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What spiritual experiences have you had?

Almost half a century ago, when I was 16 or 17 and still believed in God, I went to a synagogue with some people of my church for some kind of exchange thing. The service was quite boring though, as everything was in Hebrew and I didn't understand a thing. But there was nothing to be done except sitting still trying to be respectful. So I guess I fell into some kind of meditative state, and I don't remember anything about that, but just afterwards I felt that I had been in the presence of God, and a sense of great gratitude. I'm still surprised I didn't convert to Judaism on the spot; maybe I would have if I weren't so shy...

If giving unsolicited feedback was a social norm, what feedback would you often give?

OK, I'll go first. I'd correct people's grammar and spelling a lot, and I'd tell overweight people how to lose weight.

"Mild Hallucination" Test

Oh wait, I misunderstood the afterimage thing. No, I usually don't see them while I'm looking at something, only when I close my eyes or look away. I do sometimes get the effect you describe, but not often. I tried to see the 'snow' again just now, but I didn't see any.

"Mild Hallucination" Test

I definitely see afterimages, and I thought everyone did. I get movement in textured surfaces, but it doesn't look like 'breathing' at all. I get visual snow, but *not* with my eyes closed, only when I'm trying to see if it's raining outside, which can be hard to tell sometimes.

Lydian song

I made a midi file of it, because I wanted to hear what it sounded like. Let's see if I can share it.

What self-help has helped you?

Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking and Allen Carr's Easy Way to Control Alcohol have helped me stop smoking (20+ years ago) and drinking (2+ years ago). Can't recommend those enough!

Solstice Album Crowdfunding

Will the lyrics be included with the digital download?

Berkeley: being other people

Grocery line: I'd think about why I am waiting in it, wishing the supermarket had a self-checkout system like my usual one, which is so much faster and more convenient.

Youtube: background music for work, like music from World of Warcraft, 'world music', classical music.

Experience: compared to most people, I'm probably hyper-conscious of dogs. I like dogs, but only if they're friendly and well-behaved, and until I'm sure a dog is in that category I'm very wary of it (and even if I know a dog is friendly, I still don't want to startle it).

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