Coping: Ah, Monday at the WuJo

Sometimes, its almost as though some kind of “cosmic censor” wants me to post a report that comes in of something seriously off in the WuJo Department at some other time, other than when it arrives.

This following story definitely fits into this category.  That’s because when I was going to publish it last Monday, it simple disappeared off Outlook.  Yeah, I know, that can’t happen, but it did and all manner of search would not bring it back, even after re-indexing the Outlook file using the .PST Repair too.  Now, how odd is that?

I was going to publish it last Tuesday, but if you’ll remember, the power supply went out on the main tower here at UrbanSurvival – the big fancy box with two “big mutha” dual video cards to drive our four monitors.  I ordered a big replacement – more on that in a minute – and figured I would report this great WuJo story on Thursday or Friday from Branson, MO.

Well, everything else I copied from the hard drive here worked fine, but that one stinking email?  Nope.  So I figured to finally get it on this week.

So without further delay, this one is a grand little stumper:

“Dear Sir,

You’re not going to believe this.

Why not?

Because I am the one who experienced this and even I don’t believe it.

But, no matter how many times I replay this experience in my memory from several weeks ago, I cannot deny that it happened; nor can I make any sense of it at all in terms of the ‘normal’ progression of time in accordance with only one temporal frame of reference.

First, a little background:

My usual exercise routine requires that I run for approximately 2 blocks, then walk for approximately 6 blocks, then run for approximately 1½-2 miles back to the place where I started; something that variably takes between 30 and 38 minutes.

Secondly, there is nothing wrong with my watch.

But this is what happened:

I left on my run at precisely—I waited until the second hand hit the 12 on my watch—5 minutes til the hour (that is, 55 minutes after the previous hour) and ran for approximately 2 blocks. After walking about 5 blocks, I looked at my watch and it showed 44 minutes after the previous hour; that is, 11 minutes before I started; something that, possibly, in some way, is related to the event recorded in the following video:

ANGEL SUPERHUMAN Teleportation caught on CCTV in China? – YouTube .

I continued to walk for 1 more block, then ran approximately half of the 1½-2 miles at the end of my exercise. But, when I looked at my watch, it had taken me 11 minutes to cover that distance, and I arrived at 5 minutes til the hour; that is, precisely the same time that I had started my exercise.

It then took me 33 minutes—when I looked at my watch it was 28 minutes after the next hour—to complete the remaining ¾-1 mile back to where I had started; which, altogether, is within the normal time of my exercise.

I have gone several times through the possible explanations and have eliminated each one of them time after time:

1) there is NO possible way that it would have taken me 49 minutes (from 5 minutes til the hour to 44 minutes after that same hour) to run approximately 2 blocks and walk for another 5 blocks; in other words, I did not make any mistakes when looking, 3 separate times, at the minute hand on my watch—it was at 55 minutes and, then, 44 minutes after the same hour; and, then, 28 minutes after the next hour (it is unlikely that reading that two or three times will help in its understanding); and,

2) it is simply not possible that I ran for 2 blocks, walked for 6 blocks and, then, ran for about ¾ to 1 mile in either NO time, or a time-reversal to the time that I started.

But that is what happened.

Now, do I have a theoretical explanation of what happened here?

Of course I do.

As I have set out in Towards A New Paradigm of Consciousness:

there is a dimension of consciousness in which time not only stands still; but, also, can go backwards.

But all kinds of things occur at the quantum level which do not occur at the macroscopic level; so, is it even possible that this example of time-reversal and, then, time ‘standing still’ can be manifested at the macroscopic level, in confirmation of at least some of the findings, at the microscopic level, of Time Symmetrical Quantum Mechanics?

Certainly, not to my knowledge.

And, yet, this is precisely what seems to have occurred here.

[Nor have I had any further ‘problems’ with my watch since this occurred; any possible ‘message’ apparently having been effectively conveyed—which at least suggests that, in flagrant violation of one of the fundamental rules of the scientific method, observations of the ‘fluidity’ of time are intrinsically irreproducible (but, apparently, they can be recorded on video?); existing within a larger category of events which also includes Reverse Speech Analysis (which clearly demonstrates that information comes backwards in time from the future), laboratory experiments demonstrating pre-cognition in humans (and pre-sentience to electrical shock in worms), ‘psychic’ impressions of future events (for example, the prediction of the headline regarding the sinking of the Titanic), as well as what are commonly referred to as “Miracles” (such as the plagues upon Egypt, water emerging from a rock after it has been struck, the collapse of the walls of Jericho, or the multiplication of loaves and fishes.)]

Any ‘theoretical’ explanation you might be able to provide will be entertained.

But I would remind you that I looked at my watch at each of these times and am merely reporting what I observed; which, as I understand it, is what scientists do.

So, do I really believe that any of this really happened?

Of course not.

According to the time-based consciousness of the ‘thinker’, it is simply not possible.

This information defies the very structure of that consciousness (as well as belief) itself, which depends upon time moving smoothly only in a forward direction; and, importantly, in accordance with only one temporal frame of reference. (But maybe one of the principal goals of the graphic representations of the movements of the “agents” and Neo in The Matrix was to gradually ‘free people’s minds’ from the belief that time is a dimension of reality independent of the consciousness of the ‘thinker’—as an “agent” cop says early in The Matrix in response to a jump by Trinity, “That’s impossible”—and to gradually introduce this civilization to the concept of independent temporal frames of reference based upon consciousness.)

But I do remember looking at my watch; I remember what those numbers were; and I do remember it happening just as I have described it.

Gotta wonder, however, how the Guinness Book of World Records would report someone running and walking approximately 1 mile in, literally, NO time at all—at least according to his temporal frame of reference.

Michael “

There was an included reference to related material over on this site, but I couldn’t find the referenced page.

In the meantime, however, given the odd series of events that kept me from sharing this when it first came in (it was also submitted and posted over here), what5 strikes me is that there really are forces larger than humans at work.  What’s more, because the “Something” is larger in scope than mere humans, there’s no reason why events can’t just “just the time track” now and then, as reader Michael’s experience indicates.

If you’d like a good book that gets into how the “some assembly required” of how Universe works, I got as far as the first experiment in E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality ($1.99 for Kindle, which is a heck of a deal!).

Whether we like it, or not, it seems that yes, we are Co-Creators of reality and that there is a huge Force which people can tap into in various ways. 

So we continue collecting our WuJo reports (send ‘em in, please!) because at some point, who knows? – Maybe we’ll get enough reports to be able to write the condensed User Guide.

Adventures in Retrograde

Remember all those problems in different areas, I was having last week?  A fine note this morning from Bernard Grover, who’s our Indonesia Bureau Chief – which tells us more about what I already knew:  When Mercury goes retrograde, things around me seem to fall apart:

“Hiya chief!

Thought I’d offer a tale of woe during this dark time of star-crossed astrology.  My wife went to Africa with her church group (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia) this past week.  There were a series of miscues and other fun, but the kicker was in Axum, Ethiopia yesterday.

Not sure if you are aware of it, but there’s a pretty good chance the Ark of the Covenant resides in Axum.  Been there myself 35 years ago, and it’s a pretty mystical place.

Anyway, I told her to keep her head low and not run around preaching and witnessing, but I’m the “non-believing” heretic, and was soundly ignored.  As part of their happy-fest, they planted a small Indo flag in the ground near the little church that holds the Ark.  This apparently set something off and their group was surrounded and a near riot ensued.

Eventually, they were taken to police headquarters, grilled, searched, and returned to their hotel sans passports.  The passports arrived later that night and so far, they are on their way to Addis Ababa and freedom, but I won’t feel relieved until wheels-up.  The Indo flag set off a bunch of Muslim alarm bells in the Orthodox region, though I think it was Mercury retro.

I’ve been hunkered down all week and have had no adverse effects.  Maybe she’ll listen to me next time…

Bernard Grover

Indonesia Bureau Managing Editor

Ah!  Fine to bring Axum…quite the controversial place, that.  Although Bernard didn’t mention it, the people in the Church/Monastery there used to bring the (alleged) Ark out once per year and parade it through the town, and then put it back in its place.

There’s a significant group of adherents who guard it all the time, and so far – in the battling between Christian and Muslims in that part of the world – the fighting over supposed religious artifacts has not kicked up.

But humans being what they are (not all that far removed from animals) I figure it’s only a matter of time to some  extremists sect, or other, takes off on a relic collecting frenzy and that is maybe what sets off The End/Finis.

Although, in the meantime, there’s still that excavation/dig (underwater if I remember) where Azazela was (allegedly) chained which is due to be unearthed shortly, so that might fit, too.

Since the “third of the oceans bittered” is coming along (Corexit and Fukushima) we should start seeing further escalations on these fronts (partisan religion and reality warping) as in the End Times, all knowledge becomes available.

So between watching CERN and “e-Squared” and WuJo reports on the fly, we continue to present what has to be the longest & slowest Play-By-Play reporting ever.  In the end, of course, it’s the only one that matters…but highly interesting, nevertheless.

Two Serious Computer Learnings

OK, now we can click through what’s going on with our main server, which is now back to 110% thanks to the installation of its new Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply ($84, Amazon). 

While this might be considered overkill in most computers, we run two dual-DVI video cards to drive our monster  and they each require two PCI-E power connectors.  Since I’d picked up a 550 watt (with only enough connectors to bring up one video card) I can now upgrade another computer (stand power supply) to the 550-watt version and pop in a good/better dual DVI.

The learning:  Always keep a spare power supply on hand.  That’s only part of the “first learning” point here this morning.

Here’s the rest of the three parts:  Part 2 is that before going out, one of my monitors (the 37” one where the futures runs off used to have wavy lined that slowly rolled up the screen.  Since the new Corsair supply is in, those have disappeared completely and the monitor looks great.

Part 2 of Lessons I is that when your monitor starts rolling horizontal lines slowly, it MIGHT be time to find the power supply.

Part 3 of Lesson 1 k(Boy, are we organized for a Monday, or what?) comes from Critic in Chief Ray Haisley who sent is this very useful compilation of knowledge:

12 years ago when I was getting out of the “production” and into the “servicing” part of the personal confuser market, I made a fair living off a shelf of PC Power and Cooling power supplies. Computers manufactured by well-known and respected companies would stream in fairly-steadily, for hardware warranty work, and in at least 70% of the cases, the issue would be a marginal power supply. A computer would come in, showing drive or memory errors or suffering random lock-ups (or a random combination of the three.) These are the symptoms of a dying “spec’d” (by beancounters?) PS. A dying “overspec’d” PS (f’r instance, if your draw is 480w, you use a 600w power supply) will generally not show hardware or software errors but will suddenly just go tits-up, or Tango Uniform. I’m guessing George, that you overspec your builds… yeah, me too ;-)

“Factory Replacement” PSs cost about $18, the PCPC, $39 for the ones I used, and I considered them worth every penny, because I’ve always hated doing a job twice. PCPC typically rated their power supplies with a “headroom margin” of ~40% (a 275w PSPS would typically, reliably crank out 400w for years, while proffering a lower failure-rate than any other brand.) To my knowledge, no other PS manufacturer made any headroom consideration whatsoever, with respect to their power ratings. My “loss” in profit margin was more than made up for, by the reputation I built as a reliable problem-solver, and the resulting repeat business this rep garnered (in a non-monopoly, quantity always trumps raw markup.) 

At that time, you could buy a Compaq/Dell/HP business server for ~$2200, and it’d have an overspec’d PS. At the same time, a similar C/D/H 2U rack-mount mission-critical server would bend the budget for ~$14k, and (Compaq, at least, cuz I serviced a few — amazingly well-built boxes) were built with PCPC power supplies. The main difference between the two computers was quality of components (high-quality versus extraordinary quality — MTBF of 30khrs vs MTBF of 60khrs. BTW, MTBF for consumer computers was <5000hrs. I got oodles of warranty work courtesy of those folks who left their computers on all the time. The ‘puters would start shitting themselves at between 8-9 months, and rarely make it to OOW {out of warranty — typically 12 months and a day} Dunno if the story is the same for today’s computers, but it was, for at least several years into the 2000s…) The lesson was not lost on me: Take the bean-counters out of the equation and see which components the engineers REALLY want to use. Use THOSE for your service and never have to look at that particular computer again…

Personally, I’d want a computer at the end of the world because they add and multiply faster than an abacus and compute angles better than a sine table.

BTW, you ARE going to toss the lappys in the trash can again before that X-flare gets here, right?

As always, I didn’t get the email until I got this computer back up (Saturday) and by then the Corsair supply was in, and working just fine.  However, Ray’s right:  For serious computing, it’s worth it to pay the addition and get first-rate power.  The next power supply power supply I buy will probably be the PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer MK III Series Modular Power Supply features 100% Nippon Chemi-Con Capacitors compatible with Intel Haswell Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom- PPCMK3S750  which will cost about $150.

Lesson #1 is simple:  People ignore (and retailers seldom provide) the one really useful number when dealing with PC peripherals, especially on critical elements like power supplies, video cards, and mother boards.

What’s the Mean Time Between Failure? (MTBF)

Second Computer Learning

After I wrote up the Lightbeam add-on for Peoplenomics subscribers this weekend, I ran it against my own sites and was disappointed to learn that my site is not as clean as I wanted.  Some of our advertisers do use tracking cookies – which is how they measure response from our site – which in turn documents whether UrbanSurvival is popular.

The learning point here is:  If you don’t want to be tracked on the net, you really have a couple of choices.  One is to turn off Java because some tracking is done that way. 

Another choice, per Brian Carpenter, who’s president of which provides our cloud hosting, is to use Google Chrome in the “incognito mode” or use a clean version of Firefox. 

The problem, for website operators is two-fold. 

If all cookies and tracking as disabled from a site, most advertisers will go away (they need to see how response is going).  And secondly, that means there’s no return to the web site operator who puts in countless hours trying to provide good content.

What can’s anything be simple?

Around the Ranch:  Retrograde

Besides computer issues, and having to cut short our Branson adventure with Robin and Judy Landry Friday to avoid crappy weather coming home, the weekend wasn’t all bad.

Turns out my weather decision to leave Saturday morning was a good one and by Saturday night it had become stormy down at this end and now we’ve got just under 2-inches of rain in the gauge. 

Elaine was over her food poisoning and was chipper, so she did the flying from somewhere over Arkansas after I drove the marginal stuff that was already building Saturday morning.

Which got me to Sunday and our next encounter with Retrograde.

Panama had called us Friday to advise that our 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 truck had finally blown out the water pump (noise came first). 

Panama had driven it some number of miles to get it home, studiously keeping an eye on the temp gauge.  I haven’t had the heart to tell him “The Temp gauge only works if there’s water in the truck…”

What likely saved the engine (which runs fine) is we run motor oil in it and, since I am a belt and suspenders guy, we also run Avblend with LinKite 12 oz Bottle  which is, as far as I know, the only lubricity additive approved by the FAA – which is going a good bit.

Sunday was spent taking the truck apart and this morning, I’ll be putting it back together again.

Faster than a Speeding Mouse

One thing that did go right – spectacularly so – was that prior to our flying up north, I (may have accidentally) installed four vortex generators on the top of our old airplane, just aft of where the windshield meets the fuselage.  With just four of them (I may add a couple of more) we (accidentally) picked up 3 MPH.

What happens is when the airplane is going fast (a relative term for a 47-year old airplane!) air strikes the front of the windshield, and rolls up over the top, which then “tumbles” before settling back into a nice even (laminar) flow way back there someplace.  By deliberately inducing controlled  vortices, the “tumbling” area is significantly reduced and parasitic drag drops so the airplane goes faster.  3-MPH may not seem like a big deal to most folks, but in small airplane land, each 1-MPH or Knot over book speed usually costs a thousand bucks. Although in fairness, that’s mostly regulatory costs. 

The vortex generators on  the wing work the same way (and those are STC’d by ) which (rumor has it) is working on cabin-top testing (which will come with pedigreed paperwork) and it may be out next year, but no telling with the wheels of bureaucracy turning slowly.

We have more testing to do on this (fictional for now) mod. For one, we need to do four-direction timed GPS measurements which we didn’t do on the trip. All those are done with no bags and ½ tanks. We need to determine whether the indicated speed has anything to do with changes in how the static port is looking at outside air, and things like that. This is science, after all.

Now the fun part:  I think I mentioned that my life-long friend’s son recently finished his aeronautical engineering masters at MIT?  Well, he’s been kind enough to spend a little phone time with me on this stuff and the next bit of experimenting will likely be the installation of a couple of VG’s just forward of the wing-fuselage join.

The idea is that by installing VG’s here, the tumbling along that joint may be similarly reduced.  In many airplanes, you can buy an FAA approved wing root fairing kit, but no one makes those for the A23-19 Beech. Still, a 134-135 MPH Musketeer ($25,000 class used airplane) is nothing to be sneezed at.

Now, if the Knots2U folks would just come out with wheel pants for another 3-5 MPH….

But for now, it’s faster than a speeding mouse.  And when I put it away, the VG’s come off and I’d never admit anything like this ever happened on a type certified aircraft.  Since this report is obviously fictional…..ahem… That’s because not doing a bunch of paperwork just would be…ah….Wright, lol.

I’ll let you know how the (purely fictional, of course) VG’s ahead of the wing root does.

So much for this morning’s adventure report…more tomorrow.  Write when you break even.


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