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Falcon

I calmly watch my country

Through the mist of oceanic versts.

And under dark glasses–

They are so comfortable here in the warm land–

I do not shed tears, they are not falling slowly,

Truncated like empty bullet cartridges,

Faceted and turbid like amethyst crystals,

Gummy like mud, black like oil,

Colder than hailstones, sharper than iron shards.

Make no mistake stranger.

I carefully had read twice

Above that grim high door:

“All hope forsake ye who enter here.”


The claws dig slowly

Into my weak shoulder.

Its feathers dirty in the rust of dried blood,

Pointed wings evenly folded,

Serene eyes open wide,

My faithful falcon,

A frenzied flyer,

Patiently waits.

I do not send it anywhere.

I let the bird rest.

A spread from my old architecture journal. Seeing this with fresh eyes has really inspired me, I am so many different things and creativity comes in many forms - unstructured and structured. I really love the mixture of personal memories, literature/philosophy and permaculture/site analysis informing an outcome. Remember that you are in control of what creativity is and what it means to you.

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The quest to build a digital public library of brains

At the Brain Observatory, Dr. Jacopo Annese and his team painstakingly cut brains into thousands of thin slices. Those delicate tissues are then digitally archived as images that will be accessible to anyone with Internet.

Among the archived is the brain of one of the world’s most famous and most studied amnesiac patients, Henry Molaison—more commonly known as “H.M.”

In 2009, Annese dissected H.M.’s postmortem brain and used the anatomical images to create a digital 3-D model. During the process, he also found a lesion in H.M.’s cortex that was previously undiscovered, revealing new insight into how memory works.

The lab’s mission is to document the detailed, cellular view of the brain that can’t be captured by current magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. And having an open access library enables crowdsourcing and increases the likelihood that someone could potentially uncover something important.

As the library grows, the collection of images will also serve as a high-resolution guide for doctors and researchers to better understand what exactly might be happening in the brain tissues of patients with the same neurological conditions.

Annese founded the lab in 2004 while he was a professor of radiology at UC San Diego. The lab’s operation later moved under the roof of the Institute for Brain and Society, the nonprofit he founded in 2013.

GIF source: Ars Technica