The staff of the Archive would like to wish all subhistorians a Happy New Year. This is a time of great paranatural activity and orphic energies, so it is both an excellent time to wish others well and an exciting time for all of those who study that which is not easily seen. 2017 in particular may be an interesting year for numerologists, and not just because 2017 is a prime number.
Daisy the Bromeliad now has a small army (if you will excuse the pun) of tiny lizard people to assist her as receptionist. This will free her from several difficult workarounds caused by her only being able to use voice activated technology. Their help was bought with the salvage rights to any old electronics around the Archive, although we are having to remain vigilant to make sure the salvagers don’t get over-enthusiastic with equipment that looks “a bit past it”.
Most people have now packed away their Christmas trees in cultures which celebrate these evergreen idols. Hopefully this will end transmissions from a large number of seasonal decorations which have been sending coded messages to an unknown destination during the festive season. The decorations may have come under the influence of a nanobot or techno-spirit infection, as there is no clear connection to manufacturer or retail outlet. They may have been noting their position, coordinating further infection or sending information on their host household to alien anthropologists (or worse, advertising executives). More information may not emerge until the ornaments are retrieved in December. Community members are requested to check any remaining Christmas decorations for broad spectrum radio transmissions, electronic circuits in non-electronic decorations (for eg. baubles) and/or ectoplasm.
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