters.
Generations of Russian
scientists have spent almost a century fine-tuning preservation
techniques that have maintained the look, feel and flexibility of
Lenin's dead body - 145
years old today.
archaeologist has discovered liquid mercury at the end of a tunnel
beneath a Mexican pyramid, a finding that could suggest the
existence of a king’s tomb or a ritual chamber far below one of
the most ancient cities of the Americas.
The way medical marijuana is bought and sold is
about to radically change in Washington State. One big change is
marijuana dispensaries will no longer exist in Washington State
starting next summer.
we lost touch with animals, life and death, and learned to find
butchery repulsive while eating more meat than ever.
cuts constitutional corners in order to incriminate, then tries
to change the subject.
personality type are you?
Exploring uncharted territory, neuroscientists are
making strides with human
subjects who can "talk" directly by using their minds.
world's languages in seven maps and
Did they realize what
this woman was staring at when they chose her for this pasta jar
Here's the Rolling
Stones' Rice Krispies commercial from 1964.
and darkest fears turned into comics.
Volunteers in Sweden were tricked
into thinking their bodies had vanished, and the
"superpower" seemed to ease social fears.
science of mental time travel and why our ability to imagine the
future is essential to our humanity.
Check out this brilliant comic
call to arms against advertisers.
acting master class by Michael
Vonnegut diagrams the shapes of stories, including Hamlet,
Cinderella, and the infinite miseries of Franz Kafka.
zoos were big in Europe in the early 1900s. Africans and Asians
were put on display in their "natural habitats" and put to
live with animals in cages.
Nineteenth century "pickup
line" calling cards.
Three masters of horror - Landis,
Cronenberg, Carpenter all in the same interview from when they
all were at the height of their games.
Christie vows crackdown on marijuana if he becomes president.
Can I borrow a pencil?
don't know. Can you?
Yes. I might add that colloquial irregularities occur frequently in
any language. Since you and the rest of our present company
understood perfectly my intended meaning, being particular about the
distinctions between "can" and "may" is purely
pedantic and arguably pretentious.
phrases even smart people misuse.
I've watched a lot of good
movies during the past few months. Here're some of my favorites:
Grand Budapest Hotel - a fun and quirky Wes Anderson farce.
Brilliantly acted and directed.
Nolan's extra-dimensional yarn. The climb from "meh"
to "wow!" was a fun experience that took the entire film -
didn't realize I liked it until the credits rolled; it really stuck with
me. Like all of Nolan's films, a very original script.
Babadook - well-made Australian horror with good acting,
especially from the annoying, weird little kid. Local filmmaker Jesse
Hennessy pointed out to me how important is sound design for the success
of this creepy
Eyes - be careful what you hope for. Another
deal-with-the-devil story, but told in an original and compelling
risky filmmaking that paid off. You're a brave man Kevin
Viral - Critics, and seemingly most viewers, HATED this. I liked it. My favorite in "Viral" is the
second tale, about a man who invents a portal to a different
dimension. (Strangely, this story is entirely in Spanish, without subtitles, which
only adds to its otherness.)
Mirror - a very interesting and well written anthology series
showing the dark side of life and technology. The stories are funny,
provocative, shocking and disturbing. [Yes, with a pig, on national
Finally, a sincere American holiday - sanctioned by
the people, non-commercial, non-religious, non-political, with no
rules, no presents to buy, and no cards to send. Enjoy!
Bill Maher is petitioning Congress to make 4/20 a
the petition here.
Here's a list of all
4/20 celebrations across the country.
Fun Fact: In the year
2020, it will be 4/20 for an entire month.
"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an
impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the
serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately
needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
The interactive Periodic
Table of Irrational Nonsense.
The story of the
youngest person ever to be cryonically frozen, and the widening
allure of the human-freezing industry.
giant orange ball will help this man survive a year on top of an
Can life exist
on a planet without a star?
Don't worry about artificial intelligence. Worry
about artificial stupidity.
Riverfront Park prepares for its
$64 million makeover.
behind Hitler's shadow empire: It takes a lot of money to take
over the world.
temperaments of British and American storytelling.
Naughty Nineties (1890s that is): A Victorian pop-up book for
An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State's takeover in
Syria and Spiegel
Magazine was given exclusive access to his papers. They portray
an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious
fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating.
Here's what NASA plans to do if
an astronaut dies in space. Step one: Don't panic.
undress in front of your husband - from 1937. Oh, Trixie...
the North Vietnamese remember the conflict 40 years after the
fall of Saigon.
Why the atrocities of Henry Kissinger should
be mandatory reading.
words to add to the dictionary.
The story of America's
youngest serial killer.
Levitating train breaks speed record in Japan - 366
mph and counting.
type of annoying person you're friends with on Facebook.
How attractive are you to the opposite sex? Esquire's
Did you know that there was a study conducted to see
if someone from the future was here present in our time? Last year,
astrophysicists at Michigan Tech University figured
that if someone from the future traveled back to our time, there may
be trace evidence.
Jim Morrison predicts
the future of music in 1969.
“If you don't want a man unhappy
politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry
him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget
there is such a thing as war. If the government is
inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those
than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the
people contests they win by remembering the words to more
popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much
corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible
data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel
stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then
they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion
without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that
sort don't change.”
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Today's Craigslist post:
The Restaurant is
looking for Superman but will accept an experienced line cook.
This is an amazing opportunity for the right person.
Can you handle occasional high volume, high pressure work? Can you
stay busy when it's not busy? All positions needed - INCLUDING HEAD
CHEF. Unlimited growth and money potential with new, next-door
mega-hotel about to open.
Catering experience? A plus. Driver's license and
car? Plus. Own a chef's knife. Plus. Not a jerk. Plus. Plus.
No phone calls. No emails. If you're the right person, be prepared
to start immediately.
Serious, dedicated people only. Apply at appropriate hours. Ask for Stik
Spokane is number 15 on Seattle P-I's 25
Happiest US Cities to Live In list. (Seattle didn't make it.)
Carlos Castaneda: The
stupid ways that superheroes and villains have died.
Shar Lichty, an organizer with the Peace and Justice
Action League of Spokane, will
challenge David Condon for Spokane mayor.
watch therefore I am: Seven movies that teach key philosophical
How politics makes
No matter who wins the White House, the
new boss will be the same as the old boss.
Shot unjustly and gasping for air, Tulsa police
officer tells man, "Fuck
S & M of trailblazing pornographer Jacques Biederer.
"What the government is good at is collecting
taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good
at much else."
This writer thinks the Golden Ratio in design is
a bunch of hooey.
crushed from learning about the death of my
mentor, Almut McAuley. (See my tribute below, 4/12.) Hug
a teacher today.
Grass, German Nobel laureate, dead at 87.
and sexploitation movie posters of the 60s and 70s.
disturbing human experiments in the last 100 years.
Here's an IMDb list of movie
people born in Spokane.
to beat a polygraph test: "A polygraph is nothing more than
a psychological billy club used to coerce and intimidate
Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream animated
to the sound of Pink Floyd's primal music.
New quantum mechanics theory says parallel
universes exist, interact.
I just found out that my first and most influential
artistic mentor died recently.
I took a creative writing class at Spokane Falls
Community College from the tough-talking, very opinionated Almut
McAuley in 1987. Her fairly imposing presence, confidence,
unusual sense of humor, and German accent was a mind-expanding
experience for this small-town Metaline Falls boy having just moved
to "the big city."
Almut was the first person to tell me I could write.
She was the first to convince me that my artistic endeavors were
important and meaningful. She was the first to tell me that
something I wrote was really good. And she was the first to tell me
that something I wrote was really, really bad.
She encouraged my surreal streak and would
occasionally read to future students a story/essay I wrote entitled
Slimy Goo Drips from the Rotting Donkey's Eye Socket,"
which she said was "provocative and audacious" - words I
didn't even think could be used in the same sentence.
The first stories, poems and photographs I ever
published appeared in the third and fourth issues of her influential
lit mag The
Wire Harp - now in its 30th year.
She once told me she would haunt me if I didn't
reconsider my business major. I did, but she continues to haunt me -
in a good way. I feel her peering over my shoulder whenever I'm at
the keyboard, even as I write this.
Thank you, Almut. Your life was important and
meaningful. You changed the very course of my existence for the
better. I'll never forget you. Rest in peace.
story of invisibility: Thoughts, feelings, personalities,
psyches, morals, minds, souls: The world is held together by what we
The most offensive SNL sketches, according to FCC
blasphemy, and Justin Timberlake.
It's only a matter of time until this happens in
city to use pepper spray drones for crowd control. And then
rubber bullets. And then...
The Washington State House
approves ban on aversion therapy, which attempts to turn gay
shit: Alaskan lawmakers say Seattle lawmakers should shut down
Boeing if they're so worried about global warming.
What designers in the 1930s though
fashion in 2000 would look like.
Check out this psych student's graphic design
project of using popular
archetypes to convey the effects of different psychoactive
entire cabin is stolen from a Stevens County family. Later they
find it. How could this be an even better story? 1) If they lose
it again. 2) If they realize the found cabin isn't theirs. 3) ?
serviceman's chances of death in each major American war.
Facts that will change your
comprehension of time: Cleopatra lived closer to today than to
the building of the pyramids.
All over the country, kids
are getting shocked with tasers and sprayed with chemicals in
Police will soon have weapons
that can blind you for 10 to 15 minutes.
Here is Paul
Jones' cushy soft pop version of the Sex Pistols' Pretty
Vacant and the Ramones' Sheena
is a Punk Rocker.
hallucinogenic toads: The search for Bufo Alvarius, a toad
species that contains a high dosage of the hallucinogen 5-MEO-DMT in
to Thomas the Tank Engine.
Scientific ideas that scientists wish
you would stop misusing.
In 1937, guests at Spokane's Davenport Hotel could
purchase a T-bone steak dinner with baked potato, French fries or au
Gratin potatoes, a salad, rolls, dessert and a beverage for $1.25.
Add another fifty cents for the champagne cocktail special.
machine: The planet is awash in open, free data; can
military-funded research turn it into a crystal ball?
The Washington Post just published a
map showing the most liberal and conservative towns in each
state. No surprise about the most liberal in Washington State:
Seattle. But the most conservative: Addy (!?). Addy isn't even a
real town, is it? (It's unincorporated.) I think they picked it just
because it sounds like an old lady's name that no one uses anymore. So
song covers the five main elements of a story: setting, plot,
characters, conflict and theme. You will feel like a total dork
having listened to it.
elements of horror: Professional horror writers explore how
great drama lies at the core of the most frightening films.
Yes, Rand Paul is in the Empire game. No, I'm still
not voting for him. Yes, I did like his pa. No, he's still not his
The best tip for using
"whom" in formal writing.
Kick open the doorway to liberty: What
are we waiting for?
Senator Feinstein pushes for The Anarchist Cookbook to
be banned from the World Wide Web.
Download it for free here.
What do people throw in the ring now now that people
don't wear hats?
to make a secret phone call: Amid pervasive sensors, drones, and
data collection, making a private phone call can be nearly
impossible. But possible.
Someone's therapist knows all about you.
Today's billionaires believe they can defy
death using technology and data.
brilliant jokes almost everyone missed in famous movies.
life expectancy: Will you live longer than a Founding Father or
a wife of Henry VIII?
How technology is changing
consciousness, and the birth of civilization: The world is a
theater of experience and consciousness is fundamentally nonphysical
and one of the driving forces in the universe.
Five strange facts about American
internment during World War II.
I tried a version of this in San Francisco and loved
the first time around: The first Gilded Age drove Americans into
the streets as they refused to accept that unbridled capitalism was
vaping: A new subculture.
John Oliver on
Government Surveillance. He later interviews Edward Snowden
about the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.
to count cop killings when the feds don't want
Lynch pulls out of Twin Peaks sequel after money dispute.
science and religion be reconciled? Clips from Bill's
conversations with scientists Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir John Houghton
and the late Isaac Asimov, who shared their views on the
intersection between religion and science.
What you should know about
psychopaths and serial killers.
What happens when you put twelve fans around a
campfire? Fire tornado!
Easter Schmeaster. Modern Christian holidays are
old pagan holidays all gussied up in new church clothes.
James and his artwork at Mootsys --->
In an alternate universe, giant rabbits dress up
like humans and scare the poo pellets out of little bunnies.
we been duped into fearing artificial intelligence?
Is the mind solely identified with the brain? - Neuroenhancement
and the Extended Mind Hypothesis.
The extended mind: Recent
experimental evidence. Sorta.
New York Times publishes Bomb
Iran editorial by neo-con warmonger John
Isaac Newton kept lists
of his sins.
of 19th century portraits.
photos from murder scenes in turn-of-the-century Paris.
How to hack your body to live past 120: Treat
the body like a computer.
Check out this excellent article about my friend
Chef Dave: Consulting
the Bible at Bistro 222.
Go to Chef
Dave's Facebook page and try not to drool.
The evolution of science:
Then: If you don't conform to church
dogma, we'll peel your skin and burn you at the stake.
Now: If you don't conform to corporate
dogma, we'll ridicule you in public, we won't publish your work, and
you'll have to work independently.
most hated name in history, but probably the only apostle you
When our descendants look back at us 100 years from
will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?
Jack the Ripper's letter
perils of plans: Why creativity requires leaping into the
Three things you must know about
This is the very special BIG
YELLOW 3 post.
plants in the Bible.
Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now
modern logic is learning why
that might be a good thing.
surprising roots of the word "slut."
Check out this bizarre government document detailing
to properly make cocktails.
How to survive
Stolen kisses and naked girls: Was
Lewis Carroll a perv?
Coming soon! The very special BIG
GREEN 7 post!
"The nature of things is to have no nature; it
is their non-nature that is their nature. For they have only one
~ Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna
killed more people in March (111) than in the entire United
Kingdom since 1900.
There are communities of people
who consider themselves vampires.
Some people naturally perform well after a sleepless
designer stimulants extend that ability to all of us?
Crumb illustrates Franz
Kafka, and why
"Kafkaesque" doesn't mean what you think it does.
Watch a time-lapse video of the metamorphosis
of a common green darner dragonfly from a larval nymph.
The meticulous Mexican maestro of Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music.
A Spokane man is arrested
for grave robbing.
A straight, male history
of sex dolls.
A scientific look at why
men like big butts.
They don't need to be that big: Why
have humans evolved such large penises.
A horrible way to die: The
Viking Blood Eagle execution.
Wikipedia's list of practical
I've given up on my search for the Silk Road. I
found a few Silk Cowtrails, a few Cloth-y Lanes. But no Dread
Pirate's. A few Yo-card Montes. Selah.
Once again Spokane has been listed in the top ten of
the Cities on the Most Top Ten Lists list.
Man thinking about just packing up and making
exact same mistakes someplace far away.
A Browne's Addition psychic says that in the future,
all babies born in Spokane County will receive a tattoo on the back
of their necks of the cartoon version of Burl Ives as he
appeared in the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas television
The sanitized American cuss word "Dag nabbit"
can be translated as "Yak fart" in most Nepalese dialects.
I realize more and more that when I start off a
sentence by saying, "Is it just me, or - " ... it's just me.
Critics fear military training exercise Operation
Jade Helm could be a precursor to martial law.
Economic inequality: It's
far worse than you think. "Oh, people don't even know. If
poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in
the streets." - from Scientific American.
If you want to make video essays, there’s no
better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for
Fake. What it teaches us
From the same dude: How
to do visual comedy.
I experience this quite often: Do
you suffer from Exploding Head Syndrome? It's when you're
startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist.
Inside the dirty world of quicksand
When the sun is just right, Spokane's evil streak is
(Right next to City Hall, of course.)
audition opportunity for Z Nation is today.
Teletubbies in black and white with Joy Division soundtrack.
plot ideas that every single classic TV show did to death.
Why women's shirt buttons are on the left and men's
are on the right. Because of horses,
babies, and Napoleon.
Sex in the Middle Ages: the
original "Just Say No" campaign.
Life forms that people once
believed were hoaxes.
What's the difference between a chick pea and a
Don't yawn, whistle, stand rigidly, or make
exaggerated grooming gestures while you're at the airport. They.
Zizek on freedom
Žižek argues that our current brand of global
capitalism is quickly outgrowing democracy and that a
divorce between the two is inevitable.
I'm whipping myself right now. And it's not as easy
as it sounds.
I realized that I couldn't do both - an absurdly
busy weekend at The Restaurant, as well as participate in the film contest -
so I chose to keep my job and pay my rent.
So I've hammered 3/4 inch floor tacks through the
end of my belt and am trying to get it swinging just right to where
I can whip it in an acceptable arc and slap it into my
bare back so it can tear off bits of my flesh when I yank it
forward. It really does hurt.
Basketcase weekend is coming up! It's the perfect
storm of insane busyness at The Restaurant because of a downtown "Broadway" show,
and the high school girl volleyball tourneys, coupled with the 50 Hour
Film Slam. Look for my posts to be "interesting."
Here's a good piece on the Zags in the Washington
tourney - How do you like Gonzaga now?
This short film by director Harmony
Korine (Gummo, Spring Breakers) examines the life of a
young survivalist in the backwoods of Alabama.
Here's Professor Robert Herold's critique of
the appearance of Pulitzer Prize winning author Christopher Hedges
at the Bing.
A short film by Frater Puck about William
S. Burroughs, possession, synchronicities and chaos magick.
(<-- Not this) But this --> is the
deliciously violent cover of Anthony
Bourdain's new graphic novel.
Nice resume', Jimi. Are you experienced?
Carroll's Rules of Letter-Writing can make
email more civil and digital communication kinder.
From Smithsonian: Modern marijuana is often
laced with heavy metals and fungus.
Wolfgang von Goethe on the psychology
of color and emotion.
This unusual film
short contrasts the first and last shots of 55 films.
Here's a film essay on Akira
Kurosawa's use of movement in his films.
tracking shots in Darren Aronofsky films that capture characters
from behind - and most employed when characters are experiencing
stress or disorder - forcing us to follow.
stuff: Using "that" and "which" is all about
restrictive and non-restrictive clauses.
Check out the B
GO Beyond flying car.
or die: Don't let the terrorists win.
winery's website hacked
with pro-Islamic State message.
Washington lawmakers propose
allowing pot-growing at home.
Spokane files a
new Worker Bill of Rights initiative.
The oddly reassuring
quality of surrealistic art.
Rider, the trippy wild west comic from High Times back in the
late seventies, early eighties. This brings back many very weird
of modern terror and crumbling Western values.
Why America is stuck
in never-ending war. For instance, 1) The privation of war...
Thoreau on what
it really means to be awake.
Where did kissing
We're getting ready to do the 50
Hour Film Slam next weekend. Acquaint yourself with the rules,
then watch our entry - Cursed
- from last year's Slam.
interactive map of the modern writer's mind.
Navy is experimenting with an electric railgun. Instead of using
chemical propellants or explosives, these cannons use only
Cocaine users have no idea what they're actually
putting in their bodies. There's not
much actual cocaine in cocaine.
What happens when
a meteorite hits snow?
When hip was
a thing: Buddy Rich.
One of the finalists for the Mars
One venture claims
the organization is a scam.
Spokane makes another
meaningless list: America's 20 most overindulgent metropolitan
areas. Spookaloo comes in at number 20 with 28.9% of the people
(too high), 8.1% are heavy drinkers (too low), and 14.9% smoke daily
People You'd Like to Torture Department: Here's
the Playboy interview with Dick Cheney.
bizarre, purpose-built city of Naypyidaw boasts 20-lane
highways, golf courses, fast wi-fi, reliable electricity ... and no
Photography students were assigned
to make knockoffs of famous nudes from the history of art.
What children in Washington state think
Eastern Washington faces a
run of dust storms and wildfires in the coming months, thanks to
an inescapable drought.
The average winter in Spokane produces 42.4 inches
of snow. This year we got 16.6.
world's descent into irrelevance and degeneracy - a critique of
would Jesus bomb, and other imponderable questions - an op-ed
in the Washington Post calls for war with Iran by people
uninterested in the tedious details of who will do the fighting or
whether the proposed war could be won.
Food presentations from restaurant
trying a little too hard to be original.
Art thoughtz: How
to Make an Art with Hennessy Youngman.
of spiritual amateurism in America.
The convicted child killer who made
a career out of impersonating a dead member of Sha Na Na.
with Kurt Vonnegut in the Paris Review.
Interviewer: What is a twerp in the strictest sense, in the original
Vonnegut: It's a person who inserts a set of false teeth between the
cheeks of his ass.
A scene from the Mr.
Dark Episode 2 wrap party:
John Oliver on the
Am I the only one making a connection between Vladimir
Putin's lost 10 days and the massive
display of force in the Russian Arctic?
Spokane restaurants get
A Coeur d'Alene woman is demanding $18,000 to pay
for clean-up after police shot and
killed a man on her porch. [She doesn't have a garden
Here's a white supremacist heavy metal murderer's secret
to picking up white chicks.
Elise Hill spent 9 years filming
her life as a prostitute.
Earth: New eco-friendly cigarettes kill destructive human beings
Heartbeat of the City
Bizarre: The cover story for the April issue of The
Atlantic magazine will be "Is it Time for the Jews to Leave
I've been hearing lots
of good stuff about the new horror film: It
Writer/director of "It Follows" discusses
the opening sequence.
American horror movie in years, says the Daily Beast.
Check out this
very creepy short film: What if you found out that everyone
dreamed about you last night?
Now that it's over: The
origins of Friday the 13th.
A Nine Mile Falls resident politely
asked two men to not "borrow" her lawnmower while showing
them her gun. They discontinued the borrowing process.
My friend Arp Xigar has been saying this for many
years now: Cows
Simulations back up the theory that the
universe is a hologram.
Every year, sharks kill 10 people. Every year, 100
people die from being stepped on by cows. Moo.
the night 200 feet underground in the Caverns Inn, a unique
Route 66 motel and diner.
Nazi project aimed to breed back into existence an extinct set of
killer cows and succeeded, sort of, using the same techniques
employed to purify the Aryan race.
for the afterlife? Consult this handy guide to Dante's nine
circles of Hell and find out who you'll be spending eternity with.
of the Evil Cows meme.
Frank Zappa's cover
of Stairway to Heaven.
If belief in God means nothing to you, why
proselytize one way or another? On the strange
nature of evangelical atheism.
Cult leaders who used
sex to control.
Attention is a finite resource, harvested by
cost of paying attention.
High school students would need to score 70% or
better to graduate if an Idaho bill passes. Take
firecrackers all at once.
Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York - tipping
mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should
If popular music is escapist fun, why
are the songs often so sad?
The deep problem, for
Dick, wasn't that
mechanisms might become more manlike. It's
that men might be reduced to mechanisms.
Public Bath House, built in 1914.
People take Molly not just to get high but also
makes people feel friendly, loving, and strongly connected to one
The first of many multimillion-dollar projects to
remake Riverfront Park launches this week as the
city begins building a team that will determine the overarching look
and design of the park.
The wisdom of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" in
Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the
four steps to arguing intelligently.
Fence/tree collision near Mission Park.
And then there's the
Monty Python way.
Why did victims in Islamic State beheading videos look
your seventh son turn into a werewolf? Unless the Argentine
president adopts him?
Mount Rushmore was supposed to look.
What hath God wrought?
Activist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris
Hedges thinks America is ripe for revolution. He is in Spokane
tonight at The Bing for a talk on the "Wages of
A humanities professor collected data from thousands
of novels. The research suggests that plots have only six archetypal
out the collision of data and fiction.
Kurt Vonnegut on the
shapes of stories.
Peter Sellers reads The Beatles' "She Loves
four different accents.
US weapons exporters lead
the world in war profiteering.
Why the city of London should revive a
19th-century plan for an uptown necropolis - a death pyramid -
population 5 million.
A magical day in Spokane yesterday:
The temp was below freezing
when I biked to work; sunny and warm at 65 degrees by mid-afternoon.
There were hundreds of people in Riverfront Park. I heard six or
seven different languages spoken. I eavesdropped on a German family
who were taking turns imitating the roar of the falls. I
considered offering a native roar, but decided against risking an
Here's an interesting site
about Spokane history from the Public History program at Eastern
Washington University. And there's an app.
Only humans seek to remove
their hair, using
increasingly strange and impressive methods.
Did a human or a computer write
Here are all
of the rockets of the world to scale.
Beethoven is the preferred musical accompaniment to
virtual killing: The
rise of first-person Romanticism.
culture has become more like David Lynch's hair than at any
other time in recorded history.
The never before told story of one of the world's
most beautiful and iconic music venues, The
Julijonas Urbonas' Euthanasia Coaster: A
roller coaster designed to kill people.
We live on the edge of drowned worlds and are
descended from their inhabitants. What lies beneath the flood myths?
of the Deep, an essay on underwater civilizations.
Daylight Saving Time is the
greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on the American people.
Burgess and the
top secret code in A
Shaky, old video of Stevie
Ray Vaughan doing Voodoo Chile at The Gorge in 1990.
Naked bodies dipped
A new documentary lays out how
the fossil-fuel industry funds talking heads to sow confusion about
climate change in a deliberate imitation of the successful
doubt-sowing tactics of the tobacco industry.
50 protesters - many of them armed - gathered on federal grounds
in downtown Spokane yesterday to express concern over the arrest of
an Iraq war veteran who was carrying an assault rifle outside the
Thomas S. Foley Courthouse a week earlier.
Yes, these people are scary looking. No, I wouldn't
want to have a beer with them or see their taxidermy collection. But
I do not understand the liberal's bloodlust for wanting these people
Some of the smartest human beings in modern history said that
it is a good thing for the government to fear the people. What better way of
accomplishing this than having armed citizens march in front of the
Brownstein and Fred Armisen on how
to order coffee.
Babbage was one of the fathers of computing, but in
his fascination with mathematics and engineering, he had a curiosity
with the occult: Like
the time Mr. B tried to summon the Devil.
Riverfront Park prepares for its
things happen that you can't explain: Are
experiences evidence of the supernatural?
Top 10 emerging
technologies of 2015.
Check out The
Logan, Gonzaga University's version
of The Onion.
A year after flight MH370
disappeared, Wired Magazine looks
most logical (and craziest) conspiracy theories.
Kingdom wants a big laser gun: It
won't just dazzle, it will burn.
Happy "Oh, Shit, I Haven't Paid Rent Yet"
My friend Arp Xigar insisted that I check out a
disturbing mural near Third and Division in downtown Spokane. I did.
And, yes, I could see how it might make some people feel a bit
uneasy. The next day, someone
things you do at restaurants, according to restaurant workers.
John Carpenter's cult classic "The Thing":
"The film pses a series of existential questions, the first one
it's even possible to discuss The Thing without sounding totally
The city of Spokane
installs signs to curb prostitution.
People are affected
genetically by the traumatic experiences of their ancestors.
The four stages of being
a dive bar regular.
double penises to "human werewolf syndrome," a
sampling of scientific oddities from Lapham's Quarterly's
How making movies in Washington can
boost the state's economy.
A stunning overreach from the DEA is
playing out in Eastern Washington.
Magritte, comedian: “It’s noticeable that
many of the techniques Magritte uses for creating his mysterious
to be found in comedy writing. His pictures are frequently
structured like jokes.”
Bank of Canada urges Star Trek fans to stop
"Spocking" their five dollar bills.
Seattle man claims
he is Kurt Cobain.
The ghoulish post-mortem
fairy tales of Mothmeister.
Burial pods turn
you into a tree after death.
Brown, chef and Food Network personality, ate
his way around Spokane this weekend.
natural philosophers discuss the mind: An imagined conversation
explores perspectives on the brain and consciousness.
Stages of decay, mourning practices, and afterlives from across the
Why should we have to rely on a priestly class of
experts who are the sole inheritors of technological knowledge? Our
laptops are sleek and polished, our operating systems are fluid and
is easy and that's a problem.
Why our children
don't think there are moral facts.
K. Dick, a heavy user of methamphetamines, experienced a series
of visions in 1974 which
caused him to believe that time had stopped in the year 70 and
that the world around him was an illusion.
Gogh on principles,
talking vs. doing, and the human pursuit of greatness.
We've grown: My old friend Phopaw showed up out of
the blue yesterday. We went out for breakfast and talked about old
times and THE SCENE MAGAZINE DID NOT COME UP EVEN ONE TIME!!!
Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden,
CIA-inspired "black site."
demand answers about Chicago "black site."
Your Body! - a bizarre psychedelic sex education video
supposedly made for children.
And since we went there: Snoppen
theory calls cooperation into question: A recent solution to the
dilemma," a classic game theory scenario, has created new
puzzles in evolutionary biology.
You can be religious without being a hate-mongering
Bible thumper who denies evolution. You can be scientific without
being a know-it-all who denigrates people of faith: What
the science-vs-religion debate ignores.
skit I've seen in a long time: A father (Taran Killam) has an
emotional moment as daughter (Dakota
Johnson) goes off to join - ah...
idea must die: Some of the world's greatest thinkers each select
a major misconception holding us back, from race to IQ to the self.
Nobody knows what happens inside quantum
experiments. So why are some people so keen to believe in parallel
the Many Worlds hypothesis just a fantasy?
forgotten images of Islam: Popular early US tales depicted
Muslims as menacing figures in faraway lands or cardboard moral
World's first grid-connected
wave power station is switched on in Australia.
Scientific American finally
cuts through the crap about the color of "that dress."
What happened to words like aquabob, clinkerbell,
daggler, cancevell, ickle, tankle, shuckle, crottie, doofers,
honeyfur and zawn?: Our
shrinking vocabulary of landscape.
William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook in
1971, when he was only nineteen. Thus
ensued a very unanarchic quest, on his part, to remove it from
print. Sooner or later, even hippies put on a coat and tie.
From S-R columnist Doug Clark: The strange story of the
unsolved murders at The Spokane Street Motel.
are the songs sent into the deepest reaches of space on the
Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.
Did Magic Alex promise
to build the Beatles a flying saucer?
Oh, the stories I could tell if I didn't need to pay
Cronenberg on The Metamorphosis: The master director on Kafka
and growing older.
Here are some of Jesse's storyboard notes for the upcoming Mr.
Dark shoot this weekend. --->
easy hikes near Spokane.
Still waiting to see if my Kahlua and coffee will
use its powers for good or evil today...
Alejandro Jodorowsky on
of folks who illegally hop trains across America.
Hitler on modern art: "Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism,
Impressionism, have nothing to do with our German People."
work and video from Gaza.
I'm only writing this so I'll stop staring at the
black void below the 2/23/15 and the
lonely blinking vertical line where nothing was being written.
Over the years of living in or near downtown
Spokane, I have developed what can only described as a spiritual
bond with the Spokane River. This connection is easily sealed at
times like these when the river is high and I can stand on one of
the footbridges and be in awe of its roar, feel its spray coat my
face, feel its rumble at my feet. Other times more effort must be
put into the worship, and I have to step down to the river's edge,
kneel like I'm praying, and physically dip my hands into the water. It's
at those times when spiritual gifts are granted - like the other
early morning, as I waited for my hands to dry and warm a bit, and
in my hypnagogic state the wisps of fog on the surface became as
hundreds of ghostly alien babies and I became the sole judge of
their slow-motion jitterbug competition.
I am so obsessed with trying to turn a mediocre
restaurant into a professionally run organization that I have
lost track with nearly everything going on around me. We could be at
war with Idaho and I wouldn't know it. The president and all of
Congress could have revealed themselves to be lizard people and I am
ignorant of the fact; I probably served them fettuccine. Please,
God, let me talk to one person today who doesn't smell like food or
It was the nicest day of the year so far. I took a
few hours off from work (the first real break I've had since
Thursday) partook of a wee bit of our state's newest freedom, and
went for a bike ride. It seemed that all of Spokane had crawled from
their lairs and into the glaring sun, as if the Winter evil has already
There were so many people on the Centennial Trail
there were traffic jams. At one point, on the arched walkway over
Freya Street, I had to stop while a clan of foreigners - perhaps
Russians, oblivious to our customs - claimed the entire trail, the
men walking up front, followed by the women and children.
Behind the children trailed the youngest woman of
the group, mid-thirties or so, very attractive, and pushing a baby
carriage. She stopped, looked at me and smiled, seemingly
For a moment I felt like a Savanna predator about to pick off the
weakest of the herd. Then, her smile twisted slightly, became
something entirely different. Her eyes grew wide. Her nostrils
flared. And for
the next ten seconds or so, we boned the dog snot out of each
other with our eyes only.
It was primitive and lewd and wonderful, probably
illegal where she came from. Then she walked on, leaving me all
sweaty and snorting like an ox. She actually stopped at the bottom
of the bridge and lit a cigarette. It was the best sex I've never
What's left of my heart and soul belong entirely to
the restaurant for the next two days...
To the guy I was arguing with at the coffee shop
yesterday about the justification of the state and private companies
requiring urine tests for employment: What if instead they required
a feces test? Would you poop in a cup for the Man?
I've been working on the
Mr. Dark website. Last night I did this animated GIF
of Reilly and Frost:
That's a wrap for the first filming weekend of Mr.
Dark. Jesse says it went spectacularly well. Keep up with the
creative madness by clicking
Shooting of Episode Two starts tomorrow!
I knew the Seahawks lost when I saw some lady's face
paint streaked with tears.
Please bear with me for a few more weeks, good
readers of this humble site; I'm still neck-deep in restaurant
horrors. Even still, I'm able to keep at least a few toes dipped in
the aestheti-pool of Spookaloo:
(1) I am putting the
finishing touches on a new sci-fi/horror (?) short story and am
considering where to submit "The Singular Notion of the SR28 Basic
(2) I'm doing what
little I can to assist director Jesse James Hennessy (who was
recently voted into the local film society) as he gears up to begin
shooting Episode Two of his Mr.
Dark Series this weekend.
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