Cot Dom

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill

Good day to you, good friend.

Are you my facebook friendster?  You should be.

The inane race for the GOP nomination continues: Bachman couldn’t turn her overdrive on. Newt eyes Santorum: could be quite the brew.

Cornell, backed by the Pentagon, has created a “time cloak” that briefly makes events undetectable.

In 1965, a U.S. Senate subcommittee predicted that Americans would work 20 hour weeks by the year 2000, and take seven weeks vacation a year. We don’t.

Paypal told a buyer to destroy an antique violin because they thought it was counterfeit. It wasn’t.

Kodak is bankrupt.

Arts and Architecture are the two crappiest degrees you can have these days.

Speaking of art: check out this gallery of Soviet “Peace with US” propaganda posters.

Valley of The Fall:

Dat ‘stache:

And, finally, the follow-up to the BBC’s meditation investigation:




Q: Mediocre Gossip Wednesday?
A: Wrong. Good News Tuesday.

Heck-o, dear reader. (I say “heck-o” because “hell-o” might be a little harsh for Good News Tuesday)

I’m looking at the google analytics, and I see I have some returning visitors. I’m thrilled to know that people all over the world repeatedly check my little node of the web. So much, in fact, that I’d like to give a few shout-outs to some spots around the globe:

  • Qatar: I’m blushing. You guys spend more time viewing my site than anyone else, and I only have a vague notion of your existance! According to Wikipedia, you’re an absolute monarchy, have the world’s highest GDP per capita, and are “now the location for the U.S. Central Command’s Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center.” Thanks for tuning in! I think…
  • Netherlands: More returning visitors than my own country. Impressive! I would absolutely love to visit you some day. Anyone wanna sponsor me?
  • Italy: you view the most pages of all returning visitors. Thanks for being so thorough. You’re beautiful!

And, all regulars, in all countries, in case you didn’t notice the cute little icon under the logo, unperson has a Facebook page, and you know what? I’d love for you to be my facebook friendster (dot com (mie)).


Onto the good news:

The State of the World (it’s better than you think!)

Depressed? You might wanna get some DBS, son! Deep Brain Simulation is proving to be a safe an effective solution for treatment resistant depression.

Ever wonder: Did psychopaths cause the financial collapse of 2008? Professor Clive R. Boddy thinks they did. And he wrote a paper all about it.

An Oregonian made the best paper map of America. Evar!

Wikipedia ended its fundraiser with $20,000,000 in the bizznank.

Great news! The world’s first hybrid shark has been found! You can stop looking now.

Webmasters, rejoice! One of the most loathed pieces of software to ever come out of Redmond is finished: IE6 is dead!

New Yorkers: check out this map and photos of NYC’s lost subways.

Some nature for you:

Book of Life (via):

The BBC started a series investigating if meditation can really bring happiness:

I think it has something to do with this:





Youth has no age.
~ Pablo Picasso

Greetings, earthlings.

Some geekery:

Ever wonder: How much is your college degree worth?

Disaster strikes! You’ve got 72 hours before vital services are restored: are you prepared?


This photographer’s portfolio is sublime.

A bunch of “Manner Posters” from the Tokyo subways (1976 – 1982).

Lara Bifano paints fascinating scenes like this:

The ACLU has rated the US Presidential Candidates on civil liberties. Bachman, Romney and Santorum all scored 0/28. How did your favorite fare?

And, lastly: have you got 3 hours? Because Chris Hedges did, and he gave this brilliant interview entitled, “Brace Yourself! The American Empire is Over and the Descent is Going to be Horrifying!”

Maybe this is one of those things you can just play loud while you’re cleaning the house or doing laundry. Or listen to it through your headphones while you walk or jog or do whatever it is you do. It’s up to you, but you gotta hear this man speak. Seriously.




January 1st, 2012

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
~ Indian Proverb

Hope you had a great evening and started the New Year off on the right foot.

Some perspective: Slash talks about what he’s learned, his feud with Axl, and gives other life advice.

Wikipedia’s list of car-free places. I would like to visit all of them.

This guy and his wife are living their dream: off-the-grid.

I left off a few days ago talking about Ron Paul. I know, I know, he’s all over the Internet. Message boards are flooded by his diehard supporters. I’ve never been a huge fan, but I respect any US politician who believes in something other than business-as-usual. In this (long-ass) article, Glenn Greenwald points out that Dr. Paul stands for many of the things Democrats should stand for, but don’t. The piece is also about the all-or-nothing attitude that pervades US politics.

Several states are petitioning the DEA to re-classify cannabis as a Schedule II substance. Good luck with that.

A batch-o-pix for you:

Many thanks to my returning readers. As always, feel free to drop me a note and tell me how you’re doing, or I’m doing.



Right from birth, we move in the direction of the Lord of Death. Every instant, the river flows toward the ocean, not reversing its flow.

~ Tibetan Proverb

The hivemind did it. For real this time: GoDaddy officially opposes SOPA. See? Corporations listen. Maybe there’s hope yet.

Study: 1 in 25 business leaders may be a psychopath. How can one tell? Poor performance. Their ascent to the top is based completely on charisma; they are terrible at leading and doing actual work.

Okay, I’m going to scream it. Ready? The rule is: ONE SPACE AFTER A PERIOD. PERIOD.


Whoa, some countries hold their political leaders responsible for commiting crimes. Nice one, Argentina.

Want good coverage of American politics? You’ll have to go to the UK:

Okay. One more day of 2011. Make it a beauty, beauty.




Scratch. Sniff.

Everything in the Universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
~ Rumi

The American/European recession has never ended. It’s basically the result of  human relationships; power and weakness.

Anger triggers: Know them.

Poor people are quicker than middle-class or rich individuals to recognize the suffering of others and show compassion.

#occupy geeks are creating a social network.

Please, tell me, good people of the US: why don’t you want dollar coins?

Wikipedia’s list of countries by incarceration rate. :-(

Urban exploration pics:

More photos for you:



Hear Here

Now’s the time of year
to let go of the old
and clear a path for the new.
Now, imagine the world you want to live in.
Now, make it so.

This has been floating around the ‘tubes for a few:

But, “voting them out” only changes the faces. Money drowns out our voices. And, wouldja look at that: Congress has ended Corn Ethanal subsidies. Does that make it $388?

These guys, want to overhaul the calendar so that the same date falls on the same day every year. Makes sense, but it’s so … orderly.

The Times accidentally their whole mailing list.

Iriner Wering specializes in “Back to the Future” photography:

Muh Muh Muh Muh MONDO Gallery

The world’s first hacker pwned a telegraph demonstration in 1903. Did he do it for the lulz?

Here is amazing time lapse footage from the International Space Station. This isn’t a computer model, this is a camera filming the earth from outer-friggin’-space. And you can watch it in your panties. I love the future.



Post Box

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Q: Bad Olds Thursday?
A: Nope. Good News Tuesday.

The City of Medellin built giant outdoor escalators that shorten residents’ 35 minute hikes into 6 minute rides:

In Madrid, they buried a freeway and built a sprawling park.

In São Paulo, the 10-year ban on outdoor advertising has made the city more vibrant than ever.

The average Canadian is now wealthier than the average American. Brother, could ya spare a toonie?

An ‘edgy’ Chinese blogger is getting people talking “On Wanting Freedom”.

SOPA’s detractors have a new tool in their box: “the reverse robocall”.

In 1956, this state-of-the-art computer weighed over a ton and had just enough storage for a song. (via):

Today, we can fit 6500 of those computers onto one of these:

While we’re on the subject of weight loss, an obese man went without food for 382 days and lost 275 pounds with no ill effects.

Speaking of streamlined, the Buick Streamliner is goi-juss:

These pencil sculptures are incredible:

There have been a lot of #Occupy videos popping up lately. This one’s pretty well done:

You think occupyin’ is new(s)? Pssssshhhh. This guy’s been occupyin’ since 1967.

Be well, brothers and sisters.




Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
~ Pema Chodron

Merry Boxing Day!

In advance of Good News Tuesday: 5 companies that did something good for the world in 2011.

On the flipside: McDonalds is leaving Bolivia. That’s right, they’re shutting down, and shipping out. Their marketing people are so perplexed, they’re making a documentary about it.

Awesome: An Aussie made a hoverbike. Yeah, okay, so he hasn’t actually tested it out yet, but it looks dangerous enough.

Here’s an article about a Chinese company that transforms our old Christmas lights into slippers.

The Cat Organ is mostly awful, slightly intriguing…

meat eating plants, on the other hand, are 100% badass.

A lake in Thailand regularly shoots out pink fireballs and nobody can explain it. No, really.

Some images I have laying around…

Are you ready to forget 2011? Here are 45 things worth forgetting.