We cannot see the other side of a coin when we — ARE — that side of the coin. That’s why coins come with two sides, or in this case… one million.
We cannot see the other side of a coin when we — ARE — that side of the coin. That’s why coins come with two sides, or in this case… one million.
These Midnight Goblin Faerie Forest Frost Runes have so much to say in such intricately detailed craftsmanship script! Frost runes etched into the windowpanes at the stroke of midnight where there are so many new stories every single day — they use rune script to etch in visible scenes, landscapes, pictographs, wind barbs (graphic wind barbs are simply a convenient way to represent both wind speed and direction in a compact graphical form. Vectors also work to some degree but it is more difficult to discern the magnitude when viewing vectors. For this reason, meteorologists prefer the use of wind barbs.), runes, hieroglyphs, music, etc. which reveal multiple layers of information, including their different languages — text frozen in ice frosted to the window in order to communicate their messages for our eyes; even beyond our conscious mind, intended for the unconscious mind instead… in Dreamland, these frost runes stay burned to our retinas. Telling stories from aerial battles between witches dancing dragons hummingbirds and butterflies, mermaid ocean scenes, Goblin Faeries, to the endless lists of names of souls lost to the wind, along with other chronicles about the day that who in their right mind could keep up with!?
It’s enough of a headache merely deciphering the nuts and bolts of this magical language.
Or could this be the work of Huldufólk? Huldufólk are elves in Icelandic and Faroese folklore. Building projects in Iceland are sometimes altered to prevent damaging the rocks where they are believed to live. According to these Icelandic folk beliefs, one should never throw stones because of the possibility of hitting the huldufólk.
I must say that knowing about these faery folk and the reality that they are right there outside of the cabin in the freezing Canadian winter cold, doing this to the same window over and over again, every night — while I am sleeping… freaks me out just a little bit.
See ya in Dreamland folks!
Have a good one folks!
As technology grows in order of magnitude, it becomes increasingly more within reason to propose outlandish claims that the likes of fine nano dust particle technology will exist or already does exist literally everywhere surrounding us — even in our bodies; so that those behind the scenes can access what we see, taste, touch, smell, hear, and even think. That’s right folks: they are using our very own eyes as cameras to see what we see!
If atoms, molecules and diatoms et al. hold rather obvious mechanical properties, perpetual moving parts, geometry, and structure, etc., then, logic follows that nature too, in all of her great wild glory, must also be mechanical… in nature.
Is there any possibility that the military industrial complex and intelligence along with those above them can, over time, psychologically profile each and every one of us; that is, who is a “good” human being vs who is a “bad” human being, for the coming planetary harvest, simply by monitoring us with tiny imperceivable bio-mechanical sensors? Freaky, right?
Damn right it is!
Considering the sheer volume of stars in the Milky Way galaxy at 500,000,000 stars with one Universe at 1 trillion galaxies… that’s 500 billion stars for each galaxy times 1 trillion galaxies, and applied with the Drake equation (when we were not aware that many of the stars observed from Earth are in fact galaxies), plus the infinite multiverse theory, it becomes exponentially obvious that the possibility for extraterrestrial life is rather substantial. That’s a lot of mass, matter and atomic sensors observing us.
How else could the gods rule over us if they did not have some kind of godlike ability or technology to monitor us in some way, as we might do with wildlife as monitored by remote infrared satellite camera sensors? Especially if they are interested in what we see or think, or if they were interested in keeping track of our conscious photonic signature or genetic memory/soul, those “guardian angels” out there must have some biotechnological (“magical”) way of tracking our life energy moving in and out of an infinite variety of worlds. Once we can fathom that we are in reality an infinite number of versions of ourselves, existing as individuals with (light-to-colossal) differences, and that we happen to be one of those versions of “ourselves”, moving in and out of material and other dimensions… everything starts to make sense. Simple insights become apparent, like the revelation that every time we sleep… we die.
Dying is something we all face at one point or another, and it frightens a lot of people because we know so little about death. But it is only fearful, like, say, sleep paralysis is, because it is essentially an involuntary component (we can’t (easily) control death, so we fear it). This appears to serve as a necessary tool for the promulgation of life everywhere, expressed as the will to live. Yet ironically enough, all that we have to do in order to surf our endless waves of eternity is to simply: let go. After all, once we see that matter is 99% empty space, as can be observed when using high-powered electron microscopes, we don’t really have solid bodies to hold onto anyways… so what is there to let go of — or be afraid of, really?
“In the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment and send the information to other electronics, frequently a computer processor. A sensor is always used with other electronics, whether as simple as a light or as complex as a computer.
Sensors are used in everyday objects such as touch-sensitive elevator buttons (tactile sensor) and lamps which dim or brighten by touching the base, besides innumerable applications of which most people are never aware. With advances in micromachinery and easy-to-use microcontroller platforms, the uses of sensors have expanded beyond the traditional fields of temperature, pressure or flow measurement, for example into MARG sensors. Moreover, analog sensors such as potentiometers and force-sensing resistors are still widely used. Applications include manufacturing and machinery, airplanes and aerospace, cars, medicine, robotics and many other aspects of our day-to-day life.
A sensor’s sensitivity indicates how much the sensor’s output changes when the input quantity being measured changes. For instance, if the mercury in a thermometer moves 1 cm when the temperature changes by 1 °C, the sensitivity is 1 cm/°C (it is basically the slope Dy/Dx assuming a linear characteristic). Some sensors can also affect what they measure; for instance, a room temperature thermometer inserted into a hot cup of liquid cools the liquid while the liquid heats the thermometer. Sensors are usually designed to have a small effect on what is measured; making the sensor smaller often improves this and may introduce other advantages. Technological progress allows more and more sensors to be manufactured on a microscopic scale as microsensors using MEMS technology. We observe that in most cases microsensors reach much significantly higher speeds and sensitivity compared to macroscopic approaches.
The amount of moving parts in a machine is a factor in its mechanical efficiency. The greater the number of moving parts, the greater the amount of energy lost to heat by friction between those parts. For example, in a modern automobile engine, roughly 7% of the total power obtained from burning the engine’s fuel is lost to friction between the engine’s moving parts.Conversely, the fewer the number of moving parts, the greater the efficiency. Machines with no moving parts at all can be very efficient. An electrical transformer, for example, has no moving parts, and its mechanical efficiency is generally above the 90% mark. (The remaining power losses in a transformer are from other causes, including loss to electrical resistance in the copper windings and hysteresis loss and eddy current loss in the iron core.)Two means are used for overcoming the efficiency losses caused by friction between moving parts. First, moving parts are lubricated. Second, the moving parts of a machine are designed so that they have a small amount of contact with one another. The latter, in its turn, comprises two approaches. A machine can be reduced in size, thereby quite simply reducing the areas of the moving parts that rub against one another; and the designs of the individual components can be modified, changing their shapes and structures to reduce or avoid contact with one another.Lubrication also reduces wear, as does the use of suitable materials. As moving parts wear out, this can affect the precision of the machine. Designers thus have to design moving parts with this factor in mind, ensuring that if precision over the lifetime of the machine is paramount, that wear is accounted for and, if possible, minimized. (A simple example of this is the design of a simple single-wheel wheelbarrow. A design where the axle is fixed to the barrow arms and the wheel rotates around it is prone to wear which quickly causes wobble, whereas a rotating axle that is attached to the wheel and that rotates upon bearings in the arms does not start to wobble as the axle wears through the arms.)The scientific and engineering discipline that deals with the lubrication, friction, and wear of moving parts is tribology, an interdisciplinary field that encompasses materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and mechanics.“
“Nanotechnology-enabled sensors are providing new solutions in physical, chemical, and biological sensing that enable increased detection sensitivity, specificity, multiplexing capability, and portability for a wide variety of health, safety, and environmental assessments. The Sensors NSI addresses both the opportunity of using nanotechnology to advance sensor development and the challenges of developing sensors to keep pace with the increasingly widespread use of engineered nanomaterials.
“Adj. Late 14c., “pertaining to or involving mechanical labor” (now usually mechanical), also “having to do with tools,” from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mekhanikos “full of resources, inventive, ingenious,” literally “mechanical, pertaining to machines,” from mekhane “device,” from PIE *magh-ana- “that which enables,” from root *magh- “to be able, have power.” Meaning “of the nature of or pertaining to mechanical machines” is from 1620s. N. Manual laborer,” late 14c., from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mekhanikos “an engineer,” noun use of adjective meaning “full of resources, inventive, ingenious,” from mekhane “device,” from PIE *magh-ana- “that which enables,” from root *magh- “to be able, have power.” Sense of “one who is employed in manual labor, a handicraft worker, an artisan.”
Above: The inside of a living cell has been compared to a train station at rush hour, with enzymes, chromosomes and other internal components constantly being shuttled along tiny fibrous tracks called microtubules. Unlike a congested city commute, cellular traffic is efficient and highly regulated — thanks in part to a group of proteins known as motor molecules that use microtubules to haul vital cargo through the cell. In 1985, biologists identified a molecular motor called kinesin that has turned out to be responsible for a variety of critical hauling jobs, such as separating chromosomes during cell division and ferrying neurotransmitters inside nerve cells. Studies have shown that while one end of a kinesin molecule holds onto its cargo, the other end uses a remarkable two-headed structure to grab the microtubule and pull the cargo forward — a process called “kinesin walking”. There is a lot of interest in kinesin and how it works as a motor,” says Stanford chemistry Professor W. E. Moerner.
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, for ye are of more value than many sparrows.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
Stimulates Neurogenesis & Enhances Cerebral Activity
(Lion’s Mane Mushroom):
Have a good one folks!
“Curse not in thy thought; and curse not in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.”
THE SOUND OF MATTER
I propose that tinnitus is in reality merely the perceivable sound of matter, but hardly anyone is listening so that those who do pay attention to their situational awareness are mistakenly diagnosed with “tinnitus” — the sound of matter.
Sound… is a beautiful song and a terrible weapon.
In the short video below, we can clearly appreciate the significant volume of barking dogs apparently caged-in at a (subjectively) “distant” dog kennel, around… over 500 meters away. Perhaps the waterfowl & fauna living in this area also appreciate the apparent domestic predator and stress-inducing barking noise pollution aggravation harassment constantly pointing out their every step in the wilderness, or do they?
A 2010 Petition From The Residents Surrounding The Upper Massawippi River Valley, Quebec, Canada – between the Old Covered Bridge and the Dam:
Wild Soundscapes are THE MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE for Habitat Restoration and Protection. *See Dr. Bernie Krause.
To help organize our neighbourhood cause to restore and protect the Upper Massawippi River’s MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE of Wild Soundscapes – insuring that the Abenaki Crown Lands in this area live up to the definition: ‘Aboriginal lands held in trust by the Crown’ to – SPECIFICALLY – preserve and protect the Wild Soundscape of this area; simply listen…
Mont Hatley — NATIVE ABENAKI LANDS HELD IN TRUST BY THE CROWN — realistically speaking the mountain is known as “Abenaki Mountain”, which demonstrates a little RESPECT to all those Abenaki Natives & co. who were slaughtered here in the past by the ignorant narcissistic colonialists; but hey don’t worry about it: you’re so disgustingly filthy rich that you installed a railway to escape cholera in the southern US, back in the late 1800’s — AND — then dismantled that railway at your mighty convenience now that you’re done using it, right?
“Hatley”… what a ridiculous name for a wilderness park. This area isn’t a HAT. What are you… four?
But enjoy trapping your massive number of one beaver each few years. We can’t have nature TAKE OVER, now can we, Precious?
Information and the context of our — APPARENT — situation:
Massawippi (a Native Abenaki word apparently meaning “deep waters”) lake and river, with the citizens (marked by numbered white dots) that apparently signed a petition in early spring of 2010 to help make ‘QUALITY CARE’ improvements to a local kennel, to enforce apparent laws concerning animal shelters, and to reduce apparent nuisances (such as the regular barking of dogs, which apparently interfere with THE MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE OF OUR WILD SOUNDSCAPES, apparently adversely affecting native fauna–such as song birds, and the dogs themselves)–that apparently remains a challenge for our municipality to address anew.
***WILD SOUNDSCAPES: THE MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE FOR HABITAT RESTORATION***
Local communities can make SMALL STEPS towards valuing and protecting the few natural resources that remain, such as Wild Soundscapes, by educating the people about the sensitivity of Wild Soundscapes and by progressively adopting new methods for some municipal activities on the environment; integrating “quiet” or electric machinery, such as electric or “quiet” chain saws, electric or “quiet” lawn mowers etc. that are designed to reduce mechanical noise to a minimum.
Why not improve the future canvas of our environment’s wild soundscape, while attracting back native fauna that flee on account of sonic competition, so our children’s children can live in a SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE COMMUNITY where advocating for the protection and valuation of such resources is a PROFITABLE ECONOMIC INVESTMENT, and virtuous?
Regular noise stresses, such as the continuous BARKING OF DOGS or LOUD MACHINERY capable of generating volumes over 120dBs, AFFECT migratory and population behaviour of animals native to their region, such as the apparent duck, lynx, eagle, wolf, loon, owl, coyote, beaver, turkey, heron, pheasant, goose, mink, moose, thrush, nightingale, wood and hermit thrush, cardinal, robin, woodpecker, sparrow, swallow, red-wing black bird, finch etc., coyote, raccoon, porcupine, bear, rabbit, fox and any other SENSITIVE fauna, apparently. “As more creatures vie for acoustical space, the ability to clearly articulate a voice within that space is more critical to each species’ survival.” “Some people, believing that fragile environments can be continuously and endlessly developed, must begin to listen, as well as observe what changes are taking place. Developmental advocates suggest that if just small biological islands are preserved, that will be enough… especially for the development of eco-tourism.”
From the New York Times: “Many animals…have evolved to squeeze their vocalizations into available niches of the soundscape in order to be heard by others of their kind. Evolution isn’t just about the competition for space or food but also for bandwidth. If a species cannot find a sonic niche of its own, it will not survive.”
“In Conservation Biology, Scott Creel of Montana State University reported that the acoustic presence of snowmobiles in Yellowstone, Voyageurs, and Isle Royale National Parks caused the stress enzyme levels in elk and wolves to elevate notably.” “Incidental sound induced by walking, clothes rustling, sneezing, or coughing would only create a sense of presence in some settings that would cause alarm to particularly SENSITIVE animals.”
“Five types of species interactions—competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism, and commensalism—affect the resource use and population sizes of the species in an ecosystem.” “Competition:  One species becomes more efficient than another in acquiring resources. Greater the overlap in niche, more intense the competition. Competitive exclusion principle states: No two species may occupy exactly the same ecological niche for very long.”
April 2nd 2010
A Petition from the Residents Surrounding the Upper Massawippi River Valley:
The purpose of this petition is to provide an opportunity for the residents surrounding the upper Massawippi river to raise municipal awareness on issues concerning the ecological management of our beloved river valley. One way to contribute to the sustainable development surrounding our residential area may be to form a consensus, as to what potential ecological stresses might be more effectively managed.
An example worth considering might be the apparent noise pollution caused by the barking of the dogs housed in Miss Bennett’s kennel, situated at 4640, Capelton Road, Hatley County, Quebec. We, the undersigned, apparently consider the noise generated from the kennel’s dogs to be a preventable disturbance. Contrary to the presumption that windows are kept closed and people always stay indoors, the residents surrounding the kennel enjoy activities out of doors (such as hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing) but these activities are apparently interfered with by the noise of the kennel’s apparent barking dogs, but in these tax-paying citizens’ own back yards–our dogs apparently do not bark at their dogs all day long; why should their dogs be, apparently, unrestrained to bark at ours?
Apparently, as long as there have been dogs housed at the kennel, the apparent barking nuisance has apparently continued regularly, within a twelve hour period (07:00 – 19:30). In spite of there being, apparently, at least one complaint by the residents each year to the municipality concerning this issue, the noise pollution from the kennel persists unchecked, apparently. While we apparently concede that Miss Bennett has the right to operate her business, albeit a ‘reputable’ one, apparently, we believe that this does not also give her the right to cause persistent nuisances that apparently interfere with the quality of life of the tax-paying residents – when this can be prevented, apparently.
Those animals must be barking for a reason – apparently! Is it possible they are barking – AT – us, pointing us out as a perceived threat, such as the Code For Canadian Kennels suggests?
Suggested Solutions: • That the kennel asks those who use the kennel’s service for donations, and volunteers, to help with improvements; for more personnel and more free-run time and socializing for the dogs; and/or finds other alternative solutions, such as adjustments to the kennel’s building design, or a change of location.
• That the Municipality acknowledges this problem with some measure of action to help provide materials that can be used to reduce the apparent barking, such as: larger enclosures, or materials for dog-friendly walls built around the cages of the animals using acoustic paneling and/or straw-bails (with timed water sprinklers to prevent fire hazards), or concrete walling—at an adequate distance and height from the cages, lined with coniferous trees, such as pine, or raised earth-beds up to 3/4 or 2/3 of the height of the cages in order to give a den-like sense of security for the dogs, with flowers and/or vines planted in these earth-beds; there can be excessive white noise in facilities like this for these sensitive little guys! We suggest alternatives to minimizing the noise pollution on their sensitive ears and even play Songbird recordings on the speakers and rain or thunder storm recordings to calm them, and/or the use of vibrating bark collars or citronella bark collars or scentless spray bark collars for the animals if nothing else can be achieved (designed to reduce barking in veterinarian facilities – NOT SHOCK COLLARS).
• That the kennel reduces its apparent noise pollution from the current volume believed to exceed 100 dBA, to 45 dBA—the mean volume output standard for human dwellings in residential areas, according to the JOURNAL OF APPLIED ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE .
• That the kennel restricts the neighbours’ exposure to the apparent barking of the dogs by allowing the animals to go outside for a maximum of TWENTY MINUTES (the minimum acceptable time for exercise, according to the Code for Canadian Kennel Operations), twice daily (excluding 12:00 – 13:00 but between 07:00 – 17:00) and that these hours be respected and consistent.
If no cordial agreement can be found through any of the above-mentioned solutions, or any other mutually acceptable ones, we, the undersigned, would THEN ask our municipality for the revocation of the given right to operate a kennel in our residential area, as the municipal laws apparently describe.
The Benefits of Improving the Kennel’s Management Would:
1) Improve living conditions for the animals (more personnel, larger enclosures and more free-run time and socializing).
2) Give a fair equity for the surrounding properties.
3) Improve the biodiversity of the ecological system in the upper Massawippi river valley surroundings, apparently stressed by the barking of the kennel’s dogs (loud noises, like regular barking stresses, apparently AFFECT migratory and population behaviour of animals native to the area, such as the apparent duck, lynx, eagle, wolf, loon, owl, coyote, beaver, turkey, heron, pheasant, goose, mink, moose, thrush, nightingale, wood and hermit thrush, cardinal, robin, woodpecker, sparrow, swallow, red-wing black bird, finch etc., coyote, raccoon, porcupine, bear, rabbit, fox and any other SENSITIVE, and apparent, fauna).
4) Insure a more peaceful environment for the upper Massawippi river valley’s eco-friendly projects such as the Massawippi bicycle trail and the Parc Familial de Montjoye (that the community and tourists use for specific reasons associated with natural, and peaceful, environments), while making these outdoor recreational resources more enjoyable for participants.
5) Demonstrate a consideration for human concerns about the environmental impacts on their residential properties, over one property that houses domesticated animals, as well as the living conditions of the animals themselves.
Conclusion The undersigned chose to live in the upper Massawippi river valley in order to enjoy the potential of its natural environment which is currently compromised by the above example of apparent noise pollution: the apparent regular barking of dogs apparently housed by Miss Bennett’s kennel. We consider that our outdoor spaces are worth treasuring, as the activities that take place there are a cherished part of our cultural heritage here in Hatley county. We would be happy to cooperate with Miss Bennett’s kennel, to the measure of our ability, so that a harmonious community can be shared and enjoyed by everyone.
“Preserving natural silence is as necessary as species preservation, habitat restoration, toxic waste cleanup, and carbon dioxide reduction, to name but a few of the immediate challenges that confront us in this still young century,” writes Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist and Emmy award-winning sound recordist.
“We’ve reached a time in human history when our global environmental crisis requires that we make permanent lifestyle changes. More than ever before, we need to fall back in love with the land…
Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything… left with a more receptive mind and a more attuned ear, we become better listeners not only to nature but to each other…”
–book by Gordon Hempton
The scientists, companies and “soundscapers” on a quest to make our society quieter and less stressful.
IN BBC NEWS:
Urban noise ‘killing sparrows’
Noise in urban areas could be increasing the mortality rate among young house sparrows, a study suggests. Like many musicians, Andrew Flintham had trouble making that difficult second album.
Two decades ago, the record producer completed The Brecklands Dawn Chorus, a one and a half hour recording of early morning bird song. It went on to become the biggest-selling wildlife recording of the 1990s. But 15 years later, whilst trying to make a follow-up, he hit an impasse. The problem was not a lack of creativity, but a paucity of available content. From the mountains of Scotland to deepest Wales, he was unable to find an uninterrupted dawn chorus anywhere in the UK.
“The most I could gather was about five minutes,” he says. “When I played back all the recordings there was always a hum of noise that drowned out the birds. It was either the drone of traffic, civilian aircraft, military jets, electricity sub-stations or even mobile phone masts and that was in 2008. I’ve tried in several places since then and it’s become worse.”
Flintham’s tale, which many will find tragic, reminds us just how rapidly societies are changing. He believes that we live in a constant rush-hour, having replaced Monday to Friday, nine to five working patterns and leisurely weekends with 24/seven shift working and its accompanying constant din. For Flintham, it has made life worse. And, he is by no means alone. Campaigners and health organisations point to a growing body of evidence that noise can profoundly affect our health and emotions. The World Health organisation, for example, says that persistent sounds of just 30 decibels, equivalent to someone whispering in a library, are enough to disturb sleep patterns. As a result, politicians are starting to take note, and as the public starts to react against the ever-growing cacophony, businesses are responding with products designed to bring back the peace and quiet of years gone by.
Actress Poppy Elliott is one of those (quietly) leading the charge. The granddaughter of John Connell, the founder of the UK’s Noise Abatement Society, launched Quiet Mark earlier this year. The charity’s premise is that the reason products are noisy is because it is cheaper to make them that way. It campaigns for quieter products, whether they are airlines, trains, hair-dryers, food-mixers or even musical instruments. The initiative then awards a striking purple Q stamp of approval to products or schemes designed to be sensitive to the ears of those around them.
“Even the inclinations of the sound of our voices can make or break our day,” says Elliott over coffee in a busy café near her home in Brighton, in the south of England. As we speak, a blender roars into action in support of her cause. “Life revolves around the sensitivity of sound. It’s a fundamental pillar of our existence, as important as light.”
Shhhhhh Quiet Marks are awarded to encourage companies to produce less noisy products whether they are aeroplanes, trains, hair dryers, food mixers or even musical instruments. Early winners include the Corinthia Hotel in London for providing a quiet haven away from the “urban buzz”, Stihl for its range of quiet lawn movers and hedge trimmers, as well as Yamaha for its range of silent instruments, including a violin that allow headphone-wearing musicians to practice without disturbing others. The construction firm Temple Mace and the London borough of Southwark also recently received one for reducing disruption and noise disturbance during the building of the Shard, the capital’s new landmark tower – particularly important because of the proximity to a prominent hospital.
The Shard’s Quiet Mark award is unique, but it echoes similar moves around the world. In New York, for example, the city’s department of environmental protection rewards contractors who use tools and machinery that are designed to reduce noise. The city even issues guidance to help construction firms buy quiet versions of necessary kit.
Back in the UK, Quiet Mark’s initiatives have been welcomed by some UK politicians, while it has also received support from a cast of companies that have pledged to build quieter products. That includes the car maker Lexus, which underscored its commitment in 2011 when it launched its “Shhhh” television advertisement for the CT200h compact hybrid, featuring pop singer Kylie Minogue. “Quietness is at the heart of our engineering philosophy,” says a Lexus spokesperson, who backs up the claim by revealing how its engineers listen to its cars’ engines “through a stethoscope” to ensure that noise is at an optimum level. “Quietness appears to be an appealing feature to today’s car buyer,” they add.
But Jamie Weaden, industrial design leader at the home appliance maker Kenwood, says it is not just premium products, like cars, where consumers are demanding more. “Historically the noise of products wasn’t as high on the agenda when it came to design of small domestic appliances,” he says. “But modern consumers, including myself, now rightly demand products with lower and better noise quality without this requirement being reflected adversely in price.”
It would be tempting to think reducing noise is just a marketing gimmick used by firms to differentiate themselves in crowded markets. But, according to Elliott, it is more than that. “Sound profoundly affects our emotions and health,” she says, adding that she has plans to follow Quiet Mark with Quiet Bark – involving sound-proofed kennels and tips from dog trainers in how to reduce barking humanely. “We’re creating a melody of brands to bring the people new, easy-listening, lifestyle choices. Like John Lennon, all we are saying is give peace (and quiet) a chance.” ‘Buy quiet’
Elliott’s claims about the harmful impacts of environmental noise are backed by a growing body of evidence. One study, published in the European Heart Journal in 2005, found that long-term exposure to high noise levels was linked to a tripling of the risk of HEART ATTACK for women and a 50% increase for men. German scientists who carried out the research said they believed loud sounds were largely to blame for the effects; however associated stress and annoyance could also play a role thanks to elevated levels of hormones and brain messaging chemicals such as adrenaline and noradrenaline.
A report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded environmental noise was responsible for thousands of cases of heart attacks and cases of tinnitus in European Union member states per year. It also backed the findings of other previous studies showing high noise levels can undermine reading, memory, language and attention in children with life-long knock on effects on educational attainment.
Such findings have meant that everyone from governments to employers are now taking the effects of noise more seriously. For example, the US space agency Nasa, where you might think the roar of a rocket taking off was an occupational hazard, has an entire programme dedicated to what it calls “hearing conservation”. In addition it has introduced a “buy quiet” procurement policy, aimed at reducing workplace noise where possible.
Forward thinking as these schemes are, they are of no help to the hundreds of thousands of people who live – and try to sleep – amidst the noise of our modern cities. Over the years, engineering has led to better sound proofing and glazing of newer buildings in these areas, but they do not tackle the problem at source. As a result, nearly ten years ago, the European Union launched its environmental noise directive that requires member states to produce maps of noise levels in large urban areas. The ultimate goal is to help politicians and officials reduce their populations’ excessive exposure to loud noises, which, despite numerous efforts over the past 40 years to reduce them, have continued to rise.
“This is by far the most significant international attempt to reduce environmental noise impact that there has ever been,” says Dr Mike Goldsmith, previously of Keele University in the UK, who led Dreamsys, a three-year project for the British government to build low-cost measurement systems into noise maps based on reality, not prediction. They were produced using figures from arrays of low-cost microphones placed around urban areas rather than the traffic flow and flight timetable data previously used in the UK.
“Historically there have been two trends which are relevant here,” adds Dr Goldsmith, whose book Discord: The Story of Noise, is published late September. “One is the use of zoning to restrict areas affected by noise and to define quiet areas on different scales. The other is the slow but steady development of the perception by individuals that they have a right not to be exposed to significant noise.”
Dawning thought Not all those in the field are working to turn down the volume. Sounds ability to change behavior can also be used in a positive way.
Canadian transport managers were the first to combat vandalism and other anti-social behaviour by playing classical music at remote stations in order to deter teenage gangs. The tactic has been used by transport and supermarket managers in the UK.
Dr Harry Witchel, an expert on physiology and acoustics, and lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the UK, has experimented with playing relaxing music in a lively clubbing district in Brighton in an attempt to dampen the raucous atmosphere on Saturday nights. Although his efforts have so far proved inconclusive, he believes “soundscape” design can be used to change behaviour.
“Soundscapes are about making the sound appropriate for the space, and the people and animals that share the space,” he says. “Some spaces should ideally be peaceful, while other spaces should be vibrant.
Dr Witchel is working with Soundscapes of European Cities and Landscapes, an EU-funded project that promotes the view that managing noise should not be just about reducing sound levels. His book You Are What You Hear, published last year, seeks to answer tricky questions such as why some prefer Beethoven and others rap, why aggressive young men in cars play their music so loud and why music can enhance sexual pleasure.
Another proponent of soundscaping is Martyn Ware, founder member and keyboard player of the pop group Heaven 17. When he is not touring, he runs the Illustrious Company, a 3D sound installation company. He turned London’s Millennium Bridge into a 3D sound system during the Olympics in a project called Tales From The Bridge.
Ware has also been working with the Noise Abatement Society on pilot schemes involving creating immersive, calming soundscapes in troublesome urban areas. However he does not believe all the problems caused by noise can be solved by soundscaping.
“I’m not sure that overall it’s possible to do so. However, with intelligent and considerate design as well as sensitively curated urban sound curation, the negative effects can be ameliorated. I think we need to acknowledge the multiplicity and complexity of the soundscapes we encounter daily, and look at ways of changing them for the better.”
If the efforts of campaigners, politicians, businesses and artists to re-introduce some peace and quiet to our lives are successful, Andrew Flintham will perhaps one day be able to complete his mission to record another uninterrupted dawn chorus.
“There is probably a dawn chorus somewhere in the UK, but I don’t know where it is, and even then it probably doesn’t last very long,” he says. “Nature’s natural relaxant is birdsong and it’s something I’d really like to hear again without any interference.”
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Concerning Mr. Curtis Mullin’s efforts to bring awareness to the need to restore and protect the Natural Soundscapes in the upper Massawippi river valley:
Registered letter is sent to:
Apparently, she was never heard from again. The apparent problem, apparently persisted, unchanged. This petition with dozens of tax-paying neighbours’ signatures again, apparently, remained a challenge for our municipal counselors to address at our town-meeting in 2010. In fact, more than ONE YEAR LATER our municipality apparently finally acknowledged our petition by informing us that there, apparently, “was not a problem”. Apparently, many neighbours had offered financial support (in one case, up to thousands of dollars!) and physical labor of their own to help construct a sound-proof wall, made of various materials (concrete, straw bails, dirt mounts etc.), with vines and flowers and trees around the cages of the animals. This offer was also rejected, apparently.
Is it POSSIBLE that Miss Bennett is apparently insensitive enough to be purposely exposing those neighbours to that apparent nuisance—to those people who apparently tried to politely and appropriately communicate to her on the nature of the apparent neighbourhood problem with her business when there are POSSIBLE solutions to make improvements to her facility? Would you continue to be such an apparent bother to more than DOZENS of neighbours who apparently clearly signed a polite and informative petition that expresses a need for change, if you were a kind, loving, and cooperative neighbour?
Hatley County Municipal Laws
2006-08 art. 45.0 & 53.0 concerning animals and nuisances:
45.0 Un permis de chenil ou de chien de traîneaux peut être émis par la SPA au coût de 50 $. Ce permis donne droit de garder 8 chiens au total dont un maximum de 4 chiens reproducteurs;  Le demandeur d’un tel permis doit avoir l’autorisation écrite de la division de l’urbanisme de la municipalité avant l’émission du permis. Il doit se conformer à tous les articles du présent règlement incluant le paiement des licences annuelles pour ses chiens. Il doit se conformer aux normes de garde généralement econnues et être inspecté une fois par année par la SPA. Tout manquement à ces dispositions entraînera la révocation immédiate du permis.
53.0 Nuisances Les faits, circonstances, gestes et actes ci-après énoncés constituent des nuisances ou infractions et le gardien est passible des peines édictées dans le présent chapitre:
1) Le fait, pour un chien, d’aboyer ou de hurler de façon à troubler la paix, la tranquillité et d’être un ennui pour une ou plusieurs personnes;
Laws 2010-06 art. 6.0 concerning noise in “pleasure locations” such as the Massawippi bicycle trail, and river:
6. BRUIT ET TAPAGE [bruit violent] DANS LES EMBARCATIONS DE PLAISANCE [tels que le Setntier Massawippi et la Riviere Massawippi]
6.1. Constitue une nuisance et est prohibé le fait de produire un bruit perturbateur, dans une embarcation de plaisance, avec un instrument de musique destiné à produire ou à amplifier le son, qui est susceptible de troubler la paix, la tranquillité, le confort, le repos ou le bien-être des personnes qui résident ou se trouvent dans le voisinage ou de nature à nuire à l’usage paisible de la propriété dans le voisinage, et la personne qui émet un tel bruit, qui est propriétaire ou usager ou qui a la garde ou le contrôle de la source de ce bruit ou qui en tolère l’émission, commet une infraction au présent règlement.
6.2. Constitue une nuisance et est prohibé le fait de produire un bruit perturbateur, dans une embarcation de plaisance, en criant, en vociférant ou en chantant à un point tel que le bruit produit est susceptible de troubler la paix, la tranquillité, le confort, le repos ou le bien-être des personnes qui résident ou se trouvent dans le voisinage ou de nature à nuire à l’usage paisible de la propriété dans le voisinage, et la personne qui émet un tel bruit, commet une infraction au présent règlement.
6.3. Au sens des articles 6.2 et 6.3, un bruit perturbateur signifie tout bruit repérable distinctement du bruit d’ambiance.
Clearly, Mr. Curtis Mullin is making all of this up and cannot possibly be negatively affected by the treatment of both his municipality and his super caring neighbour at all in any way whatsoever that would normally require a measure of empathy from such human beings claiming to have a service that provides quality care. Quality Care for who: YOU?
It appears so, Vern.
Have a good one folks!
Heket/Hekat/Heqt is a fertility god symbolized by the frog in ancient Egyptian times. Strangely enough the frog is also known to have caused infestations, recorded in biblical history as one of the Ten Plagues of Egypt. “Heqet” also happens to be the high-pitched phonetic sound that frogs make.
This might sound strange but… I once met who I suspect could have been Heqet & the frog people when I was unconscious in an accident as a teenager. They were speaking in a bizarre chromatically descending percussive tone, like when sliding quickly up in pitch to, say, a little above middle C, and then slowly moving back downwards to lower bass notes. It was strange. No discernible message was communicated, if any at all. A few minutes later I came to. That’s all!
Heqet (Ḥeqet, Ḥeḳet; also Ḥeqtit, Ḥeḳtit) is an Egyptian goddess of fertility, identified with Hathor, represented in the form of a frog.  To the Egyptians, the frog was an ancient symbol of fertility, related to the annual flooding of the Nile. Heqet was originally the female counterpart of Khnemu, or the wife of Khnemu by whom she became the mother of Heru-ur.
The name is written as ḥqt with the determinative “frog” (I7), or alternatively as ḥqtyt with the “egg” (goddess) determinative (H8). Its Middle Egyptian proununciation may have been close to /ħaˈqaːtat/, whence possibly the name of Greek Hecate ( Ἑκάτη).
The beginning of her cult dates to the early dynastic period at least. Her name was part of the names of some high-born Second Dynasty individuals buried at Helwan and was mentioned on a stela of Wepemnofret and in the Pyramid Texts. Early frog statuettes are often thought to be depictions of her.
Later, as a fertility goddess, associated explicitly with the last stages of the flooding of the Nile, and so with the germination of corn, she was associated with the final stages of childbirth. This association, which appears to have arisen during the Middle Kingdom, gained her the title She who hastens the birth (cf. the role of Heqet in the story of The Birth of the Royal Children from the Westcar Papyrus). Some say that—even though no ancient Egyptian term for “midwife” is known for certain—midwives often called themselves the Servants of Heqet, and that her priestesses were trained in midwifery.Women often wore amulets of her during childbirth, which depicted Heqet as a frog, sitting in a lotus.
In the Osiris myth, it was Heqet who breathed life into the new body of Horus at birth, as she was a goddess of the last moments of birth. As the birth of Horus became more intimately associated with the resurrection of Osiris, so Heqet’s role became one more closely associated with resurrection. Eventually, this association led to her amulets gaining the phrase I am the resurrection in the Christian era along with cross and lamb symbolism.
Have a good one folks!
Suicidal thoughts or even contemplating the mere philosophy concerning suicidal phenomena is a socially tabooed topic indeed. But it is still important for us to understand the mind of those who do wish to go through with this sort of terminal action. As someone who would choose to show a little empathy towards a potential terminator, we must understand that such a mind is obviously in a state of enduring deep intense and recurring pain of which we as an outsider know little to nothing about. Usually, this is the reason that such people consider terminating their currently dealt program. Not only do those around them enjoying “healthy lives” fail to relate but the suicidal individual simply wants to escape their constant pain, heartache, sorrow, suffering etc. like anyone in their right mind eventually wants to avoid the sound of a broken record. To deny someone this form of escape would seem totally insane and little better a quality of character than those who deliberately initiate suffering and inflict pain onto others as a sometimes covert but also overt form of torture — usually enjoyed by (you guessed it…) an abuser. Is it no surprise then that in our first world cultures it is considered “illegal” for an individual to attempt his or her own suicide? No. No, that isn’t much of a surprise at all for such rigid “first world” policy.
Although we made an agreement with the gods to come here to this world, we never (knowingly) made a contract to stay, and nor can we stay here forever anyways so, my conclusion:
“Go ahead. Make my day.”
~ Dirty Harry
Alan Watts and other philosophers have also proposed that this is the only serious topic or question that we can ask ourselves:
“To be or not to be?”
So then, offering those who contemplate their own termination an unusual response that they might not expect can sometimes throw them off and indirectly sway them to view their situation in a different light. If we respond with something unexpected like, “Okay, great! So have you thought about how you are going to do it yet? Have you made the necessary plans, and what should I do to help? Have you thought about taking out someone else while you are at it like, say, a rapist or a child molester or some evil CEO of some corporate institution profiting at the expense of those less fortunate? Let’s get this done right!”
These kinds of active engaging and realistic questions or concepts will likely surprise a suicidal individual. After all, they are expecting everyone to say, “No! Don’t do it!” Can we see the problem behind this sort of response directed at an already restricted or repressed or depressed victim? It’s limiting. Responding to a victim who shares with us their only option to alleviate their torturous experience — with a totalitarian command noless — will likely serve to diminish an already diminished individual instead of helping that individual in any real lasting way. If anything, such an argumentative reply is damaging and will likely cause the victim to feel even more imprisoned in their already caged-in circumstances. They just want someone to relate to, someone to exchange with about thoughts that are important to them, no matter how disturbing they might seem to be at a glance. Sometimes it is not a concrete solution that we seek in others, but simply that those others would willingly engage with us in seeking. They want to feel as though they matter to others. They want to matter. And they do matter, but the only problem is that we aren’t sending them that message or maybe they just can’t see it, no thanks to the (usually clueless and insensitive) manner of our interaction with them. If for no other reason, a “surprise” response will help to alter the depressive person’s state of mind into considering alternative ideas, even if for only a moment. Frightful territory, short-lived, and unusual, maybe — but a new and alternative train of thought nonetheless. This is what is required in rebuilding neural pathways in the mind: to continually think of new thoughts and not the same old depressive ones.
I say sky or mountain / cliff diving (without a chute), or a swim out to sea would do the job fairly well, if I had to resort to a way out. Something where it is just us and the gods, no one else. Or we could hire a good friend or some excellent marksman to shoot us in the back of the head from across a field at a moment when we least expect it; while we are genuinely happy or laughing or smiling. Morbid, right? But what we do not want to do is accidentally fail at our attempts, such as jumping off of a 13 story building and surviving as a paraplegic like my friend did once. Fortunately enough, she had a wild and dark sense of humour which allowed her to process things somewhat after that.
So after learning about my friend’s story I decided to write an adult children’s book, Suicidal Bunny.
It’s about a rabbit who tries to commit suicide over and over again but never succeeds. On each page there is a cartoon showing how the rabbit accumulates each new injury as each new attempted suicide remains unsuccessful. Finally reaching the moral of the story:
‘Until one beautiful sunny spring day, Suicidal Bunny thought really hard for a really long time and said: “Well, because I seem to be incapable of killing myself successfully, I have decided to devote the rest of my life in order to help other little bunnies who are also sad and who also want to die; so that they can live a happy life rather than choose to put themselves through the same kinds of mistakes that I have chosen for myself and the suffering that came with it — all for nothing!” …and just like that a meteorite fell from the sky and instantly killed Suicidal Bunny.’
Inspired by Chloe Cole.
PS — If you think or feel that the subject matter in this blog is disturbing, that might likely be because of the fact that the subject matter examined above IS disturbing.
Have a good one folks!