September 25, 2012

"Unknown engines underneath the city..."

You can hear "Transcendental Youth," the new album from the Mountain Goats that is due out next week, streaming live (and free) at this link, and you can see Mr. John Darnielle introduce and perform "Harlem Roulette" (from the new album) right here:

September 18, 2012

Acknowledgement of the Month!

In the special issue of NeuroImage on "20 years of fMRI," there is a fascinating and enlightening article by Dr. Rainer Goebel entitled "BrainVoyager — Past, present, future" that closes with this acknowledgement:

"Finally I want to thank Claudia for her beautiful brain that is still a mystery to me after hundreds of fMRI scans."

September 17, 2012

Expanding internal collet.

Are you buying a new bicycle – or maybe just replacing some handlebars – in order to be able to use the new "Reverse Lever" from Paul Component Engineering, "a bar end lever designed for use at the ends of bullhorn or porteur style handlebars," which attaches by means of a three-piece "expanding internal collet?"

Expanding internal collet.

Expanding internal collet.

Expanding internal collet.

(When you mount the levers on your bike, no one will be able to see the expanding internal collets, because the expanding internal collets are, well, internal.)

Made in USA. Available in black and silver. To go on that bike – you know the one! – that really needs a pair of these new levers. With expanding internal collets.

September 16, 2012

"How many do you have?"

In "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," playing through the end of the month at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, D.C., Chad Deity says:

"Chad Deity has four crispers in his fridge, and he doesn't even use a crisper."

I've never seen a better or more topical wrestling drama. If you're in the area, go! Tickets available.

September 14, 2012

Mid-September Garden-Grown Veggie-Blogging!

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A special opportunity to get something for yourself, or ...

I've written here before about Adorama's offerings of "refurbished" Nikon cameras and lenses, but this week's bounty appears unrivaled, both in sheer numbers, and in variety — they've got wide lenses and long lenses, prime lenses and zoom lenses, SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras...

(some of the 145 refurbished Nikon items currently offered by Adorama)

If you already have a full-frame Nikon camera and you're looking for a lens, I recommend, once again, the lovely little 35 mm f/2.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a gift for your favorite NeuroCooking correspondent, I'd recommend a perspective control lens (either 24 mm or 45 mm) for me, or a V1 camera kit for Thaler. Though I wouldn't turn down a 200 mm f/4 macro lens.

September 13, 2012

Title of the week!

"'Doctor' or 'darling'? Decoding the communication partner from ECoG* of the anterior temporal lobe during non-experimental, real-life social interaction" appears in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

*"ECoG" (pronounced "ee-cog" = Electrocorticography or intracranial EEG)


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