Many families have a holiday tradition which involves writing a (usually) terse and rambling accounting of the various events and travels of the year. Anyone who follows this blog regularly likely won’t need it, and anyone who doesn’t probably won’t extract much substance from it. But here it is.
The Word Hum Map and Database now has more than 13,000 entries, and the form is now available in Chinese.
After many months of stalling and false starts, I finally entered the Deming (VLF radio blocking) Box, and it did not diminish the Hum for me at all. I’m waiting for follow up evidence before abandoning the VLF radio theory in favour of the other hypotheses.
I was finally able to have a piece published about the Hum in my own words, which has been read roughly 640,000 times. With that article, and coverage from BBC, BBC4, Irish National Radio, Global News, Coast to Coast AM, and many smaller outlets, I estimate that at least 5 million people have had a bit of education about the Worldwide Hum. I hope that readers will help educate others and involve their local media. Bernie Hutchins, an actual scientist who has made serious contributions to this blog, wrote a piece for us which has been read by large numbers of people and it has generated much commentary.
A grand total of just under $200.00 (CDN) was collected in fundraising. This just covers the costs of website and blog hosting.
My expectation all along is that an ambitious graduate student at a major university or private lab will pick up this mystery, solve it in a few months using one of theories we’ve proposed, and then take the credit for all of it. After that happens, I can withdraw to my previous quiet and private life, and focus more on my family, playing music and badminton, hiking, and causes that are important to me.
For those of you who are suffering from the Worldwide Hum, all I can say is that we are closer than ever to solving this. Our task is to educate non-hearers – calmly and rationally – about our situation, and we can wear down the walls of ignorance and incredulity. In the quiet of the forest here, I can hear it loudly every night, and it’s a reminder to me to keep working at it.