We go through a lot of information here at SMHQ. Sometimes it’s difficult deciding what to put back out there and what to set aside. This has led to the growth of “Moose Reviews” where by we give you the run down on just some of the things that have sparked an interest here at the Sleepy Moose domain. Enjoy!
Arts / Photography
“Don’t judge a photographer by his job description” is the lesson for this first segment of Moose Reviews. I say that, because to look at the black and white of this man, one Hermin Abramovitch, it could be very easy to pass him off as just another suit and tie drone.
After finding his education at Politehnica University in Bucharest, Romania, he became a “Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Manager” at some medical devices company in Israel. What’s interesting about Hermin though, is that once he unknots his tie and changes into something a little more comfortable, he can pick up his camera and create a world of beauty beyond the average scope of vision.
He has that special spark inside which allows him to view and hence transform the mundane into something so beautiful and surreal. His use of colour is so entwined with his images that it can be almost breathtaking at times. While he uses perspective to help add a magical twist to what might otherwise have been passed off as tasteless or dull. Have a look and decide for yourself.
Humans, in general, have an aural range from 12 Hz to 20,000 Hz (20 kHz). This is present in most children and some adults, but the range gradually diminishes over one’s lifetime, usually beginning at around the age of 8 with the higher frequencies fading (due to hearing damage caused by listening to loud music, or the natural ageing process). It’s fairly common for people who are over 25 years of age to not be able to hear above 15kHz.
Inaudible sound waves can be “felt” by humans through physical body vibration in the range of 4 to 16 Hz, also known as the “bass frequencies”.
“Musicians have a much higher risk of hearing loss than most people do, and many of us don’t really wear proper hearing protection. Even just listening to an iPod for an extended period of time can permanently damage your hearing.” – noiseaddicts.com
There also appears to be a difference in sensitivity of hearing between the sexes, with women typically having a higher sensitivity to higher frequencies than men (Gotfrit 1995).
[Could this explain the phenomenon of women seemingly having full-blown conversations with a man, while he remembers little to none of it? - Mús]
Apart from dog whistles, this absence of high-frequency processing by the human brain is also taken advantage of in the popular “mp3″ compression format (usually 16-18 kHz, as anything above that is inaudible to us anyway). This is one of the main reasons for the mp3 files being much smaller in size than their “wav” or “uncompressed” audio counterparts.
Have a listen to the video here to see where your aural range is at right now. Let us know in a comment below where the sound cuts out.
For musicians and concert fans alike, check out these earplugs from Etymotic, and have a look through the comments at the bottom of the page for user experience and real-world scenarios (as opposed to lab tests). Click here to see earplugs.
Love / What is Love?
From a wonderful article on BlueCentric.com in which they asked children between the ages of 4 and 8 “what is love?”. I’m sure you will laugh and smile and dote over some of the responses, but you may also be impressed by some of them too. Kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. Below are some of my favourites.
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired” – Terri, age 4
“Love is when mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” - Danny, age 7
“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” – Emily, age 8
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” - Bobby, age 7
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” – Nikka, age 6
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” – Noelle, age 7
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” - Cindy, age 8
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” – Elaine, age 5
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” – Rebecca, age 8
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” – Jessica, age 8
Let us know, in the comments below, what love means for you.
Family / The Miracle of Life
This is the miraculous story of a mother’s love bringing her “pronounced dead” baby back to life. Kate and David Ogg were both told that their newborn son, Jamie, had died after efforts to resuscitate the premature infant (only 27 weeks into pregnancy) had failed shortly after his birth. The article opens:
Modern medicine often works wonders, but an Australian mom now knows firsthand the true miracle that can come from a mother’s touch.
It goes on to say:
a strange thing happened on their way to farewell. After five minutes, Jamie began displaying short, startled movements. As Kate and David looked on, his movements became more pronounced. Still, the baby’s doctor told the parents any movements were purely reflex, and their son was not alive.
Apparently, the doctor in charge was so convinced that the baby was dead, he wouldn’t even come back when the parents sent a message to him saying the baby was moving (to which he sent a message back saying it was just reflexes). They then sent another message (via nurse) that he was moving more than a dead baby should. In the end, the only way they could get him to return was by lying and saying that they had come to terms with their baby’s death, and could he (the doctor) return to explain to them just what had happened.
It really is an amazing story, and it goes to show how cold and ignorant science can be. Imagine, if the parents had just accepted the doctor’s opinion in the beginning, that baby would surely be under the ground right now. Instead, he is growing into a healthy young boy.
As a matter of interest, the procedure the mother used is called “Kangaroo Care”. It is based on the warmth a kangaroo gives to her joey (baby kangaroo) by keeping it in her pouch after it is born, providing warmth and care to her offspring.
It must be a huge shock to a newborn baby to be taken from the safe, warm and cosy conditions of the womb and be plunged into a completely different atmosphere with no forewarning or knowledge of what to expect. Kate says
“all of a sudden there isn’t the warmth or smell of the mother or the sound of their heartbeat. And so putting him back on my chest was as close to him being inside me where he was safe.”
“She instinctively did what she did,” David Ogg told The Daily Mail. “If she hadn’t have done that, then Jamie probably wouldn’t be here.”
You can watch the video of this story here:
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