Today I have a few odds and ends to discuss.
I have closed the comments on yesterday’s blog post due to the ridiculous number of comments making threats and engaging in verbal fireworks. I have only recently been given the power to close comments on individual blog posts rather than the blog as a whole, so I intend to use this power to prevent comments explosions like yesterday’s. For now, comments will remain open on each new blog post, but if readers begin to abuse the comments, I will delete the comments and switch that entry’s comments to “require approval” or close them entirely. This will, I hope, balance the ability to comment with some measure of control over extreme situations.
A Byzantine Blacklist
Let’s move on to some more interesting things. If you were watching NBC, on The Blacklist last night the plot involved a Byzantine-Ottoman expedition to Staten Island in the fourteenth century (“a century before Columbus!”) following ley lines that connect historical sites around the world. The most ridiculous part was probably that archaeologists uncovered these Greek skeletons along with a rock carved in Cyrillic writing, dated them to the fourteenth century, and no one noticed or cared! TV shows rarely seem to take place in the real world, where cable TV shows would be lining up at the site to film the “paradigm-busting” discovery.
A New Lovecraft Biography
A British publisher sent me a review copy of a new biography of H. P. Lovecraft. The book is The Curious Case of H. P. Lovecraft by Paul Roland, an author best known for The Complete Guide to Dreams. I just received the book this morning, so obviously I haven’t had time to read it yet. I’ll be reading the book and reviewing it in the coming weeks.
Oreo Conspiracies at Yahoo!
The Oreo cookie conspiracy theory attributing the design to the cookie to Freemasons and the Knights Templar reared its ugly head again when Yahoo! News reported on the allegations in its article on “What You Didn’t Know about Oreo.” The material, though, is recycled directly from a years-old Atlantic magazine article, itself inspired by an Above Top Secret forum thread, as I laid out in an earlier blog post.
Conspiracy Theory Nursery Rhymes
Finally, I wanted to share this link to Buzzfeed’s conspiracy theory nursery rhymes, which might just as well be a storyboard for the History Channel’s next round of program development. The art is cute and the poems are clever. Here’s just one of the 26 entries:
Y is for Yonaguni, the underwater rock formation
Be sure to check it out in full!
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