to you (unfinished, off the top of my head)

It all started with some friends and a van
a kick drum inside my ribs
Preaching electric into a microphone stand
Raise your red plastic cup
And Turn the laughter up
We fell asleep in the grass on the summer fest days
You’d never guess I’m still trying to get my head screwed on straight
All us believers still believe
Everytime we sing “two more weeks”
Someone shoulda thrown us in a cell and swallowed the key
Somebody shoulda told us to leave em be
The only news we tuned in to was the traffic update
Nothing feels as close to home as nightime windows down on 88
Lax to berlin and back
Wake up on the west coast inside a flask
The good books in the drawer next to the bed you pissed in
passports a blur, full of stamps from places I missed you in
They’ll tell you everything about last night that you forget
Pack your suitcase, joes in the back smoking a jazz cigarette
They hated me before they ever loved me
I’m not ready for things to change
I miss you missing me in the good old days
Got stuck in the cell of you and me
I guess it still beat solitary
——-Worry worry
Put my head in such a flurry
Freckle freckle
What makes you so special———-
One of these days yr gonna wake up in heaven
Laugh about that night you got four stitches above your eye
when they let the guitars fly
Never trust a band that wouldn’t bleed for you
Never believe in anyone who wouldn’t drive through the night
(To you)
They never tell you in school you’ll feel so alone
Wake me up again when were in the same time zone
The way I’d take a cornfield over a coast
Mulitply me times what you adore most
There were nights between yellow lines
When I confessed to you riding shotgun asleep under purple skies
They say
You get what you get
Well we Got lost in the middle of nowhere And you almost quit
Tonight Come together
Come apart
You can get lonely when u
Only read the charts
Called everybody I knew in this life
Can we get it together just for tonite

I miss old friends and “play it agains”
Please Send my love,
to everyone above


Pete posted the above to one of his secret blogspots (deleted long ago) on August 13, 2008. This has always been my favorite. A few things:

  • This was posted just before the release of Folie A Deux was announced, while the band was still working on the album, and was titled “to you (unfinished, off the top of my head)” (the you presumably being Patrick who was using the words for lyrics **I’m going to edit myself here and add that it can also be a broader “you,” meaning the fans). You’ll see a lot of lines from Coffee’s For Closers in here and the chorus from w.a.m.s
  • During the Save Rock and Roll record cycle, Patrick mentioned revisiting some of Pete’s older lyrics and finding some that he had initially dismissed for dumb reasons like being irritated with Pete over something else.
  • Cut to American Beauty/American Psycho and you can a slightly modified version of the line "When I confessed  to you riding shotgun asleep under purple skies" has made it into "Favorite Record," along with references to "windows down," "drive through the night,” and “play it agains.”
  • There are a lot of references in here to the band’s connection with/devotion to the fans—”All us believers still believe every time we sing ‘two more weeks’,” “Never trust a band that wouldn’t bleed for you, Never believe in anyone who wouldn’t drive through the night (To you)”
  • In this interview, Pete mentions “Favorite Record” was the song that almost didn’t make it on to AB/AP but that it won out because it felt like a song that was for the fans.

The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble  : The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earths night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp close-up of the dying stars nebula was recorded in 2009 by the Hubble Space Telescopes Wide Field Camera 3, and is presented here in reprocessed colors. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot stars dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). via NASA


'The Beatles Were Originally Signed to Black Owned Record Label'

Vee-Jay Records is a record label founded in the 1950s, specializing in blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll. It was owned and operated by African Americans.

Vee-Jay was founded in Gary, Indiana, in 1953 by Vivian Carter and James C. Bracken, a husband-and-wife team who used their initials for the label’s name. Vivian’s brother, Calvin Carter, was the label’s A&R man. Ewart Abner, formerly of Chance Records, joined the label in 1955, first as manager, then as vice president, and ultimately, as president.

Vee-Jay quickly became a major R&B label, with the first song recorded making it to the top ten on the national R&B charts.

The 1960s saw the label become a major soul label with Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Billy Preston, the Dells, John Lee Hooker and Gene Chandler. Vee-Jay was also the first to nationally issue a record by The Pips who later became Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1962, when they moved to “Fury Records.”

Vee-Jay had significant success with rock and roll acts, notably The Four Seasons (their first non-black act) and The Beatles (Vee-Jay acquired the rights to some of the early Beatles recordings in a licensing deal with EMI.)

The company also had a major gospel line, recording such acts as the Staple Singers and they signed Wayne Shorter to their jazz division.

Vee-Jay’s biggest successes occurred in 1962-1964, with the ascendancy of the Four Seasons and the distribution of early Beatles material.

Because EMI’s company (Capitol Records) initially refused to release Beatles records. Vee-Jay’s releases were at first unsuccessful, but quickly became huge hits once the British Invasion took off in early 1964, selling 2.6 million Beatles singles in a single month. Cash flow problems caused by Ewart Abner’s tapping the company treasury to cover personal gambling debts led to the company’s active demise; Vee-Jay had been forced to cease operations in the second half of 1963.

Vee-Jay Records revived under new management in 1982 as a disco and R&B label, but it closed down again in 1986.


So there was a livestream for Kickstarter backers of Rachel Johnson’s stop motion movie Henrietta Bulkowski tonight. I was unable to get video but I do have a full (1hr) audio recording of the event here :3 (Note: they couldn’t figure out how to un-mute the livestream at first, so the actual sound starts about 1-2 minutes in.)

Any of you who are at all into animation (stop motion or otherwise), TV/movie production, etc, will want to listen to the whole thing, because Rachel actually does offer quite a few tips and insightful comments on that especially during the first half. A quick recap of some of the Misha things though, as I’m guessing a lot of you are here mostly for that:

  • Misha doesn’t just have exec producer credits on this project (like I thought tbh), he apparently also helped out with the script and did some voice acting for it
  • When Misha first got into acting and it took quite a while for him to really find work, he persevered anyway instead of eventually opting for a different/safer career path, ending up like $200,000 in debt by the time his decision finally starting paying off. Both his parents continued to be supportive of his choice while Vicki’s parents thought it might be better for him to have a career change and become a physical therapist xD
  • He actually did get invited to the PCA award ceremony, but thought it was taking place in NYC and it was like the day after he was due to get back from Japan, so he was like well I’m not flying right back out again, and declined. And then on the day of the PCAs he discovered it was actually just in LA like practically down the block from him, lol
  • Vicki and him are working on multiple other projects but those are all still top secret (he did vaguely refer to something called “the boob short”??)
  • He did explicitly confirm (again, I’m pretty sure) that that one McDonalds commercial that keeps going around tumblr is not the one he is in.
  • He does still occasionally write poetry :>
  • Okay I’m pretty sure there were at least half a dozen other facts I could list here but it’s nearly 3am and I’ve been up since 6.30 and my brain is starting to fail me. Just listen to the thing for the rest of it :P

Family Voices and Stories Speed Coma Recovery

“Can he hear me?” family members are desperate to know when a loved one with a traumatic brain injury is in a coma.

A new Northwestern Medicine and Hines VA Hospital study shows the voices of loved ones telling the patient familiar stories stored in his long-term memory can help awaken the unconscious brain and speed recovery from the coma.

Coma patients who heard familiar stories repeated by family members four times a day for six weeks, via recordings played over headphones, recovered consciousness significantly faster and had an improved recovery compared to patients who did not hear the stories, reports the study.

The paper was published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

“We believe hearing those stories in parents’ and siblings’ voices exercises the circuits in the brain responsible for long-term memories,” said lead author Theresa Pape. “That stimulation helped trigger the first glimmer of awareness.”

As a result, the coma patients can wake more easily, become more aware of their environment and start responding to conversations and directions.

“It’s like coming out of anesthesia,” Pape said. “It’s the first step in recovering full consciousness.”

Pape is a neuroscientist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a neuroscientist at Hines VA.

“After the study treatment, I could tap them on the shoulder, and they would look at me,” Pape said. “Before the treatment they wouldn’t do that.”

Being more aware of their environment means the patients can actively participate in physical, speech and occupational therapy, all essential for their rehabilitation.

A coma is an unconscious condition in which the patient can’t open his eyes. Patients usually progress from a coma to either a minimally conscious or vegetative state, and these states can last a few weeks, months or years. Every five seconds, someone in the U.S. has a traumatic brain injury. Troops deployed to wars zones are at an even greater risk for having a severe enough brain injury to cause a coma.

“It’s an incredibly common and devastating injury,” Pape said.

The familiar voices treatment also benefits families.

“Families feel helpless and out of control when a loved one is in a coma,” Pape said. “It’s a terrible feeling for them. This gives them a sense of control over the patient’s recovery and the chance to be part of the treatment.”

Such was the case for Corinth Catanus, whose husband, Godfrey, a former California youth minister, was a participant in the study after being in a coma for three months. “The stories I told him helped Godfrey recover from his coma, and they helped me feel I could do something for him,” she said. “That gave me hope.” (More on Godfrey and Corinth’s story below.)

The Brain Lit Up in Response to Family Voices

When patients like Godfrey Catanus in the study heard the voice of a family member calling their names out loud and reciting stories while they were in an MRI, their brains showed increased neural activity. This was indicated by bright yellow and red blobs of light in regions involved with understanding language and long-term memory.

“We saw changes in the blood oxygen level in their brain regions associated with retrieving long-term memory and understanding language,” Pape said. “That means they were using those regions of their brains.”

How the Study Worked

The randomized, placebo-controlled study, Familiar Auditory Sensory Training (FAST), enrolled 15 patients with traumatic closed head injuries who were in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. They were an average age of 35 (12 men and three women) with injuries caused by motorcycle or car accidents, bomb traumas or assaults. The FAST treatment began an average of 70 days after the injury.

Pape and colleagues first did baseline testing to see how responsive patients were to sensory information such as bells or whistles, if they followed directions to open their eyes and if they were alert enough to visually track someone walking across the room. Their responses provided a benchmark to see if they changed or improved after six weeks of treatment. (A person in a minimally conscious state can occasionally follow directions.)

Scientists also had the patients listen to familiar and non-familiar voices tell different stories to get a baseline MRI of how the blood oxygen levels in their brains changed while listening.

Collecting Family Stories to Tell

The next step was having families work with therapists to identify and construct the important stories about events that the patient and family participated in together. 

“It could be a family wedding or a special road trip together such as going to visit colleges,” Pape said. “It had to be something they’d remember, and we needed to bring the stories to life with sensations, temperature and movement. Families would describe the air rushing past the patient as he rode in the Corvette with the top down or the cold air on his face as he skied down a mountain slope.”

Families brought in an armful of photo albums to come up with topics for the stories. Then parents and siblings recorded at least eight stories, which they practiced reciting naturally and using the patient’s nickname.

After six weeks of listening to the recorded stories, Pape repeated the earlier baseline tests in an MRI. In one, patients listened to familiar and unfamiliar voices telling the same story they heard at baseline (a short joke about a man buying ice-cream and getting a pickle with it.)

The MRI image showed a change in the oxygen level, indicating greater responsiveness to the unfamiliar voice telling a story. The oxygen level did not change for the familiar voice, which remained the same as baseline.

“This indicates the patient’s ability to process and understand what they’re hearing is much better,” Pape said. “At baseline they didn’t pay attention to that non-familiar voice. But now they are processing what that person is saying.’’

In another test, patients listened to a small bell ringing as before. But this time, patients’ brains responded less to the bell, indicating they were better able to discriminate what’s important to listen to.

“Mom’s voice telling them familiar stories over and over helped their brains pay attention to important information rather than the bell,” Pape said. “They were able to filter out what was relevant and what wasn’t.”

The biggest gains in recovery came in the first two weeks of the treatment, with small incremental gains over the next four weeks.

Pape is currently analyzing her data to determine if the FAST intervention strengthened the brain’s wiring, the elongated fibers called axons that transmit signals between neurons.

Recording and playing the stories is something all families can do when a loved one is in a coma. It is logical that people in a coma as a result of a stroke would also respond favorably to the treatment, Pape said.

“This gives families hope and something they can control,” Pape said.  She recommends families work with a therapist to help them construct the stories. The recorded stories can augment the other therapies a patient is undergoing.

Why Pape Launched the Study

Pape was inspired to launch the study based on families’ feedback while she worked as a speech therapist for coma patients with traumatic brain injuries. Families often told her the patient responded better to them than to a stranger. Pape began to observe the patients with families and saw they were right.

Pape speculated that if therapists could stimulate and exercise people’s brains when they are unconscious, it would help them recover. She developed the protocol to see if it worked. The study was funded by V.A.’s Rehabilitation, Research and Development Service.

Patient Godfrey Catanus Emerges from Coma

Corinth Catanus’s voice, recorded on a CD, playfully reminded her husband, Godfrey, of the morning she craved chicken nuggets during her second pregnancy.

“Remember the morning I had a craving for chicken nuggets, and no fast food restaurant sold it that early in the morning?” she asked. He drove to several fast-food locations across town before work to find them, she recalled, only to discover they were the wrong kind when he arrived home. That night he renewed his quest until he snagged the exact ones she coveted. 

Family stories like these — recorded by Corinth and Godfrey’s brothers — were played through headphones for Godfrey four times a day while he lay in a three-month coma. He was part of a Northwestern Medicine and Hines V.A. clinical trial that studied whether repeated stimulation with familiar voices could help repair a coma victim’s injured brain networks and spur his recovery.

Those recordings helped awaken Godfrey from his vegetative state and pull him back to consciousness, based on the new study findings.

Godfrey recalls hearing Corinth’s voice and his brother’s voice on the recordings during that time.

“It was comforting to think that they were ‘there’ with me,” Godfrey wrote in an email. “It helped me by giving my brain something to connect with.”

In 2010, Godfrey, then a 32-year-old youth minister in Irvine, California, suffered a brain injury and went into a coma. Corinth, a neonatal intensive care nurse, was pregnant with their second child at the time.

The couple grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and Corinth wanted Godfrey to be treated at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Their church raised funds to hire an air ambulance to transport the comatose Godfrey to the Chicago hospital. While there, the family learned about the familiar voices study and wanted to participate.

After several weeks of listening to the tapes, Godfrey, who was severely disabled by his injury and unable to speak easily, slowly began to respond by gesture to questions asked by his therapist. But his responses were inconsistent. Then Corinth asked him something she knew could get a rise out of the devoted Chicago basketball fan.

“Will you ever be a Lakers’ fan?” she asked mischievously. Godfrey stared hard at the “no” card. “Will you always be a Chicago Bulls’ fan?” His gaze shifted unequivocally to “yes”.

“That was the turning point,” Corinth said. “I realized he was becoming more aware and more conscious,” Corinth said.

Godfrey progressed and began typing out messages on an iPad. One of the first things he wrote, “I wish I could go to Disneyland.” It was a favorite trip for the family.

Four years later, Godfrey now writes weekly devotionals that appear in his church’s bulletin and website. And he is involved in his family’s life. He reminds Corinth, via his iPad, about the family’s daily schedule like doctor’s appointments for their daughters or his bus pick up to go to physical therapy. His daughters like to hang out with him on his wheelchair.

“The voices treatment made a huge difference in his recovery,” Corinth said. “I know it helped bring him back to us.”

I am definitely not sorry I handed in the mostly final draft of my book last night, and then today I went to record the audio book of my first book, and now I am home and watching Moonstruck and it is snowing and I feel more accomplished and excited and ready to work harder than I have in my whole life.

Other consequences of melting glaciers - organic carbon release.

Worldwide, glaciers have been melting (or retreating) at unprecedented rates since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800’s. Not only do we lose the valuable geologic record stored as gases trapped within the ice (which then contribute to increasing levels of greenhouse gases), the melting causes rising sea levels. Now, researchers have found another unwelcome side effect: the release of organic carbon.

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anonymous asked:

What exactly is meant by a "failed abortion?" Do fetuses sometimes survive an abortion procedure? What happens after that?

A “failed abortion” can be a few different things.  To understand what, you first have to know that in the medical profession, any end to a pregnancy before 20 weeks is considered an abortion, whether it ended spontaneously (miscarriage) or was elective (abortion).  Because of this, if you’ve had a miscarriage, you might be surprised to see something on your medical records that says Spontaneous AbortionMissed Abortion, Failed Abortion, or something similar.  

It is extremely important to know that as soon as you undertake the beginning of an abortion procedure, it cannot be reversed.  You have to consider the pregnancy already terminated. 

Surgical abortion:  it is very uncommon to have an incomplete surgical abortion.  Still, it is possible for a patient to come back for their 2 week visit to continue to have products of conception inside their uterus.  At that point they have the option to either take a medication to encourage the passing of tissue, or to undergo a second procedure.

Medical abortion:  Medical abortions have a higher rate of failure inherent to the procedure type.  Because of this, it is very important to go back for your 2 week procedure after a medical abortion to make sure you are no longer pregnant.  If you are, you are usually scheduled for a surgical abortion ASAP.

Miscarriage:  Though not medically correct, the term failed abortion can also be applied to people in the middle of a miscarriage.  The pregnancy may have ended spontaneously, but the products of conception are still inside of the uterus and showing no signs of leaving.  This can be followed up with a surgical procedure or medication to encourage the uterus to pass the tissue, or left for the patient to try “watchful waiting.”  

#2255. In addition to #2059, King Dedede also has other motives for his protective side. Even though Kirby is more than capable of fending for himself, Dedede will come to the little guy’s defense if anyone, usually Bowser or Ganondorf, tries to pick on him outside of regular matches. Though Dedede insists that he just wants to set the record straight with the other smashers that he’s the only one allowed to be a jerk to Kirby, everyone knows that that’s just his way of saying he cares.


God, I'm going to get so much hate for this
  • Group on tumblr:We've complied a list of 50+ words to describe various genders and sexualities.
  • Tumblr:No problem! We'll make sure that we memorize every single word and ridicule people who don't.
  • Group on tumblr:So, I'm a meninist-
  • Tumblr:OH MY GOD, YOU'RE A WHAT!? ARE YOU SERIOUS RIGHT NOW!? HOW DO YOU EVEN PRONOUNCE THAT!? *Posts 10 million jokes about the word*

Let the record show, almighty gossip god that I don’t give a shit about who you are or are not. 

So how about you do a guy a solid and stay away from me and mine. 


Salutations fellow Makorrians! Makorra Cast is back and in full swing! Tomorrow we are recording our next cast so that means that, as always, we heavily encourage you all to send in your questions or give shoutouts! Can’t wait to see what y’all submit!

Thank you!