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I realize more and more that when I start off a
sentence by saying, "Is it just me, or - " ... it's just me.
Critics fear military training exercise Operation
Jade Helm could be a precursor to martial law.
Economic inequality: It's
far worse than you think. "Oh, people don't even know. If
poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in
the streets." - from Scientific American.
If you want to make video essays, there’s no
better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for
Fake. What it teaches us
From the same dude: How
to do visual comedy.
I experience this quite often: Do
you suffer from Exploding Head Syndrome? It's when you're
startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist.
Inside the dirty world of quicksand
When the sun is just right, Spokane's evil streak is
(Right next to City Hall, of course.)
audition opportunity for Z Nation is today.
Teletubbies in black and white with Joy Division soundtrack.
plot ideas that every single classic TV show did to death.
Why women's shirt buttons are on the left and men's
are on the right. Because of horses,
babies, and Napoleon.
Sex in the Middle Ages: the
original "Just Say No" campaign.
Life forms that people once
believed were hoaxes.
What's the difference between a chick pea and a
Don't yawn, whistle, stand rigidly, or make
exaggerated grooming gestures while you're at the airport. They.
Zizek on freedom
Žižek argues that our current brand of global
capitalism is quickly outgrowing democracy and that a
divorce between the two is inevitable.
I'm whipping myself right now. And it's not as easy
as it sounds.
I realized that I couldn't do both - an absurdly
busy weekend at The Restaurant, as well as participate in the film contest -
so I chose to keep my job and pay my rent.
So I've hammered 3/4 inch floor tacks through the
end of my belt and am trying to get it swinging just right to where
I can whip it in an acceptable arc and slap it into my
bare back so it can tear off bits of my flesh when I yank it
forward. It really does hurt.
Basketcase weekend is coming up! It's the perfect
storm of insane busyness at The Restaurant because of a downtown "Broadway" show,
and the high school girl volleyball tourneys, coupled with the 50 Hour
Film Slam. Look for my posts to be "interesting."
Here's a good piece on the Zags in the Washington
tourney - How do you like Gonzaga now?
This short film by director Harmony
Korine (Gummo, Spring Breakers) examines the life of a
young survivalist in the backwoods of Alabama.
Here's Professor Robert Herold's critique of
the appearance of Pulitzer Prize winning author Christopher Hedges
at the Bing.
A short film by Frater Puck about William
S. Burroughs, possession, synchronicities and chaos magick.
(<-- Not this) But this --> is the
deliciously violent cover of Anthony
Bourdain's new graphic novel.
Nice resume', Jimi. Are you experienced?
Carroll's Rules of Letter-Writing can make
email more civil and digital communication kinder.
From Smithsonian: Modern marijuana is often
laced with heavy metals and fungus.
Wolfgang von Goethe on the psychology
of color and emotion.
This unusual film
short contrasts the first and last shots of 55 films.
Here's a film essay on Akira
Kurosawa's use of movement in his films.
tracking shots in Darren Aronofsky films that capture characters
from behind - and most employed when characters are experiencing
stress or disorder - forcing us to follow.
stuff: Using "that" and "which" is all about
restrictive and non-restrictive clauses.
Check out the B
GO Beyond flying car.
or die: Don't let the terrorists win.
winery's website hacked
with pro-Islamic State message.
Washington lawmakers propose
allowing pot-growing at home.
Spokane files a
new Worker Bill of Rights initiative.
The oddly reassuring
quality of surrealistic art.
Rider, the trippy wild west comic from High Times back in the
late seventies, early eighties. This brings back many very weird
of modern terror and crumbling Western values.
Why America is stuck
in never-ending war. For instance, 1) The privation of war...
Thoreau on what
it really means to be awake.
Where did kissing
We're getting ready to do the 50
Hour Film Slam next weekend. Acquaint yourself with the rules,
then watch our entry - Cursed
- from last year's Slam.
interactive map of the modern writer's mind.
Navy is experimenting with an electric railgun. Instead of using
chemical propellants or explosives, these cannons use only
Cocaine users have no idea what they're actually
putting in their bodies. There's not
much actual cocaine in cocaine.
What happens when
a meteorite hits snow?
When hip was
a thing: Buddy Rich.
One of the finalists for the Mars
One venture claims
the organization is a scam.
Spokane makes another
meaningless list: America's 20 most overindulgent metropolitan
areas. Spookaloo comes in at number 20 with 28.9% of the people
(too high), 8.1% are heavy drinkers (too low), and 14.9% smoke daily
People You'd Like to Torture Department: Here's
the Playboy interview with Dick Cheney.
bizarre, purpose-built city of Naypyidaw boasts 20-lane
highways, golf courses, fast wi-fi, reliable electricity ... and no
Photography students were assigned
to make knockoffs of famous nudes from the history of art.
What children in Washington state think
Eastern Washington faces a
run of dust storms and wildfires in the coming months, thanks to
an inescapable drought.
The average winter in Spokane produces 42.4 inches
of snow. This year we got 16.6.
world's descent into irrelevance and degeneracy - a critique of
would Jesus bomb, and other imponderable questions - an op-ed
in the Washington Post calls for war with Iran by people
uninterested in the tedious details of who will do the fighting or
whether the proposed war could be won.
Food presentations from restaurant
trying a little too hard to be original.
Art thoughtz: How
to Make an Art with Hennessy Youngman.
of spiritual amateurism in America.
The convicted child killer who made
a career out of impersonating a dead member of Sha Na Na.
with Kurt Vonnegut in the Paris Review.
Interviewer: What is a twerp in the strictest sense, in the original
Vonnegut: It's a person who inserts a set of false teeth between the
cheeks of his ass.
A scene from the Mr.
Dark Episode 2 wrap party:
John Oliver on the
Am I the only one making a connection between Vladimir
Putin's lost 10 days and the massive
display of force in the Russian Arctic?
Spokane restaurants get
A Coeur d'Alene woman is demanding $18,000 to pay
for clean-up after police shot and
killed a man on her porch. [She doesn't have a garden
Here's a white supremacist heavy metal murderer's secret
to picking up white chicks.
Elise Hill spent 9 years filming
her life as a prostitute.
Earth: New eco-friendly cigarettes kill destructive human beings
Heartbeat of the City
Bizarre: The cover story for the April issue of The
Atlantic magazine will be "Is it Time for the Jews to Leave
I've been hearing lots
of good stuff about the new horror film: It
Writer/director of "It Follows" discusses
the opening sequence.
American horror movie in years, says the Daily Beast.
Check out this
very creepy short film: What if you found out that everyone
dreamed about you last night?
Now that it's over: The
origins of Friday the 13th.
A Nine Mile Falls resident politely
asked two men to not "borrow" her lawnmower while showing
them her gun. They discontinued the borrowing process.
My friend Arp Xigar has been saying this for many
years now: Cows
Simulations back up the theory that the
universe is a hologram.
Every year, sharks kill 10 people. Every year, 100
people die from being stepped on by cows. Moo.
the night 200 feet underground in the Caverns Inn, a unique
Route 66 motel and diner.
Nazi project aimed to breed back into existence an extinct set of
killer cows and succeeded, sort of, using the same techniques
employed to purify the Aryan race.
for the afterlife? Consult this handy guide to Dante's nine
circles of Hell and find out who you'll be spending eternity with.
of the Evil Cows meme.
Frank Zappa's cover
of Stairway to Heaven.
If belief in God means nothing to you, why
proselytize one way or another? On the strange
nature of evangelical atheism.
Cult leaders who used
sex to control.
Attention is a finite resource, harvested by
cost of paying attention.
High school students would need to score 70% or
better to graduate if an Idaho bill passes. Take
firecrackers all at once.
Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York - tipping
mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should
If popular music is escapist fun, why
are the songs often so sad?
The deep problem, for
Dick, wasn't that
mechanisms might become more manlike. It's
that men might be reduced to mechanisms.
Public Bath House, built in 1914.
People take Molly not just to get high but also
makes people feel friendly, loving, and strongly connected to one
The first of many multimillion-dollar projects to
remake Riverfront Park launches this week as the
city begins building a team that will determine the overarching look
and design of the park.
The wisdom of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" in
Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the
four steps to arguing intelligently.
Fence/tree collision near Mission Park.
And then there's the
Monty Python way.
Why did victims in Islamic State beheading videos look
your seventh son turn into a werewolf? Unless the Argentine
president adopts him?
Mount Rushmore was supposed to look.
What hath God wrought?
Activist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris
Hedges thinks America is ripe for revolution. He is in Spokane
tonight at The Bing for a talk on the "Wages of
A humanities professor collected data from thousands
of novels. The research suggests that plots have only six archetypal
out the collision of data and fiction.
Kurt Vonnegut on the
shapes of stories.
Peter Sellers reads The Beatles' "She Loves
four different accents.
US weapons exporters lead
the world in war profiteering.
Why the city of London should revive a
19th-century plan for an uptown necropolis - a death pyramid -
population 5 million.
A magical day in Spokane yesterday:
The temp was below freezing
when I biked to work; sunny and warm at 65 degrees by mid-afternoon.
There were hundreds of people in Riverfront Park. I heard six or
seven different languages spoken. I eavesdropped on a German family
who were taking turns imitating the roar of the falls. I
considered offering a native roar, but decided against risking an
Here's an interesting site
about Spokane history from the Public History program at Eastern
Washington University. And there's an app.
Only humans seek to remove
their hair, using
increasingly strange and impressive methods.
Did a human or a computer write
Here are all
of the rockets of the world to scale.
Beethoven is the preferred musical accompaniment to
virtual killing: The
rise of first-person Romanticism.
culture has become more like David Lynch's hair than at any
other time in recorded history.
The never before told story of one of the world's
most beautiful and iconic music venues, The
Julijonas Urbonas' Euthanasia Coaster: A
roller coaster designed to kill people.
We live on the edge of drowned worlds and are
descended from their inhabitants. What lies beneath the flood myths?
of the Deep, an essay on underwater civilizations.
Daylight Saving Time is the
greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on the American people.
Burgess and the
top secret code in A
Shaky, old video of Stevie
Ray Vaughan doing Voodoo Chile at The Gorge in 1990.
Naked bodies dipped
A new documentary lays out how
the fossil-fuel industry funds talking heads to sow confusion about
climate change in a deliberate imitation of the successful
doubt-sowing tactics of the tobacco industry.
50 protesters - many of them armed - gathered on federal grounds
in downtown Spokane yesterday to express concern over the arrest of
an Iraq war veteran who was carrying an assault rifle outside the
Thomas S. Foley Courthouse a week earlier.
Yes, these people are scary looking. No, I wouldn't
want to have a beer with them or see their taxidermy collection. But
I do not understand the liberal's bloodlust for wanting these people
Some of the smartest human beings in modern history said that
it is a good thing for the government to fear the people. What better way of
accomplishing this than having armed citizens march in front of the
Brownstein and Fred Armisen on how
to order coffee.
Babbage was one of the fathers of computing, but in
his fascination with mathematics and engineering, he had a curiosity
with the occult: Like
the time Mr. B tried to summon the Devil.
Riverfront Park prepares for its
things happen that you can't explain: Are
experiences evidence of the supernatural?
Top 10 emerging
technologies of 2015.
Check out The
Logan, Gonzaga University's version
of The Onion.
A year after flight MH370
disappeared, Wired Magazine looks
most logical (and craziest) conspiracy theories.
Kingdom wants a big laser gun: It
won't just dazzle, it will burn.
Happy "Oh, Shit, I Haven't Paid Rent Yet"
My friend Arp Xigar insisted that I check out a
disturbing mural near Third and Division in downtown Spokane. I did.
And, yes, I could see how it might make some people feel a bit
uneasy. The next day, someone
things you do at restaurants, according to restaurant workers.
John Carpenter's cult classic "The Thing":
"The film pses a series of existential questions, the first one
it's even possible to discuss The Thing without sounding totally
The city of Spokane
installs signs to curb prostitution.
People are affected
genetically by the traumatic experiences of their ancestors.
The four stages of being
a dive bar regular.
double penises to "human werewolf syndrome," a
sampling of scientific oddities from Lapham's Quarterly's
How making movies in Washington can
boost the state's economy.
A stunning overreach from the DEA is
playing out in Eastern Washington.
Magritte, comedian: “It’s noticeable that
many of the techniques Magritte uses for creating his mysterious
to be found in comedy writing. His pictures are frequently
structured like jokes.”
Bank of Canada urges Star Trek fans to stop
"Spocking" their five dollar bills.
Seattle man claims
he is Kurt Cobain.
The ghoulish post-mortem
fairy tales of Mothmeister.
Burial pods turn
you into a tree after death.
Brown, chef and Food Network personality, ate
his way around Spokane this weekend.
natural philosophers discuss the mind: An imagined conversation
explores perspectives on the brain and consciousness.
Stages of decay, mourning practices, and afterlives from across the
Why should we have to rely on a priestly class of
experts who are the sole inheritors of technological knowledge? Our
laptops are sleek and polished, our operating systems are fluid and
is easy and that's a problem.
Why our children
don't think there are moral facts.
K. Dick, a heavy user of methamphetamines, experienced a series
of visions in 1974 which
caused him to believe that time had stopped in the year 70 and
that the world around him was an illusion.
Gogh on principles,
talking vs. doing, and the human pursuit of greatness.
We've grown: My old friend Phopaw showed up out of
the blue yesterday. We went out for breakfast and talked about old
times and THE SCENE MAGAZINE DID NOT COME UP EVEN ONE TIME!!!
Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden,
CIA-inspired "black site."
demand answers about Chicago "black site."
Your Body! - a bizarre psychedelic sex education video
supposedly made for children.
And since we went there: Snoppen
theory calls cooperation into question: A recent solution to the
dilemma," a classic game theory scenario, has created new
puzzles in evolutionary biology.
You can be religious without being a hate-mongering
Bible thumper who denies evolution. You can be scientific without
being a know-it-all who denigrates people of faith: What
the science-vs-religion debate ignores.
skit I've seen in a long time: A father (Taran Killam) has an
emotional moment as daughter (Dakota
Johnson) goes off to join - ah...
idea must die: Some of the world's greatest thinkers each select
a major misconception holding us back, from race to IQ to the self.
Nobody knows what happens inside quantum
experiments. So why are some people so keen to believe in parallel
the Many Worlds hypothesis just a fantasy?
forgotten images of Islam: Popular early US tales depicted
Muslims as menacing figures in faraway lands or cardboard moral
World's first grid-connected
wave power station is switched on in Australia.
Scientific American finally
cuts through the crap about the color of "that dress."
What happened to words like aquabob, clinkerbell,
daggler, cancevell, ickle, tankle, shuckle, crottie, doofers,
honeyfur and zawn?: Our
shrinking vocabulary of landscape.
William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook in
1971, when he was only nineteen. Thus
ensued a very unanarchic quest, on his part, to remove it from
print. Sooner or later, even hippies put on a coat and tie.
From S-R columnist Doug Clark: The strange story of the
unsolved murders at The Spokane Street Motel.
are the songs sent into the deepest reaches of space on the
Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.
Did Magic Alex promise
to build the Beatles a flying saucer?
Oh, the stories I could tell if I didn't need to pay
Cronenberg on The Metamorphosis: The master director on Kafka
and growing older.
Here are some of Jesse's storyboard notes for the upcoming Mr.
Dark shoot this weekend. --->
easy hikes near Spokane.
Still waiting to see if my Kahlua and coffee will
use its powers for good or evil today...
Alejandro Jodorowsky on
of folks who illegally hop trains across America.
Hitler on modern art: "Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism,
Impressionism, have nothing to do with our German People."
work and video from Gaza.
I'm only writing this so I'll stop staring at the
black void below the 2/23/15 and the
lonely blinking vertical line where nothing was being written.
Over the years of living in or near downtown
Spokane, I have developed what can only described as a spiritual
bond with the Spokane River. This connection is easily sealed at
times like these when the river is high and I can stand on one of
the footbridges and be in awe of its roar, feel its spray coat my
face, feel its rumble at my feet. Other times more effort must be
put into the worship, and I have to step down to the river's edge,
kneel like I'm praying, and physically dip my hands into the water. It's
at those times when spiritual gifts are granted - like the other
early morning, as I waited for my hands to dry and warm a bit, and
in my hypnagogic state the wisps of fog on the surface became as
hundreds of ghostly alien babies and I became the sole judge of
their slow-motion jitterbug competition.
I am so obsessed with trying to turn a mediocre
restaurant into a professionally run organization that I have
lost track with nearly everything going on around me. We could be at
war with Idaho and I wouldn't know it. The president and all of
Congress could have revealed themselves to be lizard people and I am
ignorant of the fact; I probably served them fettuccine. Please,
God, let me talk to one person today who doesn't smell like food or
It was the nicest day of the year so far. I took a
few hours off from work (the first real break I've had since
Thursday) partook of a wee bit of our state's newest freedom, and
went for a bike ride. It seemed that all of Spokane had crawled from
their lairs and into the glaring sun, as if the Winter evil has already
There were so many people on the Centennial Trail
there were traffic jams. At one point, on the arched walkway over
Freya Street, I had to stop while a clan of foreigners - perhaps
Russians, oblivious to our customs - claimed the entire trail, the
men walking up front, followed by the women and children.
Behind the children trailed the youngest woman of
the group, mid-thirties or so, very attractive, and pushing a baby
carriage. She stopped, looked at me and smiled, seemingly
For a moment I felt like a Savanna predator about to pick off the
weakest of the herd. Then, her smile twisted slightly, became
something entirely different. Her eyes grew wide. Her nostrils
flared. And for
the next ten seconds or so, we boned the dog snot out of each
other with our eyes only.
It was primitive and lewd and wonderful, probably
illegal where she came from. Then she walked on, leaving me all
sweaty and snorting like an ox. She actually stopped at the bottom
of the bridge and lit a cigarette. It was the best sex I've never
What's left of my heart and soul belong entirely to
the restaurant for the next two days...
To the guy I was arguing with at the coffee shop
yesterday about the justification of the state and private companies
requiring urine tests for employment: What if instead they required
a feces test? Would you poop in a cup for the Man?
I've been working on the
Mr. Dark website. Last night I did this animated GIF
of Reilly and Frost:
That's a wrap for the first filming weekend of Mr.
Dark. Jesse says it went spectacularly well. Keep up with the
creative madness by clicking
Shooting of Episode Two starts tomorrow!
I knew the Seahawks lost when I saw some lady's face
paint streaked with tears.
Please bear with me for a few more weeks, good
readers of this humble site; I'm still neck-deep in restaurant
horrors. Even still, I'm able to keep at least a few toes dipped in
the aestheti-pool of Spookaloo:
(1) I am putting the
finishing touches on a new sci-fi/horror (?) short story and am
considering where to submit "The Singular Notion of the SR28 Basic
(2) I'm doing what
little I can to assist director Jesse James Hennessy (who was
recently voted into the local film society) as he gears up to begin
shooting Episode Two of his Mr.
Dark Series this weekend.
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