We are progressing!
Regarding the qEEG machine, we have narrowed it down to two manufacturers. Neither is a perfect fit, but after checking on a few more details, I will make the decision as to which one works best for where we are going. (Won’t it be fun in a few years when there is equipment specifically designed for tracking the spirit?)
I hope to make the decision next week and to place the order. We also have to decide on a sturdy, high capacity laptop and a server for storing the data. By the end of the month, we may have all of the gear on hand.
We already have one HRV unit available. We will buy three more later this year. Logistically the HRV collects 24 hours of data while the qEEG is done in two to three hours. So when a tech travels to a city where we have a number of people who want to volunteer their spirit and their brain for this experiment, the plan is to wire three or four people to the HRV devices (a little larger than a cell phone) on day one, then have them come back one at a time on day two for the qEEG.
We need both pieces of equipment collecting data at the same time, while we are working with the spirit. Then we will manually match up the data for the head, heart and lungs and see what the impact of the human spirit is in different configurations.
Today I wrote the volunteer application for those who want to be tested. I also did a description of the process and the inevitable, unfortunate disclaimer document. These three are currently making the requisite stop at our wonderfully patient, enduring, compassionate proof reader.
Then they go to Megan to format. The application form will be web-based so that means Tim, our IT guy will need to put in the invisible but wonderfully helpful Java script.
And then, it will be live here on this blog. I am guessing by the middle of next week we will have those up.
Hopefully by the time we have the hardware all up and running (and figured out) we will have a good number of volunteers from the So Cal area. We would like to do that group first, since it is easiest logistically.
Then the big challenge will be getting the rest of the data. We hope there are enough volunteers in geographical clusters that we can send someone to a city where there are at least four and possibly eight people who we can test all on one trip.
It will be a fairly complicated process trying to get to all the people in our great nation who want to participate, but hey! We are up for it. Next year will be a busy year.
Then when we have pretty well exhausted this pool of brains and spirits, we are thinking of bringing Hanna over from Switzerland to learn the process. She can go back with the equipment and test the available Swiss!
And after that, maybe Megan can do a run Down Under! Oh yes, and there is Canada too, and South Africa. Well, we will cross those bridges after we get some momentum here.
But, occasionally, in the midst of the grubby realities of daily trivia, I just have to dream a little about the fun parts . . .
November 10, 2011
From the Quarterdeck, in Anaheim