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  1. Dragonfly - I don't necessarily trust them. Where I have no expertise, I would gladly turn to those who do. Paid actors? Perhaps.

    Consider this - If it were a real brick, the string's strength would require that it be of a circumference that being nearly invisible would be impossible to achieve. Lighting and resolution were enhanced to look for just such a thing in the footage presented. If the brick wasn't a brick, such a line certainly could be used. The poor lighting and resolution is suspicious though in most of these paranormal settings. Makes me wonder what the difference is in having the lights on or off - likely to put the viewers on edge.

    that a brick can start to fly on its own without any physical cause

    The whole reason the thread was initiated. If energy is matter (seen or unseen), could it not move objects? Air is invisible, and look what it's capable of.

    I agree with you. It's the burden of proof which falls to those making the claim. This particular case is the only one that had me wondering. That's why I brought it up here, to be looked at objectively :)

  2. This man was awesome!

    Probably the one skit I remember most (and made me piss my pants) is the one where he receives a speeding ticket - one of many he had floating around on the floorboards or glovebox. He then asked the police officer, "Aren't you a public servant? Go fetch me a glass of water!"

    I will sorely miss his slant on the human race.

    ~ Shane

  3. Selene - I'm not saying they shouldn't or couldn't possess them. To realistically believe in a ban, the lawmakers must have been under the delusion that criminals would follow that law. I would think they were putting the citizens at risk by imposing such a ban when the criminals are free to carry them (since they would ignore that law).

    Brant - By completely lawful, I meant 100% of the population would be law-abiding. Obviously, such is not the case.

    ~ Shane

    A dictator's dream.


    LOL! I would hope a rational society would fit this bill, too.

    ~ Shane

  4. Selene - I'm not saying they shouldn't or couldn't possess them. To realistically believe in a ban, the lawmakers must have been under the delusion that criminals would follow that law. I would think they were putting the citizens at risk by imposing such a ban when the criminals are free to carry them (since they would ignore that law).

    Brant - By completely lawful, I meant 100% of the population would be law-abiding. Obviously, such is not the case.

    ~ Shane

  5. How do you know that you see a brick flying? The image is extremely fuzzy, the "brick" could be anything (for example a folded piece of paper) and it would be easy to use a thin thread that would be completely invisible to the low-resolution camera.

    I saw the entire show in which the footage was reviewed by specialists in video and physics. I'm just going by what they stated (they are the experts). The "string" theory was looked at. The determination, scientifically, was that no string was present. The physicist also stated that the path of the brick could not have been possible via string.

    Is there a possbility that the brick was paper, sure. But that has neither been proved or disproved. Of note, there's a wooden pole and other objects behind the brick that are moved as well.

    ~ Shane

  6. Michael,

    Wasn't this poor girl in a diabetic coma? At what point does Freedom of Religion take a back seat to common sense? Her parents weren't even members of an organized church or religion. Such ignorance at the cost of a precious life. I wonder if they'll repeat prayers if their remaining children are critically ill?

    I believe in freedom of choice. But such negligence should be avoided at all costs when a child can no longer say "I don't feel good", and the parents aren't rational enough to do what's "best" for the survival of their children. And with the ample availability of insulin, it could have been resolved easily. I think this case clearly violated her right to life, all 30 days of her struggle.

    ~ Shane

  7. About time they empower the people to lawfully defend themselves. Only when you have a completely lawful society could you even entertain a notion of banning weapons (in the context of DC's ban).

    ~ Shane

  8. To put it simply, just because you can imagine something to exist(or that you can see it as possible) is not a reason to affirm that it does. Even if it were possible for those things to exist, to state that it does is quite a leap, especially without any demonstratable evidence. There are many possibilities out there, and many are more likely than ghosts, apparitions, poltergeists, etc. You shouldn't except things by default, possibility is not equal to truth. I hope that helps.

    When I pursue a subject, it's not because of blind faith, I assure you. I have never personally experienced this type of phenomenon. However, that should not discount its validity. That's the reason I posed the question here and not on a paranormal site.

    I'm looking at this matter from a fact-based position. With equipment like electromagnetic frequency field testers, thermal imaging cameras (items which capture what human senses cannot by normal means) and video recorders, we are likely to stumble onto more questions of this nature.

    As posed earlier, I'm wondering if the topic was covered here?

    As for demonstrable evidence, there's really only one thing I've seen, which I will link. In it, there's a brick flying. Some of you might have seen this. Chances are the digital recording could have been doctored. There are two or three scientists/physicists that study the footage to see if it's been tampered with. All agree that it has not been. In the countless years I've watched these shows, this is the one thing I've seen that picqued my curiosity -

    . If it has been hoaxed, so be it. I'm more curious than anything. And isn't curiosity what drives us to find the truth of it?

    ~ Shane

  9. It's been a while since I've been on here, but I've been trying to catch up on all the basics. In reading the pinned information, a question came to mind...

    Those who embrace religion mostly believe in “supernatural” phenomenon – ghosts, apparitions, poltergeists, etc. I, to some degree, prescribe to believing in them. Not because they are supernatural or mystical, but possibly natural. There are a few things I’ve seen (thus my only experience) which lead me to believe this. Rejecting that they are real might seem premature, given ways of tracking/observing them by scientific methods. This would indicate something slightly beyond our understanding, and where the scientific jury is still out. Am I reaching?

    This is not to say I believe in ghosts as manifestastions of the afterlife. It may be that these energy sources are misconstrued as something they are not, requiring scientific delvings to ascertain what they really are.

    Of all the reading I've done here, I have not come across this subject matter. If there's a link within the forum that has already discussed this, I'd be happy to read up on it.


    ~ Shane

  10. Then there is that haunting war cry during battles: "Do you want to live forever?!"

    Valaria says this twice in the movie - the last being when her spirit blocks a killing blow from Thulsa Doom's right-hand man.

    And last but not least, there is the scene with the villain when he shows just what the ultimate in power means, making a gesture to a person on high, who throws himself off to his death for no other reason than he was so ordered.

    When Conan is captured at the Temple of Set, and beaten, Thulsa Doom comes before him. What he is telling him is that steel is not strong, flesh is stronger. He proves his point by having the follower jump to his death. Very powerful scene!

  11. Shane,

    I say go for it. The Goodkind influence is certainly present. I even see this developing into a good storyboard for a comic book. Seriously. There is a strong fantastic visual component wedded to the ethical that is characteristic of high-quality comics.


    Interesting that you put it that way. I never would have thought to go that route. Definitely another avenue to look at. Thanks! ;)

  12. I also enjoyed the hidden messages, a testament to the director's craftsmanship (or interpretation).

    Specifically, the scene where Conan gets the Atlantean sword. Recall when Conan grabs the sword from the dead king's hand. As he is cleaning it off, the helmed skull falls forward. It took me many years to understand (first having seen it in my early teens) the significance - The old king bowing to the new king.

    It was the little additions like this that make the movie stand out for me, almost parallel to the score.

    And James Earl!

  13. Ever have one of those movies that grabs you from the outset, but never quite understand why?

    It took several viewings of the original Conan movie, and purchasing the soundtrack to come to the realization of why it has become on of my favorite movies (at least of the 80s). The reason was so subtle as to remain just under the radar. Hidden messages and the score.


  14. It is not some "wholesome activity that makes men out of boys" or anything.

    Wholesome activity, no. Make men out of bet! And then something more.

    I revere any man or women that had to face an enemy on any combat venue.

  15. Good morning OL!

    So, I'm enjoying a mental breakfast at 5am by reading posts, and I stop here in the creative writing threads. Being near and dear to my heart (creative writing, that is) I thought I'd try prying out some of my ideas to see if they gain traction here.

    Fiction is abundant. So how does one stand out? I've always been an "idea" kind of guy and find writing as the outlet to showcase it. Practice, on my part, has been lackluster...not paralleling my idea output, so to speak.

    Aside from that, I've come across O'ism. This has "changed" my way of thinking and structuring of my ideas in writing. Not fundamentally, since I think that most of my life my thoughts have been quite individualistic anyway. But my messages might be a little more refined. Writing is about conveying messages, so being grounded in a philosophical approach only seems reasonable. So, Objectivism might be my beacon, where before I lacked one.


    Souldier Saga...(just ideas here that have been swimming for quite some time)

    The story revolves around two cosmic life forces which are in constant struggle - one good, one evil (but it's never quite that black and white). Their interaction is through melding with other life forms, shaping the future of beings universe-wide. They, essentially, compete.

    Next stop, Planet X (as yet unnamed).

    In the initial phase, they seek an inhabited world. They embrace, energies swirling...pearlescent and inky. They combine and fall to the planet as a shooting star. They wait to be found. Of course, this could take some time as they lie in wait, seaching the world for the one...the Legatee (name of the first book, btw).

    Psychic emanations from the cosmic entities eventually find their target. He is haunted by visions, manifestations of tales of old. Of two gods locked in warfare over countless millenia. Adros and Krishaka. They battle on a plateau centered in a hellish desert landscape. History tells of the violent clash ending in simultaneous death blows, the blood soaking the plateau forever and staining it red. History heralds one who would come and awaken the gods (as they are seen in local lore) and unleash their wrath upon the world.

    Baltaak awakens from these dreams, remembering bits and pieces. The recall is clearer as months pass. Eventually, the visions drive him to find the truth of it. The city he dwells in is in preparation of a pilgrimage based on the planetary orbit with the suns. It passes very close during the orbit, requiring the populace to shelter for months. It is prior to the "blasting" that he seeks out the source of his visions.

    Eventually, in finding the source of the cosmic "gods", he touches them. In making contact, he absorbs them, becoming a host to pure good and evil. Baltaak is now the most powerful being in the known universe, unbeknownst to him. He lives for centuries as he stages the planet for the game about to played at the behest of Adros and Krishaka. In this time, a 3-way conflict is underway. Subtle at first, and catastrophic towards the end as the "Legatee's" life ends. This is where the story really begins..

    As the two life forces are free from Baltaak, they seek life in death. They take haven in a newborn, staying dormant (Adros and Krishaka remain unaware of each other) until adolescence. Here, they exert minimal influence...coaxing the youngster in deeds or heroism or chaos. Like a faucet, a trickle of power is let loose. In adulthood, the life force makes the host fully aware of its presence (Adros and Krishaka become fully aware of each other), yielding the full abilities in doing so. Let the games commence!

    Now fully aware, they seek each other out to wage war on each other. One benevolent, smiting the other to prevent chaos. One evil, sewing destruction and mayhem.

    The interaction between the two is so random at times because of their creed "Seek life in death", that the two could inhabit twins, best of friends, two who become lovers, or any number of people from across the world.

    I've been sitting on this for quite some time. Of note - this story came to me while trying to write a battle hymn.

    ~ Shane

  16. I find it interesting, in my personal experience, that no atheists are ranting about religious movies' attempt to promote religion. In effect, thwarting atheist beliefs. I'm sure we know the "reason" why...

  17. Great list!

    Like many social situations, this applies a LOT to the military. I am going to NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) Academy next month. This would be an excellent cheat sheet (so to speak) to review before settling in to the group dynamic pond :) There will be many discussions, and I promise to be as objective (to the limit of my knowledge and experience) as possible.

    I hope to not fall victim of #2. But I do so love discussions. :ahappy:

  18. I saw this video, and sat stunned! I imagine it's been a couple months now since seeing it last, but Paul Potts left an impression...a good one!

    For someone with such a humble background, he simply nuked the crowd with his coming-out performance. The audience was rapt, me included. And I'd be willing to say that the road ahead of him will certainly nurture his talent to become one of the greats. I look forward to tracking his successes.

    ~ Shane