Wednesday, October 24. 2012
Tuesday, October 23. 2012
A very interesting discussion between evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now isn't this a hell of a lot more inspiring than emmersing yourself in the UK media's current obsession with dead paedophile and utterly crap radio disc jockey, Jimmy Savile?
Monday, October 22. 2012
'The ultimate construction, as a basis for fundamental theoretical physics is an imperfectly understood structure called "M-Theory" or "Superstring/M-Theory" (SSMT). In a quest to create a rigorous mathematical background for SSMT, new mathematical structures called "Adinkras" have been proposed as the appropriate objects to study. This study has led to the possibility that there exist a "DNA of Reality" which will be presented in this talk.'
Friday, October 19. 2012
'In ancient Greece, Democritus put forth the idea that solid objects were comprised of atoms of that element or material, either jammed tightly together, as in the case of a solid object, or separated by a void (space). These atoms were thought to be little indivisible billiard-ball-like objects made of some sort of “stuff.” Thinking this through a bit, it was apparent that if atoms were thought to be spherical and they were crammed together in an optimal fashion, then matter was essentially 74% of the space that it takes up, the rest being air, or empty space. So, for example, a solid bar of gold was really only 74% gold “stuff,” at most.
I don't know how these Grindhouse movies slipped under my radar having thoroughly enjoyed Hobo With A Shotgun, but it is some of the funniest shit I've seen in a long time. I particularly enjoyed the additional fake trailers shown in the video streams below...
Thursday, October 18. 2012
I remember The Medusa Touch having quite a profound affect on me the first time I saw it as a child. It's possibly even an earliy influence that was responsible for steering me towards the works of Aleister Crowley in my teens. (The Pirate Bay magnet link).
Monday, October 15. 2012
AMC's wonderful zombie apocalyse series The Walking Dead is back, and it looks like it's going to be the bloodiest season yet. I'm not sure how long the whole episode will remain on YouTube, so watch it while you can or download the torrent.
Sunday, October 14. 2012
I'm currently reading Carrying The Fire by Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot (CMP) Michael Collins.
Friday, October 12. 2012
This is a particularly favourite subject of mine and I've become increasingly more fascinated with the matter since reading Jim Elvidge's excellent book The Universe - Solved! It's wonderful to hear that science may finally be able to prove the concept one way or the other...
Wednesday, October 10. 2012
'In quantum mechanics, quantum suicide is a thought experiment. It was originally published independently by Hans Moravec in 1987 and Bruno Marchal in 1988 and was independently developed further by Max Tegmark in 1998.
Tuesday, October 9. 2012
Today, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner (only someone with a name like Felix is capable of doing something like this) is expected to leap from a balloon that will be positioned 23 miles above the earth's surface and make a harrowing freefall that will see him become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. Not only that, but it'll mark the longest-duration freefall and highest manned balloon flight ever.
Monday, October 8. 2012
Over the last few months I've been experiencing a lot of sleep paralysis which seems at the moment to be occuring almost on a weekly basis. My first experience of this happened a couple of years ago and was utterly terrifying since I came face to face with the archetypal 'Hat Man' that one often hears other sufferers of sleep paralysis talk about.
Friday, October 5. 2012
Media Underground is glad to welcome back James Inman as one of our regular contributors. James used to write for us several years ago as a guest and he's been bugging me ever since to put a good team of contributors together (with him included) to restore Media Underground to its former glory.
Over the last few years Media Underground has slipped into what can only be described as a very unfortunate state of lethargy. The rise of social network sites - where no-one sees the internet as anything other than Facebook or Twitter - has in many ways contributed towards this feeling of pissing into the wind, as the population's attention span for anything other than a few lines of banal text is largely non-existent.
Thursday, October 4. 2012
Can someone please explain to me just what it is about celebrities that everyone seems to find so fascinating? I mean, Jesus H. Christ, who the fuck are these people anyway? Did one of them find a cure for cancer? No. What about the invention of some amazing technological advancement or a scientific discovery perhaps? Er, nope, wrong again. How about risk taking - are they incredible risk takers or adventurers that have some kind of fascinating story to convey? It would appear not. So why the hell are so many people bothering to read about these frivolous underachieving nobodies?
Wednesday, October 3. 2012
Monday, October 1. 2012
When I was a kid, I used to love Saturday nights when John and Lillian would come round to the house for a few drinks with my parents. John used to work in a Cash & Carry and he'd always bring me a pile of treats like crisps and sweets and juice and stuff.
Friday, September 28. 2012
The Mars Curiosity Rover is proving to be a fine investment for NASA. Something new and exciting seems to be discovered by this intrepid robot on a daily basis. Will it be enough to excite a science illiterate public or inspire US Congress to invest more money in space exploration instead of throwing it all away on trying to prop up a doomed economy? One doubts it, but one can hope...
Tuesday, September 25. 2012
Sunday, September 23. 2012
Here at media underground, it is with pleasure that we welcome new contributor Stephen Lewis to the site. Stephen (or the 'Sergeant Matron' as he is often referred to) is some kind of bizarre human hybrid prototype with a keen eye for everything that is fucked up with the planet.
Saturday, September 22. 2012
'An Australian-led research team said on Thursday they had made a technological breakthrough in the race for a quantum supercomputer that could revolutionise data encryption and medicine.
Friday, September 21. 2012
'Were David Cameron to announce tomorrow that some of the wealthiest landowners in the country would receive millions in subsidies from the taxpayer, there would be predictable outrage. Yet, in the form of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), such a programme already exists.
Thursday, September 20. 2012
'A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel - a concept popularized in television's Star Trek - may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.
Friday, September 14. 2012
It sure is good to hear 'Out There Radio' back on the airwaves. 'Out There' is by far the best podcast by any standards. In all seriousness, you need to check this shit out. I never paid much attention to what they did during their disinfo phase, but always hoped that one day 'Out There' would make a resurrection. Well crazy kids, that glorious day has arrived. Tune into these fuckers and have your brain scrambled...
Friday, September 7. 2012
'Dr. Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, a best-selling author and go-to person for media when a cosmic phenomenon needs explaining. He hosted the PBS program NOVA Science NOW for five seasons, and in 2013, will host COSMOS, a 13-part TV documentary currently being produced for FOX network. His latest book due out Feb. 27, is titled Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. He is a former member of the Space Foundation board of directors, is a recipient of the Space Foundation's Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award and currently serves as an honorary director of the Space Foundation. Tyson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Harvard University; a Master of Arts degree in astronomy from the University of Texas; a Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University; and a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University.'
Tuesday, September 4. 2012
'Horizon plunges down the biggest rabbit-hole in history in search of the smallest thing in the Universe.
Monday, September 3. 2012
'It is one of the most baffling questions that scientists can ask: how big is the Universe that we live in?
Sunday, September 2. 2012
'Episode 52 of Out There Radio features an interview with Randall Carlson.
Thursday, August 30. 2012
What if reality isn't really what you think it is?
Sunday, August 26. 2012
'Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died aged 82. The former US astronaut, who will go down on history as the most famous pioneer of space exploration, passed away as the result of heart complications following surgery.