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  1. Mick West

    SitRec Video Player

    https://www.metabunk.org/sitrec/?sitch=video The goal here was to create a quick video player for zooming in on sections of video, going frame by frame, and (optionally) showing the original pixels. It only works in Chrome, Edge, or Opera (Due to reliance on WebCodecs) Should work with most...
  2. Mick West

    Sitrec Wind

    I've started to add wind to Sitrec Currently, it's just the relative wind speed of the clouds. This can be confusing. I'm assuming the jet starts out going North (0°). The wind is reported as "120 knots from the West" - and I'm assuming that's the local wind velocity - i.e. in the air...
  3. Mick West

    Black and Yellow Object with Light Filmed off Camera Sceen

    This was posted without a source on Twitter a few days ago, but I think it might be older as it crops up in image searches on Yandex, but the results lead to pages where it's no longer featured. So I think it might just be an old hoax, perhaps with a kite. The video shows a wider shot where...
  4. Mick West

    Retired F-18 Pilot Reports 5 UAPs Pacing His Aircraft Over Channel Islands 8-18-22

    [UPDATE - the flashing lights in the video appear to be reflections of the iPhone 13 Pro autofocus system. First suggested by @flarkey] Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s-TDoc7YLY Interesting case - some very rapidly flashing and seeming erratic motion of some lights seen from a...
  5. Mick West

    Ukrainian UAP Study: "Observation of Events"

    The Main Astronomical Observatory of NAS of Ukraine conducts an independent study of UAP also. For UAP observations, we used two meteor stations installed in Kyiv and in the Vinarivka village in the south of the Kyiv region. Observations were performed with colour video cameras in the daytime...
  6. Mick West

    Some Refinements to the Gimbal Sim

    There are two issues with the Gimbal simulation, which I think I've now resolved. 1 - The difference between the cloud horizon and the artificial horizon over the first 22 seconds 2 - The possible slight apparent continuous clockwise rotation of the object over the first 22 seconds Both these...
  7. Mick West

    Comparing Petition Signature Rejection Rates to Mail-in Ballot Rejection Rates

    A recall petition and an election are very different things. In order to get a recall of an elected official on the ballot, you have to gather valid signatures of registered voters. You need at least 12% of the number of registered voters who voted in the last election for that office. The...
  8. Mick West

    Claim: Original Calvine UFO Photo

    At around 9pm on the evening of Saturday, 4th August 1990, two men on a hillside near Calvine, a small hamlet situated just off the main A9 road, some 35 miles north-west of Perth in Scotland, managed to take six colour photographs of a large, diamond-shaped craft in the fading summer daylight...
  9. Mick West

    A Korean Linear "UFO" [Reflection]

    I was approached by a Korean UFO investigator with the above video of a UFO spotted by a local witness. My first thought was a Starlink train, but they also included a video from a wider angle: The video was very dark, but I was able to enhance it in After Effects with a combination of...
  10. Mick West

    The Global Cross-Hair Enigma that looks like Hair Dryer Burns

    The above two slides are from a talk by famous UFO investigator Jacques Vallee. The talk came up because scientist Garry Nolan (who sometimes works with Vallee) mentioned a later aspect of the case (a star-shaped mark on a photo and a giant UFO nobody noticed) in a recent interview with Tucker...
  11. Mick West

    Veracruz Sphere "On Top of a Tree"

    Source: Isidro Cano facebook TRACKING THE METAL SPHER THAT TONIGHT FELL ON THE TOP OF A TREE IN THE LOMAS FRACTION OF RIVER FOUR NORTH OF THE CITY OF VERACRUZ, MEXICO. The above image is brightened to show more of the background and what might be the ground on the lower right. I suspect this is...
  12. Mick West

    When Conspiracists Psychoanalyze

    As a skeptic, I often have an experience that many people will find familiar. I'm talking to someone. They tell me something I know to be wrong. I explain why they are wrong. They refuse to believe me. I continue to try, sometimes over days or weeks. They still won't get it, and sometimes their...
  13. Mick West

    WVNY/ABC22 Transparent "Flying Saucer" on Weather Camera — Dark Bokeh?

    https://www.metabunk.org/data/video/51/51934-38fb2ebaa9b7fd4b88adcdbfc63e2afe.mp4 [Source: WVNY Twitter] The shape of this UFO is not entirely uncommon, a horizontal-oriented diamond is sometimes seen when distant lights are out of focus. For example, in this "UFO" video of a plane, which is...
  14. Mick West

    Reverse Engineering the ATFLIR to find Range and Temp to/of the Gimbal UAP

    Travis Taylor (the former chief scientist at the Pentagon's UAP Task Force) made a very specific claim on CBS 8 News Now: From recent calculations I've done, if this device [i.e. Gimbal], whatever this object is, is further away than 8km, then it has to be at the temperature of the melting point...
  15. Mick West

    Are Many of the Navy UAPs Mylar Balloons?

    From the hearing: Scott Bray: We attribute this increase in reporting to a number of factors including our work to destigmatize reporting an increase in the number of new systems such as quad copters and unmanned aerial systems that are in our airspace. Identification of what we can classify as...
  16. Mick West

    FlyBy UFO Video from Congressional Hearing

    All three frames of FlyBy The white region is bokeh, most likely from a reflection [Edit: a reflection off the shiny/reflective object]. The camera is focused on the canopy.
  17. Mick West

    Recreating the Gimbal's "Fleet" on the SA Page with Sitrec

    Here's my plan for the fleet, based on what should be the most authoritative description available. Source: Persistent Detection of Non Participating Aircraft by USN Tactical Aircraft ~ Ryan Graves, AIAA AV21 Initialize the five fleeters so they are space roughly like this to the front of the...
  18. Mick West

    "Door" on Mars

    An image of a small hole in a rock outcrop on Mars looks a bit like a doorway, so of course, all the alien enthusiasts are thinking that it IS a door - some evidence of a long-lost alien civilization. A little misleadingly they generally show just the image with the hole, and not the...
  19. Mick West

    Explained: Roger Stone's "Portal" over the White House - Len Flare and Spotlights

    Former presidential advisor Roger Stone claimed that there's a satanic "portal" over the white house that's visible day and night. The main evidence being a short video, and then three photos, the above one, then a similar (but not the same) more zoomed-in photo. Then one more showing a...
  20. Mick West

    A Tear In The Sky - Nimitz/Tic-Tac/Catalina UFO Documentary

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yXGl15sJYM This documentary follow the work of UAPx, as they revisit (roughly) the area of the 2004 Nimitz UFO sightings, and try to find something interesting flying in the airspace between Catalina Island, Long Beach, and Laguna Beach. They use a...
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