Rinxiety: HypoVibroChondria… or merely a Fauxcellarm?

Do you suffer from Rinxiety? [1]


How about Phantom Ring Effect (or Phantom Ringing)Phantom Vibration Syndrome, Vibranxiety,  HypoVibroChondria or Fauxcellarm?


All of the above terms describe the sensation and the false belief that one can hear his or her mobile phone ringing or feel it vibrating, when in fact the telephone is not doing so.

Phantom ringing may be experienced while taking a shower, watching television, or using a noisy device. Humans are particularly sensitive to auditory tones between 1,000 and 6,000 hertz, and basic mobile phone ringers often fall within this range. This frequency range can generally be more difficult to locate spatially, thus allowing for potential confusion when heard from a distance.


False vibrations are less well understood, however, and could have psychological or neurological sources.

With me, Phantom Ringing happens most often when I am driving and listening to the radio. Many times, I check to see if my cell phone is ringing/vibrating (I have it set on both ring and vibrate).

About 80% of the time, it is merely a Fauxcellarm. In fact, yesterday I was in my car listening to a program about Rinxiety when it happened! Very strange.

Is this VibraSchtick new? Am I riding a 21st century phantom fad? Hardly!

Nikola-Tesla(Tesla – Where are you now that we need you most?)

Nikola Tesla knew something that many of his contemporaries in the late 1800s either did not know, or chose to ignore.  He knew that with the amazing power of electricity and current, came an incredible capacity for danger.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(If Tesla had invented the cell phone)

Sadly, because studying our own health has taken such a back seat to technological advances, we could very well be causing our own issues. What if Phantom Vibration Syndrome (or Vibranxiety) isn’t actually a neurological problem, but rather, the result of a very real physical ailment?  How tragic it would be to know that by using even the tiniest of devices, we’re killing ourselves.

Tesla wouldn’t approve, but then, I don’t think he’d be surprised.

And will someone PLEASE answer that phone?


Ringxiety is a portmanteau neologism formed from the words “ringtone” and “anxiety.” It was first coined by David Laramie, a doctoral student at the California School of Professional Psychology, whose dissertation concerned the effects of cell phones on behavior.



From the brilliant dark mind of Joshua Hoffine.

The elaborate photograph (yes, it’s a photo!!), “LAST STAND.”


What gets me most is that the central figure, the father, is fighting valiantly to protect his family, unaware that his girls are already doomed.

One of Hoffine’s best works to date!!

Check out his other horror images at his blog site, Joshua Hoffine.


What is Supersymmetry?

What is Supersymmetry?

This is a question which, I am sure, has given all y’all more sleepless nights than you can shake a stick at.

In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln describes the principle of supersymmetry in an allegedly easy-to-understand way.

A theory is supersymmetric if it treats forces and matter on an equal footing.

standard particles(Standard Particles – Supersymmetry [SUSY] particles)

While supersymmetry is an unproven idea, it is popular with particle physics researchers as a possible next step in particle physics.

You’re welcome.

Sleep tight, my little geeks and nerdlings.


The Twilight Saga – BREAKING DAWN (Part 2): The Fifth Level of Hell

At last... It’s finished. It’s done.

Our long national nightmare is finally over!

Last night, I watched the last… oh Lord, that word never tasted so good in my mouth… The Last Installment of The Twilight Movie Saga – BREAKING DAWN (Part 2)!

breakingdawn_part2[The Twilight Saga – BREAKING DAWN (Part 2) DVD cover]

I suffered through those five movies… a dozen or so hours of my life that I can never get back… and now it is finished.

OK, here’s the deal… Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy and nine or so other actresses who portray Renesmee as she grows up), the half-human half-vampire child of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is maturing at an alarming rate. In a matter of a few months, she grows from infant to about 9 years old.

Mayhem ensues when… The Volturi [1] find out about Renesmee. To them, she is an abomination and must be destroyed. Aro (Michael Sheen) and Jane (Dakota Fanning) are particularly enthusiastic about killing the Cullen tot.

My two cents… For all my whining and whinging, Breaking Dawn (Part 2) is not awful. It’s not great but it definitely not dreadful. Unless you’re already a fan of the Twilight Saga, don’t bother seeing this movie. But if you are already a fan, you will probably find Breaking Dawn (Part 2) the best of the bunch.

Bottom line… Not as wretched as I thought it would be.


[1] The Volturi are the largest, most ancient and most powerful coven of vampires. They enforce the laws of the vampire world. They equivalent of royalty in the vampire world.

Sweet as Death: Skull and Bones Sugar


Sweet as Death: Skull and Bones Sugar


Thanks as always to the beautiful and always wonderful Eva Halloween for this sweet treat!



You’re the best, sweetie!


Sugar Skulls by Snow Violent via Haute MacabreMonday is once again at our doorstep, darlings, and there’s nothing to start the week off right than a good cup of coffee. If you take yours as the 17th century Turks apocryphally suggest, “black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love,” these lovely skull and bones sugar cubes by Snow Violent may be just what you need for the perfect cup. And if coffee isn’t your cup of tea (so to speak), perhaps neatly louched into a glass or two of absinthe?

(from Sighs from the Depths via Haute Macabre)

Related Posts:

– 5 Spooky Treats for Halloween

– A Hunger that Feeds: Zombie Head Hors d’Oeuvres

– Black Light Lemonade

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Gone for Shavuot

I will be gone from this afternoon, Tuesday May 14, until Monday May 20th, for (among other things) the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.


In a Christian Bible, this is usually referred to as the Feast of Weeks. It occurs seven weeks after Passover.

Shavuot celebrates and commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Take care, my little geeks and nerdlings. I’ll be back before you know it!


Lilacs in Bloom

There are a great many lilac trees behind my place.


This weekend, May 11 and 12, they started to bloom.


Not all of them are open but they’re getting there.


They go as high as the second story windows (i.e. my apartment)!


They haven’t started giving off that wonderful lilac smell yet. Any day now, I am sure.


Those two weeks in May when the magnolias bloom followed by the lilacs… simply heaven!