I spent a few minutes inside one at Owens Corning. The total lack of reflected sound is really unsettling -- the guy touring us related that some people get nauseous in the chamber because auditory cues play a role in balance, or something like that (honestly, I had a hard time hearing what he was saying even though he was standing next to me: my ears felt like they were stuffed with cotton).
Then they took us into a reverb chamber. If you clap your hands you can still hear the sound for 6 or 7 seconds after the clap. Yikes!
heard this on NPR and had to pass it on. Since all of us are familiar with the sound levels of a concert, the polar opposite has some interest: "the quietest place on earth" , as rated by Guiness Book of World Records, is in a building in Minneapolis, MN. Eckel Noise Control Technologies (they're online and you can read about how this room was built and see pics of it) has an "anechoic chamber" built in it's Orfield Labs facility that has a decibel rating of -9.4 dBA. - almost 10 times quieter than zero decibels. So quiet that the reporter said he could "hear his scalp move across his forehead when he frowned". The company has hosted a contest to see who can stay in this room, in complete darkness, the longest.
Many people have tried and, so far, the winner was a journalist who stayed in the room in complete darkness for 45 min. before he began hallucinating and couldn't take it anymore :) Time for a deadhead to break that record :))))))))
to one Mr. Nicholas Sand. Phenomenal underground chemist in the lineage of Owsley and Scully. Most folks know about Owsley and some about Scully but Nick was the intrepid alchemist who kept it going from '66 to '96. Dedicating himself for 30 yrs. to lovingly produce high purity psychedelics up until his second and final arrest in 1996. Virtually anyone who enjoyed lsd from '66 to '96 can thank Mr. Sand, including his and Scully's infamous original "orange sunshine". Much can be found online about this incredibly humble and gentle retired alchemist. Nick turned 72 on 5/10/13.
One person really can make a difference. :))))))))
not that this has anything to do with anything, but this morning I woke up at 1:30 am to a pack of coyotes howling, barking and yipping about 20ft from my bedroom window which I left open for some nice night air. Seriously cool thing to hear at night from a long distance; seriously freaky though when they're so close you can hear them rustling in the leaves and so dark you can't even see them. It's my understanding they "sound off" together when they've caught something ( not entirely sure though). Just glad it was'nt me ifn that's the case.
Ma nature vewwy scawwy sometimes.
rise up this morning
smiled with the risin' sun
three little birds
pitch by my doorstep
singin' sweet songs
of melodies pure and true
singin' this is my message to yo-ou-ou,
don't worry about a thing
cause every little thing gonna be alright
yeah, don't wory about a thing
cause every little thing gonna be alright...
It's really nice to hear the constant chatter of our feathered friends once again. Best wishes to Bob Weir. All will be alright.
I'm taking my binoculars, fly rod, and an empty cooler out to tour parts of the northeast in 2 weeks, 5/5-11. From Rochester NY, I'll check out Cooperstown, NY; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine and Burlington,Vermont. Anyone have knowledge of birding locations and brewpub suggestions? I'd be willing to meet any 'heads along the way. Maybe the cool weather will warm up?
sorry for all your trouble, but nice to see you!
The new Positive Vibes thread is here: http://www.dead.net/forum/more-positive-vibes-folks-need
I tryed to post this in the poitive vibes forum but it was locked anywhooo....I just want to send out hugs to everyone who kept in touch with me over the past few months. Just in case you are keeping tabs. Last year i found out my wife was cheating on me and i was laid offf also we have two small children. Lets just say my world came tumbling down and push me into a real dark corner. There were a few brothers and sisters who kept sending me p.m.'s sharing thier simular struggles. I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. There where times when your letters caused the tears of cleansing to flow. I have finally realized that the light at the end of the tunnel is not a speeding train. Yes it sucks going to court fighting for my children but we will get through this. And of course i still have some bad days but those are getting fewer and farther between.
HUGS TO ALL AND TO ALL POSITIVE VIBES
"There are no antisnow songs. All lyrics about wintry weather are highly sentimental: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"; "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." No one ever writes "I Wish This Fucking Snowstorm Would Stop!"
(one of several entries from his 'The Winter of My Discontent' memoir)
What better place to mention that the 4-8-72 Dark Star is playing in the universe tonight.