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{ Monday, 31 May, 2004 }

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On the road home- Rock your gypsy soul


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Last stop before home- dive bar in Folly Beach SC


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Tide is high


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Man-o-war


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Angel Oak- 1400+ years old


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"moonlight skinnydip haiku"

Searching for answers
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Constant as the sea


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{ Sunday, 30 May, 2004 }

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The speed of life


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Celebration


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Gullah basketweaving


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Onslaught of stimuli


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Little pink houses in the sky


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Yesterday we sat zen at surf's edge, waves breaking over us like revelations. This morning, while showering I discovered several tiny clamshells suction-cupped to my rump.

I just meditated with a dragonfly, and we both flew away wondering what we were.


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{ Saturday, 29 May, 2004 }

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There's an ocean inside me Tide rises with the full moon Wade in these choppy waters While I crash on your dunes


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Good friends


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Dusk at the tent village


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Holy mother ocean


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Home.


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{ Friday, 28 May, 2004 }

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A bright half moon over the campsite. The new tent is perfect, and so is the wine. Come morning, we'll heed Ocean's call.


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Under heaven's eye Sunset is in the rearview Your name in the clouds


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I am underprepared


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Casey has to pee


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Gustav is an efficient copilot


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A once a year celestial

A once a year celestial occurance... in New York. A gotham equinox. [via MeFi]

This is the last linky post until I get back from vacation. Moblogging and cell phone pics of the beach from here on out, kids.

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Post-modern cat scratching devices, via

Post-modern cat scratching devices, via Reality Carnival

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This is priceless, found via

This is priceless, found via atrios.

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Mad packing skillz: one hour,

Mad packing skillz: one hour, thirteen minutes to pack everything for four days of camping. For an excessively detailed worrywort, that's not too bad.

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{ Thursday, 27 May, 2004 }

Posting will be spotty over

Posting will be spotty over the next few days- going to the beach for some much needed decompression. Up at 4:30 am to pack. All beach posts will be moblogs, however, which will be fun.

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It's the spinnin' wheel, baby.

It's the spinnin' wheel, baby.

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Dominican, Haiti Floods Death Toll

Dominican, Haiti Floods Death Toll Nears 2,000

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Haiti and the Dominican Republic rose to at least 1,950 on Wednesday with the discovery of more than 1,000 bodies in a Haitian town. The toll rose dramatically when the bodies were found in Mapou, a rural southeastern Haitian town where communications are poor, said Margareth Martin, the head of the civil protection office for Haiti's Southeast region. Rescue workers dug through mud and debris for bodies three days after torrential rains sent rivers of mud and swirling waters through Hispaniola, the Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Haiti's death toll stood at 1,660, including 1,000 in Mapou, 500 elsewhere in Haiti's Southeast region, 158 in the riverside town of Fond Verettes, and two in the south, at Port-a-Piment.

But wait, here's the kicker:

The European Union was preparing a package worth $2.43 million for flood victims, the European Commission said in Brussels. The United States announced it was giving $50,000 dollars *to help the relief effort and was sending two disaster experts to evaluate the damage.

*Um, excuse me here, but WTF is that? 50k? Since when is it acceptable that the world's richest country, known for exploiting the world's poorest countries, won't even send enough aid money TO EVEN BUY A HUMMER! This is a disaster that will likely kill more than 911, and where's the mass media? They're all in a twitter about Kobe Bryant.

Bless the people and spirit of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and bless those who respond with true caring and their best effort.

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Remarks by President Gore

Remarks by President Gore

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Lone leopard spotted in Georgia

Lone leopard spotted in Georgia

A single leopard has been discovered in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, years after the big cats were thought to be extinct in the area. Zoologists were first alerted by some footprints in the Vashlovani State Reserve, which looked far too large to belong to the much smaller lynx. The leopard - now named Noah - was then caught on remote-sensing cameras.

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{ Wednesday, 26 May, 2004 }

Interesting coincidence via the excellent

Interesting coincidence via the excellent mp3 blog The Tofu Hut:

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I read the above as I downloaded the song... after having twenty minutes before ordered pizza. Cue a Keanuesque "Whoa," please.

Life is full and rich with gobs of cosmic variation and synchronicity, ain't it?

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There's a huge strom that's

There's a huge strom that's just hit, bending the smaller trees over and very dark skies.... I just love these...

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Gnosis By Christopher Pearse Cranch

Gnosis
By Christopher Pearse Cranch

We, like parted drops of rain,
Swelling till they meet and run,
Shall all be absorbed again,
Melting, flowing, into one.

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Impossible Objects Is it a

Impossible Objects

Is it a puzzle or is it a magic trick? Impossible objects are difficult to classify. They really aren't mechanical because they don't move (usually) and you don't manipulate any of their parts to solve them. You just look at them and think. And they aren't really a magic trick. There's no performer, at least not when you're dealing with the object. But they have the same "how did they do that" quality that a magic trick has. The puzzle is to figure out how they were made.

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{ Tuesday, 25 May, 2004 }

Venus clouds 'might harbour life'

Venus clouds 'might harbour life'

There could be life on the planet Venus, US scientists have concluded in a report in the journal Astrobiology. The existence of life on the planet's oven-hot surface is unimaginable. But microbes could survive and reproduce, experts say, floating in the thick, cloudy atmosphere, protected by a sunscreen of sulphur compounds.

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The Big Lab Experiment Was

The Big Lab Experiment Was our universe created by design?

Was our universe created? That is, was it brought into being by an entity with a mind? This is a question I began pondering after my recent inquiry into the end of the universe. (For some reason, cosmic mysteries are best contemplated in pairs.) It is the fundamental issue that separates religious believers, ranging from Deists to Gnostics to Southern Baptists, from nonbelievers. To many atheists, the very idea that our world could have been created by a conscious being seems downright nutty. How could anyone, even a god, "make" a universe?

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"It's been raining a lot

"It's been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose," Duffy said. "You know this president. He likes to go all-out. Suffice it to say he wasn't whistling show tunes."

Kos respectfully declines. Rainfall my foot.

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Lost Boy: In Search of

Lost Boy: In Search of Nick Drake

Nick has always been my favorite songwriter. This is an excellent program which honors his memory and musical legacy,

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{ Monday, 24 May, 2004 }

Nomad vagabonding along the backroads

Nomad vagabonding along the backroads of America

On the spur of the moment I drove from Maryland to Nevada and Oregon to South Carolina back to Maryland over 5 weeks and 9500 miles. For the majority of the time I lived in a Toyota 4Runner SUV camping in the outdoors. Except for the first week the trip was on back roads and off the highways, the less direct and more difficult the road the better. I had a laptop and GPS and real-time navigation software as a guide in finding off-beat routes.

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Figure this one out: Primate

Figure this one out: Primate Poker

Our mission is to generate profitable revenues from the continuous execution of winning online poker strategies.

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The office just threw a surprise party for finishing school


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Claim made for new form

Claim made for new form of life

Doctors claim to have uncovered new evidence that the tiny particles known as "nannobacteria" are indeed alive and may cause a range of human illnesses. The existence of nannobacteria is one of the most controversial of scientific questions - some experts claim they are simply too small to be life forms.

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Modern primitive: Oregon forest family

Modern primitive: Oregon forest family had an elaborate camp among trees

Rather than live on the streets and expose Ruth to alcohol and drugs, Frank said, they hiked deep into Forest Park and built a lean-to. The pair went into the city twice a week to stop by the bank, attend church, buy groceries and clothes from Goodwill. Frank, a devout Christian, said he taught his daughter using the old encyclopedias. They grew vegetables and used the nearby creek to keep clean. They stored perishable foods in a small pool of water at the creek's edge.

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{ Sunday, 23 May, 2004 }

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I think vegetarians are illegal in Kentucky


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On my way back home


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"Tidbits and Bigbits from Ohio"

Here's some interesting tidbits I've picked up while visiting Columbus:

  • A rich and very senior lady from the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club would always blow a kiss over her left shoulder to the new moon.
  • The subtler forms of racism are more insidious than the overt racism of the last century.
  • Some carp grow to be the size of a schoolbus.
  • The ornate and opulent, while very fulfilling to the senses and palette, is often a chade to distract you from the insecurities that lie within.
  • There's a local restaurant chain that seems to require it's workers to have no teeth.
    Oh, and the last and most important tidbit:
  • The reality of a Dr. Jay Joslin is now successfully sealed. My work has been submitted and warmly accepted by the faculty. I'll get final confirmation in a couple of weeks, but my advisor informs me that I "have it in the bag." Which is not, in fact, where I want it, but I'll take it anyway. Thank you all so much for your support and love... now it's time to get the heaven home.

    jaybird found this for you @ 09:53 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Saturday, 22 May, 2004 }

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    Decadence is the greatest insecurity


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    Tedium made colorful


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    Well, last night was interesting.

    Well, last night was interesting. If I had time, I'd tell you about it... really. I know it's not entirely fair to string my readers along, but I simply had to impulsively post something. Details later I assure you, but let's just say that I took full advantage of not having to drive.... hic.

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    Too much stimuli


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    { Friday, 21 May, 2004 }

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    If you're going down Do it in flames Once resolved to ashes You become your resurrection


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    After the storm


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    Sherpa sets record Everest time

    Sherpa sets record Everest time

    A new record for the fastest ascent of Mount Everest, government officials say. Pemba Dorje Sherpa climbed the mountain in eight hours and 10 minutes on Friday, tourism ministry official Purna Bhakta Tandukar confirmed.

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    Well, I'm here in Columbus,

    Well, I'm here in Columbus, Ohio and everything's going smoothly so far. The time to wrangle with my academic fate is at hand, and of course I'm anxious, and praying for a good turn on the karma wheel. Friends: thanks so much for your support and I hope to have good news of a Doctoral nature soon.

    I do have definate good news to report in the cartoon world: I begin doing voiceover work next week... WOO-HOO!

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:43 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



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    An ornate theatre


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    { Thursday, 20 May, 2004 }

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    Gay bar in Columbus


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    Ohio


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    Big Bone Lick State Park?


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    Kentucky


    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

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    "...journeys, and..."

    The morning is upon me
    The cat and I watched it dawn together
    And the honeysuckle fog wrap our pine trees
    In obscurity, in a veil of sweet dewdrops.
    Now the bags are halfway packed
    And she's playing in them
    And all the lights are on
    And the atlas is on the floor, roads painted green
    And the fate I've chosen to reckon
    Seethes and waits at journey's end.
    The boy cat is clinging to my ankle
    While I wonder and wait for destiny
    To examine me and weigh my worth.
    In an hour, a trail blazed toward the noonday sun
    And it's setting over a foreign skyline.
    It's not the destination I pray for
    It's the verb that casts my shadow over hundreds of blurry miles
    And the walking back up the path to my door
    To the comfort of these silly cats
    And knowing, on the other side, what fate will do
    To these hopeful, hurried words.

    ****************************

    Well, I'm off. Time to shut this heap down and pack it, and me, for Ohio. I'll be moblogging the journey from the cameraphone, and once in Columbus, will post regular-ish updates. The kicker, of course, is depositing my schoolwork, the product of on-again-off-again struggle or ennui, and receiving in exchange my long awaited Doctorate of Divinity... provided I'm up to muster. Fingers crossed, knock wood, and I'll see ya on the other side (please leave the light on for me).

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    { Wednesday, 19 May, 2004 }

    A journey which resurrects life

    A journey which resurrects life from ruins

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    This is insane: Unitarian Universalists

    This is insane:

    Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone. But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Denison Unitarian church isn't really a religious organization -- at least for tax purposes. Its reasoning: the organization "does not have one system of belief." Never before -- not in this state or any other -- has a government agency denied Unitarians tax-exempt status because of the group's religious philosophy, church officials say. Strayhorn's ruling clearly infringes upon religious liberties, said Dan Althoff, board president for the Denison congregation that was rejected for tax exemption by the comptroller's office.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:41 in Spirituality, Religion & Mythos | | permalink



    17 year cicadas emerge!

    17 year cicadas emerge!

    Trillions of the insects will blanket the landscape in a frenzy of breeding, before dying en masse in June. The bugs, which have the longest known adult-to-adult cycle, will have to contend with a more developed world than the one they left behind in 1987. Some scientists say urbanisation is endangering periodical cicadas: at least one population is already extinct and others are at risk, they say.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:30 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    Bush White House checked with

    Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move

    It was an e-mail we weren't meant to see. Not for our eyes were the notes that showed White House staffers taking two-hour meetings with Christian fundamentalists, where they passed off bogus social science on gay marriage as if it were holy writ and issued fiery warnings that "the Presidents [sic] Administration and current Government is engaged in cultural, economical, and social struggle on every level"—this to a group whose representative in Israel believed herself to have been attacked by witchcraft unleashed by proximity to a volume of Harry Potter. Most of all, apparently, we're not supposed to know the National Security Council's top Middle East aide consults with apocalyptic Christians eager to ensure American policy on Israel conforms with their sectarian doomsday scenarios.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:15 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 18 May, 2004 }

    Preparations have begun for the

    Preparations have begun for the trip on Thursday to Ohio. I intend to plop on a desk at my wacky-liberal-Quaker-ish seminary the result of five years on again off again labors, prepare for review, and to find in my mail box within a few weeks a Doctorate of Divinity. It's not as exciting as it sounds, it feels all too anticlimactic. I wish that, despite my love of the study of religion, that I'd have gotten back on track for journalism, my original plan. But alas, here I am, and I'll be proud to accept it, knock wood that all is in good order and the professors and dean don't die from sheer boredom examining it all.

    I'll blog my way upwards on the drive and while in Columbus... I'm staying with my old pal Rich, and am designing a site for him while up there. Many other wild things will happen I'm sure.

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    Arianna Huffington: The New Contract

    Arianna Huffington: The New Contract For A Better America

    1. ACHIEVE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
    2. PRESCRIBE A CURE FOR THE HEALTH CARE EPIDEMIC
    3. TREAT LOST JOBS AS A SOCIAL CALAMITY, NOT A LAGGING ECONOMIC INDICATOR
    4. TRULY LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND
    5. BREAK DOWN BARRIERS AND CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATION
    6. CALL A TRUCE IN THE DRUG WAR
    7. SECURE THE HOMELAND FIRST
    8. BE A LEADER, NOT A BULLY
    9. RESTORE INTEGRITY TO THE POLITICAL PROCESS
    10. PUT PEOPLE ABOVE CORPORATE PROFITS

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:46 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



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    Practical joke


    CONTEXT: This $100 bill is a fake we used in the play, but it looks droolingly real. This is the stupid bathroom at my office, done in a fishing motif, complete with this real rod. The back of the bill the unlucky sucker will reach for says, in bright pink, HAHA.

    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

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    The I's Have It An

    The I's Have It

    An amiable sun shines down. Clad in khakis, plaid sports jacket and a crayon-yellow turtleneck, Updike, arguably among the most talented living writers in the world, has a toothy smile on his red face. His hair is gray-white. He is amused: At the past. At the present. At the country. At long races. At short stories. At human foibles of all colors.

    "Writing is a way of taming the world," he says, "turning the inchoate, often embarrassing stream into a package." It's a construct that enables him to remain amused, and amazed. Putting the world on the page has made a good living for him and for countless professors around the world who teach his books.

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    Quoth the Raven Biologists... have

    Quoth the Raven

    Biologists... have found evidence of theories of mind in a range of mammals, from gorillas to goats. But two recent studies suggest that even mammalian studies may be looking at the question too narrowly. Birds, it seems, can have theories of mind, too.

    Well duh, Mr. Scientist-man! Watch a bird for five minutes and it's beautifully clear just how amazingly brilliant and resilient they are, and not just the bigger birds like ravens. Yesterday I watched a Towhee kick up leaves in a very organized search for food, and it was done in very precise patterns. Parrots, parakeets, minahs, et cetera can be trained to talk, of course, and some even extemporize, like the mockingbird. Tool use has been noted in several larger species. I would boldly reckon that all birds have a distinct theory of mind, and just because humans can't communicate with them at present the way we do gorillas or dolphins, doesn't mean that they are capable of equivocal forms of intelligence and thought, just of a different, and venerable, quality.

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    { Monday, 17 May, 2004 }

    Remember the late 19th centure

    Remember the late 19th centure absynthe chugging melancholy alchemist August Strindberg? Probably not. Here's a not-so-accurate-but-funny account of his life and time in Flash, with help from an elemental:

    Strindberg+Helium

    jaybird found this for you @ 20:55 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    Identity theft! You hear about

    Identity theft! You hear about it on trite news reports, and it never really matters, until... you know the drill. It seems that unsavory fellow has obtained my vitals and attempted to score a credit card. No such luck there, there's no credit to speak of anymore. Nonetheless, it's very disturbing and I've a very uncomfortable feeling that it's a neighbor. Yuck.

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:25 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    Rumsfeld Knew: Iraq Prison Abuse

    Rumsfeld Knew: Iraq Prison Abuse Part of Pentagon-Approved Black Ops Program

    Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker is reporting that the prison abuse scandal in Iraq is the result of a top-secret black operations program OKd by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that called for the use of physical coercion and sexual humiliation during the interrogation of high-value suspects in the war on terror.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:40 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    granola snorting nixon has pics

    granola snorting nixon has pics from Cambridge City Hall and the first state sanction gay marriages in the US. [via atrios]

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    Grim Call On Fatal Wreck

    Grim Call On Fatal Wreck a Mystery

    It was a telephone call that no one would want to make or receive. Yet someone called Ron Burth on Friday afternoon to tell him that his wife, Linda, had been killed minutes before in a traffic crash on Interstate 4. The female caller's identity isn't known, but Highway Patrol troopers say she had to be a passer-by. But they don't know how she learned Burth's name and cell phone number.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:25 in Forteana, Phenomena & the Bizarre | | permalink



    Thank you, Massachusetts! Two

    Thank you, Massachusetts!

    Two by two they emerged from City Hall, the nation's first gay couples set to legally marry, breaking a barrier many never believed would fall and putting the United States among four countries in the world that recognize same-sex weddings. With the passage of a midnight deadline, Massachusetts became the first state to process marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples Monday. Cambridge was the only city to seize the first possible moment, opening its offices to 260 couples - even supplying a giant wedding cake - as thousands of sign-waving well-wishers cheered into the wee hours.

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    { Sunday, 16 May, 2004 }

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    A peek through the curtain

    CONTEXT: This blurry mess is the best I can muster 'photographically' (it's taken from my cell phone) of the show in progress on it's last night. Farewell Feste, Orsino, Viola/Cesario, Sirs Toby and Andrew, Olivia, Maria, Sebastian, Antonio, Valentino, the Captains, and to my characters, Curio and the Priest, as my first professional show recedes into dust for the next show to kick up.

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    "Penultimate"

    It's our penultimate performance, a matinee. A warm glow surrounds the stage, the theatre, the dressing room. Once and only once does this constellation of people come together, and tonight, it's all undone. Perhaps, something of this shall continue in some way, either in future plays or simply what we've garnered from the experience. For me, the story of Twelfth Night, its comedy and its "silly sooth" will be long remembered. It tells us, that no matter how costumed, we are not what we are... the exterior identity dissembles our soul and our intent, in this case in a comic way, though not always. The stage itself is a metaphor for life, and this particular story upon it is rich in lessons of love and the importance of good fooling.

    This I wish to you... good fooling, and in its wake, good love.

    jaybird found this for you @ 15:14 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    The sun rose this morning

    The sun rose this morning like it did
    One hundred thousand years before
    The river flows it's winding route
    Today is no exception in the course of millennia,
    And to be within it,
    The turning of the world and the spinning of the stars
    Is the spectacle that time was made for
    ...to exist at all.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:57 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Library of Alexandria discovered

    Library of Alexandria discovered

    Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the site of the Library of Alexandria, often described as the world's first major seat of learning. A Polish-Egyptian team has excavated parts of the Bruchion region of the Mediterranean city and discovered what look like lecture halls or auditoria.

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    { Saturday, 15 May, 2004 }

    "Even More Woo-Hoo!"

    Even more "woo-hoo" to report (it seems that exclamatory phrase has received much press here lately)! The audition for the cartoon voices landed me a perch at Phoenix Post Sound, and a guarantee that I'll be 'definitely used.' Quite possibly playing the amorous con-man Renji. It was such a cool experience... driving up to a genuine film studio, in an environment controlled booth, yelling at the top of my lungs. I feel so blessed, and it really only took a few phone calls and a bit of name-dropping. This isn't some snooty career move here, simply a longstanding wish to get 'in' the cartoon voiceover biz, a giddy fantasy for far too long. The money is great-ish, but what's a million times more cool is the experience, no matter what it shall amount to.

    Many have been pulling for me, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    "Cartoon Capers"

    Wish me luck folks... in an hour I'll be here (located within this place), auditioning to do cartoon voices (for this anime series)! This has been a long time wish of mine, and fingers crossed and larnyx lubricated, this will be the start of something exciting!

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    Kurt Vonnegut: Cold Turkey I

    Kurt Vonnegut: Cold Turkey

    I have to say this in defense of humankind: No matter in what era in history, including the Garden of Eden, everybody just got there. And, except for the Garden of Eden, there were already all these crazy games going on, which could make you act crazy, even if you weren’t crazy to begin with. Some of the games that were already going on when you got here were love and hate, liberalism and conservatism, automobiles and credit cards, golf and girls’ basketball.

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    "Green Light"

    There is nothing like the light
    That comes through the window
    On a Saturday morning...
    Reflected green the color of cat eyes
    Greeting you, moving through the verdant
    Curtains that border the world
    To alight upon one branch
    And stay a while there,
    Just as lingering dreams
    Flutter dentritic through the waking mind.
    The darting of a hummingbird,
    An invitation to play.
    The breath of honeysuckle,
    An invitation to thrive.
    Bones, thrust me into the light
    Let morning weave clothes of leaves
    Toss me out of time into eternity
    'Til the night swoons a whole new passion
    With stars to lure exultant words...

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    { Friday, 14 May, 2004 }

    "Wo Woes"

    Same point in the show as last night, the "Boxtree" scene, and nothing exciting to do for the next while. The show goes well, but I'm stumbling a bit, addled a few iotas over normal. For t'night, I bade good journeys to one of my dearest and best friends, the bubbly and buoynat Jen Wo, who leaves Asheville tonight for greener career pastures in Chapel Hill. It was a very tearful "long hello," a bit silly as well it should be, while I was in the middle of setting up for a concert. Such a cacophony swirled around us, as hurried vocalists warmed up and worried for their annual gig, and I had to watch the clock to make mine. We part as we met, in the midst of stagelights and stagefrights, and we exit through curtains dark and mysterious, through assuredly, the metaphorical backstage of our lives is crowded and we've no choice but to continue to share the makeup and mirror where our souls are reflected, while souls giggle and tickle as life ploughs through to the next act.

    Aloha nui'loha, namaste, and may the road rise with you, poodle-head. This show is for you...

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    Reading With the Enemy Looking

    Reading With the Enemy

    Looking for a challenge and a little affirmation, Oliver Griswold tests his die-hard liberal beliefs and goes on an all-conservative-media diet for one month. Life on the Right side of the dial doesn’t turn out the way he expected.

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    An extensive article on the

    An extensive article on the history of Bhangra. [Bhangra mp3s here]

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    Your Friday cup of irony.

    Your Friday cup of irony.

    "Gerrymandered congressional districts are an affront to democracy and an insult to the voters. We oppose that and any other attempt to rig the electoral process."

    Guess who said that?

    jaybird found this for you @ 11:50 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Shiver me timbers, this is

    Shiver me timbers, this is ridiculous: U.S. Takes Greenpeace to Court in Unusual Trial

    Greenpeace, charged with the obscure crime of "sailor mongering" that was last prosecuted 114 years ago, goes on trial on Monday in the first U.S. criminal prosecution of an advocacy group for civil disobedience. The environmental group is accused of sailor mongering because it boarded a freighter in April 2002 that was carrying illegally felled Amazon mahogany to Miami. It says the prosecution is revenge for its criticism of the environmental policies of President Bush, whom it calls the "Toxic Texan."

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    { Thursday, 13 May, 2004 }

    "The Scottish Curse"

    Last night in the dressing room one of the cast mistakenly quoted from "The Scottish Play." You may be aware that this is bad luck. Tonight, that spectre is being visited upon us. In the first half, we've had:

  • A light cue which is vital come in too late
  • Three botched entrances
  • An actor nearly choked by a bearded curtain
  • Props not moved as normal
  • The radio between the stage and the dressing room not working
  • A house that's very hard to make laugh
  • Our on-stage fountain is down to a trickle
    We need luck, and "broken legs" to recover. Please send us some!

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    Tigers Bite Back, Killing 3

    Tigers Bite Back, Killing 3 Illegal Loggers

    umatran tigers have killed three illegal loggers and mauled several others over the past week in and around a conservation forest in Riau province (Indonesia)... The first attack occurred on May 7 in the 150,000-acre Senepis Tiger Conservation Area near the coastal town of Dumai, detikcom online news portal reported. Some of the heaviest logging in Sumatra takes place in Riau, with vast tracts of forest being destroyed to make way oil palm plantations. The rampant deforestation has severely encroached on the habitat of tigers, prompting them to search for food in villages or to pounce on loggers.

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    Early American Smut The search

    Early American Smut

    The search for early American erotica proved to be one of the more difficult ones, full of many trials and the occasional triumph (or titillation!). In this article, I recount my discovery of three pornographic objects lurking in Winterthur's exhibits, bookshelves, and storage vaults. In addition to providing a glimpse "into the bedrooms" of the past, these artifacts also function as instructive case studies for some of the challenges facing the modern researcher. Such challenges are by no means unique to Winterthur; but rather, stem from wider historical phenomena, museum practices, and moral and aesthetic biases–all of which have affected the study of erotic materials.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:22 in History, Civilization & Anthropology | | permalink



    Most excellent news! I've got

    Most excellent news! I've got an audition on Saturday to do cartoon voiceover work, a wish of mine since I was a wee lad (who seldom watched cartoons). I'm a little anxious, but hopefully this will pay off with the role of a con-artist Japanese cat.

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    Physicists probe ancient pyramid The

    Physicists probe ancient pyramid

    The largest particle detector in Mexico is being built inside a pyramid in the ancient settlement of Teotihuacan. The equipment will detect muons, tiny particles that are created when cosmic rays bombard the Earth's atmosphere. Dr Arturo Menchaca and colleagues from Mexico's National Autonomous University hope that by tracking the muons through the pyramid, they can find cavities. This could indicate whether the kings of the ancient people who built the site are also entombed within it.

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    { Wednesday, 12 May, 2004 }

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    Very silly show tonight

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    Hubble sees 'planet' around star

    Hubble sees 'planet' around star

    The historic first image of a planet circling another star may have been taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The "planet", 5-10 times the mass of Jupiter, is orbiting a small white dwarf star about 100 light-years away.

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    Scampering through rats' colorful history

    Scampering through rats' colorful history

    Rats are the ultimate survivor. Their life expectancy in the city is one year. In that time, a female rat can produce up to 12 litters of 20 rats. One pair of rats has the potential for 15,000 descendants in a year. As the representative of a pest-control firm told Sullivan, "The bad news is rodents are going to win this war against us humans. The good news is there's a lot of business."

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:40 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    Mexico Air Force Video Creates

    Mexico Air Force Video Creates UFO Stir

    The Mexican Air Force has released footage of what a UFO expert said were 11 invisible unidentified flying objects picked up by an infrared camera as they whizzed around a surveillance plane.

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    X-Prize 'will be won this


    X-Prize 'will be won this year'

    The X-Prize, a $10m race to be the first private company to put a craft into space twice in two weeks, will be won soon, believe its organisers.
    X-Prize chairman Peter Diamandis says it will be secured within five months. A total of 26 teams are competing, with SpaceShipOne, an entry by aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan, considered to be the favourite to win the prize.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:03 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 11 May, 2004 }

    Just got back from an

    Just got back from an extensive party at my friend Frank's lakehouse and a free show at our state theater, the Flat Rock playhouse. I had my first official swim of the year and the water wasn't really that cold at all. But my ass was wet for about six hours.

    Alas, the things we do for social interconnection.

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:21 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Marley's 'Legend' turns twenty: "Legend''

    Marley's 'Legend' turns twenty:

    "Legend'' is unique because it's become more than just music. It's an idea, a lifestyle, a web of cultural touchstones spun in a delicate vortex. In the realm of musical-taste-as-statement-of-personal-identity, "Legend'' says: I generally care about world events. I favor cotton clothing. I think stress is bad. I want to stop injustice. I'm all for love. I wouldn't say no to the herb, if you get my drift.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:52 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    "Blood Sucking Clown"

    I took it upon myself when coming into this office to be the host of the pranks and practical jokes here, and everyone has received a dose of the sillies from me... but no one has ever gotten me back. Until today.

    Yesterday, the state program director was here to introduce us to our new supervisor. I don't much like our state director, and at lunch I quizzed him rather sarcastically regarding his hobby of being an amateur clown. Later after he left, I left a message with our outgoing supervisor, calling him a 'blood-sucking clown.' Right after hanging up, a nightmare scenario dawned; what if he listens to his messages with the speakerphone on while the state director is standing right there? In a fit of panic I called everyone in the office, begging them to head him off at the pass and to tell him not to check his messages with speakerphone...

    This morning I get pulled into my supervisor's office, with the new supervisor perched anxiously at the conference table. The door was closed and I was told that I had made a very grave mistake, and an 'email' was read to me supposedly from the state director, whom in the note called my actions disappointing and juvenile and that this reprimand would be discussed in a call between us later that day. I turned white(r), stammered and was overcome by a wave of despair. Here was my new supervisor, the one whom I'm now depending on for a job, witnessing me hoisting myself by my own petard. Then, apparently unable to contain his sick pleasure, my supervisor and the new one burst out in a fit of laughter, the door (where my coworkers were cupping their ears) flew open, and guffaws and victorious glee erupted from all corners. "We won!" they sang out, for the best prank yet had been pulled on the prankster.

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    Good Morning. Register for the

    Good Morning. Register for the draft, please.

    POSTMORTEM PREFERENCE:
    Select transportation and packaging options for mortal remains in the very likely event of your passing: PACKAGE 1: Fed-Ex Overnight, flag-draped casket & formal military funeral (ALL CAMERAS PROHIBITED)
    PACKAGE 2: UPS 3rd Day Air, pine box, personal-style Presidential form letter, spot on FOX
    PACKAGE 3: Parcel Post Freight, Old Glory-emblazoned Hefty bag, sparkler, used Toby Keith CD

    By clicking below, I certify that the information I have provided is correct and truthful, and that I indemnify and hold harmless the United States Armed Forces from my horrible disfigurement and/or untimely death.

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    { Monday, 10 May, 2004 }

    Atrios just posted this amazing

    Atrios just posted this amazing tidbit:

    Don Emilio Fulci:

    It was the lead item on the government's daily threat matrix one day last April. Don Emilio Fulci described by an FBI tipster as a reclusive but evil millionaire, had formed a terrorist group that was planning chemical attacks against London and Washington, D.C. That day even FBI director Robert Mueller was briefed on the Fulci matter. But as the day went on without incident, a White House staffer had a brainstorm: He Googled Fulci. His findings: Fulci is the crime boss in the popular video game Headhunter. "Stand down," came the order from embarrassed national security types.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:25 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Philosophy's first question: “Why is

    Philosophy's first question: “Why is there something rather than nothing?”

    The question... provoked one of Sidney Morgenbesser’s memorable comebacks: “If there was nothing, you’d still be complaining!”

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:33 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    The Myth of the

    The Myth of the Beginning of Time

    String theory suggests that the big bang was not the origin of the universe but simply the outcome of a preexisting state

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:17 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    There's bigwigs from the state

    There's bigwigs from the state prowling around the office today, so posting anything interesting will be risky. For now, consider this in itself to interesting.

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    Maya culture 'ahead of its

    Maya culture 'ahead of its time'

    Elaborate ritual objects and carved masks have been uncovered in the ancient ruins of a city in Guatemala. Exploration of the 2,000-year-old site has caused archaeologists to question the established chronology of the enigmatic Maya civilisation.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:08 in History, Civilization & Anthropology | | permalink



    { Sunday, 09 May, 2004 }

    An amazingly done and sweet

    An amazingly done and sweet movie called "This Wonderful Life." [26 mb Quicktime, about 10 minutes long]

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:51 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    It's about intermission on a

    It's about intermission on a Sunday matinee. It's a beautifully clear mother's day, and once the show is over I hope to speak to she that bravely bore me. We just had a conversation in the dressing room about how a pregnant woman takes on the aspects of ancient Babylonian goddesses. Chiseled and weary faces, strong and determined, burdened with a body rearranged to accomodate the ultimte in biological creativity...

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    An interview with Radical Faerie

    An interview with Radical Faerie founder Harry Hay

    I always say to people, "If you share my dream, why don't we walk together?" And that's my only organizing tool.

    Harry passed away in 2002.

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    { Saturday, 08 May, 2004 }

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    A peek in the dressing room

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    Sappy sweet: Rick's Cafe

    Sappy sweet:

    Rick's Cafe opens in Casablanca

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    The world's oldest dated book

    The world's oldest dated book is the diamond sutra. Using Flash, you can unroll the scroll for yourself, courtesy of the British Library.

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    { Friday, 07 May, 2004 }

    "Ten Interesting Things About Theater"

    1. Make-up is Photoshop for the face.
    2. It's less annoying to look at the spotlights when in a scene of reverie than to make eye contact with the audience, which breaks character.
    3. Stage managers work harder than actors or directors.
    4. It's reminiscent of an insane asylum before the house opens; we're swarming over the stage, silently mouthing lines, doing grounding exercises that look too much like dry-humping the carpet, and standing in place doing repetitious movements that really are glorified spasmodic tics.
    5. Never sit in the Equity actor's makeup chair.
    6. You experiment more with your character when the director's not watching.
    7. In order to socially survive backstage, you better be hip to about 500 different plays, or at least fake your way through conversation about (obscure actors) who played (obscure characters) at the (Upscale name) Festival back in (before you were born).
    8. Fresh socks daily.
    9. In the dressing room everyone adopts a spot to change and leave their street stuff that's so tiny that even a slight stretch could enter someone's space and silent rebuke.
    10. There are no straight men in theater. Period. Even if they've been married for 50 years, you just know they're a little, teensy-weensy bit gay.

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:34 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    You too can apply to

    You too can apply to become a private interrogator in Baghdad! [Via Randi Rhodes on Air America]

    Assists the interrogation support program team lead to increase the effectiveness of dealing with Detainees, Persons of Interest, and Prisoners of War (POWs) that are in the custody of US/Coalition Forces...

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:40 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Did you see the gorilla?

    Did you see the gorilla?

    Look around, and you could be forgiven for believing that you can see a vivid and detailed picture of your surroundings. Indeed, you may even think that your eyes never deceive you. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for your brain.

    jaybird found this for you @ 11:32 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    Squeeze me, stretch me At

    Squeeze me, stretch me

    At this very moment, disturbances from outer space are stretching and squeezing you. Knowing exactly when and by how much you are squashed or stretched will enable humans to learn much more about our universe, perhaps even telling us more about the Big Bang, or shedding light on the mystical "dark matter" that is posited to exist in huge quantities throughout the universe.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:42 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Thursday, 06 May, 2004 }

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    It is the grand opening gala at the theater and I feel so relaxed. The show has been flawless.

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    No surprise here: Plastic fibre

    No surprise here: Plastic fibre a 'major pollutant'

    Tiny pieces of plastic and man-made fibres are causing contamination of the world's oceans and beaches, the journal Science has reported.
    Even remote and apparently pristine layers of sand and mud are now composed partly of this microscopic rubbish, broken down from discarded waste.

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    Absurd: Jail for man who

    Absurd: Jail for man who left bag in airport

    A plumber who left an unattended bag containing a teddy bear, some fruit and clothes in an airport lounge was jailed yesterday for causing a full-scale security alert.

    jaybird found this for you @ 15:04 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    "Cheers!"

    Last night, I walked satisfied but exhausted from the theatre after opening night. It's very different acting in a space so far from my comfort zone, and the intensity of the production (playing 3 parts and assistant stage manager) leaves me a little weary... I walked into my favorite Irish pub for a cheap pint and took a set outside by myself to slough off the night's efforts.

    Next to me sat a gent named Graham from Portsmouth, England, who is travelling the states for the love of roots music. With care he rolled his cigarettes, sipped his pint, and in a wonderfully craggy voice we talked passionately about world music and our increasingly small world. We chatted for nearly two hous, and all the while I assumed that I'd just be having a few minutes to myself as I downed an after-play pint. It proves to me that I can have a wonderful time having my plans altered (a lesson I continually relearn), and most importantly, in this big wide world there are no strngers.

    So, Graham, I'm wishing you good travels and hope that you find the tune your searching for.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:59 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Evolving Towards Telepathy" href="http://www.betterhumans.com/Features/Columns/Transitory_Human/column.aspx?articleID=2004-04-26-4">Evolving

    Evolving Towards Telepathy

    The dream of mind-to-mind communication and the desire to transcend one's own consciousness is as old as language itself. You could make a strong case that there's a near pathological craving for it, a tendency that manifests through the widespread belief in paranormal telepathy.
    ESP aside, it seems that this craving will soon be satisfied. Several advances in communications technology and neuroscience are giving pause about the possibility of endowing us with techlepathy. As we continue to ride the wave of the communications revolution, and as the public demand for more sophisticated communications tools continues, it seems a veritable certainty that we are destined to become a species capable of mind-to-mind communication.

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    { Wednesday, 05 May, 2004 }

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    Intermission, opening night. It goes well. Huzzah!

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    What Came Before DNA? The

    What Came Before DNA?

    The question took me by surprise. I was sitting in a noisy Boston café with two biochemists who were having a straight-faced conversation about putting together a budget to create synthetic life-forms. Next to me was Jack Szostak of Harvard Medical School, and across the table was Steven Benner, who had flown up from the University of Florida to pay Szostak a visit. The conversation was thrumming along, touching on the efficiencies of chemical reactions and the like, when Benner abruptly turned to me and asked, “How much do you think it would cost to create a self-replicating organism capable of Darwinian evolution?”

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    This site is frightfully addictive:

    This site is frightfully addictive: ytmnd.com - you're the man now dog!

    My contribution is this thing.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:10 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



    Girls gone bad! Drag queens

    Girls gone bad! Drag queens steal cars for travel to pageants

    A band of cross-dressers has been stealing cars from dealerships around Alabama to drive throughout the Southeast to competitions for men who parade on stage in women's clothing, police said... Investigators have recovered Acuras, Nissans, Volkswagens, Lincoln Navigators and others. Inside those cars, they found dealership pamphlets, business cards and more car keys. More often than not, they also found makeup, women's clothing and pageant trophies...

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:22 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 04 May, 2004 }

    "Lean-to by a Landslide"

    I've built a lean-to by a landslide
    I've the gold of sunset for the shimmering
    And a little cauldron of the stirring and simmering,
    I live a jury-rigged life secured with thrice-tied twine
    From tumbling over the side
    Into the steep chasm strewn with the rubble of fallen castles.
    This earth is unsure, so tread lightly
    These fickle winds to have hearing so speak lightly
    But join me for a spell to while away the slim hours 'til fate makes passage
    And troubles again the discontented soil
    Where my fortunes, for now, meekly rest.
    Taste of this dark wine while the cup isn't cracked
    Lay with me among the dare-devil flowers that root along the precipice,
    See how for today only light will dance upon the horizon
    No step repeated in tomorrow's theater of crowning color.
    As I whittle at a walking stick and think me a fool
    For my present biography so precariously balanced,
    I'm thankful for the night which names each moonstruck creature
    And obscures the edge of this meager encampment
    I'm grateful for the day which enlightens my limits
    And even for the rain which might wash me away.
    For in my folly to have built such an unsure home
    I've bowed to nature and conceded to weather,
    For all that is wild and unruly without also dwells within
    And in our submission to destiny
    We mark no difference.
    And as easily as I could tumble down
    So could you...
    If this world crumbles in it's slip-shod exuberance,
    I'll say this;
    I'm not a fool in knowing
    That there'll be a hand ready to catch
    When the land gives way.
    But, for now, stay with me
    Take my hand in a landslide act of faith,
    And savor tonight's rendition of an old and witty song...
    Hold on.
    Hold, tight.

    jaybird found this for you @ 21:24 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    The planet's Twenty-five Biodiversity Hotspots

    The planet's Twenty-five Biodiversity Hotspots

    The most remarkable places on Earth are also the most threatened...

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:29 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    Shit. I just found out

    Shit. I just found out that my long-term interim position here will come to an end on the 24th of this month. I was banking on more time, just when everything seemed stabilized. Luckily, it's through no fault of my own, and I know in my heart and through my colleagues that I've really done well here.

    Alas and alack, however, it's time to think outside the spiral in approaching this change.

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    Liberals and strangers Liberalism is

    Liberals and strangers

    Liberalism is not 300 years old; it was born 10,000 years ago with the invention of agriculture.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:20 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Monday, 03 May, 2004 }

    I'm spent... Wednesday we begin

    I'm spent... Wednesday we begin our run of Twelfth Night at NC Stage, and I've never been in a more taxing and demanding show. I've got three roles plus ass't stage manager, which is the bulk of my headache (literally). Some of the other cast are hardcore Shakespeare junkies, and my learning curve has been dizzyingly high. This ain't community theater, my comfort zone, but hopefully what I will get out of this experience will be worth the heaps of exasperation.

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:27 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    An interview with cosmic-gadfly Genesis

    An interview with cosmic-gadfly Genesis P-Orridge

    "They're real!" exclaims Genesis Breyer P-Orridge as he unexpectedly whips up his T-shirt, revealing his surgically implanted breasts. Sitting in the stylish Brooklyn apartment, surrounded by collectable 1960s furniture and rather gorgeous ambiguous artworks, I'm somewhat taken aback. Until now I'd assumed that the ample bosom apparent beneath his clothes was padding.

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:24 in Interesting People | | permalink



    The World on a String

    The World on a String

    Conventional theory claims, and experiments confirm, that these particles combine in various ways to produce protons, neutrons, and the wide variety of atoms and molecules making up everything we've ever encountered.
    Superstring theory tells a different story. It does not deny the key role played by electrons, quarks, and the other particle species revealed by experiment, but it does claim that these particles are not dots. Instead, according to superstring theory, every particle is composed of a tiny filament of energy, some hundred billion billion times smaller than a single atomic nucleus (much smaller than we can currently probe), which is shaped like a little string.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:07 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    A perfect post for a

    A perfect post for a Monday morning: Calculating Doom; Examining a Probabilistic Doomsday Argument

    Is the sky falling? And if so, when? Even when they're baseless, constant reports about nuclear weapons proliferation, pandemic diseases and environmental catastrophes revive these perennial human questions and contribute to a feeling of unease. So too did the recent passing of an asteroid almost 100 feet in diameter within 30,000 miles of the Earth. Such news stories make a recent abstract philosophical argument a bit more real.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:07 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Sunday, 02 May, 2004 }

    "Bright Morning Aria"

    It was a morning of bright arias
    As a songbird perched upon a tree of light
    Raised a solo voice, echoing through the city:

    "Parto, parto, ma tu, ben mio,
    meco ritorna in pace!"

    Eagerly in the early hours
    I saw friends trading flowers
    Tears and kisses and magical powers
    Played out as rain and sun balanced the biding time.
    A woman in a lavender cloud came to me with a cardboard box
    She held out a hatchling,
    Only two days in the fold of the world
    Cupped in my hands, quivering,
    As a chorus of "bravo!" blew through the windows
    And pigeons raced the passerby.
    I was held, newborn, once too
    And once set free.
    Back into the box for now,
    With your smiling lavender cloud
    Who will show you to hundreds in need of testimony
    That while young, sweet perfections will endure for a slight while
    Unless we awaken only to observe and act
    Not to think-
    Striding forward into a dawn
    Filled with accidental operas
    And arias whose intention
    Are to fill the sky with flocks of dreams...

    jaybird found this for you @ 20:27 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Kerry Veep Poll Results

    other.jpgYour choice in the 1st Annual BirdOnTheMoon.com veepstakes poll is OTHER, here represented by none other than Homestar Runner. He would be interesting a choice as some of the other OTHERs, such as Rep. Jane Harman, Gov. Janet Napolitano, Rep. John Lewis or Sen. Bill Nelson. He likes marshmallows, has good colors for a national campaign, and since he's animated, he can adapt well to a changing political climate. While a Kerry/Runner ticket might be interesting, though, somehow my feeling is that some of his colleagues in the OTHER category might be a tad more qualified. Runners up, and polling even, include Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Phil Graham, Sen. Diane Feinstein, and the alleged space alien himself (and pundit's favorite for the nod) Rep. Dick Gephardt.

    Thanks all for voting, new non-political poll next week.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:44 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    My Mind is a Web

    My Mind is a Web Browser: How People with Autism Think

    To use a computer analogy: The language part of my brain is the computer operator, and the rest of my brain is the computer. In most people, the brain's computer operator and the computer are merged into one seamless consciousness; but in me they are separate. I hypothesize that the frontal cortex of my brain is the operator and the rest of my brain is the computer.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:34 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



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    Shit, I just kissed a total stranger

    CONTEXT: While at the club, my friends Eric and John commissioned me to get 'one phone number' from tonight's homo-exploits. Pshaw, I said, no chance in hell. Within ten minutes of receiving my instructions, I found myself locked in embrace with a Costa Rican. Rather spontaneously and inexplicably. We fell into a conversation and then into something else entirely. Under a spell, I submitted to his lips, though within a few minutes, I asked myself, "what the f$%& is going on? I'm kissing this guy because...?"

    Oh, came the reply. It's Beltane. You're supposed to be carnal and all that. Oh. Well that's alright then. At least there's a phone number, as tonight's work did proscribe, and a few moments of tender kiss as a half-moon waxes toward even more light...

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    { Saturday, 01 May, 2004 }

    It's a beautiful night and

    It's a beautiful night and I'm going dancing...

    jaybird found this for you @ 22:46 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    Celtic religions, Beltane, Mad Cow,

    Celtic religions, Beltane, Mad Cow, and factory dairy farms

    Beltane was once a time when cattle were honored in rituals of protection, purification, and fertility. Just as they were driven to their winter pastures at the beginning of the Celtic year at Samhain (Halloween), so were they driven to their summer pastures six months later at Beltane. It was a sacred time, for one’s status and wealth were measured by one’s herds--and any threat to their lives and health impacted their owners. Protecting one’s animals, as scholar Miranda Green writes, “is closely associated with the supernatural world, and not simply a profane, secular activity.”

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:33 in Spirituality, Religion & Mythos | | permalink



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    A post-modern bestiary of quasi-traditional

    A post-modern bestiary of quasi-traditional May Day characters from Edinburgh's Beltane Fire Society.

    jaybird found this for you @ 11:21 in Spirituality, Religion & Mythos | | permalink



    Flying Saucer Fever Grips Iran,

    Flying Saucer Fever Grips Iran, Theories Abound

    Is Iran about to be invaded by little green men or are the Americans racing through the night sky in spaceships to spy on the Islamic Republic?
    Flying saucer fever has gripped Iran after dozens of sightings in the last few days. Fanciful cartoons of alien spacecraft have adorned the front pages. State television on Wednesday showed a sparkling white disc it said was filmed over Tehran on Tuesday night. More colorful Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have been spotted beaming out green, red, blue and purple rays over the northern cities of Tabriz and Ardebil and in the Caspian Sea province of Golestan, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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    2. You will be called upon to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in their darkness, and you’ll find that when it’s your turn to be in the night that there’ll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to share .

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    5. You’ll find that some of your choices could’ve been better, or at times were downright stupid. That’s okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I tried it on.

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