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

 


D
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

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999


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


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


Elsewhere...

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MY ViDEOS

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

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. S-s-psychological, p-political horror.

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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


Special Report

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


Mi VIDEOhS

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.

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

Shadow Biker
... I slipped into a wormhole and spend 24 years as apprentice to Evil Lord Saint-Chev who instructed me in the black arts.

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


Poster by Chris ?

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


MY ViDS

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

Soup
I make soup.

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.

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


CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
offline until 1/1/15
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2014
A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Played in New York City.)
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag

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MY V-ViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

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

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

Geothermal 
Giggle

 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.


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


MORE OF MY ViDEOS

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

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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

Dick's Day - Day of the Dick
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to Spokane.

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


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


MY ViDS

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?).

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

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

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


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MY TRIP(Y) CLIPS

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 


MO of MY
STUFF

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.

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

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


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EARLY CREEPY COLLABORATIONS
with weird stories 
behind them.

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

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


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AND EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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.

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AAAAAAAND
EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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.

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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MY ViDEO SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

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

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


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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 my face 
on Facebook


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

The Martyrdom of
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


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.

1/27/15

             

When I was in San Francisco I went to the most amazingly demented art show at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park: Keith Haring - The Political Line.

Details...

               

Oh my goodness...

     


1/24/15

I'm still in the midst of crisis management: our chef quit at the restaurant and the horrible reality of the need for continuity has fallen upon yours truly. 
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From my road trip: An abandoned building near the Salton Sea.   From my road trip: Graffito from an abandoned building near the Salton Sea.
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I just read Michel Faber's new novel "The Book of Strange New Things." It is the story of a British missionary who is sent to a human settlement on a distant planet to convert the indigents. Of course, things go wrong, but not in the way you might expect. 

I'm now reading Faber's first novel Under the Skin, which was made into a film of the same name by director Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlet Johansson. I saw the film and loved it. Both novel and film are surrealistic endeavors to be sure. But, as often is the case, the book is much different and much, much better. I'd be interested in what Faber thinks of the film - I don't imagine that he liked it much: Everyone going to the film knew beforehand that the lead character was an alien. In the novel, this fact is artfully revealed in delicious degrees.
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Other news: Jesse is getting ready to shoot Episode Two of Mr. Dark. I'm trying to balance all of the pay-my-rent stuff so as to give him a hand. I'm not yet sure how much influence I'll be able to wield. Also, I just now started going through the 20 gigs of video I shot on my road trip. My promise to not shoot so much footage lasted until I got just past Cheney.


1/23/15

Aaaaaaarrrrrgh!


1/22/15

Nothing like coming home to multiple crises...


1/21/15

Here are the maps of my road trip: Part One and Part Two.
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Here's some random road trip shots I took with my phone. (I haven't started going through the 20 gigs of video - 1420 shots.)

          On the Trona Wildrose Road. Near the western border of Death Valley. 
          These rocks are the size of cars.

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          The Apartment Building of Evil near Marina District in San Francisco.

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          The view out my San Fran motel room door on Lombard Street.

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          Frisco. Hippie haven. Yes, some still linger.

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          Travel Spirit.

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          Prada Marfa. On US Highway 90 near Valentine, Texas.
          NYT article: Little Prada in the Desert.

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          Farm road encounter near Fairy, Texas.

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1/20/15

I'm back!

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...


1/6/15

I'm on the road, which means I'll be updating this site sporadically, if at all, for the next two weeks. But, I'll be updating my Facebook. Wish me luck! 


1/5/15

I'm making the final plans for my epic road trip to ... somewhere ... officially beginning early tomorrow morning. Because of questionable road conditions, I'm still not sure which direction I'll be aiming my vehicle. 

It could end up like a quarterback calling an audible in football: If I don't like the looks of the field before me, I'll shout out my change-of-mind literally seconds before the ball is hiked.
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The wonderfully messy minds of creative people.
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Here's a video montage that focuses solely on the human eyes as they appear in certain powerful scenes from Alfred Hitchcock films.
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A brief history of the To-Do list and the psychology of its success.
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New quantum theory could explain the flow of time: coffee cools, buildings crumble and stars fizzle out because of a strange effect called "entanglement."
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The art of tripping: A who's who of creative drug users.
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From a big lottery win to a disaster like the Titanic, unlikely stuff happens all the time. But can we summon it at will?
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Change a light bulb with this guy atop a 1500' TV tower.


1/4/15

Painting by Dario PuggioniShhh. No smoking aloud.
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Snow! The still-developing first leg of my road trip - scheduled to begin in two days - is looking more and more like an escape route. Forecast: More snow!
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What processes in the brain allow you to remember your dreams?
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The hypocrisy of the NYPD: The public should respect authority, they say, then turn their backs to the mayor. 
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 Painting by Dario PuggioniAyn Rand (?) reviews children's movies.
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Seen on a T-shirt: "I am a writer. That means I live in a crazy fantasy world with unrealistic expectations. Thank you for understanding." (It was an extra-large.)
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The man who seduced all of your favorite dead gay novelists.
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A brief history of the wine corkscrew.
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Why do some people live to be 100 years old?


1/3/15

A scientific look at why human beings are so intrigued by zombies.
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There is a bizarre rumor going around the internet claiming that tomorrow's planetary alignment is going to cause a "gravitational fluctuation" that will leave people weightless for a brief period. 
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Stealing from yourself: Here's a quick film showing visual, editing and storytelling parallels between Martin Scorsese's 1969 student short, "It's Not You, Murray" and his most recent film, "The Wolf of Wall Street."
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Marxism in four minutes. And five things Karl got right.
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"What's in the box?!" Can a severed head survive the severing?

And yet ... there's Mike ...
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One hundred ideas that changed art.

Alain de Botton on What is art for?
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The most dangerous people on the internet right now.
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Mac Sabbath, a fast food-themed Black Sabbath cover band that dresses as demonic McDonaldland characters.


1/2/15

Here's our entry to the 100 Hour Film Race.  It was directed by Jesse James Hennessy, produced and written by Jesse and me, and starring Aaron Fink, Jason A. Young,  Molly Parish, and Leslie Ann Spencer. When the contest began, we were emailed parameters that must be in the film. The theme: a secret. An action: sleeping. A prop: whipped cream. We had 100 hours to write, shoot, edit, and upload an original short film. Winners are to be announced soon!


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Earlier this year, we entered the 24 Hour Film Race. Watch our film, A Drink in the Dark, which placed in the top 24 films in this international competition. It debuted in New York City.
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Still on a high from winning first place in The Inlander's Short Fiction Contest, I wrote another short story, which I'm finishing up right now. I'll have a few trusted friend read it, then decide where to submit. 


1/1/15

Happy New Year! 

Last night I celebrated by drinking two (2) very small glasses of wine. A few years ago, I would have breathed in more alcohol than that just from what I spilled on my shirt.
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Check it out! Our entry to the 100 Hour Film Race is back online. Watch The Dairy Heirs.
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Welcome to the new age: This morning it was warmer in Anchorage, Alaska than in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy: Cops walk off the job to protest the shooting of two officers in the Big Apple - people get along peacefully, society continues. Do the math.
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Counterpunch: Police were created to protect the new form of wage-labor capitalism that emerged in the mid to nineteenth century from the threat posed by that system's offspring, the working class.
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Main stream press is silent on indefinite detention's threat to every American.
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Participating in a gun buy back because you believe criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe the neighbors have too many children.
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Rhyming "fajitas" with "margaritas" or "Corona" with "Daytona": Country music was drunk all through 2014.
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Horrifying civil liberties predictions for 2014.


12/31/14

Seriously. Click.John Oliver hates New Year's Eve.
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"Not yet. Not yet. Not yet. Not yet. Not yet. Not yet. EAT ME NOW! Too late."
   ~  Avocado 
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This is not enough information to be a valid post. (?)
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The era of creative cooking with marijuana is upon us according to the New York Times. Northwest chefs emit a collective "Duh!"
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The 10 worst civil liberties violations of 2014.
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There are several thousand secret photos of America's torture program. Should they be released?
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The US military will spend $1.5 trillion on a plane that barely works.
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Your worst fears brought to life in creepy cartoons.


12/30/14

FBI agents investigating the Sony hack were briefed by a security firm that says its research points of laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator.
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Here's the first video footage ever made of the strange deep-sea anglerfish.
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David Cronenberg talks about the similarities between his 1986 film, The Fly, and Franz Kafka's story The Metamorphosis.

Nabokov on Kafka.
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The Greed Kings of 2014: How they stole from us.
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"The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become."
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The top 10 Scientific American stories of 2014.
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Insane, but convincing, theories about dead celebrities.
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Isolated tracks for "Zilch," the Monkees' vocal experiment.
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How to do nothing with nobody all alone by yourself: What we did at home before social media.
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Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates in English as “old long since” or something akin to “times gone by.”


12/29/14

Cracking the sitcom code: There is a highly-specific, minute-by-minute recipe used to write the vast majority of sitcoms out there.
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Check out Strong Language, a salty blog about curse words and their history.
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Here is Primo Levi's account of Christmas in Auschwitz in 1944.
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Italian scientists have begun to crack the mystery of that unique truffle scent: A THC-like substance.
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Sherman Alexie discusses the challenges of living in two different cultures at the same time, especially when one has so much dominance over the other.
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The question of free will is much more complicated than people believe.


12/28/14 

Be honest. Did you jingle all the way?
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It's a Christmas miracle! My story Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit won first place in The Inlander's Short Fiction Contest. The story is printed in this week's issue - it's in that little Inlander newsstand thingy in your favorite coffee shop/bar/restaurant right now! Seriously. I just saw it. I'm on the centerfold (fully clothed). 
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I'm meeting with Jesse and the principal actors of the Mr. Dark series today at 11 am at Boots coffee place, concerning the upcoming mega-shoot sometime in February. Should be interesting...
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Breaking news! I'm planning another epic road trip. More details to follow, but a reach as far as Memphis is possible. New Orleans? Definitely Austin, El Paso, Yuma.
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The thinking that IQ tests miss - why smart people sometimes do dumb things: A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? (Many highly intelligent people get this wrong.)
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Ursula Le Guin, the 85 year old sci-fi writer, gave a stunner of a speech at the National Book Awards about the problem with capitalism and the power of imagination and literature.
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Rappers have clashed with cops for more than 30 years. Where is the hip-hop response to Ferguson?
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Princeton study: The US is no longer an actual democracy.
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One side of the mouth: Abortion is every woman's right. It's her body and her choice.
Other side of the mouth: We should support the new bill to restrict soda, fat, sugar, salt and tobacco. 
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Here's The Atlantic's review of Jack Kerouac's classic novel On the Road.
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A photographer spent five years photographing 33 of Nevada's legal brothels. (It sure took him a long time.)
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Madame LaLaurie: The baddest bitch in New Orleans.
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Women soldiers who dressed and fought as men in the Civil War.


12/27/14

Think riots have never caused change in America? Think again.
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In case you haven't noticed, 2014 has been a banner year for animal robots.
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The world's largest clairvoyance experiment has begun.
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Eleven historical marijuana smokers.
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Jesus is stolen from the Washington state Capitol nativity scene - again.

Here's a Washington Post article about this nationwide phenomenon.
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Things you didn't know about superstition: It played a positive role in evolution and it continues to affect human behavior. Lucky us.
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Here's a map of Pangea with current international borders.
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Despite over a century of research, there is no conclusive evidence about what the Great Serpent Mound of Ohio represents, when it was built, and what its true purpose was.
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Virgin births happen, in ways we still don't fully understand.
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Why "Team America" suceeds as satire where "The Interview" fails.


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Is it over yet? Can I come out now? I'm running out of ideas on how to deal with Christmas. I've tried to become Jewish every December but I'm not sure which candle to light. I've tried to be an atheist but I still feel uber-Santa's eyes watching whether I've been naughty or nice. Kwanzaa? I'm not that hip and I don't look good in colorful clothing. Any suggestions?
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From Scientific America: A look inside the messy minds of creative people.
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Why sitting by the fire is so relaxing: Staring at flickering light awakens our inner caveman.
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The new zombie still eats brains, but it can think, emote and even fall in love. Why zombies with heart are on the rise.
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The Creative Process

1) This is awesome
2) This is tricky
3) This is shit
4) I am shit
5) This might be ok
6) This is awesome
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American Mammal: "We can rub this cold lambchop up against you all day long."
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What are the implications of the free will debate for individuals and society?
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"Sea change,” “drop in the bucket,” “give a wide berth” weren’t always clichés. They entered the vocabulary as clever novelties.
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NYT's meh review of "The Interview."
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ArtNews: The most-read articles of 2014.


12/25/14

Here's the easy  link to my story in The Inlander:
     Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit
But you should pick up a copy at the newstand!
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Throughout history, there have been numerous recorded instances of strange objects falling from the sky - fish, frogs, candy, jellyfish, beans, nuts, seeds, and all manner of bizarre and unlikely objects.
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Wikileaks: How the CIA sold Obama on drone assassination.
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Top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2014.
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The Metamorphosis, a study: Nabakov on Kafka.
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More than just aromatic compounds, frankincense and myrrh have interesting medicinal properties.
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The best and worst of this year's designer drugs.
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Here's a collection of Soviet-era science fiction holiday cards.
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Thumb down -Sony's The Interview: "The only real mystery is how something this ordinary could have caused so much agitation."

Thumb up - "The Interview" really does subvert North Korea's regime.

No, North Korea didn't hack Sony: Almost all signs point in another direction.

The evidence that North Korea hacked Sony is flimsy.
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From NYT: 100 notable books of 2014.
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Town government threatens legal action if man will not remove zombie nativity scene.
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Here are 10 Oscar-worthy 2014 documentaries.

Here's a short of clips from some of the best cinematography of 2014.
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Rod Serling explains how censorship led to the creation of "The Twilight Zone."


12/24/14

It's a wonderful life, comrade. The Hollywood Christmas classic was once accused of hiding a subversive Communist message.
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People we lost in 2014...
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Missouri police officer fatally shoots another black teenager just a few miles from where Michael Brown was killed.
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The New York Times editorial board has called upon President Obama to prosecute Dick Cheney and others for the torture of terrorism suspects.
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Terry Gilliam isn't surprised about Sony's cowardice: Hollywood is just "gray, frightened people" holding on for dear life.
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How hard is it to steal an atom bomb?
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Military operations around the world are quickly expanding into the digital realm, and we're all under fire.
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Bill Moyers: The most underreported stories of 2014.
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Body talk: The first uses of the filthiest words in the English language.
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Malcolm X prophetically describes today's police situation in this 50-year-old interview.
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“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
   ~  Shirley Temple


12/23/14

They really did it. The Inlander printed my story "Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit." It's not on the stands until Christmas Day, but you can read it online now, on the center spread, page 21.


12/22/14

Joe Cocker, dead at 70 ... Just one more time, will you, Joe?
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Well, as far as I know, The Inlander is still planning to publish my story "Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit" in the next issue - the Christmas issue. This is an exceedingly strange phenomenon to me; because, I can not envision this event actually happening. I can not see a respectable enterprise like The Inlander publishing something as bizarre as that story on Christmas Day. 

The only way Uncle Le-o-nard will be seen by the Spokane public is if an "Even Dwarfs Started Small" kind of thing has occurred at that publishing institution. You remember in Werner Herzog's movie where a group of crazed dwarfs take over the asylum and enjoy general havoc: engineering food fights, setting flowers on fire and crucifying monkeys. 

So remember, if you see "Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit" in the next issue, there is an awesome party in the lobby of The Inlander building. And you are invited.
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If you ask me, this apocalyptic weather crisis has been nothing but good for Spokane.
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The Ukraine crisis: As this showdown with Russia heats up, remember how we got here.

Our Neo-Nazi buddies in the new Ukraine.
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Dystopian fiction's popularity is a warning sign for the future.
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One side of the mouth: Torture works! Torture kept us safe! I'd torture again in a minute!
Other side of the mouth: We can't normalize relations with Cuba - they abuse human rights!
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The 10 best bad guy speeches in movies.
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Ancient inventions beyond our modern understanding.
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Christmas carols drenched with sex.
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Scientists discover children's cells living in mother's brain.


12/21/14

 graphic - ssgIt is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. It only gets warmer and brighter and better from here on, my friends.

NYT: Why we need the Winter Solstice.
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Alex Jones had "journalists" in Spokane yesterday covering the gun law/militarization of police protests
I especially like the report where an Infowars reporter is standing in front of the Spokane County Courthouse (still residing in the City of Spokane proper as of this writing) and begins by saying, "We're here today in Spo-Cane Valley..."

Here's the S-R's report on yesterday's protests.
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Ghost town...
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Anonymous says North Korea is not responsible for the Sony hacks.

The BBC isn't convinced either.
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Who is more likely to support a policy of US torture of detainees, religious Americans or non-religious Americans?
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Here's Scientific American's best physics videos of 2014.
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The idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality.
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Watch ten classic German Expressionist films free.
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Five points about filmmaking and festivals.


12/20/14

The CIA didn't just torture, it experimented on human beings.

The Inlander interviews Spokane's CIA torture architect.
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photo - ssg   Just off the Centennial Trail near Kendall Yards.
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In England and the United States, the police were invented within the space of just a few decades - roughly from 1825 to 1855.
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In the course of creative endeavors, artists and scientists join fragments of knowledge into a new unity of understanding.
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Here's the full version of The Junky's Christmas, with William S. Burroughs.
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Archaeologists find royal entryway to King Herod's hilltop palace.
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Here's a map showing all of the old streetcar routes in 1923 Spokane.
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Has modern art lost its power to shock?
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photo - ssg   East Sprague oddities.
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The love affair between donkeys and the military.
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The best monsters of pagan Christmas, illustrated.

Bill Maher: Santa is dead.


12/19/14

Art held hostage: Why Sony not releasing "The Interview" is scary.

Obama says Sony made a mistake in canceling "The Interview."
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Last weekend in Olympia, "between 600 and 800" protesters showed up to the state capital to openly violate the new gun law i594 by exchanging and selling guns without a permit. A Spokane rally is scheduled for noon tomorrow at the Spokane County Courthouse.

Those attending the above protest should be able to get away in time to make it to the protest of Spokane County's Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, and the militarization of law enforcement in general, at the Spokane Valley Police Department at 2 pm.

I will not be at either as my Kevlar is at the dry cleaners.
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 Here's Ben Swann's take on the Sheriff Ozzie/MRAP/Constitutionalist wrangle. 
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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga waltz through The Tonight Show and perform a swinging set of standards.
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Isaac Asimov asks, "How do people get new ideas?"

Asimov predicts in '64 what the world will look like in 2014.
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NASA is developing a plan to deploy human-occupied airships in Venus's upper atmosphere.
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The four psychological functions of great literature.


12/18/14

After a Spokane deputy's claim that the Spokane Police Department's MRAP vehicle is equipped to deal with "Constitutionalists," talk show host and conspiracy guy Alex Jones claims Ozzie Knezovich's defense of the department's actions demonstrates that a police state is under way.
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Keith Richards turns 71 today. Again, Keith Richards turns 71 today.
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The surreal sci-fi farms that grow most of our food
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Obama just ended the stupidest part of US foreign policy.
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This is how cults work: The more intelligent you are, the easier it is for cults to brainwash you.
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We let the terrorists win again: Sony cancels release of The Interview because of threats.

US intelligence officials say the North Korean government was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures' computers.

When countries lose it over American movies: The Deer Hunter, Hostel, Schindler's List, 300.
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The percentages are marked on the new pot packets: What are THC and CBD?
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What was the psychology behind dueling?


12/17/14

Congress ends medical marijuana prohibition: Federal drug agents will no longer be able to raid retail outlets.
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US to normalize relations with Cuba.
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Future graveyards might look like this.
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The insane history of how American paranoia ruined and censored comic books.
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Check out this cocaine comedy from 1916: Douglas Fairbanks stars as detective Coke Ennyday in The Mystery of the Leaping Fish. One hundred years after the fact, the cavalier attitude toward drug use is remarkable.
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Researchers have transplanted the 302 neuron nervous system of a certain worm into the body of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot.
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Dennis Kucinich on how Congress reignited the cold war while no one was looking.
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Wu wei, the art of trying - but not too hard - is central to romance, religion, politics, and business. Those ancient Chinese philosophers were on to something.
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Why the Roman Pantheon hasn't crumbled: Ancient concrete has some benefits over its modern equivalents.
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Here's a good (though a bit scholarly) article about graffiti through the ages.


12/16/14

It's my day off from work, but I still go in early and make soup. It's like a hobby to me. Afterwards, if it's comfortable biking weather, like today, I'll take the long way home.
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Click for more work from John Holcroft.When I announced on Facebook that I won first place in the Inlander's Short Fiction Contest, I noted the irony of an un-Christmassy kind of guy like me having a story to be published on Christmas Day. "A Christmas miracle," I wrote, and added, "Tiny Tim, your dead goose is on the way."

An old friend was quick to point out that it was not a goose that born-again Ebenezer Scrooge bought for the Cratchit family, but a turkey.  

Yes, there is an actual controversy about this:

Russell Baker from 1986: Did Scrooge buy a goose or a turkey?
Realbook: The Question of Turkey or Goose.
Chowhound: Shouldn't it have been a goose?

Conclusion: Ebenezer did indeed buy a turkey. So, should I say my goose is cooked, or not?
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People who bought boxes of shit from Cards Against Humanity were actually surprised to receive boxes of shit.
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Villagers in Kazakhstan are falling asleep en masse for no apparent reason.
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Here's a good article from Adbusters: Global Funk: Freud found one word to describe the particular type of insanity surrounding him - neurosis.
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Cops kill rampaging cow in Pocatello: more evidence for the Arp Xigarian theory that cows are evil.


12/15/14

Every year, researchers publish papers that use proper scientific methods to answer questions of dubious importance in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal.
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screenshot - ssg   Relevant Unintentional Juxtapositions.
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It has always been in the interest of the ruling class to cultivate illusions which obscure the true nature of the game. Time to look behind the curtain: Rule from the Shadows - The Psychology of Power.
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Here's an interview with a BU professor of ethics about the two Spokane-based psychologists who were paid $80 million to develop and carry out the CIA's torture program.
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An Oxford philosopher argues that we are not adequately accounting for technology's risks: We're underestimating the risk of human extinction.
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Media ignores tens of thousands of people marching against police brutality.
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The legendary x-rated Butthole Surfers show at Danceteria.


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I just found out I won first place in The Inlander Fiction Contest. Read my story "Uncle Le-o-nard's Perplexing Exit" in the upcoming Christmas Issue. For those of you choking right now, let me clarify: I - the Grinch, Mr. Scrooge - am having a Christmas story published in a Christmas issue of a decent mag. It's no less than a Christmas miracle, my friends. Tiny Tim, your dead goose is on the way.


12/12/14

We had to take our entry to the NYC 100 Hour Film Race offline until the judging. The Dairy Heirs will be back for viewing on 1/1/15.
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Congress passes bill granting the executive branch unlimited access to citizens' private communications.

Here's the bill. The Senate slipped in Sec. 309 without House consideration.
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Here's the Vice News interview with James Mitchell, the Spokane-based architect of the CIA's Enhanced Interrogation Program.

The Democracy Now story from 2009: How a team of psychologists in Spokane, WA, helped develop the CIA's torture techniques.

John Stewart on the torture report.
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It's said that fairy tales are at the roots of fiction. Perhaps, but scholars cant' even agree on what constitutes a fairy tale.
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The astonishingly incompetent superhero art of Fletcher Hanks.
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How the Victorians imagined the future.
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Secret weapons developed by Japan during World War II.


12/11/14

I hope I had some influence on this (see below). Here's my friend Chef Dave's Craigslist ad from Salt Lake City: Line Cooks that Don't Suck.
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Eighty million dollars was paid to a Spokane firm for "enhanced interrogation" (i.e., torture).

Sixteen abuses from the CIA torture report.

Here's the entire CIA torture report.

The only CIA agent jailed for the torture program is the whistleblower who confirmed its existence.
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The game is rigged: Why Americans keep losing to the police state.
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Ray Bradbury on writing, emotion vs. intelligence, and the core of creativity.
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Why growing numbers of pot smokers eat mango before lighting up.


12/9/14

[Had to take this offline until 1/1/15.]

Here's our entry to the NYC 100 Hour Film Race:

 


12/8/14

Deadline for the 100 Hour Film Race is at 9pm tonight. Jesse is editing as we speak (or whatever it is we're doing). In the meanwhile...

I unwound from intense filmmaking by listening to the many different versions of the song 
"Baby, It's Cold Outside." 

So far my favorite is this from the 1949 musical romantic comedy Neptune's Daughter with a version by Ricardo Montalban and Ester Williams, and another with Betty Garrett & Red Skelton, with the roles reversed.  In the same spirit of nostalgia, here's Mae West and Rock Hudson, where Mae blows it at the end and no one cares. And I really like this version by Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (whereupon I was distracted by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga singing The Lady is a Tramp).

Zooey Deschanel sings it in the shower in the movie Elf. Here's a version with someone tap dancing the "wolf" part. And there's this fun animation by She & Him. And this in French.

These are good. But they're only audio:
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
Ray Charles & Nina Simone


12/7/14

"That's a wrap" - the greatest words ever...


12/6/14

I spent half of yesterday hustling a shooting location with Jesse. We finally gained access to a beautiful, elegant Victorian-style house on Summit Boulevard. There a wonderful elderly lady graciously gave us her keys and said to lock up when we're done checking it out. She forgot to inform us, though, that her even more elderly husband was still in house and not privy to the knowledge of our presence. Imagine his surprise.

The other half of the day we finalized the script. Nothing too definite as we're working with four very talented actors in the principle roles, whose improvising would undoubtedly be better than anything we could write. 

(I'm purposely not mentioning names, trying to build suspense, and hoping you'll watch the finished product.)

Yesterday (or was it the day before?), we sat down with three of the principal actors and our hair/makeup person (who was one of the major driving forces, and who came up with an hilarious title). It was an uncommon joy to watch this crew hash out the characters and their motivations. 

Today we shoot.


12/5/14

The game is afoot!

Here are the parameters for the 100 Hour Film Race:

 photo download1.jpgTheme: A Secret
Action: Sleeping
Prop: Whipped Cream

If you're like me, you had to immediately disqualify your first idea.


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The NYC 100 Hour Film Race begins tonight! I'll be with Jesse James Hennessy's crew as co-writer and co-producer. Jesse has assembled a bodaciously talented group of actors from stage and screen. This could be veeeery interesting.

The Film Race is an international competition that challenges filmmakers to create short films (5 minutes and 30 seconds max.) in 100 hours. Filmmakers are e-mailed a theme, prop, and action and have 100 hours to write, shoot, edit, and upload an original short film.  

This is the same outfit that runs the 24 Hour Film Race, where this summer we placed in the top 24 finalists - out of a worldwide field of hundreds of entries - with our film A Drink in the Dark.


12/3/14

Well, the Great Craigslist Debacle just gets better and better. 

My preliminary investigation suggests that there was only one complaint about my demonic Craigslist ads (see below). But, get this: the complaint came from someone at Northern Quest Casino. 

That's right. Somebody from the gambling hall was morally indignant about my classified ad. (It wasn't Miss Kitty, was it? Or one of the other saloon girls?)

Still, I'm trying not to judge. Let's remember that the Roman soldiers, when dividing up the personal effects of crucified Jesus, had the good sense to gamble for Christ's robe so they wouldn't have to tear such an obviously fine fabric.
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Oh, by the way, I had "professional ads" on Craigslist for a week before the Ad-From-Hell incident. No one responded. Yesterday we had nearly 30 applicants.


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I was forced to remove two employment want ads that I put on Craigslist because of "many complaints," presumably from customers.

One ad was for Prep Cook: 

The restaurant is looking for a prep cook.
Duties include prepping stuff. Minimum wage to start but quick raises if you're not stoned or stupid.
Special bonus consideration if you can explain the purpose of a bacon-stretcher.

Below the ad I included the photo from the 12/1/14 post below of the people falling off of a cliff into the pits of Hell. 

The other ad was for Dishwasher:

The restaurant is looking for a dishwasher. 
Duties include washing dishes. Must be able to endure occasional boredom punctuated by long periods of surrealism and horror.

I included the lead photo from 12/1/14 of the man in flames.

They were obviously jokes for the type of people who work these kinds of jobs: young people, punk rockers, pot heads, and other pariahs and ne'er-do-wells, people who still have a sense of humor. 

I can assure you that everyone who complained has never endured a shift in our dish pit. Ask someone who has. They'll tell you my description is right on. 

If I offended you, I couldn't be happier.


12/2/14

 

 

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12/1/14

The first shot of Apocalypse Now is obsessed over by many directors. It's the sound, yo.
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If atheism grew out of Judeo-Christian tradition, what does atheism mean in a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist context?
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Mark Twain on plagiarism and originality, in a letter to Helen Keller.
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Hell has changed over the years, from a place of stillness to one of fiery torment to gaudy satire. It all depends on what sells.
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How every part of American life became a police matter.
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No one who has ever given a TED talk has ever gotten laid.
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Dear evangelicals: You're being used.
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China is planning to build a canal across Nicaragua. Some want to stop it with force.
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The timeline of human evolution: From cell with nucleus to Einstein.
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This 19th Century Japanese folk tale still inspires UFO believers.
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A journalism student shreds the case against Mike Brown.
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Some people can hold their breath for five minutes, others barely one. The trick is rather surprising.


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