Scientists in London have developed a new technology that enables them to read a person's memory. They did a study with volunteers getting their brains scanned while playing a virtual reality video game. Scientists guessed where the volunteers were located within the virtual world through their brain activity, reading their 'spatial' memories.
They say that the science to be able to read people's minds by invading it, rather than willfully, is still @ least ten years away. They also believe that this discovery will be able to assist with research for people suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer's, which is good. My grandfather suffered from this disease and if in the future someone with this disease should get the chance not to suffer it sounds promising.
Yet all the same, it's still a bit scary to know someone out there will have the ability to know what I'm thinking. On a funny note though, I can only laugh at visualizing how guys will react in the future when asked the dreaded, 'Does this make me look fat' question. Now tell me how you really feel. Wait...I'll just take a peek. (Youtube link is a funny song titled: If you open your mind too much your brain will fall out.)
I recently moved to Austin, Texas by way of Chicago, Illinois -actually Schaumburg, IL but no one really knows where that is (30 minutes west of Chicago). I've only been here 4 days and it's mostly consisted of unpacking my shizzle. But it's a cool place with a hippie sort of vibe @ least the downtown area. One thing though, there's this mysterious highway called the MoPac, which is actually Highway 1 but everyone calls it that. So if you're asking for directions beware!
I love love love the weather. It's freaking February and I'm wearing my summer clothes! I'm overly excited about this because last week I was in Chicago and it was 6 degrees brrrr. I also am fascinated by the fact that there are so many vegetarians here, yes, in Texas! It sounds like an oxymoron (two words but together to create something that doesn't make sense like girly-man) vegetarian-Texan.
There's also no lack of things to do either. Austin is the live music capital of the world. THE WORLD. So alot of free live music @ the pubs and quality concerts (I already have some friends and family asking to pull out the inflatable bed and reserve a place for them). Which I will do happily! Lots of art galleries to fill my fancy and the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) yay! It gets even better! Austin just got into soccer in the USL league I'm not an expert in soccer nor am I an Austin fan (yet) but I am an Islanders fan (My native Puerto Rico's kick-ass soccer team) and they will be playing against Austin in May. Which all of the Rowdy Ricans (nickname I've given all of the puertoricans I've met here) are down for.
Texans love Texas. On a prior trip here I noticed the majority of homes and businesses have the State flag flying not the US flag. There's alot of Texas pride. The Texas dept of transportation's slogan is "Don't mess with Texas" The 'national' beer of Texas is the Lone Star Beer and they state that 91% of Lone Star Drinkers don't care what 4 states border Texas. Austin is also the home of the Longhorns football team. Everywhere you turn there's the sea of burnt orange logos. And from what I've been told the city practically shuts down on game days. "Hook 'em Horns!" All very entertaining at least for an outsider looking in.
And a couple of random thought thrown together:
I haven't noticed any real "Texan accents" but I'm on the look-out. I enjoy imitating accents and going 'native'. I will definitely be getting me some cowgirl boots. No ten gallon hat, jean jacket and pink fringe though; that's too much to handle right now.
I confess, I'm one of those people who like to play on Yoville. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a cutesy virtual world where you can interact with many people across the globe, shop, go to the beach and decorate your house (my favorite part). Well I will say that besides all of that fun stuff I recently attended my first virtual wedding. As if Vegas wasn't fast and easy enough. Will this be the future of weddings if it can be made legal? Think about it, just get all of your friends to go online, dress up and then hit the reception at someone's pad. Sure a heck of a lot cheaper too. No hiring a photographer either, just print screen and voilá. LOL
I went grocery shopping to the same place I always go. I've been going there for about the same time I've lived in the area - a couple of years now. I don't mind the lines or that a product isn't in stock; but what does bother me is the fact that this one cashier can't take no for an answer.
Yay! It's a new year, new you as they say. But one thing I've always have been scared of are those new year resolutions basically because...well...they're not realistic @ least my previous ones weren't. Such as: get into my back-in-the-day jeans, get organized, learn to ride a motorcycle (I took a class but have yet to get the license).
So after putting it off for almost a month now, I ran across an article titled: 'Red wine, dark chocolate and exercise" As I read on it was stating how these things could benefit a person (in moderation of course). A lightbulb went off. Yes! A new years resolution I can keep!
So that said, I will definitely drink to a better me, savor that bitter-sweet chocolate and oh yeah and that other one too.
Do you have a new year's resolution or would you just rather not even bother?
I'm a pretty good dancer; and on a recent trip to visit my sister I was even challenged to a battle LOL (looong story)! That being said; I'm the total opposite when it comes to singing a favorite tune, and on top of that! I just found out that half the time, I invent the lyrics. This was kindly (not really) pointed out to me from a very dear friend (not really). After getting my groove on and jamming along to a new song on the radio. My very dear friend (not really) tells me...that's not how it goes. I look over and ask; so what does it say? I was still skeptical. So I got home and decided to research, on those lyric websites, some of my favorite songs. The results below.
T.I. song Dead and Gone:
What I say: Homey's dead and gone
What the song Really says: The old me dead and gone
Rihanna's song Please don't stop the music:
What I say: Just let the music play, we're hand in hand just a chance and now we're face to face.
(note - this one totally peeved me: It's my ringtone!)
Has someone ever pointed out the "obvious" to you? How did you deal?
- ▼ 2009 (11)