Monday, August 14, 2006
This week's Babe of the Week harkens to an earlier time...2000 to be precise...and reflects a rather dichotomous intent.
The sly, almost coquettish smile imparts a feeling of sweetness...
...while the nonchalant brandishing of the flog seems to indicate something "else" altogether. :)
The luxuriously abundant tresses conceal much as well...
I leave it to you to discern the truest intent therein.
Until next week!
Monday, August 07, 2006
While photos of women with cats always seem to elicit rather sophomoric "pussy" jokes, this one rises above such demeanor.
The comfortable serenity and obvious affinity with which women relate to felines is readily apparent in this image.
Of course, the number of takes that it took to get this shot might make mincemeat of such an assertion, but no matter...it's still a wonderful image.
Our venerable Babe is nothing if not patient... :)
Until next week!
Thursday, August 03, 2006
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Words cannot adequately describe...
If THIS is what the "multiverse" really means...
Well, you get the idea. :)
[UPDATE: The image above was a photoshop job done by an enterprising graphics geek. This however, is not. :)
[h/t to I-Am-Bored.com]
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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Spunky Lesley of The Debris Field is angry. She is...or has been...a regular listener of Coast to Coast AM for some time. At least since the earlier Art Bell days, she has suffered the more insufferable guests in the interest of the show's over-arching cause...to celebrate the quirky, the para-normal, and the bizarre with a sense of wonder.
This past weekend however, C2C has in her opinion, crossed the line. And Richard C. Hoagland is at the crux of the issue...imagine that! :)
At issue is a recent discussion between host George Noory and Richard about the status of UFOlogy today. Using the subject of a prior show involving Art and Disclosure proponent Steven Greer as a jumping off point, George and Dick launched into a "bash UFOlogy" party.
While any discussion of UFOlogy could be excused for pointing out the fields lethargic mode of "progress", this one then took the unfortunate turn. Richard Hoagland contrasted the field of UFOlogy...a bunch of kooks with no evidence for their pet theories...with his assertions on Moon and Mars ruins, "hyperdimensional physics", and explaining how he was different because he had plenty of hard evidence for HIS positions.
As Lesley points out, this is beyond the pale. But also expected from an opportunist like Dick. What got her dander up...in Bristol fashion...was the fact that George then joined in with the bashing!
She rightly points out that UFOs in large part have made C2C into the popular show that it is. From breathless "open lines" calls from truckers seeing odd things in the sky, to discussions with literally dozens of UFOlogical guests, C2C has greatly benefitted from UFOlogy, and this convenient "biting the hand" coupled with the faux contrast in legitimacy offered up by Dick Hoagland was just too much.
While I share the feelings of many with regard to Greer and his Disclosure carnival, to toss the "baby" of sincere UFOlogy out with the "bathwater" of its most egregious hucksters is in direct conflict with the supposed goals of C2C.
Regardless of ones position on the origin or intent of UFOs, there is ample evidence that they exist. Are they from other worlds? We cannot be sure. But there IS ample evidence that they in fact exist. From radar, film, video digital images, physical traces, eyewitness testimony and editorial reports, we know that sometimes very strange things appear up there. Determining what they are is the purview of UFOlogy.
With Dick Hoagland's position, we're in a completely different milieu. Dick looks at moon photos and sees things that others do not. He looks at the face on Mars, and perceives numerous mathematical congruences that do not fit when examined closely. He sees a mans face on Mars, but then...when the true asymmetrical nature of the face is brought to light, he claims not only that this is not damaging to his theory, but that the non-human side is a feline aspect predicted by him all along. Pardon me while I take a moment to bust a gut.
Dick is a charlatan. He always has been. He lied about his involvement with the Pioneer plaque. He lied about the circumstances surrounding his being a "recipient of the Angstrom Medal". He lied about the status of his "talks" at NASA conferences.
He has applied his dubious hyperdimensional physics canard to any and every event to come along...global warming, hurricanes, the shapes of moons, ad nauseum.
In short, Dick is a known quantity.
But for George Noory to join in the denigration of UFOlogy as if he has never thought anything of the field himself, is truly revelatory, hypocritical and reflective of what has become a rather common attitude among American media these days...
"What have you done for me lately?" Noble, huh?
I join with Lesley in crying foul on this ridiculous discussion.
While Dick Hoagland and his "unitary executioner" role will fizzle to irrelevency in due time (and rather soon, I predict), there will continue to be people seeing, recording, measuring and talking about things they observe...up there.
And there will be groups of educated, curious, imaginative, talented folk to gather that information and experiment and speculate on its content, its meaning, and perhaps determine the truth to be found therein.
UFOlogy lives on, despite the rantings of puerile pretenders and fairweather friends.
Dick and George represent the decay of paranormal studies, and bring it down to the level of sensationalistic fakery and convenient pseudo-science.
Luckily, there are better outlets these days for such subjects. Coast to Coast AM has indeed "jumped the shark".
[h/t to The Debris Field]
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Richard C. Hoagland has been singing the siren song of Cydonia for years now, so I guess it's about time a rock group (Muse) immortalized the place in a music video..."Knights of Cydonia". Yup. And what better name for a Hoagland anthem?
The video in question must be seen to be believed, but the driving beat, incoherent lyrics, and ethereal background singing seems most appropriate for the rather grandiose...if not "hyper"-bolic...Hoagland.
The only thing that would have sealed the deal would have been a cameo by "Richard C" himself.
What I found most weird...and there is PLENTY of weird in this video...was that the town of Cydonia has 143 citizens. Does this number have any "hyperdmensional" significance? :)
Only RCH knows for sure...
By the way, there IS another group and album named simply, "Cydonia", but it's not nearly as fun, or "Hoaglandesque" as this one, and they don't have an actual song with Cydonia in the title.
[via Yahoo Music]
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Moscow's Persey Tours now offers "fake vacations". They will set you up with a complete record of your vacation...ticket stubs, landmark photos with your image added, and more...for around $500USD.
One oil exec actually paid for an artificial moon trip!
While it may seem odd to pay for such memorabilia that represent a trip you never really took, if you think about your own vacations, it is usually the photos and mementos that we turn to to remind us of the experience(s), so perhaps this kind of artificial "self-prompting" is the way of the future...at least for those with little time or money for such excursions.
Essentially, this is an...albeit less immersive...version of the "extra-factual memories" embodied in the Philip K. Dick story "We can Remember This for you Wholesale", from whence Total Recall was inspired.
How long before "Total Recall" and "Brainstorm" become "reality" (or vice versa?)...and how much longer before they are considered passe'? Frightening and exciting times ahead, indeed.
Monday, July 31, 2006
UFOR Babe of the Week...#4
This weeks Babe is "bound" to look a little familiar by now. Our saucy ma'am is dressed to maim, and blowing a kiss in a decidedly provocative outfit.
Luckily the kiss she's blowing is with her lips rather than the cat or crop...Ahem.
Redheads in leather definitely have more fun...depending on your definition of "fun". :)
Until next week!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Sarcastic Twittery: Exopolitics on my Mind
I have grazed the subject of exopolitics...reluctantly...on a few occasions. But I was directed to an article by UFO Bits' Pundit-in-Chief Regan Lee, and felt that I should respond. But rather than reply in blog comments...I am far too wordy...I figured it was as good a time as any to jump in with my full tuppence worth. So, here we go.
But FIRST...it should be stated that I have great respect for Regan and her compendium blog. I've seen many great riffs there that I would have missed otherwise. This post is not a slight to her in any way, only a record of my stance on exopolitics. She just got me wound up on the subject. Way to freaking GO, R!!!! :) So now...WHEEEEE!...
Exopolitics...many of those that find it a worthy pursuit feel that those that don't are arrogant. I find the reverse to be far more defensible.Well, that's my take. My blog comments are non-moderated, so have at me if you feel compelled. I will honestly consider any alternative viewpoint that doesn't begin by claiming I'm being arrogant. LOL Any that do will be summarily ignored...I got a life! :)
If an alien species has been or ever does visit here, it would be quite arrogant in my view to believe that they would in any way resemble humans...in physical, mental, psychological, motivational...or political...aspect.
They might find that our...all too human...history of "endo-politics" shows us to be highly suspect in such matters. A perceptive alien might be foolish to think otherwise, even if he just watched todays news.
To attempt to "prepare" a method for interacting with them would be like trying to prepare antibiotics for an infection that doesn't yet exist.
The monumental effort required...and the infinite possibilities needing to be considered...is so unlikely to be applicable as to make it a waste of resources...unless we are just very lucky. [See above re: our "endo-political" history. Lucky so far? If todays news informs, not so much...no.]
If we were to learn (via Disclosure) that aliens had already been here, exopolitics would be unnecessary, since there would already be a protocol established for communication between us and them, unless the government just keeps the aliens penned up somewhere with no attempt to discern their motives, physiology, etc...a HIGHLY unlikely scenario in my view. Some even claim we already have treaties with them.
When explorers (or missionaries) went into the wilds to search for native groups with which to interact (or convert), did they presume that they could prepare ahead of time for how to communicate, or how to bargain with them, or how to determine their political motivations? Nope. They did as all explorers (or missionaries) do. They just went "that way" with their wits (or their Bibles) until they came upon someone, and the process began at that moment.
The (eventually-marginalized) Native Americans, the (eventually-"civilized") Masai, the (eventually-extincted) Incas, and the (eventually-enslaved) Africans...to name a few...stand as a testament to our (in)abilities regarding interactions with "alien races". The record is less than stellar, and these peoples looked a lot more like their discoverers than your stereotypical grey.
Just because we are a few years advanced from that reality says nothing for our preparedness to face a species perhaps millions of years ahead of us. In fact, we should pray that they are not like us at all.
Arrogance is presuming to know...and claiming to understand and prepare for...what you cannot know.
Presuming ones own ignorance of things unknown, and waiting to know more before getting "political" is decidedly not arrogant...it is intellectually economical and prudent. It's downright...gasp...conservative! Our pompous exopolitical musings might even antagonize them...could even cause an intergalactic incident!
All that aside and more to the point, any species able to travel here from somewhere "else" will be far more likely than we to decide the terms, conditions and language through which we interact, or even if we do.
Would our grandiose exopolitical twaddle necessarily be expected to mean anything at all to them beyond mere amusement, much less impress them?
"Lord, what fools these 'humans' be!", might be their refrain, forgetting the inherent...and quite possibly mistaken... presumption that they even have mouths or brains or language, or an alphabet, or an opinion, or a sense of humor, or a Shakespeare...or sarcastic twits like me. :)
Now that's arrogance in my view.
Any claims that I am a sarcastic twit will be treated as at least a sign of intelligent life in the universe. To do any less would be...arrogant, no?