Monday, December 19, 2011

Have a look at some ASMR Logo Designs

In the last month or two on the ASMR Facebook group there’s been a discussion or two related to ASMR logos. We had one conversation talking about which existing ASMR logos people liked the most. We have the first circle that Jenn came up with, then the revised one that is most commonly used, and we have the UNF World design that I made, using a public domain image of the earth as a base.

I proposed that perhaps we should have a competition of sorts where people can submit their own logos that they’ve designed and we can choose the best looking ones to be exhibited on various network sites, such as this one.

The other conversation which was brought up talked about different products that we could have that sport an ASMR logo of sorts. So more and more logos started being submitted by two or three people in the group.

We had at least one member of the community who happens to be into graphic design, and volunteered to showcase some designs. As of right now I’ve seen some scribbles or doodles of these designs, which may or may not be improved upon and made in to professional looking logos. Another member has also contributed some great looking logos. If you’re a member of the group on Facebook you can view these in the pictures section. She’s also very nicely given me permission to show off the designs here on the blog too.

"spraypaint" graphic"tropical" graphic"continent" graphic

                              Click on the pictures for bigger versions

I don’t know how the community would react to having logos, or perhaps popular community phrases put on mugs, T-shirts and so on. I’d personally like the idea of having some business cards that have an ASMR logo on. There’s no doubt it would make for increased traffic and membership – which just keeps gaining and gaining as we speak. But I was promised I wouldn’t ever have to hand out flyers!

There’s one nice idea on the group related to T-shirts – having ASMR phrases in a sort of code that would be recognisable to other experiencers and those who are familiar with the design, but would be practically indecipherable to most other people.

For now the design, production and distribution of any ASMR products is merely just talk. If anyone out there wishes to go ahead and make some, then they can go ahead – we can’t really stop you. But I don’t think it’s really a priority for the research team as such, for the time being anyway. Be sure to post photos of any creations, though!

I tried to get in to the T-shirt designing business years ago when I was a teenager, but it didn’t ever really get anywhere, to be honest. I had a design, and looked in to the cost of buying T-shirts, printing or applying logos, and then having to sell them. But the idea just faded. Years later I found out from others’ experiences that it’s an extremely hard industry to break in to – fashion. But at least we all ready have the market, with over 2000 members on the Facebook group, and even other experiencers and non-experiencers that support us, who aren’t on Facebook.

Do you want to see, and would you like to own ASMR-branded products? Nothing is set in stone here, mind. We’re just discussing the subject for now. Chime in, in the comments below on this hugely interesting subject.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

An Experiencer Releases Her Own Christmas Album!

I’ve read some comments just recently from experiencers, who claim that giving ASMR to a loved one would be the ultimate Christmas gift. Well, that may be possible after all.

I was quite surprised to see on the ASMR Facebook Group’s wall that one of our community has apparently released her own Christmas album! She goes by the name of Hailey on her Facebook page, although her own personal Facebook account surname is different.

The album is called “Follow The Star”, and you can preview and perhaps purchase the album over at iTunes. The full album is $6.93, whereas individual songs are charged at $0.99 each. You can also pick up a physical copy of it (AKA a CD) by buying it at an online retailer such as Amazon. Hailey has confirmed that there was a change in one of the 7 tracks after it went on sale, so be sure you’re getting the latest version of it.

We’re used to seeing asmers create and upload their own sound or video clips online, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen a professionally, commercially released product by an experiencer. Hailey claims that she’s recorded and produced it all on her own, and to boot reports that her friends say some of the songs make them feel all nice and tingly.

There are many out there within the community on various network sites who claim that ASMR is different from what is known as frisson. But it is generally acknowledged that it may well be possible to have ASMR triggered by music.

So anyway, check it out and see if any of the tracks work for you. Perhaps leave a comment here on the blog or join the conversation over at her Facebook page or our Facebook Group (links above).

Hailey also has a YouTube channel called slowwhispers where she uploads her own trigger videos.

Congratulations on the album release, Hailey!

Monday, December 5, 2011

PSA: YouTube Playlist Issues

I’ve tweeted about the situation on Twitter – the other day, and about a month or so ago, too. I’ve decided to go more in depth here for those who follow the blog.

There’s a nasty YouTube bug, where videos in playlists disappear all of a sudden. A while back I lost 20-30 videos out of the recommended videos playlist. Just recently though I lost many more – about a third of the entire playlist if not more. I was doing routine cleaning up and moving of videos to other ASMR playlists. I clicked “save” and got an error message, reading: “Invalid request”. I clicked save again, and after the page loaded, I was stuck with less than 100 videos in the playlist, when I had over 150 just minutes earlier. I only moved less than 10 videos to other playlists.

This is the second time this has happened in the last month or two. I’ve reported this bug both times. It seems that others experience issues such as this, too. YouTube or Google needs to get this fixed ASAP. It’s most annoying. I was so bloody cross, especially the second time it occurred.

So all that work collecting recommended links and then adding them to playlists all went to waste.

But perhaps all is not lost. I have the history feature on YouTube which lets me see which videos I’ve seen lately. I’d have to go about visiting the links and adding them all over again. I also mentioned that I collect links to the YouTube trigger videos – I have a good habit of copying and pasting them in to a note-taking extension for my browser. So I can also do it that way – but it would be harder to see which video is which, I think.

For future use, to prevent this sort of thing having such a catastrophic effect on the channel, I’ve set up a backup playlist, which is unavailable for public viewing (private). So all trigger videos that I add to any playlist will also be added to this playlist in case the worst happens: I have another disappearing act on one of my playlists. I should have done this months ago. I meant to do it after the first time I came across this nasty bug.

That’s why it pays to have separate playlists and not just one big one. I learnt this the hard way. It just seems to happen with said playlist though, so I might have to start another big one and abandon this one. I’ll something out. I’ve actually added several new ASMR playlists based on theme just lately.

Sorry for the inconvenience it might have caused any of you. I’ll gradually try and re-add the videos that were lost.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Recommended Website: Librivox

You might have noticed that I have a new page in the sidebar of the blog called “recommended resources”. This page lists websites that aren’t dedicated to ASMR, or don’t intentionally have anything to do with said phenomenon, but experiencers commonly list these sites as ones they use. Even YouTube falls under this category, if you think about it, despite having many, many channels, playlists, and videos on it that are dedicated to ASMR.

One of these resources is Librivox. Librivox is a website which contains a massive catalogue of audio books. People (who are often writers, bloggers, or actors in some capacity) volunteer to record their voices as they read chapters of books, recent and ancient. These recordings are then uploaded to the website and can be downloaded in several formats including MP3 and OGG, as well as different bit rates (higher is better).

I went and downloaded the entire section of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I posted a while back on my Facebook page that I had read the eBook. The first few chapters were immensely captivating. I’ve watched the rather magnificent film of the same name recently, too, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Gary Oldman (who was essentially the Johnny Depp of his day, in my mind).

So after downloading the files (I opted for OGG – I seem to recall reading that they are more compressed than MP3 and of higher quality), I went about playing the files in WinAmp. I instantly cycled through all 27 chapters to see if any of the authors had “the voice”. Most of them made me shrill in disgust, but all ready a few chapters in and I came across some I liked. It made it that much more pleasurable to listen to – of course I didn’t retain that much information seeing as I was “blissing” the entire time.

Some of the notable authors in this respect who have worked on other projects on Librivox include Laura Fox, and Peter Yearsly, among others.

The recordings available on the website are in the public domain (this mainly applies to the USA), but in some countries or jurisdictions the copyright is still active, so it wouldn’t be wise to download it in cases like this.

Anyway, be sure to check it out and you might find a book you like that you’d just love to hear in audio form. It might even be a good idea to listen to the recordings and read the book (whether physical or digital) at the same time. This is a useful tactic I employ when it comes to studying – using more than one sense. Might be useful if you’re studying Moby Dick for school.

Monday, November 14, 2011

2000 Members on the Facebook Group!

You may or may not have noticed that I was missing from the Facebook group for about 7 or 8 days. I had issues logging in to my account, and had to provide the Facebook team with proof that I owned said account so I could get back in. Dramas; you wouldn’t believe it.

I still oversaw all other areas of the network though, like the forums; Twitter; YouTube; this blog, etc.

Anyway, I managed to regain access to my account, and I had quite a bit of catching up to do. Discussions; links to trigger videos that had to be added to playlists. 8 Days of that. It was a lot. I happened to notice that while I was absent, the group hit 2000 users! The last time I checked we were at 1875 – 1900 (I might be wrong). So there was quite an increase in one week!

Thanks to everyone who has joined, and we look forward to the numbers of people who will continue to stream in every week. The community certainly is getting more involved just recently with creative looking logos for the community being designed and uploaded to the group, and discussions posted revolving around logos and the group itself; the direction it might take. I’ll likely post about this and hopefully gain permission to post a couple of designs on the blog just to demonstrate the right-hemisphere powered brains of the people on the group!

Otherwise if you’re a member, head over the group and check under the pictures tab to see everything that’s ever been posted on the wall, including the designs I speak of.

Jenn just might be out of a job as “logo designer extraordinaire”! ;)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tingle Triggers: Monty Python

Monty python foot

I’ve been a fan of Monty Python for years. I don’t quite know why, but there it is. When I was younger I would watch the original series with my father and brothers.

Back then it was funny to me because I was a child and couldn’t appreciate the satire taking place. I was more interested in the animations by Terry Gilliam, if anything.

But still, over the years, I persisted in watching the series – hiring every Python DVD I could get a hold of at the video store. And when that wasn’t enough, I managed to borrow some behind-the-scenes type DVDs – each focusing on a particular Python (my favourite of all time is John Cleese, without a doubt).

Still needing my hunger satiated, I then turned to the Python films that were made in the 70’s and 80’s. The Meaning of Life, which was made in 1983, is quite common to come by, and I’ve watched it several times over the years. Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Life Of Brian were harder for me to catch – until just the other day. I loaned a whole lot of DVDs from a friend, and I went about flicking through the collection. I stumbled upon not only Holy Grail, but also Life Of Brian. I then proceeded to watch them both over the weekend.

I’d rarely, if ever, gotten any tingles from watching Monty Python. But these two films actually changed all that. There was a particular scene in Holy Grail, where Michael Palin stumbles in to a castle, which is inhabited by dozens of young blonde and brunette women. It was here when he conversed with the two twins – who had some rather amusing, but lewd names – that I, for probably the first time, got buzzing during a Python film or skit of any kind.

Life of Brian was even better, really, in more ways than one. Firstly, in my mind it probably possessed the most coherent and mature of plots in any Python film. This could likely be attributed largely due to the fact that it was based on events in the Bible. For that reason it wasn’t as silly and ludicrous as a lot of other Python skits, which did go on a bit, to be honest.

There was a scene here where, Michael Palin (once again – perhaps a trend developing) is a Roman who is ushering a horde of individuals off to the hilltop for crucifixions. It’s when he asks: “Crucifixion? Good.”

This is where I just started replaying that scene over and over again. He was so attentive, and perhaps even kind; understanding – a complete turnaround to what you’d expect from a man in such a position.

In addition to this, there’s a section accessed from the main menu, where you can listen to radio adverts that were broadcast on the BBC years ago. Listening to these gave me a hit or two as well – especially the man who says “watch Monty Python’s Life of Brian…”.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ASMR Community Lists Trigger Video Don'ts

Ingrown toenail toothpick
I came across something amusing on the ASMR Facebook group this week. A topic was started and it was all about the worst ideas for a trigger video you could possibly have.

It started off as a top ten, but has grown beyond just ten. Here are the best ones:
  • Scooping the litterbox.
  • Enema.
  • Clipping toenails.
  • Sounds of urinating.
  • Throwing up.
  • Shaving yourself. Anywhere.
  • Scratching your nails over a blackboard.
  • Someone taking a dump.
Don’t ever include these ideas in your trigger videos or it seems as though your subscribers will take a hit!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Check Out This Blog: ASMR Videos

Posted on the Facebook group wall the other day was a link to a new ASMR dedicated blog. It’s called ASMR Videos and it covers what I have been thinking about for some time. It’s a blog that has small reviews of trigger video clips, as well as audio clips without video, too. Basically in each post there’s an embedded YouTube video with a little write up. I’ve done this in the past on this blog, as well.

The blog was started in July this year.

Seeing as it’s a dedicated website, I’ve added it to the ASMR Network. Links to network sites can be found on this blog’s (the one you’re reading now) sidebar as well as the Hotspots section under “Pages”.

The ASMR Videos blog was created and is maintained using Blogger, but is hosted on a separate domain to BlogSpot. This makes it the second - one of only 2 websites - that is hosted on a user-owned/paid domain, so far.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mobile Layout for UNF Activated

New Mobile CellPhone Infos
I noticed a while back in Blogger that you can activate a mobile layout. I’ve ignored this feature for a while, but recently, after viewing the statistics for the blog and seeing how many people (around 15% in the last month) view the content of the blog on an iPhone or another handheld device, I decided to enable the mobile layout. It’s very easy to set up and I chose a theme that complements the existing web layout nicely; simple yet functional.

So, like I was saying when I posted on the ASMR Facebook page a little while back: try it out and see if you like it. It’s easy enough to switch back to the web layout if you want. There should be an option to do so below the current post you’re reading.

You can post feedback on this newly unveiled feature in the comments, or email me if you like.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New ASMR Poll: ASMR Death

It’s time for the new poll to be put up. No suggestions were posted anywhere, so I’ve been combing through the network websites for ideas, and came across something rather good as a topic for this poll.

Has your ASMR ever disappeared?

It’s a subject often brought up within the community. Most of us know that with age especially, ASMR tends to fade and events become less frequent and/or intense. But a related matter that strikes fear in to the heart of any asmer is the complete and utter shutdown of ASMR – when you can no longer experience for whatever reason. This might be due to overexposure to triggers, whatever they may be; psychological factors; medication, or some other reason altogether.

So the options for the poll are as follows:

Yes, I currently don’t experience.

Recently you stopped experiencing, and currently there’s no response to any sort of trigger that might have worked at an earlier date.

I haven’t experienced in a long while.

You stopped experiencing months or years ago, and it hasn’t come back yet, or worse yet: you fear it won’t return at all.

It left me in the past, but came back eventually.

You stopped experiencing at some point but after a period of time ASMR returned, and you resumed experiencing.

I haven’t had this happen yet/at all.

Luckily you haven’t had ASMR disappear on you… yet. And perhaps you dread the day that it may come.

Quite a touchy subject, perhaps. You’ll find the new poll on the sidebar as usual. It should stay open until January sometime so you all have a nice long amount of time to vote. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

ASMR Poll Results: Do You get ASMR From Digital Media?

It’s time for the current ASMR Poll to close, after 3 months. You’ve all had a nice long time to cast your vote. So, the question was: “Do you get ASMR from digital media?”

Let’s dissect the results.

Out of 30 voters, 10 (33%) said that they always got ASMR from watching recommended digital media. This includes YouTube videos, sound clips, TV shows, radio; everything.

A slightly higher percentage of people claim they only get ASMR from digital media sometimes. 13 individuals (43%) voted for this option. This means that recommended video and audio triggers won’t always do the trick for whatever reason.

2 people (6%) said they only get it from certain digital media. So only video triggers, or only audio triggers. It’s like Tora in the interview on The Buzz last month claimed: “I’m not a voice person”, and “it’s visual for me” in response to questions asked by Afentra, one of the hosts of the segment.

And a few people -a sixth of all respondents (5 people, or 16%)- claimed to not experience at all while watching or listening to any sort of digital media. Only real, personal experiences trigger ASMR in these individuals, perhaps making it harder for them to experience. But it’s a hell of a motivator to get out of the house, I suppose!

So those are the results. Stay tuned for the next poll, which should be up and running and ready for you to vote on in the next few days, hopefully! On Twitter I asked for  suggestions for the new poll, so send them in by next week, or else… I’ll have to make one up again.

Thanks to all who voted!

Monday, September 26, 2011

ASMR Wikipedia Page Shut Down

It happened – and I can’t say I’m surprised. I visited the ASMR Wikipedia page just the other day and saw that it had been deleted. We gave it a shot, trying to keep it up, and despite the somewhat malicious opinions of some of the editors (calling those defending the page “meatpuppets” or “sockpuppets”) we have to ignore them and focus on the bigger picture.

When they say that there’s no hard scientific evidence to support the claims on the page, they’re probably right. We have one video trial with results unpublished to the public so far, and we have a long way to go with our own research efforts before we can really say we have something.

When they say that there needs to be more third party references and not just original ones, they’re right again. All we have as far as references go is the article by Mason, and the radio interview on KRBZ – not really sufficient, at least in their eyes.

I’m not trying to put the community or the research team down, or say that we were wrong in trying to keep it up, or putting it up in the first place. We thank you for sticking around and supporting this movement; this project. But while I am sad to see the page taken down, I can look beyond some rather tactless comments made by a handful of people who may or may not be experiencers themselves, and understand why the page was taken down. There were valid reasons behind it, and despite our best efforts to save it, it’s gone. Maybe not forever, but for now, in any case.

This isn’t the end. Like Envelope was saying, we can try and publish it under another category – but I don’t think we should, because then the same thing will probably happen. After a short while, and with much debate, the page will be taken down again, because it doesn’t meet the necessary requirements. It would be a waste of time and effort. There’s no real getting around that until we have the scientific evidence and the third party references and such to meet said specifications. In case you didn’t know, Wikipedia has strict content guidelines, and for a reason. Wikipedia all ready battles as it is to be taken seriously as a proper source of information itself, with many lecturers and so on the world over not accepting any articles from the website as legitimate references in papers submitted by learners.

I have backed up a more recent copy of the content that was on the page (perhaps as recent as a week ago or so, although if you want the latest version you’ll have to contact a listed administrator), and Wikipedia itself suggests that if your page is taken down, you can try another wiki, or even create your own and host it on your own site. And I think even though it might not rank as highly in search engines as an article on Wikipedia, we have to keep in mind that Wikipedia isn’t the only sort of Wiki, and it might have limitations which we can overcome on another site. Like I was saying before, unlike with Wikipedia, we can have an entire wiki dedicated to our beloved phenomenon, with many pages – and the whole community can contribute to it, without the fear of the page being deleted. We would likely still moderate it to protect it from vandalism and spamming, etc.

So I’m going to talk this over with Envelope and see where we can go. I will kindly ask you, the community, to not start a wiki anywhere on the web. Leave that up to us, to select a good place for it and then we will tell you when the main page is up and it’s open for business. As I understand it, a so far unknown individual went and put the original ASMR page up on Wikipedia without consulting anyone else about it. I know that some people within the community were pushing for a Wikipedia page in the past, but we had our reasons why we didn’t want to put it up on said site, and perhaps we were wrong in keeping quiet about it. The recent deletion of the page is one of the reasons.

Please don’t republish the page on Wikipedia for the foreseeable future under any category, as the community and network at large will only likely get a bad reputation, any accounts linked to editing the page might be deleted, and any websites within the network, listed as references, may be blacklisted by Wikipedia. It might seem unfair to some, but we have to be mature and look at it from their point of view as well.

I apologise to any of you who thought that I was expressing any other sort of attitude in my previous post on the situation. It’s just that while there was a debate, and perhaps there were “loopholes” as were suggested by some, in the end, the administrator who deleted the page was correct in saying that it’s not about votes that determines whether a page lives or dies, but it’s about reasoning and following the guidelines. If the article had followed said established guidelines, it probably wouldn’t have been deleted. Once again, I’m not blaming anybody here.

Thanks for bearing with us, and we appreciate your patience as we try to find another home for the wiki, and we will of course notify you when it’s up and running, and you are more than welcome to contribute to it in the near future.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Listen out for an ASMR-Orientated Radio Broadcast Soon

I was over at the ASMR Reddit (or subreddit, whatever), and came across an interesting entry. Somebody, known only as “dannyboi965” (Dannyboi on the show), is looking to do a radio interview (don’t people do podcasts nowadays?), and they’re looking for someone, preferably an asmer, to come on the show (either in person or via phone – not sure on the details).

Some excerpts from the thread:
“I learned of ASMR from a recent thread, and I happen to work for a radio station KRBZ Kansas City, I'd love to have one of you on to talk about ASMR. Takers?”
“I do not experience this, and am extremely jealous of the AIHO. What are some things that give you the feeling?”
“wanna chat with us tomorrow?” (in response to another poster)
“you can! You free tomorrow? Email me! I pmed you” (in response to another poster)
“We love you too! ASMR tomorrow at 0830 [here] (www.965thebuzz.com)”
The person who replied and said he or she would volunteer, goes by the name “Tora_Tora” on Reddit.
The community over there, even though they were asked to do an interview, and at least one agreed, were quick to point the original poster in the direction of the Facebook group, and dropped Envelope’s name, too, as a possible interview candidate, or volunteer.

I’ve had a feeling for some time that this would happen eventually, and personally I don’t think I would volunteer for a radio interview either, myself! Maybe a written one. But in any case, it seems to be that the buzz (no pun intended) around ASMR is growing. It’s spreading all over the place online, and now even elsewhere, offline!

If anyone out there still has a radio, and happens to listen to KRBZ today, or ever, make sure you tune in, because there might be a segment on ASMR, if all this is anything to go by. It’s at 08:30 AM (CST, or CDT) in the morning, in Kansas City, Missouri according to what I read above.

Otherwise you could try and listen online (or download the mp3 – ah, technology!) at the official website for the show: www.965thebuzz.com.

Update: The mp3 is up on one of the blogs at The Buzz (direct link is the bottom one):


http://blogs.965thebuzz.com/afentra/
http://www.kcradiogod.com/buzz/ABFMB/asmr0921.mp3

Monday, September 19, 2011

Help Save the ASMR Wikipedia Page!

I went over to the ASMR Wikipedia page the other day and noticed that there is a notice on top of the page stating that the article is facing deletion:

“This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy.
Please share your thoughts on the matter at this article's entry on the Articles for deletion page.
Feel free to edit the article, but the article must not be blanked, and this notice must not be removed, until the discussion is closed. For more information, particularly on merging or moving the article during the discussion, read the Guide to deletion.”

I hate to admit it, but I knew that this would happen sooner or later. Call me cynical, but it’s why I didn’t start the page myself, despite urging from the community, because I was aware that Wikipedia and its administrators would eventually shut it down. Looking under the discussion page at recent arguments, reasons why it’s being considered for deletion include that there’s no scientific evidence that this is a “real” condition of any sort, and there’s no satisfactory references, studies, etc.

Envelope has defended the article, giving plenty of reasons why it should stay, and claims that just because some don’t believe it’s a real thing doesn’t mean that it should be deleted.

So what can we do? We could just sit there and wait for the page to be deleted, or we can try and do something about it. Envelope posted on the Facebook wall, and has given us all some pointers on what to do if we want a chance at seeing the page remain online. If you would like to see the page stay up, you need to log in to your Wikipedia account (or create one first), and add an entry here, defending the page and opting to keep it.

“When you edit the entry, you'll need to add your own comment/vote at the bottom, starting with a *, with your personal reasons or opinion why they should keep the article, and making sure you a) bold the work "keep" by typing it like this: '''keep''' (add three single quotes around it), and add your signature by ending your entry with four tildes: ~~~~”

But before you do this, make sure you read through several recommended pages on Wikipedia that explain why the page is being considered for deletion, and become familiar with Wikipedia’s guidelines. You can’t just log in and say “keep it, or else”. You have to have valid arguments as to why this should be done, and you need to have done your research first. Think before you act. Mobbing the page will probably just hasten the deletion process.

Otherwise, the page could be put back up at some point, but in a different category. Right now it’s classed under symptoms and signs (medical), and that might not be the best place for it.

We could even start a petition online which might be addressed to Jimmy Wales himself, or to whom it may concern, urging Wikipedia to keep the article up. Sounds like fun. :)

If all else fails and the page is blanked partially, or completely, all might not be lost. We could start our own wiki somewhere (perhaps host it next to asmr-research.org). We could make it even more in-depth, with many pages, instead of just one. I think it might be a good idea to do this anyway. That way even if Wikipedia and the sceptics “win”, we have a backup plan.

Useful links (visit them in the prescribed order):

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Talk: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:Deletion policy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:No original research - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:General notability guideline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion:Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ASMR: The Story So Far – A Timeline with History

This is a project I started last year. I began to document the rise of what we now know as ASMR, among other names. I got names, dates, and I’ve given brief descriptions for anyone interested in how things have progressed in a relatively short amount of time.

This article isn’t finished and will be added to in the future, especially as new events take place. If you have any suggestions for notable events that should be documented here, or feel that something should be changed or updated, then feel free to leave a comment, or contact me by email, or by some other channel within the network.

ASMR Timeline

2007 and earlier - Discussion on varied forums on the World Wide Web.
 
Several forum threads were started as far back as this year, with the most notable ones appearing on Is It Normal as well as Steadyhealth. These threads still exist, and to date the number of them online has grown colossally.

2007 - Coining of terms AIHO and AIE

It was on Steadyhealth that I first read about the initial terms coined by posters, such as AIHO and AIE. AIHO stands for Attention Induced Head Orgasm, and AIE stands for Attention Induced Euphoria.

2008 - Start of AIHO.org.

AIHO.org was basically a forum dedicated to the sensation experienced by many people worldwide, who had joined in discussions on sites such as Steadyhealth. The forum never took off and had only a few members at most. The site was inactive for a long time until 2010, when it was apparently shut down for reasons unknown. The site might have been taken down, or the person didn’t bother to renew the hosting.

2009 – Founding of Society of Sensationalists Yahoo Group.

Ryan, “AKA M?stery”, who had participated on Steadyhealth forum discussions, started a Yahoo Group called Society of Sensationalists, or “SoS” for short. Many threads or messages were started over the next several months, until mid-2010 when activity on the group suddenly fell off – this was likely due to the next event on this timeline, listed below. The group had 15 – 20 members at its height. Ryan went on to be part of the original ASMR research team for a few months before leaving to pursue other interests, mainly music-related.

ASMR Group Feb, 2010 – Founding of ASMR Group on Facebook.

This month saw a surge in web activity regarding what was to become known as ASMR – adding to several other acronyms and slang terms all ready thought up over the past year or two across the web.
Jenn, AKA Envelope Nomia, founded the ASMR Facebook Group, which eventually became one of the biggest network sites in existence, with its own discussion threads and wall postings.

Feb, 2010 – Founding of The Unnamed Feeling blog.

The same month, Andrew started The Unnamed Feeling blog, referred to as UNF for short. Andrew eventually went on to be recruited in to the research team which had been assembled earlier on in the year.

Feb, 2010 – Coining of terms, AIOEU and ASMR.

The term ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, was coined by Jenn, and became one of the most widely used acronyms to refer to these head tingles experienced by people in the then developing community.

AIOEU was coined by Andrew, and is an extension of the AIE acronym, and stands for Attention-Induced Observant Euphoria.

Hug Your Brain Day April, 2010 – First Hug Your Brain Day is launched

The first ASMR-themed online event is launched, Hug Your Brain Day, with members of the community encouraged to support it. The objective is to spend the entire day, or as much of it as possible, trying to achieve the most intense ASMR sensations one can. The event is repeated the following year, but not in such an official capacity. We now have a logo for the event though, thanks to our logo designer extraordinaire, Jenn.

June, 2010 – Official Formation of ASMR Research Team, First Team Meeting

The research team, which at that time consisted of seven members, had their first meeting over Skype, using instant messaging, or IM to communicate. The first meeting took place over two and a half hours, and half of the research team turned up.

Some of the remaining team members had problems with Skype initially. This was corrected and the other half of the team met up the following day on the weekend to catch up with what had been discussed previously.

June, 2010 – UNF YouTube Channel with ASMR Playlist started up

Andrew, the Outreach Agent of Africa and webmaster of The Unnamed Feeling, started the UNF YouTube channel, with all existing trigger videos that had been up until then posted on forums and the Facebook Group wall, collected and put in one place. Videos are added almost every other day. Since then, several playlists now exist – all dedicated to different trigger types, which mainly fall under Type B.

ASMR Research & Support June, 2010 – ASMR Research and Support website started.

Jenn, the founder of the ASMR Facebook Group, founded the ASMR Research and Support website, which initially had links to profiles of the research team members, and room for personal and team blogs. It developed over the months and eventually featured a sign up form for volunteers and potential team members. It is the first and only website in the ASMR Network with paid-for-hosting; the others being hosted free on places such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo, and Blogger/Blogspot.

June, 2010 – ASMR article published on HubPages

Andrew published a full-length article on his profile on HubPages – a content publishing website, and once one of the top 50 websites in the US (since then it’s dropped). It has a list of potential triggers as well as possible symptoms and side effects of ASMR. It remains one of the biggest “catching points” or “nets” – sites that send traffic to the other ASMR network sites.

June, 2010 – Establishment of the ASMR Network.

The ASMR Network is a broad collection of sites and communities. It includes the Society of Sensationalists Yahoo Group, the ASMR Facebook Group, The Unnamed Feeling blog, the UNF YouTube Channel, The ASMR Twitter page, and the ASMR Research and Support website and forums. AIHO.org was at one time acknowledged as a network site, but now that it has ceased to exist, that is no longer the case.

Other forums and sites that are not dedicated to ASMR, but discuss it and link to ASMR network sites, are not core ASMR websites or communities, but exist on an outer fringe so to speak. These include a sizeable community on Reddit, for instance, among many other websites. Some who participate in the ASMR community on Facebook often go over to Reddit as well.

July, 2010 – Start of ASMR forums

The ASMR Research and Support website launches the official ASMR forums, with plenty of different topics and discussion threads opened. Jenn is the administrator, and all other existing research team members are given moderator permissions.

August, 2010 – Migration of existing Facebook Group and Yahoo Group threads to ASMR forums for archival purposes.

Discussion threads from other ASMR network sites are archived on the official ASMR forums. Existing threads on the Facebook group are slowly deleted and done away with. Reasons for this include privacy issues on Facebook, as well as a future reformation of Facebook Groups which would take place in 2011.

November, 2010 – Beginning of First Video Trial

The first video trial is launched this month after much preparation. It took place on the ASMR Research and Support website, and consisted of a video and later a survey. This was in aid of getting some solid research in order to add to the research team’s portfolio – eventually with the aim of reaching out to a potential representative in a scientific field such as Neuroscience or Social Anthropology, and eventually gaining a research grant from a scientific body.

November, 2010 – Start of Hungarian ASMR blog, Magyar ASMR

The first foreign-language blog dedicated to ASMR is started. This is Magyar ASMR, and is developed in Hungarian. To date, only one entry exists on the blog.

November, 2010 – ASMR spreads in different languages over the web

In addition to the Hungarian ASMR blog, blog posts start to crop up in other languages, such as Spanish – one of the big two languages in the world. This proves more useful than one would think seeing as all of the network sites are in English, and translation capabilities are limited.

ASMR YouTube, TwitterDecember, 2010 – Start of ASMR Twitter page

Andrew went on to add to the existing network sites by creating the official twitter page for the group. Slowly the community starts to grow, and more and more people start using the #ASMR tag.


February, 2011 – ASMR Facebook Group and UNF Both Celebrate 1 year of Existence

February, 2011 – ASMR subreddits on Reddit start appearing

A community member known as mahi mahi starts arguably the first ASMR subreddit. After this, several subreddits dedicated to ASMR or something like it spring up, but one of the most active subreddits dedicated to ASMR to date was originally known as “Orgasms for your brain", but has since changed to “Massages for your brain”. Reason being because the moderators felt that there was too much of a sexual connotation which participants wanted to avoid having. This subreddit specifically is considered as being more part of the core ASMR Network rather than being on the fringe.

April, 2011 – Reformation of Facebook Groups

Facebook wanted to bring in a new format when it comes to Groups on the social networking site, and so preparations were made to upgrade the group to the new format – otherwise it would have been archived and further participation would not have been allowed.

June, 2011 – ASMR Facebook page is put up

Envelope Nomia starts the ASMR Facebook page, in addition to the ASMR Facebook group. This is a more official, formal place for ASMR, and is open to the public unlike the group. Existing ASMR research team members are given administrative rights.

June, 2011 – Starting and maintaining of the ASMR Wikipedia page begins

A thus far unknown individual started the ASMR Wikipedia page this month. Later on, Jenn would go on to add most of the existing content on said page.

July, 2011 - ASMR IRC channel started

A community member starts up an internet relay chat channel dedicated to ASMR.

July, 2011 – ASMR Videos blog started

A community member starts up a dedicated blog where he reviews trigger video and sound clips.

August, 2011 - ASMR Off-Topic Facebook Group is formed

Ryan (not M?stery) starts up the ASMR Off-Topic Facebook Group, where asmers can congregate to discuss things that aren’t necessarily related to ASMR in any way. Ryan and Adam, a well-known community member, go on to become the two administrators of the group. Inside jokes begin to emerge that this is actually a splinter group with evil plans to take over the world!

September, 2011 – First ASMR Radio Interview

On the 21st of September, 2011, 96.5 FM AKA “The Buzz”, hosted by Afentra and Dannyboi, has an interview with an anonymous experiencer via phone call. The interview was organised on the social bookmarking website Reddit, and via PM the day before. It took place at 08:30 AM CST in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

September, 2011 – Wikipedia page deleted

After much debate, the article on Wikipedia about ASMR was deleted by an administrator. Work begins on an ASMR Network owned and operated Wiki instead.

December, 2011 – ASMR discovered on tumblr

An ASMR presence starts to appear on tumblr, one of the most popular blogging services.

January, 2012 – Work begins on an ASMR documentary

A filmmaker and member of the community announces that an ASMR documentary is in the early stages of pre-production.

February, 2012 – ASMR Facebook Group and UNF Both Celebrate 2 years of Existence

The ASMR Facebook group and The Unnamed Feeling blog were both formed in February, 2010.

February, 2012 – An ASMR App is Released

Two versions of an ASMR app are released, with news of them being posted on Reddit. One is a free beta version, and the other is a paid-for app. Both are for Android operating systems only.

February, 2012 New moderators for the Facebook group are elected

Some volunteer, others are appointed, and others are elected by the group. The result is that there are several new moderators on the ASMR Facebook group starting late February, early March.

March, 2012 First International ASMR Day event is announced

April 9, 2012 marks the first ever International ASMR Day event.

March, 2012 ASMR Atlanta meetup.com event created

An event is set up on meetup.com for euphorians in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, who wish to get together. 

March, 2012 ASMR Radio website and Facebook group launched

The official ASMR Radio website is launched by Whispering Weaver, who also goes on to create a new Facebook group. The first broadcast is scheduled for April 9th, 2012 - International ASMR Day.

April, 2012 - First International ASMR Day event takes place, ASMR Radio has its first official broadcast

April, 2012 - Hug Your Brain Day 2012

The third annual Hug Your Brain Day takes place on the 24th of April.  

May, 2012 - The ASMR Facebook group reaches 3000 members

May, 2012 - ASMR Mid-Atlantic Facebook group is launched

May, 2012 - ASMR Radio uses the donations received from the public to upgrade the service

May, 2012 - The possibility of an ASMR-themed TV segment is proposed

June, 2012 - The ASMR Project is launched

The ASMR Project is centred around ASMR video compilations.


June, 2012 - ASMR Radio closes down, to be revived later on

July, 2012 - An article on ASMR appears in the Independent

Rhodri Marsden publishes a piece on ASMR .


July, 2012 - A Reddit ASMR survey takes place

A large Reddit ASMR survey is compiled and presented on Google Docs. The results for the preliminary run are released. 

August, 2012 - An article on ASMR was published on VICE 

Harry Cheadle publishes a piece on ASMR for VICE magazine. 

August, 2012 - A performance installation called Video Haptics & ASMR takes place

A performance installation called Video Haptics and ASMR takes place in London, UK on August 10, 2012

August, 2012 - ASMR Island launches

ASMR Island, the successor to ASMR Radio, launches.

September 2012 - A segment on ASMR was featured on the Baby Geniuses podcast. 

September 2012 - A new ASMR app for Apple iOS is released.

September 2012 - The ASMR Kickstarter Funding project is officially announced. 

October, 2012 - For a list visit this post, the October 2012 update.

November, 2012 - For a list visit this post, the November 2012 update.

December, 2012 - For a list visit this post, the December 2012 update.

January, 2013 - For a list visit this post, the January 2013 update.

February, 2013 - For a list visit this post, the February 2013 update.

March, 2013 - For a list visit this post, the March 2013 update.

April, 2013 - For a list visit this post, the April 2013 update

May, 2013 - For a list visit this post, the May 2013 update

June, 2013 - For a list visit this post, the June 2013 update

July, 2013 - For a list visit this post, the July 2013 update

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New ASMR Group Started, Update on Facebook Page

I was on the Facebook group wall today, and after scrolling down a bit, saw a post that caught my eye. One of our community, Ryan (not former team member, Ryan Perez) has started a new ASMR group on Facebook, called “ASMR Off-Topic”. Why? He gives his reasons as follows:

“Hey Guys, I noticed that on certain occasions we refrained from getting into more in-depth conversations about politics, music, videos, etc. So I made another closed ASMR group (Yes I asked for and received Envelope’s permission) that’s sole purpose is for discussing those things without clogging up this group’s page. I am only letting members of this group join, so I assure you there will be no "outsiders" in it. Here is the link if you wish to join.”

Ryan is one of two admins on the new Facebook group – the other being Adam. You all know him by now! Ryan promises that anyone from the all ready existing group can join.

On a related note, you might have seen that Envelope started up a Facebook page back at the beginning of June. The Facebook page is a more formal, official location for ASMR. There is a wall, but only admins (of which I am one) can post on it. It’s no-reply by the look of it, and it is visible to everyone on the world wide web – unlike the groups, which are closed to the public and require a request to join. So we will start posting relevant, important messages on this page for the community and even those outside it, and the Facebook groups are there for the community to interact with one another on a more personal level. Ryan’s new Facebook group, quoting Ryan, will discuss more off-topic subjects that aren’t necessarily related to ASMR, and contain subject material that you would more likely post on your own Facebook wall.

I’ve started updating the Facebook Page more often now, too. It’s been idle for some time.

Does this all make sense? If not, send me an email or leave a comment and we’ll talk about it. :) Facebook itself has a more in-depth explanation on what the differences between pages and groups are.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The ASMR Vessel Directory

This is a directory of sorts that will list all the names of various people who are known to trigger ASMR events – from actors to artists, to hypnotists and medical professionals. I’ve decided to call these individuals “vessels”. Vessels possess the quality of being able to trigger ASMR in experiencers; they may or may not be experiencers themselves. Other names for vessels within the community include "inducers", “blissers” or “pushers”.

If these individuals have triggered any degree of ASMR for you at some point, then they should appear on this list. I’ve got a few names to start with, some my own and others who are commonly mentioned within the community and on the fringe too, so we’ll see how it works out. It’s a work in progress like the glossary, so it will be updated from time to time. You can leave any other recommendations in the comments below, and I may well add them in at some point in the future.

Criteria for consideration: the person must be at least reasonably well-known (particularly within the community); must be able to consistently trigger ASMR events in experiencers. You should also include names where possible; professions, nationalities; perhaps examples of where you’ve seen or heard them. As much info as you can find out.

Vessel Directory:

Adele – British singer-songwriter
Al Hirschfeld – American caricaturist, painter (deceased)
Alan Lee – British illustrator and conceptual designer: Lord Of The Rings
Alan Rickman – British actor: Harry Potter series of films
Alec Baldwin – American actor: 30 Rock Alexander McQueen – British fashion designer and couturier
Alex Turner – Narrator (NMI*)
Amore Bekker – South African radio presenter: RSG
Dr. Anastasia Tsaliki – Greek Paleo Pathologist: Vampire Island
Andres Williams – British actor, narrator: Search For The Giant Octopus
Andrew Bowen – American narrator: Fish Warrior
Andrew Johnson – Scottish hypnotherapist
Annelise Van Rooyen – South African singer, musician: “Rooi Kitaar”
Anthony "Tony" Benn – British Labour Party politician, former MP, Cabinet Minister
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon – American singer songwriters, musicians
Barry Clayton – British narrator: Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast”
Bear Grylls – British adventurer, writer and television presenter: Ultimate Survival
Belinda Bauer – Australian actress: Timerider, Robocop 2
Benedict Cumberbatch – British film, TV and theatre actor  
Bob Ross – American painter, art instructor, and television host (deceased)
Björk – Icelandic singer-songwriter
Carl Sagan – American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author (deceased)
Chris Martin – British singer songwriter: Coldplay
Christelle Webb-Joubert – South African radio presenter, newsreader: RSG
Christopher Walken – American actor: Mouse Hunt
Corby Zvikler – British hypnotherapist
Craig Bennet – South African radio presenter: Heart FM
Daniel Thron – American video game and film artist, voice over artist: Thief series
David A. Smith – Sign artist (NMI*)
David Attenborough – British broadcaster and naturalist
David Bateson - South African Canadian actor, voice actor: Hitman series (Agent 47)
David Blaine – American illusionist and endurance artist: Street Magic
David Holt – British, character actor, narrator: Modern Marvels Deon Meyer – South African novelist
David Tennant – Scottish actor: Dr Who 
Dennis Hopper – American actor (deceased)
Eddie Zondi – South Africa radio presenter: Metro FM
Enya – Irish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter
Elie Wiesel – Hungarian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist
Erik Thompson – American narrator: The Universe
Ernst Ingmar Bergman – Swedish director, writer and producer (deceased)
Erri De Luca – Italian novelist, translator and poet
Esther Ekhart – (nationality?) yoga instructor 
Ettienne Ludick – South African radio presenter: RSG
Franco Tenelli – Italian-American actor, singer
Frank Chavez – American actor, voice over artist: Grand Theft Auto III
Garrison Kiellor – American author, storyteller, humourist, and radio personality
Dr Harris Steinman – South African doctor
Heather Wibbles – American massage therapist
Hiaying Yang – Chinese relaxation expert
Hugo Weaving – American actor: The Matrix, V for Vendetta
India Fischer – British actress, narrator: Masterchef 
Dr Irwin David Yalom – Jewish American professor of psychotherapy, lecturer at Stanford university
Isaac Asimov – American author and professor of biochemistry (deceased)
Jacques Pepin – French chef, television personality, and author
James Earl Jones – American actor, narrator
James Harper - American voice actor: Diablo II (Dark Wanderer)
James Norwood Pratt – American author and authority on wine, tea and tea lore
James Wong – British ethnobotanist, garden designer, TV presenter: Grow Your Own Drugs
Jamie Glover – British narrator: Agincourt
Jan Horn – South African TV presenter
Jeannie D – South African radio DJ, TV presenter: Top Billing
Jeff Green – British comedian, writer: Jeff Green Up West
Jeremy John Irons – British actor: The Borgias Jo Brand – British comedienne
Joanna Lumley – British actress, TV presenter: Joanna Lumley’s Nile
Joe Frank – American radio personality 
John de Lancie – American actor
John McCalmont – American broadcaster: Sliced
Johnny Davids – South African radio presenter, RSG
Juliette Stevens – British narrator: Why Intelligence Fails
Keith Floyd – British TV presenter, wine connoisseur, chef: Floyd Uncorked (deceased)
Nigel Slater – British food writer, journalist, broadcaster 
Laura Fox – American blogger, Librivox reader
Leonard Cohen – American singer, musician
Liam Neeson – Irish actor
Lindsay Duncan – Scottish actress, narrator: Come Fly With Me
Lita Stone – American massage therapist, relaxation specialist
Liv Tyler – American actress: Lord Of The Rings
Loreena McKennit – Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist
Lynette Francis – South African radio presenter, RSG
Mary Ann Wilson – Fitness instructor: Sit and be Fit
Matthew Barrett – Concept artist: Guild Wars 2
Michael Palin – British actor, presenter: Monty Python series
Michael Parks – Hispanic American actor: “Esteban Vihaio”, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Michael Sheard – American actor, narrator: The British UFO Files
Mike Rowe – American Media Personality  
Mike Shapiro – American actor, voice over artist: Half-Life 2 (G-man)
Mykel Hawke Pierce – American actor, TV presenter, former soldier: One Man Army
Nataniël – South African actor, comedian
Nigella Lucy Lawson – British TV presenter, food writer, journalist
Nigel Slater – British food writer, journalist, broadcaster 
Paula Deen – American cook, TV presenter, author, restaurateur, actress
Peter De Villiers – South African rugby union coach, former Springbok coach
Phoenicia Taylor – South African educator
Pieter Dirk Uys – South African comedian, AKA Evita Bezuidenhout
Ralph Lauren – American fashion designer and business executive
Randy Pitchford – American video game developer, Gearbox Software: Borderlands
Raymond "Ray" Mears – British woodsman, instructor, author and TV presenter
Renee Zellweger – American actress: The Diary of Bridget Jones
Renette van Rensburg – South African news reader
Renske Jakobs – South African radio presenter: RSG
Richard Hammond – British journalist, presenter: Top Gear
Richard Windley – British TV presenter, model builder: Ancient Discoveries Rini Khanna – Indian narrator: CTV
Rowan Atkinson – British actor: Mr Bean, Blackadder, Love Actually
Sandy September – South African radio presenter: Radio Tygerberg
Sarah Simblet – British artist, author, broadcaster
Saul Goldman – Professor Emeritus (NMI*)
Sherwin Bryce Peace – South African news reporter, SABC 3 news (lisper)
Shinohara Tomoe – Japanese artist
Sinead O'Connor – Irish singer-songwriter
Sian Lloyd – British weather presenter
Steven Alexander Wright – American comedian, actor and writer
Steve Sutton – American “internet legend”, Youtuber
Thinus Botha – South African pastor
Timothy Dalton – Welsh actor: Licence to Kill Timothy "Tiff" Needell – British racing driver, TV presenter: Fifth Gear
Tony Hart – British artist and children's TV presenter (deceased) 
TJ Miller – American actor: Call of Duty: Elite - “Legend of Karl” series
Tony Robinson – British actor, presenter: Blackadder (Baldrick)
Vicki Butler-Henderson – British racing driver and television presenter: Fifth Gear
Vincent Price – British horror actor: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
Dr. Zelina Selitsky – (NMI*): Ancient Aliens

Last updated on Monday, the 13th of February, 2012

* Needs more information

Saturday, August 13, 2011

ASMR and Video Games: Half-Life

Throughout this series, I’ve mentioned some titles that I’ve played in the past that created the sensation that ASMR provides.

This time I’ll cover another well-known and loved series in gaming: Half-Life.

Half-Life revolutionized first-person shooters over ten years ago and is regarded as one of the greatest games of all time. The series, particularly the sequel, Half-Life 2, and the episodes that followed, are also known for its great story, characters, dialogue, and sound.

There’s one character in the series however that triggers off ASMR for me – and that would be the G-man. This character was voiced by Mike Shapiro, who also played the part of Barney Calhoun, a former security guard from Black Mesa Laboratory, and now fellow resistance member of Gordon Freeman.

The G-man Even though you see him in almost every location during the game, always clad in his blue suit and tie, with briefcase in hand, he only actually speaks to you at the end of Half-Life 1. You’ll immediately notice that in addition to his odd but not necessarily unattractive looks, his voice is very unusual – with emphasis on words that seems out of place; letters like the “S” often prolonged, as well as some gasping and so on every now and again during speech. It almost sounds like there’s a reptile within this human form, trying to get out.

He communicates more often with the player in the sequel and the episodes in some form, like right at the beginning, and at the end of the game. It’s especially at the ending sequence of Half-Life 2 that I get the tingles the strongest.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

1500 Members on the Facebook Group

It’s probably nothing new to some of you who participate on the FB group every day, but I came across a message from Jenn the other day on the wall, basically telling everyone that the community has reached another enormous milestone just this past month: we’ve reached and exceeded a total membership of 1500 people!

“1,500 members have stuck around for the random updates, massive amounts of trigger videos, occasional debates, and speculative polls. I'm so lucky to have found other people who experience the same thing I do. Thanks to everyone who has shared something here, or just been part of the group. Thanks to all the new members, and thanks to Damien McKenna, the first member I clicked 'Add' for (wonder if anybody else would have joined if the member list was 1). Thanks for more things than I'll blabber about here.”

I tweeted about this news earlier on in the week, but pushed the announcement here on the blog back a few days in favour of bringing the other perhaps more crucial matter of subdomains to your attention. Jenn was even kind enough to give me a mention too, in the comments below the post – that I was chuffed to see, especially after all I’ve done for you people! :)

“Oh, also, I'd be a jerk if I didn't mention the research team. Those guys have put a lot of work into everything, including building the community. I'd actually say they've done more work than me in the long run, esp. Andrew, who is always keeping things updated and blogging, writing articles, being on the forum. But I'll bask in my share of appreciation anyway, thanks, hehe.”

You’re welcome!

Sorry that this post mainly consists of quoted text. But I don’t think I could have put it any better anyway. Yeah, that’s it. :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Change of Address to HubPages Article


This last month I read of some news that might concern our group a bit. Google introduced some sort of new algorithm for search engines called Panda a while ago (version 2 more recently), which basically put, helps weeds out all the good, original content out there on the web, from the rubbish spam and low quality content. This gives real writers or a webmasters a chance rather than giving everything to people who focus on SEO (search engine optimisation) and “abuse” the system, in a way.

So HubPages, a website that I write on, found a way to overcome this restructuring. They now require all writers to have subdomains – this way everyone on the site will be ranked, or judged, separately by Google. Good writers will see an increase in traffic, while not-so-good writers will see no effect. This is nothing new really, seeing as Blogger/BlogSpot, for instance, has been doing this for years.

So now you might be wondering how this affects the ASMR community. Simply put, I have a hub, or article, on one of my HubPages profiles, and it’s dedicated to ASMR – one of the network sites (even though it’s just one page, really). Still, it’s one of the most popular in said network, and I’m not trying to brag by saying this – I’ve looked at the statistics, as well as the comments. Lots of asmers (and others) visit and comment on that hub.

So this new subdomain rule might change the address of that hub. Currently it’s at http://hubpages.com/hub/ASMR. But by August 10th, 2011, all writers will have subdomains on HP, and so the URL will change to http://anti-valentine.hubpages.com/hub/ASMR (not yet “active” as of publishing this on 08/01/11 – just acts as a redirect).

The first bit is my profile name on there – and yes I do somewhat regret it sometimes. But I can’t choose what my subdomain name will be, unfortunately. I can switch to using a subdomain right now if I wanted, but I thought I would warn all those within (and even outside) the community about the change first, in case you’re not aware of it. We have about a week and a half to go.

The decision to change to subdomains is final, and we have no say in it, really – it’s either accept it, or take your content and go elsewhere. HubPages has gradually been cracking down on low quality content and so on, on its site, and has introduced many new regulations and the like over the past year or so. Some writers may well leave – even the top authors, if they don’t like change too much. In fact, I was looking at the Quantcast statistics just the other day, and HubPages has in fact dropped from being in the top 50 sites in the US to somewhere outside the top 100. That’s Panda in action, probably, and the cause for all the concern.

I’ve all ready changed to a subdomain on my other HP profile to see what effect it would have. It might be a bit too early to compare as far as traffic statistics go, seeing as Google will have to index all of these “new” pages I suppose. It’s complicated perhaps, but I have a basic grasp of what’s going on. 

As always, you can leave your comments regarding the topic of this post at the bottom. If you’d like to share more about Panda or subdomains, that would be okay, too.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ASMR: A Glossary of Terms

This is an alphabetical list of terms and so on that crop up on this blog, and elsewhere on the internet, that refer to ASMR. This might help you when it comes to interpreting a lot of what you read on the subject.

Feel free to add your own in the comments, and I might just add them in some time! Remember to not only include a term, but also a description if possible. Indeed, this list isn’t complete and will likely be edited/updated in the future.

AIE – Attention-Induced Euphoria; other term for ASMR.
AIHO – Attention-Induced Head Orgasm; other term for ASMR.
AIOEU – Attention-Induced Observant Euphoria; other term for ASMR.
Ascension – When an experiencer “levels up”. Usually this means that control of ASMR has improved, or that experiences are much more intense.
ASMR – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response; the most commonly used unofficial official acronym for the phenomenon.
Asmer or Asmerian – person who experiences ASMR.
Awakening – the point where an experiencer realises they have ASMR. 
Braingasm – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Buzz or buzzing – Colloquial terms for ASMR.
Celestial Wash – Colloquial term for ASMR, related to more spiritual theories.  
Chaser – Someone who will go to great lengths to experience ASMR, particularly when fading.
Chills – colloquial term for Frisson, a phenomenon perhaps related to ASMR in some manner.
Click or Clicking – refers to “Amygdala Clicking”, which some refer to ASMR as.
Crackle or Crackling – colloquial term for ASMR.
Community – term used to describe the ASMR Group on all network sites.
Dopamine – thought to be the anti-ASMR chemical in the brain, acting as a precursor to adrenalin.
Echo – see wave.
Ecstasy – the wonderful tingling feeling that accompanies, and identifies ASMR.
Empathy – thought to be a common contributing trigger, particularly with Type A ASMR, but also possible with Type B.
Enhancer – tactic that experiencers use to prolong or intensify ASMR events, such as stroking the skin, or exposing themselves to the cold.
Enjoyer – person who experiences ASMR, with a more positive connotation.
Euphorian person who experiences ASMR.
Event – When ASMR takes place.
Evoker – name for a person who creates trigger videos. 
Experiencer – A person who experiences ASMR.
Fade or Fading – ASMR events become less frequent and/or intense, sometimes ceasing entirely.
Frequency – Similar or related to syncing; being on a frequency – as regards ASMR, or the same frequency as another experiencer. 
Frisson – Phenomenon thought to be either the same thing as ASMR, or related in some way.
Goose Looping – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Goose Bumps – may sometimes accompany ASMR, particularly when it progresses beyond the head and neck area, and in to other parts of the body.
Hairgasm – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Halo – Descriptive term for ASMR; the tingling on the scalp feels like a halo.
Happening – When ASMR takes place.
Headgasm – casual or colloquial term for ASMR.
Hit – When ASMR takes place.
Hotspot – see source.
Hypnosis – ASMR is believed by some, due to similar “symptoms”, to be akin to a light form of hypnosis.
Incidental trigger – a trigger which is not meant to produce ASMR; it’s believed by some that most triggers encountered are incidental.
Inducer – another name for a vessel.
Intentional trigger – when a trigger is supposed to produce ASMR, or is created by someone with the intent of triggering ASMR in another person.
Narcolepsy – believed to possibly be linked to ASMR. Some experiencers have been diagnosed as being narcoleptic – meaning that they have a tendency to fall asleep in relaxing situations, and perhaps inappropriate places.
Nervalanche - combination of two words: nerve and avalanche. Colloquial term for ASMR. 
Network – refers to the collection of sites dedicated to ASMR.
Occurrence – When ASMR takes place, or could refer to a trigger.
Phenomenon – term often used on this blog to refer to ASMR.
Responder – refers to how well someone responds to triggers. Some experience strong reactions; others weak reactions.
Ripple – see wave.
Rusher – Someone who preaches about ASMR; talks about it constantly.
Sanctuary – a place where asmers congregate or meet; somebody’s house.
Satiation – When one can no longer experience for a time, likely due to overexposure. This period can last hours, days, or even longer.
Seeker  – see chaser
Sensation – Refers in this case to ASMR.
Sensillation(s) – combination of two words: sense and titillation. Used occasionally to refer to ASMR.
Sensor(s) – another term for an experiencer.
Serotonin – thought to be the chief contributing chemical in the brain which when secreted acts as a precursor to ASMR events.
Source – a place, such as a library, where ASMR events are often experienced.
Spark or Sparking – colloquial term for ASMR, particularly when an event begins.
Spell – linked in a way to incidental triggers. When a person knows that you are experiencing, and/or actively tries to trigger ASMR it might “break the spell”, and the sensation might be less intense, or not experienced at all.
Spotting or track spotting – when an experiencer points out a specific moment in a song or movie that triggers; particularly popular on websites such as YouTube, and sometimes accompanied by annotations such as “3:33”.
Synaesthesia – thought to be linked to ASMR in some way; what we experience might be a type of synaesthesia. “The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.” (COED)
Sufferer – humorous term for experiencer, with an ironic, negative connotation.
Sync or Synchronise – when asmers claim to experience ASMR at the same time.
Surge or Surging – Colloquial terms for ASMR.
Tingles or Tingling – Common colloquial terms for ASMR.
Trigger – usually refers to Type B ASMR, where an external or outside occurrence influences ASMR. Although triggers could serve to cause the sensation in Type A experiencers, where it would be more of a psychological or abstract form; coming from within.
Trigger Immunity – When a visual or audio trigger fails to stimulate ASMR, perhaps due to overexposure; one builds up a sort of tolerance level.
Trigger video - often found on social networking sites like YouTube. These are videos that trigger ASMR in a person. Videos that don’t are not trigger videos, obviously.
Tune or Tuning – Term used for when you feel an ASMR event begin to take place.
Type A – refers to a person who experiences ASMR without external triggers, such as when thinking about a past event, or meditating.
Type B – refers to someone who experiences ASMR during, or after a trigger takes place, usually stimulating one of the senses, usually touch, sight, and hearing; less commonly taste and smell.
Vessel – an individual who triggers ASMR in experiencers. For example, Bob Ross.
Wave – term used to describe or related to intensity of an ASMR episode. One feels waves of tingles on the scalp that ebb and flow.
Whisperer – name for a person who creates trigger videos, specifically whisper videos.
WHS – Weird Head Sensation; other term for ASMR.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

ASMR is now on Wikipedia

I was kind of shocked to see this yesterday evening when I was online. I happened to be over on the ASMR Facebook Group, when I read a post on the wall. It appears that at some point recently, a page dedicated to ASMR was put up on Wikipedia.

The subject has come up several times in the past on “when will there be a page about this on Wikipedia?”. I had avoided doing this in the past as I was rather sure that Wikipedia, with its “high” standards and moderation, would probably take anything ASMR-related down, seeing as it hasn’t been thoroughly researched. But it turns out that this hasn’t happened yet. The article is considered as a “stub” however, in its present state, but according to at least one other community member, it’s looking better since the last time he or she visited it.

All we have to hope for is that the article doesn’t get taken down.

I commented on this discovery on Facebook and Twitter, and as I explained before, I’ve been out of the loop, so to speak, and I’m still getting back up to speed with some things after my hiatus back in May and June. For instance, I need to re-subscribe to all the news feeds I was following in the past regarding ASMR. I was much more "on the ball" a while back.

Apparently it was started by an unknown individual, and I've since learned that Envelope, AKA Jenn, actually expanded on the existing Wikipedia page. I don't know long ago it was put up (from my estimate, within the last month and a half). If you are reading this, and are responsible or know something about it, make sure to leave a comment. I’m glad that some within the community are putting in some extra effort. I just need to know the exact details – I’m sure others would too.

For the time being, check out the article, and maybe even pitch in and add something if you think it’s necessary. I’ll be adding the link to my Hotspots section here on the blog, as well as all other appropriate places, like the HubPages article, probably.

From here, I was thinking that we might also start a place on Wikia or something similar, where you can have more than one page - a whole wiki, as it were - and really go more in depth on a lot of things.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tingle Triggers: Survival Shows on TV

Among some of the shows I often watch on DStv over here, include the survival shows on offer.

You know which ones I mean: Ultimate Survival with Bear Grylls, Bushcraft with Ray Mears, Survivor Man with Les Stroud. There are several reasons as to why these shows work as triggers for me.
One is because the hosts often whisper in to the camera at the audience at home, such as when they don’t want to alert a predatory animal in the vicinity – or even their prospective dinner. And as we all know, whispering is one of the most effective ASMR triggers out there.

But I find it also has a lot to do with the people themselves. All of these men are well-travelled – they’ve been all over the world, and have put themselves in some precarious situations, in some dangerous places. They aren’t nasty, arrogant or self-centred – even amidst all the not-so-recent revelations in the media about Bear Grylls’ sleeping habits when out in the wild.

The world doesn’t revolve around them, and they are conscious of this. They are seemingly good, humble beings who respect nature, and people – particularly the tribes and the like they come across on their journeys; all in their quest to satiate our curiosity and the need to know more.

It transcends on to a more empathetic level, I find.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

New UNF Poll: Do you get ASMR From Digital Media?

Well, like I promised, here is the new poll. This one will run from early July, for 3 months, until early October – approximately 90 days.

So this time, I thought we would talk about another common topic of discussion within the group. We’ll be delving in to the effectiveness of digital media. What this means, is that we want to know if you get ASMR from watching YouTube videos, TV, listening to music, or the radio, etc. Even though plenty of those in the community do, and have no qualms about recommending videos and music tracks to others – there are several at least who don’t or cannot experience ASMR while watching or listening to any sort of digital media.

And the options for you to vote on are:

Yes, all the time - Digital media of your choosing, or which is recommended to you by others within the community, will without fail, trigger your ASMR.

Sometimes - It might be a more uncommon or rare thing for you to experience ASMR while watching or listening to digital media. You’re very picky when it comes to trigger videos or tracks. Recommendations from others seldom work.

I only get it from certain digital media (eg. either music or videos, but not both) – You could spend all day watching videos online and not get a “hit” at all. But as soon as you listen to the radio or play your favourite track of the moment, it starts flowing.

No, I don’t – You don’t experience ASMR from any digital media at all.  It’s only triggered when you speak to someone in person or watch or listen to something in real life, and not online or from any other digital source.

So that’s it. Read through this post, and then find the poll on the right sidebar as usual. Then vote, obviously. Have fun!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

UNF Poll Results: ASMR and Chills: The Same Phenomenon?

Wow, I can hardly believe that's it been just more than 3 months since the poll was started. But I haven't forgotten - I need to publish the results of the poll, even though they are visible on the right sidebar of this blog.

So, we had the question that needed answering, and that was whether you thought ASMR and "chills" are the same thing.

Let's see how you voted:

Out of 16 people in total, 1 person (6%) voted for "Yes, they are the same thing".
1 other person voted, saying that chills relates only to music, and isn't the same thing as what we have come to know ASMR.
Then we have 6 people (37% - just over a third) who voted, saying that they are not the same thing; completely different.
And then the largest percentage of votes were cast by 8 people (50% - half) who said that they may well be related in some way.

So that's that poll. Thanks to all who voted, and stay tuned for the next poll which should be up soon! I have a good idea for what to base it on.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Playlists Added to the ASMR YouTube Channel

For the past while, I’ve been catching up on adding new recommended videos to the ASMR channel’s various playlists. Usually what I do in circumstances is just add everything to the big “recommended videos” playlist, and later I can move them to the appropriate playlist. Otherwise I can just add them to the appropriate playlists in the first place, but some videos I actually need to judge first on where I should put them.

I’m still clearing out the cobwebs after being absent for those two or three weeks, but slowly getting there!
Anyway, this week I added three new playlists. There’s “art”, which will have videos that have anything to with art and/or creativity; “assessments”, which delves in to medical examinations and the like; and “hypnosis” – which is pretty self-explanatory.

There might not be many videos in these playlists for the time being, but it might give you some ideas on what to recommend, whether it be on YouTube, Facebook, or in the official forum. You might even discover a new genre of triggers that you’ll absolutely love!

While I might add my own recommendations occasionally, these playlists are largely dependant on what you watch, and I subscribe to channels that the community likes, too. I don’t like adding some random video that I haven’t even watched, or nobody else has recommended.

So check out those playlists, and undoubtedly you’ll come across some more videos like them that act as triggers, and you can of course leave them in any of the above mentioned places, and I’ll add them as soon as possible.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ASMR Research Team Gains a new Team Member

Recently, I was informed of a new team member who will be joining the research effort.

Her name is Karissa Ann, and she’s a Psychology major with minors in both Neuroscience and Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She's worked in two labs, one on cognitive neuroscience, and another working on autism research – I totally copied that word for word from the briefing I was given behind the scenes. I didn’t want to screw up… again.

Jenn went into great detail as regards what the team and group at large is all about, and the two had an interview of sorts to see if Karissa would be a fitting asset to the team.

Having a read through some of her thoughts on ASMR, I must say that her excitement is quite infectious, and she seems to have a good attitude. Apart from having some impressive qualifications, she is also an experiencer, and is enthusiastic to start with the research as soon as possible – particularly the video trials.

Speaking of which, we are sorry for the great delay as regards the second video trial. It was initially scheduled to take place in January, but plenty of time has passed since then, obviously. I know some of you are getting fed up – asking about what’s being done as far as research into this phenomenon is going, and some even openly criticizing the group and the whole purpose of it.

But the good news is that things will hopefully pick up soon, as I hear that Karissa is eager to get stuck in, and Jenn is on about processing the 100-something applications we have for the video trials.

If there was ever a time for me to get back to work, it’s right about now. I talked the other day about being out of the loop for two or three weeks due to personal and technical reasons – but it seems as though I’m back for the time being, and almost everything is working the way I want it too. So perhaps like last year, the middle of the year means that we’re about to get busy.
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