James Cameron Reveals Jesus’ Coffin

From Time’s site:

Let’s go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archaeologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua.
Israel’s prominent archaeologist Professor Amos Kloner didn’t associate the crypt with the New Testament Jesus. His father, after all, was a humble carpenter who couldn’t afford a luxury crypt for his family. And all were common Jewish names.

There was also this little inconvenience that a few miles away, in the old city of Jerusalem, Christians for centuries had been worshiping the empty tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Christ’s resurrection, after all, is the main foundation of the faith, proof that a boy born to a carpenter’s wife in a manger is the Son of God.

But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archaeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family.

Oh, this should be fun. I’m hoping that, at the moment of maximum tension, James Cameron’s flings back the lid of Jesus’ coffin and a real-life Jesus springs up out of the coffin, fixes the press corps with a menacing stare and then liquid-mercury morphs into a T1000. It’s time for another Cameron-directed Terminator film

I was the machinima film festival at ACMI with Tommy Reynolds yesterday and we interviewed NY-based machinima guru Paul Merino. The video will be up early next week. He was talking about James Cameron’s new machinima film “Avatar” which is due to start filming in April. Amazing he has time to to the pre-production for his most ambitious film ever AND totally dismantle the basis of 2000 years of Christian mythology in his spare time. The man is a god!

So Much For That Idea – Van Halen Tour Off Already

Well that lasted… what? All of 3 weeks?

After I spent the last week calling all my old mates from high school (okay, two of them) cajoling them into coming to the US with me in June to see VAN HALEN on tour, it looks like that, not only is the tour off, but the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame performance might be off.

Okay. Back to your regularly scheduled boring life. The one reason to live this year has just been canceled. Mediocrity shall reign another year.

Google For The Enterprise!

Want to increase your Gmail storage to 10Gb? Want to get rid of text ads beside your email?

Then you might want to check out Google Apps Premier Edition! This is very cool. My Gmail account is almost full and I’ve been listening to Jason Calacanis bitch for months about how he wants more Gmail storage and I thought I was going to have the same problem. Not any more!

Okay, so this probably won’t be a challenge to Microsoft’s dominance of the VERY LARGE enterprises for a while, but that’s not the battleground. Small and Medium business is a much bigger market for these product than the big end of town. I remember from my MSFT days that the big revenue growth was expected to come out of SME. Now they have some serious competition.

GDAY WORLD 205 – Em. Prof. Jack Smart AC, Philosopher

J. J. C. “Jack” Smart is the Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. Someone once said that if there was a Nobel Prize for Philosophy, he would have won it at least twice. He graciously invited me to lunch at the Monash Club (and insisted on picking up the tab!) and afterwards we discussed philosophy, especially his major contributions, including the demolition of mind-brain dualism and his contribution to metaphysics in the area of philosophy of time. We also talk about his ethical stance of utilitarianism, where his arguments against rule utilitarianism have been very influential.

Jack Smart

Jack is 86 and said he doesn’t know much about podcasting but his grandkids are always talking about it.

Link: Jack Smart’s homepage at Monash University.

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Anyone Got Today’s AFR?

There is an article in the INFORMATION section on Google Australia’s online advertising revenues and how they are now bigger than Sensis. I noticed the article while skimming the paper in a restaurant at lunch time but, of course, I can’t find it online. I’d love to know the actual numbers though. I think Google’s revenue was something like $206 million vs Sensis at $196 million. “Google Schmoogle“, hey Sol?

UPDATE: a friend IMd me these numbers:
Google Online Advertising Revenue: $206 Million
Sensis Online Advertising Revenue: $192 Million
(figures from BRW, not AFR)

Today Tonight Caught Out Again!

The Channel 7 (Australia) news department must make money for their corporate bosses hand over fist. Otherwise, how else do they survive?

Remember when their former current affairs host, Naomi Robson (now retired), was the laughing stock of the country because members of her crew (allegedly) released a tape of her swearing and calling their audience “dumb”? (link)

Then there was the Channel 7 news story about how lax airport security is in Australia which featured a reporter walking onto a plane supposedly carrying box cutters in her handbag. When her day in court came around (because this is illegal) Channel 7’s defense was “YOU CAN’T PROVE SHE TOOK THE KNIFE ON THE PLANE”, suggesting that perhaps they just pretended and it was a post-production trick. (link)

And today there is the story that reporter Nicholas Boot at Today Tonight has been ‘suspended’ after chaining an old woman in a nursing home to a cupboard to fake a story.

Of course, faking stories isn’t new to Today Tonight. Older viewers might remember when Dave “Sluggo” Richardson made a highly misleading report on Christopher Skase. Richardson was suspended from duty for a month. This episode was fictionalized in the ‘One Rule for One’ episode of Frontline, where Martin di Stasio is suspended for a month for doing exactly the same thing. Of course, in Marty’s case, being ‘suspended’ means a month’s paid vacation. He turns up to work and just sits around reading the paper and drinking beer. He’s actually rewarded by the producer because of the ratings they scored for the fictional show.

Anyone know where Boot is today?

GDAY WORLD #204 – Dr Peter Ellyard, Futurist

Dr Peter Ellyard is a Melbourne-based futurist, strategist, author and Chairman of the Preferred Futures Institute. He has worked for the United Nations, various international governments and NGOs, and is an incredibly popular speaker and strategic consultant to global corporations.

Peter Ellyard

We caught up today for a discussion about:

    the role of a futurist
    the rise of “planetism”
    the role of globalisation
    the role of corporations
    leadership versus management

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The Brian Flemming Who Wasn’t There

I’m sitting here waiting for filmmaker Brian Flemming, creator of “The God Who Wasn’t There” to turn up for our interview. I don’t think he got my email confirming the date/time. Ah well. Meanwhile I’m reading Brian’s blog and there are some great links to information I was going to talk to him about. I might as well share some of it with you now.

Join “The Blasphemy Challenge“!
The Rational Response Squad is giving away 1001 DVDs of The God Who Wasn’t There, the hit documentary that the Los Angeles Times calls “provocative — to put it mildly.” There’s only one catch: We want your soul. It’s simple. You record a short message damning yourself to Hell, you upload it to YouTube, and then the Rational Response Squad will send you a free The God Who Wasn’t There DVD. It’s that easy.

Go to WellingtonGrey.net to find out how George W. Bush’s decision tree works.

He’s also explains the difference between the scientific decision tree and the faith decision tree. Very enlightening.

The Center for Inquiry Transnational, in conjunction with its Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER) announces the creation of the Jesus Project. The Jesus Project will enlist the talents of scholars from many disciplines to try to determine the likelihood of Jesus of Nazareth having ever existed.

Spearheading this important undertaking is the Chairman of CSER, R. Joseph Hoffmann. The goal of the project, according to Hoffmann, is not to “prove” the non-existence of Jesus, but to take the theory as a “testable hypothesis” and use the best methods of critical inquiry to reach a probable conclusion.

Britney Spears Shaves Head To Raise $1million for Leukemia?

britney spears shaved head

When I read Miriam’s post about shaving her head for leukemia, it dawned on me – Britney hasn’t gone mad – she’s just a sweet, down-home country girl with a heart of gold who wants to raise money for those poor people suffering from leukemia. And if Miriam can raise a couple of hundred bucks by shaving her head, imagine how much Britney will raise?

Of course, the infamous no-panties exercise a couple of months ago now makes complete sense. It was just a trial run. She probably raised $500k for the cause by shaving her taco and, in order to prove that she had actually done it, she kindly asked some photographers to be at hand when she got out of Paris’ wheels to record the event. With the huge success of that venture, she’s now decided to go the whole hog and shave her noggin.

And the press is beating it up, making out that the poor girl is half a loaf short of a picnic. It’s just not fair. She’s just doing her bit. I wish more stars would shave their heads. And their tacos for that matter.

Three cheers for Britney!

Chris Anderson Gets It – Even If You Don’t

People love bandwagons. One of the popular memes at the moment, re-invigorated by some bloke called Rich Skrenta, the CEO of Topix.net, is about “The Failure of We (the) Media”. Anil Dash jumped on it. Even Ben Barren jumped on it.

Are these people living on the same planet I am? The one with 60 million blogs, squillions of YouTube videos and tens of thousands of podcasts? And it’s still the dawn of time as far as new media is concerned. Talking about the failure of “We Media” in 2007 is like the mental midgets who were talking about the failure of the internet to live up to the hype in 2001.

Thank Darwin Chris Anderson gets it.

Every day I get most of my news from blogs. I don’t visit “news sites” or use a “news aggregator”. I use a generic feedreader (Bloglines) and a totally idiosyncratic RSS subscription list that includes everything from personal posts from friends to parts (but not all) of the WSJ. When it comes to the web, I have no interest in someone else trying to guess what I want to read or “help” me by defining what’s news and what isn’t. My news is not your news; indeed, you probably wouldn’t call most of it news at all. I will probably never visit any of the sites Skrenta mentions, and never did visit the ones that are now defunct. In short, We Media is alive and well. It’s just the would-be We Media institutions that are not. A phenomenon is not necessarily a business. That doesn’t make it any less of a phenomenon.

Paul Montgomery – I see he lists TinFinger as one of the “We Media” businesses that failed? Does he know something I don’t?