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Twain's birth

The novelist Mark Twain was born on this day in 1835. Beginning in November 1874, he was a regular contributor to The Atlantic, and he had a special fondness for its readership. As he explained in an 1874 letter to editor William Dean Howells:
His first story for the magazine, though, was anything but humorous. According to Twain, it was “a true story, word for word as I heard it” from a former slave, who—when Twain suggested she’d “never had any trouble”—quickly set him straight:
“Dey put chains on us an’ put us on a stan’ as high as dis po’ch,—twenty foot high,—an’ all de people stood aroun’, crowds an’ crowds. An’ dey’d come up dah an’ look at us all roun’, an’ squeeze our arm, an’ make us git up an’ walk, an’ den say, ‘Dis one too ole,’ or ‘Dis one lame,’ or ‘Dis one don’t ’mount to much.’ An’ dey sole my ole man, an’ took him away, an’ dey begin to sell my chil’en an’ take dem away, an’ I begin to cry.”
Read more of Twain’s work for The Atlantic here.

What year is this?

"The risk, at least for the West, is not a new world war, but merely a poisoned public life, a democracy reduced to the tyranny of tiny majorities who find emotional satisfaction in a violent, resentful rhetoric while their narrowly-elected leaders strip away their rights and persecute their neighbours. That might be quite bad enough."

Sunday Love: Ross Gay | A Book of Flowers

Sunday Love: you get to hear a poet you will LOVE!

rabbits rabbits rabbits

December is coming tomorrow???  Elf is obviously right... but we missed the beach.. On the last day of every month we say rabbits, rabbits, rabbits... the next day, the first of the month, we say hare, hare, hare. My mother's mother was British and brought that with her... BOOM

you are exactly where you need to be



Google's Translation AI Created its Own Secret Language -- All On Its Own

Google recently announced that its new AI-based translation software, Neural Machine Translation (NMT), has developed an internal language of its own to facilitate its translation of certain languages -- and Google can't explain how it did it.

Neural Machine Translation (NMT) was developed by Google to allow a more naturalistic automatic translation between languages: traditional translation software usually takes the sentences to be converted and breaks them down into individual components, leaving the resulting translations prone to errors due to differences in syntax and grammar. NMT, being AI-based, is intended to look at the overall sample sentence, and put it into a more naturalistic context, to provide a less mechanistic translation. Instead of having all of its programmed skills provided by its initial programming, NMT was taught to learn languages through experience -- hence the "neural" part of its name.

Initially, Google taught the program to translate between English and Korean, then taught it to do the same with English and Japanese. They then tried to see if it would translate between Japanese and Korean, without having to resort to using its previous experience with English to use as a go-between -- and it worked perfectly.

What NMT's programmers found was that the program used what they're calling "interlingua," an internal language that NMT used to go between Japanese and Korean, but that it devised this secret language all on its own -- a language that Google's programmers can't understand.

that is not right

now the hot dog makes sense to me spinning... but this cat looks too stuffed... BOOM

This cat agrees with me...
see more:

poor pluto


I feel kinda bad for Pluto.
How little we really know about space. Don't get me started on space junk... BOOM

Isens hemmelighet -- Secrets of the ice (subtitle Eng)


Robert Redford (swoon)

CLICK: Sundance Blog: Sundance Founder, Robert Redford, Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 22, 2016

Sundance founder, Robert Redford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of  Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor. Please join us in congratulating Mr. Redford on this prestigious award for his artistry, activism, environmentalism, and inspiration.

In addition to Mr. Redford, twenty other recipients were honored. These individuals have been an integral part of shaping and inspiring America.

Here is what the White House had to say on Mr. Redford:

“Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer, businessman, and environmentalist. In 1981, he founded the Sundance Institute to advance the work of independent filmmakers and storytellers throughout the world, including through its annual Sundance Film Festival. He has received an Academy Award for Best Director and for Lifetime Achievement.  Redford has directed or starred in numerous motion pictures, including The Candidate, All the President's Men, Quiz Show, and A River Runs Through It.”

a rare natural phenomenon - holy balls!

This Siberian snowball fight requires some serious upper body strength, and a helmet. Giant frozen orbs recently appeared along an 11-mile stretch of Siberian coastline. The largest of the naturally formed snowballs measured nearly 3 feet across, according to Russian news reports. This frosty phenomenon is connected to ongoing weather events that could bring heavier snowfall in parts of North America and Western Europe this winter. These developments might lead to a snowy winter in parts of the U.S., particularly the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, as well as in Western Europe. Some U.S. meteorologists use Siberian snow cover levels in October to forecast how key weather patterns will likely evolve downstream.

be wild

"Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman


Actual poster issued by Senator Joe Mccarthy in 1950s, at height of 'the red scare' (Communism). All Artists were suspect.

That would be me, BOOM!


Scott Patterson Knows the Final Four Words of Gilmore Girls

i stand with standing rock

We Are In Crisis from Dylan McLaughlin on Vimeo.

Eric Clapton and Paul Carrack How Long 2014 Live in Switzerland

turkey and yak

click: Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist: Thanksgiving Edition (and listen)

Overcooked green beans are unfortunate. Hate speech is unbearable. And with Thanksgiving coming up just weeks after "THAT" election, we understand there’s a higher-than-average chance of someone at the table saying something offensive. For that reason, we’re revisiting an episode from our archives, complete with a how-to flow chart, on responding to racism and politics in your Facebook feed and in real life. (Note to Self


this is not normal

Remind yourself: This is not normal. Remind others: this is not normal. If you feel as though this IS normal, please do some homework and then realize that no, this is not, in fact, normal. Repeat after me: this is the only election within our nation’s living memory where a campaign was fueled by hatred, fear, and bigotry, and the hatred and bigotry seized power, and this is not normal. Remind yourself of this fact, as often as you need to do so, because human beings have an amazing capacity to adapt. Don’t get comfortable. This. Is. Not. Normal.


Today's Book of Poetry: Off-Leash - Dorothy Mahoney (Palimpsest Press)

Today's Book of Poetry: Off-Leash - Dorothy Mahoney (Palimpsest Press):
Today's book of poetry: Off-Leash.   Dorothy Mahoney.  Palimpsest Press.  Windsor, Ontario.  2016



Wild Geese


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Analysis  — Maddy Levy

I watch the flocks here and know that if one wild goose gets sick, another stays with them until they heal and then they both go rejoin and continue the migration... we need to be more like the wild geese... BOOM!

can you fly?

David Almond: how to let your imagination fly 

BOOM Dears, 

I think we (you and me) should write a short hand-written memory book for a child we know. 
Secrets, magical things, miracles, mistakes we made, better ideas, anything you want and we collect that in a small notebook... 
(then bequeath it and seal it in an envelope with their name) 

Yes, both herb and I are doing this...BOOMLOVE


i'm reading ann

and she's reading...
Whiteness won this election, which means white progressives need to step up. Foolish gay hope, where to find hope, and the audacity of hopelessness. If you're newly scared for your rights and safety, welcome to what it's long felt like to be black in America. How America incentivizes racism in working class white people. "Neo-fascist responses to rampant insecurity and inequality are not going to go away." Empathy for the devil. The real bubble is rural America. When truth falls apart. Ivanka voters and the new evangelical woman. A letter to *some* men. The election, through the eyes of teenage girls. Underestimate Celia Vargas at your risk. Rules for surviving in an autocracy. Rereading Zadie Smith's Brexit diary. The story behind a protest photo of a screaming mother. RIP, Leonard Cohen.

'American Coup': 'Wilmington on Fire' documentary featured in The New Yorker

'American Coup': 'Wilmington on Fire' documentary featured in The New Yorker


11 11

a letter to america

Dear America,
Amidst the confusion, and despair, and disbelief, it was suggested to me by a very close friend of mine (I won’t say her name to protect her identity) (Ann. It was Ann) that perhaps a few people would enjoy hearing my thoughts on this election. So I sat down at my computer, cleared my head, and opened a document.
Then I started crying....

...I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the president. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in. I reject out of hand the notion that we have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism. I do not accept that. I reject that. I fight that. Today, and tomorrow, and every day until the next election, I reject and fight that story. 


we did get hit hard but we rise up #election2016

Taking stock of the damage --> If Trump delivers on his campaign promises, we could be facing the end of Obamacare and a repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms that sought to check the banks following the financial crisis. But the biggest casualty of his presidency could be the planet. The Paris Agreement, an insufficient but important first step hammered out after years of negotiations by the countries responsible for the majority of the world's climate change-causing pollution, will become largely impotent without American participation. But Trump's advisors have a plan to pull us out of it during his first 100 days in office.

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, noted early this morning, "The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism... On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President -- a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit -- and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety."

"... But despair is no answer. To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals -- that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do."

crying helps me grieve

I'm numb

The Trump Nightmare Is Here!

by Hrag Vartanian
It's a dark day in America. I'm numb. Many of us are right now.
I didn't think Leone Ermer's "The Nightmare," which I posted at the top of yesterday's liveblog, would be so prescient, but, sadly, it is starting to look that way. In the image the female personification of liberty is exposed, passed out on a mattress while a hate-donned monster sits on her chest. The creature is looking at us, trying to figure out if we will help the green woman or ignore her.
That woman once personified a vision of America and she died tonight. She represented the idealism of a country that imagined itself as a beacon of hope for all people but she may have committed suicide, we still don't know. Read More →


Miley or Edie?

After starring in a number of Warhol movies at The Factory , Edie Sedgwick began living at the Chelsea Hotel, where she became close to Bob Dylan. Dylan's manager Paul Morrissey explained that Sedgwick had developed a crush on Dylan and that she thought he reciprocated and were beginning a romantic relationship. Unbeknownst to Sedgwick, Dylan had secretly married his girlfriend Sara Lownds in November 1965.


Turmeric: Benefits Against Fluoride?

Turmeric: Benefits Against Fluoride?


LOVING - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters November 4

from yoko

My dear fellow artists, I want to ask you to supply a vessel for the water to give to specific people, either to heal their minds (such as in the case of warlords), or appreciate their courage in speaking out (such as in the case of grassroots activists). It can also be given to a specific person, people, or the land in desperate need for water (love). You and I will supply the water. Each work will be exhibited in the museum, with the dedication attached to it.
Lets have fun in doing this together.
My love and respect to you.

“Museum of Modern [F]art” (1971), exhibition catalogue, offset, 11 13/16 x 11 13/16 x 3/8″ (The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, © Yoko Ono 2014)

all november

we won't be here much this month... call it a brain vacation, things to do, classes to teach, books to write... but we will pop in from time to time all month - just not every day...

hey hey, if you are on instagram - we post there (rarely) but on a good day, you might see art on our spur-on-the-moment-roadtrips... here is the link: BOOM


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