she continued to hold seances, joking that 150 years before, she would have been executed as a witch, but "now they send committees of professors from harvard to study me. that represents some progress, doesn't it? the defining skill of magicians, which is to direct their audience's attention exactly and only where they want it (the most effective marketers have the same skill; so do the best politicians.) at that point, houdini slapped a half-dollar between his palms, and it promptly disappeared
passed a chicken truck accident, locals flocked to collect what
they could. rained through the first night, never enough to close my window.
turned into the hotel parking lot. a clown car of
jesus-looking assholes drove up beside me. i exited quickly and walked
to reception to beat them in line. started to check in, the cashier
interrupted me to hand them their room keys. she turned away, the dirtiest
jesus-looking asshole swiped a chocolate out of the basket on the
counter and left the room, i asked her if the chocolates were free. she
recited some corporate language about their organic deliciousness,
fifteen pesos. "el person alli toque uno, saque uno, algo libre," and i
pointed to the jesus-looking asshole outside. she rolled her eyes at
the thought of confronting a guest, then sent security his way. hope they shave him bald.
had the ruins to myself. did pre-columbian american culture have dragons? wikipedia omits.
drove between empires. living in mexico is worth crossing the bering strait for
name this one: blue descending a staircase.
rented half a riverside cabana. howler monkeys howl at the midpoint of an oink and a roar. also, driver's side sunburn.
trekked through the wild one afternoon and steamed up the river the next morning. jaguar claws.
think they call it cocodrilo based on the flintstone-era etymology whereby fred uses one as a coconut-opening appliance.
drank a cheap bottle of syrah while the dogs growled
over which two would get a hand scratching their bellies. matthew sent a skype chat at nine asking for help
debugging a crash inside a multithreading process. i walked downtown for a stronger signal. no internet. the people were
in the streets. a xylophone and a saxophone traded fours in in the
town square, oblivious to the outage. the people were in the streets.
start a list of what i'd keep in a stable home: venus fly traps for selective breeding. after a few generations, they could eat a man.
threw them a bone. love those eyes.
tried every ipa. never seen so many drink coca cola from the two-liter. the
children look old and the people use mirrors to frame pictures.
never have i ever lost my keys.
walked past the pez dispenser for the best meal in the americas.
relationship between the gini coefficient and male-on-male homicide
isn't like point two or point three, which is about the correlation that
you'd get if you were predicting something like that using
personality. it's like point eight. or point nine. it's like, it eats
up all of it. it's the explanation. so it's a huge effect, you know,
it's so, it's so big an effect that you can basically say, "oh well we
figured that out" although psychologists never know when they figured
anything out and they keep endlessly re-testing it over and over and
over because, you know, we don't know how to bring our science to a
stop. but if you don't accept the gini coefficient-aggression data it's like
you might as well throw the rest of social sciences out the window
'i only have one regret in the women department,' trump boasts, 'that i never had the opportunity to court lady diana spencer.' according to selina scott, diana said that the huge bouquets trump sent to kensington palace gave her the creeps
but the dream of having a state of their own has never faded. with around 32 million people worldwide, they are the largest ethnic group without one
most basic goods, as well as medicines in the kurdish region's pharmacies, are brought from damascus on trucks that pass through isis territory. this is another of syria's complexities. isis leaders prefer to tax the drivers rather than block them and put the kurdish region under siege, which could provoke more armed conflict with the kurds
eventually gigantopithecus, an ape the size of a polar bear that dwelt
in the forests of southeast asia until a mere 300,000 years ago
dilemma we face, however, is whether the bits and pieces should
actually go together at all. they might derive from several types of
apes from different time periods that have become aggregated into the
same geological deposit, leading paleoanthropologists to create no more
than an imaginary miocene chimera
the hugely impoverished world we live in today, with no more than four types of apes other than ourselves left on earth