Archive for September, 2010

UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens

Posted in politics, travel on September 26, 2010 by saramurray

THE United Nations was set today to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth’s first contact for any aliens that may come visiting.

Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is to describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.

She is scheduled to tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before – and that means the UN must be ready to coordinate humanity’s response to any “first contact”.

During a talk Othman gave recently to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials.

“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law and governance at the UK Space Agency and who leads British delegations to the UN on such matters, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.”

However, he thinks humanity’s first encounter with any intelligent aliens is more likely to be via radio or light signals from a distant planet than by beings arriving on Earth. And, he suggests, even if we do encounter aliens in the flesh, they are more likely to be microbes than anything intelligent.

via UN to appoint Earth contact for aliens | News.com.au.

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LOTW – Halcyon Digest

Posted in 2010, LOTW, poetry, supernatural, white people, world in motion with tags , , , on September 21, 2010 by Shiv

I mean, you should buy this album. But here’s Halcyon Digest.

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In the Mines

Posted in 2010, design, flora with tags on September 18, 2010 by John

This weekend, the indie game Minecraft is free to play. It’s a great sandbox game where you collect materials to survive when night falls. Nothing is explained so for the most part you have to figure the world out.

It’s all a ton of fun. It’s meant to be intuitive, but can be confusing at first. Here’s a tutorial to show you how to survive the first night.

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Beach Creatures

Posted in animals, art, monsters, poetry, technology, the ocean, tubes on September 3, 2010 by John

This is a few years old, but worth digging up. Beautiful machinery. Great, great, great.

Work Wear

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, film, High Fashion, men, tubes on September 1, 2010 by John

You guys seemed to like the last one, so I figured I’d link up episode three.