North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1941
North Kingstown High School, 1959Navy Apprenticeship Aircraft Instrument Technician 1964
First Class Commercial FCC Broadcast license 1964
Novice Class Amateur Radio License 1957
Advanced Class Amateur Radio License 1964 K1CSQ
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I've worked with Duncan Laurie for the last eight years or so and become familiar with most of his efforts concerning plant responses and interaction. I designed a pair of Wheatstone bridges for his early experiments where we repeated some of the work of Cleve Backster. The bridge were able to assist in the detection of responses by plants to external stress. These boxes drove function generators which provided basic tone modulated signals for use in rendering the electrical characteristics of plant response to audio tracks as an art form.
We developed a second device described as a rate of change detector which monitored the state of the electrical charge on the surface of plant leaves and stems. Tiny changes in this signal was translated to an audio track as above. These devices were later employed in the study of the relationship between plant signals and those of other entities...mostly stones. We learned that some stones posess an internal electrical signal, DC in nature which is present at levels in the millivolts range just about all the time. These signals and others which manifest themselves not as frequently may be monitored by another device called the IBVA ( newer version available here ) which generated MIDI audio in response to changing signal levels. This audio may be mixed with that generated by the above described boxes to provide another realm of interaction.
I developed a device called the purr generator which emulates the vibrations and sounds produced by a purring cat. A subject may lie upon a bed which is gently vibrated by these low frequency signals and achieve meditative states easily. The frequency and intensity of these signals are user selected.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Elyes Zhioua, an eminent parasitologist from Tunisia who was working on the concept of controlling the spread of Lyme disease by treating wild deer with a fungus based spray which would kill the ticks on the deer's body. He received a grant through URI and in 1997 Dr Zhioua, another technician and myself developed a device called the Franklin (named after the dog who was it's first vict...subject). This machine could be stationed in the field for a month or so and provide a spray of medication to every deer who approached it. A bait cage provided a scent of food which attracted the animals and then pressure tank and automatic valve would spray their heads at the appropriate time. The project progressed nicely and patents were received as well. We expanded the research to include the automated spraying of livestock and horses for barnyard and stable pests and designed specialized large scale spraying equipment for this purpose as well. Things proceeded nicely until 9-11-2001 when the national paranoia set in and the prospects of a chemical spraying Tunisial national became decidedly dimmer. The project ground to a halt in late 2002 when the grants for both projects expired and were not renewed.
I received a position at the Rhode Island College television center in 1970 and served as a staff engineer under Anthony Giardino, the television services director. The TV studio was located in the Adams library and was the largest component of the college's audio-visual department. During my stay there, we improved the closed circuit capabilities to 10 channels and built two satellite studios on campus.
I served a hitch in the Navy between 1966 and 1970 and was stationed at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. I was given crew training at Quonset, Norfolk, Va. and Key West, Florida. That training involved the theory and use of airborne anti-submarine detection equipment (radar, sonar, magnetic detection, exhaust particle detection, etc). My squadron, VS-34 was assigned to the USS Essex and I made several cruises until she was de-commissioned. I was re-assigned to the USS Wasp and served there until my discharge as an AW2 in mid-1970.
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