26 11 / 2013

thebrainscoop:

nprglobalhealth:

The Unfixed Brain

This video is a bit graphic, but it’s also pretty amazing.

Most of us “think that the brain is sort of the consistency of a rubber ball,” says neurobiologist Suzanne Stensaas of the University of Utah. That’s because the only experience we have is with fixed brains soaked in formaldehyde. 

When alive and firing, the brain is actually really soft and compressible, like a sack of goo. “It’s much softer than most of the meat you see in a market,” Stensaas says. 

In this video, the neurobiologist explores the anatomy of 1,400 gram brain just removed from an autopsy. The video gave me a whole new understanding and appreciation for how remarkable — and vulnerable — this amazing organ is. 

Wear your helmets!

Video from University of Utah Brain Institute/Youtube.com

This. Is. Amazing. 

Your consciousness is a ball of roped jelly. 

26 11 / 2013

explore-blog:

A good thought to live with, which I asked the inimitable Lisa Congdon to hand-letter for the Brain Pickings Facebook page header. See more of Lisa’s wonderful work here.

explore-blog:

A good thought to live with, which I asked the inimitable Lisa Congdon to hand-letter for the Brain Pickings Facebook page header. See more of Lisa’s wonderful work here.

26 11 / 2013

bornbetweentwosigns:

Onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) 
A type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.
Nonetheless, for thousands of years, certain upper class Japanese women have learned martial skills and participated in fighting.
Between the 12th and 19th centuries, many women of the samurai class learned how to handle the sword and the naginata (a blade on a long staff) primarily to defend themselves and their homes. In the event that their castle was overrun by enemy warriors, the women were expected to fight to the end and die with honor, weapons in hand.
Some young women were such skilled fighters that they rode out to war beside the men, rather than sitting at home and waiting for war to come to them. 
Read more: http://asianhistory.about.com/od/imagegalleries/ss/samuraiwomen.htm

bornbetweentwosigns:

Onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) 

A type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper classThey are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress JinguTomoe GozenNakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.

Nonetheless, for thousands of years, certain upper class Japanese women have learned martial skills and participated in fighting.

Between the 12th and 19th centuries, many women of the samurai class learned how to handle the sword and the naginata (a blade on a long staff) primarily to defend themselves and their homes. In the event that their castle was overrun by enemy warriors, the women were expected to fight to the end and die with honor, weapons in hand.

Some young women were such skilled fighters that they rode out to war beside the men, rather than sitting at home and waiting for war to come to them. 

Read more: http://asianhistory.about.com/od/imagegalleries/ss/samuraiwomen.htm

(Source: retronaut.com, via vintagegal)

26 11 / 2013

vintagegal:

polmos:
Salvador Dali Taking His Anteater for a Walk, Paris 1969

vintagegal:

polmos:

Salvador Dali Taking His Anteater for a Walk, Paris 1969

26 11 / 2013

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Where areas of love meet the law, where belief, commitment and faith collide with legislation, the waters will always be difficult to navigate. 

Ruth Davidson’s beautiful and moving Scottish Parliament speech on marriage equality as human dignity, November 20, 2013. Also see Dan Savage and Andrew Sullivan in conversation on the subject in May 2013.

(via The Dish)

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26 11 / 2013

wetheurban:

"Can I Touch It?" White Women + Black Hairstyles by Edina Beal

Endia Beal took a few middle aged strangers on a trip to a black hair salon down the street for a make-over, gave them new “black” hairdo’s, and then took their portrait.

The rules were simple: After getting their new styles, the women had to agree to be photographed in a traditional corporate portrait, even if they weren’t happy with the result.

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(via powderdoom)

26 11 / 2013

materialkillers:

Video: James Franco & Seth Rogen “Bound 3”

I guess J. Franco is Jonah Hill’s replacement as Seth’s bff these days.  While on the set of their new movie The Interview, they decided to spoof Kanye’s much-hated video for Bound 2.  Word is Ye doesn’t like this parody very much.

Update: During this morning’s interview with The Breakfast Club, Ye said he loves it.

26 11 / 2013

vintagegal:

1950s Prom and Party Dresses: Blue

26 11 / 2013

yinzcantpark:

Just because you drive multiple people to work, that does not mean you earn an extra spot.
Submitted by Static

yinzcantpark:

Just because you drive multiple people to work, that does not mean you earn an extra spot.

Submitted by Static

21 8 / 2013

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Alice: A Mad Tea Party by artist Su Blackwell, a deconstructed book in a box, from this showcase of exceptional book art.

explore-blog:

Alice: A Mad Tea Party by artist Su Blackwell, a deconstructed book in a box, from this showcase of exceptional book art.

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