As a youth in the Virginia colony, Jefferson encrypted letters to a confidante about the woman he loved. While serving as the third president of the newly formed United States, he tried to institute an impossibly difficult cipher for communications about the Louisiana Purchase. He even designed an intricate mechanical system for coding text that was more than a century ahead of its time.Cryptography was no parlor game for the idle classes, but a serious business for revolutionary-era statesmen who, like today’s politicians and spies, needed to conduct their business using secure messaging. Codes and ciphers involving rearranged letters, number substitutions, and other now-quaint methods were the WhatsApp, Signal, and PGP keys of the era.
from me to you
Here is a photo from my time in Vegas. Yup, that Las Vegas, Sin City. I did audition for a few rock bands. I had an agent David Sailon. I didn't join any rock bands, way back in 1983. But I had professional photos taken for my portfolio.
Here is one:
The reason I went was Marty. He phoned me when I was in Jackson Hole and convinced me to move to Vegas and Gypsy Ave. where he and others had a house with a pool. Emily and I got into lots of trouble, ur, fun, when I arrived. Let's just say we won at a craps table and some Mormon guy thought we were hookers.
|I'm ready for France|
Everyday I check
- 3191 miles apart
- a bridge to nowhere
- a drawing diary
- agathe le caillou
- alisha henson
- at home at home
- at swim-two-birds
- clear north
- clever nettle
- even cleveland
- hello neëst
- hilda grahnat
- journal de jours
- i live in vancouver now
- julie bourdais
- l'e dans l'a
- l'inventaire de l'esthétique
- la mignonette
- le projet d'amour
- life is rad
- little postcards
- lucile demory
- magic surrounds
- mieke willems
- old brand new
- on my way
- otis & otto
- oversize me
- scout & catalogue
- scout holiday
- shoegazing cat
- simply breakfast
- stop by the corner
- sunken treasure
- the blue hour
- threading in the choirs
- tricot rouge
- unworn blog
- urban weeds
- victoria hannan
- wo and wé
|Their minds have been opened - dah|
“Remember then: there is only one time that is important—Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.”
This quote is from Leo Tolstoy’s What Men Live By, and Other Tales,
and it serves as a fitting prompt for us all to direct our attention to
what is actually happening in our lives in this moment.
Did you notice that “magic spell” and “spell-ing” have the word “spell” in them? This is no accident. It is right in your face! The hidden intent of spelling is to cast magic spells.
and ever notice that inside the word CURSE is the word CURE - let that sink in...
Weird Witch Bottles, Historic Efforts to Ward Off Evil Spells and Witchcraft
Thanks to Frank Toritto for this!
Do you remember mailing a self-addressed envelope any time recently? What the hell happened? BOOM
But such is the rate of species extinction and the deterioration of pristine habitat that he estimates half these recordings are now archives, impossible to repeat because the habitats no longer exist or because they have been so compromised by human noise. His tapes are possibly the only record of the original diversity of life in these places.
"A great silence is spreading over the natural world even as the sound of man is becoming deafening," he writes in a new book, The Great Animal Orchestra. "Little by little the vast orchestra of life, the chorus of the natural world, is in the process of being quietened. There has been a massive decrease in the density and diversity of key vocal creatures, both large and small. The sense of desolation extends beyond mere silence.
Hawaii, he says, is the extinction capital of the world. "In a couple of centuries since the islands were populated by Europeans, half the 140 bird species have disappeared. In Madagascar, 15 species of lemur, an elephant bird, a pygmy hippo and an estimated half of all the animals have gone extinct."
Source: 'A great silence is spreading over the natural world' | Environment | The Guardian
we have a few good podcasts in the sidebar
- White supremacists are taking on fake black identities online to "troll" Black Twitter. (NPR/Code Switch)
- What's not changing for women in Silicon Valley, and why. Sigh. (The Atlantic)
- Siri. Alexa. Voice controlled systems seem like an exciting future—unless you have an accent. (Backchannel)
- The news can be troubling. The days long. Try some true silence at work today. It helps. And we won't say we told you so... (NY Mag, us)
- 1. In January 2013, Beijing’s levels of the air-pollution particulate PM 2.5 rose far above the safety limit of 20 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m³) to more than ____________ (µg/m³).2. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Luxembourg all spend more than $___________ per child every year on day-care programs for kids under 6.3. A new study finds that ____________ percent of voting-age Muslims in the U.S. are younger than 50.
check this out:
- 🚻 What is Gender and Why Does it Matter to Emoji?
- 👀 Why There Were Two Emoji Updates In 2016
- 💻 Facebook Completes Emoji Update
- ✊ The Resistance Will Be Emojified
- 👩⚖️ Who Owns Emoji?
- 📝 UTC Provides Feedback on Redhead Emoji
- 🎇 Happy Chinese New Year!
- 🇬🇧 Flags Approved For England, Scotland
|Cover of Real Life Comics #3 (March 1942)||READ THIS|
We're going to add a few more Emperors of Hate on this blog. It's not hard to spot them..BOOM
Updated weekly, The Guardian Books Podcast is presented by literary editor Claire Armitstead. It incorporates author interviews, readings and discussions, plus a full recording of The Guardian’s monthly book club.
The Dead Robots’ Society
The Dead Robots’ Society was created by Justin Macumber in an effort to offer advice and support to other aspiring writers. The hosts are all writers and each week they share their stories and discuss topics important to the world of writing, all delivered in a fun and informal format.
The Naked Book
The Naked Book is one of a number of podcasts from the Litopia Writers’ Colony. It is hosted by London-based publishing guru Philip Jones and produced in partnership with The Bookseller. The Naked Book covers the latest news in the ever-changing publishing world, as well as interviews with industry experts. This podcast is currently on hiatus but the team are working on new episodes. In the meantime, check out the archive available on the site.
Aural Text is a weekly radio show that presented on cult Melbourne Community Radio station 3RRR. Aural Text covers everything words, text, books, writing and spoken word related, including a wide range of interviews with local and international writers. The show’s regular host is Alicia Sometimes, a writer, poet, broadcaster and musician. She was editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years and has appeared twice in Best Australian Poems. Check out her 2012 interview with Neil Gaiman.
Writing Excuses is a fast-paced (15 minutes per episode), weekly podcast presented by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal and Howard Tayler and covers topics related to writing genre fiction. In its most recent episode the hosts discuss the popular notion that writing short stories is a good way to practice for writing novels, and whether or not selling short stories is a good way to raise your profile to sell a novel. .
New Yorker: Fiction
The New Yorker Fiction Podcast is a monthly reading and conversation hosted by the magazine’s fiction editor Deborah Treisman. Each episode features a guest writer who is asked to choose a story from The New Yorker’s archives to read and discuss. Recent guests include Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, Sherman Alexie and Junot Diaz. HERE
The Literary Salon
Presented by broadcaster and journalist Damian Barr in front of a live London audience, The Literary Salon features some of the world’s most acclaimed writers reading from their latest books. Guests have included American Psycho creator Bret Easton Ellis and Booker Prize-winning writer Howard Jacobson.
The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
This is a podcast that should not be missed by any aspiring film or television writer. In each episode Jeff Goldsmith interviews screenwriters and filmmakers about their creative process. A recent highlight was his interview with Joss Whedon about his action-adventure hit The Avengers. Goldsmith’s other projects include Backstory, an iPad magazine focused on the art and business of storytelling.
Nerdist Writer’s Panel
The Nerdist Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supernatural) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Episodes cover television, film, comic books, music, and novels.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a labour of love for a group of writers and producers from America’s National Public Radio. The show’s regular panellists include Monkey See (NPR’s pop culture blog) editor Linda Holmes, and books and comic books writer Glen Weldon. Pop Culture Happy Hour provides great insight into the ways arts and culture professionals engage with books, film, television and more. Every episode ends on a high note with regular segment ‘Things That Are Making Us Happy’.
(we can't verify all the links work so if they don't google them... xox BOOM)
I waited though wanting nothing,
then waited longer.As if by that I might
the carved and painted lure—
Let Ruth Negga demonstrate the proper way to make an Irish coffee on #StPatricksDay pic.twitter.com/UmEn5S7AcW
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 17, 2017
I add my breath to your breath
That our days may be long upon the earth
That our days of our people may be long
That we may be as one person
That we may finish our road together
May our Mother bless you with life
May our life path be fulfilled.
We may not be Irish, but we are extraordinarily lucky to have Simon writing such beautiful poetry for us.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Cyber Aware – are passwords past it? (Hint: no.) [VIDEO] https://t.co/v90xL7Lm0l— Naked Security (@NakedSecurity) February 21, 2018
Survivors of sexual exploitation share their voices and experiences, from birth to adolescence to adulthood on The Life Story: Moments of Change. Their stories and hopes highlight opportunities for change -- for all girls and women. https://t.co/nwlp9rsIKr #thelifestory pic.twitter.com/nWOwGzxuaw— NoVo Foundation (@NoVoFoundation) January 31, 2018