BBadger wrote:I swear I lose a portion of my hearing every time I'm at BM. It might just be age too.
Losing your hearing is not a natural part of aging.
In areas with low noise exposure, perfect hearing may last into the nineties.
Well I'm not too sure about that, some of it is genetics, but most young people suffer their hearing loss via the loud music they listen to. I remember going to one of the sound stages at BM this year and putting some wadded up paper in my ears to prevent the sound from being too loud (kills the high frequency noise which is best). I swear I was getting indigestion from the bass pulses moving through that air; I can only imagine what the sound was doing to peoples' ears.
Bay Bridge Sue wrote:I dunno... I think we ought to ban anything that someone thinks may cause harm, or not. Like that mile clock last year. Or how about air with dust levels higher than what I think is safe - so during white outs, no one is allowed to breathe. And the loud music - it hurts my ears, so none of that. In fact, lets ban all the camps that apply as "sound camps". And booze - you know, people die of alcohol poisoning - better ban that too. Oh heck, people have died of exposure and dehydration - better put any place like that off limits...
Actually that one-mile clock guy got a laser variance from the FAA as well as other safety measures such as laser radiation measurement at objects the laser would intersect (e.g. the temple). So he was actually doing his job to make it safe.
I have no problem with people injuring themselves from their own actions. Yes, take the guard rails off and let people do what they want--to themselves. If you're walking up to some loud speaker, you should expect to lose some hearing from it. If you're going out of your way to walk into a laser beam, expect to suffer the consequences. It's when I don't have a decision in the matter, that's the problem. Getting "dazzled" by a low-powered laser pointer can be pretty disorienting, and at the very least messes with your night vision (the real threat to airline pilots). Higher-powered lasers can give you permanent blindness, loss of color acuity, etc.
I'm not a big fan of people scolding others like those teachers everyone hated in grade school, but then again, I don't trust people with lasers either. It's like trusting someone with a gun, or a flame thrower, or something like that. I just don't know. Some people just like
annoying people with toys and stuff. I remember with my old friend, who had ADD, every time I'd try and trust him with something like BB guns, or even mundane things like water balloons, he'd try and be a jerk about it. "Don't point the gun at anyone." Every time he It was like a safety warning was a call to action to circumvent it.
Half the reason I get on people to be more safe with their lasers is that I don't want some stupid incident to result in some laws like Australia has, where any laser over 1mW is illegal (regular laser pointers in the US can be as high as 5mW). I *like*
owning higher powered lasers and all the cool stuff related to them. I don't even mind people shining those things around at BM, illuminating objects like the man, etc. I think it's pretty darn cool. What I don't like is when people want to light up other people or some such.