Chasing Pterodactyl and Sharing the Moon

My stepson Todd and I went kayaking recently on the river where I live. I’m not alone, accompanied in my river habitat by impressive creatures, from tiny lobster-like critters determined to cross the lawn in the spring, to overgrown slow-motion snapping turtles and prehistoric-looking great blue herons.

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Great Blue Heron

The herons are big and have zombie eyes. Todd and I both got a good look that day on the river. As we approached a wide corner, the background a big spread of low-lying grass where “Mister Blue” (I just made that up now) likes to hang around, I told Todd “We’ll see him up here … I’ll flush him out!” Feeling confident, we pushed forward on the water a little Continue reading “Chasing Pterodactyl and Sharing the Moon”

Stephen Hawking Does Hip Hop, from “Nothing” by Mark Urso

I don’t know what “quantum” means.

But a lot of scientists are very excited about it!

Quantum TamersMany of them put on their best shirts for the visually-intensive documentary “The Quantum Tamers,” (XIVE TV, Amazon Video) a show that promises, in the teaser, to “rock your world,” and turns out to actually be jam-packed with big screen light shows, the strangest close-ups you’ll ever see, and some very long sentences with lots of impressive words!

Technically, scientifically-speaking, this show may not be best-described Continue reading “Stephen Hawking Does Hip Hop, from “Nothing” by Mark Urso”

The Rhythm Of Neurodiversity, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso

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What scientists are studying is ultimately subjective, and maybe the only walls they’re hitting are those of interdisciplinary diversity, open-minded purpose, and perspective.

The subsets of subjectivity show us the world as a mostly-measurable array of sound, light and color. Rhythm, as in heartbeat, vibration, harmonics, and the entire electromagnetic spectrum (visible and otherwise), is an important element of the everything question.

candle with tambourinePhotons, the elements of light that cause color, are everywhere! They are massless, yet still affected by gravity, have angular momentum, and can impart energy and momentum to matter with which they interact. And by their nature, they impart vibration.

Light is the fabric! Because of it’s multi-timbral nature, it’s hard to deny light probably carries more information than we know! And most of this electromagnetic radiation is (quite usefully) invisible! Is the answer in the photons? Organic life depends on them for its existence, and its perception of its existence!

It starts to feel all very one-and-the-same.

snark guitar tunerWell-known autistic savant Daniel Tammet, while being tested with complicated math problems, told interviewers he could see the numbers as shapes and colors in his mind. In 2005, the Autism Research Centre determined Tammet had synesthesia, meaning he associates numbers (and for some autistics music) with color!

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The Universal Answer (Featuring Bruce Willis in a Wife Beater)

We’re given infinity; we’re given it as children; we like it – it’s fascinating. The same ideas we’re trying so hard to blow up are so familiar to humans they’re like instinct, like a kid fascinated with the size of a grain of sand, like gazing at the sky, almost as if, if we figured out the concept of infinity, by studying the size of a one-dimensional string, or the universe; if we “blew up” infinity, it would be like blowing up the universe as we know it! The unknown is so familiar it’s embedded in the way we understand the universe, almost as if we understand the unknown; and the way we understand it, it’s definition, is an “unattainable” quantity or size; it can’t be blown up! “

candleAs humans, most of us don’t even understand how our own bodies work. But this is natural. Organic life is a precarious balance, and, while the study of the extreme and unimaginable is fascinating, it’s not really all that helpful. If a human sought to learn Continue reading “The Universal Answer (Featuring Bruce Willis in a Wife Beater)”

Free Beer!

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I love the Internet.

“Don’t hold back just have a good time!”
“Let’s save our troubles for another day!”
– Janet Jackson, “Escapade”

I wanted to give you free beer, but I don’t have any. So then I wanted to give you some free music recorded by Janet Jackson, but I was afraid she might get mad at me. So, I do have free stuff, but it’s not beer.

Sort of a technicality.

Free music, though. Do NOT tell anyone.

Stop by sometime; I’m saving you a piece of pizza!

Here’s your song:

Friends, by Mark Urso and Brandon Raimondo, from “Share The Moon”:

Please leave a comment!

If you say supportive things, I’ll invite you to my party next week with FREE FOOD. There will also be lots of FREE MUSIC there!

Don’t mention it. It’s nothing!

The Field Of Freedom (A Chapter From “Esteban Escobar”)

(Below is excerpted from “Share The Moon, Espisode 2, Esteban Escobar,” which is near completion. Please leave a comment!)

Esteban had been so difficult to corner, authorities in Colombia, where he was being pursued to answer drug-smuggling charges, agreed to arrest him with concessions, like allowing him to give his side of the “story” and speak to the citizenry on the street in front of the Ministry of Justice, broadcast on television, an event that would become known as the “Field of Freedom” speech. Escobar was not apologetic and admitted no wrongdoing.

get a copy today - a candle lit adAina was asleep during the speech, but the TV was on and she took most of it in unconsciously, the whole time dreaming about Esteban delivering almost exactly the same Continue reading “The Field Of Freedom (A Chapter From “Esteban Escobar”)”

The Field of Freedom (a Poem)

The wind is tainted with freedom
The conditions are not good
For the gentle blessings of my God
Are we doing all we should?

The face of God He sees you
He’s calling out your name
He wants a conversation
He sleeps into your dreams

He understands the underdog
And raises up the meek
But it doesn’t solve your problems
And He never really speaks

Candlelight and daffodils
In a soft warm wind you kneel
But that’s just in a dream; your real life’s
On a real battlefield

The slate it never gets wiped clean
There’s always gonna be
The dirty wind of war and strife
The wind of freedom for you and me

So is this my God’s face and hands?
He’s not so gentle now
The field is fresh with death; everyone’s
Wondering why and how

This is what our freedom costs
There shouldn’t be a doubt
The voice of God’s in the same wind
That blew your candle out

The Field of Freedom, Poem and Novel Combo

dragonI’m a writer and a musician, and when I sleep I dream in rhythm! I wake up and write down threads that come together later in the week. Sometimes they are great poems, some need melody, and then when I really get going … a couple hundred pages of novelette isn’t out of the question.

The themes were familiar, authentic and consistent. Dragons threatening innocent young girls, or so it seems. Dreamy but distinct, my thoughts brought mice to the jury stand with a bandito attorney dressed as a bullfighter and poised to protect his maiden.

Share The Moon NovelSo then there’s the question of what to do with all these visions. I wish, in a perfect world, I could stuff them right down your throat! The marketing of greatness will be the biggest let-down of your life, if you ever think, even for just a moment, you’ve done something great. If it is to be heard, no-one will listen; if it is to be seen, no-one will look; and if it is to be experienced, you will feel very much all alone.

So I have completely given up. The idea of hoardes of friendly readers Continue reading “The Field of Freedom, Poem and Novel Combo”

Red Rhino Versus Dr. Seuss – All That is Wrong with Amazon Dot Com

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Talking Cat

Dr. Seuss I’m afraid I’m dropping a bomb
Red Rhino has hijacked Amazon-dot-com
The people will rally just like Vietnam
Nobody will listen but still try to stay calm

In the Amazon jungle the battle begins
You kidnap my customer in order to win
I only find out when I hear of the fray
By then it’s too late and I’ll never get paid!

I often write about dragons and intimidating monsters. This time it’s a Rhino that’s causing trouble, bringing a mighty stink to an unlikely field.

This is a colorful story, teaming poor suffering alcoholics and caregivers together with popular fictional characters, like Dr. Seuss.

Online sales is a real battlefield. I’m ready to go to battle, too. But they won’t give me my gear and gun. And now they’re shooting at me!

The unlikely field of battle is Amazon’s Dot Com Jungle. The foe is a third-party seller who taunts his enemies with high prices that frustrate their bookkeepers into surrender, and sometimes trick innocent shoppers Continue reading “Red Rhino Versus Dr. Seuss – All That is Wrong with Amazon Dot Com”

The Role Of The Observer, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso

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Einstein’s relativity theories may be close to understanding the vastness of the universe. And they indelibly connect time to the “size” we seek. I believe time is a theoretical universal constant, but the elusive meter-needle nature of the Universe points not to changing or bending time, but organically-embodied “traits,” rhythm and balance, energetic systems that extend through nature and should be called-out in the study of Everything. Rhythm and balance are as important parts of the equation as time itself.

Size, in universal terms, can only be measured by grouping distance with speed; in other words, the time it would take, at a certain speed, to “get to” the distances we are trying to understand, and sometimes the imagined possibility of doing so, if the distance is great. The universe and atomic world have to be in both contexts (time/distance) at every moment of dissection, a subspecific way to examine any topic scientifically.

It wouldn’t be hard to conclude after a general survey of the state of scientific affairs of the Universe there’s a missing piece; still a flag of “not yet proven” Continue reading “The Role Of The Observer, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso”

The Philosophy Of Everything, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso

In the universe of philosophy, it’s easy to connect time and space, but in astronomy and physics it’s been a contentious “space” for a hundred years! What happens if we blur the line between the two, take our stethoscope to church, so to speak? How well is science arguing it’s version of “Creation?”

the universeThe universe is amazing. With technology today, we’ve seen the unimaginable, and it’s the stuff that feeds the same philosophy poised to pull it apart to try and make some sense of it!

The study of astronomy and subatomic physics requires treatment by philosophy. It’s an admittedly easy task for the philosopher, with plenty of “far out” things to criticize. But philosophy, drawing generously from scientific exploration and theory, Continue reading “The Philosophy Of Everything, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso”

Going To Portland, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso

If you were going on a trip to, say, Portland, to see the world and learn about it, and some friends told you not to go there, because it’s unfit for human existence, they constantly have fiery hailstorms, and sometimes tidal waves and winds over a thousand miles-an-hour, and, you’d likely evaporate in the toxic atmosphere miles outside the city, well before you even arrived … would you still go? Of course not!

You considered your personal situation; your budget, the amount of time you have to travel, and the things you most want to learn about, but maybe you didn’t account for whether you’d never return, perishing if you visited certain places, not to mention the cost to get you to such a dangerous place safely!

But, then, imagine the trip is important to others, who also want to learn about Portland, so much so, they’re willing to pay for everything!

Still a really easy decision?

This trip is so important it may save Portland from possible destruction and give us insight Continue reading “Going To Portland, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso”

Foreword to Nowhere, Derived From “Nothing” by Mark Urso

This is, from this point forward, all assuming you have read and agreed to the Writ of Compliance. If not, please stop reading now.

Boo Boo says “Shhh!”

In my quest, friends, a thing I know we all have deep down inside (quest, that is), to know everything about everything, I have finally completed this work on my findings, entitled in a way, as I am sure you have caught on to by now, to throw people off our trail. While I had thought I would, upon finally distilling “Everything,” want to share the information, that has not turned out to be the case.

The Universe is very big.

There are things I found out that no-one should ever know. They are contained within. (ad goes here)

Please also enjoy the accompanying music CD (coming soon), which is called “Globe of Time” and aims to tease, mesmerize and tantalize you in a whole ‘nother way.
But for now, I’m afraid you’re already in too deep to back out.


You’re coming.

Shall we start the adventure … in Portland?

(… above is from the forthcoming book “Nothing,” by Mark Urso)

Proceed to nowhere …

Googlevertising and Aliens; How to Take Over The Universe in Seven Easy Steps


Seven Easy Steps

Google has me thinking about advertising. They call it that, but I’m going to call it “Googlevertising.” Googlevertising includes more than just advertising, and brings all new rules to the table!

First: To Googlevertise, you must come up with a new way to do something. Upon thinking one of these up, you must then give it away for free to millions of people, creating a community. In normal advertising, these would be your potential customers, but in Googlevertising, you no longer need the entire person, nor do you need the person to do very much (at first); all you’re going to use is the eyeballs. Google calls this a “community of eyeballs.” These eyeballs, you’ll see, will make you money.

Build websites that provide things to your community for free.

Many creatures have eyeballs. Here’s a dragon.

Second: Do nothing else.
Never ask your customers for money; you no longer treat them as customers; they are eyeballs. Be sure not to get involved in retail sales or anything brick and mortar.

Feel free to create your own map of the entire world, because soon, your community will be anxious to do SOMETHING for all the free email and music they’ve been getting. They will Continue reading “Googlevertising and Aliens; How to Take Over The Universe in Seven Easy Steps”