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Review: The Others

The Others – Jeremy Robinson, 2018. Rating 4/5

Willingly suspend your disbelief and you’re in for a crazy-fun ride along the 37th parallel with PI Dan Delgado and his ragtag team on a quest to find a missing child.

Along with his elderly office assistant, a gun-toting pastor, and a fast-talking young Uber driver, Delgado travels to Colorado City, AZ following the trail of an abducted girl. The question soon becomes…abducted by whom…or what?

And Delgado isn’t the only one searching. Some heavily-armed and very skilled paramilitary teams are now after him.

The Others is a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream. A brainwashed polygamous sect, UFOs, cattle mutilations, empaths, nanites, greys, government cover-ups, a secret underground base…The Others has it all.

We’ve got plenty of shoot-outs and alien encounters. A righteous cause. Truly funny bits. Characters with just enough depth to save them from being cartoony: Delgado, for instance, is dogged by a personal tragedy that ultimately strengthens him. By the end, hearts and minds alike are opened.

The Others is good-humored and good-hearted. When you pick it up to read the next chapter, you get a weirdly upbeat, anticipatory feeling, like you’re about to eat a plate of your favorite cookies while watching an old-time, action-packed T.V. show from your childhood. Like, maybe the A Team. And that’s a good thing.

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A DIY UFO: Make Your Own Roswell Crash

July. Time for barbeques, sparklers, and of course, the anniversary of the 1947 Roswell crash. I knew that was high on your list of celebrations!

What could be more exciting? Government coverups, weather balloons, alien autopsies: awesome! The Smithsonian magazine has a good article commemorating the seven-odd decades since the crash, if you want the “facts.”

On the off chance you wish to create your own UFO crash – for the 4th of July or Halloween, or your school’s Scholastic Book Fair (like I did) – I’m here for you. You need a decent UFO to complete the whole Roswell look. No problem. This UFO is easy to make and comes out looking really sharp, in a retro, Lost-in-Space kind of way.

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Hopefully, you have some amazingly creepy translucent aliens that you already made from a previous post. Did you miss that post? Go back and check it out.

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You Need:

Two child-sized round plastic saucer sleds – I used Paricon Flying Saucer Sleds, the largest (26 inch diameter) and cheapest I could find in the summer. You probably have a few hiding out in your garage!

Shiny/metallic silver spray paint – I used Rust-oleum

Drill and four pop rivets

A plastic salad bowl: opaque if you can find one. I used a clear one from the Dollar Tree and wet sanded to make it opaque (tell you how in a minute).

700 grit wet/dry sandpaper and soapy water – if you need to sand your bowl

White fairy string lights – Like these on Amazon

Blue glowing neon wire – This worked great

Saran wrap

Hot glue

AA batteries (for your neon wire)

Clear tape

Aluminum foil

How to Make It:

Peel any stickers off your sleds.

Go outside and put down a drop cloth where you plan to paint. Put your sleds on the drop cloth and spray with the silver paint. You only need to paint the convex side – the side that curves out. Be careful, however: the paint scratches easily because it is covering that slippery plastic.

When your sleds are dry, you are going to attach two of them together, with the sides curving out. We used a drill and four pop rivets.

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Now, work on your dome. Take any stickers off the bowl. If you have an opaque bowl, great: you don’t need to do anything! If you have a clear plastic bowl, use some wet/dry sandpaper and a little soapy water and gently rub the moistened paper over the inside of the bowl until it has a nice opacity.

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Take some saran wrap and wad it up to fill the inside of the bowl. This will allow some support for your lights to spread out inside, so they do not all fall to the bottom. Wind your white string lights through the plastic wrap, getting them in the middle, top, and sides of the bowl. I ended up using four strings to get a nice glow.

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Carefully put a little hot glue around the edge of the bowl and quickly and carefully flip it over and attach to the center of your UFO, leaving space for the edge of the light wires and battery packs to hang out. (Don’t worry: you will cover these up with aluminum foil later).

Now, take your neon wire and carefully thread it into that indentation between the two discs. Every few inches or so, use a tiny piece of clear packing tape (which I’m sure you have left over from making your aliens) to secure it. Depending on the length of your neon, you may go around the UFO a little more than one time.

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You did it! Turn on your lights and have fun. Set your scene with crumpled aluminum foil to make it look like a crash site. Put a piece of the foil over the controllers for the white fairy lights to hide them.

We had some beat-up paper mache rocks left over from a production of The Pirates of Penzance which also added to the scene. I used green strobe lights that matched the rocks and aliens, and found a large old tumbleweed that I broke up to make it look more desert-y.

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Adding to the look: purple fairy lights on black paper with cut-out planets are in the back, along with a shiny silver curtain over the window. The kids loved it.

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Review: Keep Out!

Keep Out!  Nick Redfern, 2012.

If you’re not yet paranoid about government conspiracies and cover ups, you will be, just a little bit, after taking Redfern’s lively tour of ominous secret bases and clandestine projects.

Devoting a chapter to each locale, Redfern begins our journey into the weird by exploring two landmark UFO sites: Area 51, where in 1989 Bob Lazar claimed to have worked with alien technology; and Hangar 18 at the Wright-Patterson AFB, which is allegedly both home and detainment center to live aliens.

Redfern’s hush-hush locations then run the gamut from moon bases to the London Underground (which may populated by subhumans and massive black panthers).  Noah’s Ark, supposedly recovered from the Nazis, could very well be stored in a secret Smithsonian vault.  Aliens quite possibly control a U.S. underground establishment in Dulce, New Mexico.

These scenarios all seem to be the fantasies of reclusive, tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy freaks, and waaay out of the realm of rational possibility.  That is, until Redfern produces a tantalizing snippet of information: a quote, interview, document, or reference that corroborates a part of the story.  This teasing bit of truth creates just the shadow of a doubt in the reader’s mind.  Could chupacabras and underwater UFO bases in Puerto Rico be possible?  Redfern clearly takes some pleasure seeding that uncertainty.

Keep Out!  is good fun.  It makes for fascinating, if potentially alarming reading.  Redfern takes the far-out rumors and stories with a grain of salt; agreeing with the reader that yes, this does sound crazy, but…allowing for the possibility of some truth in there.

We delve into time travel, teleportation and invisibility at Camp Hero in Montauk, the Long Island source of the Philadelphia Experiment rumors.   We learn about the bizarrely connected deaths of microbiologists attached to Britain’s Porton Down laboratory, the equivalent of our Fort Detrick, which used to (used to…or does still…?) house the U.S. bioweapons program.

Redfern even examines HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Alaska, which arguably does positive scientific things like working to enhance technology for radio communication and analyzing variations in the ozone layer.  But is there a sinister side to HAARP?  It may be testing mind-bending EM fields.  It may be creating earthquakes or tsunamis in order for the United States to gain access to countries with natural resources that we covet.

Keep Out! Is entertaining as all heck.  And it isn’t all just crazy conspiracy theory stuff. Redfern clearly put some serious research into each location.   His bibliography is extensive and includes FBI records, US Army and Air Force reports, DOD briefings, and articles from mainstream news publications: Not just a handful of wackadoo websites. That makes the reader take a little pause.  Redfern probes – oooh, I went there! – each location with roguish enthusiasm, fanning the flames of paranoia.  Raising lots of unlikely questions.  What if...?  A highly engaging read!