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Monday, May 20th, 2013
H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness, set in Antarctica:
“It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth’s dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be left alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests.”
Scientific American, Antarctic Neutrino Observatory Detects Unexplained High-Energy Particles:
Hot on the heels of detecting the two highest-energy neutrinos ever observed, scientists working with a mammoth particle detector buried in ice near the South Pole unveiled preliminary data showing that they also registered the signal of 26 additional high-energy neutrinos. The newfound neutrinos are somewhat less energetic than the two record-setters but nonetheless appear to carry more energy than would be expected if created by cosmic rays hitting the atmosphere—a prodigious source of neutrinos raining down on Earth. The particles thus may point to unknown energetic astrophysical processes deeper in the cosmos.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Ray Harryhausen created fantastical creatures. He made his mark on the world and made it a better place.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
For those with ghoulish appetites, this human meat market has your long pork by the pound.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Perhaps someone should send them a copy of At The Mountains of Madness. Washington Post:
After drilling for two decades through more than two miles of antarctic ice, Russian scientists are on the verge of entering a vast, dark lake that hasn’t been touched by light for more than 20 million years.
Scientists are enormously excited about what life-forms might be found there but are equally worried about contaminating the lake with drilling fluids and bacteria, and the potentially explosive “de-gassing” of a body of water that has especially high concentrations of oxygen and nitrogen.
“If it goes well, a breakthrough opens up a whole new chapter in our understanding of our planet and possibly moons in our solar system and planets far beyond,” he said. “If it doesn’t go well, it casts a pall over the whole effort to explore this wet underside of Antarctica.”
If all goes as I suspect and we awaken a slumbering Cthulhu, I just want to take this opportunity now to thank you all. We had a good run. If we survive, I’ll be back with my regular schedule of irregular posting.
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
I have no interest in seeing the centipede movies. New York Times has a story on the film being banned in Britain and what other horror directors think of that, including torture porn maker Eli Roth.
Even so, Mr. Roth said that Mr. Six may have invited the film board’s wrath with a teaser trailer that promised “Human Centipede 2” would be “the sickest movie of all time.” “You want to be a provocateur,” Mr. Roth said. “But it’s best to be a provocateur after you’ve secured your rating.”
If by provocateur, Roth means torture pornographers like himself and Mr. Six who are unable to write and direct intelligent, frightening horror films so they substitute it with torture porn then yes, they are provocateurs.
What irks me is most is how the torture pornographers debase the horror genre.
Mr. Six, who described himself as “a victim of a very happy childhood,” grew up just outside Amsterdam, and after making a handful of harshly reviewed films intended for Dutch audiences, has focused on his “Human Centipede” movies, which are produced by his sister, Ilona. (She declined to comment for this article, but Mr. Six said she’s “just as crazy as I am.”)
For him the “Human Centipede” films are simultaneously a lark and a serious endeavor, an attempt to push people’s buttons and to push past the ax-wielding lunatics and repetitive sequels of conventional horror movies. If his movies are pejoratively labeled “torture porn,” Mr. Six said he didn’t mind. “I see porno films, of course, and I like them,” he said. And horror films, he said, are “all torture and misery.”
“I think my film is a torture porn with European art sauce or something,” Mr. Six said.
Six Simpleton shows his real contempt for the horror genre and tries to rationalize his inability to make a decent film by saying horror films are “all torture and misery.” What a complete disregard and lack of knowledge. A guy making a sequel that is nothing more than an even more grotesque, stupider version of his original thinks conventional horror movies are too repetitive. Claiming what he does is “horror” is an insult to James Whales, John Carpenter and countless others. Hell, it’s an insult to Ed Wood.
Say what you real about regular pornographers, they don’t try to claim the story setting up the sex shots are a serious endeavor and are in the drama or comedy genres.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
An Ohio woman of Arab/Jewish descent writes about her terrifying experience from flying on Sept. 11, 2011.
illy me. I thought flying on 9/11 would be easy. I figured most people would choose not to fly that day so lines would be short, planes would be lightly filled and though security might be ratcheted up, we’d all feel safer knowing we had come a long way since that dreadful Tuesday morning 10 years ago.
But then armed officers stormed my plane, threw me in handcuffs and locked me up.
Well worth a read.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
That’s certainly one credible theory.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
There’s very few Egyptian posts on this site that also didn’t have his name tied to them because of his penchant for publicity. New York Times:
Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s powerful and controversial antiquities chief, resigned on Thursday along with the prime minister, after posting on his Web site for the first time a list of dozens of sites that have been looted since the beginning of the uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
Reached by telephone, Mr. Hawass said he was happy that he had made the “right decision” in resigning and lashed out at colleagues who have criticized him, including one who has accused him of smuggling antiquities.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
National Geographic has an interesting story on the protection of the tombs.
Of course, this is probably a cover story and the truth probably is the army was called in to protect people from the unspeakable horrors that lurk in the tombs.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
This seems like a rather dangerous step to take:
BUCHAREST, Romania – There’s more bad news in the cards for Romania’s beleaguered witches.
A month after Romanian authorities began taxing them for their trade, the country’s soothsayers and fortune tellers are cursing a new bill that threatens fines or even prison if their predictions don’t come true.
Superstition is a serious matter in the land of Dracula, and officials have turned to witches to help the recession-hit country collect more money and crack down on tax evasion.
Witches argue they shouldn’t be blamed for the failure of their tools.
“They can’t condemn witches, they should condemn the cards,” Queen Witch Bratara Buzea told The Associated Press by telephone.
It’s the poor workman that blames the tools. However, I won’t be surprised to see a newt outbreak in Romania soon as the witches strike back.