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Demon Hotel photo shows Baby Werewolf   2 comments


What in the name of Buddha is that thing staring back from the Demon Hotel?  This photo was taken today and the photographer didn’t notice the anomaly until he downloaded the picture.

The Hotel is located in downtown Winnipeg and has a reputation for hauntings and possessions.  It is a very bad place indeed!



Posted October 31, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Slow versus very fast Zombies   Leave a comment

Here is a scene with very slow Zombies.



Here is a scene with very fast Zombies.


Posted October 31, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Hurricane Sandy from Space   Leave a comment


Every once in a while a storm comes along that is so big, it even looks impressive from space. Hurricane Sandy has grown to be an enormous mass of wind stretching nearly 1,000 miles across at times.

In the whole globe image above, captured by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite on Oct. 28 at 9:02 a.m. EDT, Sandy is a huge white swirl centered just off the east coast of the United States, merging with a cold front on its western edge.

The rest of this gallery contains other impressive views and videos from space, as well as a “living” wind map and a map showing where an estimated 12 million to 15 million people will lose power.












Posted October 30, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Misfits do Halloween   Leave a comment

Bonfires burning bright

Pumpkin faces in the night

I remember halloween

Dead cats hanging from poles

Little dead are out in groves

I remember halloween

Brown leafed vertigo

Where skeletal life is known

I remember halloween

This day anything goes

Burning bodies hanging from poles

I remember halloween

Halloween, halloween, halloween, halloween

Candy apples and razor blades

Little dead are soon in graves

I remember halloween

This day anything goes

Burning bodies hanging from poles

I remember

Halloween, halloween, halloween, halloween

Halloween, halloween, halloween, halloween


Posted October 29, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Do the Chickens have large Talons?   Leave a comment


Best scene in the movie Napoleon Dynamite.

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 comedy film co-written and directed by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess, starring Jon Heder as the title character.  The film’s total worldwide gross revenue was $46,140,956.  The film has since developed a cult following.



Posted October 25, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Bedtime Serenade   Leave a comment



Posted October 25, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Manipogo: The Monster of Lake Manitoba   1 comment


Lake Monsters of
North America

Strange things in the water.

Loch Ness isn’t the only lake with a reputation for a Monster. In North America many large, deep, cold water lakes have stories about monsters that go back to before the arrival of Europeans:

“Champ” of Lake Champlain – Lake Champlain is a large lake that defines much of the border between the State of Vermont and the State of New York. This body of water is over a hundred miles long and at times thirteen miles wide offering excellent cover for a monster. .

The most interesting modern report of Champ was in 1977 by Sandra Mansi. Using her Kodak Instamatic she snapped a picture of a long necked creature emerging from the water. While the photo appears to be authentic the negative was lost limiting the amount of analysis that can be done.


“Ogopogo” of Okanagan Lake – Stories of Ogopogo go back to before white men settled this section of British Columbia, Canada. The Native Americans called it “Natiaka” meaning “The Lake Monster.” The current name comes form a song parody written in 1926.

Modern reports of the monster seem to have surged in the 1920’s. One, in November 1926, involved 50 to 60 people viewing the monster when they’d come to the lake edge for a baptism ceremony.

In addition to scores of reports, there have been alleged photos of the monster, but most of them were of poor quality. No scientific investigation of the monster has been made. The lake, itself, is very much like Loch Ness. Cold, deep water (800 feet) some 79 miles long and 2 1/2 miles wide.


There have been occasional sightings of monsters at other lakes and rivers in North America including Flathead Lake, Montana and the White River in Arkansas. (Some authorities believe the Arkansas sighting was a lost elephant seal.) A
monster reported in the late 1800’s in Silver Lake, New York, turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by a local hotel owner who profited from the resulting tourist dollar.


“Manipogo” of Lake Manitoba – The name here is a derivative of the better known “Ogopogo.” As with Ogopogo there were early Native American sightings and some reports by settlers. Then in 1962 two men in a boat got a picture. Looking like a snake in the water the picture isn’t clear enough to prove the existence of the monster. The appearance does match up with other eye-witness reports of the creature: A long tubular body at least a foot in diameter.

In the early 60’s Professor James A. McLeod of Manitoba University investigated the creature by trying to locate it’s remains. If there is a breeding population in the lake they should be leaving carcasses and bones when they die. McLeod found none.




Manipogo is the name given to the lake monster reported to live in Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada. Sightings of this serpent-like sea monster have been going on since roughly 1908. The creature was dubbed Manipogo in 1957, the name echoing British Columbia’s Ogopogo. There is also a Lake Winnipegosis sea monster called Winnepogo, thought possibly to be the same creature as the lakes are connected. Some have speculated that the monster sightings may be attributed to sightings of an unusually large lake sturgeon, or a relict population of prehistoric plesiosaurs. Although many experts believe the correct name is Winnipego, as confirmed by local residents.

The monster is thought to be anywhere from 12 feet to 50 feet long. It is described as being “A long muddy-brown body with humps that show above the water, and a sheep-like head.”

There is a provincial park on the west shore of Lake Manitoba named Manipogo Provincial Park.

St Laurent, a community on the south east shores of Lake Manitoba, holds a Manipogo festival the first week of March every year.

Since the 1800s, people have claimed to have seen the sea monster Manipogo.

The local native population has legends of serpent-like creatures in Lake Manitoba going back hundreds of years.

A group of seventeen witnesses, all reportedly strangers to one another, claimed to have spotted three Manipogos swimming together.

Alleged sightings

  • 1935: Timber inspector C. F. Ross and a friend saw the creature. On its head was a single horn and its head was small and flat. To them it looked very much like a dinosaur.
  • 1948: C. P. Alric reported that some sort of creature rose six feet out of the lake and gave a “prehistoric type of dinosaur cry”.
  • 1957: Louis Belcher and Eddie Nipanik saw a giant serpent-like creature in the lake.
  • 1962: Two fishermen, Richard Vincent and John Konefell, saw a large creature like a serpent or giant snake 60 yards away from their boat. (Storm, 38)
  • 1960s: Around the 1960s, Mr. and Mrs. Stople saw a “reptile-like beast surfacing about thirty feet from their boat
  • 1989: Sean Smith and family visiting from Minneapolis on a camping trip stayed at Shallow point off highway #6 on Lake Manitoba and saw what he described as ‘many humpes” in the lake about 80 feet off shore.
  • 1997: Several reports by cross country campers from Quebec staying at Lundar Beach campground saw what appeared to be a large reptile head rise and fall in the water several hundred feet off shore. Swimmers were evacuated from the water; the head only appeared one time. It was dismissed as a floating log, but no log was seen afterwards.
  • 2004: Commercial fisherman Keith Haden, originally from Newfoundland, reported several of his fishing nets on Lake Manitoba near the narrows one day to be torn up by what seemed like an ocean shark or killer whale. The fish that were in the nets were not nibbled on, but actually torn in half, by what seemed like huge bites.
  • 2009: Several residents at Twin Lakes Beach reported seeing several humps a few hundred yards from their lake-front cottages. No photos were taken.
  • 2011: Many sightings of several humps emerging and then submerging seen offshore at locations like Marshy Point, Scotch Bay, and Laurentia Beach by security personal patrolling flooded cottage and home areas.
  • 2012: Aug. 9 @ 9pm just off shore of Outlet at Twin Beach Rd. Surfaced twice , showing a scaled / sawtooth jagged back of that of a giant Sturgeon.


Posted October 24, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Vintage Punk Rock   Leave a comment

The Damned: Smash It Up

We’ve been crying now for much too long
And now we’re gonna dance to a different song
I’m gonna scream and shout til my dying breath
I’m gonna smash it up til theres nothing left

Oooh ooh smash it up, smash it up, smash it up
Oooh ooh smash it up, smash it up, smash it up

People call me villain oh its such a shame
Maybe its my clothes must be to blame
I don’t even care if I look a mess
Don’t wanna be a sucker like all the rest

Oooh ooh smash it up, smash it up, smash it up
Oooh ooh smash it up, smash it up, smash it up

Smash it up
Smash it up
Smash it up
Smash it up
Smash it up

Smash it up, you can keep your krishna burgers
Smash it up, and your Glastonbury hippies
Smash it up, you can stick your frothy lager
Smash it up, and your blow wave hairstyles

And everybody’s smashing things down
I said everybody’s smashing things down yeah


Posted October 23, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Earth Art   Leave a comment


National Geographic


Crop Circles, England



Crop  circles decorate a wheat field in Wiltshire County, England. This  southwestern region of the U.K. is also famous for the prehistoric  monument Stonehenge.

Once  thought to be the work of aliens, crop circles—mysterious patterns that  often appear overnight across large swaths of farmland—are now the work  of ambitious artists. To stamp out their drawings, artists use  stomper-boards that press down corn, wheat, and other crops.

Their designs, some up to three-quarters of a mile wide, started to appear in the 1970s.

Such  creative fieldwork could be considered Earth art, or land art—a  movement that started in the 1960s to draw attention to the natural  world, expand the definition of sculpture, and to reject the  commercialization of art, according to Kelly Kivland, a curatorial associate at the Dia Art Foundation, which maintains several Earth art installations around the U.S.

Earth  art is landscaping on a larger-than-life scale. It is creating  ephemeral drawings along coastlines and making enormous and permanent  creations in the desert. It sometimes manifests as a trench excavated in  the middle of nowhere or the alignment of spectacular celestial views  through cement pipes. And lastly, it is about documenting the journey to  the remote landscapes, or canvases, where these installations emerge.




Circle in the Sand, Oregon



Artist Jim Denevan rakes sand to create expansive designs that the tide will promptly wash  away. This swirl, drawn on Canon Beach in Oregon in 2005, is just one  of dozens of very temporary installations Denevan has imprinted on the  Earth. Some reach for miles and take several hours to shape.

The ephemerality of it all is his art. He has been described by friends as the maker of moments.

When he is not carving sand, soil, or ice, he is orchestrating elaborate locavore dinners, through his food-based business Outstanding in the Field, on sandbars that appear only at low tide, in secret sea coves, and on the ever-changing landscapes of ranches and farms.




Celtic Horse, Slovakia



This 330-by-330-foot (100-by-100-meter) geoglyph, or stone sculpture, was painstakingly built in Slovakia by Australian artist Andrew Rogers.

The  Celtic horse, unveiled in 2008, was modelled after the drawings on a  coin found under the 12th-century Spis (accent on the s) castle  (pictured above).

By  some accounts, the stone horse is part of the world’s largest land art  project—a series of 49 geoglyphs Rogers has built in 14 countries and on  all seven continents. The project, which has involved over 7,000  people, is named “Rhythms of Life.”

Rogers  emphasizes natural processes and the use of old materials, such as  stone, in a new way. “These structures may last for centuries, or may  slowly erode into their surroundings,” he told Landscape Architecture Magazine earlier this year. “For me either outcome is acceptable, as I like to  leave these works to the vagaries of time, climate, and the control and  care of the local community.”




Sun Tunnels, Utah

Unlike artists such as Jim Deneven, whose work is meant to fade, Nancy Holt aims to achieve a sense of permanence. Her installation Sun Tunnels was  finished in 1976 and still marks a section of desert in Box Elder  County, Utah.

Sun  Tunnels is the configuration of four 18-foot-long (5.5-meter-long) and  9-foot-wide (2.7-meter-wide) cement pipes that have been strategically  perforated to highlight celestial constellations, as well as the sun  during the summer and winter solstices.

Holt  was a land art pioneer. She and her contemporaries—creators of the  famous installations Double Negative in Nevada and Lightning Field in  New Mexico—were drawn to the open desert spaces of the American West.  Holt felt an immediate connection with the expansiveness there,  according to a recent look at the history of the land art movement in High Country News, a publication that covers Western environment and social issues.




Spiral Jetty, Utah

This  work of art—called Spiral Jetty—is a seminal example of Earth or land  art. Built in 1970 with mud, 6,650 tons of basalt rock, and the help of  contractors, the jetty is 1,500 feet (457 meters) long.

Constructed  on the bottom of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, the spiral makes an appearance  only during prolonged periods of drought—the kind we’ve seen the last  two decades.

Artist Robert Smithson was playing with the common land art concept of entropy, according to  Dia Art Foundation’s Kivland. “Smithson knew that eventually this work  would sucucumb to the forces of nature, if not maintained,” she  explained. Dia staffers, in partnership with the state of Utah and the  Great Salt Lake Institute, do occasionally clear the site of debris,  conduct water-quality testing, and try to ensure that the public has  safe access to the jetty.

Smithson’s  portfolio helped spark debate about Earth art’s relationship to the  environmental movement, which also emerged around the early 1970s. Many  pieces of iconic Earth art required serious earth-moving equipment and  leave what could be considered scars across the landscape. Critics  question Earth artists’ perceptions of the natural world. Is a lake bed,  or a desert, a sacred space to draw attention to or simply a canvas on  which to make an historic mark?

“Many were very ecological; some weren’t,” said Kivland of the

original land or Earth artists.




Checkerboard Ground, London

Volunteers  cut a checkerboard design into the lawn at London’s National Trust Ham  House Garden—the 17th-century residence of the Duchess of Lauderdale.

The colossal effort, a project called Manicure led by artist Caroline Wright,  was part performance art, part landscaping. Wright set out to mimic the  pattern of the house’s grand entrance hallway as part of an exhibition  that celebrated the site’s history.

The  end product was 256 squares temporarily carved into the lawn. “When we  finished I think everyone was a little bit euphoric… quite tired,”  said Wright in a National Trust video about Manicure. “But more than anything there was a great sense of achievement between everybody.”




Star Axis, New Mexico

When  you stand in the Star Tunnel—part of an elaborate sculpture and  observatory in the New Mexican desert—you are perfectly aligned with the  Earth’s axis and a view of Polaris, or the north star.

But  since our planet’s axis slowly shifts over time, so has the view of  this iconic star. To address these planetary changes, the stairs rising  within the Star Tunnel line up with Polaris’s positions through the  ages.

The tunnel is part of a larger sculpture called Star Axis, an 11-story concept that artist Charles Ross birthed in 1971 and started building years later.




Palm Islands, Dubai

Earth  art can come in all shapes and sizes. But whether this man-made  peninsula and its associated islands off the coast of Dubai count is a  question debated among art scholars and artists.

Palm  Jumeirah is one of three offshore resort and housing developments for  the uber rich. Together, the islands may be the world’s largest land  reclamation project, with Jumeirah alone requiring up to seven million tons of rock.

On  whether the islands are land art: “The reason Palm Jumeirah is shaped  like a palm is to brand itself. It has to be conceptual to strike a  chord, but it’s completely focused on selling itself,” American artist  Robert Ferry told Time Out Dubai in 2009.

That was the year Ferry, who works frequently from the United Arab Emirates, and his partner Monoian launched the Land Art Generator Initiative—which is dedicated to creating public art installations that produce clean energy.




Nazca Lines, Peru

Did  the Nazca and similar prehistoric Andean cultures create the first land  art? From the air, you can see ancient spiders, hummingbirds, and other  creatures carved into Peruvian ground.

These centuries-old desert geoglyphs became well known in the 1920s, when commercial planes began flying routes overhead.

Archaeologists  and other interested parties have described them as the remnants of old  roads, irrigation schemes, astronomical calendars, even as alien  landing strips, or images to be admired from primitive hot-air balloons.

More  recently, many experts have settled on a religious explanation: that  the lines were created as pathways for ceremonies that honored sacred  resources, such as water.




Celestial Vault, the Netherlands

The  Celestial Vault is a 98-by-131-foot (30-by-40-meter) wide artificial  crater scooped out of sand dunes along the Netherlands’ coast.

Finished  in 1996, this installation is meant to focus your attention on the sky.  From the base of the crater, you can lay down and observe a slice of  the heavens.

Artist  James Turrell’s main medium is light. “I want to put you directly in  front of light, so you see it with your own eyes, not through my eyes,”  he told Smithsonian magazine years ago.


Comment:  I still want to believe the Space Aliens have something to do with the crop circles and Nazca Lines.  But the logical side of my brain just doesn’t allow that to compute.

Posted October 23, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Conrad Black locks horns with tough British Interviewer   Leave a comment


Sir Lord Conrad Black


Charge(s) mail fraud, obstruction of justice
Penalty Sentenced to 6½ years imprisonment. Reduced to 42 months following appeal and resentencing.
Conviction status Served 29 months before being granted bail pending a Supreme Court ordered review of his case.  Reported to the Federal Correctional Institution, Miami on September 6, 2011 to serve an additional 13 months as a result of re-sentencing.  He was released on May 4, 2012, due to good conduct credits shortening his sentence by five months.





Posted October 23, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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