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Comment #661951 on Loops

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:02:43 -0400

Could someone point me to a place where I can learn more about the Transient Global Amnesia. I would like to learn about the cause of it and the likelihood that it is going to happen again. Thank you,

Comment #650109 on Loops

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:28:00 -0500

To call William Basinski's music "muzak" shows a fundamental lack of understanding or a willful ignorance about the content. Odd moment in an otherwise good episode.

Comment #589769 on Loops

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:30:38 -0400


Comment #589512 on Loops

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:25:40 -0400

Amazing! I had an episode of Transient Global Amnesia a few days after my birthday 3 years ago; it was much like described on the program. When my twin came to my rescue, sitting in a small ice cream shop in Chelsea (How did she know to come? The wonderfully caring & helpful young waitress was smart, & asked if I had a cellphone... she called my "ICE" (in case of emergency)contact. Later, I asked my sister how come she was laughing, as I did the "What day is it today? Not the day, the date... we just had a birthday? Did we do anything special?..." loop. Wasn't she concerned that I'd had a stroke? "No," she said. "I knew immediately it wasn't serious... I just knew." A friend who had a similar experience with her mom also "just knew" it wasn't serious. Whenever I recall the incident, I feel happy & wonderfully lucky, just as I felt that day once my sister showed up: I was (am) SO LUCKY to have someone who loved me who could help!

Comment #576930 on Loops

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:55:53 -0400

Very few podcasts leave me questioning reality, but this one hit it home. Specifically the part when they talked about the cassette loops. It reminds me of history and no matter when is around the events the same major plot points will prevail, and the music as a whole will stay the same.

Comment #570357 on Loops

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:53:00 -0500

Hi, does anyone have insight into what the first Basinski piece they place in the episode is called? Desperate to find it... Thanks so much

Comment #569746 on Loops

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:41:57 -0500

A great episode, as always! I chuckled when I hear the song at 48:00. Does anyone know what's it called?

Comment #552315 on Loops

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:14:38 -0500

The barber is female, or a prepubescent boy. The barber get's electrolysis, takes estrogen, or is of a cultural background that does not grow facial hair.

Comment #549241 on Loops

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:55:18 -0400

Listened to this on repeat

Comment #539227 on Loops

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:28:41 -0400

In the segment about the woman with a concussion...the religion is Hinduism and someone practicing is a Hindu, not Hindi. Hindi is a language.

Comment #539178 on Loops

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:04:22 -0400

Good episode, but how could you forget Hofstadter's concept of consciousness as a strange loop? It would have tied everything up quite nicely.

Comment #539046 on Loops

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:28:14 -0400

Am I old because I remember this? This is the song that never ends, Yes it goes on and on, my friends, Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was And they'll continue singing it forever, just because This is the song that never ends, Yes it goes on and on my friends, Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was And they'll continue singing it forever, just because This is the song that never ends, Yes it goes on and on my friends, Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was And they'll continue singing it forever, just because (repeat forever, apparently)

Comment #539029 on Loops

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:57:57 -0400

Two years ago I, too, suffered a head injury with complete memory loss. I never lost consciousness, but my wife tells me my loop--where am I? why am I here? like that--was quite short, 20-30 seconds, and that I looped for 6-8 hours until there were brief moments of lucidity. I came back the next day. My cognitive skills have mostly returned, but there are huge gaps in my memory. But here's the weird: I am an artist. Since my injury I have produced extraordinary work I never would have conceived of before. I have no idea where this came from but I am loving the ride. I would not recommend a massive concussion to stimulate creativity, but that has been the result of mine.

Comment #486181 on Loops

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:23:38 -0500

Oh man i was in the hospital after a bad car accident, totally conscious for hours although i have no memory of it. my mom and boyfriend were with me, they've told me i was on a couple minute loop as well. "where am i?" "you're in the hospital, you were in a car crash." "how'd i get here?" "they had to airlift you in a helicopter." "i was in a helicoptor??" (same degree of awed shock each time, then sad i couldn't remember it.) "where are my glasses?" "right here." "hope we don't see House walk by heheh, i'll start vomiting blood!" "yup." (they were totally bored by my repeated jokes by the end, lol, but my boyfriend did play with the timing of, "you were in a helicopter!" because sometimes i would be like, "i know you just told me!" but then when the loop reset i would be all "i was in a helicopter??" I don't actually remember anything until my doctors woke me up in the morning to check my concussion, and they had to repeat the story for me one last time. lol

Comment #402010 on Loops

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:15:36 -0500

Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting things to change.

Comment #390122 on Loops

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:35:45 -0400

I don't know if this has been mentioned before, but I bet Jad and Robert could have had a lot of fun with the John C. Lilly "Cogitate Loop". It's a single word (Cogitate) repeated over and over. It's used in a exercise where you play it for 15 minutes to an hour and see what other words you hear, even though the only word being played is "Cogitate". It's really interesting to do the experiment. Here's part of the loop, I have yet to find the full version online.

Comment #382035 on Loops

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:32:06 -0400

During skit night at band camp, I convinced my friend Garret to perform Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's horse skit with me on stage. I played Kurt's part, and Garret did the horsey dance. We kept it going for four minutes straight, and the audience was in stitches. A girl in the front row nearly hurt herself from laughing so hard. We had a blast.

Comment #373772 on Loops

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 02:19:54 -0400

My dad use to tell me this story: “It was a dark and stormy night, the men were sitting in the focasil, when up spoke the first mate saying “Captain, tell us a story”. So the captain began: “It was a dark and stormy night, the men were sitting in the focasil, when up spoke the first mate saying “Captain, tell us a story”. So the captain began: “It was a dark and stormy night…

Comment #373536 on Loops

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:25:47 -0400

In the opening act of this broadcast, the comedic pattern of the loop "Kristen Shaal is a Horse" is described as moving from amusement to hatred to hilarity. The exact same pattern is described by Al Jean to explain the humor behind the Sideshow Bob "rake gag" in the popular Simpson episode Cape Feare. In the gag, Sideshow Bob steps on nine rakes in a row and the same moan by Kelsey Grammar is repeated each and every time.

Comment #371734 on Loops

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:55:41 -0400

Listening to the segment about the musical loops reminded me of a show I went to in Syracuse New York. A performance by the musician Joe Driscoll. He would record his voice/beat/instrument in short segments, then he would loop the track back to add more and more layers of music. Amazing!!

Comment #366214 on Loops

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 16:35:02 -0400

The disintegration of the whale (and the loop of life and death)reminded me of Harry Nilsson"s song "Think about your troubles" from his The Point album.

Comment #363531 on Loops

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:59:35 -0400

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Comment #359979 on Loops

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:42:36 -0400

So much Recursion :) :)

Comment #356163 on Loops

Tue, 22 May 2012 15:56:04 -0400

The answer to the barber paradox is to add another barber. Every set, it seems to me, is part of a larger set, that set part of a larger set and so on. Each paradox can be resolved by completing the set and layering under broader sets. Much like a short sequence of numbers that has no disernible pattern until the set of numbers is completed.

Comment #355702 on Loops

Mon, 21 May 2012 07:04:34 -0400

That horse song is now on my ipod to listen over & over & over & over.

Comment #355680 on Loops

Sun, 20 May 2012 19:22:00 -0400

the barber is transgender and Donald Trump has Joe Arpaio arrest them until they can produce a long form birth certificate verified by the President.

Comment #355350 on Loops

Thu, 17 May 2012 12:55:48 -0400

Take away: Never die in the ocean.

Comment #349056 on Loops

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 02:02:54 -0400

something and nothing and something and nothing and something and nothing! song stuck in my head! wish they'd talk about how songs get stuck in your head!

Comment #347416 on Loops

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:32:53 -0400

The barber is a woman.

Comment #338544 on Loops

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:55:32 -0400

Crazy? Yeah, I was crazy once... they put me in a rubber room, and then I died. They buried me, and the worms started eating me... and worms just drive me crazy! Crazy? Year, I was crazy once... they put me in a rubber room, and then I died. They buried me, and the worms started eating me... and worms just drive me crazy! Crazy? Year, I was crazy once...

Comment #335781 on Loops

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:21:09 -0500

Listening to the Kristen Schaal/ Kurt Braunohler segment of the 'Loops' podcast as I was driving along the highway, I thought I was beginning to hallucinate (from laughter possibly) and pulled off the road to listen to the end. How utterly strange that a loop could put one in such a mesmerized state. At the end of the podcast, tho, I was still vaguely disappointed that, following the story about Mary Sue Campbell, the cognitive basis for loops was left unexamined. Is this 'looping effect' which Dr Viahos describes as happening to everyone. Is this an evolutionary leftover of our psyche looking for anomaly in the environment as a survival tactic?

Comment #334320 on Loops

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:16:51 -0500 Interesting connection to the memory loop discussed in this episode.

Comment #332329 on Loops

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:06:59 -0500

On the barber conundrum- surely there's an obvious solution - the barber is a woman and doesn't need to shave!

Comment #326294 on Loops

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 13:57:08 -0500

LOVE THIS PODCAST! I am working on themes of repetition for my MFA thesis, and would love to cite from this podcast. Is there any way you could post the transcript? Would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Comment #322661 on Loops

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:34:15 -0500

@Chris Walker from Texas; I too was completely blown away by the ethereal sounds in the tape loops. For the past week and a half, the one with brass instruments has been in the back of my head, but I love that I keep hearing it. Probably will have to buy the album

Comment #320582 on Loops

Sun, 08 Jan 2012 19:06:08 -0500

There was this one talk show on which Jason (the 'killer') was featured. Now, naturally, he didn't talk, so the entire 'talk' show was him being silent while the host asked him questions. He was silent the entire time and the audience was in hysterics by the end of the show. It was odd, but this podcast explains it.

Comment #318430 on Loops

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:53:38 -0500

They tend to overdramitize things. The disappearing tape segment being a prime example. So what??? And that gay sounding guy is incredibly annoying.

Comment #316367 on Loops

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 16:08:50 -0500

The looping music reminded me of this little plaything: Pulsate from aM laboratory. Create circles that bounce against each other:

Comment #315852 on Loops

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 13:45:34 -0500

The religion is Hindu (Hinduism), people speak Hindi.

Comment #313526 on Loops

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:25:33 -0500

This is cool. But its annoying as hell how they constantly complete each other sentences.

Comment #312846 on Loops

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 19:32:37 -0500

Great show as always but how can you do a show on loops and mathematics without mentioning fractals?!? I find them fascinating and I'm heartbroken that they didn't make their way into this episode.

Comment #312314 on Loops

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:00:22 -0500

this episode was excellent. hey here's a tape loop by me !

Comment #311531 on Loops

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:06:29 -0500

B.Russell's paradox is also illustrated in the following manner: you have a series of books about various aspects of a topic.Then there are other sets of books about other topics. The set is the topic of which these volumes are members of. Then there is the book which is the catalogue of these volumes. Which set holds the catalogue book? Or does the catalogue have a separate set of its own? Is it not related to all the other volumes? Where do we collocate it?

Comment #311525 on Loops

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:34:46 -0500

Rituals: not a symbol, but what happens within the repeated form. Inga Britt-Krauss talks about the freedom to emote within a ritual, but that could also be the freedom to NOT feel typical feelings during an experience. This last idea is novel to me during the preparation of a Research proposal on rituals. The only relief a an OCD sufferer (obessive compulsive disorder) seems to get is the very moment of their "rituals". Could that be why these ritualistic gestures escalate?

Comment #309708 on Loops

Sun, 20 Nov 2011 10:49:20 -0500

Ref: Whale Fall From hag fish to bacteria that feed off the sulfur in whale bones, I had the spooky image of life crawling over planet earth slowly, inexorably, consuming it to the last morsel. As an aside, John Romer in his book "Testament" writes that Rabbi Akiva "...was executed by the Romans who combed the skin from his body with 'combs of iron'"!! By the way, I really like your new pod-cast layout.

Comment #308070 on Loops

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:55:01 -0500

I listened to this episode and enjoyed it very much. I've worked in technical documentation of one sort or another for years and wanted to pass along that every now and then, if you check an index, you will see the following entries: Loop, Endless ... see Endless Loop Endless Loop ... see Loop, Endless. Thanks for an enjoyable show.

Comment #307785 on Loops

Sun, 13 Nov 2011 08:52:28 -0500

My Dad taught me this little loopy story (I don't know where he heard it from): Zanzibar Feeling a bit weary, I stopped in at a wayside pub and ordered a glass of ale. "Ale?" says he "Ale," says I "And what is your name," says he "Zanzibar, z-a-n-z-i-b-a-r," says I "Ah HA! Then you have just killed my brother. We shall meet at dawn at the village gates." I, being the chosen one, was given the choice of weapons. With one thrust of my trusty steel, he fell into the arms of his others. Then... feeling a bit weary, I stopped in at a wayside pub and ordered a glass of Ale. "Ale?" says he "Ale," says I "and what is your name?" says he "Zanzibar, z-a.... and from here it just keeps looping and looping.

Comment #306612 on Loops

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 22:29:41 -0500

My Father had Transient Global Amnesia for about 24 hours 15 years ago. He did keep asking the same questions, to the point where my mom made a sign for the wall saying "You have not had a stroke, we don't know what's happening, the kids are with Livi . . ." However, there was one major difference --every time someone explained what was happening, he made a joke, but each time it was a different joke! He NEVER repeated a joke, which is how my mom said she knew he would be okay. Some part of his brain wouldn't let him make the same joke. I don't know what that means about him.

Comment #306586 on Loops

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:30:10 -0500

My brain has been on a loop since the beginning of this episode. "Kristin Shaw is a horse. Kristin Shaw is a horse. Kristin Shaw is a horse..." Thanks!

Comment #306373 on Loops

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 07:51:30 -0500

Two perhaps relavant(?) items: (and elsewhere...) A Mark Twain tale of a rhyme stuck in the mind... and, on the international links, from the OTHER ABC: (Radio Lab makes it to ABC, in occaision...) best