It's 6 pm and you're riding the subway back home. It's been a long, hard day & you feel your eyelids are getting heavy. Suddenly, just when you rest your head on the window & start to doze off, you hear a voice offering you a nice discount on a smartphone plan.
You lift your head startled, and the voice instantly disappears! You turn around to see if one of the passengers was talking to you, but everybody is silent.
You rest your head on the window again, and the voice returns, now telling you to consider a trip to Jamaica. WTF??!!
This episode, which seems straight out of a Philip K. Dick novel, could one day become a reality, 'thanks' to a technology that relies on the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. Using the same principle, 2 German companies have released a video purportedly showing train commuters receiving audio messages through the vibration of the glass windows:
"Some people don't like advertising in general. But this is really a new technology. [It might] not only be used for advertising, but also for music, entertainment, mass transport information, weather reports and so on."
Because you know advertisers will never be satisfied until they can invade your very thoughts & dreams.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the answer is YES: they can hear your voice through the vibration of walls & windows, too:
Srsly, wiretap bugs are sooooo 1960's... but I guess some agencies are too nostalgic.
Guidestones is a web series that uses the enigmatic Georgia Guidestones as the basis for its conspiracy-themed storyline. You can watch the entire series on your computer at Guidestones.org for free, and/or purchase the entire series for download from iTunes. I've embedded the trailer above, and a synopsis below:
Based on true events, GUIDESTONES is the story of Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich), as she and a fellow journalism student investigate an unsolved murder that sends them around the world in search of the truth.
Shot on location in Canada, the United States, and India, GUIDESTONES is a unique, interactive experience that combines narrative and documentary filmmaking techniques while blending mystery, action, and drama in a Da Vinci Code-style thriller.
Link: Watch Guidestones.
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Remember when President Obama was going to bring 'Change!' to the White House. Wondering where it all went wrong, with continued extra-judicial killings etc? Bill Hicks explains it all, very simply, above (NSFW language).
One of the more interesting modern mysteries is the case of the Toynbee Tiles - hundreds of anonymous messages embedded in the streets of numerous major cities. For those interested in going further down this particular rabbit hole, you can now download a documentary about the enigma - Resurrect Dead - from iTunes. Here's the trailer:
Most people don't notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.
The documentary's website also has a gallery of tiles found so far.
For the modeling enthusiasts out there: check out Tamiya's new line of conspiracy-flavored kits, from the JFK shooting to a faked Moon landing, and even Roswell (click the image for a larger version):
In reality, the Tamiya conspiracy series is likely just a clever viral advertising campaign. But man, I wouldn't mind a Tamiya Roswell spacecraft...although its likely my destructive dog would create its own debris field before too long.
Internet activist and hacktivist group Anonymous has had a big 2011: members have taken on Bank of America and Sony among other corporate targets, and have been credited with some part in this year's "Arab Spring". Next on the agenda: the secret world government meeting at Bohemian Grove...
So if you're free, get down there and man the barricades - see you there. I'll be the guy wearing the Guy Fawkes mask..
In our modern, technology-filled world, we stumble through life largely oblivious to the electromagnetic radiation that we are constantly bathing in. So when I came across this art project from 2004 I thought it was pretty cool: 1301 fluorescent tubes standing in a field, that are powered only by the electric fields generated by the powerlines above them.
Richard Box, artist-in-residence at Bristol University’s physics department, got the idea for the installation after a chance conversation with a friend. ‘He was telling me he used to play with a fluorescent tube under the pylons by his house,’ says Box. ‘He said it lit up like a light sabre.’
Box decided to see if he could fill a field with tubes lit by powerlines. After a few weeks hunting for a site, he found a field, slipped the local farmer £200 and planted 3,600 square metres with tubes collected from hospitals.
A fluorescent tube glows when an electrical voltage is set up across it. The electric field set up inside the tube excites atoms of mercury gas, making them emit ultraviolet light. This invisible light strikes the phosphor coating on the glass tube, making it glow. Because powerlines are typically 400,000 volts, and Earth is at an electrical potential voltage of zero volts, pylons create electric fields between the cables they carry and the ground.
Box denies that he aimed to draw attention to the potential dangers of powerlines, ‘For me, it was just the amazement of taking something that’s invisible and making it visible,’ he says. ‘When it worked, I thought: ‘This is amazing.’’
This has been all over the internet this week, but just in case you haven't seen it: conspiranoiac Alex Jones spills the beans about the secret agenda of the
machine clockwork elves, infiltrating the minds of world leaders through DMT injections spurring them on to build the Large Hadron Collider and open an interdimensional portal they can spill through...
I'm a bit confused about some of the details. But then again, I'd imagine y'all are too...
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All the conspiracy folk out there should love this one: a few nights ago, Stephen Colbert had Glenn Greenwald on to discuss the showdown between security firm HBGary and the Wikileaks-supporting internet 'vigilante' hacking group Anonymous which has been making news of late. Towards the end of the interview, keen-eyed viewers may have picked up a little 'video glitch' - and if they were interested enough, they may have investigated further and found this 'subliminal' one-frame overlay on top of Colbert's face:
Yes that's right - Colbert has a Guy Fawkes mask graphic over his face, a symbol intimately associated with 'Anonymous', derived from the Alan Moore comic series 'V for Vendetta'. Here's some video from the interview so you can see the subliminal insert (at around 4:22 into the video):
So, how did it come to be there? Just typical Colbert humour, coming as it does while Greenwald discusses the power of 'Anonymous'? Given how quick it is, that humour would have to have been meant for later analysis by the geek audience, given that broadcast audiences wouldn't have picked up on it at air-time. So perhaps some comedy mixed with a nice publicity stunt? Maybe Colbert was signaling his personal support for the group? Or, was Colbert punk'd, either by someone in post-production, or by an external hack?
Whatever the origin, good weekend fun!
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