Taiwan

September 4th, 2012

 

The quietest place on Earth is a room in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the longest anyone has stayed in the dark there is 45 minutes. The ‘anechoic chamber’ at OrfieldLaboratories absorbs over 99 percent of sound with 3-foot-thick fiberglass wedges and insulated walls, removing virtually every sound except that of people and objects brought into the chamber. In some cases, that’s used for simple industrial purposes: it’s a way to hear the sounds of switches, motors, or washing machines without outside interference.

Put a human being in there, however, and they become disoriented or even experience hallucinations. After a few minutes, founder Steven Orfield told the Daily Mail, your body begins to adapt to the soundlessness, picking up smaller and smaller sounds. “You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly. In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.” Because there are no external sounds, it’s difficult to move around: “If you’re in there for half an hour, you have to be in a chair.”

In extreme cases, the sensory deprivation is debilitating. NASA astronauts train by being placed in a water tank in the room, an experience that apparently causes hallucinations as the body tries to create sensations out of thin air. When the lights are turned out, theMail says that the longest time anyone has been able to stay inside is 45 minutes. AtOrfield, it seems, the greatest distraction of all is not noise but silence.

from: the verge

WikiLeaks has recently been brought into the public’s attention. I thought they are just a group of hackers, but after seeing these photos of their headquarters, I suddenly admire/envy them.

My only wish is the place could be bigger. Maybe I should make donation to them.

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Anthony’s Home

October 7th, 2010

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Brighton Beach

September 3rd, 2010

Found this photo thru my ffffound. Love the grandma in the front. She could be one of them now. <3

Unknow Heart Place

September 6th, 2007

 

下了一张古迹图片库,里面全是无聊的建筑物照片。突然看到这个房间,终于感觉没有白下。 不知道这房间在哪,钓鱼台?

I found this in a stock photo CD, don’t know where it is. Another heart place.

Heart Place

August 14th, 2007

我记得另外一个纪录片看到一个我必然要去的地方,是在欧洲,好象是最古老的大学也不知道是医学院。他们的解剖教室好象一个斗兽场,老师在下面圆形的舞台上解剖,学生们可以在楼上观看,最神奇的是这个教室是和运河连起来的,尸体解剖好可以直接放到运河里运走。

 I remember another place I saw in a documentary film. It’s somewhere in Europe. It’s probably some oldest university or medical school. Their dissecting room was like a colosseum. The teachers perform the anatomise on the stage, & the students watch it from above. The most amazing thing is the classroom was connected to a canal. So they can ship the corps away right after the anatomise.