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Writing Prompt: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt – Voice

 

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Recently I had a mild shock…. I heard the sound of my voice., and not only was it not what I expected, I didn’t like it. I always thought that I had a somewhat husky timbered voice, but apparently it’s high pitched and whiney…. ARE YOU SERIOUS?!

Thank goodness I’m not the only one who doesn’t really like the sound of their voice.

According to Dr. William Cullinan , Ph.D Dean of BioMedical Sciences at Marquette University.

“The answer has to with the sensory apparatus for hearing within the middle and inner ear (i.e. deep in the skull). When we hear, a series of events occurs (sort of like a Rube Goldberg machine, except that it isn’t over-engineered) whereby sound waves (really pressure waves) are transduced or transformed into an electric signal sent to the brain and interpreted as hearing. When you ‘hear’ my voice, the sound/pressure waves leaving my mouth enter your ear, and the process of events happens in series. When you ‘hear’ your own voice, however, not only do the sound/pressure waves leaving your own mouth (call this the external stimulus) reach your ear and activate this series of events, but a second thing happens. The physical act of producing speech, which involves contraction of the muscles of the larynx (and others), creates a vibration that is translated through the neck to the skull where the entire auditory transduction apparatus is. This delivers a second (internal) stimulus to the apparatus. The combination of the two stimuli is what you perceive as the sound of your own voice.”

So I don’t like the sound of my voice, apparently I’m in good company, Denzel Washington, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep don’t’ watch their own movies, maybe because the sound of their voices annoy the hell out of them to. I wonder if Adele says to her self, “self, how is it possible with a voice like that you were able to sell millions upon millions or records?” Let’s be honest, she’s probably never asked herself that.

So the next time you have a harsh comment about your voice, blame the air, blame the frequency, and blame the vibration….

 

WORKS CITED (for you freaking comment Nazi’s)

Etter, N. (n.d.). Summer 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2016, from http://www.marquette.edu/magazine/recent.php?subaction=showfull

 

 

 

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World’s Best Widget

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Writing Prompt: You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do you build?

 

food-replicator

Without a doubt I would try to recreate the replicator from Star Trek. Could you imagine having a widget like this, and what it could do to ease world hunger?

So According to Star Trek  a replicator works by rearranging subatomic particles, which are abundant everywhere in the universe, to form molecules and arrange those molecules to form the object. For example, to create a pork chop, the replicator would first form atoms of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc., then arrange them into amino acids, proteins, and cells, and assemble the particles into the form of a pork chop.

This process requires the destructive conversion of bulk matter into energy and its subsequent reformation into a pre-scanned matter pattern. In principle, this is similar to the transporter, but on a smaller scale. However, unlike transporters, which duplicate matter at the quantum level, replicators must be capable of a large number of different materials on demand. If patterns were to be stored at the quantum level, an impossible amount of data storage (or a set of original copies of the materials) would be required. To resolve this, patterns are stored in memory at the molecular level.

could you imagine the possibilities, no more late night runs for Taco Bell (if that’s your thing)…. want that awesome tropical drink you had on your honeymoon 25 years ago and was never about to recreate it…. the replicator has your back…..

Until Next Time,

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Music Monday:

Music MondayThe-Weeknd

For the past two weeks when I’m driving I’m tuned in to my  local radio station; it’s really the only time that I get a chance to listen to the radio, and at first my relationship with this song started from, “ooh,  that’s a catchy song” to “ooh; they are playing that catchy song again, then it progressed to, “seriously how many time are they gonna play this song in an hour, to “Is this the only song that they play, to where we are now; “If I hear this song one more time I’m going postal” Touted as the “feel good song of the summer” is really becoming the earworm that wont go away”

And what I thought was a catchy love song turned out to be a catchy song about drug abuse, yet this song still remains in my head, I guess it has a lot  to do with the super easy lyrics

So according to How Stuff Works, this is simply an issue with my auditory cortex

the participants’ auditory cortex automatically filled in the rest — in other words, their brains kept “singing” long after the song had ended . The only way to “scratch” brain itch is to repeat the song over and over in your mind. Unfortunately, like with mosquito bites, the more you scratch the more you itch, and so on until you’re stuck in an unending song cycle.

There are many other theories about why songs get stuck in our heads. Some researchers say stuck songs are like thoughts we’re trying to suppress. The harder we try not to think about them, the more we can’t help it. Other experts claim that earworms are simply a way to keep the brain busy when it’s idling . Just as there are many theories, there are many names for the phenomenon. It’s been called everything from “repetunitis” to “melodymania.”

So pretty much they’re saying that I screwed and there is nothing that can help me get this darn song out of my head. And I guess the only way I can get this one out of my head is to find a better one….. at the moment  Luhan’sThat Good Good” seems to be a really good contender; hopefully my next Music Monday I’ll write about a song I really like instead of one that has taken me hostage and won’t let me go.

“And I know she’ll be the death of me, at least we’ll both be numb And she’ll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come But at least we’ll both be beautiful and stay forever young”

“Can’t Feel My Face” can be found on The Weekend’s latest album  Beauty Behind The Madness  on iTunes and Spotify

Until Next Time….

 

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