Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cartoon game app for your mobile device!

Despite the headline
this is not a pushy advertisement!
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One of many hundreds of illustrations from Cartoonacy.
(click on the cartoons for a HIrez view)
this is a puzzle, describe the cartoon with a two-word phrase
There is a long-ago chapter of my life where I did cartoon illustrations for toy advertising. I was living in New York in the 1980s with a career as an illustrator. Somewhere in the mid-1990's I drew a series of cartoons for a proposed game. It was to be a card game, with each card featuring a drawing that showed a simple two-word phrase. The game was never sold, I got paid for my work and it was pretty much forgotten.

Yet now, over two decades later, in the digital era, it's re-emerged as a mobile device app.


This is a cute little game of puzzles, and its free!

But how does this tie into the UFO field? The game designer is Jay Bacal, who was also the creative director for the animated TV series THE TRANSFORMERS. Remember, that's the story of an ancient race of aliens here on earth. Well, Jay worked with a fellow named Paul Davids, who later went on to be the executive producer of the 1994 television movie ROSWELL. So, there's that!

what two-word phrase describes this cartoon?
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

some suggested chapters

380 pages of owls and UFOs
I’ve done a lot of audio interviews over the last year promoting The Messengers. Recently, one host sent me a note after receiving a book. She basically said, “I’m too busy to read this big book, can you just suggest a few chapters?” I said sure, and made up the short list below. 

I counted up the pages in this suggested list, and it totals up to about 130 pages. That’s about one third of the book. If you want an even shorter list, then just read the chapters with a star (or more correctly, an asterisk) next to the number, that's about 86 pages.

         CHAPTERS:  

      … the Introduction (or listen HERE)

* 1. Owls at Sunset

* 2. Owls as Screen Memory (just skim this, you’ll get it)

   4. Owls and the UFO Abductee

* 9. Back to Back Reports (my favorite chapter) - 

   12. Owls as Archetypes (or listen HERE)

   19. Owls and Death 

   21. Highly Charged moments

   24. The Touch of an Owl's Wing

* 25. The Messengers

       … and the Conclusion

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

and thus ends 2016

Take a step back, blur your vision a bit, 
and what do you see?

This is an orb image photographed in the backyard of a close friend of mine. This fellow has had a LOT of orb activity. And has captured a lot on photographs. Below is what I see. I have photoshopped the image to enhance it so you can see what I see. Yes, I know that is cheating.

this is what I see...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The 37th Parallel and the mainstream


UFOs in the mainstream

Mainstream author Ben Mezrich wrote the recent nonfiction UFO book, The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway. I have not yet read the book, but I intend to.

The story follows Colorado investigator Chuck Zukowski through his research on UFOs and cattle mutilations. Chuck discovered a long list of bizarre incidences and sightings clustered around the 37th Parallel, what he terms the “UFO Highway.”

I spoke with Chuck at a UFO conference a few years back. He was a likable fellow and sure seemed dedicated. Yet I could see him being easily caricatured, with his overt enthusiasm played for laughs. 

What interests me is that my 2013 Confirmation Event (capitalized for good reason) all happened along the 37th parallel. There were three separate events that all line up on a map, two are on the 37th parallel, the third is just tipping up in the 38th. All three are abduction related experiences, and after seeing these in a straight line on a map, all doubts about my involvement with UFO vanished. Detailed blog post on these events linked HERE.

Map seen is a psychic flash
I sent this info and the latitude and longitude of each event to Chuck, and he replied, “Thank you Mike… Really the 37 is the center line of the highway with the 36 being the right lane and the 38 being the left lane. Pretty interesting.”

The book by Mezrich has received pretty mediocre reviews on Amazon. Some point out that reads like an introduction to UFOs. But what is more intriguing is that it seems to be selling very well, with a strong publicity push from the publisher. Several of his other books were turned into major movies, and there are rumors that this book is being fast tracked to Hollywood.

Author Mezrich with the microphone, investigator Chuck Zukowski to the right
There are some conspiratorial aspects to the book. Reclusive billionaire Robert Bigelow plays a role in the story. He’s an interesting subject for a someone who has made a career of writing about how people make enormous fortunes. (Curiously, Mezrich has "rich" right in his name)

The question for me is why did this bestselling author pick this fringe subject?

I will eventually get around to reading the book and report back.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ryan Sprague reads from his book Somewhere in the Skies



The opening chapter from Somewhere in the Skies, read by the author.
And, a tidy interview HERE.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Ryan Sprague / author interview

Author
Author and friend Ryan Sprague just published a book of UFO accounts. It's titled Somewhere in the Skies, and subtitled A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon. The focus of his research has been the very personal side of these complex experiences. The book is set up as a series of short stories, each account digs into the emotional side of this enigma. 

I play a small role in this book. Ryan and I had met a few times over the years, either at the UFO Congress in Arizona, or in the streets of Greenwich Village in New York. I was always struck by just how earnest and open he was. I also sensed he was approaching the bigger mystery not as a pragmatic researcher, but more as an artist. This is something I relate to strongly.

We exchanged a few emails in and created a short interview. I know what it means to try to try and promote a book, and this one is highly recommended. Ryan reads the opening chapter of the book in an audio excerpt, linked HERE.

  more about Somewhere in the Skies HERE  

Mike Clelland: I remember we had a conversation while you were working on the book. You mentioned some advice, your publisher, Richard Dolan had given you. If I remember correctly, he said don't write the introduction until you've finished the book. Meaning your ideas will change during the project. What did you think you were getting into in the onset—and what changed along the way?

Ryan Sprague: When I first wrote my initial introduction, I came to realize that I was already inducing pre-conceived notions into the main body of research. I was subconsciously creating a bias towards certain aspects of these phenomena by constructing limitations from the onset. It was naive, and it was apparent. So I decided that I would leave writing the introduction until the very last draft of the manuscript. What lessons had I learned in the two years of interviews and research, and I could I then apply those to the first words of the book that anyone would read? What I thought was going to be a rather straight-forward book of witness testimony and accounts soon turned into a much more poignant and deeply personal journey through the hearts and minds of so many people having extraordinary experiences. 

MC: You must have talked to a fair number of people at this point. Do you have any sort of internal lie detector? I mean, some things sound extremely strange. Do you trust everything in the book?

RS: I stand by every story told in this book. After having interviewed hundreds of individuals, I must admit that it was both daunting, frustrating and disenchanting at times. But as I navigated through and endless maze of stories, I began to find very compelling and genuine people who had absolutely no reason to make these stories up. There was no financial gain. No book or movie deals to be had. These were people with friends, family, and communities who believed them, supported them, and listened to them. Whatever may have happened, they firmly believed it to be true, and it impacted their lives in countless ways. And those few dozen stories I tell in the book are most definitely the ones I feel in my heart or hearts are authentic and worth continued exploration. 

MC: You have documented some things that have a depth that goes beyond just a scary encounter. People described spiritual aspects, an how things seemed connected to their own soul. Here is a quote from Chapter 12.

“Our eyes, minds, and souls are being opened,” 
Patty told me.

You realize some researchers out there are repelled by this side of the phenomenon. What is your impression with these spiritual aspects of the stories?

RS: The spiritual aspect is something I wasn't expecting when I first started my research. I always looked at this phenomenon from two sides; Scientific and Philosophical. So when I started noticing a healthy amount of these individuals viewing their experiences this way, I knew I had to at least keep an open mind and look into it. 
What I found most interesting is that some were very spiritual and/or religious before their experience, and this was the lens in which they perceived what had happened. Others, who had no previous religious beliefs began to believe in a higher power thereafter. There have been so many reports throughout history of aerial objects piercing the skies, and many times these were viewed as miracles. Could some of UFO reports or abduction experiences be a divine intervention of sorts? I can't say, but for those who choose to see it that way, I would never fault them. It only opens the doors of possibility with what we may be dealing with. Or perhaps only a fraction of what we're dealing with. 

  click the "Read more" link below to see the rest of it.  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

a year ago today

The Messengers 
went on sale one year ago today.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

1234 words on a 5 page document

screen grab 
Whenever I receive an email of an unusual owl account, I'll create a document with the text. Then I continue adding to it with each new email reply. This system helps keep my ever growing flood of reports a bit more organized.

The image above shows the word count for a document I added to this morning. I pay attention to these small number synchronicities, although I am not sure what it truly means.

1,234 words and 5 pages 
makes 12345
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

speaking in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

I will be one of the presenters in the upcoming conference in Eureka Springs Arkansas. This will be the 30th year of this event. The conference was started by the late Dolores Cannon, and her daughters now run this annual event.

Link to the conference site HERE
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Terence McKenna and Kenneth Ring on UFOs and NDEs (video, audio and transcript)



parts one and two, these are required viewing.

A short conversation, in two parts, between two extraordinary thinkers, Terence McKenna and Kenneth Ring. The book The Omega Project was written by Ring, and in it he explores the relationship between the UFO phenomenon and the Near Death Experience. This video was created shot on location in Prague, Czechoslovakia during the International Transpersonal Conference in June 1992, known at Prague Gnosis.
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MP3 audio download
This was initially posted her back on January 14 of 2014 (on my mom's birthday!) I have since added the audio as an MP3 below. Sadly, the sound quality is poor but if you pay attention, you can still hear all of it.



You can read this as a transcript too! 
one-click PDF reader linked above

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Jacques Vallee on modern UFO research

colleagues on the California Cost
A short Q & A with Diana Walsh Pasulka and Jacques Vallee (shown above) on how to apply modern computer research techniques to the UFO phenomena.

  Interview linked HERE  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Peter Maxwell Slattery talks about owls


Peter talkin' owls

My friend—I mean—mate, Peter Maxwell Slattery just shared a tidy video post about his owl experiences. A nice set of personal experiences with owls and the UFO presence. And, he gives a wonderful shout-out for my book (Thanks mate!)

   More with Peter...

An long format essay on his experiences HERE.

An video interview from 2013 HERE.

A video interview from 2015 HERE.  I was pushy about this one, I was in full "promotion" mode for the book and asked Peter to do an talk together.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Whitley Strieber wrote eloquently about owls in decades past

recommended reading
I’ve recently purchased two of Whitley Strieber’s books on Kindle, Transformation (1988) and The Communion Letters (1997). I already had both of these in their paper versions, and I read each of them shortly after their publication. 

author and experiencer
Having these in a digital format allows for easy word searches, and the word I looked up was owl. I expected owl stories to be peppered throughout these books, but I was impressed at the insights offered by Whitley. What he says is, in many ways, what I have worked so hard to say in my own book. Yet what he has written is poetic, perceptive and right to the point.

Now I am fully aware that I read these books with great care, this includes all the stuff about owls, and decades later I wrote my own book with a similar flavor to my speculation. I honestly didn’t remember any of the specifics when rereading these excerpts now. Yet it seems fair to say that I absorbed these ideas during my initial reading. This may have sat in my mind in some semi-dormant way, quietly informing me during my years owl research.

In retrospect, I am glad I didn’t find these quotes during the writing process of The Messengers. I feel I would have leaned on these ideas like a crutch. Whitley and Anne are quoted extensively in my book, and I would have added some of these excerpts had I have seen them. Curiously, both books were on my shelf during the writing process, yet I never opened them, though I sure opened Communion (1987).

This blog will now serve as a platform for these powerful quotes about owls and their connection to the UFO experience.

  click the "Read more" link below to see the rest of it.  

Monday, October 31, 2016

People of Earth - UFO experiencers played for comedy


Series Pilot - Full episode
Drama as comedy?

The first two episodes of People of Earth will premiere tonight (yes, Halloween). This is a comedy about an investigative journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac) who writes about a UFO experiencer support group only to realize he himself has had his own contact experiences. The script writers have obviously mined the available literature. Someone did their homework and managed to squeeze a lot of familiar stuff into this pilot episode.

It’s more than a bit disturbing to see something I take very seriously played for laughs. I know a lot of people (including myself) who’ve sat in a support circle just like what is portrayed on the show. There can be emotional trauma and suffering, more human drama than comedy. Not sure what to think after just the first show. That said, I kinda liked some of what I saw, yet I suspect later episodes will cross the line into exploitation.

Also of note, the fictional UFO journalist Ozzie Graham has a curiously similar name to real life UFO journalist Robbie Graham.

Ozzie Graham
- o -- ie Graham
Robbie Graham

Real life and fiction blur!
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

asking to see an owl, but seeing a UFO instead

"Like a tear in the sky..."
My friend Jack had a remarkable experience just as he was on the last few pages of my book The Messengers

He sent me this message on the evening of Sept 14:
Earlier tonight I asked and wished I would see an owl while at work. Within minutes of doing so I saw a strange looking light in the sky, I looked away for less than a second and it was gone!
We spoke shortly after the experience and he described seeing a stationary lighted “dash” just sitting in the sky. This was near an airport, and his first thought was it might be a plane, but right in that moment he realized it wasn’t like any aircraft he had ever seen. He watched this glowing object for about 10 seconds before it vanished.

Jack messaged his partner Suzanne moments after the sighting, and that text is time stamped 6:49 p.m. And he messaged me at 10:48 p.m., right when he finished the book.

During our conversations and messaging, Jack used the words wishing, asking, hoping, and expecting when describing his desire to see an owl.

Jack wrote: “I was scanning light posts and building roof tops half expecting to eye one. The sky was a very dark blue, not yet black. As I turned the corner I gave up on the notion [of seeing an owl] and suddenly saw the light.”

He described it as a "dash" but felt it was more, "like a tear in the sky... like if you had a dark piece of fabric with a tear in it with a bright flash light behind it."

Jack said, “I was on the last few pages [of your book] when I saw it. This sighting happened just moments after asking to see an owl.”

This is remarkable to me. Jack was wishing he would see an owl, and seconds later he saw a UFO instead, and just as he was finishing my book.

Jack is even in the book a few times! One amazing event was that we both had a very similar grizzly bear dream on the same night (linked HERE).

I have a handful of accounts from people who had the reverse experience, having wished to see a UFO and then seeing an owl instead. I even have a few where people heard an owl hooting, and they saw a UFO when they looked in the direction of the sound. I've also had a lot of accounts of people seeing an owl while reading the book or listening to my recorded voice talking about owls. I even have one account of a guy seeing an owl fly by his windshield while driving, then moments later seeing a saucer shaped craft, all while listening to my voice talking about owls and UFOs.
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