Predicting the future

Does humanity share a single subconscious mind that we can all tap into without realising?

Could we have predicted something as catastrophic and world-consuming as the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre?

Could we have been forewarned by our collective unconscious on Boxing Day, December 2004 that a deep sea earthquake would precipitate the Asian tsunami and the tragedy that followed?

A black box deep in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh may have the answer.

Even the doubters are acknowledging it apparently has inexplicable powers.

“It’s Earth-shattering stuff,” says Dr Roger Nelson, emeritus researcher at Princeton University in the United States, who is heading the research project behind the ‘black box’ phenomenon.

“We’re very early on in the process of trying to figure out what’s going on here. At the moment we’re stabbing in the dark.” Dr Nelson’s investigations, called the Global Consciousness Project, were originally hosted by Princeton University and are centred on one of the most extraordinary experiments of all time. MORE.

And on the EGG.

Genius loves numerical company

Daniel Tammet sees numbers in the form of shapes, colours and textures.

“When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That’s the answer. It’s mental imagery. It’s like maths without having to think,” he told the Guardian.

Tammet’s a mathematical genius who can figure out cube roots quicker than a calculator and holds a record for recalling pi to 22,514 decimal places.

What Tammet can’t do is drive a car, wire a plug, or tell right from left. That’s because he’s autistic. More.

War with North Korea imminent?

Brad of TheBradBlog made an interesting discovery on Feb 14, 2005. CNN had used identical pictures to illustrate the presence of nuclear plants in North Korea (left) and Iran (right).

The slip-up was corrected, at first quietly, then with an apology.

Mistakes, errors, slips, as Freud pointed out in The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, are revealing. For Freud, such slip-ups revealed our “true wishes” or “real selves.”

The war drums for North Korea and/or Iran have been beating for sometime here and here. It seems before 2009, Bush will exercise that option.

Bush’s Bulge

Was the prez wired during the debates?

And why did the New York Times kill the story?

Recipe for RAID: Take four shuffles…

…and turn it into a RAID.

The Zoggs Are Coming!

In the Photoshopped world of New Media, everything we hold dear will be reshaped into new forms in the name of amusement. Behold Jason Yungbluth’s Cuddly Menace.

Quote: “In a Beautiful Mind moment of schizophrenic clarity I saw the book for what it was: not a gentle introduction to life’s most profound curiosity, but a primer for the parasitic offspring of an invisible invasion!”

Diamonds Really Are Forever…

The phrase wrapped around your finger has new meaning and with a macabre sting to it too

Diamonds & death are forever with LifeGem

The creation of LifeGem diamonds begins with the collection of the cremated remains. As much as 250gm is needed for the process.

To ensure legitimacy, the remains are immediately placed into a crucible, sealed and etched with a unique 16-digit identifier. The carbon is then heated to extremely high temperatures in the crucible. This allows the carbon from the deceased to be converted into graphite.

This graphite is then placed in a unique diamond press to replicate natural forces of heat and pressure. The longer the press time, the larger the rough diamond crystal that results. The diamond is then cut according to client specification and a laser etching of the same 16-digit identifier is put on the girdle for authentication purposes.

The entire process takes 18 weeks and the resulting colour of the diamond will depend on the elements and impurities in the remains.


What is and Folksonomy?

See how ‘tagging’ would work on the BBC website.

And get going by reading the beginner’s guide.

Matchmaker of brands and celebs

What was Gwen Stefani doing on stage with HP’s Carly Fiorina at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas promoting some camera. No doubt, someone was laughing all the way to the bank.

Who hooked up rapper Jay-Z and Reebok? And helped McDonald’s sign up Justin Timberlake for its “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle? And Hilfiger’s fragrance for Beyonce?

His name is Steve Stoute. (from BrandNoise) And here’s his story.

A cellphone for your dog?

Owner: Hi, Sweetcakes, how was your day today?

Dog: Woof!

Owner: Oh yeah, did you have a good time, Sweetcakes?

Dog: Woof!

Owner: Oh that’s great, honey.

Dog: Woof?

Owner: Yeah, me too. I’m on my way home. Do you want me to drop by DeliDog and pick up some bickies, Sweetcakes?

Dog: Woof! Woof! Woof!

A case of the dog wagging its owner?


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