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by jordansparks
Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:57 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Oregon ends residency requirement for assisted suicide
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Re: Oregon ends residency requirement for assisted suicide

Vaguely, yeah. That's fantastic! I did not see that coming. Next, they need to remove the requirement to have less than 6 months to live. Alzheimer's comes to mind as an example of a disease that doesn't fall under the 6 month limit. It will happen, but it's really unpredictable how long it will tak...
by jordansparks
Wed Mar 09, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Re: Surviving World War III

I think you misunderstand the purpose of a drought map. That shows changes compared to normal. But if you instead look at a rainfall map, you will see that Salem gets at least 10 times as much rain as Phoenix, and the surrounding hills get at least 20 times as much. I say "at least" becaus...
by jordansparks
Wed Mar 09, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Could Ötzi the Ice Man ever be revived?
Replies: 1
Views: 529

Re: Could Ötzi the Ice Man ever be revived?

Damage occurs first at the very smallest scales. Molecules break, membranes tear, proteins denature, etc. At this point, the tissue still looks great under light microscopy. Then, some cells start to completely fragment, with the little fragments getting stirred. I really don't see how you could eve...
by jordansparks
Mon Mar 07, 2022 11:06 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: I live in Vancouver
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: I live in Vancouver

This post seemed so legit except for the porn link at the bottom which I deleted. Although the poster was deleted, the name of the poster remains and they were obviously a spammer. This seems legit because it's a copy of a post from 2015. If this had been a real post, then I would have replied that ...
by jordansparks
Sat Mar 05, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Re: Surviving World War III

Head transplants are coming, so I think we'll be fine by comparison.
by jordansparks
Sat Mar 05, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Re: Surviving World War III

Many brains in jars have only been preserved with formaldehyde rather than glutaraldehyde. I don't think this distinction has been discussed very much. I've been noticing a significant difference in brains that get thoroughly preserved with glutaraldehyde. They shrink a little bit. They get tough an...
by jordansparks
Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Re: Surviving World War III

An underground facility is probably overkill for cryonics patients. There were many reinforced concrete multistory buildings that survived the nuclear bombs of WWII just fine, even though they were very close to ground zero. The people inside were killed because of the hot air that came in through t...
by jordansparks
Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:04 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Re: Surviving World War III

>Do you take cash?
I'm not sure what you are asking. Everyone takes cash.
by jordansparks
Thu Mar 03, 2022 10:44 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Re: Surviving World War III

There are existing brains in jars that have been intact for well over 100 years, I believe. It's not ideal, but it might preserve some memories. I was thinking more like a few weeks or months. It's a topic for research.
by jordansparks
Wed Mar 02, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Surviving World War III
Replies: 12
Views: 1639

Surviving World War III

There's a real chance that Russia could take us down the path to WWIII. The issue I will address here is survivability, especially of cryonics patients. First of all, most people would initially survive in even the worst case scenario of a full nuclear exchange. Just google images for US nuclear tar...
by jordansparks
Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

We're tectonically inert except for every 400 years, there's a massive earthquake 50 miles off the coast that causes a tsunami with 100 ft waves. There's a 37% risk of this in the next 50 years, and if it happened today, approximately 20,000 people would die from the tsunami. Even though this is a l...
by jordansparks
Sun Feb 13, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

Yes, I've been thinking about concrete vaults lately as one of the next obvious improvements. A concrete vault would have stopped the theft in Russia. The building that we just finished had originally been planned as just an underground concrete vault. For many complex reasons, it was easier to buil...
by jordansparks
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:08 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

Well, it took you about 20 years to build those semantic memories. Just because we get uploaded doesn't mean they are obsolete. Most aspects of our civilization would transfer just fine to a virtual environment. There should still be plenty of social interaction. The physical world will still exist ...
by jordansparks
Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:15 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Questions from a newb/potential patient

Welcome. 1. There is a kind of memory called "semantic" memory. These are the facts of how the world works and how you choose to interact with the world. You might not need all your other memories, but you'll need those semantic memories to know how to talk, what a bird is, etc. Without yo...
by jordansparks
Tue Jan 11, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Fees Lowered
Replies: 7
Views: 2026

Re: Fees Lowered

I took another look at the Pet page, and revised the fees to differentiate between those that need perfusion and those that do not.
by jordansparks
Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:25 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Fees Lowered
Replies: 7
Views: 2026

Re: Fees Lowered

That is true. I think that if we get a brain, in pretty much all cases, we will need to immerse in cryoprotectant stages for a few months. So I don't see any point in trying to break down that fee into sub-fees. It's hard to compare our costs with CI's, but I'm certainly not suggesting that CI try t...
by jordansparks
Tue Jan 04, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Building shell is complete
Replies: 9
Views: 11466

Re: Building shell is complete

I was thinking of doing a video walkthrough before we start to add clutter.
by jordansparks
Wed Dec 29, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Fees Lowered
Replies: 7
Views: 2026

Fees Lowered

I've reviewed all of our fees again and lowered them a bit. This was not done hastily, but only after mulling over the current fees for 5 years and after having gone through this process repeatedly before that. The amount that goes to the Patient Care Fund was lowered slightly, but is still 15 times...
by jordansparks
Wed Dec 29, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Building shell is complete
Replies: 9
Views: 11466

Re: Building shell is complete

Done. We have a certificate of occupancy. Still lacking the backup generator which is on back order for a few weeks. So now, it's a matter of gradually moving in. This is momentous! I've been trying to get to this point for so many years.
by jordansparks
Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Number of forum views
Replies: 1
Views: 1475

Number of forum views

I just noticed that a post I made last month has nearly 5000 views. There's no way. I would expect maybe around a hundred of those are legit, and many of those are repeats because it was an ongoing conversation. I suspect Russian bots because we've been getting a few Russian spammers. But still, 500...
by jordansparks
Tue Nov 02, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Do-it-yourself storage
Replies: 0
Views: 3805

Do-it-yourself storage

I've been having an email conversation with someone. The gist is that they want to exhume their mother who died in 2017 and preserve the body themselves. Just as an exercise for discussion, I will list out the cheapest possible path for doing this. I think it's a terrible idea, and the best way to c...
by jordansparks
Fri Oct 15, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Inspections during cryopreservation
Replies: 6
Views: 12340

Re: Inspections during cryopreservation

Dennis, this person will also read your post and will probably be offended by it. I'm not here to criticize customers. We provide services out of compassion, and we try to help people understand the limits of what we can do. In any case, yes, this person has plenty of experience with technical compl...
by jordansparks
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Inspections during cryopreservation
Replies: 6
Views: 12340

Re: Inspections during cryopreservation

None of the cryonics organizations would be able to meet your requirements. Many of the requirements are impossible even if we were willing. There's no such thing as a transparent dewar. It is theoretically possible to place the body in an open container of LN2 and take photos from above, but the qu...
by jordansparks
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Inspections during cryopreservation
Replies: 6
Views: 12340

Re: Inspections during cryopreservation

Here was their response (I removed carriage returns to save space): Thanks. But I am not buying your rebuttal; or your additional explanations because: As a consumer, things need to be the way I request, or it is not happening. The below must be able to be incorporated into a contract with you or an...
by jordansparks
Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Inspections during cryopreservation
Replies: 6
Views: 12340

Re: Inspections during cryopreservation

We do not currently plan on doing any checks while cryopreserved. The risks probably significantly outweigh the benefits. One risk would be accidental impact. Another risk would be allowing temperature fluctuation. The tissue must always remain completely submerged in liquid nitrogen. If a simple co...
by jordansparks
Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Inspections during cryopreservation
Replies: 6
Views: 12340

Inspections during cryopreservation

I received the following email. It raises some interesting questions, so I thought I would post it here for everyone: Inspections of patients after stasis and long after status. Having gone through the Oregon Cryonic website; I found no information on inspections after patient stasis. I have traded ...
by jordansparks
Sun Oct 03, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Building shell is complete
Replies: 9
Views: 11466

Re: Building shell is complete

Door frames and suspended ceilings are done. All this finishing stuff always seems to drag out. I've asked the architect to draw a set of stairs and two upstairs RRs. That will give us another 3000 sf on the second floor. There are a few reasons for this. The primary reason is that much of the upsta...
by jordansparks
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Customers
Replies: 2
Views: 5784

Re: Customers

I would say roughly even thirds. Between emails and phone calls, we make contact with about one new person per week. The absolute number was higher when our website was more optimistic, and I expect that number to return to higher once we return the website to a more optimistic stance.