Tis the Season

Tis the Season

May 22, 2008

Really Something to Think About!

Michio Kaku: Time Travel, Parallel Universes, and Reality

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May 17, 2008



May 9, 2008

NY-SPI Eposide 1

UFO Hunters Part One

See post below for link to other episodes

A Closer Look

New York Strange Phenomena Investigators

New York Strange Phenomena Investigators

A scientific research group dedicated to the systematic investigation of UFO sightings, UFO abduction reports, and related extraordinary occurrences.

NY-SPI was founded in 2006 and is based in Manhattan. It is comprised of a select group of uniquely educated professionals with decades of experience in the UFO field. The team employs diverse scientific methods to dissect and scrutinize the physical, statistical, and psychological patterns associated with the phenomena. With well-established case-review and research protocols in place, its investigators are equipped to carefully piece together the details of possible UFO sightings or abductions, and to determine their validity and credibility. Each case pursued is treated like a new mystery...

We have included the first in a five part episode presentation by NY-SPI, see link for other four episodes:

EEE = EM See Square?

This is the craziest thing I've seen in a long time. For those of you in the 21st century (e.g. Blackberry owners), you'll need to look at this on a pc. You also
have to get out of your seat and walk away from your computer. People may think you're crazy. But it's worth it.

When you look at this picture in a closer look you see its Albert Einstein.
But if you stand 15 feet away, It will become Marilyn Monroe. Give a try.

Thanks to my friend Chickie for sending me this image!

Beyond Belief

Top Ten UFO Footages

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May 8, 2008

May 6, 2008

He Gets That From His Father's Species

Half Man, Half Chimp - Should We Beware the Apeman's Coming?
By Jenny Haworth

A LEADING scientist has warned a new species of "humanzee," created from breeding apes with humans, could become a reality unless the government acts to stop scientists experimenting.
In an interview with The Scotsman, Dr Calum MacKellar, director of research at the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, warned the controversial draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill did not prevent human sperm being inseminated into animals.He said if a female chimpanzee was inseminated with human sperm the two species would be closely enough related that a hybrid could be born.
In an interview with The Scotsman, Dr Calum MacKellar, director of research at the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, warned the controversial draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill did not prevent human sperm being inseminated into animals.

He said if a female chimpanzee was inseminated with human sperm the two species would be closely enough related that a hybrid could be born.

Orangutans Confound Naturalists

From The Times

April 28, 2008
Swimming orang-utans’ spearfishing exploits amaze the wildlife expert by Lewis Smith

Orang-utans have confounded naturalists by learning to swim across rivers and to fish with sticks.
Naturalists were shocked to see the apes swim across a river to gain access to some of their favourite fruits at a conservation refuge on Kaja island in Borneo. Orang-utans were previously thought to be non-swimmers. The wildlife experts were equally surprised to see an orang-utan pick up a tree branch and stun a fish before eating it. Other apes introduced to the island were seen trying to spear fish with sticks after watching fishermen using rods. The naturalists also noted that the apes quickly worked out that it was even easier to steal fish from unattended lines used by the humans on the island. The unexpected behaviour has been captured in photographs published in the book Thinkers of the Jungle — the Orang-utan Report, by Gerd Schuster, Willie Smits and Jay Ullal, of the Borneo Orang-utan Survival Association. The pictures are thought to be the first to show an orang-utan using a tool for hunting. The apes live in Borneo and Sumatra and are regarded by some as second only to humans in intelligence. They are threatened with extinction as their habitats diminish.

My, What Big Tomatoes You Have!

"Organic" Chinese Tomatoes
Sun May 11, 1:48 PM ET

A farmer tends organic tomatoes at a greenhouse in Langfang, Hebei province, near Beijing, China, February 6, 2007.

(Claro Cortes IV/Reuters)

Fast Boat To China

SHIP FROM CHINA - The Emma Maersk

This ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.

Additional info:Country of origin - DenmarkLength - 1,302 ftWidth - 207 ftNet cargo - 123,200 tons Engine - 14 in-line cylinders diesel engine (110,000 BHP) Cruise Speed - 31 knotsCargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 ft 3) Can cross the Pacific in 4 days. Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.

Editorial Comment! A recent documentary in late March on the History Channel, noted that most all of these containers are shipped back to China, EMPTY . Yep, you heard it right. We send nothing back on most of these ships. What does that tell you about the current Financial State of this country?

May 1, 2008

The Alien in the Driveway

One day I decided to roam the science chat rooms to see what was going on in the more “intellectual” internet forums. I came across a room with about 25 people in it. It was called Alien something or other. I entered the room in the midst of a woman giving an address over the microphone for all in the room to hear. I thought it odd as such a move could surely prove extremely dangerous. The internet is the new Wild West, after all, and potential danger lurks behind each and every door. I didn’t think people would take a chance at doing something like this. I listened and yes, she was announcing her address and phone number in the open chat room!

I decided to stay a while to see what this was all about. As soon as this first woman released the microphone another was on it and she too was not only giving her address but also spelling it so there would be no mistake. She repeated her telephone number twice and then texted all the information into the chat room for all to see. I wondered what in the world could be going on.

As I watched and listened I heard a small monotone male voice begin to speak. He sounded as if he were standing too far from his microphone. He had a very slight hint of an accent. I could not distinguish what kind of accent he had but the hint of it was there. I adjusted my own headphones to hear him. He sounded distant and bland. He started to talk about “being there within the hour” after he drops offline. The others were asking questions in type: Will you be alone? Will you come in your craft? How long will you stay? Questions like that.

I still could not figure out what was going on. I decided to simply ask. I went to the voice option and asked the room, “So room, I just walked in--what is going on today?” I was told we were in the presence of an honored guest and I should wait my turn. Wait my turn? What were they doing? Maybe this man was sending out free books or a CD. I sat back and listened.

The man returned to the microphone and started to tell this room full of people that he picked out only “special” people. He said he could see us all clearly and knew which of us were special. I thought, oh--he must be giving out free readings or some such thing. He then started to talk about the place he supposedly “came from.” He told the room it was dry and cool at his homeland. I thought he must not come from around where I live. I continued to listen, still being a bit dense myself. He then said the big difference between his home and ours is that his sky is green rather than blue. That is when I did my first big HUH? He continued to give a description of this fantasy landscape and talked about hut-like glass houses and sand-powered hover cars. I thought it still had to be a book club or story hour. No adult could think these people were sitting in chat land speaking with an alien. Could they?

Oh yes--the answer is yes, they could! I’m the kind of person who considers all things possible. I have had a few extreme experiences myself in this life. It is not completely impossible such a thing could happen, I supposed. Nevertheless, I sort of sat like a deer caught in headlights for a moment. Even I found this one hard to believe.

I quickly snapped out of my stupor. The alien continued with what could only be described as a sales pitch. He wanted the women in the room wanting to “see a real alien” to give him their names, addresses, and telephone numbers. He then told the room he would visit each woman individually within the hour after he left the chat room. He said the women had to be alone. He would then appear in their driveways to meet them. I started to laugh. I anticipated the room finding this man ridiculous, as I did, and for his scam to fall apart. I at least expected questions. Instead, the people believed him without any questions at all!

I watched in stunned silence as woman after woman started to openly give out her name, address and telephone number in this open public chat room. I did not know what to do. I knew this was a dangerous event but I had no idea how to stop it.

I went on microphone and asked this “alien” man why he wanted to do this and why the women had to be alone.He answered with a long, meandering speech about being here to meet with special people. He then tried to change the subject. I went back to voice and asked him again, “What does being special have to do with these women being alone?” I also asked him why he did not want to meet any special men. To my shock, a woman chatter came back at me through her microphone and scolded me for attacking this alien visitor. I thought to myself, if I do not stop this, someone might end up murdered or at best robbed.

The room then blocked me from the voice option and so I was forced to type my fears into the chat room discussion thread. I asked if anyone knew anyone else who had actually met this alien. I wanted to know why they thought they would be so special to him. Was there something better about them than the men--or the women who did not give out their information? I tried and tried to make the people in the room approach this man with a more discerning eye but I was getting nowhere. In the meantime the exchange of information continued as the alien collected the addresses and telephone numbers of the women who claimed to be alone.

Finally, the voice option was restored to my microphone and so I could talk once again in the room. I asked for the people to please consider the possibility that this man may not be an alien and maybe was instead just a thief or planning to abuse them in some other way. I asked them to think about why they had to be alone in order to meet this “alien” and asked if they considered the possibility that he may just keep collecting addresses until he comes upon a woman alone in his area. I tried hard to shake some sense into this alarmingly submissive crowd. I even asked them to consider the idea that if he really were an alien it would not be a good idea to have him come to their homes when they were alone. What if he planned to take them?

I was not getting very far. I did stop the remainder of women in the chat room from giving out their information but at least eight had already done so. The alien man at this point tried to salvage the work I was destroying in his address collection scam. He tried to frighten me, in his best scary voice, suggesting that he may just come directly to my house in order for me to see the truth for myself. What a load of crap.

In return I jumped onto the microphone. I used a strong, clear tone. “If you are an alien, sir, you do not need me to give you my address in a chat room. You would have the technology to lock onto my computer and could be in my driveway in five minutes and so I tell you what--I will go out into my driveway and wait for you while the people here wait to hear from me. If you are whom you claim to be you can then come inside and talk to them with me. I see no reason why we shouldn’t clear this up right now.” The room sat silently as they waited for his reply. He said in a very meek voice, “Are you alone?” I replied, “No, my brother is here. He is a scientist and would love to meet you. Are you coming? We will be outside in the driveway waiting.”

The “alien”, all of a sudden, had internet connection problems and claimed he was losing his sound. He made a show of leaving and reentering the chat room a few times until he just no longer reentered. The chat room sat in silence for a few minutes. I simply typed into the room that they really needed to think about what they were doing. I told them it was doubtful this man was an alien. Certainly there may be real aliens out there but they would not have to ask for an address or phone number. I told them I was not sure of this man’s game but I knew his intentions were not for good. Most of the chatters ignored me. I left the room.

The internet is full of all kinds of people. I have met good people, smart people, silly people and downright evil people. Please be careful on the internet. These are not your friends, family or trusted neighbors. Be very sure of those to whom you give your location or other private information. It could be the most important decision you ever make.

I heard long after that night this man was still prowling the chat rooms, still collecting information and still looking for women home alone. To date not one person has ever reported meeting an alien in his or her driveway. Maybe some of them did experience such an encounter but we will simply never know what happened to them. After all, they were home alone.

Copyright © 2008 Chris Holly

A Closer Look

'Crazy' Ants Swarm Houston Area, Ruin Electronic Devices

DALLAS — In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.
The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as "crazy rasberry ants" — crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and "rasberry" after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on.
"They're itty-bitty things about the size of fleas, and they're just running everywhere," said Patsy Morphew of Pearland, who is constantly sweeping them off her patio and scooping them out of her pool by the cupful. "There's just thousands and thousands of them. If you've seen a car racing, that's how they are. They're going fast, fast, fast. They're crazy."
The ants — formally known as "paratrenicha species near pubens" — have spread to five Houston-area counties since they were first spotted in Texas in 2002.
The newly recognized species is believed to have arrived in a cargo shipment through the port of Houston. Scientists are not sure exactly where the ants came from, but their cousins, commonly called crazy ants, are found in the Southeast and the Caribbean.,2933,355741,00.html

Something To Think About

Egypt's Pyramids Packed With Seashells
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

April 25, 2008 -- Many of Egypt's most famous monuments, such as the Sphinx and Cheops, contain hundreds of thousands of marine fossils, most of which are fully intact and preserved in the walls of the structures, according to a new study.
The study's authors suggest that the stones that make up the examined monuments at Giza plateau, Fayum and Abydos must have been carved out of natural stone since they reveal what chunks of the sea floor must have looked like over 4,000 years ago, when the buildings were erected.

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