Environmental Crime

Re-reading a lengthy interview on why innocent people confess to crimes they didnt commit, how they are coerced, how it all works, etc.. [The Sun magazine, July 2017] I recall reading that the recent decades’ declines in crime, especially violent crime, is sharply correlated to the elimination of lead paint & pipes. The ignorance of […]

“Where do you get your ideas?” (with special guest, Neil Gaiman)

The world is filled with ideas. Actually, it isnt filled with ideas, its MADE OF ideas. Actually its not made of ideas, its both made of & filled with The Ideas. Likewise, your consciousness , being part of the world, is both made of & filled with The Ideas. Sometimes they arrive seemingly wholecloth from nowhere, but you do not need those types of ideas to begin […]

Urban Archaeology, Photos, Mantra Meditation

Was surfing Wikipedia yesterday, and found that Science! says that among non-drug treatments for anxiety studied (a meta-analysis), they generally showed efficacy of similar magnitude, with one exception: Transcendental Meditation (TM) had outsized efficacy in reducing anxiety. (Wikipedia: Anxiolytic) Comparisons included Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EEG Biofeedback. I scanned the TM article and it appears to be […]

A note on the utility of gender-free pronouns in literature

Consider the phrase “the Raven of Stars begins xyr dance” which is what I was writing (for the Discordian Postcard Conspiracy) the first time I decided I required a multiple genderless possessive. In my case, I wanted to specify that despite being a ‘the’ the Raven of Stars was not-singular yet not-separated entities, and also that […]

Photos + One blueprint on quitting smoking

It is very true. To cut down, just 5 more minutes, just finding one more thing to do, before smoking, is the way to win. I would not recommend cutting down as a quitting strategy, but it is worth doing in its own right. I understand people who smoke in the house have much higher […]