Geek Monthly magazine is really, really cool in principle, and seems to be targeted at me personally. It looks funny and informative, complete with articles with high geek appeal and allegedly has hot geeky chicks on the cover. In short: the greatest magazine ever.
Like other cool things that seem to be aimed directly at me (e.g. sasquatches [sasquii?], zombies, vampires, succubi, unicorns, etc), I've yet to see any first-hand evidence that it even exists. Several of the newsstands I visited actually knew of its existence, yet were mysteriously unable to locate any actual copies. ("We should have a bunch of them... I'm not sure why they aren't on the racks.") The rest just looked at me as if I were crazy. I'm beginning to think they were right.
I eventually just caved in and subscribed via their suspiciously sucky website. While they took my money over two months ago, I've still yet to lay my hands on a copy. I got a response when I enquired via email, informing me that they had "just gone out" and that I should have my first issue "any day now."
That was two weeks ago.
Does this magazine exist? Am I ever going to see a copy?
A few days ago, there was an announcement that someone from my neck of the woods (Vancouver, WA) has photographed what appears to be a sasquatch on Silver Star Mountain. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has posted the photos and some information on their news page, and the photos are now making their way around the blogosphere. Upon first seeing them on my 320×240 T-Moible Sidekick screen, I was intrigued, but it wasnt until today that I remember to check out the photos on my computer after seeing it again on I Can’t Eat Cheese. Here’s the best of the photos:
<p><center><img width='321' height='299' border='0' hspace='5' src='/uploads/Silver_Star_Mt._030.jpg' alt='' /></center></p>
<p>Like with the video of George Bush <a href="http://nyquil.org/archives/259-Bush-Flips-off-Reporters.html" title="my debunkery of the bird flipping">“flipping the bird”</a>, I decided that since I am apparently the only rational person around, it is up to me to play mythbuster. Now mind you, I believe that there is a possibility of such a creature as a sasquatch living in various parts of the world, and I’ll be among the most excited when/if credible evidence (ie, a dead one, or better yet a live one) is found. Sadly, today is not that day.</p>
<p>Using “high tech image processing techniques”—OK, who am I kidding? I upped the contrast and the brightness—I managed to get a little bit more detail to emerge, and things actually make quite a bit of sense to me. Before I show you my results, I want to show you a snippet of the text description on this scientific organization’s website:<blockquote> There’s no lines indicating clothing or a pack. The lump on the neck could easily be a clump of hair, similar to what you can see in the <span class="caps">PGF</span><sup>*</sup>.</p>
<p>Most snowshoers or backpackers in these conditions would look different than this silhouette.</blockquote></p>
<p>Ok, that said, I now present you with what I’ve determined this figure to be. I’ve only adjusted the brightness and the contrast, so no accusing me of making things up. Feel free to load up the original picture in the image editor of your choice, kick the brightness/contrast up a notch and take a peek if you don’t believe me.</p>
<p><center><img width='391' height='581' border='0' hspace='5' src='/uploads/bigfoot.gif' alt='' /></center></p>
<p><span class="caps">EDIT</span>: Er, I mean that the first frame of the animation has the contrast boosted. I obviously painted the colored areas by hand, but overtop of the corresponding shapes in the original image. I wasn’t trying to be cute.<br />
*: I have absolutely no idea what PGF means, I’m suspecting the F stands for footage, so they are perhaps referring to that really famous footage of bigfoot walking. If you are a bigfoot researcher, please let me know.
UPDATE: B-Will informs me that PGF stands for Patterson-Gimlin Footage, which is in-fact the footage I mentioned.
A Current Affairput up that bigfoot video that's been all abuzz on the internet the last couple weeks. I'm guessing it must be the crappy windows media encoding, but this video is nowhere near as amazing as has been implied.
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It does appear to be a humanoid walking on the beach. From this video, I'm guessing its a humanoid in green rain gear.