20191223M Day -8: Lady Bird Lake Reflections from Austin, Texas

Lady Bird Lake – Austin, TX – Dec 23, 2019 (Credit: SurfingTheUniverse.com)

20200515F Santa Cruz, CA: Back in December, I was in Austin. My beloved flew in for the holidays. We walked along Lady Bird Lake during the day. It was a beautiful sunny day.

Lady Bird Lake – Austin, TX – Dec 23, 2019 (Credit: SurfingTheUniverse.com)

Meanwhile, the press was reporting on how this flu season was turning out different than past flu seasons. I’m not sure who decided that the unusual flu season would be the focus of the news and medical press on this day. Here is an article that caught my eye:

Rare B Flu Strain Causing Early Surge This Season from passporthealthusa.com

Here are some quotes of interest:

Dave Osthus is a statistician and flu forecaster at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Osthus explained that the current “2019/20 season is already worse than three of the past 20 flu seasons ever were, and the worst part of the flu season—historically late December through early March—hasn’t happened yet.”

especially this one ending with “worst than imagined”:

Looking at the influenza trends, the CDC was able to publicize that the flu season has “about a 40% chance of a peak in late December, a 30% chance of a peak in January, and a 25% chance of a peak in February.” These numbers may change as the season continues, but the outcome will remain the same or even become worse than imagined.

Looking back in time, it was reported in May that the 2018-2019 flu season was also “unusual”:

The just-ended 2018-2019 flu season was relatively mild compared to the last season, during which nearly 80,000 people in the U.S. died of flu-related illness.

The 2018-2019 season has been unusual, though, because the flu came in two waves: one that peaked at the end of December, and a second that peaked in early March.

It seems that “unusual” flu seasons will be the usual for the foreseeable future.


20200514h Day 135: Mask Requirements at The Food Bin – No Bandanas, Scarves, or Valves

Mask Requirements at The Food Bin, Santa Cruz, CA – May 14, 2020 (Credit: SurfingTheUniverse.com)

20200514h Santa Cruz, CA: Today, I went shopping at the local grocery story and found the sign at the entrance interesting. While some stores have been selling bandanas for use as wearing masks, and some people have been using scarves or wrapping their head with their shirt, The Food Bin in Santa Cruz, CA is not supporting these actions. Nor or they supporting masks with valves. Instead, you need to have a mask with two straps, ties, or ear loops. It must cover your face from nose to chin. If you arrive at the store without such a mask, you can purchase one at the Herb Store next door.

For me, this is another example of how universes merge together and how the energetic energy of probabilities ripple out to nearby universes. We have universes around us in which different types of masks are the norm, and universes around us in which no masks are the norm. I expect to see a variety of different normals as I continue to surf towards the exit of this pandemic wormhole. I still expect June 8th of this year to be an exit point. Although, in the current universe I feel other unexpected events are on the horizon and I’m curious what new universes I will see as I exit this pandemic wormhole.

20191224T Day -7: Dried Cacao and SARS-CoV-2 share visual similarity

Mysterious shapes at the bottom of my cacao mug – Austin, Texas – Dec 23, 2019

20200514h Santa Cruz, CA: On the 24th of December, 2019, a bronchoalveolar lavage fluid sample from a patient with influenza of unknown origin was sent from Wuhan Central Hospital to Vision Medicals in Guangzhou. Vision Medicals is a private company that specializes in meta genomic massive parallel sequencing analysis. Three days later, Vision Medicals notified Wuhan Central Hospital that the sample contained a novel coronavirus (Reference: Wikipedia Pandemic Timeline).

What does this have to do with the mysterious shapes at the bottom of my cacao mug? Well, in looking more closely at the full shape, I now see a spherical shape that resembles a coronavirus. Compare with this image of SARS-CoV-2:


I found the SARS-CoV-2 image in a May 4th, 2020 article from Cornell by Krishna Ramanujan: Structure of COVID-19 virus hints at key to high infection rate. The news article reviews some findings from a May 1st, 2020 paper in the Journal of Molecular Biology: Phylogenetic Analysis and Structural Modeling of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Reveals an Evolutionary Distinct and Proteolytically Sensitive Activation Loop.

An interesting quote from this paper is:

Structural modeling of SARS-CoV-2 S reveals a proteolytically sensitive loop

The alignment in Figure 3(b) shows a four-amino-acid insertion 681PRRA684, as well as a conserved arginine corresponding to R685 at the S1/S2 site of the SARS-CoV-2. This insertion, which appears to be unique among lineage B betacoronaviruses, suggests a differential mechanism of activation for the SARS-CoV-2 compared to other SARS-CoV and SARS-like BatCoV.

and in the Discussion section:

In this study, we show the presence of a distinct insert that maps to the S1/S2 priming loop of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and is not shared with SARS-CoV or any SARS-related viruses in Betacoronavirus lineage B.

20200513W Day 134: Tandem Surfing

Surfers at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, CA – 20200513W (Credit: SurfingTheUniverse.com)

20200513W Santa Cruz, CA: Today, I went mountain biking down with my beloved and my brother with family. We started at twin gates on Empire Grade and rode down a branching set of trails to the ocean, where I took a pictures of the surfers at Steamer Lane. One pair of surfers riding the same wave reminds me of tandem universe surfing – riding the waves of probability through parallel universes with someone else.

With solo universe surfing, I have found that an understanding of the following concepts  is useful in surfing towards a universe of my choosing.

  1. I do not exist as a classical being in a single classical universe filled with particles of mass moving about in a somewhat predictable manner, but instead I exist as a quantum being in a single quantum universe filled with probability waves moving about in a somewhat predictable manner.
  2. The Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics provides me a good model of the quantum universe.
  3. Synchronicities are valuable signposts that show me some of my possible futures. A sequence of synchronicities informs me that I’m close to a particular universe..
  4. Just as I can move my attention to different parts of my classical body, I can also move my attention to different classical bodies. By moving my attention, I can energetically visit parallel worlds.
  5. By regularly focusing my attention on a parallel world, I can not only sense that parallel world energetically, but I can move the center of my attention to that parallel world so that it appears to me as a different classical world.
  6. Anything not expressively prohibited by the laws of physics is allowed. This principle can be used to filter out non-viable worlds to visit and to select the path by which it is easiest to travel to a parallel world.

With tandem surfing, two people can jointly travel to a parallel world. They both must be practiced solo surfers. They need to communicate and “sync up” to understand the characteristics of the nearby universes around them. They also need to be specific in defining the characteristics of the future universes to which they wish to surf together.

20191225W Day -6: Merry Christmas Multiverse! Hong Kong protestors wear Masks

Santa traveling through the multiverse – Captured in Austin, Texas – Dec. 25, 2019 (photo credit: SurfingTheUniverse.com)

20200513W Santa Cruz, CA: I spent last Christmas at my brother’s place in Austin, Texas. In walking around the neighborhood, I saw this Santa decoration. Looking at the looped version of the photo, I notice the periodic nature of the propellers and the beat of distortion. The distortion beats stimulate my imagination about how it might look to see someone traveling through the multiverse. The propellers represent for me the power that repeated habits and continuous focus can have, and how this is the power of free will which enables me to travel inter-dimensionally from one reality to another. Or at least that is how it feels and makes sense to me.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, protestors were going to the shopping malls not to buy presents, but to protest for human rights.

Hong Kong protesters in Sha Tin shopping mall – Hong Kong – Dec. 25, 2019 (photo credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

I find it interesting to notice that this scene, which shows protestors wearing masks, looks normal in the post-pandemic world. At the time, mask wearing was illegal. Today, not wearing masks is illegal in some places. It’s easy to imagine a current day in which those in Hong Kong are still in the shopping mall wearing masks, and yet there is no pandemic. It is interesting to notice how some things remain constant in the timeline we experience, even if the meaning of that constant thing is different.

20200512T Day 133: Year of the RaTG13 – Origin of SARS-CoV-2 In the Multiverse

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From Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friend’s Chinese New Year sticker pack

20200512T Santa Cruz, CA: In this post, I’ll be discussing the origins of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 in the different sets of universes around us. Some of these universes will match the official view and some of these universes will align with conspiracy theories. Most of these universes will interfere with one another and have overlapping characteristics.

The first statement out of China was that SARS-CoV-2 was believed to have originated at a wet market in Wuhan, a large city in Hubei Province, China. Many of the early cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, were found in individuals who shopped at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. The market was closed on Jan 1, 2020, and any evidence of origin was believed to have been destroyed. A few days ago, a WHO scientist Dr. Peter Ben Embarek stated that samples taken from the wet market show that the market likely played a role in the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, he stated:

The market played a role in the event, that’s clear. But what role we don’t know. Whether it was the source or amplifying setting or just a coincidence that some cases were detected in and around that market,” said Dr Peter Ben Embarek in a press briefing.

Notice how this statement does not limit us to universes in which SARS-CoV-2 originated in the wet market, but also includes universes where it amplified the spread of COVID-19 and also universes in which it played no role and was only coincidentally connected.

The main unofficial and so-called conspiracy theory is that SARS-CoV-2 originated in the Wuhan Biolab not far from the wet market. This theory is circumstantial based mainly on the fact that the biolab does perform research on bat coronaviruses. This theory has two sub-theories – one in which the virus is a bioweapon and one in which it is a natural virus. There are also two overlapping sub-theories – one in which the virus was intentionally released and one in which it was accidentally released. The accidentally released theory can be further divided into one in which a lab worker is accidentally infected and one in which samples are improperly discarded.

If we assume that there is a set of universes for each of these theories and sub-theories, then the reality we see will likely be an interference pattern of these different sets of universes until one set reveals itself.

Let’s make the hypothesis/assumption that sets of universes that are in conflict will repel each other and sets of universes that are congruent will attract one another. We can begin to see a set of universes that fit together with the following features:

  1. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a wet market, played a role in the outbreak.
  2. The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), a Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory, played a role in the outbreak.
  3. SARS-CoV-2 was a coronavirus being studied at WIV.
  4. SARS-CoV-2 found a way from WIV to individuals at the wet market, which was the first identified outbreak.

There are also universes where the WIV is not involved and SARS-CoV-2 is found to have come from livestock sold at the wet market. However, the future in which this is true does not appear to be sending any indications to the present that are detectible. It doesn’t fit in well with the other universes. If SARS-CoV-2 is found in live animals, it is most likely in bats not local to the Wuhan area and most likely bats from which virus samples had been collected by lab workers at WIV.

Since the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has been sequenced, two other coronavirus sequences have been released. The first one released is labeled RaTG13, from a sample collected in 2013 in the Yunnan province. Comparison between RaTG13 (MN996532.1) and SARSCoV2-Wuhan-Hu1 (MN908947.3) show that they had a most recent common ancestor estimated at 50 years ago. The second one released is labeled RmYN02, which is shown to have a most recent common ancestor estimated at 35 years ago. Neither one of these is likely to be the natural ancestor of the virus, due to the number of mutations between each and SARS-CoV-2.

The Bat coronavirus RaTG13 complete genome sequence references the Nature paper: A pneumonia outbreak associated with a new coronavirus of probable bat origin.

Figure 1 showing RaTG13 phylogeny (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2012-7)

Key quotes from the paper:

Full-length genome sequences were obtained from five patients at an early stage of the outbreak. The sequences are almost identical and share 79.6% sequence identity to SARS-CoV. Furthermore, we show that 2019-nCoV is 96% identical at the whole-genome level to a bat coronavirus.

This second one I wish was explained more in how the “then found” occurred.

We then found that a short region of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) from a bat coronavirus (BatCoV RaTG13)—which was previously detected in Rhinolophus affinis from Yunnan province—showed high sequence identity to 2019-nCoV.

More thoughts to come…


20191226h Day -5: Last Solar Eclipse of 2019

20200511M Santa Cruz, CA: What I found interesting about this animation of the last solar eclipse (on Dec. 26, 2019) is how the shadow of the moon onto the Earth changes shape looks similar to how various things look in the real world, such as the shape of a water drop. This analogy helps me visualize our 3-D classical world as a “shadow” of a multi-dimensional quantum world.

The moon’s shadow on the Earth reminds me of the shape of a water dropping from a faucet – May 11th, 2020 (Credit: SurfingTheUniverse.com)

By A.T. Sinclair – http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/, Public Domain, Link