Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UNF is now on tumblr.com

After seeing how many experiencers were on tumblr, I thought it was about time that ASMR Research & Support had a presence on the rising social networking site. It makes sense seeing as we’re on Facebook (a page and a group), Twitter, YouTube and there’s even a very large community on Reddit – and the more exposure we get the better. At first I debated whether or not I should go ahead and do it, seeing as I have so much other stuff going on as regards this entire project, and even outside it, but in the end decided to take the plunge.

You can find me over at tumblr, here. Note that the URL and tumblelog name are subject to change, but I’ll give you all notice if that happens, of course.

Right now I’m still getting used to the website and its tools, and so on. It’s not as advanced as say Blogger or Wordpress (not that I’ve used the latter one yet). It’s quite basic – but it is the place to be nowadays for casual blogging, as it seems to be competing against the likes of Twitter, the microblogging service that’s been around for a bit longer. I’m also still trying to figure out what to use it for, what content to put on there. I know I have plenty of unpublished blog posts that might fit nicely on there. So far I have a page with links to all the other main ASMR presences online.

Anyway, if you happen to visit the blog, you can follow me if you like. The site seems to combine elements of Formspring as well in the form of a questions feature, so perhaps if enough interest is garnered I’ll enable it and you can ask me questions or chat if we happen to be online at the same time.

I’m excited, and looking forward to seeing you there! Hope it turns out to be worth the while.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It’s the Second Anniversary of The Unnamed Feeling!

On Facebook a while back, Ryan said he couldn’t believe how far the ASMR group had come. And Envelope replied, saying that it would indeed be two years of existence this month for the group, having been formed in February 2010. Not only that, but February also marks the second anniversary of this blog.

I’m pretty sure I’ve been through it before in various places, but here goes again: the year was 2009, and it was about May when I used Google to search for a term similar to what many others have – something like “tingling head sensation”. I ended up at some forum thread over at Steadyhealth, which had been started as far back as a year or two prior. Terms such as AIHO and AIE were made here. There were also two main people I became slightly acquainted with: Ryan and Envelope, funnily enough – especially the latter individual.

I thought to myself at this point: I should really start a blog or a website about this sometime – and then promptly left it alone for the rest of that year.

It was only in early 2010 when I revisited that thread that I saw there were plans to start up a Facebook group, that I really summoned the energy to go ahead and start this blog. Then after posting here for a few months, and having had comments left on my blog by Envelope and being invited to join her Facebook group, in June 2010 I was contacted again by email and invited to come aboard the ASMR Research team along with, at the the time, Ryan, Domagoj, Adam, Michela, Chaz, and Envelope.

While the team has changed over the last while, the blog is still here, and I still post weekly updates on what’s going on within the community and around it, as well as my own theories, tingle triggers, observations, directories, and of course polls for you to vote on!

It’s been a pleasure so far to have done all I have for the community, helping maintain most if not all of the network sites in some capacity, and getting things going behind the scenes – often to the detriment of some of my other projects outside of ASMR, which I’ve more often that not had to put on the backburner. I’m really hoping that this year we can really make some progress as far as funding and research goes for this project. It needs to happen, and with enough effort and persistence, we should be able to make it happen.

As always, thanks go to the community for participating on all the social networking presences we have like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit, and for coming over here every now and again to read what I have to say.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beta Version of an ASMR App has been Released!

Type B ASMR experiencers may be in for a treat.

At one point not too long ago on Reddit I saw someone ask if there would be any interest in an ASMR app for use on select smartphones and tablets. It seems as though there must have been a positive enough response, seeing as the person who asked originally went ahead and started developing one.

This week on Reddit there was another topic brought up supposedly by the same individual who claimed that a beta version of the app would be released soon. He then asked participants on the subreddit to comment and list their favourite sound triggers, some of which would be included in the app. So far requests include the likes of whispering sounds (obviously!), scratching, and tapping fingernails, among several others.

Android robotThen surprisingly in the same week, the app was released! It’s the beta version (v 1.0) and it’s called ASMR EXTREME Relaxation. It weighs in at only 5.6 MB but is only available for devices running Android 1.6 and up. The best part is it’s completely free! So far the beta features sound effects of the following: 3D haircut; nail tapping; cutting paper; white noise; hair brushing; scratching; wood scraping; and pink noise.

So if you haven’t all ready, get over to the Android marketplace and get a hold of this cool little app, try it out, and be sure to tell us what it’s like!

Thanks go to hyperbytex for developing the app.

Update: hyberbytex seems to be a very fast worker, because a full version of this app is all ready available!

Once again it’s hosted over at the Android marketplace. This version differs from the demo or beta version mentioned above in the following ways: you can reportedly make “4 million different ASMR experiences with 22 sound triggers”, and this is a paid-for app. It’s 13 MB in weight this time around. There’s been no confirmation thus far despite some demand whether this app will ever be supported by other operating systems.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be Aware of Select ASMR Presences Online

It’s come to my attention that there may well exist some “unofficial” ASMR websites or locations on the web – one of the known ones is a Facebook presence claiming to be an official representation, and it is indeed NOT affiliated with ASMR Research and Support in any “official” capacity. Another is a Facebook page named “ASMR” and was started up by a well-meaning community member who may have been unaware of the all ready existing Facebook page. As you may well know, the official ASMR Research and Support Facebook page is here. And our Facebook group is here (closed so you’ll have to join).
When in doubt, check the listing of network sites in the sidebar here on the blog, or in the Hotspots page. If a website’s URL isn’t listed there, use caution. You can always contact me or one of the other research team members for further information.

While we can’t stop anyone from creating their own Facebook profiles, groups, or pages, or any other sites dedicated to ASMR, we just wish to politely ask the creators of these presences on the web that they not intentionally mislead people who are looking for the more established websites and presences online – and by this I’m referring to sites linked to ASMR Research and Support. I’m specifically taking issue here with individuals who are not part of our research team or even the community who might take, without permission, names; logos; graphics, information and other such things associated with Research and Support. And the last thing we want is for anybody to end up being mislead or scammed.

We’re aware of other pages and groups on Facebook and thankfully to date most if not all of them seem harmless. If you wish to join these groups, feel free to do so, but be sure to take in to account privacy issues. One of these groups for example is open and not closed to the public, so anything you post on it could very well end up being available for others to see. Decide whether you’re okay with this before posting anything personal.

We’re doing our best to communicate our concerns with the creators of these web presences, and I thought it best to just make the community aware of the fact.

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ASMR Multimedia Projects Planned, Podcast Soon

Recently we’ve seen a renewed interest from a former team member, Ryan. Ryan founded the precursor to the ASMR group on the web years ago which is known as SoS, or Society of Sensationalists – a Yahoo Group which still exists to this day.

He was heavily involved in the community up until some time in 2010 when he took a leave of absence to focus on other projects like his budding music career. But different from the occasional wall post in the past, Ryan is now seeking to be apart of the team and community on a more regular basis again, and has been reinstated.

The subject of a radio broadcast was brought up on the Facebook Group, and among those interested was Ryan. Because of his musical background, he no doubt has some technical knowledge in operating the equipment and software necessary to accomplish this. But the only thing holding him back at this point in time is the cost of setting up a radio station. Subscriptions differ, and allow for varying hours of air time depending on the subscription.

What followed in the discussion was a rather impressive solution brought up by one or two community members. It was suggested that the community could pitch in and co-fund the project. Seeing as it’ll benefit the entire community, it would seem an ethical route to take.

I first read of co-funding or community funding years ago when Gabe Newell of Valve Corporation (known for the Half-Life video game series among others) suggested a bold concept – if people wanted to see a particular project get off the ground, developed, and released to the public, particularly if it’s a new intellectual property, they should be willing to fund the development of it. I know there are several ideas swimming around on the ASMR Facebook group alone, but the question always remains the same: who will end up funding it? It ends up being the biggest obstacle. And I’m going to touch on this subject again sometime soon.

We may well have a separate Facebook page for our future ASMR-themed multimedia projects, because there’s also talk of setting up an ASMR TV channel, but those who would accomplish this are planning on using YouTube to do it for now. Apparently it’s not hard to do, and of course YouTube is free.

Mind that this is all in the very early stages; merely just talk for now. But like one member of the group quoted: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

So you might just see these projects realised sooner or later. Soon, Ryan will hopefully have a podcast up and running, which I suggested he do in order to gain some experience and practice for when he actually runs a live radio broadcast, so look out for that in the mean time. I will of course have a write up and a link here on the blog when it’s available.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ASMR Movie Scene Directory

This is a collection of scenes from movies, TV series, and the like that act as triggers for experiencers. If you have any suggestions for scenes that provoke a reaction in you, be sure to leave a comment. Make sure to include the name of the film as well as a brief description of the scene in question, including the names of actors involved. If you can, also include extra details such as the time that elapses during the film before the scene occurs (e.g. 13:31).

Also, if you have any information for a scene all ready in the directory that is missing, such as actors that star in it and the like, then also feel free to comment.

3rd Rock From The Sun S5 E? “Title?” (2000) – “Baking with Margaret scene” with Kristen Johnston
American Psycho (2000) – “Morning routine” with Christian Bale
Avatar (2009) – (NMI) Encore
Battlestar Galactica (2003) – mini-series; opening scene
Blackadder S1 E4 - “Spanish Infanta” (1983) – “Blue stone of Galveston scene” with Tim McInnerny; “Earl of Doncaster dress up scene” with Tony Robinson
Black Swan (2010) – “breaking in pointe shoes scene” with Natalie Portman
Bladerunner (1982) – “Deckard first meets Rachel and Tyrell scene” with Harrison Ford
Because of Winn Dixie (2005) – “Butterfly guitar scene” with Dave Matthews
Becoming Jane (2007) – Deleted Scenes Part 1
Before Sunrise (1995) – “palm reading scene”
Being John Malkovich (1999) – “ordering from catalogue scene” with John Malkovich
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – “Absinthe scene” with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder; “Hypnosis scene” with Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder
Children of Men (2006) – “Cease fire scene” with Clive Owen
Cleo 5 to 7 (1962) – (NMI*)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) – “Air traffic control scene” (NMI)
Colour it Clean (1966) – (NMI)
Contact (1997) – “Wormhole scene” with Jodie Foster
Death Becomes Her (1992) – “Magic potion scenes” with Meryl Streep
Deliverance (1972) – “Banjo duel scene”
Dexter (2006 – ) – “Morning routine scene” with Michael C. Hall
Doctor Who - “Christmas edition” (2011) – “tree energy absorbing scene”
Edward Scissorhands (1990) – NMI with Johnny Depp
Faces in the Crowd (2011) – (NMI)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) – Intro piece
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) – (NMI)
Father Ted S? E? (1995 – 1998) – “Ghost story scene” with Ardal O’Hanlan
Fight Club (1999) – “Tyler chewing snacks on phone scene” with Edward Norton
Full Metal Panic (1998 - ) – “Haircut scene” (NMI)
Ghost Hunters (2002 – ) – various scenes
Ghost Hunters International (2006 – ) - various scenes
Ghost Town (2008) – “Hospital scene” with Ricky Gervais, Kristen Wiig
Gigantic (2011) – (NMI) with Zooey Deschanel
Gummo (1997) - (NMI)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) – “The Ollivander's Wand Shop scene” with Daniel Radcliffe
Hook (1991) – “There you are Peter scene” with Robin Williams
Inglourious Basterds (2009) – “If the shoe fits scene” with Christopher Waltz, Diane Kruger
I, Robot (2004) – “Robot arm scene” with Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan
James May on the Moon (2007) – “U-2 spy plane scene” with James May
Jurassic Park (1993) – “Dr. Malcolm's Chaos Theory” with Geoff Goldblum
Karate Kid (1984) – “Bonsai tree cutting scene” with Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Ralph Macchio
Kill Bill (2003) – “The story of Pai Mei by the fireside scene” with David Carradine
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) – “Meeting Esteban Vihaio scene” with Michael Parks
Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004) – “Stephano scene” with Jim Carrey
Lie To Me (2009 – 2011) – “Intro scene”
Lost in Translation (2003)
Love, Actually (2003) “Gift wrap scene” with Rowan Atkinson
Mad Men S4 E4 "The Rejected" (2010) – “beginning of the focus group scene”
Matilda (1996) – “large math problem scene” with
Meet the Fockers (2006) – “Ear massage scene” with Barbara Streisand
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) – “Women in castle scene” with Michael Palin
Monty Python: The Life of Brian (1979) – “Crucifixion? Good. scene” with Michael Palin
Mouse Hunt (1997) – (NMI) with Christopher Walken
Mr Bean S1 E2 – “The Return of Mr Bean" (1990) – “Christmas shopping scene”
Mr Bean S1 E7 – “Merry Christmas Mr Bean” (1992) – “Christmas cracker scene”
Mr Bean S1 E10 – “Do it yourself Mr Bean” (1993) – “New Years preparation scene”
My Family S8 E4 - “Wax job” (2007) – “Soldier painting scene” with Robert Lindsey
Mythbusters E76 (2007) – “Hypnosis scene” with Grant Imohara
No Country For Old Men (2007) – “Final speech scene” with Tommy Lee Jones
Parks and Recreation S2 E9 “The Camel” (2009) – “Ron's Shoe Shine scene” with Nick Offerman
Pleasantville (1998) – “Make up scene” with Tobey Maguire
Prey (2007) – “How I met your father scene” with Bridget Moynahan
Pulp Fiction (1994) – “Captain Koons scene” with Christopher Walken
Rev S1 E4 - “The One Show” (2010) – “Talking to God scene” with Tom Hollander
RoboCop II (1990) – “Sunblock 5000 scene” with Fabiana Udenio
Rowan Atkinson Live (1992) – “Indian waiter scene” with Rowan Atkinson
Salad Fingers (2004) – (NMI)
Seinfeld S2 E8 “The Heart Attack” (1991) – “The Holistic Healer scene” with Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
Sherlock (BBC series) S? E? (2011) – “I've made you coffee scene” (NMI)
Sherlock Holmes (2009) – “Fight simulation scene” with Robert Downey .Jnr
Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows (2011) – “Marksman breathing scene”
Sit and be Fit (1987 – ) – (NMI)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – “Rebooting scene” (deleted scene) with Arnold Schwarzenegger 
The Artist (2011) – “Tap Dancing to the Top scene”
The Big Lebowski (1998) – (NMI) “Money exchange scene” with Phillip Seymour Hoffman
The English Patient (1996) – Opening titles
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) – (NMI) paper flipping and research noises (multiple)
The Island (2005) – “Psych evaluation scene” with Ewan McGregor and Sean Bean
The Legend of Bagger Vance (1998) – (NMI) with Will Smith
The Matrix (1999) – “Interrogation scene” with Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving; “slop scene” (NMI); “Agent Smith and Cypher scene” with Hugo Weaving
The Mirror – (NMI)
The New World – (NMI)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) – “Lone Watie scene”
The Parent Trap (1998) – “Desk scene” with Lindsey Lohan
The Princess Bride (1987) – “Count Rugen using ‘The Machine’ on Wesley” with Christopher Guest
The Shining (1980) – “Bathroom scene” with Jack Nicholson
The Thin Red Line (1998) – (NMI)
The Village (2004) – (NMI)
The Wire (2002) S1 E4 – “Murder scene with cursing only” with Wendell Pierce and Dominic West 
ThunderCats (1985 - 1989) – Intro
Tootsie (1982) – “Bedroom scene” with Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange
Top Gear S10 E2 (2007) – “Stig listens to hypnosis track” with Ben Collins
Toy Story 2 (1999) – “Fixing Woody scene”
Vanilla Sky (2001) – (NMI)
Western Spaghetti (2009) – (NMI)
When Harry Met Sally (1989) – “Restaurant Orgasm Scene” with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1996) – “intro scene”
Wings of Desire (1987) – “Library scene”; various scenes

If you liked this list, then also check out a similar topic on the ASMR subreddit, or visit the scene directory playlist over at the UNF YouTube channel. Thanks.

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