Participants had lost gray matter

Aug. 31st, 2015 10:53 pm
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Posted by Ophelia Benson

There’s a new study of changes in the brain caused by hormones. I find it rather disturbing. Rachel Gross reports for Slate:

Research has shown that women have the advantage when it comes to memory and language, while men tend to have stronger spatial skills (though this too has been disputed). But due to ethical restrictions, no study had been able to track the direct effect that testosterone exposure has on the brain—until now. Using neuroimaging, Dutch and Austrian researchers found that an increase in this potent hormone led to shrinkage in key areas of the female (transitioning to male) brain associated with language. They presented their findings at last week’s annual meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Amsterdam.

Shrinkage. Just plain old shrinkage. It sounds very drastic. (And I can’t discuss it without thinking of that Seinfeld episode about swimming and shrinkage…)

For the study, researchers scanned the brains of 18 individuals receiving high doses of testosterone as part of female-to-male gender reassignment surgery before and after hormone treatment. After just four weeks of receiving testosterone, participants had lost gray matter (which mainly processes information) in the regions of the brain that are used for language processing. That change amounted to a “real, quantitative difference in brain structure,” said researcher Rupert Lanzenberger of the Medical University of Vienna.

Sobering, isn’t it.

 

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Here's some vids I've made this year from Vividcon, Escapade and Festivids that I haven't posted here yet. I've also posted all my Vividcon vid notes at my journal.

Vividcon
Title: Afire Love
Music: "Afire Love" by Ed Sheeran
Fandom: The Normal Heart (additional footage: We Were Here (2011), How to Survive a Plague (2012))
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: Dark Doo Wop
Music: "Dark Doo Wop" by MS MR
Fandom: House of Cards (US) S1-2
Focus: Edward Meechum/Claire Underwood/Francis Underwood
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: Don't Wanna Dance
Music: "Don't Wanna Dance" by MØ (Titus Jones Remix)
Fandom: Grey's Anatomy S1-10
Focus: Meredith/Cristina
Link to download, streaming and notes

Escapade
Title: Honey and the Moon
Music: Joseph Arthur
Fandom: Soccer RPF
Focus: Jürgen Klinsmann/Joachim Löw
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: Sugar
Music: Maroon 5
Fandom: The Good Wife S1-2
Focus: Alicia/Kalinda
Link to download, streaming and notes

Festivids
Title: Through the Deep, Dark Wood
Music: The Veils
Fandom: How To Get Away With Murder S1 (101-110)
Focus: Annalise/Wes
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: Grow Old With Me
Music: "Grow Old With Me" by Tom Odell
Fandom: Six Feet Under S1-5
Focus: Keith/David
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: Can't Pretend
Music: "Can't Pretend" by Tom Odell
Fandom: Luther S1-3
Focus: John/Alice
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: Us Against The World
Music: "Marching Band" by Joe Brooks
Fandom: Soccer
Focus: German NT
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: All I Want
Music: "All I Want" by Kodaline
Fandom: Life of Pi
Focus: Pi
Link to download, streaming and notes

Title: Infinite
Vidder: Anoel
Music: "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens
Fandom: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Focus: Charlie, Charlie/Sam/Patrick
Link to download, streaming and notes
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Vertigo Comics is launching a bunch of brand new series coming this Fall and Winter, one of them being from the creative team of Shaun Simon and Mike Allerd. Here's an interview with them and some solicit information.

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Aug. 31st, 2015 06:53 pm
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monday just keeps rolling around

Aug. 31st, 2015 06:36 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

I do not like The Gift of Fear.

Aug. 31st, 2015 06:29 pm
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The sensory/cognitive processes which it considers unconscious and instinctive are mostly conscious and learned for me, because, y'know. My sensory shit can’t run reliably on autopilot, because that part of my brain is fucked up.

And so far - admittedly I’m only like 1/3 through - the book kind of assumes that internalized racism/ableism/etc-etc do not exist, and thus your “gut instincts” about whether a person is trustworthy will never be affected by the person’s ethnicity/wheelchair/etc-etc.

Does the guy ever back up on that? I am about to stop reading.
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Posted by Ophelia Benson

The Oliver Sacks Foundation on Facebook:

Oliver Sacks died early this morning at his home in Greenwich Village, surrounded by his close friends and family. He was 82. He spent his final days doing what he loved—playing the piano, writing to friends, swimming, enjoying smoked salmon, and completing several articles. His final thoughts were of gratitude for a life well lived and the privilege of working with his patients at various hospitals and residences including the Little Sisters of the Poor in the Bronx and in Queens, New York.

Dr. Sacks was writing to the last. On August 14, he published an essay, “Sabbath,” in the New York Times. Two more articles are to be published this week, one in the New York Review of Books and one in the New Yorker.

Sacks also left several nearly completed books and a vast archive of correspondence, manuscripts, and journals. Before his death, Sacks established the Oliver Sacks Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing understanding of the human brain and mind through the power of narrative nonfiction and case histories.

The foundation’s goals include making Dr. Sacks’s published and yet-unpublished writings available to the broadest possible audience, preserving and digitizing materials related to his life and work and making them available for scholarly use, working to reduce the stigma of mental and neurological illness, and supporting a humane approach to neurology and psychiatry.

We at the Sacks office extend our love and sympathies to Dr. Sacks’s partner, Billy Hayes, and we are enormously grateful for the outpouring of love and support from Dr. Sacks’s readers and friends around the world.

 

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Aug. 31st, 2015 05:53 pm
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My short-short fiction piece, "There Are No Eaters Of Souls In America," is now up at Daily Science Fiction.

Fun fact: the protagonist in this story is named Hodel. Unrelatedly, I learned for the first time this weekend that Hodel was my great-grandmother's given name. I had always thought her name was Ada; apparently she didn't like Hodel, and took Ada because she thought 'Ada Adler' sounded elegant. Then, when she married, she talked my great-grandfather -- an Adler on his mother's side -- into ditching his father's last name and sticking with Adler so that she wouldn't have to give up her dream name.

Anyway all this is completely irrelevant to the story; my great-grandmother never immigrated to America and as far as I know she has had no communication with sea monsters of any kind.

(In other publication news, another story of mine, "Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen's Proposal to Bluma Zilberman," will be appearing in Diabolical Plots next May, but that is quite a long time from now, so.)
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For someone who's not working, my weeks feel oddly crowded atm, especially Mondays and Tuesdays. (Today is Tuesday and goes: swim, osteo, lunch with C, clean house, Lewis with P.1) It's all good stuff, and I'm grateful for it, but I need to relearn how to relax into the flow of busyness instead of forcing myself onward at metaphorical spearpoint. Part of the goal of osteo is learning to soften and relax. Remembering to breathe. I even dug an old progressive relaxation exercise out of my iTunes, but when I lie on the floor to do it, Zeb bites me on the head.

It's his way of helping.

Anyway, I'm also falling behind on emails, comment replies, tab-wrangling and so on; falling out of touch. In theory, my unscheduled time is writing time (and, in an attempt to both chill out and not let my brain turn to pudding, crossword time), and I've been super-quiet here on LJ/DW lately as I struggled my way through an epically challenging fic, so now I have a nefarious and quite likely misguided plan to post every day in September. Let's see how that goes.2

To start me off, here's a slightly amended meme (via [livejournal.com profile] browngirl): Six things, in no particular order )

1 Otoh, it's 9.45am and I'm still in my PJs, so really I'm just a big whiner.

2 I'm giving myself permission to resort to memes, quotes, links or youtube videos from time to time. I mean, let's not expect miracles.


Remember to breathe.

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Aug. 31st, 2015 10:28 pm
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I am watching a movie. It is mostly two guys going around fighting. Sometimes they talk to other guys. After 75 minutes they've not talked to a woman yet. No women with speaking so far. Women in one crowd scene once.

The sad part is this really, really doesn't narrow down what movie I'm watcing.

I am so very bored.




In unrelated news I tried to clear some MacGyver off my recorder box today. I've decided to just delete any episode set someplace foreign. I'm almost at the point of deleting episodes with half the people being foreign. It tries so hard and yet ends up being so racist, in the predictable stereotypes who can't look after themselves way, it just don't end up watchable.

Also he spends far too little time doing clever things with gadgets now. I think they ran out of things to do some seasons ago. I had wondered how they kept up the trick, and the thing where they basically didn't does explain.



I need more better things to do.

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Aug. 31st, 2015 05:25 pm
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In other news, is anyone out there to talk about the Scream TV show? Because I'm finally watching it, and the first episode was everything I ever wanted, and then in the second episode, they stepped right into spoilers ). It really undermined their whole trope-subversion thing, so I am disappointed on a meta and narrative level as well as just being tired of spoiler ). I don't know how I managed to get so invested one episode in, but the premiere was so spot on.

Ten Years On

Aug. 31st, 2015 03:43 pm
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I was doing so well with keeping up with DW, and then suddenly it's the end of August. Ah, well.

But I always do feel like I want to check in around this time of year, and say I'm okay. I guess I don't, always. Looking back at the archives, I haven't posted on or around the Katrina anniversary in three years. I can't believe it's 2015. I don't know who all is still even reading this, but ten years ago my fandom friends (you guys) were a lifeline for me, and that's always been important.

I am okay. I read almost none of the 10-year anniversary coverage, and I feel a little disconnected from it. I've been gone so long I don't know the day-to-day well enough to know what's real and what's sensationalism. I'm not a local, anymore, not really, and even though there are still days I miss it so much I can't breathe, it also becomes clearer and clearer that I'm not going back, at least not any time soon. Admitting that feels like abdication of responsibility and a little bit of my right to claim New Orleans as home the way I do, though I do still feel that way about it, the city of my heart. I was only there six years, but it felt more like home in the first month than DC ever has. I love my life here because I love my people here, but I feel no affinity for the city. I've never felt like I belong in this place. In NOLA it was often the other way around. If I'm not going to live there (and right now I'm still not) I do need to go back more often and see for myself and non-Mardi Gras/holiday time how things are.

I was talking to an old friend/lover from NOLA the night of the anniversary about how weird it is to think that it's been ten years since the storm. It feels both like it can't possibly have been that long, and also like everything has happened since then. I was such a mess then. I wasn't even out yet, then. Who was that girl? When I think about it in terms of where I was in my life it feels like so much longer. And I think I would be very different if it hadn't happened. I would probably be in a very different place. We all have those moments all the time, probably, one thing happens on one day and your future falls like dominoes, but it was so visible a rupture, and so out of my (everyone's) control, and changed everything. It's weird to think about. I like my life a lot now. That's not something I take comfort in, really, because it doesn't mitigate anything that happened but I guess I do take some comfort in resilience - my own, my friends', the city's. Not everything happens for a reason, and it doesn't mean anything except what we make it mean. I'm comfortable with that.

This weekend I went to the beach with six friends from grad school, who are some of my best friends in the world. I feel like I've known them all forever, and I didn't know any of them ten years ago. It was a good weekend. Saturday I thought about the storm a lot, and had a couple of really surreal moments, and processed, at least a little bit, with many of my NOLA friends. I also lay in the sun, and had the best scallops I have ever had IN MY ENTIRE LIFE, and got tipsy with good friends, and ate ice cream on the beach at midnight. I had a really good day. I have good people. Here, there, on the Internet, in my life. :) I'm lucky.

Ten years. I don't even know.

Adventures Elsewhere - August 2015

Aug. 31st, 2015 03:28 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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Posted by John Scalzi

First: Look, the last stack of new books/ARCs of August, and there’s some very fine work in here. Tell me which things trip your trigger in the comments.

Second: A reminder that tomorrow, September 1st, I will be at Books & Co in Dayton (the The Greene Shopping Center) for a tour stop. 7pm! Come on by and see me actually rested for an event for once! And Columbus, remember I’ll be visiting you at the OSU Bookstore on the 3rd; more details on that to come.


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