Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


On this day in 1921 Dick Van Dyke, star of Diagnosis Murder, was born (all right, it’s a very slow day for Fortean or at least mildly interesting things that happened on this day, but hey, there was a ghost in one episode of Diagnosis Murder, so it sort of counts, maybe, perhaps).
Ah, but the Fortean zoology news is a bit more interesting:

Minnesota man says motion-activated camera may have snapped Bigfoot
Out takes: Zoology professor gets great shot of Indri lemur in Madagascar
Animal's death puts Calgary zoo under microscope
Santa Penguins Wish Visitors A Flappy Xmas

Q: Why don’t penguins wear socks?
A: Because their webbed feet are too big.

1 comment:

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Why, oh why don't people build motion-activated cameras which actually sample a video stream from a camera and incorporate a nifty feature called "pre-capture" on them?

There is a simple Linux program called Motion, which does just this; feed it a video stream from /dev/video0 (or wherever the video happens to be) and it'll monitor the stream for movement, record all movement seen according to pre-determined criteria, and even record what was happening just before and for a while after the trigger event. It'll even give you preview snaps and a timelapse video if you fancy.