Posts Tagged ‘sound’

Sound-Seeing Light-Hearing Aliens

September 18, 2008

As I was being driven somewhere (I don’t specifically remember where I first thought of this, but I think it was on the way to see the Christmas lights in our old neighborhood), I had a thought…

What if, were we to ever encounter an alien life form, their form of taking in the world around them was not based on light (as ours is), but on sound?

I’m not talking about echolocation, where there’s two big receptors for taking in sound, and the time it takes for sound to bounce off objects is measured and analyzed–I mean a system of sound reception similar to the way our eyes receive light–over 100 million receptors of SOUND, with a focusing system to focus an “image” of sound over a retina that registers different wavelengths of sound from every point in a range of “view”.
Of course, there would have to be a system that generates light, and I’m not necessarily sure how that could work biologically. But their light receptors would have to be like our sound receptors, a very generalized and basic system compared to our light receptors (eyes).

I just thought it was interesting; if you think about it, there isn’t that much different, intrinsically, between vibration through a medium of gas, and vibration of the electromagnetic spectrum (except that these beings wouldn’t be able to see in outer space…I just realized. Nor can they see stars or their own sun. haha)



Belt Cupholder

September 15, 2008

About a month ago, after parking my car out about a block or so away from my house, carrying in a full drink of diet coke (I like it for the taste!) from my car to the house, my hand utlimately freezing in the process, and finally having to hold it in an unsafe fashion by the lid, I had a thought…

What if there was a belt attatchment that you could stick your cup in? I thought of putting my cup in my pocket, but that would just make the side of my leg extremely cold (and wet from the condensation). So I thought about a belt cupholder!

I then thought “oh, they probably made those, they’re probably like those 99 cent mini-recorders that can only record and play back one sound clip”, etc.
Well, they make really high-quality voice recorders, correct? Well, why can’t they make really high-quality other stuff? Just because a company sells “plastic crap” items for 99c, doesn’t mean the concept is necessarily bad, just the execution.

Now, know that I haven’t researched this at all yet. I have no idea if such a product exists. If it does, I just might buy it, assuming it’s of good quality.

Checking… search for “belt cupholder”: found something on the 5th page! How appropriate!
As the website says, the cup holder (the green one on the bottom row to the left) is a “paper cup holder – [it] fits the medium (16oz) paper cup shown on the right.”

Not an all-purpose belt cupholder, but we’re getting there.
Let me know if you find any others!