Sep 21

20 Nick Cave Quotes on the Creative Process

Talking stamps: Tiny vinyl record postage stamps that were playable, 1972 

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Sep 20

It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.

"I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. That shit is going to look so seasonal. I’m about to head up to the attic right now to find that wicker fucker, dust it off, and jam it with an insanely ornate assortment of shellacked vegetables. When my guests come over it’s gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes. Guess what season it is—fucking fall. There’s a nip in the air and my house is full of mutant fucking squash…”

Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.
Judy Blume (via thelifeguardlibrarian)


Koreashanity and the Concave Earth Theory,

The idea of the hollow earth was made popular by Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.  However, in 1869 a doctor in New York would propose an idea that took the hollow earth theory one step further.  Dr. Cyrus Teed was a physician who had a very unique view of the earth.  According to Teed the earth was hollow, however we were living inside of the concave hollow earth, with the sun, atmosphere, stars, and moon located in the center.  Needless to say, Dr. Teed was a very odd man, who also performed very odd experiments involving mysticism, alchemy, and subjecting himself to high voltage electrical shocks.

After subjecting himself to one such shock in 1869 Dr. Teed was visited by a divine spirit who revealed that Teed was a messiah, and salvation of humanity depended on his spreading of the “Concave Earth” theory. Dr. Cyrus Teed changed his name to “Koresh”, the Hebrew name for Cyrus, and founded a new religion called “Koreshanity”.  The core of Koreshanity revolved around belief in the Concave Earth, as well as  communal living, utopianism, celibacy (no sex), and reincarnation. Many people flocked to join his new religion, and communes were formed in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. 

In 1894 Teed declared the creation of a “New Jerusalem” in Estero, Florida. 250 Koreshans built a prosperous town complete with a bakery, a general store, concrete works, power plant, and a Koreshanity College.  In 1905 they conducted a five month long experiment in which not only did they supposedly prove the Concave Earth theory, but measured its curvature at eight inches per mile.  The Koreshans even created their own political party, unsuccessfully running candidates for local government positions.  However, the growing influence and expansion of the Koreshanity movement led to suspicion and acts of violence between residents and the Koreshans.  In one incident, Teed himself was accosted and injured by a group of men from Fort Meyers.  Apparently the injury never healed, and Teed died two years later in 1908.  

Teed had always preached that he was immortal, and would be resurrected like Jesus after his death.  His body was laid and watched over day and night for over a week until the local health department ordered his burial.  Despite this set back Teed’s followers continued to faithfully practice his teachings.  However, the lack of procreation caused by his teachings in celibacy ultimately doomed the religion.  Few followers joined the religion after his death, seeing Teed as a nutcase and crackpot.  Slowly the sect died out, with only a handful of Koreshan’s living in Florida by the 1960’s.  Today the Koreshan settlement is owned by Florida and is protected as a state park.

I was just in Houston.


Abandonded spy facility 450 nautical miles south of the North Pole

Sep 18
I think the Devil does it.

I think the Devil does it.

Sep 17


The First Photograph of a Human Being

"This photograph of Boulevard du Temple in Paris was made in 1838 by Louis Daguerre, the brilliant guy who invented the daguerreotype process of photography.

Aside from its distinction of being a super early photograph, it’s also the first photograph to ever include a human being.

Because the image required an exposure time of over ten minutes, all the people, carriages, and other moving things disappear from the scene. However, in the bottom left hand corner is a man who just so happened to stay somewhat still during the shot — he was having his shoes shined.”

I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.
Kurt Vonnegut (via maxkirin)

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