Skeptical Inquirer 31:4

The July/August 2007 issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and as usual there is an assortment of articles from the print mag available freely online:

More free content besides, check out the full contents list of the print mag at the Skeptical Inquirer website.

C2C Online Listening

A quick tip: if you're only occasionally interested in Coast to Coast AM programs (ie. you're not interested in listening to Richard Hoagland, Ed Dames and others ad nauseum), you can listen online to the program via CJOB.com. Not only live, but the site also has programs archived on the site as well - in hourly instalments - which makes it easy to pick out the parts of the program you want to listen to.

Just remember that CJOB broadcasts C2C from 12am, so if you want to listen to a Friday night broadcast, you'll have to select Saturday as the date (eg. to listen to the Graham Hancock interview from last Friday night, select 1am, Saturday the 29th (Graham turns up around 10mins in).

News Briefs 04-10-2007

Should be able to give you a sneak peek at the upcoming Daily Grail anthology tomorrow (and a name)...

Thanks Rick.

Quote of the Day:

I hope that nations can at last see better reasons for exploring space, and that future decisions would be informed by intelligence and reason, not the macho-nationalism that fuelled the early Space Race.

Arthur C. Clarke

CPAK This Weekend

Just a heads-up that CPAK 2007 is on this weekend in San Diego - if you're in the vicinity, make sure you get down there to check out the stellar line-up (Hancock, Bauval, West, Schoch etc):

The mission of CPAK 2007 is to investigate the myth, folklore, archaeology and astronomy of ancient cultures with the goal of better understanding our true history. Research shows many ancient societies lived much closer to nature than we do and they had a deep understanding of geometry, astronomy and reverence for the heavens. New evidence indicates that celestially aligned megalithic structures may have a profound agricultural purpose. We should try to understand all we can about these nature based cultures as it appears there might be lost knowledge important to civilization today.

Tickets and additional information are available at the website. Unfortunately, the costs of travel were just too high for me to justify making it over there - I was real keen to do the CPAK/IRVA conference double (which feature a host of my favourite writer/researchers between them). There's always next year I guess...

News Briefs 03-10-2007

Warp speed, Number One... engage.

Quote of the Day:

October
And Kingdoms rise
And Kingdoms fall
But you go on...

U2, "October"

Drone UFO Video

The latest video posted here on TDG is an absolute must-watch for those who have been following the UFO 'Drones' fiasco over the last few months. It's a 'music video' for the track "Strange Craft", by DRONE, but it's instructive on many counts. Most importantly, for those who have said the 'Drones' couldn't be CG creations, it shows just how easily things like this can now be created - not just as 2D images, but as life-like 3D constructions. The video, created by Kris Avery (aka 'Saladfingers'), who works for a UK 3D imaging company, is mind-blowingly good (and the music's pretty damn fine too).

The video clip uses both the drone images, as well as the so-called CARET blueprint documents, and manipulates them brilliantly - moving from 2D to 3D seamlessly (so much so, I'm going to have to reluctantly put Kris Avery on the list of suspects for the original drone images...). Not to mention, it integrates sampled audio of Linda Moulton Howe and alleged witnesses describing the craft. I could talk about it for a while longer, but it's just a whole lot better if you simply watch the clip. You can download a high-res version as well. Stunning work. (h/t Forgetomori)

Update: The creator of the video, Kris Avery, has been kind enough to post a comment here on TDG about the video (and - quite legitimately - takes issue with my backhanded compliment about him being at the top of the candidates to be the original hoaxer).

Starchild Author of the Month

Lloyd Pye is the 'Author of the Month' over at Graham Hancock's website, and will be discussing his work with the so-called "Starchild Skull" on the AOTM message board - feel free to chime in over there if you have questions or comments. Also note that GHHQ is featuring Lloyd's essay "The Starchild is Out of this World" in the forum section, which will give some background to this controversial subject if you're not yet acquainted with it.

Tuesday Roundup 02-10-2007

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

Enjoy!

Radio 02-10-2007

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

Fate Radio: In this week's encore edition of The Hilly Rose Show, Tom and Lisa Butler, co-directors of the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena, talk about ghosts, hauntings, and EVP (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday regression therapist Chet Snow will discuss his book Mass Dreams of the Future, as well as crop circles and his latest research into ancient mysteries in Europe and the Americas. Tuesday remains TBA, while on Wednesday Jeff Belanger will discuss his work compiling ghost stories and the challenge of viewing the phenomenon in both a scientific and spiritual context. Thursday's guest is Whitley Strieber, who will discuss his latest research on what will happen on December 21, 2012.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at CJOB.com.

News Briefs 02-10-2007

Quote of the Day:

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

Will Durant