Tuesday, June 22, 2021

A breakthrough study

She used her Cisna commune eve-
ry now & then. Category: place 
without polygons. There's a huge 

range up north this time of year.
This idea of fertility was to be ex-
pected. A practical past running

from actual or perceived danger —
possibly a predator — was conjured 
up by sporting show-biz types who

were as counterfeit as she was, &
who prescribed a round of mediation 
that utilizes a $2 million system 

which provides multilingual staff  
in addition to positive expectations.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

The cost of flyovers

Même si les codes ne sont pas dé-
passés they may display a profoundly 
marked prostate, mainly above 
900 metres, with palm groves, 
grain, & spices all mixed in. Are 
you missing an important dia-
gnosis now that the anxiety level 
of HK citizens has been pushed to 

an historical high? The more you 
tell us, the better -- even smart 
guesses can help. You could
be rewarded with $99 tickets to
her New Zealand performance, 
if your prostate's still up to it.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The will

This mechanism, with 
few unique items, no 
longer displayed. A 
rectangle duplicates 
its movements, but
uses makeshift words.

Is it strange that
an existing evil on
which diplomacy 
stands turns a much 
greater profit than
causal incarnation?

Such humor is not ex-
pected. He circumvents 
it, but doesn't quite 
know how to promote 
himself. How dare this 
object know what to do?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Debugging problems

Creating a demographic —
physical, social, & sparse 
foothill pine/chaparral to
mixed conifer. There is no
intersection between bodily
trauma & foods that may
cause subcontract squan-
dering. Magritte fragilise le

sens; but modern accumu-
lations have also been found
in the constructed list. Please
use this display as a guide-
line only for those sites that
have since risen to the surface.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Man looking for shark teeth in a Florida river survives an alligator bite to his head · no, DoNuts T.®ump didn’t wear his pants backwards · calls for Australia to reclaim Cocos (Keeling) Islands' internet domain, which has become a haven for child sex abuse · ex-Giant Bomb duders’ new project is already blowing up on Patreon · tiny creatures survive after being frozen for 24,000 years in Siberian tundra · the Dead Sea is disappearing, leaving behind a landscape shattered by sinkholes · Fastly blames global website outage on software bug that was accidentally triggered by customer · Siloscape malware escapes Windows containers to backdoor Kubernetes clusters.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Oh / the things / that one finds!

This poem was written nearly sixty years ago. No idea who made this video, which is recent, know nothing about it. The poem has appeared in a number of anthologies over the years, including one from the Caribbean.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Clever maker with hand tremors turned a smartphone gimbal into a soldering iron stabilizer · China watches on as a herd of elephants wanders from town to town, causing over $1 million in damage · cop sacked over groin wax wins in appeal · bomb-sniffing rat retires after award-winning Cambodian career · Knockout City doesn’t show your overall stats, which is a bummer · the World's oldest water lies deep below Canada & is 2 billion years old · New Zealand dairy worker had fatal fall while doing a trick on his farm bike · Facebook suspends former US Prissygent DoNuts T.®ump's accounts for two years.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

wednesday newstrip

People in the US state of Texas will soon be allowed to carry handguns without a licence · Greenland's melting ice sheet is unleashing an astonishing amount of mercury into the nation's rivers & fjords · the Australian Federal Court has ruled that the Environment Minister Ley-z Sussan has a legal duty not to cause harm to young people of Australia by exacerbating climate change when approving coal mining projects · Sri Lanka faces 'worst beach pollution' in history from burning ship · global car manufacturer says Australia is failing to lure electric vehicle importers · Israeli soldiers have shot & killed a Palestinian during a protest in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry has said.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Spamelot Phishalot

I am being bombarded with spam, phishing spam. Nothing like the Nigerian scam emails, this stuff is sophisticated. Good graphics, 99% correct spelling; a number of click-on links; & with complex sender addresses that seem to indicate advanced programming & redirection abilities. I'm getting 30 to 40 a day. I can't block them because they're already identified by Gmail as spam. All I can do is report them as phishing messages.

A few samples of the sender addresses:

ABC Ethereum i39u9aiqhonxhjj@mjzgobktbvg23xpkp.us via mtnubdevpf849twe9z.94l4kzb071qhf8d.stataschool.gr.com

China Crypto wmm2awbl8jt43s7@durzrgtoozsg49chfnwbn.us via 653977295hi228366.2npjqfng3myshr6308k4slndczsoo10wxmdczze2--------------.ec2-

NESPRESSO UTZM2CAH.BV0ZYGCR@uwpttovjzxnqkhbyliie.us via bwuryj.53034-------.bzq-84-110-57-121.cablep.bezeqint.net

NESPRESSO G6O2CLP4.YSZ2LPNE@dxumfgvafloaguhdwsia.us via agdgon.62319-------.constantly.assistancewartime.com

China Crypto Bonus99-nooreply6F1QUVW...@6f1quvwqggmpmy5.us via mendiparc.bounabil18.earthosting.eu.org

Ethereum Invest J1B9HTO8.XIYNDZJH@fqoaeokirwniinxfrsri.us via malolajs.14mlo.foya.earthosting.eu.org

Ethereum Invest 6OU9HQV8.FCF9PZDQ@wdjjjicjdrwlzxsugvjw.us via malolajs.14mlo.foya.earthosting.eu.org

China Coin 7956@ro1zd4djeqrzxn7.us via sqnxqodmqwxqcmrkedmp.yj1ryikyt8fijxn.sxmvwjo14yqpz5nu1f.worldof.drivercycle.com

A few samples of the visuals :

Note the common address to write to if you want to unsubscribe. That's this place.

It's up for sale for $2.5 million if you want to buy it. I think it's empty.

Somebody who's obviously being subjected to the same bombardment as myself has tweeted: "As far as I can tell, that address is either a walk-in shipping/courier service, or maybe a hotel. (It's a weird block that's hard to navigate on streetview.) Clearly just an address harvested from somewhere that doesn't actually mean anything/an attempt at appearing legit."

I have a theory about these emails. It's to do with cryptocurrency mining. Since I can't discern any logic in plastering my email with a plethora of annoying & repetitive messages, I'm forced to believe that, possibly buried in that sender address, is an ongoing mining operation. Will continue to believe that unless someone comes up with an alternative theory.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Australian Pram Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prem Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prim Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prom Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prum Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Pram Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prem Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prim Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prom Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prum Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

wednesday newstrip

In emptiness of space, Voyager I detects plasma ‘hum’ · clever modder upgrades an old wacom into a pricier drawing tablet with $100 worth of parts · Ecstasy better at treating PTSD than traditional anti-depressants – study · Bill Gates told golf buddies that his marriage was ‘loveless’ · what 2,000-year-old poo says about our gut bugs · Federal Environment department tried to bury research that found huge underspend on Australian threatened species · Elongated Muskrat sends Bitcoin tumbling after pulling out of Tesla deal · freshly made plutonium from outer space found on ocean floor · for CBC, a dog story is more important than Israel’s apartheid · American business magazine Fortune has named New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern the world's greatest leader.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Trapped in the ballet barre

                          Claiming to have
          more than enough expertise 
                           to transform the 
                   marketing potential 
               of the space available 
                           on the inner t-shirt
                   into venture capital,
                         a consortium of
                       lentils & lean beef
            has launched a so-
                 called "lads' magazine" 
               which examines the 
                    spiritual & therapeutic 
                         practice of taking 
              retreats into metaphysical 
                       darkness whilst wearing 
                           only flimsy underwear.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me a life-sized
re-enactment of 
the first crossing
of the Atlantic 
Ocean by a pedal- 
powered liferaft. I
almost drowned.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The print parts of Otoliths issue sixty-one are now available

The print parts of Otoliths issue sixty-one are now available from The Otoliths Storefront at Lulu. Details are below. Lulu generally runs a promotional discount from Monday to Friday. This week's discount is 10% & the discount code is BOOKS10.

Part One
386 pages, b&w
Price: $US19.75
Direct Link: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/mark-young/otoliths-issue-sixty-one-part-one/paperback/product-v289p6.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Part One of Otoliths sixty-one contains fiction & non-fiction, vispo, reviews, translations, essays, & poetry from Sanjeev Sethi, Olchar E. Lindsann, Louise Landes Levi, Linda M. Walker, John Bradley, Andrew Topel, Clive Gresswell, Heller Levinson, Jack Galmitz, Patrick Cahill, Paul Dickey, C.S. Fuqua, Clara B. Jones, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Anna Cates, Jim Meirose, Joann Renee Boswell, William Doreski, Tony Rauch, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Ian Ganassi, GTimothy Gordon, Adam Fieled, Gavin Lucky, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Ron Riekki, Cameron Love, Lynn Strongin, Mary Corbin, Jim Leftwich, Karl Bachmann, Dennis Hinrichsen, Nina Živančević, Charles Freeland, Hazel Smith, Peter J. King, Mark DuCharme, Mary Cresswell, Kenneth Rexroth, Bob Lucky, Heath Brougher, Nathan Whiting, John Levy, Jake Goetz, Tony Beyer, Simon Perchik, John M. Bennett, Hugh Tribbey, S. K. Kelen, Jeff Harrison, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Richard Kostelanetz, Timothy Pilgrim, Paul Ilechko, Martin Edmond, J. D. Nelson, John Sweet, Megan Wildhood, Aysegul Yildirim, Bob Kotyk, Michael Neal Morris, Elmedin Kadric, Randee Silv, Eric Hoffman, David Lohrey, Sheila E. Murphy, Keith Nunes, M.J. Iuppa, John J. Trause, Michael J. Leach, Tom Beckett, Alison J Barton, Mark Pirie, Penelope Weiss, Keith Polette, Bob Heman, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Paul Pfleuger Jr, Jane Simpson, Alex Glynne, & Javant Biarujia.

Part Two
278 pages, full color
Price: $US39.75
Direct Link: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/mark-young/otoliths-issue-sixty-one-part-two/paperback/product-qq6dr7.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Part Two of Otoliths sixty-one, the full color part, contains paintings, collages, drawings, photographs, essays, memoirs, asemics, & vispo from Laurent Grison, Brandstifter & Texas Fontanella, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Sarah-Jane Crowson, Doren Robbins, Elaine Woo, Judith Skillman, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, hiromi suzuki, Bart Plantenga, Pete Spence, David Miller, Cecelia Chapman, Jim George, Guy R. Beining, John McCluskey, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Greg Hill, Josie / Jocelyn Deane, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Dave Read, Remi Seamon, Texas Fontanella, John M. Bennett & Adam Roussopoulos, George Myers Jr, Daniel f Bradley, Rosella Quintini, Sreemanti Sengupta & Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, John Gallas, Daniel de Culla, Carol Stetser, Mike Callaghan, John M. Bennett, harry k stammer, Jeff Bagato, Magdelawit Tesfaye, Sophia Archontis, jeremy witherington, Diana Magallón, Olivier Schopfer, Keith Higginbotham, Marilyn Stablein, Fotis Begetis & Jack Galmitz, Katrinka Moore, Sam Langer, Michael Brandonisio, Cherie Hunter Day, & Stephen Nelson.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

wednesday newstrip

The mystery of white dwarfs with intense magnetic fields could finally be solved · almost two-thirds of Australians think the Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests · falling 21-tonne Chinese rocket 'garbage' could have landed anywhere from Denmark to Australia, but apparently came down in the Indian Ocean · new method shows that tau forms small aggregates as part of the body's normal physiology · Game of Thrones prequel, House of Dr. Agony, releases first photos · World baffled by Australia’s escalation with China · South Carolina adds firing squad to execution methods after running out of lethal-injection drugs.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me an abacus.
"Does it still
work?" I asked.
"I wouldn't count
on it," she replied.

Monday, May 10, 2021


The city has a 
gloomy grandeur. 
The walls appear 

black — moody, 
Not being a social 

butterfly, that's 
not necessarily a
bad thing for her. 

Saturday, May 08, 2021

from the Magritte archives

Perspective II: Manet's Balcony

Whether it be
fête or

or just

on the balcony
the funeral
parade pass


his family
always dress
to reflect the

Friday, May 07, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me a split infini-
tive. I ran out to 
quickly collect it.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

wednesday newstrip

David Beckham’s branding business makes $85,000 every single day · Sky News commentator claims "China 'relish' in Australia 'rotting' because of woke culture" · "staggering": 25,000 barrels of waste found at toxic dump site in Pacific Ocean off Los Angeles coast · an Australian wannabe politician has been ordered to pay $1.5 million to Universal Music after losing a copyright fight over his use of the Twisted Sister anthem We're Not Gonna Take It in a string of political advertisements before the 2019 federal election · 'wolf packs' of predatory bacteria lurk in our soil, & they play a crucial role · Louis Vuitton plane-shaped bag ridiculed for costing more than an actual plane.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

The latest issue of Otoliths has gone live

To ease the transition from Walpurgisnacht to May Day, issue sixty-one of Otoliths, the southern autumn 2021 issue, has just gone live. As always, there's an eclectic — comes from being a one-person band — & exciting — comes from having an outstanding & ever-widening contributor base — mix on offer.


In this issue you'll find paintings, drawings, music, essays, vispo, fiction, fact, poetry, photography, & vispo, from Laurent Grison, Sanjeev Sethi, Olchar E. Lindsann, Brandstifter & Texas Fontanella, Louise Landes Levi, Linda M. Walker, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, John Bradley, Sarah-Jane Crowson, Doren Robbins, Andrew Topel, Clive Gresswell, Elaine Woo, Heller Levinson, Judith Skillman, Jack Galmitz, Patrick Cahill, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, Paul Dickey, C.S. Fuqua, Clara B. Jones, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Anna Cates, Jim Meirose, Joann Renee Boswell, hiromi suzuki, William Doreski, Bart Plantenga, Tony Rauch, Pete Spence, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, David Miller, Ian Ganassi, Cecelia Chapman, GTimothy Gordon, Adam Fieled, Jim George, Gavin Lucky, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Guy R. Beining, Ron Riekki, John McCluskey, Cameron Lowe, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Greg Hill, Lynn Strongin, Mary Corbin, Josie/Jocelyn Deane, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Jim Leftwich, Dave Read, Remi Seamon, Karl Bachmann, Dennis Hinrichsen, Nina Živančević, Texas Fontanella, Charles Freeland, John M. Bennett & Adam Roussopoulos, Hazel Smith, George Myers, Jr., Daniel F Bradley, Peter J. King, Rosella Quintini, Mark DuCharme, Sreemanti Sengupta & Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Mary Cresswell, Kenneth Rexroth, John Gallas, Bob Lucky, Heath Brougher, Daniel de Culla, Nathan Whiting, Carol Stetser, Mike Callaghan, John Levy, Jake Goetz, Tony Beyer, Simon Perchik, John M. Bennett, Hugh Tribbey, S. K. Kelen, harry k stammer, Jeff Bagato, Jeff Harrison, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Richard Kostelanetz, Tim Pilgrim, Paul Ilechko, Martin Edmond, J. D. Nelson, John Sweet, Megan Wildhood, Aysegul Yildirim, Magdelawit Tesfaye, Bob Kotyk, Elmedin Kadric, Michael Neal Morris, Randee Silv, Eric Hoffman, David Lohrey, Sophia Archontis, Sheila E. Murphy, Keith Nunes, M.J. Iuppa, jeremy witherington, John J. Trause, Michael J. Leach, Tom Beckett, Alison J Barton, Diana Magallón, Mark Pirie, Penelope Weiss, Olivier Schopfer, Keith Polette, Keith Higginbotham, Marilyn Stablein, Bob Heman, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Fotis Begetis & Jack Galmitz, Katrinka Moore, Sam Langer, Paul Pfleuger, Jr, Michael Brandonisio, Jane Simpson, Cherie Hunter Day, Alex Glynne, Javant Biarujia, & Stephen Nelson.

&, as always, enjoy.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Essential poll: fewer than 50% of over-50s Australians willing to get Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines · climate change has now invisibly shifted Earth's axis, new data reveal · Russia has started making its own AMD B450 motherboards · countries are racing to send medical supplies, vaccine components to India as COVID-19 'storm' cripples nation · global supply issues & shipping delays hit the New Zealand family cat's dinner plate · Australian Prom Minister Scat notSorryi'mtheSonofgod warns that identity politics is an "evil thing" & social media can be "used by the evil one" · Brutish Pram Minister Bore us nowyourJohnny'sgone accused of saying he’d rather see 'bodies pile high in their thousands' than order 3rd lockdown.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me an audio re-

cording of the
love that dare not
speak its name.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Australian Federal Government’s 'confusing' new education campaign uses tacos & milkshakes to explain consent · Amazon cancels Lord of the Rings MMO, in latest blow to gaming division · tarantula’s pervasiveness traced back to the cretaceous period · we finally have a complete view of the resonance dust ring of Venus · US police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting · Byron Bay goes to war with Netflix over 'hot Instagrammer' reality series · high-profile Norwegian conspiracy theorist who said COVID-19 was a hoax dies from the virus after hosting illegal house parties.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Recently, from Luna Bisonte Prods

Mark Young
The Toast
Luna Bisonte Prods
ISBN: 9781938521751
100 pages
Can be bought from Lulu here


Maybe it’s because “A railroad line runs im-/mediately behind the/parietal lobe.” Or maybe it’s because “Phallic ritual is a/literary genre that blends/aspects of natural rubber/& cognitive therapy…” I don’t know, but Mark Young’s poetry opens out into a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk, a total art work, limning our present moment. His work is at once intellectually engaging and truly entertaining. No small feat. I’m a fan. — Tom Beckett

Friday, April 16, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me a birthday 
card from the 
Marquis de 
Sade. Not for 
me, I told her, 
two houses up 
the road. I ran 
to retrieve it 
the minute she 
was out of sight.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Graphene-like boron is stabilized by hydrogen, paving the way for practical applications · Putrid Dustbin becomes SittingonDefence Minister in Australian Federal Cabinet reshuffle · Army intel analyst tried to lure teen with chicken & condoms · pro-T.®ump women’s group says Matt Gaetz will speak at rally evem though there are child sex-trafficking allegations against him · Derek Chauvin murder trial hears George Floyd allegedly said 'I ain't do no drugs' in arrest rather than 'I ate too many drugs' · 5200 Tons of extraterrestrial dust rain down on Earth every single year · World COVID-19 vaccine rankings shows Australia languishing at back of the queue.

Monday, April 12, 2021

          Today the post-
                       woman brought
              me a pterodactyl.
                    I'd actually asked
               for some pommes 
                    de terre au gratin;
            but these days
                 you take what 
            you can get, & 
                  are grateful for it.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

now out from Sandy Press


List price = $US14.95
Available through Amazon.

& a blurb:

Mark Young’s Sorties

A sortie is a military manouevre, ‘an attack made by troops coming out from a position of defence.’ In Mark Young’s prose, the citadel is the home, or else the inside of his head; while the sorties are mounted against the land and city scapes of Rockhampton in Queensland, where Young lived in the earlier years of the 21st century. Or against the past. It wouldn’t be right to say he takes no prisoners. Birds are his constant companions, however; and the past, while certainly over, is sometimes close behind. These are intelligent, humorous, precise and well-informed observations, largely autobiographical, but delivered without any attempt at the construction of a narrative or of a unitary self. Mark Young, who gave up playing the double bass because he couldn’t fit the instrument into a taxi before or after a gig, now makes use of the keyboard, with its black and white registers, colored all over, to entertain, to perplex and to delight.

Martin Edmond, author of Luca Antara, Isinglass, and many other books.

A PDF preview of sorties is available on the sandy press website.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

wednesday newstrip

OpTic Chicago bounce back with win over Seattle Surge in 2021 Call of Duty League Stage 2 group play · scientists finally know how an ancient reptile lived with such an absurdly long neck · Myanmar's military junta killed 43 children in past two months, Save the Children says · Australian Pram Minister Scat SorrySon's efforts to engage with women are more 'me' than mea culpa · string theorist Michio Kaku: 'Reaching out to aliens is a terrible idea' · Amazon apologizes for denying US employees sometimes need to pee in bottles · 533 million Facebook users' phone numbers & personal data have been leaked online.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Indigenous entrepreneurs urged to verify their business to weed out 'black-cladding' · DoNuts T.®ump is planning a return to social media on his own platform · Egyptian feminist, activist Nawal Saadawi dies at 89 · Apple discontinues iMac Pro, along with 512GB & 1TB SSD 21.5-inch 4K iMacs. New iMacs soon? · melting glaciers contribute to Alaska earthquakes, cause land to rise at 1.5 inches per year · Suez Canal blocked after massive container ship gets stuck sideways · octopuses dream in "GIFs,' new experiment suggests · NASA gives all clear: Earth safe from the particularly menacing Apophis asteroid for 100 years.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Space travel & sperm bank on the moon necessary to keep world going, according to scientists · Lamela rabona against Arsenal ‘one of best goals in EPL history’ · NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU appears on Geekbench with 2,048 CUDA cores & 4 GB of VRAM · ancient Aboriginal technology unearthed in rare bone discovery on Ngarrindjeri country · 'unrealistic': doctors slam government over Covid vaccine booking website as GPs inundated · billions of lightning bolts may have jump-started life on Earth, study suggests · 'you can't escape the smell': mouse plague grows to biblical proportions across eastern Australia.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Please pass the sauce

You know the river's really run-
ning dry when the highlight of

your day is watching a magpie-
lark attack its reflection in a tinted

window & you start wondering
if there's enough in that for a poem.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Ancient Earth really was a serene water world, new evidence confirms · Australian aphrodisiac honey from Phoenix palm creates buzz in Middle East · don’t click on those Resident Evil Village early access emails · we finally know what's going on with that weird, long, recurring cloud on Mars · Australian Federal Minister for Homophobic Affairs, Putrid Dustbin, has proposed a Surveillance Bill that could be used to target everyone from Black Lives Matter campaigners to underage kids illegally downloading movies, critics have warned · China tells UN Australia's offshore detention centers violate human rights, don't have adequate conditions.

Monday, March 15, 2021

from Series Magritte

The Secret Life I


By day he was the stereo- typically mild-mannered man, un petit bourgeois from curve of bowler hat to the wingtips down below. Too immersed in Max Weber to consider Nietzsche as a role model, but still had dreams to find a life in the theater. Finally achieved; but too shaped by bureaucracy to even be a lowly spear carrier. Instead is typecast, stage dec- oration, a mute piece of wood.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Arrest made after woman pays $2000 for new iPhone but receives apple-flavored yogurt instead · Gatorade created a wearable patch that tells you how much Gatorade to drink · Great Barrier Reef home to giant donut-shaped structures with unique animal & plant communities · Adidas converts its classic Samba sneaker into a clipless cycling shoe · Japanese billionaire seeks crew for ‘fun’ trip around the Moon · enjoy it while it lasts: dropping oxygen will eventually suffocate most life on Earth · World’s first ever tweet by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey up for auction · Oklahoma wants to return $2 million worth of unused hydroxy-chloroquine.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Woman pleads guilty to biting off man’s tongue before a seagull flew off with it · vampire squid fossil 'lost' during the Hungarian Revolution rediscovered · Yungblud’s Life On Mars cover was played as NASA’s rover landed on the planet · oldest-known Australian rock art is 17,300-year-old kangaroo in the Kimberley, wasp nests show · with gold-colored T.®ump statue, conservatives show fealty to former president · Facebook’s new app Bars will let you rap over premade beats · New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces week-long COVID-19 lockdown after new case detected · DoNuts T.®ump misreads prompt, tells his audience he's "got the runs again." They mishear & cheer.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

r.i.p. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 3/24/1919 - 2/22/2021


Here I go again

wednesday newstrip

Is it true that all of the coronavirus in the world could fit in a coke can? · physicists thought the atomic giant Flerovium was 'magical', but it was just a mirage · a white swan has reportedly been stained black by printer ink while swimming in a UK pond · Tesla makes more money on Bitcoin than on cars · for planetary scientists, the Jimmy Carter–Ronald Reagan years were in retrospect like the Dark Ages, & they, the monks tending in enclaves to the embers of civilization · southern hairy-nosed wombats reclaim the Nullarbor · Samsung OLED TV with quantum dots could challenge LG as soon as next year · New Zealanders are discovering a new-found interest in returning taonga tūturu to their place and people of origin.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

wednesday newstrip

The forever ponytail: woman shares ordeal after using Gorilla Glue on her hair · COVID-19 WHO investigation, 'extremely unlikely' virus came from Wuhan lab, bats · climate scientists think the PS5 & Xbox Series X are still too much of an energy drain · an analysis of coelacanth DNA suggests its genome has experienced some significant changes in recent evolutionary history, potentially dispelling the popular image of these iconic fish as being "living fossils" · DoNuts T.®ump claims "I'm peachy" fail · in a weird twist, scientists discover venus flytraps generate little magnetic fields · Mary Wilson, co-founder of The Supremes with Diana Ross, dies aged 76.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The print parts of Otoliths issue sixty are now available

The print parts of Otoliths issue sixty are now available from The Otoliths Storefront at Lulu. Details are below. Lulu generally runs a promotional discount from Monday to Friday. This week's discount is 10% & the discount code is READER10.

Part One
296 pages, b&w
Price: $US17.45
Direct Link: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/mark-young/otoliths-issue-sixty-part-one/paperback/product-qwrern.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Part One of Otoliths sixty contains visual & varieties of text poetry, photographs, & short stories by Constant Laval Williams, Sanjeev Sethi, Seth Leeper, Kelsey Swancott, DS Maolalai, Louise Landes Levi, S. K. Kelen, Lynn Strongin, Arrowsmith Forge, Pete Spence, Michael J. Leach, Mark Danowsky, Timothy Pilgrim, John Stickney, Jack Galmitz, Doug Bolling, Kristin Garth, Joanna Walkden Harris & Pete Spence, Craig Cotter, Charles Borkhuis, Mary Kasimor, Kyle Seibel, Vernon Frazer, Owen Bullock, Nathan Whiting, Seth A. Howard, Ian Goodale, Jeff Harrison, J. D. Nelson, Darrell Petska, Jenny Enochsson, Jen Schneider, Ryan Scott, Doug Jones, Tom Montag, Simon Perchik, Naomi Buck Palagi, Tony Beyer, Tom Beckett, Vera Constantineau, Eric Hoffman, Clara B. Jones, Bob Lucky, Harvey Huddleston, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Richard Kostelanetz, M.J. Iuppa, Penelope Weiss, John M. Bennett & Jeff Crouch, John M. Bennett, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, David Lohrey, Lewis LaCook, Nathan Anderson, Jake Sheff, Johannes S. H. Bjorg, Keith Nunes, Anna Cates, Elmedin Kadric, Andrew Pascoe, Toby Fitch, Jim Meirose, Natsuko Hirata, Joel Chace, John Levy, Claudia Serea, Steven Fraccaro, Bob Heman, Mark Pirie, Casey Bush, Kirsty Lewin, Eve Rifkah, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Vassilis Zambaras, Thomas Fink, Thomas Fink & Maya D. Mason, Zebulon Huset, Robert Knight, Adam Rosenkranz, & Peter Yovu.

Part Two
266 pages, full color
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Part Two of Otoliths sixty contains collages, photographs, paintings, text & visual poems, essays, & drawings by Christian ALLE, hiromi suzuki, Diana Magallón & Jonathan Minton, Kon Markogiannis, Michael Sikkema, Kyle Hemmings, Elaine Woo, Judith Skillman, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Diana Magallón Jeff Crouch & Jonathan Minton, Barnaby Smith, Chidambar Navalgund, John M. Bennett & Adam Roussopoulos, Nico Vassilakis, Olivier Schopfer, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, AG Davis, Scott Helmes & Carol Stetser, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, Bruno Neiva, Dave Read, gobscure, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Kathup Tsering, John M. Bennett, George Myers, Jr., Jeff Bagato, Kell Nelson, Marcia Arrieta, Marilyn Stablein, K. S. Ernst & Sheila E. Murphy, Alan (Chong) Lau, Alberto Vitacchio, Bob Heman, Randee Silv, Valeria Sangiorgi, Carla Vertola, horace p sternwall, Michael Brandonisio, Edward Kulemin, Kristian Patruno, & Guy R. Beining.

Part Three: The Four Oaks Poems
Jim Leftwich
100 pages, b&w
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Part Three of Otoliths sixty is a stunning collection of several hundred poems by Jim Leftwich, written during his stay in Four Oaks, North Carolina, in August & September, 2020.

Part Four : discourse 9
Karl Kempton
49 pages, full color
Price: $US10.95
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Part Four of Otoliths sixty is the full-color chapbook of discourse 9, the latest of Karl Kempton's discourses, sub-titled "12 sand scores by the lunar solar wind & water quartette."

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Dark matter halo found around ancient 'cannibal' galaxy · Resident Evil Village's Lady Dimitrescu towers over her peers in height comparison chart · update your macOS to Big Sur 11.2 for new bug fixes · discoveries at edge of Periodic Table: first ever measurements of Einsteinium · Aung San Suu Kyi charged for owning illegal walkie-talkies following Myanmar military coup · sperm cells can poison each other in the race to be first to the egg · International Criminal Court clears way for war crimes probe of Israeli actions in occupied Palestinian territories · for 80 years, Captain America has battled the bad guys, including his own government.

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought me
Bud Abbott. Who's
on first? I asked him.
He punched me in
the face. He hasn't 
been the same since
Lou Costello passed.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Scientists solve the mystery of why wombats have cube-shaped poo · 28 trillion tonnes of ice have melted since 1994, on track with worst-case scenarios · Tesla’s new Model S can run Cyberpunk 2077 on its touchscreen · New South Wales police charge woman after baby ejected from car window in Sydney crash · own an iPhone? Apple could owe you £50 in compensation over battery life fallout · Ikea Byredo collaboration: designer candles on sale for just $9 · top T.®ump donor reportedly funded rally that preceded US Capitol riot · rare weather: three tropical cyclones tracking north of NZ.

Thursday, January 28, 2021


The elephants marched in 

two by two

to keep the strudel alive.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Unique 'super-puff' planet discovered 212 light years away from Earth is as big as Jupiter but 10 TIMES lighter · what is Google dorking and how to use it · scientists have described a dinosaur's butthole in exquisite detail · analysts say DoNuts T.®ump told 30,000 mistruths – that’s 21 a day – during presidency · Russia accuses US of meddling in its domestic affairs as thousands arrested at pro-Navalny rallies · Kourtney Kardashian & Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker dating · you can unlock a secret Isu weapon in Assassin's Creed Valhalla just by whacking a pile of rocks · DoNuts T.®ump is reportedly drawing up an "enemies list" of Republicans who opposed his claims of election fraud or voted for impeachment.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

wednesday newstrip

As of January 8, the T.®ump administration had built just 47 miles of border wall where none existed before · Twitch’s Pogchamp removal was never enough, & now it’s turning into a disaster · horned Capitol rioter refused to eat because jail wouldn’t serve organic food · intranasal vaccination effectively reduces viral shedding of SARS-CoV-2 in monkeys · US executes first woman on federal death row in nearly seven decades · a military aide brought the 'nuclear football' for T.®ump's trip to Alamo, Texas · Go_ogle admits to running 'experiments' which remove some media sites from its search results.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

c'est / la durée / de cette vidéo

                    The episode's encoding 
          is complete. An elaborate 
                     mortuary assemblage &
               a trip to Tunisia to play 
                        with food have been 
                  edited out; a choreo-
                graphed routine in which
            pacifists with pollinators
                        are pitted against naval 
                    commandos armed with 
                      photo-chemical smog
                has been added. A 
                    birds-eye view of the 
                              surrounding area is 
                reflected in a mirror.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Britney Spears' ex-husband of 55 hours attended the pro-T.®ump protest in DC where rioters stormed the Capitol · Russia & NZ in 'knock out brawl' over fishing vessel in protected Antarctic waters · Australian Pram Minister Scat SorrySon refuses to condemn T.®ump for inciting 'distressing' violence · Elongated Muskrat overtakes Jeff BeJezos to become world's richest person · unreleased Intel Rocket Lake-S processor overclocked to 7 GHz, & memory to 6666 MHz · glycylation essential to keep sperm swimming in a straight line, study shows · a man has died while driving his ride-on lawnmower at a rural property in Morrinsville.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Solar Orbiter probe makes its first Venus flyby · how to check your holiday rental for hidden surveillance cameras · the United Arab Emirates is trying to rebrand its image by making changes to its 'antiquated' legal system · Bassam Hamzy offers to help find missing rocket launchers in return for sentencing deal · a man wearing a DoNuts T.®ump mask & Santa Claus hat has been accused of attempted murder after he shot his estranged brother-in-law · more Australian men are getting vasectomies than ever before, despite some common myths enduring · French fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies aged 98.