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How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World

From Tor.com’s STEAMPUNK WEEK 2012:

Boldly Into Our Patina’d Future: How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World

Boldly Into Our Patina’d Future: How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the WorldPhoto by ’Riding Pretty

Steampunk is, in part at least, a re-envisioning of humanity’s interaction with the things that we make and how we make them. It’s a non-luddite critique of technology that says “Hey, you’re doing it wrong” without trying to eschew technology outright. And that critique is sorely, sorely needed, now more than ever.

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Crop circles. Made by aliens?

Crop circles. Who has not heard of them, and seen pictures of impressive, beautiful and incomprehensible patterns that seem to have been stamped into fields all over the world?

The first crop circles appeared in the 1970s. These were small and simple. As time progressed, the images became more complex and elaborate, as the example above. Popular assumption is that these forms are made by aliens who want to inform us of their presence this way.

The aliens are coming

 

Do you really believe that aliens will cross vast amounts of space for who knows how many months or even years, just to baffle us by stamping patterns in fields? Would they do only that, to let us know that they are out there, that we should know they are out there, and that there is no way we can detect them?

 

Another idea could of course be that they arrived looking for intelligent life and found only us, and to pass the time they want to entertain themselves by making us dream up all kinds of wild ideas about aliens.

The interesting bit when you regard a crop circle pattern is that it always consists of straight lines and circles. Both are quite easily made by long ropes and central pins. Bring together a number of people, roll out the ropes and stomp the grass or grain flat. You’d be amazed how much you can do with a good group that is all geared up and motivated. There you have your aliens.

 

A different thing are for instance the enormous drawing on the Nazca plains in Peru. That is not something you do with a few ropes, these drawings are just too large for that. These drawings are miles long and only recognisable when you go up in the air. In fact, these patterns were only discovered when mankind started to fly, in the early 1920s.

Interesting things to think about…

 

A crystal pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle?

Is it real?

Suddenly this thing pops up all over the internet. A crystal pyramid, that reportedly has appeared or been discovered on a deep sea investigation about 2000 metres under the surface of the ocean in the area of the Bermuda Triangle. The person who discovered it is named “oceanographer Dr. Verlag Meyer”. I did a search online for this person, and found nothing, except the reference to this alleged crystal pyramid. Not very surprising, since ‘verlag’ is not exactly a name, but the German word for ‘publisher’ (German Wikipedia, scroll down and see where the English link points to if you are curious. Hint: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publishing)

Meyer Verlag, by the way, is an existing publishing company in Germany (the town of Aachen to be exact). Perhaps they are grateful for the free advertising, I have not asked them. Perhaps they are not even aware of it, as they are publishers for sports of all kinds.

Still, even if this pyramid does not exist (or does not have more profound scientific proof)… Think of it. A large structure somewhere hidden under water or sand, that can trigger all kinds of strange phenomena as those reported from the Bermuda Triangle. Because, despite all the info about the pyramid, that is what this all boils down to: something that causes all these things. I am not making statements of truth or lie, but the idea itself is really intriguing.

If you want to learn more about the pyramid (mostly from believers), visit one or more of the following websites: