Bodytech

There’s wearable tech now. There has been for a while. Clothing that contains sensors to take the body’s temperature, the heartrate, the blood pressure. There are items you can attach to yourself or your own clothing for other things, like music or spoken word or radio. For detecting radiation. Google’s now cancelled Glass. Electronic devices for nearly every use we can device.
Most of them have common everyday names: iPod, Discman, portable radio, heart monitor, pedometer [not for measuring pedophiles] and so on. Even mobile phones can be connected to ‘smart’ watches and headsets so you barely have to even touch the phone. On the lowtech side of things we’ve had spectacles and prosthetic limbs for decades.
Then there is the tech that is placed inside you. Pacemakers for people with heart problems. Dialysis equipment for filtering blood simply. Artificial organs, bionic senses, the list goes on. On the lowtech side again you still have things like metal plates and splints and joint replacements, things that are there for good. Even false teeth, once wood, are now ceramic and sometimes permanently attached.

What you don’t usually hear about are the less popular kinds of tech. The ones people have to do outside hospitals and anaesthesia and sterile surgeries for various reasons. Most of them legal.
There are a few people walking these paths with those advantages, but they are few and far between. Stellarc, the Australian based physical performance artist, is one of them: having robot arms linked to his nerves, growing ears with the intent of making them fully functioning. The rest have to make do. Opening you up to insert an object that could theoretically kill you isn’t a job just anyone will do, let alone even can do.

And it’s something I’ve been personally intrigued by for a long time.
Anywa, here’s the article, “Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers,” from The Verge. Go read it. And wonder with me on just how useful it would be to have a magnet inside your finger.

Because of my baby’s medical bills

It’s St Patrick’s Day here and everywhere else around the world: Guinness, green/orange, leprechauns, clover leafs, bad accents, the lot. So here’s something to do while you’re recovering from a bad case of the regrets later.

Horoscopes, urban tourism games, paper art, speakers and more speakers, the meaning of life, a meeting of the keykeepers, wearable tech and new-tech fashion and accessories, thermodynamics, fruit pie electronics, personal computer security ideas, celebrity interviews [well, only one, and that from a few years back], the Scottish play, robot in space, porn shame, console controllers and more! So drink up and celebrate with everyone else:

Once more, apologies for the final link there. It may absorb your soul [and time] ever so slowly.
[And maybe there'll be some actual Pattie's Day links to post by next time.]

Ma’am, every villain is special to us

There’s quite a bit in here this time around; see last post for the reasons and a comparison; not nearly so far behind as before. All things considered, this is a good thing. Jumping in here thought gives us plenty to look at. From visualising data to more on driveless cars, plenty of good music to plenty of strange but oddly appealing music to free as in beer music, celebrity meatloaf [a la the 'Antiviral' movie] to celebrity awards, quite a bit on the security of your data and what you do with it, tons on the StarCraft competitive gaming leagues, more awesome photos from space to a trailer for the movie everyone is waiting for, law enforcement getting in on the tech advances, some creepypasta to some creepy fish, board games and old games, the privacy of the internet and anatomy all collected, bitcoins for dummies to home gestures, sounds from the history of technology to hacking current technology. First up though, we ask, and answer the age old question:

And apologies for a link to MySpace there at the end. We were unaware it was even still relevant, let alone a blog platform. Weird.

The little monster was very hungry, Chrp!

Apparently Diablo 3 is a going concern again, and it’s biting into the time usually spent on readings things on the internet. So this will be a bit of a less technical post. Lots more laughs hopefully; maybe. If you like the same things anyway.

Diving in we get trains and authors, highways and chemicals, spaceships and diaspora, horoscopes and more horoscopes, superheroines and towers, elder siblings and opinions, automated cars and beach sculpture, anonymous mobiles and artificial psyches, bitcoins and app stores. Up first though, is some art based on time and dimensions in space:

The Joker discovered snapchat.

Well, this is not overdoing it at all, right? Three posts in just over a week or something. Perhaps this is the new this. Whatever this is.

This time around we have less webcomics and more technology. Lots of fun things to learn about and be afraid. Inbetween the start and the finish you’ll find all sorts of different topics — robots, consoles, names, streams, heroin, amputees, burglars, tornadoes, doctors, consoles, ships, cells, fans, codes, foretelling, stupid, deletions, repeats, forms, board games, aerosol, grummles, consoles, and [400!] babies. We’ll start with some things about 3D printers, and end with a piece on lysdexia. Dive in and get yourself messy: