Monday, January 2, 2012

Medical Mondays: I'm Telekinetic! Almost.

Hey all, and Happy New Year!

I find the idea of telekinesis fun but faulty. How is it scientifically possible? I'm willing to make allowances for fiction, but in real life, I'm not a believer.

Then I saw this game called MindFlex. Looks like Mattel got a leg up on the paranormal universe, heh heh.

So you wear this headband with electrodes attached to your ears and around your head. Supposedly, it reads electrical brain activity and translates that to powering up a tiny fan in the console. Thus, the ball levitates.

We got if for the kids for Christmas. Okay, um. We got it for us too, since we've played it more than they have! I couldn't get it to work for the longest time (not enough caffeine, maybe?). Finally, I started babbling random things to see what would happen.

Check out what gets my mind totally focused and unfocused!

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Mental power is full of electricity and magic, I tell you. Use it to good effect for a very productive 2012!

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55 comments:

KarenG said...

What a fun game! When I was a kid, we used to play the Ouji Board, and I could never get that to work.

shelly said...

@Karen: MAybe that was a good thing.

@Lydia: The mind is truly powerful. Believe posititve things. Postitive things happen. Believe negative things. Negative happens.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

That is awesome! I totally need to check out that game. Mattel's got a patent on telekinesis, huh? Who would have thought it?

Laura Pauling said...

I think we often underestimate the power of our brain! That's why the sci fi the futuristic stories can be so fun b/c you just never know!

Old Kitty said...

You mentioned cleaning and the ball didn't like it! Yay!! LOL!

Oh what a fun game!! I want!! LOL!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family! Great to hear you and your kids too! Take care
x

julie fedderson said...

Yep, cleaning the house makes my psychic energy peter out, too. I love the way it went spastic when you said outlining, since I know your mad love for that particular task ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Any idea how it works?

Miranda Hardy said...

I've not heard of this game, but it's hilarious. It sure didn't like you cleaning the house.

Karen Lange said...

Hadn't heard of this game. What will they think of next? Happy New Year! :)

Lorelei said...

I swear I think I'm telekinetic--in a positive way.

I drive a transit bus, so naturally I see near accidents all the time. I've never been involved in one. But I swear I've seen so many accidents that should have happened... I'm thinking I somehow keep them from happening (as well as those who just about barrel into me!)

Sounds like a fun game, and why couldn't we be able to move things with our brain? How does an Ouija board work?

Cherie Reich said...

Ooo MindFlex sounds awesome! Happy New Year!

LD Masterson said...

Okay, you got me. Now I have to get this game and check it out.

Deb Salisbury said...

How cool! There's more to our minds than we realize. :-)

Happy New Year!

Stephen Tremp said...

I'll definately link back for your Medical Mondays this week. Now off to Twitter to follow #MedMomday.

LTM said...

that is totally bizarre... and hilarious! OMG! I've never seen this game. Must get now. :D

Little Ms. Fun said...

That's sooo weird!!! How does it work?! I don't trust anything that needs to be attached to my brain :P

Colene Murphy said...

Hahaha! How weird! Love it.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Love it! Right up there with flashlight light sabers. Well, maybe not.
Have you tried to attach to someone asleep to see if it picks up dream waves?

Linda Gray said...

Heh, cleaning the house is a serious downer! Love this. Now I know that all that stuff on tv medical shows about people who've lost the ability to speak being able to communicate through their minds moving arrows or balls on computer monitors is real. wow.

Suze said...

What a fantastic way to start off 2012. Seriously.

Clarissa Draper said...

Weird. But, looks like fun.

Nancy Thompson said...

Totally cool!!

Nancy said...

I got this for my daughter's Harry Potter birthday party and we had a lot of fun playing with it for awhile. I think now we have put it away again so I might take it back out. There is some research that indicates that activities like this also help train focus and can have a positive impact on people with ADHD. If anyone ever gets to Pigeon Forge, Tn there is a place called Wonder Works that has a larger version where you move a ball by seeing who can relax their mind the most. It is fascinating stuff.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Sounds like a great game. But with my Wiley E. Coyote luck, I would probably melt the ice caps by accident! LOL. Roland

Artful Communication - k~ said...

I love it! The more progress they make with games like this, the more potential they have for incorporating them into therapy for brain injuries.

(mutters softly) besides, this one looks like FUN!

Abby Minard said...

Haha, that's awesome! I bet it would totally do that for me if I thought of cleaning the house. Totally dead.

Kari Marie White said...

I squeed a little when I read about this game. How awesome!

Happy New Year.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Awesome! I would love to try that... though I bet the ball would do nothing since my brain feels like it's in slow motion right now. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! Outlining, Oreo cookies, and wildebeests. What a great way to start 2012! :D

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Happy New Year Lydia! You better be careful messing with your brain! Fascinating isn't it?

Just checked out #MedMonday on twitter.

Thanks for the service re questions you continue to provide.

Denise

Susan Oloier said...

My son would love that game. Better not tell him about it :-)

Em-Musing said...

Happy New Year and happy new game!It's interesting to me that you had to say what you thought out loud for it to work. I've always believed that prayers should be said out loud to give then more power, hence "say" your prayers, not "think" your prayers.

Belle said...

I noticed when you said, "Oh, God," the ball went up. When you thought about housework the ball plunged! Very interesting!

Belle said...

I noticed when you said, "Oh, God," the ball went up. When you thought about housework the ball plunged! Very interesting!

Krispy said...

Happy New Year!

That's so cool! So it actually works? I've heard of MindFlex but I'm always skeptical about that kind of stuff. Haha. I love how the ball drops when you say "I have to clean the house." LOL. Also, I finally know what you sound like!

Tracy Jo said...

That was hilarious! Loved that it popped back up over Oreo cookies. I definitely believe that our energy is a force...good or bad. Happy New Year!!

Coleen Patrick said...

I love how it sounded like it was powering down when you mentioned cleaning the house!
Soundtrack of my brain :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Oooh, I want one of these! Have fun with it. Happy 2012.

Donna Hole said...

I'm fascinated with the whole concept of telekenisis.

......dhole

Connie Keller said...

Wow! I've never heard of it. Cool.

Sarah said...

fun! oreos get my mojo going too:)

A Lady's Life said...

wow! Does it play with magnitism?
Is there a magnet inside the ball that repels another once the game begins?

Slamdunk said...

Ha, glad you all are in touch with your "unexplained" side.

The kids enjoy something similar at a science museum that involves trying to mentally push a ball into a hole before your opponent does.

Lost_without_a_Map said...

lol...What happened when you thought about cleaning the house?

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Yeah, cleaning the house zaps my brain, too! Happy New Year, Lydia!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I like the sound of this game. In one of my stories a ghost is taught this skill; I had a lot of fun with Telekinetics :)

Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year, Lydia.

lbdiamond said...

Hahaha! Sweet!

Heather said...

That is SO awesome!!! And happy new year to you too!

Melissa Sugar said...

Oreo cookies and twinkies, no house cleaning. It seems easy enough. My kids have this game (or whatever it is called), but I have never tried it. I will now. I can only hope I do not get as obsessed with this as I did their wii. Happy New Year.

Theresa Milstein said...

The power of telekenesis is too cool. I'm writing a manuscript where the characters have that power. I'm living vicariously through them...

Kelly Polark said...

My kids wanted that too!!!
It looks very cool!
Do you recommend it?

Kristy Shen said...

ha ha ha. That is so cute and hilarious. I want one now.

Joshua said...

I have telekinesis in one of my WIPs. It's as close to being a Jedi as I can get.

Leslie Rose said...

Super cool toy. Telekinesis has always fascinated me.

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