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


ocumenting modern culture 
as it manifests
on or near that hotspot
on the surrealistic power grid
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

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


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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.

Special Report

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


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.)

Poster by Chris ?

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


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

I make soup.

The Al-Ray
James and I canoe out on Mystery Bay to check on an old-school wooden work boat.

Nature and I softly collide on the Fish Lake Trail early one Easter morning.

I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

The Dairy Heirs
offline until 1/1/15

NYC 24 Hour Film Race

A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Played in New York City.)

50 Hour Film Slam


The Burning

Oxy and Drakkar

48 Hour Film Fest

The Appraisal


The Sacrifice

The Tenth Floor



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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.


 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


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

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.


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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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 

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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.

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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with weird stories 
behind them.

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

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

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of my stuff

Jesse visits the 2010 Spokane Tattoo Convention. I follow along with a camera.

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.

A moment at the sauté station with the inimitable Joe Vitt.

 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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of my stuff

A Christmas Moment
James has a "moment" at the Leroy Lovegun Christmas party. 

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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Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park


Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen


Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters


Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?


$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade


Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil


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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
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5



Other Past Issues

I first used "The Bing" as a name for The Bing Crosby Theater 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.

This is an archive edition.
Go to the current blog.


In the past few weeks, I've wandered throughout the American West and one of the most beautiful sights I've seen occurred yesterday morning on the Centennial Trail while I bicycled through Kendal Yards, as, on the opposite side of the river, the Spokane skyline peeked out from beneath its blanket of early morning fog.
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   From my road trip: Church in Fairy, Texas.

I just finished Michal 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. Surprisingly, the similarities end there: the title. Yes, I saw the film first - and loved it. As I mentioned earlier, both endeavors are pleasingly surrealistic; but the movie's surrealism is to "getting stoned and grooving out on a lava lamp," what the book's surrealism is to "wintering in a cheap downtown hotel room with your teenage runaway girlfriend, living on canned beans and hashish, and reading the entire works of Edgar Allen Poe."

To answer your second question: Yes, I am still working 12 to 14 hours a day, managing restaurant crises, and sleeping very little...


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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.



Oh my goodness...



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. 

From my road trip: An abandoned building near the Salton Sea.   From my road trip: Graffito from an abandoned building near the Salton Sea.

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.

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.




Nothing like coming home to multiple crises...


Here are the maps of my road trip: Part One and Part Two.

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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I'm back!

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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! 


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.

The wonderfully messy minds of creative people.

Here's a video montage that focuses solely on the human eyes as they appear in certain powerful scenes from Alfred Hitchcock films.

A brief history of the To-Do list and the psychology of its success.

New quantum theory could explain the flow of time: coffee cools, buildings crumble and stars fizzle out because of a strange effect called "entanglement."

The art of tripping: A who's who of creative drug users.

From a big lottery win to a disaster like the Titanic, unlikely stuff happens all the time. But can we summon it at will?

Change a light bulb with this guy atop a 1500' TV tower.


Painting by Dario PuggioniShhh. No smoking aloud.

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!

What processes in the brain allow you to remember your dreams?

The hypocrisy of the NYPD: The public should respect authority, they say, then turn their backs to the mayor. 

 Painting by Dario PuggioniAyn Rand (?) reviews children's movies.

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.)

The man who seduced all of your favorite dead gay novelists.

A brief history of the wine corkscrew.

Why do some people live to be 100 years old?


A scientific look at why human beings are so intrigued by zombies.

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. 

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."

Marxism in four minutes. And five things Karl got right.

"What's in the box?!" Can a severed head survive the severing?

And yet ... there's Mike ...

One hundred ideas that changed art.

Alain de Botton on What is art for?

The most dangerous people on the internet right now.

Mac Sabbath, a fast food-themed Black Sabbath cover band that dresses as demonic McDonaldland characters.


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!


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.

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. 


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.

Check it out! Our entry to the 100 Hour Film Race is back online. Watch The Dairy Heirs.

Welcome to the new age: This morning it was warmer in Anchorage, Alaska than in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

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.

Main stream press is silent on indefinite detention's threat to every American.

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.

Rhyming "fajitas" with "margaritas" or "Corona" with "Daytona": Country music was drunk all through 2014.

Horrifying civil liberties predictions for 2014.

Continue your journey through recent archives of OtherSpokane:

October '14 * November '14 * December '14
Aug '14 - Sept '14  *  May - July '14  * 
Jan - April '14
* Sept - Dec '13 * April - Aug '13  
Feb - March '13  *  Dec '12 - Jan '13  
Oct - Nov '12  * July - Sept '12  *  Jan - June '12 
2011  *  2010  *  2009  * And beyond...


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