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Skarp's laser razor (not epilator).

AudioMachine is a production house for "epic" music. See Breath and Life and I Create.

BitCoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency. There is no central authority to issue new currency or keep track of transactions.

Handbrake is an open source DVD ripper and video converter.

The music of Celtic Woman (You Raise Me Up, Orinoco Flow, The Voice), the music of Yanni (Nostalgia, Butterfly, The Storm - Violin Samvel Yervinyan and Sayaka Katsuki, Awesome violin solo - Samvel Yervinyan), the music of Secret Garden (Nocturne), the movie Man from Earth about a man who lives for thousands of years (great for those who enjoy stage play).

NasaImages is an archive of all images made by NASA.

Jeff Dunham is a comedian ventriloquist with an incredible talent. Each puppet has its own personality, voiceprint and jokes. Warning: the shows available for purchase contain a significant amount of sexual language and insinuations.

Portal is a game which lets the player go through portals, "skipping" the space between them. This is what fluons are about, so you can experience how it would be to travel through fluons.

Wearable displays will be a big part of out lives in the near future. Though they will be integrated in normal glasses, they will display images even better than today's desk monitors.

Tesla Motors makes the electric cars designed and built so far look clumsy. They are truly changing the common perception in design, performance, efficiency. Hardly a common price tag, but hey, it's here! (Great website too.)

Surface is a fundamental change in the way we interact with computers. Microsoft says they will be selling this from the winter of 2007. (Flash website. Skip the intro.)

Animusic makes very cool computer animations with music. Do you remember that "PipeDream" video-clip from a few years back? Check their downloads section for samples.



TED speeches

Amy Cuddy - Your body language shapes who you are.

Diana Nyad - Never, ever give up. Diana Nyad, age 64, swam 100 miles from Cuba to Florida, the first person to do so.

John Gottman - Making relationships work (3 parts + questions).

Larry Smith - Why you will fail to have a great career.



Relaxation sounds

You can play (relaxation) sounds with NoisetteX or any sound player.

Here are some white noise sound files, each with a 5'000 seconds duration: Air - Smooth, Medium air - Smooth, High air - Smooth, Air - Deep, Air - Stratospheric, Rain - Smooth, Static; right-click a link and choose "Save target / link as" in order to save each file on your computer. When you click on a link, modern browsers start streaming the noise, so that you can see which ones you like.

Here are some white noise videoclips to play during the night: airplane, celestial.

Here are some white noise videoclips to play during the day: B-17 airplane, crickets, fireplace 1, fireplace 2, gas furnace, idle train engine, interstellar, rain, soft rain - flower, soft rain - foggy mountain, train, winter wind.

You can convert the videoclips to audio files using ListenToYoutube, then maybe edit the annoying parts using Audacity, and also fix the volume.



ASMR

ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a tingling sensation under the skin, somewhat like goosebumps under the skin; the intense tingles feel like electricity flowing through the branches of a lightning. The tingling starts from the back of the head and may move down the spine.

The oldest ASMR experiences may be remembered from childhood, when children hear their mothers or fathers whisper loving words and caress them.

Not all people experience ASMR.

ASMR is triggered, for example, by faint noises which occur in a silent environment, like:

  • Slow whispering (not a low volume voice, but whispering slowly).

  • Slow breathing.

  • Soft sounds made by the mouth, like the movements of the lips and tongue.

  • Hair or skin being slowly brushed.

  • Slowly handling paper, like turning book pages.

  • The movement of the clothes of a person who moves slowly, especially of stiffer clothes.

  • The movement of clothes on a leather armchair.

  • Dusting.

  • Intense sounds, like accelerating sport car engines.

Whispering is the most effective factor, triggering ASMR in 75% of people (who experience ASMR).



Bellow are some videoclips which are relaxing and may even trigger ASMR in you; their effect is unlikely to be as intense as it can be when triggered by physical events in a quiet environment. It may be better to listen rather than watch because the brain can relax more when it doesn't have to concentrate on watching.

Some of the files below need to be heavily edited (to remove annoying sounds from them).



Men

Artists: Orion, Lloyd, Ephemeral Rift, Dmitri, Relaxing ASMR, Fred's Voice, Phoenician Sailor.

Orion - Doctor eye examination

Orion - Heart doctor

Lloyd - Annual physical examination

Lloyd - Cranial nerve examination

Lloyd - Eye examination

Lloyd - Star Wars droid repair

Ephemeral Rift - Potato microphones

Ephemeral Rift - Chalkboard countdown

Ephemeral Rift - Checkup with Professor Clemmons

Dmitri - Cranial nerve examination

Dmitri - Eye examination

Dmitri - Tibetan singing bowls

Relaxing ASMR - Electronics catalog

Phoenician Sailor - Barber



Women

Artists: Blue Whisper, Isabel Imagination, Gentle Whispering, ASMR Requests, Veni Vidi Vulpes, Serena (French), Lily Whispers, Peaceful Pleasure, Whisper Sketch.

Blue Whisper - Bedside nurse

Blue Whisper - Medical attention

Blue Whisper - Physical exam

Blue Whisper - Dentist visit

Blue Whisper - Eye examination

Blue Whisper - Cranial nerve exam

Isabel Imagination - Cranial nerve examination

Gentle Whispering - Gentleman suit fitting

Gentle Whispering - Cards and journals

Gentle Whispering - Surrealist Art

Gentle Whispering - Paper planes

Gentle Whispering - Fabulous fabrics

Gentle Whispering – Spa

Gentle Whispering - Your relaxation application

ASMR Requests - FX make-up artist

ASMR Requests - Art restoration

ASMR Requests - Mineral mining

ASMR Requests - Fizzy cloud dough

Veni Vidi Vulpes - Men's haircut and safety razor shave

Serena - Skin, hair care and makeup

Lily Whispers - Make-up lesson

Peaceful Pleasure - Magazine page turning

Whisper Sketch - Watercolor painting



Bob Ross

Here are some relaxing videoclips of Bob Ross explaining how to paint.

Some of the files below need to be heavily edited (to remove annoying sounds from them).

S02E05 - Autumn splendor

S02E08 - Reflections

S02E09 - Black and white seascape

S02E10 - Lazy river

S02E11 - Black waterfall

S03E04 - Winter night

S03E10 - Campfire

S04E09 - Cool waters

S05E13 - Meadow stream

S06E02 - Nature's edge

S06E05 - Secluded forest

S07E04 - Mountain cabin

S07E06 - Misty waterfall

S07E12 - Dock scene

S08E06 - Bubbling mountain brook

S08E10 - Cactus at sunset

S08E12 - Lonely retreat

S08E13 - Northern lights

S09E04 - Meadow road

S09E06 - Secluded beach

S11E01 - Mountain stream

S19E10 - After the rain

S19E12 - Evening's peace

S20E10 - Days gone by

S23E03 - Mountain ridge lake

S26E02 - Delightful meadow home

S31E12 - In the midst of winter

Special - Grandeur of summer



Relaxation videos

Wryfield Lab - Acrylic paint bubbles (photos here)







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