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November 19, 2010

BehindTheMedspeak: Cochlear Implant Blogs

I happened on this list on SaraSera's website; she's had bilateral implants and decided to create a common forum.

The most recent addition is dated April 2009, and no doubt technical advances happen on a near daily basis in this field, so use her list as a starting point.

She also has a page called "Share Your Audiogram," the introduction to which reads: "I'll admit it — I love data. I like looking at statistics and charts and coming to conclusions (even if the conclusion is that there is no conclusion!). I get to do a lot of this in my job. I also have to make a lot of graphs and write a lot of reports."

She continues, "I’ve been curious about people’s audiograms since reading so many blogs on hearing loss. If you’d like to add yours to this spreadsheet, feel free. I’m not sure what kind of report it will turn into, if any, but the data is the fun part!"

There's also a "Listening Resources" page.


November 19, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Superscript Tote


As seen on bookofjoe©™®.


Copyright; Trademark; Registered.


Apiece, $26.

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Synesthesia — Yevgeny Zamyatin-style


L — pale, cold, light blue, liquid, light

R  — loud, bright, red, hot, fast

N — tender, snow, sky, night

D or T — stifling, grave, foggy, obscuring, stagnant

M — kind, soft, motherly, sea-like

A — wide, distant, ocean, misty mirage, breadth of scope

O — high, deep, sea-like, bosom

I — close, low, pressing


I happened on the glossary above in Natasha Randall's introduction to her 2006 translation of Zamyatin's 1921 novel "We."

The book itself was brought to my attention in an earlier post on forgotten/obscure yet great science fiction, "We" being the "Experts' Experts" choice of Margaret Atwood.

Bruce Sterling began his foreward for "We," "Yevgeny Zamyatin has a sound claim to the invention of the science fiction dystopia."

According to translator Randall, Zamyatin "told artist Yuri Annenkov of the qualities he ascribed to certain sounds and letters."

The source being Annenkov's memoirs, "Dnevnikh Moikh Vstrech; Tsikl Tragedii" (New York: Mezhdunarodnoe literaturnoe sodruzhestvo, 1966).

From Zamyatin's 1919-1920 essay "On Language": "[I]f you try to follow the language of thought in your own mind, you will not find even the simplest sentences — only shreds, fragments of simple sentences. Only the most essential elements of a sentence are used: sometimes only a verb or only an epithet, an object.... At first glance this assertion may seem paradoxical: why should fragments of sentences, scattered as after an explosion, have greater effect on the reader than the same thoughts and images arranged in regular, steady, marching ranks?... [because] you meet the reader's natural instinctive need. You do not compel him to skim...."







November 19, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Head Vase


Do the do.

5"H x 4"Ø.





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"Werewolves of London" — the late, great Warren Zevon live in concert

Sing along?

Lyrics here.

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix











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Muscle Cars of Iran


Above, "A vintage Chevrolet Camaro gets a mullah's blessing at a recent rally in Isfahan, Iran."


The picture up top led Jim Koscs's November 14, 2010 New York Times story about Iran's vibrant classic car culture, spearheaded by the Tehran Café Racers, "an affiliate of a Florida-based club."


They burn off their quarter miles at the Azadi Stadium Race Track in Tehran.


Who knows?


Ping-pong worked in China, maybe this too is a road to something better.

The pictures above and more can be found in a slide show that accompanied the Times article.

November 19, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

I said be careful his Nokia is really an iPhone


Hide in plain sight.

From the website: "Give your iPhone a serious make-under and downgrade today with these brilliant decals. This collection of stickers offers images of old mobile phones, each with its own specific quality and style. In turn, bringing back a piece of classic design history to all of our impersonal iPhones. Stickers fit on every iPhone and come in random, nostalgic styles from Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and the list goes on. Sold separately. Please specify if you have a white or black iPhone in the comment area in order to receive a matching decal."

Apiece, $2.50 CAD (Personal Accessories page 9).

November 19, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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