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13 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Jack-O’-Lantern

Tuesday, October 31 2017

13 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Jack-O’-Lantern

13 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Jack-O’-Lantern We need new writers! Please contact us if you would like to submit an article for Spooky Isles. ANN MASSEY O’REGAN tells us 13 strange things you probably didn’t know about the Jack-O’-Lantern for Halloween ! 1.) In 18th century Ireland a blacksmith known as Jack made a devil’s pact and on his demise, he was doomed to walk the Earth for all eternity. Afraid of the darkness, he pleaded with Lucifer to give him a light. Jack was given a single burning ember which he placed into a hollowed-out turnip. 2.) The Jack-O’-Lantern is believed to represent Christian Souls in purgatory and prayers would be said after the lantern was lit. 3.) During the pagan feast of Samhain, local communities would light a bonfire. To bring protection during the dark winter months, each family would take a burning coal from the fire and place it in a turnip which they would use to light the hearth upon returning home. 4.) In England such an object became known as will-o-the-wisp in the 1600s. A ‘wisp’ was a bundle of sticks that was lit to use as a torch. 5.) Punkie Night was a 19th century tradition in Somerset, England. On the last Thursday in October, children would walk through the streets carrying Jack- O’-Lanterns and sing “Give me a candle, give me a light, if you haven’t a candle a penny’s alright.’ 6.) The Irish headless horseman known as The Dullahan would hold his own luminescent skull aloft as a Jack-O’-Lantern while searching for his next victim. 7.) In Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Jack-O’-Lantern was used in place of the severed head of the horseman. After Ichabod Crane encounters the headless rider, he disappears forever and all that was found was Ichabod’s hat and a smashed pumpkin. 8.) Ignis Fatuus is a ghostly marsh gas phenomenon that was also become known as will-o-the-wisp due or Jack-O’-Lantern and translates as ‘foolish fire’. 9.) The tradition of carving competitively can be traced back to 19th century Ireland and in the Limerick Chronicle of 1837, it reported on a pub in the city holding a competition for ‘the best crown of Jack McLantern.’ 10.) A Jack-O’-Lantern would be lit and placed in the window of homes throughout Celtic regions as the light would reveal any vampires or undead roaming the night. 11.) During the feast of Samhain , it is said that if the candle in your Jack-O’-Lantern flickers, it is being touched by the ghost of a dead family member. 12.) The Jack-O’-Lantern or pumpkin is still used today as a method of divination and for contacting the spirit realm. 13.) The tradition of Jack-O’Lanterns made its way to North America along with Irish immigrants of the 18th Century. With the humble turnip not as easy to come by, it was discovered that pumpkins were more plentiful and easier to carve. Oct 30, 2017

20 shocking things you never knew about Witchfinder General (1968) starring Vincent Price

Tuesday, October 31 2017

20 shocking things you never knew about Witchfinder General (1968) starring Vincent Price

20 shocking things you never knew about Witchfinder General (1968) starring Vincent Price We need new writers! Please contact us if you would like to submit an article for Spooky Isles. With its graphic scenes of hanging, drowning and burning, and stark themes on religious fanaticism and the abuse of power, 1968’s Witchfinder General was one of the most controversial British films in its day. And it very quickly gained legendary status owing to the early tragic death of its writer/director Michael Reeves. Here are PETER FULLER’s 20 things you need to know about this cult classic. 1. This film was inspired by a 1966 novel by Ronald Bassett The rights to Bassett’s historical novel was picked up by Tigon producer Tony Tenser, who had just completed The Sorcerers starring Boris Karloff and directed by Michael Reeves, a bright up-and-coming 24-year-old film-maker. Along with his pal Tom Baker (not the actor one), Reeves turned Bassett’s novel into a screenplay, making quite a few changes along the way, but keeping the essential characters that would appear in the film. 2. There really was a Witchfinder General Around 1645, Matthew Hopkins (1620–1647) made a profitable career in witch hunting throughout Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk, charging 20 shillings per town for his services (that’s around £20 in today’s money). He is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of 300 women over the course of two years. Unlike the gruesome demise he is given in the film, the former lawyer died at his home in Manningtree, Essex, on 12 August 1647, most probably from pleural tuberculosis. 3. Hopkins’ torture methods are still in used today During his two–year reign ‘preying on the fears of simple minded village folk’, supported by his second-in-command John Stearne (1610-1670), Hopkins extracted confessions using methods of physical torture such as ‘pricking’ for dead spots as a sign of the third nipple and ducking. The other method was sleep deprivation, which is very much in use today, along with water boarding, an inhuman variation on ducking. There’s no evidence, however, that any of the victims were burned at the stake – instead they were simply hanged to the nearest tree. 4. The real Witchfinder General, Hopkins, was himself suspected of being in league with the Devil Hopkins ended up having to defend his reputation in print in 1645, called The Discovery of Witches. Its available as a free download from Project Guttenberg. 5. Vincent Price wasn’t the first choice to play Matthew Hopkins Tenser originally wanted Boris Karloff, but the veteran actor’s ill health put a stop to that idea. Reeves, meanwhile, wanted Donald Pleasance. However, the film’s US backers, American International Pictures, insisted on using 56-year-old Price (who was actually 31 years older than the real-life Hopkins) as part of his ongoing contract with the company. 6. It’s a classic Western revenge tale transplanted to 17th-century rural England The script of Witchfinder General (the film), which draws comparisons to the classic 1950s Westerns, Rancho Notorious and The Searchers, revolves around a Roundhead soldier Richard Marshall (Ian Ogilvy) – called Ralph Margery in the novel, who returns from the front to find his virginal fiancé Sara (Hilary Dwyer) violated by Hopkins and his gang (of outlaws), and Sara’s uncle John Lowes (Rupert Davis) tortured and drowned. Swearing revenge, Richard packs off Sara to the safety of the town of Lavenham before setting off to hunt Hopkins down. 7. It makes great use of some authentic locations The film was shot at some of the actual places where the Hopkins and Stearne plied their trade; including the medieval market towns of Kersey and Lavenham in Suffolk, where the hanging and burning scenes were shot. Nearby, in Long Melford, the Tudor mansion of Kentwell Hall was used for the ‘ducking’ sequence, while Rushford Church in Norfolk is where Richard and Sara make their vows. Orford Castle, on the Suffolk coast, provided a suitably imposing – and very Gothic horror – backdrop for the film’s bloody final scenes. 8. Despite the unflinching violence, it’s a beautiful piece of cinema This was due to cinematographer John Coquillion, a Canadian-born former documentary filmmaker whose naturalistic style gave Reeves’ compositions a sweepingly epic quality despite the modest budget. Coquillon went on to film a number of AIP films before making his best work with Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. 9. It’s Vincent Price’s best ever role in a horror Reeves was determined to reign in the actor’s trademark campy style, which caused him and his star to clash big time, with Price reputedly shouting at Reeves who was nagging him to stop ‘rolling his eyes’: ‘Young man – I’ve made 97 films. What have you done?’, whereupon Reeve’s retorted, ‘Two good ones.’ Price finally ditched the ham to give a more realistic and restrained performance. On seeing the final cut, Price declared it to be one of the best performances he had ever given. This legendary battle of wits was turned into a 2010 BBC radio play, Vincent Price and the Blood Beast Terror, with Nickolas Grace playing the horror legend. 10. Robert Russell’s John Stearne outdoes Price’s Hopkins for vileness It may be Vincent Price’s film, but Robert Russell, who plays underling John Stearne, shouldn’t be overlooked. As the sociopath who butchers for profit, Russell is pretty solid in the role. However he ended up being dubbed by Jack Lynn, who also plays an innkeeper, as his voice was too high pitched for playing such a vile creature. The real John Stearne, however, was a family man and landowner, who ended up retiring to his farm following Hopkins’ death, where he wrote a book, A Confirmation and Discovery of Witchcraft. 11. Ian Ogilvy appears in all three of Reeves’ films Ogilvy was a childhood friend of Michael Reeves. They met when they were 15 and started making movies together. Ogilvy, who now resides in the US, said of Reeves: ‘Michael always felt comfortable with people he knew – he liked to have a repertory of people that he used to use all the time, and I was the main one, I was his leading man’. 12. It was heavily censored because of its grim violence On 22 October 2001; the BBFC finally passed the film uncut. But it took its time. When Britain’s notoriously fussy censor John Trevelyan saw the rough cut he didn’t think it problematic. But the added sound and music effects only heightened the horror, to the extent that he threatened to withhold the film completely. Even despite the cuts there were howls of protests from some local authorities in Britain, which only made Tenser use the controversy to drum up business: ‘The film they tried to ban’ declared the ads. In the end, the film grossed over $10m in the US alone. 13. It’s taken years for the film to be shown as Michael Reeves intended. Because of censorship laws, missing footage, musical rights issues and the questionable quality of the many theatrical prints, the release of a definite version took decades. In 2011, Odeon Entertainment (now Screenbound) released a Blu-ray which used the 2007 MGM HD transfer to present the film completely uncut, but also included Price’s US narration and the nudie sequences as extras, making this the definitive release of the film to date. 14. Witchfinder General was called The Conqueror Worm in the US Louis ‘Deke’ Heyward, who headed up AIP’s European operations in London, made the decision to hook it to AIP’s long-running Edgar Allan Poe cycle by having Price read a couple of stanza from Poe’s 1843 poem, The Conqueror Worm, over the opening and closing credits. It was a decision that horrified Reeves. 15. Director Michael Reeves didn’t commit suicide after making the film Michael Reeves was poised to have a great career ahead of him, but died, aged 25, on 11 February 1969 while working on his next film, The Oblong Box, again starring Vincent Price. Suffering from depression and insomnia, Reeves was undergoing medical treatment at the time. While many assume suicide from a barbiturate overdose, the coroner’s report ruled his death accidental. 16. Paul Ferris’ orchestral score is legendary. In 2013, a CD featuring the full score of Ferris’ rustic folk-inspired masterpiece was released by De Wolfe. His pastiche on Greensleeves is one of the most memorable musical pieces and ended up, along with some other tracks, on De Wolfe’s library album, Strange Location (DW/LP 3150), attributed to the London Studio Orchestra – alongside Peter Knight’s Curse of the Crimson Altar score. Ferris can be glimpsed in the film as a distraught husband billed as Morris Jar, an in-joke on his favourite composer, Maurice Jarre. Ferris died in 1995 aged 54 after a long battle with Huntington’s Chorea. 17. Wilfrid Bramble gets a humorous cameo Best known as Alfred in BBC’s classic 1960s TV series, Steptoe & Son, comic actor Bramble got to channel his famous ‘dirty old man’ character as a gurning horse trader in one scene, where he remarks: ‘So you’re a witchfinder eh? Oooh! That’s nice!’ 18. The notorious ending was improvised It was intended for Price’s Hopkins to be thrown into a vat of flaming coals, but due to Price being booked to start work on the Broadway musical, Darling of the Day, a new ending was worked out with Nicky Henson shooting Hopkins with his flintlock as Ogilvy’s Richard takes a fatal axe to his nemesis. 19. Extras on the film were paid just £1 a day For the film’s major witch burning scene, shot in the town square at Lavenham, entire families of the US air force stationed at Lakenheath airfield were brought in as extras, and paid just £1 a day. To hire the square for the shoot, a token donation of £30 was paid to the local school playing field fund. 20. A series of Witchfinder films followed in its wake Following its success, Witchfinder General spawned a number of Euro horrors including Mark of the Devil, The Bloody Judge and Hexen geschändet und zu Tode gequält. In 1971, Tigon’s own The Blood on Satan’s Claw continued the vogue for English folk horror, which reached its apex with 1973’s The Wicker Man. Oct 31, 2017

My top 10 favourite lesser-known Boris Karloff horrors you can’t afford to miss

Tuesday, October 31 2017

My top 10 favourite lesser-known Boris Karloff horrors you can’t afford to miss

My top 10 favourite lesser-known Boris Karloff horrors you can’t afford to miss We need new writers! Please contact us if you would like to submit an article for Spooky Isles. Award-winning biographer STEPHEN JACOBS picks some lesser known Boris Karloff films for your spooky night’s viewing… Some years ago I was asked by Spooky Isles to compile a list of my top 10 Boris Karloff films . Nothing on the list was too much of a surprise for all where well known Karloff movies – and all well known for a good reason… they’re all good films. The problem with the list is that all the films on it are so good that whenever a Karloff screening occurs (which is always far too rarely) it is invariably a movie from my list that is shown. I recently enquired on my Facebook page that, should a Karloff double bill take place, what films would people want to see. Perhaps unsurprisingly most people suggested a Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein double bill. Other high scorers were The Black Cat, The Mummy, Targets and The Body Snatcher. Most of these appeared on my list for Spooky Isles. So what would I recommend if you wanted to watch something for Halloween from Karloff’s large body of work that doesn’t get shown so much? Here an alternate list of 10 to consider: 1. The Ghoul (1933) In Karloff’s first British film he stars as Professor Morlant, a dying Egyptologist whose plan to be buried with the life-giving gem, ‘Eternal Light’, goes awry when it is stolen. Morlant returns from the dead to seek revenge. 2. The Raven (1934) Karloff plays Edmond Bateman, a killer who turns to the Poe obsessed surgeon, Dr. Vollin (Bela Lugosi), to make him unrecognisable. Vollin complies, but not in the way Bateman intended. Instead he disfigures the killer in order to make him assist the surgeon in his plans of ‘torture and murder’ when he is rejected by a ballerina. 3. The Invisible Ray (1936) In another picture with Bela Lugosi Karloff stars as Dr. Janos Rukh, a scientist who discovers a new element – Radium X – in a fallen meteorite. Contaminated by element, Rukh discovers that his touch can now kill. 4. The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) In this entry in the ‘Mad Doctor’ series made for Columbia, Karloff starred as Dr. Henryk Savaard the creator of an artificial heart who is hanged when the volunteer… sets about to kill all those who condemned him. 5. Isle of the Dead (1945) In this slow-burner, Karloff is General Nikolas Pherides, a soldier of the 1912 Balkan War, who is kept on an island with not only various refugees from the fighting of the mainland… but possibly a vampire from Greek folklore – the vorvolaka! 6. The Haunted Strangler (1958) Returning to England to make his first picture here in over 20 years, Karloff starred as James Rankin, a Victorian writer who investigates the 20 year old murders of ‘The Haymarket Strangler’. 7. Black Sabbath (1963) Karloff went to Rome to shoot this three story anthology picture for the director Mario Bava. It would result in two slightly different pictures but both are worth watching. While the original Italian movie is the better of the two Karloff is dubbed when introducing the stories and in his role as Gorca, the vampiric creature in the tale The Wurdalak. The U.S. version is inferior but has the bonus of Karloff’s wonderful voice. I recommend watching both. 8. The Raven (1963) Although Karloff is not the lead in this picture the ensemble cast of Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Hazel Court, Karloff and Jack Nicholson make this a must see. Price is a magician who believes his wife to be dead… until it is discovered that she not only lives but abides with the malevolent sorcerer, Dr. Scarabus (Karloff). 9. Die, Monster, Die! (1965) In this adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space, Karloff appeared as the wheelchair bound Nahum Witley, a man who harbours a dangerous secret within his greenhouse. 10. Mad Monster Party? (1967) In this fun stop-motion picture from Rankin-Bass Karloff voices the character of Baron Boris von Frankenstein, the head of ‘The World Organisation of Monsters’ whose announcement for a successor does not go down. The monstrous members then plan to eliminate the new leader. Award-winning Boris Karloff historian STEPHEN JACOBS is the author of Karloff: More than a Monster. Oct 31, 2017 Stephen Jacobs

Fox News Host Tucker: Tony Podesta 'Threatening Us' With Legal Action

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Fox News Host Tucker: Tony Podesta 'Threatening Us' With Legal Action

« Previous - Next » Fox News Host Tucker: Tony Podesta 'Threatening Us' With Legal Action Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported Monday that he received a cease and desist letter from a lawyer representing Tony Podesta over his reporting on the Podesta Group. Tucker Carlson said, “Podesta isn’t just complaining about us, he’s threatening us.” Tucker continued, saying that the letter, “demands that the show ‘immediately cease and desist disseminating false and misleading reports about Mr. Podesta and the Podesta group.’ It demands we retract and delete all our prior reporting on the Podesta group and warns that if we don’t do this, ‘Mr. Podesta may pursue legal action, including for damages in order to fully protect his rights.” Carlson also said... “Podesta’s lawyer wasn’t trying to inform us of anything — but to threaten us, to shut down our reporting on his client. One lawyer we talked to earlier today said the Podesta people have used this tactic with others before, it’s common. It’s an effort to use fear to control press coverage. We’re not intimidated, we have ample evidence from Mueller’s indictment and from a number of confidential sources to paint a pretty clear picture of exactly what the Podesta Group was doing for years here in Washington. We’ll let the facts speak for themselves, and we’re confident the Mueller investigation will be revealing a lot more about his lobbying practices in the near future.” Tucker of Fox news told to keep quiet by Podesta! Obama, Clinton REAL connection to Russia Related Articles

NSA issues warning: Quantum computers soon the crack any code in seconds

Tuesday, October 31 2017

NSA issues warning: Quantum computers soon the crack any code in seconds

« Previous - Next » NSA issues warning: Quantum computers soon the crack any code in seconds The super-secretive National Security Agency (NSA) is sounding an alarm: beware the code-breaking power of the coming quantum computer revolution. And when the NSA is worried about something, we should all be worried. Quantum Computing seems to be the new wave of the future and is taking computer programming to the next level. But it would seem that according to a well thought out report by the National Security Agency or as it's abbreviated the NSA there is cause for alarm. Apparently, the NSA has released a full document FAQ entitled “Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite and Quantum Computing FAQ where they went into grave detail about their concerns over the use of Quantum Computing not just at a government level in the United States but in private businesses as well. It turns out that the concerns the NSA have regarding this form of computer programming are well founded. They feel that maybe Quantum Computing could eventually take over and such classic thing such as encryption Which has been a crucial part of security. The NSA fears that Quantum Computing could lead to more hacking of vital information in computer systems and have been quite verbal in their concerns as one of their spokespeople was quoted as saying. “Many experts predict a quantum computer capable of effectively breaking public key cryptography within that timeframe, and therefore NSA believes it is important to address that concern.” Some feel that the NSA is a bit premature in their concerns. After all Quantum Computing is still pretty much brand new and still being perfected. But perhaps there is some truth in the adage prepare for the worse and hope for the best. Yes, Quantum Computing may have a purpose it does make calculations in computer programming go faster. But perhaps it should be looked at a little more carefully before it becomes the thing mostly used. By everyone. The NSA certainly thinks so, and if the National Security Agency believes there is cause for alarm so much so that they would put out a full detailed report on what concerns they see present, perhaps we should all take the time to listen. Related Articles

Doctors Find A Creepy CREATURE Living In Womans Ear

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Doctors Find A Creepy CREATURE Living In Womans Ear

« Previous - Next » Doctors Find A Creepy CREATURE Living In Womans Ear She was rushed to the hospital after complaining of long-lasting headaches that had started after she had taken a nap. An Indian woman’s headache turned out to be a nightmare after doctors found a living spider inside her ear. “It’s rare to see a live spider moving inside someone’s ear canal,” the doctor said. Embed Code:

UFO video at Nellis air force base - A final analysis

Tuesday, October 31 2017

UFO video at Nellis air force base - A final analysis

« Previous - Next » UFO video at Nellis air force base - A final analysis In 1995 a mysterious object was filmed by the military operating at the Nellis air force base. This footage was smuggled out of the base and has become of the best UFO video 's in the field of ufology. Because it was filmed with specialised material an expert was able to do a thorough analysis. Embed Code:

10 Ways to Make NaNoWriMo Work for You — Guest: Jenny Hansen

Tuesday, October 31 2017

10 Ways to Make NaNoWriMo Work for You — Guest: Jenny Hansen

October 31, 2017 10 Ways to Make NaNoWriMo Work for You — Guest: Jenny Hansen Woo hoo! Who’s ready for NaNoWriMo tomorrow? Anyone? *crickets* Er, well, if you’re still unsure if you can make NaNo work for you, I have the perfect guest post for you today. I’ve said before that I don’t worry about whether or not I “win” NaNo by writing 50K words during the month of November. For me, my goal is to use the camaraderie and encouragement to write more words than usual . Any words, and any progress is better than no progress. But if you’re still not convinced, Jenny Hansen is here to share her advice about what matters during NaNoWriMo and what we should ignore . Check out her 10 tips for rocking NaNo your way. Please welcome Jenny Hansen! *smile* 10 Tips To Help You Rock NaNoWriMo Your Way by Jenny Hansen National Novel Writing Month ( NaNoWriMo ) is here at last! For those of you who are unfamiliar, November is the time when hundreds of thousands of writers gather to try to bang out as many words as possible. NaNoWriMo is my birthday present to myself each year. Every year, I love it. And every year, I hate it…there’s simply too much to do in the tiny little month of November. Even without my birthday falling at the beginning of the month and Thanksgiving at the end, there always seems to be unexpected craziness. One year it was shingles, another year a family vacation. I tend to arrive at December 1st a little bit out of breath. And still , I love NaNoWriMo. I love the community, the late-night writing sprints, the before and after parties my local team throws. I love the write-ins, the pep talks, the excitement and uploading my word count. I adore getting the chance to encourage my peeps and watch everyone chase their goals. Whether you’re gearing up for NaNoWriMo or not, I wish you luck in your writing goals this month. NaNo Is a Time to Ignore Our Inner Critic I’d like to address the dreaded phenomenon of the Week Two Wall in the NaNo challenge where the initial endorphins have faded and the grind of the 1,667 words-a-day writing schedule sets in. The shiny has worn right off our shimmery fabulous idea. Words like “can’t,”“shouldn’t,” and “haven’t” begin to rear their ugly heads. We all hate those words, whether we’re doing a writing challenge or not. So before NaNo starts, I’d like to chat about what I consider to be a NaNo “win” : Your Very Best = a NaNo win Achieving Your Goal Numbers = a NaNo win (ex: my goal this month is 30K, not 50K) Finishing a Project = a NaNo win Forming Amazing Writing Habits = a NaNo win Remember What Really Matters I think people get twitchy about some things that don’t matter during the month of November. You’ve seen this cartoon, right? NaNo should be fun. The only word count that matters is YOURS. However, if you’re still feeling the push to “Go 50K or Bust”… 10 Tips to Make the Most of Your NaNo Experience Behold the NaNo Team’s Tips for Successful WriMos… things we wish we had known for our first NaNoWriMo : 1. It’s okay to not know what you’re doing. Really. You’ve read a lot of novels, so you’re completely up to the challenge of writing one. 2. If you feel more comfortable outlining your story ahead of time, do it! But it’s also fine to just wing it. 3. Write every day, and a book-worthy story will appear , even if you’re not sure what that story might be right now. 4. Do not edit as you go. Editing is for December and beyond. Think of November as an experiment in pure output. 5. Even if it’s hard at first, leave ugly prose and poorly written passages on the page to be cleaned up later. Your inner editor will be very grumpy about this, but your inner editor is a nitpicky jerk who foolishly believes that it is possible to write a brilliant first draft if you write it slowly enough. It isn’t. 6. Every book you’ve ever loved started out as a beautifully flawed first draft. In November, embrace imperfection and see where it takes you. 7. Tell everyone you know that you’re writing a novel in November. This will pay big dividends in Week Two, when the only thing keeping you from quitting is the fear of looking pathetic in front of all the people who’ve had to hear about your novel for the past month. 8. Seriously. The looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse. 9. There will be times you’ll want to quit during November. This is okay. Everyone who wins NaNoWriMo wanted to quit at some point in November. Stick it out. See it through. Above are the NaNo team’s words. They have them squinched together into just a few tips, but I spread it out. All this wisdom needs to be heard. ( There’s years of writing pep talks here .) Now, for my #10. 10. Wherever you are on your writing journey, DON’T STOP. Just Don’t Quit…and You’ll Win The best is always yet to come because we keep improving the more we do it. I heard Linda Howard speak at a writer’s conference in San Diego some years back and I’ve never forgotten her words, which made me cry at the time. “Everybody dreams,” she said. “But writers are special because they write down their dreams.” As writers, we can do anything and be anyone. You can be astronauts or spies or time travelers. Writers can go to amazing places and build imaginary worlds for others to visit.” The sad fact is that no matter how hard you try, the music and the magic of your dreams will never be equaled by the words you put on a page.” Do it anyway.” My hope is that this November (and every month), even on those days when you feel that all is lost, when you wonder why you ever believed that YOUR words were important, you keep at it. Do it because you have to. Do it because you need to. Do it because the act of sharing those words is more than most people will ever attempt. DON’T STOP, my friends. Your story is calling you.

Daily 2 Cents: The Quiet Guy at Work -- He Wanted to Say Goodbye -- 'Chicago Phantom' Sighting Location Videos

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Daily 2 Cents: The Quiet Guy at Work -- He Wanted to Say Goodbye -- 'Chicago Phantom' Sighting Location Videos

Your daily dose of cryptids, unexplained phenomena, eyewitness encounters, paranormal activity, alien beings, UFOs...the best in alternative and cryptozoology news Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Daily 2 Cents: The Quiet Guy at Work -- He Wanted to Say Goodbye -- 'Chicago Phantom' Sighting Location Videos The Quiet Guy at Work I recently received the following account: Hello. This is Alex. I’d like to tell you a true story that happened to me at the workplace. Back in 1985, I briefly worked at a furniture manufacturing warehouse for about 6 months that mass produced wall units that held your TV, VCR, and stereo all in one unit. Me and about 10 other people were hired to work the 4 to 12:30 shift to cut, drill and package the particle board. The customer would then assemble the entertainment center at home. The person that was in charge of the shift, (I forget his name) was a co-worker in his mid-20’s, that had shoulder length light brown hair, about 5 foot 8 inches tall, looked like he worked out with weights, was quiet, did his job and basically a nice guy. He kinda looked like Heath Ledger, the actor. About three months in, of working there, I came into work like any other day. At lunchtime, I was at the work-station by myself, just finishing my lunch when the person in charge of the shift came up to me and asked me if he could talk to me. Well, I tell you, for the next 15 minutes of him talking to me, was the most profound experience I ever had in my life. This individual that doesn’t know me from anywhere, except from work, started telling me things about myself with pinpoint accuracy. Things that nobody else, but me, could know. How could he know things about me that I have experienced in the past, that only I could know? He was not cold-reading me, like a palm reader would. He was saying exact occurrences. It was a very strange situation. Lunch time was over by then and we all went back to work. For the next three months, he was there everyday, working as usual like nothing ever happened and then after 3 months, there was a work shortage from the company and everybody from the evening shift got laid off. Never seen him again. He Wanted to Say Goodbye From Forrest in Louisiana: “This occurred during WWII. My great grandma woke up out of a sleep one night to a knock on the door and it was her husband. He was in the war and she asked him, 'What are you doing here?' She was a little frightened by it and they made a cup of coffee and he said, 'Look, sit down, I need to talk to you' and he had explained to her that he had jumped on a grenade and saved all his friends in a little platoon that they were in. She was crying and he said, 'Let me lay you back down. I'll stay with you until you fall asleep.' Well she fell asleep. Then that morning two military officers comes knocking on a door to tell her that her husband passed away. He was killed in an action. It's something I'll never forget, you know, my grandma told me that story many years ago and it stuck with me.” Source: Coast to Coast – October 27, 2017 200 North Koreans Die at Nuclear Test Site Japanese media reports 200 North Koreans died in a tunnel collapse at their nuclear test site. In September, North Korea tested a powerful nuclear weapon that experts say rocked the mountain and made it unstable. If the test site is totally compromised, the hazardous radioactive material could spread across the region. After North Korea's most powerful ever nuclear test underground at Punggye-ri in the country's northeast, Japan's TV Asahi reports that up to 200 have been killed in a tunnel collapse. In early September, North Korea detonated a nuclear device under a mountain that experts assess to have been a hydrogen bomb about ten times more powerful than the first atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the close of World War II. Read more at A tunnel collapsed at a North Korean nuclear test site, reportedly killing 200 people 'Chicago Phantom' Sighting Location Videos Hey folks...Chicago Phantom Task Force member Allison Jornlin has painstakingly documented ALL of the sighting locations at Haunted Road Trip - Allison Jornlin . The links are also available in the incident descriptions on the Chicago Phantom Interactive Map

None of these people exist. A Computer Now Generates Completely Photorealistic Human Faces

Tuesday, October 31 2017

None of these people exist. A Computer Now Generates Completely Photorealistic Human Faces

« Previous - Next » None of these people exist. A Computer Now Generates Completely Photorealistic Human Faces During the summer an image generator was revealed online that managed to turn even the childish of doodles of a face into one of the most realistic of images. The system used the generative adversarial network, a new type of algorithm, to create the AI faces. AI Has Now Learned To Generate Human Faces That Are Photorealistic Now NVIDIA has gone one better as they have come up with a system that makes use of GAN and it creates some of the most realistic looking images of people ever to have been seen. Artificial Neural Networks Mimic The Neurons In The Human Brain Artificial neural networks are a type of system that has been developed to mimic the activity of neurons in the human brain. In GAN, two neural networks are put up against one another. One of the networks then works as the generative algorithm and the other challenges those results by playing a role that is adversarial. Related Articles New Reasearch: Scientists predict time will stop completely NVIDIA has been expanding applications for artificial intelligence, and they have created a GAN that uses a database of photographs of famous people from CelebA-HQ to generate images of people that do not exist. They had the idea that the artificial intelligence faces would have a more realistic look if the two networks were put up against each other. AI Images Of Faces That Are Of Unprecedented Quality The generative network creates an image at a resolution that is lower and then the discriminator network assesses the work. With the progression of the system, the programmers then added in new layers that dealt with details of a higher resolution until GAN managed to generate images that were of unprecedented quality according to NVIDIA. NVIDIA revealed a video of the GAN working and the faces that it created artificially were eerie and remarkable at the same time. If a person did not know that the faces had been machine generated they might have believed that they were actual living people. The blurring of the fine line between human and faces that have been generated by machines is a topic that is much discussed in artificial intelligence, and the GAN system of NVIDIA is not the first AI system that has been able to copy something that is human. AI Speech Now Sounds Like A Human Talking Many artificial intelligence systems make use of deep learning techniques so that they can produce speech that sounds like a human being. The DeepMind of Google has WaveNet, and it can copy human speech almost perfectly. The Lyrebird algorithm can also copy a human voice by using only one minute of audio. Perhaps more fascinating, or some will say disturbing, is that AI robots are now supposed to be able to understand and express human emotion. Some examples of this have been included in SoftBank's Pepper and Hanson Robotics Sophia. We are now in the age of smarter machines and the ability of AI to be able to perform tasks that in the past only humans were capable of doing is improving. The line between machines and human beings is continuing to blur, and the biggest question now is whether that line is eventually going to disappear forever. Related Articles

'America Under Siege: Antifa' exposes ties of far-left extremist group

Tuesday, October 31 2017

'America Under Siege: Antifa' exposes ties of far-left extremist group

« Previous - Next » 'America Under Siege: Antifa' exposes ties of far-left extremist group Antifa, the far-left extremist group has been exposed in a new documentary and ties it to communist revolutionary groups in the US. The documentary revealed that the group, which is known for intimidation and violence, might have an agenda pushing behind the scenes. Documentary Reveals Antifa Has Ties To Communist Revolutionary Groups The documentary which has the title of America Under Siege: Antifa runs for 37 minutes and was launched 25 September from Capital Research Centre and Cohesion Films. Trevor Loudon, the writer, and author of the documentary said that the media has framed Antifa as being nothing more than a gang of kids that burn off steam but thanks to research this has proven not to be the case. Antifa Is Not Just A Gang Of Kids Letting Off Steam Related Articles US Congressman Calls To Hunt Down And Kill All Islamic Extremist Antifa is behind the promotion of communism and anarchy and was originally formed in 1920 in Germany and was known as the intimidation and violence wing of the German Communist Party. In the past, the Epoch Times exposed the origins of the group and said that Antifa, which then went under the name of Antifaschistische Aktion in German and Antifascist Action in English, had been created under the guidance of the Russian Soviet regime. According to the Black Book of Communism, it was a dictatorship that was brutal and which would go on to be behind the deaths of more than 20 million. Antifa Has Links With The Communist Party Loudon said that they had researched to find if Antifa still had links with the Communist Party. They found that they had and at the same time found out that mainstream political ties had also given the violence of Antifa a free pass. The group has been responsible for violent clashes in Oakland, Charlottesville, and Berkeley and it was said that the police in those regions that were present had to stand down. In Charlottesville, the police led some of the right-wing protesters through the Antifa protesters that had gathered in a mob and violence then occurred. Loudon went on to say that they had revealed that the violence of Antifa was some of the most prevalent in those cities that were controlled by the Democratic city councils. These were cities in which the councils had full control of the police. Loudon said that in Berkeley, Antifa was an affiliation of the By Any Means Necessary, far-left extremist group, also known as BAMN. Many senior political figures in Berkeley, including the mayor, belong to the Facebook group of BAMN. Extremist And Communist Groups Ties Depend On Location The ties to extremist and communist groups by Antifa largely depend on where they are operating. Loudon said that in Orlando the Democratic Socialists of America are close to Antifa. Antifa in Texas has ties to the Red Guard, which is a Maoist organization. Refuse Fascism is another branch of Antifa and it is a front for the Revolutionary Communist Party. Bill Ayers, who was the former leader of the Weather Underground who was behind the terror attacks in the 1970s in the US, is the main endorser of Refuse Fascism. If the organization had its own way and succeeded in plans for a communist revolution they would have killed 25 million US citizens. Antifa Is Similar To A Franchise Says Loudon Loudon said that today Antifa is very much like a franchise. He went on to say that in a lot of ways it has ties that are close to the Democratic Party. The group has been getting mainstream support as they have claimed to oppose fascism and they claim that the violence used is just one way of suppressing fascism. Loudon said that when it comes to beliefs and benefits, Antifa is one of the most active fascist groups that are in the United States at the moment. He has made the comparison between Antifa and the brownshirts of Adolf Hitler. They also used violence for intimidation of enemies and attacking the National Socialist German Workers Party of Hitler. He said that both sides had believed in closing down free speech and forcing other people to accept their way of thinking. Both the Nazi brownshirts and Antifa were much like street gangs he went on say, they promoted totalitarian systems. Loudon pointed out that historically when the Nazis had won in Germany a lot of the former communist KPD members who had started out as members of Antifa, went on to become involved in the brownshirts of Hitler. He said that an internal report had revealed that 55% of the ranks of the brownshirts had been former German communists. He said that during that time beefsteak Nazis, meaning that they were brown on the exterior and red in the middle. Related Articles

Expert reconstructs face of Scottish 'witch' - Unexplained Mysteries

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Expert reconstructs face of Scottish 'witch' - Unexplained Mysteries

I think they often find actual pictures once people have been successfully identified and so they are pretty sure these constructions come very close.