THE “ALMOST-EVERY-DAY” FUNNY – 14

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. ❤

 

 

THE “ALMOST-EVERY-DAY” FUNNY – 12

Making Google Translate Beatbox for you!

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Open a new browser window/tab

Go to Google Translate: https://translate.google.ca/?hl=en&tab=TT

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”)

Click!

Enjoy!

 

E3 DAY 0 – Highlights

MICROSOFT

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THE NEW XBOX ONE

ENTIRE PRESS CONFERENCE:

WHAT I’M MOST EXCITED FOR:

SUNSET OVERDRIVE

 

 

 

EA

ENTIRE PRESS CONFERENCE:

WHAT I’M MOST EXCITED FOR:

TITAN FALL

 

 

 

UBISOFT

ENTIRE PRESS CONFERENCE:

WHAT I’M MOST EXCITED FOR:

SOUTH PARK – STICK OF TRUTH

 

 

 

SONY

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PS4

ENTIRE PRESS CONFERENCE:

QUANTIC DREAM: Beyond: Two Souls

QUANTIC DREAM: The Dark Sorcerer

FUN FACT FRIDAY – YOUR BODY!

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:

YOUR BODY IS SO COOL!

🙂

Did You Know:

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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!

Example:

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:

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(from http://www.apparelyzed.com)

“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!

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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.

NERD ALERT!
(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.
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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 GirlOnGuy.net, 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 “ALMOST-EVERY-DAY” FUNNY – 11

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

CLICK TO PLAY

Great Day
*no comment*

Google, ATARI & “Easter Eggs”

ATARI celebrated BREAKOUT’s 37th Anniversary this year – and Google is (about a month late) playing along! Created by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow in 1976, “BREAKOUT” was based on 1972’s Pong.

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As you can tell by the frequent Google-doodles, Google loves transforming its page into something different, whimsical, and (really) doing anything that gets us nerds talking. This time, they have outdone themselves. Go ahead, open a new tab in your browser window, and open google image search, and enter “ATARI breakout” and see what happens (or you can just click on the link below!); come back afterwards for more on Easter Eggs 🙂

ATARI BREAKOUT (LINK)

Easter Eggs are hidden messages, inside jokes, or artifacts hidden in movies, tv shows, software, music, books, and art. A quick internet search to get examples bombards you with information and examples, but I’m going to go on my own memory for this one.

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The first easter egg I encountered was during the game Day of the Tentacle by LucasArts in 1993. When playing as Bernard, in the main house, at the top of the stairs, is a room with Weird Ed looking at his stamp collection book with his pet hamster and an old school computer between the door and the desk. One day, in an attempt to search for what to do next I clicked on the computer and then clicked “USE” and the prequel to Day of the Tentacle, MANIAC MANSION, was available in full to play. :O  I mean, are you kidding me LucasArts?! 😀 You put a game inside your game?! I love you guys, and now Disney owns you, sad. The novelty, the inside jokery, the sheer excitement of finding something that was very obviously just put in there to make you or someone else smile is what makes a game stand out, makes you attach emotion to it, makes it one of your favourite games.

Some other popular easter eggs (and some of my personal favourites) are:

Perfect Dark  I’ve always been one of those people who sees patterns in video games, or can see what stands out from the usual pattern, so Easter Eggs involving finding specific things always make me squee a little more than a one-time thing (Maniac Mansion game maybe being the exception). In Perfect dark, it was cheese. Yes, cheese. A wedge of cheese could be found in each main level of the game if you looked for it, and when I found out about this one I couldn’t help but try and run through as fast as possible just to find them.

Dead Island The developers here give a nod to horror classic villain Jason Voorhees in a character who (while NOT official)  donnes the trademark mask and weapon, and has the name “Jason”. BEWARE he is one of the harder random people to beat.

Just Cause 2 These guys didn’t just pay homage, they gave fans of a playground of happiness – they built the ENTIRE island from Lost for you to explore, which is peppered with references from the show! Any millionaires out there want to make this a reality? (or perhaps a Simpsons-brand town of springfield?)

Doom II In this case, the easter egg is an impaled head of John Romero (one of the lead programmers of the game) and is one of the most famous Easter Eggs of all time. As I have never played this one I found this description as part of the link below: “To find it, you must use a noclipping cheat during the final boss encounter in Doom II and walk “through” the villain’s head. There you’ll find Romero’s head mounted atop a stake. This visual gag is actually the hit detection box for the boss”

From Zelda to Silent Hill, SIM City to Tales from Monkey Island, you can find a lot of easter eggs in many games around you.

MORE: http://www.gamesradar.com/100-best-easter-eggs-all-time/

Easter Eggs can also be found on hardware:

microchips magnified many many times (approx width of a human hair):

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… and in the backgrounds of movies:

George Harrison hiding in Life of Brian:

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Sully from Monsters Inc hiding in wood carvers hut in BRAVE:

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GEEKING OUT on: Autism

So this whole blogging thing came out of me trying to get my on-again-off-again ex to thrust himself into the videogame business by spending a year blogging and learning more about the industry. Since then, he has not been able to get a computer, and I got into the habit of sitting down to share stories, so here I am. One of the segments on his blog was going to be a podcast called THE GEEK OUT that would be short segments geeking out on various topics, and today, I am ripping off the name and starting a tab on GEEKING OUT. It will feature me going off on a rant about something I’m passionate about, feel strongly about, or are completely terrified of.

This week, my topic is Autism, and today I am profiling this story broadcast on CBC’s The Current today (May 30 2013) about a boy named Jake and his mom.

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/05/30/the-spark-a-mothers-story-of-nurturing-genius

This was broadcast today, and totally blew my mind. Really and truly blew my mind. I have worked with kids with autism, have friends who are raising kids with autism, and personal support workers who work every day with kids with autism, and have never heard anything like this. Obviously autism is a spectrum, and not all will have the same potential as Jake does, but this story is a beautiful reminder to follow your gut, make learning play, and advocate for your kids and what is natural to them.

Specific areas of note: Jake talks about where he was during his “non verbal” phase, why shadows and lights and patterns are fascinating to him, and how when he entered university at age eleven he finally felt like he could be a social person and communicate with people on his level (alluding to, I think, that his non-verbal time was partly because no one in his peer group was saying anything interesting to him).

Here is his TED teen talk:


Fascinating stuff. Would love to hear your thoughts / have a discussion about this.