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Aug 1

Best Friend
Foster the People

radtracks:

best friend // foster the people

i’ve been a river bed
i tried to salt the wound
i’ve carried more than i can
i feel i’ve got a lot to prove

This is big in the Grinder community. Most people start off by implanting magnets in their fingertips, which gives you the ability to feel magnetic fields. Your fingertips have lots of nerve endings jammed into one area and they are really sensitive to stimuli. Magnets twitch or move in the presence of magnetic fields, and when you implant one in your finger you can really start to feel different magnetic fields around you. So it is like a sixth sense. At first you will be waving your hand around appliances, probing fields like someone looking for a light switch in the dark. After a few days or weeks you will almost forget you have the implant because your brain has fully incorporated the sense into your normal world experience. When you sleep you will notice that even your dreams have changed to include the sense. You can now perceive an otherwise invisible world.

This makes many curious about all of the other things happening around them that they can’t see and they want more. So let’s expand on the magnet thing. We can buy all kinds of different sensors to detect heat, radiation, radio signals, wifi, whatever you want. If we wrap a wire around our implanted finger and attach that wire to our new sensor, we find that the wire creates a small magnetic field to the beat of the sensor. This of course makes our magnet twitch, and now we can feel heat from a distance, feel wifi, or whatever.

Why limit ourselves to feeling these sensations? We have other senses we can induce synesthesia in. I got some media attention in June of 2013 after I implanted headphones in my tragus to do just that. I had some practical reasons for doing this in addition to my thirst for exploration. A few years earlier I suddenly became legally blind in one eye. Lenses cannot correct it and my original eye doctor informed me that the other eye was likely to follow, at which point I would be legally blind, lose my job, etc. With this inevitability in mind I decided to be proactive. Ultrasonic rangefinders are devices used to determine how far away an object is. I knew that most blind people find acoustic variations help them identify the proximity of objects, so I figured I might be able to amplify this by converting rangefinder data into audio I could send wirelessly to my headphone implants. It turned out to be much more complicated than I thought, but that is a part of Grinding that I have come to appreciate. My setbacks lead me deeper into the rabbit hole of audiology where I discovered knowledge that has unlocked a thousand more possibilities.

I’d say that 25% of the people I talk to about sensory enhancement think it’s really cool and some go get implants themselves. The other 75% will nod their head and hope the conversation ends or they laugh and ask “why would anyone want to feel magnetic fields?” I get asked that question so much, and I still find it hard to articulate. They usually point out that “you don’t need it,” to which I counter “what if you lost the ability to taste? You don’t really need it to survive.” Ask anyone with an implant how they would feel if they lost the implant, and almost all of them will tell you they would miss it. A small bit of richness would be missing from their life experience.

Visible light is but a tiny portion of the greater magnetic spectrum that we cannot see. If we modeled the entire spectrum as a road stretching from LA to New York, the amount of visible light that humans can see would equal a few nanometers. Humans, from our allegorical caves, have nonetheless managed to form and test theories about things at the edges of perception but these discoveries took thousands of years. Where would humans be now technologically if we never developed sight? How long would it take us to theorize the existence of the aurora borealis or to hypothesize about the existence of stars? This reduction of input obviously cripples the rate of input.

So is the opposite true? Would expanding our senses accelerate our advancement? My answer is yes. Some Grinder friends of mine formed a team called Science for the Masses to discover if they could biologically push human perception of visible light into the near-infrared spectrum. This is a small increase, around 6% above our current abilities. The impact is dramatic. The new light allows you to see through fog and haze, tinted windows, and some clothing. Stars can be seen during day hours. Subtle changes in blood flow can be seen under the skin, allowing anyone to detect circulation problems and find clots. Seeing blood flow takes some of the guesswork out of determining what mood your date is in and lying becomes nearly impossible. Imagine how this awareness would have altered human history, politics, art, courtship, and relationships. Does human psychology benefit in a world where sincerity and emotional context can be seen with the naked eye rather than hypothesized or conjured? The new layers of info I’ve detailed above are actually just the tip of the iceberg. The real magic of sensory expansion comes from finding deviations and surprises that don’t fit within our scientific understanding because it makes us reconcile our mental models of the world with reality.

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Zoltan Istvan interviews Rich Lee, http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/istvan20140708 (via grinderbot)

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I would like this so very much.

k-eke:

The Legend of Zelda : Feather Time.

Join this new epic adventure introducing pigeon Link !

… Well I wanted to create an epic legend …. with birds ^p^” !

Least Favorite Romantic Relationship

inkycompass:

Damn, has it really been 9 months? Yeah, I got hung up on a relationship question. SURPRISE.

Anyway I’m going to have to revise my earlier response. I thought it was impossible, but there’s a love interest that I hate more than Liam Ironarm, because I read the short story “Nawat”.

In which:

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visualreverence:

Simon Roy's Dinosauroids

[T]he crux of this project is based on the following premise, and not an altogether original one. The great dinosaur-killer, the Chicxulub asteroid, misses earth. However, the resulting world is not simply a long-lived cretaceous paradise - the Deccan Traps still flooded the sky with ash and changed the climate and atmosphere, killing off most, if not all, of the great dinosaurs. The survivors of such an event, however, are a handful of small therapods, mammals, birds, and even a few pterosaurs.

Do yourself a favour and read through the rigorous thinking that Simon Roy has put into conjuring the physiology and culture of his Dinosauroids. Amazing work.

In light of your recent posts on breeding ethics, especially about scottish folds (I had no idea about that one, glad I know now!), are there any more particular breeds of cats or dogs that we, as potential pet owners, should avoid?

Anonymous

koryos:

Yes. There are many.

But I can’t really provide a comprehensive list; there are so many factors that can go into it. Some breeds are perfectly healthy as long as they come from a reputable breeder; some breeds are so badly genetically damaged that I would want to abolish breeding them altogether (the English bulldog comes to mind, as well as the pug and the Persian cat). And the very appeal of some breeds comes from a trait that significantly damages their quality of life, like the Scottish fold.

If you are considering adopting a purebred animal, it is really important and really your responsibility to carefully research the breed itself as well as the breeder. The information is out there and thanks to the internet it isn’t hard to find.

I will say that one of the most important things to look for on a breeder’s website is both an acknowledgement of the genetic disorders known to exist in the breed and a guarantee that their animals will not have them. When you talk to the breeder you should already be armed with an arsenal of research on the breed to be sure they can answer all of your questions.

Many people have sworn off purebred animals altogether and I don’t blame them. But adopting a mutt- while an absolutely wonderful thing to do- isn’t going to guarantee that you get an animal with no congenital issues. The value of purebred animals is the fact that their lineages are known and theoretically, they could be bred in a way that would eliminate genetic disorders.

This is unfortunately not always what happens.

Some resources:

Dog Breed Health: A great site for any potential dog owner. Includes advice on how to choose a breeder and what to do if your purebred dog has a congenital disorder.

The Canine Inherited Disorder Database

Inherited Diseases in Dogs

Library of Inherited Disorders in Animals: Includes information on disorders in both purebred dogs and cats.

Genetic Welfare Problems of Companion Animals: Includes information not just on purebred dogs and cats but many other species.

Again, a google search will quickly net you many more results; just make sure that they are from reputable sources.

carriemp:

Nostradamus, our non-releasable eastern screech owl, arrived as a fledgling five years ago after accidentally being hit with a lawn mower. He recovered, but suffered permanent damage to his left eye and wing.

This week, he is in the middle of his molt and, for all intents and purposes, looks like he was mowed over a second time.

He’s not a big fan of mine, as you can clearly see from the stink eye he’s giving me in these pictures.

I just saw your post about Scottish folds and I was wondering if the cats who don't have the ear fold also have the arthritis issue (YouTube kitty Maru for example). I'm so sorry to bother you about this, have a wonderful day!

Anonymous

koryos:

Since the folded ear allele is what causes the damaged cartilage (and hence the arthritis) straight-ear Scottish folds do not suffer from the same issue. It’s also why folds that are heterozygous for the allele (e.g., the result of a straight x fold cross) suffer to a much lesser extent than homozygous folds (fold x fold cross).

It’s why I’m highly skeptical of the claims of some breeders who claim they are breeding the osteochondrodysplasia out of their folded-ear cats. The folded ears are, again, caused by weakened cartilage. It’s different from the development of folded ears in dogs; in folded-ear dogs, their ears never prick up, whereas in folded-ear cats the ears prick up (like most mammals, they are born with folded ears) and then fold due to damage to the cartilage. A healthy folded-ear cat might be possible if an allele that caused the ear to never prick up were isolated, but so far I have never heard of one.

Because I bet someone ask, the backwards-curling ears of the American curl are not caused by this allele, but rather by a different, dominant allele that causes a thickening in the cartilage of the ear. So far no major genetic issues have been detected in the breed.

More about the severity of osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish folds.

My original post.

edwardstumbs:

joysweeper:

Iroh’s basically a saint.

was this made based on that movie-of-which-name-should-not-be-mentioned ?

Character and sometimes set design-wise, yes! Personality and history-wise, no! This is from “Zuko’s Story”.

Ganondorf x Zelda no thank you

coelasquid:

Ganondorf x Impa 4 lyfe

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brokenponycutiemark:

heyhocloudy:

smashalash:


JESUS FUCKING CHRIST WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS CAT BEFORE
HER NAME IS TAMAAND SHE’S THE STATIONMASTER AT A TRAIN STATION IN JAPANSHE GREETS ALL THE PASSENGERSAND SHE HAS HER OWN OFFICEAND SHE’S PAID IN CAT FOODAND SHE IS A FUCKING EXECUTIVE OF A FUCKING RAILROAD STATION 
AND LOOK AT HER

the trains are decorated with cartoon versions of her since she’s their mascot as well


MAN YOU GOTTA TALK ABOUT THE TRAIN MORE TOO THOUGH!!
FOR ONE THERES A LITTLE LIBRARY INSIDE WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS!!

AND TAMA THEMED COUCHES AND BACKBOARDS!!!



AND THE FRONT HAS WHISKERS!!!
TAMA IS SO POPULAR THAT TOURISM FROM TAMA BASICALLY BROUGHT THE ENTIRE TOWN BACK FROM THE BRINK AND SAVED THE RAIL LINE!!!
I MEAN CHECK THIS OUT!!

A TAMA CAFE!! AN ENTIRE TAMA GIFTSHOP!! TAMA NOTEBOOKS TAMA BAGS TAMA EARRINGS MORE TAMA STUFF I NEVER GOT PICTURES OF!! THERE IS SO MUCH TAMA !! THIS GODDAMN CAT!!

im sure ive reblogged this before but this cat makes me so happy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tama_(cat)
Tama is now the Operating Officer of the entire railway, given how important she has become to both her hometown, and the entire rail system in that prefecture. She has an assistant stationmaster - “Chibi” - and while her mother (Miiko) was still alive, Miiko was another assistant.
Now, Nitama (“Second Tama”) is Tama’s apprentice.
I MUST GO THERE.

brokenponycutiemark:

heyhocloudy:

smashalash:

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS CAT BEFORE

HER NAME IS TAMA
AND SHE’S THE STATIONMASTER AT A TRAIN STATION IN JAPAN
SHE GREETS ALL THE PASSENGERS
AND SHE HAS HER OWN OFFICE
AND SHE’S PAID IN CAT FOOD
AND SHE IS A FUCKING EXECUTIVE OF A FUCKING RAILROAD STATION 

AND LOOK AT HER

image

the trains are decorated with cartoon versions of her since she’s their mascot as well

image

MAN YOU GOTTA TALK ABOUT THE TRAIN MORE TOO THOUGH!!

FOR ONE THERES A LITTLE LIBRARY INSIDE WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS!!

AND TAMA THEMED COUCHES AND BACKBOARDS!!!

AND THE FRONT HAS WHISKERS!!!

TAMA IS SO POPULAR THAT TOURISM FROM TAMA BASICALLY BROUGHT THE ENTIRE TOWN BACK FROM THE BRINK AND SAVED THE RAIL LINE!!!

I MEAN CHECK THIS OUT!!

A TAMA CAFE!! AN ENTIRE TAMA GIFTSHOP!! TAMA NOTEBOOKS TAMA BAGS TAMA EARRINGS MORE TAMA STUFF I NEVER GOT PICTURES OF!! THERE IS SO MUCH TAMA !! THIS GODDAMN CAT!!

im sure ive reblogged this before but this cat makes me so happy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tama_(cat)

Tama is now the Operating Officer of the entire railway, given how important she has become to both her hometown, and the entire rail system in that prefecture. She has an assistant stationmaster - “Chibi” - and while her mother (Miiko) was still alive, Miiko was another assistant.

Now, Nitama (“Second Tama”) is Tama’s apprentice.

I MUST GO THERE.

charminglyantiquated:

a little love story about mermaids and tattoos

maddiesharafian:

Remember when I said I wasn’t going to make a comic about food?

I lied.

omg if baby oil dissolves condoms what the fuck does it do to babies???

Anonymous

the-kellin-under-the-vic:

This may be shocking, but babies and condoms are made of different material

Iroh’s basically a saint.