ya think?

ya think?

my talent is your talent

my talent is your talent
๏̯͡๏﴿ we all need helmets! ๏̯͡๏﴿


Me too. #SilentNoMore

Greenfield, MA

Oh God I am sobbing. I was just on Facebook and all my friends are posting Me too.
Me too means they were sexually assaulted or harassed or worse. It seems all my friends are posting the same Me Too. It's an avalanche.

My friend just posted this:
Me, too.
If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote, "Me, too," as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.
It doesn't have to be rape, it can be attempted rape, groping, cat calls like, "nice legs, great tits". It's being touched anywhere, having the boy behind you in high school snap your bra strap or comment on your breasts.
It's filthy jokes at work, the boss makes you uncomfortable by being to close, the guy in the bar who makes you so uncomfortable you have to get a friend to help. It's not being able to walk down the street without whistling and being afraid to walk alone after dark.
It's even being told to, "Smile, you'll look prettier."
It happens more than people realize.
Please share.

I am sobbing because I buried some of the assaults. More than one. And now it's coming back to me. I didn't want to remember them. And now the flood gates opened.

Please get help. I did. It's OK to cry.

UPDATE! What about BLOGGER? and #FREEZEME Equifax

Blogging is a good release like a good book. We want you to feel a little wild in your visits here.

Here at BOOM BOOM, we are facing forward with the challenge of hating (google) Blogger Platform (for google's dirty invasion of our privacy and doggin' and selling our data) ...but contrast that with our big love for the design freedom of Blogger. We like to tweak and change the sidebar, for example.

You already KNOW we like to play around a lot on BOOM.
And I just read that blogger may be on the way out? So they'll be forcing me to move this blog? Maybe by 2018?

If we do go to wordpress, it lacks that pizzazz (Boom's humble opinion) and wordpress is truly more for writing and not design. (We like writing but we LOVE design in our blogs)

So please let us think about this all month. Do we want to keep our artistic spirit here and be free to goof  --- OR we move on to a new platform?

THEN what are we going to do about data theft by Equifax?
BOOM thinks all the credit reporting agencies need to be gone - we were affected by this latest data breach. FREEZE me please!

Go ahead and leave us a comment on this blog, too. What do you think?

we're on a roll!

Jamie Ghost Fart is all over this!


Vivaldi 4 seasons (winter) 432 hz

Ghost Fart on Kurt Russell


"That is the elf who makes people sleep to free them from the clutches of the cellphones. The others are still to be attended." from a commenter


phantom fares?

There have been numerous reports of "spectral figures" in residential districts that have been scoured of all buildings and spirits lining up outside shops that no longer exist.

SPOOKY: Taxi drivers in tsunami disaster zone report 'ghost passengers' - Telegraph


Way, Way Ambitious

(click) Ai Weiwei Is Way, Way Ambitious The celebrated Chinese artist’s new public art project, comprised of 300 (!) one-of-a-kind sculptures spread throughout the five boroughs, is meant to draw attention to the global refugee crisis. But a good cause is different than good art. WNYC’s art critic Deborah Solomon looks at whether the project is a creative triumph. (WNYC News)

Fountain, Marcel Duchamp Urinal Dress

Halloween is right around the corner, party people! When it comes to costumes, are you one of those perfectionists who will settle for nothing short of a handmade masterpiece? If yes, this one̵…, Scott Beale, 2011 MORE HERE


Today's Book of Poetry: Dear Ghost - Catherine Owen

(click) Today's Book of Poetry: Dear Ghost - Catherine Owen (A Buckrider Book/W...: A Buckrider Book.  Wolsak & Wynn.  Hamilton, Ontario.  2017.

Dear Ghost is a more mature voice from the irrepressible Owen. 
This Owen, four years later, is more contemplative than reactive, more
deliberate than spontaneous.  The resulting poems still vibrate with her
tangible energy and intelligence but Owen's focus has tightened.

In Dear Ghost, Owen returns to the kooky imagery and humorous style she last visited with her award-winning collection Frenzy. These poems plumb the depths of the psyche’s surrealities, entering a dreamlike realm where meaning is found in the nonsensical, the utterly human and the everyday. Owen gathers her subjects from her daily life – touching on work, sex, acquaintances and art – and imbues them with the extraordinary quirks and uncertainties that only language can create. The effects are dizzying.
Review (Liz Worth, Quill & Quire, 01/04/2017)
"Owen writes down to the bone, laying out plain and simple facts and leaving her readers to feel their way through the work. At times the subject matter seems starkly ordinary, yet there is a weight to the delivery that makes the poems seem much more momentous."
Click here to read an excerpt from Dear Ghost.

what is wrong

EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced plans to reverse an Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Glowworms in Motion - A Time-lapse of NZ's Glowworm Caves in 4K

Muddy roads & dusty trails: Unraveling the spreading cloth of time

(click for a book review)
I had a part in this book - as co-editor....I also wrote a chapter Four Souls... It's not hard to read about the miracles of this world - let me tell you... BOOM!
Si Otsedoha (We are Still Here)

Reading The Woolly Worm

It’s time again to shine the spotlight on a certain caterpillar—the woolly worm! According to folklore, this fuzzy fellow has the ability to predict the weather.



Yeah. We are.

I'm mourning Tom Petty, my favorite Florida Man™ of all time. Not only is "You Don't Know How It Feels" one of the most pleasant disaffected-stoner anthems ever written, it's a pretty good rule of thumb. You don't know what it's like in anyone else's shoes—which does not absolve you of the responsibility of trying to consider their perspective, but in fact should be a reminder to not assume the entire world sees things as you do. Despite all of his mega-hits I've listened to over and over (and the lesser-known gems like "Casa Dega"), one of my favorite things Tom Petty ever wrote was his 2015 disavowal of the Confederate flag, which he had used as a backdrop on his 1985 Southern Accents tour:

"Beyond the flag issue, we're living in a time that I never thought we'd see. The way we're losing black men and citizens in general is horrific. What's going on in society is unforgivable. As a country, we should be more concerned with why the police are getting away with targeting black men and killing them for no reason. That's a bigger issue than the flag. Years from now, people will look back on today and say, "You mean we privatized the prisons so there's no profit unless the prison is full?" You'd think someone in kindergarten could figure out how stupid that is. We're creating so many of our own problems."

Yeah. We are. - Ann Friedman

if you have an IT person...

My friend Elliott explained about the Equifax hack at an AARP meeting in Vermont recently. He's my IT friend for everything...

Tell the IT people what happened (seriously, tell them everything)

Finally, if you have to report something to your IT department please, please don’t cut down or amend your story. We want to know everything. Something small and insignificant can drastically change the troubleshooting steps we need to go through and even a small detail missed can reduce our efficiency and effectiveness.
We want to know literally everything you can remember before and after an event to build a better picture of what happened. (We will find it eventually and be annoyed you didn’t share!)
We’re on your side, and we’d love to have you on ours – we’re all in this together.
More tips

Music performed by a plant

According to the posted description:
The music in this recording has actually been performed by a plant, Anthurium (anthurium andreanum), thanks to a specific electronic device. Plants emit signals in reaction to external stimuli and to communicate with everything. These signals are detectable as variations in the bio-electrical field of the plant and can be converted into a MIDI signal (Musical Instruments Digital Interface). I sent this MIDI signal into a synthesizer and programmed a soft, soothing sound tuned at 432 Hz. After some time being connected to such device and producing sounds, plants seem to become aware of the process; they seem to understand that those sounds are coming from them... and they start playing with it.
The video is longer than an hour but quite pleasing to the ear.


Mortal City #podcasts

Former WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan explores the fascinating stories of everyday New Yorkers in her new podcast, "Mortal City." Horan finds herself immersed in funny, gritty, and intimate tales about why NYC is an exciting and magical place to live.


muddy waters

Don't be afraid
Don't give your power to anyone else
muddy-ing the waters now
Chaos and confusion is their aim

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - "Black Out 2022" Anime Short


Renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel says we’re suffering of aloneness. Our phones create distance and intimacy at the same time. Esther has a way out of this strange paradox - some ideas for how we can treat each other better.
We do, too. Well, Esther’s idea, our tool. Take five minutes and ask yourself - who do I owe a phone call to? Who do I need to check in with? Who did I leave hanging and never got back to?
We know that sounds daunting, so we’re here to help. You can text GHOST to 70101. We’ll reply (well, our textbot will), then we’ll check in a week later to see if you faced facts and made that list.



If you think the jury's still out on whether cell phones can be dangerous to your health, then you might want to take the time to listen to this video from the Environmental Health Trust (www.ehtrust.org). Dr. Devra Davis, author of "Disconnect--The Truth About Cellphone Radiation," has been researching the safety hazards of radiation emanating from your cell phone.
Wearing a cell phone on your hip for 15 hours a day is giving that area of your body nearly continuous radiation exposure.


ghost verb #boo

1) The discarnate soul of a deceased human being or animal still occupying the physical realm. These spirits may or may not know that they are dead. They can also be called forth.
3)A demon, angel, saint, or Christ Himself.
4)A poltergeist.
There are actually many kinds of ghosts, but to name them all and give definitons would be impossible, due to a limit of space.

ghost as a verb

Update: This word was added in February 2017.
You meet someone at a party and exchange numbers. You go on a few dates, and things seem to be going well. You think things are moving forward—and then you never hear from that person again. They won't answer your texts, phone calls, chat messages. They've ghosted.
The electronic aspect of ghosting is clear—refusing to answer or even read texts, letting calls go to voicemail
Ghosting (the noun) and ghost (the verb) both describe this phenomenon of leaving a relationship of some kind by abruptly ending all contact with the other person, and especially electronic contact, like texts, emails, and chats. Ghosting itself has gotten quite a bit of attention over the last year, but we have evidence of this use of ghost that dates back to 2006. Our earliest citations make the electronic aspect clear—setting your IM status to "invisible" so you won't be obliged to answer, refusing to answer or even read texts, letting calls go to voicemail.
The "disappear" ghost is based on an earlier meaning of the verb ghost, "to leave suddenly and without saying goodbye," which we've traced to 2004. And this ghost is based on yet an earlier use of the verb, "to move silently like a ghost." That ghost goes back to the 1800s.

The Accountant

keep eyes on kids and that signal (then dump that cell phone)


Nerdist | Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson #podcast

I have to say this: The Psychopath Test is still one of my favorite books. WHY? We are surrounded by the psychopaths - some may even be in rule of countries.

Nerdist Podcast: Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson (author, So You've Been Publicy Shamed) chats with Chris about why today's society loves to publicly shame people, how shaming differs between men

fairytale forests


rest in peace Tom

In the rock band Automatic, we did this song. I love this song. I love Tom Petty. He's stardust. BOOM!

ah, october

O Suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;
When loud the bumblebee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And goldenrod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant

–Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)


Rest in Peace Harry

Lucky opens, aptly enough, with a shot of a tortoise crawling across a desert. That’s a clue to the poky pace of the movie — and its namesake, a nonagenerian loner played to perfection by Harry Dean Stanton, who passed away at 91 shortly before the film was released. As we watch Lucky go through his mundane daily rituals (yoga in the morning, crossword puzzles over meals, game shows in the evening), the movie, directed with no great haste by actor John Carroll Lynch, creates a profoundly moving portrait of a man coming to terms with his imminent demise.

we're older than we thought

Happy 350,000th, homo sapiens –>
The DNA of a boy who lived in what is now known as South Africa 2,000 years ago has led scientists to believe "that humans emerged as a distinct population earlier than typically thought, between 350,000 and 260,000 years ago." Bruce Bower has more on that at Science News.

We knew that we were really really old!  BOOM


Golden Eye awe-music

something about songs and love and 007 - perfect Saturday - BOOM!

wait wait wait

October alert
Moving BOOM - or we'll change our mind
(We heard rumors blogger sucks) (Facebook too)



I pray for my country. 
I pray that we can find more that unites us than divides us.
I pray that our nation's leaders want to do the same. 
I pray that young children like Tamir Rice can feel safe in their own neighborhood.
I pray for all our children. 
I pray for our police and our first responders.
I pray for our men and women of the armed services. 
I pray that dissent will always be protected in this great country.
I pray for a more perfect union. And when I pray, I kneel.

Morning Rush Hour at the Heart Six Ranch


Marlon Williams - Vampire Again (Official Video)

Marlon Williams is a singer and guitarist from New Zealand of Maori descent who showed in his debut album last year that he was a big fan of early rock’n’roll, country, and rockabilly. He’s just released his first new song since that album, a catchy, witty number called “Vampire Again.” Even better, he’s released a fun, Nosferatu-themed video to go with it, which Williams himself directed. His vampire, a kind of pathetic loner, loves cats and does not possess quite the superhuman strength you might have expected. Watch till the end to see what I mean. And along the way, enjoy what Williams describes as “my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation.” Marlon Williams plays Rough Trade in Brooklyn on October 30, just missing Halloween.


shhh, secret code

What Is Encryption?

Encryption is the mathematical science of codes, ciphers, and secret messages. Throughout history, people have used encryption to send messages to each other that (hopefully) couldn't be read by anyone besides the intended recipient.
Today, we have computers that are capable of performing encryption for us. Digital encryption technology has expanded beyond simple secret messages; today, encryption can be used for more elaborate purposes, for example to verify the author of messages or to browse the Web anonymously with Tor.
Under some circumstances, encryption can be fairly automatic and simple. But there are ways encryption can go wrong, and the more you understand it, the safer you will be against such situations. keep on reading

Here's something we can use!
 ///  ⇈­čö║

Honey And Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg


I suppose the jazz drummer Matt Wilson occasionally plays straightahead jazz gigs. But he is certainly not afraid of casting a wide musical net. It takes a lot to get me to listen to Christmas music, for example, but Matt’s Christmas Tree-O was too good to pass up, and an invitation to play in our studio revealed a musician who was smart and funny as well as talented. Now he’s about to release an album called Honey And Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg. On it, he leads a virtuoso quintet with special guests reading Sandburg’s work; those readers include Jack Black,
e-new-trio/">Christian McBride, Bill Frisell, and others. The album comes out on August 25, but you can hear the track “Fog” right now, and it’s a quietly stunning duet between Matt Wilson and the great poet, who, having been dead for 50 years now, was in no position to decline.  Sandburg’s recorded voice, reading one of his most famous texts, is heard in a kind of call-and-response with Matt’s drum kit (which sounds like it’s been tuned almost to the breaking point) – and if you thought the drum kit was not capable of melody, well, listen to how his drumming mirrors the poet’s voice, in both rhythm and in the actual shape of the line. At the very end, a moment of magic: the voice and the drum kit play in unison, and they really are “playing” the same tune.
Matt Wilson’s band plays at the Jazz Standard in NYC on September 19 and 20.

Free, White and 21

Howardena Pindell
(American, born 1943)
1980. Video (color, sound), 12:15 min.

In 1979, after working in The Museum of Modern Art’s curatorial ranks for 12 years, artist Howardena Pindell was in a car accident that left her with partial memory loss. Eight months later, during what she describes as “one of the hottest summers in New York,”1 she set up a video camera in her apartment, focused it on herself, and made Free, White and 21, a deadpan account of the racism she experienced coming of age as a black woman in America. She developed the work out of her need to heal and to vent: “My work in the studio after the accident helped me to reconstruct missing fragments from the past….In the tape I was bristling at the women’s movement as well as the art world and some of the usual offensive encounters that were heaped on top of the racism of my profession.”2
Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Pindell grew up when the South was still lawfully segregated and racism was rampant nationwide. She was 21 when the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964. In Free, White and 21, she illustrates the stark divide between black and white Americans by appearing as both herself and as a white woman. The video opens with a glancing shot of the artist in whiteface and wearing a blond wig, in the guise of a white woman from the 1950s or 60s. This character is the free, white, 21-year-old to which its title refers, who appears throughout the video, discounting Pindell’s searing experiences with statements like, “you really must be paranoid,” and “you won’t exist until we validate you.”3
When she comes onscreen as herself, Pindell first recounts the abusive racism that her mother endured, and then talks viewers through the milestones of her own life—including elementary and high school, college, and young adulthood—via the discrimination that made her advancement such a struggle. At one point, she peels a translucent film off of her face, as if to reference the facial masks and other cosmetic products marketed to women to beautify and transform their looks. But this film has not changed the artist’s looks, and especially not the color of her skin. Instead, it serves to re-emphasize the fact that they were transformed by a white-dominated American society—into a liability. via
WATCH Free, White and 21



Swear more to express yourself as an individual. Everybody's $#*%! doing it!

Source: Why Americans Are Cursing More Than Ever - Atlas Obscura


Sam Shepard on his family plays (1 of 3)

Published on Feb 28, 2010 Sam Shepard on identity, L.A., his father, women, flying, and his "family plays." Tooth of Crime, Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, True West.. From PBS Great Performances. Directed by Oren Jacoby.

Rest in Peace, Sam...

Do you think you’ll ever live in the West again?

No, I don’t think so. The California I knew, old rancho California, is gone. It just doesn’t exist, except maybe in little pockets. I lived on the edge of the Mojave Desert, an area that used to be farm country. There were all these fresh-produce stands with avocados and date palms. You could get a dozen artichokes for a buck or something. Totally wiped out now.
True West, Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, and Lie of the Mind are all family dramas, albeit absurdist ones. Have you drawn a lot from your own family?
Yes, though less now than I used to. Most of it comes, I guess, from my dad’s side of the family. They’re a real bizarre bunch, going back to the original colonies. That side’s got a real tough strain of alcoholism. It goes back generations and generations, so that you can’t remember when there was a sober grandfather.
Have you struggled with drinking?
My history with booze goes back to high school. Back then there was a lot of Benzedrine around, and since we lived near the Mexican border I’d just run over, get a bag of bennies and drink ripple wine. Speed and booze together make you quite . . . omnipotent. You don’t feel any pain. I was actually in several car wrecks that I don’t understand how I survived.
At any rate, for a long time I didn’t think I had a problem. Alcoholism is an insidious disease; until I confronted it I wasn’t aware that it was creeping up on me. I finally did AA in the hardcore down on Pico Boulevard. I said, “Don’t put me in with Elton John or anything, just throw me to the lions.”
Do you feel like the drinking might have aided your writing?
I didn’t feel like one inspired the other, or vice versa. I certainly never saw booze or drugs as a partner to writing. That was just the way my life was tending, you know, and the writing was something I did when I was relatively straight. I never wrote on drugs, or the bourbon.
You said the men on your dad’s side of the family were hard drinkers. Is this why the mothers in your plays always seem to be caught in the middle of so much havoc?
Those Midwestern women from the forties suffered an incredible psychological assault, mainly by men who were disappointed in a way that they didn’t understand. While growing up I saw that assault over and over again, and not only in my own family. These were men who came back from the war, had to settle down, raise a family and send the kids to school—and they just couldn’t handle it. There was something outrageous about it. I still don’t know what it was—maybe living through those adventures in the war and then having to come back to suburbia. Anyway, the women took it on the nose, and it wasn’t like they said, Hey Jack, you know, down the road, I’m leaving. They sat there and took it. I think there was a kind of heroism in those women. They were tough and selfless in a way. What they sacrificed at the hands of those maniacs . . .
What was your dad like?
He was also a maniac, but in a very quiet way. I had a falling-out with him at a relatively young age by the standards of that era. We were always butting up against each other, never seeing eye-to-eye on anything, and as I got older it escalated into a really bad, violent situation. Eventually I just decided to get out.


* * * * *

In a 2016 New York Times Q&A, Sam was asked if he felt he had achieved something substantial in his career.
"Yes and no. If you include the short stories and all the other books and you mash them up with some plays and stuff, then, yes, I've come at least close to what I'm shooting for. In one individual piece, I'd say no. There are certainly some plays I like better than others, but none that measure up."

me and my TV

me and my TV
hundreds hundreds of channels - nothing to see

play our soundtrack

Practice with me!

Practice with me!

oh shit

oh shit

Hands Up Don't Shoot

The amazing Kimya Dawson? If you want to hear her full a cappella song, you can find it at theintercept.com/podcasts.

THIS has become the most tweeted in the WORLD