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*).
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.'.
- New giant picture found on Peru's Nazca Plateau.
- Researchers find first solid evidence of ancient pyramid under Bosnian hill. Includes the 2 best click-to-enlarge photos I could find - but that still isn't saying much.
- This changes everything: Kryptos sculptor says he made a mistake.
- Nazi Holocaust Archives soon to be made public.
- Possible Gospel of Judas fragments turn up in an Ohio bank vault.
- One I missed last week: Google challenges Oz users to solve Da Vinci Code puzzles. The official website says, 'Only the worthy will prevail'. So of course, Greg's making it look ridiculously easy.
- Scientists find fossil of a snake with hips and hind legs.
- Octopuses have ephemeral elbows.
- Geological map of Mars reveals history of its dessication.
- Secret rivers found in Antarctic.
- Geologists drill into fossil magma chamber deep under the ocean.
- Ancient Atlantic and Pacific oceans merged earlier than previously thought.
- 'Major error' discovered in the world's biggest online climate prediction project, backed by the BBC.
- Alan Boyle wonders, is there another inconstant constant?
- They call it the Planet Machine: the world's biggest optical telescope is designed to see where no-one has seen before.
- The Hutchison Effect.
- Ultraterrestrial? Schmultraterrestrial!! Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.
- Mystery of 'poached' baby Bigfoot deepens.
- How one photograph became the cover for both a pro-abduction and an anti-abduction book.
- Did you know you can hallucinate from eating fish?
- Russians think they've solved the mystery of crop circles.
- Animal brains hard-wired to recognize predator's foot movements.
- A glimpse of an alluring woman is all it takes to ruin a man's decision-making skills.
- Emotional wiring different in men and women.
Quote of the Day:
I'm into something here that I cannot understand.
Robert Langdon, in The Da Vinci Code.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- The IANDS website (mentioned yesterday on TDG in conjunction with their annual conference) has two excellent articles up from heavyweights in the Near Death Experience research scene: "About the Continuity of our Consciousness" by Pim van Lommel, and "Science and Spirituality: A Challenge for the 21st Century" by Peter Fenwick.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has a historical essay, "How I Broke Houdini's Code", by Arthur Ford.
- Phenomena have reprinted an old article, but an excellent one all the same, by Randall Fitzgerald - "Seducers from Inner Space".
- This week's eSkeptic actually (*gasp*) defends supernatural TV programming.
- Filer's Files #16 for 2006 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Michael Prescott takes a look at the recent NDE-REM study correlations.
- More and more Red Pill articles each day, here's some of the latest: Project Serpo, IANDS, John Edward, Lord Byron and Newstead Abbey, and Allison DuBois. Feel free to add your own information to these, create an entirely new article, or help out expanding our stub articles.
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?).
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.
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.
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.
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...
- The astoundingly productive Clifford Pickover has yet another book out - The Mobius Strip.
- "Seeing What you Believe, Believing What you See". I can’t believe I’m seeing Deepak Chopra writing in Forbes.
- Asteroid and comet impacts led to primitive life. Asteroids giveth, and they taketh away.
- Could aliens be our ancestors?
- "The Truth is Out There" - or at least may be at the Australian National UFO Conference in Sydney on May 6th.
- And just to prove that the people who make up news headlines have a broad imagination - "The Truth is Up There".
- The family of recently deceased investigative journalist Jack Anderson are fighting the FBI’s attempt to comb through his papers looking for confidential government information. Could it be to do with Anderson’s later life interest in UFOs (see his fictional book Millennium)?
- A closer look at Nick Redfern’s book On the Trail of the Saucer Spies (published by our friends over at Anomalist Books) - check it out on Amazon US and UK.
- Chernobyl - 20 years later.
- Johor Government gives protected species classification to their Bigfoot.
- Time Magazine profiles Opus Dei.
- Esoteric secrets, Scottish Freemasonry, and the building of the American dream. Sounds like a book I know.
- Missing World War 2 Veteran returns to Japan after 48 years.
- New Mexico spaceport is open for business.
- Enzyme-based biological fuel cell is built.
- Stone blocks may be part of Europe’s first step pyramid. An ‘update’ on the Bosnian pyramid exploration.
- Austria and Spain top the list for the best sex, while Japan comes in last. KennC, is there something you want to tell us?
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.
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.
- 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.