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(Did you see our ad in The Inlander?
Top left on the I Saw You page.)
Masonic initiation wells of the Quinta da Regaleira ... - a pair
of wells spiraling deep within the earth. The wells were not for
water collection; the underground towers were designed for secretive
Scientists dropped dead pigs in the ocean and watched
about the year 2000 by Arthur
C. Clarke from 1964 (and the Stanley Kubrick connection).
Interview with Stanley Kubrick in 1969.
Biologists have been wary of applying the strange
world of quantum mechanics, where particles can be in two places at
once or connected over huge distances, to their own field. But
it can help to explain some amazing natural phenomena.
The American "drugs wizard" who
ran one of the biggest LSD labs in England.
Exception gives cops a pass on illegal searches. And courts keep
American mag says the black hole in Christopher
Nolan's new sci-fi film "Interstellar"
is "amazingly realistic."
It was a dark and stormy alternative universe: Opening
your sci-fi short story.
Last night I watched James
Franco's attempt to bring Cormac
McCarthy's brilliant and demented novel "Child
of God" to the big
screen. To all of my friends and acquaintances who proclaimed
artistic blasphemy at the very thought of this, to those of you to
whom I said, no, no, give it a chance blah blah, sometimes a
director will bring new blah blah and the result can be blah blah
blah... Well, I was wrong and you were right.
Argento's horror classic "Suspiria"
most vicious murder scene ever filmed.
Here are several
methods for outlining novels and longer pieces, including
free-write summary, skeletal summaries, "snowflake"
summeries, visual outlines, and more.
Here is a story in The Inlander about the
Spokesman-Review cutting back in the newsroom again: The
In the decades after World War II, the CIA and other
spy agencies employed at least 1,000 Nazis.
Are you unusually calm while traveling Amtrak? How
about unusually nervous? Whichever, you're
probably a criminal.
will life be like in 2064?
From Common Dreams: The
myth of the free press.
Cream bassist Jack Bruce, an uncompromising artist and one of
rock and roll's modern architects.
Who's going to get rich fighting the Islamic State? Obama's
small war means big profits - and little oversight - for defense
contractors and hired guns.
drunk people more philosophically rigorous? At a bar in France,
researchers made people answer questions about philosophy. The more
intoxicated the subject, the more utilitarian he or she was likely
Here is 48
hours of sun activity in 10 seconds, recorded by NASA.
Nick Cave and
The Cavemen, 1984.
BHO to Xanax: Artist drew 45 self-portraits on different drugs.
happens to your body when you die: Everything you ever wanted to
know about (the chemistry of) death.
Here's a time
lapse shot I took of the sky above downtown Spokane yesterday
Times picks up the story about Spokane considering testing the
sewage to determine local cannabis use.
Capturing the lonesome look of mid-century America, Edward
Hopper's x-ray vision caught the soul of the country in paint.
Have you seen this
parody site of The Huffington Post from the Harvard Lampoon?
I've been there many times (once when it was 127
degrees!). A magical place: Badwater
Basin - the lowest point in America - is full of growing
crystals and its own Badwater snail.
The dangerous American
myth of corporate spirituality: How invocations of
"karma" and Zen are being used to justify deeply unequal
systems of power.
truth about Darwin and God: A reexamination of the legendary
naturalist's work gives new insight into his complex views on
Inside the billion-dollar industry that turned local
cops into Seal Team Six. Do
police really need grenade launchers?
uses mathematical formulas to predict what its users might want
to read on the site, from which about 30 percent of adults in
America get their news.
Each year, half
a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create
an unparalleled biomedical technology.
Can you solve Martin
Gardner's best mathematical
An original recently sold for more than $3 million.
Now you can read
Action Comics #1 of Superman online.
you want to make a horror film? On
jump scares and other basics of fright.
An animated guide
Here's your sexy
Ebola nurse costume for Halloween.
Twilight Zone episodes where
society is the monster.
Gibson: The future will view us "as a joke." The
dystopian author on
time travel, cronuts, and his 22nd-century novel.
Bruce, rock music legend, dead at 71. Click
for some sun.
There is something very strange about this
post about this post about this post
New technologies are making it easier for private
companies and the government to learn about everything we do: Invasion
of the Data Snatchers.
Spokane police investigate attacks
Here's an informative documentary about the History
with four black-market marijuana growers: Under-the-radar weed
farmers critique I-502 and explain why they're doing things the old
Seattle medical marijuana dispensaries ordered
to obtain licenses that don't exist.
The ancient art of magic,
curses and supernatural spells.
Random WikiScare: Melon
you need to know about film festivals.
Federal funds fuel nationwide increase
in "No Refusal" blood draw DUI checkpoints.
Damn it, Jim. I'm a blogger, not a riddle master.
What do the Batmobile, the DeLorean, and William Shatner have in
common? They're all in Spokane this weekend for a "comic
con," as they are called, attracting
fans of comics, zombies, science fiction, anime and much, much more.
Alfred Hitchcock: On
nightmares, suspense and how to scare people.
exec jumps from stratosphere, falling 25 miles in 15 minutes,
reaching speeds of over 820 miles per hour.
David Lynch's Mulholland Drive is a great horror film.
Mulholland Drive: Six top cinema critics are challenged
to explain the plot.
Russell Brand: What monkeys and the Queen of England
me about inequality.
There is no good reason for the alphabet to be in
Tesla exec Elon
Musk warns that artificial
intelligence could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons.
"We are summoning the demon..."
This film from
1955 shows an experiment conducted by Nicholas A. Bercel, M.D.
of USC's psych department (himself the first American to take LSD)
interviewing a man who he had just dosed with 100 liquid
Asimov asks, "How
do people get new ideas?"
that spills its guts. The "why" you'll have to figure
out on your own.
From the ACLU: Ordering
pizza in the future.
very odd facts about Clive
Barker's groundbreaking horror film "Hellraiser".
something no one has ever written before: "Snodipple-grass
How flip ouchy
Drake-less? Toddful hyper-dicky."
No one's written that, not McCarthy
or even Palahniuk.
I'm pretty proud of that.
called green a "useless color." Kandinsky
compared it to "a fat cow."
live in green's triumphant age.
Dehumanization plays a
key role in fomenting genocidal violence. Yet we still know
remarkably little about it.
Here are 25
classic nonfiction movie features that have been named to the
Cinema Eye Honors annual list of The Influentials, the films that
most inspired this year's class of filmmakers eligible for the 2015
science behind the movie "Interstellar".
you name the horror movies depicted in these minimalist posters?
Famous and funny quotes
Ten famous geniuses and their
drugs of choice.
From the ACLU: In 2014, 100 cities [including
Spokane] banned sitting or lying down in public places - The
Criminalization of Homelessness.
weirdest movies ever made.
That time we
tried to nuke South Carolina.
beasts that cannot even handle it right now.
Fortunes - the full documentary by Greg Palast.
More evidence of Victorian Age creepiness: Memento
Mori (literally "remember to die") - Postmortem
Ghastly, gothy Victorian
an animation made from the audio from an Opie and Anthony radio
show: Guest Louis CK confronts
Donald Rumsfeld about the accusations of being a lizard.
Severed heads on tables, severed heads below
headless bodies, severed heads of accomplices grouped together: Photographing
Forget wearable tech. The pioneers of our
"post-human" future are implanting technology into their
bodies and brains. Should
we stop them or join them?
Department of Defense to spend
$1 billion destroying $16 billion worth of ammo.
marijuana civil war.
of Mormon underwear revealed. For the first time, Mormon leaders
are attempting to explain one of their most gossiped-about practices
favorite alcoholic drink of every president in American history.
Roger Ebert's review of director Alejandro
Jodorowsky's hyper-bizarro film El
Topo. The final few paragraphs beautifully reveal this amazing,
very odd man.
There's not a link here or even a bit of witticism.
I'm just opening up some space between the two images.
Betty White, not
dead at 92.
propaganda and the media: A detailed primer on the tactics of
modern war propaganda.
Season of the Witch: How
the occult saved Rock and Roll.
How did post-apocalyptic stories become
the hottest book genre?
How good is Hollywood at portraying mental illness? Not
great, says one psychologist/film buff.
Top 10 slow-mo
moments of all time.
the thought process that led him to slaughtering a pig on
Halloween franchise explained in two exhausting minutes.
Stanley Kubrick's high-contrast
images of Chicago in 1949.
Bradlee, Washington Post editor who directed the Watergate
coverage, dead at 93.
Werner Herzog on creativity, self-reliance, making a
living of what you love, and how
to turn your ideas into reality.
In the 1950s, Hollywood
provided fertile ground for early LSD experimentation, with
celebrities using it as an aid during therapy sessions.
Fifty years of the Jetsons: Why
the show still matters.
Here is Aeon Magazine's page of essays on
Sleep and Dreams.
Nation" - the post-apocalyptic zombie flick filmed and
produced in Spokane - is
picked up for a second season.
Naughty nuns, flatulent monks, and other surprises
of sacred medieval manuscripts.
astronauts will mimic a stay on Mars for the next eight months.
The goal? To see how well a small group of people, isolated from
civilization can get along.
de la Renta, de la dead at 82.
Video essay: Film
Noir as a Subversion of Melodrama.
few facts about some of your favorite horror movies.
[orig. Portuguese] (n.) lit. "cloud walker"; one who
lives in the clouds of their own imagination or dreams; one who does
not obey the conventions of society, literature, or art.
People are freaking
out about terrorism and Ebola as the election looms.
Wow. This guy says it's only a hobby: North
American English Dialects. "Some people collect stamps.
Others collect coins. I collect dialects."
Books dictated from "beyond
A porn star is filming a reality show in which she
travels across England picking up random locals for sex in the back
of a van. Local
politicians are miffed.
administration has secured 526 months of prison time for
national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for
everyone else since the American Revolution.
Why is salvia
uniquely terrifying drug?
In this video, 90
famous female portraits throughout human history morph into each
other in chronological order.
What is with this new, disturbing YouTube trend? Here
is TEN HOURS of Jeff Goldblum's laugh from Jurassic Park.
Dorothy Powers, Spokesman-Review journalist, dead
Here's an article she wrote in November of 1955: "The
Row" Belongs to Broken Men, Shattered Dreams.
It's been a long time since a movie has churned in
my gut for so long after the initial viewing as has Roman Polanski's
"Venus in Fur."
Last night I watched "The
Den." While researching webcam chat habits, a young woman
witnesses a gruesome murder online. This hip-looking, web-savvy
story will have you clicking at the windows and video files that
fill your screen, not knowing if they're yours or from the film. Also streaming
An illustrated history of unbelievably
The most well-known geoglyphs in the world are the
Nazca Lines of coastal Peru. Yet, in the Atacama Desert of Chile, there
is another group of geoglyphs that are equally as impressive.
Captain Beefheart's Ten
Commandments of guitar playing: "Your guitar is not really
I'm not sure why, but here's Bauhaus's "Bela
Lugosi's Dead" time-stretched
to nine hours. Here's the
Because people like me will write about it, USA
Today is picking the "Best American Riverfront" contest.
It's come down to Wilmington, N.C., where I've heard gangs
of rabid teenagers roam the streets, looting and maiming and often
actually crucifying tourists, and Spokane, WA., one of the greatest
city on Earth. You
can vote until Monday.
to create a forced perspective as seen in "Back to the
Ten murderers who changed
how we investigate murder.
tips for directors with no space and no budget.
Haunting voices: Ancient
Greek music reconstructed.
How did Iosif Vissarionovich Djugashvili—the
grandson of serfs, the son of a washerwoman and a semiliterate
cobbler—become one of the most brutal mass murderers the world has
ever known? Understanding
How well will world religions cope
Here's another interesting study of "The
Silence of the Lambs": The
roots of a modern horror classic.
Teens keep finding radical
and wildly inappropriate ways to have sex.
It is possible that this date does not exist.
you think it's more than just a bit ironic that a deadly virus has
come to the American shores on Columbus Day?
So you want to make a horror film? On
jump scares and other basics of fright.
Twenty things you didn't
know about blood.
and the mythology of spirit doubles.
the dead become diamonds: A Swiss company wants to change the
way people mourn by transforming the remains of their loved ones
Here's a video
essay on the hidden side of "Silence of the Lambs'"
most famous scene.
This is what
developing acute schizophrenia feels like.
I just watched Roman
Polanski's film Venus
in Fur (2013). Wow. Two actors. One set. Brilliant acting.
Provocative, funny, sexy. Deeply psychological. A study of sexual
power dynamics. With a beautiful and surreal ending. (Now streaming
The New York Times art
critic rips David Lynch's art show.
cover Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" on the Late Show with
John Oliver: Columbus Day - How
Is That Still A Thing?
expansion of the military-industrial complex, by Nobel Peace
Prize winner Mairead
Sgt. Scott Brennan, a 26 year police veteran, on
why Initiative 594 (the gun show loop hole law) is a bad idea.
Auto Erotic: A
man admits on a morning TV show that he has had sex with over 700
vehicles, including Mustangs, luxury Jaguars and even an attack
There has been much interesting conversation and
conceptualization in the past few decades on
the subject of Post Scarcity Societies in science fiction
The male ladybug must
really suffer from an
David Cronenberg: Why
frustrated novelists hate the screenplay.
How the US media sold the war on ISIS: The
media's award-winning war propaganda.
Chinese cult that thinks Jesus has returned - and she's
God: Notes on an unanswered question.
Hellfire Caves of West Wycombe are a network of man-made chalk
and flint caverns in Buckinghamshire, England, made famous by their
sordid past. They are named after the infamous Hellfire
Hitler was "a
regular user of crystal meth," American military
intelligence dossier reveals.
arrest one of the 20 clowns terrorizing residents in the San
How to put
out a fire.
Happy Columbus Day! Here's
an excerpt from Chapter One of A
People's History of the United States. Howard
Zinn describes why he tells the story of Columbus's arrival
"from the viewpoint of the Arawaks"
and "the inevitable taking of sides which comes from selection
and emphasis in history."
Pilger on ISIS: Only when we see the war criminals in our midst
will the blood begin to dry.
What it's like to carry your Nobel
Prize through airport security.
Telepathy may be best known in science fiction, but
over the past 20 years, scientist
have made huge breakthroughs in achieving "mind links"
in real life.
explains the urge to self-harm.
One Nobel Peace Prize winner to another: Stop
The whale is a good demonstration of the
reality of evolution.
I am awed by the desperation and
rush-to-accept-ignorance in this web headline from DailyKos, "President
Obama makes strongest statement yet for real net neutrality."
The article is about how Obama has added his voice to the millions
of Americans in opposition to FCC Chairman Tom
Wheeler's proposal for a tiered internet. The article begins
"It helps to have the leader of the free world on your
Wheeler, a venture capitalist and once one of the
most powerful lobbyists for the cable and wireless industry, whose
opinions about a tiered internet (i.e., one for us and one for the
commoners) have been well known for years - well known by everyone -
including Obama, WHO APPOINTED WHEELER TO THE POSITION LESS THAN ONE
It helps to have the leader of the free world on
A German filmmaker used a half-dozen GoPro cameras,
a 3D printer, and a lot of spatial intelligence to make this
long could you survive in a coffin if you were buried alive?
Art of Painting: where Stanley Kubrick and
Johannes Vermeer try to see
eye-to-eye. Literal comic relief.
Lemon juice, orange juice, onion juice; saliva,
urine, blood, vinegar, aspirin, and a laxative: How
to mix your own invisible ink.
Big Brother is watching you through
Short Fiction Contest is back.
Musk argues that we
must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that
humanity has a future.
Paris museum promotes Marquis
de Sade show with orgiastic trailer.
A beginner's guide to building
a wine collection.
new documentary shorts about peace from the great filmmaker Errol
Why we are innately afraid of certain things: Some
fears are the lingering result of natural selection.
How to survive
an elevator free fall.
New release from StormCloudsGathering: How
to Overcome Fear When Facing Real Danger.
About 70 people gathered outside of the Convention
Center in downtown Spokane yesterday to protest
the appearance of Condoleezza Rice and her role in US's invasion
of Iraq under Bush.
Transfixed by his own mind, Richard Dawkins misses
much that is important about human beings: a
monument to unthinking certitude.
Confession: When I was a kid, all of those times I
said "Cross my heart and hope to die" - I didn't really
mean that last part.
The former head of the CIA said he expects the war
against ISIS tand affiliated groups to last 30 years.
Looking to blame someone for Kim Kardashian? Look no
Wilde was the first to become famous for being famous.
head-hunters and their trophy heads.
The Mr. Dark Facebook page:
"Like" it or
I've been very busy lately: the restaurant is
demanding, and I'm working on the Mr. Dark website (some
technical issues this morn), and I'm writing a short script that is
meant to be shot in one take. Very challenging.
John Oliver on
Civil Forfeiture. Brilliant.
A flooded sinkhole in southern Mexico that terrifies
local villagers was recently explored by underwater archaeologists,
the submerged cavern littered with elongated skulls and human bones.
Draculas of all time.
Kurt Vonnegut's advice to high school students:
you're Count Dracula."
Dr. Cornel West says Obama
has set back progressive movements in the US.
"He had a thing for clip-on neckties. He once
said LSD was the lazy man's Finnegans Wake." Marshall McLuhan 50
Many of the weapons the militant group ISIS fights
with in Iraq and Syria came
from the US.
Jesse is going on some local podcast tonight to talk
about his web mini-series, Mr.
Dark. I gave him the obvious advice: Say something threatening.
Take off your pants at some point during the interview.
one, though, yes,
you can click this one.
Don't do it. I'm warning you. Don't click on the
I just woke from a full night's sleep feeling all
spry and "full of piss and vinegar," as Old Richard used
to say. On my
desk is a to-do list that appears to have been written by my hand:
1) Work on
2) Put ad for
experienced cook on Craig's List.
3) Clean yuck
apartment. Hydrogen peroxide. Milk.
4) Get goat
head out of Marty's freezer.
Still no sleep. Must salvage what is left of my
"real" job. Oh, and look at all the little birdies. Some
have tiny horns. This one is named Carl. He's my friend...
The "Mr. Dark" series opener is in the
can. Wow, what a ride. Yes, it's awesome! Some incredible visuals
and some great acting. Jesse is trying to have it edited and
finished by Halloween. Fifteen amazing people were directly involved
in the project: actors, extras and crew - and more have been added
But for now, some sleep...
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