News Briefs 21-08-2017

There may be one or two eclipse links in the news today (sorry, it's wall-to-wall out there)...

Quote of the Day:

The scientist who would explore the topic of consciousness
must be willing to risk being transformed in the process of exploration.

Willis Harman

How Eclipses Have Changed History

The 'Great American Eclipse' is upon us (well, more 'U.S.' than 'us'...I'm on the other side of the globe), so what better time to take a look back at how eclipses have changed history and our understanding of the universe...starting in ancient times, right through to the science experiments being done during tomorrow's eclipse. For instance, did you know that an eclipse 'destroyed' the planet Vulcan? Find out more in the video above.

News Briefs 19-08-2017

” A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.”

Quote of the Day:

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”

C. Darwin

News Briefs 17-08-2017

"Well, a Kraut by any other name, uh, Stainsey?"

Thanks to Indiana Jones, Captain America, Hellboy, the Dirty Dozen and the Blues Brothers.

Quote of the Day:

"Mein Führer… I CAN VALK!!"

˜Dr. Strangelove

The Daily Grail - What's in a Name?

What do you think of the name 'Daily Grail'? I've cringed in recent years at the name association with the Daily Mail, with their regular posting of bigoted and sensationalistic stories. I also, for a long while now, have referred to the site simply as 'The Grail' when chatting with others, simply for brevity.

So with the site relaunch coming up, I've been wondering whether it might worth shortening the name, to just 'The Grail', or even simply 'Grail'. There are reasons not to - e.g. many long-time readers identify good things with the name 'Daily Grail', and those shorter names aren't available as website domain names. But I also have a feeling that shortening the name would also freshen up the name (not least by separating it from the Daily Mail association), and might be more attractive for new readers coming to the site.

But I'd like to hear readers thoughts - so here's a Twitter poll I'm running to get people's thoughts. Feel free to chime in!

News Briefs 16-08-2017

Only five more days of wall-to-wall eclipse-related news stories!

Thanks Jason.

Quote of the Day:

The true guide of life is to do what is right.

Winston Churchill

This Promotional Video for a Killer Robot is Like Something Out of a Dystopian Sci-Fi Movie from the '80s

Robocop Ed

Every day we seem to be getting more and more confirmation that all those tacky dystopian sci-fi movies of the 80s, from Robocop to The Running Man, actually pretty much nailed how things would be in the future. The latest piece of evidence: this promotional video for the 'Tikad', a remote-controlled drone developed by Duke Robotics that is armed with a machine-gun and grenade launcher.

Governments are spending more than ever before on Defense budgets today, which provides an enormous incentive to solve problems that troops currently face.

TIKAD, the Future Soldier, saves lives by replacing boots on the ground.

Duke Robotics will work with select government clients around the globe with the goal to reduce the number of deployed troops as well as empower troops with immediate air-power deployment, improving prospects of mission success, minimizing battlefield injuries, loss of life to friendly troops and saving innocent civilians.

We never seem to learn the lesson that whatever weapons 'good guys' create, the other side will eventually get. How long until one of these things is flying through Times Square on New Years Eve?

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News Briefs 15-07-2017

You won't believe what those children from Village of the Damned look like now...

Thanks to @G4MMA.

Quote of the Day:

We think we understand rules when we become adults, but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.

David Lynch

Against Everyone with Conner Habib: Consciousness, Technology and the Contraction of Space and Time

My friend Conner Habib has just started a new Youtube series called Against Everyone, in which he explores many fascinating topics by himself or with special guests.

Episode #5 is a thought-provoking exploration on how our modern technology has changed both the way we humans deal with Space and Time. Yes, the world is literally at our fingertips whenever we reach out for our rectangular, portable mini-oracles --i.e. our smartphones-- but how does that change the way we perceive that world, or interact with each other?

If you like what Conner's doing, please consider supporting him through Patreon, which will grant you access to bonus videos. Lord knows what Youtube needs is more intelligent content intended to engage and educate its audience, instead of just numbing entertainment.

News Briefs 14-08-2017

Do what you can...

Quote of the Day:

They say that great beasts once roamed this world, as big as mountains. Yet all that’s left of them is bone and amber. Time undoes even the mightiest of creatures

Dolores, in 'Westworld'