September 8, 2013
Russian researchers in the late 1940’s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so the gas didn’t kill them, since it was toxic in high concentrations. This was before closed circuit cameras so they had only microphones and 5 inch thick glass porthole sized windows into the chamber to monitor them. The chamber was stocked with books, cots to sleep on but no bedding, running water and toilet, and enough dried food to last all five for over a month.
The test subjects were political prisoners deemed enemies of the state during world war II.
Everything was fine for the first 5 days, the subjects hardly complained having been promised (falsely) that they would be freed if they submitted to the test and did not sleep for 30 days. Their conversations and activities were monitored and it was noted that they continued to talk about increasingly traumatic incidents in their past, and the general tone of their conversations took on a darker aspect after the 4 day mark. More
August 21, 2013
I’ve been neglecting this blog. It’s been sitting around largely unused, can’t really say why. Today I decided that I needed to do more writing, primitive back to basics writing. So we’re off and running here again. More
November 11, 2012
How and why does one thank a veteran? Most simply, you could just find one and shake their hand giving a solemn “thank you.” We all have our own ways. But better yet, perhaps they are more deserving of something than such a small gesture. More
October 11, 2012
End of Watch is a riveting movie that has adapted a new trend in cinematography using nothing but personal video and police dash cameras to document two police officers in Los Angeles as they go about patrolling the streets and also shows aspects of their personal lives. More
October 10, 2012
Set to the backdrop of a 50’s style gas station theme, Jake’s Texas Tea House offers a decidedly different tone to Waco’s downtown restaurant scene. More
June 17, 2012
Voting once every four years, or two? Not at all? Does it all feel pretty hopeless, like a waste of time? No offense, but if this is what you’re doing, it essentially is a waste of time. More