Thursday, January 26, 2023

They Saw an Orange Orb

 On page 109 of the 2007 book Ghost Worlds,  Melba Goodwyn states this:

"My first experience with orb phenomena came at the age of twelve...Suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a huge orange sphere appeared before me. It was a little above my direct sight and as large as a big beach ball. It was pulsating and its very distinct color would fade and deepen in intensity as I watched it....I was astonished as it gently floated right through my midsection! I gasped as I felt it pass through my body...Deep down I knew that I had experienced a spiritual visitation of some sort." 

See here for more than fifty accounts of mysterious orbs visible to the naked eye. 

My Facebook page "Spirit Orbs" now has over 2000 followers. Its photos are the same as those I published on this site, but some may find it to be a more convenient way to view my orb photos. You can see the photos here:

https://www.facebook.com/GhostlyAppearances/photos_stream

Replying to a recent album I published at that site, one Facebook user states this:

"An orange orb entered my room and turned my whole room orange. I'll never forget it."

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Government Sky Cams Spot Orbs

In the Daily Mail today, we have a story showing a picture of a metallic-looking orb. The photo was taken from some US government spy drone. We read this:

"One source who had seen the report described dozens of videos on classified servers showing metallic-looking orbs captured by US spy planes or drones in the Middle East – similar to the image released today.

'These drones operate 20-25,000 feet up in the air and they're flying around. We're keeping an eye on bad guys all over the world,' the source said.

'An operator will be zoomed in looking at a town in Syria. And all of a sudden, a little orb will go flying through the viewfinder.

'The operator's like, ''What the hell?'' And so he starts focusing on it and he just watches the orb for a while. We might get it for 30 seconds, we might watch it for 10 minutes. And then it will do something remarkable, like suddenly bolt off the screen.' "

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Spooky Spot

Below we see the latest example of the "precipitation selectivity" effect I have documented in my backyard since August of 2022. I notice the effect when it has started to rain or snow. One of the cement rectangles in my backyard (always the same one) will seem to receive almost all of the raindrops that have fallen. In the post here you can see a dozen  photos I have taken showing such an effect on previous days. 

paranormal rainfall

When I took the photo above on January 14, 2023, I noticed something very odd besides the "specificity" of the precipitation: the appearance of about 40 leaves behind the smallest of the three planters. I had swept up all the leaves from the back weeks ago, so all these leaves appearing behind the small planter seemed like something that had happened in the previous 24 hours. On that day after taking the photo above I cleaned up almost all of these leaves shown above, leaving no more than perhaps two or three leaves in the backyard. I put the leaves in a closed container. 

When I woke up today (January 15) I saw what we see below. Very strangely, I again saw about 40 leaves behind the smallest planter.  The closed container where I had put the leaves shown above was still closed. It seems that for two consecutive days about 40 leaves have mysteriously appeared behind my smallest planter. 

Will this effect just keep occurring, day after day? Stay tuned. 

Update #1 (January 16, 2023): On January 15 I cleaned up all the leaves shown above. When I awoke on January 16 I found the backyard looking about the same as in the photo above, with about 25 new leaves, all near the small planter.  Every other spot in the yard had basically no leaves. All of the trees that drop leaves have been empty of leaves for weeks. On January 17 I found no leaves in the backyard. It was as if the strange effect had abruptly stopped. 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Spooky Start

 Photo date: January 1, 2023. Photographer: Mark Mahin. 

We see below a strange luminous-looking line I noticed upon waking up this morning and looking outside. It wasn't snow. The temperature this morning where I live was greater than 50 degrees, and the sky was perfectly blue. Maybe it was a little rainfall. It strangely made a bright figure 1 when I viewed it from the second floor. But why so even a line?  I may wonder whether this is some omen regarding something that may occur 1 time unit in the future -- 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Seemingly Supernatural Behavior of a Sound Machine

In recent days I have noticed a particularly high level of spooky behavior from a sound machine I own, which has included things I am utterly unable to account for.  When no one was touching the machine, the machine underwent various types of  changes of state, which seemingly cannot be explained through any imaginable conventional explanation. Before discussing the spooky behavior, let me thoroughly describe the machine and its normal behavior. 

Description of the Sound Machine

The sound machine is shown below. It is one I bought quite a few years ago, a machine that has almost always worked with perfect reliability and predictability. I have used the machine for years to make a soothing "waterfall" sound while I sleep. The manual of the machine is here

spooky machine

Reading in a clockwise direction from the lower left to the lower right, the bar-shaped buttons on the upper part of the machine are:
  • Rainforest
  • Ocean
  • Thunder
  • Summer Night
  • Rain
  • Waterfall
Let's call the six choices above the "six sound channels," and let's call those bar-shaped buttons the "sound channel buttons." Pressing the "Power" button in the middle of the bottom row of circular buttons (and pressing on one of the sound channel buttons) will cause the machine to produce the selected sound. Until it is unplugged, the machine will remember whatever sound channel was last selected. So, for example,  if I press the Power button and press "Rain,"  the machine will make a rain sound. If I press the Power button again to stop the sound, and then press the Power button later to turn back on the sound, the machine will make the rain sound (the last sound channel I selected).  And, to give another example, if I press the Power button and press "Waterfall,"  the machine will make a waterfall sound. If I press the Power button again to stop the sound, and then press the Power button later to turn back on the sound, the machine will make the waterfall sound (the last sound channel I selected).

There is one exception to what I noted above.  The machine's "memory" of what was the last sound I selected is what computer experts call "volatile" memory, meaning that is a memory lost when the machine is unplugged.  If you unplug the machine, it causes the "current sound channel" to reset to the Rainforest sound channel, no matter what sound channel you had last selected. 

The circular buttons in the front of the machine read as follow:
  • Hour
  • Timer
  • Radio
  • Power
  • Al Set
  • Al Mode
  • Min
The Hour button and the Min button (standing for Minute) can be used to reset the time shown on the machine. Pressing the Power button causes the green light above the Power button to become lit (if it is not lit), or causes that light to become unlit (it the light was lit). Pressing the Power button also causes the machine to make whatever sound is the current "sound channel," as long as the volume is set high enough. Pressing the Radio button turns on "radio reception" as a seventh "sound channel."  So if the Power button was lit, and you pressed Radio, you would hear a radio station. Unplugging the machine and plugging it back in will never result in the machine making a sound, unless you have also pressed the Power button, causing the green Power light to light up. 

The device on the left side of the machine controls the volume, and the device on the right side of the machine controls the current radio station (which is relevant only if Radio has been chosen as the sound channel). 

The back of the machine looks like this:


At the back of the machine are four things:
  • FM/AM switch
  • Backlight High/Low
  • DC Jack
  • Projector On/Off
The FM/AM switch is relevant only if Radio has been selected as the current sound channel. The "Backlight High/Low" button controls how strong the lighting is of the front digital time display. The DC Jack is a slot where you plug in the DC power. The Projector On/Off button controls some projection feature that I never use. 

The back of the machine has a unit where batteries can be inserted, but I have never used batteries with this machine. The sound machine is plugged into a double-outlet shown below. The black power supply unit shown below gives power to the sound machine. The white electrical cord is for a fan about a meter from the sound machine. There is no known problem with this outlet. Last summer I ran the fan every night using this outlet, without ever experiencing any abnormality such as a power interruption. 



The sound machine is located on the floor about a meter away from the edge of the bed where I sleep. There is no possibility that any leg movements or blanket movements could cause one of the buttons to be pressed. 

When you pull the power supply so that the machine is unplugged, the following will happen:

(1) The clock will reset to 12:00 (without showing a blinking time). The displayed time will continue to advance as time passes. So, for example, if you unplugged the machine, plugged the machine back in, and came back 10 minutes later, the displayed time would be 12:10. 
(2) The sound machine's "volatile" memory of the previously selected sound channel will be lost when you unplug the machine. After a loss of power the current sound channel is always reset to the Rainforest channel. So, for example, if you had set the current sound channel to "Ocean" by pressing on the Ocean button while the Power light was showing, and if you then unplugged the sound machine and plugged it back in, then if you were to press the Power button you would hear the Rainforest sound. 

I don't know whether there is any such thing as Internet-connected sound machines, but this humble device I bought for little money many years ago is certainly no such thing, ruling out "hacking" as an explanation for any of its strange behavior. 

Spooky Behavior of the Sound Machine, November 7 2022 to December 14, 2022

Below are some of the very strange results I have got in recent months from this machine:

  • On November 7, 2022 I six times saw (at various times of the day and night never close to 12:00) the sound machine  have a time close to 12:00. It was just as if each of these six times the power to the clock was being interrupted, and then restored, causing the time to be reset to 12:00 (the clock on this device doesn't blink when the power is interrupted).
  • On December 11, 2021 at about 8:30 PM I noticed that the displayed time on the machine had dimmed. This is exactly what you would get if you had switched the Backlight High/Low switch on the back of the machine from High to Low. But no one had adjusted that switch or even touched the sound machine.  
  • Between December 11, 2021 (about 8:30 PM) to December 12, 2021 (about 10:00 AM) I noticed that about 15 different times the sound machine had switched from making sound to becoming silent, even though no one touched the machine. During each of these times the clock had seemed to reset to 12:00. It was just as if about 15 different times the machine had been unplugged for an instant, and then plugged back in.
  • There was several instances of gigantically improbable synchronicity on this night. I looked at the sound machine about 15 different times on this night, but never more than a few seconds at a time. During one of those roughly 15 times, the machine reset to a 12:00 time while I was looking at it but nowhere close to touching it. Annoyed by the machine turning off so often, I turned on a fan to create the "white noise" I desired. Two times while either turning the fan on or off, the sound machine reset to 12:00 at the instant I was touching the knob on the fan. There should have been no causal connection between these two events. The fan and the sound machine are plugged in different slots of a wall double outlet. I estimate that the chance probability of such coincidences is less than 1 in a million.  Test attempts to reproduce such an effect produced no success. I later tried quite a few times turning the fan on and off, and it never had any effect on the sound machine.  
  • On December 13 during waking hours there were quite a few additional cases of the sound machine inexplicably resetting to 12:00 and becoming silent.  Twice this occurred while I was lifting the machine up to inspect it, even though the machine stayed plugged in the whole time. These seemed like additional cases of extremely improbable synchronicity. 
  • On the night of December 13 to December 14, there were six additional cases of the sound machine resetting to 12:00 and becoming silent.  On this night I recorded changes in the "sound channel" after the machine reset to 12:00 and became silent. If caused by a loss of electrical power or by unplugging the machine, this always causes the sound channel to reset to the Rainforest channel. But something different happened. The sequence of sound channels that occurred from the resetting events alternated between the Rainforest channel and the Waterfall channel. 
Let me describe very exactly what occurred on this night of December 13 to December 14 regarding the sound channels. By "a while later" I mean a time that might have been quite a few minutes or longer than an hour. The sound machine was never touched during this night. 

(1) When I went to bed the machine was making the Waterfall sound, and had the correct time. 
(2) A while later the machine went silent, resetting to 12:00. When I pressed on the Power button, the machine made the Rainforest sound. I reset the sound channel so that the machine made the Waterfall sound.
(3) A while later the machine went silent, resetting to 12:00. When I pressed on the Power button, the machine made the Waterfall sound.  This is not what would have happened from any mere interruption of the electrical power. Whenever you unplug it, the machine always resets the sound channel to the Rainforest channel. 
(4) A while later the machine went silent, resetting to 12:00. When I pressed on the Power button, the machine made the Waterfall sound.  This is not what would have happened from any mere interruption of the electrical power. Whenever you unplug it, the machine always resets the sound channel to the Rainforest channel. 
(5) A while later the machine went silent, resetting to 12:00. When I pressed on the Power button, the machine made the Rainforest sound. I reset the sound channel so that the machine made the Waterfall sound.
(6) A while later the machine went silent, resetting to 12:00. When I pressed on the Power button, the machine made the Rainforest sound. I reset the sound channel so that the machine made the Waterfall sound.
(7) A while later the machine went silent, resetting to 12:00. When I pressed on the Power button, the machine made the Waterfall sound.  This is not what would have happened from any mere interruption of the electrical power. Whenever you unplug it, the machine always resets the sound channel to the Rainforest channel. 

Twice on this night there seemed to be additional cases of synchronicity. One of the times mentioned above I awoke and heard no sound from the sound machine, finding it showing a time of 12:00, just as if it had reset at the same moment I awoke. A loss of the sound should not have caused me to awake. Another time I awoke to hear the sound machine making the Waterfall sound, only to hear the machine go silent a few seconds later. 

Finally my sleep was done on this night, and I awoke about 9:30 AM on December 14. Checking the sound machine, I was astonished. The machine now was making the Waterfall sound very clearly, but there was no time displayed on its clock. It was not merely a dimmed time display, but no time display at all. No type of fiddling with the machine can get it to reach this state of making a sound but showing no time. A knob on the back of the machine (marked "Backlight High/Low") allows you to switch between a bright display of the time and a dim display of the time.  But the machine does not allow you to turn off the time display while the machine makes any of its sounds. You can unplug the machine to stop it from displaying a time, but if you do that the machine will not be able to make any sound.  When I unplugged the machine and plugged it back in, the time display was as bright as ever.  The "Backlight High/Low" switch on the back of the machine was still set to "High," meaning the digital time should have been displaying in full brightness.

 I wonder whether this state of the machine was some kind of "life after death" symbolism. The machine was showing no time on its clock, as it can do only when unplugged or "dead."  But the machine was clearly making a Waterfall sound, as it can do only when plugged in or "alive." The combination of the two states rather suggests a "deceased but still living" motif. 

I wrote and published on this blog the above account of events of December 11,2022 to December 14, 2022 on the morning of December 14, 2022, using notes I had taken as the events occurred.   While some of the events described above could be explained by some far-fetched idea of repeated power interruptions, we have in the account above three types of events that cannot be explained by any mere power interruption. 

Realizing how inexplicable was the machine state described above in boldface, I tried to photographically document it, but foolishly only took a photo rather than a video. If I get this effect again, I will take a video and post it to www.youtube.com.  On a previous day in 2019, I had great success in capturing inexplicable device behavior in a video, as you can see by reading the post here
 
Keep checking this post for additional updates on this strange tale.  I have attached some letter labels to parts of the machine, and I wonder whether the machine's strange behavior will result in events that will effectively be the spelling out of meaningful letter sequences.  

Update #1: December 15, 2022

During the past 24 hours I saw an additional case of synchronicity.  I picked up the sound machine to inspect it, and the clock reset to 12:00 as I was merely holding it (although I had not done anything to unplug it).  Also when I awoke around 10:00 AM I found the digital clock time was dimmed. You can only dim that clock time by pressing a button at the back of the machine (the Backlight High/Low button), but no one had pressed that button during the night.  The clock had been displaying the time at full brightness when I went to bed. 

Update #2: December 16, 2022

On this night I observed dramatic phenomena:
(1) First, while the sound machine was making the Waterfall sound, I heard a kind of sound sputter, in which the sound faded and then resumed its normal sound.  I have never heard this effect before from this machine. 
(2) About twenty minutes later the sound from the machine stopped. I looked at the machine and saw no time displayed, not even with dimly lighted numbers. I went into another room to get my camera to film this state. When I returned the sound machine's clock showed a time of 12:00 in bright numbers.  We have here a kind of reset different from all other resets I have seen, something resembling what would have happened if the power to the machine had been interrupted for about 30 seconds, not just an instant.  
(3) Minutes later, the sound machine reset its time to 12:00. But now the time display showed an effect I have never seen before with this machine: the displayed time was fading in and fading out. I got a video of this effect, showing this fade-in/fade out effect occurring over the course of about 30 seconds. I took the following video on this day, showing quite clearly the repeated fading in and fading out of the sound machine's clock time:


After the event shown above, I unplugged the sound machine and plugged it back in. Its clock display was then bright and steady for the rest of the day. Modern digital clocks don't show any flickering effect towards the end of their lifetimes. This sound machine has never undergone any physical damage, and I expect its clock to keep working for many additional years.  A Google search using the phrase "digital clock time fading in and out" fails to produce any accounts of such a thing. 

During all of the mysterious sound machine resets described in this post, there was in the room a separate digital clock using red numbers to display time, which never showed any irregularity, and never showed any sign that the room had any power interruption. That clock using red letters is a type of clock that will always produce blinking numbers after a power interruption, until its time is reset.  

The effects described above are so inexplicable they reminded me of the opening narration of the old TV series "The Outer Limits":

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. ... You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to the outer limits."

Update #3: December 21, 2022

The sound machine worked perfectly without any anomalies between December 17 and December 20. On December 21 the machine stopped making sound and reset to 12:00, at 12:30 AM.  The rest of the night it ran fine.  Abour 2:40 PM I found the sound machine displaying no time (not even in a dim light). Pressing the machine's Power button caused the time display to show a time of 12:15 in a dim light. Unplugging the machine and plugging it back in caused the machine to revert to a full bright display of the time, with 12:00 showing as the time. There is no way to fiddle with the machine to get it to reach a state in which the machine is plugged in but no time is displayed.  The machine always shows the time when unplugged and then plugged back in.  

Update #4: December 24, 2022

The sound machine worked without any anomalies on December 22 and December 23. I found the machine on December 24 displaying the correct time. Pressing the Power button to turn on the sound, I found the machine making only a kind of sputtering or groaning noise. Again, we have the machine in a state it can not be brought to through any amount of fiddling. I cycled through each of the sound channels, without the sound ever changing. Unplugging the machine and plugging the machine back in restored the machine to its ordinary state. 

Update #5: December 26, 2022

The sound machine reset three times, resetting its clock to 12:00, and becoming silent.

Update #6: January 2, 2023

I woke up in the middle of the night to find the sound machine's clock displaying numbers that were just barely visible. The numbers had been fully visible with normal brightness when I had gone to sleep. There is a switch at the back of the machine allowing you to change the brightness of the clock's displayed time, but no one had touched that. When I woke up in the morning the sound machine's clock displayed the time in its normal brightness, much brighter than when I had seen the sound machine's time in the middle of the night. 

Update #6: January 3, 2023

I woke up in the middle of the night to record a dream. The sound machine's clock displayed the time in normal brightness. I soon noticed that the time was not displaying on the clock. A few minutes later, after writing down a dream 1 had, the sound machine's clock was showing in normal brightness. No one had touched the machine. Again, we have a strong element here of synchronicity. 

Update #7: January 7, 2023

When I went to bed the sound machine's clock displayed the time in normal brightness. In the middle of the night I could see that the machine now displayed the time in only half its normal brightness. 

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Some of My Best Orb Photos (Part 1)

Alas, dear reader, I am these days in something of a slump in regard to getting exciting orb results from my humble point-and-click Sony DSC-W830 camera, the same model that has produced such a bonanza of astonishing results in previous years  During such a slump, it may be a good time for a retrospective review. Below are some of the most interesting results I got in previous years. 

I started to get exciting photographic results in 2014. Below is a photo from December 9, 2014 showing a large orb in Grand Central Terminal:

Grand Central Station orb

I took the photo below on December 27, 2014. Note the bright blue orb right next to the Christmas wreath.

bright orb in Grand Central Station

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on December 22, 2014:

bright moving orb in Grand Central

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on December 18, 2014:

orb in Grand Central Station

Around this time when photographing falling water drops I was starting to get an astonishing effect that I would get very many times: an effect in which face-like orbs appeared.  I took the photo below on October 28, 2014:

face orb

The orb below I photographed on December 18, 2014 seemed to be moving very fast:

moving orb

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on December 27, 2014. We see a bright pink orb on the right.

pink orb in Grand Central

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on February 20, 2015. We see a bright blue-white orb seeming to make a sharp turn:

moving orb in Grand Central Station

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on December 9, 2014. A close examination of the top corner will reveal a very remarkable effect in which it seems as if light from the blue orb is reflecting off of the glass below:

reflected light from mysterious orb

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on February 20, 2015. We see a bright mysterious blob. 



I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on December 8, 2014. We see a bright orb that seemed to be resting on an American flag (an effect I would get more than a dozen times in later days).

bright orb in Grand Central Station

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on February 20, 2015
We see two bright orbs near the top, one blue:

orbs in Grand Central

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on March 19, 2015. We see a translucent orb right next to the physical orb of the station's famous clock:

orb in Grand Central Station

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on April 6, 2015.  We see at the top an orb that seemed to be moving very fast. 

speeding moving orb

I took the photo below in Grand Central Terminal on March 26, 2015.  We see a bright blue orb. 

orb in Grand Central Station


I took the photo below on June 11, 2015, in front of a memorial to those who died in the American Civil War. We see what looks like an orb moving very fast:

moving orb

I took the photo below on July 24, 2015.  We see a bright orange orb in the sky, near a skyscraper. Outdoor photos such as this can never credibly be explained as photos of dust particles, partially because the air quality tends to be much better outdoors, with far fewer and smaller dust particles per cubic meter.  There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation when I took the photo, on a night when the moon was only a thin crescent.  

orange orb

Below we see a bright blue orb I photographed at Grand Central Terminal on August 20, 2015:

bright blue orb

Below we see a bright blue orb I photographed at Grand Central Terminal on August 17, 2015:

blue orb

I have not even got further than August 2015 with this highlight series going forward from 2014. I look forward to posting additional retrospective review posts that will show highlights from the even-more-astonishing results I got in later years. 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Orbs Rising

The Google Ngram Viewer (at https://books.google.com/ngrams/) allows you to type in a search phrase and see how popular such a phrase has been in books that have been indexed by Google Books (supposedly more than 40 million). Searching for the phrase "mysterious orb," I get the graph below.  The sharply rising line suggests an intensifying of the orb phenomenon.

rise in orb photos

Similarly, searching for the phrase "spirit orb" shows a steadily rising trend:

increase in orb sightings