love-and-squalor:

Husband/daughter negotiations.

I lost the negotiations.

love-and-squalor:

Husband/daughter negotiations.

I lost the negotiations.

OTIS PHOTO: Just taught 4-year-old how to sound out the word “baby” with a tombstone. Don’t tell wife.
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OTIS PHOTO: Just taught 4-year-old how to sound out the word “baby” with a tombstone. Don’t tell wife.

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OTIS PHOTO: I’m on top of things.
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OTIS PHOTO: I’m on top of things.

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ODDITY NEWS: Natural Trap Cave to be Unsealed and Explored
From the article:

For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

They’re going back…they were told never to go back.
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ODDITY NEWS: Natural Trap Cave to be Unsealed and Explored

From the article:

For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

They’re going back…they were told never to go back.

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OTIS VISIT: Yellowstone National Park, Part II: More Alien Than American

Yellowstone was turning out to be way weirder of a place than the all-American vacation destination that I had kind of filed it as in my brain. For comparison, all of our stops at Glacier National Park made me want to pull out a picnic lunch. Here, I felt we needed to pull out gas masks and race back to our families before society collapsed…(read more)

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OTIS PHOTO: Surprise from my publisher today…a proof copy of “Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe.” It chronicles my time visiting Poe sites and artifacts on the East Coast and across the ocean and meeting those responsible for maintaining his physical legacy. Weird to see an entire year of my life compressed into physical form. It’s coming, guys.
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OTIS PHOTO: Surprise from my publisher today…a proof copy of “Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe.” It chronicles my time visiting Poe sites and artifacts on the East Coast and across the ocean and meeting those responsible for maintaining his physical legacy. Weird to see an entire year of my life compressed into physical form. It’s coming, guys.

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ODDITY NEWS: Photos of Witch Doctors and Healers from Bolivia
From the article:

Artists Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona traveled across the Altiplano region of Bolivia for a very specific reason. They wanted to photograph the astounding spiritual diversity of the landlocked South American expanses, capturing portraits of the healers, witch doctors and medicine men who keep traditional mystic culture alive. 

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ODDITY NEWS: Photos of Witch Doctors and Healers from Bolivia

From the article:

Artists Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona traveled across the Altiplano region of Bolivia for a very specific reason. They wanted to photograph the astounding spiritual diversity of the landlocked South American expanses, capturing portraits of the healers, witch doctors and medicine men who keep traditional mystic culture alive. 

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ODDITY NEWS: World’s Largest Aquatic Insect Discovered
From the article:

Images have surfaced of a newly discovered insect reported to be the largest aquatic insect in the world. Found in the mountains of Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, the specimen boasts a wingspan of 21 cm. While very little is known about the specimen at this point, it’s been identified as belonging to the order Megaloptera, which includes about 300 described species of winged alderflies, dobsonflies and fishflies.

I want this guy on a T-shirt. Like just perched there as a conversation piece at a party.
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ODDITY NEWS: World’s Largest Aquatic Insect Discovered

From the article:

Images have surfaced of a newly discovered insect reported to be the largest aquatic insect in the world. Found in the mountains of Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, the specimen boasts a wingspan of 21 cm. While very little is known about the specimen at this point, it’s been identified as belonging to the order Megaloptera, which includes about 300 described species of winged alderflies, dobsonflies and fishflies.

I want this guy on a T-shirt. Like just perched there as a conversation piece at a party.

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ODDITY NEWS: Chair Made of Pheromone-Lace Silicone Feels Like Flesh
According to the article, it fells like lounging on a fat man’s belly. I don’t know what to do with that, so here, you take it.
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ODDITY NEWS: Chair Made of Pheromone-Lace Silicone Feels Like Flesh

According to the article, it fells like lounging on a fat man’s belly. I don’t know what to do with that, so here, you take it.

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ODDITY NEWS: Alice Cooper Opens Thrift Store in Arizona
Welcome to my thrift store. I think you’re gonna like it…
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ODDITY NEWS: Alice Cooper Opens Thrift Store in Arizona

Welcome to my thrift store. I think you’re gonna like it…

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ODDITY NEWS: Old Lighthouse for Sale in Maine
From the article:

It’s located far to the south of the coast of Bailey Island, on a place called Halfway Rock, due east from Portland in the cold ocean waters of Casco Bay. Indeed, it’s so far out in the waves that Google Maps doesn’t even show detail for the seas around it. 

Kind of a steal at only $30K.
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ODDITY NEWS: Old Lighthouse for Sale in Maine

From the article:

It’s located far to the south of the coast of Bailey Island, on a place called Halfway Rock, due east from Portland in the cold ocean waters of Casco Bay. Indeed, it’s so far out in the waves that Google Maps doesn’t even show detail for the seas around it

Kind of a steal at only $30K.

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ODDITY NEWS: Photos of the Abandoned Villa of Pablo Escobar
From the article:

Located on one of Colombia’s Rosario Islands, the area which was once the playground of the country’s most notorious drug barons, the opulent building has now fallen into disrepair.

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ODDITY NEWS: Photos of the Abandoned Villa of Pablo Escobar

From the article:

Located on one of Colombia’s Rosario Islands, the area which was once the playground of the country’s most notorious drug barons, the opulent building has now fallen into disrepair.

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ODDITY NEWS: A Visit to the Cushing Center Brain Collection
From the article:

A curious thing about medical collections is how dehumanizing they can be. Skeletons anonymously articulated in glass cases, fetuses hovering in jars, cancerous growths carved out of flesh for disembodied study….At Yale University, the Cushing Center balances the medical significance of over 400 brains in glass jars with the presence of the patients and doctor behind them.

I visited there back in 2011.
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ODDITY NEWS: A Visit to the Cushing Center Brain Collection

From the article:

A curious thing about medical collections is how dehumanizing they can be. Skeletons anonymously articulated in glass cases, fetuses hovering in jars, cancerous growths carved out of flesh for disembodied study….At Yale University, the Cushing Center balances the medical significance of over 400 brains in glass jars with the presence of the patients and doctor behind them.

I visited there back in 2011.

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RANDOM THING: My editor on Poe-Land just sent me this image. It’s from a 1961 issue of the Los Angeles Times…a feline casting call for the Corman/Price movie Tales of Terror. Pretty awesome. Here’s the caption: 

HOLLYWOOD HUNTS A BLACK CAT-Out of this sidewalk full of black cats one may be chosen for the title role in (natch) “The Black Cat,” one of three segments in “Tales of Terror,” which American International Pictures is casting at Producers Studio. Director Roger Corman hopes to find six look-alikes—one to star, the others to stand in—for the movie thriller starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson.

Image Credit
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RANDOM THING: My editor on Poe-Land just sent me this image. It’s from a 1961 issue of the Los Angeles Times…a feline casting call for the Corman/Price movie Tales of Terror. Pretty awesome. Here’s the caption: 

HOLLYWOOD HUNTS A BLACK CAT-Out of this sidewalk full of black cats one may be chosen for the title role in (natch) “The Black Cat,” one of three segments in “Tales of Terror,” which American International Pictures is casting at Producers Studio. Director Roger Corman hopes to find six look-alikes—one to star, the others to stand in—for the movie thriller starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson.

Image Credit

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ODDITY NEWS: Wynn Casino Buys Popeye Sculpture for $23.2M
From the article.

Casinos are supposed to be hurting financially, but maybe Wynn Resorts didn’t get the memo. The Wynn Las Vegas announced this week it has purchased a 2,000-pound sculpture of Popeye for $28.2 million and put it on display for guests to enjoy. 

I don’t know. He is what he is.
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ODDITY NEWS: Wynn Casino Buys Popeye Sculpture for $23.2M

From the article.

Casinos are supposed to be hurting financially, but maybe Wynn Resorts didn’t get the memo. The Wynn Las Vegas announced this week it has purchased a 2,000-pound sculpture of Popeye for $28.2 million and put it on display for guests to enjoy. 

I don’t know. He is what he is.

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