Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Well, I'm a little disappointed with Chapter 12.  Not really disappointed because it is interesting. However, it mainly talks about Morrison and deciding on the frequency to search for alien transmissions.  It does seem that it takes the book into a different direction. Still interesting to know though.

Monday, June 27, 2011


To me it was interesting that the book mentioned that Lowell believed that there were canals on Mars that were used to carry water. Now, science has shown that there used to(?) be water on Mars. 
It also discusses how to travel to spaces similarly to what Carl Sagan just talked about on the episode of Cosmos that I just watched.
Chapter 12 will begin discussing the ruse of radio astronomy.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Finally we get to SETI

Chapter 10 introduces us to Phillip Morrison the professor at Cornell University who thought of using radio waves to search for Extra-terrestrial life.  He was listeningto Bach music at a concert there when a number or events congealed in his mind to come up with using radio waves instead of gamma waves as a signal to other universes.
They then discuss some of the other ideas people had to contact other "people"- planting trees in right triangles, flaming ditches, etc.
One of these people was Precival Lowell who built the Lowell Observatory in Arizona . Pretty cool huh?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chapters 7 & 8

Chapter 7 talked about projects Moon Dust and Blue Fly. However, these were scrapped because no UFO were recovered. I always wonder if the UFO that people see are really just new aircraft that other countries have made, esp. in the 1960's, that the USA didn't know about yet.

Chapter 8 discussed how General Pfautz was very animated in talking to the UFO working group about how the US would benefit from alien technology. Then Colonel Phillips said that the information was compartmented and that Compartmented Information was a classification higher that Top Secret.  Of course if that is true, how does the author know about it?
The author and general have an arguement where the general thinks the author told the head honchos that he mentioned the working group and 1983. The author says that he never told anyone that the general mentioned the group because the general didn't.  Such drama queens.

Chapter 9 will start part III- the order of the dolphin.  I remember reading a little bit about that the last time i tried to finish this book.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chapter 6

This chapter told about the CIA's report  The Investigation of UFOs and how there seemed to be in the early years a dichotomy of information given out. Classified information said one thing and those for viewing said another. Basically that the Air Force publicly had everything under control and explaned. However, they also were concerned that the objects may be a danger to national security.
It mentions Project Blue Book where the Air Force investigated over 13,000 cases abd had different groups look at the different types of "evidence". One thing was that photographs were sent to Eastman Kodak Company. That is where my father worked :-) I am sure that they sent them to the headquarters in Rochester, NY and Dad did not work on anything but the connection is neat.
On to Chapter 7!! Shouldn't be long now... there are only 39 chapters total.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Part II- The beginning

I am begining the book Out There by Howard Blum again. I am on chapter 5 which begins part II- The burrowers. Part One was mainly about the governments unofficial/official group to investigate UFO sightings.  Heavily leaning on the military for obvious reasons.  Hopefully I will be able to finish book. Try, try again.  I have decided that I will have to read 10 pages in this book before I can read the other book I am reading "for fun".