'UFO Hunters' Abound

In a few hours, two separate shows titled "UFO Hunters" will debut at the same time, on different networks: Sci Fi and the History Channel. Both were originally scheduled to air next week, but both networks moved their shows up a week to January 30:

It's unclear which network made the first move, but in what appears to be a game of trademark chess aimed at ensuring neither show can claim to have aired before the other, The History Channel and Sci Fi Channel have both announced plans to move the debuts their UFO Hunters programs up a week...

The History Channel's UFO Hunters will follow a team from UFO Magazine as they investigate UFO cases in North America and Europe while Sci Fi Channel's UFO Hunters will follow a team from the New York Strange Phenomena Investigators organization investigating their own set of UFO cases.

Sci Fi have a website devoted to their show, as does the History Channel, and both sites have extra information, videos to watch etc. Let's hope they do a decent job...

News Briefs 31-01-2008

Likely my last Thursday news update for a while, with Red Pill Junkie coming on board to help out here at TDG. Make him welcome!

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

The fact that the Earth bends time has to be taken into account, otherwise our sat-navs would drift by 11km per day.

Dr Brian Cox

Scientists and UFOs

A friend sent me a link to a Newsweek story on the recent Texas UFO flap, which apparently discussed what scientists think of UFOs. "How exciting," I thought, wondering which scientists they had talked to...Jacques Vallee, perhaps Bernard Haisch? Umm, no.

Instead we get CSICOP Fellow Bob Park, Skeptic magazine editor Michael Shermer, and Theodore Schick (author of How to Think About Weird Things: Critical thinking for a New Age). Park does a wonderful job of not even understanding what the UFO acronym stands for, which ends up making each of his statements rather ridiculous if you read them correctly. Michael Shermer lets us in on what it really might have been (a Stealth bomber flanked by fighter jets). But wait, the "scientists" are really on the side of "UFO believers":

Scientists defend UFO believers against charges that they're psychologically deranged. People who report UFO sightings and abductions, a 1993 study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology concluded, are just as intelligent, psychologically healthy, and free of fantasies as people without such experiences. People with UFO experiences differed on only one known measure: sleep deprivation.

But really, it's worth wading through the article to get to Bob Park's own UFO encounter, which had a prosaic explanation. Because what did it do for Bob?

With that, Park learned the ultimate lesson for a scientist: humility.

OMG, the irony...my eyes are burning.

News Briefs 30-01-2008

Long and bitter, and a touch controversial.

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

"Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense."

Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, former CIA Director (1960)

News Briefs 29-01-2008

Short and sweet today.

Quote of the Day:

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.

P.J. O'Rourke

Bloodline Date Set

The website for Bloodline, the documentary on Rennes-le-Chateau related mysteries, finally has news about a release date. The producers say they have signed a deal with a studio in Los Angeles, and the movie will come out in cinemas this Spring.

Also in the news section are the results of some investigations related to Bloodline: a handwriting analysis of some documents said to be from the hand of Berenger Sauniere, and also an archaeological opinion on artifacts uncovered during the filming of the documentary.

Site Refinements

Addressing a few site matters: I think I'll drop the radio schedules from the site, as I'm not sure anybody uses them. If there is anything of note, I can always create a standalone story to inform readers. At the moment, it's just another drain on my time, which I don't think really benefits readers - please do let me know if I'm wrong.

Also, I am in the process of recruiting some extra site admins (once again, due to TDG taking up so much of my time). We already have one super-quality addition to the team - details soon. If you think you can contribute to the site as well, please drop me an email (my name, @ dailygrail.com).

Tuesday Roundup 29-01-2008

A strange assortment to get you through the week...


New Dan Brown Book 'Close'?

Cross-posting from The Cryptex, my Dan Brown blog: The WSJ has some promising news about The Solomon Key from Doubleday's Stephen Rubin:

Now, the publisher is hinting that a manuscript is close. "Dan Brown has a very specific release date for the publication of his new book, and when the book is published, his readers will see why," says Stephen Rubin, president of Bertelsmann's Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, whose Doubleday imprint publishes Mr. Brown. Mr. Rubin declined further comment.

Rubin seems to be hinting at a specific reason behind the publication date. Is it likely to be a day of importance in American history or politics? July 4th, the start of the election campaign...what do you think?

Of course, for a sneak peek at the likely topics, you can check out my book The Guide to Dan Brown's The Solomon Key (Amazon US and Amazon UK). C'mon, did you think I wouldn't plug the book? I do have to pay the bills y'know...

Weekend Roundup 26-01-2008

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...