Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nazca or New Mexico?

Two of these photos are from the Nazca lines in Peru and two are from the new Spaceport America in New Mexico ("The Land of Enchantment"). 

That's all.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

What the Hell is Going on Up There?


  This came out of nowhere:
CAPE CANAVERAL — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to extend International Space Station operations through at least 2020 but abandon NASA's current plans to return U.S. astronauts to the moon, administration and NASA officials said Wednesday.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Royal Society and the Rising Alien Expectation

"Royal Society meet to discuss if extra-terrestrials are here on Earth"
This headline comes not from a UFO magazine or even the Weekly World News. It comes from the Times of London, probably the most prestigious newspaper in the English-speaking world.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Astronaut Theology: Osiris, the Star-Sailor

The ancient historian Plutarch tells us "That when Osiris reigned over the Egyptians he made them reform their destitute and bestial mode of living, showing them the art of cultivation, and giving them laws, and teaching them how to worship the gods." 

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Avatar, Pandora and The Lazarus Effect

Well, the synchronicities keep on coming... and pointing in the same direction. That being that elusive water-world somewhere out there whose fingerprints keep popping up in the Memestream.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

DNA, Mercury Retrograde and the Stargate Walkers

 Mercury Retrograde is almost over. I generally consider myself agnostic on Astrology (at least the stuff you see in the papers) but I always pay attention to this thrice-yearly (four times this year, God help us) phenomenon. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stairway to Sirius: Agent Clooney, Reporting for Duty

Avatar is cleaning up at the box office and engendering controversy among political and religious pressure groups. But it's not James Cameron's first foray into the memes of alien identity and interplanetary struggle. In the long run it may not even be the most revealing.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Remember The (Tony) Alamo! (Cult)


One of my first exposures to conspiracy theory were the leaflets handed out by Tony Alamo's (born Bernie Lazar Hoffman) minions back in the 80s. I had seen similar material here and there drifting into my old church- apocalyptic conspiracy stuff from people like Hal Lindsey that would show up in bundles of tracts from time to time.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Stairway to Sirius: Dream of Californicating


When I wrote about my struggle with conscious and unconscious symbolism the other day, it was based on the season finale of the Showtime series Californication. The series itself is a little farkakte, a little Star Trek-ie, in that the 40-somethings running around present-day LA doing the old 70s hedonism bit doesn't really ring true.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Stairway to Sirius: From Oslo to Oannes

OSLO - Obama's speech at the Nobel ceremony really caught my attention, in that it wasn't a peace speech at all. It was an apology-for-war speech.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Seen From Space: Burj Dubai, the 17 Skyscraper


Well, well, appears Dubai is down but not out. The unveiling (as it were) of the new Burj Dubai tower was heralded by yet another seen-from-space fireworks display (which again, was incomprehensible to anyone looking at it from ground level as the video shows) as well as the same climaxing-obelisk fireworks we saw in Asia on the New Year.

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Secret Sun Best of the Zeros: Music


 And now, for my favorite albums of this godforsaken decade. A diverse sampling, all united in principle by attention paid to the pleasure of sound and music as an end unto itself. Most of it lies squarely in the psychedelic realm, meaning psychedelia as a principle and not a retro style. 


Entrainment Tonight: On to the Next One

When you sift through all of the strange symbolism manifesting itself in the culture you have to ask yourself two questions- what does it mean and who put it there? At this stage in the game, intentional symbolism in movies, videos, games, etc. isn't really very interesting to me, in and of itself.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The (Not So) Obligatory Avatar Post

I went to see Avatar at the same theater I saw The Day the Earth Stood Still. It's at the gateway of the New Jersey Skylands, in a once-enormous mall that has metastisized to an almost parodic size.

The Secret Sun Best of the Zeros: The Books

The 90s were the decade of my great romance with books. There were so many life-changing titles that came out I can't begin to name them all. Certainly a lot of the work of Graham Hancock is up there, but a very large iceberg lies beneath it. I'd venture to say that most of my favorite non-fiction books were published during that decade.