Amazon deliveries continued in New York after Hurricane Sandy

Just two days after Hurricane Sandy hit, a man named Nate ordered a bicycle from Amazon at 4 p.m. -- and was amazed that it showed up on his doorstep by 8 a.m. the next morning! "I'm trying to figure out how I can order stuff from Amazon to be delivered to the people who need it on Staten Island or the Jersey Shore," Nate remembered later, "because apparently Amazon are the only people who can get things places right now...!"

Amazon's pre-Black Friday sales shot up last week for post-hurricane items like gas-powered generators. (And Nate's bicycle cost less than a week's worth of taxis.) In fact, New York's transportation department reported 17,000 more bicyclists on the Brooklyn Bridge (and the three other biggest bridges in Manhattan, Queensboro, and WIlliamsburg). One of Nate's friends even joked, "Maybe the government should commandeer Amazon until the crisis is over."

"Apparently," Nate replied, "they could 16 hours!"

The Amazon rainforest and the sahara desert

Could the Amazon rainforest be only a few thousand years old?

Pacemakers prone to hacking

This is really rather disturbing.

Pacemaker hack can deliver deadly 830-volt jolt
Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators could be manipulated for an anonymous assassination

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Part 4: Ritual Slit Weave Tapestry with Jack Cassin

This is the fourth and final post in a series of interpretations of a single textile by myself and Jack Cassin.

Possible ritual apron? Egyptian ceremonial cloth?

Telepathy or Coincidence

I had been working with this person for over a year in a stressful project with tight deadlines. We got along pretty well which it was a blessing considering the amount of hours of work, the stress and the fact that we were sharing the same small office.

One day I was focused in my morning‘s routine when this melody kept going and going in my mind as only minds know how to do in a loop. My co worker arrived and while he was putting his stuff on his desk he began to whistle the same melody.

How could that be possible? How could be possible that at the same moment I was thinking in this melody he started to whistle it? Was that a telepathy phenomena or just a very odd coincidence? Could two people’s thoughts get in some kind of harmony after sharing long time together or they just get to know each other so well that start to anticipate the other behaviours?

A study, led by Sydney's University of Technology, has found that some couples are so in tune that their brains begin to work in synchronisation - with parts of their nervous systems beating in harmony.

The scientists studied the brains and heartbeats of 30 volunteers during counselling sessions by counsellors and found identical patterns of brain activity in those who had become so close they were "physiologically aligned".

That means they reached a state in which their nervous systems were ticking in harmony, helping them to know each other's thoughts and emotions. The scientists believe the findings also shed light on the behaviour of couples, close friends or family members.

The brain is an electrochemical organ; researchers have speculated that a fully functioning brain can generate as much as 10 watts of electrical power. Electrical activity emanating from the brain is displayed in the form of brainwaves. Radio waves and brain waves are both forms of electromagnetic radiation—waves of energy that travel at the speed of light.

The difference between brain waves, radio waves, and other electromagnetic waves (such as visible light, X-rays and Gamma rays) lies in their frequency—that is, how often the waves peak and trough in a second. Radio waves, which include radio and other wireless transmission signals, as well as other natural signals in the same frequency, peak and trough at between 50 and 1000 megahertz—that’s between 50 million and one billion oscillations per second.

The human brain also emits waves, like when a person focuses her attention or remembers something. This activity fires thousands of neurons simultaneously at the same frequency generating a wave—but at a rate closer to 10 to 100 cycles per second.

But the Radio Wave Theory to explain telepathy has some skeptic’s argument against it. If telepathy works like radio waves and people often speak of "vibes" as though there were telepathic and "brain waves" go from one person to another, then we ought to be able to detect it coming from people's brains. But we cannot. The brain's electrical activity can be detected at best only a few centimetres away from the skull.

There would also need to be a wave transmitter in one brain and a wave receiver in the other brain. No sign of either has ever been detected in any human brain. Also, the strength of the "signal" ought to decay with distance.

My co worker and I were a little more than a metre of distance though, so maybe that was enough for him to perceive my musical waves. Or maybe it was just a song broadcasted by a radio channel that same morning that we both could have listened and provoked our predisposition to sign it later.

Telepathy or coincidence? You tell me. Most probably you have a similar story or other theory to share. So, please be my guest

By Viviana Gomez - September 16, 2012

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Possible Egyptian ritual cloth

Part 3 of interpretations by myself and Jack Cassin on a
possible Egyptian ritual cloth.

Underground Pyramids in Italy!

Apparently, they now know of five of them carved into the ground under Orvieto. Excavation underway.

Part 2 Slit Weave Tapestry with Jack Cassin

Part 2 in my series of interpretations by myself and guest expert Jack Cassin. He's so awesome!

Textiles and the Multi-Tiered Cosmos: Suzani

My latest post exploring the link between textiles and shamanism.


Featured Textile: Samarkand Suzani

Latest blog post about the Samarkand Suzani adorning my bedroom wall!