On The Condition of Being Highly Receptive to Stimuli

A consolidated post containing a series of thoughts I posted to Twitter in late 2012:

I believe that most people have pretty heavy filters through which they see the world. Some people perceive the world without these filters.


When certain people perceive the world without the protective filters that most have, these people are called 'sensitive'.


'Sensitive' people often have a very high-bandwidth pipeline of stimuli coming into their brains. This can be hard to handle at times.


People who are highly receptive to stimuli can often get distracted by the smallest things; their mood can change at the sight of a color.


Those who are sensitive, who are highly observant, can be hypnotized by emotionally resonant art, architecture. Literally stunned by it.


As a sensitive, highly observant person, it can be tough living in a world with so many stimuli. But it's also incredibly rewarding.


Highly sensitive people do not need drugs, alcohol to get high. These things can be dangerous to them. All they need is a walk in the woods.


With so much beauty in the world, those lucky enough to be highly sensitive have the ability to be 'high', so to speak, just by living.

Via @JasonRobertC (me) on Twitter.

I Love Specs—Upgrade Time!



We purchased our ‘main’ desktop computer on February 1, 2007, from a reputable local computer shop (AVA Direct). Since then, I’ve upgraded most of the PC’s major components, including, most recently, the motherboard and CPU (which basically makes it a new computer). It’s interesting to think that if you buy a good physical case (in this case, a Thermaltake Lanbox), you can basically upgrade forever within the same physical frame. If you’re interested, here’s the evolution chart:

Processor
1. Intel Core2 Duo (2-Core) E6600 2.4 GHz (original to system 2/1/07)
2. Intel Core2 Quad (4-Core) Q6600 2.4 GHz (upgrade 9/13/11)
3. AMD FX 8350 (8-Core; 2 logical x 4 physical) 4.0 GHz (upgrade 12/29/12); upgraded stock CPU cooler to Zalman CNPS8900 on 12/27/13

Memory
1. 2 GB (2x 1 GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-800 SDRAM
2. 4 GB (4x 1 GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-800 SDRAM (upgrade 1/7/09)
3. 16 24 GB (3x 8 GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1333 SDRAM (upgrade to 16 GB 12/29/12, to 24 GB 1/19/14)

Graphics
1. Sapphire Radeon X1950XT 256 MB 
2. Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512 MB (upgrade 12/26/08)
3. MSi Radeon HD 7870 2 GB (upgrade 3/31/13) - card went bad
4. XFX Radeon R9 380 2GB (upgrade 8/13/15) 

Hard Disk
1. 1.0 TB: 2x Maxtor 500 GB, 3.0 Gb/s, 7,200-RPM, 16 MB cache (repurposed as external media & backup drives)
2. 3.5 TB: Seagate Barracuda 2.0 TB + Hitachi Deskstar 1.5 TB, 6.0 Gb/s, 7,200 RPM, 64 MB Cache + 64 256 GB Samsung (2011) Sandisk (2014) Solid State Boot Drive + 2x Toshiba 1TB external media & backup drives

Optical
1. Lite-On 20x DVD±RW Dual-Layer, LightScribe
2. LG 12x Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Burner, LightScribe (upgrade 10/12/11)

Motherboard
1. Asus P5B-VM Intel LGA775
2. Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AMD AM3+ (upgrade 12/29/12)

Networking
802.11n + Ethernet

Display
1. 2x Sony SDM-S73 17" SXGA (1280x1024) 16 ms TN panel LCDs, 2.6 MP 
2. 2x HP LP2465 24" WUXGA (1920x1200) 6 ms S-PVA panel LCDs, 4.6 MP (upgrade 01/13/10)

Case/PSU
1. Thermaltake Lanbox with 550W Rosewill PSU
2. Upgraded PSU to Thermaltake 850W (12/29/12)

OS
1. Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit 
2. Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (upgrade 01/09/10)
3. Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (upgrade 12/29/12)
4. Windows 10 

Input
1. Logitech wireless keyboard, mouse
2. Razer Black Widow Ultimate Keyboard, Razer Naga Epic Mouse (upgrade 1/3/11)