Saturday, September 30, 2017
This is one of the most elaborate and complete French parade armors, and it retains much of its original coloring. The surfaces are covered by dense foliate scrolls inhabited by human figures and a variety of fabulous creatures that derive from the Italian grotesque. Go here for more info.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Phineas Gage is one of the most famous patients in the history of neuroscience. He was 25 years old when he experienced a serious accident at his work place, where a tamping iron was shot through his head - entering under his eye socket at exiting through the top of his head - after an explosive charge went off. The tamping iron was over a metre long, and after exiting Gage’s head landed 25m away.
Initially Gage collapsed and went into minor convlusions, but recovered quickly and was able to speak after a few minutes. He walked with little assistance to an ox-cart and was brought to a nearby physician. Initially the physician did not believe his story because he was in such good condition, but was convinced when:
Mr. G. got up and vomited; the effort of vomiting pressed out about half a teacupful of the brain, which fell upon the floor.Gage exhibited a number of dramatic behavioural changes following the accident. Harlow, the physician who initially treated Gage, described this change “He is fitful, irreverent, indulging at times in the grossest profanity (which was not previously his custom), manifesting but little deference for his fellows, impatient of restraint or advice when it conflicts with his desires”. However the surgeon Henry Jacob Bigelow described his condition as improving over the course of recovery, stated he was “quite recovered in faculties of body and mind”. This may have been early evidence of neural plasticity. This recovery was also reported by a physician who knew Gage while he lived in Chile, who described his ability to hold on a full time job as a Concord coach driver, a job that required exceptional social skills.
Gage’s neurological deficits following his traumatic brain injury is thought to have been exaggerated and distorted over the course of history, to the point that he is often portrayed as a ‘psychopath’. Scientific analysis of the historical accounts of Gage’s life following his accident, namely by the psychologist Malcolm Macmillan, find that these distorted accounts are most likely untrue, and that Gage made a very good recovery.
Post-mortem analysis of the Gage case concluded that it was the left frontal lobe that was damaged in the accident, although further neurological damage may have resulted from infection. Combined examination of the Phineas Gage case with the other famous cases of Tan and H.M. have concluded that social behaviour, memory, and language are dependent on the co-ordination of a number of different brain areas rather than a single region.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
- Throwing something then having it bounce and hit you in the head
- Calling your teacher mom or dad
- Looking somewhere else and then walking into a pole
- Watching someone try to teach a 100% incompetent coworker a new skill
- Accidentally letting out a fart while sneezing in a quiet room full of people
- When somebody answers a question so wrong that you start to wonder if they're even in that class or they sat down in the wrong lecture
- Someone fighting off a spiderweb. You can't see it from far away so they just look like they're spazzin out.
- When a comedian roasts someone in the crowd
- When someones trousers split
- Having your leg humped enthusiastically from a dog
- Getting shit on by an animal
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Losing an hour of sleep when daylight savings puts the clocks forward causes a 25% increase in heart attacks on the following Monday. They reduce by 21% when clocks go back.
People are confused by a weird mural of David Spade next to a Kurt Cobain quote - I posted the pic (here) a few days ago. Here is the follow up.
"The Sopranos" was so accurate that on Monday morning when the FBI listened to their wiretaps the real mob would be discussing the show and the mob thought the show had somebody on the inside. They couldn't believe how accurate the show was.
Scientists put slime mold onto a model of a map of Tokyo, with food representing urban centers. After a day, it created a network almost identical to Tokyo’s actual rail network. Human designers created that network to be as efficient as possible; slime mold did the same, but without a brain
Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking - This is huge. After 10 years of investigating I bet they find out this presidential election was invalid.
Monday, September 25, 2017
A Jewish man was leaving a convenience store with his espresso when he noticed a most unusual Italian funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery.
A black hearse was followed by a second black hearse about 50 feet behind the first one.
Behind the second hearse was a solitary Italian man walking a dog on a leash.
Behind him, a short distance back, were about 200 men walking in single file.
On Surreal Sunday we go riding with British inventor Colin Furze in this awesome BMW E30 that he converted into a drivable hot tub. It’s the Spa Car!
“Not only did the BMW have to be properly sealed and waterproofed to hold water on the inside without it leaking into the drive train and electronics, it also had to be reinforced to deal with all of that extra weight. The handling was almost certainly awful once Furze got it on the road, but the bigger problem was the water sloshing in every direction, and pouring out of the car at every turn. The impractical project, Furze says, was sponsored by Google.”