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.

Did Megaman just make a Hadouken?

Let’s get this in a day earlier this week, hmm? There’s plenty in here again. Maybe we can get a regular schedule going sometime, twice a week maybe? Just when exactly is the big question. Stupid workloads.

Included is a lot of art and design stuff this week. Why exactly is not really known, it just is. Topics range through cuss words, fancy jewellery, the ever-present horoscopes, the Big G’s glass again, baseball games, printing houses, strategy games, video cameras, pranks that are actually funny, fan films about games, tech cycles and reality, European monuments, games on buildings, mirror images, behind the scenes from movie sets, erosion and porcelain, new fonts from old and we start, revisit and end with something about the latest foul up on the internet. Dig in:

I backed the Kickstarter

Once again it’s a long slog between. Not too long, but not short enough. Plans are made and plans are discarded. It’s what life does when it interferes in people living.

This post has been plumped somewhat sufficiently to make up for it though: fashion, motor vehicles, video games, animated entertainment, world friendly energy, photography, digital art, gaming hardware, surveillance [like always], cyberpunk, music parodies, 3d printing, astronomy, astrology, girls of the female persuasion, robotics, life advice, and more I’m sure I’ve not covered in that brief run down. There’s not as much humour, but enjoy it anyway:

And one final one because this is how all proper-thinking people feel about it:

I get it. It’s for a quest.

So, let’s get this going then; it’s late and it’s full. Heaps in here, just check the tags — underwear, horoscopes, laughs, music history, lots of art and photography, silly tech, maths and algorithms, the NSA, Richard Stallman, money, solar power and molten sand, etc. Lots of stuff to enjoy.

So dig in and fill up:

And because this has been delayed, here’s the most recent horoscopes from your favourite fortune tellers:

I think I’m good on shows right now

Lots happening this time around. There’s even been an effort put into getting this posted somewhat on time. Medals, congratulatory claps and cheers all round. Or not. Whatever.

There’s a pretty random collection of things today — from parody to serious and from music to maths — creeps and algorithms, robots and scanners, secure computers and girls names, lists and education methods, cardboard boxes and dinosaurs, lists and umbrellas, apples and wolverines, and starting with cops and cameras: