Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Enfield Activity.

Real or Fake: Janet is now possessed
by the Enfield Poltergeist.
Between 1977 and 1978, the British nation was shocked by one of the most intense poltergeist cases. It is known as the Enfield poltergeist. A seemingly normal family begins witnessing abnormal activity. There were documented reports of levitation and procession of the family's daughter who spoke with a completely different voice. Some evidence of this was caught on tape, and numerous amounts of mediums and vicars were contacted in hopes that they would be able to be rid of the abnormal activity, all being to frighten to carry on the task at hand. There were so much tension in the family, it poltergeist eventually broke apart the family. (For more information on this topic refer to the Enfield Poltergeist.)
Much controversy was caused due to the unexplainable happenings. Some people reported witnessing moving furniture, cold breezes, and water appearing in pools on the floor, and fires that ignited and extinguished themselves. Though, other's admitted that the young daughter came to them and confessed that she had faked some of the phenomenon’s, just to see if she would get caught, she admitted the things she faked the investigators new of.
On the web, there are numerous different stories, and point of views. People seemed to have thought that the children could be very ingenious, but they strongly doubted that they could outwit an investigator. Was it all a hoax, people think it's very unlikely. It was certainly an intriguing tale, but did it have enough proof of a poltergeist, or simply a child playing pranks?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What is a Poltergeist?

A poltergeist is a paranormal phenomenon, that usually includes inanimate objects moving or being thrown about, sentient noises (such as impaired knocking, pounding or banging), and on some occasions, physical attacks on those witnessing. Poltergeist activity is probably the most misunderstood form of paranormal activity. The word poltergeist actually means 'noisty ghost' , when translated from German.
According to wikipedia, no conclusive scientific explanation of the events exist up to this day, poltergeist have traditionally  been described in folklore as troublesome spirits.
But, according to , they entirely believe in the existence of Poltergeist's. They believe that Poltergeist cases are the work of actual, intelligent spirits, and are the work of human agents.This particular website goes on to give numerous examples of Poltergeist encounters including: The Borley Rectory, The San Pedro Haunting's and The Macomb Poltergeist, in which they describe the happenings in full.
Many videos have been posted on what is believed to be actual footage of Poltergeist's knocking, but beneath the videos the comments continue to be completely two sided as though people will never be completely convinced on weather it is false or true. So, what do you believe?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Technology + Japan

The extent of the damage in Japan from the tsunami and earthquake in unknown, but deaths are already being reported and Japan is scrambling to cope and provide relief efforts for survivors.
Japan is arguably the most disaster-aware nation in the world, and have spent several years preparing for a different variety of hazards. Therefore, there were warnings immediately, telling people to stay away from coastlines and to seek higher ground. Japan created a system that 'outruns' the earthquake, sending information preparing people for the shock about what was about to happen, at best, this system provides 10 seconds of readying yourself.
Differentiating from other disasters of the same type, this time, we were able to watch the extent of the disaster live, on the web. Watching, from thousand's of miles away, and still being informed of the happenings going on. It's amazing to no the extent our technology has grown over the past years- to the point where we can see first hand the disasters going on in a whole other country, to being able to notify the public to prepare themselves before the hazard arrives.

Friday, March 4, 2011

'Don't be Evil.'

–noun Trademark .
1. brand name of a leading internet search engine, founded in 1998.
–verb (used without object)
2.  to use a search engine like Google to find information, a web site address, etc., on the Internet.
–verb (used with object),

I find it extremely ironic, that I was searching information about google... on google.
 I realized that I am entirely dependent on google, I search  for images, videos, history, and sometimes, even people. But, what I find most troubling is the information that google possesses. We are unable to control the images on google, our pictures that we willingly shared with sites (example: facebook) can be sometimes found within the images of google without our consent or sometimes knowledge.
Google is so focused on becoming the biggest search engine that they have forgotten the very mo to they follow, 'don't be evil.' Though they may not realize it, they are becoming a large reason of the privacy problem that we possesses.
Google Image, Google Lab, Google Scribe, you could go on and on with the application's that google has created. It amazes me the usefulness and simplicity that these things have created. Google body has become a large, useful applications in hospitals. Nurses are now able to show patients a body and explain it, just by using a cellular device or Ipod touch. It's as easy as accessing the web, and a click. Things are becoming so simple and quick, and they keep creating. Idea's never stop.
Google is the very core of the web, without it, finding and processing information would be a whole lot more difficult then it is today. Information is just a click away; but are we fully understanding the amount of information we are sharing with the web? And is google swaying from there mo to, becoming the very thing that they say they aren't?