Interesting claim by Dutch scientists that the Mayan calendar doomsday prediction of 2012 is off by 208 years. Unfortunately, the best version available so far is this Google translation. There’s also some discussion over at Slashdot.
My prediction: this is some sort of viral promotion for a sequel to the 2012 movie coming out in a couple of weeks. The trailer for that one reminded me of the star studded disaster films of the 1970′s by way of and Jerry Bruckheimer’s ConAir, so I was very disappointed to see there is no Bruckheimer involvement. 2012 is directed by Roland Emmerich, who produced The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. Think I’ll wait for this one on cable (if it even makes it there before the world ends).
Thanks to John Rozum for reminding us there are only 100 Days Until Halloween.
Don’t know about Neil Armstrong, but I bet Buzz Aldrin would have been ok with this.
Rumor has it that all three Apollo 11 astronauts will make some sort of appearance with President Obama on Monday. Be interesting to see if Armstrong does any sort of speech, or leaves it to the others. Seems very quaint from our perspective 40 years on: a modern media plan would demand that Armstrong overexpose himself in perpetuity, or would have chosen a more media friendly astronaut (like Aldrin) to take the first steps on the moon instead.
Image via Comically Vintage
UC Berkeley researchers say red giant star Betelgeuse mysteriously shrinking
The red supergiant star Betelgeuse, the bright reddish star in the constellation Orion, has steadily shrunk over the past 15 years, according to University of California, Berkeley, researchers.
Long-term monitoring by UC Berkeley’s Infrared Spatial Interferometer (ISI) on the top of Mt. Wilson in Southern California shows that Betelgeuse (bet’ el juz), which is so big that in our solar system it would reach to the orbit of Jupiter, has shrunk in diameter by more than 15 percent since 1993.
Nobody’s 100% sure if this is a normal size variation, or the beginning of the end for Betelgeuse. Red supergiants are older stars, living out their retirement and telling comets to “stay the hell off my orbit!” Shrinkage could just be the next step on the way to the supernova grave. So raise a glass of Metamucil to Betelgeuse, in case this is the beginning of the end.
Goldwater: you know he's right!
May 29 is the anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s death. Let’s remember him with a story told by Clark C. McClelland
about Goldwater’s attempts to find the truth about UFOs.
That seemed to prove to me that UFOs were a fact, and do exist. But, are they all aliens? I highly suspect a majority are! Hell, they are no doubt far ahead of our level of intelligence. TheUnited States Air Foce knows the truth, but will they ever reveal it to this nation?
“The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time–it is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine…” – Richard Nixon
Found at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, home of an extensive Bohemian Grove gallery.
Amazingly enough, the Alien Jesus Collective is not the only source of Alien Jesus art on the Internet. Found a collection of Alien Jesus art by all sorts of artists (including one by yours truly). Unfortunately, there’s no attribution, which makes it kind of hard to track down more work by the same artists. Here’s one of my favorites from the collection:
If anyone can identify the artist, please post a comment.
Here’s a picture from the surface of Mars, taken by NASA’s Spirit rover in 2006. The photo shows a rock resembling a head. The Daily Telegraph has a non-story of sorts, not much useful info available yet. I’m a little surprised Richard Hoagland’s site doesn’t have any thing up yet. So what’s the deal? An ancient statue of the Space Buddha blown up by the Martian Taliban? Optical illusion? Doctored photo? Leave your guess in the comments.