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


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



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Running With Scissors Since 1999

I won first place in The Inlander's Short Fiction Contest. Read my story:
Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit

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


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I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

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

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

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.

Special Report

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


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.

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

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.)

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


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.

I make soup.

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

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

I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

The Dairy Heirs

NYC 24 Hour Film Race

A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Premiered in New York.)

50 Hour Film Slam


The Burning

Oxy and Drakkar

48 Hour Film Fest

The Appraisal


The Sacrifice

The Tenth Floor



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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.


 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.

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


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

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..

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


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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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 

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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.

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.

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with weird stories 
behind them.

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

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

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of my stuff

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

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.

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

 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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of my stuff

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

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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Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park


Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen


Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters


Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?


$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade


Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil


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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
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5



Other Past Issues

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


Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges (who recently spoke in Spokane on the "Wages of Rebellion") is hard on Bernie Sanders in this piece from Truthdig: Make the Rich Panic.

The 3-Pipe Solution: The underrated creativity of Sherlock Holmes.

What is the difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?

Why bees build perfect hexagons.

Facebook's dumb attempt to ban Gustave Courbet's masterpiece painting "The Origin of the World" reveals its ignorance about life itself.

Here's a 2005 story by David Foster Wallace about the cutthroat world of political talk radio.

Does fear of death explain the development of art, religion, language, economics, science, and almost all of human behavior?


Samuel Rosenstock left Romania and became Tristan Tzara by "pranks, buffoonery, intoxication, sabotage, taboo-breaking, playing childish and/or dangerous games, waking up dead gods, and not taking education seriously."

The lewd and lurid 1970 sexploitation posters.

How people kill one another in war: "...there are things that you can't put in a book because they are too horrific."

The top ten things I've always wanted to say to David Letterman.

Ten tricks to appear smart in meetings.

Poppy water and Jesuit's powder: Experimenting with some antiquated mild psychoactive drugs, and how the lines between recreational drugs, medicinal remedies and food have always been blurry.


Harvard professor Steven Pinker culled exam questions from his course "Psychological Science." Test your knowledge.

Hundreds of people live in tunnels beneath Las Vegas.

Here is a video breakdown of the philosophies of Karl Marx, Adam Smith, John Rawls, Henry David Thoreau, and John Ruskin.

Why "Psychological Androgyny" is essential for creativity.

Militarizing ourselves toward a new dark age.

A brief visual history of weapons: An illustration of mankind's creativity when it comes to killing.

Take the Jeopardy Contestant Application Quiz.


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It's about time. I was saying this twenty years ago. From the Spokesman-Review: Questions arise over Col. George Wright's legacy.

This from the Columbia Journalism Review: The media's reaction to Seymour Hersh's bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful.

Ten popular mind control techniques used today.

America's simplistic adoption of the COEXIST bumper sticker signals a dangerous inability to understand the roots of religious conflict.

"When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite."
   ~  Sergio Leone


Electrocution as a humane method of execution was first proposed in 1885. Five years later, a newspaper recorded its first use: Rigor of Death.

Cooper's Dream. "The gum you like is going to come back in style."

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears..."
  ~  Aldous Huxley

Here's a lecture Huxley gave in Berkeley in 1962 where he discusses this concept.

A man on his way to LA - where he hoped to become a music-video producer - has his life savings of $16,000 seized by federal agents. The term meant to give this crime a veneer of legitimacy is "civil-asset forfeiture."

Here's John Oliver's take.

Here's an 1899 interview with Nikola Tesla that shows how far "out there" he really was.

Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul? The strange history and significance of a much-loathed space.


Here's a behind-the-scenes short I did for Jesse's Mr. Dark series: Jesse records the amazingly talented Christopher Lamb on the violin.


Cult horror director Ron Ford mentions Jesse and the Mr. Dark series in a recent blog.

Gov. Inslee declares drought emergency throughout Washington state.

The Boston bomber is given the death sentence. Maybe they'll put him in a boat and shoot a thousand holes in it.

Bernie Sanders has already won.

David Lynch is back on the new Twin Peaks.

Here's a cool film about transhumanism, head transplants, DNA digital codes, killer robots, nanotechnology, psychedelics and cryogenics.


Pssst. Hey, you...


Countries around the world are revoking the freedom to assemble.

For some soldiers of the Second World War, the best souvenir was a human skull.

There are still a few good reasons to read the Spokesman-Review. One is columnist Shawn Vestal - in today's paper: Spokane's Eighth Man Group Loud, Proud and Short on Substance.

Here's Adam Sandler's funny and emotional ode to David Letterman.

Grannyjazzer: The many euphemisms for our most obscene polysyllable. 

Q: Does writing fiction cause manic-depression or merely mimic the symptoms of manic-depression?
A: Yes.

"If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of atoms — little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence, you will see, there is an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a little imagination and thinking are applied."

~ Richard Feynman 


I have two days off from The Restaurant - the first real days off I've had in months. What do normal people usually do with this leisure time?

A Spokane citizen has sparked a free speech debate at the Spokane City Council by trying to restrict his use of the word "hookerville" when referring to the East Sprague area.

The reporter who broke the My Lai massacre story, the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse story says the story we've been told - about how Osama bin Laden was killed - is a lie.

Here's Ronnie James Dio's 1983 Budweiser radio ad.

Archivists uncover a stash of lost Mark Twain stories.

Richard Feynman reminds us that our divisions of life are artificial and arbitrary.

Banksy: The subversive and secretive street artist has turned the art world upside-down.

One hundred military manuals you can download for free.


My son James was in town yesterday to celebrate his 40th birthday and we were having a drink at Mootsys with some of his old punk rock friends and they were talking about the raucous, hard drinking, Devil-may-care, party-all-night, slam dancing old days and then James mentioned something about his pediatrician.

To be fair, he later went out and smoked Cuban cigars and shot a machine gun.


Click here to watch and vote for Jesse's entry in the 50 Hour Slam film competition: Chef's Cut!


Oh, my dear, faithful readers, there soon could be some very dramatic changes in my life. Stay tuned.


I hear a lot of bikers complaining about Spokane drivers and their lack of respect for the two-wheel commuters. I bike to work daily, and have found that total lawlessness is the answer - sidewalks, patios, narrows between buildings, wrong way down a one way, zipping through red lights. I play a game where I try to break as many laws as possible. My record is twenty transgressions per mile, which you'd think would be easy to break, but so far I've limited myself to misdemeanors.


Congratulations to director Jesse James Hennessy who won Best Editing for the 50 Hour Slam entry "Chef's Cut."

Bloomsday today: All of downtown Spokane smells of caramel corn, body odor and urinal cakes.

On musical mind control from Mesmer to the Satanic panic.

Very telling: See who has contributed to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton as opposed to Bernie Sanders over the past 25 years.

The Untold Story of Silk Road: How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.

One hundred years ago, Spokane's crematorium offered residents free ashes for their gardens.

Massive bridge to connect America with Russia? The 12,519 mile mega-highway would allow you to drive from New York to London.

The world's weirdest urinals.

Murder, torture, mass death by plague - the dark side of Mother Goose.

Congratulations to the British Empire for acquiring yet another royal parasite.


It's Bloomsday weekend, which means I'll be holed up in the dingy recesses of The Restaurant's nether regions until Sunday night. Barring any injuries or arrests, I'll see you back here Monday morning. Wish me luck.


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Madness and meaning: Depictions of insanity through history.

A Spokane man wants to build a 35-story downtown high-rise on the southeast corner of Division Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.

Researchers working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense have come up with bullets that can self-steer their way into the flesh of a target.

With Hillary and Jeb favorites in the presidential race, a Nobel Prize-winning economist says we're headed for oligarchy.


Wow. I just watched Birdman, an unpredictable story with excellent acting - constantly moving, appearing to be shot in a single take - emotional, funny, philosophically relevant, poignant, the best movie I've seen in many years. 

Multiple sources say that Bernie Sanders is going to announce his run for the presidency this Thursday.

How much does a gruesome murder affect the price of a house?

How the Baltimore riots started: Teachers and parents tell a different story from the one you've been hearing in the media.

Images of the Baltimore riots you won't see on TV.

White people rioting for no reason. The hypocrisy of it all.

Why don't our brains explode when we watch movies?

Ten making-of documentaries that are better than the actual movie.

Spanish cartoonist combines black humor and extreme discomfort in wordless, six-panel comics.

1868: "The streetwalkers are adept in deceit. Their chief object is to procure money, and they do not hesitate to plunder their victims in order to obtain it."

Downtown Spokane's new Davenport Grand Hotel to hire 300 people.


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 real mystery.

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 antireligious propaganda.

Study claims to have solved the mystery of Easter Island's giant stone hats.

Amazing. They were this good 50 years ago. The Rolling Stones in concert 1964.

Personal ads from the past two hundred years: "Any gal what's got a cow..."

Scientists 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.

An 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 that medical marijuana dispensaries will no longer exist in Washington State starting next summer.

How we lost touch with animals, life and death, and learned to find butchery repulsive while eating more meat than ever.

The FBI cuts constitutional corners in order to incriminate, then tries to change the subject.

Which dysfunctional personality type are you? 

Exploring uncharted territory, neuroscientists are making strides with human subjects who can "talk" directly by using their minds.


The world's languages in seven maps and charts.

Did they realize what this woman was staring at when they chose her for this pasta jar label?

Here's the Rolling Stones' Rice Krispies commercial from 1964.

Your deepest 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.

The science of mental time travel and why our ability to imagine the future is essential to our humanity.


Check out this brilliant comic of Banksy's call to arms against advertisers.

Screen acting master class by Michael Caine

Kurt Vonnegut diagrams the shapes of stories, including Hamlet, Cinderella, and the infinite miseries of Franz Kafka.

Human 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.

Chris Christie vows crackdown on marijuana if he becomes president.

Student: Can I borrow a pencil?
Teacher: I don't know. Can you?
Student: 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.

Embarrassing phrases even smart people misuse.


I've watched a lot of good movies during the past few months. Here're some of my favorites:

The Grand Budapest Hotel - a fun and quirky Wes Anderson farce. Brilliantly acted and directed.

Interstellar - Christopher Nolan's extra-dimensional yarn. The climb from "meh" to "wow!" was a fun experience that took the entire film - I 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. 

The 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 flick. photo mooneye.jpg

Starry Eyes - be careful what you hope for. Another deal-with-the-devil story, but told in an original and compelling way.

Tusk - risky filmmaking that paid off. You're a brave man Kevin Smith.

V/H/S: 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.)

Black 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 television...]


Today is National Surprise Drug Test Day!

 Sex, sadism and swastikas: The psycho '70s Nazi sexploitation cinema cycle.

In 1855, Fitz Hugh Ludlow goes on a bad trip: "I have been taking hashish - Cannabis Indica, and I fear that I am going to die."

John Oliver (and Martin Sheen) on CNN's Doomsday Video.

Dickheads: "Couldn't we say that a tie is really a symbolic displacement of the penis, only an intellectualized penis dangling not from one's crotch but from one's head?"

A team of researchers is studying the possible links between reported hauntings and indoor air quality.

Film director Lars von Trier on sex, alcoholism and his reaction to the Copenhagen shootings.

Thinking of making a micro-budget feature? Here are some essential tips.

Twelve celebrities discuss their experiences with LSD.

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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 national holiday. 
Sign 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."
   ~  Carl Sagan


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.

How a giant orange ball will help this man survive a year on top of an iceberg.

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.

The banker behind Hitler's shadow empire: It takes a lot of money to take over the world.

The varying temperaments of British and American storytelling.

The Naughty Nineties (1890s that is): A Victorian pop-up book for adults only.

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.

How to undress in front of your husband - from 1937. Oh, Trixie...

How the North Vietnamese remember the conflict 40 years after the fall of Saigon.


Why the atrocities of Henry Kissinger should be mandatory reading.

New 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.

Here's every type of annoying person you're friends with on Facebook.

How attractive are you to the opposite sex? Esquire's 1949 questionnaire.

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.


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“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.” 
   ~  Ray 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 Mann.


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 Trickster Sorcerer.

Incredibly 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.


I watch therefore I am: Seven movies that teach key philosophical lessons.

How politics makes us stupid.

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 your breath."

The vintage 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."
  ~  Tom Clancy

This writer thinks the Golden Ratio in design is a bunch of hooey

Kids nowadays...


I'm still crushed from learning about the death of my mentor, Almut McAuley. (See my tribute below, 4/12.) Hug a teacher today.

Gunter Grass, German Nobel laureate, dead at 87.

Adult and sexploitation movie posters of the 60s and 70s.

The most disturbing human experiments in the last 100 years.

Here's an IMDb list of movie people born in Spokane.

How to beat a polygraph test: "A polygraph is nothing more than a psychological billy club used to coerce and intimidate people."

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  "Look Enrico, 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.




The story of invisibility: Thoughts, feelings, personalities, psyches, morals, minds, souls: The world is held together by what we cannot see.

The most offensive SNL sketches, according to FCC complaints: swearing, blasphemy, and Justin Timberlake.

It's only a matter of time until this happens in America: Indian 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 youths straight.

Talking 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 substances.

An 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) ?

A US 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 school.

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.

Smoking hallucinogenic toads: The search for Bufo Alvarius, a toad species that contains a high dosage of the hallucinogen 5-MEO-DMT in its body.

Goths raving 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.

Prediction 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 ... yeah...

This 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.

The 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 pa.

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?

How 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.

Five brilliant jokes almost everyone missed in famous movies.

Average life expectancy: Will you live longer than a Founding Father or a wife of Henry VIII?

How technology is changing prostitution.

Psychedelics, 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 it: Buddha bowls.

Plutocracy the first time around: The first Gilded Age drove Americans into the streets as they refused to accept that unbridled capitalism was their fate.

California 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.

Trying to count cop killings when the feds don't want it.

David Lynch pulls out of Twin Peaks sequel after money dispute.

Can 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!


James with artwork at Mootsys ... photo - ssgEaster Schmeaster. Modern Christian holidays are just the 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.

Have we been duped into fearing artificial intelligence?

Hawking doesn't think so.

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 Bolton.

graphic - ssgIsaac Newton kept lists of his sins.

Sci-Fi reimagining of 19th century portraits.

Gruesome 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.
_____Oh yes they can...

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.

Judas: The most hated name in history, but probably the only apostle you can name.

When our descendants look back at us 100 years from now, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?

Jack the Ripper's letter to police.

The perils of plans: Why creativity requires leaping into the unknown.

Three things you must know about double negatives.


This is the very special BIG YELLOW 3 post.

Psychoactive plants in the Bible.

Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing.

The surprising roots of the word "slut."

Check out this bizarre government document detailing how to properly make cocktails.

How to survive the apocalypse.

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 nature: no-nature."
   ~  Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna


American police 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 night. Can designer stimulants extend that ability to all of us?

R. Crumb illustrates Franz Kafka, and why "Kafkaesque" doesn't mean what you think it does.

The Kafka statue in PragueWatch a time-lapse video of the metamorphosis of a common green darner dragonfly from a larval nymph.

Esquivel: 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 joke topics.

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 special.

The sanitized American cuss word "Dag nabbit" can be translated as "Yak fart" in most Nepalese dialects.

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