winter canoeing wallpaper, ghost photos and scams, hot digital gifts

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Ghost Photos: Scams, Slipups, and Spirits

 One thing that ghosts, Bigfoot, and UFOs have in common is a lack of hard evidence for their existence. Many people report seeing these phenomena, though sightings are essentially stories, not proof. According to many “ghost experts,” just about anyone can find evidence of ghosts using a device found in nearly every home: a camera. Ghost stories and sightings are fine, but what can we make of images claimed to be actual photographs of dead spirits?

Last year an exhibition of spirit photography was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Several of the pictures on display were created by Boston photographer William H. Mumler, who first claimed to have captured ghosts on film. Mumler produced many “spirit photographs” in the latter half of the 1800s, depicting faint, ghostly images in otherwise normal portraits. This caused a sensation and convinced many people with his seemingly excellent proof of ghosts. Yet there was more to Mumler’s photographic proof of life after death than met the eye; he was exposed as a hoaxer when some of the “ghosts” he had photographed were seen very much alive, living and working in Boston. In the process of his work, Mumler had simply stumbled across a crude method of double exposure, and hatched a plan to make a fortune with his fakes. Thus, ghost photography began as an unseemly blend of photographic error and outright hoax.

This little blog isn’t much of a counter voice, but there is a series running on a cable channel about people that actually believe in ghosts, swear they exist and “hunt” them. This not far removed from believing someone is a witch that must be burned at the stake. Photographs are not always complete representations of the truth, neither is the human eye for that matter. It is interesting that some people will pause to question something as unlikely as the “spirit” of a dead person while others will not.

A shoppers’ guide to hot digital entertainment 

More a list of the type of digital products that they think will be hot for the holidays then a definitive guide, but not a bad place to start to get some ideas. Remember to do your research and try to BuyBlue when possible. Blue companies tend to have a more progressive approach to business. Apple and Gateway for instance tend to be progressive computing/electronics companies.