Gilbert Shelton, the creator of the Freak Brother’s comics, created this amazing comic with his idea for a “hurry tax” for drivers that want to change lights green. It’s so brilliant and interesting – we could get rid of the all the debt the country is in overnight! I know it’s not a serious idea in itself, but it is a very cool and interesting idea. Obviously, with wireless technology and no need for coins and dollars – this technology would be even easier to institute. it tickles something inside me for some reason.
I love Daniele Bolelli and Duncane Trussell. Two awesome human beings. This moment they had together when Danielle explains the Zen story of the Tigers and the Strawberry is so cool. It’s so inspirational and so meaningful. Daniel told this story after explaining about how he and his wife dealt with her terminal illness. It was really touching in that context. Plus Daniele’s voice really lends something to the telling of the story. Please watch it so that it’ll be in your mental arsenal when you need it the most – like in a bad or frustrating situation. Wild strawberries are growing everywhere.
I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed By Me: Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World – is a bestselling collection of more than seventy military patches representing secret government projects. Here author/photographer/investigator Trevor Paglen explores classified weapons projects and intelligence operations by scrutinizing their own imagery and jargon, disclosing new facts about important military units, which are here known by peculiar names (“Goat Suckers,” “Grim Reapers,” “Tastes Like Chicken”) and illustrated with occult symbols and ridiculous cartoons. The precisely photographed patches—worn by military personnel working on classified missions, such as those at the legendary Area 51—reveal much about a strange and eerie world about which little was previously known.
This is an older article that appeared in Wired Magazine, but it just came up at work in conversation and I wanted to post it because I found it so fascinating. It’s about a brilliant guy named Mohan Srivastava that figured out how to crack scratch-off lottery tickets. Sounds like science fiction, but it actually happened. What’s crazy is, he tried to let Ontario know there was a problem with their lottery tickets, and they blew him off at first until he sent them this letter:
In the enclosed envelopes, I have sent you two groups of 10 TicTacToe tickets that I purchased from various outlets around Toronto in the past week… You go ahead and scratch off the cards. Maybe you can give one batch to your lottery ticket specialist. After you’ve scratched them off, you should have a pretty solid sense for whether or not there’s something fishy here.
9/5/2012 EDIT: So I messed up and I confused the ring of the mushroom with the word veil for some reason. Most likely because I was pretty drunk when I wrote this post below. So please, see the correction here and replace the word veil below with “ring” or “annulus”. Mis-identifying a mushroom because you have your terminology screwed up could be deadly. There are lots of deadly ones that look like edible ones – and I would hate for someone to accidentally read this and make a mistake somewhere. Thanks.
So I was thinking about this: Mushrooms have this part of them toward the top, called the
veil ring. It’s this part:
This is an Amanita Muscaria. The thing is, mushroom clouds, from a nuclear disaster have a
veil ring. Now I know they named them that because they look like mushrooms, but down to the veil ring!?! I mean, check it out:
What I’ve been thinking is, the cloud actually is pointing us to the solution. There have been studies about mushrooms absorbing toxins in the environment – particularly radiation. Paul Stamets is a genius, and he is talking about it all the time and even has plans on how to spread mushrooms all over the Earth to fix the environment. I just think it’s crazy that the clouds themselves are like street signs to the answer.
“I felt as if I was flying in the sky — I could also enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pudong from here … it’s so cool and wonderful,” a swimmer told CCTV.
Ignacio Ayestaran in Cambodia:
After hiking two kilometers in the heat of the morning sun we arrived to the carvings of the lingas in Kbal Spean. Our hopes of refreshing under the waterfall were shatered as the riverbed lay dried but were instead treated to this beautifull site as hundreds of butterflies gathered around us.
There is actual magic in the world. Some people are finding it for us.
<Warning: Don’t watch this video if you are offended by the word m*therf*cker.>