Comments for Damn Interesting https://www.damninteresting.com A collection of fascinating true stories from history, science, and psychology. In text and podcast form. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:47:48 -0700 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Comment on Foreign Exchange(s) by Alan Bellows https://www.damninteresting.com/foreign-exchanges/#comment-71943 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:47:48 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12469#comment-71943 @Hal: That music was made in-house, it’s called “Surface Tension” because I originally wrote/recorded it for the 2014 episode Surface Tension. I create the music at its fullest density, but then I record individual instrument tracks individually (and with some variations) so I can layer and loop them to make a dynamic soundtrack. I call the approach “lasagna loops,” though there may be a more technical term I am unaware of.

I hope you were asking because you liked it, not because you felt it was bad. I’m relatively new to music-making, so it’s difficult for me to self-assess.

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Comment on Foreign Exchange(s) by Hal https://www.damninteresting.com/foreign-exchanges/#comment-71942 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:04:43 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12469#comment-71942 Good article. What is the name of music played in the end?

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Comment on Chuck Bonnet and the Hallucinations by Barb https://www.damninteresting.com/chuck-bonnet-and-the-hallucinations/#comment-71941 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:15:07 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=604#comment-71941 Gosh! I can’t believe I found this article. There is not enough space here for me to describe all my colorful, entertaining, extremely amusing CBS episodes. All I needed was a bag of popcorn. The first three weeks or so all the images were lit up as if a bright light was shining on the characters. Gradually, the lights faded. Occasionally, I’ll have a CBS episode, but it’s harder to make out the details. I was 62 when I was prescribed a round of prednisone every 3 months for about a year for tendinitis. During that time my baby cataracts grew quickly. The eye doc could hardly believe the size of them. While waiting to get appts for surgery and such, CBS became a nightly occurrance. Once a young man measured my bedroom with a rule and winked. Once a road appeared. A car parked and out came a wonderful family of four and a grandmother. They were out for a stroll. As they passed, the grandmother smiled and pointed to her grandkids. Once, a lady offered to sell her child to me. Once, a sales lady showed me a beautiful dress and gestured that it would look good on me. I could go on and on. All the characters made eye contact with me, even the animals. I saw royal costumes, a bunch of pigs having a party- and they invited me to join them. It’s been a year since my cataract removals. I seldom have a CBS episode now. Honestly, I miss them!

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Comment on Foreign Exchange(s) by Kurac https://www.damninteresting.com/foreign-exchanges/#comment-71940 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:36:58 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12469#comment-71940 Amazing! Thank you!

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Comment on The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon by axcel https://www.damninteresting.com/the-baader-meinhof-phenomenon/#comment-71938 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:14:18 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=417#comment-71938 I just recently experienced this! Yesterday I found a new band called Slowdive. I listened to one of their old albums and I loved it. I woke up this morning to see on a website that theyre planning on releasing their first new album in 22 years.

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Comment on Hyperbolic Discounting by Skier Jim https://www.damninteresting.com/hyperbolic-discounting/#comment-71936 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:06:34 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=507#comment-71936 Dear mlaiuppa,

As someone who graduated Aerospace Engineering with 1st class honors and never ended up getting a Big Important Job:

1. Being capable or smart doesn’t give you more of a responsibility to achieve other people’s goals that they have in mind for you
2. Presumably, if your nephew is starving he can go and get a job at Starbucks etc. in order to eat. If he is not starving, has a roof over his head and clean water then he is obviously doing OK
3. If I was him I would try to avoid elements in my family that call me a “loser”. That can’t be helpful

Best

Jim

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Comment on The Balance of Risk by Skier Jim https://www.damninteresting.com/the-balance-of-risk/#comment-71935 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:28:36 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=494#comment-71935 I worked as a ski patroller in Canada for 2 years. I got in trouble with the team/management because I was patrolling in uniform without a helmet. They felt it gave other ski area users a bad safety message (I pine for the 70’s and 80’s where bare headed skiing was the norm). I ended up wearing a helmet on duty and soon felt like jumping off more cliffs than I would have used to with my soft squishy head. I think that our heads have evolved to be the thickness and strength they are for a reason. I hear all these horror stories about “person cracked their head open” but I remind people that any serious trauma anywhere above the elbows and knees has the possibility to result in death. You may save your brain but break your neck or suffer a rotational-acceleration induced brain injury (which helmets are likely to increase not reduce, because the point of impact can be further away from your head’s rotational center of mass causing more moment/rotational acceleration).

I still would probably put on a helmet if I was planning to race downhill incredibly fast through trees and rocks etc. but generally I feel they have no net impact on safety and actually in the backcountry where you need to be alert for sights and sounds of e.g. an avalanche they are actually likely to make you less safe.

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Comment on The Terrifying Toothpick Fish by AJ https://www.damninteresting.com/the-terrifying-toothpick-fish/#comment-71932 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 02:16:30 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=797#comment-71932 Going to the Amazon in May…. not sure how I feel about swimming anymore….

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Comment on The Gimli Glider by pwd https://www.damninteresting.com/the-gimli-glider/#comment-71931 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:00:18 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=744#comment-71931 Thinking a bit more about it if I was an airline pilot before a flight I’d probably want to have a look at the rough ‘miles per litre’ number for the aircraft which I’d get from the postit stuck on the dash above the fuel guages part of the displays and would then get the two ‘litres loaded’ numbers from both the fuelers fuel flow measurement and the fuelers manual dripstick / floatstick measurement making sure they both agreed then would work out how many miles I could do with the loaded fuel directly from the litres loaded number. If that looked good I’d do a more detailed fuel / distance assesment.
Great story, glad I read it and the comments where there was that interesting info on the dripstick and floatstick fuel measuring methods from Radiatidon.

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Comment on The Gimli Glider by pwd https://www.damninteresting.com/the-gimli-glider/#comment-71930 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:57:16 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=744#comment-71930 Shouldn’t the Captain have got the fuel load in litres as the manual drip stick readings gave it and used that directly to get a good handle on the distance possible with that amount of fuel (in litres) for that particular aircraft. Also, while the aircraft is on the ground do they not measure the amount of fuel loaded using the drip / float stick method for all flights regardless?

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