Best wishes to Robert Bauval on his 60th birthday. Greg interviewed Rob about his most recent book The Egypt Code (Amazon US or UK) in Sub Rosa issue 6.
- More on Benny Shannon’s theory Moses was tripping out on Mt Sinai.
- Shadow of the gods: touring the exotic temples of southern India.
- “Not until the hells are emptied will I become a Buddha”, said the monk Jizo, Japan’s favourite saint.
- The mystery of Cixi, the concubine who became China’s last empress.
- Computer technology brings Johann Sebastian Bach’s head back to life.
- The Continuum Fingerboard will be used in the soundtrack for Indiana Jones IV.
- Poet Seamus Heaney has eloquently condemned the M3 motorway that will choke the Hill of Tara. His translation of the Norse epic Beowulf is one of the best (Amazon US or UK).
- With Australian petrol prices set to hit $3 per litre in the next decade, we need cars that run on air. It won’t be long until we have to pay for air.
- The world’s largest solar power plant in Arizona hinges on US Congress.
- Incredible pictures of an avalanche on Mars. Zoom in to look for exposed fossils.
- Binary deathstar could shoot Earth with a searing beam of high-energy gamma rays. Raise your hand if you can bullseye womp rats in a T-16 Hopper.
- If someone winks in Japan, they’re not flirting with you but adjusting their iPods. I use that excuse all the time.
- 85% of spam in February originated with just six botnets.
- Like a character from the X-Men, a magnetic 12-year-old breaks every computer he touches.
- A magnetically levitated joystick provides realistic physical experiences of virtual objects. It’ll feature in the XXX-Men comic.
- A French astronaut is growing plants on the International Space Station. No, it’s not whacky tobacky.
- British MoD says, “But wait, there’s more” and releases new UFO files.
- Billy Cox seeks expert advice on how to spot photoshopped fakes of UFOs.
- Paul Kimball’s the Other Side of Truth is a must-read for UFO research. I think TDG needs a photo of us news editors enjoying a frothy ale, Greg.
- Video of UFOs over Mezcala, Mexico. Playing with flares again, RPJ?
- Britain enlisted an astrologer to fight Adolf Hitler.
- Intangible Materiality tries to untangle the strings of Quantum Mechanics.
- Australian scientists claim the Flores Island hobbit is just a modern human affected by iodine deficiency in the womb.
Quote of the Day:
“There is no intimacy; [computer games are] not live. It’s being translated through a computer, and your imagination is not there the same way it is when you’re actually together with a group of people. It reminds me of one time where I saw some children talking about whether they liked radio or television, and I asked one little boy why he preferred radio, and he said, ‘Because the pictures are so much better.’”
Gary Gygax on ye olde roleplaying games.