One from the notebook circa 1997, "Standing Below, Looking Up"

Where the birds come together is a tree,
joined by auspicious aeriality
it’s easy to imagine what they see
perched above the ground, looking down

The females dark colors and the males crown
show you’re looking up and they’re looking down
to them it’s not amazing or even profound
suspended in a tree, safe where they’re free

One day it simply occurred to a child
after he’d stood under a tree for awhile
to find out what it’s like to be higher
and so inspired, he started to climb

Then looking down as if he were a bird
realized that by taking someone’s word
without searching for the truth was absurd
but feeling vertigo, he climbed down slow

That night as he tried hard to imagine
the long days events and where he’d been
he realized that he’d always been weak
a stupid freak constantly out of chic

Wanted to return to his embryo
Or perhaps run away to Tokyo
Jumping out the window seemed apropos
for a boy so high he needs to be low


Timothy Lee Russell (c) 1997

Timothy's Kimchi recipe


  • Two heads of Napa cabbage chopped in two inch squares
  • 4 carrots julienned
  • 2 sweet onions (For walla walla flair. I like to cut in large half moon shapes so they're chopsticks-able)
  • A bulb of garlic - maybe 10 cloves (diced up very fine)
  • 6-inch piece of ginger, peeled with grater and diced finely
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 2 bunches of green onions (4 inch long pieces, I usually include the bulb chopped up finely)
  • 1 cup crushed korean chilis (this really is a "to taste" amount you have to play with over time for correct hotness)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Put napa cabbage, carrots and onion in a bowl. Dump the salt on top and then work in in for maybe a minute, coating everything with salt.

Cover with saran wrap and leave at room temperature for 6-8 hours. It will sweat big time and you'll eventually be left with a Dead Sea situation. Veggies floating in a really salty brine. Put it all in a strainer and rince off all the salt. Rinse the bowl to get rid of salt.

Add the veggies back and then add everything else. Mix well.

Pack it tightly into big mason jars with canning lids. Leave about an inch of gap at the top and then add just enough water so that everything is under water. Then screw down the lid loosely so that there is a slight play. This lets it vent so the jar won't explode. Don't turn them down too tightly.

Put them on the counter. Let sit how long you want. Again, this is really subjective. I usually try a piece after 2 days and then usually let it go 1 or 2 more days.

Then store it in the fridge. Again, don't lock the lid down too tightly.

That's it!

Trends are circular and social engineering is the new vector

Keynote speaker Frank Abagnale at the 2017 HIMSS Conference discusses breaches of data covered by HIPAA regulations.

Protecting yourself means:

  • Not giving out information over the phone (even information that seems innocuous)
  • Not falling victim to email phishing techniques

Chris Hadnagy, Author of Phishing Dark Waters--"The attacker doesn’t want to take the sexiest route. They want to take the easiest route. They don't care if it's a zero day exploit or some really sexy code. Back when software was much more vulnerable we saw a lot more attacks that involved hacking into software. Now software is more hardened, now the network is better protected, we see phone calls as the main vector for getting through,"

The U.S. government has declassified some of the training materials it uses internally to train governmental employees. I would suggest that you take some time to take the CyberAwareness challenge which takes about an hour and is a well-presented overview of common security threats. You paid for these training materials to be created – so I would suggest you claim your benefit.
(ed. note: I think the .mil sites should https, no?)

Gunnar y yo. Letra de Costa Rica.

Abandoned building
Edificio abandonado
Black water
Agua negra


I feel like I have the power
To take down a tower
Siento que tengo el poder
Derribar una torre

i love this song

can, november from "inner space / out of reach"

can always kills me, the drummer and bassist's ruthlessness's like they're always on the hunt for blood.

when i listen to it, i am hearing my personal german prog rock version of duke ellington's "caravan".

another very different but cool version of it live on the John Peele Show in 1975.

and, of course, let's listen to caravan, circa 1937.

The Metal Burns And Cries!!!

I decided to pseudo-scientifically write the most metal song ever based off of the Metalness quotient in the following, well-reasoned and executed analysis. I can't vouch for the results as I have not replicated the experiment but the results appear sound and well-researched.

Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing.

Let's start "The Metal Burns And Cries" by pulling from "Most Metal Words" at Rank 20 by moving all the way down the list and then we'll pop the stack from there. Change some word forms, add a yeeaaahhh!!! because I don't believe any metal is complete without guttural utterances.

As we move up the list, our metal lyrics start to surge with Metalness. Rising up from the besotten metal-less words that have been forced to the bottom of the top 20 list by words that are more HEAVY METAL!!! RaaAAaagghhh!!!

Intensity rising as we reach the creshendo a rollercoaster and dropping weightless through the atmosphere, screaming Hell yeah!!! and flashing the Sign Of The Horns...

For the chorus, we're just going to the top of the list starting with the highest Metalness quotient and BURN the listener with the "Most Metal Word" that exists. We'll prefix it with article "The" just to tame the Capsaicin blow and additionally we'll change the word form to "burnt" in order to prevent physically damaging the listener, who we would like to live long enough to be a fan and buy our recordings and merch.

...but then, they will die.

Unlucky number 13 ends our song...with a Goodbye.

This lyrical maelstrom of future audible death lies below. Handle it with CAUTION!

"The Metal Burns and Cries" (c) 2016 Timothy Lee Russell

Released under the Tag license. Tag your recordings with @hyperubik and share them on Twitter. I really want to hear your metal versions of this, like pronto! Arrangement is yours. If you can work in a couple of the top 20 "Least Metal Words" and have it not suck, you ROCK!!! But, it will probably suck if you try to do that. Once you post your version, I'll link to it and you will be a #MetalHero.

Scream at the flames
Tear at the reigns
Pray the gods dream
Say goodbye to the sword

Sorrow, sorrow my soul
Ashes, Demons, DEMONS, yeeaaahhh!!!
Gonna flame the beast
breathe into eternity

the burnt cries of his veins
eternity breathes the beast

the burnt cries of his veins
eternity breathes the beast


older posts

throbbing mattress kitten


the drought and draught of hope

"splashed with a sense of place, this set of tunes wafts out of the northwest u.s. of a., leading you on a restless journey while crisscrossing the footsteps of pioneers. in this revolution of time, we all feel the drought and the draught of hope."

archaeology confession 192

"a field recording recovered many years after the crumbling of modern civilization, this document chronicles the experience of one man's journey before, during, and after the fall."

elderly tunes

"10 years of chaos, captured on the first five tmk albums, collected now in a single compilation."

why not listen to this?

seaside by joshua deiss was chosen at random from the 185 songs available to you.

more music...

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