November 29th, 2010

Elle reading

I admit it, I read the fringe science section!

Okay, you know the section of book stores like Border's where they put all the conspiracy theory books, the aliens/ufo books, and all the other fringe science and pseudoscience books? Well, I admit I've been drawn to that area since I was a child. Weird tales of inexplicable things, like modern rubber shoes being found fossilized with dinosaur bones, have fascinated me for as long as I can remember.

Now, I read everything from that section with a huge bag of salt. I like to keep an open mind, but I don't want it so open that my brain falls out. But in amongst the obviously crazy stuff like the flat-earthers, moon landing deniers, and alien-invasion paranoia books are some books that may, in time, be moved to the conventional science area. And it is possible. Plate tectonics was once relegated to fringe science.

It's been ages since I read it, but I think "Uriel's Machine" by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas is one of these. It makes a VERY convincing case for the most recent ice age having been prematurely ended by a comet strike that severely disrupted human life and led to lots of tales like the tale of the global flood (found among Amerindians, too, before Christians ever came over), which also gives an explanation for the mini-ice age Europe went through in the middle ages (arguing that, the comet strike having prematurely warmed things, the earth had been cooling ever since before warming again). It also shows ancient peoples as much more advanced than usual archaeologists give them credit for (and plausibly so, with much evidence given). It was a fascinating read, and I highly recommend it.

Then again, there are other books in that category that are obviously never going to be proven right, but make entertaining reads anyway. I really need to track down the actual books by this one guy, because I was reading one of his articles about the Giza Death Star, and it was engrossing and awesome stuff. Basically, he posits that the pyramid at Giza is - or was - a planet-killing weapon used by the Atlanteans/Lemurians in their war with the Martians. Apparently the Martians had been using genetically engineered mutant soldiers, chimeras, in this war. Things escalated into an arms race of epic proportions, the Martians having their own planet-killer in the Face of Mars. Though it seems, now, safe to say that the Atlanteans/Lemurians won that particular war.

Anyway, when I read that, I remember thinking (because it was written like non-fiction), "A fictionalized account of this would make the most awesome trilogy or better in the entire damned world, and I would read the SHIT out of that!" I also knew that I could never write it, it was too big, and too far out of my writing style, for me to do justice to.
Oh, and I think there was made mention that all our modern domesticated animals were genetically engineered as well.

That reminds me, I should read something from that aisle again.

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Steph phone

Phone troubles last night

Technically, this morning.

This morning around 11, I kept getting woken up every few minutes by someone calling my cell phone. I'd answer, and all that was on the other end was silence or maybe a few beeps now and then. I thought it was a telemarketing place's autodialer, and finally got pissed enough where I was trying to report them to the police. The lady on the other end at the police asked if I'd blocked the number. I replied, honestly, "This is a Tracfone, I don't know if there's even a way to do that." But looked for one anyway. "Add to reject list" is what I found, so I did. Haven't been bothered since.

Also, I called the number trying to call me, to tell them to stop (at police-lady's suggestion), and got modem noise. I think it must have been a modem or a fax machine dialing the wrong number.

Stange: I have no idea why, but when I looked at the reject list, it was listing this number under "Brooke Erickson." No way to edit the name, either. But it wasn't Brooke's number; hell, it's not even a Portland number! So why it's doing that, I have no idea. I just hope that's the only number it's blocking.

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Harry Potter 7. Also, cats.

Saw Harry Potter 7 today. Awesome movie. It followed the book very closely, which is good. My only complaint was they had Dobby in that stupid pillowcase. Sure, he had shoes, but man... he's a free elf, and the pillowcase was his mark of enslavement. He should have been wearing gaudy bright sweaters and a pile of hats, and several ties. Or at least some actual clothes.

Also, I hope - when it comes out on DVD - that they make an unrated version as well, so we can see the scene where the horcrux is showing Ron an image of Harry and Hermione kissing naked in... more detail. :-D

Also, lillakat of Portland is fostering a couple of cats. One has tawny body and black patches, is a year and a half old, and shy. Other, an outgoing cat, is 10 months old, greyish with cream patches. They've both had their shots, been deprived of their reproductive capabilities, and so on. She asked me to help find someone who would give them a good home, so if any of my Portland friends want a cat or two, or know someone who does, let me or her know.

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