UFO Conjectures

Monday, March 23, 2015

It’s all about the bass…..er, slides.

(Apologies to Meghan Trainor)
These are my current stats….the usual 1200 to 1400 visitors daily. But note that spike preceding the normal visitation.

That’s from a posting about the controversial Kodachrome slides.

Despite what one reads or hears, those slides invite visitation and/or comment at blogs that highlight them.

Two of my favorite blogs – Kevin Randle’s and Paul Kimball’s – will get lots of hits when anything about the slides appears.

But when Paul or Kevin or I try to go to something else, UFO related but not about the slides, visitations drop off and comments drop to one or two.

Even The Anomalist indicates ennui about the slides, but visitors there jump to the blogs or web-sites Anomalist notes as containing slides commentary.

Why is this?

The slides invite interest because they seem related to Roswell, Ufology’s holy grail, irrespective of comments by some UFO buffs that Roswell is a dead issue. It isn’t, at least not for UFO cognoscenti.

Roswell is an unclarified mystery, no matter what anyone says or writes.

And then there are the characters connected to the slides (Bernerd and Hilda Ray, and the persons who found and have exploited them), along with those who ballyhoo the slides (the so-called Roswell Dream Team and Mexico’s primary UFO promoter, Jaime Maussan), all linked to iffyness at one time or another, and some shadier than others.

Finally, there are the UFO buffs who feed off the slides (me among them), many unknown but appearing at Kevin’s blog (Daniel Transit, CommanderCronus, Anthony Mugan, Jim Bender, et al.) and a few no one cares about (Bob Koford).

Paul Kimball and I share many of the same visitors and Paul gets a rife of them at his Facebook page.

And our visitors and commentators are, usually(!), more judicious and sensible than those who are wildly commenting at other blogs, not in on the slides information but thinking they have insights of a valuable kind.

And of course there is the ubiquitous David Rudiak, who thinks his speculations (the Ramey memo and missing Mogul ballon number 4) are better than anyone else’s (mine, that Bernerd Ray may have worked for or with that Aztec reprobate, Silas Newton).

The whole slides scene is packed with juicy components: an alleged alien body, a President (Eisenhower) who favored a few cronies with visitation to that body, and machinations involving greed, notoriety, and needful ufological fame.

The slides story is packed with elements that invite interest, at least for those up to unsolved mysteries and intriguing human by-play.

That’s why the Kodachrome slides story will fill a blog’s visitor queue and other UFO tales don’t, at least at the moment.



  • General remark:

    Have you ever counted the number of contributors who write under a pseudonym? Not only that, but when you try to look up their details (even country of origin) or anything about their education or employment you find precisely zilch. It is as if they don't exist.

    I can list a few, but you probably know who I am talking about.

    Who are these mystery anonymous persons, and why do they feel they have to remain in the shadows?

    Perhaps they are ETs who live incognito amongst us.

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, March 23, 2015  

  • I have to agree with your premise concerning the Kodak slides and their allure to Roswell.

    The same statistical leap in views was equally noted at my small humble blog site. Despite the pleading (chiding?) from Tom Tulien for me to return to the Minot 1968 story, the draw, so to speak, in any discussion, is the slides and nothing else.

    I can only wonder what will be the status of blog traffic after May 5th.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, March 23, 2015  

  • CDA:

    I pretty much know who comments at this blog.

    Those who write anonymously, without a clue as to who they really are, end up without comment here.

    I think Mr. Randle is starting to pay attention to who comments at his blog also.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 23, 2015  

  • > contributors who write under a pseudonym?

    Those people are bad! They do it just to make Rudiak angry.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Monday, March 23, 2015  

  • Here's some more "Roswell Slides" silliness for you, Jaime Maussan and Tom Carey discuss the meanies who are knocking the slides. Their discussion starts at 122:35.

    (Bonus feature: Richard Dolan talks about Disclosure.)

    Thanks to José Antonio Caravaca for finding this.

    By Blogger Curt Collins, at Monday, March 23, 2015  

  • I think the slides generate more traffic because of the entertainment value that follows. Seeing so many known people in the field sniping and disagreeing with each other just adds more intrigue.

    By Blogger Stephen Jackson, at Monday, March 23, 2015  

  • I think Stephen is right, the slides have huge entertainment value. Controversy and shenanigans, all the fun of the fair:

    By Blogger Tristan Eldritch, at Monday, March 23, 2015  

  • What would you expect? For now, the slides are part of the Roswell story, which is bigger than ufology; Roswell is conspiracy theory, and one of the most popular ones, right up there with JFK and 9-11. Claiming you have evidence connected to Roswell is like throwing a lit torch onto a gasoline-soaked carpet in a house full of dynamite.

    I was drawn to this blog because I like UFO crash retrieval stories, but I only post here with the intention of discussing ideas...not to attack other's opinions, sling insults or claim that my reasoning is more valid than anyone else's. I may be new to this blog and KDR's, but I've been a member of AboveTopSecret.com and The Paracast forum for many years, posting under the username Flatwoods.

    I will not admit to being an ET. (unless RR admits to being Meghan Trainor)

    By Blogger CommanderCronus, at Tuesday, March 24, 2015  

  • Thank you CC, for not being an ET.

    Me? I'm not Meghan Trainor, but for me it's only about the bass...


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, March 24, 2015  

  • What constitutes a 'hit'? Not being very knowledgeable about these things, if I am into your blog but let it 'sleep' for an hour, then click the refresh button ("reload current page"), does that constitute another 'hit' or is it merely part of the previous 'hit'?

    Figures can be very misleading in this context, I believe.

    By Blogger cda, at Wednesday, March 25, 2015  

  • CDA:

    You're making too much of the numbers; the second time you've questioned them.

    The data is merely a kind of vague measurement of visitations to sites or blogs.

    I can't imagine someone skooting back and forth to this blog or any other, more than once each day.

    People take a look and their click is measured, that's all.

    Whether they ruminate or digest what they've clicked on is unknown, only that they stopped by, for a second or an hour.

    It's a lousy measurement, but the only one we have.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, March 25, 2015  

  • CDA, I suspect people refreshing the page is rare. Most of us will get alerts via RSS (NetVibes is my RSS reader). We only visit the site when a post of interest is listed.

    Hit inflation might occur when we make multiple comments to a post. I am just one visitor, but if I made three comments on an article, and had to reopen the post page each time, that counts as three hits, I imagine.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Wednesday, March 25, 2015  

  • CDA and Terry,

    Basically, your both right as far as what constitutes a "hit" or page view.

    Rich is also correct as far as what we bloggers have as a metric.

    I have Google analytics which breaks things down in much more detail such as city, computer OS and type of browser that was used to access my site.

    One important analytic figure is the percent of return visitors. My little blog, drifting haplessly in cyber space averages 18 to 20 percent when last I checked. If you are selling a product on your site this is a decent rate of return visits.

    We bloggers are all trying to "sell" something...our opinions, thoughts, ideas, egos...the list goes on, but we are selling something none the less.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Wednesday, March 25, 2015  

  • Your comment made me sad. Im not sure what this means. The last time we communicated (last year?) you referred to me as a friend. Take care, and be well. Regards, Bob

    By Blogger Bob Koford, at Wednesday, April 15, 2015  

  • Bob:

    I was referring to your many comments at Kevin's blog that were going unanswered and unacknowledged by your peers there.

    You were making points and no one was taking the time to note them


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 16, 2015  

  • Picture if you will, a highly secretive recovery operation in a desert. Suddenly, a man appears over the rise of the hill. Everyone stops what they are doing, and they look up at the man.

    "Hey, what up?"

    The next thing you hear is the sound of twenty M1 rifles being brought to bear.

    That man is me ;)

    Take care, a good luck on your research project Rich.

    By Blogger Bob Koford, at Thursday, April 16, 2015  

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