The man with a memory only seven seconds long

I was fascinated and horrified by the story of Clive Wearing (video below), once a good musician and conductor (and still can play music) but, laid low in 1983 by a herpes simplex virus that damaged his brain, he was left with a memory that lasts only seven seconds. He can’t remember anything that took … Continue reading The man with a memory only seven seconds long

The Lost Mariner: a short video inspired by Oliver Sacks

Well, I confess that I’ve taken something from Brainpickings, but only because it was tweeted approvingly by Jennifer Ouellette. “The Lost Mariner” is a 6-minute film centered on a patient described in Oliver Sacks’s popular book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. You can find more information about the personnel involved, and all the prizes … Continue reading The Lost Mariner: a short video inspired by Oliver Sacks

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Ceiling Cat’s Day: Sunday, August 30, 2020, and I am tired after only about four hours of sleep (more on that later). It’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day; below are some “medium” toasted marshmallows, which are already too burnt for many people but not burnt enough for me. These may be useful for … Continue reading Sunday: Hili dialogue

Monday: Hili dialogue (and Mietek monologue)

Good morning on Monday, August 30, 2021: National Toasted Marshmallow Day. I must admit that I like mine burnt to a crisp—ignited over a fire until the outside is black. It’s also National Holistic Pet Day, International Whale Shark Day, Frankenstein Day (Mary Shelly’s birthday), and the International Day of the Disappeared. News of the … Continue reading Monday: Hili dialogue (and Mietek monologue)

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Is it already Friday? Yes, it’s August 30, 2019: the penultimate day of the month, and exactly one week since I was sliced open and manipulated with huge robotical surgical arms. (I’m healing nicely, thank you.) Here’s Matthew’s report on the status of Britain’s constitutional crisis. He proffers just a tweet: Our ⁦@Adamstoon1⁩ ⁦@EveningStandard⁩ offers … Continue reading Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s Monday, September 17, 2018, and the week that orientation begins for students at the University of Chicago (“O-week” starts on Saturday the 22nd—the first day of fall in our hemisphere). It’s also National Apple Dumpling Day, celebrating a pastry not often seen, as well as Constitution Day in the U.S., celebrating the signing … Continue reading Monday: Hili dialogue

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Well, we have two more days until we’re into September: it’s Thursday, August 30, 2018, and it’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day again (I remember this from last year). I like to ignite my marshmallows and wait until they’re charred completely black before consuming them. (I suppose that makes them carcenogenic.) It’s also International Day of the … Continue reading Thursday: Hili dialogue