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ocumenting modern culture 
as it manifests
on or near that hotspot
on the surrealistic power grid
kn
own as Spokane, WA and/or
the kn
own or unknown universe

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999



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

Episode Two is online now!


I won first place in The Inlander's Short Fiction Contest. Read my story:
Uncle Le-o-nard's 
Perplexing Exit


Elsewhere...

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MY ViDEOS

Cloudburst
I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

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

Welcome to the Fire Room
A young man is confronted by a menacing bartender. Horror. Quite disturbing.

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.


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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


Mi VIDEOhS

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.


MY ViDS

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.



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

Soup
I make soup.

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


CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2015
Mental

2014
A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Premiered in New York.)
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
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MY V-ViDS

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.

Geothermal 
Giggle

 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


MORE OF MY ViDEOS

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

Compliments
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.


MY ViDS

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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MY TRIP(Y) CLIPS

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 


MO of MY
STUFF

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.

Seaworthy
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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EARLY CREEPY COLLABORATIONS
with weird stories 
behind them.

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

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


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AND EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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

Darlin'
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.

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

OtherSpokane's
 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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AAAAAAAND
EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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

Drip
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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MY ViDEO SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


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POLiTICS 2012

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
MAGOO
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


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


OtherSpokane.com 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.

5/31/15

The trial of the SS bookkeeper from Auschwitz exposes not only the banality, but the bean-counting, that was integral to the Holocaust.
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An occult history of the television set.
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The Umbrella Home: Super efficiency.
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Alejandro Jodorowsky: "The more I progressed with Tarot readings, the more I noticed that all problems have their roots in the family tree."
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For centuries, altitude sickness thwarted our attempts to reach sacred heights. What mysterious force repelled us?


5/30/15

The Inlander dissed The Eagles in the most wonderful way.
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Elon Musk thinks we could get from New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes.
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Numerous skeletons of sexually perverse nuns discovered in Oxford.
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Incarcerated at four years old, beaten by Jesuits, left outside during a bombing raid: Alfred Hitchcock wasn't normal.
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Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana. 
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Underground website creator is sentenced to life in prison.
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The surprising history of the humble pencil.
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180 Documentaries.


5/29/15

Here is the notebook that Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes mailed to his psychiatrist just prior to the 2012 shooting.
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The left's dubious antiwar history: Republicans are pro-war and Democrats are anti-war? 
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Spokane County Sheriff says police militarization is a myth.
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The danger of uploading one's consciousness to a computer without a suicide switch.
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The English language just officially got some new words: four of them are new food words.
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Why do ancient Buddhist beliefs overlap so strongly with those of modern neuroscience


5/28/15

New research places us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Do we really want to fuse our minds together?
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Why the most powerful time travel stories aren't about changing the past.
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Modern warfare: A $70 million aircraft drops a $350,000 bomb on a $10 tent.
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Spokane Sheriff warns bikers against hurling volleyballs at police cars.
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Here's George Jones singing his first number one hit White Lightning, about a vice that would later haunt him.
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 photo - ssgA revolutionary prepares to execute the last Tsar of Russia and his entire family: "...shooting people isn't the easy matter that it might seem to some."
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Bloody geography: Map details what horror flicks were set in your home state.
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Nothing begets insanity like a bloody revolution - and so the French Revolution seems to have left a preponderance of madness in its wake.


5/26/15

Saudi Arabia, the very country which brought the world one of the most brutal and intolerant religious ideologies - Wahhabism - seeks leadership of the United Nation Rights Council.
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Painting by Pawel KuczynskiBin Ladin's Bookshelf: Earlier this month, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released books and documents taken during the raid on Bin Ladin's compound.
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A little violence can sometimes work to defend against predatory bankers. Consider the farmers of Le Mars, Iowa in 1933.
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The Mummies' infamous Fuck You letter to Sub Pop and some other of their cool FUs.
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Yeah, but Salvador Dali was a damn fascist.
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No more lies on Memorial Day: War Made Easy (How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death).


5/24/15

So, so funny - John Oliver on Japanese Mascots.
                           and Chickens...
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The Pullman dude out to collect every single copy of the movie "Speed" on VHS got a write-up in Vice.
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Every year, the people of Citilcum, Yucatan, Mexico meet up to beat a bunch of animals to death.
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The Night Doctors: The terror behind the abduction phenomenon.
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Mathematician John Nash, dead at 86.
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Jello Biafra's spoken word in Barcelona: I Am Your Clock.
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Finding the legendary Mongolian Death Worm.
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These five corporations are making millions from mass incarceration.
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Decapitation discovery reveals gruesome practices of the ancient Inca.


5/23/15

Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges (who recently spoke in Spokane on the "Wages of Rebellion") is hard on Bernie Sanders in this piece from Truthdig: Make the Rich Panic.
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The 3-Pipe Solution: The underrated creativity of Sherlock Holmes.
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What is the difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?
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Why bees build perfect hexagons.
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Facebook's dumb attempt to ban Gustave Courbet's masterpiece painting "The Origin of the World" reveals its ignorance about life itself.
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Here's a 2005 story by David Foster Wallace about the cutthroat world of political talk radio.
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Does fear of death explain the development of art, religion, language, economics, science, and almost all of human behavior?


5/21/15

Samuel Rosenstock left Romania and became Tristan Tzara by "pranks, buffoonery, intoxication, sabotage, taboo-breaking, playing childish and/or dangerous games, waking up dead gods, and not taking education seriously."
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The lewd and lurid 1970 sexploitation posters.
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How people kill one another in war: "...there are things that you can't put in a book because they are too horrific."
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The top ten things I've always wanted to say to David Letterman.
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Ten tricks to appear smart in meetings.
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Poppy water and Jesuit's powder: Experimenting with some antiquated mild psychoactive drugs, and how the lines between recreational drugs, medicinal remedies and food have always been blurry.


5/20/15

Harvard professor Steven Pinker culled exam questions from his course "Psychological Science." Test your knowledge.
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Hundreds of people live in tunnels beneath Las Vegas.
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Here is a video breakdown of the philosophies of Karl Marx, Adam Smith, John Rawls, Henry David Thoreau, and John Ruskin.
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Why "Psychological Androgyny" is essential for creativity.
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Militarizing ourselves toward a new dark age.
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A brief visual history of weapons: An illustration of mankind's creativity when it comes to killing.
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Take the Jeopardy Contestant Application Quiz.

 

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5/18/15

It's about time. I was saying this twenty years ago. From the Spokesman-Review: Questions arise over Col. George Wright's legacy.
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This from the Columbia Journalism Review: The media's reaction to Seymour Hersh's bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful.
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Ten popular mind control techniques used today.
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America's simplistic adoption of the COEXIST bumper sticker signals a dangerous inability to understand the roots of religious conflict.
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"When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite."
   ~  Sergio Leone


5/17/15

Electrocution as a humane method of execution was first proposed in 1885. Five years later, a newspaper recorded its first use: Rigor of Death.
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Cooper's Dream. "The gum you like is going to come back in style."
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“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears..."
  ~  Aldous Huxley

Here's a lecture Huxley gave in Berkeley in 1962 where he discusses this concept.
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A man on his way to LA - where he hoped to become a music-video producer - has his life savings of $16,000 seized by federal agents. The term meant to give this crime a veneer of legitimacy is "civil-asset forfeiture."

Here's John Oliver's take.
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Here's an 1899 interview with Nikola Tesla that shows how far "out there" he really was.
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Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul? The strange history and significance of a much-loathed space.


5/16/15

Here's a behind-the-scenes short I did for Jesse's Mr. Dark series: Jesse records the amazingly talented Christopher Lamb on the violin.


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Cult horror director Ron Ford mentions Jesse and the Mr. Dark series in a recent blog.
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Gov. Inslee declares drought emergency throughout Washington state.
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The Boston bomber is given the death sentence. Maybe they'll put him in a boat and shoot a thousand holes in it.
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Bernie Sanders has already won.
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David Lynch is back on the new Twin Peaks.
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Here's a cool film about transhumanism, head transplants, DNA digital codes, killer robots, nanotechnology, psychedelics and cryogenics.


5/15/15

Pssst. Hey, you...


5/13/15

Countries around the world are revoking the freedom to assemble.
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For some soldiers of the Second World War, the best souvenir was a human skull.
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There are still a few good reasons to read the Spokesman-Review. One is columnist Shawn Vestal - in today's paper: Spokane's Eighth Man Group Loud, Proud and Short on Substance.
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Here's Adam Sandler's funny and emotional ode to David Letterman.
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Grannyjazzer: The many euphemisms for our most obscene polysyllable. 
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Q: Does writing fiction cause manic-depression or merely mimic the symptoms of manic-depression?
A: Yes.

"If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of atoms — little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence, you will see, there is an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a little imagination and thinking are applied."

~ Richard Feynman 


5/12/15

I have two days off from The Restaurant - the first real days off I've had in months. What do normal people usually do with this leisure time?
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A Spokane citizen has sparked a free speech debate at the Spokane City Council by trying to restrict his use of the word "hookerville" when referring to the East Sprague area.
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The reporter who broke the My Lai massacre story, the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse story says the story we've been told - about how Osama bin Laden was killed - is a lie.
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Here's Ronnie James Dio's 1983 Budweiser radio ad.
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Archivists uncover a stash of lost Mark Twain stories.
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Richard Feynman reminds us that our divisions of life are artificial and arbitrary.
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Banksy: The subversive and secretive street artist has turned the art world upside-down.
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One hundred military manuals you can download for free.


5/11/15

My son James was in town yesterday to celebrate his 40th birthday and we were having a drink at Mootsys with some of his old punk rock friends and they were talking about the raucous, hard drinking, Devil-may-care, party-all-night, slam dancing old days and then James mentioned something about his pediatrician.
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To be fair, he later went out and smoked Cuban cigars and shot a machine gun.


5/8/15

Click here to watch and vote for Jesse's entry in the 50 Hour Slam film competition: Chef's Cut!


5/6/15

Oh, my dear, faithful readers, there soon could be some very dramatic changes in my life. Stay tuned.


5/5/15

I hear a lot of bikers complaining about Spokane drivers and their lack of respect for the two-wheel commuters. I bike to work daily, and have found that total lawlessness is the answer - sidewalks, patios, narrows between buildings, wrong way down a one way, zipping through red lights. I play a game where I try to break as many laws as possible. My record is twenty transgressions per mile, which you'd think would be easy to break, but so far I've limited myself to misdemeanors.


5/3/15

Congratulations to director Jesse James Hennessy who won Best Editing for the 50 Hour Slam entry "Chef's Cut."
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Bloomsday today: All of downtown Spokane smells of caramel corn, body odor and urinal cakes.
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On musical mind control from Mesmer to the Satanic panic.
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Very telling: See who has contributed to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton as opposed to Bernie Sanders over the past 25 years.
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The Untold Story of Silk Road: How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.
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One hundred years ago, Spokane's crematorium offered residents free ashes for their gardens.
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Massive bridge to connect America with Russia? The 12,519 mile mega-highway would allow you to drive from New York to London.
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The world's weirdest urinals.
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Murder, torture, mass death by plague - the dark side of Mother Goose.
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Congratulations to the British Empire for acquiring yet another royal parasite.


5/1/15

It's Bloomsday weekend, which means I'll be holed up in the dingy recesses of The Restaurant's nether regions until Sunday night. Barring any injuries or arrests, I'll see you back here Monday morning. Wish me luck.


Continue your journey through recent archives of OtherSpokane:

May '15 
Jan '15
* Feb - March '15 * April '15
Oct '14 * Nov '14 * Dec '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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