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 send it in the following evening. There
must be something seriously wrong with people like us.
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."
billboards on the planet.
Going to the First Night festivities tonight? Watch
my and Jesse James Hennessy's film for the 48-Hour Film Festival - The
Appraisal - on the big screen at the City Hall
Auditorium. Five showings! Shows start on the hour, every hour,
beginning at 7:00.
Grammar is the difference between feeling your nuts
and feeling you're nuts.
Your complete guide to the
science of hangovers.
Cab Calloway's Hepster
Dictionary: The language of jive from 1939.
cocaine is like donating to the Nazi party.
What would happen if there were no TSA: "I flew
on a plane without going through security. It
was amazing and no one died."
science stories of 2013.
we learned about human origins in 2013.
about awful people.
An Alex Jones apostle says Google's
New Year's Eve theme is a nod to the Illuminati.
Life in the emerging American police state: what's
in store for our freedoms in 2014?
law stories of 2013.
This is what America would look like if secessionist
movements in US history succeeded: the
124 states of America.
One good thing about being a struggling, starving
writer/filmmaker is that when your life starts to really screw up,
you can just yell, "Plot twist!" and move on.
Little known fact: I now have underwear with the
word BAZINGA! factory-printed in bold letters across the front. (If
you see me on the street, you'll never know for sure.)
time lapse journey through the Panama Canal in five minutes.
Despite government snooping and tech incompetence
"progressive" US city is considering "spy centers."
Yesterday someone said I should live every day like
it's my last. So I've been crying all morning and wishing I'd have
done more with my life.
is criticized by The Christian Post for going to church 18 times
more last year than I.
outrageous quotes of 2013.
Activists arrested for "bioterrorism hoax"
using glitter on a protest sign. [BTW, I've
used glitter as a weapon. See "The Appraisal."]
That's right, 1980 is as far away from today as
Der Spiegel: Documents
reveal top NSA hacking unit - maintains its own covert network,
infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping
deliveries to plant back doors in electronics.
Civil liberties advocates said yesterday that US
citizens are "under siege" in what is increasingly
becoming a "police state" around the border, after the
death of a US citizen in Border Patrol custody.
I love this Corbett guy - he's like if Alex Jones
was really smart, drank less coffee, and was a journalist: False
Flag Deception Drums.
Did you hear about the bass player who was so
depressed about his bad timing that he threw himself behind a train?
Colorado to open
its first pot shop next week.
"Few of these politicians
who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue of
what actually goes on. I...have
seen these awful sights first hand."
When one door closes, another
opens. Or, you can open the closed door, 'cause that's how doors
"We will bankrupt
ourselves in the vain search for absolute security."
science fiction and fantasy short films of 2013, according to
io9. [They were okay, I guess.]
The numbers are in on the Black Friday shopping
weekend: Sadly, it was weaker than expected, with a nationwide total
of just six shoppers killed, 148 seriously injured and only 357
arrested. Better luck next year!
A: I didn't see you at camouflage
practice today, soldier.
B: Thank you, sir.
2013 is the year that proved
your "paranoid" friend right.
Religion as a
product of psychotropic drug use? How much of religious history
was influenced by mind-altering substances?
overexposed museum: Camera technology and the iPhone are
changing the museum experience.
Day at the Slaughterhouses: What we did before the internet.
What's up with the US bombing wedding parties? Eight
Do you think it's true that young sexy Japanese
"lingerie models" all hate China and Korea? (...I
A lil' bit of Jason, a lil' bit of stormtrooper:
Taiwan Special Forces unveiled their new protective wear. Military
scare tactics go even further.
you jump all over me: Further
How a scientist tricks his brain into solving
ultra-complex problems: Think
like a Martian.
Twenty things you
should have learned when you were 20.
happens to the brain when "communicating with the
Joe Rogan & NASA physicist: We're
living in the Matrix.
Nine horrifying botched
Noam Chomsky: We're no longer a functioning
really a plutocracy.
the I's on pot business.
Why it's crazy to
try to set DUI limits for marijuana.
The number of reported sexual assaults across the
up by more than 50 percent.
collective nouns to bolster your English. A lot of them have
ancient roots but are still viable. I just used "A pass of
assess." The challenge is on.
Spokane: In the same sentence:
July 30, at the Arena.
that science gave us in 2013.
Professional journalism was a late and unexpected
development in history, and there has never been a mass audience for
serious news. Does
newswriting have a future?
would be useless in an economic apocalypse.
down its employee help website amid controversy. The
latest advise: avoid eating fast food because it is unhealthy.
Stephen Hawking: The
brain could exist outside the body.
Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Vidal: Why
have so many writers been so attached to Tangier?
Drivers randomly being pulled over for
blood, saliva, DNA tests.
radio meltdown during NSA interview.
Obama's new normal: the
drone strikes continue.
From 1967: The
hippie version of the 23rd Psalm.
It looks like some crazy guy walking around in the
you zoom out.
eleutheromania: (n.) an intense and irresistible
desire for freedom.
Homeland Security Fusion Centers collect
and share intelligence on a mass scale about "the everyday
activities of law-abiding Americans, even in the absence of
bad year for freedom across the globe: If 2013 were a wine,
you'd use it to kill weeds.
A new Christmas story by Chuck Palahniuk: How
the Jew Saved Christmas.
Scientists are stretching
the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies -
it takes longer than we might suppose.
Salvador Dali's Christmas
Was Santa Claus a stoned
magic mushroom shaman?
The deadly sport of mushroom
What's behind the holiday tradition of hanging
hosiery on the fireplace?
Snowden's Christmas Day message. No, he isn't wearing a goofy
"Merry Christmas," the man threatened.
Here's Jesse's aptly named new short Suckin'
Face he made for the "Who's There" film contest.
Excellent photography and good acting. It was shot during the
coldest day of the year. Their puffs of breath made it even more
awesome and surreal.
Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says
his mission is accomplished.
How to beat
a red-light camera ticket.
Pussy Riot freed
from prison - but calls Putin's amnesty a "PR move."
pedantry of the word police.
Here's the Spokane County Sheriff's Most
Wanted List. (No, I'm not...)
Here are 2013's best
With a flood of dark memes and viral horror stories,
internet is mapping the contours of modern fear.
changes to pot law in 2013.
"It is not too extreme to call our system of
government now 'American fascism.' It's the control of government by
big business, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined in 1938 as
lessons that we hope 2013 has taught the entertainment industry.
Merry Christmas from
What does the way you speak say about where you're
this quiz. It was right on for me, y'all.
ways you're making your waiter/waitress hate you.
Is the US
exaggerating the threat to embassies to silence critics of NSA
the tide finally turning on the Surveillance State?
A woman staying at a research and weather station in
Antarctica shows what a Condition 1 snowstorm looks like by
opening the door.
From the Christian Post: How
sinful is your state? Kansas State University maps the
"Seven Deadly Sins" across America.
Salinas, CA police department gets 37,000
pound armored military tank worth $650,000.
Inside Led Zeppelin's private jet, 1973: proper
How would various news outlets report
the end of the world?
Canada Supreme Court strikes
down prostitution laws.
here to hear the Canadian National Anthem.
House tries to prevent
judge from ruling on surveillance efforts.
of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia, want top secret 9/11 and FBI
It's a myth: there's
no evidence that coffee stunts kid's growth. The long-held
misconception can be traced to claims made in ads for Postum, an
early 1900s coffee alternative.
The video the US military doesn't
want you to see.
Here are some
highlights from last night's SNL, as Paul McCartney, Madonna and
Michael Bloomberg (!!?) join Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.
While you were arguing over the rights of a guy who
makes duck whistles, you lost a big chunk of yours: last Thursday
the US Senate passes the NDAA 2014, allowing the government to
indefinitely detain American citizens without a trial.
A multibillion-dollar CIA
covert program has helped kill rebel leaders in Colombia.
best movie sex scenes of 2013.
Bloomberg says Washington
is the most innovative state in the US.
"Political idea I agree with."
~ Famous historical person
Happy Winter Solstice!
Fifteen years ago today, President Bill Clinton was
impeached by the House of Representatives. (I wonder if that dress
has been washed yet.)
The great Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame swindle.
Daffy is the patriarch of my Duck Dynasty.
words you can say in public but probably shouldn't.
France had to come up with its own word for sexting:
50 albums of 2013.
Color photos of a
Nazi Christmas party attended by Adolf Hitler. If you thought your
family get-together was stuffy...
Nine movies that made more sense if
you followed the viral marketing.
Remember: Don't say anything controversial on the
internet. You might ruin your chance for that corporate job that
doesn't exist any more.
I came, I saw, I concurred.
Too busy to post (except for this):
It's crunch time in the restaurant biz. I and every
other spaghetti slinger are severely stressed, screaming, throwing
dangerous objects, and plotting murders. I love it.
Also, I'm finishing up a short sci-fi script (!), in
which I experiment with nearly unintelligible techno-speak - the
result of an enigmatic post I made between 12/2 and 12/3. I'll have
Jesse and/or Arp Xigar look at it in a few days.
Also, I'm planning a New Year's road trip (this
time, hopefully, without almost
dying) to La La
Land, CA, to meet my youngest g-kid, then off to the Yuma desert to
check on mi madre and continue my quest to arm-wrestle the
And, voting is STILL OPEN for the best 48-Hour Film
Festival entry. Click here
and vote for Jesse James Hennessy's and my film "The
The question is not whether we can upload our brains
onto a computer, but what
will become of us when we do.
Consumption of marijuana is twice
as large as previously estimated in Washington state, according
to new RAND study. Go team.
The psychedelic and grotesque proto-gifs
of the 19th century.
Shawn Vestal in the S-R: Enforcing
sit-lie law would be bigger crime.
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall
Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is an outrageously
depraved orgy of sex, cocaine, and midget-tossing. Here are the
21 craziest moments from the film.
Check out the
original trailer for Rosemary's Baby.
The Spokane City Council toughens
the law against sitting on downtown sidewalks during business
the surface: How our unconscious rules our lives.
Am I the only person on Earth who thinks the horror
Conjuring" was a real oinker? Yes, it was well-crafted,
looked good, and had an (over) abundance of jump-out-of-the-closet
scares, but it was about as original as "Saw 23."
Toward the end, I was starting to think that it was meant to be some
kind of a parody flick. It should have been named "Scary Movie
The bizarre, tangled tale of the
only sculpture on the moon.
How the Sex
Pistols saved Christmas.
"Let us cut off windpipes of the Lee Myung Bak-led
swarm of rats," and other
absurd passages in North Korean state propaganda.
Nin on feminism,
peacemakers and LSD.
An Eastern Washington firearms case tests
the limits of police surveillance.
Heavy marijuana use causes poor memory and, ah, something
Thirteen of the weirdest
government lobotomized thousands of World War II soldiers with
An NSA coworker remembers Edward Snowden: "A
genius among geniuses."
reveals if you're a psychopath.
One hundred years ago, it was one of Spokane's
landmarks: The rise and fall
of Liberty Park.
writing tips from Chuck
I cannot prove or disprove the rumor that if you
fail to go to the 48-Hour Film
Festival website and vote for The
Appraisal as Best Film that Santa will fill your stockings
with highly toxic, industrial waste.
She: How can you say
you like some Christmas music but don't celebrate Christmas?
Me: Well, I like "Sympathy for the
Devil" by the Rolling Stones but I don't worship Satan.
Why is everyone freaking out about the drunk driving
teenager's Affluenza Defense? The US has been using it with the rest
of the world for decades.
The art and science of
Right now, there are over 100 drones flying in the
US. Five years from now there'll be 7,500. By 2025, an industry
group expects tens of thousands.
Weed all about it: The origins of the word
"marijuana" in the US. It's
rooted in the Mexican Revolution.
Download some of the year's best screenplays (legally).
The US psychedelic drug scene was
kickstarted by spies and spooks, just as much as Timothy Leary
and Jerry Garcia.
Today is the 222nd anniversary of The
Bill of Rights.
I know the voices in my head aren't real. Still,
they come up with some pretty cool stuff sometimes.
Voting is now
open for your favorite film in the 48-Hour Film Festival! My
favorite is...(drum roll)...my and Jesse James Hennessy's film The
the rules: we had 48 hours to write, rehearse, shoot, edit and turn
in a 3 to 5 minute film. The following criteria was give to us at
the beginning of the competition and must be included in the film:
Theme: Once upon a
night - Art comes alive
Props: A ladder, glitter
Action: Petting of a live animal
Quote: "Fine, I'll eat it, but
don't you think I'm going to like it."
Also: The title of a multi-word Beatles
song must play a part.
With just a few weeks left in the year, my pick for
the best, most influential (on me), most artful, most provocative
movie of 2013 is Upstream
Color by Shane
Carruth. Come pick up your trophy. Streaming
Life lessons you get from working
at a restaurant.
edited extract of a talk delivered by David
Simon at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. Here's the
breakthroughs that changed the world.
A mysterious object of unknown origin lurking
underground has halted construction of a Seattle highway. "We
don't know if it is man-made or natural," an official said. Or
A Brian Wilson concert is a
bizarre and beautiful experience.
A board member of the World Deaf Federation says the
sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial was a fake.
Rev. Robert Schuller and Hugh Hefner in the same
room? Only at Bettie Page's funeral. Here's
Wilson covers Barenaked Ladies' Brian Wilson.
spied on gamers on World of Warcraft and other online games.
Slate mag says Santa should not be a white man
anymore. Their solution: make
him a dark brown penguin.
you must master to become a keyboard ninja.
ugly appetite for online suicide.
How to tell your kids there's
theft, say world's leading authors. What is the society we wish
How every part of American life became
a police matter.
things you should keep in your car.
Nothing happened on this date.
facts about fallout (1960).
Mommy, why does Santa bring rich kids nicer
In Dreams is
an experimental documentary on a familiar subject: common recurring
Anyone who accuses me of stealing jokes can kiss my
John Lennon was shot and killed on this date in
Nelson Mandela was on the terrorism
watch list until just five years ago.
Here's a pin-up calendar of not-so-sexy
monsters in sexy poses.
"Man is an artifact designed for space travel.
He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more
than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole."
Phileros is a eunuch! And
more rude graffiti from ancient Pompeii.
What if you woke up with amnesia and all you could
remember was your Facebook password and you had to discover who you
were based on your Facebook posts...
The top 20 most
bizarre experiments of all time.
The French award Bob Dylan the Legion d'honneur,
then place him under investigation for hate speech. Huh?
We now know they're collecting our location data.
Here's a chilling look at what
they could one day do with it.
world where people have adjusted to an extremely windy life.
A visual guide to a
National Reconnaissance Office
(NRO) provides spy satellite intelligence to the NSA, CIA and other agencies. Just
to rub it in our faces that they spy on us and the world, they
use a logo featuring a menacing octopus enveloping the world with its
tentacles, with the words, "Nothing is beyond our
In early America, most grown men and women drank at
least four ounces of hard liquor every day: How
America learned to love whiskey.
art of Google Books: tobacco stains, wormholes, dust motes,
ghosts of flowers pressed between pages. And an index finger wrapped
in a hot pink mini-condom.
people actually believed.
illusion of matter: our physical reality isn't really physical
The Oregon humane society allows you to play
with their cats live through robotic toys that you control
through their website.
Bust (full documentary): Scientists agree that a Technological
Singularity is coming. Super computers will lead us there. Will
humans survive the revolution?
fear "ravenous" NSA: surveillance revelations have
created a "climate of concern" for librarians.
Mod attire, boss dancing, Tony Curtis, Wipeout
playing in the background: Oh,
"The US killed my brother with a drone. I
want to know why."
drawings: combinations of brutal honesty with little-to-no
understanding of societal taboos.
"Lies I told to
become a spy."
of gravity and other terrible things: How does the human body
act in space?
Mandela, dead at 95.
PETA hits a new low with its ridiculous
new birth control stunt.
Here's a video
I did of them in Spokane when they served up a naked young lady as the Daily
What lava looks
like poured over ice.
Billionaires and their
An American geneticist suggests the human species
a female chimpanzee mated with a pig," is met with
significant opposition (to put it mildly).
Most people know that "Heart of Darkness"
was adapted as "Apocalypse Now," but have you heard the
1938 radio version Orson Welles did with the Mercury Theater?
The sound quality is poor, but it's worth the effort.
Walmart is selling
a bunch of Banksy knockoffs, including one called Destroy
Some things about the Seventies weren't meant to be
remembered: Dancing to Hot Butter's 1972 hit single Pop
- Worst hangover story.
The truth about
Ballad of the Skeletons: Allen Ginsberg, Paul McCartney and
The Euthanasia Coaster is an art concept for a steel
roller coaster designed
to kill its passengers.
The gobsmacking detail, the stunning use of light,
the uncanny realism: How
did Vermeer do it? A tinkerer in San Antonio thinks he's figured
The International Space Station will soon stream
"near" live video of Earth from space.
If you are moving at the speed of a bullet and shoot
a gun backwards, what
skin sculptures I wish I'd never seen.
The daily routines
of history's most creative minds.
apps for journalists shooting video on smartphones.
EarthOoo 345.9 (ao)
Code Ooo-o. Likewise source Input/Output "some
stories" simulate wise use/Web. [brake] Likewise source
"creativity" Input/Output - survival [brake]
"Death," "Beauty," and "God-Father."
Reset reg. - Element of Surprise. Likewise "Confusion
Borderline." [brake] source Input/Output - likewise
"fulfillment," likewise "edification," likewise
Code Ooo-2. (pend.)
math tricks for filmmakers: F-stop, histogram, rule of thirds,
Washington Post: Amazon wants to deliver
packages in 30 minutes with drones.
Guardian: Don't believe the
hype: Drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt -
timed for the biggest online shopping day of the year.
"When I was young, I believed in three things:
Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just
believe in dynamite."
Miss the Sunday news shows? Catch
Fun with public
On the 40th anniversary of the famous photo of Earth
from space, here
are the life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside
- a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview
The 35 most
iconic Playboy covers, from Marilyn Monroe to Kim Kardashian.
Seven things to know about
making short films.
A poet's guide to the assassination of JFK [the
assassination of poetry].
I love this! Katie, where have you been all my
From 1961: Katie
Songs of Couch and Consultation:
Must be Something Psychological
ever example of the "selfie" - the photographic
self-portrait carried out by amateur chemist Robert Cornelius of
Philadelphia in 1839.
Nazism was a triumph not so much of the will as of
modern sales techniques, especially film,
Hitler's favorite medium for swaying emotions.
The top ten
most terrifying monsters of Greek mythology.
can't come back," cries the Wizard, shouting down to
Dorothy from the basket of his runaway balloon. "I don't know
how it works."
Thank you (fall
ettin me be mice elf).
How much would you pay for
a shrunken head?
for the crappiest movies ever.
The best turkey
frying disasters on the internet.
Construction will allegedly begin on a vertical
marine research vessel next year. Able to house 18 marine
biologists, oceanographers, climatologists and other scientists, who
will live above and below the waves, the
"SeaOrbiter" is designed to drift with ocean currents,
sustained entirely by solar, wind and wave power.
Can you OD
optical illusion that can detect schizophrenia.
Nine Tips for living a kick-ass life.
"In the wake of ongoing revelations from Edward
Snowden, the level of financial
support President Obama enjoys from the industries working with the
government to spy on Americans starts to make sense..."
The hell that was Black
"In any language it is a struggle to make a
sentence say exactly what you mean."
How advertising turned anti-consumerism
into a secret weapon.
More bizarre Japanese
puzzle turns 100 years old this month.
According to The Guardian, here's the
top 10 film noir's of all time.
Why are bad
How to solve
Rubik's Cube in 29 moves or less.
bird is the word
and totally insane medical practices from history.
Warning! This is not a joke: A plague of
shoppers is sweeping across America as you read this. STAY INDOORS!
Avoid these dangerous, inhuman creatures!
IQ tests: are they valid?
U of W researcher controls colleague's motions in
first human brain-to-brain interface.
Sony files a patent for SmartWig - a hairpiece that gives
you GPS directions and vibrates when you receive an email.
Watch fire ants using
their bodies to form living architecture.
Using only makeup, Russian artists turn
models' faces into incredible optical illusions.
incorrect truths about human nature.
Instead of pardoning turkeys, can we pardon
whistleblowers and non-violent drug offenders?
A seven minute documentary about the
craft and philosophy of building wooden boats.
Why are seahorses shaped
Here's the trailer for the new documentary Bettie
Page Reveals All.
Ever see a
sperm whale explode? Hold onto your barf bag.
Is it okay to torture
or murder a robot?
The Demon-Deer of Browne's Addition --->
There's a movie here,
Should we use
body painting to teach anatomy?
The physics that make an atomic bomb form a mushroom
cloud also cause a beer to explode after a tap to the bottle: Beer
of the day from KREM local news:
You can choose "slave" as an option when you are selected
fror jury duty in Georgia. What do you think about this option?
She fled Bosnia as a teen. Now the social
psychologist returns to
find out what makes humans capable of horrific violence.
The bodies of slaves populated
the dissection tables in 1780s New York City, stolen from the
least-cared-for plot of land in the city - the African Burial
Fifty years ago last Friday, Aldous
Huxley took LSD on his deathbed.
J. F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all
died on the same day.
Fidel Castro: "Oswald could
not have been the one who killed Kennedy."
are the names proposed by prospective retailers in the first
tally of marijuana business applications in the state of Washington.
My and Jesse James Hennessy's entry into the 48-Hour
Film Festival - The Appraisal - has been accepted into the final Elite Eight.
all of the films and vote for your favorite at City Hall in downtown
Spokane during the First Night Festival on New Year's Eve!
It was the early 90s. I was editor of The Easterner
- EWU's student newspaper. Press night madness. Suddenly there
appeared a big, empty space
where someone pulled an ad at the last minute. I had to leave early,
since I got a gig as Marketing Associate at the Journal of Business,
which started early the next day. I asked News Editor Rick Nesbitt
and company to fill it with something, anything. When I opened the
paper the next morning...
you really be scared
More defense surplus equipment heading to local
police departments; ACLU
Goldberg - his inventions were too complicated for its own good,
but his gifts extended far beyond
his cockamamie inventions.
I know it's ruff: Brian
Feds book $41.3
billion in profits on student loans.
From Lady Gage to Jay-Z, is
"serious" art ruining pop music?
The University of Birmingham is facing an unusual
to do with 60 ancient skulls and heads?
Here are some of the proposed
options for extending the Centennial Trail in Spokane.
Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes near Falkland Islands;
followed by 7.0 in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Scariest looking medical
I became a con artist: "I scammed department stores and
gyms and book chains. You'd be surprised how easy it was to lie -
and get away."
On a hash making
holiday in northern Morocco.
Six reasons videographers
love to shoot in the winter.
Are flying cars the
answer for frustrated Bay Area commuters?
Page, the pinup and sexual icon, lived
a long, strange, wild life.
Manson sings about his Oklahoma
marry girlfriend "Star," 25, maybe...
Sarcasm is pizza: it's the delivery.
Noam Chomsky tosses
a monkey wrench into our moment of JFK hero worship.
The one billion photos of everyone on Facebook - on
The neuroscientist who
discovered he was a psychopath.
Wow. Here's Lars
von Trier's trailer to his very controversial movie Nymphomaniac.
It was just pulled from YouTube. It's still on Vimeo.
America's failed drug policies - and our insatiable
drug appetites - have helped kill
innocent people in Mexico.
Orwell thought we'd be destroyed by the things we
fear. Huxley thought we'd be undone by the things we crave. Huxley
Check out this huge resource of detailed
info about each herb, including their uses and benefits.
raid Denver-area marijuana dispensaries and grow operations
Thursday, just weeks before the nation's first retail marijuana
shops are scheduled to open.
The FBI's philosophy files: J.
Edgar Hoover was especially suspicious of French existentialists.
He kept his eye on Sartre and Camus.
satellite pictures of 2012.
Bill Hicks on
the JFK assassination.
A) I love u
A) Yeah, it's my favorite vowel
Ten percent of survivors of cardiac arrest report
having a near-death experience. Are
such events neurologically explicable?
"Film lovers are sick people."
The Seattle NO.
Introducing Bill Gates' super-strong,
super-stretchy, super-thin super
vampire killing kit from the 1890s could fetch over $3000 an an
auction in the U.K.
government test: Nine drawings done by an artist under the
influence of LSD.
secretly agreed to US surveillance of British citizens.
McDonald's has a website to help their employees get
by: the McResource
Line is chock full of totally clueless and offensive tips.
happens to your brain when you smoke crack?
NSA, President Obama, and members of Congress
have all said spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist
plots. But there's
zero evidence the claim is true.
Authorities in Miami opened an investigation after a
live chicken was discovered with a
photograph and other items sewn into its breast.
New polls show that even
red states want to legalize pot.
I feel like saying a
I'm hearing extremely mixed reviews about the
Nails concert last night...
a link to Zombie: A new original short story by Chuck
Palahniuk in this month's Playboy.
Millions of Americans believe there exists a larger,
darker explanation for Kennedy's assassination than just Oswald. Here's
Frontline's overview of the major conspiracy theories - and the
evidence for and against them.
that transformed warfare.
tales of GWAR featuring Weird Al.
A report from a private consulting firm
warned the Obama administration about potential problems with the
website six months before its launch date.
metaphysics of teleportation: Teleportation raises a lot of
ethical questions because the original has to be destroyed in the
A security pact with DC says US
forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014 will not be tried in local
courts for any crimes they commit.
From Reuters: $8.5 TRILLION in taxpayer money doled
out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996 has
never been accounted for. Yes, that's TRILLION with a T.
We slept and allowed a monster to be
created who can not be killed. "Who is like unto the Beast, and
who can make war with him?"
Here is the
Mad Magazine TV special from 1974 that was never aired. Network
execs deemed the humor too crude for television.
has today been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.
Is getting taste right in cooking an
art or a science?
$2 Pint - Drinking beers on the cheap every day of the week.
"It's a little before 6 on a Friday evening at Mootsy's
Times guest editorial: Don't treat medical-marijuana patients
like recreational users.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs applied
to grow or sell pot in Washington state yesterday.
Here's how to make the
beer can camp stove.
Visit the Smithsonian's
most iconic artifacts from your couch.
Jesse's and my entry in the 48-Hour Film Fandango is
"in the can," or whatever it's in now when you upload it.
We wrote the script in just a few hours on Friday night. Saturday we
shot video for 14 hours! Jesse edited all Saturday night and Sunday
- right up to deadline.
Just _____ the damn keys on the table.
A new documentary - Bettie
Page Reveals All - opens in New York this Friday. It's in
Portland the first week of December; in Portland the first week of
January; and, in Spokane when Hell freezes over.
Were you just looking at my butt?
Whatever. If you want to avoid the
"whomever/whoever" problem, rewrite your sentence.
Yardstick: You rock!
Stone: You rule!
!: Must you
?: Why are you always yelling?
We're in the middle of the 48-Hour Film Hullaballoo. Get back to me later.
Theme: Once upon a
night - Art comes alive
Props: A ladder, glitter
Action: Petting of a live animal
Quote: "Fine, I'll eat it, but
don't you think I'm going to like it."
Also: The title of a multi-word Beatles
song must play a part.
A story about some potential existential
preferably with worldwide implications.
A story about obscenely rich people treating less
fortunate people with disgust and contempt.
A story about stupid politicians making even more
A story about how a violent revolution in the United
States is viable and even unavoidable.
A story that has something, anything to do with
A story that compares the policies of Barack Obama
to the policies of George W. Bush.
A story that vaguely has something to do with one of
my videos so I can link to it and say something witty about it.
A story that makes top military brass look like
sadistic tyrants and/or sexual perverts.
No updates today, as Windows Update automatically
shut down my computer and destroyed all of my work this morning.
Fifty-five unfortunately unfinished
A Francis Bacon painting of
Lucian Freud just sold
for a record $142 million.
The history of black metal corpse
White House is under siege. Obamacare turns into an embarrassing
public spectacle. Dissent within the president's own party threatens
to turn into a full-blown revolt.
The dead bodies
on Mount Everest.
Controversial Danish director Lars
von Trier (Antichrist, Melancholia) has scrapped plans for the
softcore version of his sex epic Nymphomaniac.
For the first time in his life he
had to give up "final cut" rights for one of his
Gonzaga University dispute raises issue of gun
rights versus property rights.
Washington state's marijuana
stores could be open by May or June.
The Guardian chooses their top
ten documentaries of all times.
Martin Scorsese names his 11
scariest films of all times.
How does writing affect
Nine drawings done by an
artist under the influence of LSD.
The most shocking
n' sniff wine book brings readers a whiff of wine expertise.
What we do with
What happens if you go without
David Lynch on
Hey, today is eleven/twelve/thirteen.
Film Project, a local filmmaking podcast talks
about Jesse at the one hour one minute mark. It's the link
called "Take 2."
From 1927: Examination
of Conscience for Boys and Girls.
From 1940: How
to Make Friends by Telephone.
From 1890: Pictures
from the Police Gazette.
A Russian man nails
his testicles to the street to protest the police state.
photo from super typhoon Halyan will ruin your day.
In time for Christmas: Gooey
Why did 100,000
humorless goons sign a White House petition to censor Jimmy
engineering decisions form around the world.
"Just a Theory": Seven
commonly misused science words.
Two of the eight (or more!) deer I saw early yesterday morning
at the edge of Brownes Addition, where Maple meets Riverside
I shot video again today with Jesse James
Hennessy and Madeline Rose McKenna. We finished up Jesse's blood-soaked ditty we started last
Also, I'm getting psyched up for next weekend's 48
Hour Film Festival. That's right, we've decided to go ahead and kick
some cinematic poo even though last year they butchered our
beautiful film Gazoombas! I
still don't understand what's so offensive about an alien virus that
causes men's breasts to swell up to fill D-size cups.
I love it when I "discover" an impressive
movie that I didn't know existed. I just watched Twixt
- a gothic horror flick from Francis Ford Coppola. (Streaming
on Netflix.) Made just last year. "...a has-been writer becomes
embroiled in a murder mystery during a stop on his book tour."
Many people didn't like this movie, which makes me feel special...
Naturalist Sir David Attenborough
narrates Miley Cyrus' appearance at the Video Music Awards.
you're not being told.
Today Germans commemorate the
75th anniversary of Kristallnacht - the night of broken glass -
during which the Nazis staged a wave of attacks on Jews in Germany
Four of Hollyweed's
funniest pot propaganda films.
Rene Magritte taught
us to distrust the painting. In doing so, he taught us something
about the world.
Fingered for the crime: Complaints
about police conducting public full-body cavity and strip searches
have popped up in New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin and Kansas in recent
A tight ass is now probable
stories where technology is indistinguishable from magic.
"It will not sell, and it will do immeasurable
harm to a growing reputation. ... I recommend that it be buried
under a stone for a thousand years."
~ An early publisher's
rejection of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.
from the novel Lolita.
The disturbing Lolita
fashion in Japan.
Tomatoes revue of Stanley Kubrick's film Lolita. IMDb.
Lolita (1962) trailer.
What is the
most common nightmare?
entire movie squeezed into a single, 40-second GIF.
family photos of all time. I think crimes are being committed in
some of them.
slang terms you should be using.
The 1811 Dictionary
of the Vulgar Tongue.
I need to not do this for a few days.
I'll be back...
Trek to Colombia to search for a strange
and powerful drug called Scopolamine, a substance so intense it
renders a person incapable of exercising free will.
sense guidelines for playing in a punk band.
Masked protesters aligned with the hactivist
movement Anonymous rallied at
political landmarks in 477 cities around the world last
lose control of Spokane City Council.
awkward ad placements ever.
When I realize that I'm a ghost driving a
meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, you know, it kind of creeps
Pussy Riot member is transferred to a new penal
colony in Siberia, her
husband said yesterday.
Patti Smith: Mourning
My friend Harimus finds the most wonderfully obscure
stuff: The Divan
is converted by nutrient recovery reactor into pellets for farm
and garden use.
Cinemas in Sweden are introducing
a new film rating to promote gender equality. To get an A
rating, a movie must have at least two named female characters who
talk to each other about something other than a man.
Yesterday on Good Morning America, a
computer-generated animation of the LAX
shooting suspect was shown holding a military style M-16, complete
with a 40mm grenade launcher. In fact it was a Smith
& Wesson M&P 15 sporting rifle.
Devices: Definition and examples of literary terms.
incredibly tough books for extreme readers.
nullification - acquitting based on principle: jurors should go
with their gut when it comes to acquitting defendants.
German authorities have confirmed that masterpieces
by Picasso, Chagall and Renoir are among the art
found in an apartment in Munich.
Legal marijuana is one of the fastest-growing
markets in America.
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was once deep
in the breatharian cult. A breatharian
believes it's possible, through meditation, to reach a level of
consciousness where one can obtain all sustenance from air or
sunlight. (Which of course is true, but only for a limited time.)
The 10 strangest
facts about penises.
of a Drone Warrior: Twelve hours in a sealed shed in the Nevada
desert, stinking of sweat, farts, and cigarettes. Best to stay in
What does the mythological werewolf say
The CIA forced
doctors to torture suspected terrorists after 9/11.
The flesh-eating zombie drug is reported
in Ohio - it's gettin' closer Spokane...
Eight-year-old is threatened with expulsion for Halloween
drawings of potential costumes. Good god, they would have just
taken my son out and shot him.
for anarchists rising: When a tear-gas canister rolled and
stopped at the kindergarten teachers feet, a masked man picked it up
and tossed it back at the police. The teacher raised her fist...
A brilliant scam:
1) Enact a law forcing people to have insurance or
pay a penalty.
2) Hire Curly from The Three Stooges as your web developer.
3) Collect $95 buck from every person without health insurance.
90 second video provides a rare and revealing glimpse of the
logic currently used to determine whether your constitutional rights
are violated by government surveillance programs: Surprise! Your
privacy isn't being violated if you don't know it.
Will Washington state's legal
marijuana taxes go to health care?
I wish someone would call me "sir" without
adding, "Can I see your hands, please."
The Genius of
Charles Darwin - the complete documentary.
No morsel too
minuscule for the all-consuming NSA: "focus on
counterterrorism is a misleadingly narrow sales pitch for an agency
with an almost unlimited agendas."
was the man who killed Kennedy - excepts from The Man Who
Killed Kennedy by Roger Stone.
Ask the pot snob: What
is the difference betwedn indica and sativa?
of The Jay - How long does pot stay in your system.
Photos from the film shoot today with (from L to R)
Kori Turk, Jesse James
Hennessy, Madeline Rose McKenna and me.
A Serbian artist has created animated GIFs
out of several of Banksy's street art pieces.
Banksy's final NYC art piece is seized
as police evidence.
The history of overdressing -->
Riot's most outspoken member is still
Am I the only one who photosympathizes with sad
people were able to obtain health insurance on the first day of
Change in state rules could
put an end to private pot rooms.
The United Nations' plan
to defend Earth from asteroids, and other crazy stuff.
Rooftop sensors monitor neighborhoods around the
clock for the distinctive bang of a gun. The inconspicuous devices
have logged hundreds of incidents over the past eight years as part
gunfire surveillance network called ShotSpotter.
A collection of starlings is called a murmuration.
Picking Up Girls Made Easy - The
Street Pick Up
Headless Horseman - a 1934 cartoon based on The Legend of Sleepy
Six of the biggest U.S. tech
firms are urging Congress to rein in the NSA by providing more
transparency about surveillance.
theology, even if you don't believe in God; this lost liberal
art encourages scholars to understand history from the inside out.
Prison tattoos and their
About 60 million years ago, in the jungles of
Colombia, lived Titanoboa, a
massive 48 foot long, 2,500 snake.
Andy Warhol eating
Portraits of teenage
girls' inner worlds through their bedroom interiors. Chill,
The amazing subterranean
structures of an ant colony is revealed by researchers.
time of the year again: tomorrow the clock on your oven will
either be correct, an hour ahead, or an hour behind.
Who don't love themselves some
"The emotions that sustain religious belief are
all, in fact, deeply ordinary and deeply
recognizable to anybody who has ever made their way across the
common ground of human experience as an adult..."
it feels to have a stroke.
In Russia, a
member of the anarchist band Pussy Riot has "vanished"
since a prison move 10 days ago.
Calm down! That's not a UFO. It's
just a flying, killer robot. Drones are causing worldwide spike
in UFO sighting.
See the Broadway Bomb, where thousands of
skateboarders take over the eight miles of Manhattan streets. The authorities
resort to Benny Hill tactics.
Psychological Power of Satan: Scientific America.
The origin of
some common superstitions, such as a black cat crossing your
The models you see in fashion mags aren't
A German artist is pushing
to honor Edward Snowden by renaming a street near the U.S.
embassy after the NSA whistleblower.
sexy costumes don't go far enough: Jon Stewart.
Asset Forfeiture: When did "To Serve and Protect"
become "To Seize and Profit?"
This is the story of how a botched drug raid on a
lonely veteran sparked a movement for police reform - in Utah of all
six part series.
Did you think that Hitler's wild gesticulations were
again. After seeing these photos, Hitler ordered them destroyed.
The photographer quite didn't get around to it.
Why journalists need to learn
for would-be pot producers in Washington state.
U.S. police discover a high
tech drug-smuggling tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego 600
yards long with an electric railway.
who risked their lives for their research.
Funny Or Die's Halloween
Anthology with Marilyn Manson.
My Halloween offering...
Dr. Phibes starring Vincent Price in one of his best roles,
The complete audiobook of (really dumb) Scary
Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Watch the William S. Burroughs-narrated Haxan: Witchcraft
through the Ages.
The kid that messed with the Pope yesterday: He'll
be found in two weeks all black and blue and brainwashed with Illuminati
symbols carved into his head. This I predict.
BOO! ... Ha! Scared you.
A few months ago I helped Jesse with his Super 8
governments go after witches. In some parts of the world, being
suspected of sorcery can result in harsh sentences.
Another way to kill a child's creativity and
individuality: Spokane School District 81 no longer allows Halloween
parties, treats or costumes.
selection from Tortura: the sounds of pain and pleasure.
A man's teeth are removed to reveal gums
infested with maggots.
Beelitz-Heilstatten sanatorium: An amazing hospital complex just
outside of Berlin, considered the top location by many European
photographers and urban explorers.
scary: The marijuana breathalyzer is close to reality.
Spend the night with one
of Bangkok's many volunteer body collectors.
Why so many Icelanders
believe in invisible elves.
Is (was) Paul
Jon Stewart's awesome, ongoing ripping
of the ObamaCare website.
Here's a documentary
about Tom Foley by the Spokane Democrats.
They're baaaack. The Westboro Baptist Church says they will protest the
funeral of former Speaker of the House, Tom
Foley, this Friday at
St. Al's Cathedral on the Gonzaga University campus.
Here's a video I did of them the last time they
invaded our homeland:
Does God Hate
Holland museum masterpieces
may be Nazi loot.
Q: Why is Roger
Daltrey performing at the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall
this morning in honor of Winston Churchill?
A: Because nothing says rock 'n' roll
like a morning unveiling of a Churchill bust. Let's party!
Germans say U.S.
spying on Europeans is a symptom of a paranoid government.
First the Big Lie, and
Picking Up Girls Made Easy - The
women's clothing store pick-up.
Ten horrible human
Ten gruesome medieval torture
Ten terrifying demonic
From Field & Stream: To
Pee or Not to Pee Off Your Treestand?
Watch two minutes of never-before-seen Star
Wars blooper outtakes.
"We still name our military helicopter gunships
after victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about that:
Blackhawk. Apache. And Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military
helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice."
drank of the chalise of Satan's blood."
The science of why
certain sounds scare us.
Andy Warhol's screen test of
Lou Reed as remembered by downtown
Was Lou Reed the
first openly bisexual rock star?
Lou Reed: a glorious contradiction.
Photos: the life and times of
Minutes: Contrary to early White House statements, Benghazi was
a planned, sophisticated attack by Al Qaeda against the barely
protected American compound.
ways to time travel (and three complicated ones).
The eight smartest people of the year: 2013's
An upcoming story in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo
reports that the NSA
swept up data on 60 million phone calls in Spain over the course
of one month. More.
demand the truth about NSA spying.
protest draws thousands in Washington D.C.
Leonardo da Vinci's ingenious inventions: 8
Brand speaks of reptilian overlords, spiritual revolution and
the Illuminati. Doesn't it seem strange that this guy is allowed on
multiple main stream media stations to call for a revolution?
week of groceries in different countries.
Where am I in Spookaloo?
Brutus: Quick, someone
Reed, dead at 71.
mistakes police made after the Boston bombing.
German media make new claims about U.S.
surveillance, including that Obama
knew about Chancellor Merke's cell phone being tapped.
Check out the free
science fiction bookshelf from Project Gutenberg.
Here's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN documentary Weed.
Some people choose to be cremated, some choose a
traditional wooden coffin, and then there are those who want to be
buried in a giant chicken: strange
and outrageous coffins.
Dude, a brief history of the word Dude.
It's well known that Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain,
Janice Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at 27. But did you know they
all had a white lighter in their pocket?
does a tea kettle whistle? This might seem like an obvious
question, but it turns out that no one has looked into it until now.
We cancelled the shoot today because of rain. Boo...
I'm filming with Jesse James Hennessy today. All I
know is that we are shooting with the beautiful Madeline Rose
McKenna, that the theme has something to do with Doppelgangers, that
Jesse has four gallons of fake blood mixed up, and that one of my
tasks will be "fake blood pumper."
Yeah, it's dangerous work, but somebody's got to do
Whiskers, who holds the record for the world's longest beard, 18
feet 6 inches long.
How to incubate
baby cephalopods in a pop bottle.
their own TED talk. Learn how to survive the human apocalypse in
the first ever DED talk.
Chemists suggest that the
emergence of life may be an inevitable process.
cleanup: What it would really take to clean up your
favorite horror movie scenes.
page of The Guardian.
among allies over U.S. surveillance. White House says they're not
tapping the German Chancellor's phone, but won't
say whether they've done it in the past.
the documentary. Every 98 minutes a dog is shot by police officers.
to make a pair of Icelandic Necropants, from the Museum of
Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft. Step one: get permission from a
living man to use his skin after his death.
This statement should frighten you: NSA
Keith Alexander says, regarding the Snowden releases, that
reporters are selling spy documents, and "We
ought to come up with a way of stopping it."
How to make a
lighter from a battery and a bubble gum wrapper.
Urungus of GWAR read a bedtime story to children you hate.
places on planet Earth.
It's called the
greatest Beatles performance of all time, in front of an
audience of 100 Swedes.
This is why marijuana
should be legal everywhere.
objects that made America: the polio vaccine, Telstar, Enola
Gay, the Pill, etc.
Uncanny Factor: Why little girls scare the shit out of us.
The UC Davis cop who pepper-sprayed a group of
students during a non-violent protest was
awarded a $38,000 settlement for psychiatric injuries. The
students he assaulted got $30,000.
mysteries surrounding World War II.
A rally against mass surveillance by the NSA in
Washington, D.C. this Saturday seems to be gaining
Germany says the U.S.
has tapped Chancellor Merkel's cell phone.
George was christened today into the C of
E - WEARING A DRESS! How am I suppose to not make fun of that.
Economic collapse and the
rise of fascist and racist elements.
Having made movies with Jesse James Hennessy for a
number of years, I have an intimate knowledge of the goofest: A
brief history of Hollywood fake
Spokane County to zone
marijuana away from neighborhoods.
Scurvy. Oh, yeah. You laugh now. "Arrgh, ye
scurvy deck scrubber." In fact, it was a
dreadful way to die.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch says U.S.
drone strikes in Pakistan could be classified as war crimes. The
report calls for those responsible to stand trial. Maybe we
should beat it in their heads that we're the good guys.
Very little of what you see on the local news is
original. Other than a few local stories, the news comes from the
same place, press releases and stock stories from the AP wire. This
video is funny at first. Then it becomes creepy.
You DO have time for this.
Remember when you could tell the difference between
Republicans and Democrats? Or at least when they cared enough to try
to fool you into thinking there was a difference? Dianne
Feinstein say NSA snooping isn't surveillance.
Obamacare questions Kathleen Sebelius won't or can't answer.
Did RFK steal
news stories that are basically horror movie plots.
Uruguay will sell legal marijuana for $1 per gram, official
Facebook has decided that users
can watch a video of a decapitation, but must be protected from
seeing a breastfeeding mother and her child briefly pausing for
"Genius is childhood
recovered at will."
From Bill Moyers: A
grim report on press freedoms under Obama. Far from fulfilling
his campaign promise to improve transparency, the president has
instead presided over an unprecedented campaign to contain leaks and
control media coverage of governmental operations.
If 666 is evil, is 25.8069 the root of all evil?
In this video,
a man gets Americans to happily sign a petition to support a
"Nazi-style Orwellian police state."
Ernst on a new form of
And if you're an Ernsthead like me, check
this out: a German documentary with no subtitles. I watched the
entire one hour and forty minutes of those amazing images with the
sound turned down.
story was a hoax. Sort of. The first
video that got passed around the internet was of the visuals of
Diane Reidy marching up to the podium. She appears to speak, but
what we hear is a recording of what happened later, after she was
removed from the House chamber.
Go to :27 of this
Another version of the conspiracy: Here is part one
of the nine part documentary The
Men Who Killed Kennedy - The Coup d'Etat.
10 best appearances in literature.
John Wayne, totting his package -->
of artist Gustav Klimt looted by the Nazis.
Step by step, this
movie - JFK II, the Bush Connection (2003) - purports that JFK's
assassination was perpetrated by forces within our own government.
A man and his wife design and built a
140-square-foot home they built on a trailer bed.
Here's some very odd
A group of Chinese scientists have invented a light bulb that
produces its own Wi-Fi signal.
Ingmar Bergman called Andrei Tarkovsky "The
greatest of them all." His films grapple with metaphysical and
spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. Now you
can see all of Tarkovsky's films online for free.
of Satan founder Anton
LaVey, the Temple of Set's high priest Michael
Aquino and H.R.
Giger figure into The Occult
Experience, a well-made, intelligent mid-80s Australian TV
Republicans and Democrats raising the debt
ceiling to remedy America's financial predicament is like raising
the blood/alcohol levels to reduce drunk driving.
Lack of transparency in U.S.
drone killings muddies legal status, says United Nations.
What if soy milk is just milk introducing itself in
Cages you can't see: The
Story of Your Enslavement.
Schooled to be
Stupid: How the Prussian system was imported to dumb down
road signs in fractured English.
Foley, Spokane native, former Speaker of the U. S. House of
Representatives, dead at 84.
New York Police Department has made arresting
world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy their top priority.
Artists who tell the truth are so much more dangerous to the system
than actual criminals.
Oliver Stone on the
tyranny of Obama's exceptional America.
skull of ancient human is forcing scientists to rethink
radically the story of evolution.
Early video footage of Bob Ross, unscripted
and off the cuff.
The master is back: Here's the trailer for Roman
Polanski's new film Venus in
Did you know NASA has been launching
jellyfish into space for the past 20 years?
Why House stenographer Dianne
fault of our own: Geologists discover a new seismic fault in the
north part of Spokane.
A stenographer staged
a bizarre performance on the House floor near the end of the
debt ceiling vote last night, ranting about Freemasons before she
was quickly dragged away by security guards.
looks fake. The woman's voice is still amplified even as she is
taken away from the podium and out of the room.
I suspect the last part of the audio was dubbed.
Marijuana rules get
the okay from the Liquor Control Board.
freakiest thing Julianne Moore does in the Carrie remake.
poem that made Sherman Alexie want to "drop
everything" and be a writer.
A bomb disposal robot
was sent to a middle school to destroy a cartoon drawing of a bomb.
I hope they threw that kid in a drawing of a jail.
harmful drugs that could be replaced with marijuana.
This video blogger claims there are hidden
messages in the new $100 dollar bill which warns of future
nuclear devastation in the U.S.
Zip it: the Washington State Department of Health
a gonorrhea outbreak in Spokane County.
a condom can save your life (besides the obvious ones).
The history of the
Bull elk chases motorcyclist in Montana. Is euthanized by Fish and
Callin' it like it is: America's first toilet-themed
How the 1%
twerk: burlesque performer Michelle L'amour's rear end plays
Butthoven's 5th Symphony.
War Profiteers: New study shows pro-war commentators have
material interest in perpetual conflict.
mysterious structures with creepy unknown origins. My son and I
have climbed to the top of one of these edifices.
Guillermo del Toro explains why he wants to ruin
the human race.
Happy Columbus Day! I celebrated by dragging
the dismembered body parts of rebellious natives through the
Computer glitch blamed for nationwide
EBT system shutdown Saturday; leads to mini uprisings and
looting. When you depend on the state, you become their puppet.
These people can now be called upon to riot with the tug of a
Stanley Kubrick wanted Terry Gilliam to direct
a sequel to Dr. Strangelove.
police blotters: idiots keep breaking the law and someone has to
veterans clashed with police outside the White House yesterday.
It's only a matter of time before a succession of White Doors are shattered and
people are drug into the streets.
Johnny Cash's dark
versions of Vladimir
- one of my favorite novels (and movies).
Human Experimentation: The
Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Here's Banksy's "Sirens
of the Lambs" truck in New York City.
Eight ways to keep
body snatchers from stealing your corpse.
Tips for telling
the perfect ghost story.
the S-R: Different rules for medical, recreational pot divide
advocates and regulators.
How to spot a
Bill Moyers: the Obama administration is the least
accessible to journalists in decades.
makes us human.
arrested for exercising her constitutional rights: Alex Jones is
absolutely right here. The banter of the police going through this
lady's personal items should terrify you.
You're worried about street kids downtown? Here's a
list of the
most horrendous places to live, in order from dreadful to
Stan Lee on the
"science" of comic book superheroes.
Police in Pierre, South Dakota received a report
that an 8-year-old girl appeared suicidal. How did the police
respond to this small child who appeared to be having an emotional
A few of my friends had
this dumpster photo removed from their Facebook sites and received
warnings from Facebook administrators about posting inappropriate
Congratulations to The
Inlander. Spokane's "alternative" mag turns
20 years old this month, which is about 19 years longer than
most mags make it.
CH on the BJ
from BC to AD.
Quiz: Is it
the name of a piece of IKEA furniture, or a death metal band?
Sorry, your password must contain a capital letter,
two numbers, a symbol, an inspiring message, a spell, a gang sign, a
hieroglyph and the blood of a virgin.
idea: Challenge writers and artists to pitch an idea for a
feature film in a 12-panel cartoon.
What's inside a
Navy SEAL's survival kit?
"Sally's got a blue bird. Pete has got a
Here's David Lynch's song These
Are My Friends from his debut album Crazy Clown Time.
I really don't know what else to say ...
The startling size of the U.S. military operations
in Africa. The Pentagon will tell you there's one military base on
the entire continent. They
Step into an
optical illusion. A room created by an L.A. artist is modeled on
the stock roadside attraction. It's based on a simple trick: the
room is tilted on a compound angle.
Why are thousands of people dreaming about this
you see what you see when you're tripping on psychedelics.
More than 6,000 commemorative medallions put up for
sale at the Vatican Publishing House in St. Peter's Square contains
a typo. Wouldn't infallibility
Roman Polanski made Mia Farrow eat heaps of raw
liver and nearly sliced open Jack Nicholson's signature schnoz. Movie
scenes made possible by reckless endangerment.
Dirty Dozen: 12
filthy '90s movies.
real-life Iron Man: the Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault
Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman
abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from
aphrodisiacs from around the world: cobra blood, fertilized duck
eggs, baboon urine...
sculptures of London-based artist Ron Mueck need to be seen to
criminals toast each other over jokes as America burns.
is the big joke at the Cheney Roast.
pain and itchiness the same thing? The question has neuroscientists scratching their heads.
scariest books of all time.
U.S. law enforcement use of tasers have killed at
least 500 people in the last 10 years.
Ancient women artists may
be responsible for most cave art.
New cargo planes on order for the U.S. Air Force are
being delivered straight into storage in the Arizona desert because the
military has no use for them.
Chain restaurant workers reveal the items
they refuse to eat.
Ancient archeological sites
that were destroyed by careless humans.
A photographer spent two years traveling through 18
European countries to document
the still-practiced pagan rituals of Europe.
happens when a homeless New Yorker dies?
Well, Jesse James Hennessy and I have decided to do
the Spokane First Night 48-Hour Film Festival again this year - even
though they butchered our beautiful film
Gazoombas! at the New Year's Eve
showing. True, they'll never let us win (I might have publically
called them "douche bags") but also true, they won't stop
us from having a great time.
Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 movie Rope
consists entirely of long takes, and is sometimes described as one
continuous shot. In fact there are 10 cuts in the movie dictated by
the length of a roll of film. Here
Promo video for remake of Carrie
bystanders in a very cool way.
Should gloriously terrible movies be considered
Prescription drug abuse now more
deadly than heroin, cocaine combined.
Engagement rings harken back to an age when women
couldn't own property because they were property.
bicycle relies on running momentum.
"I'm going to attempt to download every movie
ever made, and you're going to try to sign up for Obamacare, and
we'll see which happens first."
Stewart to HHS Secretary Kathleen
Many Americans suffering sticker
shock from Obamacare.
OMG! Check out Banksy's
Another Band-Aid: the
new $100 bill debuts today. So, the government shutdown doesn't
affect the Federal Reserve?
The movement to
create a 51st state: Eleven rural Colorado counties will hold a
vote on whether to secede from the state and form their own.
What the world needs now: a
drone that can fly continuously for five years. It will have an
operating range of 2.8 million miles.
The War on Terror has morphed into the war on
liberty and privacy. Here's 10
ways we are being tracked, traced and databased.
Apparently Bon Jovi is not dead. Seriously. He was
in Spokane last night.
What is the difference between hypothesis,
theory, or law?
Bill Moyers: On
the Sabotage of Democracy.
glitches plague Obamacare launch. One analysis says it has the
"hallmark of a project that was rushed."
of Fancy: Virgin Galactic plans space hotels, day trips to the
The making of Pulp
Fiction in stills, snapshots,
and script pages.
They say that once you give government a power they
will never give it back. That is true. But
that doesn't mean you can't take it back.
"No great mind has ever existed without a touch
One hundred things you honestly don't
need to do before you die.
Some Texan college students are publishing
dinosaur/human female porno stories and making a lot of
Jayus: a joke told so poorly and so unfunny that one
cannot help but laugh. Eleven
untranslatable words from other cultures.
How long could life on Earth survive if
the sun went out?
Don't make me get my flying monkeys...
and sex. For our ancestors in the Pleistocene, the ability to
craft narratives wasn't just charming; it was key to survival.
Which is the first letter of the alphabet?
The bizarre Nazi
plan to breed giant Angora rabbits in concentration camps.
do certain coined words (gobbledygook, blogosphere) succeed,
while others (huzzlecoo, infobahn) fall short?
I was going to play along with this
website that presumes to predict your age of death. I stopped
when a notice popped up: DEATH will receive the following info: your
public profile, friend list, news feed, birthday, groups, photos and
your friends' current cities. Cancel or Okay?
"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a
country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."
activity can predict rain: researchers in Brazil have found
evidence that insects actually shy away from sex in response to the
drop in atmospheric pressure that precedes rain.
sexual encounters in comic book history.
You should watch this:
Jesse humor: My hand - and its two seconds of screen time - gets equal
billing with beautiful Madeline.
Ben Franklin spent his
mornings naked - a look at the daily
rituals and routines of history's most creative minds.
Meal: food is life, except when you're facing execution.
"It's like putting gas in car that don't have no motor."
The science of pornography
The science of "morning
The science of orgasms.
Exposed: the secret
lives of swingers.
and don'ts for communicating Libertarian ideas.
Old English words you need to be using.
Meet Slavoj Zizek,
my favorite commie, and the "most dangerous philosopher in the
Here's the video we made with Madeline to test Jesse's
I'll Make You Famous.
I just watched the sometimes ridiculous, sometimes
funny, sometimes fascinating documentary Room
237 which explores various theories about hidden meanings in
Stanley Kubrick's classic film "The
might not have noticed in "The Shining."
Stanley Kubrick got wrong about "The Shining."
King still won't
accept Kubrick's genius.
Stephen King calls Kubrick's
"The Shining" misogynist.
I watched the very twisted American
Mary. It was written and directed by the twisted twin sisters Sylvia
and Jen Soska. Some people will remember them by their first
feature film Dead
Hooker in a Trunk.
Hitchcock Geek: A blog dedicated to the proposition that Hitchcock was the Shakespeare of the 20th Century.
"I have always enjoyed dealing with a slightly
surrealistic situation and presenting it in a realistic manner. I've
always liked fairy tales and myths, magical stories. I think they
are somehow closer to the sense of reality one feels today than the
equally stylized "realistic" story in which a great deal
of selectivity and omission has to occur in order to preserve its
You do realize that you can just walk
around those "Park Closed" signs, right?
A new exhibit at the Tate
Museum in London presents butchered paintings, decapitated
sculptures and other damaged works in a survey of centuries of
art vandalism. Do certain assaults contain meaning and even insights
into history and art?
Save your money! A college education can be had
online absolutely free. Here's
Lake Natron in northern Tanzania turns animals into
statues. The lake can reach a temperature up to 130 degrees
Fahrenheit and its alkalinity levels up to 10. Birds that crash in
the lake are calcified into creepy
Fun fact: Did you know that on Sept. 10, 2001, one
day before the tragic events of 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld announced to
the public that the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 TRILLION
The Cowles Co., who owns The Spokesman-Review,
to buy a group of seven television stations in Montana.
The gov shuts down, but Obamacare
Rest assured, warmongers. Even though the government
is shutting down, we're still going to bomb people.
The Spokane City Council voted yesterday to expand
the wildly unpopular red light camera program for another five
Why are police shooting so many dogs? It seems to be
attempt at coercing submission from community members through fear.
NBC reported that shutting the government down will
end up costing more than continuing to run it - but, I'd like to
add, only if we turn it back on.
the Man of Steel on totalitarianism: Superman and The Flash have
a discussion about gun control while playing chess.
It costs about as
much to jail an inmate in New York City for one year as it does
to pay for four years of tuition at an Ivy League university.
From the Dept. of Things We Already Knew: Study
finds most drug commercials are misleading.
Some shots I took of Jesse
as Jesse tries out his new camera.
I'm very much looking forward to testing Jesse's new
camera today with a beautiful, young woman as our model!
Berlin in the Twenties: Brecht, Dietrich, Dada, sex,
violence, human worthlessness. It
was all grist for George Grosz.
Psychopaths, and how
not to become a serial killer: why going clubbing and collecting
stamps is comparable with mass murder.
Funnybone: Jesse Ventura and Howard Stern are set to announce a
2016 presidential run.
"Everything we call real is made of things that
cannot be regarded as real. If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly
shocked you, you haven't understood it yet."
of the Heritage Foundation and the death of Republican ideas.
the ACLU: It's official, the NSA wants to suck up all Americans'
The world before twerking: Fletcher Henderson and
his orchestra do the Fox Trot - Hocus
Statistics show you are more likely to get shot by a
fat cop if you run.
New York Times Indie Film Festival: Until Oct. 4 you can see
four indie films from new talents.
Visit the new island
created off the coast of Pakistan by an earthquake on Tuesday.
Read the British
Military of Defense document that formulates strategy for making
involvement in wars more palatable to the public.
Obama tells the world during his "I am George
BombsAway Bush" speech at the United Nations that America -
with its 600 military bases spread across 30 countries - isn't
Kenya shopping mall attack: Nairobi
hostages were horrifically tortured before they were killed,
says police doctor. Some people were warned by Kenya Intelligence to
avoid the Westgate Mall the day of the attack.
the Spokesman: With no public notice, the FBI has spent more
than $3 million to operate a fleet of drone for domestic
investigations. A drone was used to spy on MLK parade bombing
Idaho's Nez Perce tribe is fighting to keep
truck convoys from disrupting tribal lands.
I love this guy: How
Is Anything Real?
Attention filmmakers: Get
free music for your films from the new YouTube audio library.
The police are becoming ever more like the military,
and with your
odds of death by police eight times that of terrorism, are they
really keeping us safe?
document: critics of US drone program considered threats,
adversaries, and propagandists.
How fear propels the imagination: it forces us to
imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them - a
Attorneys general from 41 states urge
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes.
The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft tells
legend of Necropants.
Paper cut: A tree's one glorious moment of revenge.
In the 1930s, journalist would visit Nikola Tesla at
his home in the Hotel Governor Clinton in Manhattan. The aging Tesla
would regale them with stories of his youth as an inventor and often
opined about what was in store for the future.
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake show
us how stupid we sound when we use hashtags.
King's long-awaited sequel to The
Shining is released today. How
terror has changed and how Doctor
Sleep taps into our most primal fears.
pot strains with awesome names.
I met some country and western singing sensation who
came into the restaurant today. I can't remember his name; but, he's
Noah's Ark has been found - again...
the Ripper mystery solved?
China's richest man plans to spend $8.2 billion to build
the country's version of Hollywood.
"Those who are able to see beyond the shadows
and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone
believed, by the masses."
Just in time for Halloween - slutty costumes for
your four-year-old. Wal-mart
selling "naughty" costumes for your toddler.
I'm not anti-social. I'm selectively social. There's
"In English," the professor says, "a
double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such
as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn't a
single language in which a double positive can express a
"Yeah, right," says someone in the back of
today's Spokesman: Marijuana and marijuana-infused products will
soon be available over retail counters, but pot users face plenty of
Cassady, a character in Jack
Kerouac's novel On
the Road, and chronicler of the Beat Generation, is dead at 90.
attacks the U.S. wants you to forget about.
Photos of Brigitte
Bardot during her sex-kitten years throughout the Sixties.
Why do people want to eat babies? Scientists
"I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't
work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness."
gun that aims itself: a documentary about smart weapons and the
future of skill-free killing.
Hey, it's Banned Book Week. Celebrate by reading a
banned/challenged text. Here's
the top 100. (Are you kidding me? Catcher in the Rye; Brave New
World; Slaughterhouse-Five; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest;
Fahrenheit 451: these were the most impressionable books of my
Have you noticed that the word "bed"
actually looks like a bed?
to a new book written by Muammar Gaddafi's security director,
Gaddafi raped and imprisoned many women.
Civil Disobedience: an interesting article in the Daily
Washington state shops
for a bank to handle pot money. The Liquor Control Board will
start receiving fees in November.
colonists will definitely go bonkers: the psychology of
isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother.
Wow. I just watched Upstream
Color by independent director Shane
Carruth. The film is as astonishing and complicated as his first
Both films are extremely low-budget and extremely challenging.
an interview with Carruth with Interview Magazine.
interview from The Awl where Carruth briefly discusses his new
film The Modern Ocean.
(Footnote: Upstream Color was shot with the
camera that my colleague Jesse James Hennessy just bought. See
yesterday's post for background.)
Here's why Jesse
doesn't have a camera either.
How-to manuals from the Middle Ages: How to Die
Well. How to
Battle. How to Punish
Sins. How to Care for the
Sick. How to Be a
There are a
few precautions to take that will help you avoid getting struck
by lightning, or save you if you are struck.
Can you answer 25
difficult questions that the mainstream media refuses to?
Why police like "no-knock" raids: They're
One of my favorite Facebook posts this year (from my
friend Kyle): "I stage dove last night with a giant Elmo head
on. Does anyone have a picture of this? I don't remember much and my
Finding answers to Spokane's recently
sullied downtown image.
How Americans feel
about each state: Which state is the rudest? The nicest? The
a day in an Amsterdam coffeeshop.
Next time you get all serious and overcome with the
problems of the world, remember: When Charles Darwin first
discovered the Galapagos Tortoises, he tried to ride them.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart testified before
the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 10 about the state's
legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Here
are his remarks.
the Willy Wonka of Weed - the Colorado entrepreneur who has
scientists, biochemists, and professionally trained chefs working to
bring you some of the most potent THC edible products the world has
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the
great ones to public office."
NSA letter to families of employees reassures that spying
is in the public's interest.
Stephen King on
alcoholism and returning to The Shining. (Something in this
article that astonished me: King did not like Kubrick's film
the world's wieners: plan your trip based on the likelihood of
encountering something really big to write home about.
The FBI is instructing local police departments and
"communities against terrorism" to consider
anyone who harbors "conspiracy theories" about 9/11 to be
a potential terrorist, in a circular released to local police
The ten most disturbing
things you should know about the FBI since 9/11.
Above the law: Washington
state lawmakers don't get speeding tickets, says a State Patrol
spokesman - and not just in Olympia, put anywhere in the state.
Failure to Withdraw: The
CIA, the Taliban, and the strategy of tension in Afghanistan.
Campus police harass
a student for passing out Constitutions to other students on
All You Need Is Cash - a
1978 television film that traces the career of a fictitious Brit
rock group called The Rutles.
Senate bill attempts
to make the "right" of free press a
I. LIKE. THE. WAY. THE. LITTLE. VOICE. IN. YOUR. HEAD. TAKES.
PAUSES. WHEN. YOU. READ. THIS.
Alice Cooper talks about his
dead drunk friends.
Here's a short video Jesse James Hennessy and I improvised on the
Fourth of July: The Lunatics.
Not for the timid of heart, or if you've just consumed food.
Eat your school, stay in drugs, and don't do vegetables.
The lead in this
bizarre story in The Atlantic Wire:
"The next mass shooting will take place on
February 12, 2014, in Spokane, Washington. It will be committed by
an emotionally disturbed, 38 year-old white man who will kill seven
people and wound six more at a place he used to work using a
semi-automatic handgun he purchased legally in the state."
A writer from The Inlander put in her
The Spokesman-Review's Doug Clark has
Here's the 1963 Twilight Zone episode Living
Doll, directed by Richard
Sarafian, who died yesterday.
The voices in my head are telling me to tell you to
check out this Army document, declassified in 2006 after a Freedom
Of Information Act: Bioeffects
of Selected Nonlethal Weapons. I'm ashamed to say that until
today I had not heard of the microwave
Check out this
amazing video of an eagle with a GoPro camera strapped to its
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