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Evening Read

Rachel B. Doyle dubs Thomas Jefferson “the Father of American Cryptography”:
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.
Keep reading here, as Doyle uncovers the Founding Fathers’ secret messages.


what ya smokin'

it's supposed to snow here today - again


Landline - Trailer

read this funny story!

"Should I listen to this ox?"

New Series: ah, the places I have lived

Let's say I have a checkered past. I lived in 12 states when I was a musician. Those moves were destined by what bands I joined (or auditioned for.)
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:
I still have that kimono somewhere in my stuff.
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.


oui oui

I'm ready for France

Marion said:

Everyday I check

This list was made in Paris at HOME COLLECTION fish with venom?


1. Out of about 33,000 species of fish, ____________ are venomous.
Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
2. By the World Bank’s estimate, ____________ percent of the jobs now performed by humans could be automated by 2037.
Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
3. Recent notable rap tracks by Future, Drake, Kodak Black, and Migos make use of what’s believed to be the world’s oldest instrument: the ____________.
Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
Answers: 2,500, 57, flute

Note to Self

code: cool


it's not about you

when the sky does this... it's not about you... BOOM



open or broken?

Their minds have been opened - dah

I had a dentist appt. He said something. "There is evil. It's not about money. It's about power. Dividing people." That is something to think about. We all want a good life, clean drinking water, hot showers. Good food. Clean sheets (especially me, I'm obsessive about this). WE want the same things, don't we? Who would want to destroy this planet and for what? Why? Think about who they are. What will they gain from having a destroyed planet and no clean water? Where will they live - the evil ones?


dabblin' in gif-makin'

Good Music Monday: Steve Halpern


you think night hag?

right now, right?

“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.


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bad bad me

boom boom, you just added a word to your vocabulary... NICE

I'm feeling this alot lately - sarchotic ��������

spell, curse, ward off evil (oh my)


spell, curse

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...

warding off evil

Weird Witch Bottles, Historic Efforts to Ward Off Evil Spells and Witchcraft

February 6, 2016| (Before It's News)
From Mal Corvus Witchcraft & Folklore artifact private collection owned by Malcolm Lidbury.
Witch bottles (known also as ‘spell bottles’) are apotropaic devices (things believed to have the power to avert evil influences). These objects are believed to protect their owners from the negative effects of witchcraft. The belief in evil and malevolent forces went hand in hand with the efforts to counter these threats. In Early Modern Europe and North America, the centuries old belief in the powers of witchcraft was very real.

Sandhill Cranes Dancing ~ Mating Dance and Calls (oh my)

Thanks to Frank Toritto for this!

high weirdness (pre-internet)

An excellent snapshot of conspiracy culture as it was before the World Wide Web is _High Weirdness By Mail_, an exhaustive compilation of mail-order madness issued by the Church of the SubGenius in the late 80s. Hundreds of listings for everything you can get now online in minutes, only back then you had to write them a polite letter and include stamps for the return postage. The book is out of print, but I'm told there are copies to be had on eBay and such. I still have mine, and every once in a while I'll pick a listing at random and see if they're still out there. Amazing how many are! Entire sections on saucer cults, weird science etc, not to mention some extreme political and religious groups whose 1980s fever dreams seem to be coming true. - Moses H

Do you remember mailing a self-addressed envelope any time recently? What the hell happened? BOOM


a great silence is spreading over the natural world

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

really really big trees

you know we have a thing about trees... read this

Communing with some of the biggest trees on Earth.



i should be happier?

REALLY? This was heard at my house. REALLY?

So I used my DuckDuckGo search engine.

10 Ways to Be Happier


you have got to be kidding


  • 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)
  • What Do You Know?

    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).
    Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
    2. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Luxembourg all spend more than $___________ per child every year on day-care programs for kids under 6.
    Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
    3. A new study finds that ____________ percent of voting-age Muslims in the U.S. are younger than 50.
    Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
    Answers: 850; 9,000; 80




En garde!

watch all her shorts - she's an Abenaki artist. BOOM!

Sunday Love: Podcasts for Writers

10 Great Podcasts for Writers 
Sunday is perfect for podcasts since podcasts are a fantastic (free!) way to gain new skills and perspectives for your writing. They can also help you to keep up with the latest industry news and trends. Here are 10 of the best.
The Guardian Books Podcast
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
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
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)


what do you know?

What Do You Know?

1. The makers of Monopoly are replacing three of the game’s classic tokens with a T. rex, a rubber ducky, and a ____________.
Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
2. In 1987, fantasy author George R.R. Martin co-wrote a TV procedural drama based on the fairy tale ____________.
Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.
3. Each year, earthquakes cause an estimated $____________ worth of damage to buildings in the U.S.
Scroll down for the answer, or find it here.

Poem of the Week

From our April 2017 issue, Jane Hirshfield’s “Lure”:
I waited though wanting nothing,
then waited longer.
As if by that I might
become again
the carved and painted lure—

Source: The Atlantic

Gary Jules-Mad World (song + lyrics)

Mindfulness Made Easy: Sometimes There Are No Words, Only Feelings

Mindfulness Made Easy: Sometimes There Are No Words, Only Feelings:

Mindfulness is paying attention to the energy in our body, even if we don't have words for that energy...


St. Paddy's Day Treat

Like the Irish prayer, "May the road rise to meet you..", here is a prayer just as beautiful, just as sincere. It comes from the Acoma Pueblo, verse written by Simon Ortiz:
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.

repeat after me

it's obvious we need to talk to ourselves... be fierce, please... BOOM

Goodman's Star

Via Jay at Assholes Watching Movies

Appreciation Friday: Storytellr Adam Curtis



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