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Chuck’s celebrity impressions Vol 2, 10/11 (by David Strassman)

You should check this guy out! He’s a genius!

Strassman’s “Be Careful What You Wish For” show is everything Sale wished for.

The world’s most in demand ventriloquist, David Strassman, landed in EBBWEC last Wednesday to a warm reception.

Alternate realities and parallel universes are just the humdrum in Strassman’s “Be Careful What You Wish For” show, which sold out in December 2011. The audience were awestruck as Strassman manipulated his puppets, but it became unclear just who manipulated whom, as the puppets, Chuck in particular, progressively infiltrated Strassman’s mind.  The outstanding animatronics and projected graphics were almost as impressive as the ventriloquist’s skills, as he controlled the puppets from across the stage.

The performance was thoughtfully adapted to suit an Australian audience, with the addition of tactful in-house gags and Koala Bear, the Australian alter ego of another of Strassman’s puppets, Sid Beaverman. Despite a minor slip up in referring to Koala as a “bear” (which was promptly rectified) and a few limp jokes by Strassman’s assistant A.N.G.E.L, the performance was full of side-splitters, skilful puppetry and an abundance of raw talent.

Truly an experience, “Strasso” will entertain Australian audiences for years to come; mind-bending humour at its best.

DMT has shown me the reality that there is infinite variation on reality. There is the real possibility of [independent, constant and] adjacent dimensions. It may not be so simple that there’s alien planets with their own societies. This is too proximal. It’s not like it’s some kind of drug, it’s more like an experience of a new [organic] technology than a drug. You can choose to attend to this or not. [The adjacent realities DMT brings you to] will continue to progress without you paying attention. You return not to where you left off, but to where things have gone since you left. It’s not a hallucination, but an observation. When I’m there I’m not intoxicated, I’m lucid and sober.
—  Excerpt from ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule’ by Dr. Rick Strassman
DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

From 1990 to 1995 Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. Government-approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected sixty volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew, ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain. In Strassman’s volunteers, it consistently produced near-death and mystical experiences. Many reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences, aliens, angels, and spirits. Nearly all felt that the sessions were among the most profound experiences of their lives.

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FIRE EMBLEM FATES - FULL ENGLISH VOICE CAST

No need to wonder about the English voice cast for Fire Emblem Fates. The full list of voice actors can be found below. See if you spot anyone you know from other games/projects!

Jason Adkins
Laura Bailey
Sarah Blandy
Cam Clarke
Rosie David
Ben Diskin
D.C. Douglas
S.L. Draven
Stephanie Elle
Gideon Emery
Walley Hollis
Lizzy Hunter
Danielle Judovitz
Conner Kelley
Brianna Knickerbocker
Yuri Lowenthal
Matthew Mercer
Max Mittelman
Marcella Mozdy
Cole Noelle
Liam O’Brien
Nigel Oakenshield
Otis Paul
Sara Pippin
Marisha Ray
Kris Salter
Stephanie Sheh
Laura Faye Smith
Karen Strassman
Rena Strober
Kaiji Tang
Julie Ann Taylor
David Vincent
Angela Marie Volpe
Holly Wallace
Imari Williams
Travis Willingham

Awake

I find it interesting to brainstorm about how a science fiction show could be scientifically accurate. I am currently watching the show “Awake” and it’s concept fascinates me. For those unfamiliar with the show, basically the protagonist (Michael Britton) was involved in a car wreck that killed his wife/son. He now lives in two realities, in one his wife is alive and in the other his son is alive. Every time he goes to sleep he wakes up in the other reality.

I am not sure if the show will ever resolve the science of the show but the idea of alternate realities and somewhat freely moving between them is incredibly interesting to me. One of the way this could be resolved in modern understanding of reality depends on two premises: our “souls” are not attached to our bodies and alternate universes exist that can be navigated between. It seems that the tragedy of the car wreck caused either neurological or psychological damage that has opened up the doorway for his “soul” (consciousness, identity, whatever…) to move across universes.

For this to be possible his soul must exist in a realm outside of the body, much like a video game player playing World of Warcraft. In fact, technology advancing to the point where we can control bodies in the physical realm via remote is not really science fiction at all. Everyday people control what they see and hear from miles away from the actual location of the event. It is within the realm of possibility that you could control a robot (or body) by remote and advanced virtual reality system from almost anywhere. Basically, The Matrix and Battlestar: Galactica touch on the issue of identity’s connection to the body and reality in a similar way as Awake.

What makes Awake different than The Matrix though is that both realities appear to be equally “real”. Somewhere within the physical realm is a switch that enables the soul to move among universes. Rick Strassman would likely say this switch exists in the pineal gland of the brain where DMT is controlled, while Rene Descartes would agree for different reasons.

Anyway, the show is fascinating and it is a fun concept to think about.