August 28 2013

Brain to Brain

This is extremely interesting. Researchers at the University of Washington (Seattle) have leveraged two existing technologies–electroencephalography (EEG) for recording brain signals from the scalp and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for stimulating the brain to allow one test subject to control the finger of another test subject (both humans).
The experimental setup looks like this:

Below is a video of the test in action.

August 28 2013

Arcane Disk

Whilst perusing an assortment of oddities in an old steamer trunk I found in the attic, I was struck by an inscription upon a fire glazed disk. I will attempt here to reproduce this:


The disk, measuring some five inches and with a slight hump, is much heavier than one would expect. The inscribed forms give every appearance of having been created at the same time as the object upon which they reside. Further study will be needed.

August 16 2013

Mark Reads — John Dies at the End

The epilogue for “John Dies at the End” was extra fun for me as I commissioned the videos. Mark Oshiro does various stuff, but in particular he reads things for the first time and writes about it on In addition to just writing about things, Mark will do a video of himself reading (and reacting) chapters from the book. “John Dies at the End” contains a bunch of weird things that are fun and disturbing and strange and horrifying and sometimes insulting and sometimes peg on. So, of course, it seemed like a good idea to watch Mark as he read the final part of the book. It was. Mark did an excellent job.
By the way, I liked both “John Dies at the End” and the sequel, “This Book is Full of Spiders” but then, I’m a tad twisted so they were almost bound to appeal to me.