Monday, April 18, 2011
Airs on SyFy, Wednesday at 10pm
I like this show a lot - they have several choices at the beginning of each episode in which they get to choose two. Each member of the cast, Ben, Bill, Devin, Chy-lan, Austin, and Jael bring something to the table. They go through each one, debunking, tabling, or accepting their investigations then they break up into two teans, pack up and head out. They do make it look that seamless, but I am sure there is a great deal more that goes into it.
This week the choices were:
1. Pantry Ghost
A person apparently had a problem with his pantry door being open all the time. He would close it and then find it open again. Finally, he filmed it. The door opens, no one inside. He closes the door and backs away. Suddenly a face and hands come up against the frosted glass of the door as if to see him. He does not jump back. They question that act - because they all think that they would have jumped back. Chi-lan thinks it is "cut and paste work" with the film and points out why. They all debate it but it comes down to creative editing for effect.
2. Alien Visitor - Jacksonville, FL
A homeowner has been visited by a little alien every night, or quiet often, for 10 years. They had, apparently, tabled this before for more evidence, now they have it. Now, with film of a "hovering alien over the bed", they decide to go off to investigate this one.
Devin, Chy-lan, and Ben go through the site investigation then get permission to carry out their tests. They do perform several tests, come close, but not close enough, switch gears and try something else, including suspending a homemade puppet from the ceiling (hope they got permission to drill the hole in the ceiling) and lights, action, camera film more. Still not close enough, so the decide to do a "night stakeout" complete with glassed in closet for Chy-lan, "ghost lab-type trailer" out on the street, Devin in the front yard tree to scan for electronic signals and beings on the roof, and last, but most important, the homeowner as bait in his own bed.
Apparently the homeowner filmed the original film using a parabolic mirror (convex mirror) installed high on the bedroom wall so that he could get a larger view of the room. Seems this little alien will not come around if it knows it's being filmed. Then he uses a strobe light to hopefully capture the speed or distance it travels in a certain amount of time across the room, and several other lighting techniques. There is a piece of paper taped to the top of the mirror to defer lense flares (???). Sure enough, something moves across the ceiling, but not by much - but then who wants to wake up to something humanoid floating over your bed!
They try jackets on a coat stand and it looks pretty good, but no head. They make a puppet and suspend it from the ceiling, still not perfect, but closer.
There is a little guy that apparently comes out of the bathroom and they use a little fashion dummy for that and with a stick make it look like its coming out of the bathroom. I thought they nailed that one very well.
Anyway, back to the closet, roof, and trailer. They homeowner is laying in his bed and asks, "Who is there?" Some kind of electronic interfeirance disconnects Chy-lan from the others, disrupts Devin in the tree, but only after he gets something from the window of the bedroom and makes that claim. When no one can get Chy-lan, he comes down out of the tree and nearly trips over the herd of worms coming out of the ground. (To heck with Chy-lan - worms are important!) Suddenly Chy-lan is back on the air and the homeowner sits up and say's, "Did you hear that? I hear piano music playing." No one else does and it isn't recorded.
After a great deal of debate, it is decided that the homeowner was telling the truth, but they have no proof of alien visitation or anything else so it's - No answer!
3. Jerusalem - Mysterious Hovering Light
Dome of the Rock is visited by a mysterious light that slowly descends straight down from the sky and hovers over it. Then suddenly it screams straight upward and disappears. There is some person standing in the clip, just to the side, but there seems to be no reaction from this person to anything going on over the Dome of the Rock.
There are apparently no other witnesses, yet there are claims to be video from several different angles - one, at least, has been proven to be a hoax. It was apparently filmed at 1am, so they figure someone would have seen it, and they don't think any being could have withstood the g-forces encured when the thing scream out of sight. Scraped!
4. Playground Poldergeist - Firmat, Argentina
Jael, Bill, and Austin investigate!
A playground swing has been swinging, on its own since 2007 and both scientists and paranormal experts have been baffled by it. Nobody can figure out why this swing is continuously swinging for 4 years.
It is now a legend and associated with the sudden, acidental death of a young boy about 5 years ago. They talk to the person that origianlly filmed and reported it then go to work trying to figure out what is causing it.
They try the monofilament string, but that doesn't work and besides, who would sit in the bushes 24/7 for the last 4 years? They build an exact duplicate and set it up next to the original swing (3 chain swings on one steel pipe structure - of which only the middle one swings constantly). They try causing the two middle swings to swing simultaniously but as normal the one they build slowly comes to a stop while the original swing continues swings.
They cover the entire swing set with one of those newish blow-up rooms and close the doors. (I wonder what some kid thought when he wanted to go swing by the never stopping swing but now theres a new building over it.)
They try the fans for wind gusts, they try all kinds of things but nothing works and this middle swing continues swing as normal. However, I notice that the middle swing no longer swings when the room is enclosing it. But I don't get to see everything and maybe someone keeps touching it to stop it for some reason. Anyway, Jael suddenly notices that the middle swing has a larger seat and it catches the wind much better. Case solved.
My only question now is, who were the scientists and paranormal experts that were baffled? I can figure Zak, Nick, and Aaron of Ghost Adventures Crew were probably the later, perhaps, Jerry Lewis was the former. Sorry, Jael, but it didn't take a scientist or paranormal expert to figure out what was going on.
In any case, I love how they bring up some of the junk I've found on the computer and debunk them or prove them correct. It's fun to watch what they go through to do it. I can try to think ahead and what would I do to duplicate it or try to debunk it? You learn wheather you want to or not.
Watch for more Fact or Faked on SyFy, Wednesdays at 10pm. Flashlights and geopods, off!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Mondays at 10pm on A&E -
This new episode is about a lady by the name of Kimberly who is “haunted” by a young teenaged girl with the same name, Kimmy. Apparently Kimmy has been raped and murdered about 12 years ago.
Kimberly has a husband, son and 2 daughters who have also experienced the strange noises, voices, singing, footsteps, doors opening and closing and outright apparitions moving about the house and not all at night.
Kimberly is also a ‘sensitive’ but doesn’t know how to develop or use her powers yet and while she is okay with Kimmy around her house, she wants it to stop.
The house is very different, to me. It is multi-levels and very narrow feeling to me. There is a basement, then the next level up has the front and back entrances, living room, master bedroom and bathroom and I believe a ˝ bath. The next level up has the children’s bedrooms and the kitchen with a small dining area, probably another bathroom and the next level up has an office. There is another level that appears to be half a level, as though the builder wanted to add dormers for looks and ended up with a very small attic. The entire house has an open stairwell from attic to basement.
When this episode was being filmed, it must have been just before Christmas as the inside of the house was lit up with holiday lights and trees, from the bedposts to the kitchen and I wouldn’t be surprised to have found them in the bathroom, too. I think the banister was decorated from the attic to the basement. They seemed to have really loved the holiday lighting..
History of this episode was that Kimberly was working and met a couple and instantly Kimberly got a whisper in her ear saying, “tell them I’m alright, tell them I’m alright.” She must have relayed something to this couple although she said she felt like she was losing her mind because of it. They told her about Kimmy and how she had been abducted, raped and murdered when she was a teenager.
So Kimberly often felt the presence of Kimmy and all she could ever feel was Kimmy’s tortured time just before her death.
Doing research on this story, Ryan, founder of Paranormal State, spoke with the reporter about the story. Apparently it is still an unsolved mystery 12 years later and Kimmy was found in a graveyard but because of the decay of the body, they were not able to collect enough evidence to go after anyone in particular, no suspects.
During the investigation which was 2 nights and a third day, they recorded several thumps and bumps but unfortunately it could have been attributed to the house settling in the cold frosty air.
A psychic came in the second night and held a “work shelf” that had been made by Kimmy and obtained from her sister, Monica. Monica had communicated with Kimberly on the phone once and apparently had been asked many times during that phone call to please hold as Kimmy was behind her wanting attention. Monica totally believed Kimberly was being visited by Kimmy and actually wanted to be with Kimmy long enough to talk. The one hurt the family had after this long period of time was that they never got to say good bye to Kimmy. Kimmy, apparently wanted to tell them she was alright and smiling again.
The psychic “saw” the school picture of a young girl, 9 to early teens, with brown eyes and long brown hair and felt the pain, frustration and anger of the family. “It was unfair!” She sensed that the girl was stolen from them.
There were times when Kimberly, who was present for the second night's investigation, heard singing and saw a shadow move under the stairwell.
During the first night investigation when Ryan and one investigator were in the house alone, the Christmas tree moved sufficiently to rattle the ornaments and there were shadows seen but no EVPs were recorded even when Ryan and the investigator implored anyone to communicate. They promised to help in any way they could, to tell the story or to get a message to the family. Still nothing.
In the end, it was decided that it was too difficult to say what was going on, that it was believed Kimberly was a sensitive and she was being haunted as opposed to the house or land and she was given instructions on how to help Kimmy move on and leave the house and offered assistance from the psychic to help her develop her sensitivity, if she wanted that. She accepted the offer and the instructions.
This show always ends with a written statement at the end as an update on the story. This one stated that after the investigation the family no longer experienced any haunting experiences.
I can’t fault this show. There are no re-enactments, no tours of graveyards, no highly suspicious noises or events, nothing flying across the room as if angrily thrown, nothing extra to scar you or raise your blood pressure, or anything that would leave you wondering if it was real or faked. You were not constantly thinking, “I know how I would attempt to fake that!” It just seems like good investigating and helping people get past paranormal experiences that they don’t understand. Not all of us are Ghost Hunters or want to be Paranormal Investigators.
I never got the feeling of, “Oh no, here comes something that’s going to scare my socks off.” I never had the hair on the back of my neck standing on end waiting for the camera to move around the corner to come face to face with something monstrous. It was a quiet investigation into an experience with the paranormal.
Good show that is found on A&E, Monday’s at 10pm. They apparently are having back-to-back shows right now.
What would you do if you had “someone,” as in a ghost, latch onto you in an attempt to get your help? Would you welcome the opportunity to help a ghost or want it out of your life instantly? Would you contact the family with your story or feel like, “they’ll think I’m a nutcase!”?
Friday, April 15, 2011
I wanted to thank all the members of teams I lead, SparkFlorida - The Official Team, Ghost Adventures Crew, All Low Carbers Welcome Here, and Fact or Faked Paranormal Files, and all the teams I am a member of, for their fantastic contributions to both team and their own goal chasing. I know we are all getting closer to reaching our goals and it's fun talking to you via SparkMail, blog comments, SparkGoodies, threads, etc. So many ways to converse with each other and stay focused on reaching our goals, support each other through victories and missteps. Goals might be ellusive to others, but not SparkPeople.
Have a Sparkling Weekend, Everyone!
Monday, April 11, 2011
I am leader of the Ghost Adventures Crew team on SparkPeople and every week I sit and watch the episodes so I can start a new thread on the teampage for the episode. I don't bother watching the reruns. They are on so much anyway that I can watch it tomorrow or next week again. However, a new episode does come out about every 3rd or 4th week all year long so I watch and then write the review, include some links for further review of any team member wanting to go see who built the structure, or whatever.
The Crew went to Las Vegas and the Venetian Resort (Impressive) to check up on the Rat Pack, Judy Garland, and others from the old Sands Hotel. I hope you enjoy the review. If you want to comment on the review of the episode, please do it on the TeamPage for the Crew.
While it was an interesting episode, you'll find my comments at the bottom of this blog, Enjoy.
They went to Las Vegas, The Venetian specifically, the Sands, in retrospect. Since the Venetian is now standing on what was originally the Sands (destroyed on Nov 26, 1996 by implosion), the new casino, hotel and resort now hosts some strange action not attributed to the new facilities.
Apparently, such noted deceased and extremely famous figures continue to host shows and parties in the original areas of the Copa and showrooms, which has been turned into Madame Trussaud's Wax Museum. Figures such as, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr., Judy Garland and Peter Lawford, to name a few. (See below.)
As our trio is locked down in Madame Trussaud’s Wax Museum, (I, like Miss Piggy, learned all my French from French perfume bottles) and make their way through the pitch black darkness of the extremely large hall full of various deceased and living famous personalities done in wax, there were a few EVPs that rose to the top of the pot. One impressive one for me was a female voice that said, “Singing in the Rain,” and before they stated the link, I knew Judy Garland had sung that song many times at the Sands in the Copa. True, others had sung the song there, too, but Judy is gone, her daughter Liza’s figure is just outside the door of the Copa and the voice was female, following Aaron’s question, “When you were performing here, what song did you sing and did you perform it with 3 other people?”
Because he asked it in those specifics, I become extremely skeptical of the answer. He was so specific that it makes me feel that it was setup. Judy Garland performed the song with the Rat Pack, Frank, Dean, and Sammy (the 3 other people). Plus Aaron winked very conspiratorial just before the answer came along and then his remark of, “You know who I mean,” after the EVP. It all smacks of setup.
“Noah” was apparently captured by Nick at the base of the stairs. The white shirt and dark pants very visible, but still transparent in the darkness. I don’t know how they could “fake” this, but I’m not a techno-geek so it could be real or not. But I’ve learned enough about picture manipulation that I don’t believe any photo from today as being actual and truthful. Little wonder judges seem to disallow any pictures to be entered as evidence. I’ve done enough cutting and pasting of people’s heads to other people’s bodies during training lessions of Photo Shop, etc., to know what can be done. I’ve erased things and blended the erased area so you can’t tell something was changed, so I know that things are possible to “fake” on photography.
“Noah” apparently, had a discussion with our trio through the “spirit box” Ovulis II, a new spirit box. Words heard were, NOAH, PLAY, CORNER, TIED, CONTRACT, CAVE, DIG, THROAT, LASHED, and ALIVE. (All the upper case words are out of the spirit box.)
Our trio decided it was Noah telling them that he was caught playing with something (or someone) in the corner and (because he crossed the line), a contract was put on his head, so he was taken out to the desert, tied up in a cave, forced to dig his own grave, and left alive to die or find his way home. How does someone dig their own grave if they are tied up?
I have a hard time believing in the “spirit box”, old or new because it just seems to “handy” for the perfect string of words to come out at the perfect time. I can’t get past the feeling that it was pre-recorded to be played on cue by our fantastic (maybe faking-it) trio. You can’t say they don’t know how to be silly and do a lot of drama because they do it on every episode. I keep waiting for them to say, “Ha! We sure fooled you! We faked absolutely everything and here is how we did it!” Just so they can say, "we got famous and we got our money and all the while you were entertained.”
Anyway, fact or faked (no pun) here is what was left in the rubble of the Sands in my mind. I became so lost in all the changing scenes from early Vegas to today, from mob to today, from one dancer to another, and all the wax figures in the way that it was hard to keep track of what was going on and who was doing what. There seemed to be a lack of consistency and the flow was so erratic that I couldn’t follow it, even after several reviews. It seems that every time I review it, I find more stuff, and I become more skeptical. Not of ghost but skeptical that these three guys are digging out any evidence of the "Spirit World" or the "After life".
I would just like something much more evenly flowing so that I can follow it without having to back up and repeat the same section and wonder, “What?!”
Check out some of the links below and then let us know your thoughts on the latest episode.
http://www.pcap.com/sands.htm (Closing of Sands Hotel & Casino Notice)
CD4QsAQ&biw=1082&bih=534 (Google Images of Sands Hotel & Casino)
tml (Vegas Implosions)
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I don't usually find sad things in happy things, but today I have one. Yesterday, I got dressed and noticed, again, that my pants were getting too big. I pulled out an old belt, the kind with a fancy buckle, and slid it through the belt loops on my pants, then buckled it. It was still a little loose so I went to rebuckle and discovered I was past the last hole in the belt! Surprise! That had never happened before! I wandered around the house concentrating on the feel of my pants with the belt, as I don't usually wear belts. My pants still felt like they were going to fall off, so I took them off, checked the size and went to my closet. I know I have a pair of summer shorts at a smaller size. I got them one time by accident as I didn't check the sizes close enough at a sale. So they were hanging in the closet for over a year. Would they fit?
Sure enough they fit, and I didn't have any problems with them when I sat down, either. Didn't need the belt, fancy buckle or not, and was very proud of myself for having lost enough weight to finally wear, comfortably, the lowest size in decades!
Wow! Then the thought hit me and I stopped jumping up and down and sat down. This means I have to get rid of my clothes that are too big! Most people would think that was great but I felt sad. I just got those clothes not too long ago when the last bunch of clothes were too big. I always wear my clothes out. I never buy until they are really worn out! This was going to be a waste of money. My happy/sad or sad/happy feelings were swirling around confusing me rediculously.
I had to stop. This should be a happy time, but the problem is, we are at our lowest, financially, since we got married 34 years ago! I've been unemployed, except for writing a book, since the beggining of 2008 and my husband is working a straight commission job and while it has been tough, we have learned to make do and have felt okay because we certainly are part of the majority that are living on the edge of the abyss. What we don't have is money to go buy clothes, again. I get my hot water from a huge pot on the stove because the hot water tank decided to die this month. And I won't go into all the sorrows, everybody has enough right now.
Anyway, I looked at the older pants and wondered if I could alter them to a smaller size. I'm not much when it comes to sewing. I can do a hand hem job, but the sewing machine is a different animal. I can't sew a straight seam for all the tea in china, or anything else for that matter. But the problem is, I would have to rip the pants appart, totally in order to remake them. Not being much good on a sewing machine or anything else in the sewing world put that idea right out of my head.
So happy is; I've lost enough wieght to put me in new clothes, Sad is; it's too soon! I feel like I can't win! But that is what I am doing!
I guess I could be in Japan right next to number 4 or 6 reactor. I could be living in Japan without any clothes than the ones on my back and no food to enrich my body, never mind the reactors that are damanged and leaking all over the place. I could be living in Japan in a "ghost town with a closed down mine", no electricity, running water, or anything else to make life a little better than the cave dwellers had.
So what am I complaining about? Nothing! I still have a long way to go, and I am happy that I am making progress. I will find some way to handle this situation and be glad I'm not living in Japan without anything. I wonder if there is a neighbor woman that needs a larger pair of pants than I wear and is wondering where she will get the money to go buy new pants?
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