Observations and questions about the time-travel video from someone who doesn't need it to be true or false.
. Where's the phone? I see the hand held up to the head, I see the "woman" (totally does look like a man) clearly talking, but I'm not seeing any supposed "thin black device." What I do see is a shadow exactly where a shadow ought to be given the sunlight. Now, it's possible
that the phone is totally subsumed by his hand, but, as I'll elaborate in 2
, that's not exactly a compelling argument.
. Billy O is right: No cell towers in 1928. It could be that the man is using some kind of more advanced cell phone that doesn't need massive networks of towers like ours do. But then it seems counterintuitive (but it isn't necessarily
impossible) that a phone so advanced would be something you'd have to hold up to your ear-- at a certain point in that technology's progressive miniaturization, it makes more sense to simply have it attach to the ear, rather than having to unfold it with your fingertips like that gag in "Zoolander."
That's all speculation on my part, granted. BUT, conceivably, practically (if common sense can be made to apply to a question like time-travel), what kind of cell phone could work in 1928 that you'd have to hold?
). To me, it looks like his fingers flutter. So he's not using his fingers to hold this phone. So it does
seem like he'd have to be palming a super tiny Zoolander phone.
There's other questions, and the footage doesn't give us enough grist for the answer mill. Who's doing the time-traveling? The military? You'd think a time-traveling soldier would be trained to avoid a giant 1928 camera set up in broad daylight across the street. So if not the military, who? A private citizen who wanted to see an obscure Chaplin flick on opening day? Not... as inconceivable, come to think of it.
But again, no visible phone. For my money, this
is the convincing time-traveler caught on film:
Scruffy hipster, sixty years early. As the article explains, everything the guy's wearing is period appropriate... except they're wrong about the "embroidered sweater." That shirt underneath does not look embroidered, nor does it look sweateresque. It looks like screen-printed T-shirt replete with modern faux distress. And does the camera he's holding look anything like that "turn of the century Kodak Folding Camera"? I can't see it in detail (although, unlike Chuck Chaplin's Droid, I can see it
), but it looks a lot like an higher-end Canon or Nykon to these eyes.
And who would choose to dress like this in 1940?
In public? Here's what this is. This dude is
what he looks like: a time-traveling hipster, who brought his hipster fashion sense into a 1940 Woolworths and got off, in his smug, ironic hipster way, on putting together an outfit that was technically
period correct but still reflected his "individuality."
And he's in Canada. Which makes him, because why would anyone else travel to Canada's past, a Canadian. Which is, like, triple hipster. This is not the ambassador I want representing my era-- though he's probably the ambassador my era deserves.
One more thing. I appreciate DJMoore's clarification that he doesn't surrender his judgment part and parcel to scientific orthodoxy. But his definition of mainstream physics as "stuff that's passed repeated experimental verification" is suspiciously reductive. There is such a thing as theoretical
physics, and it too has a mainstream. And his anecdotal evidence for the prudence of skeptical restraint-- face on Mars, Iapetus' dark side-- suggest his knoweldge of real scientific mysteries is limited. In honor of the great Zecharia Sitchin's recent passing, here's a quick anecdote
of a time prudent skepticism came up snake eyes.
The Sumerians also counted planets from the perspective of the space-faring gods on Nibiru, from the outside in, calling earth the seventh, rather than the third rock from the sun. And, with a stunning flash of insight, they wrote that when viewed from “on high” in the heavens, Uranus and Neptune looked like “blue-green watery twins.” Most astronomers assumed anything past Saturn was likely to be a cold dead rock, so it came as quite a surprise to see photographs from Voyager 2 in 1986, and again in 1989, proving the Sumerians were right. Uranus and Neptune were made of blue-green slush.
How could the Sumerians know such things? How could they know Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were even there, much less how they looked if viewed up close in space? We didn’t learn about the existence of those three planets until 1781, 1846, and 1930, respectively. How could the Sumerians know about any of it, much less all of it?
it enough?" More than enough, Mr. President.
. Election season is the best of times and the worst of
times. You get oceans of the hackneyed
that seems like it could have been written months ago, but
you also get some of the best thinking by some of the smartest people,
as well as the occasional bit of behind the scenes news
So I'm going kind of InstaPundit today, only without the smarmy
bottom-lining. You can do that for yourself. Read this stuff. Seems
like a short list but it encompasses the current subversions of
free speech, the constitution, the judiciary, and the American way of
Victor Davis Hanson
interviewed by the Pope
Celebrate the coming victory, but not too much. Every one of us has to
vote. And none of us can forget for even a moment how hard the job of
rescuing our country is going to be. The liberal disease is deep and
deadly. November 2 will be only the beginning of the necessary
counter-offensive against our nation's enemies.
Report back with your own thoughts as you see fit.
from the governor you want but can't have as president...
I like the thought. BE impatient.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
1 Solved(?), 1 Solvable, and 1
The news today is completely nuts. Time to take a
break and remember that life is inherently mysterious. You can go here
to see big-time mysteries, which are fun even though some of them --
e.g., Dahlia, Zodiac -- may actually have been solved (which is good
news). Like this one:
of the Sphinx
The iconic symbol of the Pharaohs might actually out date them by a
good few thousand years. What? How is this possible you say? Evidence
related to the positioning of the Sphinx and the type of erosion on the
tail versus the head (water erosion from rain versus wind erosion from
a dessert climate) are strong
This one's gotten a lot of attention in recent years. The Egyptologists
are really upset about the fact that anyone would question their dating
based on something as dumb as geology. Because they know better than
geology. The good news? The mystery may be solved. Not by Egyptologists
or geologists. But by common
that makes Egyptologists and geologists both look dumb. Kewl.
Funny thing about experts. They're always so damn sure they miss the
obvious things all the time.
Robert Temple reveals that the Sphinx
was originally a monumental Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god, and that
its face is that of a Middle Kingdom Pharaoh, Amenemhet II, which was a
later re-carving. In addition, he provides photographic evidence of
ancient sluice gate traces to demonstrate that, during the Old Kingdom,
the Sphinx as Anubis sat surrounded by a moat filled with water--called
Jackal Lake in the ancient Pyramid Texts--where religious ceremonies
were held. He also provides evidence that the exact size and position
of the Sphinx were geometrically determined in relation to the pyramids
of Cheops and Chephren and that it was part of a pharaonic resurrection
The Sphinx isn't a lion. It's a dog. (The pharaoh head was always too
small. Obviously.) Why the Egyptologists can find no historical mention
of it in hieroglyphics. The monument of the canine god of death Anubis,
however, is mentioned repeatedly. Duh.
Next up is something that's apparently only a mystery to me, but it's a
galling one. I thought I knew something about cursing. Here's a post by
today at the National Review Corner blog:
It Must Be Election Season!
October 27, 2010 11:59 A.M. By Rich
From my fan mail this morning (no, it’s not from Al Franken’s e-mail
account, in case you were wondering):
**** *** and your kind you misinforming, obfuscating, partisan,
loudmouth *** ****** *******. I just saw you on Faux Noise
spreading your baseless, Obama-hating opinions across America like
butter on toast. This is nothing short of treasonous you
************* ********. Talk straight or **** *** **** ** -
otherwise, **** *** and die you confused *** ** ****.
And there's this from the comments section:
It's what comes after "loudmouth" and
"treasonous you" that intrigues me. The rest of them (****) are kind of
obvious after a simple count.
uh, not to me. I'm getting maybe half of the asterisk text. Help me
out, kids. It's embarrassing but my curiosity is stronger than my
Our final mystery is the one represented by the YouTube video up top.
Here's the story
'Time Traveler' Spied in 1928 Chaplin Film
Has someone already gone back from the
This week, the makers of Back To The Future kicked off celebrations
marking the 25th anniversary of the release of the original movie
starring Michael J. Fox. In the same week, an Irish independent
filmmaker has gone public with what he says is footage of a time
traveller caught walking through a scene on a recent DVD release of
Charlie Chaplin's 1928 film, The Circus.
"I believe I'm the first person to find something quite unusual from a
bit of film footage from 1928," Clarke said. The scene can be found in
the extras menu in Documents, under The Hollywood Premiere.
It's not in the movie -- it's real footage and it features real members
of the public in 1928. Or does it, asked Clarke, who spotted a
mysteriously dressed stranger walking past the camera talking into what
he says can only be a mobile phone.
"The only conclusion I can come to -- which sounds absolutely
ridiculous I'm sure, to some people -- is it's a time traveller," he
said. "When you're looking at a bit of 1928 footage with an old woman
... on a mobile phone, it's kind of strange. You can't explain it."
I have to admit it gives me pause. What do you think?
We, the Unwashed
THE SCARF OFF YOUR
. We're going to take back the House of Representatives.
is certain. Nothing else is. It will be a holding action for two years.
Obama will be able to veto what offends him, and he will. He's no
Clinton. He's a true believer, one who hates America and more
importantly Americans. The media will remain on his side, because they
also hate Americans.
So I'm thinking of this song. I know Tom Waits is probably another
lefty wingnut, but it doesn't matter. He's a poet. Ordinary rules don't
apply to poets. I'm thinking of this song for half a dozen reasons,
only a few which I'll share with you.
First, my wife is a Jersey girl. She's not buying all the Obama crap.
Sha la la la la la la la.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the first man to stand up against
the corrupt, overweening ambitions of big government at the state
level. He's married to his own Jersey girl. Sha la la la la la la la.
And Tom Waits has always loved the people Katie
and Barack Obama
deride as dirty clingers to such small things as religion and personal
We once recommended
that Obama take the time to learn something about
his country, our great country. He didn't bother. Life and love aren't
things they teach you at the Harvard Law School. Sadly, the President
of the United States is a dry stick convinced of his own superiority to
all of us.
His last chance is coming up after next Tuesday. He can choose to learn
about the people who have midnight breakfasts at diners and go back to
work on the graveyard shift, or he can join Jimmy Carter in the ashbin
of American presidential history. All it requires is seeing human
beauty where all you saw before was units in a social engineering
project. Sha la la la la la la la.
Sometimes you have to lose before you can win. Another lesson from Tom
If I have to explain, you'll never understand.
afterthought. Why would anyone ever try to cover Tom Waits? It just
exposes them as slick, glossy fakers.
Springsteen is a mega-millionaire mogul. Why he shills for the John
Kerrys of the world. He has lost any right he ever had to sing this song
his version sucks
And whatever convinced Rod Stewart that it was a good idea to cover
this darkly lovely ballad?
Yeah. I bear a grudge. I saw Waits at the Philadelphia Academy of
Music. Maybe the best concert I ever
saw. He plays the piano like a slumming Chopin. He sings like he'll be
dead by midnight.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Unwashed Couric
ACTUALLY TRIED TO HELP HER
. A little gem from Mother
Rick Kaplan, her executive producer,
says that “when she’s on the road—in Iraq with David Petraeus—she has a
great way with people. People like her and she likes them. There are
anchors who consider being on the road a pain in the butt. She really
looks for opportunities to feel the earth and touch people.”
That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia,
Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls
“this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the
mood of the midterms.
Well, we'll try to wash up before she backs into our
Maybe, uh, no, well, forget it.
Sorry. Have to say it. Maybe a panty flash or two is superior to
mooning the entire country. Just saying.
about our superiors...
. Now comes the onslaught of final week political ads. Here in
the Delaware Valley we're getting Joe Sestak trashing Pat Toomey
between plays of every sporting event. Sestak is the one who cares
about all us below-average Americans. Like all them admirals do. As the
title proclaims, it's Hell Week.
I'm giving you two antidotes, both designed to keep you from tuning out
entirely. We can't
We have to remain focused and be sure to vote, no matter how nauseated
we feel a week from today. Got it? So here's the deal. Read the op-eds
listed below for your own edification and motivation. The bonus is,
identify the link between the pic up top and one of the pieces below
and why we should all care, and I'll honor you by name here, plus
forward your name to Doc Zero, who's about to (trust me) get more
important than he already is.
Yeah, it's a slim incentive. But you shouldn't need any more incentive,
now should you?
Prager tells why he thinks this election is the most
important since the Civil War.
Thomas Sowell points out that what the Left calls “tax cuts
for the rich” are really “tax cuts for the economy.”
Jay Nordlinger continues his Marrakech diary.
Victor Davis Hanson argues
that Wikileaks’ selective revelations and carelessness indicate a
Mona Charen evaluates
what the Juan Williams firing
says about NPR.
Andrew Stiles profiles
Daniel Webster, the man poised to take down conservative bête
noire Alan Grayson.
Julie Gunlock observes
that Michelle Obama talks like a nanny-in-chief, but won’t follow her
Michael Knox Beran argues
that today’s elites hold a discredited mandarin mentality.
Most of this stuff is red meat. While you're running away from the
political ads, keep your anger white hot. Collectively, these pieces
should do it. I should add I'll also be favorably disposed to posting smart comments about the op-eds above. Go for it. I have faith in your acumen. Maye we can talk, debate, and argue our way through Hell Week.
Almost immediately a winner:
Aw man, you gave it away in the post! It's the Beran one with all the
stuff about mandarins.
1. (Historical Terms) (Government,
Politics & Diplomacy) (in the Chinese Empire) a member of any of
the nine senior grades of the bureaucracy, entered by examinations.
2. (Government, Politics &
Diplomacy) a high-ranking official whose powers are extensive and
thought to be outside political control.
As for why we should care, first a quote from the article:
<<The sourness of the elites sheds light on their dark romance
with an Old World mandarinism in which the citizen (in Tocqueville’s
words) is “accustomed to find a functionary always at hand to interfere
with all he undertakes,” and a central authority that “says to him:
‘You shall act just as I please, as much as I please, and in the
direction which I please.’” Mandarinism assorts [sic] well with the
elitist’s low opinion of others’ potential and his conviction that he
himself is always the smartest one in the room. At the same time, the
power the mandarin derives from his policies does something to make up
for the burden of dissembling he bears in selling his program to people
who are not intelligent enough to appreciate the virtues of a directing
We should care because an American's proper response to a mandarin is
not to kowtow to him, but to slap that smug little smirk off his face.
And another good comment:
Only piece I've had time to read was the
one about the Comedy Central
rally (the links at the bottom don't work, btw; had to go search for it
at Hot Air). [Why I put in the macro
link...] I've got two predictions about it:
First of all, I think there will be a
Secondly, the turnout won't matter b/c
the rally will end up as a net PR loss for the left right before the
rally was successful because of who attended. There were a whole lot of
nice, respectful people that turned out and nobody got into trouble.
Also, the media attack on it backfired big time because a lot of people
had friends or family members that went (like my dad). It was not a
gathering of whack jobs.
The Stewart/Colbert rally could
end up being disastrous for the same reason: who attends. This is not
going to be a family-friendly event (not that it matters since most
attendees will not have children, anyway). You're going to have college
kids show up expecting a sort of live Daily Show-palooza. They will be
there to get shitfaced drunk & party. Then you'll have all the
moonbat groups like the Halley Mars Lieber-Groupon-Smith or whatever
her name was that was mentioned in the Green Room post. She's the one
from the Democrat Students of a PA University exchanging bus rides for
community service hours or whatever. Yeah, wow, I'm sure she's the life
of the party.
So you'll have drunk college fratboy
kids pissing & puking themselves while the Marxist, vegan, bulldyke
ideologues are trying to organize them with bullhorns to get them to
tote around some pre-printed "Sarah Palin is a Cunt" signs. That will
be the backdrop to a slew of liberal celebs who will be cursing and
mocking the Tea Party nonstop for an entire day. In other words, it
will be like some sort of mini-France protest of spoiled children on
display. That's going to inspire people to vote Democrat? Oh yeah, and
most of the people attending the rally have absolutely no intention of
bothering to vote next week, anyway.
I can't imagine how trashed the Mall is
going to be in the aftermath, especially if that porta potty shortage
Keep'em coming. I'll notify the Doc after
he springs his surprise.
Stay mad. Everything depends on it.
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