2020 Day 31 Addendum 1: The washer looks damaged

I just posted my Day 31 post 2020 Day 31: Delivering a washing machine through the multiverse with an ending comment:

From what I know about universe surfing and parallel universe interference, I suspect that there are more interesting universe collisions to come around this series of events.

I just heard from my brother, relaying a quote from the delivery guy:

The washer looks damaged

More universe surfing to come …

2020 Day 31: Delivering a washing machine through the multiverse

As I’m typing this, a Low’s truck with a new clothes washer is heading to my brother’s house. Originally, the delivery was scheduled for yesterday. However, my brother had received a letter in the mail stating that the mountain road was going to be closed most of the day. It ended up remaining open all day and had my brother not read the letter, the washing machine would have already been delivered.

Since then we have been looking at different options to take my brother and family to the airport with all of their luggage. We explored lots of different options. At one point one of their cars was going to be parked at a friend’s house near the airport. At another point two cars would be parked there. Now we are in a universe where no cars will be parked there. I just found out that the delivery truck is running ahead of schedule  and so my brother decided to delay his trip to the airport rather than have me drop him off return before the delivery.

Once the delivery truck gets here, there will be some more decisions to be made. The route to take for removing the old washing machine and moving the new one into place. Last night we measured different routes and finally found one that looks like an interference pattern of the other routes that were not ideal for one reason or another.

The replacement of the washing machine was a last minute decision when the current washing machine broke a few days ago. A family with 4 kids is renting my brother’s house for a month and they had previously told my brother how happy they were that there was a washing machine. So, leaving with a broken washing machine was not an option.

Renting to the family with 4 kids was also a last minute decision. The house had been offered for rent with no takers and I was planning to house sit it for part of the time they were gone. As he was taking the ad down, the family with 4 kids notified him that they wanted it.

From what I know about universe surfing and parallel universe interference, I suspect that there are more interesting universe collisions to come around this series of events.

2020 Day 29: Create a habit in 29 and a half days

I just talked with my brother about synchronicities and how they are different from coincidences. A coincidence is buying two lottery tickets and both have the number 23 on them. A synchronicity is being too late to pick your numbers like you normally do and just buying a random set of numbers, and then realizing that the number you always pick, 23, is one of the numbers on the randomly generated lottery ticket.

I found it really difficult to write today. I was back in my old habits of stock checking and consuming instead of creating.  Besides catching up on AAPL and AMD earnings reports, things I consumed today were coronavirus epidemic, quantum mechanics and psychology, Osaka University’s iPS cell-based heart cell transplant, and impeachment.

Since the lunar cycle is 29 and a half days long, then I think this feels like a good length of time to create a habit. It certainly doesn’t feel like I have created a habit yet. So, with this new belief, I will embrace my habit of writing every day half-way through tomorrow.

2020 Day 25: Wuhan Coronavirus in the Year of the Rat

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Photo Credit: The Institute of Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences released yesterday the first close-up images of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Sixteen days ago I decided to write a blog post: 2020 Day 9: New Strain of Coronavirus found in Wuhan, China. Eight days ago I felt called to dive into the details of the Wuhan Coronavirus in a second blog post: 2020 Day 17: Wuhan Coronavirus infections in Thailand and Japan. I’m now beginning to wonder if these two blog posts will be understood more clearly through a universe surfing viewpoint that does not require time to move in only one direction, and instead allows for anyone to quantum feel possible futures. Quantum feeling is different than prediction. Prediction assumes a classical arrow of time in one direction and looks for cause-and-effect relationship to justify a predicted outcome. Quantum feeling assumes a bi-directional arrow of time and allows future events to “cause” events that precede it, in our normal classical way of measuring time. Quantum feeling starts with an unexpected event – such as me deciding to blog about a new strain of coronavirus – and then imagines different futures that would be connected to that unexpected event when looking backwards in time from the future. Quantum feeling is a key step in universe surfing because it shows you a window to your possible futures in a way that expected events, such as habits, cannot.

In the last week, the following events have happened:

  • Five days ago (Jan. 20), the first case of “Novel Coronavirus” was reported in the Republic of Korea (WHO news: Novel Coronavirus – Republic of Korea). This case involved a 35-year-old female who resides in Wuhan and who did not report visiting any wet markets (such as Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market from where environmental samples have tested positive for the virus).
  • Four days ago (Jan. 21), the CDC confirmed the first U.S. case of the Wuhan Coronavirus in a male traveler from Wuhan who resides in Seattle, Washington.
  • Three days ago (Jan. 22), researchers published an article with genomic evidence of cross-species transmission from snake to human.
  • Two days ago (Jan. 23), the CDC raised its travel alert for the coronavirus outbreak to Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel. The CDC is still calling it an ‘outbreak’ versus an epidemic or pandemic. Guan Yi, a virology professor at the University of Hong Kong, director of the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and member of team that first identified SARS, believes that the scale of infection will eventually be 10 times higher than SARS. After visiting Wuhan, he said
    • “I’ve experienced so much and I never felt scared. Most of them are controllable. But this time I’m afraid.”

  • Yesterday (Jan. 24), the CDC confirmed the second U.S. case in a female traveler from Wuhan (Jan. 13) who resides in Chicago, Illinois. Over 1200 confirmed cases and at least 41 deaths in mainland China have been tied to the Wuhan Coronavirus. Factcheck reports that social media posts are spreading a bogus Coronavirus conspiracy theory that the virus was made in a lab and purposely released in order to make money selling a vaccine that has already been developed. Researchers reported in a preprint that basic reproduction number of the Wuhan coronavirus infection (R_0) is 3.6-4.0, which indicates that to keep the number of infections from increasing, 72-75% of the transmissions must be prevented by control measures. The first cases (3 in France) of the virus were confirmed in Europe. Cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed now in Mainland China (1287), France (3), Hong Kong (5), Japan, Macau (2), Nepal, Australia (1), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (3), Thailand, the United States (2) and Vietnam. In an interesting universe merging, Saudi Arabia denied reports of a case of Wuhan Coronavirus and instead reported that a male Indian nurse tested posted for MERS, which is caused by a different coronavirus with a similar genetic sequence. The number of google search results for “wuhan coronavirus” increased from 14.6M yesterday evening to 17.9M this morning and 20.4M this evening. For reference, MERS has 62.7M google results and SARS has 86.3M.
  • Today (Jan. 25) is the first day of the Lunar New Year – the year of the Rat, the first year of the 12-year cycle of animals. 15 cities in Hubei province are on lockdown with public and commercial transportation in and out of the cities suspended. Shanghai reported its first coronavirus death. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced an emergency, closed schools for two weeks, and cancelled a four-day carnival and fireworks show.

Quantum sensing can also appear as a déjà vu feeling. Laurie Garrett, a reporter for CNN, reported yesterday that when she read reports of patients exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia as early as December 12, 2019, she had a “chilling sense of déjà vu”. Seventeen years ago she reported on the SARS virus pandemic that caused illness in at least 8000 people across 37 countries and was associated with at least 774 deaths, including 299 in Hong Kong.

Quantum sensing can also appear as fear. Guan Yi’s quote above (“but this time I’m afraid”) is not encouraging.

Universe interference can be seen when events happen that appear to come from a different universe. For instance, Dr. Liang Wudong fell ill last week and died from an Wuhan coronavirus infection. He had been the head of the ear, nose and throat department at one of Wuhan’s top hospitals, Hubei Xinhua Hospital. He was “at the front line” fighting against the coronavirus. However, he also retired last year and there’s a universe where he was not involved in fighting the coronavirus. The Wall Street Journal’s reporting was perhaps affected by this universe when someone wrote “It isn’t clear if Dr. Liang had been involved in the treatment of other patients.” Or maybe they were just trying to calm the stock market and make sure that the party continues. I’m feeling now a universe where the stock market is negatively affected by the Wuhan coronavirus.

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Photo Credit: IVDC, China CDC

2020 Day 22: Habits in the Multiverse

Last night I participated in a meditation group. We listed to a meditation by Joe Dispenza. I do resonate with a lot of what he preaches. I also understand why there are people like Morten Tolboll who have their doubts. One of the reasons I keep my universe surfing philosophy close to my chest is that I have my own doubts about it. In the six years now that I have been practicing universe surfing, I have come to understand both the limits and power of it. The main value I see in it now is as a model of reality that helps me to understand common psychological phenomena, such as why habits are so hard to break and make. In the meditation group I learned that 21 days is one of the milestones for forming a new habit or removing an old habit. It was a bit synchronistic to me that I learned this on the 21st day of me posting on this blog. Also synchronistic to me was that my 21st blog post on 60 needs of healers somehow received a much larger number of views.

From a universe surfing model point of view, habits are things we do that we also do in most of the parallel universe that are dimensionally surrounding the universe we are in. Living life on autopilot is like randomly moving through nearby parallel universes. By “nearby” or “surrounding”, it is easiest to understand by considering only a single characteristic at a time – say universes where I write a daily blog post and universes where I don’t. Before writing the first blog post of 2020, I was in and surrounded by a vast majority of universes where I did not write daily blog posts. However, there was apparently one where I did and I found it! Once finding myself in that universe of daily blog posts, I “did some universe surfing magic” to bring closer to me other universes where I also wrote daily blog posts. I continued to do this for 21 days until today where I am not surrounded by a vast majority of universes where I DO write daily blog posts. This is an example of how I use universe surfing concepts to understand psychological behavior, in this case habit forming.

Regarding “did some universe surfing magic”, I’m not entirely sure how to explain this and it is definitely a topic for a future post. I’ve heard from other teachers that if you want more Love in your life, then resonate with the energy of Love. The idea of resonating with the energy of something does work as a mental model for bringing desired universes closer to you. The goal is to get every cell in your body resonating with the same energy. If you have a yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, or other practice that has taught you how to focus energy in your body, then you are ready for universe surfing. If you have such a practice, and it’s a habit, then you are surrounded by other universes where you also have such a practice. If you also then understand how to resonate each cell in your body with a certain energy of Love, or Compassion, or even Daily Blog Writing (or the feeling that this habit gives you), then this will likely also be true in the universes that surround you – if not immediately then over time.

So habits tell us about our surrounding universes. If we want to break a bad habit, we need to surf to a nearby universe in which we don’t have that bad habit (by either using universe surfing magic or luck). We then need to focus ourselves – every cell in our body – to bring near us other universes where we have also broken that habit. For long-time habits, this focusing will be extremely difficult. And for all habits, regardless of how hard you focus, you will find yourself in one of the ‘bad habit’ universes from time to time. Often these bad habit universes are surrounded by other bad habit universes, so it’s a good time to put some extra focusing power into bringing in universes without the bad habit.

I’m going to now try this technique on a couple of bad habits that I’m trying to remove from my life. One is daily checking the stock market. The other is picking my fingernails.

2020 Day 17: Wuhan Coronavirus infections in Thailand and Japan

This morning I thought it would be interesting to use this blog as a way to experiment with quantum feeling parallel worlds. My hypothesis is that parallel worlds can be sensed, and that the feeling of sensing a parallel world is correlated with the feeling of a synchronicity, and furthermore that the synchronicity is related to an event that ties the parallel worlds together. For example, eight days ago I sensed a parallel world in which the Wuhan Coronavirus was a bigger event than it was in this world. I believe this sensing caused me to write a blog post about coronaviruses in quite a detailed manner. Since then, the Wuhan Coronavirus (it’s slightly interesting that I called it this above as I now see that wikipedia calls it the same – not that unexpected though) has resulted in two deaths in Wuhan, two cases in Thailand, and one case in Japan.

GenBank has the complete annotated genome sequence of the Wuhan Coronavirus. NCBI has an article with the Wuhan Coronavirus phylogenetic tree, which shows the Wuhan Coronavirus close in sequence to various Bat SARS-like coronaviruses. WHO has a paper describing diagnostic detection of the Wuhan coronavirus by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). EcoHealth Alliance has a more detailed phylogenetic analysis:

This story is still not widely reported, but has made it to The Economist.  I hope to surf to a universe where this is not a big story, but the synchronicities that found me posting this make me worry that the odds are against me.

2020 Day 13: Superstition

I’m superstitious and will definitely notice the number 13. I will often take greater care when it’s Friday the 13th, but I have taken advantage of cheap tickets to fly on a Friday the 13th. I use to judge people for being superstitious. Now I just wonder to myself if the people who live or work on the 14th floor of a building feel better or worse knowing that there is no 13th floor. A 2007 Gallop Poll reported that 13% of people living in the U.S. would be “bothered if given a room on the 13th floor” of a hotel.

2020 Day 11: Ukrainian passenger plane was mistakenly shot down

Today there was somewhat of a “collapse of the wave function” regarding the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed four days ago. Brig-Gen Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Iran Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace commander, read a statement declaring that an individual missile operator had fired a surface-to-air missile which hit the plane. According to the statement, the missile operator had ten seconds to decide on whether to fire and had attempted to get verification but that the communication system failed. The missile operator had heard reports that cruise missiles had been fired toward Iran. From the statement it is possible to see many parallel worlds interfering.

One parallel world is where the missile operator decided to not fire the missile and the Ukrainian plane was not shot down. Another parallel world is where a cruise missile was shot down instead of the plane. In a third, the cruise missile is shot at but not shot down. In a fourth, the communication system works and the missile operator is told to not shoot down the plane. I can imagine many others and I’m sure you can too. It was new information for me to hear that there were reports of cruise missiles being fired toward Iran. I notice this because there have not been any cruise missiles fired and yet there was a report today that a Russian spy ship aggressively approached a US navy destroyer that was capable of firing cruise missiles. The world appears to be near parallel worlds where cruise missiles are being fired, even if no cruise missiles are being fired in ‘this’ world.

2020 Day 9: New Strain of Coronavirus found in Wuhan, China

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province in central China. I stopped in Wuhan a year ago instead of Hong Kong on a flight between Austin and Bangkok. The flight on China Southern was half the price of flying other airlines, like Cathay Pacific. The problem I noticed was that the weather in Wuhan was much colder than in Austin or Thailand, and so I needed to pack warmer clothes just for the layover – not ideal. Also, on the return flight through China, even though my ticket showed a single stop, the airlines ended up making a second stop and everyone had to get off the plane and wait for a couple hours to go through a customs-like search. I remember one passenger shouting during this time how annoyed he was for this surprise experience. While I was also annoyed, I also found amusement in seeing another example of the multiverse working it’s magic. I could feel the universe where we didn’t have the unexpected stop, and also the universe where the ticket displayed correctly the extra stop. I saw the universe I was experience as one created by the interference pattern of these two other universes.

Today it is being reported that the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak “mystery illness” that has infected 60 people in the last 2 weeks is caused by a new coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a species of viruses blamed for such deadly illnesses as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses (HIV-1 is also an enveloped virus), which means they have an outer phospholipid bilayer membrane that includes some viral glycoproteins. The viral glycoproteins act as Trojan horse to gain entry into a host cell and also help the virus hide from the host immune system. Coronaviruses have a single-stranded, positive-sense, non-segmented, RNA genome which is the largest of all RNA viruses at around 30,000 bases. Because it is positive-sense and also contains a 5’ cap structure and 3’ poly (A) tail, it can mimic mRNA and be directly translated by the host of the replicase polyproteins, which are encoded by the approximately 20,000 base replicase gene. The replicase polyproteins assemble to form a viral replicase complex that, as you may guess, makes copies of the virus. The remaining 10,000 or so bases encode structural and accessory proteins. The four main structural proteins (all encoded within the 3’ end of the viral genome) are the spike, membrane, envelope, and nucelocapsid proteins. The spike protein has an N-terminal signal sequence that allows it to gain access to the host cell endoplasmic reticulum where it is heavily N-linked glycosylated. Three spike proteins join together to form a club-shape spike projection. These virion projections give the virus the appearance of a solar corona, from which their name derives. For a size perspective, the diameter of the coronaviruse virion is about 125 nm, so a meter long thin straw of diameter 125 nm filled with the virions would contain 8 million virions. For comparison, a single nucleotide is 0.33 nm long and so 30,000 bases has a length of 10,000 nm! Imagine fitting that into a 125 nm diameter virion.

Four identified coronaviruses (HCoV-229E, HCoV-NL63, HCoV-OC43, and HCoV-HKU1) are endemic in humans and cause up to 30% of respiratory tract infections worldwide each year. HCoV-NL63 has been associated with acute laryngotracheitis (croup). Coronoviruses have different tolerances to genetic variability with some (i.e. HCoV-229E) having little genetic variability worldwide and primarily isolated in humans and others (i.e. HCoV-OC43) showing high genetic variability across time and location. Most cases of coronavirus infection are self-limiting and will naturally run its course.

I’ve been sick with a respiratory infection for about two weeks. A few days ago I tried out my video-doctor health plan and got a prescription for Amoxicillin antibiotics. I also went to Accupuncture and purchased some Chinese herbs. I didn’t pick up the antibiotics prescription and I tried the herbs instead. That night I didn’t sleep well and I felt my body releasing a lot of toxins. My throat was still feeling scratching in the morning with nasal drip collecting in the back of my throat. Once I spit the thick yellow mucus out each morning, I felt fine. I decided to treat myself with water and rest over the next couple of days. I felt the universe where I was taking the antibiotics. I felt the universe where I had continued taking the herbs. I felt the universe where I was drinking more water and resting (and taking a zinc lounge now and then for good luck). Right now I still feel like I have a swollen throat, but it isn’t sore. I didn’t have much mucus this morning. My nasal passages are mostly clear. I expect the three universes to merge together tomorrow and I will feel infection free. Now if I could just find a way to clear the cedar pollen out of the air!

REFERENCE: Methods Mol Biol. 2015; Pehr and Perlman, Coronaviruses: An Overview of Their Replication and Pathogenesis

2020 Day 8: Consumption and Creation

I’ve noticed over the last few days that as my time spent creating posts has decreased, my time spent consuming content has increased. I was able to go about a week before my old habits came almost back to full strength. As I try to restrict my attention to world and financial news, these both start shouting louder for attention. For instance, one of the stocks I am invested in, Drive Shack (DS), had a large daily up movement because their large competitor, Top Golf, was in the news regarding an IPO. In world news, hopefully the tit-for-tat between the U.S. and Iran will end and Congress will reassert it’s authority to declare war.

I volunteered for the Bernie campaign last night. The Iowa Democratic caucuses will occur Feb. 3 and will be brought to you by the letter “B”, for Bernie, Biden, and Buttigieg. Alphabetical order is a reasonable prediction of caucus results for these top 3 candidates.  Super Tuesday is a month later on March 3, after which it will become clear that Buttigieg is the odd man out as Biden hangs on due to strong support from the Democratic Party establishment. What happens next is likely to follow a similar path as 12 years ago when Obama and Hillary ran against each other.