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 About.com'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.

News Briefs 24-04-2006

Bumper sticker on my imaginary car -- I Brake For Tribbles.

  • Yarr me mateys, the Argonaut of olde Greek lore is being recreated without the aid of modern tools and techniques. Tis true, you're not being fleeced.
  • A British researcher claims to have located the mythical island of Ithaca. Dammit, I don't want any visitors! Bugger off!
  • From Davey Jones' Locker, graves of the Pacific's first seafarers are revealed.
  • Stone tools found in Indonesia could be as old as 1.6-million-years.
  • Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient American Indian village near the Santa Fe city hall.
  • New Mexicans didn't burn witches at the stake, they just threw them in jail.
  • The Hopi Tribe will bury the remains of more than 1500 Ancestral Puebloans and funerary objects during a closed ceremony at Mesa Verde National Park.
  • Chinese archaeologists have unearthed 30 beheaded skeletons dating more than 2000 years old.
  • A 1700-year-old tomb that could have belonged to a high-ranking noble is being excavated in Nanjing. With slideshow.
  • A stolen 9th century stone idol of all ten incarnations of Vishnu has been recovered from a New York apartment. The person responsible for smuggling it reportedly died in Afghanistan some time ago. Geez, they blame Al-Qaeda for everything these days.
  • Here's a pic of Semir Osmanagic standing atop the paving stones of the Bosnian pyramid, giving a one-finger salute to his critics.
  • Australian archaeologist Royce Richards is a part of Semir's team excavating Visocica hill.
  • A million-year-old ice sample from the Antarctic could yield vital clues on climate change, and give Jameske's scotch an extra edge.
  • European car makers are accused of failing to boost fuel efficiency. They've also failed to make hover cars.
  • A major error has been discovered in the world's biggest online climate prediction project, which runs on users' computers when they are idle. Bill Gates has declined to comment.
  • A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe. Gives a whole new meaning to putting your face on.
  • America-originating spam is slowly decreasing, and spam from Asia and Europe is increasing. Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
  • For nearly 16 years puzzle enthusiasts have struggled to decipher a coded message stenciled into a sculpture on the grounds of the CIA ... only to realise a typo could change everything.
  • Gary McKinnon is surprisingly modest for a man who perpetrated the biggest US military computer hack of all time. Free Gary!
  • Greg's mentioned his chat with Colm Kelleher about the Skinwalker Ranch, and its mysteries are certainly in the news.
  • Where have all the UFOs gone, long time passing? If you scroll down a bit, Mac Tonnies will tell you what he thinks about the article. In the American Chronicle, R. Lee defends UFOlogy in a well-written editorial.
  • Chris French of the University of London, who believes sleep paralysis and The X-Files explain alien abductions. This article is basically a security blanket for people like Susan Clancy to feel warm and fuzzy at night.
  • Don't laugh, that brat throwing a tantrum in line for a happy meal might be an Indigo Child. Does this mean Indigo Adults can behave the same way?
  • Here's a PDF of a US Army report in ESP in animals. A dog told me about it.
  • Skepticism of the supernatural is gaining force in Malaysia.
  • Ancient tombs in Vietnam's Kim Boi District are cloaked in supernatural mysteries. Great photo.
  • Loren Coleman discusses the (non)protection of the Nepalese Yeti and Johor Bigfoot. He also takes a well-aimed swing at the obnoxious Penn and Teller.
  • Lost creator JJ Abrams is to direct a new Star Trek film focusing on Kirk and Spock as brash young Starfleet cadets. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will not reprise their roles. Memo to Abrams -- quit monkeying around in Hollywood and put Lost out of its misery. How can a show with so much promise turn such repetitive sh*te?
  • Trekkies have mixed feelings, but Kat's happy she can dust off the plastic Vulcan ears one last time.
  • The USS Enterprise's five year mission continues in a brilliant fan-filmed online series. The actors involved have promised to not record a cover of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (A fan-made video for Shatner's infamous cover).
  • A Star Wars fan thought she could publish a novel via Print On Demand, sell it on Amazon, and not breach copyright laws or make George Lucas squish her like Jabba the Hutt sitting on an Ewok. Her mistake was not having Jar Jar Binks the main character.

Quote of the Day

Oh Jar Jar, everyone hates you but me.

Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons

Skinwalker Interview

I recently had a chat with Colm Kelleher Ph.D, team leader for NIDS on the controversial 'Skinwalker Ranch' investigation (see Sub Rosa Issue 4 for an article from Colm and George Knapp about the ranch, and also my review of their book Hunt for the Skinwalker, which is available from Amazon US and UK). Colm had some pretty interesting things to say, on a variety of issues, and also cleared up some questions I had over the Skinwalker investigation and NIDS. The interview is titled "Hunting the Paranormal: An Interview with Colm Kelleher" (and can be accessed at any time via the 'Latest Articles' box on the left of the page). Thanks to Colm for sharing his time with us.

No Solomon Key in 2006

Welp, looks like there will no release of The Solomon Key in 2006. This just reported in The Bookseller:

Dan Brown's much-anticipated next novel will not hit the shelves until 2007, more than a year later than his publishers had originally planned. Transworld m.d. Larry Finlay confirmed that Brown's writing had been delayed by his involvment in the Tom Hanks film and the High Court trial. "[The book] is out of our schedules for this year," he said. "I think and hope it's going to appear in 2007."

Guess the best thing to do in the meantime is read my book on The Solomon Key (*wink*).

News Briefs 21-04-2006

I may not link to it often, but god, I love Sploid! With headlines like 'Fearsome Beast Hatched By L.A. Cultists: Celebrity website announces birth of Scientologist Tom Cruise's youngling and the Earth squeals and shudders to a halt', and 'Crappy Fruitcake No Better 44 Years Later', how could I not? But after years of taking care of a 3-acre yard for my Dad, the headline - and photo - that really cracked me up today was 'May As Well Ride That Straight To The E.R.'.

Thanks Will.

Quote of the Day:

I'm into something here that I cannot understand.

Robert Langdon, in The Da Vinci Code.

Weekend Roundup 21-04-2006

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