September 15th, 2019


Toes in the Brain

Foot painters, and other people who use their toes intensively, develop hand-like maps in the brain for their toes.  Most humans don't, although other primates do.

It makes me wonder if my brain does that, because I use more of my body than most people do.  I don't paint with my toes, but I do pick things up with them, and I can manipulate things such as light switches.  I also use my mouth as a manipulatory appendage.  I had no idea that most people have nearly no resolution in their lips until I read about it -- I routinely use mine to check for rough spots on something that's supposed to be smooth, because I can sense smaller variations with my lips than with my fingertips.  

Or maybe it's just because I don't have some of the standard human wetware, leaving extra space for other exciting things such as a linguistic coprocessor.

Poll: Free Epic for the September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. I will keep this poll open until at least Monday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

Here are your options:

"Condensed Soup"
A teen boy can only conceal his flickering for so long.
138 lines, Buy It Now = $69

"The Great Growling Engine of Change"
A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Great Growling Engine of Change." In Soho, magic and technology mix, and nobody really notices.
65 lines, Buy It Now = $33

Fadwa Zaitoun went to extreme lengths to flee Syria.
189 lines, Buy It Now = $95