Project Oculus: Paranormal Windows

Earlier this week on The Experience, Jeff Ritzmann announced a new experiment that we can all partake in to see if we can’t catalog paranormal activity as it happens in his and other experiencers’ homes. He calls it Project Oculus. You can learn more in the video below and by listening to The Experience. (I have given away this week’s show with Jeff and last week’s solo show in their entirety for free to nonsubscribers. You can stream or download them at the link above.) Those are the most entertaining ways to understand the project, but the most direct and most important is to go to Jeff’s GoFundMe page, look it over, and if it sounds like the much-needed shot in the arm of research I believe it is, fund it.

https://www.gofundme.com/24hyx54c

I know that in recent years (and months and days) a number of phonies in ufology have made a mockery out of GoFundMe campaigns–begging for money as if it’s an earned wage. They give you nothing in return. They just… you know… want your money. That is not what this is. This is a real experiment he is really going to do that will yield real results, whatever those may be. Not the promise of something, the delivery of something. And that something may end up being crickets–but they’ll be honest crickets–and even paranormal radio silence yields us a clue.

So let us put on our paranormal detective hats and go all in. Let’s go fund Project Oculus.

Paratopia Strikes Back!

Paratopia Green LogoAt the end of last month I was supposed to send out flash drive sticks of the Paratopia archive to throngs of rabid fans. As luck would have it, the master copy coming from Jeff got lost in the mail. He sent another. It arrived. But as luck would have it, the $90 worth of USB sticks I bought from a seller on Ebay, who had a decent rating, were complete garbage. Turns out there’s a little-known thing as a flash drive scam, not to be confused with Greer’s flashlight scam. I became a statistic. And that sucks… sucks like a fox!

–Because now I’ve been forced to buy a pro account on Mediafire.com and put The Paratopia Experience there to live. Yes, that’s right, experience. Yes, that’s right, live. For now, instead of a dead archive reanimating its own corpse on a stick delivered to your door, for a mere $30 you get to stream and/or download everything from Mediafire–and I’m not trying to sell that as the better thing, no. The better thing is that I’ve got a ton of space to play with, so I thought instead of a dead archive, why not a living one? Why not update it every now and again with new content for you for free?

And then I thought, Hey! Since there are clearly people willing to shell out $30 for Paratopia–and since after years of nonexistence our Facebook page is still a lively, thriving place for new ideas–Why not extend this offer to listeners: If there’s an episode, a guest, an idea, that you heard on the show and you want to express your views, or your insights, or have questions keeping you up at night, let me know and we’ll record a chat together for the archive. Alternatively, if you’re shy, let me know and I’ll put the word out there to see if we can wrangle others to do a roundtable chat. It would be like a book club, except for a podcast. And instead of just talking to your pals, you can talk to one of the authors (or both, if Jeff’s available).

One of the things that made the podcast unique was our want to hand it over to the audience. I think that proposition might have been too intimidating at the time to all but a few. However, this is more intimate and you won’t be on your own.

Anyway, there’s that. If you’d like to be a part of The Paratopia Cult Experience, simply create a free-and-very-easy account at www.mediafire.com (I think they ask for just your name and email). Then send me your hard-earned cash and I’ll send you a link.

Get ready for hundreds of hours of the most dynamic “paranormal” talk show journey that ever was. And that’s no exaggeration.

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UPDATE: I wrote to the seller of the faulty USB sticks saying I know it’s past the refund date and I don’t expect one. But these sticks don’t work and since you’re a top-rated seller, I assume you don’t realize you’re selling scam sticks. Here is the reply. Faith in humanity restored….

Seller’s message:
“Truly feel that you have had problems with this set. I have also had problems with some of them at the time to try them before selling. You can return them, no matter what the time is fulfilled. Your money will be refunded in full and the cost of shipping.   I appreciate your benefit of the doubt. Having the category Top Rate Seller, my sales volume, not by accident it’s because we strive to solve problems and sell with Honesty. Now I also have to complain to the people I bought this set of memories. Let me know if you need any help on how much the shipping”

 

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On another note, writing this now and an email to someone just prior is a huge deja vu to the extent that I feel as though I know what happens next in terms of a response from the seller or maybe someone else? … Except the flash of it doesn’t actually make sense. Unless there’s, like, a parallel world where this happened and it went slightly differently in a worse way.

If any of that made sense, you’re ready for Paratopia. lol

 

10 Things I Want To See Implemented In Haunting Investigations

If it’s one thing people love more than ghost hunting, it’s short lists of inventive desires that kinda make sense but also entertain. Because I am love, I have combined the two for your reading pleasure. Here now are the top ten ideas, instruments, and people-as-instruments I honestly would love to see utilized in haunting investigations.

10.) Etch A Sketch 

Forget EVP and EMF readings. Set an Etch A Sketch in the corner of the room and ask the presumed entity to draw something–even if it’s just to make a little line. This is something you could leave unmonitored in a locked room for as long as you needed, where the batteries wouldn’t drain and you wouldn’t have to strain to interpret the data like with EVPs. It may sound silly at first but think about it. It’s a simple non-electronic form of recorded communication.

9.) Blind Investigator

Blind people tend to have superior hearing, right? Could they pick up the EVP voices in real time? Or might the fact of their being involved mean the haunting intelligence turns up its sound component a notch for clearer recording? If there were a malevolent intelligence trying to scare people it would quickly learn that its visual presentation ain’t cutting the mustard. It might turn its audio component up.

 

 

 

 

8.) Deaf Investigator 

Perhaps with a deaf person more amazing visual data will present itself.

 

7.) Skeptic

Invite a skeptic from a skeptic’s organization already! If they refuse, at least you’ve got that ammunition when they whine about how you’re investigating it all wrong.

Alternatively….

Do a blind experiment where you invite a member of a skeptic’s organization to come to a haunted house where one of the rooms is the center of activity. As this is a blind experiment, don’t tell them it’s a haunted room–ask them to partake in another experiment. Tell them you’ve decked out one room with subliminal messages to make the person hanging out in it to feel a certain  way. Take them around the house, let them be alone in each room for an allotted time period and then ask them which room it was and which emotion(s) they felt heightened.

6.) Haunted Object from Other Location

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Has anyone ever taken an alleged haunted object from a completely unrelated location and placed it in a haunted house? I think it’s high time we break out the popcorn for that horror show, don’t you?

 

 

 

5.) Strippers

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Forget psychic mediums–strippers are where it’s at. Some hauntings have glaring sexual overtones, right? So why not invite a stripper of the gender most to the alleged entity’s liking to the investigation? This can be another blind experiment.

Call a stripper. Invite her/him over to your haunted place. Have them set up their pole or whatever in the rapey ghost room. Tell them you like to watch voyeuristically from the next room through a hidden hole in the wall or two-way mirror. Press play on the stereo and record on your camera and watch the fun! (Or ask them to dance without music so you can record for EVPs.)  If you know the name of the alleged ghost have them say it all sexy-like. Tell them it’s your nickname if you have to.

4.) Reverse Psychology

What happens if you bring the haunt to a haunted location?

People report hearing whispers too incoherent to make out what is being said? You instruct everyone in your party to whisper to each other like that first.

Got reports of Civil War soldiers manifesting out of thin air? Everyone bring a costume, an accent, and get ready to role play–you’re his brigade or his enemy, depending on how the ghost is alleged to treat people. You must play to his ego needs as that is probably what a ghost is when it’s not a leaky faucet.

Does the phenomenon tap people on the shoulder or push them from behind? Instruct everyone to do that to each other often.

What happens when you beat a ghost at its own game?

3.) Diversity!

JacintowithHHSure, plumbers are good. But imagine if they teamed up with a Catholic priest, a Buddhist monk, a Kabbalist, an atheist, a shaman, a medicine man, a theoretical physicist, an existential philosopher, a psychologist, a linguist, and a guru? What would they find intriguing about the alleged haunting?

This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Most if not all of the above can be found through your local Unitarian church.

 

2.) Psychedelics

Do your research. Find the longest-lasting psychedelic that has the least reported bad trips and negative side effects. Find people who take them often with respect and care.  Then have everyone in the group take a hero’s dose.

Don’t forget to hit record on those cameras  and have a good night!

Alternatively….

Gather those same types of people who are well-experienced in a variety of psychedelics. What happens when one person is on mushrooms, one on ayahuasca, one on peyote, and so forth–in an extremely active haunted location? Let’s find out! (In a country where it isn’t against the law to use such substances, of course, NSA.)

1.) Bitchy Little Girls

Everyone’s got one in the family or has a friend with one. She rolls her eyes at everything adults say, she huff-sings, “Mooo-ooo-ooom!” at every little embarrassing thing that comes out of her mother’s mouth. She says “whatever” too much, blasts gangsta rap music to piss off Dad–even if she doesn’t have a dad–and blurts things like, “You always choose ________ over me!” before storming off to her room for some quality text-bitching to her BFF under the Austin Mahone posters.

Whelp, working off the hypothesis that angry pubescent girls are the culprit behind much poltergeist activity, let’s put that pout to work! Let’s give her something to shriek about! Let’s lock the girl who rattles the dishes and telekinetically stacks old books into impossible piles in for the night with Satan. I. Want. To see. That.

Get her parents’ permission first, of course–or if you’re as dysfunctional as they are, use your own daughter. Tell her it’s a sleepover with her besties. Put her alone in that house. Make her wait for the friends that never come. Watch the boredom boil over into anger when she realizes she must have misplaced her cell phone (that you confiscated while she wasn’t looking), and can’t call her friends to ask them, Like, where the hell are you?

That anger will turn to rage, rage to desperation, and with nowhere to turn, it will turn inward. And that’s when her new friends will arrive.

Demons. Everywhere, demons. Her own, some dead guy’s, the devil…. It’s psychic bum fight meets fallen-angelic-UFC cage match. And I’ll bet you it grows her up real fast.

Also, something about proving that incorporeal life forms exist and winning the Nobel. I’m not sure which is secondary anymore.