No Solomon Key in 2006

Welp, looks like there will no release of The Solomon Key in 2006. This just reported in The Bookseller:

Dan Brown's much-anticipated next novel will not hit the shelves until 2007, more than a year later than his publishers had originally planned. Transworld m.d. Larry Finlay confirmed that Brown's writing had been delayed by his involvment in the Tom Hanks film and the High Court trial. "[The book] is out of our schedules for this year," he said. "I think and hope it's going to appear in 2007."

Guess the best thing to do in the meantime is read my book on The Solomon Key (*wink*).

News Briefs 21-04-2006

I may not link to it often, but god, I love Sploid! With headlines like 'Fearsome Beast Hatched By L.A. Cultists: Celebrity website announces birth of Scientologist Tom Cruise's youngling and the Earth squeals and shudders to a halt', and 'Crappy Fruitcake No Better 44 Years Later', how could I not? But after years of taking care of a 3-acre yard for my Dad, the headline - and photo - that really cracked me up today was 'May As Well Ride That Straight To The E.R.'.

Thanks Will.

Quote of the Day:

I'm into something here that I cannot understand.

Robert Langdon, in The Da Vinci Code.

Weekend Roundup 21-04-2006

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...

Enjoy!

Crypto-Bullsh*t

Loren Coleman's Cryptomundo blog has a number of posts regarding the "Sonoma Bigfoot video" and how it appears to be a hoax instigated by skeptical entertainers Penn and Teller for their Bullsh*t show (that's the name of the show, not my thoughts about it). Ironically, both P&T's cryptozoology headhunting was mentioned by Loren last year in a warning post to others, and the dubious nature of the video was mentioned in another post (also, see here). Considering that Loren & Co. are the benchmark in CZ research, Messrs P&T could hardly claim a victory on this one (are they trying to mimic the dubious Project Alpha techniques of their hero Randi?).

Radio 21-04-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week is Part 2 of an interview with author Wayne Dyer, discussing his book Getting in the Gap: How to Have Conscious Contact with God.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. On Saturday Art's guest is Science Magazine writer Charles Seife, who probes the mind-boggling advances that are taking us to the brink of a new understanding of the universe. Ian's guest is Dr. Len Horowitz who will discuss his latest book, Walk on Water, regarding the evolution versus creationism debate. On Sunday Dr. Jeffrey Long, the founder of nderf.org, will present an in-depth look at recent studies of Near Death Experiences. He has also invited a witness to share their personal NDE.

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.

Bosnian Pyramid

Fresh from the press is news that researchers in Bosnia -- led by Semir Osmanagic -- have unearthed geometrically-cut stone slabs they believe could form part of the sloping surface of an ancient pyramid that has been buried for thousands of years. The pyramidal hill, known as Visocica, has 45-degree slopes pointing towards the four cardinal points and a flat top, reminding Osmanagic of Central American pyramids (of which he studied for 15 years). Perhaps if archaeologists excavated the Pyramid Mounds of Xian, China, they'd find similar things? More news as we get it.

Update: Visit the official website for the excavation (thanks Bladerunner).

The 100 Year Lie

Randall Fitzgerald, respected researcher and writer on topics from parapsychology to alternative health, has a new book coming out in June titled The 100-Year Lie. Randall's upcoming book is an investigation into the dangers of synthetic foods and medicines - while you'll have to wait for the book, the website already has plenty of information including a number of excerpts from the book for you to browse through.

News Briefs 20-04-2006

Not a lot of news about on most topics, but for some reason heaps on the subject of UFOs today. I blame it on the swamp gas...

Thanks Kat and Pam.

Quote of the Day:

This planet is haunted by us; the other occupants just evade boredom by filling our skies and seas with monsters.

John Keel

IANDS 2006 Conference

The 2006 IANDS Conference (International Association for Near-Death Studies) has been announced, and will be held at the University of Texas from October 25th to 28th. The speaker roster is simply first rate, consisting of a "who's who" of research into Near Death Experiences, and includes Raymond Moody, Peter Fenwick, Bruce Greyson, Pim van Lommel and PMH Atwater. Full details available at the website.

News Briefs 19-4-06

Mystery booms? - Got to be Basil Brush. Mystery solved.

  • Scientists begin dig at Bosnian pyramid. More here.
  • So shall new barbarians arise.
  • Sunspot penumbra shock astrophysicists.
  • The birth of the CIA and flying saucers. Part 1 and 2.
  • Oswald and Dealey Plaza versus McVeigh and the OKC bombing.
  • Falling ice perplexes scientists.
  • Greenpeace rejects Chernobyl toll.
  • Mystery booms are back.
  • Italy owes wine legacy to Celts.
  • Soylent Green on the horizon.
  • Dinosaur shocker.
  • World’s second face transplant performed in China.
  • Thoughts trigger mental typewriter. Lets hope mental doesn’t mean insane.
  • Venus the hyperdimensional planet.
  • HIV did not cause the AIDS outbreaks of the early 80s.

Quote of the Day:


The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It
takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A death.
What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die
first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked
out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty
years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs,
alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you
become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby,
you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating...you finish
off as a gleam.

Andy Rooney