FINALLY, Eternal Sunshine Within Reach

Skull diagram of Phineas Gage

Skull diagram of Phineas Gage – accidental lobotomy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller is making headway in the fight against our worst enemy, ourselves.  Her research, along with other recent studies, have shown that memories are not static physical remnants in the brain. They are malleable constructs that can be altered or even rebuilt with every recall.  Read about memory repair here.

My memory is remarkable and it’s the bane of my existence.  With little exception, I remember everything anyone says; conversations I’ve had, overheard, and sometimes just imagined.  I don’t know why.  I don’t try to, I don’t want to, and if I could muster the intestinal fortitude, I’d upgrade to a PPO so Kaiser would cover my lobotomy.  I hate my memory. I hate this show-boating workaholic.  It’s overwhelming.  It sucks and I am tired.  So, yes to this.  Yes, please.

California Guilty of “a series of contumacious actions.”

Looks like Gov. Brown may finally be out of stall-tactics. Brown’s been stymying every attempt the federal government’s made to reduce the egregious over-crowding in California’s prisons. And now a pissed off federal judge has threatened to hold him in contempt if he does not comply with the court’s order to release roughly 9,600 (or 8% of California’s prison population) by the end of this year. The LA Times has more.



Medical Marvel, Legend, Alien

Medical Marvel, Legend, Alien

Just when I think I couldn’t possibly love Bernard Hopkins any more than I already do, he proves me wrong once again. Playing the nickname game with such aplomb it’d make Godzilla blush, Hopkins announced his name change Wednesday while in New York promoting his July 13th light-heavyweight fight against German contender, Karo Murat.

As Fightnews reports, Hopkins is retiring his old, serviceable but meh moniker “Executioner” for something more befitting a fighter who, at the sports-ancient age of 48, remains at the top of his game, defeating opponents seventeen years his junior and breaking his OWN record as the oldest boxer to win a world title. The man defies logic and nature. He’s not supposed to be able to do all the things he keeps on doing.

Many boxing experts, including Stephen Espinoza, EVP of Showtime Sports, attribute Hopkin’s freakish abilities to a combination of incredible genes, strict diet and intense conditioning. Espinoza has even gone as far to declare Hopkins a “medical marvel.” Sure, Espinoza may be right, but that’s not the whole story. I’ve long suspected something else was at work here; something more than just a helluva roll of the genetic dice, sweat and lean protein.  Something sinister that Hopkins, and possibly Espinoza, were hiding.  The dark forces of necromancy?  A military corporal reconstruction experiment gone gloriously right? Whatever it was, I knew it was something unnatural. Unearthly.  And that it was bound to come out.  Clearly, this is why Hopkins had to change his nickname – because he could no longer hide his true identity from the citizens of planet Earth.

I must confess that I am not human. I am an alien. I have retired ‘The Executioner.’ You will not hear me be called ‘The Executioner.’ You will not hear Bernard Hopkins, after right now, mention ‘The Executioner.’ I will be representing what I have been told that I am. I am in this world, but I am not of this world.

Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins. His new name suits him. And it’s the COOLEST boxing nickname ever. Well, second-coolest. Tapeworm and Stranger Danger tie for first place in my book. Of course, they’re my own boxing names so I’m a bit biased.



I was getting very excited about a new theory I’ve been working on,* it involved human brains, dog brains, and had something to do with cheese and possibly some inter-species psychic ability too.  I don’t know, I was still working on it when I became so impressed with myself that I got distracted.  In my genius fever, I decided to explain my new theory to my dog.  But luckily for both of us, one last spurt of research brought me tothis excellent article.  And for the first time in my life, I can thank the internet for stopping me from embarrassing myself.


Human Brain Evolution

Human Brain Evolution (Photo credit: hawkexpress).


*working on = drinking wine and watching COPS