New findings raise more questions than answers about
the rocks could have made it to Stonehenge.
Filmmaker Norman McLaren's powerful anti-capitalism,
Naked Brunch: The recipe for William
S. Burroughs Eggs.
Chomsky quotes that expose the American empire.
a fake case to get on Judge Judy.
Retail cannabis stores are getting ready to open in
Washington State. But at the same time in the Netherlands, decades
of permissive pot policies are being eroded.
protests in Rio de Janeiro BEFORE the big soccer games. They
should get meth heads and South Sudan rebels to referee.
Germany's response to neo-Nazis: The
German Apples Front.
Kurt Vonnegut on
the shapes of stories.
Some scientists believe that parallel
worlds exist and will soon be testable.
shot, buried on Bundy ranch. Nevada family in dispute with feds
posts disturbing images.
Theoretical physicist says
that consciousness is a state of matter, based on surrounding
Rychlik v Rajci-Jestrebi malem
Medical marijuana: how
the evidence stacks up. For many conditions, marijuana's
effectiveness remains uncertain, says Scientific America.
Making a McDonald's commercial in China: a
short film about propaganda and consumerism.
Teddy has an
True facts about the octopus.
The story of how polygamy created a schism among
early Mormons - and ultimately led
to the murder of the religion's founder.
The Bundy Paradigm: Will
you be a rebel, revolutionary or a slave? Some attempt to write
off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as just a show of force by the
militia-minded; but the ordeal goes far beyond grazing rights or
tension between the state and the feds.
Santeria is Cuba's
new favorite religion, with participation coming from all levels
Why kidnapping, torture, assassination, and perjury
longer crimes in Washington DC.
There is little
difference between solitary confinement and being dead.
Charlie Chaplin, monster?
He was a suspicious and angry man. His ego had no limits, nor his
interest in young women. Did he inspire Nabokov's
[I think this article is provocative, but I
strongly disagree with the author's assertion that "The Great
Dictator" was a "back-handed compliment to Hitler."]
Ken: What do two
Sisters of the Cloth use to keep everyone in step?
Stan: It's a conundrum.
THIS LINE IS COMPOSED OF ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
An economic middle D.
Up one step to a brisk E.
Back down to repeat the D.
Then, after a barely noticeable rest, up to a dramatically sustained
F, to which, if you are feeling adventurous, a bit of vibrato may be
I just agreed with Jesse to enter the international 24
Hour Film Race. That's right, it's like the 48 Hour Film Fest
but chainsawed in half. We'll be e-mailed a theme, prop, and action
at 7 pm on Friday, May 30th, and will have to write, rehearse,
shoot, edit, process and submit the following evening.
I watched Inside
Llewyn Davis (2013), the Coen brothers' latest about a young
singer in Greenwich Village during the folk scene in the early
Sixties. The movie is a lot like being in New York in the winter:
It's cold and depressing, but there's so much incredible stuff
everywhere. Justin Timberlake is awesome in a small role as a dorky,
cuckolded folk singer.
I watched Elevator
to the Gallows (1958), by the great French director Louis Malle,
in his feature film debut: a broken elevator gets in the way of a
perfect murder. The amazing music was improvised by jazz legend
I watched Whores'
Glory (2011), a good documentary - without narration - about the
daily routines and experiences of prostitutes in Bangladesh,
Thailand, and a Mexican border town.
I watched Orwell
Rolls in His Grave (2003), an excellent documentary about media
censorship, consolidation and propaganda. It has many minutes of
interviews with one of my unlikely heroes Bernie Sanders.
I watched Botched
(2007), a good example of how a group of otherwise decent actors can
be sabotaged by a poorly executed concept (slapstick horror!!?) and
an uninspired director.
One good thing about the Clive Bundy debacle is
that it is exposing the horrific power of media gatekeepers to tug
both the Right and the Left all around the ideological map like
little drugged monkeys with rings in their noses.
Read the comments at the end of the multitude of left-leaning
articles condemning Bundy that are being passed around via Facebook
and other social media. They can be summarized thusly: "He's trespassing,
plain and simple. Remove him and his gun-nut friends by force if
Now go read the multitude of right-leaning articles
condemning the Occupy protesters a few years ago: "They're
trespassing, plain and simple. Remove them and their freeloading
friends by force if necessary."
Sending memes and forwarding propaganda pieces have
replaced the expression of any original thought on this matter. The
political landscape has been reduced to a bunch of primates dancing
on music boxes, flinging their feces around and wondering why no one
has put any coins in their cup.
No, I do not dislike liberals. MOST of my favorite
people are liberals. I'd probably be considered a liberal myself if
I didn't keep tripping over all this weaponry.
And I'll probably end up voting for a liberal for
president in 2016 - in fact, an arch-liberal. This guy's so liberal
he can't even be a Democrat: Bernie Sanders (I-VT). I can already
see the campaign slogan: A Socialist Jew for Spookaloo.
Yes, I disagree with him on many things, and some of
his opinions nearly offend my libertarian core. But those are tiny
things when up against the big question: Are you a warmonger?
Of all of the potential candidates, only Sanders can
honestly and enthusiastically answer, "No!"
[Actually, the Democrats did have one non-warmonger,
Dennis Kucinich; but, if you remember correctly, he was assassinated
by his own party for criticizing Obama for ... (wait for it)
Well, one thing the Neo-Libs can be happy about -
even though they've had to put off quenching their bloodlust for
some jerkwad Nevada rancher who won't pay a fine - is that it is
highly improbable they will ever look as ridiculous as they do now
trying to goosestep in their Birkenstocks.
(Maybe we could bomb a few more wedding parties in
Pakistan to tide them over until the feds return with more
Editor's Note: Hey, did you notice above
where I coined the word Neo-Libs? I think it'll catch on! It's like
Neo-Con - where they're not conservative at all, they're just a
bunch of bloodthirsty warmongers. Likewise, Neo-Libs - they're not
liberals at all, they're just a bunch of bloodthirsty warmongers.
Let's just talk about kittens and babies today...
No turtles were harmed in the construction of the
I am bewildered by the people who are siding with
the Bureau of Land Management and the FBI in the fed's battle with
Nevada rancher Clive Bundy. This is not a case about some
insensitive guy running his cows over the people's lands and
threatening our reptiles. This is about a
family being surrounded by military-like police with assault
weapons and sniper rifles and declaring a no-fly
zone over their ranch. This is about protesters
being tasered and threatened with police dogs. And all of this
is from the same type of people and procedures and mindsets that
have a history of wide-ranging transgressions against the people,
from the pepper spraying of peaceful Occupy protesters to the
outright slaughter of the innocent, i.e., Waco
and Rudy Ridge.
William S. Burroughs lives...
to throw a shoe at Hillary.
Militias head to Nevada rancher's standoff with the
not afraid to shoot.
Anonymous on the
Bundy Ranch debacle.
of the future as imagined in 1893.
Mazes, monsters, charlatans, Satan and suicide: A
short history of the Satanic panic.
Spokane man alleges license-plate
profiling in Idaho.
What is the difference between "drugs" and
"medicine"? Here's how
yesterday's drugs become tomorrow's medicines.
China is trying hard to ban it: The short sci-fi
film Hong Kong will be
Destroyed in 33 Years has become a huge hit on YouTube in the
past month, racking up over 600,000 views. It's a bit short on the
sci-fi and long on the libertarian politics.
How stress assassinates
New tests show no
evidence of forgery in ancient papyrus text mentioning
science of lucid dreaming - in which the sleeper is aware he is
dreaming - and how it could affect waking life.
Mickey Rooney made multi-millions of dollars in his
90 year career in show business. When he died earlier this month at
the age of 93, his
estate was valued at $18,000.
Internet was down for a few days so I went outside.
It's a whole different world out there ... I'm back now.
Check out the design
concepts for the future of Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.
This year, 36 teams
signed up for the
50 Hour Film Slam!
Grosz and the necessity
Discover Magazine's flowchart helps you navigate
the slew of sci-fi films coming out in the summer of 2014.
A new weapon is being deployed in Pakistan to
challenge the US's bug splat drone strikes: Giant
pictures of the victims.
painful place on the body to be stung by a bee is...
He had a mortal dread of hair, posed as a cheese
merchant to outfox the Nazis, and made artworks out of semen: The
A to Z of Marcel Duchamp.
Marcel Duchamp in his own words: The
Rooney, dead at 93.
I just saw Jesse's final edit for
"Cursed," our entry for the 50 Hour Film Slam. A beautiful
piece of work. It was an honor to work with such talented and
obsessed people: Jesse
James Hennessy, Jason
A. Young, Molly
Warfield Parish, Tahlia
Lamb, Erin Elizabeth Meenach, Charlotte McKay Mennach, and Dani
Wiyrick . Congratulations to all.
Twelve solid hours of filming to get four or five
minutes of video. You'd think that that would be like fishing for
thirty-seven years to catch your limit; but, strangely, it's
Jesse is holed up in his apartment with a case of
energy drinks and a belief in miracles editing our footage for the
50 Hour Film Slam. I keep texting his potential titles and he keeps
rejecting them. My favorite so far: Ripped to Bits by Giant Turtles.
James Hennessy, Jason
Young and I sat in The Satellite restaurant last night and wrote
our script for the 50 Hour Film Slam. Very challenging! In order to
get our required location - which must be in the film - we had to
first solve an extremely well composed and intelligent riddle. Very
difficult - but we got it, and we're on track. Pre-production
complete. The shooting begins...
The 50 Hour Slam
starts tonight! Consequently, I probably won't be posting much over
the next few days other than the typical semi-psychotic babble
caused by no sleep and caffeine overdose. Slam it, Janet!
The curious case of a former rock band roadie with
does a man with no memory perceive time?
What the most popular books of the past century
taught Stephen King about America's
strange taste in fiction.
Theories that can change
your perception of the universe.
Morris on Rumsfeld, the truth and "The Unknown Known."
Why did zebras
Why does it matter if
Homo Sapiens had sex with Neanderthals?
You asked for it; here it is: A
female Mongolian throat singer.
Harvey Weinstein: The
creator's process for storytelling.
robot space surgeon to slide into the belly of astronauts
through an incision in the navel.
Dribbler is a real thing. No doubt the next thing is the Toddler
politics: Has the time come for a shake-up of the US two-party
Wearable Tech: The
surveillance grid of the future.
SeaWorld puts its whales on Valium-like drug, documents
Noam Chomsky: The
Singularity is Science Fiction. The Chomster - fascinating as always.
Hook-Up Truck brings (safe) sex to a parking space near you.
To be perfectly honest, I've never been to Spokane.
In addition to reoccurring dreams, I've found that
lately I also have reoccurring wakefulness.
Spokane company made
"Bigfoot" for Texas man who claimed to kill the beast.
Every morning, for the past 22 years, a friend of
mine has awakened to find the
severed head of a pig propped up in the corner of the room with
a lit cigarette hanging out of its mouth. Then, just the other
morning, there was no head, no smoking cigarette - and it really
scared the shit out of him.
Nothing says spring like pork.
Nothing says Easter like broccoli.
facts: Spokane has a higher percentage of white
people than Biloxi, Mississippi. The poop
from Spokane ducks don't stink. Spokane spelled backwards is Enakops.
I had my spleen
removed and replaced with an aardvark.
If not now, when? No regrets!
Kubrick's longtime producer trashes
the documentary Room
237 and lists Eyes
Wide Shut as his favorite Kubrick film.
Louis C. K.'s four
best moments in last Saturday's SNL.
Here's a video of Pope Francis
going to confession ... Hey, wait a minute. If he's infallible,
what's there to confess?
Obama's Iraq fairy
tale: It's a staggering thing to see so many lies packed into
such a small paragraph.
Velikovsky, ambitious and exceedingly strange, sought
a wholesale rethinking of astronomy, physics, geology - indeed,
all of modern science.
What happens when you throw
a boomerang in space?
What will really happen when
the Yellowstone super volcano erupts?
is it ethical to hand our decisions over to machines? And when
is external automation a step too far?
One thing about being a movie lover is that
sometimes you must be a movie hater. Last night I watched Contracted,
where a young woman is date-raped by a stranger at a party and
contracts what she thinks is a STD. (It's obviously much worse). The
film is like that one friend who promises you a great evening, then
takes you to a borderline boring bar, introduces you to boring people, and you end up at a Taco Bell at three in the morning
wishing a car would crash through the lobby. At least there amid the
shattered glass and burrito-smeared faces you might be able to
salvage an ending with some sense of metaphysical significance or
resolve, unlike Contracted,
where you're left feeling confused and ripped off.
But, I also watched the Academy Award-winning
documentary Inside Job
by director Charles
Ferguson. "The film that cost over $20 trillion to
make," exposes the purposely orchestrated global financial
meltdown that resulted in millions of people losing their homes,
jobs, savings and pensions. Don't watch this film if you have easy
access to bricks, pitchforks or torches.
Graphic artist extraordinaire Milton
Glaser critiques modern beer art.
Futuristic fort-like homes
designed to withstand hurricanes.
gun-control San Fran Democrat charged with two other state
senators with accepting bribes and coordinating an international
Experiment: A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a case
and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top...
Take the 1912
eighth grade exam from Kentucky. I doubt if many graduating
seniors could pass this today.
Next time someone asks "What would Jesus
do?" remind them that flipping over tables and chasing people
with a whip is within the realm of possibilities.
More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More
Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or
wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67. Your
are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt.
In 1799, a chemist and inventor experimented with
nitrous oxide: What
it was like to discover laughing gas.
Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer
patients to help alleviate their despair - and
Show some support: It's
National Cleavage Day.
Foodies are zealous about ethical eating and expert
at evading this question: How
can we raise, love, and then kill an animal?
I never thought I'd ever say three twenty-seven
Last night I watched John
Carpenter's sci-fi classic They
Live (1988): A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow
him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
The film received mediocre reviews (from those without sunglasses?).
Still, the best review comes from Bizarro-Land philosopher Slavoj
Zizek, who starts out the documentary film The
Pervert's Guide to Ideology (which I recommended 3/21) with an
analysis of the film:
"They Live is definitely one of the forgotten
masterpieces of the Hollywood Left ... The sunglasses function like critique of
ideology glasses. They allow you to see the real message
beneath all the propaganda, glitz, posters and so on ... When you
put the sunglasses on you see the dictatorship in democracy, the
invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom."
Since we can't pretend to chase Osama bin Laden
anymore, the US
is sending troops and aircraft to Uganda to pretend to hunt down
warlord Joseph Kony. I predict we will get him. I predict there will
be many grand and heroic tales to tell.
The USDA just invested $2 million to launch a
wooden skyscraper competition.
Wow, what a surprise! New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie's own probe into the Chris Christie bridge scandal
clears Chris Christie of any wrongdoing.
Korean LEGO artist has given
life to one of Salvador Dali's long-legged elephants.
his own blood to paint macabre scenes.
Urungus (Dave Brockie), dead at 50.
myths that must be busted.
On the bygone days of funeral
biscuits and eating sins.
Lack of belief in God is not the same as disbelief. What
does atheism really mean?
Trolling whores for coke. How
to get started.
The result of combining
007 and Mozart.
Stress is thought to be a bad thing. But there is
vitality in anxiety: "the
dizziness of freedom."
"Gold is the money of kings, silver is the
money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the
money of slaves."
Should you kill
the fat man?
[Having taken this "quiz" I feel it is fundamentally
flawed, in that it does not recognized the possibility of believing
in a moral certitude, yet choosing (for whatever reason) to
transgress that code or law.]
By the way, yes, I killed him...
Sixty-five deep philosophical
Eight great philosophical questions that we'll
For some reason, the existence of white crayons
causes me distress.
I love physical conceptual designs, which in the
case of this
helicopter means it doesn't actually fly.
Here's how NASA
thinks society will collapse.
What defines us as human is our
mastery of fire.
great opening lines in literature.
How to explain why
the sky is blue to a five-year-old.
entity scaling a building?
on the No Fly List.
I'm often guilty of putting Descartes before the
I just watched Thale,
a Norwegian supernatural horror film about two guys who discover a
female humanoid creature hidden in a secret laboratory. I saw the
version available on Netflix. It's a good example of how bad dubbing
can ruin what is otherwise probably a decent film.
I just watched
a documentary about Wilhelm
Reich, an influential Austrian psychoanalyst and one of the most
radical figures in the history of psychiatry. He fled the Nazis to
the US where he continued his research into human sexuality and
He was eventually charged with fraud and imprisoned, where he died. His
papers and books were burned by order of US courts.
times now I've
watched director Sophie
Fiennes' documentary The
Pervert's Guide to Ideology featuring philosopher Slavoj
Zizek and can just barely skim the froth of this
man's bizarre brilliance.
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred
Phelps, dead at 84.
Fred and I go
CCR never advised, "There's a bathroom on the
right"; Hendrix never said, "'Scuse me while I kiss this
lyrics are integral to rock and roll.
Hawking tells the Explorer's Club that we'd be "castaways
on a desert island not trying to escape" if we don't explore
Stop saying "support the troops." Compulsory
patriotism does nothing for soldiers who risk their lives, and
only benefits those who profit from war.
Here are 100
Windows keyboard shortcuts you might want to check out.
sentence horror stories.
physicists make up stories in the dark; in unseen worlds,
science invariably crosses paths with fantasy.
From Vice: Russian
Roulette - The invasion of Ukraine.
Has the US
installed a neo-Nazi government in Ukraine?
Nazis come to power in Europe - where
is the outrage?
BBC Newsnight investigates the links
between the new US backed Ukrainian government and neo-Nazis.
How 1,280 artworks stolen by the Nazis were hidden
in a Munich apartment until 2012.
I watched the Kafkaesque film Berberian
Sound Studio, a psychological thriller by English director Peter
Strickland. It's a very odd film about a timid English sound
engineer who is hired to work on the sound effects for a gruesome
slasher film by a 70s Italian horror studio. The nightmarish job
eventually takes over his psyche.
For a "thriller" it creeps along, and the
ending was abrupt and baffling. Still, I liked it; it's kind of an
anti-horror film experiment. And Toby Jones is excellent in the lead
role as the Innocent Abroad.
Classy. Upon hearing of the imminent
death of Westboro
Baptist Church founder Fred
Takei issued this statement on Facebook:
"I take no solace or joy in this man's passing.
We will not dance on his grave, nor stand vigil at his funeral
holding "God Hates Freds" signs, tempting as it may
He was a tormented soul, who tormented so many. Hate
never wins out in the end. It instead goes always to its lonely,
Snowden's legal counsel: forget
about Orwell, worry about Kafka.
When I see lovers' names carved in a tree, I don't
think it's cute, I just find it strange how many people have knives
on a date.
are already ripping the remake of The
Birds and it hasn't even been remade yet.
is added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
What you missed by not being at Austin's South by
Gaga being puked on.
Here are four
commercials made by the director Ed
Wood in 1949.
scariest masks in movies.
escape, probably from around 1920.
This critic trounces Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Stripped
of Meaning. [I'm going to try to watch it tonight.]
Feynman on the pleasure of
finding things out.
Michio Kaku on alien
Ark - a conceptual floating city in case of extreme natural
disaster. It would be anchored to the ocean floor with cables and
connected underwater via tunnels to other similar communities.
Reinventing the art
must want war. Look how close they put their country to our
How the elevator transformed
A door is a door, right? A single panel attached to
a frame by two hinges? Not
Beware the Ides
of March (which is today) as well as the St.
Pat's Day Parade (also today) in downtown Spokane.
on Bourbon Street in New Orleans can you witnessed more people
falling down drunk in the middle of the day than you can in downtown
Spokane following the St. Patrick Day's Parade.
It'll be interesting to see if the legalization of
weed will diminish a bit of the alcohol-sloshed,
my-shamrock's-bigger-than-yours, green macho hooliganism of past
A transhumanist wants to teach kids that "death
Breaking the Set's Abby Martin on the corporate
media - including
the one she works for.
The mystery of Mel's Hole is gobbling up reason
Getting to the
bottom of Mel's Hole.
skateboard ramp has suddenly appeared in Lake Tahoe.
The official weather forecast for Washington DC last
Wednesday was hilariously
an impressively repulsive computer-animated short from 1974.
St. Patrick's Day.
I just finished "And Many More," my
horror/erotica script. There are two main characters: A man in his
fifties, and a girl between 18 and 24 (don't get ahead of yourself
just yet). It's being read right now by a few people whose opinions
I often solicit and trust. I'm
not sure it's something I want to (or can) direct myself. If you are
a filmmaker or actor interested in something very controversial,
with equal opportunities for career damage or promotion, private
message me and I'll send it to you.
Day! Celebrate by watching the amazing film Pi
- Darren Aronofsky's haunting brain-bender about one man's numerical
on Netflix for only two more weeks.
Hobo Nickel is slang for the artistic modification of coins,
usually nickels because they are softer than others.
Release Us - a
short film on police brutality.
Starting Oct. 1st, plastic water bottles smaller
than 21 ounces will
be banned from city property.
they hate us?" Gore Vidal interview.
Gareth Porter: The
permanent war state.
makes us seem nobler, more elegant, more adult. Which is pretty
weird when you think about it.
<--- Jimi got a stamp,
Thirty-five countries where the US has supported
fascists, drug lords and terrorists.
Film critics review movies as if they were stories
that merely happen to be told with a camera. What
happened to analyzing films as film?
was considered for Best
Director and Best Writing for the Bloody Cuts' Who's There?
competition for his film Suckin'
Why do we say "the
plot thickens"? Is it a soup metaphor?
Radical life extension would give humans the
power to create an artificial hell for criminals. Should we?
unsettling perfume ads, including two by David Lynch.
Russell Crowe's Noah has united two of the world's
great religions - against
it. It is banned
in three Arab countries.
The Ukraine crisis - what
you're not being told.
Why do we think a random sequence of sounds is
it is how music cut a path through our minds.
has your key ring changed over the years?
There are now several theories to explain
the existence of strange pre-earthquake lights.
Why expats are ditching
their US passports.
Colorado recreational weed
sales top $14 million in first month.
I just finished the first draft of "And Many
They're going to put me away for a long, long time.
I spent all day yesterday working on "And Many
More," my short erotic/horror screenplay. I'll spend all my
free time in the next few days finishing it.
My sci-fi film "The Oasis" is nearly ready
for production; just waiting for some decent Spring weather.
Interesting. Amtrak announced their residency
program for travel writers interested in train travel.
Residencies will last from two to five days. Each resident
will be given a ticket and a private sleeper car.
Washington State Senate passes measure to merge
medical and recreational marijuana markets.
written testimony Edward Snowden delivered to the European
A talk with one
of the finalist for a mission to start a human colony on Mars.
There is no return flight. Could you spend the rest of your days as
The FBI may have been more
terrified of Stokely Carmichael than Martin Luther King.
won and who lost at CPAC 2014.
Its importance and why we must protect it.
Be careful you don't slip on the slime trails of the
warmongers salivating at the prospect of
playing with their new toys and spilling more blood. If you have a child entertaining fantasies of "serving
the country," this would be a good time to initiate a parental
From Scientific America: The
Mechanics of a Carnival Game.
A team of Vatican medical experts believes a
stillborn child in 2010 returned to life via an intercession
from a dead priest.
War photography was born in The Crimean War, 160
years ago. Now - the
cell phone has taken over.
Thirty cult movies you
Polish movie posters make every
movie a scary movie.
is elegant. Italian is poetry. German is like sandpaper. Why
do some languages sound more beautiful than others?
Sanders is considering a run for the presidency.
is causing these bizarre "fairy circles" in the middle
of the Namib desert?
A phone app that records
your sleep movements and creates a sleep chart.
became a billion-dollar beer.
Most crimes with assault rifles are committed by
News anchors shocked when presented
with 9/11 facts.
Why do we listen to our favorite music over
British guitar bands have been as smooth, bland and
likable as possible. Finally a
new wave of new rage has begun.
Is the world ready for Babymetal?
I want an America where gay couples can marry each
other and protect their marijuana plants with AK-47s.
Scientists are studying
the difference between black metal and death metal?
Twelve years ago today, my son and I woke somewhere
in central Mexico and could not figure out why everyone - from the
street beggars to the bank president - had ashes
smudged on their foreheads.
soon! Another Jesse
James Hennessy short - screenplay by me,
and featuring some very talented people: Nirvana
Marie and Christopher
Lamb, with Melinda
Hurt and Dani
wants to mix animal meat and celebrity DNA to create "artisanal
Masturbating in coffins and
other bizarre rituals of the uber elite.
More from Abby Martin: These
five corporations helped carry out the Holocaust.
Want to really know what's going on in the Ukraine?
Check out this map of the
Putin now has the power
to cut off a third of Europe's natural gas supply.
In the Ukraine crisis, the
US has a credibility problem. "...even as we condemn Moscow
for its outrageous aggression, we reserve the right to fire deadly
missiles into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and who knows where
"There is no exquisite beauty without some
Jesse James Hennessy's entry
into the Wes Craven 30 Second Horror contest.
Here's the two minute version.
Resnais, legendary French film director, dead at 91.
article in the New York Times.
And in the
as a chef: Ceramic, Japanese or plain stainless steel chef's
What to do when
your space helmet fills with water.
of a new language: while working in schools in northern
Australia, a researcher realizes that the children there had
invented an entirely new language.
Modern-day newsrooms reconsider their values: who
cares if it's true?
physics make it easier to believe in God?
Can drinking moonshine really make
me go blind?
What? It was National Bad Joke Day yesterday...
Something in me still demands that 1990 was 10 years
Examples of media
"They slipped behind the barn and quickly
removed each other's harness. There, with nothing to rein them in,
it would be a night of unbridled passion."
~ 50 Shades of Hay
Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history.
Cow A: Who's the new
Cow B: Never seen herbivore.
banned from talking about RFID
Michael: My father is
no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a
president or senator.
Kay: Do you know how naive you sound,
Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.
Michael: Oh, who's being naive, Kay?
~ The Godfather
Say cheese! Yahoo webcam
images from millions of users intercepted by British
The Chinese scientist knows 20,000 characters of the
Chinese language. To be able to read the Chinese literature it is
enough to know 1000. With knowledge of 200 characters you can
understand 40% of the literature, road signs, restaurant menus,
websites or newspapers. To start learning, it
is enough to remember only eight characters.
Wheel of Time
(2003), the complete documentary by Werner
A performance of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" on
Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie to team up on Manson murders project
Researchers show "increased
photon emission from the head while imagining light."
Here's the scientific
"Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as
if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more
fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
Busy living today...
Bill Hicks died 20 years ago today: reflections
of his maverick heart.
On Mars, boredom
has two sides - it can either rot the mind or rocket it to new
This is no surprise to people who work in restaurants:
Walking through a doorway makes
Stephen Fry's Kinetic Typography: Language.
Would the world have been better
An astonishing range of researchers are under the
mysterious spell of the uncrackable Voynich manuscript.
From Issue One of The Scene Magazine: I find this
hard to believe but it's right here in black and white. As editors
of EWU's student paper, we used the university's equipment to launch
a private business, got college credits for it, then sold the
journalism department a half-page ad and printed it between an ad
for local band Champagne Alley and an ad for George H. W. Bush's
Kinder And Gentler Carpet Bombing. Yet many of us were able to
graduate, get jobs and lead relatively normal lives. Wow.
David Lynch's scene from an episode of FX's "Louie."
John offers to introduce Vladimir Putin to Russia's gay
If the "Saw" movies are your thing: Escape
from terrifying locked rooms for fun.
The Big Dipper! These folks are out to preserve a Spokane
historical rock and roll landmark! I saw the fire department shut
down a Mud Honey show there. I saw Terry Grob there pound on the
side of his head as if to force the evil out the opposite ear. I saw
Timothy Leary almost start a riot there. I saw Christ on a Crutch
there. I saw Sandy Duncan's Eye there - not the band, her real eye.
But that was right after the Timothy Leary thing.
Last night I watched Alyce
Kills. Alyce (who has issues to begin with) accidentally kills
her best friend. Her descent into madness is deliciously horrifying.
And then it really gets crazy. At first, I didn't like the movie, or
the actress; by the end of the movie, I loved them both. If you like
a well-crafted, inventive, well-directed movie, and don't mind
bizarre sex, drug use, a lack of moral compass, and unimaginable bloody gruesomeness and
flesh-dripping gore, this one's for you.
Seals are just dog mermaids.
I watched Vampyr,
the 1932 French-German horror film by Danish director Carl Theodor
Dreyer. The film was generally despised by the public when it came
out. (Most surrealist films at that time were hated:
the audience rioted at the showing of Salvador Dali and Luis
Bunuel's L'Age d'or and destroyed the theater.) But what is time to
an immortal? Modern critics praise the film's creepy atmosphere and
disorienting visual effects.
Don't blame teen girls for the selfie: its
roots are in the 19th century, with silk-waistcoated Parisian
president goes missing as protesters seize office.
Jarmusch: how the film world's maverick stayed true to his
of the shlong: all poetry is driven by sex, whether or not it
acknowledges the impulse.
is playing Venezuela like a fiddle.
Here's a cool article by 20-year-old Hunter S.
Thompson on how
to live a meaningful life. (Although it neglects to mention his
to split California into six states gets green light.
Oh, my. Something big is brewing. It could get ugly.
Wish me luck...
Pussy Whipped: the protest group Pussy
Riot is horsewhipped by Cossacks at the Sochi Olympics but it
took me, halfway around the world in Spokane, WA, to use the
headline "Pussy Whipped."
History is written by the victors - except when it's
written by the losers: Vietnam whitewash! How
the Pentagon is trying to water down history.
Hasan Bin Sabbah and the
Secret Order of Hashishins.
Facebook paid $19
billion for WhatsApp? They could have downloaded it for free.
Only Lovers Left Alive: a
new Jim Jarmusch vampire movie!
I just watched The
Seasoning House (2012), a surprisingly good movie: A deaf and
mute orphan is imprisoned and made to care for the girls of the
Seasoning House, who are forced into prostitution for the military.
The lead is well played by 16-year-old Rosie
Day. Yeah, it's a revenge film...
do we play? What is the evolutionary purpose of play?
ALERT: If someone sends you a link to download the
latest Bieber single, DON'T DO IT! It's a link to download the
latest Bieber single.
I just watched the excellent Kingdom
of Shadows, a documentary that examines the silent horror films
and "reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which
the modern-day horror movie has evolved..." Streaming on
After much controversy and protest, the Spokane
Downtown Daiquiri Factory has changed the name of "Date Grape
Kool-Aid" to "Grape q-Laid." Real classy stuff.
a joke: Mug Shots Espresso in Spokane was just robbed by a
"baby faced" robber.
compendium of literary punk genres.
Noam Chomsky breaks
down the zombie apocalypse.
Internet trolls show signs of sadism, psychopathy
and Machiavellianism, according
to this study.
Forensic artist reconstructs
a face from an empty bottle of Crystal Head Skull Vodka.
I've finally realized that I'm the one I've been
looking for all my life.
A provocative article by Adam Gopnik in The New
did faith start to fade?
Tripping on Hallucinogenic
I've fallen, and I can't get up...
The Pretty Reckless: Good music. Bad message.
Hit Me Like a Man
I think I might have survived Hell Weekend at Work
this hellish weekend at work.
Attending a masquerade ball? Consider
wearing your own face!
"The reality is we have more in common with the
people we're bombing than the people we're bombing them for."
I love it when I "discover" a new
director. I just watched three movie by Danish filmmaker (who lives
in the US) Nicolas Winding Refn. In the
expressionistic, near silent, ultra-violent Only
God Forgives (2013), Ryan Gosling is a Brit gangster out to
avenge his brother's murder. In Drive
(2011), Gosling stars again as a stunt driver who graveyards as a
getaway driver. Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks (!) aptly play the bad
guys. And in the dreamlike, symbolic period piece Valhalla
Rising (2009), a disfigured warrior kills his master and, with
the dead man's son, join a band of Christian Crusaders who end up
wishing they didn't pick up hitchhikers.
After that bout of heaviness, I watched Dead
Hooker in a Trunk, by the super-weird Soska
sisters of Vancouver, BC (who later did the creepy American
Here's the video journal of my January 2014 road
Fifty years ago today, The
Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Man who pissed
on The Alamo could get 18 months in prison.
New drone technology "equivalent
to the capabilities of 100 Predator drones." If you want a
vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face
recorded by a drone in HD and stored forever.
to approach US maritime borders as "a message."
Some people say Iran is not a threat because they
don't have missiles that can reach the US. But if you can bring your
warships to within 17 miles of our border, all you need is a big
military convoys could soon be deployed in Afghanistan and
Motor' two-seater P4 vehicle gets 84 mpg and costs less than
and cooking are what sets humans apart from the other animals,
not bipedalism or opposable thumbs or a big brain.
I'm amazed at how many people are linking to stories
on The Daily Currant, not
realizing that it is a parody site.
"The only way to find true happiness is to risk
being completely cut open."
a short short make by David
Lynch in 1995 using the original Lumiere
Allen responds to the molestation allegations in the New York
human flesh font will severely creep you out.
In 1940, two covens of English
witches raised the Great Cone of Power and directed this thought
at Hitler's brain: "You cannot cross the sea. Not able to come,
not able to come."
This is a big step - actually about 50 of them - in understanding
our early ancestors.
cover Jerry Lee Lewis and get 70s freaky.
The top 10 greatest
movies NEVER made.
Vladimir Putin sings
there a formula for what makes a movie flop?
Woody asked the New York Times to
publish his response to Dylan Farrow's open letter.
Yesterday was William
S. Burroughs' 100th birthday.
Unless she smoked a 1,500-pound joint, this
woman did not die from a marijuana overdose.
in underwear sculpture is making students feel "unsafe"
at a women's college.
Bear with me. I'm not into this right now. I've been
trying to finish my road trip video and have been working on my
Next time any customers think they've had a good meal at our restaurant,
they should set a bunch of couches on fire out in the parking lot to show their appreciation.
riot on the U of W campus.
finally show up in Seattle.
Philip Seymour Hoffman.
PSH and a
double standard over drugs.
life in pictures.
Museum of London unveils some very
racy 18th century tiles.
tale of round ark draws ire from some Christian circles.
The kangaroo court of Twitter
is no place to judge Woody Allen.
The Woody Allen allegations: Not
I watched the Super Bore... Snore...
Seymour Hoffman, dead at 46.
Why the rich are pooping
their polo pants.
Last week, the White House requested defense
attorneys to submit the names of inmates convicted of low-level drug
crimes as possible candidates for
modern horror scenes ripped out of history books.
A gallery of never-before-seen
concept art from David Lynch's Dune.
Here is one very bizarre Australian public service
announcement to keep kids in school, including explosions, blood and
guts, and severed body parts: Set
myths, misconceptions, and mischaracterizations of evolution.
Why kids forget
what happened before age seven: New
research offers some answers.
The top 19 animals
that kill the most humans.
Beautiful void: The
importance of implied narrative.
The Daiquiri Factory, a new bar coming to Spokane,
will feature a drink called "Date Grape Koolaid."
ripped them a new one.
While the optimist, pessimist, and realist were
arguing about the glass of water, the opportunist drank it.
Performance artist uses
movie posters to prove how violent movies are.
Congress? Who needs Congress? Obama's
"Bette in Spokane," cited in McMorris
Rodger's speech, is
used American modern art as a weapon in the Cold War.
Here's the Jackson Pollock short
that Jackson Pollock hated.
Bigfoot hunter releases photos
of creature he claims to have killed.
Korean plastic surgeon gets fined
for keeping two glass towers full of human jaw bones.
With all of the political uprisings, social turmoil
and climate change, no one really talks about Soupy
The state of phony
populism: Obama's calculating speech offered little of substance
for most Americans.
A double entendre waiting to happen: First
wild beaver seen in England in 800 years.
The Inlander: McMorris Rodgers mentions Spokane twice, confuses
What kind of
meat is human? Are we the other white meat? (And what kind of
wine would go well with your neighbor?)
The trailer from Lars
von Trier's Nymphomaniac:
Volume II lasted about four seconds on YouTube.
side of alchemy.
Here is the
list of 89 Democrats who voted to cut $8.7 billion from Food
Stamps, including Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and two
from Washington State.
The Art of
Tripping: A who's who of creative drug users.
Here's the transcript and video of Obama's State
of the Union address.
More than anything else, the standing ovation for Sergeant Cory Remsburg says
more about the lengths of what we as a nation will do to justify our
The State of the Union: Make
analysis of some of the key parts from Obama's speech and where
the truth may have been shaped or even stretched in the process.
Will we use commas
in the future?
critical look at the life of Pete Seeger.
Mid-air is a bad place, where nightmares happen.
Only witches and meteorites belong there. Avoid
it or be destroyed.
The good and evil history
Here is the
testimony of Pete Seeger before the House Un-American Activities
Committee, August 18, 1955.
shocking numbers that reveal the true state of the union.
awkward State of the Union moments.
of the Union curse.
How to play the State
of the Union drinking game (as long as it's not Kool-Aid).
When the State of the Union was
myths about the State of the Union address.
blamed for theft of Pope's blood.
the experts use salt in their cooking, and why.
The best "entry
level" science fiction books to convert your friends.
Popular Science rides the Ryno - a
one-wheeled electric motorcycle.
Seeger, songwriter and champion of folk music, dead at 94.
article in the NYT.
Your iPhone's "secret"
A fruit fly born in outer space. Something
seems a little off here...
Graffiti - Fun
or Dumb: a 1976 public service announcement.
Two characters from Herman Melville's novels foretold
the dangerous future of American empire.
Here's the trailer for Terry Gilliam's new film Zero
I did absolutely nothing today except watch movies:
Act of Killing
and a Sherlock
of letters and diaries discovered in Israel.
Edward Snowden says the NSA
is involved in industrial sabotage.
What happened to all
of the dinosaur poop?
What we learn (and think we learn) based on other's
physical attractiveness: What a pretty
face can't tell you.
ridiculous cigarette ads.
A giant military surveillance blimp is going to constantly
monitor the east coast.
Well, this can't be a
good sign: Pope Francis and two children released peace doves in
St. Peter's Square today; the doves were then attacked by a crow and
The invention of the military-industrial
How to piss
off your barista.
of doom from 16th-century Germany.
Images of the warzone
If you can't trust people with freedom, how can you
trust people with power?
A Mexican drug lord posted pictures to brag of his
lavish lifestyle. The
pics got him busted.
Congresswoman to report on Justin Bieber.
Cronenberg on entomological
How propaganda images
have tried to dehumanize people over the past 100 years.
reviewers said about the first Mac when it debuted 30 years ago.
Here's Psychology Today's series of articles
Twenty of 2013's most
The death of e.
The revolutionary Soviet
silent-era film posters of the Sternberg brothers.
of men farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868).
After spending 22 years of her career in DC, The New
York Times executive editor says, "I would say it is the most
secretive White House that I have ever been involved in
Rodgers will deliver the GOP response following the State of the
Union address on Tuesday.
Legalized pot is a horrific and frightening demon
that will result in many social casualties across America, so
says the DEA chief of operations. Yeah, like put him out of a
The Captain and Tennille are just now getting
It was only a matter of time. Justin Bieber is
arrested for drag racing and driving under the influence. We should
consider ourselves lucky: it was either this or a photo of him
getting out of a cab flashing us a Bieber shot.
There is a tiny
bunny in the ear of the 30-foot high Nelson Mandela statue in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Seattle pays Texas A&M $5000
a year for the use of "12th Man."
The Ukrainian government outlawed public protest.
It's not going over well with the public. Watch
protesters through cellphones.
Philosophers and physicists say we might be living
in a computer simulation. How
can we tell?
Here's the trailer for The
Babadook, the Australian horror film that creeped out
Another Sundance offering to look for: 20,000
Days is a drama/documentary about artist/musician Nick Cave. How
many days have we been alive, and what have we made of that time? A
gorgeous, haunting portrait.
photos from "A Clockwork Orange": I'm going out with
my droogs to the cinny to shove a pooshka into the grahzny bratchny.
A burning match
at 4000 frames per second.
There are 18,600,000 vacant homes in the US. That's
enough for every homeless person to have six.
Enjoy viscera? London's
Wellcome Library, whose specialty is medical history, has opened
more than 100,000 images in its digital archive for free.
A wise man once said nothing...
So now Homeland Security can detain
suspected movie pirates? AMC calls on fed
goons to nix Google glass.
extracts GPS location, contacts, passwords and financial
transactions from millions of text messages.
A few people were quite upset about my comment
yesterday concerning Homeland Security and their explosive sniffing
dogs at the Martin Luther King Day Parade in downtown Spokane, and my
contention that "King would have politely called them
King marched publicly and without protection though
he knew he was being targeted by extremely powerful and dangerous
Armed federal officers with police dogs making a purposeful
public spectacle going from car to random car on a day we are
honoring someone who fought against militarism and the police state
- and who ultimately died for that fight - is an insult to his
So, yes, if it talks like a duck and goosesteps like
a duck, we should continue to call it a Nazi duck, as would have Martin Luther King, Jr.
An awesome shoot last night! It takes a talented and
dedicated group of severely warped individuals to work 12 hours to
end up with what will be three or four minutes of video. From left
to right: Jordan
James Hennessy, Nirvana
truly, and Christopher
I just watched "To Die For" by Gus Van
Sant, with Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, and starring a very sexy
Nicole Kidman: a ditsy blonde drafts a teen to bump off her hubby
who is standing in the way of television stardom. Screenplay by Buck
Henry. A clever plot, excellent acting, and, as with most Van Sant
films, wonderful filmmaking.
Also, I heard the Seahawks won. So now they go to
the playoffs or something? Go team! I've been with you clear back
since Drysdale was your shortstop.
Homeland Security cops with explosive sniffing dogs
were sniffing up random parked cars in downtown Spokane before the
Luther King would have politely called them Nazis.
Seahawks, Schmehawks. We're shooting a movie today!
It should be an interesting experience: I'll be assisting Jesse
James Hennessy as he directs one of my short scripts.
"Screen Test" is about a fashion shoot that goes horribly
wrong. Beautiful women, evil hexes - and you're gonna watch
testosterone-fueled Igors hustle a pig skin?
Also, Jesse's wacky horror short Suckin'
Face made the Top 50 cut (out of 280 entries) in Bloody Cuts' Who's
There Film Challenge. The next cut is the best six of those 50.
Good luck JJH!
Water! - the thing I missed most about Spokane.
Nowhere else on my journey could I twist a tap and comfortably sip
what comes out. It either looked yellowish, smelled like sulfur or
jet fuel, or tasted fishy and/or salty. Appreciate your Spokane
Some random cell phone shots
from my road trip:
Venice Beach, CA - one strange place...
Motel 6 - putting no peeing signs on toilets.
Want shiny thing.
I could smell his cigarette smoke.
I have sinned...
The grammar Nazi's day off in Hope, AZ.
You're really getting on my nerves, Oregon.
I find out what
it's like to party hardy in Yuma, AZ.
I explore the 900 year old Anasazi ruins at Wupatki National Monument in north central Arizona.
Poorer in pocketbook; richer in spirit.
I'm on the road again! I won't be updating
OtherSpokane.com for a few weeks, but check out my
Facebook or my
YouTube site for updates.
Scorsese's Wall Street drama "The Wolf of Wall
Street" sets a new record for number of uses of the f-word: 506.
Is the NSA
blackmailing US politicians?
and literature's greatest monsters, with plenty of departures
from the norm: no Frankenstein, Dracula or Palahniuk.
Apparently the Internet Cat Video Film Festival is
coming to Spokane. Please, O great god of Aesthetics and Artistic
Decency, grant us an earthquake that day, or maybe a well-directed
bolt of lightning.
ARTnews.com posts in 2013.
feature of the year from NewScientist.
An engineer from Texas A&M announced at a news
conference that he has designed a bra that keeps women's breasts
from jiggling and stops nipples from pushing through the fabric in
cold weather. Later, a group of men drug him outside and kicked the
shit out of him.
A brief history
Someone just pointed out to me that on Comcast
channel 666 there was a show about sloths, narrated by Sir David
Attenborough. Ironic that the Wildlife Network has the number of the
From Philosophy Now's God Issue: Does
God Exist? William Lane Craig says there are good reasons for
thinking that He does.
England's internet porn filter is the
start of censorship creep.
Foreign aid is just a nice way of saying political
bribery, and it
has nothing to do with helping the poor. In fact, those with the
most aid recover slower.
Drug-test policies end
Facebook is kind of like opening the fridge and
staring inside even though you're not hungry.
Yesterday morning, a former Marine walked into a
Colorado store and was the first
person in 70 years to legally buy marijuana.
"Did I think that or did I say it out
~ Colorado's new state motto
World's first state-licensed pot shops in Colorado.
Here's where you can get arrested for DUI weeks
after smoking marijuana.
mat for pot shops not yet out in many Washington cities.
to art as therapy. Can visual art offer solace, hope and
reassurance as music can?
A look at some
of the noteworthy and unconventional new laws that just went
A jest, said Freud, betrays something serious.
Chaplin, Pryor, Belushi: Are
comedy and happiness incompatible?
Scientists create glow-in-the-dark pigs - just
because they can...
HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Sorry, was that too loud?)
Here are different versions of "Auld
Land Syne" performed on Theremins.
Still haven't heard anything from the 48-Hour folks
about contest results...
I just beat my "Breaking Bad" addiction
then foolishly took a big snort of "Sherlock."
"I decided to delete all my Facebook activity
the scene photos from "The Shining."
question: Which country do you think is the greatest threat to
peace in the world today?
Isaac Asimov imagined the world in 2014. " ... [M]en will
continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment
that will suit them better."
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