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The Patterson-Gimlin footage of 1967 is still the best evidence of what may be a giant bi-pedal ape living within the forests of North America. The animal (see below) was filmed walking across a clearing in a remote forest of north west California. At one point, the creature turned to look at the pair, apparently drawn to the noise made by Gimlin's horse as it crashed over the underbrush. The full movie, which is copyrighted so I can't put it up here (although it's the second highest pirated piece of film in history), shows a frighteningly realistic figure of such proportion, making it extremely hard to imagine a human being beneath a suit.

In fact, because science is so skeptical, numerous tests were done (using the most advanced technology of recent times) in an attempt to prove the footage as a hoax. Firstly, the movement of the creature in the video has been unsuccesfully replicated on every occasion. The slumped figure, long dangling arms and huge stride simply cannot be copied nor could they have been made by a person, particularly by two low-paid men back in 1967. Secondly, if this was indeed a hoax and a person was actually beneath a suit, then how come the most expensive attempt at a reconstruction (made by the BBC in 1998) could not create something anywhere near as realistic as the original, some 30 years after the original incident? Furthermore, how can skeptics explain the obvious muscle definition along the legs and torso as the creature walks? What about the appearance of breasts? And the face (which has recently been maximised and made clearer) shows amazing similarities to that of other primates, such as a protruding bottom lip - something which can already be seen on chimpanzees.

Of course, there was a surge of material following the release of the Patterson footage. A great number of hoaxes and sightings started to pile in, and it is these that have tampered with the credibility of the original footage. People send in eye-witness reports each year. Most of them can be discounted, but amongst the thousands there has to be some truth. Many of the witnesses are in fact seemingly credible, and their stories are consistent with previous accounts. In some cases, evidence has been found at the scenes - footprints, fur, "stick creations" (a common male primate warning sign). Most interesting, upon scientific analysis of the fur and footprints, is evidence of dermal ridges and DNA sequences that belong in the primate family, yet are not consistent with any currently documented species.

So how come Bigfoot hasn't been found yet? Well, that question almost answers itself. Bigfoot has been found, there's just no solid, biological evidence sitting before scientists. For this myth to finally be rid, someone is unfortunately going to have to shoot (or perhaps tranquilize) one of these creatures and bring it out of the wilderness. But how would someone even go about finding a Bigfoot? They have thousands and thousands of miles of forest to hide in, and as reports suggest, they are very shy animals. We've found signs of them, but we just haven't dedicated enough time to actually capturing one. And the media isn't helping, constantly promoting the mystery of Bigfoot as a joke on society. As a result, no company in any industry has been bothered to fund a proper project to attempt to find the elusive creature. The question I have is why the media doesn't listen to the scientists who do say there is a strong possibility of a giant ape living in North America. All one has to do is look at similar stories from the world. Take the ferocious giant ape recently discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Up until recently only natives have witnessed it, but now a researcher has seen it, recorded it, and the species has been labelled as fact. There are numerous cave paintings of Bigfoot in North America and footage has been taken, but we still can't seem to accept it ...

The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) dedicates as much time as possible in the hunt for bigfoot. Over the years they've discovered some interesting evidence, while also compiling a number of stories from eye-witnesses. An interesting method they use, like so many others, is to set up a number of special cameras over 5-mile radiuses deep within the forest. These cameras are motion sensitive, and if anything walks in front of them a picture will be taken. The cameras are also Infra Red and can take the all-important night-time shots. Salt licks and other attractions - ranging from dangling CDs and windchimes are used to hopefully attract animals towards the camera. And they work. Many of the animals documented are deer and bears, but there have been a few exceptions. The most recent, and most interesting, has been the following:

Bear Cubs

Juvenile Bigfoot?

The second picture of the possible Bigfoot.

Is it possible that these photos show us Bigfoot? The article on the site goes on to explain that the length of the arms almost certainly rules out a bear, yet more evidence of a "mangy bear bending over" are required. I recommend checking out the article and the rest of the site if the topic interests you - it's a great resource. *Note* Since the writing of this article the images were analysed and determined NOT to be of a bear, mangy or healthy.

The best video I've seen so far (I believe from the History channel) is split into 5 parts on Youtube. It's fascinating viewing and the start is one of the most intense introductions to a documentary I've ever seen, if not the most. The first part is here and you can link to the rest from there with ease:

Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?

*Note* This article has been shortened.

What would you say if I stated the pyramids were built, or designed, by aliens, rather than the Egyptians? You may laugh, but I have solid evidence, and there are a growing number like myself who are finally jumping on board and discovering the truth about the past.

I won't go into extreme details, although if this topic interests you, a simple 'aliens built pyramids' Google search will give you a number of sites. Basically, let's start with the knowledge required to build such momentous structures. At the time, the Egyptians were not aware of the advanced mathematics we have today. Concepts such as Pi, were not yet discovered. They knew nothing of latitudes and longitudes, nor did they know where the North Pole was, or if it even existed. So then how did they manage to build pyramids that were 1/10th of and inch off being perfectly straight, and how did they manage to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza so that it was perfectly in line with the North Pole? Also, if you take the perimeter of the pyramid and divide it by two times the height, you get a number exactly equivalent to pi (3.14159). Even stranger, the pyramid lies on the point 31 degrees north by 31 degrees west. Coincidentally, these two lines cover the most combined land area in the world, making the Great Pyramid the centre of all land mass of the world. Hmm.

Let's look at the technology around at the time. Supposedly, the Egyptians were able to build the Great Pyramid by lugging stone blocks into position. Each block weighed on average 1.5 tonnes. Apparently, it took them 20 years to complete the pyramid, with 100,000 men working on it each day. But even this large a workforce couldn't have constructed the pyramid with the technology at the time. So how did they manage to get the blocks into positions so extreme that not even a razor blade could fit between two of the stones. Let's look at two of the common assumptions: ramp and roll.

The ramp technique states the Egyptians built a ramp that ascended around the pyramid as the structure got taller. This is a ridiculous theory since they would've needed more materials to build the ramp than the actual pyramid. And who was working on the ramp when the pyramid needed full attention? Furthermore, where did the materials for the ramp come from? There was hardly enough stones for the actual pyramid. Also, where did the ramp materials go? We certainly haven't found a large discardment of materials anywhere.

The roll technique states the Egyptians cut down trees in nearby regions, and used the trunks to help roll the heavy stones across the ground to the pyramids. Why on earth would they want to do that? While I can't recall the name of the trees supposedly used, they were in fact a food source for the Egyptians, and the number of trees needed for this process would've been phenomenal. For example, how many times could each trunk survive being placed under the stone's weight? Very few.

This takes us back to where we started. How did they build the pyramids, in particular, the Great Pyramid? The tools they had at the time couldn't have done the job. In fact, the tools we have today couldn't do the job in 20 years. How did they do it? Simple - they didn't.

Before I take this topic outside of Earth, I'll leave you with another striking fact. Throughout their history, the Egyptians made sure to record everything about their civilisation: methods of agriculture, hierarchy, beliefs, events and celebrations, lifestyles. Yet, there is abosulutely no mention of the pyramids being built. Nothing at all. I ask you to find an answer as to why this might be the case?

Looking at some of the hieroglyphic depictions created we come across some interesting discoveries. In one picture, a being is depicted and not specified as a god. This is strange, but it is not unique to the Egyptian culture. In fact, there are rock drawings in the Incan Empire depicting human-like creatures wearing space suits. I believe there are similar pictures in Iraq or Afghanistan. So around 10,000 BC these pictures are appearing in Egypt, and then between 1400-1500 AD, they're drawn in the Inca Empire. These are, of course, well before the invention of the space suit.

What fascinates me the most are the writings of a tenth planet by the Incans and, I believe, the Egyptians. My main question is this - how did these civilisations even know about the other nine planets (imagine that Pluto is still labelled a planet)? Furthermore, how did they know about a tenth one that only modern astronomy has accepted exists, yet we haven't been able to get an exact location on it. This planet is known as Planet X, and is apparently where the visitors to Earth came from, as stated in the pictures and writings. Trivia: Have you heard about the mysterious fungi that escaped and killed everybody that went near King Kufu's tomb? Was that really a curse, or was it ancient fungi? Maybe, it was fungi from another world? Planet X?

Finally, we can all agree the Great Pyramid is something to marvel at. To this day, it has survived exceptionally well. But why, 500 years after the Great Pyramid was built, could the Egyptians fail to create smaller pyramids of equal quality. Today, these smaller clones are crumbling, yet the biggest and the best remains standing tall.

Fallout 3

After it was banned here in Australia I was a little angry. But after the E3 footage I really couldn't care less. I feel like I'm one of the few people who actually don't think it looks very good. Oh, and Oblivion IV is really bad, even for an older game.


Australia and Inflation ...

Man this country gets screwed over with gaming prices. New release games retail for $100 here. In the US, I'm pretty sure it's $60. Now the exchange rate is about 95c on average lately, so that means Americans are saving over $35 when they buy a new release compared to Australians. Basically, I've been importing recently. eBay is a great place to find cheap games, and I've heard Play Asia is also good. But the problem is these games take time to arrive. I want my new releases immediately and cheaply!

The other week, I bought the Xbox 360 Arcade. It was $278, which is really cheap for here. The Arcade is now back to $350. I'm happy with it. The stupid machine makes more noise than an airplane but who cares. It plays the exclusives. So I've been loving Gears of War, but honestly Microsoft can go to hell if they think they can charge me for online gaming. The PS3 trumps them on that front.