Sunday, September 27, 2009

Psychic Hat

We take a step back from the serious this week and dive deep into the inner workings of the psychic. How does the psychic receive their information? Where does it come from? The first time I met with Chip I though it was the hat. We took Chip to the cemetery across from the house to see if there was any relation between the haunting at home and the cemetery. It was rather chilly, almost as if the spirits came out to join us; course it being January didn't help either. I took a couple of photographs when all of a sudden Chip was picking up on something and quickly snapped this photo. It was clear that he was getting a reading as the flaps on his hat rose up. It was as if he was tuning in to pick up the right frequency, like you would with a radio. To this day, it's still a mystery as to how and why psychics work the way they do, but on that had to be the hat.

Enjoy your week and remember to smile,

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TED Tuesday's - Jonathan Zittrain

Good ideas are worth spreading. That is why I would like to start TED Tuesday's, a weekly blog discussion of videos from TED. TED is a conference that that was started in 1984 that brought people together from three different worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. The various videos posted on the site of different lectures have been so inspiring that I thought it would be great for us to discuss and learn from them and from one another.

About this talk: Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.


Video Length: 19:52

My thoughts: What a remarkably optimistic look at the internet where people work in unison. I know there are points that can be shown to disprove this statement. Hell, I have encountered this directly...sort of. I have heard about groups of people who, for instance, are not fans of the show and so choose to act out, not in kindness, but through malevolence. Creating photos, writing articles, lying about who my group, and me as a person really are. Personally I don't care. Because I know one thing; they can spend as much time as they want on spreading filth. But at the end of the day, when we look back at our lives, I know I will be happy with mine.
I know that if I choose to retaliate to every little comment made about me, I would be taking away from doing what makes me happy.

I have always been a fan with Random Acts of Kindness. Its kind of where the idea for "Do Something Positive" came about. Even the movie, Pay it Forward, although had a cheesy romance to it, had a great concept. Because when we choose to work together, the world can be a better place, and the internet can be a great tool to create that world.

So, we have a week. A week to talk, discuss and share this concept with one another. What can we do? Today I will take some time to think about something that I can do that can go along with the theme of this video. Be the bee.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Seeds of Hope

It was January 27th. Our minds were trying to wrap around what we were getting ourselves into. How does one prepare to break through the door that opens up to the abyss, the chaos, the darkness. I can't help but chuckle because, even those three words don't really describe what's on the other side all to well. Father Bob joined us for investigation that will continue to live within our souls. There was an aura over Father Bob as he went from room to room; blessing the home. Standing in the master bedroom I looked over at Father Bob as prayed over the bed. The lamp behind him cast a perfect silhouette. As if an armor of light protected him. It was at that moment that I couldn't help but think of us as engineers. Diving into the darkness we were trying to plant the seeds of hope.

Thank you for your time,
Sergey Poberezhny

Friday, September 18, 2009

Make the most of your weekend

Hey Everyone,

Hope all is well. We just wrapped up the first case for this week and today we will be continuing our investigation streak. Yesterday, Katrina took us to New Hope, PA where I got to get my photography on. Kinda made me look forward to get back to State College so that I can work on some a photo project or two.

Still working on the Music Photo challenge, and I saw that the 51 word challenge has been feeling rather lonely. So those are on my list as well.

Anyone have any movie suggestions?

*This blog has been sponsored by water. Just drink it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Photos from UFO Field Trip

Hey Everyone,

Before I left for the are the long awaited group photo from the UFO trip. You can download them from the links on the bottom. There were two different group photos: one with James and one without.

Apologize for the delay,

Post Edit:
So to battle this broken link issue, here are the photos to those that weren't able to download them.

Friday, September 11, 2009

In lue of the the blood donation...

I stopped by the campus today to donate some of my krov'ya (Russian for blood). Do I want to be called a "hero" for saving three lives today? No. Should I be called a "hero" for saving three lives today...well the dictionary defines a hero as:

he⋅ro [heer-oh]

–noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.

1. a man of distinguised courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities
2. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich
3. some one who donates blood to save three lives

So I will let you guys decide. Sorry for the cockiness, I've been watching, The Office, and I think Michael Scott's personality is hysterical.
"I saved a life... my own. Am I a hero? I can’t really say, but... yes." M. Scott

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Some interesting facts about blood donations.

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Ladder

The darkness fell upon the church; like a ritual. Each evening the shadows woke up from their slumber. It was their world at night. Free to move around, they ruled the church. But there was an area that had no bonds with the darkness. Deep within, lay a room with a ladder; surrounded by blackness. There was something special about this ladder, it was lit up by a mysterious source; a sign of hope, a choice.

The steps ascended towards the light, each level represented a new degree of spiritual awareness. But, I say again, the ladder was a choice. You decide how far you want to climb.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Street Photos and Politics

So yesterday, I took a walk through the streets of SC...thinking; thinking that you know what, Universe, you decide what I should come across my street journey. And so it did. I want to share a piece of my journey with you all. Its a little political. Probably because of a story I read that is still etched in my head. (LINK) I swear it feels like someone stabbed my brain with a fork.

I saw a group of people protesting the war, advocating peace, and requesting troops to be pulled out, so I decided this would be a good start towards photojournalism. I approached two protesters who've been doing this for about 5 years. "Why? Why are you doing this?" Truth is, this is pretty much a repeat. That is, this is Vietnam just tweaked a little differently. And now we are falling into another cycle. Another cycle of where the weak are taken for fools. Where those who have power think they can play the same ol' game and come out on top.

But, there is one problem for those who think that everything will remain the same: change is the only constant. The world evolves and people, well, they follow suit.

I asked them if they thought things were getting better...after all they had witnessed decades go I asked, is there hope? They remained silent, but they remained standing. Standing, because there is hope; hope that things will change. It's a strange feeling to comprehend. A sensation that there will a change in world. You aren't sure which way it will go, but between doing nothing at all, you can at least hope it will go for the best.

Who knows, maybe one day I can open up the paper and not see a spiritual person, praying that our President dies. Blah...just writing that sentence left a dirty sensation in my mouth. I am gonna go brush my teeth folks; till next time...

Hope for the best in others,

"It is difficult to achieve a spirit of genuine cooperation, as long as people remain indifferent to the feelings and happiness of others."
-Dalai Lama