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

 


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

                  

 

   

Running With Scissors Since 1999


 

MY VIDEOS

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

The Perfect Haunted House
Mr. Needles, Professor Terrington and Stik Mann search for the perfect haunted house to use in a zombie movie - but Stik Mann has ulterior motives.

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, sex and teddy bears. Horror.

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

Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knife game.

Rogue Wave
I dream I am swamped by a rogue wave as I explore the beaches of The Olympic Peninsula.

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

Cloudburst
I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

PFC Bee Dies for the Homeland
The last few horrible moments of brave Private First Class B. Bee.

PETA Protests Cruelty to Fish
An awesome moment in Spokane's surreal history.

Nib-Ron's Warning to OrbEarth
Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But something is lost in the translation.)

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.

Ditching Mr. D
I foolishly invite Mr. D to accompany me on my summer vacation.

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

The movement takes over downtown as they march on Chase Bank and the Bank of America, 10/15/11.

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

The Western Loop
The video journal of my 1/14 road trip.

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


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CONTESTS

48 Hour Film Fest

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed
(online soon!)

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar


MORE OF MY VIDEOS

Occupy Spokane
I film the first rag-tag meeting of the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon.

Crossing the Mighty Kootenai
I cross the very scary swinging bridge above the Kootenai River as it surges above flood stage..

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

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?). [My first "movie," made with pilfered photos and a twenty dollar camera.

The Flood
A paranoid "documentary" about the Ice Age floods that scoured much of Washington State around 15,000 years ago.  I also freak out about caves and hotel rooms and Indian spirits.

High Water
The Spokane River roars through downtown Spokane - Spring 2011

Seaworthy
James shows off his salvaged boat. Then we tour his boat building school.

Travel Notes
Mystery, religious pilgrimage, and Doubting Thomas angst I experience while traveling.

Shadow Biker
- a new kind of super hero.

The Klamath River Whale
I film a gray whale who wouldn't leave the Klamath River Bridge.

Arm Chomping
Keeping the revered art of arm chomping alive at Mootsys Tavern.


Special Report

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


AND EVEN MORE

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

GUNTher
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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

Darlin'
Local band Darlin' plays Prago cafe in downtown Spokane. Angela Landsbury and Andy Griffin provide the subplot.

Lunch with Arp Xigar
Arp and I consume raw animal products and redefine the three martini lunch.

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

OtherSpokane's
 Christmas Special
The Leroy Lovegun Christmas Special (Party Crashing 101)
Click here to see Jesse's version using the same footage.

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

Drip
Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage.

Occupy Spokane's March 
on Chase Bank
 
The Occupy Spokane movement swells 10/14/11 and spills over into downtown Spokane.

Dick's Day -
Day of the Dick

Vice President Cheney is welcomed to Spokane.

the making of MEAT
A short film of us preparing to make the short-short film MEAT (included within).

Texas Tea
 I meet Ash, a "pumper" from one of the many oil fields north of Pecos. He explains the mechanics of it all, from pump jack to wellhead. This is rural Texas.

Foxxy Moron Show 7/2/05
Foxxy Moron and the Sexxy Revolution at The B-Side Tavern.

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video


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Seek out my friend and colleague, filmmaker 
Jesse James Hennessy


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MY VIDEO SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

$1 PBRs

Geothermal 
Giggle

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


Go directly to my
YouTube Site


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MY TRIP CLIPS

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation


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POLITICS 2012

Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two


Heeere's Facebook

Sometimes
I Twitter


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

The Martyrdom of
MAGOO
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


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

Yo, PayPal Pal, pay up that money 
you don't owe me.


OtherSpokane.com is protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights" of all men, and the First (or even the Second) Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Don't tread on me, pretty-please.

4/20/14

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.


4/19/14

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 Miles Davis.

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. 


4/18/14

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4/17/14

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 necessary."

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.


4/16/14

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) ... warmongering!]


4/15/14

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 firepower.)

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.


4/14/14

Let's just talk about kittens and babies today...


4/13/14

No turtles were harmed in the construction of the following paragraph:

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. Go, team! 


4/12/14

William S. Burroughs lives...
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Click Here to throw a shoe at Hillary.
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Militias head to Nevada rancher's standoff with the feds: We're not afraid to shoot.

Anonymous on the Bundy Ranch debacle
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Fashions of the future as imagined in 1893.
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Mazes, monsters, charlatans, Satan and suicide: A short history of the Satanic panic.
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Spokane man alleges license-plate profiling in Idaho.
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"Film is dead." 
  ~  David Lynch


4/11/14

What is the difference between "drugs" and "medicine"? Here's how yesterday's drugs become tomorrow's medicines.
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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.
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How stress assassinates creativity.
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New tests show no evidence of forgery in ancient papyrus text mentioning "Jesus' wife."
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The science of lucid dreaming - in which the sleeper is aware he is dreaming - and how it could affect waking life.
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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.


4/10/14

Internet was down for a few days so I went outside. It's a whole different world out there ... I'm back now.


4/8/14

Check out the design concepts for the future of Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.
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This year, 36 teams signed up for the 50 Hour Film Slam!
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George Grosz and the necessity of offence.
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Discover Magazine's flowchart helps you navigate the slew of sci-fi films coming out in the summer of 2014.
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A new weapon is being deployed in Pakistan to challenge the US's bug splat drone strikes: Giant pictures of the victims.
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The most painful place on the body to be stung by a bee is...
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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 Creative Act.
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Mickey Rooney, dead at 93.


4/7/14

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 Rubin, Christopher Lamb, Erin Elizabeth Meenach, Charlotte McKay Mennach, and Dani Wiyrick . Congratulations to all.


4/6/14

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 remarkably satisfying. 
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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.


4/5/14

Jesse 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...


4/4/14

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!


4/3/14

The curious case of a former rock band roadie with amnesia: How does a man with no memory perceive time?
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Lucy looks good.
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What the most popular books of the past century taught Stephen King about America's strange taste in fiction.
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Theories that can change your perception of the universe.
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Errol Morris on Rumsfeld, the truth and "The Unknown Known."
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Why did zebras evolve stripes?
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Why does it matter if Homo Sapiens had sex with Neanderthals?
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You asked for it; here it is: A female Mongolian throat singer.


4/2/14

Harvey Weinstein: The creator's process for storytelling.
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Mini robot space surgeon to slide into the belly of astronauts through an incision in the navel.
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The Crib Dribbler is a real thing. No doubt the next thing is the Toddler Wheel.
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Libertarian politics: Has the time come for a shake-up of the US two-party stranglehold?
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Wearable Tech: The surveillance grid of the future.
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SeaWorld puts its whales on Valium-like drug, documents show.
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Noam Chomsky: The Singularity is Science Fiction. The Chomster - fascinating as always.


4/1/14

The Hook-Up Truck brings (safe) sex to a parking space near you.
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To be perfectly honest, I've never been to Spokane.
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In addition to reoccurring dreams, I've found that lately I also have reoccurring wakefulness.
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Spokane company made "Bigfoot" for Texas man who claimed to kill the beast.
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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.
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Nothing says spring like pork.
Nothing says Easter like broccoli
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True 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.
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I had my spleen removed and replaced with an aardvark. If not now, when? No regrets! 


3/31/14

Stanley Kubrick's longtime producer trashes the documentary Room 237 and lists Eyes Wide Shut as his favorite Kubrick film.
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Louis C. K.'s four best moments in last Saturday's SNL.
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Here's a video of Pope Francis going to confession ... Hey, wait a minute. If he's infallible, what's there to confess?
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Obama's Iraq fairy tale: It's a staggering thing to see so many lies packed into such a small paragraph.
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Immanuel Velikovsky, ambitious and exceedingly strange, sought a wholesale rethinking of astronomy, physics, geology - indeed, all of modern science.
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What happens when you throw a boomerang in space?
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What will really happen when the Yellowstone super volcano erupts?
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When is it ethical to hand our decisions over to machines? And when is external automation a step too far?


3/30/14

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.
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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.


3/29/14Good ol' Judas...

Graphic artist extraordinaire Milton Glaser critiques modern beer art.
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Futuristic fort-like homes designed to withstand hurricanes.
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Pro gun-control San Fran Democrat charged with two other state senators with accepting bribes and coordinating an international gun-running operation.
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The Experiment: A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a case and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top...
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Take the 1912 eighth grade exam from Kentucky. I doubt if many graduating seniors could pass this today.


3/28/14

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.
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No 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.
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In 1799, a chemist and inventor experimented with nitrous oxide: What it was like to discover laughing gas.
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Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair - and it's working.
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Show some support: It's National Cleavage Day.
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Foodies are zealous about ethical eating and expert at evading this question: How can we raise, love, and then kill an animal?


3/27/14

I never thought I'd ever say three twenty-seven fourteen.


3/26/14

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."


3/25/14

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.
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The USDA just invested $2 million to launch a wooden skyscraper competition.
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Wow, what a surprise! New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's own probe into the Chris Christie bridge scandal clears Chris Christie of any wrongdoing.
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Korean LEGO artist has given life to one of Salvador Dali's long-legged elephants.
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Artist uses his own blood to paint macabre scenes.
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Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie), dead at 50.


3/24/14

Five pro-pot myths that must be busted.
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On the bygone days of funeral biscuits and eating sins.
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Japanese chewing gum...
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Lack of belief in God is not the same as disbelief. What does atheism really mean?
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Trolling whores for coke. How to get started.
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The result of combining 007 and Mozart.
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Stress is thought to be a bad thing. But there is vitality in anxiety: "the dizziness of freedom."
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Slang flashcards.
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"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."
   ~  Traditional


3/23/14

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...
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Sixty-five deep philosophical questions.

Eight great philosophical questions that we'll never solve.
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For some reason, the existence of white crayons causes me distress.
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I love physical conceptual designs, which in the case of this helicopter means it doesn't actually fly.
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Here's how NASA thinks society will collapse.
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What defines us as human is our mastery of fire.
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Ten great opening lines in literature.
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How to explain why the sky is blue to a five-year-old.
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Demonic entity scaling a building?
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Grounded: Life on the No Fly List.
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I'm often guilty of putting Descartes before the horse...


3/22/14

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.
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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 "Orgone Energy." He was eventually charged with fraud and imprisoned, where he died. His papers and books were burned by order of US courts.


3/21/14

Two 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. 
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Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, dead at 84.

Fred and I go way back...
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CCR never advised, "There's a bathroom on the right"; Hendrix never said, "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." Misunderstood lyrics are integral to rock and roll.
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Stephen Hawking tells the Explorer's Club that we'd be "castaways on a desert island not trying to escape" if we don't explore space.
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Stop saying "support the troops." Compulsory patriotism does nothing for soldiers who risk their lives, and only benefits those who profit from war.
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Here are 100 Windows keyboard shortcuts you might want to check out.
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Two sentence horror stories.
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Eleven self-portraits on LSD.


3/20/14

Spring!


3/19/14

Why physicists make up stories in the dark; in unseen worlds, science invariably crosses paths with fantasy.
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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.
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How 1,280 artworks stolen by the Nazis were hidden in a Munich apartment until 2012.


3/18/14

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.


3/17/14

Classy. Upon hearing of the imminent death of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, George 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 be. 

He was a tormented soul, who tormented so many. Hate never wins out in the end. It instead goes always to its lonely, dusty end."
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Snowden's legal counsel: forget about Orwell, worry about Kafka.
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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.
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Critics are already ripping the remake of The Birds and it hasn't even been remade yet.
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Inside the barista class.
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The C-word is added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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What you missed by not being at Austin's South by Southwest: Lady Gaga being puked on.
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Here are four commercials made by the director Ed Wood in 1949.


3/16/14

The 25 scariest masks in movies.
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Houdini's rope escape, probably from around 1920.
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This critic trounces Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Stripped of Meaning. [I'm going to try to watch it tonight.]
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Richard Feynman on the pleasure of finding things out.
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Michio Kaku on alien brains.
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Noah's 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.
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Reinventing the art of war.
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Russia must want war. Look how close they put their country to our military bases.
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How the elevator transformed America.
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A door is a door, right? A single panel attached to a frame by two hinges? Not anymore.


3/15/14

Beware the Ides of March (which is today) as well as the St. Pat's Day Parade (also today) in downtown Spokane. 

Only 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 years.
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A transhumanist wants to teach kids that "death is wrong."
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Breaking the Set's Abby Martin on the corporate media - including the one she works for.
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The mystery of Mel's Hole is gobbling up reason again.
Getting to the bottom of Mel's Hole.
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A floating skateboard ramp has suddenly appeared in Lake Tahoe.
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The official weather forecast for Washington DC last Wednesday was hilariously apocalyptic.
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The Hunger: an impressively repulsive computer-animated short from 1974.
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I hate St. Patrick's Day.


3/14/14

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.
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Happy Pi Day! Celebrate by watching the amazing film Pi - Darren Aronofsky's haunting brain-bender about one man's numerical obsession. Streaming on Netflix for only two more weeks.
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The Hobo Nickel is slang for the artistic modification of coins, usually nickels because they are softer than others.
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Release Us - a short film on police brutality.
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Starting Oct. 1st, plastic water bottles smaller than 21 ounces will be banned from city property.
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"Why do they hate us?" Gore Vidal interview.

Gareth Porter: The permanent war state.
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Sadness makes us seem nobler, more elegant, more adult. Which is pretty weird when you think about it.
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    <---  Jimi got a stamp, yo.
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Thirty-five countries where the US has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists.


3/13/14

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?
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Jesse was considered for Best Director and Best Writing for the Bloody Cuts' Who's There? competition for his film Suckin' Face.
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Why do we say "the plot thickens"? Is it a soup metaphor?
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Radical life extension would give humans the power to create an artificial hell for criminals. Should we?
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The most unsettling perfume ads, including two by David Lynch.
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Russell Crowe's Noah has united two of the world's great religions - against it. It is banned in three Arab countries.
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The Ukraine crisis - what you're not being told.
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Visualizing drug experiences.


3/12/14

Why do we think a random sequence of sounds is music? Repetition: it is how music cut a path through our minds.
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How has your key ring  changed over the years?
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There are now several theories to explain the existence of strange pre-earthquake lights.
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Thirty-two vintage sexist ads.
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Why expats are ditching their US passports.
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Colorado recreational weed sales top $14 million in first month.


3/11/14

I just finished the first draft of "And Many More." 
They're going to put me away for a long, long time.


3/10/14

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.


3/9/14First Communion...

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.
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Washington State Senate passes measure to merge medical and recreational marijuana markets.
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Here's the written testimony Edward Snowden delivered to the European Parliament.
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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 a Martian?
And let us clean up afterwords..._____

The FBI may have been more terrified of Stokely Carmichael than Martin Luther King.
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Who won and who lost at CPAC 2014.
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Privacy: Its importance and why we must protect it.


3/8/14

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 power play.
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From Scientific America: The Mechanics of a Carnival Game.
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A team of Vatican medical experts believes a stillborn child in 2010 returned to life via an intercession from a dead priest.
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War photography was born in The Crimean War, 160 years ago. Now - the cell phone has taken over.
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Thirty cult movies you should see.
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Polish movie posters make every movie a scary movie.


3/7/14

French is elegant. Italian is poetry. German is like sandpaper.  Why do some languages sound more beautiful than others?
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Bernie Sanders is considering a run for the presidency. 
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What is causing these bizarre "fairy circles" in the middle of the Namib desert?
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A phone app that records your sleep movements and creates a sleep chart.
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How PBR became a billion-dollar beer.
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Most crimes with assault rifles are committed by governments.
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News anchors shocked when presented with 9/11 facts.
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Why do we listen to our favorite music over and over?
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British guitar bands have been as smooth, bland and likable as possible. Finally a new wave of new rage has begun.
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Is the world ready for Babymetal?


3/6/14

I want an America where gay couples can marry each other and protect their marijuana plants with AK-47s.
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Scientists are studying LSD again.
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What's the difference between black metal and death metal?


3/5/14

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.


3/4/14

Coming 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 Wiyrick.
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Company wants to mix animal meat and celebrity DNA to create "artisanal salami."
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Masturbating in coffins and other bizarre rituals of the uber elite.

More from Abby Martin: These five corporations helped carry out the Holocaust
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Want to really know what's going on in the Ukraine? Check out this map of the pipelines. 

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 else."
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"There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness."
   ~  Edgar Allan Poe


3/3/14

Here's Jesse James Hennessy's entry into the Wes Craven 30 Second Horror contest. 
Here's the two minute version.
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Alain Resnais, legendary French film director, dead at 91. 
Here's the article in the New York Times.
And in the Washington Post.
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Sharp as a chef: Ceramic, Japanese or plain stainless steel chef's knifes? 
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What to do when your space helmet fills with water.
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 Birth of a new language: while working in schools in northern Australia, a researcher realizes that the children there had invented an entirely new language.
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Modern-day newsrooms reconsider their values: who cares if it's true?
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Does quantum physics make it easier to believe in God?
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Can drinking moonshine really make me go blind?


3/2/14

What? It was National Bad Joke Day yesterday...


3/1/14

Something in me still demands that 1990 was 10 years ago.
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Examples of media manipulation.
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"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
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To understand Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history.
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Cow A: Who's the new heifer?
Cow B: Never seen herbivore.
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Mythbusters banned from talking about RFID chips.
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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


2/28/14

Say cheese! Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by British intelligence.
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Sleeping with comedians
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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.
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Wheel of Time (2003), the complete documentary by Werner Herzog
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A performance of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" on two cellos.
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Bret Easton Ellis and Rob Zombie to team up on Manson murders project for Fox.
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Researchers show "increased photon emission from the head while imagining light." Here's the scientific abstract.
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"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."
   ~  Ray Bradbury


2/27/14

Busy living today...


2/26/14

Bill Hicks died 20 years ago today: reflections of his maverick heart.
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On Mars, boredom has two sides - it can either rot the mind or rocket it to new places. (Nonfiction.)
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This is no surprise to people who work in restaurants: Walking through a doorway makes you forget.
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Stephen Fry's Kinetic Typography: Language.

Would the world have been better without Hitler?
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An astonishing range of researchers are under the mysterious spell of the uncrackable Voynich manuscript.


2/25/14

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2/24/14

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.
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Ha! Here's David Lynch's scene from an episode of FX's "Louie."
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Elton John offers to introduce Vladimir Putin to Russia's gay community.
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If the "Saw" movies are your thing: Escape from terrifying locked rooms for fun.


2/23/14

Save 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.
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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.
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Seals are just dog mermaids.


2/22/14

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.
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Don't blame teen girls for the selfie: its roots are in the 19th century, with silk-waistcoated Parisian dandies.
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Ukraine president goes missing as protesters seize office.
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Jim Jarmusch: how the film world's maverick stayed true to his roots.
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Songs of the shlong: all poetry is driven by sex, whether or not it acknowledges the impulse.
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How Washington is playing Venezuela like a fiddle.
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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 final chapter.)
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Petition to split California into six states gets green light.


2/20/14

Oh, my. Something big is brewing. It could get ugly. Wish me luck...


2/19/14

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."
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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.
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Hasan Bin Sabbah and the Secret Order of Hashishins.
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Facebook paid $19 billion for WhatsApp? They could have downloaded it for free.
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Only Lovers Left Alive: a new Jim Jarmusch vampire movie!


2/18/14

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...
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Why do we play? What is the evolutionary purpose of play?
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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.


2/17/14

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 Netflix.
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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.
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Not a joke: Mug Shots Espresso in Spokane was just robbed by a "baby faced" robber.
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Punkpunk: A compendium of literary punk genres.
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Noam Chomsky breaks down the zombie apocalypse.
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Internet trolls show signs of sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, according to this study.
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Forensic artist reconstructs a face from an empty bottle of Crystal Head Skull Vodka.
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I've finally realized that I'm the one I've been looking for all my life.
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A provocative article by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: When did faith start to fade?
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Tripping on Hallucinogenic Frogs.


2/16/14

I've fallen, and I can't get up...

The Pretty Reckless: Good music. Bad message.
Heaven Knows 
My Medicine 
Hit Me Like a Man
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I think I might have survived Hell Weekend at Work this hellish weekend at work.
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Attending a masquerade ball? Consider wearing your own face!
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"The reality is we have more in common with the people we're bombing than the people we're bombing them for."
   ~  Russell Brand


2/15/14

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 Mary). 


2/14/14

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2/11/14

Here's the video journal of my January 2014 road trip.

 


2/9/14

Fifty years ago today, The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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Man who pissed on The Alamo could get 18 months in prison.
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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.
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Iran: Warships 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 slingshot.
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Autonomous robot military convoys could soon be deployed in Afghanistan and elsewhere. 
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Elio Motor' two-seater P4 vehicle gets 84 mpg and costs less than $7,000.
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Cooperation and cooking are what sets humans apart from the other animals, not bipedalism or opposable thumbs or a big brain.
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I'm amazed at how many people are linking to stories on The Daily Currant, not realizing that it is a parody site.
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"The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open."
   ~  Chuck Palahniuk


2/8/14

Here's Lumiere, a short short make by David Lynch in 1995 using the original Lumiere Brothers camera.
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Woody Allen responds to the molestation allegations in the New York Times.
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This human flesh font will severely creep you out. 
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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."
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This is a big step - actually about 50 of them - in understanding our early ancestors.
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The Cramps cover Jerry Lee Lewis and get 70s freaky.


2/6/14

The top 10 greatest movies NEVER made.
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Vladimir Putin sings Blueberry Hill.
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Is there a formula for what makes a movie flop?
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Woody asked the New York Times to publish his response to Dylan Farrow's open letter.
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Yesterday was William S. Burroughs' 100th birthday.
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Unless she smoked a 1,500-pound joint, this woman did not die from a marijuana overdose.
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Sleepwalking man in underwear sculpture is making students feel "unsafe" at a women's college.


2/4/14

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 sci-fi project...


2/3/14

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.
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Super Bowl riot on the U of W campus.  
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The police finally show up in Seattle.
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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman.

PSH and a double standard over drugs.

PSH: a life in pictures.
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Museum of London unveils some very racy 18th century tiles.
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Babylonian tale of round ark draws ire from some Christian circles.
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The kangaroo court of Twitter is no place to judge Woody Allen.

The Woody Allen allegations: Not so fast.


2/2/14

I watched the Super Bore... Snore...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, dead at 46.


2/1/14

Why the rich are pooping their polo pants.
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Last week, the White House requested defense attorneys to submit the names of inmates convicted of low-level drug crimes as possible candidates for presidential clemency.
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Five modern horror scenes ripped out of history books.
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A gallery of never-before-seen concept art from David Lynch's Dune.
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Here is one very bizarre Australian public service announcement to keep kids in school, including explosions, blood and guts, and severed body parts: Set Yourself Free
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Ten myths, misconceptions, and mischaracterizations of evolution.
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 photo 41a6beef-5f53-486a-934c-269b3a05625d.jpgWhy kids forget what happened before age seven: New research offers some answers.
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The top 19 animals that kill the most humans.
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Beautiful void: The importance of implied narrative.
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The Daiquiri Factory, a new bar coming to Spokane, will feature a drink called "Date Grape Koolaid." Jezebel.com just ripped them a new one.


1/31/14

While the optimist, pessimist, and realist were arguing about the glass of water, the opportunist drank it.
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What are nightmares made of?
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Performance artist uses movie posters to prove how violent movies are.
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Congress? Who needs Congress? Obama's power play.
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"Bette in Spokane," cited in McMorris Rodger's speech, is found.
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The CIA used American modern art as a weapon in the Cold War.
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Here's the Jackson Pollock short that Jackson Pollock hated.
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Bigfoot hunter releases photos of creature he claims to have killed.
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Korean plastic surgeon gets fined for keeping two glass towers full of human jaw bones


1/30/14

With all of the political uprisings, social turmoil and climate change, no one really talks about Soupy Sales anymore.
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The state of phony populism: Obama's calculating speech offered little of substance for most Americans.
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A double entendre waiting to happen: First wild beaver seen in England in 800 years.
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From The Inlander: McMorris Rodgers mentions Spokane twice, confuses Twitter.
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What kind of meat is human? Are we the other white meat? (And what kind of wine would go well with your neighbor?)
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The trailer from Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Volume II lasted about four seconds on YouTube.
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The spiritual side of alchemy
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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.
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The Art of Tripping: A who's who of creative drug users.


1/29/14

Here's the transcript and video of Obama's State of the Union address.
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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 warmongering.
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The State of the Union: Make it stop.
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Here's Politico's 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.
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Will we use commas in the future?
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A more critical look at the life of Pete Seeger.
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Mid-air is a bad place, where nightmares happen. Only witches and meteorites belong there. Avoid it or be destroyed.
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The good and evil history of poisons.


1/28/14

Here is the testimony of Pete Seeger before the House Un-American Activities Committee, August 18, 1955.
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Twenty-seven shocking numbers that reveal the true state of the union.

 photo STATE-OF-THE-UNION-2012-WORD-CLOUD.jpgObama's most awkward State of the Union moments.

The State 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 controversial.

Five myths about the State of the Union address.
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Satanists blamed for theft of Pope's blood.
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How the experts use salt in their cooking, and why.
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The best "entry level" science fiction books to convert your friends.
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Popular Science rides the Ryno - a one-wheeled electric motorcycle.
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Pete Seeger, songwriter and champion of folk music, dead at 94. Here's the article in the NYT.
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Your iPhone's "secret" undo button.
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A fruit fly born in outer space. Something seems a little off here...
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Graffiti - Fun or Dumb: a 1976 public service announcement.
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Two characters from Herman Melville's novels foretold the dangerous future of American empire.
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Here's the trailer for Terry Gilliam's new film Zero Theorem.


1/27/14

I did absolutely nothing today except watch movies:

Maniac 
Europa Report
The Act of Killing
Movie 43

and a Sherlock episode.


1/26/14

Himmler hoard of letters and diaries discovered in Israel.
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Edward Snowden says the NSA is involved in industrial sabotage.
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What happened to all of the dinosaur poop?
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What we learn (and think we learn) based on other's physical attractiveness: What a pretty face can't tell you.
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History's most ridiculous cigarette ads.
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A giant military surveillance blimp is going to constantly monitor the east coast.
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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 a seagull.
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The invention of the military-industrial complex.
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How to piss off your barista.
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Portents of doom from 16th-century Germany.
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Images of the warzone in Kiev.


1/25/14

Bzzzzt!


1/24/14

If you can't trust people with freedom, how can you trust people with power?
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A Mexican drug lord posted pictures to brag of his lavish lifestyle. The pics got him busted.
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MSNBC interrupts Congresswoman to report on Justin Bieber.
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Director David Cronenberg on entomological transformation.
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How propaganda images have tried to dehumanize people over the past 100 years.
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What reviewers said about the first Mac when it debuted 30 years ago.
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Here's Psychology Today's series of articles about marijuana.
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Twenty of 2013's most overused words.
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The death of e.


1/23/14

The revolutionary Soviet silent-era film posters of the Sternberg brothers.
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Drawings of men farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868).
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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 covering."
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers will deliver the GOP response following the State of the Union address on Tuesday.
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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 job.
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The Captain and Tennille are just now getting a divorce.
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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.


1/22/14

There is a tiny bunny in the ear of the 30-foot high Nelson Mandela statue in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
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Seattle pays Texas A&M $5000 a year for the use of "12th Man."
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The Ukrainian government outlawed public protest. It's not going over well with the public. Watch it live.

Ukraine tracks protesters through cellphones.
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Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation. How can we tell?
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Here's the trailer for The Babadook, the Australian horror film that creeped out Sundance. 
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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.
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Behind-the-scene photos from "A Clockwork Orange": I'm going out with my droogs to the cinny to shove a pooshka into the grahzny bratchny.
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A burning match at 4000 frames per second.
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There are 18,600,000 vacant homes in the US. That's enough for every homeless person to have six.
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Enjoy viscera? London's Wellcome Library, whose specialty is medical history, has opened more than 100,000 images in its digital archive for free.
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A wise man once said nothing...
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So now Homeland Security can detain suspected movie pirates? AMC calls on fed goons to nix Google glass.
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NSA extracts GPS location, contacts, passwords and financial transactions from millions of text messages.


1/21/14

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 Nazis." 

King marched publicly and without protection though he knew he was being targeted by extremely powerful and dangerous people. 

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 memory. 

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.


1/20/14

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 Hennessy, Dani Wiyrick, Melinda Hurt, Jesse James Hennessy, Nirvana Drew, yours truly, and Christopher Lamb.
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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.
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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.
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Homeland Security cops with explosive sniffing dogs were sniffing up random parked cars in downtown Spokane before the parade. Martin Luther King would have politely called them Nazis.


1/19/14Finding inspiration.

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!


1/18/14

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 Aquifer!
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Some random cell phone shots from my road trip:

Venice Beach, CA - one strange place...

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Motel 6 - putting no peeing signs on toilets.

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Want shiny thing.

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I could smell his cigarette smoke.

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Desert weirdness.

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I have sinned...

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The grammar Nazi's day off in Hope, AZ.

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You're really getting on my nerves, Oregon.

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1/17/14

I find out what it's like to party hardy in Yuma, AZ.
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I explore the 900 year old Anasazi ruins at Wupatki National Monument in north central Arizona.

 


1/16/14

Home... 

Poorer in pocketbook; richer in spirit.


1/4/14

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.


1/3/14

Scorsese's Wall Street drama "The Wolf of Wall Street" sets a new record for number of uses of the f-word: 506.
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Is the NSA blackmailing US politicians?
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Art and literature's greatest monsters, with plenty of departures from the norm: no Frankenstein, Dracula or Palahniuk.
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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. 
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The most-read ARTnews.com posts in 2013.

The best feature of the year from NewScientist.
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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.
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A brief history of weed.
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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 beast.
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From Philosophy Now's God Issue: Does God Exist? William Lane Craig says there are good reasons for thinking that He does.
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England's internet porn filter is the start of censorship creep.
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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.
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Drug-test policies end in failure.
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Facebook is kind of like opening the fridge and staring inside even though you're not hungry.


1/2/14

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 loud?"
  ~  Colorado's new state motto

Photos: World's first state-licensed pot shops in Colorado.

Here's where you can get arrested for DUI weeks after smoking marijuana.

Welcome mat for pot shops not yet out in many Washington cities.
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Guide to art as therapy. Can visual art offer solace, hope and reassurance as music can?
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A look at some of the noteworthy and unconventional new laws that just went into effect.
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A jest, said Freud, betrays something serious. Chaplin, Pryor, Belushi: Are comedy and happiness incompatible?
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Scientists create glow-in-the-dark pigs - just because they can...


1/1/14

 HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Sorry, was that too loud?)
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Here are different versions of  "Auld Land Syne" performed on Theremins.
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Still haven't heard anything from the 48-Hour folks about contest results...
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I just beat my "Breaking Bad" addiction then foolishly took a big snort of "Sherlock."
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"I decided to delete all my Facebook activity ... It  was hard."
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Behind the scene photos from "The Shining."
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BBC question: Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?
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How Isaac Asimov imagined the world in 2014. " ... [M]en will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better."
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The coolest billboards on the planet.


12/31/13

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.
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Grammar is the difference between feeling your nuts and feeling you're nuts.
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Your complete guide to the science of hangovers.
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Cab Calloway's Hepster Dictionary: The language of jive from 1939.
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Why buying cocaine is like donating to the Nazi party.
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What would happen if there were no TSA: "I flew on a plane without going through security. It was amazing and no one died."
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The weirdest science stories of 2013.
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What we learned about human origins in 2013.
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Surprising facts about awful people.
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An Alex Jones apostle says Google's New Year's Eve theme is a nod to the Illuminati.
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Life in the emerging American police state: what's in store for our freedoms in 2014?
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The biggest law stories of 2013.
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This is what America would look like if secessionist movements in US history succeeded: the 124 states of America.


12/30/13

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.
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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.)
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Take a time lapse journey through the Panama Canal in five minutes.
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Despite government snooping and tech incompetence concerns, one "progressive" US city is considering "spy centers."
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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.
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Obama is criticized by The Christian Post for going to church 18 times more last year than I.
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The most outrageous quotes of 2013.
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Activists arrested for "bioterrorism hoax" for using glitter on a protest sign. [BTW, I've used glitter as a weapon. See "The Appraisal."]
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That's right, 1980 is as far away from today as 2046.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Did you hear about the bass player who was so depressed about his bad timing that he threw himself behind a train?
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Colorado to open its first pot shop next week.
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"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."
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When one door closes, another opens. Or, you can open the closed door, 'cause that's how doors work.
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"We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security."
   ~  Dwight D. Eisenhower


12/29/13

The best science fiction and fantasy short films of 2013, according to io9. [They were okay, I guess.]
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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!
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A: I didn't see you at camouflage practice today, soldier.
B: Thank you, sir. 
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2013 is the year that proved your "paranoid" friend right.
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Religion as a product of psychotropic drug use? How much of religious history was influenced by mind-altering substances?
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Guten morgen!The overexposed museum: Camera technology and the iPhone are changing the museum experience.
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A Day at the Slaughterhouses: What we did before the internet.
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What's up with the US bombing wedding parties? Eight since 2001.
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Do you think it's true that young sexy Japanese "lingerie models" all hate China and Korea?  (...I thought so...)


12/28/13

A lil' bit of Jason, a lil' bit of stormtrooper: Taiwan Special Forces unveiled their new protective wear. Military scare tactics go even further.

(Before you jump all over me: Further or Farther.)
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How a scientist tricks his brain into solving ultra-complex problems: Think like a Martian.
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Twenty things you should have learned when you were 20.
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Here's what happens to the brain when "communicating with the dead."
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Joe Rogan & NASA physicist: We're living in the Matrix.
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Nine horrifying botched police raids.
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Noam Chomsky: We're no longer a functioning democracy, we're really a plutocracy.
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Officials dotting the I's on pot business.

Why it's crazy to try to set DUI limits for marijuana.
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The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent.
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Fifty 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.


12/27/13

Prince, Spokane: In the same sentence
July 30, at the Arena.
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The "gifts" that science gave us in 2013.
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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?
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Why gold would be useless in an economic apocalypse.
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McDonald's takes down its employee help website amid controversy. The  latest advise: avoid eating fast food because it is unhealthy.
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Stephen Hawking: The brain could exist outside the body.
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Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Vidal: Why have so many writers been so attached to Tangier?
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Drivers randomly being pulled over for blood, saliva, DNA tests.
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WABC's bizzare radio meltdown during NSA interview.
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Obama's new normal: the drone strikes continue.


12/26/13

From 1967: The hippie version of the 23rd Psalm.
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It looks like some crazy guy walking around in the snow. Then you zoom out.
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eleutheromania: (n.) an intense and irresistible desire for freedom.
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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 reasonable suspicion."

A bad year for freedom across the globe: If 2013 were a wine, you'd use it to kill weeds.
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A new Christmas story by Chuck Palahniuk: How the Jew Saved Christmas.
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Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies - it takes longer than we might suppose.
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Was Santa Claus a stoned magic mushroom shaman?
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The deadly sport of mushroom foraging.
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What's behind the holiday tradition of hanging hosiery on the fireplace?
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Here's Edward Snowden's Christmas Day message. No, he isn't wearing a goofy hat.
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"Merry Christmas," the man threatened.


12/25/13

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12/24/13

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.
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photo - ssgEdward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission is accomplished.
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How to beat a red-light camera ticket.
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Pussy Riot freed from prison - but calls Putin's amnesty a "PR move."
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The implacable pedantry of the word police.
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Here's the Spokane County Sheriff's Most Wanted List. (No, I'm not...)
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photo - ssgHere are 2013's best art exhibits.
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With a flood of dark memes and viral horror stories, the internet is mapping the contours of modern fear.
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Five amazing changes to pot law in 2013.
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"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 fascism," says Ralph Nader.
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Ten lessons that we hope 2013 has taught the entertainment industry.
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Merry Christmas from Iggy Pop.


12/23/13

What does the way you speak say about where you're from? Take this quiz. It was right on for me, y'all.
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Sixteen ways you're making your waiter/waitress hate you.
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Is the US exaggerating the threat to embassies to silence critics of NSA domestic surveillance?
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Is the tide finally turning on the Surveillance State?
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A woman staying at a research and weather station in Antarctica shows what a Condition 1 snowstorm looks like by opening the door.
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From the Christian Post: How sinful is your state? Kansas State University maps the "Seven Deadly Sins" across America.
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Salinas, CA police department gets 37,000 pound armored military tank worth $650,000.
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Inside Led Zeppelin's private jet, 1973: proper decadance.


12/22/13

How would various news outlets report the end of the world?
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Canada Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws.

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White House tries to prevent judge from ruling on surveillance efforts.
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Families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia, want top secret 9/11 and FBI reports declassified.
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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.
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The video the US military doesn't want you to see.
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Here are some highlights from last night's SNL, as Paul McCartney, Madonna and Michael Bloomberg (!!?) join Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.
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While you were arguing over the rights of a guy who makes duck whistles, you lost a big chunk of yours: Ah, memories... From 1992. last Thursday the US Senate passes the NDAA 2014, allowing the government to indefinitely detain American citizens without a trial.
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A multibillion-dollar CIA covert program has helped kill rebel leaders in Colombia.
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Ten best movie sex scenes of 2013.
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Bloomberg says Washington is the most innovative state in the US.
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"Political idea I agree with."
   ~  Famous historical person


12/21/13

Happy Winter Solstice! 
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Fifteen years ago today, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives. (I wonder if that dress has been washed yet.)
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The great Rock and Roll Hall of Fame swindle.
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Daffy is the patriarch of my Duck Dynasty.
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Ten words you can say in public but probably shouldn't.
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France had to come up with its own word for sexting: Textopornographie.
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VICE's worst 50 albums of 2013.
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Color photos of a Nazi Christmas party attended by Adolf Hitler. If you thought your family get-together was stuffy... 
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Nine movies that made more sense if you followed the viral marketing.
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Remember: Don't say anything controversial on the internet. You might ruin your chance for that corporate job that doesn't exist any more.


12/20/13

I came, I saw, I concurred.


12/19/13

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 elusive Mescalito.

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 Appraisal."


12/18/13

The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do.
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Consumption of marijuana is twice as large as previously estimated in Washington state, according to new RAND study. Go team.
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The psychedelic and grotesque proto-gifs of the 19th century.
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Shawn Vestal in the S-R: Enforcing sit-lie law would be bigger crime.
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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.
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Check out the original trailer for Rosemary's Baby.

Ten revolutionary horror films.
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The Spokane City Council toughens the law against sitting on downtown sidewalks during business hours. 
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Below the surface: How our unconscious rules our lives.


12/17/13

Am I the only person on Earth who thinks the horror movie "The 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 6."
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The bizarre, tangled tale of the only sculpture on the moon
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How the Sex Pistols saved Christmas.
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"Let us cut off windpipes of the Lee Myung Bak-led swarm of rats," and other absurd passages in North Korean state propaganda.
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Anaia Nin on feminism, peacemakers and LSD.
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An Eastern Washington firearms case tests the limits of police surveillance.
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Heavy marijuana use causes poor memory and, ah, something else...
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Thirteen of the weirdest holiday movies.
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The US government lobotomized thousands of World War II soldiers with PTSD.
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An NSA coworker remembers Edward Snowden: "A genius among geniuses."
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How Facebook reveals if you're a psychopath.
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One hundred years ago, it was one of Spokane's landmarks: The rise and fall of Liberty Park.
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Thirteen writing tips from Chuck Palahniuk.


12/16/13VOTE!

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. 


12/15/13

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.
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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.
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The art and science of snow.
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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.
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Weed all about it: The origins of the word "marijuana" in the US. It's rooted in the Mexican Revolution.
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Download some of the year's best screenplays (legally).
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The US psychedelic drug scene was kickstarted by spies and spooks, just as much as Timothy Leary and Jerry Garcia.
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Today is the 222nd anniversary of The Bill of Rights.
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I know the voices in my head aren't real. Still, they come up with some pretty cool stuff sometimes.


12/13/13

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 Appraisal

VOTE!Remember 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.

Vote now!


12/12/13

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 on NetFlix.
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Life lessons you get from working at a restaurant.
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Here's an edited extract of a talk delivered by David Simon at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. Here's the entire talk.
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Architectural breakthroughs that changed the world.
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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 neither.
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A Brian Wilson concert is a bizarre and beautiful experience.


12/11/13

A board member of the World Deaf Federation says the sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial was a fake.
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Rev. Robert Schuller and Hugh Hefner in the same room? Only at Bettie Page's funeral. Here's video.
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Brian Wilson covers Barenaked Ladies' Brian Wilson.
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Fifteen twisted Christmas tales.
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NSA spied on gamers on World of Warcraft and other online games.
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Slate mag says Santa should not be a white man anymore. Their solution: make him a dark brown penguin.
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Shortcuts you must master to become a keyboard ninja.
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An ugly appetite for online suicide.
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How to tell your kids there's no Santa.
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Surveillance is theft, say world's leading authors. What is the society we wish to protect?
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How every part of American life became a police matter.
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Essential things you should keep in your car.


12/10/13

Nothing happened on this date.


12/9/13

Fun facts about fallout (1960).
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Mommy, why does Santa bring rich kids nicer presents?
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In Dreams is an experimental documentary on a familiar subject: common recurring nightmares.
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Anyone who accuses me of stealing jokes can kiss my black ass.


12/8/13

John Lennon was shot and killed on this date in 1980.
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Nelson Mandela was on the terrorism watch list until just five years ago.
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Here's a pin-up calendar of not-so-sexy monsters in sexy poses.
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"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."
   ~  William S. Burroughs
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Phileros is a eunuch! And more rude graffiti from ancient Pompeii.
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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...
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The top 20 most bizarre experiments of all time.
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The French award Bob Dylan the Legion d'honneur, then place him under investigation for hate speech. Huh?
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We now know they're collecting our location data. Here's a chilling look at what they could one day do with it
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An animated world where people have adjusted to an extremely windy life.
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A visual guide to a car engine.


12/7/13

The 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 reach."
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In early America, most grown men and women drank at least four ounces of hard liquor every day: How America learned to love whiskey.
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The 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.


12/6/13

Hoaxes people actually believed.
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The illusion of matter: our physical reality isn't really physical at all.
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The Oregon humane society allows you to play with their cats live through robotic toys that you control through their website.
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Singularity or Bust (full documentary): Scientists agree that a Technological Singularity is coming. Super computers will lead us there. Will humans survive the revolution?
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Libraries fear "ravenous" NSA: surveillance revelations have created a "climate of concern" for librarians.
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Mod attire, boss dancing, Tony Curtis, Wipeout playing in the background: Oh, the Seventies.
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"The US killed my brother with a drone. I want to know why."
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Children's drawings: combinations of brutal honesty with little-to-no understanding of societal taboos.
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"Lies I told to become a spy."
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Loss of gravity and other terrible things: How does the human body act in space?


12/5/13

Nelson Mandela, dead at 95.


12/4/13

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 Sushi Special.
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What lava looks like poured over ice.
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Billionaires and their transportation toys.
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An American geneticist suggests the human species began "after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig," is met with significant opposition (to put it mildly).
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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.
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Walmart is selling a bunch of Banksy knockoffs, including one called Destroy Capitalism.
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Some things about the Seventies weren't meant to be remembered: Dancing to Hot Butter's 1972 hit single Pop Corn
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Bukowski - Worst hangover story.


12/3/13

The truth about Krampus...
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The Ballad of the Skeletons: Allen Ginsberg, Paul McCartney and Philip Glass.
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The Euthanasia Coaster is an art concept for a steel roller coaster designed to kill its passengers.
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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 it out.
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The International Space Station will soon stream "near" live video of Earth from space.
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 photo 200px-World_linesvg.pngIf you are moving at the speed of a bullet and shoot a gun backwards, what happens?
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Sagging skin sculptures I wish I'd never seen.
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The daily routines of history's most creative minds.
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Top apps for journalists shooting video on smartphones.


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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 "tranquility."

Code Ooo-2. (pend.)


12/2/13

Five quick math tricks for filmmakers: F-stop, histogram, rule of thirds, etc...
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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.
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"When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite."
   ~  Sergio Leone
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Miss the Sunday news shows? Catch up.
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Fun with public statues.
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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 Effect.
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The 35 most iconic Playboy covers, from Marilyn Monroe to Kim Kardashian.
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Seven things to know about making short films.
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Horror gifs...


12/1/13

will will williams / photocollage-ssgA poet's guide to the assassination of JFK [the assassination of poetry].
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I love this! Katie, where have you been all my life?!!
From 1961: Katie Lee 
Songs of Couch and Consultation:
Repressed Hostility Blues
It Must be Something Psychological
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The first ever example of the "selfie" - the photographic self-portrait carried out by amateur chemist Robert Cornelius of Philadelphia in 1839.
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Nazism was a triumph not so much of the will as of modern sales techniques, especially film, Hitler's favorite medium for swaying emotions.
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The top ten most terrifying monsters of Greek mythology.
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"I 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."
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Thank you (fall ettin me be mice elf).


11/30/13

How much would you pay for a shrunken head?
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Artsy posters for the crappiest movies ever.
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The best turkey frying disasters on the internet.
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Awesome science gifs.
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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.
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Can you OD on caffine?
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An optical illusion that can detect schizophrenia.
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Mark Twain's Top Nine Tips for living a kick-ass life.
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"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..."
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The hell that was Black Friday...
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"In any language it is a struggle to make a sentence say exactly what you mean."
   ~  Arthur Koestler
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How advertising turned anti-consumerism into a secret weapon.
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More bizarre Japanese inventions.
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The crossword puzzle turns 100 years old this month.


11/29/13

According to The Guardian, here's the top 10 film noir's of all time.
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Why are bad words bad?
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How to solve Rubik's Cube in 29 moves or less.
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bird is the word
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Seven real and totally insane medical practices from history.
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Warning! This is not a joke: A plague of zombie shoppers is sweeping across America as you read this. STAY INDOORS! Avoid these dangerous, inhuman creatures!
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Online IQ tests: are they valid?
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U of W researcher controls colleague's motions in first human brain-to-brain interface.
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bird
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Sony files a patent for SmartWig - a hairpiece that gives you GPS directions and vibrates when you receive an email.
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Watch fire ants using their bodies to form living architecture.
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Using only makeup, Russian artists turn models' faces into incredible optical illusions.
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Ten politically incorrect truths about human nature.
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bird
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Instead of pardoning turkeys, can we pardon whistleblowers and non-violent drug offenders?
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A seven minute documentary about the craft and philosophy of building wooden boats.
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Why are seahorses shaped like horses?
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Here's the trailer for the new documentary Bettie Page Reveals All.


11/28/13

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11/27/13

Ever see a sperm whale explode? Hold onto your barf bag.
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Is it okay to torture or murder a robot?
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The Demon-Deer of Browne's Addition --->
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There's a movie here, somewhere...
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Should we use body painting to teach anatomy?
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The physics that make an atomic bomb form a mushroom cloud also cause a beer to explode after a tap to the bottle: Beer Physics.
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photo-ssgThe burning question 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?
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She fled Bosnia as a teen. Now the social psychologist returns to find out what makes humans capable of horrific violence
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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 Ground.
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Fifty years ago last Friday, Aldous Huxley took LSD on his deathbed.

photo-ssgJ. F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day.
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Fidel Castro: "Oswald could not have been the one who killed Kennedy."
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Here are the names proposed by prospective retailers in the first tally of marijuana business applications in the state of Washington.


11/26/13

My and Jesse James Hennessy's entry into the 48-Hour Film Festival - The Appraisal - has been accepted into the final Elite Eight. Watch 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!
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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...


11/25/13

Can you really be scared to death?
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More defense surplus equipment heading to local police departments; ACLU concerned.
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Rube Goldberg - his inventions were too complicated for its own good, but his gifts extended far beyond his cockamamie inventions.
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I know it's ruff: Brian is dead.
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Feds book $41.3 billion in profits on student loans.
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From Lady Gage to Jay-Z, is "serious" art ruining pop music?
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The University of Birmingham is facing an unusual problem: What to do with 60 ancient skulls and heads?
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David Cronenberg's visual shock.
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Here are some of the proposed options for extending the Centennial Trail in Spokane.
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Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes near Falkland Islands; followed by 7.0 in the South Atlantic Ocean.
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Scariest looking medical devices.
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How 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."
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On a hash making holiday in northern Morocco.
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Six reasons videographers love to shoot in the winter.
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Are flying cars the answer for frustrated Bay Area commuters?
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Bettie Page, the pinup and sexual icon, lived a long, strange, wild life.
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Awww... Charlie Manson sings about his Oklahoma Angel Love.

Manson,79, to marry girlfriend "Star," 25, maybe...


11/24/13

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Noam Chomsky tosses a monkey wrench into our moment of JFK hero worship.
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The one billion photos of everyone on Facebook - on one page.
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The neuroscientist who discovered he was a psychopath.
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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.
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America's failed drug policies - and our insatiable drug appetites - have helped kill innocent people in Mexico.


11/23/13

Orwell thought we'd be destroyed by the things we fear. Huxley thought we'd be undone by the things we crave. Huxley was right.
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Check out this huge resource of detailed info about each herb, including their uses and benefits.
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Feds raid Denver-area marijuana dispensaries and grow operations Thursday, just weeks before the nation's first retail marijuana shops are scheduled to open.
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The FBI's philosophy files: J. Edgar Hoover was especially suspicious of French existentialists. He kept his eye on Sartre and Camus.
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The best satellite pictures of 2012.
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Bill Hicks on the JFK assassination.
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A) I love u
B) Really?
A) Yeah, it's my favorite vowel
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Ten percent of survivors of cardiac arrest report having a near-death experience. Are such events neurologically explicable?
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"Film lovers are sick people."
   ~  Francois Truffaut
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The Seattle NO.


11/22/13

                        JFK's bloody shirt...


11/21/13

Introducing Bill Gates' super-strong, super-stretchy, super-thin super condom.
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A vampire killing kit from the 1890s could fetch over $3000 an an auction in the U.K.
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US government test: Nine drawings done by an artist under the influence of LSD.
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UK secretly agreed to US surveillance of British citizens.
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McDonald's has a website to help their employees get by: the McResource Line is chock full of totally clueless and offensive tips.
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What happens to your brain when you smoke crack?
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The 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.
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Authorities in Miami opened an investigation after a live chicken was discovered with a photograph and other items sewn into its breast.
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New polls show that even red states want to legalize pot.
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I feel like saying a beatnik poem.


11/20/13

I'm hearing extremely mixed reviews about the Nine Inch Nails concert last night...
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photo - ssgHere's a link to Zombie: A new original short story by Chuck Palahniuk in this month's Playboy.
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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.
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Seven technologies that transformed warfare.
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The animated tales of GWAR featuring Weird Al.
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A report from a private consulting firm warned the Obama administration about potential problems with the website six months before its launch date.
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The metaphysics of teleportation: Teleportation raises a lot of ethical questions because the original has to be destroyed in the quantum process.
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A security pact with DC says US forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014 will not be tried in local courts for any crimes they commit.


11/19/13

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?"
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Here is the Mad Magazine TV special from 1974 that was never aired. Network execs deemed the humor too crude for television.
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Best "selfie" ever?"Selfie" has today been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.
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Is getting taste right in cooking an art or a science?
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The $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 (sic)..."
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Seattle 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.
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Here's how to make the beer can camp stove.
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Visit the Smithsonian's most iconic artifacts from your couch.


11/18/13

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  photo S1000008.jpg we shot video for 14 hours! Jesse edited all Saturday night and Sunday - right up to deadline. 
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Just _____ the damn keys on the table.
A. Lay
B. Lie
C. Put
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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.
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Were you just looking at my butt?
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Whatever. If you want to avoid the "whomever/whoever" problem, rewrite your sentence.
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Yardstick: You rock!
Stone: You rule!
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Literary tattoos.
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!: Must you question everything?
?: Why are you always yelling?


11/16/13

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.


11/15/13I might say something about the photo here... If it's my photo I'll put "photo - ssg".

A story about some potential existential danger, preferably with worldwide implications. 
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A story about obscenely rich people treating less fortunate people with disgust and contempt.
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A story about stupid politicians making even more stupid laws.
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A story about how a violent revolution in the United States is viable and even unavoidable.
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A story that has something, anything to do with marijuana.
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I doubt if anyone sees this shit anyway...A story that compares the policies of Barack Obama to the policies of George W. Bush.
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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.
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A story that makes top military brass look like sadistic tyrants and/or sexual perverts.

 


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No updates today, as Windows Update automatically shut down my computer and destroyed all of my work this morning. Grrrrr...


11/13/13

Fifty-five unfortunately unfinished films.
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A Francis Bacon painting of Lucian Freud just sold for a record $142 million.
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The history of black metal corpse paint.
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The 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.
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The dead bodies on Mount Everest.
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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 pictures.
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Gonzaga University dispute raises issue of gun rights versus property rights.
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Washington state's marijuana stores could be open by May or June.


11/12/13

The Guardian chooses their top ten documentaries of all times.
Martin Scorsese names his 11 scariest films of all times.
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How does writing affect your brain?
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Nine drawings done by an artist under the influence of LSD.
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The most shocking performance artworks.
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Scratch n' sniff wine book brings readers a whiff of wine expertise.
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What we do with dead bodies.
What happens if you go without water.
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David Lynch on Cheese.
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Hey, today is eleven/twelve/thirteen.


11/11/13

The Film Project, a local filmmaking podcast talks about Jesse at the one hour one minute mark. It's the link called "Take 2."
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From 1927: Examination of Conscience for Boys and Girls.
From 1940: How to Make Friends by Telephone.
From 1890: Pictures from the Police Gazette.
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A Russian man nails his testicles to the street to protest the police state.
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The satellite photo from super typhoon Halyan will ruin your day.
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In time for Christmas: Gooey Louie.
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Why did 100,000 humorless goons sign a White House petition to censor Jimmy Kimmel?
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Interesting engineering decisions form around the world.
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"Just a Theory": Seven commonly misused science words.
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Stay creative...
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Two of the eight (or more!) deer I saw early yesterday morning at the edge of Brownes Addition, where Maple meets Riverside Ave. 

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11/10/13

I shot video again today with Jesse James Hennessy and Madeline Rose McKenna. We finished up Jesse's blood-soaked ditty we started last weekend.

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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.

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11/9/13

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...
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Naturalist Sir David Attenborough narrates Miley Cyrus' appearance at the Video Music Awards.
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ObamaCare: What you're not being told.
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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 and Austria.
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Four of Hollyweed's funniest pot propaganda films.
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Rene Magritte taught us to distrust the painting. In doing so, he taught us something about the world.
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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 months.

A tight ass is now probable cause.
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Ten stories where technology is indistinguishable from magic.
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"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.

Quotes from the novel Lolita.
The disturbing Lolita fashion in Japan.
Rotten Tomatoes revue of Stanley Kubrick's film Lolita. IMDb. Lolita (1962) trailer
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What is the most common nightmare?
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Watch an entire movie squeezed into a single, 40-second GIF.
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The whitest family photos of all time. I think crimes are being committed in some of them.
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Victorian slang terms you should be using.
The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.


11/7/13

I need to not do this for a few days.
I'll be back...


11/6/13

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.
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Thirteen common sense guidelines for playing in a punk band.
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Masked protesters aligned with the hactivist movement Anonymous rallied at political landmarks in 477 cities around the world last night. 
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Conservatives lose control of Spokane City Council.
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The most awkward ad placements ever.
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When I realize that I'm a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, you know, it kind of creeps me out.
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Pussy Riot member is transferred to a new penal colony in Siberia, her husband said yesterday.
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Patti Smith: Mourning Lou Reed.
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My friend Harimus finds the most wonderfully obscure stuff: The Divan Club.
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People poo is converted by nutrient recovery reactor into pellets for farm and garden use.
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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.
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Just take the ride...


11/5/13

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.
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 photo cat.jpgLiterary Devices: Definition and examples of literary terms.
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Fifty incredibly tough books for extreme readers.
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Jury nullification - acquitting based on principle: jurors should go with their gut when it comes to acquitting defendants.
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German authorities have confirmed that masterpieces by Picasso, Chagall and Renoir are among the art found in an apartment in Munich.
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Legal marijuana is one of the fastest-growing markets in America.
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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.)
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The 10 strangest facts about penises.


11/4/13

Confessions of a Drone Warrior: Twelve hours in a sealed shed in the Nevada desert, stinking of sweat, farts, and cigarettes. Best to stay in "zombie mode."
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What does the mythological werewolf say about us?
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The CIA forced doctors to torture suspected terrorists after 9/11.
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The flesh-eating zombie drug is reported in Ohio - it's gettin' closer Spokane...
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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.
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Support 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...
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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.
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This 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.
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Outdoor Skills - photo collage by ssgWill Washington state's legal marijuana taxes go to health care?
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I wish someone would call me "sir" without adding, "Can I see your hands, please."
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The Genius of Charles Darwin - the complete documentary.
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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."
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LBJ was the man who killed Kennedy - excepts  from The Man Who Killed Kennedy by Roger Stone.
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Ask the pot snob: What is the difference betwedn indica and sativa?

Remains of The Jay - How long does pot stay in your system.


11/3/13

Photos from the film shoot today with (from L to R) Kori Turk, Jesse James Hennessy, Madeline Rose McKenna and me.

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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.
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The history of overdressing -->
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Pussy Riot's most outspoken member is still missing.
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Am I the only one who photosympathizes with sad plants?
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Six people were able to obtain health insurance on the first day of Obamacare.
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Change in state rules could put an end to private pot rooms.
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The United Nations' plan to defend Earth from asteroids, and other crazy stuff.
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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 of a gunfire surveillance network called ShotSpotter.


11/2/13

A collection of starlings is called a murmuration.
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Picking Up Girls Made Easy - The Street Pick Up
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The Headless Horseman - a 1934 cartoon based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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Six of the biggest U.S. tech firms are urging Congress to rein in the NSA by providing more transparency about surveillance.
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Study theology, even if you don't believe in God; this lost liberal art encourages scholars to understand history from the inside out.
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Prison tattoos and their secret meanings.
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About 60 million years ago, in the jungles of Colombia, lived Titanoboa, a massive 48 foot long, 2,500 snake.
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Andy Warhol eating a hamburger.
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Portraits of teenage girls' inner worlds through their bedroom interiors. Chill, pervs...
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The amazing subterranean structures of an ant colony is revealed by researchers.
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It's that time of the year again: tomorrow the clock on your oven will either be correct, an hour ahead, or an hour behind.
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Who don't love themselves some slow-motion explosions?
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"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..."
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How it feels to have a stroke.
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In Russia, a member of the anarchist band Pussy Riot has "vanished" since a prison move 10 days ago.
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Calm down! That's not a UFO. It's just a flying, killer robot. Drones are causing worldwide spike in UFO sighting.
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See the Broadway Bomb, where thousands of skateboarders take over the eight miles of Manhattan streets. The authorities resort to Benny Hill tactics.


11/1/13

The Psychological Power of Satan: Scientific America.
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The origin of some common superstitions, such as a black cat crossing your path.
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 photo - ssgThe models you see in fashion mags aren't real.
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A German artist is pushing to honor Edward Snowden by renaming a street near the U.S. embassy after the NSA whistleblower.
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Women's sexy costumes don't go far enough: Jon Stewart.
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Civil Asset Forfeiture: When did "To Serve and Protect" become "To Seize and Profit?"
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This is the story of how a botched drug raid on a lonely veteran sparked a movement for police reform - in Utah of all places. A six part series.
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Did you think that Hitler's wild gesticulations were natural? Think again. After seeing these photos, Hitler ordered them destroyed. The photographer quite didn't get around to it.
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Why journalists need to learn about metadata.
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More obstacles for would-be pot producers in Washington state.
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U.S. police discover a high tech drug-smuggling tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego 600 yards long with an electric railway.
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Scientists who risked their lives for their research.
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Funny Or Die's Halloween Anthology with Marilyn Manson.


10/31/13

My Halloween offering...


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The Abominable Dr. Phibes starring Vincent Price in one of his best roles, 1971.
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The complete audiobook of (really dumb) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
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Watch the William S. Burroughs-narrated Haxan: Witchcraft through the Ages.
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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.
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BOO! ... Ha! Scared you.
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A few months ago I helped Jesse with his Super 8 experiment:


When governments go after witches
. In some parts of the world, being suspected of sorcery can result in harsh sentences.
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Another way to kill a child's creativity and individuality: Spokane School District 81 no longer allows Halloween parties, treats or costumes. 
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A selection from Tortura: the sounds of pain and pleasure.
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A man's teeth are removed to reveal gums infested with maggots.
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The Beelitz-Heilstatten sanatorium: An amazing hospital complex just outside of Berlin, considered the top location by many European photographers and urban explorers.
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Reeeally scary: The marijuana breathalyzer is close to reality.
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Spend the night with one of Bangkok's many volunteer body collectors.
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Why so many Icelanders believe in invisible elves.
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Is (was) Paul dead?


10/30/13

Jon Stewart's awesome, ongoing ripping of the ObamaCare website.
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Here's a documentary about Tom Foley by the Spokane Democrats. 
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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 Spokane?
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Holland museum masterpieces may be Nazi loot.
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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!
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photo - ssgHow pain works.
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Germans say U.S. spying on Europeans is a symptom of a paranoid government.
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First the Big Lie, and then...


10/29/13

Picking Up Girls Made Easy - The women's clothing store pick-up.
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Ten horrible human cannibals.
Ten gruesome medieval torture methods.
Ten terrifying demonic possessions.
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From Field & Stream: To Pee or Not to Pee Off Your Treestand?
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 photo 1044022_503345439736868_228775641_n.jpgWatch two minutes of never-before-seen Star Wars blooper outtakes.
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"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."
   ~  Noam Chomsky
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"You drank of the chalise of Satan's blood."

The science of why certain sounds scare us.


10/28/13

Lou Reed: 20 essential tracks.
Andy Warhol's screen test of Lou Reed.
Lou Reed as remembered by downtown Manhattan.
Was Lou Reed the first openly bisexual rock star?
Lou Reed: a glorious contradiction.
Lou never compromised.
Photos: the life and times of Lou Reed.
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60 Minutes: Contrary to early White House statements, Benghazi was a planned, sophisticated attack by Al Qaeda against the barely protected American compound.
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Three simple ways to time travel (and three complicated ones).
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The eight smartest people of the year: 2013's Nobel winners.
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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.

Italians demand the truth about NSA spying.
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NSA protest draws thousands in Washington D.C.
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Leonardo da Vinci's ingenious inventions: 8 pictures.
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Russell 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?
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A week of groceries in different countries.


10/27/13

Where am I in Spookaloo?

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Brutus: Quick, someone call IX-I-I.
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Lou Reed, dead at 71.
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The alarming mistakes police made after the Boston bombing.
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German media make new claims about U.S. surveillance, including that Obama knew about Chancellor Merke's cell phone being tapped.
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Check out the free science fiction bookshelf from Project Gutenberg.
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Here's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN documentary Weed.
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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.
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Dude, a brief history of the word Dude.
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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? 
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How 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. More?
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We cancelled the shoot today because of rain. Boo...
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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 it... 


10/25/13

Hans Langseth, King Whiskers, who holds the record for the world's longest beard, 18 feet 6 inches long.
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How to incubate baby cephalopods in a pop bottle.
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Zombies get their own TED talk. Learn how to survive the human apocalypse in the first ever DED talk.
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Chemists suggest that the emergence of life may be an inevitable process.
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Biohazard cleanup: What it would really take to clean up your favorite horror movie scenes.
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Today's front page of The Guardian
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Anger grows 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.
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Puppycide: the documentary. Every 98 minutes a dog is shot by police officers.
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How 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.
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This statement should frighten you: NSA poobah Gen. 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."
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How to make a lighter from a battery and a bubble gum wrapper.
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Let Oderus Urungus of GWAR read a bedtime story to children you hate.
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The creepiest places on planet Earth.
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It's called the greatest Beatles performance of all time, in front of an audience of 100 Swedes.
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This is why marijuana should be legal everywhere.


10/24/13

101 objects that made America: the polio vaccine, Telstar, Enola Gay, the Pill, etc.
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The Uncanny Factor: Why little girls scare the shit out of us.
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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.
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Ten mysteries surrounding World War II.
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A rally against mass surveillance by the NSA in Washington, D.C. this Saturday seems to be gaining strength
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Germany says the U.S. has tapped Chancellor Merkel's cell phone.


10/23/13

 Prince George was christened today into the C of E - WEARING A DRESS! How am I suppose to not make fun of that.
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Economic collapse and the rise of fascist and racist elements.
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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 blood recipes.
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Spokane County to zone marijuana away from neighborhoods.
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Inappropriate vintage ads.


10/22/13

Scurvy. Oh, yeah. You laugh now. "Arrgh, ye scurvy deck scrubber." In fact, it was a dreadful way to die.
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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.
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Perspective...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.
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You DO have time for this.
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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.
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Five Obamacare questions Kathleen Sebelius won't or can't answer.
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Did RFK steal JFK's brain?
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Five news stories that are basically horror movie plots.
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Uruguay will sell legal marijuana for $1 per gram, official says.
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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 a breath.


10/21/13

"Genius is childhood recovered at will."
   ~  Charles Baudelaire

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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.
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If 666 is evil, is 25.8069 the root of all evil?
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In this video, a man gets Americans to happily sign a petition to support a "Nazi-style Orwellian police state."
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10/20/13

Max Ernst on a new form of natural history.

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.
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The House-Stenographer-Screaming-About-Freemasons 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 video.
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Another version of the conspiracy: Here is part one of the nine part documentary The Men Who Killed Kennedy - The Coup d'Etat.
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The Duke?!!The Devil's 10 best appearances in literature.
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John Wayne, totting his package -->
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The works of artist Gustav Klimt looted by the Nazis.
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Step by step, this movie - JFK II, the Bush Connection (2003) - purports that JFK's assassination was perpetrated by forces within our own government.
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A man and his wife design and built a 140-square-foot home they built on a trailer bed.
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Here's some very odd Japanese inventions.
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Li-Fi: A group of Chinese scientists have invented a light bulb that produces its own Wi-Fi signal.


10/19/13

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.
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The F-word...
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Republicans and Democrats  raising the debt ceiling to remedy America's financial predicament is like raising the blood/alcohol levels to reduce drunk driving.
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Lack of transparency in U.S. drone killings muddies legal status, says United Nations.
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What if soy milk is just milk introducing itself in Spanish?
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Cages you can't see: The Story of Your Enslavement.
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Help us, O Lord...Schooled to be Stupid:  How the Prussian system was imported to dumb down Americans.
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Himalayan road signs in fractured English.


10/18/13

Tom Foley, Spokane native, former Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives, dead at 84. 
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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.
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Oliver Stone on the tyranny of Obama's exceptional America.
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Spectacular fossilized skull of ancient human is forcing scientists to rethink radically the story of evolution.
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Early video footage of Bob Ross, unscripted and off the cuff.
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The master is back: Here's the trailer for Roman Polanski's new film Venus in Fur.
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Did you know NASA has been launching jellyfish into space for the past 20 years?
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Why House stenographer Dianne Reidy snapped.
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A fault of our own: Geologists discover a new seismic fault in the north part of Spokane.


10/17/13

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.

It 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.
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Marijuana rules get the okay from the Liquor Control Board.
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Fifty scary television episodes.
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The freakiest thing Julianne Moore does in the Carrie remake.
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The poem that made Sherman Alexie want to "drop everything" and be a writer.
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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.
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Five harmful drugs that could be replaced with marijuana.


10/16/13

Found Objects.

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This video blogger claims there are hidden messages in the new $100 dollar bill which warns of future nuclear devastation in the U.S.
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Zip it: the Washington State Department of Health has declared a gonorrhea outbreak in Spokane County.
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Eleven ways a condom can save your life (besides the obvious ones).
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The history of the last meal.
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Video: Bull elk chases motorcyclist in Montana. Is euthanized by Fish and Game Feds.
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Callin' it like it is: America's first toilet-themed restaurant
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How the 1% twerk: burlesque performer Michelle L'amour's rear end plays Butthoven's 5th Symphony.


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The War Profiteers: New study shows pro-war commentators have material interest in perpetual conflict.
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Five mysterious structures with creepy unknown origins. My son and I have climbed to the top of one of these edifices.
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Guillermo del Toro explains why he wants to ruin the human race.


10/14/13

Happy Columbus Day! I celebrated by dragging the dismembered body parts of rebellious natives through the streets.
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Shiver this timber, sailor boy.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 string.
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Stanley Kubrick wanted Terry Gilliam to direct a sequel to Dr. Strangelove.
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Craziest police blotters: idiots keep breaking the law and someone has to keep track.
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Awesome! U.S. 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.
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Johnny Cash's dark California days.
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Cover versions of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita - one of my favorite novels (and movies).
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Human Experimentation: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

 


10/13/13

Here's Banksy's "Sirens of the Lambs" truck in New York City.
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Eight ways to keep body snatchers from stealing your corpse.
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Tips for telling the perfect ghost story.
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From the S-R: Different rules for medical, recreational pot divide advocates and regulators.
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How to spot a commie...
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Bill Moyers: the Obama administration is the least accessible to journalists in decades.
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Why fire makes us human.
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Teacher 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.
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You're worried about street kids downtown? Here's a list of the most horrendous places to live, in order from dreadful to impossible.


10/12/13

Stan Lee on the "science" of comic book superheroes.
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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 crisis? They tased her.
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A few of my friends had this dumpster photo removed from their Facebook sites and received warnings from Facebook administrators about posting inappropriate photos. 
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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.
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CH on the BJ from BC to AD.
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Quiz: Is it the name of a piece of IKEA furniture, or a death metal band?
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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.
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Nice idea: Challenge writers and artists to pitch an idea for a feature film in a 12-panel cartoon.
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What's inside a Navy SEAL's survival kit?


10/11/13

"Sally's got a blue bird. Pete has got a dog."
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 ...
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Krokodil.
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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 lie.
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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. 
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Why are thousands of people dreaming about this man?
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Why you see what you see when you're tripping on psychedelics.
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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 apply here?
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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.
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Dirty Dozen: 12 filthy '90s movies.


10/10/13

A 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 gunfire.
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The weirdest aphrodisiacs from around the world: cobra blood, fertilized duck eggs, baboon urine...
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Hyper-realistic sculptures of London-based artist Ron Mueck need to be seen to be believed.
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War criminals toast each other over jokes as America burns.

Waterboarding is the big joke at the Cheney Roast.
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Are pain and itchiness the same thing? The question has neuroscientists scratching their heads.
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The 50 scariest books of all time.
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U.S. law enforcement use of tasers have killed at least 500 people in the last 10 years.
   ~  Amnesty International
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Ancient women artists may be responsible for most cave art.
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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.
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Chain restaurant workers reveal the items they refuse to eat.
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Ancient archeological sites that were destroyed by careless humans.
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A photographer spent two years traveling through 18 European countries to document the still-practiced pagan rituals of Europe.
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What happens when a homeless New Yorker dies?


10/9/13

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.
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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 are the cuts.
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Promo video for remake of  Carrie movie pranks bystanders in a very cool way.
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Should gloriously terrible movies be considered "outsider art?"
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Prescription drug abuse now more deadly than heroin, cocaine combined.
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Engagement rings harken back to an age when women couldn't own property because they were property.
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Pedal-free bicycle relies on running momentum.
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"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."
   ~  Jon Stewart to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
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Many Americans suffering sticker shock from Obamacare.


10/8/13

OMG! Check out Banksy's new video.
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Another Band-Aid: the new $100 bill debuts today. So, the government shutdown doesn't affect the Federal Reserve?
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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.
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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.
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The War on Terror has morphed into the war on liberty and privacy. Here's 10 ways we are being tracked, traced and databased


10/7/13

Apparently Bon Jovi is not dead. Seriously. He was in Spokane last night.
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What is the difference between hypothesis, theory, or law?
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Bill Moyers: On the Sabotage of Democracy.
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Computer glitches plague Obamacare launch. One analysis says it has the "hallmark of a project that was rushed."
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Flights of Fancy: Virgin Galactic plans space hotels, day trips to the moon.
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The making of Pulp Fiction in stills, snapshots, and script pages.
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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.
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"No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness."
   ~  Aristotle
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One hundred things you honestly don't need to do before you die.
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Revolution: an instruction manual.
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Some Texan college students are publishing dinosaur/human female porno stories and making a lot of money.
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Jayus: a joke told so poorly and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh. Eleven untranslatable words from other cultures
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How long could life on Earth survive if the sun went out?


10/6/13

Don't make me get my flying monkeys...
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Storytelling and sex. For our ancestors in the Pleistocene, the ability to craft narratives wasn't just charming; it was key to survival.
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Which is the first letter of the alphabet?
A. C
B. D
C. A
D. B
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The bizarre Nazi plan to breed giant Angora rabbits in concentration camps.
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Why do certain coined words (gobbledygook, blogosphere) succeed, while others (huzzlecoo, infobahn) fall short?
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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?
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"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."
   ~  John Adams
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Insects' sexual 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.
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The creepiest sexual encounters in comic book history.


10/5/13

You should watch this:

Jesse humor: My hand - and its two seconds of screen time - gets equal billing with beautiful Madeline.
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Ben Franklin spent his mornings naked - a look at the daily rituals and routines of history's most creative minds.
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Last Meal: food is life, except when you're facing execution. "It's like putting gas in car that don't have no motor."
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The science  of pornography addiction.
The science of "morning wood."
The science of orgasms.

Exposed: the secret lives of swingers.
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Dos and don'ts for communicating Libertarian ideas.
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Ten Old English words you need to be using.
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Meet Slavoj Zizek, my favorite commie, and the "most dangerous philosopher in the West."


10/3/13


Here's the video we made with Madeline to test Jesse's camera: 
I'll Make You Famous.

 


10/2/13

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 Shining."
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Eleven things you might not have noticed in "The Shining."

What Stanley Kubrick got wrong about "The Shining."

Stephen King still won't accept Kubrick's genius.

Stephen King calls Kubrick's "The Shining" misogynist.
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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.
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Alfred Hitchcock Geek: A blog dedicated to the proposition that Hitchcock was the Shakespeare of the 20th Century.
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"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 "realist" style."
   ~  Stanley Kubrick
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You do realize that you can just walk around those "Park Closed" signs, right?
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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?
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Save your money! A college education can be had online absolutely free. Here's how.
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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 statues.
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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 dollars?
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The Cowles Co., who owns The Spokesman-Review, announced plans to buy a group of seven television stations in Montana.


10/1/13

The gov shuts down, but Obamacare goes live.
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Rest assured, warmongers. Even though the government is shutting down, we're still going to bomb people.
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The Spokane City Council voted yesterday to expand the wildly unpopular red light camera program for another five years.
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Why are police shooting so many dogs? It seems to be an attempt at coercing submission from community members through fear.
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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.
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Schooling the Man of Steel on totalitarianism: Superman and The Flash have a discussion about gun control while playing chess.
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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.
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From the Dept. of Things We Already Knew: Study finds most drug commercials are misleading.


9/30/13

Some shots I took of Jesse James Hennessy 
and Madeline Rose McKenna 
as Jesse tries out his new camera.

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9/29/13

I'm very much looking forward to testing Jesse's new camera today with a beautiful, young woman as our model!
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Berlin in the Twenties: Brecht, Dietrich, Dada, sex, violence, human worthlessness. It was all grist for George Grosz.
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Psychopaths, and how not to become a serial killer: why going clubbing and collecting stamps is comparable with mass murder.
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God's Funnybone: Jesse Ventura and Howard Stern are set to announce a 2016 presidential run.
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"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."
   ~  Niels Bohr
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The fall of the Heritage Foundation and the death of Republican ideas.
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From the ACLU: It's official, the NSA wants to suck up all Americans' phone records.
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Creepiest taxidermy ever.
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The world before twerking: Fletcher Henderson and his orchestra do the Fox Trot - Hocus Pocus.
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Statistics show you are more likely to get shot by a fat cop if you run.
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The New York Times Indie Film Festival: Until Oct. 4 you can see four indie films from new talents.
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Visit the new island created off the coast of Pakistan by an earthquake on Tuesday.


9/27/13

Read the British Military of Defense document that formulates strategy for making involvement in wars more palatable to the public.
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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 an "empire."
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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.
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From 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 suspect. 
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Idaho's Nez Perce tribe is fighting to keep truck convoys from disrupting tribal lands.


9/26/13

I love this guy: How People Disappear.
                         Is Anything Real?
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Attention filmmakers: Get free music for your films from the new YouTube audio library.
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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?
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NSA document: critics of US drone program considered threats, adversaries, and propagandists.
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How fear propels the imagination: it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them - a TED talk.
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Attorneys general from 41 states urge FDA to regulate e-cigarettes.
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The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft tells the macabre legend of Necropants.
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Paper cut: A tree's one glorious moment of revenge.
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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.
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Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake show us how stupid we sound when we use hashtags.


9/25/13

Stephen 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.
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Fifteen super-potent pot strains with awesome names.
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I met some country and western singing sensation who came into the restaurant today. I can't remember his name; but, he's big...trust me.
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Noah's Ark has been found - again...
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Jack the Ripper mystery solved?
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China's richest man plans to spend $8.2 billion to build the country's version of Hollywood.
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"Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
   ~  Plato
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Just in time for Halloween - slutty costumes for your four-year-old. Wal-mart selling "naughty" costumes for your toddler.
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I'm not anti-social. I'm selectively social. There's a difference.


9/24/13

"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 negative." 

"Yeah, right," says someone in the back of the classroom.
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In today's Spokesman: Marijuana and marijuana-infused products will soon be available over retail counters, but pot users face plenty of unknowns.
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Carolyn Cassady, a character in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, and chronicler of the Beat Generation, is dead at 90.
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Four chemical attacks the U.S. wants you to forget about.
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Photos of Brigitte Bardot during her sex-kitten years throughout the Sixties.
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Why do people want to eat babies? Scientists explain.
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"I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness."
   ~  Al Pacino


9/23/13

The gun that aims itself: a documentary about smart weapons and the future of skill-free killing.
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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 youth.)
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Have you noticed that the word "bed" actually looks like a bed?
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According to a new book written by Muammar Gaddafi's security director, Gaddafi raped and imprisoned many women.
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Beyond Civil Disobedience: an interesting article in the Daily Anarchist.
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Washington state shops for a bank to handle pot money. The Liquor Control Board will start receiving fees in November.
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Mars colonists will definitely go bonkers: the psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother.
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Kiddies' Corner:
Say: Eye
Spell: Map
Say: Ness
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Wow. I just watched Upstream Color by independent director Shane Carruth. The film is as astonishing and complicated as his first film Primer. Both films are extremely low-budget and extremely challenging.

Here's an interview with Carruth with Interview Magazine.
Another 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.)


9/22/13

Here's why Jesse doesn't have a camera either.
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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 King.
_____Me with Rodent Skull: photo - ssg

There are a few precautions to take that will help you avoid getting struck by lightning, or save you if you are struck.
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Can you answer 25 difficult questions that the mainstream media refuses to?
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Why police like "no-knock" raids: They're fun!
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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 leg hurts."
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Finding answers to Spokane's recently sullied downtown image.
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How Americans feel about each state: Which state is the rudest? The nicest? The craziest?
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Spend a day in an Amsterdam coffeeshop.


9/21/13

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.
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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.

Meet 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 ever seen.
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"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
   ~ Aesop
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NSA letter to families of employees reassures that spying is in the public's interest.
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Stephen King on alcoholism and returning to The Shining. (Something in this article that astonished me: King did not like Kubrick's film rendition.)
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Mapping the world's wieners: plan your trip based on the likelihood of encountering something really big to write home about.


9/20/13

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 departments.
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The ten most disturbing things you should know about the FBI since 9/11.
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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.
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Failure to Withdraw: The CIA, the Taliban, and the strategy of tension in Afghanistan.
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Campus police harass a student for passing out Constitutions to other students on Constitution Day.
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All You Need Is Cash - a 1978 television film that traces the career of a fictitious Brit rock group called The Rutles.


9/19/13

Senate bill attempts to make the "right" of free press a "privilege." 
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I. LIKE. THE. WAY. THE. LITTLE. VOICE. IN. YOUR. HEAD. TAKES. PAUSES. WHEN. YOU. READ. THIS.
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Alice Cooper talks about his dead drunk friends.
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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.


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Eat your school, stay in drugs, and don't do vegetables.
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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 two cents.

The Spokesman-Review's Doug Clark has his say.
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Here's the 1963 Twilight Zone episode Living Doll, directed by Richard Sarafian, who died yesterday.
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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 auditory effect.
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Check out this amazing video of an eagle with a GoPro camera strapped to its back.

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