The Palestine Papers

I know, it’s not exactly a slow news day.  Jack LeLanne died after all.  You’d think, though, that they could fit in word of the leak of 1,600 documents relating to Israel-Palestinian Authority negotiations somewhere in between the State of the Union address (Haven’t read the transcript yet but I imagine that he used to words ‘America’ ‘prosper’ and ‘create jobs’ a few times somewhere in there. Just guessing.) and Egypt starting to rip at the seams (Though many news minutes might be needed to explain to viewers that despite having pyramids and mummies, Egypt is realer than both Narnia and Middle Earth). Take a look.  Al Jazeera’s West Bank office has already been smashed up a bit by protesters angry at the black eye this is giving the P.A.  Of course, some of those protesters just might have been policemen working overtime. While I’ve only taken the quickest of […]

First UFO related Wikileaks?

Skip the introduction and go straight to Afterposten’s alleged cable leak In a December 3 article of The Guardian, Julian Assange answered readers questions. To one question on UFOs he answered: Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules. 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original. However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs. So realistically speaking some cables may mention UFOs, but its unlikely any claim direct contact with extraterrestrials, disclosure, or anything beyond UFOs simply being Unidentified Flying Objects. There some interesting gems in the Wikileaks cables such as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi parties hard like Andrew WK, Saudi King […]

NASA to Hold News Conference on “Astrobiology Finding”

Graffiti on an advertisement spotted this week at Morgan Avenue Subway in Brooklyn suggesting this is the year. We’ve covered alien disclosure in November 29, 2009 and UFO disclosure October 13, 2010. Nothing has happened on those days. No, balloons in Chelsea New York does not count as a UFO sighting. The objects were identified. This is damn interesting though. NASA is calling the press to deliver a recent discovery in astrobiology, aka the study of aliens and ETs. Sentient or not. Though rumors always circulate, as Google’s spike in “alien disclosure” shows for the end of 2009 and (so far) 2010 nothing results. So what is NASA going to say this week? From NASA’s Press Release Archive: NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the […]

9 Eyes: Google As Pathos Reservoir

I usually try to avoid straight up reblogging off of Dangerous Minds, seeing as how our tastes align so much that I’d be doing it daily.  But today they sent me off towards 9eyes, a tumblog that collects Google Streetview shots, in all their weirdness, pain and moments of sublime pathos. Beyond how common it is to spy hooligans flipping the bird, streetwalkers streetwalking and people of all ages hitting the pavement, there’s something great about the selections that suggest a grander story.  Stolen moments that would otherwise dissolve into the ether, now immortalized, hinting at a greater depth.  Someone should do an illustrated edition of short stories with one Streetview shot per. Give yourself 10 minutes and browse through it all over at 9eyes.

Kinect Cracked, Hands Wave and Craft Infinite Architecture

ofxKinect 3D draw 001 from Memo Akten on Vimeo. A man stands in a room waving his hands, artfully guiding the movements of gigantic machines on Mars.  Three days ago, they switched on, churning up the red iron-rich soil atop a carefully chosen seam of permafrost. On a six minute lag, the machines translate his motions into building unreal works of architecture, built for no one and only viewed from remote camera, on the ground and orbiting hundreds of miles overhead. In a week, when the story breaks and the world has seen the walls and plazas and walkways rising from the alien desert, he’s built a sprawling city that is equal parts Las Vegas and ancient Babylon. Again, I ask you to consider the Sci-Fi Now possibilities of linking embryonic technologies to express both the creativity and the darkness in the human soul.  With a bounty, they’ve cracked the […]

City of Seattle’s $5000 Ley Line Map

Ever hear of Ley Lines? Alfred Watkins, an amateur archaeologist, noted that several places of interest seemed to follow a straight line. Naturally there’s many reasons for that: paths from flood plains, established routes, and plain pareidolia— or the human interest in seeking patterns at all times. Watkins was convinced ley lines were a genuine force in Britain’s landmarks and the cosmos. A source of energy that, as often happens in psuedoscience, only the ancients knew existed. The real success of ley lines as an idea occurred after Watkins death in the budding New Age movement of the 1960’s. Ley lines were the perfect New Age cocktail of middle school level science, mysticism, and reverence for the “noble savages.” The idea of magnetic mystical energy was a powerful and captivating idea to some audiences. The idea is not generally accepted. The city of Seattle though through the Seattle Arts Commission– […]

Free Land: Land Rush Continues, Minus the Rush

Sick of paying rent?  Of course you are.  Every time I write that stupid monthly check I take a moment to reflect on how it seems that every square inch of this earth is owned and occupied by someone or something that had the luck to show up years before I ever got around to trying to live somewhere.  Rare is the place where you can lay down without paying a toll, and… OK, I’ll skip the hobo monologue and get to the juicy bit: FREE FRIGGIN’ LAND!  You heard me.  There are still places in the US that have land for the asking.  Vurbly did a nice little roundup of six places in the U.S.–in Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, and Maine–that are offering free land to people and companies interested in relocating to their town.  While in the back of my mind, I’m thinking that these must be economically […]

Andy Weir’s Short Story “The Egg”

Briliant short story by Andy Weir: “The Egg“. Highly worth checking out. I’ve always been opposed to the Cartesian fueled afterlife that dominates Western society. The Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno once asked a peasant if he believed it was possible there is a God– but no afterlife. The peasant responded “Then wherefore God?” It’s comforting feeling I suppose that there is somewhere else to go when the engines power down, but a dangerous one. A comforting feeling that brings out the most vile aspects of humanity in fear, war, violence, and domination. So when a story about the afterlife doesn’t leave a bitter taste in my mouth, it has to be good. I’m damn impressed. “The Egg” by Andy Weir is just that. I would say its better than any of the short stories in the recent cult-classic Sum: Forty Tales of the Afterlife by David Eagleman. Also worth […]