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Visitors from Outer Space: What Saith the Lord?

IMAG0101IMAG0102I received this LP from some friends years ago and finally got around to digitizing it and putting it up on for everyone’s listening enjoyment. Supposedly, this sermon featured what was, at the time, previously unknown information about the Pascagoula UFO landing. It’s about 40 minutes long. Excuse the vinyl crackles–I wasn’t able to filter it to perfection! Currently. the feature on to download individual audio files doesn’t seem to be working for this, but if you click on the link to download the whole bundle as a zip file, you get the m4a and mp3 formats, as well as the jpgs of the album covers.


Saturday Night

The Mott Foundation Building- Flint, Michigan
The Mott Foundation Building- Flint, Michigan

It’s a Saturday night and this post is mostly to test out some automation stuff at a time when few(er) people are probably paying attention…

The picture to the right is of the Mott Foundation Building in Flint, Michigan.   I took the photo last night, around 11:00 PM, and cranked it about in Instagram to make it look a bit more faux-vintage.  I talk about some of the implications of this sort of atemporal treatment in The Chaos Conundrum of course, but I remain amazed at how easy it is to make these sorts of changes to photos.

As an historian, I find this a bit disconcerting–If new things can be made to so easily resemble old things, the old stuff may lose a bit of its cool-ness.  I don’t have any worries that it will lead to historical hoaxing (at least not any successful hoaxes) but…

Shocking slide of a Transformers cartoon DVD!
Shocking slide of a Transformers cartoon DVD!

The discussion, of late, about alleged slides of the Roswell aliens lead me to consider the uses of modern technology to create a new, previously-nonexistent past.  Now, slides are a physical thing and (the coolness of 3-D printing aside) there’s little danger that the physical slides could be successfully recreated.  But–and I’m really cynical here–the need to produce slides would come after a lot of the actual money and publicity had been garnered by…whoever.  Put some suitably manipulated pics online, drum up some interest, gain some notoriety, and then cash in.  Now, it’s UFOlogy, so the cash in question is pretty limited, but it’d be fun to pull a hoax like this, if I had nothing else to do.

Note: I’m not saying the current Roswell slide thing is a hoax–I’m just using it as an example of how modern digital photo trends could lend themselves to this sort of thing.  

Anyway, some things I’m thinking about tonight, between watching old Transformers cartoons and trying to decide whether I should grade papers tonight or tomorrow.

Radio interview December 7- Where Did the Road Go?

December 7 at 11:00 PM Eastern, I’ll be on Where Did the Road Go? with host Seriah Azkath.  The show streams live from its home station, WVBR in Ithaca (the streaming link is on the main site, linked above).

Aaron J Gulyas will be our guest. We will be discussing his latest book, The Chaos Conundrum. In ‘The Chaos Conundrum,’ historian Aaron John Gulyas examines how the paranormal has intersected and influenced our culture in myriad ways, from the conspiracy beliefs of William Cooper and Exopolitics to the challenge that the stories of Gray Barker presented to our concept of self and time. He looks at the maelstrom of personalities, agendas, impressions, data, confusion, and contradictions that can be found in the world of the weird, and demonstrates how they have become an integral part of our lives, whether in the form of flying saucers, hauntings, religious revelations, psychic abilities, or dozens of other guises. Gulyas delves into the stories of the people who have attempted to create order out of the chaos. Along the way he recounts his own journey from enthusiastic believer in the ‘shadow government’ and their underground bases to jaded academic skeptic, and then finally to someone who thinks there might just be something to the paranormal after all… but not what we have been led to expect or believe.

Commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Uprising