If you head over to https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21 you will see there is a useful list of cities and the times associated with the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21.

That in itself is no news flash, but since this eclipse will be happening when the market is open, and there is plenty of woo-woo around all things astrological  (*including eclipse, lol), I thought it would be interesting to look ahead and see if we can set up some useful experiments to take advantage of the event.

All in the name of Science, of course.

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One thing that strikes me is the market will be open.

I don’t know if anyone bothered to preserve the minute-by-minute ticks of the Dow or S&P last time around, but it would seem to me to be worth looking at.  Just as the Sun begins to be obscured, is there a very short (1-2 hour) trade that might pay off?

On a longer scale, we have been expecting a long-term market peak in this area, but as to whether entering into a short position during the eclipse paying off is reasonable…that would be an interesting project.

There are a number of mental items we could be probing during the eclipse, though I doubt anyone has set up a Global Eclipse Research website to coordinate such ideas.

Here are a couple of things to consider:

  1.  People are “electrical in nature” and we know that behavior of the Sunspots is somewhat related to market activity.  Went over this in a recent Peoplenomics.

The data seems to suggest that people are less gullible (in terms of irrational valuations) during periods of no sunspot activity.

More importantly, it seems the dips in the market may be correlated to BIG DROPS in sunspot counts.  The Sun Spot page at www.solarham.com may be of interest.

Monday’s Sunspot number was 11, which was only down 1 from 12 on Sunday, so no market move surprises might be implied from the lack of Solar Volatility.

2. Cosmic luck?  We know there is a rough relationship between the incoming cosmic ray levels and the sun spots.  When cosmic rays have reserved and are headed down, it seems the SSN (smoothed sunspot number) is quickly rising.  You can see some of the data in this view:

Not a particularly pretty graphic, but blue is the cosmic ray monitor and yellow is sunspot smoothed number.

By the way, the page this comes from here is “under review” which is a damn shame.  Finding a good online source of real-time cosmic ray readings might actually be useful.

Even so, I would sure love to find a source (real-time) so I could watch the cosmic rays while in the zone of partial exposure. If you find a good one, please pass it along.

3.  Another great experiment to run  during the eclipse would be a “dream-state” experiment.

The theory here is simple enough – with lots of detail in Dr. Robert O. Becker’s book “The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life.”

After reading his book (and parts of it a couple of times) I can to understand that exposure to electricity in excess causes some people to become overly excitable.  With the daughter here visiting, for example, we find that the first couple of days here in the Outback, she was literally “dripping with excess energy.”  It takes a while to settle in to a slower paced and non-manic way of being.

The experiment, then, would be to get enough people who are seriously into lucid dreaming and see if there’s some way to get them all to call in well on eclipse day, so they can snooze/nap while the event is underway, and then go on with notation over on Chris McCleary’s National Dream Center (dot com) site. www.nationaldreamcenter.com.

Trading and Electricity – The Old Man Labs Notebook

The notion of electrical influences over moods and trading is a very deep subject.  I started to work on this is a book started in 2004 that had the working title “Statitronics: Static Electricity Meets Modern Electronics.”

While I was working on those experiments, I found occasional high periods of correlation between various measured voltages and short-term action in the market.

My focus was on four kinds of fields.  One – often mentioned – is radio frequency energy.  This would include the AM and FM radio spectrum.  Then there were Telluric Currents – currents induced in the Earth by actions of the Sun and such.  Regular Static electricity was interesting, too.  And so was “Other” – which showed up as broad-spectrum white noise on much of the radio spectrum and may have been related to the F2 layer of the ionosphere.

This as been driven by a reading of most of Tesla’s patents and trying to understand the vectors from which he was seeking to gain ‘free energy’ for projects like Wardenclyffe Tower.

Having (what was then an open) Pole Building with a shop under, I set about making a very low large-area capacitor to tinker with this notion of Tesla’s about “breaking the dielectric.” 

Granted, not too impressive, but it put me on to the Earth Currents.  From my 2004 notes:

Although both Telluric current and earth batteries get you “energy from the ground”, the energy involved is different.  The Telluric current is many times a North-South affair, where current flows south toward the equator in the day, and flows northward toward the pole at night.  Telluric current is also very low frequency AC – which might appear as DC if you were to take an instantaneous measurement.  This means sensitive DC instrumentation could detect a Telluric current because of its long wave period.

The electrical mechanism of an “earth battery” is much different.  It’s a straight DC matter. It was first discovered when two pieces of dissimilar metal were buried in the ground – useful energy could be extracted. 

Because of Telluric currents, most metal pipelines laid in the earth (or underway) are coated to prevent electrical connection to the earth from being made.  As a result, a standard method for discovering when coating defects have arisen over time in a pipeline is to perform DC voltage gradient surveys in the vicinity of a pipeline.  Depending on the ground conductivity, small amounts of DC may be found putting wire probes into the ground just a few feet from one another.

We find from an investigation into Auroras and Telluric currents that the amount of energy has been sizeable when the Borealis was extremely active.  This is particularly pertinent today as the Sun seems to have altered from its “normal” 11-year solar cycles.  From the web site http://aurora.fmi.fi we read about some early electrical disruptions

On February 4, 1872 we read that “The telluric currents attained an extraordinary development during the aurora which was one of the most extensive known. The disturbances in telegraphic communication were not less extensive. In Germany all the lines were affected, and communication was for a long time impossible between Cologne and London. Telluric currents were also observed in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Turkey. Transmission of messages was also prevented on submarine cables, especially on the line from Lisbon to Gibraltar, on the line from Suez to Aden, and from Aden to Bombay, and on the transatlantic cable from Brest to Duxbury (Angot, 1897; see also Arrhenius, 1903).”

More important, there is evidence in the research that allows us to make some power calculations.  In 1891 the website reports “Electromotive force of 768 volts was recorded on the Western Union lines between New York and Buffalo, the circuits varying from 450 to 480 miles in length. On several occasions the strength of the earth current reached nearly 300 mA, compared to normal working currents that did not exceed 35 mA (Finn, 1903). “

Now, we don’t know what was going on along the length of the 450-mile circuit, but we can’t rule out the possibility that one, or more, telegraph repeaters was involved in the long distance circuit.  If so, and depending on the wiring and power scheme, the power levels which we will calculate could be wrong by a factor of (1+ n) where n is the number of telegraphic repeaters.

This means that if one of the new (1875) quadruplex telegraph repeaters was installed somewhere around the midpoint of the circuit, the power levels on a per mile basis and watts per mile basis could be multiplied times 2.  If there were three such repeaters, the power levels would be multiplied times 4, and so on, corresponding to wire segments.

Our first calculation will be volts per mile.  The calculation would be voltage (768) divided by miles (let’s use 450).  This would be 1.7 volts per mile. 

Now for power levels:  Under normal conditions, the current seemed to be about 35 milliamps or 0.035 amps.  Remember P = I E?  Watts per mile is 1.7 * .035 for 0.0595 watts.  Call it about a 16th of a watt.

Under the extraordinary circumstances of 350 milliamps however, the power was 10-times greater or something over ½ watt.  This begins to look like a useful power level…. 1.6 watts.1

Unfortunately, Life’s demand overtook me in 2004 and I was called to Los Angeles to do a “turnaround” for a vocational college,

I haven’t continued work on the problem, but it looks to me like an interesting “pile of dirt to pan for nuggets.”  We don’t do that much, any more…. People think – as they did in the mid 1890’s that “Everything that’s to be discovered has been discovered.”  And yet, there was more.   Always will be, near as I figure it.  Life is very much like a simulation and a big 3D adventure game with more and more difficult “keys” as the number of players rolls up.

Nevertheless, it seems like one of those “basic science deals” that everyone just assumes operates in isolation from everything else.

It’s why when we don’t have house guests (and when the weather cools off) we will get back active in the local ham radio club, pocket some winnings from the market, and allocate them to the many projects here at Old Man Labs.

If we can put even a moderately-sized dent in either free energy or gravity modification, that would be a dandy thing, even if it’s getting a little late for Ures truly to bother with monetizing any significant findings.

OK, back to projects here,

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