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by jordansparks
Sun Feb 13, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Questions from a newb/potential patient
Replies: 8
Views: 12649

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: 12649

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: 12649

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: 13028

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: 13028

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: 23013

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: 13028

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: 23013

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: 2
Views: 12589

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: 17344

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: 21986

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: 21986

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: 21986

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: 21986

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: 21986

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: 23013

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: 13471

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.
by jordansparks
Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Customers
Replies: 2
Views: 13471

Customers

We do still get a few customers even though I made it really clear on our main page that we are not capable of much right now. After a dry spell, we just got two brains in a row. We also get a few phone calls per month that don't result in us providing any services. Some of them are very sad, people...
by jordansparks
Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Building shell is complete
Replies: 9
Views: 23013

Re: Building shell is complete

Roof top A/C units were craned into place yesterday.
by jordansparks
Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Building shell is complete
Replies: 9
Views: 23013

Re: Building shell is complete

Electrical and plumbing rough-in are done. Drywall is underway. The 1500 L microbulk liquid nitrogen (LN2) tank has been ordered and will arrive soon. This tank is 8' tall and 4' in diameter, so it's not huge. We don't go through a lot of LN2, but it's essential that we always have it on hand and th...
by jordansparks
Mon Jun 28, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Tomorrow Biostasis
Replies: 2
Views: 13919

Re: Tomorrow Biostasis

Ugh. I'm so embarrassed. I'm terrible with names. Yes, of course Dr. Kendziorra travelled to Salem to talk with me a couple of years ago. But the part of the conversation that I remembered was regarding the new EBF facility in Switzerland. So when I came across Tomorrow Biostasis, I forgot that it w...
by jordansparks
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Tomorrow Biostasis
Replies: 2
Views: 13919

Tomorrow Biostasis

I was recently made aware of Tomorrow Biostasis: https://tomorrowbiostasis.com/ Looks exciting! From a brief review of their website, it looks like they have about $1M in funding to start, no building that I could see, and two enthusiastic guys, but no other staff. There's a really cool picture of t...
by jordansparks
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Welcome
Replies: 8
Views: 22900

Re: Welcome

Go to the Forum page, which is the parent of this topic page. The text link is within bottom blue/gray bar.
by jordansparks
Mon May 17, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cryopreservation procedure (ASC)
Replies: 6
Views: 17882

Re: Cryopreservation procedure (ASC)

Science is full of people who disagree with each other. It's no big deal. It's healthy.
by jordansparks
Tue May 11, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cryopreservation procedure (ASC)
Replies: 6
Views: 17882

Re: Cryopreservation procedure (ASC)

There are so many tradeoffs between different protocols that you really need someone with a lot of expertise to make judgements. For example, I've been pushing for the very fast carotid approach. But the tradeoff is that the occipital area of the brain will likely be poorly perfused in a small subse...
by jordansparks
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cryopreservation procedure (ASC)
Replies: 6
Views: 17882

Re: Cryopreservation procedure (ASC)

First of all, just so we're clear, Oregon Cryonics doesn't have an actual process. We instead have a planned process. One scientific paper does not define exactly what our process might look like, but it does point us in the right direction. Once the building is done, we will begin the hard work of ...
by jordansparks
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Forum
Topic: Biological Revival
Replies: 0
Views: 22393

Biological Revival

Someone asked me today if our proposed technique, Aldehyde Stabilized Cryopreservation (ASC), would still allow for biological revival. This person wants their original self back rather than a perfect copy. I very strongly disagree that a functional copy of the brain would not be equivalent to the o...
by jordansparks
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Community
Replies: 3
Views: 19331

Community

Over the years, I've purchased some land to expand my software company. In the process, I've ended up with seven rental houses, so I've naturally toyed with the idea of building a cryonics community. At one point, I even had plans drawn up for an RV park on part of the property. But here's the probl...
by jordansparks
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Trust the Science
Replies: 0
Views: 22459

Trust the Science

I happened to come across a recent video of Bill Faloon giving one of his many talks about anti-aging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cHI6JtVLc8 I wouldn't necessarily recommend wasting your time watching it. My comments here are going to be very general. They would apply to this video as well as ...
by jordansparks
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Forum
Topic: Building shell is complete
Replies: 9
Views: 23013

Re: Building shell is complete

Sprinkler system is installed.