Showing posts with label UFOs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UFOs. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Miniature flying saucer in Japan?

The case of the captured mini-UFO (1972) (Pink Tentacle)





The strange encounter took place in the Kera area of Kochi City. On the afternoon of August 25, 1972, a 13-year-old junior high student named Michio Seo sighted a strange object flying above a rice field while walking home from school. From a distance he watched the small, mysterious object zigzag quickly around the field like a bat chasing insects.


For the whole story, read on . . .

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Bobby McFerrin and "Close Encounters"

This video of Bobby McFerrin reminded me of the scene in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" where Lacombe is coaching the UFO working group to converse in sign language . . .


World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.




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Thursday, July 30, 2009

"EVERY PICTURE TELLS A LIE"


Schwa (30-second spec spots) from Meinert Hansen on Vimeo.




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Monday, July 20, 2009

Asemic texts and "alien" writing

One of the most compelling blogs to catch my attention recently is The New Post-literate, a repository of asemic writings sometimes reminiscent of channeled texts and alleged extraterrestrial symbols.





The example above, for instance, features glyphs superficially similar to those found in the notorious CARET documents.





According to the tale related in the CARET material, the apparent "letters" lining the graceful, swirling "blueprints" are actually components of a self-executing software program, an essentially "magical" code that generates physical effects on the environment without visible mechanical assistance. (That the intricate designs that figure so prominently in the CARET material resemble some crop formations is almost certainly deliberate, suggesting a common, presumably extraterrestrial, origin.)





I contend that the asemic writings compiled by The New Post-literate and the tantalizing forms that litter the CARET documents hail from the human subconscious. While making no immediate rational sense, perhaps they are indeed "self-executing" in the sense that they appeal to hidden recesses of the collective psyche.

In this context, a literal attempt to decipher the enigmatic forms that grace at least one recent crop formation is probably doomed to failure. The CARET designs, along with their asemic and cereological counterparts, are fundamentally artistic expressions that masquerade as language so that we might take the time to attempt a proper reading.

Update: Greg Bishop weighs in on the "alien writing" issue here.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Paul Kimball remembers Richard Hall.

Dick Hall passes away . . .

Dick was an icon of serious UFO research, from his days with NICAP to his seminal works, The UFO Evidence, Vols. I and II. He was a rare voice of reason in a field full of charlatans, huxters, and died-in-the-wool true believers.

Dick had grown increasingly disenchanted with the UFO research community in recent years, and I don't blame him. In his heyday, he knew men like J. Allen Hynek, and James McDonald - now UFO research is the domain primarily of people like Steven Greer, and Steven Bassett. The likes of Dick Hall are few and far between these days, and UFO research is worse off because of it.


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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Alien writing!

Here's a helpful overview of arcane texts, some ostensibly extraterrestrial. Like crop glyphs, I find unknown alphabets aesthetically intriguing reminders of the overarching strangeness of reality in general. Note how some of the characters represented bear a general resemblance to entopic imagery, discussed here.

(Weirder yet, I learned of the site from none other than Bruce Sterling.)

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Monday, July 06, 2009

John Keel (1930-2009)





This morning I logged onto Twitter to discover that Fortean adventurer John Keel, author of "The Mothman Prophecies," died on July 3. Keel was ufology's own Man In Black, a genuine iconoclast who wedded scientific humility with ideas too strange even for the UFO community. (Keel has been a considerable influence on my own ideas about the "paranormal"; this blog is littered with references to his notion of the "electromagnetic superspectrum" from which seemingly occult forces materialize and vanish, adapting to our belief systems with such tenacity that few -- if any -- of us are ever the wiser.)

Fellow Keelians Greg Bishop and Nick Redfern offer their own remembrances here and here.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

UFOs and the pursuit of happiness

So, have I really abandoned UFOs as an intellectual pursuit? Hardly -- although, in all fairness, I haven't indulged in the subject online recently.

Maybe I'm simply coming up for air before taking a deeper plunge into the abyss.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Little green men

I'm always on the lookout for images that might have helped to popularize/disseminate the appearance of the quintessential alien (as depicted in Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and on the cover of Whitley Strieber's "Communion").

This charming cover art, dating from 1959, shows levitating humanoids not unlike the famed Hopkinsville goblins, who made their dramatic appearance just four years earlier.





Note the conspicuously Martian-looking terrain, a staple of 1950s science fiction. Somehow the notion of a desert planet, bereft of recognizably human structures, speaks to our innate sense of the "other."

Related: The Deep Politics of Hollywood: Close Encounters with the Pentagon.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

They're coming for me!

Are UFO's Buzzing the UMKC Campus?

"He grew up on military bases and couldn't identify it at all," said Margie Kay, Director of KC MUFON.

Kay said sightings like the one at UMKC are on the rise since the start of the year. They used to get one or two sightings a month. Now, it's one or two a day.

"It's keeping us all too busy. Yes. At one point a couple of months ago I received 11 reports on the same day," said Kay.


Considering that the UMKC campus is down the street from my pad, I'm forced to conclude that abduction is inevitable.

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Pseudosaucers

Do you sense a theme here?




























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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Aliens amuck!

Amuck, a local industrial jeweler, is crafting a fetching alien head for my private collection. Take a look:





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Friday, June 05, 2009

I suppose it was only a matter of time.





I've finally been "outed" as an alien. (Just take a look at the caption for the photo accompanying this, er, "revealing" article.)

(Thanks to Greg Bishop for helping to blow my cover.)

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Does the government want you to believe in crashed UFOs?





According to Nick Redfern, the disquieting answer is "yes."

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Coincidence?





Maybe it's just me, but the fantastical concept car pictured above appears to have more than a little in common with the purported alien-derived "drone" pictured below.





Both vehicles sport distinctive eggbeater-like protrusions and both make use of some form of unknown physics. In the case of the "drones," photos featured in cleverly crafted documents depict portions of the craft locked in position without making physical contact with the main body (see image below). The concept car's disembodied rear wheels would seem to make use of a similar concept.





So, is there a causal link? Your guess is as good as mine.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nick Redfern and the Nitinol controversy

Nick Redfern has written a cogent and thought-provoking essay addressing the controversial origin of Nitinol, a "memory metal" not unlike the material described by Roswell eyewitnesses. Must-reading for anyone intrigued by the eponymous UFO crash.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Extraterrestrials vs. fairies

The ETH and the science of fairies





The ETH has been under pressure for a long-time. The biggest problem is that the more data we have (especially when we can see the geographical and temporal variations) the less easy it is to fit to the idea that space travellers are dropping by in their fancy flying saucers (how we look back to the simplicity of the early, Contactee era with a misty eye). We also have reports of contacts with "aliens" going back centuries (along with other "ascended" masters) and beyond that a range of other entities, suggesting the real possibility that these aliens are just new masks worn by an age-old phenomena.


Readers who've followed this blog since '06 might recall my own disillusionment with the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis.

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The conspiracy lives.

There's a new bot in town and it calls itself "Majestic-12." Where's Greg Bishop when you need him?

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

A belated farewell

Fortean writer John Michell died last month; I just found out today.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Alleged Russian UFO



Part of me loathes posting anonymous clips of alleged UFO footage; another part, every bit as strong as the other, enjoys the ensuing comments.

Thoughts on this one?