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December 28, 2002

Every time the thermostat on the heater turns the monster on or off, there is a jolt in my headphones, even though they are connected to my powerbook which is running off the battery. The speakers of the stereo also make a sound. There must be a little shockwave of electrostatic energy every time this happens and it just becomes apparent through such simple devices as headphones and speakers. I am glad that I do not have a pacemaker. But my right wrist hurts more today as do many other parts of me, but this has not much to do with this little observation.


Actually, that sounds like a short... which at best is an inconvenience, and at worst could cause a rip-roaring fire.

I'd suggest having someone look at it.

Posted by: vis10n on December 28, 2002 09:10 PM

But just to be completely open: I'm not an electrician... just someone who has lived and worked around all sorts of weird electrical stuff... though not as weird as Marika's (http://www.marikaolsen.blogspot.com/2002_12_22_marikaolsen_archive.html#90097169).

Posted by: vis10n on December 28, 2002 09:13 PM

hmm... you are right, it does sound like at least some sort of a spark in the system.
The heater/air conditioner is part of the building. I will ask the super to take a look. Wow, how did you find this site?

Posted by: Witold on December 28, 2002 09:46 PM

assume your building is alive, mostly sleeping quietly, but somtimes stiring and stretching just to let you know you are not the only living creature.

Posted by: griff on December 30, 2002 11:57 AM

When our furnace turns on, it actually (slightly) affects our TV reception. Maybe a small EMF is generated?

Amazing how such an event, small as it is, is still noticeable. The impact may be small, but still identifiable. All this electromagnetic radiation flying around today (TV, radio, Cell phones, cosmic rays)...Why is it that I just can not believe that the impact is not inconsequential to our bodies?

A belated Merry Christmas to you Witold.

Posted by: Patrick Mannion on December 30, 2002 01:53 PM

I like to call these kinds of mechanisms "Randomness Amplifiers". An minute change in temperature in your room caused an audible effect that prompted you to post to the blog, which in turn affected the daily routine of anyone who has read your blog. Had this temperature change not occurred until after we'd checked your blog on the 28th, perhaps the new year would be different.. I hope it changed for the better, but we'll never know. =)

Posted by: Jim Lindstrom on December 30, 2002 04:41 PM
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