Happy birthday to jennasuze!
Hello to new readers bdkellmer, jediclampett, and ojouchan!
Sleeping with Frank = something to get used to. *sigh* And I think it's now been established that Ambien does not help; I wake up even earlier than usual, after non-restful sleep.
Just took the brain drugs. Will likely try to go back to sleep after this post. EDIT: Brain fumbly.
If X'ana and I try to turn out a new standalone issue in July/August... what would you like to see?
Daily Science, part one
Brain Ray Gun Cures Migraines! No, seriously, this is about transcranial magnetic stimulation.
As reported in Medical News Today , a handheld device which relies on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to deliver an mild electric current for about 1 millisecond is able to interrupt migraines from progressing to the headache stage. This is extremely useful clinically, as migraine sufferers often get "warning signs" which help them predict when a migraine is coming on. These signs may include sensitivity to light or sound, certain smells, hallucinations, dizziness, etc. If the TMS device is utilized at this stage, the migraine will not become a painful headache, which many people find debilitating.
I first heard about this about a year or two ago, via kires. It was impractical then. It's still financially impractical, but they're getting there. This is exciting not just from the migraine angle - it could also be useful in treating epilepsy.
Daily Science, pat two
The Burden of Bearing a Massive Penis
...which is another thing I heard about from kires... oh, wait, no. Heh.
A couple of recent studies in fish and spiders have shown that penis size is a matter of competing tradeoffs, and that these compromises have evolutionary consequences....If you live in an environment where you can afford to be slow and lazy, sexual selection can take over: the females will preferentially mate with the fish with the larger gonopodia, driving up the average size over generations. If you have to be nimble and swift to stay alive, natural selection will cull out the males with oversized genitals.
The same blogger links here, prompted by his discussion of spiders self-mutilating their genitalia, to a picture of full human genital splitting. "...it looks like a very creepy meat butterfly in the guy's crotch," he says, and he's right, and I should know better than to click on any link leading to BMEzine.com before my coffee.
New Ellen Kushner!
Here, have an excerpt of The Privilege of the Sword. You liked Swordspoint, right? Same world. Yay!
Hymn to Proserpine: The darkening amber of faith’s sunset, deepened by the dark fruits of Proserpine.
In bottle: Fruity, but subtly so.
On me: Mostly amber. ...yep, all amber. EDIT: And my skin pretty much ate it entirely.
Malice: A profound, complex scent that encapsulates the joy one finds in another,s pain. Ylang ylang, clove, Indonesian red patchouli, and dark myrrh.
In bottle: Patchouli.
On me: Patchouli. And myrrh. I am not getting the clove. *stamps tiny foot* Today's smells *bore* me. And fade quickly.
Serpent's Kiss: Seething with passion, yet utterly cold-blooded. Dragon's blood, vetiver and spice.
In bottle: A little spicy, a lot weird. Is that the vetiver?
On me: Bright screaming red, for one thing. For the other... ah, there's some spice. But with a dark... sulky base. Not me. And I've ended up with two imps of it. *sigh*
Alecto: Olive leaf, raspberry leaf, vetiver and cedarwood.
In bottle: Ooooh. Nice and green. Not a sharp green. A, well, leafy green.
On me: Yep. Leafy. Reminds me a little of Yew Trees and Mantis in its calm plantiness. But Yew Trees is tree-bark, and Mantis is sage; this is different. This is an orderly grove in someone's garden. Oh, and there's the cedar. That is nice. Crushed leaves and fresh wood. Glad I like something today!