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News Briefs 19-02-2015

Keep on Grailin'!

Thanks to Chucky and Don Clemente.

Quote of the Day:

"The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight"

~Joseph Campbell

News Briefs 18-02-2015

Wonderful things...

  • Charles Fort's notes will become available shortly.
  • Vast bed of metal balls found in deep sea.
  • The inventor who has developed a sweet-smelling "fart pill".
  • Limpet teeth set new strength record.
  • This is your brain on magic.
  • Can the CIA weaponise the weather?
  • The Earth is becoming a computer visible across galactic distance.
  • Can this light make you high?
  • The 5,800-year-old remains of a man and woman buried in an embrace have been uncovered in a Greek cave.
  • Prehistoric cult sites discovered in Negev Desert.
  • The carved stone balls of Scotland.
  • Bodies into food and sewage into beer: you are the hot new thing in recycling.
  • Escher and the Droste effect.
  • Amber fossil links earliest grasses, dinosaurs and fungus used to produce LSD.
  • Just another reason for Christians to hate on dinosaurs.

Quote of the Day:

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.

M.C. Escher

News Briefs 16-02-2015

Home phone E.T...

Quote of the Day:

The power of a memory can be built through repetition, but it is the memory we are recalling when we speak, not the event. And stories are annealed in the telling, edited by turns each time they are recalled until they become little more than chimeras. People remember what they can live with more often than how they lived.

David Carr

News Briefs 13-02-2015

"We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself..."

Quote of the Day:

“...What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.”

Douglas Adams

News Briefs 12-02-2015

As a foreigner, I've long considered The Daily Show to be the most reliable window into American politics. Jon will be sorely missed.

Thanks to Susan, Charles and Jon.

Quote of the Day:

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”

~Jon Stewart

News Briefs 10-02-2015

New stories:

Quote of the Day:

Old stories often turn out to be true.

Arthur Machen, The Terror and Other Stories

News Briefs 09-02-2015

Attempt no landing there...

Thanks to @CatVincent and @AnomalistNews.

Quote of the Day:

It is useless to ask a Magician if God, angels or demons ‘really exist’. Simply by saying the words, you have made them exist.

Ask again whether these abstract entities can produce any effect on the physical world and they already have — they have caused you to ask questions.

Ramsey Dukes

News Briefs 06-02-2015

“Is the surface of a planet really the right place for expanding technological civilization?”

Quote of the Day:

“We should ask, critically and with appeal to the numbers, whether the best site for a growing advancing industrial society is Earth, the Moon, Mars, some other planet, or somewhere else entirely. Surprisingly, the answer will be inescapable — the best site is "somewhere else entirely."

Gerald K. O’Neill

News Briefs 05-02-2015

Keep calm and Grail on.

Thanks to Chris and Conner.

Quote of the Day:

"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."

~Nietzsche