8.27.18

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I wanted to start off with a couple of interesting synchronicities:

Senator John McCain died on the same day as Senator Ted Kennedy nine years previously, of the same condition—glioblastoma, a severe brain/spinal cancer that only impacts 10,000 people per year. Even more improbably: the two, despite their political differences, were close friends and even co-sponsored a key bill together.

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And so we have two Senators, who were close personal friends, dying on the same day nine years apart (nine=on the verge of the completion of an era) of the same disease. Two men inextricably connected to iconic aspects of the 1960s: Vietnam and JFK.

One could say, with a certain degree of certainty, that the two had certain resonances with each other; a type of “quantum inseparability.”

“Another feature of quantum systems in quantum inseparability, or non-locality, which implies that all quantum objects that have once interacted are in some sense still connected! When two quantum systems have interacted, their wave functions become ‘phase entangled’ so that when one system’s wave function, no matter how far away, instantly collapses as well. The non-local connection (“quantum entanglement”) is instantaneous, independent of distance and implies that the quantum entities, by sharing a wave function, are indivisible.”
—Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff

Now here’s another cool one: a black bear recently managed to find its way into the real-life lobby of the “Shining” mansion in Estes Park, Colorado:

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As you might remember, one of the key scenes of the 1980 film is somebody in a bear suit appearing to do some sort of sexual act with another man:

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Doesn’t quite have the sublime resonances as the McCain/Kennedy thing, but I just thought I’d mention it anyway.

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We underestimate the impact of the volcanic eruptions on Krakatoa, on this day in 1883; had it happened today, I think there would be nary a clean pair of knickers across the globe. At least 36,417 died from the initial explosion & tsunamis that followed, but the incident, taking place on an island between Java and Sumatra, had a world-wide impact.

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Krakatoa’s explosion colored the skies red as far away as New York; Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream,” painted ten years later, was supposedly a visual rendering of the bizarre hues that still hung in the air die to the ash thrown up into the atmosphere; not to mention the emotional impact on the world of the event.

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The explosion was also the loudest sound ever recorded, circling the Earth 4 times and allegedly heard by 10% of the population. It was equivalent to about 13,000 times the nuclear yield of the bomb that hit Hiroshima.

But while Krakatoa only had a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 6… the eruption of a supervolcano like, say, the one in the U.S.A.’s Yellowstone National Park would rate a VEI of 8.

Just something to think about.

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Here is an alternate theory about the animated movie Snow White: that she was dead by the end of the film & the Prince was really the Grim Reaper.

Uh…isn’t pretty much every alternate theory about pop-culture pretty much along these lines?

I used to think this was a very clever way to end my stories: THEY WERE DEAD THE ENTIRE TIME!

And then I slowly realized that this was the very clever way that everyone was ending their stories.

So then I switched to: every character is really the different multiple personalities of just one person!

Again, I was stymied! It appeared everyone was using this old saw, as well.

Now I just use heavy-handed religious metaphor.

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When I saw this cover on the New York Post last Friday, it did give me the tickles:

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It reminded me of the “good old days.” National Enquirer head David Pecker (pecker), fresh off his Federal immunity, seems to be yearning for the good old days too, because apparently he’s removed all the political content from the tabloid’s website—replaced with “retro” pieces of time gone by.

Leading with a crotch shot of Miley Cyrus (UPDATE: now it’s a bikini shot of Ben Affleck’s homewrecker), you can read a whole salacious assortment of gossip classics on the site, including “River Phoenix’s Drug Hell,” “Laverne & Shirley Secrets,” and “The Outrageous Loves Of Joan Rivers.” Not enough Bigfoot for my taste, but it’s something they can definitely work towards.

It’s just very notable that a tabloid that traded on politics, especially over the last ten years, has now decided the topic is more or less off-limits. Seems like good advice to me.

Hey, remember when Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek played the Men in Black on The X-Files? I sure do!

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Lastly, I did want to say a few words about the video game tournament shooting in Jacksonville FL, but I feel like it needs more time to formulate. Why be sloppy and half-assed? All I have here is time. Why not take the effort to make it great?

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Exactly. The words I live by.