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destination subconscious: cary grant and LSD

reprinted from the excellent destination subconscious blog   I knew Cary Grant very well and he loved ... what did they call it? Acid! LSD. He said he liked to take the trip." - Debbie Reynolds   "I learned many things in the quiet of that room ... I learned that everything is or becomes its own opposite ... You know, we are all unconsciously holding our anus. In one LSD dream ... I imagined myself as a giant penis launching off from earth like a spaceship." - Cary Grant   It was 1943. Car

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frank sinatra has a cold

by guy talese. esquire magazine, april 1966:   In the winter of 1965, writer Gay Talese arrived in Los Angeles with an assignment from Esquire to profile Frank Sinatra. The legendary singer was approaching fifty, under the weather, out of sorts, and unwilling to be interviewed. So Talese remained in L.A., hoping Sinatra might recover and reconsider, and he began talking to many of the people around Sinatra -- his friends, his associates, his family, his countless hangers-on -- and observing th

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some nice small utils some of which you will know unless you live under a rock

teracopy - a really fucking great replacement for the windows copy feature. more suited to handling huge files or huge number of files than the windows copy feature by a mile, and faster too (yes, i did run some trials ). i use: almost daily   ccleaner - so yeah you probably know this one. removes all manner of temporary crap from your system. i run it every few days and it still tends to kill a couple of hundred megs of shit. i never fail to be surprised at how microsoft OSes are. i use

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experimental tip of the day

enabling inter-frame interpolation on your videos   effectively allows you to get 48fps out of a 24fps video. you will need a pretty decent pc for this.

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sweet tip of the day

to download a (fairly low-resolution in my experience so far) copy of a youtube video really quickly, replace the 'www.' at the start of the address with 'kick'. e.g., if you want to download this tutorial on how to make a chicken kiev (narrated, seemingly, by the lovechild of stephen fry and anthony hopkins. very soothing):   just change the   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl2TBNx_h2Y to a   http://kickyoutube.com/watch?v=dl2TBNx_h2Y   and click the big fucking button ab

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sweet download of the day

Droopy is a mini Web server whose sole purpose is to let others upload files to your computer.   Say you’re chatting with a friend on MSN Messenger (perhaps with the excellent pidgin ?). She wants to send you amazing photos she took last week-end, so she uses Messenger file transfer. Unfortunately, the zip file is over 50 MB and it’s painfully slow. Now relax, droopy comes to rescue.   Does it work on my computer ? You can use it on Unix (Linux, BSD, MacOSX) and Windows. Droopy is a python

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sweet download of the day

gamesave manager   this rather sketchy looking app backs up all your saved games into a file you can restore later. a handy necessary evil, in an era of HDDs with a pretty definite lifespan. i bet my original 40MB hard drive is still chugging away somewhere running a factory in kazakhstan or something. shit was built like a tank. why when i was a lad...

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