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I asked a Mechanical Engineer about ELF Emmit. This is what he said.

September 4, 2016 27 comments

From their indiegogo page:

ELF emmit: A Wearable for the Optimized Self

ELF emmit improves focus, sleep, stress, & more, combining ancient traditions and modern technology.

ELF emmit uses non-invasive and FDA Approved technology to actively influence positive change in your daily life by emitting pulses at specific frequencies, optimized to attain a desired state of mind, at any given moment.

They claim they can change any one of the 5 brainwave types: gamma, beta, alpha, delta, or theta by emitting “pulses” at certain frequencies.

I have a friend who is a mechanical engineer. He previously worked for companies that manage proton therapy systems. I showed him the indiegogo page and this is what he said:

“Yeah, this is bullshit. In TMS, the instantaneous coil current is actually very high, into the kiloamps. A headphone output will provide maybe 500 mW of power into some fairly high resistance. All they did was put that output through a very small coil. In other words, if this worked, we would be dead if we brought our heads next to a power transformer.”

So yeah. ELF Emmit = Snake Oil. $119 Snake Oil.

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“Aggressive Following” and my Dissatisfaction with Twitter

August 7, 2013 4 comments

I tried to start a new media account for viral promotion purposes. On Twitter. Because I thought that’s what the Twitter was for.

I believe, as a semi-professional blogger, that I know how NOT to spam and I also believe that I know how interact with new people online in meaningful and interesting ways. I followed 160 accounts over the course of 2 days. I was suspended almost immediately even though I had 34 posts, most of them being interactions with those people I followed.

To avoid any potential backlash (making me paranoid, Twitter and reddit, with all this banning) I have blurred the username:

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Holy shit, does this piss me off.

It was just an annoyance until I tried to go through the whole unsuspension proess and it turns out the Captcha thing isn’t even working properly. [You actually need a space between the two words, a detail they should specify. I  actually tried the space the first but I got a straight up Fail Whale technical error the first time.]

I’m glad Automattic and WordPress have never given me any problems. ❤ flexible and reasonable websites.

Share if you feel the same way or have had the same problem with being unfairly suspended from somewhere. Buttons on the bottom. Share my rage; it can be our Twitter rage together.

Newt Gingrich Doesn’t Know What a Smartphone Is

I haven’t been posting a lot lately because I want to not turn this blog into a re-blog wonderland or a second youtube favorites playlist, but this one was too good:

“We spent weeks trying to figure out what you call this… if it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone.”

Oh, Newt, I’m sad the effort to Santorum-ize your name never really took off.

I really hope Colbert addresses this tonight.