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For Vincent: Sunflowers near
the Spokane River.
Madness and meaning: Depictions
of insanity through history.
Spokane man wants to build a 35-story downtown high-rise on the
southeast corner of Division Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.
Researchers working for the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense have come
up with bullets
that can self-steer their way into the flesh of a target.
With Hillary and Jeb favorites in the presidential
Nobel Prize-winning economist says we're headed for oligarchy.
Wow. I just watched Birdman,
an unpredictable story with excellent acting - constantly moving,
appearing to be shot in a single take - emotional, funny,
philosophically relevant, poignant, the best movie I've seen in many
Multiple sources say that Bernie
Sanders is going to announce his run for the presidency this
How much does a gruesome
murder affect the price of a house?
the Baltimore riots started: Teachers and parents tell a
different story from the one you've been hearing in the media.
of the Baltimore riots you won't see on TV.
White people rioting
for no reason. The hypocrisy
of it all.
don't our brains explode when we watch movies?
making-of documentaries that are better than the actual movie.
combines black humor and extreme discomfort in wordless,
streetwalkers are adept in deceit. Their chief object is to
procure money, and they do not hesitate to plunder their victims in
order to obtain it."
Downtown Spokane's new Davenport
Grand Hotel to hire 300 people.
It took a lot of fossil fuels
to forge our industrial world. Now they're almost gone. Could
we do it again without them?
Idaho earthquake cluster a
Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel
"A Journal of the Plague Year" reads
like a zombie tale.
Defoe's controversial career
as a pamphleteer.
The grotesque art of Soviet
Study claims to have solved
of Easter Island's giant stone hats.
Amazing. They were this good
50 years ago. The Rolling
Stones in concert 1964.
ads from the past two hundred years: "Any gal what's got a
descend into one of the mysterious Siberian craters.
Generations of Russian
scientists have spent almost a century fine-tuning preservation
techniques that have maintained the look, feel and flexibility of
Lenin's dead body - 145
years old today.
archaeologist has discovered liquid mercury at the end of a tunnel
beneath a Mexican pyramid, a finding that could suggest the
existence of a king’s tomb or a ritual chamber far below one of
the most ancient cities of the Americas.
The way medical marijuana is bought and sold is
about to radically change in Washington State. One big change is
marijuana dispensaries will no longer exist in Washington State
starting next summer.
we lost touch with animals, life and death, and learned to find
butchery repulsive while eating more meat than ever.
cuts constitutional corners in order to incriminate, then tries
to change the subject.
personality type are you?
Exploring uncharted territory, neuroscientists are
making strides with human
subjects who can "talk" directly by using their minds.
world's languages in seven maps and
Did they realize what
this woman was staring at when they chose her for this pasta jar
Here's the Rolling
Stones' Rice Krispies commercial from 1964.
and darkest fears turned into comics.
Volunteers in Sweden were tricked
into thinking their bodies had vanished, and the
"superpower" seemed to ease social fears.
science of mental time travel and why our ability to imagine the
future is essential to our humanity.
Check out this brilliant comic
call to arms against advertisers.
acting master class by Michael
Vonnegut diagrams the shapes of stories, including Hamlet,
Cinderella, and the infinite miseries of Franz Kafka.
zoos were big in Europe in the early 1900s. Africans and Asians
were put on display in their "natural habitats" and put to
live with animals in cages.
Nineteenth century "pickup
line" calling cards.
Three masters of horror - Landis,
Cronenberg, Carpenter all in the same interview from when they
all were at the height of their games.
Christie vows crackdown on marijuana if he becomes president.
Can I borrow a pencil?
don't know. Can you?
Yes. I might add that colloquial irregularities occur frequently in
any language. Since you and the rest of our present company
understood perfectly my intended meaning, being particular about the
distinctions between "can" and "may" is purely
pedantic and arguably pretentious.
phrases even smart people misuse.
I've watched a lot of good
movies during the past few months. Here're some of my favorites:
Grand Budapest Hotel - a fun and quirky Wes Anderson farce.
Brilliantly acted and directed.
Nolan's extra-dimensional yarn. The climb from "meh"
to "wow!" was a fun experience that took the entire film -
didn't realize I liked it until the credits rolled; it really stuck with
me. Like all of Nolan's films, a very original script.
Babadook - well-made Australian horror with good acting,
especially from the annoying, weird little kid. Local filmmaker Jesse
Hennessy pointed out to me how important is sound design for the success
of this creepy
Eyes - be careful what you hope for. Another
deal-with-the-devil story, but told in an original and compelling
risky filmmaking that paid off. You're a brave man Kevin
Viral - Critics, and seemingly most viewers, HATED this. I liked it. My favorite in "Viral" is the
second tale, about a man who invents a portal to a different
dimension. (Strangely, this story is entirely in Spanish, without subtitles, which
only adds to its otherness.)
Mirror - a very interesting and well written anthology series
showing the dark side of life and technology. The stories are funny,
provocative, shocking and disturbing. [Yes, with a pig, on national
Finally, a sincere American holiday - sanctioned by
the people, non-commercial, non-religious, non-political, with no
rules, no presents to buy, and no cards to send. Enjoy!
Bill Maher is petitioning Congress to make 4/20 a
the petition here.
Here's a list of all
4/20 celebrations across the country.
Fun Fact: In the year
2020, it will be 4/20 for an entire month.
"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an
impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the
serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately
needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
The interactive Periodic
Table of Irrational Nonsense.
The story of the
youngest person ever to be cryonically frozen, and the widening
allure of the human-freezing industry.
giant orange ball will help this man survive a year on top of an
Can life exist
on a planet without a star?
Don't worry about artificial intelligence. Worry
about artificial stupidity.
Riverfront Park prepares for its
$64 million makeover.
behind Hitler's shadow empire: It takes a lot of money to take
over the world.
temperaments of British and American storytelling.
Naughty Nineties (1890s that is): A Victorian pop-up book for
An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State's takeover in
Syria and Spiegel
Magazine was given exclusive access to his papers. They portray
an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious
fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating.
Here's what NASA plans to do if
an astronaut dies in space. Step one: Don't panic.
undress in front of your husband - from 1937. Oh, Trixie...
the North Vietnamese remember the conflict 40 years after the
fall of Saigon.
Why the atrocities of Henry Kissinger should
be mandatory reading.
words to add to the dictionary.
The story of America's
youngest serial killer.
Levitating train breaks speed record in Japan - 366
mph and counting.
type of annoying person you're friends with on Facebook.
How attractive are you to the opposite sex? Esquire's
Did you know that there was a study conducted to see
if someone from the future was here present in our time? Last year,
astrophysicists at Michigan Tech University figured
that if someone from the future traveled back to our time, there may
be trace evidence.
Jim Morrison predicts
the future of music in 1969.
“If you don't want a man unhappy
politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry
him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget
there is such a thing as war. If the government is
inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those
than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the
people contests they win by remembering the words to more
popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much
corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible
data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel
stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then
they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion
without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that
sort don't change.”
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Today's Craigslist post:
The Restaurant is
looking for Superman but will accept an experienced line cook.
This is an amazing opportunity for the right person.
Can you handle occasional high volume, high pressure work? Can you
stay busy when it's not busy? All positions needed - INCLUDING HEAD
CHEF. Unlimited growth and money potential with new, next-door
mega-hotel about to open.
Catering experience? A plus. Driver's license and
car? Plus. Own a chef's knife. Plus. Not a jerk. Plus. Plus.
No phone calls. No emails. If you're the right person, be prepared
to start immediately.
Serious, dedicated people only. Apply at appropriate hours. Ask for Stik
Spokane is number 15 on Seattle P-I's 25
Happiest US Cities to Live In list. (Seattle didn't make it.)
Carlos Castaneda: The
stupid ways that superheroes and villains have died.
Shar Lichty, an organizer with the Peace and Justice
Action League of Spokane, will
challenge David Condon for Spokane mayor.
watch therefore I am: Seven movies that teach key philosophical
How politics makes
No matter who wins the White House, the
new boss will be the same as the old boss.
Shot unjustly and gasping for air, Tulsa police
officer tells man, "Fuck
S & M of trailblazing pornographer Jacques Biederer.
"What the government is good at is collecting
taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good
at much else."
This writer thinks the Golden Ratio in design is
a bunch of hooey.
crushed from learning about the death of my
mentor, Almut McAuley. (See my tribute below, 4/12.) Hug
a teacher today.
Grass, German Nobel laureate, dead at 87.
and sexploitation movie posters of the 60s and 70s.
disturbing human experiments in the last 100 years.
Here's an IMDb list of movie
people born in Spokane.
to beat a polygraph test: "A polygraph is nothing more than
a psychological billy club used to coerce and intimidate
Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream animated
to the sound of Pink Floyd's primal music.
New quantum mechanics theory says parallel
universes exist, interact.
I just found out that my first and most influential
artistic mentor died recently.
I took a creative writing class at Spokane Falls
Community College from the tough-talking, very opinionated Almut
McAuley in 1987. Her fairly imposing presence, confidence,
unusual sense of humor, and German accent was a mind-expanding
experience for this small-town Metaline Falls boy having just moved
to "the big city."
Almut was the first person to tell me I could write.
She was the first to convince me that my artistic endeavors were
important and meaningful. She was the first to tell me that
something I wrote was really good. And she was the first to tell me
that something I wrote was really, really bad.
She encouraged my surreal streak and would
occasionally read to future students a story/essay I wrote entitled
Slimy Goo Drips from the Rotting Donkey's Eye Socket,"
which she said was "provocative and audacious" - words I
didn't even think could be used in the same sentence.
The first stories, poems and photographs I ever
published appeared in the third and fourth issues of her influential
lit mag The
Wire Harp - now in its 30th year.
She once told me she would haunt me if I didn't
reconsider my business major. I did, but she continues to haunt me -
in a good way. I feel her peering over my shoulder whenever I'm at
the keyboard, even as I write this.
Thank you, Almut. Your life was important and
meaningful. You changed the very course of my existence for the
better. I'll never forget you. Rest in peace.
story of invisibility: Thoughts, feelings, personalities,
psyches, morals, minds, souls: The world is held together by what we
The most offensive SNL sketches, according to FCC
blasphemy, and Justin Timberlake.
It's only a matter of time until this happens in
city to use pepper spray drones for crowd control. And then
rubber bullets. And then...
The Washington State House
approves ban on aversion therapy, which attempts to turn gay
shit: Alaskan lawmakers say Seattle lawmakers should shut down
Boeing if they're so worried about global warming.
What designers in the 1930s though
fashion in 2000 would look like.
Check out this psych student's graphic design
project of using popular
archetypes to convey the effects of different psychoactive
entire cabin is stolen from a Stevens County family. Later they
find it. How could this be an even better story? 1) If they lose
it again. 2) If they realize the found cabin isn't theirs. 3) ?
serviceman's chances of death in each major American war.
Facts that will change your
comprehension of time: Cleopatra lived closer to today than to
the building of the pyramids.
All over the country, kids
are getting shocked with tasers and sprayed with chemicals in
Police will soon have weapons
that can blind you for 10 to 15 minutes.
Here is Paul
Jones' cushy soft pop version of the Sex Pistols' Pretty
Vacant and the Ramones' Sheena
is a Punk Rocker.
hallucinogenic toads: The search for Bufo Alvarius, a toad
species that contains a high dosage of the hallucinogen 5-MEO-DMT in
to Thomas the Tank Engine.
Scientific ideas that scientists wish
you would stop misusing.
In 1937, guests at Spokane's Davenport Hotel could
purchase a T-bone steak dinner with baked potato, French fries or au
Gratin potatoes, a salad, rolls, dessert and a beverage for $1.25.
Add another fifty cents for the champagne cocktail special.
machine: The planet is awash in open, free data; can
military-funded research turn it into a crystal ball?
The Washington Post just published a
map showing the most liberal and conservative towns in each
state. No surprise about the most liberal in Washington State:
Seattle. But the most conservative: Addy (!?). Addy isn't even a
real town, is it? (It's unincorporated.) I think they picked it just
because it sounds like an old lady's name that no one uses anymore. So
song covers the five main elements of a story: setting, plot,
characters, conflict and theme. You will feel like a total dork
having listened to it.
elements of horror: Professional horror writers explore how
great drama lies at the core of the most frightening films.
Yes, Rand Paul is in the Empire game. No, I'm still
not voting for him. Yes, I did like his pa. No, he's still not his
The best tip for using
"whom" in formal writing.
Kick open the doorway to liberty: What
are we waiting for?
Senator Feinstein pushes for The Anarchist Cookbook to
be banned from the World Wide Web.
Download it for free here.
What do people throw in the ring now now that people
don't wear hats?
to make a secret phone call: Amid pervasive sensors, drones, and
data collection, making a private phone call can be nearly
impossible. But possible.
Someone's therapist knows all about you.
Today's billionaires believe they can defy
death using technology and data.
brilliant jokes almost everyone missed in famous movies.
life expectancy: Will you live longer than a Founding Father or
a wife of Henry VIII?
How technology is changing
consciousness, and the birth of civilization: The world is a
theater of experience and consciousness is fundamentally nonphysical
and one of the driving forces in the universe.
Five strange facts about American
internment during World War II.
I tried a version of this in San Francisco and loved
the first time around: The first Gilded Age drove Americans into
the streets as they refused to accept that unbridled capitalism was
vaping: A new subculture.
John Oliver on
Government Surveillance. He later interviews Edward Snowden
about the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.
to count cop killings when the feds don't want
Lynch pulls out of Twin Peaks sequel after money dispute.
science and religion be reconciled? Clips from Bill's
conversations with scientists Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir John Houghton
and the late Isaac Asimov, who shared their views on the
intersection between religion and science.
What you should know about
psychopaths and serial killers.
What happens when you put twelve fans around a
campfire? Fire tornado!
Easter Schmeaster. Modern Christian holidays are
old pagan holidays all gussied up in new church clothes.
James and his artwork at Mootsys --->
In an alternate universe, giant rabbits dress up
like humans and scare the poo pellets out of little bunnies.
we been duped into fearing artificial intelligence?
Is the mind solely identified with the brain? - Neuroenhancement
and the Extended Mind Hypothesis.
The extended mind: Recent
experimental evidence. Sorta.
New York Times publishes Bomb
Iran editorial by neo-con warmonger John
Isaac Newton kept lists
of his sins.
of 19th century portraits.
photos from murder scenes in turn-of-the-century Paris.
How to hack your body to live past 120: Treat
the body like a computer.
Check out this excellent article about my friend
Chef Dave: Consulting
the Bible at Bistro 222.
Go to Chef
Dave's Facebook page and try not to drool.
The evolution of science:
Then: If you don't conform to church
dogma, we'll peel your skin and burn you at the stake.
Now: If you don't conform to corporate
dogma, we'll ridicule you in public, we won't publish your work, and
you'll have to work independently.
most hated name in history, but probably the only apostle you
When our descendants look back at us 100 years from
will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?
Jack the Ripper's letter
perils of plans: Why creativity requires leaping into the
Three things you must know about
This is the very special BIG
YELLOW 3 post.
plants in the Bible.
Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now
modern logic is learning why
that might be a good thing.
surprising roots of the word "slut."
Check out this bizarre government document detailing
to properly make cocktails.
How to survive
Stolen kisses and naked girls: Was
Lewis Carroll a perv?
Coming soon! The very special BIG
GREEN 7 post!
"The nature of things is to have no nature; it
is their non-nature that is their nature. For they have only one
~ Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna
killed more people in March (111) than in the entire United
Kingdom since 1900.
There are communities of people
who consider themselves vampires.
Some people naturally perform well after a sleepless
designer stimulants extend that ability to all of us?
Crumb illustrates Franz
Kafka, and why
"Kafkaesque" doesn't mean what you think it does.
Watch a time-lapse video of the metamorphosis
of a common green darner dragonfly from a larval nymph.
The meticulous Mexican maestro of Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music.
A Spokane man is arrested
for grave robbing.
A straight, male history
of sex dolls.
A scientific look at why
men like big butts.
They don't need to be that big: Why
have humans evolved such large penises.
A horrible way to die: The
Viking Blood Eagle execution.
Wikipedia's list of practical
I've given up on my search for the Silk Road. I
found a few Silk Cowtrails, a few Cloth-y Lanes. But no Dread
Pirate's. A few Yo-card Montes. Selah.
Once again Spokane has been listed in the top ten of
the Cities on the Most Top Ten Lists list.
Man thinking about just packing up and making
exact same mistakes someplace far away.
A Browne's Addition psychic says that in the future,
all babies born in Spokane County will receive a tattoo on the back
of their necks of the cartoon version of Burl Ives as he
appeared in the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas television
The sanitized American cuss word "Dag nabbit"
can be translated as "Yak fart" in most Nepalese dialects.
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