News Briefs 24-05-06

Short and sweet.

Quote of the Day:


It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

Alfred North Whitehead

Panoramic Sacred Views

This is one I really enjoyed. Check out this panoramic photography website which gives you a 3-D virtual look inside some of the 'sacred' locations associated with The Da Vinci Code. You can stand at the doorway of the church at Rennes-le-Chateau or survey the view from the Tour Magdala, look around Rosslyn Chapel from multiple vantage points and visit the interior of St Sulpice. If you enjoy some of those, browse through the whole collection from various places around the world at the main website. Thanks to David for the tip.

Tuesday Roundup 23-05-2006

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

Enjoy!

News Briefs 23-05-2006

I'm helping out for a few days over at Sploid.com. As if news updates here aren't enough work - I must be a masochist...

  • Companies cash in on the upcoming 666 frenzy (as in June 6th, 2006). But what about 616?
  • Religious experts rebut The Da Vinci Code film.
  • UFO explodes over China. Sounds suspiciously like the sightings shortly before the 2004 tsunami.
  • UFO crashes into African sea? What's with the bad alien driving lately?
  • New book from Col. Jesse Marcel: Roswell: It Really Happened.
  • Is the recent news blitz on Morgellons Disease just a viral marketing campaign for the film version of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly (which I'm very much looking forward to...the movie that is, not the disease)?
  • Mad Cow Disease may have infected far more people than originally thought. Moo, I say!
  • The mathematical structure of terrorism. I'd hate to be the one trying to teach it to Dubya.
  • Slovak doctor says solar flares could raise strokes.
  • Scientists predict an above normal hurricane season in 2006.
  • Al Gore blows into Cannes, saying the world is facing a planetary emergency from global warming.
  • While researchers say the world will be even hotter by century's end. The controversial question is: what's causing it?
  • Ivory-billed woodpecker a no-show in recent search. You have to keep the mystery in a relationship.
  • Pigeons think in logarithms. So much for insulting someone by calling them 'bird-brained'.
  • What weather's in store for Britain this summer? Fish and frogs apparently. Good thing the Ashes are here in Australia this year...
  • The male fascination with size appears to be universal, with species around the world evolving huge decorations to impress the females. And no, I'm not using 'decorations' as a euphemism.
  • Towards immortality: the social burden of longer lives.
  • Scientists build a virtual world of software beings.
  • Scientists find you may be doomed to failure, all because of the poverty gene.
  • What does sound look like? Take a look at this video (found via Strange Attractor).
  • Keef flies home from New Zealand after brain surgery.
  • Madonna's giant cross offends Christian groups.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Such a weird belief. Lot of Christians wear crosses around their necks. You think when Jesus comes back he's gonna want to see a f'ing cross, man? "Owwwwww". May be why he hasn't shown up yet. "Man, they're still wearing crosses. F**k it, I'm not goin, dad. No, they totally missed the point. When they start wearing fishes I might show up again, but... Let me bury fossil heads with you Dad"...you know, kinda like going up to Jackie Onassis with a rifle pendant on, you know. "Thinkin' of John, Jackie. We love him. Just tryin to keep that memory alive, baby."

Bill Hicks

Atlantis Rising #58

The latest issue of Atlantis Rising has been released (#58..although I thought the last issue was #58). AR is no longer released as a free PDF, now requiring a payment for the full content (though only half the price of the print mag). In this issue:

  • John Kettler investigates India's mystic military.
  • Mark Amaru Pinkham uncovers the real Da Vinci secrets.
  • Frank Joseph looks for evidence of a real connection between Atlantis and the Great Pyramid.
  • P.M.H. Atwater on humanity's evolutionary breakthrough.

For those new to the magazine, the AR website still offers a free PDF sampler of the current issue to whet your appetite for the latest issue.

Dan Ackroyd Unplugged on UFOs

I recently mentioned a new DVD out featuring actor Dan Ackroyd discussing one of his favourite topics: UFOs. There's now a trailer online for Dan Ackroyd: Unplugged on UFOs to give you more of a taste of the film. Also interviewed in the documentary are numerous others, including former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer. Might pay to have broadband to watch the trailer.

Radio 23-05-2006

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

Fate Radio: Hilly Rose asks Glenn Kreisberg whether ancient humans had advanced technological knowledge of electromagnetism (Realplayer or Windows Media).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday’s guest is 'ghostbuster' Mary Ann, who will discuss her latest encounters as well as the hit TV series based on her life and work. On Tuesday film and TV director, lawyer and UFO researcher Paul Kimball will discuss lesser known UFO cases in North America. Wednesday has alternative historian Michael Tsarion speaking about origins and oracles, 2012 and Mayan prophecy, while Thursday is still TBA (check the link for possible updates).

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

News Briefs 22-05-2006

So very very tired, and I'm running downhill.

  • An Egyptian geologist and pyramid expert says a Bosnian hill is probably a pyramid. If it walks like a pyramid and talks like a pyramid, it's a pyramid.
  • Has the palace of Darius the Great been discovered in Bolaghi Gorge?
  • Murals depicting constellations of exotic animals have been found in a tomb more than 1500 years old in North China's Shanxi Province.
  • Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a mummified female decorated with elaborate tattoos. Read more about the Lady of Cao.
  • Here's a new article on the Temple of the Fox discovered by an astronomer and his best pal in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Cuzco, the ancient capital of the sun-worshipping Inca empire, receives the highest levels of UV light than anywhere else on earth. Coincidence?
  • Possibly explaining soccer hooliganism, a survey of British Neolithic skulls suggests early Britons lived brutal lives.
  • A US-British team of scientists has challenged the idea that Homo Floresiensis is a new human species. Peter Brown hits back, debunking the debunkers. Here's an interview with Peter Brown from the Scientific American.
  • New research shows early humans and chimpanzees continued to have sex with each other and swap genes for 1.2 million years before the two species broke up. Pun intended. From what I saw at the pub last weekend, it's still happening.
  • Bonobo chimpanzees and orangutans plan for the future, making humans not so unique after all. Not this human.
  • Do celebrities have the power to effect change? No, according to U2's Bono (who is not named after a bonobo, but he can do a mean monkey impersonation).
  • The world is a mess, and you are a witness. Bono discusses cynicism, hope, and his dislike of messianic rock stars.
  • An African-based company is making an anti-mosquito product for malaria-ridden Africa that is profitable and is creating jobs.
  • "We need Europe to be a melting-pot. We need to melt," says Eddie Izzard in an interview by Bono.
  • Not to be outdone, U2's guitarist The Edge is in New Orleans helping the city's historical blues and rock roots back on its feet.
  • Brainwaves offer scientists a key to unravelling how optical illusions trick the mind. For me, it's alcohol.
  • A virtual world is about to be switched on, where millions of software agents will socially interact and evolve their own culture.
  • Flashy goggles that simulate a strobe-lighting effect will combat space sickness. I need a pair for life here on Earth.
  • Russia will send Malaysia's first astronaut to the International Space Station next year.
  • A team of Japanese scientists say the hole in the Ozone layer might heal by 2050. And whales will fly.
  • The nuclear fusion plasma problem has been tackled, paving the way for new breakthroughs.
  • Microsoft's Live Anywhere game system will revolutionise the online games industry -- and my social life. Can you get me a press pass to the next E3, Greg? I promise to be good.
  • Want to play a game within a game? Australian programmer has done just that.
  • Former AT&T technician Mark Klein's firsthand account tells how he discovered a secret room routing American internet traffic straight to the NSA -- along with all the documents he says prove his case. Wired Magazine defends its publishing of the AT&T documents.
  • A man dubbed the Dan Brown of Canada has discovered occult symbolism in the Manitoba Legislature. Catching up with him for a drink soon, Paul?

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.

Bill Gates

Pyramid Poll

I finally got around to changing the poll over. The results from the previous poll show that the majority of voters believe that Dan Brown was vindicated by the judge in the Da Vinci copyright case. Remember you can access (and vote on) any of our previous polls by going to the (imaginatively titled) Poll page.

The new poll asks for your opinion on the alleged Bosnian Pyramid which has had plenty of publicity through news sources and the Internet. Is it a link to an ancient worldwide pyramid culture, was it a sacred site which was augmented by humans, or is it all a crock and simply a result of Mother Earth pushing up another mountain?

New Dawn #96

New Dawn Magazine #96 has hit the street, and as usual there are some free offerings from the mag on the ND website. "Who Built the Moon?" is an interview with Chris Knight, Herbie Brennan tells of the magic and mysticism of Tibet, and Mitch Horowitz discusses the life and writings of Manly P. Hall. The paper edition has much more including the Gospel of Judas, accessing the afterlife, and Ray Grasse on signs in the sky. Full details of the issue contents are available at the New Dawn website. Keep an eye out for the current 'Da Vinci Code' special issue of New Dawn as well, which has an article by yours truly in it.