I have always been interested in body modification. Piercings, tattoos, scarification, implants, suspension… everything!
It’s a big part of my life and who I am and I now realize it’s a big part of other’s lives as well.
I stumbled across an article on BME’s ModBlog while I was browsing the archives. It blew my mind! The article was about the Tongue Drive System. Tongue Drive is a wireless device that enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to operate a computer and maneuver an electrically powered wheelchair just by moving their tongues.
When in use, the output signals from the sensors are wirelessly transmitted to an iPod or iPhone. Software installed on the iPod or iPhone interprets the user’s tongue commands by determining the relative position of the magnet with respect to the array of sensors in real-time. This information is used to control the movements of a cursor on the computer screen or to substitute for the joystick function in a powered wheelchair.
Check out this video, it explains things better.
It’s amazing that people who struggled can now have a better life because of technology, magnets, and a piercing!
My daughter Andi and I have teamed up again for another journey into the great unknown.
Imagine living forever and having this haunt your dreams every night!!
Words by Andi Gehlin.
Image by me rendered with the freeware fractal program Apophysis 7x.
(Note: slide your cursor to the right of the Apophysis page for a menu with the download link.)
(click on the image for a larger view)
As always your comments and critiques are welcomed and encouraged.
Grain of Sand is a labor of love for me.
In 1978, I decided I wanted to sell my art and stories as high quality prints. I produced a series of posters, had them printed and took them to a few comic book conventions. Of course, I had delusions of grandeur (who doesn’t when they’re in their twenties) and thought everyone would flock to me and purchase my “masterpieces of creative genius”. I didn’t have the slightest idea of how to market my work and at the time my skills were definitely not professional quality.
I kept writing and drawing but didn’t try to self-publish again.
Over time, my skills improved. I began to sell my artwork and quit writing all together. This turned out to be a good thing because without the skill to create images, I would not have become…
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There was a time, not long ago when I was almost paralyzed by the prospect of a blank screen or an unmarked piece of paper.
I had ideas screaming to be released from the prison of my imagination but I would freeze at the thought of taking that first step…how would I fill the blank space before me?
I was afraid…afraid to take that first step…afraid to start.
I struggled with the fear for nearly two years before finding the strength and confidence to take that first step to fill the blank screen, the unmarked piece of paper. Now, those ideas that struggled for freedom are finding their voice and I have taken that first step to make them reality.
Having taken that first important step, my ideas take shape and are in various stages of…
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These little cartoons are by Liz Climo. I absolutely love everything about them! When I’m sad they make me smile and they’re just all around sweet.
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