“Wow! Signal”, film about a possible alien ping in 1977

Mt Vernon, Ohio 2022-4

The documentary “Wow! Signal” (2017), directed by Bob Dawson, written by Michael Shaw, from Tricoasr (88 minutes, free on YouTube) tells the mega-story of the unusual signal received by Ohio State radio astronomer Jerry Ehman at their Big Ear observatory near Columbus Ohio.

An early part of the documentary discusses the range of wavelengths in the entire electromagnetic spectrum. At issue is low-frequency (invisible) radio waves. It mentions microwave flux, and it would be a good question why that can damage electronics.

The film, however, is as much about the history of the Ohio facility, and then the Green Bank West Virginia facility that more or less took over the work, as about the signal itself.

The signal arrived on August 15, 1977 and never showed up again.  There have been theories saying it had something to do with two comets.  But it has never been fully explained, and it seems reasonable that it could have been a ping from an advanced civilization perhaps thousands of light years away but in our galaxy (likely in the outer reaches, like ours, where the space weather is more stable).

I visited the Green Bank facility (visitors center) most recently in 2013, as best I recall.  The area has no cell service facilities for some distance, and some people choose to live there because they feel harmed by the waves. 

Dolly Sods, W Va, 2013-8

The film covers the tear-down of the Big Ear and related structures for real estate development.   I have visited the Mount Vernon area, east of there, many times for extended family reasons.  In 1970, on the way to my first “assignment” as an operations research employee of RCA (my first job) at Indianapolis, I spent the night in a motel near Ohio State, in sight of the stadium. 

Today, Anton Petrov offered the video: “Did China Just Detect Signals From Alien Civilizations? Here’s What We Know…But Probably No“, video (fundraiser, check his site):

I thought I would also share “I asked AI to make a Music Video… the results are trippy”.  AI’s perception of a toyland comes across in 3D-like twisting images.

Maybe an alien civilization looks like this.

(Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 3 PM EDT)

“Scenes from the Glittering World” (film review), and a video on string theory dimensions

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On Monday, May 16, 2022, PBS Independent Lens presented the documentary by Jared Jakins, “Scenes from the Glittering World”, about life in a public school on a Utah Navaho reservation, one of the most remote schools in the US, for three indigenous teenagers: Noah Begay, Llii Neang, and Granite Sloan.  There are two other filmmakers: Roni Jo Draper, and Scott Christopherson. The original film (available for rental on Amazon for $5.99 (Stripes text), original distributor Soro Films) was reduced from 76 minutes to 56 minutes by PBS Independent Lens.  I wish PBS wouldn’t condense and manipulate the opening of movies it shows (link).  The film was shot with a wide aspect ratio.

pbs trailer scenes from a glittering world

There is a white older male teacher who tries to impress on the students that future generations depend on what they do.  Sometimes the kids are absorbed by modern “glittering” gadgetry (like computer games like Fortnite) living in shacks.  There is a moment where the controversy over introducing LGBTQ identities is mentioned.   The communities have faced dire danger from Covid because of the particular lack of immunity in some indigenous tribes as well as diabetes from American diets.

interview from Glittering World

The scenery is often breathtaking.  In one scene, the very distant San Francisco Peaks in Arizona apparently loom in the far distance.  The rocky formations in the scenery look almost like alien cities.

scenes from glittering wolrd

I also wanted to share the summer 2021 video from Engineering Made Easy, “11 Dimensions Explained” (23 minutes). 

11 dimensions and powers

The video hints at the “powers” that a conscious agent living with access to more (string theory) dimensions would have.  I included it because it just might be, at least in some science fiction scenarios, a key to “greater than c” space travel by jumping in and out of other metaverses.  I may need this idea later for my novel “Angel’s Brother” which is undergoing some restructuring because of current events.

(Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11 AM by John W Boushka)