DECEMBER, 2018

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…



CANADIANS…
We are looking forward to sampling your new recreational spinach and playing two shows.
Brrrr...
CALGARY, AB
February 23, 2019
BLOCK HEATER FEST


TODAY’S TRIVA...
DAVID BOWIE knew  of our existence!


A FEW NEW ITEMS
at ye olde merch shoppe…

‘PLAIES’
Rennie's short story collection, ‘Evil’ available in French!

THRU THE TREES
20th anniversary special edition LP. Available now!

‘Wilderness’ deluxe BOX SET

SNAKE T-SHIRT

NEW! BEAR T-SHIRT
Rennie's portrait of Brett as a bear.

Our MUSICAL COLLABORATORS—
have recorded some great music. Take a listen:
Alex McMahon
Jason Toth



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 flight!

MAYBE 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?

SLIME 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 how.

SLIME 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 maze?


QUESTION: Why do starlings roost in the little trees planted in parking lot medians? ANSWER: There are no other trees.



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