Saturday, January 12, 2013

Deja vu and the Matrix - Remembering how the Matrix works

Why do I feel like this has something to do with the
weirdness going on with the matrix of our reality now?

  What is deja vu and why does it happen?   PhysOrg - January 11, 2013

Many researchers propose that the phenomenon is a memory-based experience and assume the memory centers of the brain are responsible for it. It has been proposed that familiarity detection depends on rhinal cortex function, whereas detailed recollection is linked to the hippocampus. The randomness of deja vu experiences in healthy individuals makes it difficult to study in an empirical manner. Any such research is reliant on self-reporting from the people involved.

This video from The Matrix is part of the article


Schrodinger's cat: A cat, a flask of poison and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. There is a supposed 50% chance of this happening. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.

Weird Weather

Would you believe ... San Diego was 20 degrees colder than Chicago today. Records are being set everywhere. This is not a good thing for a nation with 47 states facing a wide-spread flu epidemic.

Heat, Flood or Icy Cold, Extreme Weather Rages Worldwide   New York Times - January 11, 2013

Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace. Especially lately. China is enduring its coldest winter in nearly 30 years. Brazil is in the grip of a dreadful heat spell. Eastern Russia is so freezing - minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and counting - that the traffic lights recently stopped working in the city of Yakutsk.

Freakish dust storm causes 'red wave' on Australia's west coast   New York Daily News - January 11, 2013
The dust storm, or haboob, passed over Onslow, a coastal town in Western Australia. The haboob is just one of the record-breaking weather events happening Down Under.

  Giant sandstorm caught on camera in Western Australia   BBC - January 11, 2013


How a Rare Snowfall Hit Jerusalem, Middle East   Live Science - January 11, 2013
An unusual storm brought snow and chaos to the Middle East yesterday (Jan. 10). The weather system dumped 4-6 inches (10-15 centimeters) of snow on Jerusalem Wednesday night (Jan. 9) and yesterday morning, according to Jason Samenow, chief meteorologist with the Washington Post's CapitalWeather Gang. The same system was responsible for heavy rain and scattered flooding, before the rain turned to snow. This storm system is responsible for at least eight deaths, and the United Nations reported that millions of people inside Syria and 600,000 refugees outside the country need assistance.


  I-5 at Grapevine closed as cold storm pounds Southern California   LA Times - January 11, 2013
Interstate 5 at the Grapevine remained closed early Friday morning as a cold winter storm continued to pound Southern California. Heavy snow and icy roads stranded thousands of motorists on Thursday night, backing up traffic for miles. The cold winter blast is bringing temperatures that are near or below freezing to the valleys and mountain areas. Frost advisories remain in effect through Friday morning for the valleys of the Inland Empire and Ventura County coastal and interior valleys. Additionally, frost advisories and freeze watches have been issued for Friday night into Saturday morning for much of the Southland. Many communities were also dealing with strong winds, with wind advisories in effect through early Friday for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.


Near Hurricane Force Wind Gusts for New Mexico, Texas   Live Science - January 11, 2013
Howling winds out of the west will race across the western Plains on the southern side of a gathering storm that will bring blizzard conditions to the northern Plains. Gusts up to 65 mph are likely in a corridor from northwest New Mexico to southeast Kansas across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Larger cities that can be rocked by the winds include Clovis and Las Vegas, N.M., Amarillo, Texas, Lamar, Colo., and Dodge City, Kan.