Archive for 2008

The Pyramids Never Cease to Amaze

My first thought after reading this article was that perhaps, just maybe, the pyramids were created to store vast quanities of WATER for emergencies or for some otherwordly purpose? Read this and let us know what you think. We would love to hear your own theories.

The Concave Faces of the Great Pyramid

Aerial photo by Groves, 1940 (detail).

In his book The Egyptian Pyramids: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Reference, J.P. Lepre wrote:

One very unusual feature of the Great Pyramid is a concavity of the core that makes the monument an eight-sided figure, rather than four-sided like every other Egyptian pyramid. That is to say, that its four sides are hollowed in or indented along their central lines, from base to peak. This concavity divides each of the apparent four sides in half, creating a very special and unusual eight-sided pyramid; and it is executed to such an extraordinary degree of precision as to enter the realm of the uncanny. For, viewed from any ground position or distance, this concavity is quite invisible to the naked eye. The hollowing-in can be noticed only from the air, and only at certain times of the day. This explains why virtually every available photograph of the Great Pyramid does not show the hollowing-in phenomenon, and why the concavity was never discovered until the age of aviation. It was discovered quite by accident in 1940, when a British Air Force pilot, P. Groves, was flying over the pyramid. He happened to notice the concavity and captured it in the now-famous photograph.

This strange feature was not first observed in 1940. It was illustrated in La Description de l’Egypte in the late 1700’s (Volume V, pl. 8). Flinders Petrie noticed a hollowing in the core masonry in the center of each face and wrote that he “continually observed that the courses of the core had dips of as much as ½° to 1°” (The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh, 1883, p. 421). Though it is apparently more easily observed from the air, the concavity is measurable and is visible from the ground under favorable lighting conditions. [the rest]

P.S. Happy New Year!


Even More Reasons To Drink Coffee

As if we needed more reasons to drink delicious, hot, wonderful coffee… now coffee is being reincarnated into green biofuels. I bet this fuel emits a delightful coffee-ish scent while you’re driving, eh?

America’s Addiction Fuels Desire For Coffee Ground Biodiesel
Written by Nick Chambers

Researchers are reporting they have successfully made a high quality biodiesel from spent coffee grounds. They estimate that the coffee ground biodiesel industry could generate as much as $8,000,000 in profits annually using waste from US Starbucks stores alone.

One of the main limits to the acceptance of biodiesel as an alternative fuel is its price premium above regular diesel. To bring the price of biodiesel down, the industry uses as much waste material from other industries as possible to make it — such as used fryer oil and animal fats from poultry processing.

In holding with the idea of cheap biodiesel feedstocks, a team of researchers in the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Nevada figured that maybe spent coffee grounds would fit the bill too. [the rest]


Happy Holly Daze – and a wonderful new year

From the fabulous Free Will Astrology Newsletter, a bit of wisdom to take with you into the new year.

“We each must become like fishermen, and go out onto the dark ocean of
mind, and let your nets down into that sea.

“And what you’re after is not some behemoth that will tear through your
nets, foul them, and drag you and your little boat into the abyss. Nor are
what we looking for a bunch of sardines, that can slip through your net
and disappear, ideas like ‘have you ever noticed that your little finger
exactly fits your nostril’ and stuff like that.

“What we are looking for are middle-sized ideas that are not so small that
they are trivial, and not so large that they are incomprehensible, but
middle-sized ideas that we can wrestle into our boat and take back to the
folks on shore, and have fish dinner.

“And everyone of us, this is what we should be looking for. It’s not for
your elucidation, it’s not part of your self-directed psychotherapy; you are
an explorer, and you represent our species.

“And the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because
our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in
crisis because of the absence of consciousness.

“And so, to whatever degree, any one of us can bring back a small piece
of the picture, and contribute it to the building of the new paradigm.
Then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit.”

– Terence McKenna


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