OTHER PROJECTS

THE ORIGINAL CTHULHU PIE

Well, one day my son saw that I was going to bake a blueberry pie and he had been reading some H.P. Lovecraft and asked me to bake a Lovecraftian inspired Cthulhu Pie. I posted up the image of my result on social media at the time, and my friend Tedd Shapiro grabbed it and made a meme out of it and thus “it” began.  I suppose the image that went viral was more of an octopus but I made up for it with the video I created for people who wanted to try to replicate it. It was quite a surprise to get all the emails I did about it and other kind people who asked me for permission to include in their talks, presentations, studies, or even tours at the aquariums. Who ever thought cephalopod-inspired baked goods would be a thing? Heck, even Star Trek’s George Takei was amused by it! Oh myyyyy!

ONE DEAD CROW: PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF THE PARANORMAL

Well, the title says it all. I know artists have a little bit of the funny stuff in their heads but I do know that the most skeptical of my friends have also had some very interesting things happen to them. I gathered all the stories I could possibly remember and recounted them here in this short book. I hope to follow up with it with some more stories as, believe it or not, I have a ton more. Personally, I’ve come to believe there is a quantum mechanic aspect to these occurrences. Even Einstein’s quote ‘“spooky action” at a distance’ can apply,
Anyhow, this self-published electronic book is available through Smashwords and also through Barnes and Noble. If you decide to pick it up, I hope you will enjoy it. I've only received great feedback—even a starred review from School Library Journal!

 

 

 

 

 

BLAH, BLAH, BLAH:  A GLORIFIED THREAD OF OBSERVATIONS

This very short book is about some thoughts, musings and observations I've had through the years about life, religion, money, “good and evil”. It can be a difficult read for some because it talks about the things we, as a society, have come to rely on and worship in a sense, such as money. But it's just my perspective, and as one of my many personal heroes, stoic Marcus Aurelius has stated, 'Everything you hear is opinion, and not fact.'
This is also self-published and available through various ebook venues such as Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. I've noticed there are quite a few more places that sell it but it takes a simple search engine query. This piece, like “One Dead Crow” was well-received but with the unanimous criticism that it was too brief.


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Reading suggestions.
I’ve had some people inquire about my reading list or subjects of interest. I don’t actually know where to begin but here’s a list of some titles:

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
1215: The Year of Magna Carta by Danny Danziger
Hypatia of Alexandria by Laurel A Rockefeller
Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
Alexander the Great by Thomas R Martin
The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number by Mario Livio
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
Essential Bukowski: Poetry by Charles Bukowski
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko
Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell
Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Republic by Plato
Nikola Tesla: Prophet of the Modern Technological Age by Michael W Simmons
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E B Sledge
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq by Andy McNab
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson

Personal interests and influential people, places and things. theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, Henry Cavendish, Queen Amanirenas, Pythagoras, Isaac Newton, General George S Patton, Michael Faraday, Nikola Tesla, Al-Battani, Hieronymous Bosch, Albrecht Durer, Bernhard Riemann, Charles Proteus Steinmetz, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, St. Francis of Assisi, James Clerk Maxwell, Coco Chanel, Tycho Brahe, Sister Wendy Beckett, Wilhelm Reich, Viktor Schauberger, Wu Zetian, Queen Elizabeth I, Amelia Earheart, Isaac Asimov, Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, Genghis Khan, Chief Seattle, Joseph Campbell, Francis Bacon (the painter), Gustav Klimt, Louise Bourgeois, Isamu Noguchi, music, sound frequency and resonance and cymatics, architecture of cathedrals and temples, shamanism, linguistics and dialect and the structure of the written language (particularly the usage of boustrophedon, hieroglyphs and Ogham), geometry, genetics and unique ethnicities which share AB- bloodlines, incidence of redheads and gigantism, the destruction of the ancient Hellenic sciences kept by the Moors, Hellenistic Greece, Ancient Egypt, Greco-Bactrian history, the Eleusinian Mysteries, Phrygia, Tartaria, the physics of water, color theory, optics and light and wavelengths, qanats, lost civilizations, noetic sciences, the paranormal, zero point energy, cryptozoology, zoology, chemistry and alchemy, geology, soil compositions, oceanography and waterways, mythologies of the world, archaeology, art history, mechanics of the body, patterns and mechanics in nature, botany, weightlifting, free diving, cooking, baking, marksmanship, archery, sport of fencing, MotoGP, rally car racing, etc. Non est finis.

Music. Trained in classical piano and guitar but I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to music appreciation. Anything Johann Sebastian Bach, Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, Richard Wagner, Gary Numan, Blue Oyster Cult, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Arvo Part, medieval court music, Benny Goodman, Tool, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Otep, The Zombies, Tuvan throat singing, Native American and any cultural shaman ceremonial and shaman music, sounds of bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, French horns, harpsichord and cellos. Also the sounds of cicadas, whalesong, and baby alligators are quite captivating (they sound like sci-fi pulse lasers—how adorable!).

Some links of interest.
Numberphile
Entropy (Order and Disorder) Energy BBC w/Jim Al-Khalili
Any interviews with Sister Wendy Beckett, Dick Cavett, and Bill Moyers