Deeper Than Ink | 01

P R E M I S E ⇒

Should you fall in love with someone, even in the slightest, your skin becomes marked with vibrant colors that depict the story of your emotions. A tattoo, per say. However, should they or you fall out of love, the bright hues dull to black and the feelings you once had for each other melt away. To many, it’s a blessing to not have to live with the pain of your past. But what’s the point when you have too many reminders–say 27?

P A I R I N G ⇒  namjoon x reader

G E N R E ⇒  angst, tattoo au, soulmate au

W O R D S ⇒  7.281

P A R T ⇒  one | two | three

Pebbles bounced against the sidewalk, caught between the concrete and the rubber soles of boots dragging across the pavement. The movement was slow and the sound was reminiscent of a modern romantic defeat, another tally to add to the chalkboard. Another inked reminder that would be incomplete on a pale skin canvas.

A single finger rose to itch at the back of a studded ear, scratching just above the intricate black swirls of patterned water that was splayed over a neck. The owner of this design–and the 27 others cluttering his skin–wasn’t a lost cause or a serial romantic as many had come to believe. But potentially the most unlucky man in the world.

There were many others like him, decorated in dozens of these brandishes to signify their accomplishments in a manner akin to a trophy shelf. Their skin was littered with these marks of past lovers who were only intended to become blackened symbols. However, hoarding tattoos of ones he adored was not a game to him like it was to others; he feared the attention and judgment that his ink gave him.

He was enamored by people and their stories, the things they had to say and the words that they would whisper to him. Falling for them was simply a side effect of his own curiosity that he had no control over, as the patterns would only appear when the emotions were mutual. People were drawn to him, not for the art etched into him, but for his elegant thoughts and charming words.

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Deeper Than Ink | 02

P R E M I S E ⇒

Should you fall in love with someone, even in the slightest, your skin becomes marked with vibrant colors that depict the story of your emotions. A tattoo, per say. However, should they or you fall out of love, the bright hues dull to black and the feelings you once had for each other melt away. To many, it’s a blessing to not have to live with the pain of your past. But what’s the point when you have too many reminders–say 27?

P A I R I N G ⇒  namjoon x reader

G E N R E ⇒  angst, tattoo au, soulmate au

W O R D S ⇒  7.231

P A R T ⇒  one | two | three

Those with velleity disease are not allowed to love, unless they are open to an untimely death.

Most who encounter this fate learn to live their lives with but one tattoo, the single mark being their lifelong demise. The once bold and swirling colors of their tattoos are defaced by a deep shade of vermillion blood pouring from the pattern unabashedly, insistent until the tattoo loses its true meaning and fades into itself. They become raised and jagged, scarred over in nasty shades of black, laced with deep red just waiting to escape and claw at an innocent life.

In the years that Namjoon had spent acquiring his own tattoos, it was rare even to him to find those who were adorned with this leech of a disease. It robbed them of their chance to experience the wonders of another’s world, their emotions and story. All the same aspects that had made Namjoon so keen on others, which had drawn him into such a distraughtly stereotyped life. The system of love proved defective, giving the exact opposite of its intentions to those people cursed with velleity.

It was his crude belief in the atrocious tattoo system that had lead him to now be stood on a wobbling stage, lined up next to over a dozen other men, waiting to be bid on. The pads of his hands were coated in sweat, sticking to his fingers as he held his hands behind his back and absently listened to the commentator. His voice was booming through the speakers with captivating tone and context, luring passersby to the rickety white stage until a sizeable crowd was blandly listening.

Nowadays people loved the commodity of events such as this one as if it was enough to know that others were doing something about the issue so they didn’t have to. So instead they showed their support through snapping photos as a contribution, only to leave as soon as the chance to truly help presented itself. It was rather bitterly humorous how in a world so polluted with love, people remained unwaveringly numb to the underlying pain it caused.

It was that stand out factor that had caused him to scribble his name at the bottom of the sign-up sheet for the event he was now rigidly standing in. The scrawl of the pencil as it etched his name replaced the ink on his arms in that moment, giving him the chance to let others have what he received in a drowning manner.

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Il tensore di diffusione (DTI) è uno strumento di risonanza magnetica attraverso il quale si possono costruire immagini biomediche anche tridimensionali, ma di tipo intrinseco.
Il tensore usa il calcolo infinitesimale per definire nozioni geometriche di distanza, angolo e volume e studiare le curve di strutture anatomiche nelle quali una dimensione è di molto maggiore delle altre due (per esempio i fasci di fibre nervose della sostanza bianca).
Consente di stimare, oltre la velocità di diffusione delle molecole di acqua, anche misure relatie alla quantità di anisotropia e alla direzione principale della diffusione.
Le misure che si ottengono con la DTI vengono utilizzate per studiare le proprietà della sostanza bianca e per indagare la connettività anatomica.

The Signs as stereotypical Irish things
  • Aries: Taytos
  • Taurus: Fr Ted
  • Gemini: Michael D Higgins
  • Cancer: The Late Late Show
  • Leo: Ringing Joe Duffy instead of the guards
  • Virgo: "An bhfuil cead agam dul go dti an leithreas?"
  • Libra: Guinness
  • Scorpio: Shifting county minors
  • Sagittarius: Passing your Leaving Cert because Granny lit a candle for you
  • Capricorn: The Ploughing Championship
  • Aquarius: Flat 7Up curing everything
  • Pisces: The Imersion
Musical Training Creates New Brain Connections in Children

Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

(Image caption: Fibers belonging to the greater forceps pre-musical training are observed (A, B, C). Fibers belonging to the same patients after 9 months of musical training are observed below (a, b, c))

“It’s been known that musical instruction benefits children with these disorders,” said Pilar Dies-Suarez, M.D., chief radiologist at the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez in Mexico City, “but this study has given us a better understanding of exactly how the brain changes and where these new fiber connections are occurring.”

The researchers studied 23 healthy children between the ages of five and six years old. All of the children were right handed and had no history of sensory, perception or neurological disorders. None of the children had been trained in any artistic discipline in the past.

The study participants underwent pre- and post-musical-training evaluation with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of the brain. DTI is an advanced MRI technique, which identifies microstructural changes in the brain’s white matter.

“Experiencing music at an early age can contribute to better brain development, optimizing the creation and establishment of neural networks, and stimulating the existing brain tracts,” Dr. Dies-Suarez said.

The brain’s white matter is composed of millions of nerve fibers called axons that act like communication cables connecting various regions of the brain. Diffusion tensor imaging produces a measurement, called fractional anisotropy (FA), of the movement of extracellular water molecules along axons. In healthy white matter, the direction of extracellular water molecules is fairly uniform and measures high in fractional anisotropy. When water movement is more random, FA values decrease, suggesting abnormalities.

Over the course of life, the maturation of brain tracts and connections between motor, auditory and other areas allow the development of numerous cognitive abilities, including musical skills. Previous studies have linked autism spectrum and ADHD with decreases in volume, fiber connections and FA in the minor and lower forceps, tracts located in the frontal cortex of the brain. This suggests that low connectivity in the frontal cortex, an area of the brain involved in complex cognitive processes, is a biomarker of these disorders.

After the children in the study completed nine months of musical instruction using Boomwhackers—percussion tubes cut to the exact length to create pitches in a diatonic scale, DTI results showed an increase in FA and axon fiber length in different areas of the brain, most notably in the minor forceps.

“When a child receives musical instruction, their brains are asked to complete certain tasks,” Dr. Dies-Suarez said. “These tasks involve hearing, motor, cognition, emotion and social skills, which seem to activate these different brain areas. These results may have occurred because of the need to create more connections between the two hemispheres of the brain.”

The researchers believe that the results of this study could aid in creating targeted strategies for intervention in treating disorders like autism and ADHD.