[color=#0000FF]FOR GRAND MASTER
You should know, David, that the only organization I am Grand Master of is the Order of Memphis Meshugenah. Here in our order we teach that Elvis still lives on and that his cinematic contributions, like Blue Hawaii
, exist purely to illumine the human spirit.
Those silly titles the forum awards us based on the # of posts mean not a thing. Not to me, anyway. I can see it as a nice reward mechanism for encouraging people to post, sort of like the pellets given to hamsters in their cage. Being the verbose (or perhaps typehappy) person I am, it's wasted on me.
I do happen to be a college professor, but you don't have to call me Doc, Prof, Mr, Sir, Lord, Bishop, Grand Master, or SubGenius. Seeker is fine. I do have a real name and I'm not hiding it (unlike others), but I like to think of it as my CB Radio Handle. So to speak. In fact, call me what you like as long as it's not an insult, but bear in mind I'm rude to people who are rude to me.
Let me just conclude by saying that I am a Fortean and I gravitate to enigmas and puzzles ... not just the RlC one, but also the Voynich Manuscript which was recently mentioned, also the May Day Mystery, the Kryptos Sculpture, UFOs, etc., etc. I also believe in the existence of the paranormal. But my viewpoint tends to be that paranormal phenomena are not "supernatural" - I don't even really care for the word - i Just think they may be phenomena of nature whose laws we just don't yet understand. Like Charles Fort, I think we can learn something by looking at the anomalous, the enigmatic, the nonparadigmatic.
I'm glad to see we might be branching out into other topics - the RlC one is clearly mired in a variety of turf wars, so it might be refreshing to go elsewhere. Even to another topic evidently plagued by mudslinging. Que sera, sera.
Which is just my usual long & verbose way of telling you why I hang out in places like this. Welcome again.