Cosmic Forecast, Feb. 23-Feb. 29

Neptune, the mystical ruler of Pisces, rules mysticism, inspiration, that which can’t be defined, illusion, confusion, delusion, the color purple, the number 9, and the “doorway” to/through the next level. If you can define it, it’s not Neptune. Last week was all about Neptune. Confused yet? Let’s take a mystical peak at this week. There are no mistakes. Peace and love shall conquer all. MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

l PISCES (2.20-3.20)  Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to think. You don’t have to! It’s your season; you don’t need a reason. It’s your season of dreams on the sea of tranquility. Mystics rule. Get holy. Do your yoga — whatever that means to you. Drink deep from the ocean…

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Stupid Human Tricks

Prepare for the polemic, a challenge to your beliefs. Some may find this list disagreeable but present-day perception is not its prism. Viewed through the perspective of time, it may become clear.

 Unless one can identify the problem, a solution is impossible. For their untold effects on health and wellness, we offer history’s Top Ten Most Disastrous Inventions. These have wrought havoc on the human race. Of course, there will be those who point to them as boons to mankind. For your consideration:

The Internal Combustion Engine When time has run its course and clarity prevails, the damage done to the earth and its inhabitants by this once-believed good idea will be tallied. We could have found…

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Late Season Slump Threatens to Spoil Jay’s Dream Season

What a difference a week can make in the world of college basketball. It seems like just yesterday the Creighton Bluejays were soaring, with just 2 losses all season while playing some of the best, most inspiring basketball seen by the program in at least a decade.

The Jays, led by the stellar play of sophomore phenom Doug McDermott, had climbed all the way to 12th and 13th place in the major college polls. ESPN braketologists had the Jays pegged as high as a #3 seed for the Big Dance. This was all the makings of a dream season for the Creighton program. Then the alarm clock went off and the Jays hit snooze.

The nightmare began…

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Dave’s World

Imagine deliberately shoving a long, silver needle through a nose, septum or, of all places, a throat. Then imagine that’s your job. Welcome to Dave Brown’s world.

As a professional piercer at Big Brain in Omaha, Brown’s main mission each day is to pierce as many, um, body parts as possible. But more than that, Brown is intent on building long-lasting relationships with his clients, something that clearly separates him from the herd.

The piercing industry has exploded in recent times. People aren’t just piercing their ears anymore. Furthermore, they are finding other ways to adorn their bodies.

“The microdermals, which are those diamond implants in the skin, are pretty popular. That’s a good chunk of…

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Shane’s Game

Shane O’Neill is not your average tattoo artist. His ambitions are endless. Instead of just sitting around tattooing butterfly tramp stamps and tribal bands all day, he has taken his art to a whole new level. Armed with a bachelor in Fine Arts from the Philadelphia University of the Arts, O’Neill specializes in realism, portraits, wildlife and horror, but his skills aren’t limited when it comes to tattooing. 

“Sometimes it makes no difference that I have a degree, but there are times that it does come in handy. It might be color theory, drawing, drawing and more drawing,” O’Neill jokes. “There is a very common misconception that if you draw, paint or airbrush that you will be a…

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Swede SKICKAT

Ask anybody from the Omaha metro area about the connection between Sweden and permanent body ink, and it’s likely you’ll get Stieg Larsson and his trilogy of bestselling novels (since made into movies) starting with the “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” as your answer.

Ask again after this weekend and the Omahan might tell you something else: Jens Arnkvist and Big Street Tattoo. Well, anyone that attends The Best in the Midwest Convention, that is.

Arnkvist, whose Big Street Tattoo shop hails from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, will appear at this weekend’s convention (Friday-Sunday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs) alongside about 200 other tattoo artists. Ten percent of shops represented at the show will be from…

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It’s Winter: Are You SAD?

It’s only five weeks before the spring of 2012 breaks across the Northern Hemisphere on the March 20 vernal equinox. Already, since winter solstice, daylight has been getting longer, sunlight more ample. Though the crepuscular shadows are sparing the sunlight more with each passing day, millions of us are feeling the affects of the winter blahs. But as English historian Thomas Fuller wrote, long before the Mamas and Papas sang it, “the darkest hour is just before the dawn.”

If the throes of winter seem to be bringing you down, take heart. You are not alone. Lethargy, crankiness, disrupted sleep patterns, melancholy, craving for “comfort” foods like those high in carbohydrates, outright depression — long is the list…

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