Thursday, April 20, 2006

Significant e-mail exchange

-----Original Message-----
From: Youngling #2
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:05 AM
To: Martin McFriend

Dude, that show on M theory happened to be on PBS last night, and it cleared a few things up that I was fuzzy about. M Theory spawned from string theory, or "the theory of everything." On a side note, these theoretical "strings" are even smaller than quarks (which are smaller than protons and neutrons). If a quark was the size of this solar system, a string would be the size of a tree. Ridiculous. lol. Anyway, the idea is that the three dimensions of space and one dimension of time are not the only dimensions. These strings, on the sub particle level, or sparticle level, create an additional six dimensions that we're not capable of recognizing due to evolved perception, conditioning and whatnot (maybe this is where the LSD filter comes into play?). That's how the parallel universes work. Our universe is like one slice of a loaf of bread that creates a super universe of sorts. The worm hole theory suggests that the far reaches of this universe are closer than the nearer reaches because of the slice shape. Imagine that south LA was folded over to be parallel to north LA, with Beverly Hills at the fold. We only know to travel through the hills to get to the Valley, when, in actuality, if we could create a rift through space, we could just jump from say, Inglewood to Burbank through the worm hole in a fraction of the time, rather than traveling the surface. Because string theory explains that such rifts might occur on the string level, it's possible that a rift could occur on a larger one, but not really. And then they involve the small membranes on that level. The membranes are said to be able to expand with energy. A great force of energy could enlarge a membrane to the point that it is the size of, well, the universe as we know it. We're just a membrane, dude. To travel from one universe to another has to do with another sub-proton particle called a graviton. Gravity, though it aligns the planets and brings apples falling to the ground, is relatively weak. But if you could magnify the gravity, the spill over would travel to the next universe. So, we would have to be able to travel on the gravity, I guess. It's like a pool table. The surface is, more or less, two dimensions - everything traveling on a plane - like our "slice." But the knocking of the balls creates sound waves that transcend those dimensions. They spill over. Like gravity. Ideas such as the Big Bang Theory might be the contact of the rolling, wave-like universes touching each other at a point. I'm not sure there. I'm just giving you a starting point for a massive Interweb study. (Also, atom smashers are the four-mile long loops where they crash atoms together at unbelievable speeds. The people who do this are the same people that as kids used to set things on fire. Fermilab, in Indiana, is one atom smasher. Cern is the one under construction on the France, Switzerland border that is going to destroy Fermilab. Even Fermilab admits it.) All right, dude, I have to go to work.

-----Original Message-----
From: Martin McFriend
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:11 AM
To: Youngling #2
Subject: RE:

Particle accelerator! That's what it's called. Btw, thanks for ruining my entire day at 10 am.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Inside the mind of a carnival tycoon


Your ol pal here wanted to share with you a brief glimpse into the mind of a fast-rising genius among the ranks of the new age circus scene. I'm including a letter from my colleague Wink, a gentleman and scholar, to an old college girlfriend of his. He gave me permission to reproduce. Hope you find it in your heart's little bloody space to empathize with this crazy fucker's plight.



Dear Carol,

Well, actually I didn't really quit. I'm just taking a sabbatical, some time off. I really need it because things have been crazy around here lately. More on that in a minute. I don't know if you remember Chuck Wilbur. He's one of my best friends from Andersonville. Chuck and I went into business together a few years ago and started up an entertainment management company. At first we specialized in representing low-end magicians and down on their luck illusionists. It was a mere pittance, money-wise, at first, but we really started learning a thing or two about the performance spectacle industry. Soon we ran into some producers from that old show Wild Kingdom (you may remember it). There are all sorts of Hollywood TV types skulking around LA you know. So these guys had a whole stable of exotic animals and a slew of incredible tricks, plus pyrotechnic equipment. They just needed some investors with vision. Chuck and I hit it off with these dudes immediately. We took a sojourn in SE Asia for two months recruiting the best of the third-world beast training circuit. We came up with an idea to meld magic and Jack Hanna style animal tricks. Chuck knew a guy who worked with Cirque du Soleil who could help us develop a few other contacts and find a ring leader. Our vision slowly became reality.

So we started up JM Tickles Inc. and worked at first in Vegas, doing shows at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. Eventually, we got a contract to start up a west coast traveling show. We based our offices in Rancho Cucamonga and did a lot of work up and down the central California coast. Chuck got his license in primate education and I started working more closely with our team of dwarves. These guys were vicious and I took a real beating, psychologically and physically. Angry little men, they were. But the money was coming in buckets, and Chuck and I were truly living out the dream. From 2003 to 2005, everything was ridiculous. Long drunken nights in Mexico, sex with strange people (and sometimes animals were involved), vampiric tendencies, intravenous drugs, fist fights, sour milk, bandaids, strange rashes, mornings with the bearded lady, I mean seriously, this was circus living at its best (or worst). We had this one kid who did a three week tour with us, and the SOB had flippers for feet. I mean he really had flippers, man.

But this was all very taxing on my soul as you can probably imagine. Traveling constantly and having no routine in life, no roots, nothing to call home. Just a lot of money and disease and feeling sorry for myself and the veritable freakshow of employees working for us trying to squeeze out a few ducates for a meal of fish and vinegar. By the early part of this year, about February, I was at my wits end. Chuck and I were fighting and getting at each other's throats a lot. We would argue about little things, you know, who's turn it was to regulate the harlot division, getting Sam from Guatemala to clean up in the monkey cage, buying propane for faux explosions during the grand illusion session that we ended every show with. We had government tax guys breathing down our necks, ATF agents complaining about fire hazards, a small group of Berkeley hippies picketing outside our ticket windows crying foul about our waste disposal techniques, alleged environmental misdeeds and, gag, animal cruelty. Do these people honestly not understand that you have to beat an elephant very severely to get it to walk in the direction you want it to? I mean, we had adoring fans to please. But worst of all, it was those damn dwarves, or midgets, or whatever the hell we are supposed to call them now days in this PC society. These silly bastards beat me within an inch of my life on Valentines Day because I served them Dos Equis amber instead of the lager. I spent four days in ICU and was on crutches for three weeks. I felt it was time to make some serious changes.

So here I am, now about to take a trip to Argentina and recollect myself. Chuck and I have agreed that we are going to do some different things when I get back. I have in friend in Buenos Aires, a Mr. Miguel "Lige" Rodriguez who plans to set me up for a few weeks and talk to me about growing opportunity in Latin America. One thing I know for sure is JM Tickles has to clean up its performance and get a little classier. With that said, I'm going to be looking for talent soon. We have an opening for a pretty face and a girl who can move well. We've decided to 86 the whole fire dancing bit, and instead need some female presenters. The show is going to take a tour through the southeast in September so that is when we'll need to pick up some fresh young performers. Weren't you a cheerleader for the Falcons once? Would you be interested in doing some work with us? Just a short two-week contract while we trek through Ga, S.C. and Tennessee. All you'd have to do is wear a sequined oney and present digital cards while the tightwire jugglers interact with Martin McFriend, our top elemental steward. It pays good money and your family could come see you. Anyway, just a thought. Sorry for the long rant. I think I just needed to get this off my chest before I pop some pills and board my flight. Hope all is well. Best,

Wayne "Wink" Niggins

Friday, April 14, 2006

Tell me religion isn't scary

In observance of holy week, thought I'd post a couple photos taken from a Spanish procession on Palm Sunday.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Comic Book Inanity

This is all based on separate but related occurrences within the comic book universe as created by Marvel. Utterly fantastic. Let me tell you, every day is a challenge for me to not go insane as I have so much trouble comprehending existence on this plane.

The Beyonders are a race of immensely powerful entities who exist in a dimension other than of Earth. No one from anywhere within Earth's dimension has ever seen one or more of the Beyonders, and apparently no one ever will. The Beyonders are so different in nature from the known beings of Earth's dimension that it is beyond the scope of human comprehension to understand what kind of entities the Beyonders are. It is known that the Beyonders are not "beings" in the sense that that term is used to describe the known living beings in the Earth dimension. The Beyonders apparently do not experience time as a chronological progression, as the known living beings of Earth's dimension do. The limit of the Beyonders' power are unknown. However, teir nature is so alien that they are unable to leave their own dimension. Hence, in their dealings with the Earth dimension, they must operate through agents. It is known that the Beyonders are dedicated to the desire for change.

Having become aware of the universe containing the Earth and of the Earth itself, the Beyonders intend to study the process of evolution (a form of change) on that planet. Therefore, the Beyonders contact an extradimensional race of the Earth dimension known as the Nuwali through an unusual artifact. Having made no notable accomplishments of their own, the Nuwali are said to be distinguished solely for their ability to follow orders. The Beyonders offered to pay the Newali gold (which the Nuwali, like Earth people, consider highly valuable) if they would create a game preserve on Earth stocked with fauna and flora different periods in Earth's history, ranging from Triassic (the first part of the Mesozic Era, the so-called Age of Dinosaurs) into the then present. Hence the Nuwali created the Savage Land, a tropical area circled by volcanoes within Antarctica. In the Savage Land, dinosaurs and other life forms from the entire span of the Mesozoic Era have co-existed with the various life forms that evolved in the later Cenozoic Era, the Age of Mammals, and even with human beings, right into the present day. For tes of thousands of years, the Nuwali stacked the Savage land with fauna and flora and watched over it. At some part, the Nuwali's contact with the Beyonder came to an end. The Beyonders continues to study evolution as demonstrated by the living beings of the Savage Land.

Thousands of years after the Nuwali's relationship with Beyonds ended, the Beyonders used the knowledge of evolution they had gained to create the alien race called the Fortisquians. The Beyonders used the Fortisquians to observe the progress of sentient races on many worlds in the Earth dimension. At regular intervals each world under observation would be studied by a Fortisquian observer who approached the planet in a starship camouflaged as a comet. Having been created by the Beyonders, the Fortisquians' minds are somewhat alien to this cosmos. Hence, only exceptional Fortisquians can avoid going insane when surrounded by large numbers of non-Fortisquian beings. Through the Fortisquians's observations, the Beyonders learned about interactions within societies within sentient being in this universe. The Beyonders learned that all sentient beings are driven by desire to possess what they do not have.

Favorably disposed toward this universe, the Beyonders gave its sentient beings the opportunity to control and advance their own development. The Beyonders provided this opportunity by making possible the creation of the Cosmic Cube. A Cosmic Cube is a cube-shaped matrix that holds vast energies that are responsive to the wills of sentient beings. A sentient being can use a Cosmic Cube to manifest his thoughts as reality, and thus to accomplish virtually anything he or she desires. Sentient beings can create a Cosmic Cube by generating a particular kind of force field which opens a rift into another dimension. A force will slip through the rift which can be collected within a matrix, which the force then shapes into a perfect cube. This force provides the power of the Cosmic Cube that has thus been created. Eventually, a Cosmic Cube will evolve and develop its own sentience, which is influenced by the minds of the sentient beings which have wielded it. A Cosmic Cube created by the alien race of the Skrulls eventually evolved into the being called the Shaper of Worlds. Another Cosmic Cube, created on Earth by the scientists of the Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) had evolved into the still-mutating entity called Kubik.

A nuclear accident triggered by laboratory worker Owen Reece had two effects. It opened a rift into the dimension from which the energy that powers Cosmic Cubes comes. But there was no matrix waiting to collect the force that now could enter the Earth dimension through this rift. Some of this force transformed Reece into the superhuman Molecule Man, who was increasingly compelled by the nature of the force to curb the use of his own newfound superhuman power. The rest of the released energy began developing its own sentience and started to observe Earth and its dimension. It is this sentient force that eventually named itself the Beyonder, after its unconscious awareness of its true creators.

The Beyonders later employed an alien named Sphinxor and other aliens called the Prime Movers to take possession of Counter-Earth, a relatively miniature duplicate of the Earth, complete with its inhabitants that had been created by the High Evolutionary, an Earthman who had evolved himself into a superhuman being. Learning of the Beyonders from Sphinxor, the High Evolutionary accepted to their taking possession of Counter-Earth and accompanied Sphinxor on his mission to bring it to them. Exactly what happened there after is unclear. Counter-Earth was apparently somehow displayed in the Beyonders' equivalent of museum, and the High Evolutionary went temporarily insane. Apparently the High Evolutionary visited the Beyonders' own dimension if he was in their "museum." Possibly his insanity was the result of an inability to comprehend the Beyonders' dimension.

The entity that was released by Reece's accident and called itself the Beyonder eventually entered Earth's dimension and arranged a "secret war" between champions from Earth and their criminal adversaries as a means of studying the nature of desire. Later, the Beyonder went to Earth himself, where he assumed human form, and became a menace seeking to destroy the planet. Seemingly killed by the Molecule Man, the Beyonder instead journeyed as pure energy into another dimension, where he created his own universe.

In Antarctica at the site of the Savage Land, members of the Fantastic Four discovered a Nuwali inscription of the word "Beyonder." In the course of their investigation, three members of the Fantastic Four, joined by their adversary, Dr. Doom, traveled to the universe created by the Beyonder. The Molecule Man, the Shaper of Worlds, and Kubik also traveled there. The Shaper explained to the Earth people and the Beyonder about the true Beyonders' involvement with the Earth dimension. The so-called Beyonder learned that he was actually not the omnipotent being he believe himself to be, but an immature Cosmic Cube that had not been contained within a proper matrix. The Beyonder merged with the Molecule Man in order to become a true Cosmic Cube, and the universe created by the Beyonder ceased to exist. That Cosmic Cube's present whereabouts is unknown.
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