September 11th, 2004


flash and boom

Weather was pretty good yesterday until the afternoon. Thunder and lightning around 6pm-ish but no rain, at least not where I lived until around 7:30 and that lasted about an hour. The power dipped several times then tripped 4 times in about 5 minutes. After the second time I shut down everything electronic except for a lamp and floor fan. The lightning was wonderful to watch as I stood in the front door watching it in the west. It wasn't maybe a half-hour later I heard a siren which got closer and closer, then I heard a large vehicle drive up the court. I resisted the urge to snoop for a good 5 minutes until I popped back in the doorway and saw the flashing lights of paramedics parked at the next quadplex. I couldn't really see anything though since it was dark. I about jumped out of my skin when I noticed someone walking past me. It was the guy living next door in #3. I didn't hear him approach at all. He stood up by the front gate (about 10 feet away) watching what was going on. I went back inside since I really couldn't see anything.

Today was more lightning briefly, but off in the distance, in the afternoon but that didn't last long.
  • Current Music
    Oak Ridge Boys - "Elvira"

interesting, fascinating

"The Virtual Hallucinations building arrived on Sedig's southern shoreline a few days ago (coordinates: 45, 25), but I had a chance to visit the place in August, when the building resided on a private island owned by the medical research arm of a California university. The brainchild of Nash Baldwin—“Nash”, named after John Nash of A Beautiful Mind, for reasons that’ll soon become obvious—the building contains a closely researched recreation of visual and aural hallucinations, based on interviews of real schizophrenics. Baldwin transplanted the simulation to Second Life's public continent, to give residents a chance to try it out, and to collect their feedback afterward (there’s a survey-taking device at the end of the tour), and as I first watched residents enter the doors, yesterday, I wondered if they’d feel the same kind of terror I did, last month."

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Very interesting. You hear about people hearing voices in their heads but I don't really think I've contemplated what it's really like. How can you function like that? Perform a job? Drive a car? Go to school?
  • Current Music
    Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Carousel"