The Smithy Code

As if we weren't far enough down the Da Vinci Code rabbit hole, a surprise revelation has shocked just about everyone involved in the recent Da Vinci copyright court case in London. It has emerged that Justice Peter Smith - known affectionately as 'Smithy' - inserted a ciphered message within his judgement on the case. It begins with the two words "Smithy Code", and then is followed by what appears to be 31 random letters. I've set up a page dedicated to the Smithy Code, in which I list the 25 letters and my thoughts on possible solutions - if anyone wishes to add their opinion or solution feel free to go ahead.

Update: The Smithy Code is cracked.

News Briefs 27-04-2006

Happy birthday Phoenix, for yesterday!

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

The stupidity of moral indignation is the unfailing sign in a philosopher that his philosophical sense of humour has left him.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Daniel Pinchbeck Book Tour

Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the acclaimed narrative on shamanism Breaking Open the Head, returns on May 4th with a new book titled 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Amazon US). I'll be posting more about this book in the coming week (I'm currently reading a pre-release), but in the meantime I thought I'd mention that Daniel will be touring around selected cities in the U.S. for book signings and lectures. He starts off on the publication date (May 4th) in New York City, with a reception/party at 8pm at CoSM (Alex Grey’s Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors, 540 West 27th Street, 4th Floor). After that:

  • Monday, May 22 at 7pm: New York City - Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003, 212-420-1322.
  • Friday, June 2 at 7pm: Los Angeles - Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-659-3684.
  • Saturday, June 3 at 3pm: Los Angeles - Diesel Bookstore, 3890 Cross Creed Road, Malibu CA 90265, 310-456-9961.
  • Thursday, June 8 at 7pm: San Francisco - City Lights, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-362-8193.
  • Sunday, June 11 at 3pm: Oakland - Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618, 510-633-9965.
  • Wednesday, June 14 at 6pm: Seattle - Elliott Bay Bookstore, 101 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104, 206-624-6600.
  • Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm: Portland - Powell’s, 2720 NW 29th, Portland, OR 97210, 503-228-4651.

2012 covers the gamut of TDG-related subjects - from Graham Hancock and alternative archaeology, to shamanism, consciousness, and the weirdness of quantum mechanics. I'll have a review up in the coming week.

Fixing the Stream

I get a lot of emails from people suggesting cool links, or promoting their website/book/whatever - so many that I simply can't post the majority. Please remember that we have an excellent 'ancillary' website, The Underground Stream of Consciousness, which is perfectly suited to people posting these sorts of items. I have removed the whole queueing process on the Stream, so now any member of TDG or the Stream (membership is shared) can post directly to the front page. I encourage everyone to use the Stream for sharing cool things - whether it's something you found, or something of your own that you want to publicise a bit. Note that you can continue sending us news links for Daily Grail news, we always appreciate that. But things that aren't news - perfect Stream material.

Note that you can reach the Stream easily from TDG via the link under the Daily Grail logo and a few Google Ads (along with our other sites such as our wiki The Red Pill. Conversely, the Stream has a link at the top for coming back to TDG - so it's pretty easy to move around between sites and get your fill of linkage goodness.

News Briefs 26-4-06

Comets, conspiracies and mind control. Post your thoughts.

  • The bright comet with a broken heart.
  • John Stuart Mill: a portrait.
  • Mind Control: the ultimate brave new world. Part 1 and 2.
  • Hostile takeover: the corporate control of society.
  • Aches to quakes.
  • Vaccine dangers and vested interests.
  • Loose change. You’ll need time for this one.
  • Staring at the sun.
  • Rivers flow under Antarctic ice.
  • What’s behind the mysterious booms?
  • Blackstar: the US conspiracy that never was?
  • Huge sunspot coming.
  • Mysterious ancient city.
  • Tongue and groove.
  • Comet NEAT and CMEs. And an old article of mine in the same vein.
  • What makes a good patient?
  • Girls have it over boys on timed tests.
  • Evidence mounts for a companion to the sun.
  • Climate change: a model cock-up.

Quote of the Day:

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.

Gustave Flaubert

Tuesday Roundup 25-04-2006

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


Entangled Minds Released

A bunch of great books and music getting released through April and May - my cup runneth over. One of those is Dean Radin's Entangled Minds (Amazon US and UK), which is now available:

Albert Einstein called entanglement "spooky action at a distance" -- the way two objects remain connected through time and space, without communicating in any conventional way, long after their initial interaction has taken place. Could a similar entanglement of minds explain our apparent psychic abilities? Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, believes it might.

In this illuminating book, Radin shows how we know that psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are real, based on scientific evidence from thousands of controlled lab tests. Radin surveys the origins of this research and explores, among many topics, the collective premonitions of 9/11. He reveals the physical reality behind our uncanny telepathic experiences and intuitive hunches, and he debunks the skeptical myths surrounding them. 'Entangled Minds' sets the stage for a rational, scientific understanding of psychic experience.

Radin's previous book The Conscious Universe is a favourite of mine, so I'm looking forward to checking out this latest effort. Remember that Dean Radin also has his own blog.

News Briefs 25-04-2006

Lest we forget...

Super-big thanks to Kat.

Quote of the Day:

How's that for a slice of fried gold?

Shaun of the Dead

Nexus 13:3

The latest issue of Nexus Magazine (Volume 13, #3) has been released, and as usual there are a few sample articles available on their website:

Complete details of the latest issue here.

Radio 25-04-2006

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: Hilly Rose talks to Stephen Wagner, editor of's Paranormal Forum, discussing Hollow Earth threories.(Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: First hour on Monday, Eric Julien speaks about his study of a comet that he believes will impact Earth on May 25th, followed by expert on hypnosis and time travel, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, who will discuss how to meet spirit guides and safely travel out of the body to other dimensions. On Tuesday Simeon Hein discusses subtle-energy sciences including remote viewing and crop circles. Wednesday's guest is Robert Kiviat, who produced the Fox TV Special Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction? On Thursday our good friend Peter Novak will discuss his binary soul doctrine theory, and how the Gospels of Thomas and Judas shed new light on theories of the soul.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.