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UFO Sighting Indiana  01-31-2008

Witness reported: “I noticed what I immediately thought was a helicopter about 300 feet away, just across the street and above the tree-line, then it hit me that I couldn’t hear any noise at all. And then the obvious shape difference hit me like a bag of rocks and I ran for my camera,….. almost tripping overy the rug”

The witness reported that the strange object hung around for 2 or 3 minutes after it was first noticed …… not moving or flashing. The witness also reported “a wavy-ness of the air surrounding the object”.

Although his life was hard, we shouldn’t think that Nietzsche was miserable all of the time. On the contrary, he often talked about fulfillment, particularly when he was here in the mountains. But when he does talk about fulfillment, he’s thinking of something richer than the sort of cozy well-being we might imagine. He writes sarcastically about people who are addicted to the “religion of comfortableness.” He calls them “small, mean people hiding in forests like shy deer.” But those of us who dare to climb up above the tree line will see the views and breathe the air. It’s then that we’ll understand the benefits of abandoning comfort for true fulfillment. As Nietzsche famously said: “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” Like every philosopher in this series, Nietzsche was interested in making people happy. However, unlike every other philosopher in this series, he believed that extremes of pain were a vital component in reaching the kind of happiness he had in mind. Not everything which makes us suffer is necessarily bad for us. Not everything which makes us feel good is necessarily actually good for us. “To regard extremes of suffering as an evil, as something to be abolished,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, “is the supreme idiocy.
—  Alain de Botton
Although his life was hard, we shouldn’t think that Nietzsche was miserable all of the time. On the contrary, he often talked about fulfillment, particularly when he was here in the mountains. But when he does talk about fulfillment, he’s thinking of something richer than the sort of cozy well-being we might imagine. He writes sarcastically about people who are addicted to the “religion of comfortableness.” He calls them “small, mean people hiding in forests like shy deer.” But those of us who dare to climb up above the tree line will see the views and breathe the air. It’s then that we’ll understand the benefits of abandoning comfort for true fulfillment. As Nietzsche famously said: “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” Like every philosopher in this series, Nietzsche was interested in making people happy. However, unlike every other philosopher in this series, he believed that extremes of pain were a vital component in reaching the kind of happiness he had in mind. Not everything which makes us suffer is necessarily bad for us. Not everything which makes us feel good is necessarily actually good for us. “To regard extremes of suffering as an evil, as something to be abolished,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, “is the supreme idiocy.”
—  “Nietzsche on Hardship,” by Alain de Botton

godzillakiryu91  asked:

You've mentioned your love of ravens before, but I haven't actually hear why you like them. I mean, I know there are plenty of reasons to like them, but I was curious why yours were.

I went to college at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and there was a huge population of crows on campus.  When I was in the dorms, my room was on the sixth floor, right above the tree line, and for several weeks each year they’d next in the small forest near my building.

And they’re just so fascinating to watch!

Crows and other corvids are beautiful, intelligent, charming little creatures that overflow with personality.  I remember so many little moments where I’d be going about my business and stumble upon little crow dramas - watching they strut and bicker on the grass, or see them call to each other across campus.  One of the coolest moments was when I saw a crow being chased by a hawk, only for two other crows to fly in and start dive bombing it, until soon all three were taking turns just wrecking that fucker’s day.

If magic exists, I have no doubt crows are attuned to it.  They are a gift from nature.

“There’s this heavily forested area surrounding my late aunts home that had a ton of activity. Everyone who’s been there, including daylight visitations will agree that there’s something wrong with that whole area.

I’ve had my fair share of experiences out there. Screaming and moaning coming from the forest, along with faint conversation, flashing lights, I’ve even seen some movement. In particular, I’ve seen this white solid object multiple times with my own eyes. At first, I wrote it off thinking it was someone walking around out there, or maybe perhaps it was a plastic grocery bag because let’s face it, everywhere you go on this planet is going to have human waste.

Well, my aunt had this camera set up several years back, and I still hold one of the videos that it managed to capture… I Just can’t explain it. Could it be a camera malfunction? Perhaps, but this is similar to what I use to see during my time out there. You’ll see something white appear a bit on the left side of the video, as if it’s a face peaking out from the foliage, and then it goes back in.

Now, that wasn’t the only video that was captured. I remember another video where you can see what looked to be a shadow walking through the forest. Unfortunately, this was the only video that I managed to still have on my HDD.”

By: LeLoyon (What paranormal experience made you question your skepticism?)

For those who can’t tell what they’re looking for in the gif, I’ve added a red circle of paranormal mystery:

What do you think? To me, it kind of looks like a face. 

This is why we can't have nice things

The party consists of a dwarven runepriest, a hengeyokai vampire, and a dragonborn barbarian.

DM: As you continue along towards the city you notice a road leading off into the forest, above the tree line you see a pillar of smoke and hear screams off in the distance. At the fork in the road you see an elderly man standing there silently.

Runepriest: “Hello sir, what’s happening over there?”

DM: The man doesn’t answer.

RP: What can I tell about this man? *rolls low insight check*

DM: Not much, but there appears to be something off about him.

Barbarian: I punch him in the nose.

DM: You…want to punch an elderly man?

Barb: Square in the nose, yes.

DM: Why?

Barb: He’s shady.

DM: Well okay, go ahead and roll a melee bas-

Barb: Crit.

DM: *Pauses* You killed him. You punched him so hard that you killed him! Are you happy now?!

Vampire: I loot his corpse. *rolls thievery check*

DM: *leans back in chair, rubbing his eyes* You know what? He was an illusion, it was all an illusion. There’s no more smoke, there’s no more screams, there’s no more dead old man body. I try to have interesting side quests, but no you guys have to ruin everything don’t you?

*We all sit in silence for a minute*

Vamp: So…we get experience for that, right?

DM: *Places head on the table*

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Blue Lake Retreat by Lake|Flato

Responding initially to the site’s steeply rising topography, a vertically structured house reveals itself as the obvious design for this lake house in Marble Falls, Texas. Leveraging the home’s tall stature, living spaces culminate at the top floor, set just above the tree line and providing nearly a 180 degree view of the lake beyond. The third floor north facing glazed wall offers unobstructed views of the lake, while punched openings give glimpses of the rugged hillside behind, showcasing the counterpointed landscapes. Emphasizing the site’s two uniquely juxtaposed landforms — water and rugged hillside — the third floor’s cantilevered deck reaches out toward the lake while a bridge anchors into the hillside, connecting the house to its surrounding landscape. Four separate bedroom retreats are tucked below on the lower two floors.

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The Milky Way and clouds at Lone Bald Overlook in North Carolina. The mountains in this area are sometimes called “bald” because they occasionally get above the tree line. Nice night sky and trees passing by.

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The story of the mountain
Photo 1: still below the tree line and we haven’t said it but it’s HARD. We’ve stopped smiling. It’s starting to get quiet. We are only about half way at this point.

Photo 2. Above the tree line. And we are getting ready to have an eyeball to eyeball conversation. What we thought was hard was NOTHING to
what laid ahead. She isn’t feeling well. She isn’t eating. She’s pale. It’s hard to breathe, move, stay alive. Our hands have swollen to about twice their normal size. She says it out loud. “I don’t think I can do it. 13,000 feet is higher than I’ve ever been. I’m ok with that.” I can’t stay with her, I have to get my daughter. I unhook my key and give it to her so she can go to the car. She decides to keep going. She gives me one of two gifts. A badge for my Road ID. “I LIVED”. Just in case she doesn’t summit.

Photo 3: we summit after two false summits. And we start smiling and laughing again. The clouds clear out while we are at the top. This is why Colorado hates Texans. I’m certain. I got my second gift. An adventure patch that said “BOY BYE”. Symbolic of leaving that boy on top of Elbert. BOY BYE.

Photo 4: now we have to Race back to the tree line because if you look closely that’s rain ahead of me. And rain means lightning and lightning above the tree line means we are targets. Lightning bait. I feel like I’m walking like a 90 year old. My legs are shaking. My knees and toes hurt. But I have one goal - Get to the tree line.

Photo 5: at one point I let her go. She gets to an intersection with signs. I never looked at them. Just trusted she went the right way. We get to this bridge where we stopped to take a picture. She recognizes that she is in fact going the right way and we are almost done. She did it. She didn’t think she could.
BUT SHE DID.

Friendship goals…. I don’t have them because Angela’s the best I couldn’t want more.