wild wild western washington

THE CAS­CADE MOUN­TAIN RANGE cuts a wild and wide slash through the state of Wash­ing­ton from top to bot­tom. That part of the state be­tween the Paci­fic Ocean and those moun­tains is West­ern Wash­ing­ton; that part be­tween the moun­tains and the rest of the United States is East­ern Wash­ing­ton. It is West­ern Wash­ing­ton that every­one thinks of when they think "Wash­ing­ton": clouds and rain, Seat­tle and lat­tes, bum­ber­shoots and grunge, and more rain. The moist air from the ocean hits the moun­tains and rises to form clouds, which re­turn most of that mois­ture as rain, caus­ing our side of the… Con­tinue Read­ing wild wild west­ern wash­ing­ton

the astounding creatures of masayoshi matsumoto

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the mo­ment a sin­gle man con­tem­plates it, bear­ing within him the im­age of a cathe­dral.” Starfish. Cen­tipede. Jel­ly­fish. Bee. Lizard. But­ter­fly. Scor­pion fish. Cater­pil­lar. Her­mit crab. Flamingo. Phoenix. Beetle lar­vae. Oc­to­pus. M asayoshi uses bal­loons only! Masayoshi Mat­sumoto has taken care to keep a very low pro­file: he is 25-years old and a re­cent grad­u­ate of Tokyo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, where he stud­ied 有機高分子物質 (or­ganic poly­mer ma­te­ri­als). I did find what ap­pears to be his web­site: Iso­presso. There he claims, "バルーンで色々なものを作っています。このページに掲載している作品は全て風船のみからできています。シール・ペン・接着剤などは一切使用していません" ("I make many things with bal­loons. The im­ages that are posted on this page are made only from bal­loons.… Con­tinue Read­ing the as­tound­ing crea­tures of masayoshi mat­sumoto

pangur bán and the nameless monk

EVERY­BODY KNOWS WHAT A CO­IN­CI­DENCE IS: "The oc­cur­rence of events that hap­pen at the same time by ac­ci­dent but seem to have some connection"—at least ac­cord­ing to Merriam-Webster. But of course it's not that sim­ple: 'real' co­in­ci­dences not only catch our at­ten­tion, they res­onate with us. Real co­in­ci­dences seem to 'mean some­thing,' even if that mean­ing is just be­yond our ken. Also, co­in­ci­dences seem to be unique—they feel spe­cial. They feel woowoowy. They feel like God/Grommett or the Universe/Void are try­ing to call us out of our revery and pay at­ten­tion! They feel like they've never hap­pened be­fore . . . "Though… Con­tinue Read­ing pan­gur bán and the name­less monk

philosophical mutts and zen master cats

GUARDIANS OF BE­ING is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Eck­hart Tolle (words) and Patrick Mc­Don­nell (pic­tures). I have en­thused over it since its pub­li­ca­tion in 2009, and have rec­om­mended it to every­one! The book de­scribes beau­ti­fully and play­fully how philo­soph­i­cal mutts and zen mas­ter cats help in ground­ing hu­man beings—call us out of our rever­ies, our wor­ries, and our self-absorption, and plant our feet back on the ground of the here and now. 1 "This won­der­fully unique col­lab­o­ra­tion brings to­gether two mas­ters of their fields, join­ing orig­i­nal words by spir­i­tual teacher Eck­hart Tolle with de­light­ful il­lus­tra­tions by Patrick Mc­Don­nell, the cre­ator of the ac­claimed comic strip… Con­tinue Read­ing philo­soph­i­cal mutts and zen mas­ter cats

a note on the late great david bowie

MY TRIB­UTE TO DAVID BOWIE was an ac­count of how and when I was trans­formed from a Bowie-hater to a Bowie-lover in 1975. I ti­tled it "Just How Did David Bowie Af­fect Your Con­scious­ness" and posted it on my Rather Rare Records site last week. It had taken a few days to write it, as I was un­pre­pared for Bowie's pass­ing. I should have added this note here when I pub­lished it last week so that read­ers of this site would know of it. Click on over and give it a read and ac­cept my apolo­gies for be­ing late . . . FEA­TURED IM­AGE: The photo… Con­tinue Read­ing a note on the late great david bowie

art spiegelman's very strange comic strip

I SAW THE ADS FOR WITZEND in late 1966 or early '67, prob­a­bly in the Rocket's Blast Comics Col­lec­tor. RBCC was the first fanzine that I bought in the '60s; it was an adzine that fea­tured ar­ti­cles on comics and ads from deal­ers and col­lec­tors of­fer­ing stuff for sale. I sent my dol­lar bill off to some strange ad­dress in New York and ea­gerly awaited an en­tire pub­li­ca­tion by my fav­er­avest artist, Wally Wood. 1 I waited for months and what I fi­nally re­ceived was Witzend 2 with a note of apol­ogy from Woody in the mail­ing en­velope. The… Con­tinue Read­ing art spiegelman's very strange comic strip

did he just say something sacrilitigious?

FACE­BOOK GETS MY AT­TEN­TION in the early morn­ing hours as I sip my cof­fee and wait for that part of my brain/mind that ra­ti­o­ci­nates to kick into gear. I scroll through my time­line and when an in­ter­est­ing im­age catches my at­ten­tion, I read it, and some­times chime in. I try to be pos­i­tive and hu­mor­ous: yes­ter­day I made a some­what silly com­ment on someone’s Face­book page and I coined a word that some­how re­lated in some way to the orig­i­nal post: 'sac­ril­iti­gious.' It is of course a play on the words sac­ri­le­gious and liti­gious and no doubt the Face­book post had some­thing to… Con­tinue Read­ing did he just say some­thing sac­ril­iti­gious?