Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bunnies Revenge

This months book cover, I'm keeping it Easter...ish. Well bunny rabbits anyway.
Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnys by Craig Shaw Gardner (the author of Batman!)

Look at how awesome that book cover is. That would be Bambo screaming front and centre there.

Aided by his side kick Janis Hoplin, Bambo seeks to liberate his imprisoned comrades from the shampoo companies in South East Asia.  Along for the ride is a seedy short man in a pocketless trench coat and his grey haired dominatrix wife who both misread the mission brief regarding bunnies in chains.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eds Mexican Reggae

The Eagles Hotel California is the title song from the Eagles' album of the same name, released as a single in February 1977. The first working title the music had (before the lyrics were decided) was "Mexican Reggae".

Over the years the abstract nature of the lyrics has led many people to devise their own interpretations. Rumours once circulated that the hotel was in fact the Camarillo State Mental Hospital. Also in the 1980s, some Christian evangelist groups alleged that it referred to a San Francisco hotel purchased by Anton LaVey and converted into the Church of Satan. But if you listen closely you will realise the song is actually a reference to hair gel, flatulence and the talking horse from the TV show Mr Ed. Don Henley is actually singing:

"On a dock, there's a highway. Cool Whip in my hair.
 Warm smell of released gas rising up through the air."

"Then she lit up a Ken doll, And she showed me the way.
 There were horses down the corny door, thought I heard them say."

as well as
"So I called up the Captain, Please bring me my wife.
 He said, We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine.
 And still those horses were calling from far away."

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hacking Your Brain

Can't solve that difficult engineering problem? Wish you could draw better? Need to think outside the box? Evil plans not planned so well? Or still haven't learnt to ride without training wheels?

Imagine that with the simple press of a button you could control the operation of your brain to increase the speed, capacity for problem solving or even creativity its self. Imagine if you could achieve this without surgically implanting circuit boards and optical fibre into your skull.

Well you can with magnets!

Using transcranial magnetic stimulation (or TMS), Australian researcher Dr. Allan Snyder tested his hypothesis that some savant and creativity abilities occur because the left hemisphere suppresses and confines the raw impressions of the right hemisphere. Using TMS to suppress the left anterior temporal lobe, Snyder found that subjects become better at drawing, better at estimating the number of dots on a screen, and better at recognising word duplications in proofreading.  Basically he uses magnets to create temporary brain damage and makes people better for it.

Allan Snyder, aside from having a bad sense of fashion, is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney, Australia. You can find out more about his research at: The Centre for The Mind dot com.

Further studies, at the University of Gottingen in Germany, have shown participants given transcranial magnetic stimulation indicate an improvement of around ten percent in learning of motor skills and were three times more likely to solve a difficult, unfamiliar problem than those in a control group. Also some not so top secret investigations into transcranial magnetic stimulation funded by the US military, have lead to plans of flight helmets with a built in devices for the improving of pilot performance with the flick of a switch.

Now you can't just go sticking fridge magnets on your head. You'll look like an idiot and they don't have the magnetic field strength to mess up your brain. What you're going to need is an 70mm electromagnetic butter?y coil with opposing currents in each coil loop, creating a focal magnetic field below the intersection of both coils. The magnetic field intensity should be approximately 2 tesla on the coil surface which will roughly translate to around 0.5 tesla in the brain.  Stimulation is applied for approximately 15 minutes at 1 pulse per second and focused the left anterior temporal lobe area of the brain. If that sounds hard to make, try masquerading as a neurosurgeon, you can just go buy a pre-made one. It's a MagPro magnetic stimulator by Medtronic.

Once you've got your super magnet, you're ready to give yourself the creativity upgrade you’ve been waiting for. Just strap that baby on your head and plug in those kilowatts.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Funny Bunny

Shouldn't that type of childhood event turn her into a vigilante like Batman rather than a supervillan? One time back in school some kid knocked my chips out of my hand, but you don't see me dressing like a potato slice and calling myself Crinkle-Cut.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Fears

Here's some Easter related phobias:

Fear of eggs: Ovaphobia

Fear of chocolate: Xocolataphobia

Fear of holidays: Heortophobia

Fear of rabbits: Leporiphobia

"Run away! Run away!"

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Week

It's Easter so here's some Easter Week and After songs of the IRA to put you in the festive mood by Dominic Behan.

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) was descended from the Irish Republican Brotherhood, an organisation established on 25 November 1913, that staged an insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week in 1916 called the Easter Rising. The insurrection was suppressed after seven days of fighting, and its leaders were court-martialled and executed. Thereafter, the IRA waged a guerrilla campaign against British rule in Ireland from 1919 to 1921 when a treaty was signed. But some IRA members were still not happy and division turned to civil war until around 1969.

From the end of the 1960's to present day the IRA has splintered greatly with all splinter groups claiming legitimacy, though most Irish people dispute of the claims by these splinter groups.  Mostly because they're just a bunch of guys who like to blow things up for attention of their own agenda.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Pocket Billiards

I'm still more or less house bound until the stitches come out. So I've been watching buckets of TV. The old series of Dr Who is on Sci-fi channel at the moment. The ones with the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison and it's reminded me of something I noticed a couple of years ago: Peter Davison can't stop playing with his testicles.

John Pertwee is not impressed.

No matter how hard he fights, his hands can't resist the compulsion.

Look, he's doing it again.

The photographic and video evidence speaks for it's self not just from the Dr Who series but also from All Creatures Great and Small and various candid images.

Peter Davison, undefeated pocket billiards world champion.