lessons on filmmaking from David
Throughout history we've had an
affinity for the humble fart joke.
How will we make
music in 200 years?
The world's deadliest terrorist group issues
pancakes recipe. Jihadelicious!
Do you reeeeally know how the internet works? Take
A drug derived from certain mushrooms, psilocybin, is
being reexamined for its medical applications.
Did you know that "female hysteria" was
once "treated" by doctor
assisted manual stimulation of the clitoris?
How to survive
an elevator free fall.
"HOW LONG CAN YOU TREAD WATER?"
Everything on this page is
THIS IS NOT
Just when you thought mainstream media was bought off. From Time
violent protests in Ferguson are part of the American experience.
Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in
The secret talents and obsessions of 10 famous
creators – J.R.R. Tolkien's paintings, Richard Feynman’s
sketches, Marilyn Monroe’s poetry, Sylvia Plath’s drawings, and
How the US media would cover Thanksgiving if
it were in another country.
Are "We the People" useful
idiots in the digital age?
camera shots: the video for The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars.
turkey frying disasters on the internet.
does the White House always pardon white turkeys?
The Roman Dodecahedra
are fist-sized bronze artifacts found throughout Europe and dating
back nearly 2,000 years. More than 100 have been found, but there
are absolutely no records to hint at their purpose. What
A Pakistan court has handed
down a 26-year jail sentence to an actress who acted in a scene
about Muhammad's daughter.
How the Civil
War created Thanksgiving.
The conspiracy theory that Alex
Jones is actually long-dead Texas comedian Bill Hicks.
the part: From Doc Martens to pantaloons, what revolutionaries
wore to the big uprisings.
Think of your next creative project as if it is embodied within a
Magical Transmitta-Box. Of course you can change the Treble and the
Bass. But, you can also adjust the Absurdity level. You can play
with the Wonderment switches. You can dial down the Practicality or
crank up on the Oppression knob. Introduce the Existential or tune
in the Puritan. Push different combinations of the Seven Deadly
Sins buttons. Thump the Regularity readout; sometimes it sticks.
Fiddle with the antenna and try wrapping it with aluminum
While biking, develop a system of escape/evasion routes throughout
the downtown Spokane area via alleys, trails, bridges, walkways, the
tight spaces between buildings, etc., just in case it becomes necessary to
dodge the police, federal agents, zombies, invading armies, or
invading extraterrestrials for that matter.
Plan a long-distance road trip. You're due for a big one.
only roads you've never traveled before. Shoot way too much video.
Take a wrong turn on purpose. Stay in dumpy, small-town motels. Add
some Kahlua to your morning coffee. Have potentially dangerous
Try not to be such a dick.
Bosch, the trendiest
apocalyptic medieval painter of 2014.
on success and why
you should never compromise in creative work.
In "targeted" US drone strikes, the
vast majority killed are those not targeted.
cops control poor black neighborhoods: A sociologist reports
from the inside.
Here's an illustrated catalog of untranslatable
words from around the world.
The emotion of wonder inspired our greatest
achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it - but
why do we have it?
Here's a BBC documentary about the
history of the English madhouse.
Does eating carrots really improve
Neal Cassady's letter that inspired Jack Kerouac's
On The Road is
Sand Creek Massacre: The opening of a national historic site in
Colorado remembers one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on
Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. My last
confession was ... 50 years ago...
Last night I was researching the strange
terminologies associated with the Catholic Eucharist: transubstantiation,
etc, when suddenly the name of the priest of the church we attended
in Post Falls in the early to mid-60s popped into my head: Father
O'Donovan, a name I hadn't thought of in decades.
I googled "Father O'Donovan Post Falls"
website came up: Monsignor Timothy John O'Donovan died just two
I realize many are waiting for the all-too-common
horror stories or molestation jokes that often follows any mention
of priests today. But I'm
sorry to disappoint you.
Although I left the church not long after
reaching the Catholic age of reason, and I can't remember ever
actually believing the Catholic take on Christianity, I am left
with the vision of an extremely kind and gentle man. I remember how
his presence radiated peacefulness and spirituality, that sometimes
his face actually seemed to glow. I remember him patting the back of
my head and feeling something electric flow from his fingers into my skull.
Only now do I realize that I actually loved the man.
So, Father O'Donovan, wherever you are, I'm sorry I lost contact with
you. I'm sorry if I hurt you when I left the church. I'm sorry I
missed your funeral.
But, I know you would have forgiven me.
A vision in 1531 believed by many Mexican Catholics
to have been the Virgin Mary - ultimately
miraculously on a coat - draws millions to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Basilica in Mexico City every year. One year it drew me and my son. We stood
directly beneath it. It
was one of the strangest experiences of my life.
"Vape" is the Oxford Dictionary's 2014
Word of the Year.
Here's a CGI
rendering of the world's tallest rollercoaster coming to
Here's a modern spin to the 50's classic Teardrop
new technologies and innovative design for living in the wild.
Coca Cola introduced an
ice bottle in Colombia that melts away with no waste after use.
God will not die: Science keeps revealing how much we don't,
perhaps can't, know.
This guy took a class on how to pick up women, and learned
more about male anxiety.
happens to your body when you consume alcohol and marijuana at
the same time?
Anonymous claims to have evidence directly connecting
Ferguson Police Department to the Ku Klux Klan.
Smith and David Lynch talk Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Pussy
Soon, millions of men will be having
sex with life-like female robots.
Passwords: More than an annoyance, they are suffused
with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. They
are totems of our inner lives.
designs that are both simple and functional.
An investigation into the
fear of creepy clustered holes.
An atom is about 99.999999999% empty space. If you
removed the empty space from the atoms of all people, the entire
human race could fit in the volume of a sugar cube.
The Children of Woolpit is an ancient account dating
back to the 12th century, which tells
of two green-skinned children, speaking an unknown language,
appeared at the edge of a field in the village of Woolpit in
Why do people write
graffiti on bathroom walls?
Mary Corita, nun, teacher and
pop art pioneer.
been pen pals with nearly 50
murderers and serial killers.
Utah considers cutting
off water to the NSA's monster data collection center.
Rigid morality, hypersensitivity, no taste for bad
taste: The art world is now among the
more self-policing areas of contemporary culture.
The Ramones do
three songs at CBGB's in 1974.
Oh, all that stuff that was here this morning...
gone. Not sure what I did.
On the benefits
of the three-act screenplay structure.
The Playground of the Illuminati
The man who has been handing out cash to Spokane
a convicted Idaho felon, on parole on Grand Theft charges.
How to beat
those anti-boozing bracelets.
Have you heard about the
Why do some Asians wear
surgical masks in public?
Jesse and Jason during the shooting of Mr. Dark.
Sweden has a global rep as a leader in developing
innovative technologies. But will a trend for inserting microchips
in the human body catch on? Here's
one of the first Swedes to do so.
This guy doesn't like it at
Here's a time
lapse of the wall of snow that consumed Buffalo.
Obviously, some people thought this would be a good
opportunity to GO SURFING IN
How to fold the
world record paper airplane.
I just submitted my story to The
Inlander Fiction Contest, with TWO DAYS TO SPARE before
deadline. Oh, the things I've learned since my college journalism
Also, in two weeks we'll be doing the 100
Hour Film Race. Why? Because somebody has to carry the Crazy
And I just read Jesse's script for Episode Two of the
Mr. Dark Series. Production sometime in
at the Robot Cafe: What Japan's automats portend for American
ultimate tyranny: Research on the iconic power of human heads
suggests why decapitation holds special horror.
SIX FEET of snow in Buffalo, New York, in the last
24 hours. Winter
overpowers America (and it's not even winter yet).
If you're in the Flogsta
neighborhood of the Swedish city of Uppsala, scream out your window
at night and see
fishmonger, fear-monger, rumor-monger - what's the deal with the
dystopias that are more relevant than ever before.
Good luck explaining why you're still single and
Charles Manson isn't.
Lay, lie, laid, lain - learn
when to use each of these verb tenses.
Nation: About Anonymous' activism - a
look behind the mask reveals a naive techno-utopianism.
do pigs oink in English, boo
boo in Japanese, and noff noff in Swedish?
American Psychological Association investigates the
role psychologists played in the US torture program.
The field just got a bit smaller, ladies. Charles
Manson is getting married.
The unanswered mystery of the
7,000-year-old Ubaid Lizardmen.
Deep in the Amazon jungle, a
National Geographic writer takes part in an ayahuasca ceremony,
and finds a terrifying - but enlightening - world within.
themes in South American Indian yage experiences.
"The banks and the corporations had a simple
plan: to remake America to serve them. But pulling it off would
require electing a spokesmodel as president." Watch
the four minutes of Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story
that shows how Ronald Reagan sold out America.
When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man
burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the
Gulf War. The
media wouldn't run the picture.
Jillette explains his libertarian view to Bill Maher.
Here's a cool article in the Review about early
Spokane Valley farmers who built structures with river rock.
history of pigments: Why colors you see in an art museum can't
be replicated today.
This is not a post.
This is/not a/date
[Warning: the following is a web designer thing.]
The problem: You want to post your personal website
link to Facebook, but a random photo or graphic from your site
displays with the link. If you click on the picture, it links you to
another copy of the same picture. Is it possible to pick which photo
appears? Is it possible to link the chosen photo to your website?
Yes! Add this HTML code to your site:
Use a big photo. Then go to this site and enter your
Click "Fetch new scrape information"
DNA tests on bizarre 6-inch skeleton shows
it to be human.
oldest, largest and most comprehensive, accurate and current
database of psychoactive drugs on the internet, approaches its
As this new war rages (yeah, we are at war,
media silences the debate.
President Obama can issue an executive order today
government contractors to disclose their dark money campaign
Yaybahar: The invention of the strangest acoustic instrument.
Maher and the Islam debate: There is a need for frank talk about
Islam and Christianity. Liberals should be on the side of real
Watch the head
of a match ignite and disintegrate at 4,000 frames per second.
Why chefs hate
dead guys: Is cryonics an ambulance into the future or the
latest twist on our ancient fantasy of rebirth?
Imaging at a
trillion frames per second. Seriously.
A new documentary and a new book look
at Himmler and Eichmann through newly discovered letters.
Man Show is in Spokane at the Fairground: truck pulls,
helicopter rides, stuff blowing up, motorcycles and women with large
breasts! I can't wait for The Woman Show: sewing, cooking, bathroom
cleaning, man pleasing and baby rearing.
An Idaho teacher killed
and skinned a rabbit in front of his class of 16 students.
Smith to perform at Vatican Christmas concert! I wonder if
she'll perform Gloria.
The dystopian reality where everyone is a suspect
and the war is an ongoing battle to "keep you safe" is a
recurring theme in literature, sci-fi, movies, and historical
reality - it's
a repetitive construct of our past.
The everyday cannibals and murderers of Los Angeles:
Who needs film noir when you've got these insects in the City of
we're talking actual bugs, here.
Can you tell which
drug someone is on just by looking at their eyes.
Despite 11 hours of cold storage, a
91-year-old woman was discovered alive and well after a mortuary
technician detected movements in her body bag.
Why do things sound
Watch as a
neurosurgeon opens up a patient's skull and clears the clotted blood
from the surface of her brain. Graphic footage, to say the
Here's the new 50
Shades of Grey trailer.
Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews
British comedian and activist Russell Brand about his
controversial book, "Revolution."
Here's video of scientists descending into the
"end of the world" Siberian crater.
UN official accuses US states of violating
international law by legalizing pot.
Time skeptics question history, space, and the clock
itself. They insist that through careful manipulation, minutes
and seconds as we know them can be altered or even erased.
A group of scientists discovered that they could
tell what random number a person was thinking of from the
movement of their eyes.
The big problem
with Kim Kardashian's butt photos that nobody is talking about.
Lady of the Holy Death is the fastest growing religious
words that drive English language learners nutty.
Billy idol says punk
didn't make a dent in the political system.
having a terrible time at parties in Western art history.
Scientific American magazine asked readers to send
of obscure, obsolete electrical devices.
Here are some "behind the scene"
promotional pieces I did for Jesse's Mr.
Also, I added an
Oddities page to the website.
on a comet today.
The New York Times has
published an unredacted version of the famous "suicide
letter" from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I'm sorry, sir, the Star Trek convention was
last weekend." --->
Meet Morpheus, the
Greek God of Dreams who delivered messages from the gods to the
I think the world is ready for Shroud of Turin
wrapping paper for Christmas.
Evidence of Biblical tripping?
Read the Calamus page
a story I wrote in March of 2001 after my son and I returned
from a grueling overland trip to Mexico City ... It's a good thing
we got back when we did.
God may send a man good meate, but the devyll sende
an evyll cooke.
Effects of Celery on Women's Panties: Here's a collection of 50s
pin-ups by Art
Frahm featuring women (1) who are carrying celery, and (2) whose
panties have fallen down.
guide to schizophrenia.
abduction or "accidental awareness"? Where do stories
about alien abduction and experimentation come from? Perhaps the
operating room on Earth.
"How merrily we headed for catastrophe."
Hearing criticisms of your own beliefs is essential
to form a considered opinion. The
right to be offended is a vital right - and it's under threat.
"Guccifer" rampaged through the email
accounts of rich and powerful Americans and others, showing
the ease of going rogue on the internet.
Five major banks have been named in a lawsuit by
wounded US vets under the theory that they
indirectly helped fund attacks on US troops by Shi'ite militia
Vintage ads to
keep women in their place.
can now disable your car if you're behind on a payment: people
with poor credit are being sold cars with GPS-based kill switches.
What's up (sorry) with the
condoms of the future?
Many physicists - including Stephen Hawking - believe
time travel is possible.
California just became the first
state to defelonize drug use.
John Oliver on
Oliver on the salmon
skepticism of the amazing Randi.
The apples that Johnny
Appleseed planted were used to make America's beverage-of-choice
at the time, hard apple cider.
I'm trying something a little different today. Half of
my posts will be done telepathically. Later today, when you think of
something interesting or funny, that was me.
Sick of people around you doing their own thinking? Here's
a psychological concept you can exploit. It's called pluralistic
ignorance. Please use responsibly.
Madness and Drugs: Would we have Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
had the Beatles not taken LSD?
The daughter of one of the country's leading
clinical researchers of psychedelic-assisted therapy visits
Trip With Dad.
Cue: When you need to know what a nuke will do to a
neighborhood, sometimes it's easiest to nuke a neighborhood.
someone into trusting you in order to gain something from them
is common behavior in both the animal and human worlds.
Subjects who kept pace with a
walking colleague estimated
a potential enemy to be smaller and lighter than did other
walkers who were not marching. In related news, I don't know but
I've been told, Eskimo...
Sokushinbutsu and the ancient
that mummified themselves to death.
Scientists at U of W achieve direct
brain-to-brain communication between humans.
The first major literary movement of the 21st Century? wiki
Scientists are now one step closer to understanding
the biology behind visual and auditory hallucinations.
acid test: Can you dissolve a body completely?
The most notorious acid
The technology to get you back doesn't exist: Why
thousands of people are willing to die on Mars.
Hour: The telling of time was a matter of survival and strategy
The rise and rise of sexology - treasures
from the Institute.
How your brain decides
Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they
could only happen in a lab. Yet
life depends on them.
we been interpreting quantum mechanics wrong this whole time?
Lizard People: The greatest political conspiracy theory ever.
Here's a studio recording of The
Beach Boys recording Good Vibrations.
A new website is giving
fans the chance to bid on sex with porn stars.
Ten eminent historians are asked, Who
are the most influential figures in American history?
Laser tattoo removal is actually more
complicated than you might think.
Here's a video of a
giant but lightweight human-powered helicopter built by two
young Canadian engineers.
to play the Canadian National Anthem.
People once woke up halfway through the night to
think, write or have sex. What
have we lost by sleeping straight through?
Sanders has proposed a
bill to make Election Day a national holiday. You can support
Love him and hate him: Bill
Maher on GenerationASS.
Here is how likely each form of birth control is to result
in unplanned pregnancy.
With the election out of the way, President Obama is
ready to talk to Congress about getting approval for war in the
Middle East. In related news, my doctor will ask if it's okay to
leave the artery clamp in my belly that he left in my belly.
machines ever think like humans? And if they did, how would we
The corporate coup d'etat is nearly complete. Think
Jeb Bush in 2016.
The Pageant of the Masters is a bizarre annual spectacle
in which actual living humans pose as paintings and sculptures
by the old masters.
that looks like taxidermied Dr. Seuss creatures - comic and
The Navy SEAL who they say shot bin Laden? He's
Police say man with no hands and no legs is armed
and on the run. Huh?
The particularly grotesque headless
chicken solution aims to raise poultry birds without suffering.
We know very little about the effect of space travel
on the human psyche - but what we have learned so far suggests
that it's profound.
Playboy does a
positive review about alcohol vaping.
Noam Chomsky: US
is the leading terrorist state.
What Nobel Prize winner Obama
doesn't want you to know about Nobel Prize winner Malala
A seventeenth-century nun and Susan Sontag debate
the merits of self-portraiture.
Well, I've heard the Coeur d'Alene gun show is
What a horrible tragedy: A group of self-serving,
warmongering lowlifes lost control of the United States Senate to a
group of self-serving, warmongering lowlifes.
philosophical implications of the urge to urinate.
Here's another big, wet slap in the face: Did you
remember that yesterday - Election Day - was also Guy Fawkes Day? Why
"V for Vendetta" is more important now than ever.
famous female Dadaists you should know.
This could be good: Narcopolis
- all drugs are legal. An elite unit works to keep the black market
down and the licensed drug companies rich. No, it's fiction, really.
When you get right down to it, marijuana was the
only real winner in yesterday's election - now legal in Alaska,
Oregon and D.C.
tips: How to properly use dashes, hyphens (yeah, I know, I
purposely do it incorrectly), parentheses, quote
marks (double and single), apostrophes, ellipses, brackets, slashes,
question marks, and exclamation points.
I Don't Know
Jack: a documentary about the troubled life and violent death of
Jack Nance, who starred as Henry Spencer in Eraserhead,
and a number of other parts in David
Ah, give me a break, at least the sun shone briefly yesterday.
I suspect that nothing bad will happen today. There
will be no car accidents. No one will slip in the tub. No family
will be evicted from their home. No child will cry. We will not bomb anyone today and
no one will bomb us. Men of industry on a campaign to enrich
themselves will instead do something for the public good. People
will smile and hold the door open for one another. The sun will
Ha! John Oliver on the power
of your state legislature.
actually had to publically deny a humor site's hoax
that the world will experience a 6-day blackout caused by space
Gen. Keith Alexander, former head of the NSA, didn't
just grab billions of call records from AT&T. He
also stood to profit off of its customers.
Why conservative Christians would
have hated Jesus.
Bill Gates is backing a company developing a
device implanted under the skin and releases birth control hormones
Why Fabien Cousteau wants
to build an underwater city.
On the eve of the midterm elections, 42 percent of
Americans endorse President Obama's performance - alarmingly
high given his administration's ethical and legal lapses.
story of the Elephant Man.
"Progressive" Pope Francis champions
a conference of exorcists.
Patriot Act power now overwhelmingly
used in drug investigations.
"Time is the substance
of which I am made."
Over the past decade, addiction has come out of the
shadows and into popular culture. Here are ten
studies that shook the addiction world.
Why are some people left-handed?
Supposedly, here is an interview with a "CIA
spook about political murder."
psychology of a horror movie fan: Scientists have tried to
figure out the appeal of axe murderers and creepy dolls, but it
mostly remains a spooky mystery.
Daylight Saving Time is the
greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on the American
pro-pot myths that must be busted.
Third generation Kennedy fears
The modern day witches
legends and the Flying Shields: The Hopi believed that the Ant
People came up from the ground.
eight minutes on SNL.
Rock's monologue last night on SNL: on the Freedom Tower and the
commercialization of American holidays.
true story of Pocahontas as NOT told by Disney.
parallel worlds interact with one another? There is a new theory
based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel
Have a wonderful Day
of the Dead!
in the room: an eight minute documentary enters a world between
dream and reality to explore the science - and horror - of sleep
The most terrifying non-horror movies: Kid
terror is the worst terror. So a nameless coachman abducts young
boys and takes them to a place called Pleasure Island, where they're
turned into little asses? That's right: Pinocchio.
were giving out this anti-marijuana
tract for trick of treat.
sniff: New York haunted house display uses putrescine and
cadaverine, two chemicals responsible for the characteristic odor of a decaying corpse.
Rockers' best appearances
in Eighties horror movies.
Your reaction to "gross" pictures can
betray your political beliefs: Liberal and conservative brains show
different activity patterns when they look at pictures of things
typically thought of as disgusting.
Did gladiators drink an
energy drink made of ash?
The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug,
psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication
networks in the brain, by
connecting regions that don't normally talk together.
The Leonardo self-portrait hidden
from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers.
If you could enhance just one aspect of your brain,
what would it be? Technology
is shaping our thinking about mental abilities and their
Mr. Dark - Episode
One - is online. Folks are diggin' it.
is the Machine: In the beginning there was 0. And then there was
1. A mind-bending meditation on the transcendent power of digital
Bill Nye speculates on the future of mankind: Is
the human species still evolving?
The revolving dining room in Emperor Nero's
luxurious palace really
psychological terms that you're using incorrectly.
A visit to Rob
Zombie's Haunted House - on
What happens to consciousness when we die? "I
am, therefore I think."
the unexplained: Materialism constricts our study of
consciousness, but mystery compels it.
Listen to "Montage
of Heck," a music montage made by art school punk Kurt
Cobain, years before his fame.
What would John Lennon, Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain look
the myth of why the atomic bombs were necessary to end World War
time travelers should remember about Earth's ancient past.
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