Text 18 Aug 1 note Off-grid until September 3.

See you guys later! Until then, Black Rock City, here I come…

Photo 18 Aug 84,407 notes ivannori:

gjmueller:

New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to a new device. A 23-year-old quadriplegic is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.


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"The surgery required the precise implantation of the micro-chip sensor in the area of Ian’s brain that controls his arm and hand movements,” Rezai said.
" … Battelle also developed a non-invasive neurostimulation technology in the form of a wearable sleeve that allows for precise activation of small muscle segments in the arm to enable individual finger movement, along with software that forms a ‘virtual spinal cord’ to allow for coordination of dynamic hand and wrist movements.
"The Ohio State and Battelle teams worked together to figure out the correct sequence of electrodes to stimulate to allow Burkhart to move his fingers and hand functionally. For example, Burkhart uses different brain signals and muscles to rotate his hand, make a fist or pinch his fingers together to grasp an object, Mysiw said. As part of the study, Burkhart worked for months using the electrode sleeve to stimulate his forearm to rebuild his atrophied muscles so they would be more responsive to the electric stimulation.”

Normally I don’t bold for emphasis in this way, but oh my god, would you look at that? An implanted chip broadcasts to a computer which interprets and activates electrodes causing precise muscle movements "within a tenth of a second".

ivannori:

gjmueller:

New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to a new device. A 23-year-old quadriplegic is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.

w h a t

"The surgery required the precise implantation of the micro-chip sensor in the area of Ian’s brain that controls his arm and hand movements,” Rezai said.

" … Battelle also developed a non-invasive neurostimulation technology in the form of a wearable sleeve that allows for precise activation of small muscle segments in the arm to enable individual finger movement, along with software that forms a ‘virtual spinal cord’ to allow for coordination of dynamic hand and wrist movements.

"The Ohio State and Battelle teams worked together to figure out the correct sequence of electrodes to stimulate to allow Burkhart to move his fingers and hand functionally. For example, Burkhart uses different brain signals and muscles to rotate his hand, make a fist or pinch his fingers together to grasp an object, Mysiw said. As part of the study, Burkhart worked for months using the electrode sleeve to stimulate his forearm to rebuild his atrophied muscles so they would be more responsive to the electric stimulation.”

Normally I don’t bold for emphasis in this way, but oh my god, would you look at that? An implanted chip broadcasts to a computer which interprets and activates electrodes causing precise muscle movements "within a tenth of a second".

Text 18 Aug 42,369 notes Things You Can Do For Ferguson:

donrickles:

  • Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
  • Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
  • Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
  • Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
  • Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
  • Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
  • Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
  • Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
  • Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.

If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.

via Grokkery.
Video 18 Aug 114,571 notes

psychophancy:

brook:

the onion is being way too real rn

It scares me that The Onion is becoming consistently more factually correct than the “legitimate” media.

Text 18 Aug 13,026 notes

jean-luc-gohard:

The Ferguson PD has successfully reframed the conversation to be about a robbery, but remember, Darren Wilson didn’t know about any robbery when he stopped Mike Brown. That means he didn’t even get shot over [edit for accuracy: “a $48.99 box of cigars”]. He got shot for jaywalking.

via Grokkery.
Link 16 Aug 1 note Images coming from Ferguson reveal unfiltered, uncomfortable truths»

"The self- canceling nature of images releases us from the responsibility to think things through. … To be a sophisticated consumer of images, we became reflexive skeptics; that same reflexive skepticism is the thing that propaganda manipulates. … People in authority benefit from our distrust of images because that distrust feeds a seeping, nihilistic detachment, which leads to civic disengagement. … Police brutality, caught on tape so many times now that it is a wonder more communities have not erupted in outrage like Ferguson, can only be dismissed if the citizenry is adept at disbelieving what it sees.”

Put another way, an image of a man with a Molotov cocktail captures one man with a Molotov cocktail; but multiple images of a phalanx of men in riot gear, deploying tear gas, wielding machine guns, can exist only if disparate and complex social, economic and historical forces have conjoined to produce the events represented therein. The actions of a few angry people are asymmetrical to the existence of sophisticated weapons, the troops and the authority deploying them. These images do not cancel one another out because it takes a lot more social energy and investment to produce a hostile police force terrorizing its citizens than it does to create a handful of violent protesters co-opting peaceful assembly.”

Text 16 Aug 103,047 notes

riebart:

slutformisha:

un-feuilly-de-papier:

un-feuilly-de-papier:

What do french people call a really bad thursday?

a trajeudi

update: if you tell this joke to someone living in france they will refuse to look at you

Life hack on how to travel peacefully in France: Tell this joke to everyone you meet.

Photo 16 Aug 83 notes shortcatlady:

Via I fucking love science!


Tiny Hwaaa used to eat off placemats with science infographics printed on them. Pretty sure cumulonimbus entered my vocabulary before Monica Lewinsky did.

shortcatlady:

Via I fucking love science!

Tiny Hwaaa used to eat off placemats with science infographics printed on them. Pretty sure cumulonimbus entered my vocabulary before Monica Lewinsky did.

Video 16 Aug 269,002 notes

darknessbloodyshadow123:

cloudsinmycoffee9:

this is literally the greatest subtitling job that has ever been done. someone learned how to speak cat.

*laughs irl*

(Source: iraffiruse)

Photo 16 Aug 1,956 notes agnes-cecile:

heliotropic girl

agnes-cecile:

heliotropic girl

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Photo 16 Aug 10,070 notes melisica:

(by Thyme Tomas)
Text 15 Aug 64,230 notes

riebart:

canadianprimeminister:

gps: *says something*
everyone in car: *mocks gps pronunciation*

no one in car: *takes gps’ directions*

half an hour later: *lost as fuck*

My phone’s GPS literally switches mid-sentence between British English and American English.

Text 1 Aug 3 notes On Tumblr, terror, echo-chambers and growth.

…So I just unfollowed about 50 blogs. This has nothing to do with the blog’s general value to Society As A Whole, and everything to do with maximizing my cognitive discomfort for my own good.

I used to lie way far on the T (thinking) side of Myers-Briggs typology. Then I joined Tumblr and went through a huge F (feeling) swing that accompanied immense growth (i.e., a giant-ass slice of humble pie).

I don’t want to grieve for that proud, “curious because knowing is possible" part of me. I want it back. I’m just having trouble believing I’m capable of this, or that this is a worthy endeavor and not a regression into inauthentic and/or misplaced priorities. I used to idolize objectivity, and then I found myself demonizing it. Finding equilibrium feels like a pipe dream… unless I take deliberate steps to cultivate it.

That said…

If Tumblr’s gonna be my primary source for brain-food, I might as well make that food nutritious.

Photo 29 Jul 3 notes Breaking hiatus for a hot second, because goddamn.

Breaking hiatus for a hot second, because goddamn.

Text 9 Jul Hiatus.

Taking a break from Tumblr for a month starting tomorrow. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via G+ chat if you’ve got that contact info. :)


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