| Welcome to the last of the
series of this manifestation of Stik
Mann's OtherSpokane. In the weeks to
come, I'll be posting my stream-of-consciousness
post cards from the Yuma desert and
eventually from Mexico -- el pais misterioso. Send me an
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links whenever these stubbling, exporative e-ramblings
excursion is coming together as a series
1) To stand before the image
of The Virgin of
Guadalupe, which miraculously appeared on the
blanket of Juan Diego during a vision of Her on
the hill where once stood the temple of Tonantzin,
the Aztec earth mother goddess. The blanket now
hangs in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico
2) To seek out the artist Diego Rivera,
a hero of my son, James.
3) To seek out the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli.
When the Aztecs were a band of snake- and bug-eating
outcasts, one of their priests had a vision --
Huitzilopochtli said that if the Aztecs worshiped him with
human blood sacrifices, they would receive unimaginable
power and riches. They did, and they did.
4) To see the popular, enigmatic
revolutionary leader Subcomandante Marcos,
instigator of the seven-year-old, ongoing (and, of late, relatively bloodless) civil
war in Chiapas. Through the Zapatista mailing
list I learned that on February 24, the EZLN, The Zapatista Army
for National Liberation, is planning to meet
in San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas and will
march en mass to Mexico City. Could be
5) To visit the secluded, ultra-surrealistic
"village" built by the eccentric,
filthy rich Englishman, Edward
Soon after I had designed the image of myself in
the last issue (#11),
I began to see strange
images in the lower part of the picture: two
reddish, demonic characters leaning in on an
Aztec-like skull complete with the characteristic,
stylized butterfly on its forehead.
Studying e-spanish? These e-links e-helped me.
"For my part, I travel not to go
anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move; to feel the needs
and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down
off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find
the globe granite underfoot and strewn with
Ten Most Underrated Cities
Ten great American cities, once dismissed as bad
news, that deserve another look.
Now, who's that at number six? From
Pope John Paul is considering naming Saint
Isidore of Seville the patron saint of
Internet users and computer programmers, Vatican
sources said. Saint Isidore, who lived in the
seventh century, was believed to have written the
world's first encyclopaedia, the Etymologies,
which included entries on medicine, mathematics,
history and theology. The Vatican first went
online in 1996 with its website http://www.vatican.va
which it has used to publish thousands of
Catholic Church documents and Papal speeches. The
site is powered by three host computers named
after archangels - Raphael, Michael and Gabriel.
Defense of the 70s
So often in pop culture, the '70s are portrayed
as a "tasteless decade characterized by
bellbottoms, barbiturates, disco music and bad
hair." However, Victor Brockris studies the
people who defined the decade such as John Lennon,
Patti Smith and Jean-Michel Basquiat and argues
that the '70s was America's finest hour. From Gadfly
William Taft was the last President of the
United States to keep a cow on
the white house lawn.
to Meth Country
"I would rather investigate a homicide than
a meth lab," says Andrew Tafoya, a
lieutenant who investigates drug crimes. Why is
Tafoya so wary? Because beyond being illegal,
methamphetamine labs -- which are spreading
across the rural west -- are highly toxic sites,
containing chemicals and fumes that cause cancer,
brain damage, and immunity and respiratory system
problems. From Sierra
aborigine in origin.)
A period of wandering, of variable length,
undertaken as a sporadic interruption of routine
life. (For spiritual cleansing.)
Princess Diana was Humphrey
Bogart's seventh cousin.
of the Lost Art
An array of "pre-Columbian" artifacts,
including pottery and textiles, were left behind
by the many cultures that rose and fell
throughout the Americas prior to the European
conquest. Rigoberto, a third-generation huaquero,
or looter, spends his days looking for them. From
Shitting in the Toilet is a celebration of
everything that is perverse about travel. It's
about getting stranded and ripped off. It's about
sitting alone in a tiny room counting cockroaches
and feeling sorry for yourself. It's about being
totally clueless, hopeless and pathetic
and loving every minute of it.
Ceci n'est pas une 'quote'.
The term "anchorman" was coined with
regard to the respected Walter Cronkite
on "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite",
likening his lead position to that of an anchor
on a relay team. For a time in Sweden, TV news
anchors were called "Cronkiters" in
honor of Mr. C.
Can a TV show replace politics or offer a
preferable parallel world, a sort of benign Manchurian
candidate? The West Wing
might. From New
"I may not have gone where I intended
to go, but I think I have ended up where I
intended to be."
--- Douglas Adams
Cattlegate, Nannygate, Helicoptergate,
Haircutgate, Travelgate, Troopergate, Gennifer
Flowersgate, Filegate, Vince Fostergate, I Wonder
Where Those Whitewater Billing Records Came
Fromgate, Joycelyn Eldersgate, Paula Jonesgate,
Federal Building Campaign Phonecallgate, Lincoln
Bedroomgate, White House Coffeegate Drug Dealer
Donationsgate, Buddhist Templegate, Web
Hubbellgate, Lippogate, Chinesegate, Blame
Kenneth Starrgate, Right-wing Conspiracygate,
Zippergate, Lewinsky Jobsgate, Perjurygate,
Kathleen Willeygate, Los Alamosgate, Wag-the-Doggate,
Juanita Broaddrickgate, PBSgate, Bomb the Aspirin
Factorygate, Eleanor Roosevelt's Ghostgate and
Hillary's Memoir Advancegate -- I miss Clinton
They spend so much on authentic sets and costumes
for movies. How about a little care for authentic
speech? From Vocabula
Chapter 37 of Emily Post's 1922 Book
Traveling at Home and Abroad
Colombian Liver with your Turkish Cornea?
Children in the Third World are no longer just
work slaves or sexual toys, they're also spare
parts. In this interview on Freezerbox,
a Montreal doctor reveals the seamier side of the
global organ transplant trade, where a human body
can be sold for $35,000, and a skeleton alone can
go for $200 a gram. From Freezerbox
To think is to be. - Descartes
To be is to do. - Nietzsche
To do is to be. - Confuscius
Do be do be do. - Sinatra
Case of the Missing Mars Water
NASA Science NewsPlenty of clues suggest that
liquid water once flowed on Mars --raising hopes
that life could have arisen there-- but the
evidence remains inconclusive and sometimes
contradictory. From NASA
"Adventurous men enjoy shipwrecks,
mutinies, earthquakes, conflagrations, and all
kinds of unpleasant experiences, provided they do
not go so far as to impair health. They say to
themselves in an earthquake, for example, 'So
this is what an earthquake is like', and it gives
them pleasure to have their knowledge of the
world increased by this new item."
Thompson may well have thought his
wild rock 'n' roll destiny was
death at age 27, but 30 years later he still
checks his spelling. From Independent
Hunter S. Thompson never ceases
to surprise us. Matt Welch chronicles the
legendary gonzo journalist's unpredictable path
to his latest incarnation: sports columnist at
ESPN.com. From Online
Excerpts from a reader survey in "Transgender
(Please check one)
I am: (_) male (_) female (_) male to
female (_) female to male (_) helping
professional (_) other
And I consider myself a: (_) man
(_) woman (_) third (4th, etc.) gendered (_)
nongendered person (_) intersexed person (_)
cross-dresser (_) transvestite (_) transgenderist
(_) I do not consider myself transgendered (_) I'm
not sure whether I'm transgendered (_) pre-operative
transsexual (_) postoperative transsexual (_)
nonoperative transsexual (_) androgyne (_) butch
(_) femme (_) other
My sexual orientation is: (_)
heterosexual (_) bisexual (_) gay man (_) lesbian
(_) asexual (_) pansexual
I am attracted to (check all
that apply): (_) women when I
present myself as a woman (_) men when I present
myself as a woman (_) men when I present myself
as a man (_) women when I present myself as a man
(_) transpeople (_)the individual, regardless of
Inventor Archives organized alphabetically by
inventors' last names.
By seeing almost nothing, astronomers say they've
something extraordinary: the event horizons
of black holes in space. From NASA
do McDonald's fries taste so good?
An engrossing tour of northern New Jersey--home
to the world's largest flavor companies--and
reveals how processed and frozen foods come by
their taste. From Altantic
Kamikaze pilots wore helmets.
Do you find personal enlightenment hard to come
by in the digital age? The interactive Zen
meditation tutorial on Do-not-zzz.com may change
the way you stare at your computer's glare.
must have had seven fingers
on his middle hand
From Yahoo's Picks of 2000 :
the most intriguing way to watch the bubble burst.
(Featured June 12)
Why did they use the (*) when they went
ahead and used the word in the url?
Dwight David Eisenhower served as president of
the United States from 1953- 1961. A few days
before he left office he warned the country in a
televised address about the military industrial
complex. From TomPaine.common
with the Devil
Absolute evil: a man batters his wife to
death, watches a video with his kids then shoots
them, has lunch with his parents before killing
them too. Why?
Frequently asked questions about Zen
Whenever I watch TV and see those poor
starving kids all over the world, I can't help
but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that
but not with all those flies and death and stuff.
--- Mariah Carey
Worst Corporations of 2000
A list of the worst corporate citizens of the
last 12 months, from the makers of StarLink genetically
modified corn to the manufacturers of
those magically disintegrating
It's a Real,
Real, Real, Real, Real World
Forget 'Temptation Island' and 'Survivor II.'
What if reality TV were based on, well, reality?
Vagabonding - n.
(1) The act of leaving behind
the orderly world to travel independently for an
extended period of time.
(2) A privately meaningful
manner of travel that emphasizes creativity,
adventure, awareness, simplicity, discovery,
independence, realism, good humor, and the growth
of the spirit.
(3) A deliberate way of living
that makes the freedom to travel possible.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean
they're not out to get you.
Ma, No Hands
The phenomenon is not as rare as one might think:
healthy people deliberately setting out to rid
themselves of one or more of their limbs, with or
without a surgeon's help. Why do pathologies
sometimes arise as if from nowhere? Can the mere
description of a condition make it contagious?
Travels in Mexico
Rubicon [n. ROO-bi-kon]
The actual Rubicon is a river in Northern Italy
that flows into the Adriatic Sea. The river is
renowned because Julius Caesar prompted a three
year civil war when he
crossed this river in 49 B.C. to march
against Pompey. It is part of English idiom to
say that one has crossed or passed the Rubicon
when a decisive and irrevocable step has been
taken. To commit to a given course of action that
permits no return is to cross the Rubicon. Using
the word Rubicon as a figurative boundary,
limiting action was first seen in the 1600s.
"Travel was flight and pursuit in
Predictions for 2001:
(1) The ABC science correspondent will report
that dowsing rods really work. He'll praise his
(2) MIR will splatter all across France,
outraging the French (and only the French).
(3) Those who claim that power lines and cell
phones are linked to cancer will now find that
Play Station-2 is even worse.
(4) An investigation will be launched into the
sinister forces that control the falling of dead
The word "gullible"
is not in the dictionary.
of Fashion: Sacred Peaks and Stone-Washed Jeans
The White Vulcan pumice mine, which supplies
stones to denim companies, sits atop 90 acres of
land in Arizona's San Francisco Peaks--land
considered sacred to 13 Native American
tribes. The mine's owner wants to expand.
The tribes want the mine shut down. From Earth
Romp, giggle, tease, cuddly,
spank: Consider the nursery-speak
of porn, were the mad old feminists
right after all?
"Travel in general, and vagabonding
in particular, produces an awesome density of
experience ...a cramming together of incidents,
impressions and life detail that is both
stimulating and exhausting. So much new and
different happens to you so frequently, just when
you're most sensitive to it.. A day seems like a
week, a week a month... You may be excited, bored,
confused, desperate and amazed all in the same
happy day. It's not for comfort hounds,
sophomoric misanthropes or poolside fainthearts,
whose thin convictions won't stand up to the
problems that come along."
and Resorts in Mexico
A list of hotels and resorts with web sites in
The desert is the ultimate tabula rasa where one's
mark can last a lifetime, be it from the
earthworks of artists, trails of primeval
visitors or the pockmarked craters of bombs. In
the Southwestern United States, we excavate some
of America's recent marks, like the ruins of
Biosphere II and the bombing range at White Sands,
New Mexico. From Artbyte
first self-propelled car was invented in 1769
Cultural History of Alcohol
A drink, it seems, is more than something we
swallow. In the British journal, Social Issues Research
Centre, Desmond Morris takes a look at the cultural
meanings behind our glass of beer, wine,
"The first condition of understanding
a foreign country is to smell it"
Goddess of bulimia, anorexia, and all the wrong
values for girls — or an emblem of freedom
and choice? It's Barbie, the world's most
End of Courtship
Are modern-day courtship rituals dead? University
of Chicago anthropology professor Leon Kass
argues that when it comes to love and sex,
young people today are nervous predators
and anxious trophy hunters, in part
because they have no rituals to guide them. From The
Johnson's advice for
1. Turn all care out of your head as soon as you
mount the chaise.
2. Do not think about frugality: your health is
worth more than it can cost.
3. Do not continue any day's journey to fatigue.
4. Take now and then a day's rest.
5. Get a smart seasickness if you can.
6. Cast away all anxiety, and keep your mind easy.
This last direction is the principal; with an
unquiet mind neither exercise, nor diet, nor
physic can be of much use.
Mexico via camera.
"....And the best landscapes,
apparently dense or featureless, hold surprises
if they are studied patiently, in the kind of
discomfort one can savor afterward. Only a fool
blames a bad vacation on the rain."
— Paul Theroux
the Plunge, Naturally
So, you've decided to take a plunge with your own
backyard pool, but you don't want to immerse
yourself in all sorts of nasty chemicals? Build a
natural pool that uses plants to clean and
sunlight to heat the water. Plus, you'll save
money in the long run on equipment, storage space
and the chemicals. From Permaculture
"It is better to be quotable than to
--- Tom Stoppard