It’s The End of the World (in the movies)

A perennial movie topic is the end of civilization. There are several popular ways it all ends. First, nuclear misadventure. Picture a film about global warming caused by the folly of the Americans and the Russians testing super-big bombs at the poles just to see what will happen. Now make this a feature length drama… Read more »


It’s spring so it’s conference time and I went in neck deep. Here’s the roundup. For years I’ve gone to TED and reported back. Over time I’ve spent about 45 days at TED. Yikes! That is ee-nuf! TED is the annual conference now held in Vancouver. It is many terrific things. Great speakers, big ideas… Read more »

Dubai and Saudi Arabia

By Jamis H. MacNiven Photos (mostly) by Kevin Kelly My cousin Will Milne and I decided to go with Kevin Kelly to hear his speech at the World Government Summit in Dubai recently. The WGS is mostly Westerners lecturing to mostly Middle Easterners and each year there’s a theme. This year’s was Global Happiness and… Read more »


It was time once again to return to the Motherland. Well not my motherland but the Russians are wildly proud of this contradictory country. It had been 18 years since my last visit and like everywhere it was greatly changed. I went with my cousin Will Milne. We’ve traveled to the ends of the earth… Read more »

Psychedelics, TED, and John Cleese

  By Jamis H. MacNiven It started with the Psychedelic Science Conference in Oakland. This was a gathering of 2,400 researchers, doctors and people associated with the current state of psychedelics. These drugs have a wide range of therapeutic applications including treating depression, addiction and trauma recovery. And sure these drugs are also used to… Read more »

A long, long way home

By Jamis H. MacNiven There we were at the Victoria Falls Airport having flown at 500 mph over 10,000 miles from the other side of the world to now shamble inch by inch in a line that oozed sluggishly forward as the immigration officials meticulously penned-in wordy forms, periodically swiping exhausted carbon paper between the… Read more »


By Jamis MacNiven I never thought I would get to China. I always imagined it to be insanely crowded, overwhelming and just too complicated. I pictured the Chinese airline agents looking at me blankly and informing me that all the flights were full—for the next two years. Of course I knew that everyone strangled on… Read more »

Ten Remarkable Trees and California From 500 Feet

TEN REMARKABLE TREES The 10 Remarkable Redwoods of the Great State of California are now on permanent display at Buck’s. You will find them near the back of the restaurant in their terrestrial aquarium. This is in the space that was once the home of the submarine from the movie Das Boot which sailed away a… Read more »

Washington DC

By Jamis H. MacNiven So there I was—sitting at the table next to Louie Gohmert, congressman from Texas, wondering how a fool like this ends up as an elected representative. Among his positions is his insistence that the United States Federal government as directed by the Muslim Brotherhood is preparing to invade Texas this summer,… Read more »