Surviving the cold, part 2: movies & other indoor activities for paranormal people and horror fans.

The polar vortices, repeatedly roaring down from the arctic, seem to be keeping us huddled under blankets on our sofas. Here at The Paranormalist, there’s been an uptick of hits on posts offering entertainment ideas for paranormal-type folks who can’t get outside to cryptid-hunt, UFO-watch, or graveyard-prowl.

Yesterday, I gave you the rundown on what’s happening on TV right now, and in coming weeks. Today, let me offer a few more suggestions.

WATCH A MOVIE:

The most popular post at the blog is: The 13 most haunting films, for ghost story lovers (and another 13+ worth watching.)  I’m not surprised – it is a treasure trove of  creepy ghost movies recommendations, thanks in large part to the fantastic comment thread, where folks have been chiming in with suggestions of their own.

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If ghost stories aren’t the ideal movie entertainment for you, just pop over to the Courting Creepy section to find suggestions for scarier fare – films featuring writers or zombies. You can also shore up your knowledge of classic horror flicks or risk intensifying your cabin fever into full-blown insanity by exploring a selection of the best psychological horror films.

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DO SOMETHING A BIT MORE ACTIVE:

If you’ve reached the point where you need to DO something other than sit passively on the couch, I’ve got a few options for you.

If you have access to a treadmill or indoor running track, check out Zombies, Run! a fitness app with a dark twist.

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If all you’ve got is a cell phone (and a bored friend or two who also have cells,) look into the sci-fi techno-babble game Spaceteam.

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If you want to have something to show for your isolation, review Halloween hobbies: monster models, knitting, cross stitch, paper cutting and more. Despite the Halloween-theme of the original post, there’s plenty of ideas there that can amuse a winter-trapped horror / paranormal fan.

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Let’s Play Spaceteam! (With The Paranormalist & The Boy.)

I’ve got a couple of goodies for you guys tonight.

GOODY #1: SPACETEAM

First up, I want to share my very first “Let’s Play,” which I made at the urging of The Boy. In this video filmstrip, you can hear the two of us playing Spaceteam, an addictive and exciting game designed especially for sci-fi geeks.

In the game, you use your cell phone (or tablet) to receive technobabble instructions, which you then must shout out to your teammates, who must complete the instructions on their screens, WHILE you are trying to hear and follow the instructions that others are calling out for you.

It’s a blast.

WARNING: There is some cursing in this Let’s Play video. 

Spaceteam is a free download. Be aware that the connection process requires wyfi or bluetooth capability on all devices involved. It can also be a little fiddly. On our phones, it works great about 3 out of 4 times. When it doesn’t work, the phone must be restarted. This is also a huge battery drain WHILE you’re playing, but it doesn’t seem to be a bother when it’s not in use. 

Scroll down to see credits for all the great digital artists who provided the clipart I used to illustrate the filmstrip. I like to give credit where credit is due, even when I don’t have to.

GOODY #2: OPENCLIPART.

Wait. Clipart that doesn’t require any credits at all??

Ayup.

Check out the following information I’ve swiped from the Openclipart website:

Unlimited Commercial Use

Lots of image projects use confusing words such as images being royalty free, then you read the fine-print and find there are fees or limitations on how you might use an image. We try to make it clear that you may use all clipart even for unlimited commercial use. We believe that giving away our images is a great way to share with the world our talents and that will come back around in a better form.

All Clipart are Released into the Public Domain.

To the extent fully possible, each artist at Openclipart releases all rights to the images they share at Openclipart. The reason is so that there is zero friction in using and sharing images authors make available at this website so that each artist might also receive the same benefit in using other artists clipart totally for any possible reason.

So how cool is that? But it gets better. Not only can you use the clipart there, you can also use a pretty sophisticated digital editor (along the lines of Photoshop) to alter said clipart, or to make your own. It took me a couple of days to get a feel for the tools, but I will definitely be using it in the future.

That’s about it, but I do want to send a nod out to the following folks, who give away their art without expecting anything in return: