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Sunday, February 14th, 2016

 

How to play Quadraphonic records on a surround stereo:

Here’s a neat thing I found — if you needle drop a QS record (I did Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy a Thrill) and play it back through a Dolby ProLogic II Music decoder (there’s one built into the Oppo 970), you get pretty darn close to the original quad effect. SQ or QS = 5.1 play back CD4 = need decoder.   About quad records: quad records were actually always played with (technically) a stereo cartridge whether playing them in stereo or in quad. They are ‘matrix’ quad media: theRead More


The scientific explanation for humor: Why do we laugh?

One of the theories behind humor is that it’s the body’s way of signaling that something is no longer threatening. It has to do with cognitive dissonance – the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.” So we developed a sense of humor by perceiving a danger and later finding out that the threat was a misunderstanding. An example of thisRead More


When someone is dying and are asked not to “let go” – can they truly “hold on”?

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes when you are dying, it is a tremendous effort just to draw enough breath to keep your body supplied with oxygen. You are so tired and weary, you just want to stop trying and rest, for just a little while, and that can be the difference between living and dying. To a degree yes. You can faint/pass out from blood pressure being too low to pump enough blood to the brain. Brain is thus starved of oxygen and glucose and brain function stops. In a movie ifRead More