tim minchin really is an inspiring speaker (on life, dreams, and exercise)

I’M NOT BIG ON INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERSor inspirational books or art or even quips and quotes. I don’t believe that I have ever recommended anything inspirational to anyone in my life. At least not in the modern sense of the word ‘inspirational’ as it relates to Tony Roberts and related go-to gurus. None of whom I’m knocking here—just saying it’s not my bag.


I think the psychedelic path is sometimes the easiest path

Path: fractal image that resembles a psychedelic mandala.

THE GOD CAPSULE is the clever term applied to a hit of LSD in “The God Capsule: Can Psychedelics Prove a Biological Basis for Spirituality?” An article by Alexander Zaitchik (November 8, 2017), it addresses the psychedelic path and its effects of LSD on the human meat system. In it, David Nutt, co-director of the Beckley-Imperial College psychedelic research program in London, states:


it’s better to know nothing than to know what isn’t so

THE MAIN MAXIM that I try to follow in living the conscious part of my life is a well-known quote by Mark Twain: “It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so.” These are wise words and ones that, should you adopt them, keeps you on your toes. In fact, if you know nothing else, knowing this could CONTINUE READING

why do we count people who never vote as ‘voters’?

WHAT IF A LOCAL COUNTRY CLUB gave you a free lifetime membership with full access to its gorgeous 18-hole golf course. Nice, right? But what if you have never hit a golf ball outside of a miniature golf course (with windmills and mazes and all those other cute hazards)? In fact, what if you have absolutely no interest in the most boring game invented CONTINUE READING

anonymity empowers cowards to become bullies

I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT BULLIES several times on this site, both from personal memories and with the still escalating instances of Internet bullying often referred to as “trolling.” We are watching the seventh season of the television series CASTLE, and one of the episodes deals with both the type of bullying that I experienced fifty years ago, and the with cyber-bullying of today.


mootly scanning the internet for troll alternates

I HAVE ADDRESSED the issue of “internet trolls” in separate articles several times; give this one a read if the topic interests you: “Too Many Immoral People Are Trolling More Effectively Than Ever Before.” It’s the last one I wrote and probably the last one I will write. The word ‘troll’ has joined others such as ‘scan,’ ‘moot’ (try to figure out how to CONTINUE READING

get your yaw-yaws out! (syphilis, mad monks, and sailors)

SAY YOU WANT A BRIEF BUT COGENT EXPLANATION of the contemporary interpretation of the Big Bang Theory—where do you go? And—notice I didn’t say “or”—you want to know why Yellowstone National Park is both one of the most beautiful preserves in the world and one of the most potentially catastrophic areas in the world—where do you go? Plus you need CONTINUE READING

wine snobs got doctor conti while the rest of us get two buck chuck

FORGERY IS A TIME-HONORED TRADITION in the world of artRoman artists made copies of Greek sculptures, although whether the purchasers of these fakes were aware of their origin is unknown. Forgers have taken on new importance since the 19th century, as the name of the artist often has more meaning to a customer than the actual quality of the painting. Of course, making CONTINUE READING