Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Playlists Added to the ASMR YouTube Channel

For the past while, I’ve been catching up on adding new recommended videos to the ASMR channel’s various playlists. Usually what I do in circumstances is just add everything to the big “recommended videos” playlist, and later I can move them to the appropriate playlist. Otherwise I can just add them to the appropriate playlists in the first place, but some videos I actually need to judge first on where I should put them.

I’m still clearing out the cobwebs after being absent for those two or three weeks, but slowly getting there!
Anyway, this week I added three new playlists. There’s “art”, which will have videos that have anything to with art and/or creativity; “assessments”, which delves in to medical examinations and the like; and “hypnosis” – which is pretty self-explanatory.

There might not be many videos in these playlists for the time being, but it might give you some ideas on what to recommend, whether it be on YouTube, Facebook, or in the official forum. You might even discover a new genre of triggers that you’ll absolutely love!

While I might add my own recommendations occasionally, these playlists are largely dependant on what you watch, and I subscribe to channels that the community likes, too. I don’t like adding some random video that I haven’t even watched, or nobody else has recommended.

So check out those playlists, and undoubtedly you’ll come across some more videos like them that act as triggers, and you can of course leave them in any of the above mentioned places, and I’ll add them as soon as possible.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ASMR Research Team Gains a new Team Member

Recently, I was informed of a new team member who will be joining the research effort.

Her name is Karissa Ann, and she’s a Psychology major with minors in both Neuroscience and Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She's worked in two labs, one on cognitive neuroscience, and another working on autism research – I totally copied that word for word from the briefing I was given behind the scenes. I didn’t want to screw up… again.

Jenn went into great detail as regards what the team and group at large is all about, and the two had an interview of sorts to see if Karissa would be a fitting asset to the team.

Having a read through some of her thoughts on ASMR, I must say that her excitement is quite infectious, and she seems to have a good attitude. Apart from having some impressive qualifications, she is also an experiencer, and is enthusiastic to start with the research as soon as possible – particularly the video trials.

Speaking of which, we are sorry for the great delay as regards the second video trial. It was initially scheduled to take place in January, but plenty of time has passed since then, obviously. I know some of you are getting fed up – asking about what’s being done as far as research into this phenomenon is going, and some even openly criticizing the group and the whole purpose of it.

But the good news is that things will hopefully pick up soon, as I hear that Karissa is eager to get stuck in, and Jenn is on about processing the 100-something applications we have for the video trials.

If there was ever a time for me to get back to work, it’s right about now. I talked the other day about being out of the loop for two or three weeks due to personal and technical reasons – but it seems as though I’m back for the time being, and almost everything is working the way I want it too. So perhaps like last year, the middle of the year means that we’re about to get busy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sorry I was away for a while...

For the past two and a half weeks, I've been absent from the community. There were several reasons for this. One of which was that I had connection issues. I also reformatted my HDD recently, and it's taken me forever to kind of get it running the way I want it to. Still working on that, in fact.

Then I also had some medical issues I had to deal with. I had some blood tests done, and everything came back fine. I still have to take some medication prescribed by the doctor, but it's nothing too serious, hopefully.

Anyway, I've got my Windows Live Writer set up again, and that means I can continue on with a lot of work - on this blog and other projects, too. I know I'll have some catching up to do, and it'll be a while yet before I'm firmly back in to my routine. Still, one step at a time, as they say.

Thanks for being so patient with me and continuing to participate within the community. The last two or three weeks have been difficult, and this year in general has been kind of hectic for me so far. And it's only barely the middle of the year!
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