Ode to the Brain

Oldie but goodie. Prepare for more nostalgia in coming weeks from my YouTube favorites.

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Brains

My bestie got me to reading We are Legion (We are Bob), a delightful sci fi tale where the fantasies of  transhumanists and futurists go quirkily astray. The main character is a cryogenics customer who gets resurrected in an interplanetary dystopia as a simulated version of himself that feels fairly convincing, except when it does not.

This Brain Dissection video is… hey you get to see what happens if you donate your brain to science.
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I’ve skipped ahead for you in the Mapping the Connectome talk to a really interesting theory on brain folding…

Also area 55b is worth specific attention to appreciate the findings of the Human Connectome Project

Vagina hackers

“A collective of radical bio-hackers and TransHackFeminists are out to reclaim gynecological medicine for those women, and for themselves. Under the name GynePunks, they’re assembling an arsenal of open-source tools for DIY diagnosis and first-aid care—centrifuges made from old hard drive motors; microscopes from deconstructed webcams; homemade incubators; and 3D printable speculums.”
– Doug Bierand Meet the GynePunks Pushing the Boundaries of DIY Gynecology
HerSwab is a device that allows women to collect their own gynecological samples at home and then send them to a lab for screening. By making the experience accessible and less invasive, it’s hoped that women who are reluctant or unable to go to a clinic can take more control of their sexual well-being. Eve Medical’s website says HerSwab is easy, intuitive, and painless to use. The device, which looks similar to a tampon with a handle on top, is inserted into the vagina and rotated to collect dry samples from the cervix.”
kezialubanszky HerSwab Lets Women Test Themselves for Cervical Cancer and HPV
Gynepunk is about engaging in a radical change of perspective about medical technologies, and the so-called “professional” and medical institutions. Gynepunk is an extreme and accurate gesture to detach our bodies from the compulsive dependency of the fossil structures of the hegemonic health system machine. Gynepunk’s objective is to enable the emergence of DIY-DIT accessible diagnosis labs and techniques in extreme experimentation spaces, down on the rocks or in elevators if it is necessary. It is about having these possibilities in a situated stable place or/and in nomadic mobile labs to be able to perform as much as WE WANT, in an intensive way: smears, fluid analysis, biopsy, PAPs, synthesize hormones at will, blood tests, urinalysis, HIV tests, pain relief, or whatever WE NEED. It is about hacking and building our own ultrasound, endoscope or ecography devices in a low-cost way. All this experimentation is made in complementarity with herbs and natural knowledges, oral traditions, underground recipes, seeking with hunger to generate a plethora of DIY lubricants, anti-contraceptives, open doula domains, savage caring of any visceral hands-on technologies, such as menstrual extraction, all elevated to the maximum potential of common learning and radical self-body-power …!”  TransHackFeminist convergence, Calafou, an eco-industrial post-capitalist colony, located 60 km from Barcelona, Catalonia

Katherine Skaggs

Geoengineering vs. Greenhouse gasses

Geoengineering vs. Greenhouse gasses- Who would win?

This week is apparently a week where the UN  has met to discuss the state of the oceans. Since it is one of our most pressing issues, I figured I’d learn more and haphazardly blog them as part of my initiative to kaizenize my blog. But given the huge interest in climate change- I have been wondering where the news covfefe about this has been? *snort* It’s sad that the US is not a member of the Paris agreement, but the people still can be.

Climate engineering would cool down the planet — but it may not save West Antarctica  is a critical view of geoengineering which as a nerd I of course would want to propose. I learned that the West Antarctica ice sheet is melting not only from above but from below because of how CO2 is affecting the currents. I thought about it and considered that here is a
reminder that when we think about climate, we should be picturing a circulatory system….
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But we should also think
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Really grateful to my bestie’s husband for alerting me to the awesome work of suspicious0bservers… probably 3ish years ago? That’s how I know these maps even exists. There are always a copious amount of links under their videos. A true ‘web site’ there is a node devoted to the climate – Earth changes.  If you’re in the spirit to learn more about the situation we’re in and like to watch videos.

For me to read later: New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model

http://on.forbes.com/60168YNCY
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-24033772