I live today only because . . .

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I live today because I did not follow in Upton Sinclair’s bold footsteps to become an investigative journalist.

Sure, there are plenty of other reasons I still exist on this lonely rock.  I could have joined a military;  been a reckless motorcycle racer; a Chicago politician; or other excessively dangerous jobs not more than a skip-hop from who I conceivably could have been.

But, an investigative journalist.  I didn’t become that, but I once worshiped Upton Sinclair; Murrey Marder basting Joseph McCarthy;  Seymour Hersh.  Some of my earliest heroes.   I fantasized about taking the plunge into that kind of firestorm of an existence.  I started honing it even before university at my high school newspaper writing invasive features.

Wasn’t my path, but I have endless respect for the people who did.  Close to the herenow,  Chris Matthews reminds me every day of that spirited existence, although with him it’s more of the unflinching Marder attitude than the Sinclair’s fearless exposing of the Chicago Meatpacking factory scandals in the world.  Neither the three more noble than the other, to me.  These are the heroes I gaze up upon.

I just know that had I pursued that path, I’d not have lived past 30.  Suppose for that I’m grateful, right?

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“I am not a Twit”

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I copied the quote from one of the many memorial write-ups published just post his death.  It’s now my email salutation quote.  I have a couple more I’m going to do this to, ‘cos I loves me some Major Tom.

But, I’m not posting them in Facebook, which has been my M.O. for the past couple years.  Using Twitter now, with the same pen name as I used on Facebook before they decided I wasn’t.  Been on Twitter since just after its launch, but using it now with WordPress to publish my journals, photo essays, and stuff I’m not paid and NDA‘d to not publish.

If you use Twitter, I’m easy to find: WWW.TWITTER,COM/MUSESMACHINE



My policy on Facebook is that I only use it to post links to other things I’ve published.  But, I don’t always want to essay about things.  Just want to journal Twitter-length notes about things worth being seen.  Photos, and the like.  This is where Twitter comes in. Don’t have to do a lot of commenting or liking.  Well, some liking, but les”social” responsibility to be, well, social.

Hope you’ll be willing to follow me if you’re on Twitter.


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It’s an Orchid!

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The other day while shopping for Trader Joe’s staples, I decided to pick up this orchid I met.  My girl loves her some orchids, and this one was budding and blooming.  Gonna try not killing it for a while, but can’t promise.  Very bad record with plants.

Took a couple pics of baby.  The first two are selfies the orchid took of itself while we were sitting in the car waiting for D to get back from a mini-stop along the way home from the market.


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The clouds and light in the background are unedited.  They were just in the windshield as the pot sat in my lap, the blooms all up in my face.   I think the deep blue came as a result of the upper portion of the windshield being tinted.  But, not completely sure.  Didn’t plan for it and didn’t see it until I got home.  Another of the same little set:


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This is my front room table the orchid is chillin’ on.  Plenty of sunlight during the sunlight hours.  Apparently, orchids like sunlight.


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The rest of these are all photos from the day after she settled in.  These were all taken with my Galaxy 5c phone camera.  A camera.  That’s funny.  No macroscopic lens.  Auto-focus, no digital filters.


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Thanks for taking a look.  Beats them sitting in a folder on my hard drive gathering pixel dust.  By the way, the “It’s an Orchid” in the cover art?  I don’t give these an “it’s my job” thought when I make these, but I do do a bit of head-scratchin’.  This was a play on “It’s a Boy / Girl” baby announcement cards people make their friends endure.  We treat the guests we host like little rooted children.

Have a picturesque week!


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Credit Roll. Dop!

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It’s Golden Globe night and I’m sitting here thinking there should be an award, Emmy-style, for closing credits. I’d give it to Season 27 Episode 10 of the Simpsons, “The Girl Code.” Not much to say about it, really, just that It’s beautiful that Matt Groening goes so far out of his way to make the credit roll worth sticking around and watching.

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It would seem to me that some team of physicists somewhere in the world is working on Star Trek kind of teleportation tech.  Have to believe.  If they do, I hope they monitor hashtags and hear me about what I think is a novel suggestion.  They have to test it on something inert before they start teleporting monkeys.  We all know what nightmare could result if your project isn’t ready to swallow the blue pill.


So, test it on air.  If it works, you’ll need to test the results against themselves.  Go super-double blind-style.  Offer every bathroom in the US a beta model and it serves an altruistic benefit. We can all teleport the lingerings we leave or find wafting way too near my sink.

Technology doesn’t just have to offer the military a new annihilation  option, limp enhancements, and bleeding our turnips dry..

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Honorary Comedian in Two Cars with Gin and Coffee

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By now, you’ve heard about opening his season with Barack Obama his first guest on his Crackle Network show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” If you haven’t, this e

This essay is just a handful of photo stills from the show. Not trying to re-tell the story you have to see, Just pretty much revisiting some of the funner parts from MY perspective that if you did see it, you’ll remember. Obama showed himself to be a really down to earth cat. You really have to see the entire show, though. You’ll get what I’m meanin’.

Seinfeld matches a car’s personality with his guest’s. Very similar to how it works out with lowly musicians getting to play the world’s most valuable Stradivarius string specimens, the cars used by the show are owned by the sickly-0-rich and loaned for the show. The owners are given credit, of course; then the cars’ absorb their famous guests’ energy. The value of this already Corvette Stingray just shot through the roof.

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So, for the coolest President of all time, what car is cool enough but a ’63 Corvette Stingray. I won’t detail the thing, ‘cos you probably know, and I’ll let Seinfeld go it. Watch the show. Here are some stills just for grins:

Cruising down DC suburban wqay in the crisp winter air:


A couple shots from the side.

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From the front, like looking into the face of a torpedo.


And, of course, looking right into the tailpipe, the last thing you see as it flashes by you.


Ok, the show. Seinfeld had a hard time getting the Prez to realize he was there. Dude doesn’t stop working to sleep.


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Got his attention and got him in the oval office. Where he immediately made himself very at home.

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Miraculously, Secret Service was able to get Seinfeld enough security clearance to get POTUS into the Stingray. The agents must have been crapping themselves. Especially when Obama took the wheel.

I guessed before air that Seinfeld wasn’t getting Obama off the grounds of the White House. Turns out, he tried. No dice. Like the title of this essay, “Sir, you have the President in your car. You’re not going anywhere.” The front gate Secret Service guard was a star.


Obama did manage to get behind the wheel for a bit.


It was here that we learned that even when Obama tried making it out while he was driving, no dice.

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Another Secret Service agent offered them assistance getting into the car they would be taking. Another guess of mine prior to air. “The Beast.” On a kind of super-tank frame that could withstend an IUD and probably a surface to surface missile. They still wouldn’t let them off the grounds.


They did get to drive around the grounds a bit on the way to having coffee in the White House Kitchen made into a little makeshift cafe.

It was on this little jaunt that we learned the Commander in Chief can talk to a nuclear submarine on the way to dinner, and no, Seinfeld doesn’t get a souvenir Presidential seal for h

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So, they had coffee that Seinfeld made for POTUS on White House equipment. They volleyed banter. We learned that both are witty; both are funny; Obama needs anything, it’s a phone call away; and that the Prez only wears one color of boxer briefs.

In the end, Jerry couldn’t find his way back to his car and loitering became trespassing in the garden outside the Oval Office. The Prez had to ask Secret Service not to hurt him. No word on whether or not Seinfeld took a black site trip, or not. Episode II hasn’t aired yet.



I’m cross-publishing this on Magnana Mouse Citizen Media as D’Mused America.  I do that sometimes.  Usually separate my happy space here from anything to do with depressing politics.  Sometimes film and politics mix.  This kind of qualifies, I think.  I generally won’t ever dive into political waters here.  If you want that, I would recommend Magnana Mouse Citizen Media.  Cool blog written by a couple politicos.  Get your fix at their site on Facebook, or Twitter.  I have access to those sites and editorial  authority to content provide.  So, I occasionally do.


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Apps To Make Life Easier (VIDEO)

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Was looking for an app this evening to let me have shortcuts to my writing on my phone.  I actually write on my phone to transfer back to my laptop later, and the Voice-to-Text is too hit or miss.  You know it’s bad if you’ve gotten an email from me from my phone and have seen my salutation:

“DISCLAIMER:  this was sent from my phone. I am responsible for the use of voice-to-text mangling my writing ridiculously. I am only partially as incompetent as this mail may make me seem.”

Found my app.  Found a bunch more too.  This kid is obviously a university student and uses all the apps he recs.  Not a paid little opportunity for him, so betcha find some Galaxy gold in this.  Do enjoy!


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