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Wed, May. 18th, 2005, 11:13 pm
Another masstreble Fun-Pak! (I don't have enough for a real post. M'bad.)

Did you notice that there are no one-word synonyms for "thesaurus"? We should remedy that. The synonymtome deserves recursiveness.

We just had a few small earthquakes here. Shortly after them, I noticed that many of the spiders that hang around the corners of the house were now wandering around. (This was especially noticable because we have a lot of spiders in our house.) Is there a correlation? Did the earthquake arouse the arachnids? *Is assaulted, arrested, and accosted.*

Two guys are waiting on a subway platform for their train, which was disgustingly late. One of the guys says, "Ahhh! Talking subway!" and the subway says, "But I didn't say anything yet!" I interupted, "You two ruined the joke!" and the other guy responds, "Ahhh! Talking narrator!"

In the absence of the Internet, I understand just how attachted to it I am. I have mixxed feelings about this: [Roxicatt] is one of the many people who 'vacation' from the Internet because they realize they have life-impacting addictions to it. I certainly hope I don't develop to that degree of over-reliance, but I have found how much the 'net has woven itself into my mind over the last few days: for the first few days, I found myself stupor-like, almost like I was having difficulty merely thinking. It wasn't withdrawls, but actually the effects of un-incorporation: small facts and bits of data that I could obtain almost instantly now feel like they are inaccessable. In a way, it's like having a small lobotomy at the same time as a small amputation.

I should be the first-ever cleric for The God of Internet. Biology people and engineers: get working on a way to make me connected to the 'net with my brain all the time, wherever I go. Theology and humanities people, study and talk about The God of Internet, so I can be sure sie's in the pantheon. I want to be able to cause "133t W0UNDS" by the end of the year.

Fri, May. 20th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)

*starts working on what Sam said* Hm...Could start with a satallite link-up...

Fri, May. 20th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)

Weren't there also some tests involving brain implants that let a formerly-sighted blindman to see? And another test of other implants letting someone a monkey to control a pointer without a controller?

...Darn, I wish I could find those links again.

Fri, May. 20th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)

true, organic and artificial could work together, if they were adapted for it.

Fri, May. 20th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)

I saw that one on... NatGeo? They had some sort of ape control a dot or soemthing on a screen with his brain. They also tried that with a robotic arm, and it worked.

Fri, May. 20th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)

Yes, there have been experiments doing just that. And it wasn't a monkey that controlled a pointer, it was a person. The monkey used a robotic arm.

They're not perfect, though. It took the guy with the pointer a very very long time to become accustomed to moving the pointer (think nearly a year of trying almost every day) and he still can't do it perfectly. And although the blind person is able to see now well enough to not run into things as he walks around, it's still nowhere near good enough to allow him to drive a car.

The experiments are very promising, though.