I spent way too much time yesterday watching videos
of outrageous standup comedian Doug
Private jets, sex toys, and faux-native American
to burning man.
trustworthy are DNA and other crime scene tests?
Mars has seen its fair share of pareidolia
in recent months. But a soup spoon? The
debate goes on.
If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.
searchable speech will do to you: Will recording every spoken
word help or hurt us?
of advice from Werner Herzog.
Cooper talks about his drinking buddies Hendrix and Lennon.
I'm not ashamed to say that in the 70s I was a
Johnhead. Here are 10
of Rolling Stone readers' favorite Elton John songs. But, how
could they not pick this.
Or, Holy Moses, this. Or this.
And of course, the song that may have saved
A century before the recent controversy about
blackface at Whitworth, Al
Jolson appeared at Spokane’s Auditorium Theater in blackface.
things about the CIA that the world needs to know.
How far can a motorcycle lean
in a turn? (Get out yer thinkin' cap.)
The most amazing buildings in the world that
haven't been built yet.
Video essay: Scorsese
in the red.
films every film student needs to see. (What?!! No Bergman,
Fellini, or even Woody Allen? C'mon Marty.)
Diagrams that changed
"Fear and Loathing" cartoonist Ralph
Steadman illustrates birds on the brink of extinction.
In 1641, when the American colonists established a
legal code, the first capital crime was idolatry. The
second was witchcraft.
Ron Paul says Bernie
Sanders destroyed the Audit the Fed Bill at the last minute.
The driverless car has been involved in a smattering
of minor accidents because it observes traffic laws to the letter - and
An illustrated guide to pairing
wine and cheese.
Here's an homage to the late Wes Craven in the form
of a very short video essay
analyzing the use of sound in his horror classic, "A
Nightmare on Elm Street."
A 4.3 [downgraded to 4.2] magnitude earthquake
near Coulee Dam. What could go wrong there?
paintings of Clovis
Trouille. Now with Hi
Outrage after Auschwitz
installs showers to "cool down" visitors.
Squeezing, falsifying, accentuating, stiffening:
Clothing has always been about artifice. Choosing
what we wear has never been rational.
This animation maps the journeys
of 15,790 slave ships in two minutes.
From the ACLU: A DEA handbook reveals a government
form entitled "Consent to Assume Online Identity." Here's
how cops impersonate your friends.
Some physicists believe we're
living in a giant hologram.
A lady ordered a double entendre at the bar. The
bartender gave it to her.
How come some people believe
in the paranormal?
by their own inventions.
Nowadays, we are besieged by imagery of shootings,
executions, kidnappings and all manner of crime. Why
are we inescapably drawn to disasters and especially the moment of
Andre and Wally (mostly Andre) on
X88B88 looks like the word "voodoo"
reflecting off of itself.
Craven, master of the modern horror film, dead
Here's an article Craven wrote about his
favorite scary movies.
Here is his
website. How many of his movies have
you seen? Ten Craven quotes.
Study says that wearing
black clothing makes you appear more attractive, intelligent, and
Why do people believe
understand that the person who proofread Hitler's speeches
was a real grammar Nazi.
ranchers across fire-ravaged north-central Washington aren't sure of
their total losses. The devastation includes not only body
counts but hundreds of miles of fence, grazing land and water
Rain! Fresh air...
No awards from the Film Racing Gala event last
night, but our person at the New York scene says our film
"Mental" was well received by the audience.
Congratulations to all involved!
the entire Nez Perce-Clearwater Nation Forest to human entry.
Nestle's California water theft censored
1930s authoritarianism through Donald Trump.
A chocolate company slipped colorful cards
depicting theoretical life in the year 2000 into boxes of their
sweets. Altogether, 12 such cards were produced, predicting
how a range of activities would get upgraded for the 21st Century.
hidden patterns of birds and insects in motion.
What would happen if
everyone on Earth jumped at the same time?
The belief that prolific writing equals bad writing
inane, and demonstrably untrue, says Stephen King - who once
published four books in one year.
Here are some slang
terms for sexual intercourse over the last 600 years. I found
"Ride a dragon upon St. George" from 1698 a bit
closes all public lands starting tomorrow.
storm warning in Spokane and area until 5:00. Avoid
Just a small earthquake or a wee meteor strike is
all Spokane needs for the atmosphere - physically and
psychologically - to feel truly apocalyptic.
you are in New York City tonight consider attending the 24
Hour Film Race's Gala
Screening and Awards Ceremony. JJH Productions entry,
"Mental," (which I
helped produce) will debut as one of the top 24 films in this
worldwide event - for the second year in a row. I'll provide a link
to the film after tonight's winners are announced.
ways to end life on earth, according to 1962 cold war-era
In Orwellian fashion, Americans
have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their
humanity, freedom and health.
You can only ran through a campground because it's
A new technology, which scans crowds to decide what
kind of product to advertise, is evidence
that we're living in a dystopian satire written by a
Sarah Palin interviews
morning a disgruntled TV reporter murdered
his colleagues live on air. The gunman filmed
the murder. Obviously disturbing.
The FBI thought Ray Bradbury (yeah, you read that
BE A TERRORIST, saying, "The general aim of these science
fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis
or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria."
Glenn Greenwald: Chilling legal memo from Obama
DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens.
Books that even scared
to find out about air quality, smoke plumes and road closures
linked to wildfires throughout the Northwest.
Here is Banksy's promo
video for Dismaland.
From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why
fart jokes never get old.
The mythical mushroom portals of
the supernatural: Do
you dare enter a fairy ring?
picture of language: The fading art of diagramming sentences.
What the avant-garde industrial group Laibach
learned in North Korea.
their webs like guitars, interpreting the vibrations produced by
visitors that might be food or mates.
Spokane's air is still
I'm happy to report that all
zero of my stocks didn't lose a single penny.
The Okanogan Complex is now
the largest wildfire in state history.
Guardian article about the fires surrounding Omak.
A Spokane Valley deputy trained to spot stoned and
drunk drivers is
wrong nearly as often as he is right, blood tests from drivers
What might future colonists of the Red Planet be
able to grow,
cook, and eat?
A New York Times columnist says the US has a unique
opportunity to capture a war criminal: Let Sudan's president come to
New York to attend the General Assembly of the UN. Then
A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way
trip to Mars - what
drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches?
The new Oreo Thins: Will people pay more money for
less Oreo? Yes.
Air quality in Spokane is currently
of Republic on Level 2 evacuation notice.
Entire Spokane Reservation is
under Level 2 evacuations. All
Boeing patented a
drone that flies, submerges, and swims.
"Sometimes you just have
to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down."
period ends tonight for Terrain, an annual, juried multimedia
art and music event celebrating young and emerging artists in the
H. P. Lovecraft has inspired
board games, phone cases, thongs, podcasts, even a bar. Pretty
good for an artist unappreciated in his own time.
short article about David Cronenberg's "Consumed." I'm
reading this amazing novel right now.
video tour of Banksy's Dismaland.
The rumor that "orange" rhymes with no
other word is incorrect. Orange rhymes with Blorenge (a
mountain in Wales) and sporange (a sac where spores are
great opening lines in dystopian literature.
clear skies this morning in Spokane. Was yesterday all a bad dream?
Last Sunday, Chuck Todd on
Meet the Press - that stalwart of broadcast journalism, the longest
running news show in history - did three minutes and 20 seconds on
how much fried food you can get for $50 at the Iowa State Fair.
Naturally, I threw my shoe at
Then, last night the NBC nightly
news did two and a half minutes on the fires in Washington state,
three minutes and 20 seconds on the stock market dropping 520
points, and then followed up with a two and a half minute
dog-that-climbs-trees medley of three stories I'd already seen on
YouTube: the guy who made a half-court basketball shot, a giant red
ball that terrorized the streets of Toledo, and a family of
bears frolicking in a backyard swimming pool.
The bear story began with "... the
woods in New Jersey can really get unbearable..."
There went my other shoe.
Did you know that the
Catahoula Leopard Dog - the official dog of Louisiana - can, in fact
actually climb a tree.
People wearing dust masks, ash
falling from the sky, eerie red sun - you have to go back to the Mt.
St. Helens' eruption to compare.
It is actually getting smokier by the minute in
Northeast Washington fire
update, 1:45 pm.
Priest Lake on
declares a state of emergency for the state of Washington.
of road closures due to wildfires.
For first time in state
is accepting citizen volunteers to help fight fires.
Evacuations ordered for
northern sections of Ferry County.
area in Stevens County are ordered to evacuate. We're running out of
places to go.
Foucault was a philosophical
historian who questioned
many of our assumptions about how much better the world is today
compared with the past. When he looked at the treatment of the mad,
at the medical profession and at sexuality, he didn't see the
progress that's routinely assumed.
If David Lynch and Stanley
Kubrick had a baby...
Nestle pays only $524
to extract 27,000,000 gallons of California drinking water.
There were maple bars,
chocolate donuts, and lemon meringue pies everywhere. The streets
were oddly desserted.
Dismaland: Take a first look inside the nightmare version of
talks to The Guardian.
There is no
other 1960s intellectual figure whom Timothy Leary came to admire
more than Marshall McLuhan. He considered McLuhan’s famous
statement - “The medium is the message” - the most important
cultural insight of the ‘60s.
Bernie Sanders announces bill
to abolish for-profit prison industrial complex.
One million acres of the
Northwest are on fire.
firefighters are killed by fire near Twisp yesterday after their
excerpt from an interview with Banksy about his largest project
to date: Dismaland.
P. Lovecraft would have been 125 today and even
From Romero to "Walking
brief history of zombies in popular culture.
A new novel, "Diary of an American Terrorist,"
by Chuck Darwin, pictures Wall Street bankers and billionaires mowed
down by machine gun fire, dropped from high places, and having their
throats slit. It could be the feel-good hit of the year!
formed brain grown in lab, Ohio scientists say.
is in synthetic cannabis and why is it so dangerous?
Learn the 18th
century rules of proper dueling.
Here's the trailer for "The
Witch" a New-England folktale written and directed by
couldn't come up with a name after naming 56 other fires in the
Inland Northwest so they just called it the "Not Creative
River access point opens today.
Psychopaths may be immune to contagious
Vladimir Nabokov's novel
"Lolita" - one of my favorite books ever - was published
57 years ago. Here's
The Atlantic's review at the time.
Sarcasm is good for creativity, says
Sarcasm is just hostility disguised as humor, says
Sarcasm Detector is reeeeeally
useful, says this dweeb.
Ten novels that deserve
I'm reading David
Cronenberg's new novel "Consumed."
Frankly, while enjoyable, it's not an easy read. I've said nearly
the same about many of his films: enjoyable, but not easy to
More good news on the literary
McCarthy has a new novel coming out soon. "The
Passenger" will be released sometime in 2016.
flaunts sexy new beach body.]
Young coming to Spokane Friday, Oct. 2, at the Arena.
Banksy has allegedly been
massive pop-up theme park under the guise of filming a Hollywood
movie, and it's rumored to open a just a few days in the UK.
Scientists are still
struggling to understand how marijuana affects individual users: Exploring
the science behind differing marijuana highs.
postcards from the early 20th century.
I'm glad I waited a while
before heading south...
Animal Farm was published 70
years ago today.
What Orwell really meant (by George Orwell).
you've heard about chastity belts is a lie.
a hellish road trip revolutionized American highways: Quicksand,
food rationing, and embarrassment may have prompted Eisenhower to
push for a better highway system.
a film is so awful that directors don't want their name on it,
they'll credit it to a fake person named "Alan
Mirrors of Bergman: The
Criterion Collection has published and interesting film
essay that analyzes Ingmar Bergman's use of mirrors.
Pacific Northwest is on fire.
"If you were never concerned about the
threat of fire in the PNW & our ability to protect people and
property... you should probably rethink that concern. To say that
this season is epic is an understatement."
~ Brian Schaeffer, Spokane Fire Dept.
John Oliver on
By reading this you have
briefly given me control of your mind. Careful with that.
Seminude women in body paint
stroll parts of Times Square to be photographed for tips, drawing
curious onlookers and complaints.
pilots see when you shine a laser pointer at them.
The entire Okanogan
County is under a Level 1 fire evacuation notice.
Seen in Riverfront Park. (From the same people who write their
Bond, civil rights leader, dead at 75.
A brief history of skateboarding
The modern world, especially
online, is full of people getting offended with one another. Chill.
recognition software moves from overseas wars to local police.
Photographing the real
bodies of incorrupt saints.
Connecticut, a real-life ghostbusters couple built
a museum below their house to display the haunted artifacts
from their many cases.
reasons humanity desperately wants monsters to be real.
The federal drug schedule has
scientific reasoning behind it.
Matt Shea and Infowars react to Sheriff Knezovich's comments in
this week's Inlander cover story.
Leader of ISIS kept
American hostage as sex slave.
Worldcon is an annual
celebration of all things science fiction and fantasy, and that it's
beaming into the Inland Northwest next week is a pretty big
Envision Spokane's Worker Bill
of Rights campaign was handed a victory by a Spokane Superior Court
Judge, who denied an attempt by Mayor Condon to keep the
sweeping measure off of the ballot.
Why do we say incorrigible
and not corrigible?
Escribiendo hoy (en Ingles).
Spokane man accused of videotaping
himself having sex with three dogs and a horse. (But not at the
same time. So, I guess it's not that weird. Right?)
Could the Third
Reich happen here?
From The Inlander: So
what are "constitutionalists" and why would a deputy
worry about them?
Clarkston, WA, hires special counsel to prosecute
pot shop owners.
A Syrian monitor group says planes
from the US-led coalition killed civilians, including five
children, in an airstrike near Aleppo this week.
didn't people smile in old photos?
the GOP Clown Car - On the campaign trail in Iowa, Donald
Trump's antics have forced the other candidates to get crazy or go
Computer scientists find mass
extinctions can accelerate evolution.
do motorcycles lean so far without tipping over?
broadcaster Bob Briley dead at 91.
time got its arrow: Why does time only go in one direction?
patterns underlie the growth of all urban systems.
Smithsonian Magazine doesn't
buy the Shakespeare smoked pot theory.
Pope's climate push at
odds with US Catholic oil investments.
Arabia's new law defines atheism as "terrorism." Bans
all criticism of the government.
shaped forests on Google maps.
to blow up the queen on Saturday.
interesting facts about heroin.
Astronauts on the ISS ate
salad of lettuce grown in space.
Why does coffee make
of police torture seize China's attention: A man wrongly
convicted in a shooting death hired an artist to depict scenes of
the tactics he said were used to force him to confess.
Leonardo DiCaprio to play America's
most famously prolific serial killer for Martin Scorsese.
girls have led English language innovation since at least the
brontosaurus blissed out on prehistoric psychedelics as he
munched the swamp grass in Southeast Asia 100 million years
orbit is looking more and more like the planet’s surface - heavily
armed and primed for war.
How to hot
wire a car.
The United States, Russia and China are waging a
secret arms race
that could soon usher in a new generation of high-speed weapons
never before seen in warfare.
brief history of the words that literally
drive people crazy.
searing first encounter with David Lynch's "Blue
This is your brain on
it's not very smart: The ways that conumers are hopeless at
Why does coffee
make you poop?
"Is this a doobie which I
see before me?"
was discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's
[I think the Lincoln quote has been discredited.]
selfie sticks really tell us about ourselves. People forget that
narcissism is not just about being an egomaniac - it's also driven
by underlying insecurity.
John Oliver on
most depraved sex scenes from important cultural myths.
Ways to Film a Road Movie: Breaking down a road movie into every
shot. A visual index of all the different ways to film a car.
For most of World War II, the United States military
was seriously developing a plan that would have unleashed thousands
of firebomb-armed bats from planes above Japanese cities - and
it could have worked.
dark books for the literarily disturbed.
job discrimination against marijuana smokers.
Tarrare was an
eighteenth-century glutton who could eat paper, gold, meat pies, and
cats in one sitting. His peculiar and insatiable appetite got
him a job as a spy in the French army.
Seven tips for
keeping your man (from the 1950s).
Lives Matter" activists shut
down Bernie Sanders' speech in Seattle yesterday.
Sanders issued this
statement on the Seattle protesters.
mural in DC: Shooting the "war thug" presidents in the
What makes "Goodfellas"
so good? A video essay
Q: How many Freudian analysts
does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Two. One to change it, and the other to hold the penis.
index in Iran hits 164 degrees: Among the hottest urban
temperatures ever endured by mankind.
sounds in the films of David Lynch.
don't have sex with robots. Why would anyone put breasts on an
is the transportation of a person or object from one place to
another instantaneously. There
are many accounts where people have supposedly disappeared suddenly
and the phenomenon is found in the myths and legends of many
Three fun facts about cannabis
Astronauts have some weird
Ladder. I meant to say ladder.
so I didn't consider that Hiram might have lived at NORTH Perry (see
below). It's considerably less romantic.
reveals the finitude and futility of existence. It is
excruciating, debilitating, tedious, and essential to a happy life.
Best-Dressed human beings at the 33rd Annual Montana Testicle
Mary Poppins sings
triumph: Billionaire blowhard exposes fake political system.
Miller on materialism and the deeper psychological hunger
beneath our fixation on money.
Five ways that nuclear
weapons could still be used.
I tracked down the home
address of Hiram J. Markham as reported in his 1907
obit. (See yesterday's post.) It is an undeveloped area with the
remnants of some kind of old structure (Hiram's old digs?). One
thing for sure, Mr. M had a great view of the developing city.
One benefit of my obsessive
research project was to discover the Ben
Burr Trail and its many offshoots. I am ever amazed at how much
of South Hill/South East Spokane is wooded and undeveloped.
walk-in butt to teach Japanese children where poop comes from.
For kids? It's kind of creepy. But, put this in a downtown Spokane
bar and you'd have something.
Deja Moo: When you know you've experienced this
What happens when
you blindfold Ouija board believers?
happened to the wild camels of the American West?
A sheriff's Facebook post
asked drug dealers to snitch on the competition. It
"Art is always already
Yesterday I walked through the
"old section" at Greenwood Cemetery and snapped these
photos. Later, I could find nothing on the internet about Hiram J.
Markham except for
this brief obit in the Spokesman-Review, Dec. 3, 1907. His home
address 632 Perry appears
on Google Earth to be a small, undeveloped wooded area near
Liberty Park. Maybe I'll do some exploring tomorrow morning ...
Today I write...
The most depressing video game
ever: I spent a few hours last night
On any given day,
the average American going about his daily business will be
surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, both by
government and corporate eyes and ears.
Jon Stewart signs
from the 2015 KuroKekoCon at the Spokane Convention Center this
carries out first
drone strike in Syria from Turkey.
great quotes from notable people about marijuana.
"sanitized" narrative of Hiroshima's atomic bombing.
Game of Thrones' author George
R.R. Marin is coming to Spokane later this month for the World
Science Fiction Convention.
David Condon is trying to block the Worker Bill of Rights from
appearing on the November ballot just a week after the City
Council approved the measure for ballot.
The flip side of optimism
about life on other planets: A
case for why we're alone in the universe.
National Geographic's photo
cartoon describing how Marijuana effects a person. The
character's smoke pot and are cavemen for some reason. Its kinda
City of Spokane began demolishing
the under-the-freeway skate park yesterday.
whom or not to whom, that is the question.
we design the ideal city, or must it evolve?
City of Spokane sues Monsanto over PCB contamination of the
Naked is what you are when you haven't got your
clothes on. Nude is what you are when you have
intentionally taken your clothes off. Here's
why the difference matters.
A "creativity algorithm" explains: Why
do we love Picasso?
Just when you crave one more sensual hit, the
void of the float tank stops time, strips ego and unleashes the mind.
Here's a collection
of tweets with the hashtag #HistoricalClickbait - historical
events written as sensationalist headlines guaranteed to attract
is Psychology Today's collection of articles on
Narcissist in Your Life.
We need to start thinking about what kind of world
we're going to leave Keith Richards.
I've been pen
pals with nearly 50 murderers and serial killers.
ancient roots of doomsday prophecies and end of the world
behind stage fright? Paralyzing performance anxiety plagues even
the greatest artists, and nobody knows what to do about it.
people asked advice columnists in the 1690s.
to know if you're going to have a bad trip.
would have happened if Germany had invaded the US during World
Monkey's cozy alliance with
smart things to do when writing.
charming words for nasty people.
Donald Trump's companies have
sought visas to
import at least 1,100 workers.
Fashion and pop culture have
been especially quick to seize on the notion that robots
are slicker versions of ourselves.
The Espionage Act under the
Obama administration is being
used against journalists and sources when it's never been used like
that in history..."
This year, 25
new words or phrases have been added to an unofficial lexicon
designed to let you criticize the Chinese government.
it's like to be a death
row executioner in America.
Carter: The US is an "oligarchy with unlimited political
Of lions and men: Mourning
Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion.
something about Bernie. The revolutionary zeal of the senator
from Vermont is powering his improbable candidacy forward.
Drug testing 101.
colors we eat: Food color does more than guide us, it changes
the experience of taste.
words and phrases everyone should know.
The science of munchies: Why
does cannabis stimulate your appetite?
Moyers: Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be
birth of a new American political system and way of governing
for which, as yet, we have no name.
Sanders plans to speak at a rally in Seattle's Westlake Park on
This article in Counterpunch about Bernie Sanders is
and the Sandernistas.
options were there for the US regarding the atomic bomb in
Madame LaLaurie: The
baddest bitch in New Orleans.
How to shake
someone who's tailing you.
Thirteen pictures that capture
the wonder and thrill of archaeology.
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