Saturday, 10 August 2013

Nine Worlds


Oh deary me, I somehow forgot to blog yesterday - I was so caught up in going to the Nine Worlds Geekfest! So here's a live-action report from my darkened hotel room before breakfast...

I've been to a few talks so far - the Skeptics thread did one on the psychology of ghosts and hauntings which included some fascinating EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recordings and - for the first time for me - the famous Led Zep recording which when played backwards supposedly invokes "my sweet Satan". This was a shocking example of what they call Top-Down psychological processing: the way your brain overlays patterns on ambiguous data. Unprepared, it is all but impossible to make any words out of the gibberish recordings. But once you've read the supposed 'script' the words become clear as a bell and almost impossible not to hear. I was aghast!

Then we went to a Steampunk 101 talk and signed up for the gin-tasting on Saturday (huzzah!). And then the guys had a dancing lesson ... with Syrio Forel!!! After a pizza we attended a gig by comedian Helen Keen which was all about the history of rocket science and WAY funnier than that sounds. She's great. And now I know way too much about the Nazi and Satanist roots of NASA...

And we've done things with the hotel-room copy of the Book of Mormon that you wouldn't believe.
Or maybe you would...

Off to breakfast and to see Judge Minty ... or maybe watch a Quidditch game :-)

1 comment:

Vida said...

Nazi and Satanist roots of NASA...!