So for this trip I have been working very hard on getting dive certified. When I first thought about learning to Scuba Dive I thought it would be relatively easy to do and that it wasn’t that complicated. I was so wrong in so many ways.
Learning to dive is like taking a college class. The online course is divided up into 5 sections, each with 150+ pages of learning material. This does not include the controlled indoor and outdoor dives you have to do to practice all of the skills you read and learn about in the online portions. Dive tables are probably one of the most important things to learn because it can help prevent Decompression Sickness, also known as the Bends, as well as make sure you have an awesome diving experience with an adequate amount of time underwater.
When you dive your tank is 21% oxygen and the rest is Nitrogen, as you dive the air in the tank decreases in volume and increases in density causing more nitrogen to enter your body (i think I’m getting this right?) which means Nitrogen builds up in your body as you dive creating bubbles, which is why it’s so important to take safety stops every 5 meters/15 feet. So what is Decompression Sickness? Decompression sickness is a serious medical condition caused by nitrogen bubbles within your blood and body tissues. If the excess nitrogen in your body tissues is too high, when you ascend and surface, the nitrogen may come out of solution faster than your body can eliminate it, forming bubbles. These bubbles are usually in joints, fatty tissues and environmental factors can be huge game changers on how/when/where they form. How do we make sure this doesn’t happen? By taking safety stops to allow the nitrogen to work its way out safely but also by using dive tables to ensure you’re not diving out of a safe depth and time.
Least to say I’ve never been good at math and figuring the table out involves math. If it’s your first dive it’s easy, if you are doing a second dive in a close period to the first dive you have to account for the nitrogen that hasn’t worked its way out of the body yet. The residual Nitrogen is also why you’re not allowed to fly the same day you dive. So I’ve taken this test three times now and just feel like the biggest idiot on the planet for not getting something that seems relatively simple. So for tonight, I gave the test a break and headed over to a friend’s house where there were double chocolate s’mores, a bonfire, great people and a telescope to look at the stars.
I will not blame you if you do not watch this entire video.
So as a bunch of my readers know I got to go to PAX east for my first time ever this past weekend. Not only was this my first PAX but it was also my first Con ever. Of all time. It was super exciting and very shiny. For a lot of people PAX is the Panels and Expo floor, waiting in line just to get a chance to play some of the hottest new games before any of your friends do, for others it’s Cosplaying some of the most incredible and realistic costumes you will ever see in your life. For me? It was a lot of trying not to get too overwhelmed with all of the awesomeness that was sucking me in like a wild vortex and part of this awesomeness was testing the Virtusphere.
The Virtusphere is the brain child of Ray and Nurulla Latypov, brothers and inventors who have been made famous with their advances in computer technology and it feels much like running around in a human sized Hamster Ball. With a diameter of ten feet you have a lot of room to play with and according to the site you can punch, kick and run a fairly decent speed without worrying about tripping on anything.
My personal experience with it was this: Due to this being a demo at a gaming convention I got a very very basic show of the true abilities of the gaming sphere goodness which basically means: I got to walk around in a virtual world that looked much like something out of World of War Craft if it were made in 2001 (this year was one of my favorites when it came to graphics.) It was tricky to control, and disorienting to say the least. According to the guy who helped me get into the sphere it tends to work best when facing north, although good luck staying in one pointed direction. At one point I ended up in the air and I got to look down on the sample world as a whole and I was really impressed. The gaming world was larger than I thought when I was on the “ground” and although it felt like I had been walking through the world for a while, I had barely covered any of the actual game.
The Virtusphere is used for training military, fitness clubs, medical centers, museums and colleges (But wait! There’s more!) as well as many other fields of industry. I am just glad it doesn’t fit into my living room; Goodbye world, helllllooooo Killing Floor!
So this weekend I am in Boston for PAX East, actually that’s where I am writing this. I. Am. SO EXCITED to be here!!! The people are great, the atmosphere is incredible and the cosplayers are breathtaking!!!
At Logan International Airport baggage claim.
I am seriously having the time of my life, and I get to be back on my favorite coast (hello my beloved East Coasties!!!) So here is a preview of the things I will be reviewing here!!!