Radio 16-12-2005

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry and Jim Marrs discuss why Saddam Hussein was spending billions of dollars to rebuild Babylon. Afterwards Linda Howe talks about the recent eruptions of geysers in Oklahoma.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is a rebroadcast from 2005's Scariest Moments Open Lines. On Saturday Glenn Kimball will be discussing the dire prophecies in "The Kolbrin," an anthology of ancient wisdom books found in the Glastonbury Abbey during the 12th century, while on Sunday Art Bell returns live, talking to Tess Gerritsen about forensic research, grave robbers, paranormal events, and Frankenstein.

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

Deciphering Da Vinci Movie

Anybody notice a little cipher at the end of the new movie trailer for The Da Vinci Code? I picked it up and went for a little explore, check out where it leads. Probably yet another viral marketing campaign with no clear outcome - but hopefully the clues so far fit into something more interesting than just that. Anybody see something I missed?

News Briefs 15-12-2005

Merry Christmas or my best wishes to whatever you celebrate this time of year.

The archaeological community is buzzing with that Maya mural find that TDG told you about yesterday. Old Mayan concepts are crumbling along with European and American human-occupation timelines.

  • Here's a follow-up on those footprints found in 1.3 Million-Year-Old Mexican volcanic rock that I told you about last week.
  • Ancient tools found in Britain show that humans lived in northern Europe 200,000-years earlier than previously thought, at a time when the climate was warm enough for lions, elephants and saber tooth tigers to also roam what is now England.
  • The largest collection of South American skulls ever assembled suggests that a different population may have crossed the bridge to the New World 3,000-years before those Siberians crossed the Bering Strait on a land-ice bridge.
  • Here’s more on that Maya mural that Greg told you about yesterday. More and even more.
  • The Mayan version of the Sistine Chapel leaves archeologist in awe.
  • Iraq’s Kurds live on a hill of undiscovered treasuries.
  • Divers exploring a river near a former Roman Empire fort and settlement in Britain have found a piece of pottery that depicts the backside of a rather buff gladiator wielding a whip and wearing nothing but a G-string.
  • Could robotic patrol boats safeguard the seas from piracy and fight ocean-going people traffickers? New movie coming - The Pirates vs. the Daleks. ;-)
  • I know I saw this movie. Scientists create a hybrid brain.
  • Geneticists find link to brain evolution.
  • Exxon Mobil Corp. forecasts a 60-percent increase in global energy consumption over the next 25 years. Buy oil stock, or see next article.
  • The hydrogen gold rush is on.
  • A voice-, face- and emotion-recognition system has scanned the face of the Mona Lisa painting and declared that she is confident and happy, but also found evidence of disgust, fear and a little bit of anger.
  • Bumblebees recognize people.
  • Shocked scientists find tsunami legacy: a dead sea.
  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the Holocaust as ‘a myth’ and suggested that Israel be moved to Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska.
  • Ancient Sumerians possessed extensive knowledge of the Solar system without telescopes.
  • Scientists are on the verge of creating marvels in the space propulsion labs by reverse engineering extraterrestrial UFO technologies. [India Daily]
  • The Skeptical Inquirer investigates the reincarnation of Buddha.
  • Space 'spiders' could build solar satellites.
  • A strange new object has been found at the edge of the solar system.
  • Hubble finds mass of white dwarf.
  • Microbes under Greenland Ice may be preview of what scientists find under Mars' surface.
  • China will begin an effort to send astronauts to the moon in about 2017, with a landing some time after that.

Quote of the Day

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.

Jay Leno

Code Trailer

As mentioned in the news today, the official first full-length trailer for The Da Vinci Code has been released, and is available over at the Apple website devoted to movie trailers. Looks pretty darn good too, kind of exciting to see some 'flesh' laid on the bones of characters which exist only in our imaginations. The use of architecture to set the mood also seems to work well - look forward to seeing the movie.


Those out there who enjoyed the Alex Grey piece in the most recent issue of Sub Rosa, and who like that teeny-boppin' boy band known as TOOL, might be interested in a new book from Alex Grey scheduled for June 2006. The short blurb for the book includes this: "Tool celebrates the fusion of two of the top talents in the worlds of art and music."

And if you like TOOL and art combined, then you're surely a person of high tastes and don't mind combining the legendary band with some wine as well. And what better wine to drink when listening to Mister Keenan's dulcet tones than this little drop? I'm sure our good friend Blair over at has been telling us about this for months now, but knowing him he probably wrapped it in some esoteric biliteral cipher known only to a few enlightened initiates (and their drinking buddies, waitresses, and really anybody who would listen to them at 3am after a long night).

Sub Rosa Issue 3

In case you missed the new kick-ass cover graphic over in the left-hand column: we've released Sub Rosa Issue 3 today, so get over there and download the new issue. Clocking in at a whopping 91 pages, this is our biggest issue so far - and it's full of tasty treats such as our interview with visionary artist Alex Grey, an article on the truth about Rosslyn Chapel, the totally non-Christian founding of the United States, reincarnation research, and lots more besides. We even roped Rico into doing the news for us.

As we've mentioned previously, Sub Rosa takes a lot of work - so if you haven't already, why not make a small 'voluntary subscription' donation via our Paypal button (at the SR website) to help ensure our future? Also, we have some very supportive advertisers in the magazine, who have products that would certainly interest TDG readers - so please support them to complement their support of us. Lastly, there's a very easy way to support us without costing you a cent - pass on the link to your friends, mailing lists you're on, anybody that you think would enjoy Sub Rosa.

As mentioned a few days ago, also take time to vote in our poll here on TDG, so we know whether going to print is a worthwhile idea for the magazine. Certainly would love to see a print version of this issue - between the art of Alex Grey and Luke Brown that we feature in this issue, there's plenty of eye candy.

Lastly, in Issue 4 we will be having a letters section - so if you have any thoughts feel free to share them by emailing me with "Sub Rosa Letters" in the subject line. Also, if you have any reviews that you think would be worth putting in the mag, send those on too (we don't pay, but we do credit!) Enough talk - go download it, read it over the weekend and let us know your thoughts!

News Briefs 14-12-2005

When suffering from Atheism, the TDG doctor recommends listening to Bernie Worrell play keyboard. If you can't see God, you can at least hear him...

Quote of the Day:

Finnegan's paper began with the electrifying sentence, "The average Canadian has one testicle, just like Adolph Hitler -- or, more precisely, the average Canadian has 0.96 testicles, an even sadder plight than Hitler's, if the average Anything actually existed." He then went on to demonstrate that the normal or average human lives in substandard housing in Asia, has 1.04 vaginas, cannot read or write, suffers from malnutrition and never heard of Silken Thomas Fitzgerald or Brian Boru. "The normal," he concluded "consists of a null set which nobody and nothing really fits"...

Robert Anton Wilson

Shaft Update

The website of Dr Zahi Hawass has been updated with news on the planned exploration of the 'airshafts' leading from the Queens Chamber in the Great Pyramid at Giza. The big Z mentions that a new addition to the exploration robots will allow them to sample material from within the shafts:

I received this week a proposal for collection of the pins and debris sampling inside the shafts leading from the so-called Queen's Chamber inside the Great Pyramid from Dr. Tc Ng, an independent researcher from Hong Kong.

As many know, we received a proposal for a robotic exploration of the shafts from National University in Singapore (NUS). But this proposal described devices that can developed that could be added to the NUS robot with resistible impact, that will significantly enhance the upcoming robotic exploration, by reliably collecting the pins as well as other small artifacts.

Full details available at Dr Hawass' website.

Tuesday Roundup 13-12-2005

A varied list of readings, listenings and viewings to get you through the week...


News Briefs 13-12-2005

Is it Xmas yet?

  • Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) comes under fire for criminal charges laid against archaeologist who bought looted Dead Sea Scroll fragments and then donated them to the organisation.
  • 'Conspiracy of five' in the Jesus bone-box fraud case becomes a conspiracy of four.
  • Study finds that the Americas were settled by two distinct groups of early humans, re-igniting the controversy over the first settlers.
  • The world's first private spaceport will be at....Roswell, New Mexico. Doesn't that place have a bad air-safety record?
  • Good thing we've now got the SETI: Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup.
  • Hopes fade for Japanese asteroid probe.
  • US group proposes Neptune mission.
  • Intelligent Design is a war on materialist science: "But supernatural forces would be beyond the ability of scientists to control, repeat and predict." Insert long philosophical rejoinder on the error of scientism being its origin in an underlying need for humanity to feel in control (I'll spare you the details).
  • Big cat sighted in Ohio (with vid).
  • More on those whacky Indigo Children.
  • Taking a look inside C.S. Lewis's mythological mash-up that is Narnia.
  • After psychic helps solve a murder-case, the D.A. doesn't know whether she believes in psychics...but says she can't dispute the results.
  • Wikipedia faces coming-of-age crisis, as the offending 'vandal' comes forth.
  • Researchers admit they have no cure for procrastination. Well, stop talking to the press and get back to work!
  • Perhaps a good cure would be to unplug? Internet Addiction: anatomy of a problem.
  • Farming now covers almost half of all the land on Earth.
  • Hold the front page! Bio-presses may produce life-saving organs.
  • Exploring caves with hopping microbots.
  • New research finds buckyballs could disrupt functioning of DNA. I'm guessing that's a bad thing?
  • Titanic actually split into three pieces and sank much quicker than originally thought. In related news, movie-goof geeks jam chat rooms and giggle at James Cameron...
  • Public Domain Torrents has bitorrents of 500 public domain movies available for download, including Plan 9 From Outer Space and George Romero's Night of the Living Dead.
  • How many things have you been sold recently without knowing it? Every show's an infomercial these days.
  • April Fools? Freaky murder coincidence weirds out police.
  • From the headlines you can't make up department: Alien egg given to psychic Uri Geller by Beatle John Lennon goes on display in London record store.

Thanks Haufoldos.

Quote of the Day:

I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst... In other words, I had a life.

Richard Pryor