Monday, May 27, 2013
Indonesian snapper Hengki Koentjoro's underwater photographs show an array of sea-life like as it's never been seen before.
He has pictured sharks, jellyfish, scuba divers and, perhaps most strikingly, a hard coral called the 'sunflower mushroom' which appears to be sporting a sinister grin.
Interestingly, he's chosen to use black-and-white film for the study.
Posted by Jon Downes at 1:08 PM
Graham's occupying the blog-seat today, while Jon's on his travels...
...and the traditional Bank Holiday rain has arrived. So it's going to be an indoors day for me, today.
Blog work's an indoors task, and today's Gonzo items are:
The Gonzo Track of the Day - an oldie from Fairport Convention (with Judy Dyble)
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Album review: solo shape-shifting from Cristiano Roversi...
A somewhat belated look at an interview with Erik Norlander
Daevid Allen - Magick Brothers, Birkenhead, 2013
Renaissance Carries On After Loss Of Lead Guitarist
That's all for now
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:40 PM
In early 1941, Sir David Petrie was appointed Director General of the Security Service. MI5, and was given substantial resources to restructure the organization, whose origins date back to 1909. As a result, MI5 became one of the most efficient agencies of the War. After the defeat of the Nazis in 1945, it was learned that all of the Nazi agents targeted against Britain had been successfully identified, and in some cases recruited as double-agents, by MI5 – something that contributed to the success of the Allied Forces landing in Normandy on D-Day on 6 June 1944.
A number of files pertaining to the wartime activities of MI5 have been declassified and are now available for public inspection at the National Archive, Kew, England. One deals with MI5 investigations of what are intriguingly described as “markings on the ground.” With hindsight, today, those markings may have been nothing less than Crop Circles!
According to the report: “This account is not concerned with the activities of fifth columnists such as sabotage, capturing airfields and key points, and harassing the defending army, but in the methods used in communicating to each other and to the enemy. Reports from Poland, Holland, France and Belgium showed that they used ground markings for the guidance of bombers and paratroops (and of lights by night).”
Yesterday’s News Today
On this day in 1986 Dragon Quest was released in Japan, it is thought of as the first true turn-based JRPG.
And now the news:
The first action based WRPG was Adventure for the 2600 in 1979 and it also contained the first Easter Egg (this link contains spoilers btw):
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:37 PM
In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.
Posted by Jon Downes at 10:41 AM