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Exiting

It’s a new year, bringing new changes. I’ve decided to quit Omni Brain and move on to less important things, like creating baffling and somewhat offensive art and writing more books that I won’t want anyone to read. It’s been fun to be here, though. I’m grateful to Steve for being a terrific co-blogger, thankful…

“A thrilling documentary covering the origins and troubles surrounding the severe disease, Brain Freeze [a.k.a. Iceberger's Syndrome].” Link.

Multimedia Friday – Happiest Memory

Brain Candy, a film by Toronto’s sketch comedy troupe Kids in the Hall, is a satirical take on drug development. A scientist creates an antidepressant (Gleemonex) that evokes the happiest memory of the consumer, recreating that joy in the present. Gleemonex becomes a big success, until it all goes horribly wrong… a very funny film.…

Why That Song’s Stuck in Your Head

“Why do those holiday tunes get stuck in your head so much?” I was invited to pose this question to Dr. Robert Zatorre, Co-Director of the BRAMS: Brain Music and Sound lab at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. Dr. Zatorre is a leading expert in neuroscience research on the biological basis of music;…

Multimedia Friday – My New Tattoo

Since you’ve all been clamouring to see it, here’s my new tattoo, and a video clip of the work in progress. It’s an intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cell, my favourite type of neuron. The artist was Gordon at Brain Drops, highly recommended. Enjoy your holidays!

Prozac for Pets

Fortune has announced the year’s 101 Dumbest Moments in Business, including Prozac for dogs. “Thank God. We’ve been so worried since Lucky dyed his hair jet black and started listening to the Smiths.” “Eli Lilly wins FDA approval to put Prozac into chewable, beef-flavored pills to treat separation anxiety in dogs.” It’s not just dogs…

PharmAmorin

The Onion shares news of a drug designed to alleviate distrust of drug manufacturers. “Out of a test group of 180, 172 study participants reported a dramatic rise in their passion for pharmaceutical companies,” said Pfizer director of clinical research Suzanne Frost. “And 167 asked their doctors about a variety of prescription medications they had…

Mind Builder

There are many brain fitness software products available these days so when I was offered a copy of Core Learning’s program Mind Builder, I agreed to check it out. It offers a series of test questions similar to America’s SAT, while Mind Builder Pro is a fuller package that also incorporates IQ, career and aptitude…

Multimedia Friday – Make a Braicin

In a parody of Make Magazine projects, Austrian group Monochrom demonstrate how to create a brain computer interface, a.k.a. braicin, using household materials like duct tape, old ice skates, a vintage calculator, and onions in alcohol (“preferably Romanian”). Via Boing Boing TV. Link to extended director’s uncut version (shown here).

Itchy for Ink

December 13 is my birthday! Yippee, you say, how old am I? Old enough to not say… I will shamelessly mention the Amazon wish list linked from my contact page, and remind you that Omni Brain has a tip jar in the sidebar (shared with Steve). But I’m not desperate for anything and there are…