Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Vaimanika Shastra is an early 20th century Sanskrit text on aeronautics, claimed to be obtained by mental channeling, about construction of vimānas, the "chariots of the Gods".
The existence of the text was revealed in 1952 by G. R. Josyer, according to whom it is due to one Pandit Subbaraya Shastry, who dictated it in 1918-1923. A Hindi translation was published in 1959, the Sanskrit text with an English translation in 1973. It has 3000 shlokas in 8 chapters and was attributed by Shastry to Maharishi Bharadvaja, which makes it of purportedly "ancient" origin, and hence it has a certain notability in ancient astronaut theories
Founded in the summer of 1969, Killamanjaro is a Jamaican sound system best known for their clashes and large amount of classical reggae dubplates.It is owned by Noel "Papa Jaro" Harpe and named after mount Kilimanjaro, the name was changed to Killamanjaro after having established a reputation of being a good clash sound. Killamanjaro have played all over the world, including winning the World Clash twice and touring the United States, Europe and Japan. They were also involved with what many consider the 'greatest clash of all-time' , King Addies (USA) vs. Killamanjaro (Jamaica).
Corderral Smith used props from a board game to convince the hired killer that he was a legitimate agent working for the US Government.
He faked an arrest warrant which described his 50 year-old mother Gloria Ryan as "dangerous and unfit to be around anyone."
Prosecutors said 22 year-old Smith convinced the hired killer Jason Rizzi that if he carried out the murder he would be hired as an undercover agent.
Even after his arrest for murder Rizzi was convinced that Smith was really a secret agent.
Texas Ranger Frank Huff said Rizzi kept repeating one question: "Are you sure Smith isn't an agent?"
The details of the bizarre murder for hire plot emerged at the trial of Smith in Cleveland, Texas.
As well as claiming to be a secret agent he also posed on MySpace as a hip hop mogul and posted photographs of himself sitting in front of several weapons mounted on the wall......
Astronomers say they have found an Earth-like planet Gliese 581g which could support the conditions needed for life.
Gliese 581 g (pronounced /ˈɡliːzə/) or Gl 581 g, is an extrasolar planet, orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 581, approximately 20.5 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Libra. It is the sixth planet discovered in the Gliese 581 planetary system and the fourth in order from the star. The planet was discovered by the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey after more than a decade of observation. Despite the Gliese 581 system having a "somewhat checkered history of habitable planet claims," results from the study imply that the planet is located in the middle of the "Goldilocks", or habitable zone of its parent star, where the existence of liquid water is considered a strong possibility.
The discovery of Gliese 581 g was announced in late September 2010, and it is believed to be the first Goldilocks planet ever found, the most Earth-like planet, and the best exoplanet candidate with the potential for harboring life found to date. The detection of Gliese 581 g in such a short period of time and at such a close proximity, leads astronomers to believe that the frequency of habitable planets around other stars may be much higher than was once thought.
Monday, September 27, 2010
The Antikythera mechanism, is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900–01 from the Antikythera wreck, but its complexity and significance were not understood until decades later. It is now thought to have been built about 150–100 BCE. The degree of mechanical sophistication is comparable to late medieval Swiss watchmaking. Technological artifacts of similar complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks appeared in Europe...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Created in partnership with Kawada Industries, this 151-centimeter (5-feet) tall, 39-kilo (86-pound) walking followup to the HRP-4C, HRP-3 and HRP-2 robots. The HRP-4 has been designed to help with manufacturing duties in a rapidly aging Japanese workforce. The highly mobile HRP-4 features 34-degrees of movement with AIST proprietary control software running on a Linux core. The robot can strike poses in response to voice commands, and it can also detect and track human faces and certain objects. AIST and co-developer Kawada Industries plan to start selling the HRP-4 in January next year. The robot itself plus the software necessary to control it will cost $325,000.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
"Plaquemines Parish officials have asked state wildlife officials to investigate what they said is a massive fish kill at Bayou Chaland on the west side of the Mississippi River late Friday.
The fish kill was reported to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries and the cause has not yet been determined, the parish said. The fish were found in an area that has been impacted by the oil from the BP oil spill, the parish said ... The dead fish include pogies, redfish, drum, crabs, shrimp and freshwater eel, the parish said"
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Faux Fur and Soccer Shirts: Raw Nature: The Direction: "Continuing the newness parade... Today, we get the debut album from the Jersey homies, Raw Nature. Get you some."
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Fairlight CMI was a development of an earlier synthesizer called the Qasar M8, an attempt to create sound by modeling all of the parameters of a waveform in real time. Unfortunately, this was beyond the available processing power of the day, and the results were disappointing. In an attempt to make something of it, Vogel and Ryrie decided to see what it would do with a naturally recorded sound wave as a starting point. To their surprise the effect was remarkable, and the digital sampler was born--Analog sample-playback units using tape had been around since the 1950s, such as the Chamberlin keyboard and the Mellotron..........
Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is a name used to describe alleged cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. While there have been about 200 cited case worldwide over a period of around 300 years, most of the alleged cases are characterized by the lack of a thorough investigation, or rely heavily on hearsay and oral testimony. In many of the more recent cases, where photographic evidence is available, it is alleged that there was an external source of heat present (often cigarettes), and nothing occurred "spontaneously."
Spontaneous Combustion Likely Behind Forest Service Building Fire
Spontaneous Combustion Likely Behind Forest Service Building Fire
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
COME OUT AND CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF RAW NATURES ALBUM ‘THE DIRECTION’ AND KON’S “ABOVE THE CLOUDS” IN NYC. IT’S A FRIDAY NIGHT SO NO EXCUSES!!! MUSIC AND DRINKS ALL NIGHT WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES BY
KON (W/THE BAND CALLED FUSE),
ST. JOE LOUIS,
AND MAINTAIN. COME THROUGH AND SHOW LOVE… GOTTA BE 21, SORRY YOUNG ONES…
HOSTED BY NORTH & BARON
MUSIC PROVIDED BY ARI WHY & DJ DYLLEMMA
10PM DOORS & 21 0VER
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Gamelan gong kebyar is a modern style or genre of Balinese gamelan music. Kebyar means "the process of flowering", and refers to the explosive changes in tempo and dynamics characteristic of the style. It is the most popular form of gamelan in Bali, and its best known musical export.
Gong kebyar music is based on a five-tone scale called pelog selisir (tones 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the 7-tone pelog scale), and is characterized by brilliant sounds, syncopations, sudden and gradual changes in sound colour, dynamics, tempo and articulation, and complex, complementary interlocking melodic and rhythmic patterns called kotekan.