Books. Remember them? The big lumps of wood pulp that used to clog up your shelves? Well, they’re back, and hotter than vinyl records.
Last week, the British Library announced that the rise of the digital age had, paradoxically, helped boost numbers visiting the British Library by 10 per cent. Meanwhile, James Daunt, the chief executive of Waterstones, Britain’s leading bookselling chain, revealed that sales of traditional books were rising strongly again, while demand for ebook readers had, “to all intents and purposes disappeared”.
This was something of a volte-face for Mr Daunt, who, just three years ago, declared: “Our customers want to read digitally,” while announcing a juicy deal with Amazon to sell the online giant’s Kindle ebook readers. Reports from the book trade speak of a spectacular Christmas with record-breaking sales and packed shops, but ebooks appear to have missed the party.
Meanwhile, Waterstones’ rival, Foyles, says its sales were up by 8.1 per cent on last Christmas, despite fewer promotions, and with traditional books accounting for most of the advance. “The physical book is having a resurgence,” says Foyles boss, Sam Husain. “People still like to shop online, but there’s nothing like being in the bookshop.”
It wasn’t meant to be this way. When ebooks took off in the mid-Noughties, many foresaw the death of the printed variety that has dominated the market for 600 years, and great was the wailing and gnashing of teeth among traditionalists. A slim, six-ounce Kindle could store hundreds of books, and the device was packed with nifty features for tech-addicted customers. The book was clearly headed the same way as the quill. Or the typewriter. Or, for that matter, the vinyl record.
Happily, the ebook pioneers forgot something important. There are some things that technology can’t replace, and readers began to realise that a proper book possessed something akin to a soul. Not just older readers, either. My 16-year-old son begged for a Kindle a few years ago. When I asked him last week if he still used it, he looked up from the hand-bound, folio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo he had got for Christmas, and blinked. “Oh, that, not really.”
Behind the world’s unstoppable technological advance, it seems, is the awkward human refusal to be rushed. Or conned into believing that things that will actually make their lives more complicated will make them easier. Or sold expensive solutions to problems that don’t exist. And from these stirrings of resistance is arising the phenomenon of low-tech.
To the rallying cry, “Old is Gold”, millions are re-embracing technologies that seemed doomed to a cobwebby obsolescence. Clam-shell and “flip” phones are the new height of chic, with the likes of Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue, singer Rihanna and actress Scarlett Johansson all flaunting the venerable devices. Good-quality examples of these old phones can fetch over £800 – far more than the latest Apple iPhone 6 – and so big is the demand that Samsung, the Korean manufacturer, is bringing out a new version.
The appeal is only partly faddishness. For the old phones actually do what phones used to do, which is to make and receive phone calls, without depositing your whole life in cyberspace where it can be stolen and used to embarrass you before the entire world. According to the New York Times, one of the main attractions of the retro-phone for celebrities is that it helps keep their secrets safe. And, as rocker Iggy Pop says, “You can drop it and it doesn’t break.”
The same sound reasoning may explain the extraordinary comeback of the Polaroid “instant photo” camera, once the instrument of choice for aficionados of amateur erotic snaps. Last year’s Hollywood nude photo scandal in which hackers accessed Apple’s iCloud storage system and put naked pictures of more than 100 actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst, on the internet, had a chilling effect in celebrity circles.
It was excellent news for Polaroid, though. Near bankrupt in the early 2000s, the US corporation stopped selling its famous self-developing film in 2007. The rights were bought by a small Dutch-based company, the Impossible Project, which is now struggling to meet demand.
“Last year our film sales were up 60 per cent,” says Creed O’Hanlon, the company’s executive chairman. “We probably sold 1 million packs of film and we sold 3,000 cameras on Black Friday alone.”
The firm is currently scouring the globe for old Polaroids it can refurbish and sell. While celebrities have helped create a buzz, admits Mr Hanlon, the big buyers are teenagers. “Today, the thing teenagers love is taking a picture, hearing a click and a whirr,” he says, “then seeing an image slowly appear in the palm of their hand. People love the tangibility. You can write on it, you can give it to somebody. It feels one-off and more special than just transferring you a file.”
Vinyl-record sales are booming, too. Last year they hit an estimated 1.2 million – the highest for 20 years, and a five-fold increase since 2008. Threatened by seemingly superior technologies, the old discs seemed headed for extinction, but – as with books – it is the “soul” of vinyl that has been its salvation.
In particular, fans like the covers – once an art genre in their own right and now being rediscovered by a new generation. “They are one of the key reasons people are buying vinyl again,” says Gennaro Castaldo of the British Phonographic Industry. “They help to transform a record into an artefact fans like to own and collect.”
Even typewriters are bouncing back. Spooked by the WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden affairs, intelligence agencies and political groups are reportedly returning to Cold War technology to keep their secrets safe. The glamour is back, too. Movie star Tom Hanks recently published a “love letter” to the typewriter, declaring: “The tactile pleasure of typing is incomparable… there is a sheer physical pleasure to typing.”
Dr Mike Evans, a theoretical physicist at Leeds University, believes that the appeal of high-technology is being undone by its constant quest for what he calls “sterile perfection”.
People are naturally curious, he argues, and they like to have some sense of how things work. With, say, a record player it’s obvious; with a shiny plastic stick, it isn’t.
“Devices shield us from reality, only because it is fashionable to do so. For example, when you switch on an old radio – even one with automatic tuning – you hear a few seconds of white or coloured noise as the tuner seeks the right frequency. It’s a nice sound, evocative of the electromagnetic physics of the carrier wave. New models don’t do that until the tuning is completed.
“Modern gadgets are designed not to betray the imperfect physical nature of their workings,” Dr Evans continues. “That is a shame, because imperfections are important in helping us to understand the world.”
Today I was contacted by my good friend and one of the leading researchers into CERN concerning something very disturbing indeed. The commonly accepted maximum power expected to be generated at CERN, and this comes from their own Scientists, is 13 TeV, however, worryingly, we are learning that the true power will be over 1,000 TeV!
Yes, you read that right… 1,000 TeV. Below, I have made a video report to help explain this, and then included the work of Mr Patch in article form. Tony Patch will be on Freaky Friday tonight over on TRUTH FREQUENCY RADIO, 23rd Oct 2015 @ 2am UK time, 9pm EST & 6pm PST to explain these truely frightening developments.
LHC Updates by Anthony Patch
The Maximum Power Level for the LHC will be:
Nov. 20 – Dec. 13 : 1.15 PeV – THIS FAR EXCEEDS THE LEVEL OF 13TeV seen thus far!
Where does this 1.15 PeV come from and what is PEV?
Collisions of Ions Of Lead (Pb) @ 1,148 TeV (1.15 PeV)
The highest energy to day is 13 TeV with Protons.
NOTE – Tera (TeV) 10 followed by 12 zeroes – 10,000,000,000,000
Peta (PeV) 10 followed by 15 zeroes – 10,000,000,000,000
This is the CENTER of MASS ENERGY of Lead Particles – that is where the 1.14 PeV is coming from
The LHC will power up from 13 TeV – 1,148 TeV
13,000,000,000,000 Electron Volts = the 13 TeV
1,148,000,000,000,000 Electron Volts = the 1,148 TeV = 1.15 PeV
TERA – Trillion
Peta – Quadrillion
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The actual maximum poer level the LHC is capagle of has been hidden from the public
All of the publicity has been surrounding their having achieved 13 TeV
No mention of 1.15 PeV has ever been made
Protons have been colliding this year.
Now they are swapping them out for Ions Of Lead (Pb) from NOV 20 through DEC 13
STARGATE AT CERN
The stated goals of CERN are to….
Discover new dimensions… to open one or more
Porals to other dimenstion… to make contact
Many Physicists have expressed their concern that this search for other dimensions could have disastrous consequences for us all. Concern for the production of Vacuum Bubbles enveloping not only our Earth, but perhaps even the universe.
Also, the production of Strangelets, the most powerful explosive substance in the known universe.
The fact that the LHC will produce such a massive increase in power of 1.15 PeV, rather than the purported maximum of 14+ TeV, should raise concern aswell.
1,145 Trillion vs 14 Trillion is a big jump!
PROTONS HAVE A COLLISION ENERGY = 14TeV LEAD ION COLLISION ENERGY = 1.15PeV
The beam dynamics and the performance limits with Lead ions are quite different from those of Protons. This is due to the copious nuclear electomagnetic interaction in peripheral collisions of Lead Ions.
The physics of Lead ion beams is qualitatively and quantitatively different from that of Protons.
The Interaction Point #2 for the collisions of Lead ions is within the ALICE detector. The CMS and ATLAS detectors will play a later role in the experiments.
Lead ions will collide head-on, whereas Protons did so at an angle. This contributes to the marked increase in the Centre-of-mass-Energy level.
To put it simply, that is why we see the jump from TeV to PeV.
This increase in power, having been withheld from the public at large, calls into question…. what will be the result? Why hide it?
Repeatedly, the spokespeople for CERN admittedly have no real idea what to expect once the LHC achieves maximum power levels.
Again, just to emphasise the point here….
WE ARE TALING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN…
TRILLIONS ON ELECTRON VOLTS (ONE MILLION MILLION) VS QUADRILLIONS (ONE THOUSAND MILLION MILLION)
Circulation within the 27km long Main Ring of the LHC, not loosely configured subatomic particles… but now what essentially are two SOLID BEAMS OF LEAD, each rotating in opposite directions at 99.9999999991% the speed of light….
And, unlike what previously occured with Protons crossing each other’s paths at an angle, Heavy Lead Ions, the “solid beams”, will collide head-on….
Thus combing all of their Kinetic Energies at one point
Scientists at CERN are expecting to CONTACT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE within days as they ramp up the energy levels at the largest machine on earth! They are hoping to detect miniature black holes that would in effect prove that gravity has leaked from our dimension into another. However, as i will go on to explain, I suspect they have already made “contact” a long time ago, and what they are doing now is trying to establish a stable connection. Why? Well, that too will become clear, but just cast your mind back to what Anthony Patch shared with us on The Kev Baker Show regarding CERN & Saturn, and what if I was to tell you we are now seeing Saturn act in a way never seen before?
Buckle up, here we go, through the CERNHOLE!
OK, so, lets take a look at what got me started on this shall we, and that is the report which appeared in the Express on the 17th October 2015…
The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect – or even create – miniature black holes.
If successful a completely new universe will be revealed – rewriting not only the physics books but the philosophy books too.
It is even possible that gravity from our own universe may ‘leak’ into this parallel universe, scientists at the LHC say…..
Mir Faizal, one of the three-strong team of physicists behind the experiment, said: “Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two dimensional objects [breadth and length] can exist in a third dimension [height], parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions.
“We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC.
“Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised.
“This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science.
“This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions.
Lets pause here for a moment and talk about the fact that the boffins at CERN are now openly talking about detecting black holes – something that we in the conspiracy world have been ridiculed for even daring to suggest is the case.
However, it’s the final part of the article that really pricked my suspicions…
“As gravity can flow out of our universe into the extra dimensions, such a model can be tested by the detection of mini black holes at the LHC.“We have calculated the energy at which we expect to detect these mini black holes in ‘gravity’s rainbow’ [a new scientific theory].“If we do detect mini black holes at this energy, then we will know that both gravity’s rainbow and extra dimensions are correct.”
When the LHC is fired up the energy is measured in Tera electron volts – a TeV is 1,000,000,000,000, or one trillion, electron Volts
So far, the LHC has searched for mini black holes at energy levels below 5.3 TeV.
But the latest study says this is too low.
Instead, the model predicts that black holes may form at energy levels of at least 9.5 TeV in six dimensions and 11.9 TeV in 10 dimensions.
Above we see that Dr Faisal says his “model predicts” the energy levels required to produce these black holes in 6 and 10 dimensions – however, the energy levels stated have already been achieved at CERN, and even at the RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) at Brookhaven Labs. So, i suggest what we are seeing here is actually a message to other people “in the know” that they have proven the existence of the multiple dimensions, up to 10 dimensions, at least!We learn above about “Rainbow Theory” (no, not a universe created by a homosexual diety lol), an opposing theory to the Big Bang which suggests there was no beginning to the universe, and that light waves are bent by gravity.
Rainbow Gravity theory (sometimes called “Gravity’s Rainbow”) is a proposed theory which suggests that the universe has no beginning and stretches back in time infinitely with no Big Bang, or otherwise definitive beginning, predicated on the theoretical axiom that different waves of light experience gravity differently. The theory was first put forth at the beginning of the 21st century and possesses the potential to bridge the gap between general relativity and quantum mechanics. The theory is named as such due its postulation that gravity can separate light into its respective wavelengths, forming a rainbow similar to that of a prism. Scientists are currently attempting to detect Rainbow Gravity using the Large Hadron Collider.
(Please remember though, all of these, big bang included, are mere theories, yet to be proven, and are the result of “rounding off the maths” as opposed to being based in reality in anyway, shape or form… it could well be we do not have the level of thinking or understanding to be able to comprehend how everything got here!)
CERN – SATURN CONNECTIONS
I mentioned earlier that it is my suspicion that what is happening now at CERN, and as we move on towards the end of the year, is that they are trying to create a solid/stable connection to wherever it is they are contacting. Could it be as Anthony Patch suggested? Are they trying to create a plasma conduit between CERN and the north pole of Saturn, in the hope that it will release the inter-dimensional demons cast there millenia ago?
One would think if this is the case, then we would be seeing some kind of signs on or around Saturn by now, right? Well, guess what! Yup, there is much woo going on in the rings around Saturn that has scientists speculating there may just be some kind of physical object below the stormy atmosphere of the gas giant.
Strange ripples in the rings around Saturn have suggested there may be something moving deep inside the gas giant.
Astronomers have found unusual wave-like patterns in the rock and ice that make up Saturn’s rings which appear to be travelling towards the centre of the planet.
Most of these ‘waves’ in Saturn’s rings move outwards as a result of the gravitational pull by the planet’s 62 moons drawing material in the rings towards them.
They have calculated that one possible explanation may be a disturbance or object far beneath the surface of Saturn spinning so rapidly it makes a full rotation once every seven hours.
Saturn is synonymous with black cube symbology. The black cube is symbolic of Saturn because of occult beliefs in its symbolizing the three dimensional world we live in as a symbol for matter. One of the oddest things surrounding Saturn worship is the observance the NASA Voyager and Cassini missions made when they were taking photos of the poles of Saturn. There is an unexplained hexagon shaped vortex storm on the north pole of Saturn that you can see in the public domain. A hexagon is actually a flattened out cube when viewed at it three dimensionally, so I find it odd that the ancient occult practices somehow knew this and worshipped it before the photographs were taken.
Could the “flattened cube” now becoming into physicality on Saturn? If so, what does it mean? More importantly, what lies within it?