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Sidventures in Austin and beyond

The audience takes over

Hidden Toxins in your Food

Conjuring up Good Vibes

Doctor Mysterian

Spock’s Brain

Heartland Healing

2015.08.04 university of 60s music sized-2 Everything You Need to Know is in ‘60s Music

I was convinced that the 1960s and ‘70s, my teen and young adult years, had to be the quintessential decade of change, a quantum leap in social and human consciousness unseen in history. But then I figured every generation must think that their decade of early adulthood was the most creative and enlightened of all time. I cast my thoughts back to what I knew of the 1920s, the Paris and New York centers of...

Doctor Mysterian

<p>From many, one.</p> Our multilingual future

The era of English is coming to an end. Within 10 years, one in five Americans will speak Spanish as their first language. Within 25 years, several states will have more Spanish speakers than English speakers, and one in 10 Americans will speak Chinese as their primary language. Within 100 years, there will be 40 languages officially recognized as American languages. English will absorn thousands of new words, as it...

Heartland Healing

2015.07.28 pyramid of power-sized-2 The Power of One

The 1970s was the decade of the digital revolution. Computers existed long before that penultimate chapter of changing history but they came to the fore during the Age of Disco and the “Me Generation.” It was the 1970s when the world began to quantize the universe into a series of ones and zeroes. I was in Los Angeles at the time and perhaps no field popularized the acceptance of digital reality more than the field...

Heartland Healing

2015.07.20 happy sticker mind-2 How We Lost Our Mind

Let’s start with something we all know. Every adult understands the concept that we have two parts of the mind, a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. We know the conscious mind’s role. It does stuff like analyze and calculate. It looks at data and offers opinions as to right action. In short, the conscious mind thinks. But it wasn’t always that way.

The subconscious, on the other hand, runs everything else. It...

Doctor Mysterian

Our carless future

The world is about to be transformed by self-driving cars. Once these self-directed vehicles are introduced, they will quickly take over -- road accidents will become intolerable when we discover just how often they happen, how deadly they are, and how frequently they are caused by human error. Expect our roads to be almost entirely free of human-driven vehicles within 15 years.

In this new world, there will be no...

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