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    sixpenceee:

    As someone who wants to study the human consciousness I found this very interesting.

    Scott Routley was a “vegetable”. A car accident seriously injured both sides of his brain, and for 12 years, he was completely unresponsive.

    Unable to speak or track people with his eyes, it seemed that Routley was unaware of his surroundings, and doctors assumed he was lost in limbo. They were wrong.

    In 2012, Professor Adrian Owen decided to run tests on comatose patients like Scott Routley. Curious if some “vegetables” were actually conscious, Owen put Routley in an fMRI and told him to imagine walking through his home. Suddenly, the brain scan showed activity. Routley not only heard Owen, he was responding.

    Next, the two worked out a code. Owen asked a series of “yes or no” questions, and if the answer was “yes,” Routley thought about walking around his house. If the answer was “no,” Routley thought about playing tennis.

    These different actions showed activity different parts of the brain. Owen started off with easy questions like, “Is the sky blue?” However, they changed medical science when Owen asked, “Are you in pain?” and Routley answered, “No.” It was the first time a comatose patient with serious brain damage had let doctors know about his condition.

    While Scott Routley is still trapped in his body, he finally has a way to reach out to the people around him. This finding has huge implications.

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    I just want it noted here that, should I ever suffer an injury or illness that puts my body in a persistent vegetative state, I do not want to be kept alive artificially.

    (Especially now, after reading that article.)

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    Dammit!
The hackers got into my files too!

    Dammit!

    The hackers got into my files too!

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    thestraggletag:

    egobus:

    I want a movie about greek gods where hades isn’t the antagonist

    By all accounts the antagonist in every Greek Gods movie should be Zeus’s dick. Nothing else causes as much murder and mayhem.

    Ares and Hera cause their fair share of mayhem too, but the above point is well taken.

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    They might as well have called ‘As Above So Below’ by a different title: “Let me remind you of all the freaky crap you imagined when playing in a drainage tunnel as a kid”.

    I’m going to watch some Disney films before bed to ward off nightmares.

    3 08.31.14
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    I still haven’t played The Last Of Us.

    And seeing folks talk about it all over my dash makes me feel like I’m missing out, big time.

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    Israel ‘Appropriates’ Palestinian Land in the West Bank

    Gotta love Reuters, trying like mad to create euphemisms so they don’t actually have to point out that Israel is literally stealing Palestinian land, again, and as such might be creating an environment in which their colonialist behavior necessitates a reprisal.

    And then you have the folks on the other side, who support Israel, calling any criticism of Israel ‘Anti-Semitic’ no matter how valid it may be.

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    New pictures of Andrew Rannells as Hedwig

    He seems to be wearing it well!

    I might have to check him out when I’m in NYC for Comic-Con.

    224 08.30.14
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    cartoonpolitics:

America and guns .. what could possibly go wrong ? .. (refers to story here)

'Merica!

    cartoonpolitics:

    America and guns .. what could possibly go wrong ? .. (refers to story here)

    'Merica!

    709 08.30.14
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    Tumblr, you have ruined me.

    I saw the photo of the guys who invented the date-rape detection nail polish, and I didn’t see three people, but three white and one brown guy. (And definitely noticed none of them were black.)

    Tumblr, I hate you for catalyzing this kind of thinking, but find it mildly amusing that several of these guys won’t get any kudos from you due to their lack of adequate skin pigmentation.

    9 08.26.14
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    So, I just tripped and fell on my back in my apartment, and Victoria wasted no time in jumping on my chest to give me kisses.

    And I realized, if I have a heart attack or something and collapse, my last experience will be my pretty puppy kissing me as I die.

    Which doesn’t sound so bad, all things considered.

    4 08.23.14
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