Hundreds of thousands or millions of Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens. In a typical case, an abductee recounts lying in bed one night when an eerie feeling overcomes him, and alien beings appear out of nowhere. The extraterrestrials transport him to a spacecraft and subject him to a battery of physical and psychological tests. After what seems like hours, he is returned to his bedroom unharmed, and finds that the whole ordeal transpired in minutes.Abductees think their traumatic experiences were real. However, most psychologists think abductions are lucid dreams or hallucinations, triggered by an awareness of other people's similar experiences. One recent experiment, in which participants trained in lucid dreaming techniques were able to dream up vivid alien encounters, supports this hypothesis. But if each perceived abduction is just the latest in a series of hallucinations, what was it that triggered that first dream or delusion? How was the alien abduction story … [Read more...] about The Surprising Origin of Alien Abduction Stories
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Post-production film artist Adam Palmer sold off all his film equipment to play with a video game program. "I was so confident this was the direction I wanted to go," said Palmer, who left live-action filmmaking to instead work with gaming company Valve's 3D animation program Source Filmmaker. "I haven't looked back since." A vibrant community of digital artists has been born thanks to Source Filmmaker. Valve fans, already some of the most passionate PC video gamer players out there, are using the free yet robust software to create everything from high-quality short films, to funny animated sketches, to truly bizarre videos only the deepest, darkest parts of the Internet can produce. But we are only just beginning to see its full potential. While they may not be giving us Half-Life 3, through Source Filmmaker, Valve is giving gamers new and exciting ways to express their creativity. And by combining the best of movie editing and game development, the company is changing filmmaking as … [Read more...] about Valve’s Movie Brats: Inside the Source Filmmaker Community
QR codes have been a laughing-stock for years now. The gangly square bar codes were slapped on posters and magazine pages, and heralded as an easy way to open URLs or bonus content. Instead they became a frustrating symbol of over-engineering. You often needed a special QR code reader app which might fail to recognize the little robot tattoos on the first try. By the time you found your QR app and got a code scanned, you probably could have just typed in a URL. Try scanning my Snapcode to demo the feature ;) It became a joke worthy of HBO’s Silicon Valley: “Only Snapchat could make QR codes cool.” But it’s even funnier now because it has actually come true. Snapchat launched a feature called Snapcodes (also known as Snaptags). Each user now has their Snapchat-branded QR code on their profile that can be opened by pressing the yellow ghost icon atop the camera. If another user scans someone’s Snapcode by focusing their Snapchat app’s camera on … [Read more...] about How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again