It’s Alive!

So, ever since my accident, I’ve had what is called drop foot, meaning that my foot just kind of hangs there and I can’t lift it myself. It is caused by damage to the peroneal nerve (which I stretched/bruised when I dislocated my knee and tore ALL the ligaments!) and my surgeon says that he has only ever seen that nerve heal itself once before.  Basically, it is likely that I will live with a useless foot for the rest of my life. In order to fix it, I would need a tendon transplant surgery to reassign the muscles that are responsible for lifting the foot, but I would still not have full function in my foot.

Up until today, I haven’t been able to get even a slight response when I tell my foot to move up. This morning, I discovered that I can slightly lift my foot up a couple of centimeters. It doesn’t look like much, but my foot is actually responding when I tell it to do something for once and that really excites me! I know it’s still not very likely that it will completely heal, and that this little bit of movement could mean nothing, but being able to move my foot just this little bit gives me hope that I’ll beat these odds!

Moose is getting a little fresh…

Moose is getting a little fresh…

skunkbear:

Have you heard of the mystery of the sailing stones? It’s not a Hardy Boys novel — it’s the strange phenomenon of rocks leaving zig-zagging tracks across Death Valley.

Well, they solved the mystery at last.

Image: Momatiuk - Eastcott/Corbis / Video: Jim Norris

npr:

There’s a tune that you’ve probably heard throughout your life. It’s nine notes long, and it’s almost always used to signal that something vaguely Asian is happening or is about to happen.

You know what I’m talking about. The tune’s most prominent role is probably in that 1974 song, “Kung Fu Fighting.” It comes in right as Carl Douglas is singing that anthemic “Oh-hoh-hoh-hoah.”

The tune is ubiquitous. And like many things that are just in the air, few ever ask where it came from. But we did.

How The ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ Melody Came To Represent Asia

Photo credits: (Top) Michael Putland/Getty Images and Courtesy of Martin Nilsson

letangles:

NiKoala Tesla!  Ink on paper, with some Photoshop for lighting and color tint.
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letangles:

NiKoala Tesla!  Ink on paper, with some Photoshop for lighting and color tint.

NiKoala Tesla by Le Tang [tumblr | blogspot | instagram]