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As someone who wants to study the human consciousness I found this very interesting.

Scott Routley was a “vegetable”. A car accident seriously injured both sides of his brain, and for 12 years, he was completely unresponsive.

Unable to speak or track people with his eyes, it seemed that Routley was unaware of his surroundings, and doctors assumed he was lost in limbo. They were wrong.

In 2012, Professor Adrian Owen decided to run tests on comatose patients like Scott Routley. Curious if some “vegetables” were actually conscious, Owen put Routley in an fMRI and told him to imagine walking through his home. Suddenly, the brain scan showed activity. Routley not only heard Owen, he was responding.

Next, the two worked out a code. Owen asked a series of “yes or no” questions, and if the answer was “yes,” Routley thought about walking around his house. If the answer was “no,” Routley thought about playing tennis.

These different actions showed activity different parts of the brain. Owen started off with easy questions like, “Is the sky blue?” However, they changed medical science when Owen asked, “Are you in pain?” and Routley answered, “No.” It was the first time a comatose patient with serious brain damage had let doctors know about his condition.

While Scott Routley is still trapped in his body, he finally has a way to reach out to the people around him. This finding has huge implications.


How awesome is this! :-D!!

This is really amazing but it scares me a little. How many people that have been in this state for years or even up until their passing, are conscious but trapped? 

I guess that reinforces the importance of talking to people in vegetative states, even if you think they don’t understand or aren’t there anymore to hear you. 

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Deadman Voyage

Arranged by ziki_7 or Dust_box_49, from nine-balls’ album 東方からきました released in Reitaisai 6 in 2009.

Original version composed by ZUN, under the title “Corpse Voyage ~ be of Good Cheer!”, Rin Kaenbyou’s theme from Subterranean Animism.

the song gives this kind of comfy-mood to me and I like it quite a bit, the “ambience atmosphere” is quite noticeable from this song. Lol I sounded pretentious when describing this


Anonymous asked:

Hi there! I remember you found an image of a pilot taking a selfie "mid-flight" and then the original image below it, which was in an airport. Do you have an idea of how the photoshopper was able to change the reflection on the body (blue part) of the aircraft? Thanks!


I think I can be of assistance. 

First you must mask out the plane. You can use the pen tool or polygon lasso to cut around everything. I recommend zooming in to 800% so you get a lot of accuracy with your selection. Once your selection is done, create a layer mask from it.


Next thing is add a nice sky background. Just copy and paste behind the plane. 


To get the reflection, add the sky background again on a top layer. Free transform and warp it so it roughly has clouds over the place you want. I gave my clouds a good spherizing filter so they had a warped look to them. 


Do your remember that layer mask you created for the plane? If you control + click on that mask, you can bring back the selection. Now you can add a layer mask to our mess of clouds here. Change the layer blending mode to Soft Light. 


Soft Light may not always be the right choice. You’ll have to play around with the different modes to see what works best with your image. You can also reduce the opacity if they are coming in too strong.

Now we need to do some clean up. I recommend just getting a large eraser with hardness set to 0%. (heh, hardness) Slowly eat away at the spots where you don’t want the clouds reflected. 


The next step is to add a nuclear holocaust. Find yourself a nice mushroom cloud and bring it into the picture. 


With a soft eraser brush, just eat away at the bits you don’t want. This doesn’t have to be super accurate. A little softness on the edges will help it blend. This particular mushroom cloud has way too much yellow. Using Hue/Saturation, I went to the yellows and just dragged the saturation all the way down. Then I moved the cloud into place.


Add an orange photo filter to the clouds to make them a bit spooky. 


Let’s give that fella a laser. 


Just fill a selection with white and add a green outer glow.



Find some fire on a black background and set the blend mode to “screen.” Add smoke with soft brushes on low opacity. Just build it up one click at a time until it looks smokey. OR, you can find smoke brushes on the internet. Don’t forget to duplicate your firey engine in the plane’s reflection!

And the final step is to add some aliens shooting nuclear death beams.


Just click the “alien death beam” button under the “Filter > Noise” menu. 

I hope that helped!

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