Robin Williams and Me: The Killer Among Us.

Psych Circus

Robin Williams  Person    Giant BombWhy Robin Williams?

I’m not a fan of celebrity worship, nor do I feel especially comfortable perhaps taking advantage of human suffering and loss by writing about a total stranger’s suicide.  That said, Robin’s suicide disturbs me. It touches a sore nerve, it hurts. He seemed a safe, reliable positive out there in the world, a source of joy and humor and, well, life. He was fine as far as I knew, just fine, then BAM!: dead. It’s shocking, saddening, makes the world seem less safe, less reliable.

Why me?

Clearly there is no “Robin Williams and me”, no relationship beyond talented performer and fan. I use the phrase in another sense. Why does his death hit me harder than most? What does it mean?

Events’ meaning partially come from our reactions to them, our responses. Like so many, I have thought over Robin’s many fine performances, the incredible eruption…

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Friday the 13th Challenge: Summon a spirit

Over the last two years or so, I’ve received a heap of emails from people (some mostly curious, but others with paranoid fear or outright vitriol) about my talking (Ouija) board. Now, I don’t normally pay any heed to the vitriol and try to calm down the paranoid and fearful folks with explanations on what’s actually happening. Alas, my efforts were mostly in vain.

Today, I’m issuing everyone who has been on my case a challenge:

Put up or shut up

You say a spirit, ghost, demon or other such entity has attacked, plagued or otherwise been connected to you since you used one of these boards? Show me proof. Better yet, summon a ghost, spirit, demon or whatever and record it. Show me some evidence of books flying, chairs moving, loved ones (or yourself) possessed or otherwise influenced by another entity. I dare you!

I’m not responsible for actual damage including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages arising out of, resulting from, or any way connected to the use of the talking board. I’m only interested in evidence.

Minimal

Minimal pattern for non-discerning spirits

I Survived 2012

If you survived the Mayan Doomsday / Apocalypse / etc… etc… and want the rest of the world to know (you know, in case they’re still stuck in bunkers and staring at you through the peephole), wear the proof of resolve on your sleeve. *Yes,  this is totally a shameless plug.

I Survived 12 - 21 - 12

I Survived 12 – 21 – 12 . You know, in case that crazy uncle still won’t believe you.

Mayan Calendar. This thing is broken

Somehow we all know it was… or the people reading too much into it were.

Spoiler...Nothing Happens. Mayan Calendar

Spoiler… Nothing Happens.

 

Or if you like the original calendar and don’t want any snark…

Mayan Long Count Calendar

The original calendar (minus snark)