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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Darth Sidious addresses the Republic Senate in 'Revenge of the Sith'.

2005 BOX OFFICE WRAP-UP... With all of its contenders for the box office crown either in release or now gone, ranging from this summer's War of the Worlds with $234 million to Hairy Pothead and the Goblet of Fire and The Chronicles of Narnia currently at $262 and $165 million each, respectively, it’s safe to say that this year was indeed the Year of the Sith. Revenge of the Sith made an overall $380.3 million at the domestic box office alone, with potential threat King Kong not being potential at all. In its 13th day of release, Kong has made $121 million in the domestic B.O., while Sith made $275 million within the same amount of days. Sith is currently #1 in opening day grosses, top 4 and 5-day grosses, and the fastest film to reach the $100 and $300 million marks, while King Kong is number one in the, um, err...let me check—nothing? Sorry, just expressing some pre-Academy Awards bias against Kong before it takes the Best Visual FX Oscar away from Sith this March, haha. Just kidding. I mentioned this to point out the fact that Sith is the fifth Star Wars film to be the box office king for the year it came out. Attack of the Clones is the only exception...with Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers both taking the spotlight away from it in 2002.

Commander Bacara and his troops turn on Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi in 'Revenge of the Sith'.

It’ll be interesting to see if Sith gets more Oscar nominations (in the technical categories such as Costume Design and Sound Editing, that is) than the two previous prequels. If not, then oh well. As long as it doesn’t get any Razzie nominations, that's for sure! And it doesn’t deserve any, unlike Clones and The Phantom Menace (Natalie Portman was the weakest link in Episode III, but not to the point where she deserves a Raspberry Award. Hmm... Actually, let me think about that). Other than that, bring on 2006!! There are absolutely NO films coming out next year that I am as eager to see as Sith, but whatever. Let’s see how much Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, The Da Vinci Code and X-Men 3 make in the box office... Don’t get me wrong, I definitely want to see those films. But it's not like I'm gonna buy their soundtracks or any related merchandise (Da Vinci Code action figures? Haha) before they come out. Anyway... I called Harry Potter Hairy Pothead on purpose. I’ve been doing that ever since The Sorceror’s Stoned came out in 2001. ‘Nuff said.


Yoda impales a clonetrooper with his lightsaber.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Sam and Dean Winchester try to ward off Bloody Mary in 'Supernatural'.

SUPERNATURAL... I began watching the WB hit a few weeks ago, and needless to say, it is one cool and at times scary TV show...even scarier than The X-Files (though I don’t think The X-Files wasn’t necessarily suppose to be scary, but just deal with Area 51 and the paranormal, haha). In case you don’t watch the show, it revolves around two brothers who are out to find their dad, who went missing after a hunting trip. The dad just so happens to be a ghost hunter, and he left behind a book with all the notes he took on dealing with different supernatural occurrences and evil spirits. The brothers use that book to fight these demons as they go about searching for their dad.

I only watched two episodes of the show so far, but these episodes were definitely fascinating. The first episode I watched dealt with the Wendigo—a half man/half beast who in Indian myth preys on human beings in the forest. The other episode I watched dealt with (should I even type this? Haha) Bloody Mary. Even though this episode borrowed an element or two from the film The Ring (especially at the end of this episode... The pic above is from the climax), the story was still interesting. I think what makes Supernatural so appealing, other than the fact the two brothers ride in a sleek '67 Chevy Impala (just being facetious), is that the show borrows from actual ghost legends... The X-Files did too—and so did other shows that copied the Chris Carter hit—but mostly during the “monster” episodes (The X-Files had two kinds of episodes... The ‘mythology episodes’, which is the overall storyline of Fox Mulder trying to find his sister amidst a government conspiracy, and the ‘monster episodes’, where Mulder and Scully literally dealt with creatures like the Chupacabra. Sorry for veering off-topic). Supernatural is gonna be aired everyday this week, so I definitely need to watch it and catch up on all the episodes I missed. It’s at 9 PM (Pacific Standard Time)...which means I’ll miss the special episode of FOX’s House tonight. Oh well... Tonight’s House episode is a rerun anyway, haha. Unless Supernatural airs at 8 PM, the same time slot as the new episode of Arrested Development, then I'm screwed.


EDIT: Nope, Supernatural aired at 9 PM. And tonight's episode was about Sam and Dean (the two brothers) trying to stop a demon who possessed air travelers and caused them to crash the planes. Cool.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!! Hope you and yours are having a safe and tubular holiday... Tubular, haha... Yes, this is the same thing I typed for my Xmas entry last year...except for the ‘tubular’ part. Anyways, to bring up news that I was too lazy to type more than a week earlier, on December 14, I worked the very last taping of the TV sitcom, Yes, Dear (in case you don’t know yet, this is the CBS show’s final season). This was the first and last time I ever worked on that show. Oh well. The next day, I attended the annual Christmas party at Paramount Studios (where Yes, Dear was filmed). Par bought off Dreamworks just a few weeks ago...which obviously gives Par employees something to cheer about for the holidays, and hopefully next year’s holidays...when the studio store on the Par lot will presumably be able to sell Dreamworks DVD titles like Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan. Once again, I reiterate the word presumably. Oh, and Par is what Variety magazine calls Paramount in its articles (Variety calls TV shows "skeins", or something like that...the ABC channel the "Alphabet", NBC the "Peacock", filming a movie is "lensing" a movie, and film directors are called “helmers”...as in James Cameron was Titanic's helmer. Or I may be wrong. That's showbiz jargon for ya, haha).

The main cast of 'Yes, Dear'.

This week, I watched Munich, King Kong and Fun With Dick and Jane—all in that particular order. I’m too lazy to write full reviews on them, so I’ll just say Munich was serious, King Kong was less serious, and Fun wasn't serious at all (well obviously). Going back to King Kong, the special effects were a lot better than I thought (I still say WETA isn’t up there with ILM yet). In fact, I think King Kong might take next spring’s Best Visual FX Oscar...even though I’m rooting for Revenge of the Sith to do that. Kong should also be nominated for Best Make-up, since the face prosthetics on those Skull Island natives looked pretty freaky. Naomi Watts, unsurprisingly, looked hot in this pic, though I think, um, helmer Peter Jackson could’ve deleted some of her close-ups at the end. It was a tad bit too many. Her character has feelings for Kong, we get the picture!! Though Watts is pretty darn talented— She juggles, and she does somersaults! Haha. Up next, I want to see Syriana and Memoirs of a Geisha. C’mon now, gotta show that Asian pride!! Oh, and the cinematography on Geisha looks great...from what I saw in the trailers.

Munich poster.

Monday, December 19, 2005

The New Horizons spacecraft lies atop its Boeing third stage rocket motor at Kennedy Space Center.
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New Horizons will be the world's first ever mission to Pluto, and just the fifth spacecraft to be sent on an escape route out of the solar system, never to return but to wander the galaxy for millions of years.

29 DAYS, 4 HOURS, 27 MINUTES AND 59, 58, 57, 56, 55 SECONDS REMAINING... Less than a month from now, the New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a 9-year voyage to the distant world of Pluto. Over the next few weeks, you’ll probably see this Blog constantly being updated with news on this historic flight. New Horizons is now installed on the Atlas V rocket that will launch it into space and onto its route towards the outer solar system. New Horizons will be the fastest space probe ever flown (I think... The two Voyager space probes may be faster); being the size of a grand piano, weighing a mere 1,054 pounds when fully fueled at launch and flying at a speed of 36,000 mph...which will allow it to fly past the Moon within 9 hours (it took the Apollo astronauts 3 days to get to the Moon) and reach Jupiter in February of 2007, a brisk 13 months after Horizons’ launch (it took the now defunct Galileo spacecraft 6 years to get to Jupiter). And if all goes well, the craft will arrive at the 9th rock from the Sun (make that the 5th rock... gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Your Anu—err, Uranus and Neptune don’t count. And neither do the Asteroid Field nor the gas giants' hundreds of moons) in July of 2015. Below is the list of things to do before next month’s launch [the schedule can obviously change (and it has)]:

(Warning: LOTS of geek talk below... But I think you can pretty much guess that after reading what I typed above)

Last Tuesday, December 13
The installation of the New Horizons/Boeing third stage rocket motor stack (shown in the photo above) inside the nose cone fairing of the Atlas V-551 rocket (provided by Lockheed Martin) that will launch Horizons into space. The process is known as “encapsulation”. I’m sure you wanted to know that...

Last Friday, December 16
Transportation of the encapsulated New Horizons stack to the launch pad (Launch Complex 41, or LC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Last Saturday, December 17
Mating of the New Horizons stack to the Atlas V rocket inside LC-41’s vehicle assembly building (also known as the Vertical Integration Facility, or VIF in nerd jargon).

Wednesday, December 21
An "Integrated Systems Test" will be conducted to ensure good wiring connections between the Atlas V vehicle and New Horizons payload.

Tuesday, January 3
Launch preps resume after the holiday break. Technicians will begin conducting inspections on the Atlas V's first stage fuel tank that has delayed New Horizons' launch to January 17. Liftoff was originally suppose to take place on January 11.

Around January 13 - 14
The installation of the plutonium power source (also known as the, um, err, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator...or RTG) onto New Horizons. Solar panels are effectively useless beyond Mars’ orbit, which is why Horizons needs to use nuclear fuel to run its electrical systems. The plutonium used is non-weapons-grade.

Monday, January 16
The transportation of the fully-assembled Atlas V rocket from the VIF to the launch pad.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
Liftoff is scheduled for 1:24 PM, Eastern Standard Time. Once New Horizons is in space, it will be roughly 47-51 minutes before flight controllers on the ground make radio contact with the spacecraft. Horizons has till Saturday, January 28, to launch on a trajectory that will still take it past Jupiter in 2007 and arrive at Pluto in 2015.

Schedule courtesy of SpaceflightNow.com

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Reggie Bush receives the Heisman Trophy award.

Bush for President in ’08!! No, not that Bush. I meant Reggie Bush...who is the third USC player in four years to win the Heisman Trophy (behind his boy Leinart and Carson Palmer), and the seventh Trojan overall to win this honor, tying Notre Dame for most wins of college sports’ most prestigious individual award. This oughta motivate the tailback to really haul ass and make more highlight reels during the Rose Bowl next month. Of course, this will also motivate Vince Young to get revenge when the Longhorns face Bush and Company on January 4. Oh well. Can’t wait!!

Reggie Bush leaps over a UCLA defender for the touchdown.

EDIT: Rest in peace, Mr. Pryor (1940-2005).

Comedian Richard Pryor.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Peter Jackson's KING KONG... Don't know how good the movie is gonna be (since I haven't read up on any of the reviews yet), though visually it looks like a cross between Jurassic Park and Titanic (don't get me wrong I like Park. And, um—cough, coughTitanic), but the posters sure are awesome. I think these two are the best ones:

King King movie poster 1.

King King movie poster 2.

EDIT: King Kong is currently at 95% on RottenTomatoes.com. As usual, Slant Magazine is the lone dissenter in giving the film a negative review.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

USC: 66, UCLA: 19... The game obviously wasn’t as exciting as the Fresno one, what with the Bulldogs actually showing up for that game and all, but at least the Trojans were decisive in playing their way into a showdown with the Longhorns on January 4. So much for that cross-town rivalry, eh? Reminded me of the days when the Clippers were still the biatches of the Lakers...which was as recent as, um, 2003. Don’t worry, though— The Bruins will one day get revenge on the Trojans and make it to the BCS title game (assuming the BCS system isn’t completely abandoned by the time UCLA makes its way to the #1 spot in the nation), the same way the Clippers are 11-5 in the NBA right now (currently giving this team the second best record in the Western Conference behind that of, surprise, surprise, the Spurs) and the Lakers are— Well, let’s just say it’s pretty clear Phil Jackson is probably not thinking about a 10th title right now. Then again, it’s still too early in the season to make that comment, right? Or was this question even more ridiculous than the comment that preceded it? Err, what was I talking about again? Oh yea... I smell Roses.

LenDale White scores a touchdown.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Group photo of the 'Prison Break' main actors.

PRISON BREAK... Damn that custodian!! In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, tonight’s Fall finale episode of the FOX show ended with Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) not being able to climb up into the infirmary—where his brother and death row inmate Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) was waiting—during the escape attempt because the vent Scofield was going to climb through was blocked off by a newly-installed drainage pipe. So the episode ended with Scofield essentially feeling screwed over and that character “T-Bag” (played by Robert Knepper) threatening to shank Scofield with a knife if he doesn’t find another way to enter the infirmary, which is the main way of sneaking out of the prison. Damn the suspense! Prison Break won’t return till March of next year, since the fifth season of 24 is scheduled to debut this January. Bah— Can’t wait!

What I like about Prison Break (and 24, but that’s not what this entry is about, haha) is that it has all the workings of a great drama, which is why it’s been getting terrific ratings. At each turn, something happens to make the escape plan difficult if not impossible to execute (I know, I know... I'm stating the obvious). Just when it seems like Scofield is finally gonna free his brother, BAM, a measly janitor screws him over by sealing off that vent. And right when it seems like Burrows might actually be exonerated after that Secret Service agent was gonna leak to Burrow’s attorney the names of those who were behind the conspiracy to have Burrows executed, another BAM (this one quite literally); that Secret Service agent gets shot by his own partner after he shows up to thwart the meeting. Now that’s great writing, haha. And you know that whole Vice President supblot, as well as the story behind that Mafia group Scofield had arrested in Canada, has the potential to be expanded upon in a second season (and don't forget the stories behind those four convicts who were escaping with Scofield). I wonder how many Emmies this show is gonna be nominated for? Too early to say, but whatever. (Oh, and the Golden Globes are coming up next month!) Like I said, can’t friggin’ wait for this show to return! At least the new season of House is still going...

But I’m still disappointed that Arrested Development got cancelled.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Toys ‘R’ Us Ghost of Johnny Johnson in Sunnyvale, California.

Err- Do you believe in ghosts? Ever since I posted up that entry about supernatural occurrences taking place after last year’s Asian tsunami disaster, I’ve been visiting ghost websites to read more about this stuff. I’m not saying that I believe everything I read on these pages, but the stories some of these people have are pretty interesting. How many of these stories are true…I don’t know. But if you want to judge for yourself, visit them! One notable site is Ghoststudy.Com , which has photos and stories submitted by people who claim to have experienced paranormal sightings (Sigh, I miss The X-Files. Haha). Another page is TheShadowlands.Net, which has a list of various haunted sites across the country. Living in California (SoCal, to be exact), I posted up a list of all the haunted sites close to where I live or that I traveled to in the past. If you live in any of these cities, this list should be of interest to you. Though I, personally, didn’t encounter any strange occurrence at the places that I did go to listed below [such as the AMC 20 theater in Puente Hills Mall or Diamond Bar High School (though I only visited this high school once)]. Anyways, enjoy!

“Some” Haunted Sites In Southern California:
Anaheim – House of Blues
Buena Park – Knott’s Berry Farm
Chino – Chino Hills
City of Industry – Puente Hills Mall, AMC 20 theater
City of Industry - The Sheraton Hotel (now known as the Pacific Palms Hotel)
Covina – "Zelda’s Legend" about an underground tunnel
Diamond Bar - Brea Canyon Road
Diamond Bar – Diamond Bar High School
Disneyland – The Christmas Shop
Disneyland – The Disney Gallery
Disneyland – Fire Station
Disneyland – Haunted Mansion
Disneyland – It’s a Small World
Disneyland – Matterhorn Mountain
Disneyland – Pirates of the Caribbean
Disneyland – Space Mountain
Disneyland – The Star Trader (4th floor stock room)
Disneyland – the old “People Mover Ride”
Disneyland – Tom Sawyer’s Island
Disneyland – Tomorrow Land
Fullerton – Cal State Fullerton dorm
Hollywood - El Capitan Theater
Hollywood – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood – Mann’s Chinese Theatre
Hollywood – Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory
Hollywood - Roosevelt Hotel
Hollywood – Universal Studios
Huntington Beach – Bolsa Chica Wetlands
Irvine – University of California Irvine – Campus Dr.
La Puente – Hurley Elementary School – Tetherball courts
La Puente – Nogales burgers
La Puente – Nogales High School
Long Beach – The Queen Mary
Los Angeles - Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles - The Coliseum
Los Angeles – Loyola Marymount University
Pasadena – abandoned asylum
Pasadena – Angeles Crest – Old Hotel
Pasadena – the bridge of Fair Oaks exit
Pasadena – The Castle Green
Pasadena – Green Street Hotel
Pasadena – Haunted forest
Pasadena – The Haunted mansion
Pasadena – Rose Bowl parking lot
Pasadena – The Colorado St. and Scoville Bridges
Pasadena – The historic State Landmark Theater
Pasadena – The Pasadena Playhouse
Pasadena – The Ritz Carlton (this is where I had my high school senior prom in ‘98)
Pomona – Lanterman Developmental Center
Rowland Heights - Rowland High School
San Diego – Coronado Island - Hotel del Coronado
Walnut – Haunted Church (once abandoned) off Nogales and Amar Road
Walnut - Lemon Avenue
Walnut - St. Mary's Catholic School
West Covina – Galster Park
West Covina – South Hill Elementary
Whittier - Turnbull Canyon Road

List courtesy of TheShadowlands.Net

The (supposedly) haunted church in Walnut, CA.

The (supposedly) haunted church in Walnut, CA

The infamous Turnbull Canyon Road in Whittier, CA.

The infamous Turnbull Canyon Road in Whittier, CA

Diamond Bar High School, CA.

Diamond Bar High School, CA

The Pacific Palms Hotel in City of Industry, CA... This particular pic obviously doesn't help give the notion that this resort is haunted.  Though ironically, the part of this complex that is supposedly haunted happens to be the golf course in the foreground.

The Pacific Palms Hotel in City of Industry, CA... This particular pic obviously doesn't help give the notion that this resort is haunted. Though ironically, the part of this complex that is supposedly haunted happens to be the golf course in the foreground.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Pat Morita: 1932-2005... Rest in peace, Mr. Miyagi. Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off...

Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi.

EDIT: FOX aired Star Wars: Attack of the Clones tonight... If there's one good thing about showing this movie (or any other film) on TV, it's that most of the bad and/or unnecessary parts are edited out to compress the running time. In Clones' case: much of the romance scenes. And if there's one good thing about the Pan and Scan format, the actors' faces are magnified to fit the TV screen. Let's hear it for Natalie Portman's close-ups! She is such a babe. I still say she's the weakest link overall in the Star Wars prequels, but she's a babe.


Natalie Portman in a deleted scene from Attack of the Clones.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving Day, everyone!!! Or should I say— Happy Falsify-A-Peace-Treaty-Then-Slaughter-Your-Dinner-Guests-And-Steal-Their-Land-And-Eat-Until-Your-Sick Day!!! Just kidding... I found that on a message board. Anyways, hope all of you have a tasty meal today...consisting of a huge dead bird on your plate, lots of nasty-ass cranberry sauce, and delicious gravy on mash potatoes. And yes, I did copy this word-for-word from my Thanksgiving entry last year.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Reggie Bush rules.

USC: 50, FRESNO STATE: 42... I didn't watch the epic game against Notre Dame last month, since I was at work, but man, was this one a good game. I'm telling ya, if Reggie Bush—who had a record 513 all-purpose yards against the Bulldogs tonight—doesn't win the Heisman Trophy, then the voters who prevented him from doing so will rank right up there with the whole BCS system in terms of utter and complete lameness. 33 victories in a row... As if December 3 can't come soon enough!! Bring on the Bruins.

On a different note, I watched Hairy Pothead and the Goblet of Fire and Jarhead today. Pothead didn't get really interesting till that Dark Lord of the Sith, I mean, Lord Voldemort, was resurrected near the end of the movie...not to spoil anything for you. In all honesty, the movie lagged. And there were a couple of times where the dialogue was pretty unintelligible...either due to the characters speaking too fast, or those darn British accents (no offense). And why didn't John Williams conduct the music for this one? Whatever. Prisoner of Azkaban was, um, better.

I also saw Jarhead today...which was okay if you want a film that'll, unsurprisingly, inspire you to join the Marines (much as how Get Rich or Die Tryin', which I saw for free at Paramount Studios last week, shamelessly inspires you to move to the hood and become a gangsta'). Actually, I thought the film was good. Although, too much testosterone and the lack of female nudity obviously prevents me from wanting to watch this film again, haha. C'mon now, Sam Mendes should've taken more creative license... Have the Marines watch Debbie Does Dallas while they were waiting for Desert Storm to begin or somethin'. 'Nuff said.


Hairy Pothead and the Jarhead.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The cast of Arrested Development.

The Bluth family...no more. I just found out today that Arrested Development is getting axed, right after all 13 episodes ordered by Fox for this season are aired (starting on December 5th...the week after Prison Break concludes with its season finale). No!! Development’s one of my favorite TV shows...along with Prison Break, House, Bones and a couple of other programs on Fox. Oh well. I guess the presence of the very lovely Charlize Theron as Rita, a.k.a. MRF (or Majorly Retarded Female—a reference made by one of the other characters on the show), didn’t help to bring the ratings up. Of course, Ms. (or Mrs.? I’m too lazy to do research right now) Theron could’ve only made an impact on Development if some of the other viewers were fans of North Country, The Italian Job, Monster or any other film that Ms./Mrs. Theron worked on (like the upcoming Aeon Flux). Well what can you do... As long as this season gets put on DVD like the previous two seasons did, I’m cool. Speaking of which, I still need to buy the DVD set for Season One of House. Click here for more info on Development’s demise. Later.

EDIT: Charlize Theron is still a Miss. In fact, according to the article I, um, Googled, she has no plans of becoming a Misses anytime soon. WHY I actually posted up a link to that website, I do not know. Oh wait, yes I do. It's below.


Miss Charlize Theron.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Darth Sidious...

Don't forget to pick up a copy of the Revenge of the Sith DVD today. Hey... If I can plug in an ad for the Batman Begins DVD in my Blogspot (see my 10/14/05 entry for details), I can certainly plug in an ad for Episode III here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

MY ENEMY NOW HAS A FACE!!! So anyways, some girl I liked from a couple years past finally posted up a pic of her and her boyfriend on her MySpace profile. WOOHOO!! So I now have a face to go with my rage, hatred and anger (rage and anger are the same thing, no? Whatever) from the past, um, 5 years...

And I thought I screwed myself over by checking out that girl's profile once again (she's on my buddy list, by the way)...considering I've been trying NOT to visit her page for the past two months (and failed twice during the attempt. This counts as the second time, haha). I know, I know— Why did I add her in the first place? I have no idea. Her name and face are pretty much POISON in my thoughts now (cue in that old school song by Bel Biv Devoe), I'm sorry to say...not to sound overdramatic or anything... Ya think seeing that bastard's face (I'm talking about her BF) will bring closure—and more rage—to me? Hmm... We'll see. For those of you who read my blogs since I started them in October 2000, you should know who I'm talking about. I constantly referred to her as "Denise".


One more thing: I don't know the meaning of the term "having issues"...


And I'm still pissed at them for beating the Angels, but whatever:

The White Sox sweep the Houston Astros for first World Series title in 88 years

Go Sox.

Monday, October 24, 2005

First and foremost, today marks the 5-year anniversary of this Blogspot!


Since Halloween is a week away, I just felt like sharing some supposedly-haunting pictures that were taken in Thailand around the time of last December’s Asian tsunami disaster. My sister was e-mailed these pics, and she in turn showed them to me...and while they’re pretty spooky (at least, err, three of them), a few of these pics can be described as textbook Photoshopped images. Whether or not all of them are remains to be seen. I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself. With the exception of adding auto contrast and re-sizing the pics for clarity, I did NOT in any other manner alter these images. And my apologies to those who feel like I'm trivializing that catastrophe with these photos. If any or all of these pics are fake, blame those who got the sick idea of using that disaster to come up with these hoaxes.

This monk is praying over the body of a tsunami victim, and that wavy beam of light in front of him is supposedly that of the spirit leaving the room.  Either Industrial Light & Magic had a hand in this photo (I'm not being serious), or some supernatural brouhaha is indeed taking place in this photo.  I remember seeing these wavy beams of light in the two Ghostbusters films.  Anyways...

This monk is praying over the body of a tsunami victim, and that wavy beam of light in front of him is supposedly that of the spirit leaving the room. Either Industrial Light & Magic had a hand in this photo (I'm not being serious), or some supernatural brouhaha is indeed taking place in this photo. I remember seeing these wavy beams of light in the two Ghostbusters films, haha. Sorry- Anyways...

Faces in the fire... Is this a case of people seeing what they want to see?  What an opportune time that the flames would form faces right when this person was taking a picture.  Actually, the one all the way to the right looks pretty, um, authentic.  I'll admit that.

Faces in the fire... Is this a case of people seeing what they want to see? What an opportune time that the flames would form faces right when this person was taking a picture. Actually, the one all the way to the right looks pretty, um, authentic. I'll admit that.

Mist forming on the camera lens?  Notice that there aren’t any water drops obstructing the view of the wrapped bodies on the ground.  Could these orbs be spirits who are leaving from this tragic scene?  My sister thinks so, but I’m obviously skeptical.  Err, who wouldn't be?

Mist forming on the camera lens? Notice that there aren’t any water drops obstructing the view of the wrapped bodies on the ground. Could these orbs be spirits who are leaving from this tragic scene? My sister thinks so, but I’m obviously skeptical. Err, who wouldn't be?

More of those misty bubbly things... Being that this photo is taken near water, I think this one can be logically explained.  These people sure are superstitious about those orbs...or clever in that they're testing to see just how far people are willing to believe that someone out of the normal is occurring in these pics.

More of those misty bubbly things... Being that this photo is taken near water, I think this one can be logically explained. These people sure are superstitious about those orbs...or clever in that they're testing to see just how far people are willing to believe that something out of the ordinary is occurring in these pics.

Wow, that spirit even has the blank, comic book superhero eyes going... If this one’s a hoax, nice cut and paste job!  And in case you're wondering, you have to reduce the opaque level on Photoshop so the guy in the middle will become transparent in the image.  But that’s only if this pic is a hoax.

Wow- that spirit even has the blank, comic book superhero eyes going... If this one’s a hoax, nice cut and paste job! And in case you're wondering, you have to reduce the opacity level through Photoshop so the guy in the middle will become transparent in the image. But that’s only if this pic is a hoax.

EDIT: Upon closer inspection, it seems like someone copied the head of the guy to the left, moved it to the middle of the photo, and then made it transparent to make it look like a ghost. That, and the eyes were altered to give them that blank look. Oh, and Photoshop's film grain option was used to make the image look more convincing. BOOOO!

This 'paranormal' event is taking place on the famous bridge over the River Kwai.  My sister should know... She went to Thailand for a film shoot 2 years ago and visited this historic site.  More spirits in the form of those wavy light beams.  In case you’re wondering, River Kwai was the site of an Allied attempt to blow up the bridge in World War II, despite the fact British soldiers were building it for their Japanese captors.  Haven’t you seen the 1957 movie with Sir Alec Guinness in it?  I didn’t.

This paranormal event is taking place on the famous bridge over the River Kwai. My sister should know... She went to Thailand for a film shoot 2 years ago and visited this historic site. More spirits in the form of those wavy light beams. In case you’re wondering, River Kwai was the site of an Allied attempt to blow up the bridge in World War II, despite the fact British soldiers were building it for their Japanese captors. Haven’t you seen the 1957 movie with Sir Alec Guinness in it? I didn’t.

This is a Photoshopped pic assuming someone e-mailed this image to this dude’s cell phone.  If not, then how convenient that the ghost is smiling for the camera too!  Verizon LG should follow Samsung’s lead... They’d both be making billions if they could build camera phones that can photograph dead people!  Anyways, this photo actually appeared in a Thai newspaper.

This is a Photoshopped pic assuming someone e-mailed this image to this dude’s cell phone. If not, then how convenient that the ghost is smiling for the camera too! Verizon LG should follow Samsung’s lead... They’d both be making billions if they could build camera phones that can photograph dead people! Anyways, this photo actually appeared in a Thai newspaper.

All you need to do with this pic is conduct a nice cut-and-paste job, reduce the opacity level like in the fourth image above, and blur the “ghost” so he’ll appear the way he does in this image.  Other than that, this pic is SCARY!!!  ‘Cause those guys sure are posing pretty damn close to each other for this photo...  Get a room!

All you need to do with this pic is conduct a nice cut-and-paste job, reduce the opacity level like in the fourth image above, and blur the “ghost” so he’ll appear the way he does in this image. Other than that, this pic is SCARY!!! ‘Cause those guys sure are posing pretty damn close to each other... Hey fanboys, GET A ROOM!

Back in the day... The infamous 9/11 hoax pic.  Overlooking the fact the lighting on the plane doesn't mix with the actual lighting in the photo, notice how well it was cut and paste into this picture.  Don't know 'bout the Pot Baby, though.  Whoever added that is a disgrace to Photoshop pranksters everywhere.  Haha.

Back in the day... The infamous 9/11 hoax pic. Overlooking the fact the lighting on the plane doesn't mix with the actual lighting in the photo, notice how well it was cut and pasted into this picture. Don't know 'bout the Pot Baby, though. Whoever added him is a disgrace to Photoshop pranksters everywhere. Haha.

One more for the road... The Coronado Hotel, which is one of the most well-known haunted sites here in this country. I took this picture when a few of my friends and I hung out in San Diego on Saturday.

One more for the road... The Coronado Hotel, which is one of the most well-known haunted sites here in this country. I took this picture when a few of my friends and I hung out in San Diego on Saturday.

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The ghost of Lady Dorothy Townshend?