From the BBC: Pressure-sensitive microphones pick up the live sounds of everything from whales and shipping to seismic activity and the movement of tectonic plates, and this audio is shared with scientists all over the world.
When this tattooed elbow passed me by in the street last Summer I stopped its owner and asked to take a photograph.
The very friendly man said I was one of very few people who had identified the image as that of the Hieronymous Device, or wishing machine, and told me that he used his own personal wishing machine regularly.
So, what the heck is the Hieronymous Device?
Fortean London: Mark Pilkington, Geraldine Beskin & John Rimmer
Thursday, 26 January 2012 7.30-10(ish)pm
Upstairs at The Bell pub, 50 Middlesex Street , London, E1 7EX
£3 / £2 concessions
7.30pm – Fortmanteaux: 8pm – talks: 9pm break: 9.30pm – Q&A: 10(ish)pm – End
Join the London Fortean Society and for three short talks and a discussion on Fortean London. Each talk will be around 15 minutes and will be a followed by a discussion of the paranormal places in north, west and south London.
Geraldine Beskin reveals the ghosts of Peckham. Geraldine is proprietor of the world’s oldest occult bookshop: Atlantis Bookshop in Blooomsbury.
We will begin 2012 with our traditional round up of the month’s strange stories with our Fortmanteaux.
I’ll be part of the Leap of Faith discussion at the Wellcome Collection:
02 February 2012, 19.00 – 20.30
183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE
The building blocks of science are based on explanation and testable proofs. So how does this apply to visions, beliefs and unexplained phenomena? How can proof change our beliefs, and what is the fundamental relationship between the unproven and the need to prove? This event asks what part scientific proof can – and, indeed, should – play for three inexplicable phenomena: alien encounters, near-death experiences and the so-called ‘God Particle’.
This event is FREE.
Mark Pilkington, author of ‘Mirage Men: A Journey into Disinformation, Paranoia and UFOs’ and ‘Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science’s Outer Edge’.
Tara Shears, particle physicist and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Liverpool.
Penny Sartori, near-death experience expert.
Brian Dillon, writer, critic, and tutor for critical writing at the Royal College of Art.
More info about Leap of Faith at the Wellcome Collection