Friday, June 19, 2009

Incredible Brain!

As posted on a truly amazing case!
Be sure to watch all 5 video parts - it's really crazy!

The Incredible Brain (Daniel Tammet)

Daniel Paul Tammet is a British high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for mathematical calculations, sequence memory, and natural language learning. He was born with congenital childhood epilepsy. Experiencing numbers as colors or sensations is a well-documented form of synesthesia, but the detail and specificity of Tammet's mental imagery of numbers is unique. In his mind, he says, each number up to 10,000 has its own unique shape and feel, that he can "see" results of calculations as landscapes, and that he can "sense" whether a number is prime or composite. He has described his visual image of 289 as particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful. Tammet not only verbally describes these visions, but also creates artwork, particularly watercolor paintings, such as his painting of Pi.

Tammet holds the European record for memorizing and recounting pi to 22,514 digits in just over five hours. He also speaks a variety of languages including English, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Icelandic, Welsh and Esperanto. He particularly likes Estonian, because it is rich in vowels. Tammet is creating a new language called Mänti. Tammet is capable of learning new languages very quickly. To prove this for the Channel Five documentary, Tammet was challenged to learn Icelandic in one week. Seven days later he appeared on Icelandic television conversing in Icelandic, with his Icelandic language instructor saying it was "not human."

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Spoon is Too Big!

This video makes me laugh so hard every single time!
Thanks again, Grimes - you always show me the most ridiculous (& hilarious) videos...

Here's one way to come down some stairs...

That's usually the way I make my way down 'em on Monday morning.... :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

And I'm off to Florida!

Leavin' work in about 30 minutes, and I think my brain is already on vacation! I've been re-watching the Thermals "Pillar of Salt" video pretty much every day since I posted it 'cause it just makes me so DARN HAPPY!! I love the song, the video is ridiculously silly, and that's pretty much all I need.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!
(give Penelope a smooch for me!) :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Thermals - "Pillar of Salt"

My friend Grimes just sent me a link to this music video, and I absolutely love it. Just goes to show that it doesn't take a lot of money to make a great & happy video - just a lot of friends, and a really good editor. :)

PS - does anybody else think of David Byrne (lead singer of the Talking Heads) when they watch this dude? 'Cause I do!