Archive for January 2005


The Red Book

What did I tell you about Barbara Lehman’s The Red Book edited by the brilliant, gifted, future publishing magnate, Ms. Kate O’Sullivan? I said it had the potential to become a timeless children’s classic, and apparently, the American Library Association agrees because it was named a 2005 Caldecott Honor Book!!! FYI: The Caldecott (along with the Newbury) is THE most prestigious publishing award for childrens’ books.

Three (yes, that’s 3) more books edited by Kate were honored by the ALA — Missy Violet and Me is winner of the 2005 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, and both The Tarantula Scientist and Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing were named 2005 Robert F.Sibert Informational Honor Books.

Keep your eye on young Kate. Her editorial powers and keen publishing sensibilities will soon strike gold again…

Posted at 3pm on 1/17/05 | no comments; | Filed Under: books & writing | read on


Remote Viewing

I’m debating whether to participate in this experiment at the Laboratories for Fundamental Research in Palo, which explores “how your nervous system can automatically predict the future.” I’m fascinated/obsessed with the LFR’s Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and their mission to understand & fully utilize anomalous mental phenomena such as remote viewing, clairvoyance, ESP, psychokinesis, consciousness, perception, etc. They’re one of only two labs in the US to seriously study anomalous mental phenomena, despite the “giggle factor” so prevalent among American scientists when it comes to parapsychology (meanwhile, other countries exploit anomalous mental phenomena thoroughly.)

I’m particularly intrigued by remote viewing, and from what I’ve researched, it can be quite successful not only for locating state secrets, but sometimes predicting the future and solving mysteries of the past. In fact, members of STARGATE (a now defunct top secret remote viewing operation) used to call notable successes “eight martini” results when remote viewing data was so mind-blowing, the team had head to a local bar to recover. Joseph McMoneagle, one of the most successful remote viewers compares remote viewing to baseball. He says no player will hit a homerun every single time, but when they do it’s worth all the training and hard work.

I’d love to be involved in CSL’s latest experiment, if only to meet a few of these scientists (or maybe a remote viewer!), but I’m not sure if I want to spend an hour being startled by loud noises. Think Dr. Venkman administering electrical shock in Ghostbusters.

Posted at 2pm on 1/15/05 | no comments; | Filed Under: random | read on


Aya Kato

Gen sent me a link to Japanese artist, Aya Kato, who’s blowing my mind. I’m guessing one of her influences might be Aubrey Beardsley.

Posted at 1pm on 1/9/05 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

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