Sunday, December 15. 2013
Omega Tau is a fascinating podcast covering interesting topics in science and engineering.
Saturday, December 14. 2013
'China says it has successfully landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon, in what represents a major achievement for the country's space programme.
Wednesday, December 11. 2013
A good friend of mine died today. He was a right cantankerous old bastard who never played by anyone's rules other than his own and didn't give a shit about what people thought of him. Needless to say we clicked as friends the first time that we met and I will sorely miss him.
Saturday, December 7. 2013
'Lurking amidst the mass chaos of information that exists in our reality is a little gem of a concept called the Quantum Zeno Effect. It is partially named after ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea, who dreamed up a number of paradoxes about the fluidity of motion and change. For example, the “Arrow Paradox” explores the idea that if you break down time into “instants” of zero duration, motion cannot be observed. Thus, since time is composed of a set of instants, motion doesn’t truly exist. We might consider Zeno to have been far ahead of his time as he appeared to be thinking about discrete systems and challenging the continuity of space and time a couple thousand years before Alan Turing resurrected the idea in relation to quantum mechanics: “It is easy to show using standard theory that if a system starts in an eigenstate of some observable, and measurements are made of that observable N times a second, then, even if the state is not a stationary one, the probability that the system will be in the same state after, say, one second, tends to one as N tends to infinity; that is, that continual observations will prevent motion…”. The term “Quantum Zeno Effect” was first used by physicists George Sudarshan and Baidyanath Misra in 1977 to describe just such a system - one that does not change state because it is continuously observed.
Friday, December 6. 2013
This montage of time-lapse photography from the International Space Station is collected from many photos taken during Expeditions 29, 30 and 31. The World Outside My Window All Alone In The Night
The World Outside My Window
All Alone In The Night
Thursday, December 5. 2013
Tuesday, December 3. 2013
Monday, December 2. 2013
'In an extremely personal episode of Out There Radio, Raymond explains the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and how politicians are playing a dangerous game with the health and well-being of the people you love most.' (Out There Radio podcast).
Saturday, November 30. 2013
RT America's Abby Martin hits the nail on the head (see video stream below) concerning the sickness of needless Black Friday consumerism - a sickness that also appears to have spread to the UK, which is unusual given that we don't even celebrate Thanksgiving in this country.
Friday, November 29. 2013
First of all, my sincere apologies for the long hiatus here at media underground. All my free time recently has been spent putting the finishing touches to my new book, Bothy Culture, which is now complete and will be released soon.
Continue reading "We're Back... And There's A New Book In The Pipeline"
Thursday, November 28. 2013
John Harris of The Guardian seems to understand the benefits of Scottish Independence - notably that a vote next year in favour of Scotland leaving the Union is the only opportunity that this country is likely to have of escaping the tyranny of the Tories, forever...
Wednesday, September 18. 2013
Tuesday, August 27. 2013
Monday, July 29. 2013
'David Frost travels to Los Angeles to meet the astronaut who became the second person to walk on the moon. With the death of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin is the only man alive who can tell us at first-hand about that first moon landing. His story and his reflections, as a man who has helped to change the world we live in, are fascinating and unique.'
Wednesday, July 24. 2013
I just registered a complaint to the BBC about their biased coverage of the royal baby...
Our friends over at Republic.org.uk want your examples of the most cringeworthy, tasteless and sycophantic royal baby-related programming across the BBC...
Monday, July 22. 2013
Sunday, July 14. 2013
'Arthur Machen's stories of the supernatural twitched the veil between our own world and an underworld populated by gods, demons and malevolent 'little people'. His themes were visions, dreams and madness and his novel The Hill Of Dreams was described on publication as "the most decadent book in the English language".
Monday, July 8. 2013
'WikiLeaks just threw some gasoline onto the conspiracy fire. On Wednesday night, they Tweeted: “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”
Sunday, July 7. 2013
Raymond and Austin explore the mysteries of Corel Castle... Episode 58: The Wizard Of Corel Castle - Part 2
Episode 58: The Wizard Of Corel Castle - Part 2
Friday, June 21. 2013
'Gangstagrass are musical pioneers: fusing traditional stylings of bluegrass with the rebellious expression of hip-hop. While these two genres may seem an unlikely mix, the resulting sound is irrefutably addictive. Heavy backbeats intertwined with ornate banjo rolls provide a powerful chug, setting the stage for skilful rap and twangy melodic hooks.
Thursday, June 20. 2013
'Alex Jones is the most famous conspiracy theorist in the world, but his fame has come with a price. His increasingly bizarre behavior has led many to question both his sanity and his sincerity. Is he a digital cult leader, or a stooge for the NWO, or just a man destabilized by fame? This episode examines how single figures come to represent entire movements, and the potential drawbacks of being a conspiracy celebrity.' (Out There Radio podcast).
Friday, June 14. 2013
After a rather long hiatus, the wonderful Out There Radio is back with two new episodes that are also now available as vodcasts... Episode 55: Phantom Time Hypothesis
Episode 55: Phantom Time Hypothesis
Thursday, June 13. 2013
I say "may have been wrong" as the jury is still out on this for me, but ever since Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield started using Twitter to promote the activities onboard the International Space Station, I now realise that certain social media services don't just have to be about idiots informing their friends about when they are watching TV, eating a kebab, or taking a dump. If the time invested in it outweights the intellectual return, then the account will be shut down without notice. I am hoping to be proven wrong on this however, and will happily admit so if I am.
If the time invested in it outweights the intellectual return, then the account will be shut down without notice. I am hoping to be proven wrong on this however, and will happily admit so if I am.
Monday, June 3. 2013
'It has launched illegal and unjust wars with catastrophic human consequences; it has helped overthrow democratically elected governments; it arms and backs some of the most brutal dictatorships on the face of the earth; and it has a track record of supporting terrorist organisations. Even many of its ardent supporters admit that the US foreign policy elite has a somewhat chequered history.
Tuesday, May 28. 2013
This article was published on media underground and disinformation back in June 2003.
Continue reading "From The Archives: Beer & No Clothing In Panamint Springs"
Wednesday, May 15. 2013
Commander Chris Hadfield performs a rather good reworking of David Bowie's classic 'Space Oddity' on his last day in charge of the International Space Station. Hadfield has become something of a celebrity by regularly sending tweets about his unique and inspiring experiences aboard the ISS...
Sunday, May 12. 2013
Thursday, May 9. 2013
As if there was ever any doubt about this man's advanced intelligence, superbrain Stephen Hawking flips the bird to Israeli president Shimon Peres over Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Way to go Stephen!