Amazed

The Panskepticism Hypothesis

Observation: On a discussion of the theories of Jared Diamond, someone stated that "jared diamond debunked" gets 66000 Google hits. Someone else retorted that "evolution debunked" gets 1000000 Google hits.
Hypothesis: You can always find someone "debunking" It. Whatever It is.
Test: Searched Google for "cheese debunked"
Result: 1550000 Google hits, including at least one hardline cheese-skeptic.
Conclusion: Go me.
Disclaimer: The above is not intended to imply any opinion on the bunkness or otherwise of Jared Diamond, evolution or cheese.
Tim Manny

Underreported Superstitions: Mirrors

What dwells in the world behind the glass of your mirror? What lurks behind the reflected corners, the places your eyes can't reach?

"Nothing," you retort. "There is no world in there, just a trick of basic optics giving the illusion of depth and space where there isn't any." And in twenty-three out of twenty-four hours you'd be right.

In the twenty-fourth hour, the hour centered around midnight (the Real midnight, not Summertime), you'd be right nine hundred and ninety-nine times out of a thousand. And the other one time in a thousand is hard to tell; the Other Place is good at imitating true reflection. Maybe "your" face smiles back a little too broadly; maybe the mirrored colors are ever so slightly too bright or dim; maybe the reflected movements lag or run ahead a fraction of a fraction of a second.

It is best to take no chances. If you see your reflection in the hour around midnight, keep looking at it, and back away until it is out of view. The Other Place must mimic reflection as long as it is observed, and it cannot manifest when there is no longer a real person present for it to "reflect".

If the Other Place is there in the mirror, and you turn your back, what harm will happen? Nine hundred and ninety-nine times, none: the wall between worlds will hold, the Other Place will squirm furiously and impotently against the glass, and you will walk away and never know.

What will happen in the other one time, when the wall gives and the mirror opens and the people of the Other Place come through, silent and swift and fluid, is something I do not want to tell and you should not have to hear.
Tim Manny

The wallpaper meme

(Snagged from my wonderful kevinjdog)
☞ If you like, post this meme and your current wallpaper.
☞ Explain in no more than five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
☞ Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!


(Click it to see it fullsize)
In one sentence: Look at the picture :D :D :D

Luv ya, Thomas :D :D :D :D :D :D
ominous

Movie trailers run long enough to get their own reviews now.

The Box trailer review. Agreed about the general bloating, but... the reviewer just described "Do we kill someone for cash?" as a complex moral dilemma. What the heck?

It sounds like the original was a good sharp story but there's no obvious dilemma, just a nasty well-oiled temptation. Big important difference. It's a dilemma when something makes it hard to see the right choice. The button doesn't do that - it just makes the wrong one easy.