Flurb #4

Issue #4 of the science fiction webzine Flurb is now available online, with a new bunch of short stories of science, technology, and high strangeness. Host Rudy Rucker introduces the latest volume and also contributes a piece (and artwork). Previous issues are also available at the website. (h/t Post Human Blues)

Radio 21-09-2007

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to Nostradamus expert John Hogue.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday 'Art Bell - Somewhere in Time' returns to 1/23/97 for a discussion on the history of hemp with Chris Conrad. Later, Sandra Blakeslee and her son Matthew will discuss their new book The Body Has a Mind of Its Own, which explores the breakthrough technology of body mapping. On Sunday guest host Rollye James welcomes researcher Jerry Katz for a discussion on his pursuit of the nature of consciousness and specifically how the condition of nonduality is a tool for understanding one's fundamental nature, and finding happiness.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

News Briefs 20-09-2007

I've scraped myself off the floor to bring you today's daily news. I recommend wearing a surgical mask, just in case.

Quote of the Day:

It's always funny until, someone gets hurt...and then it's just hilarious.

Faith No More ('Ricochet')

Yonaguni Yet Again

The story of the Yonaguni 'underwater monument' continues its resurrection, with front page coverage at no less a website than National Geographic (what would Zahi say!):

Submerged stone structures lying just below the waters off Yonaguni Jima are actually the ruins of a Japanese Atlantis—an ancient city sunk by an earthquake about 2,000 years ago.

That's the belief of Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan who has been diving at the site to measure and map its formations for more than 15 years.

Kimura's claims are rebutted by none other than Dr Robert Schoch...but you don't need National Geographic for that, considering we did that two weeks ago. In any case, interesting to see Yonaguni pop up on such a high profile website (note that NG also have a four image gallery).

News Briefs 19-09-2007

Yarr, Jameske's off burying treasure on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. While the pirates are off drinking rum and getting treated for scurvy, we ninjas can meditate on today's news:

Thanks Jameske.

Quote of the Day:

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Ronald Reagan

Meteor Impact Big News

As Rick reported in yesterday's news, what was thought to be a meteorite crashed to Earth in Peru over the weekend (video report). What has made the incident jump into the headlines though is that people who have gone near the crash site have become ill, including seven police officers who gathered samples. Officials are ruling out radiation poisoning, suggesting instead that the impact has created some noxious chemical odour. Though most reports are giving the number of sick people between 12 and 200, the BBC now has a front page item claiming 600 have fallen ill. This has all the makings of a bad sci-fi film...

Fortean Times #228

The latest issue of Fortean Times (#228) is about to hit the streets, and you can find a summary of the articles in the new mag at their website. Some of the standouts are Andy Roberts explaining how the Summer of Love in Britain was in part shaped by the hippies' fascination with UFOs, and Loren Coleman's investigation of the similarities between the recent I-35W bridge collapse and the Point Pleasant disaster of 40 years ago. Full details at the website, as well as plenty of free content from the archives.

Wednesday Roundup 19-09-2007

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


Weird Weekend 2007

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (aka 'the CFZ') has posted a comprehensive review of their recent 'Weird Weekend' conference, written up by Helen Lester. Speakers at this year's meeting included Nick Redfern, Jon Downes, Richard Freeman, Peter Robbins, Matthew Williams and a host of others. The review gives details of nearly every talk, so well worth the read.

News Briefs 18-09-2007

Either Greg fell ill when Melbourne Storm demolished the Brisbane Broncos, or he found a strange glowing rock in his backyard.

  • Residents of a Peruvian village close to the Bolivian border are reporting headaches and vomiting after exposure to the impact site of a meteorite. Here's a video report. I'll update this story tomorrow, it could be bigger than Tunguska.
  • Douglas Eugene Savoy, a real-life Indiana Jones who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru, has died at the age of 80.
  • Yale University has agreed to return most of the artifacts it looted from Machu Picchu almost a century ago.
  • Did three angels hold back German forces at the Battle of Mons in WWI to help British soldiers retreat?
  • A $25 billion project to pump water from China's southern rivers to its arid north has heritage officials racing against time to save thousands of priceless relics.
  • Almost half the water used in coolers across Beijing could be tainted. Still safer than China's rivers.
  • Satellite images of the North-West Passage in the Arctic have ignited a diplomatic battle between Canada and the USA.
  • A boy has recovered from a life-threatening illness, only to emerge with a new accent. It happens every St Patricks Day down here.
  • It's not a scene from an Ed Wood movie, but for the first time scientists have filmed the nanoscale interaction of an enzyme and a strand of DNA.
  • Trailer for Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe. I can't wait to take a trip across this universe, looks ace.
  • An international team of astronomers has discovered 14 new galaxies. 13 would have been a much more symbolic number.
  • The CIA passed the remote viewing STAR GATE program to the NSA, despite publicly announcing it was finished in 1995. If you can't remote view, visit STARstream Research.
  • If you enjoyed reading this article about lucid dreaming, I highly recommend The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Amazon US or UK). Close your eyes, and I'll meet you over the seas of Quiddity.
  • Meet the dream detective who has been predicting future events for the past 20 years. If I'm psychic, then I'll turn up to work in my underwear next week.
  • What if the afterlife is made up of a lifetime of dreams? Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll is a novel so brilliant, it'll wake you up dreaming (Amazon US or UK).
  • It's not literature, but Matthew Reilly's Seven Deadly Wonders is a fun, fast read that's like a TDG news brief with punctuation (Amazon US or UK).

Quote of the Day:

For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat.

Jonathan Carroll