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
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own as Spokane, WA and/or
the kn
own or unknown universe

                  

 

   

Running With Scissors Since 1999


 

MY VIDEOS

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

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.


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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 saut 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.

4/24/14

New findings raise more questions than answers about how the rocks could have made it to Stonehenge.
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Filmmaker Norman McLaren's powerful anti-capitalism, anti-war animation.
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Naked Brunch: The recipe for William S. Burroughs Eggs.
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Seven Chomsky quotes that expose the American empire.
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Roommates invent a fake case to get on Judge Judy.
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Retail cannabis stores are getting ready to open in Washington State. But at the same time in the Netherlands, decades of permissive pot policies are being eroded.
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Deadly protests in Rio de Janeiro BEFORE the big soccer games. They should get meth heads and South Sudan rebels to referee.
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Germany's response to neo-Nazis: The German Apples Front.


4/23/14

Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories.
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Some scientists believe that parallel worlds exist and will soon be testable.
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Cattle shot, buried on Bundy ranch. Nevada family in dispute with feds posts disturbing images.
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Theoretical physicist says that consciousness is a state of matter, based on surrounding mathematical conditions.
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Rychlik v Rajci-Jestrebi malem srazil muze.
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Medical marijuana: how the evidence stacks up. For many conditions, marijuana's effectiveness remains uncertain, says Scientific America.
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Making a McDonald's commercial in China: a short film about propaganda and consumerism.


4/22/14

Teddy has an operation.
True facts about the octopus.
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The story of how polygamy created a schism among early Mormons - and ultimately led to the murder of the religion's founder.
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The Bundy Paradigm: Will you be a rebel, revolutionary or a slave? Some attempt to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as just a show of force by the militia-minded; but the ordeal goes far beyond grazing rights or tension between the state and the feds.
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Santeria is Cuba's new favorite religion, with participation coming from all levels of society.
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Why kidnapping, torture, assassination, and perjury are no longer crimes in Washington DC.
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There is little difference between solitary confinement and being dead.
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Charlie Chaplin, monster? He was a suspicious and angry man. His ego had no limits, nor his interest in young women. Did he inspire Nabokov's "Lolita"?

[I think this article is provocative, but I strongly disagree with the author's assertion that "The Great Dictator" was a "back-handed compliment to Hitler."]


4/21/14

Ken:  What do two Sisters of the Cloth use to keep everyone in step?
Stan:  It's a conundrum.
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THIS LINE IS COMPOSED OF ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
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An economic middle D.
Up one step to a brisk E.
Back down to repeat the D.
Then, after a barely noticeable rest, up to a dramatically sustained F, to which, if you are feeling adventurous, a bit of vibrato may be added.


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 submit the following evening. 


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.

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