Musical Rosslyn

The Scotsman has an interesting piece regarding the enigmatic Rosslyn cubes and the alleged musical code that can be found inscribed on their surfaces. There's some interesting history discussed in the article (and Rico will be happy to know they cover the tritone as well), and the article also gives you the chance to listen to the music that has been 'decoded'. Thanks Kat for the heads-up.

Tuesday Roundup 02-05-2006

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

  • Binnall of America keeps pumping out absolute must-hear audio interviews - this week you’ll find part one of Tim’s interview with Richard Dolan, on his book UFOs and the National Security State, Chronology of a Cover-Up 1947-1973 (available as mp3/podcast/Flash streaming audio).
  • The Book of Thoth has a new essay available: "Lilith Unveiled" (Part 1).
  • MITWorld has a roundtable titled "Expand Your Mind: Getting a Grasp on Consciousness", featuring Sasha Shulgin and Christof Koch.
  • Randi takes to Gary Schwartz and Princeton’s PEAR laboratory in his latest newsletter.
  • UFO Casebook #203 is now online.


News Briefs 02-05-2006

Frater Ijynx must have been scrying today’s news - it all feels like deja vu to me.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

Aleister Crowley

Radio 02-05-2006

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: No show this week.

Coast to Coast AM: First hour Monday is Frosty Wooldridge, who comments on the issue of illegal immigration, followed by Nostradamus researcher John Hogue, who offers an update on prophecies. On Tuesday President of Pioneer Astronautics, Robert Zubrin, will talk about his recent work achieving American energy independence as well as the latest issues facing the US space program. Wednesday is open lines, while on Thursday Dr Dean Radin will discuss how psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are real, based on scientific evidence.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.

News Briefs 01-05-2006

Amarantine, Amarantine, Amarantine ...

  • Happy New Year! Yep, 1st May is Beltaine, and Edinburgh's Carlton Hill is the place to be. Have a pint for me.
  • Romania has officially legalised witchcraft as a valid occupation.
  • An excellent video about Cardiff University researchers' discovery of unidentified DNA in red rain that fell over India. Red rain is pouring down, Pouring down all over me...
  • Champion of the Panspermia theory Chandra Wickramasinghe is cautiously optimistic and ignores the sounds of Skeptics sharpening their knives.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope has captured extraordinary pictures of a comet breaking apart.
  • Unexplained loud booms are at it again in the USA, this time around Port Angeles.
  • Meanwhile, scientists have come close to identifying the source of a loud boom that rattled San Diego County.
  • The northern beaches of Sydney are a hotspot for UFO sightings ... and that doesn't count beer bottles thrown during riots.
  • Randi wannabe Aaron Sakulich identifies the B-grade scifi movie that he reckons alien abduction victims get their stories from. Ironically, it was the inflight film when Sakulich was abducted.
  • A Skeptical Inquirer review says "[Susan] Clancy has produced a real masterpiece" in her book Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped By Aliens. It's even more biased than Greg's review of the new Tool cd (wink).
  • I humbly eat my biasness, and recommend Dr John E. Mack's book Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters (Amazon US or UK).
  • Psychotherapist Dr Janet Colli (yes Ms Clancy, she has a Ph.D. just like yours) says other-worldly beings have long played a role in human history.
  • ThothWeb gives a modern perspective on levitation and flight in the ancient world.
  • A new film about the history of heavy metal highlights the Devil's Interval, a musical phenomenon suppressed by the Church. Any tritones in Tool's music, Greg?
  • The Church of Scotland is planning to teach ministers how to deal with evil spirits after research showed half the clergy believe they have directly encountered Satanic forces.
  • Will pregnant women expecting to give birth on the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year spawn the son of Satan, or will the child just be a Gemini?
  • Sun-sign Astrology has been debunked (again), but the door is left open for other explanations. Toyah Wilcox says Astrology affects us all.
  • The blood-sucking goat vampire Chupacabra has been sighted in Russia.
  • A two-headed snake has a South African gardener reaching for two shovels.
  • Two kittens born on Good Friday are marked by a cross, but their owner just thinks they're cool cats and not prophets for the Almighty.
  • A panel from the National Academy of Sciences has concluded physics in America is at a crossroads and in crisis.
  • Not according to these US physicists, who have made water run uphill.
  • A Tustin astromomer gets pulled into a real-life, Indiana Jones adventure when his long lost pal asks him to solve the riddle of a hidden Peruvian temple. My long lost pals just remind me I owe them money. This article has pictures.
  • Executive and online editor of Archaeology Magazine Mark Rose writes a scathing editorial on Semir Osmanagic and the Bosnian Pyramid. Yes, Semir is an amateur, but he has professional archaeologists excavating the site. Rose conveniently fails to mention that.
  • Archaeologists hope to glimpse the mysteries of cult worship in Roman Britain when they excavate a vast religious complex in Ewell.
  • In the Edinburgh of the Enlightenment, the distinguished gentleman who muttered quietly to himself whilst following Dr James Hutton, is the subject of a new book, Adam Smith and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty by James Buchan (Amazon US or UK).

Thanks Kat (I think I posted the news you sent me?)

Quote of the Day:

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whosoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmer.

Albert Einstein

Alex Grey and TOOL

With the impending U.S. release of TOOL's 10,000 Days on May 2nd (although I got my copy on Saturday, w00t!), fans of Alex Grey and TOOL might be interested in checking out some of the offers at Alex's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors website. Alex has a limited number of copies of 10,000 Days which he has personally signed, going for just $30 (damn, maybe I shouldn't have bought my copy so early!). Also available soon are a limited number of prints of Alex's "Net of Being", which the album artwork is based on. TOOL have also donated some tickets to their New York show, which you can have a chance of winning if you donate $5 or more to CoSM.

Note too that this Friday (May 5th) there will be a listening party for the album at CoSM, at which Alex will give an illustrated talk about his work and interaction with TOOL. This is the night after Daniel Pinchbeck gives his talk there as well - so it might be worth asking if you can set up a tent in the Chapel...

News Briefs 28-04-2006

Kat's a bit ill, so I finished off her half-done news. Consider it news by Grat...

Thanks Kat, hope you feel better soon.

Quote of the Day:

The cosmic ballet... goes on.

Leonard Nimoy (in 'The Simpsons')

Weekend Roundup 28-04-2006

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


Radio 28-04-2006

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Wayne Hershchel, who says he has discovered that all 50 pyramids of lower Egypt comprise a star map, and that this map points to a nearby sun-like star that could be the origin of the gods of legend, or even mankind.

Coast to Coast AM: On Friday Linda Moulton Howe will share an update about a retired Navy Chief Yeoman's sighting of extraterrestrial biological entities at White Beach Naval Base in Okinawa in 1976. Schedule for Saturday and Sunday are not available at time of posting - check the link for updates.

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.

The Smithy Code

As if we weren't far enough down the Da Vinci Code rabbit hole, a surprise revelation has shocked just about everyone involved in the recent Da Vinci copyright court case in London. It has emerged that Justice Peter Smith - known affectionately as 'Smithy' - inserted a ciphered message within his judgement on the case. It begins with the two words "Smithy Code", and then is followed by what appears to be 31 random letters. I've set up a page dedicated to the Smithy Code, in which I list the 25 letters and my thoughts on possible solutions - if anyone wishes to add their opinion or solution feel free to go ahead.

Update: The Smithy Code is cracked.