søndag, juli 30, 2006
fredag, juli 28, 2006
- Choose a legal location for your crop circle. Obtain permission from the land owner before you start planning. Ideal choices are sloped fields that rise from public vantage points (a road for instance), or even an amphitheatre-like valley.
Plot your straight-line or circular design. Mark on the map the directions you will be flattening, to avoid visible signs of passage (inexperienced circle makers can spoil a design by leaving stripes like a lawnmower would).
Initial access is normally through existing farm tracks and trails, so note the position of them before you start.
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Practising shape-making in the field will only result in people seeing your mistakes.
Start simple: consider making your first crop circle from an arrangement of spheres in a geometric formation. More advanced curved lines can be created by overlapping partial circlular arcs.
- Equip each member with the equipment listed under Thing's You'll Need.
- Once in the field, use measurements to place markers exactly. Your friends can help you place markers, make line-of-sight calculations, and lay the rope to mark areas for flattening.
- There are two methods commonly used to flatten:
- Plank Flattening - use a roped plank (see Thing's You'll Need) to flatten by holding the rope or looping it over your shoulders. Press forwards and down by keeping one foot on the plank. Advance using a shuffling gait.
- Using a roller - some circlemakers prefer using a light roller (available from garden centres) to speed up flattening.
- Keep on flattening until you have completed your design and have a really nice, well-made complex formation.
- Wait for the media to spot the new formation. This may take several days, or you can speed the process by making an anonymous call. A good design will provide local newspapers with many column-inches of speculation.
- For best results you should probably spend more time planning the crop circle than actually making it. By carefully planning the design, working out what equipment is needed, and discarding ideas that will be difficult or impossible to achieve, you can reduce the scope for embarrassing errors.
- Flatten during a dry period, to avoid churning up mud.
- Try to use the cover of night. Remember that ideally you should be finished by dawn, when you can take a picture of the pristine design before swarms of "croppies" come and trample all over it.
- To leave an 'authentic' crop circle of cosmic orgins:
- Bend some stalks around by exposing them to a blue light source for a few hours. Applying small amounts of natural gum or plaster will lock their new shape. Sadly this approach may not satisfy a detailed or scientific inspection.
- Create swirled nests in the flattened areas by your clever weaving of stalks.
- Also, melt some iron filings into droplets on site and sprinkle them around the flattened area to leave 'meteorite particles' and magnetised stalks.
- Crop circle art is like graffiti for 'cerealogists', often undertaken without permission. Be careful, as unsurprisingly most farmers do NOT want damage to their property. Crop circles damage a portion of the crop, and although farmers can charge spectators to see the finished result, it's better to operate within the law.
- The amount of crop flattened need not be excessive to make a strong impression of shape and form. In fact, you should not plan to flatten a larger area destructively, and it had better be beautiful or you can expect criticism and opposition.
Things You'll Need
- A light plank (4-6 feet in length) with a rope (10-12 feet) knotted through holes in each end. Alternatively, you may prefer to buy a light garden roller from a garden centre.
- A big ball of rope or nylon string (pre-stretched)
- Marking pole
- Protractor for measuring angles
- Measuring tape (100 ft)
- Night-vision goggles (optional)
- Laser-pointer to assist placing markers (optional)
|Da det plutselig begynte å renne vann fra en statue av Pave Paul Johannes II strømmet pilegrimene til for å se mirakelet. |
Fredag måtte imidlertid ordføreren i byen gå ut og avkrefte at den plutselige fontenen var et mirakel. De lokalemyndighetene hadde bare bestemt å pynte litt på statuen.
- Vi har lagt inn vannet i statuen. Vi mente ikke noe med, men mente det ville få statuen til å se penere ut, sa ordfører Eva Filipiak til avisen Dziennik.
Ikke bare svarer han på rare spørsmål men han gjør det også med ironi og sarkasme. Avisenes versjon av mythbusters. Fra Wikipedia:
Cecil Adams is a pseudonym identifying the unknown authors of The Straight Dope, a popular question and answer column published in The Chicago Reader since 1973, which has since been syndicated in thirty newspapers in the United States and Canada, and available online. Billed as the “World’s Smartest Human Being,” Adams responds to often unusual inquiries with abrasive humor (often directed against the questioner), and at times exhaustive research into obscure and arcane issues.
Beste plassen å begynne synes jeg er her, der finner du spørsmål som dette:
Can hair turn white overnight from fright?
Who invented the smiley face?
Was Isaac Newton a virgin?
torsdag, juli 27, 2006
(Sizes shown are approximate estimates, and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number. This list is sociological/statistical in perspective.)
1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
2. Islam: 1.3 billion
3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
4. Hinduism: 900 million
5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
6. Buddhism: 376 million
7. primal-indigenous: 300 million
8. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
9. Sikhism: 23 million
10. Juche: 19 million
11. Spiritism: 15 million
12. Judaism: 14 million
13. Baha'i: 7 million
14. Jainism: 4.2 million
15. Shinto: 4 million
16. Cao Dai: 4 million
17. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
18. Tenrikyo: 2 million
19. Neo-Paganism: 1 million
20. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
21. Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
22. Scientology: 500 thousand
tirsdag, juli 25, 2006
It seems that tolerant Christians who dismissed "The Da Vinci Code" as just a fictional book forgot that most people think the same thing about the Holy Bible.
Worse, the War of the Books is not looking good for Jesus and his followers.
An outrageous new study of British readers proves that 60% of people who read Dan Brown's silly thriller believe the biblical character Jesus had unprotected sexual intercourse with the character Mary Magdalene and that she repeatedly got pregnant by the self-proclaimed "son of god" and had his babies.
Amusingly, 30% of people who hadn't read the book believed the same thing.
Results of the survey, funded by a U.K. Catholic group, were released today in London.
While the Bible says nothing one way or the other about who Jesus had sexual intercourse with, or how many children he did or didn't have, for some reason it is an important "tradition" to Catholics and Christians that Jesus not only refused to have sexual intercourse with either men or women, but that he even refused the socially-acceptable charade of having a "beard" spouse.
Apparently, the faith of Catholics and Christians everywhere is in great trouble if it turns out that the character Jesus made use of his reproductive organ.
Hilariously, 17% of those who read "The Da Vinci Code" believe the nutty Catholic cult group Opus Dei has been caught murdering people. (Only 4% of those who didn't read the book maintain that Opus Dei members are crazed killers.)
Catholic leaders in Britain have gone totally hysterical over the new survey, with various officials demanding that "health warnings" be affixed to copies of the book or, presumably, tickets for the upcoming film adaptation of the novel.
mandag, juli 24, 2006
Japan is proud home of Christ's tomb
From Leo Lewis in Shingo Village
IN A paddy-lined valley in the far north of Japan is a municipal signpost inscribed: “Tomb of Christ: next left.”
Follow the winding path up into the forest and there, sure enough, is a simple mound with a large wooden cross labelled as the grave of Jesus. Nearby is a tomb commemorating Isukiri, Christ’s brother, adorned with a plastic poinsettia Christmas wreath.
For two millennia the farming village of Shingo claims to have protected a tradition that Jesus spent most of his life in Japan. The village is the home of Sajiro Sawaguchi, a man in his eighties who claims to be a direct descendant of Jesus and whose family has always owned the land in which it is said that Christ is buried.
Blond Jesus saves!
A little boy in the Philippines has come back from the dead after 17 hours, thanks to a blond and bearded Jesus who saved him.
In early June, ten-year-old Dante "Jun-Jun" Cardel Jr. started inexplicably vomiting blood. By late June, doctors had diagnosed a fatal and inoperable brain tumor.
His parents were devastated.
On June 21, Jun-Jun succumbed following his brief but valiant battle with cancer. Doctors removed his life-support system and pronounced him dead. His weeping parents brought the body home, cradling him on their laps as they made the long journey from the Philippine General Hospital in Manila to their home in Puro.
There they were greeted by a crowd of neighbors who had set up tents, tables, and chairs for Jun-Jun's wake. To their collective surprise, Jun-Jun sat bolt upright around 8 a.m. and asked for food.
He later told The Manila Times about his brief visit to the afterlife.
"I was in my father's arms when I saw Jesus Christ with a beard and long blond hair. He told me to wake up. There were two birds beside him, one black and the other white, flying around jackfruit trees. Jesus looked at me and touched my eyes. When I woke up I looked up at the sky, but I didn't see him again," he said.
According to another source, the boy saw a church with beautiful singing angels and the aforementioned golden-haired Jesus.
If nothing else, this amazing miracle at least clears up the age-old question about the color and length of the hair of the Christian savior.
UFO buzzed Apollo 11!
Astronaut hero Buzz Aldrin says a mysterious flying object shadowed the first manned mission to the Moon in 1969, according to a shocking new documentary.
"There was something out there, close enough to be observed," says Aldrin in "Apollo 11: The Untold Story," which will be broadcast tonight by Britain's Channel Five.
"Now, obviously the three of us weren't going to blurt out, 'Hey, Houston, we've got something moving alongside of us and we don't know what it is,' you know? We weren't about to do that, because we knew that that those transmissions would be heard by all sorts of people and somebody might have demanded we turn back because of aliens or whatever the reason is."
lørdag, juli 22, 2006
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søndag, juli 16, 2006
lørdag, juli 15, 2006
|Who Wrote the Bible? Is the Bible the Word of God? Why is the Bible full of Contradictions?|
This documentary explores questions at the heart of the great Christian faith in a fair open-minded fashion. It is NOT meant to be inflamatory but informative. The truth one will see is the Bible is NOT what it is thought to be. So what is the Bible? Find out!
Now since we can see Christianity is not what we thought it was, we can try and learn about Islam, a religion that many equate with terrorism. Search and learn about Islam as it is thought even by the most educated people on Earth to be the ultimate way to truth and happiness, in the truest sense of the word.
Check out: www.islam-guide.com
torsdag, juli 13, 2006
søndag, juli 09, 2006
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Black Dragon, 1986
Alle album jeg skiver om på Metal Søndag er album som alle metalheads burde være kjent med, men Epicus Doomicus Metallicus burde settes høyt på prioriteringslisten til alle metal tilhengere, spesielt hvis man er en tilhenger av doom sjangeren.
Dette er doom klassikeren alle doom fantaster tilber når de ikke er opptatt med å planlegge hvordan de skal begå selvmord. For dette er depressiv musikk av høy klasse. Episk og i sin tid noe av det tyngste som fantes. Hele albumet gir en stemning av smerte, nederlag og ensomhet.
Det er ikke noe negativt å si om dette albumet til tross av at det oser av negativ energi. Sakte og seige tunge riff som gir følelsen av undergang og død. Vi snakker om riff av den gamle skolen som Black Sabbath grunnla. Trommingen støtter opp riffene som er skikkelig kule siege monsterriff (måtte bare nevne riffene igjen)! Vokalen er av Johan Lanquist, og selv om den ikke er like kul som Messiah Marcolin sin gjør den jobben.
Dette albumet kom ut i en tid som var dominert av speed metal og thrash og var dermed ganske annerledes og spesiell. Candlemass la et veldig viktig grunnlag for doom sjangeren og la grunnlag for mange av albumene du kan lese om på fremtidige søndager.
Nå tar jeg sommerferie i 3 uker, så det blir ikke noe mer Metal Søndag før jeg kommer tilbake. I mellomtiden kan dere høre mer på de albumene jeg allerede har skrevet om siden de alle er gode album som kan nytes om og om igjen.
Og dere kan se på metal musikkvideoene fra de gamle postene på nytt igjen. Kanskje dere gjenoppdager dem eller innser at musikken i dem er høres bedre ut nå enn sist gang (dere kan bli overasket hvordan en del musikk blir betydelig bedre etter flere gjennomlytninger). Hvis dere har lyst til å vite mer om bandene i musikkvideoene kan dere søke dem opp på Metal-Archives.com.
Nå over til denne utgavens metal musikkvideoer.
Opeth - Grand Conjuration
TNT - Seven Seas
Voivod - Astronomy Domine
(Pink Floyd cover)
Enslaved - Path to Vanir
Spinal Tap - Hell Hole
Impaled Nazarene - Karmakeddo Warriors
Sunn O))) - Liveopptak fra 2003
Etiketter: metal søndag
lørdag, juli 08, 2006
Can a subliminal message induce someone to commit suicide? This was the central question at the Judas Priest trial.
Et bra radioprogram som gir bedre forståelse om et av menneskehetens største problemer.
Hvor mye og lenge må du spille lotto før du vinner?
"An educated fool is more foolish than an ignorant one."
- Molière (1622-73)
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When is the Bible NOT like a Buffet? It’s a buffet of the mind. And thanks to Wisdom Tree, I can finally play a board game that’s exactly like the Bible. Do you remember when Noah planted a barrel and killed those pizza slices? I do. But enough about my dreams, let’s move on to this game. It wouldn’t do to explore the mysteries and adventures of the Bible without actually getting all of you involved, so I made these handy dandy question sheets for you to print out and enjoy as you go through this game. Play along!
I enjoy science fiction. That unpopular stance is likely to anger our readers and spark heated debate for months to come, but there you have it. I especially love the technology seen in sci-fi movies, those fantastic and often outlandish inventions that solve humanity's problems in creative ways. They tend to make you feel hopeful about the future, and you should. After all, life keeps getting better and better every year in the real world.
A thousand years ago if you were lucky enough to live past the age of thirty you'd have been bored and generally miserable. Nowadays, you can't even turn on the computer or television that serve as your closest friends without seeing offers for pills that promise to block out your feelings of loneliness and make you think you're happy. Take that, cavemen! I can't even imagine how awesome things will be in another thousand years, but I bet the remote controls will have at least two more buttons. I'd suggest one called "Mute?" for people who think they want to mute the television but aren't really sure.
fredag, juli 07, 2006
"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."
- Mark Twain
Hvis kreasjonister tror bokstavlig på skapelse bertningen burde de også tro på resten av bibelen.
Johannes’ åpenbaring 6:13 og stjernene på himmelen falt ned på jorden som når umodne frukter drysser av et fikentre i storm.
Johannes’ åpenbaring 12:4 Halen rev ned en tredjedel av stjernene på himmelen og kastet dem ned på jorden. Dragen stilte seg foran kvinnen som skulle føde, for å sluke barnet så snart det var født.
Much of the evidence relating to paranormal phenomena consists of eyewitness testimony. However, a large body of experimental research has shown that such testimony can be extremely unreliable.
Når aksjemarkedet blir omtalt som "nervøst", kommer økonomisk teori til kort. Da går sosialantropologien på børs. For på børsen finner man folk som driver med både magi og ritualer, mener Øystein Eikrem.
Forholdet mellom verdens muslimer og ikke-muslimer er anspent, viser en undersøkelse utført av Pew Research Center. Fordommer mot muslimer speiler seg i muslimenes egne fordommer. Og britiske muslimer benekter at det var arabere som sto bak terrorangrepet 11. september…
The following interview takes place in a deluxe suite at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our interviewer was prepared for nearly anything, but not for this calm, casual man in a Nike track suit who sat chain-smoking American Spirits by the panorama window, eating seedless grapes and playing idly with a Nintendo DS.
In the autumn of his mortal journey
Stood Kenneth Lay upon the balcony
and o'er Aspen looked he to pines
speckling beauteous peaks touched azure skies.
Judgment from white splendor sent
And dark times at the threshold brought
For Kenneth Lay was guilty found by peers
The questions left were spelled out years.
Kenneth Lay took in the air once more
Brace his thoughts and steel his will
To gaze upon the capsule in his grasp
No sting but deadly as the asp.
The gin was neat the tonic dry
The in-deck spa was hot as womb
The plasma screen blurted Jeopardy
And the pill was gone.
Oh, heart, frail and feeble!
Grasped in icy hand and crushed
This dreadful fist envelopes him
And Kenneth Lay is gone.
torsdag, juli 06, 2006
Welcome to Eth, a modestly proportioned planet on the far side of our galaxy. Here, beneath the great marble spires of Eth’s finest university, the debate of the age is taking place. Arrayed on either side of the university’s Great Chamber are Eth’s finest scholars and thinkers. They are here to decide the most controversial and emotional issue dividing the inhabitants of Eth: Does God exist?
To the right of the Great Chamber are arrayed the believers. To the left sit the skeptics. The public galleries are nearly bursting with those waiting to observe the proceedings. At the end of the debate, the audience will vote.
onsdag, juli 05, 2006
Zimbabwe has lifted a ban on the practice of witchcraft, repealing legislation dating back to colonial rule.
Jeg er veldig positiv i den forstand at det blir mer frihet til å velge religion der nede, men jeg er litt negativ også siden overtro som dette er alt annet er bra for å bearbeide spredningen av AIDS.
Da Vinci-koden framstiller Sion-ordenen som en 900 år gammel historisk realitet. I virkeligheten ble den stiftet i nyere tid av den notoriske Pierre Plantard (bildet). Teoriene og spekulasjonene om Sion-ordenen har Dan Brown hentet i boka "Hellig blod, hellig gral". I denne artikkelen får du en grundig gjennomgang av ordenens og Plantards historie.
En helt ny rekke, Telonemia, er oppdaget av forskere ved Universitetet i Oslo. I samarbeid med forskere fra Spania, Frankrike og Danmark har de nå avdekket en ny type encellede organismer.
tirsdag, juli 04, 2006
Hjernetrim er bra for oss vitenskap nerder og naturalister, og dette er et bra hjernetrimspill som ikke er for krevende. Perfekt for når du hører på radio og ikke ønsker å bli distrahert siden du kan skru ned lyden (ikke helt ned dessverre).
Perfekt når du hører på det Infidel Guy Show og SETI Radio.
For oss egghoder med ledig hjernekapasitet er ikke sommeren den samme uten en skikkelig kuppel-knuser av en sommerquiz.
mandag, juli 03, 2006
As a science teacher in an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, I often encounter students who want to study topics that many of my colleagues would find nonacademic, and certainly unscientific, such as astrology, Reiki, channeling, Tarot, homeopathy, and ESP. What can an instructor, working within the western scientific tradition, do with such requests? One approach is to clearly explain to the student that these topics "aren't science," and they are not going to learn anything from researching them. I think that this gets a student nowhere, and it is just such an attitude that makes many afraid to pursue unconventional interests. This position also reinforces the students' mistrust of science, professors, and academia, an attitude that they will find no shortage of in the books written on the unconventional subjects of their choice.
Mange har forsøkt å svare på hva rettferdighet er og bør være. Kjersti Fjørtoft har tatt for seg teorien til den amerikanske filosofen John Rawls, og mener den må mykes opp.
There are many reasons for the popularity of paranormal beliefs in the United States today, including:
1. the irresponsibility of the mass media, who exploit the public taste for nonsense,
2. the irrationality of the American world-view, which supports such unsupportable claims as life after death and the efficacy of the polygraph, and
3. the ineffectiveness of public education, which generally fails to teach students the essential skills of critical thinking.
As a college professor, I am especially concerned with this third problem. Most of the freshman and sophomore students in my classes simply do not know how to draw reasonable conclusions from the evidence. At most, they've been taught in high school what to think; few of them know how to think.
søndag, juli 02, 2006
You've really got to hand one to C-SPAN. Watching our elected representatives at work will occasionally earn the bored viewer a surprise or two. Those emotional and long-winded tirades sometimes offer insight into a subject you wouldn't otherwise consider. For example, when nearly any topic that involves a social problem or crime rates is brought to the floor, somebody must give a speech about the "way things were" - that Golden Age where the paper's headline was never bad news, where our kids were free to walk the streets without fear, and where nobody locked their doors at night.
I recently had the opportunity to travel through Europe in search of the reality behind some famous ancient legends. I was part of a team of investigators for a TV show called "Legend Detectives," which subsequently aired in December 2005 by Discovery Channel Europe.
I was particularly interested in the legend that was scheduled for May: Count Dracula, the world's most famous vampire. Such is the enduring power of Bram Stoker's classic horror story, first published in 1897 and never out of print, that modern-day Transylvania in Northern Romania has become a tourist Mecca.
Nordmenn gikk til gudstjeneste 6,7 millioner ganger i 2005. Nesten alle besøkene var på søndager eller helligdager. Julaften sto for nærmere ni prosent av det totale antallet besøk.
Kyuss - Blues for the Red Sun
Dali Records, 1992
Stoner er på mange måter mer en form for alternativ hard rock enn en undersjanger av heavy metal, men det er ingen tvil om at de fleste stoner band henter sin inspirasjon fra Black Sabbath og er tunge nok til å kalles for metal. Kyuss er en av de viktigste pionerene innenfor stoner sjangeren og dermed en god introduksjon.
Dette er tung og groovy metal som er perfekt for late sommerdager der man ikke gidder å gjøre noe som helst. Dette nemmelig metal du kan slappe av til. Kanskje røyke en feit tjall når du først er i gang.
Når det kommer til tung hasjrock er Kyuss det rette valget. Jeg vil påstå en metal samling er naken uten.
Dette albumet har det som trengs for at et stoner metal album skal være bra. Groove og tyngde. Feit bass, bra gitarspill, god rytme og klar vokal. Og dette er et veldig variert album med både raske og seige partier, så man har ingen grunn til å klage.
Dette albumet er som skapt til de stunder i livet du ikke vet hva du har lyst til å høre på eller rett og slett ikke vet hva du skal gjøre. Blues for the Red Sun er noe som gjør kjedsomhet til noe positivt.
Du trenger ikke å være noen hasjrøykende narkoman freak for å høre på dette å like dette. Du trenger ikke en gang å være noen stor metalhead for å digge dette. Stoner stemningen kommer helt naturlig i det man trykker på play.
Så legg deg ned, slapp av og nyt musikken.
Og så noen metal musikkvideoer som vanlig.
Celtic Frost - Circle of the Tyrants
Krisiun - Thorns Of Heaven
Rhapsody - Unholy Warcry
The Accüsed - National Embalming School
Metallica - Battery
Etiketter: metal søndag