Capn - today is Pi Day.

It also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. Makes you ponder the hypotenuse of a slice of hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream - or something like that. as ever - BB

"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible." - Albert Einstein

"Coincidences abound unless there are no coincidences." -- Capn Skyp

An Indian had three wives he kept in different teepees. The first wife was in an elk hide teepee; the second wife was in a deer hide teepee; the third wife was in a teepee made of hippopotamus hide. All three wives were pregnant and gave birth on exactly the same day. The wife in the deer hide teepee had a girl. The wife in the elk hide teepee had a boy. But the wife in the hippopotamus hide teepee had twins.
Moral of the story: The squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaw of the other two hides.



Except in Oregon where the word, "Squaw," has been removed from all signs and designations and destinations because it has been determined to be a sexist slur, a dirty word for vagina, but in what particular language they never say.

-- Capn Skyp


Relief is on the way. Things are lightening up. William Blake foretold the tale in his painting of URIZEN (your reason). Keep a wary eagle glass eye out for the changelings already in the miniscule state of longing to expand, just like us, longing, longing. Little sprouts seeking the light.



Febuary 1: Imbolc

This season belongs to Brigid, the Celtic goddess who in later times became revered as a Christian saint. Originally, her festival on February 1 was known as Imbolc or Oimelc, two names which refer to the lactation of the ewes, the flow of milk that heralds the return of the life-giving forces of spring. Later, the Catholic Church replaced this festival with Candlemas Day on February 2, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and features candlelight processions. The powerful figure of Brigid the Light-Bringer overlights both pagan and Christian celebrations.
In most parts of the British Isles, February is a harsh and bitter month. In old Scotland, the month fell in the middle of the period known as Faoilleach, the Wolf-month; it was also known as a, marbh mhiòs, the Dead-month. But although this season was so cold and drear, small but sturdy signs of new life began to appear: Lambs were born and soft rain brought new grass. Ravens begin to build their nests and larks were said to sing with a clearer voice.

In Ireland, the land was prepared to receive the new seed with spade and plough; calves were born, and fishermen looked eagerly for the end of winter storms and rough seas to launch their boats again. In Scotland, the Old Woman of winter, the Cailleach, is reborn as Bride, Young Maiden of Spring, fragile yet growing stronger each day as the sun rekindles its fire, turning s carcity into abundance. Of her, Alexander Carmichael wrote:
Bride with her white wand is said to breathe life into the mouth of the dead Winter and to bring him to open his eyes to the tears and the smiles, the sighs and the laughter of Spring. The venom of the cold is said to tremble for its safety on Bride's Day, and to flee for its life on Patrick's Day.
- from www.celticspirit.org
submitted by Airy Ace




Forgiveness, of, begging for, websiting lack of, being reason, explanation partly drivel, somewhat excruciating, head cold prevailing, birfdaying a toll taking. snufflies prevalent with scudding coughs, prognosis long and slow, hanging of the in there requested.

-- capn skyp

From skypilot Andy J.

Dear Capn,
just a note to let you know that I've somehow managed to create a download page which currently contains two audio files and a movie file for Skypilots everywhere to check out, use, cut up or discard.
Find it at

From skypilot Magpie: this is a really neat artist's website.


The articles about Albert Hofmann turning 100 brought this response:

'....the drug was hijacked by the youth movement of the 1960's and then demonized by the establishment that the movement opposed. He said LSD could be dangerous and called its distribution by Timothy Leary and others "a crime."
"It should be a controlled substance with the same status as morphine," he said.'

Do us all a favor, Capn. Dedicate it to the casualties. Highlight this passage (above)
of the NYT article, and think through a response, and don't settle for something flip & foolish.

We'll all appreciate it.

-- jwoodruff


well, I don't know as I agree with this totally. We always felt LSD was not to be taken lightly and for people who were already on the edge it could tip them over. But on the other hand, by making it illegal, it made for some questionable quality for those who buy acid on the streets.

This is a subject that can't be treated lightly or flippantly but it is also so broad in scope it's almost impossible to delineate clearly.
I don't think timothy leary's work was a crime. He didn't distribute acid far as I know except to a few people he was familiar with. nor did kesey and the pranksters. we knew there was acid at the acid tests but we didn't provide it nor did we know who was providing it.

also, I don't pretend to be a spokesman, except when I am riding my own bicycle.
-- capn skyp


Albert Hofmann will turn 100 today, a milestone to be marked by a symposium in nearby Basel on the chemical compound that he discovered and that famously unlocked the Blakean doors of perception, altering consciousnesses around the world. As the years accumulate behind him, Mr. Hofmann's conversation turns ever more insistently around one theme: man's oneness with nature and the dangers of an increasing inattention to that fact.

"It's very, very dangerous to lose contact with living nature," he said, listing to the right in a green armchair that looked out over frost-dusted fields and snow-laced trees. A glass pitcher held a bouquet of roses on the coffee table before him. "In the big cities, there are people who have never seen living nature, all things are products of humans," he said. "The bigger the town, the less they see and understand nature." And, yes, he said, LSD, which he calls his "problem child," could help reconnect people to the universe. (photo by Marc Latzel)


photo by Walter Bieri

"I had wonderful visions," Albert Hofmann said, recalling his first accidental consumption of the drug.

"I sat down at home on the divan and started to dream," he told the Swiss television network SF DRS. "What I was thinking appeared in colors and in pictures. It lasted for a couple of hours and then it disappeared."


The scientist, who was born in northern Switzerland in 1906, worked for Sandoz from 1929 to 1971.

During the 1930s he did research on medicinal plants, trying to synthesize their active components in the hope of discovering a stimulant for the respiratory and circulatory systems.

In 1938 while working on ergot, a fungus that attacks grain, Hofmann isolated the German-named "Lysergsaeure-Diaethylamid," or lysergic acid diethylamide.

But the chemist failed to interest doctors in the discovery after tests on animals proved inconclusive.

Five years later on April 16 1943, while working in his lab, Hofmann spilled some synthesised LSD onto his hand.

The effects were immediate. Suffering dizziness, he decided to cycle home and pedalled into his first "trip."

It has since become known as:



forgive them. for they know not what they do.
-- kathy

Kathy wins the Unwriteen History CD.

Congrats to Kathy.