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Gravy, With a Side of Cancer


Thanksgiving week is usually slow. Reeeeel s l   o   w   .   .     .

Thanksgiving proper, Citizen’s Cab lowers the gate (cab rental) for us drivers down from $91 to $61, as an act of mercy. A cabbie might gamble on coming into work early on Thanksgiving to drive a fare or two to the airport; people trying to make it somewhere around the country before turkey and the big game. Or that cabbie might just be spinning his or her wheels empty until well after noon, after the locals have long walked home from their neighborhood coffee joints and suddenly found themselves running late to whatever friend’s house with their thrown-together sweet potato casserole with marshmallows pot luck.

This year I chose to sleep in… until Black Friday.

But it will definitely be slow this morning, too, until the day wakes up for shopping and chemo.


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Who Will Be the Gods of Mars?

Source: Hideyoshi

Source: Hideyoshi

Via Gods & Radicals:

As of yet, in that weird and glittering quantum realm of possibility, there is an entire society waiting to be born. Somewhere in the not-too-distant future the settlers of Mars will have their own slang, their own accent, their own manner of dress. It’s simply a manner differentiation: Put a group of people on an island, give them 40 years, and they will spawn a unique culture. We see the same instinct in groups of children in high school; just imagine what we’ll do with a planet. We will refer to ideas as “being so Martian” or certain words or phrases as “sounding Martian.” Who will these people be? What will a Martian accent sound like? Will they wear their hair a certain way? Will certain jokes, phrases or symbols be uniquely their own? What will be the hallmarks of “Martian cuisine?” All these questions will be answered, all these things will manifest.

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Podcast Episode 3: Pagans & Prisons


Compelling stories, ambient recordings, and interesting background music, woven into a radical pagan tapestry with a high audio-geek quotient.

Via Gods & Radicals:

In episode 3, we hear from several members of the Maine Pagan Clergy Association, all of whom work in some capacity with pagans in prison, along with a rant on the subject from our own Dr. Bones.

“We’re number one in prisoners.

By every measure the U.S. leads the world in prisoners, with 2.2 million people in jail and more than 4.8 million on parole. No nation tops that – not China with 1.7 million, not Russia with 670,000. We not only have the highest number of prisoners, we have the highest percentage of people in prison or jail. In the U.S., 702 of every 100,000 people were in prison or jail in 2013. Cuba has 510 per 100,000 people in prison, Russia has 467, and Iran has 290.

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Where are Freddie Mercury’s Ashes?

Freddie Mercury, flamboyant front man for the rock group Queen died from complications of AIDS on November 24, 1991. Where his remains remain (ahem) are a mystery.

Mary Austin (right) was trusted with the location of Freddie Mercury's ashes. She has said that she will never tell anyone where they are, as was his wish

Mary Austin (right) was trusted with the location of Freddie Mercury’s ashes. She has said that she will never tell anyone where they are, as was his wish

The Daily Mail tells the tale. Sorry for the rhyming.

No, I’m not. Read on, True Believers:

In the days before his death, his once lithe body now  rendered extremely frail by Aids, Freddie Mercury made one final request of the woman he described as ‘the love of my life’. That she, and she alone, should collect his ashes after his cremation and dispose of them at a private location never to be disclosed.

For more than two decades Mary Austin has abided by Mercury’s wishes and kept the whereabouts of his ashes a secret. Not even his elderly parents were told.

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The Driving Range


I’m all Paris-ed and “let’s throw up barbed-wire fences to keep us free“-ed out. Feeling kind of dark. So, please indulge as I pitch this one ride out there, to cheer us up…



It’s been slow. It’s that palpable quiet period for cab driving as Thanksgiving looms.

At present I’m cruising the Lower Haight, with the back seat having been cold for the last forty-five minutes. (Sigh.) I guess it’ll be the left up Fillmore now, for the usual rounds; on through the Jazz District, up through well-off Pac Heights, and down into the yuppie ubiquitous Marina.

However, mid-turn, score!

It’s a late 20’s skinny white blonde dude with thick coke-bottle glasses, and sagging jeans, running into the street from the afar bus stop to flag. Dude is swaggering towards me in beat up skater shoes, with gold chain swaying, and one hand waving vehemently in the air as the other holds up his falling pants.

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Twin Peaks Tarot

I’ve got good news. Those Tarot Cards you like are going to come back in style. Benjamin Mackey, the co-creator and artist of the ongoing series SAINTS from Image Comics, has stepped through the gateway between two worlds and brought back a treasure like no other. He has beautifully placed the characters and mythology of Twin Peaks in a re-imagined Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck.

Artwork by Benjamin Mackey. Used by permission.



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Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord

Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens.

Original Darth Darth Treatise via Reddit

Via tickld:

The following mind-blowing theory comes from genius Reddit user Lampawarroo, whose careful research and masterful insight brings us what may be the greatest Star Wars theory ever conceived. Here I will seek to establish that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumbling idiot he portrays himself as, is in fact a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control. Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine- rather, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning. It’s entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Jar Jar Binks throughout both trilogies.

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The Long, Strange History of ‘the Finger’

There really is nothing new under the sun, as Atlas Obscura reveals:

It usually takes two hands to type out a message. But there’s one digit that, flying solo, can get more across than a whole screed: the middle one, a.k.a The Finger, a.k.a The Bird.

You're not so edgy. (Photo: Sascha Kohlmann/Flickr)

You’re not so edgy. (Photo: Sascha Kohlmann/Flickr)

If the intent behind the gesture is viscerally obvious, the name isn’t. No one is turning over a chicken—so why do we call it flipping the bird? It turns out that this fowl expression began its incubation millennia ago, in the classrooms and coliseums of of ancient Rome. Since then, it has winged its way through all the most important arenas of public life, from the theatrical stages of 17th century Britain to 1950s Saturday morning cartoon screens.

According to etiquette historian Roger E. Axtell, the middle finger is “the most ubiquitous and longest-lived insulting gesture” in the world.

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“Back to the Future” Predicts 9/11

On October 21st 2015, “Back to the Future Day” came and went as internet memes do, but it left an enduring mystery in its wake. Fueled by ’80s nostalgia and a need for topical click-bait, everyone from the Washington Post to Comedy Central zeroed in on a YouTube video that lays out a truly bizarre set of coincidences connecting 9/11 to the time-travel comedy classic Back to the Future.

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Insurrection and Utopia, Part 2: “You say you want a Revolution?” “Not exactly…”


Unlike other radicals and Leftists, Dr. Bones actually has a plan.

Via Gods & Radicals:

“Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” Isn’t that what they say?

If the entire world, from human culture to technology, is the byproduct of the Ruling Ideology and is literally shaped and molded by it we must do nothing less then change everything; reform is not an option because the sheer act of of working “within the system” actually reinforces existing ideologies. That’s been the key to the whole thing: each generation fine tunes and updates the existing ideological experience, making it bearable and palatable to them and thus preserves it. It’s the reason identity politics and purely social revolutions are so eagerly supported. The people at the top don’t really care if the definition of marriage is broadened or restricted as long as we keep depending on them to do it, they don’t care if there’s a black or female president as long as we still keep electing presidents.

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