Friday, March 06, 2009

I think I've found it!

a post by subway serenade

OK folks, as always, please understand that I'm in the very early stages of this, but I've said the same thing about the several things that I've discovered that are now done science. So I expect that what I'm discovering now will be borne out in further study. So here goes:

(As always, I present my findings to this Community before Gizmo HQ sees them.)

In the video I posted last night, there are four Polarity Bursts, seen on the left. I remind you that the first time I experienced a Polarity Burst was at DFest, last year. Since the overload problem was solved these Polarity Bursts have increased in frequency, duration and intensity. It's only been a month since the software was updated to my specifications.

However, it's when the Polarity bursts dance back and forth above the scale, as it does near the end of the video, that the effect is most amazing. It feels as if my electromagnetic field is consciously attempting to climb a ladder.

At the same time the back and forth motion of the arrow feels like an electrical spark dancing between two filaments of an antique light bulb, just before it begins to glow.

Bottom line.

I think I've found it.


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Open Thread

I guess Cat Girl thinks I need her help when I'm teaching my class. (I left my laptop bag open, and she saw a cat-sized space.)

Didn't actually get any lecture prep done tonight, though. Feeling a bit under the weather, so I just played the Sims for a while. Leading me to ponder the question....

What IS this werewolf writing in his diary?

And while I'm feeling goofy, I will share the thought that led me to take this picture in the first place...

(The sign reads "Do not block fire exit".)

That's right. Get out of the way, stick figure dude! Can't you see the fire is trying to exit the building? Why are you blocking him?

Yeah, I know. "Say goodnight, Gracie." Or something.

Later, everybody.


Wednesday, March 04, 2009


This is Dango, one of Daughter's pet rats. He's actually a "bonus" rat, because when I went out on Halloween to get a new little ratlet to be a companion for Vlad, I ended up coming home with two. If I was just going to pick one, it would have been Shiroyuki, because his mostly white coloring made him clearly distinguishable from Vlad. But I just couldn't bring myself to leave this little guy behind.

Anyway, getting to the irony part, Dango is what's called a "Dumbo" rat, because of the way the low-set ears sort of stick out. Yet Demetrius commented early on that he seemed to be the "brains of the operation". He was right.

Case in point, the critters live in a two story cage, and sometimes I set this toy farmhouse on top of the cage, and put some snacks in it. It's been interesting watching the boys trying to figure out how to get to the food. They can smell it, and it's clearly right above them when they're on the top floor of the cage. But there's no way to get to the food by going up. They have to go down to the bottom floor--where I've opened the cage door for them--and then climb up the outside of the cage. Watching them figure this out has been a major source of entertainment for me for the past few days. I mean, it's just so counterintuitive--having to go downstairs in order to access the yummy treats that are right there above their heads.

But the "Dumbo" figured it out pretty quickly, and once he had, he was off like a shot as soon as I opened that cage door. The first time he did it, I was caught by surprise--I'd only turned my head away for a second, and there he was on top of the cage, helping himself to the snacks in the barn. If I didn't know better, I'd think he teleported there.

Vlad figured out the process today. Poor Shiroyuki is still at a loss. So I pick him up and set him on outside of the cage, near the top so that he can climb that last little bit on his own and still get some treats. But I know the light bulb will go on for him soon enough.

I think the appeal for me here is the gratification of observing rapid learning and clearly measurable progress. That's something of a rarity for me.

Speaking of which, we have two meetings tomorrow about Son and some additional help we're pursuing for him. Wish us luck.


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Howard Dean back at DFA

Nice to see some familiar names over at the DFA blog celebrating Howard's return.


Sunday, March 01, 2009

So I *didn't* imagine this

I saw just a minute of something on the History Channel yesterday, and wondered if I was hearing right. Something about human intimacy in space, and, um, duct tape. But yes, apparently they did actually do such an episode.

Seriously--the History Channel? That sounds more like a topic for the Future Channel. Okay, as far as I know, there is no such channel, but still...

Anyway, I found this article about the show.

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku and Vanna Bonta, novelist and inventor of the 2Suit, a flight suit that stabilizes human proximity for various forms of intimacy in microgravity environments, are among guests joining The History Channel for the television premiere of Sex in Space which will cover the topic from the sex act through birth, and may get to the bottom of the rumors to find out if space sex has already happened.

I found the video online, and it has some very entertaining quotes. Will try to post some of them after I get back from church. (Yes, I know how weird that sounded!)