HEY HO FRIENDS, both
digital and analog. Greetings from Albuquerque where
we are in the midst of a wind storm. Tree branches
scratch the windows and leaves are swirling in the
street. In other words— all is well. We are home
enjoying some important pajama time before a little
more travel. Herein news of CANADA, YE HANDSOME
FAMILY and SLIME MOLDS. It’s our latest NEWSLETTER…
We are looking forward to
sampling your new recreational spinach and
playing two shows.
February 23, 2019
BLOCK HEATER FEST
BOWIE knew of our existence!
A FEW NEW ITEMS
at ye olde merch shoppe…
Rennie's short story collection,
‘Evil’ available in French!
20th anniversary special edition
LP. Available now!
‘Wilderness’ deluxe BOX
NEW! BEAR T-SHIRT
Rennie's portrait of Brett as a
Our MUSICAL COLLABORATORS—
have recorded some great music. Take a listen:
Thank you for keeping us keeping on...
xo Rennie (& Brett)
SLIME MOLDS… are not mold.
They’re single-celled creatures. They can
reproduce by splitting in two or they can
fuse with genetically compatible mates,
When fused they become one larger cell
with one nucleus and two sets of
chromosomes. They can keep fusing with
other slime molds until they grow large
enough to be seen by human eyes. When they
are this large they reproduce by forming
stalks from their highest point that shoot
out spores into the wind. Oh,to see such
the rat-tat-tat we hear at night is just
giant slime molds shooting out babies and
not another armed robbery or a game of
beer pong turned deadly?
MOLDS placed in a maze can spread out and
quickly find the shortest exit to food.
When scientists took a piece of slime mold
that had solved a maze and let it fuse
with a mold newly-exposed to the maze, the
second mold found the maze exit far more
quickly. Slime molds do not have brains or
any kind of neural pathways. We know they
speak to each other, but we’re not sure
MOLDS have been on Earth for approximately
a billion years. Will we make it this
long? One problem we have is big egos.
While we can empathize with each other, we
can not act in complete concert and trust
like a swarm of starlings nor can we
easily make decisions based on the good of
the whole (like a hive of bees) over the
good of the individual. Some of us are
better at this than others.
WHO IS SMARTER: humans or the slime mold? What
about a school of sardines? A plastic bag? A
wind full of spores? A beer pong champion? A
QUESTION: Why do starlings
roost in the little trees planted in parking
lot medians? ANSWER: There are no other trees.
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