I have some of the greatest friends on earth, and I love that moment when sense of humor comes out and you realize “yes, this person truly gets me”. Today, a good friend shared this with me. I love trashy bad hip hop, I love the ukelele, I love thick soupy accents.

Ewan Wardrop plays FORMBY doing 50 Cent’s In Da Club – on the Uke. ❤





Space might just be my favourite thing in the world. It is so awesome and amazing and contains such a breadth of unknown possibilities it’s hard to imagine. One of my favourite comedians (primarily for the way he rants) is Joe Rogan, and he explains my fascination with Space (and disinterest in the Grand Canyon) perfectly in this quick video. Enjoy!




Making Google Translate Beatbox for you!


Open a new browser window/tab

Go to Google Translate:

Select both FROM and TO languages as GERMAN

Copy and paste the following text into the box:

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Now hover the cursor over the speaker icon (notice it now says “beatbox”)





Once again on a Saturday  – thinking of changing the name – but nothing trivia-wise rhymes with Saturday. This is VERY nerdy – apologies!

This week I’m playing with THEMES. This week:



Did You Know:


(click image to enlarge)

The HOMUNCULUS is an area in your brain where your physical body, and the amount of sensory and motor/movemnt attention paid to each area by the brain, are mapped out.

In the image above, the left side represents the Somatosensory Strip (or the Sensory side) of the homunculus, and modulates signals within the post-central gyrus (specific region of the brain) coming from the thalamus (which relays sensory and motor signals to the cerebral cortex of your brain), and the size of the body parts drawn on the outside represents the amount of brain energy and physical amount of cerebral cortex tissue used to sense them. Therefore, the disproportioned body image corresponds to how much innervation that body part has in the brain, not to the area of brain used to control the body parts (density, not area – so hard to explain! sorry!).

The right side of the image above represents the Motor Strip (or the Movement side) of the homunculus, and refers to signals within the precentral gyrus (specific area of brain more towards the front of the body than the above area), coming from the premotor area of the frontal lobes, and, once again, the size of the body parts on the outside of the illustration corresponds to the amount of brain energy and physical amount of cerebral tissue (or density of nerve tissue) dedicated to that part of the body.

If you have ever taken a First Aid course done by a Kinesiologist or other Health-Sciences-background instructor, they will tell you to pinch toes, fingers, and cheeks of someone who is passed-out to try and rouse them, because, as you can see above, a lot of brain energy is used to send signals to the brain, maybe enough to wake an unconscious person.

In school, our AWESOME teacher, Michael Bard, did a demonstration of “2-point discrimination” tests to blindfolded students. A student was blindfolded, then Mr Bard used either one or two pencils (about 1/2″ apart), and touched the pencils to the students arm asking “one pencil or two”, then proceeded on hands, back, knee, cheek and fingertips. For example’s sake, let’s say Mr. Bard used two pencils the whole time, most students would only feel one point of touch on the back, knee, and outer arm (where there is less innervation), while feeling two on the hands, fingertips and cheek (because of the dense innervation). The test shows that your brain can determine fine points of touch more accurately in areas of the body with more homunculus attention! Try it yourself!


Mnemonic (sort of):  

When I was in school, I really sucked at exams, I knew my stuff, but had so much anxiety I second guessed everything (with varying results). Dermatomes, and Myotomes were really hard for me. This diagram will help visualize some of what I say next:



“A dermatome is an area of the skin supplied by nerve fibers originating from a single dorsal nerve root.”   Dermatomes are named according to the spinal nerve which supplies them. The dermatomes form into bands around the trunk but in the limbs their organisation is more complex as a result of the dermatomes being “pulled out” as the limb buds form and develop into the limbs during embryological development.

Each muscle in the body is supplied by a particular level or segment of the spinal cord (Cranial 1-8, Thoracic 1-12, Lumbar 1-5, Sacral 1-5) and by its corresponding spinal nerve. The muscle, and its nerve make up a myotome. This is approximately the same for every person and are as follows:

  • C3,4 and 5 supply the diaphragm (the large muscle between the chest and the belly that we use to breathe).
  • C5 also supplies the shoulder muscles and the muscle that we use to bend our elbow .
  • C6 is for bending the wrist back.
  • C7 is for straightening the elbow.
  • C8 bends the fingers.
  • T1 spreads the fingers.
  • T1 –T12 supplies the chest wall & abdominal muscles.
  • L2 bends the hip.
  • L3 straightens the knee.
  • L4 pulls the foot up.
  • L5 wiggles the toes.
  • S1 pulls the foot down.
  • S3,4 and 5 supply the bladder. bowel and sex organs and the anal and other pelvic muscles.”

As you can imagine, remembering all of that was a bit hard for a frazzled mind, so it was suggested that I look up physical ways of remembering all of this and stumbled upon this project done by kids in high school – to this day it is how I remember Dermatomes and Myotomes.

This Day In History:

Sir James Young Simpson,  born June 7, 1811 (died 6 May 1870) was a Scottish obstetrician, who discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform and successfully introduced it for general medical use. He is also responsible for the medical forceps that we know and still use today.  Sir Simpson was also an early advocator of the use of midwives!

Also today, In 1967, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic opened in San Francisco. According to Wikipedia, due to the many youth descending on the city, many were in need of substance abuse treat ment, mental health services and various medical attention. The clinic was t he model for the modern form of free-clinics that we still have today. Today, the clinic focuses on medical assistance, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric services for those in the prison system, and “Rock Medicine” on-site medical services for public events/concerts.

(not body related, but, an incredible body on this lady!)

 MANY of you will know who Aisha Tyler is, but, if you’ve been living under a rock, you may, at the very least, recognize her from her 90’s role on Friends as Charlie Wheeler, Ross’s Palaeontologist love interest, Joey’s girlfriend, then Ross’s girlfriend, or more recently her voice as Lana Kane on Archer.
Many others of us know her from her delivery of UbiSoft’s presentation at last year’s E3, or her Stand-Up comedy, recurring CSI roles, podcast, guest-starring roles, podcast guest spots, co-host of The Talk, and now she is set to host the return of Who’s Line Is It Anyway?!
Aisha and her husband also brew their own beer! Though she has said she doesn’t have as much time for it now as she did in her 20s and 30s.
She is a huge gamer, and especially HALO player, and provided the voice for a very minor role female trooper character in the video HALO REACH as well as also providing the voice of Commander Walker as part of downloadable content for Gears of War 3.
Here is her talking about why she doesn’t think kids are in the cards for her:


The Lonely Island is composed of three very funny guys: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. Andy was a cast member, and Schaffer and Taccone were writers on Saturday Night Live until 2011/2012 when they quit SNL to, I’m guessing, focus more on making this awesome music – think Weird Al Yankovic updated for today:

Jack Sparrow (featuring Michael Bolton)
‘Michael Bolton nerds out on movies’

Threw It On The Ground
“happy birthday to the ground”

Lazy Sunday


Great Day
*no comment*



(Yes, this is a repost of the very first thing I posted – but I didn’t know wordpress then, and had done it all wrong! Hopefully it will be better enjoyed in its new position.)

SPEAKING OF POSITION… I watch Star Trek TNG a lot – I mean, many many times a week I am in front of Star Trek in one way or another – and I had NEVER noticed this before. Pretty awesome move, man, pretty awesome move. Enjoy!

(“only try this yourself if you are confident of both chair height/width AND your own flexibility” – The Bruise on My Inner Leg


Living in Toronto has been an interesting ride these past few years. G20 riots with car fires and substantial damage, headline-catching dismemberment murder investigations, power plant relocation costing over $800M, and now, allegedly, our mayor does crack. Funny stuff, all in all, if we lived in an episode of Arrested Development or Portlandia. But we don’t, and it’s not funny anymore….. by itself anyway.

For those of you who came across this post on a fact-finding mission, see below the video for a timeline of the “Mayor”‘s crack scandal. For those who already know too much and just want to laugh at it, here is Charron’s video for ‘Smoking Crack With Rob Ford’:

March 7: Sarah Thompson (magazine publisher and former mayoral candidate) accuses Rob Ford of grabbing her ass at the CJPAC Action Party on International Women’s Day. She and others purport he was “quite drunk or high on something” and not acting like himself. At the time, “alcohol problems” were the suspected cause.

May 16: Both and local Toronto Star reporters claim to have seen a cellphone video that appears to show Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The reports cannot be verified. Video is thought to be with suspected Somali drug dealers, who will pass over the video for $200,000 (The Star). John Cook of describes the video as follows:
“Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, is the only person visible in the frame. Prior to the trip, I spent a lot of time looking at photographs of Rob Ford. The man in the video is Rob Ford. It is well-lit, clear. Ford is seated, in a room in a house. In one hand is a a clear, glass pipe. The kind with a big globe and two glass cylinders sticking out of it. In the other hand is a lighter… He is red-faced and sweaty, heaving with each breath. Finally, he finds his moment and lights up. He inhales.”

May 17: In response to questions about the video, Rob Ford dismisses the allegations as “ridiculous” and calls them a Star smear job. Kickstarter campaign is started to buy the video called Rob Ford Crackstarter.

May 18: City councillors begin calling on Ford to address the allegations properly.

May 19: Ford cancels his weekly show on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010.

May 20: Late-night TV host Jay Leno playfully mocks Ford, saying, to be fair, “there’s not a lot to do in Toronto”

May 21: Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart, make fun of Ford and the scandal.

May 22: Ford’s brother, Coun. Doug Ford, blasts the media and Gawker, and defends the mayor.

May 23: Ford fires his chief of staff, Mark Towhey who is escorted out of City Hall by security. Ford’s office states no reason for Towhey’s firing. One city councilor said it was over a football dispute (as Ford had been fired as a volunteer high school football coach). Other reports claim Towhey was escorted out for telling Mayor Ford to seek help.

May 24: Ford finally speaks more than one word on the accusations, and denies he uses crack cocaine. He takes no questions, but states:
“I do not use crack-cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack-cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen, or does not exist.”

May 25: The Globe and Mail runs a cover page article alleging that Doug Ford was a hashish dealer in the 1980s. Doug Ford denies the allegations (but does admit to smoking cannabis in his youth). Dog Ford’s lawyer calls the Globe and Mail’s use of unidentified sources “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism.”

May 26: Ford appears on his weekly radio show for the first time since the scandal broke. He denies that the video at the centre of the scandal exists, and calls members of the media “a bunch of maggots.”

May 27: George Christopoulos (press secretary) and Isaac Ransom (deputy press secretary) quit their jobs. While Rob Ford states the resignations are “business as usual”, The Star suggests he was caught completely off guard.
“In full view of journalists Ford, trailed by a city hall security guard, paced around the mayor’s suite looking into the emptied offices, appearing agitated,” according to The Star.

Also on May 27: Globe and Mail reports that Toronto police interviewed a Ford staff member, and asked them for information about a possible link between the alleged video and a recent homicide. Gawker’s Cook noted that his source provided a photo of Ford standing with an alleged drug dealer, Anthony Smith, who had been murdered in March.

ALSO on May 27: Gawker reaches its fundraising goal to purchase the alleged videotape. Unfortunately, the page states that they have lost contact with the people who possess the tape (and that due to all this attention, it will take a while to complete the “very delicate transaction” if they are ever able to find the sellers again).

May 30: Reports start to surface that Ford told staff members “not to worry” one day after news of the videotape surfaced because he knew exactly where to find that tape. He then reportedly gave them a specific address.

Also on May 30: Toronto Police arrest and charge 23-year-old Hanad Mohamed in connection with Anthony Smith’s murder. (Police had already charged Nisar Hashimi, also 23, in connection to the same shooting).

ALSO on May 30: two top staffers, Brian Johnson, policy advisor, and executive assistant Kia Netajian, resign. Twitter a buzz with Ford staffers dropping like flies.