• Can We Time Travel Using Computer Simulations?

    January 9, 2015
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    I’ve often wondered how, if at all, computer simulations could be used for time travel.

    Thinking back to Bostrom’s and Tipler’s posthuman simulations of the universe, if we were ever able to simulate the world in such a way — especially something comparable to The Matrix — that would open up a number of strange possibilities. Things get even stranger when you consider that we may, right now, be living in a one.

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  • How to Break a Connection With a Ouija Board

    January 8, 2015
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    What should you do with a Ouija board once you’re finished using it?

    While researching my post on Zozo, the Ouija board demon, I came across some interesting advice about what a person should do once he or she decides to end spirit communication. How do you break that connection with the other side?

    Closing the Connection

    There are certain rules you should follow when dealing with a Ouija board, or so I’ve heard. One is that you should never use it in your house. Another is to never allow the planchette to move forwards or backwards through every letter of the alphabet or every number — a trick Zozo allegedly uses to escape the board.

    But the rule in question here is perhaps the most important one of all: make sure the planchette hits “Goodbye” before ending your session.

    Failure to do so may lead to unintended consequences, like an angry spirit overstaying its welcome. If a dark entity does cross your path, sever the connection with the Ouija board immediately. Tell the spirit you no longer wish to speak with it, and if it refuses, force the planchette to “Goodbye” yourself. Then remove the planchette from the board.

    This should break the connection, and the Ouija board should be “closed.” Store it by wrapping the planchette in cloth, separate from the board. Then, put them together in a safe place.

    But what if you no longer want the Ouija board around?

    Never burn it. It’s said that doing so would mean you’d be haunted forever. Instead, if you’d like to get rid of the Ouija board entirely, bury it in the ground (some recommend cutting it up into seven pieces before doing so, some don’t), and remember to keep the board and the planchette separated. Sprinkle the ground above with Holy Water, and also use some to cleanse the area where you used the board.

    Despite all of this, there are others who claim that once a connection with the spirit world is made, it can never be undone. Your fate, from the moment you use a Ouija board, is bound to the other side.

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  • What to Do If You Receive a Mogwai for Christmas

    December 26, 2014
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    Well, Christmas Day has come and gone, at least from where I’m sitting. But now we have to deal with the aftermath: wrapping paper clean up, return policies, traffic. And then there’s what to do with those gifts that are perhaps a little out of the ordinary.

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  • Is CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Actually a Star Gate?

    December 22, 2014
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    In March of next year, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will awake once more with nearly double the energy it had two years ago. When it does, scientists hope to achieve 13 TeV (teraelectron volts), which according to The Economic Times, is “an energy never achieved by any accelerator in the past.”

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  • 8 Christmas UFO Sightings for the Holidays

    December 17, 2014
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    With the holiday season in full swing, I thought we’d look back at some random UFO sightings from Decembers past. Here we go!

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  • Mysterious Photos of the Skeletons Inside of Us

    December 14, 2014
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    One of Ray Bradbury’s more memorable short stories is one called “Skeleton,” published in Weird Tales in 1945. In it, a man named Harris slowly arrives at the terrifying realization that there’s a skeleton inside of him.

    “A skeleton,” Bradbury wrote, “One of those jointed, snowy, hard things, one of those foul, dry, brittle, goudge-eyed, skull-faced, shake-fingered, rattling things that sway from neck-chains in abandoned webbed closets, one of those things found on the desert all long and scattered like dice!”

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  • The Underwhelming Mystery of Webdriver Torso

    December 11, 2014
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    You know, sometimes I’ll sit down to write an article and I’ll think to myself, “This is going be really cool.” But then, occasionally, it turns out that some mysteries aren’t really all that mysterious. Such is the case with Webdriver Torso.

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