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Auditory Illusions : Holophonic Sound

Auditory Illusions : Holophonic Sound
update: July 27, 2008 – Mike Costa emailed me tonight with this tidbit.. I thought I’d share the information and link. Thanks to Mike for the 411. Hey, I just got a Stumble Upon your bog about “holophonic sound” today and though you might be intersted to know that it was more-than-likely recorded with one of these: A Neumann KU 100, two microphones that are essentially a replica of a human head. Now you know! These super clear audio files are called holophony (holophonic sound recordings) and are designed to be listened to with headphones for the best effect. Grab your headphones and have a listen. more examples at Related:  Mental Health/Illness

Top 10 Best Flash Websites of 2011 Here are our editor's picks for the Top 10 Best Flash Websites of 2017 based on visual artistry, integrated sound, ease of use, and uniqueness. 1 | Pharrell Williams - Happy Pharrell Williams has employed Flash and his creative style to create the world's first 24 hour music video. More importantly he uses the full complement of Flash media integration to create a web experience that fully conveys the song's theme in a way that a traditional video could not. 2 | Clouds Over Cuba This interactive multimedia documentary uses the immersive nature of Flash to allow the audience to relive the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years later and discover what might have been. Produced by the JFK Library this chilling website entertains and teaches. The mobile synching and dossier are a great touch. 3 | Bear 71 Bear 71 is an interactive documentary about a female grizzly bear monitored by wildlife conservation officers from 2001 - 2009.

How not to say the wrong thing When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel like having visitors, and she said so. Her colleague's response? "This isn't just about you." "It's not?" Susan wondered. The same theme came up again when our friend Katie had a brain aneurysm. YEAR IN REVIEW: 10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013 This woman loves Katie, and she said what she did because the sight of Katie in this condition moved her so deeply. Susan has since developed a simple technique to help people avoid this mistake. Draw a circle. Here are the rules. Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings. When you are talking to a person in a ring smaller than yours, someone closer to the center of the crisis, the goal is to help. Comfort IN, dump OUT. Most of us know this. And don't worry. Susan Silk is a clinical psychologist.

11 cheap gifts guaranteed to impress science geeks Science comes up with a lot of awesome stuff, and you don't need a Ph.D, a secret lab, or government funding to get your hands on some of the coolest discoveries. We've got a list of 11 mostly affordable gifts that are guaranteed to blow your mind, whether or not you're a science geek. Click on any image to see it enlarged. 1. Also known as frozen smoke, Aerogel is the world's lowest density solid, clocking in at 96% air. Aerogel isn't just neat, it's useful. Price: $35 2. Inside these sealed glass balls live shrimp, algae, and bacteria, all swimming around in filtered seawater. EcoSpheres came out of research looking at ways to develop self-contained ecosystems for long duration space travel. Price: $80 3. NASA has been trying to figure out how to get a sample of rock back from Mars for a while now. Every once in a while, a meteorite smashes into Mars hard enough to eject some rocks out into orbit around the sun. Price: $70+ 4. Price: $150 5. So what's next year's new color going to be? 6.

history of animation Comics, Quizzes, and Stories The Loneliness Of Not Knowing Ourselves People are “connected” to others more than ever before because of technology: Texting, emailing, social-networking—we are constantly plugged in and communicating with other people from across town to the other side of the world. But are we really sharing our lives, or are we just passing information back and forth? Are we actually “connecting” with others, or are we like stones skipping across the surface of relationships, never diving into their depths? Sherry Turkle, in her book Alone Together, says, “Developing technology promises closeness. The problem with social media is three-fold: It robs people of the importance of connecting on a physical level; it delays reactions, enabling people to create their own persona and avoid awkward situations that they are forced to deal with in real life; and, more importantly, it fails to cultivate self-knowledge and presence—the key to real human connection. People are physical and spiritual. “It is not good for man to be alone.”

Before I Die… in NOLA What matters most to you Interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public. After losing someone she loved and falling into depression, Chang created this experiment on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with her neighbors. The project gained global attention and thanks to passionate people around the world, over 1000 Before I Die walls have now been created in over 70 countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina, and South Africa. The walls are an honest mess of the longing, pain, joy, insecurity, gratitude, fear, and wonder you find in every community, and they reimagine public spaces that nurture honesty, vulnerability, trust and understanding. 2011, New Orleans, LA. Cordoba, Argentina. Najaf, Iraq. Brooklyn, NY. Almaty, Kazakhstan Savannah, GA. Pohang City, South-Korea. San Francisco, CA.

Online Guitar - Interactive Online Guitar You need to have Macromedia Flash installed to use this online guitar. You can play our online guitar by clicking left mouse button over the places with the letters that denotes given chords. Chords on our online guitar are located in the special ergonomic order. Note that our online guitar is only an internet gadget and letters on our online guitar neck have nothing in common with pitches that you can obtain by pressing frets in analogous places on a real guitar.

The Night My Girlfriend Dissociated and Forgot Who I Was Images by Mark Duffy The situation, as it stood, couldn't have looked much worse. A man had cornered a tearful, terrified woman in the lobby of an apartment building and wouldn't let her leave. If another person entered at that moment, the woman would say the man was a complete stranger. She'd say she had no recollection of how she'd got here. The third person would—quite reasonably—deduce that, in all probability, the man had drugged the woman and, if he had a shred of human decency, would come to her rescue by whatever means. I played the hypotheticals through in my head and, to a God I decided in that instant was real, I prayed. We were in bed early one Christmas morning when she first told me about her dissociative identity disorder (DID). She explained the condition very briefly to me—at its worst, she said, she would not only struggle to identify who she was, but even what she was; unable to process the concept of her own humanity. Hackneyed as it sounds, the silence was eerie.

There's a Giant Hole in this Dam Water! [Bell-Mouth Spillways] At first glance you might mistake a bell-mouth spillway for a watery vortex into another dimension. What can only be described as a giant hole in the water is actually a method for controlling the release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area. These spillways help prevent floods from ‘dam’-aging or destroying a dam. - A spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed - Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Source: Wikipedia - Some spillways are designed like an inverted bell so that water can enter all around the perimeter. Source: Wikipedia Photograph by the U.S. Source: Wikipedia - Wikipedia: Spillways - Wikipedia: Ladybower Resevoir - Wikipedia: Monticello Dam If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:

Best Age to Get Married: What Math Tells Us - Motto A new study suggests that people should get married between the ages of 28 and 32 if they don't want to get divorced, at least in the first five years. Before we proceed to the explanation: Don't shoot me if you're older than that and not married yet. These are just statistics and can in no way account for your personal situation, or that last cheater/psycho/narcissist you wasted 18 months on. Nobody's blaming you. You are a wonderful and entirely loveable person. Now, moving on. The study was done by Nick Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, and published by the generally pro-marriage Institute of Family Studies. Wolfinger analyzed data from 2006-2010 and the 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth. There are lots of reasons why late 20s/early 30s would make sense as a time to start a lifelong partnership with someone: people are old enough to understand if they really get along with someone or are just blinded by hormones. Until the next study. Best Entrance Most Kitschy

What Our Future Holds for Us According to Leading Experts There are 149 separate flying-car projects under way in the United States. Most of what we think we know about the future comes from movies, books and TV shows. But what’s really coming along in the next 10, 20 or even 50 years? To get a clue, we Googled around on the Internet – now that would have been science-fiction to us 20 years ago- and also talked to a quartet of experts who make their lives thinking of what might be: - Michael Rogers, recent futurist-in-residence at The New York Times and the Practical Futurist on MSNBC; now creating a TV series set in 2050. - Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., which searches for signals from outer space. - Lois Bujold, four-time Hugo Award winner for science-fiction novels, author of the new book “Cryoburn.” - Thomas Frey of the DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank in Colorado. They gave their ideas on seven things we pitched at them. Anyone else out there? Can you see me? Will I have my flying car?

Having A Purpose In Life Can Make Life Longer And Healthier Daniel Haskett/Ikon Images/Getty Images The dictionary defines ageism as the "tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment." But research indicates that ageism may not just be ill-informed or hurtful. It may also be a matter of life and death. Not that it's literally killing people. In one study, Levy looked at people's attitudes about aging when they were in late middle age and then followed them over time. Now that doesn't mean that if you think positive thoughts about aging, it's OK to sit on the couch in front of the TV and eat a pound of bacon. But according to Levy's other studies, this mind/body connection counts for a lot. A living, breathing example of how an older person can thrive if they're not weighed down by negative stereotypes is 95-year-old Jim Shute of Medford, Ore. His typical day? Jim Shute at age 94, out for his morning walk. toggle caption Nancy Shute/NPR Jim Shute at age 94, out for his morning walk.

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