“Sewn Into You” Adventures at the Masquerade

2 years ago 0

Last week I had the pleasure of being part of one of the most entertaining parties on the east coast—The Masquerade presented by Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia. The first time I attended the Masquerade was in 2013—you can get an inside look and listen to that on the ScareHouse Podcast, watch the video below from 2014, and for a full gallery of photos from this years event check out TBTW’s Facebook Album.   Amy, the Creative Director for TBTW and so much more, puts together the Masquerade every year. Working with the talented crew and characters at ESP they create an evening filled with intrigue, food, drink, dancing and lots of mystery. Throughout the night the party moves around the massive prison; cell blocks are opened and closed, performance artists (like ArcheDream for HUMANKIND) appear out of no where and play out beautiful and mesmerizing scenes, and if

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Brains in the Spinning Vortex–Trippy

2 years ago 0

The first time I went through a spinning vortex light tunnel I literally fell to my knees, hung on to the side railing and squeezed my eyes shut. I was 22 years old but feeling like I had just jumped off the “Spin Thing” at the playground as a child, collapsing into the grass to watch the clouds spin overhead. It was wonderful.   Spinning tunnels mess with our proprioception, or our sense of our body in space. Inside the vortex our brain gets confused trying to synch up contradicting input. Our eyes say we should be spinning, our body says we’re still vertical. Add a few creepy characters and some 3D effects and your brain is basically saying “wtf, seriously what are you doing, this is not normal” which can trigger an arousal (threat) response. This makes sense,  I mean where in history would we ever naturally encounter such

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Adventures in Bogota–Part II

3 years ago 1

I’m heading home today from Bogota, Colombia and feeling all kinds of emotions (I actually wrote this yesterday on the home but was not able to post it because Newark Airport is the worst). This has really been an amazing trip and I’m sad to go home. Waiting in the airport for my flight to board is always the hardest part. You’re not quite home but those pesky to-do items are starting to creep their way back into the forefront of your mind (like I don’t know, prepping for summer classes which start tomorrow, yes tomorrow..and grades that are due for Spring by 9am). Yay. But I’m not home yet. So I left off on Wednesday after spending the day exploring ‘haunted’ La Candearia and talking to an anthropologist with expertise in all things phantom in Bogota.  Thursday was a holiday in Colombia (and most of the industrialized world—it’s International

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