Friday, February 8, 2008

Are you left or right brained?

The image on the left was taken from this was taken from Perth Now - its image to test if you use your left or right brain. If it turns clockwise, you are more right brained - if it turns counter clockwise - you are more left brained. When I used this it was turning primarily clockwise, however at times it would turn the other direction. Other times it would turn clockwise and pause, then continue turning clockwise. Incidently when showing this to may friends, they would primarily see this go counter-clockwise, with brief episodes of it turning right. How do you see the image move?


Here is a brief list of differences between the hemispheres:

LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order pattern perception knows object name reality based forms strategies practical scientific safe


RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses feeling "big picture" oriented imagination rules symbols and images present and future philosophy & religion can "get it" (i.e. meaning) believes appreciates spatial perception knows object function fantasy based presents possibilities impetuous risk taking

Another fun test that I've found is the Tickle Brain Test. The questions are quite visual and better than the usual text based multiple choice questions that you find on many of them them. See image on the side. This is a 25 question test and they will give you a short analysis like the one below:
Zegarkus, you are Balanced-brained That means you are able to draw on the strengths of both the right and left hemispheres of your brain, depending upon a given situation. When you need to explain a complicated process to someone, or plan a detailed vacation, the left hemisphere of your brain, which is responsible for your ability to solve problems logically, might kick in. But if you were critiquing an art opening or coming up with an original way to file papers, the right side of your brain, which is responsible for noticing subtle details in things, might take over. While many people have clearly dominant left- or right-brained tendencies, you are able to draw on skills from both hemispheres of your brain. This rare combination makes you a very creative and flexible thinker. The down side to being balanced-brained is that you may sometimes feel paralyzed by indecision when the two hemispheres of your brain are competing to solve a problem in their own unique ways.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Blimp Travel - coming soon?


Why bother with the rush of getting in an airplane, getting packed in like cattle and be cramped in seats. Todays modern airplane travel focus's on the destination; perhaps the travel of tomorrow will focus on the destination. And perhaps there is no better way of travelling than on a blimp (dirigible, zeppelin, airship)! The main company building peacetime airtravel is Aeroscraft. Here is an excerpt from popsci about this ship:

This two-football-fields-long concept airship is the brainchild of Igor Pasternak, whose privately-funded California firm, Worldwide Aeros Corporation, is in the early stages of developing a prototype and expects to have one completed by 2010. Pasternak says several cruise ship companies have expressed interest in the project, and for good reason: The craft would have a range of
several thousand miles and, with an estimated top speed of 174 mph, could traverse the continental U.S. in about 18 hours. During the flight, passengers would peer at national landmarks just 8,000 feet below or, if they weren't captivated
by the view, the cavernous interior would easily accommodate such amenities as luxury staterooms, restaurants, even a casino.


Here is a video:


More links to this flying ship:
http://www.gadling.com/2006/02/17/blimp-trip-soon/
http://www.travelmole.com/stories/1119669.php
http://www.gizmag.com/go/6430/
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2626851658030016289

In addition, the miltary also has interests in Airship Travel, as this GizMag Story articulates about anAeros Aeronautical Systems project:

Moving an elephant atom by atom costs a lot more than moving the elephant in one pre-assembled lump. And that is what the US Army’s Project Walrus is about – putting together an entire action unit of war machinery, with all the wiring and plumbing preinstalled, and placing it in the most strategic place.






See also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WALRUS_HULA
http://www.gizmag.com/go/4538/

In addition Aeros Aeronautical Systems, is getting a bit of competition from Lockheed:

The Skunk Works had secretly built the craft and hoped for a quiet first flight at its Palmdale, Calif., facility, but a few passers-by noticed the strange object in the sky.

The Defense Dept. is showing interest in two categories of airships--those that can carry large cargo at low altitude, exemplified by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) Walrus program, and those that can operate in high-altitude low-wind conditions and remain on station for long periods of time. The configuration of the Skunks Works ship indicates it is the former--a hybrid heavy-load carrier.




Final below is concept for London-based art director Tino Schaedler and designer, Michael J Brown "Strato Cruiser", a "a space-age style helium filled airship where guests can eat gourmet food, enjoy all the benefits of a spa and request tunes from a resident dj."




Another great conceptual blimp is the 'manned cloud' by Jean-Marie Massaud, also dubbed the 'whale blimp'. From the website:



The whale-shaped airship, developed with French national aerospace research body ONERA, will be able to accommodate 40 guests and have a range of 5,000 km.


Manned Cloud will have a cruising speed of 130 km/h and a top speed of 170 km/h. Two two-deck cabin will contain amenities including a restaurant, a library, a fitness suite and a spa. There will also be a sun deck on top of the double helium-filled envelopes.



Here are some pics:






Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Rubbish Islands in the Pacific

There is alot of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean. Here is an excerpt from a disturbing article I found last year about this, it is aptly titled "Our oceans are turning into plastic...are we?":

A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility...and worse....

click image below to expand:
rubbish continent


click on images below to go the article:








Heres a video:

Top UFO sites

I've had a peruse around for some UFO sites on this great 'net of ours. There are heaps of sites out there, most are pretty good - but these are my favourite on the net. These sites have alot of multimedia and a diversity of information that made them stick out a bit more than others. As I research the topic a bit more, I will add more sites, but here they are in no particular order:






      Crowded Skies is a site run London UFO Studies (LUFOS). The have a great repository of videos, pictures and other information about UFOs. Below is a video that can be found on their website:



      UFO maps is a website where you can find where all the latest UFO sitings occurred via the simplicity of google maps. Unfortunately, it currently just seems to get UFO sightings from the USA, but maybe in time it will become more international


      The Black Vault contains a smorgasboard of information - but the main area of interest declassified US governement documents, many of which contain information on UFO's. Aside from government documents, you can also find videos, a large online community and large research archives. Though not specifically about UFOs, you can glean some useful UFO info from this site.


      UFO evidence is great site that has indepth articles about Sightings, Physical Evidence, Government Studies and Cover ups, Abductions and much more. Very well presented.



Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tree houses of the World update

I've found a fantastic New Zealand treehouse (Hapuku lodge) as well a couple of other unique treehouses. Click on the image below to go to the updated treehouses of the world blog entry:

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Dream: Skin peeling from the hands 2.February.2008

image from ground zero - see http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027j/groundzero1945/gz_core_ghosts.html I haven't updated my dream journal in a while, but I had a strange dream the other night I would like to post. I dreamt that I was in the city and there was an explosion overhead and shatter glass fell everywhere. I made it to cover but noticed my hands had been diced up -an the skin started sliding off revealing the flesh.


I couldn't find a way to heal my hands, but a strange person told me where I can find some healing clay in a far off region and if I applied it, my hands would be healed. I found some of the clay, somehow put it on my hands and they where healed within a couple of hours.

Here is the meaning of skin peeling that I found on the internet: Peeling skin represents a sloughing off of the old in order to make way for the new and may predict a period of unhappiness, that will be followed by a rewarding new relationship