Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Turn Signals....Still Not Happening

This morning as I was on my way to school I was following a truck and we approached a stop sign. He pulled all the way up and to the right. No turn signal. Reading a lack of communication and a general orientation in the right direction, I edged up alongside him to turn left. As I glanced over to check oncoming traffic, I noticed a quizzical look on this silly man's face. Turns out he wanted to turn left as well. I let him go first, since he'd been there first and then promptly passed him as he was going rather slow. Moral of the story? Use your turn signals! It's not that hard to do!

(Beck - Rental Car)

Today's bones are the Inferior Nasal Concha. Not the most glamorous of bones, these are some of the bones in your nose that air swirl around when you breath in through your nose. The swirling helps to warm the air up, among other things. Be thankful for these bones on cold days. :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lost in Life...

I've gotten lost in the business of my life. This last weekend has been incredibly busy and this business won't really properly be over until tomorrow late afternoon. But here's something to pass the time. I'll catch myself up. I'm only a few days behind.

Life is pretty amazing. And no matter how we choose to live it, I hope we don't forget that.

(Jem - Amazing Life (Six Feet Under OST)

I should probably talk about some bone at some point...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Castle in the Sky

Last night I watched Castle in the Sky for the first time. As already noted, I've been discovering various anime films recently, particularly those made by Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli. It was a bit of a spur of the moment idea, as we were looking for something to do while eating dinner, prior to studying and I'd brought it along with me. However, instead of studying we just watched the movie. And it was wonderful. I've enjoyed most of the Studio Ghibli films I've seen, but the was something wonderfully charming about this in particular film. Not only was the animation beautiful, but the story was very interesting and the writing - wonderful. So many little snippets of conversation and lines sort of haphazardly thrown into the film. So quick. So subtle. I was laughing throughout the film. I couldn't help it.

I don't think this trailer really does much to demonstrate how wonderful the movie was, but it will at least give you some idea of what it is about.

(Castle in the Sky Theatrical Trailer HD)

The entire time we were watching the movie I was trying to figure out where the actress who did the voice of Sheeta was from. My guess was New Zealand. And guess what? The actress is Anna Paquin (think Rogue from X-Men) who is Canadian, but grew up in New Zealand. I'd never noticed (or never really paid much attention to) the subtle distinctions that can be picked up in her speech. I think in most of the movies I saw from early acting career she was always affecting an American accent, even something of a Southern accent, so I just didn't think about it. Perhaps it was the lack of distraction from visual cues, but her accent was much more obvious to me in the film.

Today we'll look at the Occipital bone. This is another bone of the cranium. It forms the back of the skull and the base of the skull. It's the part of your skull you're resting on when you're lying with the back of your head on your pillow. That's it. :)

Springish - Here already?

I'm a day behind, but as this is something I noticed yesterday and over the last several days, I don't think that will be too much of a problem.

I have class at 8:00 in the mornings during the middle of the week. Which means I leave for class at about 7:00 in the morning. Some mornings this isn't any fun, particularly the mornings when it is freezing outside and pitch black.

However, over the last several days I've noticed a change. There's more light in the sky (to be expected), and the sounds indicate that spring is coming. In the really early hours during the summer, you go outside and the birds are just going crazy waking up for the day. That's already started here. When I go outside, even though it is still pretty dark, the birds are already up and cheerful, which makes me a little more cheerful as well.

None of this comes as a surprise, of course, but I still feel like this past winter has been shockingly sparse as far as snow and cold temperatures are concerned. I'm not really complaining about this, but it has been weird. Really weird. I think it snowed a grand total of three or four times, and the snow never accumulated enough to making driving difficult, and it never stuck around for more two or three days tops. We had a fair amount of rain, but not snow. It is so bizarre.

(Tyrone Wells - Happy as a Sun)

Today's bone of the day is the Incus. This another one of those three little bones found in the ear. This one is shaped like a little anvil.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

En Passant

Today in Physiology my professor used the phrase "[something] en passant" to describe some neurological function and immediately my brain jumped instead to this. Which I think probably a more practical application of the phrase. :) I don't remember the last time I used that move in a game of chess, but I remember being taught the move long ago when I was six or seven. And I perhaps am not very vocally critical of the many many things my professor pronounces in odd ways (as with anatomy and physiology there are many ways to say things "right"), but as I knew how this one was supposed to sound in a context unrelated to Physiology, I wanted to correct him. But didn't. He was having a bad day today and I didn't want to pick on his pronunciation.

Today's bone is the Palantine bone. This is essentially the bone that, among other things, makes up the roof of your mouth, your hard palate. You can feel it if you press your tongue against the top of your mouth and go all the way until it becomes soft (at which point you've left the palantine bone).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Brain Explosion = A Light Post Today

My mind feels like it going to explode today. There's just more than the usual allotment trying to fill it at the moment. And on top of that, I've several chapters of thick Physiology reading to do when I'd rather do a wide variety of other things.

So, today's going to be a pretty light day.

Let's see. Here's a song. As it is the Theme from Howl's Moving Castle, it relates more to yesterday's post, but here it is today anyway. I've got a copy of this for piano and I'd love to learn it. :)

(Howl's Moving Castle Main Theme)

And the bone of the day is the Fibula. This would be the smaller lateral bone of your lower leg. Most of the time when you try and feel the bones in your lower leg, it is easier to feel your Tibia (the larger central one) but if you feel the outer bone just above your ankle, that's the Fibula. :) I remember which one it is by remembering that with the lower legs, the longer name is the smaller bone and the shorter name is the larger bone. It is the opposite of what you'd think it would be in that way only.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Diana Wynne Jones and Howl's Moving Castle

I recently watched the movie Howl's Moving Castle. It's amazing to me how quickly I've gone from being pretty meh about anime to really liking some of it purely for the sake of the wonderful stories that are being told. I actually avoided this particular film for awhile because I didn't want to see a ruined version of a book (which up until this weekend) I hadn't read, but by an author I very much enjoy. Diana Wynne Jones wrote one of my favorite series growing up, The Chronicles of Chrestomanci. All of the books in the series are wonderful, but Witch Weekly cemented my original knowledge of Guy Fawkes long before I fell in love with V for Vendetta.

Anyway, I finally saw both the film and read the book in the space of the last week/week and a half and I very much enjoyed both, though I was surprised at how different they were. I think the plot in the book was confusing enough that they didn't want to mess with it too much and instead attempted to make a less confusing version of the story in the film. I'm not sure it really worked, as I find the plot to make more sense in the book (for all that it is more complicated) and the plot to make less sense in the movie (for all that it is prettier and seemingly less complicated. I guess I would consider them to be different stories entirely, for how differently they were written, and for all that there are lots of details that overlap.

I'd still recommend both reading the book and seeing the film, but perhaps not comparing them too much. I think you'll just end up more confused if you do. But perhaps not.

(Howl's Moving Castle - Official Trailer)

Your Metacarpal bones are the bones that make up the palm of your hands. They're connected to your carpals (remember, wrist bones!) on the one end and your finger bones (phalanges) on the other end. 

Day 46

-rhapsody: ecstasy
-ribald: coarse, vulgar
-riffraff: dregs of society
-risible: laughable
-romp: frolic

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Homunculi = Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The other day in Physiology we were talking about the motor and sensory cortex of the brain (discussing the lobes of the brain) and my professor referred to something as the homunculus of the brain. Honestly, when he said that, all attention meant to be put towards processing the lecture stopped and I suddenly put all of my mental energy towards trying to remember what the homunculus of the brain was. I was stumped.

Turns out that that distorted drawing you'll often see with a sort of map of what part of the brain is feeling/sensing or moving is the homunculus of the brain. Something like this,

However, what I was thinking of instead of Physiology was the fantastic show, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Why? Because within that show one of the main characters has seven homunculi (Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, and Pride), or artificially made aspects of himself. Which makes a lot more sense of this definition of what it is to be a homunculus than the Physiology definition.

While we're on the topic, let me try and sell Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood on you. It's wonderful. An incredibly well written story, in my opinion. It's dark, somewhat violent, but the characters and story are fascinating. You have to be careful, as there are two versions (Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood) and Brotherhood is the longer and (according to those I know who've seen both) the better version. Oh, and it's an anime. :)

I know all of those details in combination may not sound like much, but I really can't recommend it enough. I couldn't watch it fast enough, and yet when I'd finished it there was this sudden lack, this sudden hole that had opened up in my life. I wanted more, but there wasn't more to be had.

All the same, go watch it! For awhile most of it was available on Netflix (if you have that), but if not on Netflix you can definitely find places to watch it all over the internet.

This trailer is really epic (and not in English).

(Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Trailer)

And here is a link to the first episode on YouTube. :) You can find many of the other episodes dubbed there, although towards the end you'll have to look elsewhere online unless you'd like to stomach through the subtitled episodes. Which really isn't so bad, if you do it from the beginning, but if you go from dubbed to subtitles halfway, it's no good.

I'm sure you're all familiar with your own spine. And as you're also likely aware, your spine is made up of vertebrae. We're just looking at the Cervical Vertebrae, which are the seven that form the top part of the spine, essentially forming your neck and connecting to the base of your skull. In a bunch of vertebrae, I can usually identify these by the fact that they have transverse foramena.

Day 45

-reconnoiter: to survey
-recreant: cowardly
-redolent: fragrant
-reflux: ebb
-regalia: emblems

Friday, February 17, 2012

Ice Skating! :D

Have I mentioned how much I love ice skating? Well, now I have. And I do. A long time ago, when we lived in Washington, I remember vaguely taking ice skating lessons. And then just loving any opportunities I got to go ice skating after that. Several of my birthday parties in later years involved small groups and expeditions to ice skating rinks. And then when I got my driver's license I would head off to Cincinnati with my cheap pair of skates to take to the ice alone with my iPod. I did this again in Utah, although Utah spoiled me with the fantastic Seven Peaks Ice Arena. I also took ice skating lessons again there with my brother.

I can compile my ice skating experiences pretty much into one little succinct paragraph, but my appreciation and love for it is more than that. Winter Olympics = watching both figure skating and ice dancing. Could I be happier for the few weeks that they're on the television non-stop? Probably not. And what is my favorite sport to watch? That would be ice hockey. I really just love ice skating and most things that involve ice skating.

We went ice skating a few weeks back and it really was so much fun. Sometimes I go, and even for how much I love ice skating, I get tired rather quickly. But this last go around was a reminder to me how much I can really enjoy the activity, particularly given the right circumstance, company, and mood.

Coat! Spinning!

This video just popped up on the Wimp feed. It's pretty awesome. Can you imagine living someplace where you could ice skate to your destination in the morning? That would be amazing.

(Ice Skating on Amsterdam Canals Winter 2012)

In the meantime I suppose I'll have to keep making my trips to the ice skating rink to get my regular fix of ice skating.

Today we'll look at the Maxilla. You actually have two bones that make up your Maxilla, a right and a left half. Your Maxilla is essentially the bone that makes up the upper part of your mouth (connected to your upper teeth) as well as extending towards your cheek bones and up along your nose a bit. When you see children with cleft pallets, it is usually an indicator of an incorrect fusing of their maxilla bones before birth.

Day 44

-pygmy: dwarf
-pyrrhic: a battle won with unacceptable losses
-rapacious: grasping, avaricious
-rapine: plunder
-rapprochement: reconciliation

Thursday, February 16, 2012


I find it incredibly difficult to pay attention in my Physics class. I've noticed that it seems common for most of the people I've talked to to either be really good at Chemistry or Physics. I am definitely much better at Chemistry than Physics, hands down, no question.

However, this issue is not aided by the fact that all of my Physics classes have been somewhat odd. My high school physics class teacher was exceptional in his field, but the year I had him his wife was dying and (quite appropriately) he was gone a good amount of the time. So between his occasional appearances at school and the many substitutes,  a subject that was already confusing for me became even more confusing. Since then I've now had two professors who, while both capable in their fields and even probably good teachers, have both learned English as a second language. So, in these classes, where I've tried to make heads and tails of the different concepts, doing so has been increasingly difficult as understanding what is being said in the first place has been difficult. some of the most basic of concepts, the ones I even do understand, have been more difficult to make sense of as a result of the different forms of expressing things, resulting from a non-native approach to English. I am in not trying to criticize either of these two professors, but for me, already being confused in Physics, it has perhaps been less than beneficial.

All of that aside, I would very much like to like Physics. I don't right now, but the desire is there. I just need to put forward the effort. Watching videos like the following helps to motivate me. :)

(Zero Gravity - Water Droplets Orbit Knitting Needle)

(Waterdrop shot in 10000 frames a second)

Today's bone is the Temporal bone.  And, you guessed it, it is located just where you consider your Temples to be. As another of the cranial bones, it is located just superior and generally a little anterior to you ears.

Day 43

-promethean: inspirational
-promulgate: publish, disseminate
-prophylactic: preventative
-prosaic: uninspired, flat
-prospectus: brochure

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cincinnati! Why didn't I know you were there?

On Sunday we spent several hours driving around to various thrift stores around and about Cincinnati. There's a slightly more formal photo shoot coming up and we were sifting through the racks in these stores trying to find perfect combinations.

This realization has been coming on in the last several months, but it was rather obvious to me on Sunday. I love Cincinnati. It's wonderful. If I were to choose to live there, I think I'd be really happy there. I don't know how I've lived in Indiana for almost fifteen years now (minus the years in Utah) and not come to this realization, but somehow I've done it. But, only now when I'll probably be leaving the area in a few months, I realize what an incredible city it is.

Perhaps it is because I've had more time and motivation to explore the city of late. Perhaps it is because my key reason for coming to Cincinnati when I was old enough to drive in high school was for dance lessons and occasional excursions to various stores. Perhaps that is why I've been so blind until now. but I'm no longer blind. I see the beauty that is in front of me.

You've got a wonderful downtown area, full of museums, landmarks, parks, shops, and other interesting places to visit. My Irish dance lessons of course. Now the discovery of a small Blues dance group. The most glorious rolling hills with a sporadic and confusing city layout. And the architecture. We were driving around College Hill and we just passed so many of the most marvelous houses. It made me wonder why we lived in a small town in the country when there was so much at the finger tips of such a lovely part of Cincinnati. I'm sure I'm not at all biased towards that part of town as a result of its close proximity to where the blues dance studio is. ;)

There are hundreds of other wonderful things about Cincinnati. I probably couldn't really begin to scape the surface of why it is such a cool city. In fact, due to my complete ignorance on so much of what makes Cincinnati a cool city, I've only just begun to go back through the old podcasts of the radio podcast Explore Cincinnati. I'm sure I'll find other podcasts like it when I run out of their posts.

Hopefully, between now and when I take off for some other location, through exploration and curiosity I'll learn more about this wonderful city that I've grown up next to. I'm sure Indianapolis holds many other wonderful things as well, but Cincinnati has always appealed more to my heart.

Today's bone is is the Talus, which is superior to your calcaneus  in your ankle. It is another one of your tarsal bones (ankle bones). Your talus is the ankle bone which articulates with your lower leg bones, so it is responsible in many ways for distributing most of your body weight to your feet.

Day 42

-pootroon: coward
-portmanteau: suitcase
-potpourri: medley
-prattle: chatter
-precis: summary

And on an unrelated note, this song was pointed out to me about a week ago and then again more recently. It really is a very beautiful and emotional song. It makes me sad, but I think it is lovely.

(Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra))

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February the 14th...

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have an interesting relationship with Valentine's Day. On the one hand I appreciate that there may be some historical value in the story of St. Valentine. Or if not historical value, there's still something nice about the idea of someone flying in the face of the law when the law is wrong. Obviously, I'm biased in favor of the angle St. Valentine took with the law, although I can't say that for everything out there. I'm sure there are many situations where flying in the face of the law would not find favor in my eyes, but at least in this situation, it is rather romantic.

On the other hand, I find the commercialized nature of the holiday to often be rather repulsive. You walk into the grocery store and are instantly set upon by ridiculous displays of large red heart boxes filled with chocolate and red and pink balloons and flowers. Don't get me wrong, I love chocolate, and don't really mind the heart shaped boxes, but why must that be the only way that things are presented? I guess I'm frustrated that there's such a set look to what Valentine's day stuff looks like.

There's also the idea that Valentine's Day is the one day out of the year (perhaps with the addition of birthdays, mother's/father's days, and anniversaries) when it is most appropriate to show love and appreciation for those you care about. I'm happy to have another excuse to do that, and to perhaps be more over the top about it than I otherwise would be, but I very much believe that when you care about someone, particularly in a romantic sense, that affection should not be limited to being presented one day (or two or three days) of the year. It should be a constant thing.

But perhaps that is just my style of affection showing.

I/we celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday, as I'll be in class most of today. Hooray for good food (Spumoni!) and creatively packaged candy. I bought no Valentine's Day commercialized candy. I'm saving that for tomorrow when it is all on sale. :)

Mine didn't have a fuse....

No labels on mine...although these are pretty awesome labels.

We had snow this morning in the Midwest. Not very much, but enough to scare drivers and make them drive at absurdly slow speeds. I'd already left late so I mostly wasn't worried about being late (which was fitting as my professor hadn't even shown up yet for class when I arrived). This is maybe the fourth time it has snowed this season, although that's twice in a short period of time. It actually sort of feels like winter at the moment! What an odd idea. ;)

Your Femur is the big bone in your upper leg.  It's the largest bone in the body and when you've got all of the bones lying our in front of you to study, this is pretty obvious.

Day 41

-pellucid: transparent
-percolate: ooze, permeate
-peregrination: wandering
-perfidious: treacherous (of a person)
-perigee: point nearest the earth

And I almost forgot! Yesterday marked the beginning of my actual training program that I've got laid out. Of course, as, according to the program, yesterday was a rest day (Monday's generally will be), today is the first real running day. Perhaps if I include my progress here I'll be more motivated to actually do it. Today I'm supposed to run two miles. It will have to wait until after class, but I'd really like to push myself to make sure it happens.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Who Had It First?

As you're likely aware, my blogger "name" is Trelawny1111. My old yahoo email, which I occasionally still use, also uses the name Trelawny. Now, I honestly can't remember exactly when I made my Yahoo email account, but I believe it was after I first visited England in the summer of 2002. I only think this because the only reason I can remember wanting to use the name "Trelawny" in my email was because I'd seen it as the street name in St. Ives and thought it was beautiful. And I even botched the spelling as it likely should have been Trelawney.

Now, here's the thing. For the longest time, people have said, "Oh, you must be a fan of Harry Potter," because they assume that the reason I've used the name Trelawny in my email must be related to Professor Trelawney from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (published in July/September 1999). This has always bothered me because there is no connection whatsoever in my choice of the use of Trelawny in my email and the Trelawney from the Harry Potter series. And to disprove that connection, I'd developed an understanding of the situation that said that I'd visited England prior to the publishing of the third book.

As I've been looking at all of the information, and as I've presented it, this understanding is incorrect. The earliest emails I can find from that account are from August 2002, which verifies that the account at least existed just after the trip to England. However, I've no way to verify for certain exactly when the account came in to existence. I sent an email asking customer service and we'll see what that inquiry turns up.

Anyway, I suppose, owing to my proper look at the information, I probably shouldn't use the excuse of "I had it first," anymore, as that really doesn't seem to be true. I'd bet that St. Ives and the many other cities that use "Trelawney" on one of their streets had the name before Harry Potter, but I didn't have it before Harry Potter, so I probably shouldn't say that. Instead I'll simply have to retell the story of me visiting England and falling in love with the (misspelling of the) name. :) But that's not so bad. And at least I know that's true.

It's just as well anyway, as they chose Emma Thompson to play the role of Professor Trelawney, and she's one of my favorite actresses. I can handle that.

Today's bones are the Carpal bones, or wrist bones. These ones just make more sense it a set. You've got eight of them in each wrist. They're the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate bones. I could describe where each of them are, but I think it would be more beneficial for you to look at the links. :)

Day 40

-palsy: paralysis
-panacea: cure-all
-panache: flamboyance
-panegyric: praise
-parvenu: newcomer, social climber

Sunday, February 12, 2012

UC Rec Center (Go! Swim!)

And now for today's post.

Let's see. Yesterday I went to the UC campus Rec Center to go swimming and relax in their hot tub. As I'm not a student there, it cost me $10 to get in, but it was totally worth it and I'll go back again soon. UC has a beautiful urban campus (a smashing of contemporary and older architecture) and the Rec Center was no exception to that. The pool area was this oblong rectangle with corresponding curved long sides. Within the room (which was a smattering of different tiles and concrete walls (the only bright wall being one wall covered in red tiles)) there was the hot tub, a curving little lazy river, the regular pool, a bubble massage area, and a water wall. All of that pretty well blended from one to the next. Have you ever stood against a wall that had water running down along it? It was pretty cool, whether I had my back or my face pressed up against it.

For $10, the pool alone (for two hours) was totally worth it. I can only imagine if I'd wanted to come and use some of the other facilities along with the pool.

So, I guess what I'm saying is that if you're randomly in Cincinnati some time and you want some place interesting to go swim/work out/play basketball/whatever, maybe consider the UC Rec Center.

The Humerus (I often have trouble spelling it) is your upper arm bone. Lots of little bumps and indentations on this bone where other bones articulate with it and muscles attach. When we look at bones of the body outside the body it is difficult to fully grasp how complicated all of those little holes and textures are, but they're what allow for the bone to be the grounding surface it is for out movement. 

Day 39

-numismatics: coin collecting
-obfuscate: bewilder, muddle
-oblation: offering, sacrifice
-obloquy: slander
-obsequious: fawning, servile

Hot Coffee

Behind on my blogging! Yesterday (Saturday) (as well as Friday evening) was crazy busy and I just never got around to posting. So we'll have two today to make up for it.

Let's see. On Friday night  I watched the documentary Hot Coffee. I'd heard about it before but I hadn't watched it when the opportunity had first presented itself, and jumped on the opportunity when it again became available. It takes a look at the case of the roughly 80-year old woman who spilled coffee from McDonald's on herself and sued McDonald's over it. It also looks at a number of other cases and really looks at how businesses have skewed the way we look at cases of citizens suing businesses. I recognize that there is a bias in the documentary, but I think you can determine how much of bias there is for yourself and I realy can't recommend it enough. I really can't.

I've never talked to anyone who had heard about that case and didn't originally view it with some sense of disgust, considering it an abuse by the woman who sued of the civil courts. It really is incredible for me to look back at how I originally viewed that case and how I view it now. I can't believe how little I knew about it and how easily I was swayed (along with everyone else) to think about it the way I did. It wasn't a frivolous law suit. I'll say that at least.

Again, I recommend seeing the film. You can think whatever you want about that case beforehand (and really whatever you want after), but I'll be seriously surprised if your perspective on the entire situation isn't altered (unless, of course, you're one of those people profiting from the arbitration laws and damages caps). Watch it.

Today we'll look at the Sternum, or breastbone. Like many of our bones, this one can also be palpated. It's cool that it is essentially the connection to our ribs to protect many of our vital organs from the front. 

Day 38

-moral: ethical
-morale: spirit, confidence
-morass: swamp, difficult situation
-moratorium: postponement
-mordant: biting, sarcastic

Friday, February 10, 2012

Babinski and Labyrinthine Reflexes

Yesterday in Physiology my professor was talking about the Babinski's Reflex which is where when someone runs a finger/small blunt object along the inside sole of your foot, if your toes curl down (as expected) it means that your pyramidal tract fibers are in good condition. However, in children under a certain age, instead of curling their toes, their toes splay up because their nerves haven't been myelinated yet. While explaining this he said, "That's the difference between humans and ," and I burst out laughing knowing that there was no way he could end that sentence in our current context and have it not be hilarious and that what he'd really meant to compare was adults and children. We all knew what he meant to say but it caused a moment of laughter for the entire class. :)

Here's a sort of boring example of it on adults, but just think, every time you do this from now on to someone you know, you'll think of this reflex test.

(Motoric System Exam: Plantar Reflex)

We did a variety of other tests, but one of the more interesting ones was the Labyrinthine Reflex tests. Essentially, you have receptors in your ears that help identify movement and aid in balance. When you're spinning, these receptors also spin and when you stop suddenly, they lag behind before catching up. Which gives you that dizzy sensation after spinning. What it also does is cause Nystagmus, which is basically the visualization of what is going on in your ears. This should happen every time you spin for awhile and then are stopped suddenly. As someone who has done a lot of spinning, I was surprised that I had never noticed. But I'm honestly never checking the eyes of those spinning around me. So, the next time you spin someone and they stop abruptly, look in their eyes and see if they're doing this!

(Nystagmus Nistagmus) 

Today's bone is the Scapula. Another of my favorites, the scapula is your shoulder blade, or the back of the pectoral girdle. It articulates with your clavicle (tell me where that is!) and your humerus. It is again cool because you can feel it, though that can prove rather annoying when you're trying to massage the muscles around it. 

Day 37

-matrix: array
-melee: riot
-mellifluous: sweet sounding
-memorandum: note
-mendacity: untruth

Thursday, February 9, 2012

On Being a Zombie

I'm not sure when my interest in zombies began. I think I was interested before this, but in October 2008 (?) I went with some of my immediate family to Toronto for a mini vacation and to participate in Thrill the World there. Thrill the World is basically an attempt each year to set the record for the most people simultaneously doing the dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Yep. Often in costume.

Kyle and I had spent the weeks leading up to Toronto picking out and gorifying our costumes with concoctions of fake blood. Sweet, yummy, syrupy, chocolatey, fake blood. It is quite possible that there are still "blood" streaks on the building I was living in from where we splashed blood at our costumes. :) Here's a link to a video on facebook of footage from that night and pictures (not from the actual event, but before and after)...I'm not sure whether any of you will be able to see it, but it is an attempt. If it were on YouTube I would have embedded it. Oh well.

Anyway, it was the start of the recognition that I liked all things zombies. We watched a variety of zombie movies in the process of preparing for Thrill the World. I am not really a horror movie fan, but I attempt to make a slight exception for zombie movies....even if I still end up hiding my face half the time.

I guess I just think that the idea behind zombies is ridiculous, but cool. Even though I am Legend is not a movie about zombies, in many ways I also enjoy it for the same reasons. My most recent zombie excursion has been the show The Walking Dead. Although I saw this spoof before I ever watched any of the actual show.

(Walken Dead)

Today's zombie inspiration came from the following image.

Which I pretty much think is pure awesome-ness. :)

I suppose I'll just have to continue to look for opportunities to let the inner zombie out. Whether through humor or through dressing up and chasing people in Zombie 5K runs. It's a pretty popular thing. I don't think I'll lack for opportunities.

The bone of the day today is the Hyoid bone. This is a pretty cool bone as it isn't one that your normally think about.  It is unique in that it doesn't articulate with any other bones. Rather, it serves as a base of connection for a number of the muscles having to do with your tongue and larynx. So, basically, it sits behind your chin close to your throat.

Day 36

-lave: wash
-leviathan: a monster
-libidinous: lustful
-ligature: bond
-Lilliputian: very small

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Latest from Ok Go

Hypothetically, just in case you haven't seen this, you should watch it. It's wonderful. So fun.

(OK Go - Needing/Getting - Official Video)

The bone of the day today is the Parietal bone.  Another bone of the cranium, these two separate bones form the back upper half of your skull and a bit along the sides as well.

Day 35

-insouciant: nonchalant
-intelligentsia: the intellectual elite
-internecine: mutually destructive
-interregnum: interval between two successive reigns
-intransigent: unyielding

Also, today is my Yopa's birthday. :) We went and celebrated last night at Lemon Grass in Cincinnati. Yum, Thai food!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

On Not Being a Hipster

Ok, so there have been a few conversations lately about Hipsterism and all things Hipster. Let me just put it out there that I am not a hipster, particularly not stylistically, and I'll explain to you why I think that. That does not mean that I have a problem with hipsters, their style, or even of the idea of me being one. I just don't think I am one.

Wikipedia can give you one definition, Urban Dictionary another. The Urban Dictionary one particularly makes me laugh because I think at one point or another it is describing everyone. It is like reading a horoscope, so all encompassing that you can't help but feel like you're being described.

Stereotypically, hipsters basically don't like things that everyone else like. They attempt to do and like things that no one else does, liking things not because they're "cool" but because they're new and interesting and unique. My favorite hipster joke is, "Why did the hipster burn his mouth on his food? Because he ate it before it was cool." Granted, I know this is a stereotype, but it is laughable how frequently this stereotype is astoundingly accurate when talking to a group of people that appear to meet the mentality. It almost feels like a trend of people trying to do things differently just to do things differently. Not because those things are actually better or more interesting, but simply because they're different.

While I'm really more interested in my own stylistic variations from Hipsterism, already I've reached upon a point which clearly indicates that I am not a hipster. I love things because I love them. I don't care how cool something is, how many other people love the same thing, or whether I'm ten years behind everyone else in discovering something. If something is interesting, inspiring, or beautiful to me, it just is. It doesn't matter how popular or unpopular it is. So, there's that.

On to fashion.

Some typical things that you'll find in the stereotypical hipster fashion can be found in some of the following images.

Sort of matching mis-matched accessories. Layers. Busy.

Teal, orange, plaid, v-necks.

Stripes, teal, long socks, skinny jeans, beard, large glasses.

These things.

Basically,  you've got a large group of people who are trying to dress "outside the norm" but have instead created a fashion trend that is a very common thing now. In a way, it is sad. Some real "hipsters" at the beginning started dressing outside the norm, to make their statement, and now that statement has instead turned into a fashion craze. One which typically follows the following cycle:

If you hadn't picked up on them yet, some common characteristics include beards, saggy beanies, fedoras, sweaters/sweater vests, skinny jeans, certain styles of shoes, skinny ties and bow ties, large glasses, v-necks, patterned and colored tights, flats, messy pattern and color combinations, complicated jewelry, layers, yellow-gold, orange, light pink, salmon, brown, mint green, teal, and pastels. Of course, you'll see these things everywhere, but an overdose of these is likely an indicator of a budding or deeply ingrained stylistic hipster. Again, there's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with any of this. It's just not my style. Or outlook.

This spoof on Where the Wild Things Are is also another stereotypical image of hipsters.

(Where The Dirty Hipsters Are (Wild Things Spoof)

As opposed to all of that, the style that I love is quite different. Not unique from the average, per say, just not hipster. I don't claim to be my own kind of hipster as opposed to the general hipsters. I don't think I'm leading any styles or doing anything just to do something different. Granted, I like doing different things, but that's because I like to try new things and experience new things. I'm fine if everyone and their dog also does the same thing, I just want to have the experience for myself.

While I also love skinny jeans, I prefer dark (almost black, but still blue) skinny jeans that fit well down to the knee and then are a bit looser. In many ways that sounds like a boot cut, but I've never liked boot cut jeans and skinny jeans have always been closer to my preference. I tried colored skinny jeans and it didn't go over very well for very long.

Really, in general I love dark, solid colors. Black is my favorite. Not in a Gothic way, but in a clean, classic way. I abhor pastels and white, both of which generally wash me out and make me look sickly. Instead I prefer rich colors such as dark reds, purples, greens, and blues. I generally avoid patterns, though I've got a few in my closet.

What I really don't do, which is typical to that hipster "look," is layer and accessorize to the point of absurdity. I love bold colors and beautiful cuts of cloth, but I don't like the busy look. I like a clean look with classic combinations. And my attempts to branch out of that or away from that have sometimes been interesting, but I've always defaulted back to the looks I love the most and ultimately feel most descriptive of who I am.

I have many friends who I'd consider to be stylistically and somewhat mentally "hipsters" though they themselves would likely not categorize themselves as such. I like their style for them. I'm familiar with it and familiar with it on them. But I still don't think I am one, and I'm perfectly happy not being one. :)

Today's bone of the day is the Stapes, which is one of the little bones in your ear. This one looks like a little stirrup. 

Day 34

-inconceivable: unthinkable
-incorrigible: unreformable
-incubus: nightmare
-ineffable: inexpressible
-ineluctable: inescapable

Monday, February 6, 2012

Blues Dance! (An explanation)

Can it really be possible that I haven't shared anything about the wonder that is blues dancing?! I just realized after yesterday's post that most of my blues dance sharing has been done via facebook. I've missed sharing it with all of you! As if I've even got an audience. ;)

All the same, you must know about it, you really must. It's too wonderful (in my opinion) not to know about.

I first was introduced to blues dance in Provo, UT. Provo, while not being my favorite location, has an incredible dance scene. Really, you can find just about any kind of dance done on a regular basis somewhere in the area. Swing dance, salsa, folk dance, ballroom, country western, square dancing, and blues dance. Given that BYU has such a diverse dance program, many of those things are available both at BYU and about the city. Anyway, my brother Kyle had alluded to going and Blues dancing, and that was the first I'd heard about it. Several months later I was then living in the area and I heard about it again. And then a month or two later, one of my friends convinced me to meet him at Blue Tango in Provo (Thursday nights at The Ozz! 8:00 (I think) for lessons, dancing until midnight! $5! Go!) and I decided to go. Good heavens, what took me so long to be introduced to this form of dance?!

Where with country dance, leads really have to know moves in order to do just about anything interesting, with blues dance the style is just so much more accepting and flexible. Yeah, knowing moves helps leads to do more interesting things, but even if they just know the basic of basic style, they can use that just as easily to make each dance awesome. Because blues dance is about communication with your partner and movement to the music. That's about it. You can incorporate just about anything you want into blues, as long as it has a bit of the blues style of movement, moves to the music, and communication with your dance partner is present. So watching blues dancers, you'll rarely see two couples dancing in the same way. If a lead has a really strong swing background, that style may be evident in the way they dance blues. If they've got a latin dance background, that might be there too. And that's ok. Room for variation is there.

So, for me, as a traditional follow, not having to generally worry about knowing any moves, one aspect I love about blues is that it takes that pressure off of the lead to be extraordinarily experienced and knowledgeable about the dance form in order to have fun on the dance floor. Move to some beat of the music, do your best to communicate what your partner, and you'll be pretty good from there.

Really, I can't sing high enough praises of the dance form. For me it was therapeutic while I was living in Utah. I was working and busy and going down each Thursday night was just a wonderful release, to get lost in the movement and the music. It wasn't about who I was dancing with, it was just about me. It has the potential to be a very intimate thing between two people, but as I was never dancing with a guy I was dating until much later in the game, I never viewed it in that way. Instead it was about me relaxing enough to listen, physically, to the music and to the communication from whoever I was dancing with.

Blues, as a style of dance, is much like the music. It's emotional. It's sensual. It's energetic. It reflects the music.

Ok. Example time. This first one is from a competition in Portland. I love the style of what they're doing, though you have to recognize that they're competing and on some level that means you don't really see even the basic pattern of movement and the moves are more complicated.

(Portland Blues Dance Competition 2009 v1)

This next one is again a competition (in Texas), so there is again the realization that the moves are sometimes a bit more complicated and that these dancers are really good. Good gracious, the first woman is incredible. I hate to say it, but with almost all of these you just don't notice the leads at all. Which is a bit frustrating because the they're doing so much and yet that isn't overly noticeable.

(2010 Lone Star Championships - Strictly Blues Finals)

Ok. Now I want to go blues dancing some more. 

You can find blues dancing groups all over the country if you look hard enough. It is still an up and coming form of dance and many don't know about it. If you're in the Cincinnati area, here's the website, although I've found the facebook and meetup groups to be the most helpful. 

Bone of the day today is the Os Coxae, or the Hip Bone. This is actually a fusion of the Ilium, Ischium, and Pubis. The hip bones are cool because you can palpate most of them through you skin.

Day 33

-imminent: about to happen
-immolate: sacrifice
-immure: build a wall around
-impecunious: indignant
-imperturbable: calm

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blues Dancing in Cincinnati :)

I was reading an article in Time this morning and, as the columns that the article were written in were rather narrow, frequently words would be split from one line to another line. This is not an abnormal thing. :) However, today in that article I was reading and came up to the word "us-" at the end of a line. Now, in my head I was thinking "us" as in me and someone else, and as I looked on and saw "-er," I was rather confused for a moment...as I had to string together those two. Realistically, I don't think there are a lot of words that start with "us-" and sound like "us," but there it was.

We went blues dancing again here in Cincinnati last night and it was so much fun. :) There were hardly any people there (total = 8-10), but as I'd brought someone to dance with, I wasn't wanting for partners at any point. Speaking of which, that was an unusual experience for me, as typically I don't go with anyone and I dance with everyone. Anyway, I asked to play Level by the Raconteurs and they did. :) It wasn't quite the version I typically listen to, but it was close. I've posted it before on facebook, but here it is again. I really love it as a song and for how perfect it is to blues dance to.

(The Raconteurs - Level)

The bone of the day is the Mandible, your lower jaw bone. Kind of important. You could probably live without it, but it wouldn't be fun.

Day 32

-gravamen: the essential part of an accusation
-halcyon: serene
-hegira: a journey to a more pleasant place
-hermetic: airtight, sealed
-heuristic: teaching device or method

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Keeping Your Brain Sharp

Nerdy validation in the form of a 100-year old woman. :)

(100 Year Old Keeps Sharp Playing Nintendo DS)

Today's bone is the Calcaneus, one of your tarsals, or ankle bones. Your heel bone specifically. I have a rather heavy calcaneus walk. ;) In other words, my mother can almost always tell I'm coming because my heel walk has a certain sound to it...need to work on that....

Day 31

-foment: instigate
-founder: sink
-frenetic: harried, neurotic
-fritter: squander
-fusillade: bombardment

Friday, February 3, 2012

Creepy Kitties (sort of...)

Today I'm loving cats. Because cats are wonderful and they make me laugh. :)

There have been several videos lately that have tied overly dramatic music to various cat actions and the results have always made me laugh. Here are a few of them. Really just two.

(Devil Cat Is Watching You)

(The Cat is planning something evil)

Day 30

-exhume: uncover
-exiguous: scanty
-expletive: oath
-extirpate: seek out and destroy
-facsimile: duplicate

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wordy words and Wimp

The other day I was reading my physiology book and I came across a sentence that had the word "ionized" and "unionized," in it. Now, I know that I'm supposed to read the latter as "un-ionized," but my brain very much preferred "union-ized" to the appropriate variation. Which made it difficult to make sense of the subject...as my brain was constantly requiring me to compensate for the variation I preferred.

I also realized during one of my classes that when people draw arrows like this => I see them as sideways smiley faces. Every time. My use of colons and parentheses has tainted my ability to see them (or things similar to them) as anything other than emoticons.

This wonderful website exists called Wimp. You should all learn about it. I'm forever discovering and stealing and resharing from it. Basically, people all over submit interesting videos to the website and each day they post five or six of the coolest of those videos. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're incredible, sometimes they're extremely informative. It is just a really cool space.

Today's bone is the Patella. Sits on the top (anterior) side of your knee. :) Helps your knee to make more sense.

Day 29

-ennui: boredom
-entomology: the study of insects
-ephemeral: short-lived
-epoxy: glue
-equine: pertaining to horses

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February! :)

In a very annoying turn of events, I just deleted all of my words for today... I'll have to go back and find them... Which I can only do at home....which is not where I currently am...

Being the first of February, today feels like as good a day as any to get my act together and start training for the half this May. Somewhere I have a running schedule....somewhere....the only problem is that there just isn't a lot of time to go run on Wednesdays. However, looking at the schedule (which I've just found), Wednesdays are generally rest days. :) They're cross training days sometimes, but not for awhile. All the same, I should probably do something, some form of exercise, later on this evening after Italian. Did I mention that I'm taking Italian language classes at the moment with my mother and younger sister? Yeah, we're not very good right now. Mostly because we missed the last two classes and haven't been practicing.

I'd already come to this conclusion, but it was obviously apparent to me this morning at 5:00 when I got up to finish some of my homework that I am most definitely a morning person. :) Don't get me wrong, I can work late into the night when I feel so inclined and/or motivated, but working until around 11:00 last night and then waking up to finish in the morning, my brain was definitely in a happier, clearer state of mind this morning. And I just love the mornings. :) Particularly when I don't have to rush.

That aside, I need to get more sleep than I am currently getting. My brain felt more energized this morning but I was still tired.

Today's bone is the Clavicle. :) Commonly known as the collar bone. One of my favorites because it is so easy to find on the body!

Day 28

-droll: amusing
-dudgeon: resentment, indignant humor
-dupe: one who is easily tricked, victim
-ebullient: exuberant