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Double timeout – What are the odds?

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Last night I was listening to two keyboardists whom I’d like to get more familiar with. Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans. Doing a library search for Brubeck, I came across an lp called “Time Out.” When I tried to place an order for that CD through the library, I got a notice that my online session was about to time out!

So what are the odds?

To me, it was a funny synchronicity. Synchronicity is a term coined by the Swiss depth psychologist and medical psychiatrist C. G. Jung to denote the occurrence of what he believed were *meaningful* coincidences. This coincidence did have a meaning for me. But it is too private to divulge!

I also did my doctorate on Jung’s concept of synchronicity. Anyone interested click here.


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Donnie Darko – Review

So it took me a while to get around to watching this movie. I suppose the promo image for Donnie Darko was a bit of a turn off. Someone in a hoodie looking ominous with fire in the background. I imagined it was like Firestarter (which I haven’t seen… but you get the idea).

Image via Deviant Art

All I knew about Donnie was that it had something to do with alleged psychic abilities and time travel, and that it was a bit dark. Even the opening scenes are a bit dark (exposure-wise). This made me think I’d be suffering through the grainy bummer of old movie prints that aren’t remastered. But I persevered and after a few minutes was pleasantly surprised. In fact, Donnie kept growing on me, right up to the grand, freaked out finale.

Set in 1988 but filmed in 2001, this is an interesting time loop in itself. The past looking at the past. On the whole the retro fit is done well. Rounded CRT TVs. VHS tapes. That era. The only anachronism I might have detected is the Panasonic Ball Radio. I owned one of those, and that was the 1970s, not the late 80s. Oh well. I guess you could say the character who owns the radio gets it from her parents.

Donnie Darko (soundtrack)

Donnie Darko soundtrack (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This film touches on several key issues without going overboard on any of them. Time travel, premonition, the idea of mental illness, bullying, racism, child pornography, the hypocrisy of some self-help gurus. All these provocative themes are wrapped up into a tight ball that steadily unravels as the film progresses.

The acting is pretty much fabulous throughout. I didn’t see any weak performances and lots of strong ones.

Rather than break it down (you can get that at more conventional sites), I suggest watching this film with as few preconceptions as possible. Wikipedia helps make sense of it. But I wouldn’t read that until after seeing this skirmish into darkness, light and emerging new ideas about space, time and alternate universes.

Sometimes mystery is good, and spelling it all out beforehand can detract from the magic.

MC


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Q/A – Madness and Meditation

English: Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a Q&A I did last month at Allexperts.com, where I’ve been volunteering for many years. The Q&A deals with meditation and other factors contributing to a sense of unwellness or wellness.

I can’t reproduce the post here for copyright reasons. But I can link to it.

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Meditation-2544/2014/7/unable-objective.htm


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…a review I did at Earthpages.org back in 2009. Recently I gave it some stylistic touch ups and added current links at the bottom.

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Title: Nick Pope: The Man Who Left the MOD
Interviewer: Michael Bourne
Director: Philip Gardiner

Media: DVD
Producer:
Reality Films

Nick Pope isn’t exactly a household name. But among UFO investigators and devotees he’s become a controversial figure.

In The Man Who Left the MOD we learn that Pope joined the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) in 1985. By 1991 the MOD wanted to assess any potential threats that UFOs might pose to national security. Ready for a change, Pope took a position in the MOD’s new UFO Project.

That’s just the background. The Man Who Left the MOD probes far deeper into the history and experiences of this articulate spokesperson for investigators of UFO lore. Some may not like my use of the term lore. But it seems appropriate as the ‘U’ in UFO stands for unidentified, and Pope is the first to uphold a question mark rather…

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Paranormal Phenomena/Graveyards…

The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch

The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch via Wikipedia

The topic of Ghosts and the paranormal seems to be hot right now. Maybe it’s a way to keep the winter blues away. Or maybe….

In any case, here’s another Q&A at AllExperts.com, where I really enjoy doing volunteer work:


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Paranormal Phenomena/My child says our house is “dark”

Example of a subject in a Ganzfeld experiment.

Example of a subject in a Ganzfeld experiment via Wikipedia

One of the more interesting things about volunteering at AllExperts.com is that I’ve come to realize that quite a few everyday people experience paranormal phenomena.

Perhaps because these folks can be anonymous, a virtual outpouring of the unusual comes in on a fairly regular basis.

Here’s a Q&A that involves several possible paranormal phenomena and my comments about individual difference.


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Why do millions claim that they “keep seeing the same number”

Carl Jung integrated psychology with spirituality.

Carl Jung integrated psychology with spirituality via Wikipedia

Not too long ago someone asked me at AllExperts.com about all those people who claim to see recurring numbers in their lives. Clearly some think the whole idea is pure hogwash while others take it quite seriously. Some of the theoretical problems with the idea are discussed here:

Carl Jung integrated psychology with spirituality.