Today has been an exceptionally busy day. I spent more than an hour this morning in Dell hell after my computer lost power. It seems that the motherboard is going and needs to be replaced. It’s intermittently losing its connection to the AC power and the battery. After being transferred to four different departments (partly through my own fault when they asked if there were anything else wrong with the computer), giving my service tag six (!) times, and discovering that Dell (a) had no record of my warranty and (b) were planning to ship replacement parts to an address I haven’t lived at for five years, the parts are on their way.
Meanwhile, due to other technical problems with my computer, it turns out that my BBC Radio Three interview was unusable, but they generously let me re-record it this evening. That took another hour, and all of this has put me far behind in my actual day job. I feel like I haven’t stopped typing since I got up at 6 AM.
So, today’s blog entry will instead be a video. Please do enjoy the following YouTube video. You will remember Scotty Roberts, the editor of Intrepid magazine, organizer of the Paradigm Symposium, and star of the forthcoming History Trippers TV series now in preproduction. History Trippers isn’t Roberts’ first attempt at a TV show. Feast your eyes on his role (sans fedora and scarf) in a 2008 pilot called Dead Reckoning, designed to capitalize on the ghost hunting craze spawned by Ghost Hunters.
More clips are available on the YouTube channel for the failed show.
Roberts is currently promoting a History Trippers tour based on The Exodus Reality, a book he wrote with “Dr.” John Ward (the doctorate is an unaccredited award from a Knights Templar fan club) that posits a factual reality for the Biblical Exodus. It received an endorsement from none other than ancient astronaut theorist Erich von Däniken, whose blurb appears in advertisements for the book uploaded by Roberts to Academia.edu. Sadly, he did not get the message that Ward is no longer using the title of “Dr.”:
I applaud Scotty Roberts and Dr. John Ward for their research and contribution to this study. While there exist many different opinions and conclusions to these matters, their efforts represent a passion and scholarly approach to the topic. I am honored to endorse The Exodus Reality.
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