Final Destination Experiences / Near Death
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 06:03 PM
You just knew that if it wasn't because of get smart 'you missed me by this much' you would have died?
In my life I get a few of near misses (rolling an argon gas tank) over life wires, crushing it and making it short circuit, luckily it connected with the ground wires(?) and I didn't get shocked.
Slept on a modem wire (that runs underneath a plastic carpet or something) and a lightning strike goes through it, cooks the modem. And I felt like getting a jolt.
Missed 'by that much' at 120 kmph a car that stopped abruptly. Enough to evade it.
Anyway, less than two month ago my bike skidded when I tried to slow down a little (it was raining) when a car in front of me changes lane suddenly. I felt like my back tires gave way and suddenly I goes blank, only to realize that I'm almost on the road and try to reduce the damages I'm getting (i just get small cut, instead of the usual bloody bruises). Anyway my left rib is having a hairlife fracture. since i'm coughing at that time, coughing or bending, is a pain. What really shocks me is when I turn back and look at how close the car behind me stopped / brakes.
It happened a few days after I already give my resignation letter to my manager, however I felt like if I didn't go for broke to achive my dream now, it will not happen, and I realize that you are going to die at any moment.
Does any of you went through something similiar, and how does it changes you?
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 04:15 PM
Actually I stopped game programming as a hobby, like, 5 years ago? I just hang around since this is the best forum to hang out. Like the best bar invaded by the smart people. Previously it was andre la mothe xgamestation forum, but after it focus on the nano thing, only few, and very few EE hard core people hang around (with most of them on parallax board anyway).
actually I focus more on 3d animation these days, but I mostly go to animation sites for tutorials, and buy 3d world mag for info / hard core tutorial / freebies.
but I really went into this free lance thing, have control of my life / time. I have different childhood, so to achieve my dream is really important to me.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:39 AM
How did it change me? It didn't really. Well, outside of realizing Indiana is a really, really evil place, and nothing good ever comes out of it.
The closest I get now is driving around here. Those aren't really near death though. More like playing russian roulette.
But honestly, I think many people have been close to dying on multiple occasions. Just that most of these we aren't able to recognize, mainly because we don't have enough information. Either we were too ignorant to know, or someone else prevented an accident that we were unaware of, etc.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 03:03 AM
now that you mentioned get shocked from power socket, now I remember other thing, although i didn't consider it as near death, since i didn't think it was deadly enough.
1) when i was a small kid, i didn't understand yet what is electricity. what i know is I step on a wire (maybe exposed), even with my slipper on, and i felt like being in a slower blender / shaker. before my dad switch off the power to the wire. in my dad workshop. why i'm there is a long story on why it's important i achive my dream, NOW.
2) I tried to grab an a metal (1 meter long) and it touches an exposed wire, and I felt a jolt.
why this two related to exposed wire? ah, 3rd world mentality. but like i said, long story.
3) my older brother want to weld something, so I have to hold two metal together - bare hand (i know, it was stupid, but like i said, most of the time it was safe :-P ) anyway, if the metal connected (most of the time) there is nothing wrong with it, but IF the metal is not connected for whatever reason (like moving the electrod wire just before welding caused the metal to move) then the welding electricity (that used to melt the electrode - i guess that what they call it in english) will travel thorough your body. and it not a nice experience.
just search myth buster greatest prank on youtube where one of the team member want the other to 'feel god'.
i don't really know technically if they have the same volt or current (welding & electric fence), but the feeling quite the same.
but i didn't think it was deadly enough. more of a stun gun thingie.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 03:52 AM
Five years ago I crashed my car against a sign. The sign had two iron columns filled with concrete. As I crashed it with the left side of the car, one column got right between the front tire and the wheel and the other one behind the driver's seat. Me in the middle of both.
Some time after that I rolled over a car, I "almost" get run over by a truck. Some guys tried to stab me twice. And 5 guys kicked my guts.
The funny thing is that the only time I got a bone broken was when I punched some guy and I broke my little finger.
But more dangerous than any of the above was falling in love with this Dominican girl. The extra-danger was that she loved me too. lol.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 06:57 AM
Well it happened to be a train junction without the usual safety rails that come down when a train is approaching, and worst of all I did not realize it until I was right in the middle of it. Fortunately I missed the train by about 4 - 5 seconds, but I was pretty much shaken up for days to come. Even to this day, it gives me the shivers thinking about those flashing red lights in the dark of night, I hate driving at night now.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 11:50 PM
i realized that, even if i would die right now, i had a great life so far. so i just continue to have a great life till it's over.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 02:17 AM
I've almost dies in other ways, but they were pretty anti-climactic. (Choking, locked in car trunk as a child, you know)
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 02:26 AM
Original post by zyrolasting
Caught in a poorly designed intersection where a red light was not too far from a railroad track. Traffic was backed up enough, and I was directly on the track in front of an oncoming train. I moved off around 10 seconds before impact. Not exactly "I cheated death" material, but it was a reason to raise hell over why such a dangerous possibility was allowed due to the layout of the roads.
Not to be a jerk, but it is driver responsibility to ensure that they can safely cross a level rail crossing. That is, if the road ahead is not clear, you stop Before you get to the rails, and wait for it to clear.
Less than 1 ton car < 5000+ ton train. The Train wins every time, and rarely takes a scratch. Don't screw around with trains.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 07:10 PM
so when i was 10-11 i had a mild measles, no big deal, besides my mouth that felt like shit, i actually stayed the whole treatment at home playing and i soon was 98% better, staying at home just because doctor orders
then suddenly out of the blue i had a Respiratory arrest, and spend 4~6 minutes completely unable to breath, the most long minutes of my life, and the most despair i ever felt
in a stroke of luck i recovered a little of my breath enough to be carried to a hospital
the measles had developed into a pneumonia, which lead to yet another pneumonia making me spend a good time on ICU taking lots of penicillin
but even now, if i have to consciously held my breath for some reason, when i go back to breathing i always get this "it wont work" feeling in the back of my head