Science icon The 10% myth 

Written by Akeela in Science — 08 April 2014

I just saw the trailer of Luc Besson's next movie, called Lucy .

The synopsis can be summarized to this :

An involuntary drug mule, with a surgically implanted cargo, is assaulted causing the package to leak. This leads to her slowly ramping up the percentage of her brain she can use, resulting in abilities people dream about

Debunking the 10% Myth

Neuroscientists point out a number of reasons why the 10 percent myth is false: Brain imaging scans clearly show that almost all regions of the brain are active during even fairly routine tasks such as talking, walking, and listening to music. If the 10 percent myth were true, people who suffer brain damage as the result of an accident or stroke would probably not notice any real effect.

In reality, there isn't a single area of the brain that can be damaged without resulting in some sort of consequence. We would not have evolved such large brains if we were only using such a tiny portion of them.

The brain uses approximately 20 percent of the body's energy. It would make little evolutionary sense to have such a large portion of our energy resources utilized by such a tiny amount of the brain. Brain mapping research has yet to find any region of the brain that does not serve a function.

Numerous types of brain imaging studies show that no area of the brain is completely silent or inactive

Wrote Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman and Dr. Aaron E. Carroll in a study of medical myths.

Detailed probing of the brain has failed to identify the "non-functioning" 90 percent

Unfortunately, the 10 percent myth remains both popular and persistent. It has been repeated in popular culture in everything from advertisements to television programs. The next time you hear someone claim that we only use 10 percent of our brains, you'll be able to explain why this statement is not true.

Not to say that human beings don't have amazing potential – we just use 100 percent of our brains to accomplish these remarkable feats.

Music icon Twenty | One | Pilots 

Written by Akeela in Music — 11 March 2014

Who does not know already this band should get a move on, they're fantastic. A mix made by the voice of the singer/piano (Tyler Joseph) with a kick-ass drummer (Josh Dun) and wonderful rhythms with a touch of rap. I'm listening to their last album vessel constantly for how good it is.
They have a pretty strong commitment on hot topics, almost philosophical. If you have the opportunity, read their songs lyrics to fully understand what they want to transmit.

Basically, we are all responsible for the preservation of our personal joy; but happiness is different. Joy is not circumstantial, happiness is. You can be depressed and still have joy. You can be suicidal and still have joy. We all stop thinking and we all stop talking and we all stop sharing and we all stop creating, because by doing any of these things we quickly find out just how unhappy we are. But that’s okay. That’s normal. Don’t let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what it is you believe. Since joy is found in belief, we all have to push through unhappiness to find joy.

...I feel like we are all constantly encountering moral crossroads where the decisions that benefit the "now" will have consequences down the road; but the decision that might seem tough and tolling right away will ultimately be more rewarding. What is our purpose for playing music? We are constantly asking ourselves that question. The answer can change all the time, but for right now we are just going to stick with something as simple as "we want to make people think".

Twenty One Pilots

Thoughts icon My cat purrs 

Written by Akeela in Thoughts — 24 February 2014

My cat purrs. It's an amazing thing when one thinks about it. Not the physical act of purring, but it's the timing and intent. It does not matter that you had a shitty day and not give a shit at all to him when you come back, he (or better she in my case) will come and show you some love. It does not matter that it's raining for three days, that you stomp a paw by mistake or you forget to feed it and stay without food for half a day. He will always come to see you when you come home, jump on your knees and show all his unconditional love.

So I say, my cat, should be taken as an example. By everyone. I see it every day on the street, people walking pulling a long face, like they had their dog shotted. If you stops someone to ask him something, his first instinct is to take a step back. Maybe I'm the one to cause this to happened with my 1,92m. It is true that looking around, almost all of them are "differently tall" compared to me. But just the other day, I was ten cents short to take the subway (I had to recover the car from the mechanic)...

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Computer icon justdelete.me 

Written by Akeela in Computer — 03 February 2014

A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.

That is what justdelete.me announces. Clear and simple.
Practically it is a page which lists all direct links to eliminate its inscription to websites. By clicking the link chosen, you will be taken directly to the page to delete your account. Every single link is indicated by a color : green, yellow, red or black.
Green : deletion of your account is easy, simple process.
Yellow : deletion of your account is medium, some extra steps involved.
Red : deletion of your account is hard, cannot be fully deleted without contacting customer-services.
Black : deleting your account is impossible, cannot be deleted.

Very useful.
It has, also, a fake identity generator. To quickly generate false identity for registration to sites, without compromising the real one. It may come in handy.

A site to keep bookmarked.

Computer icon Winamp is alive ! 

Written by Akeela in Computer — 03 February 2014

Reborn after being at the frontier of death (see article below), Winamp is alive again!
Rumors spoke of contact with Microsoft interested in buying the package winamp + shoutcast, information immediately denied by Microsoft itself. The real, new owner of this package is Radionomy.

Adding Shoutcast to existing Radionomy activities will make the company one of the largest players in the streaming radio business, which hosts about 60,000 radio stations, or about half of online radio stations on the market today.
Meanwhile, Radionomy intends to offer Winamp’s media player just as it is today — with access to those 60,000 stations, but also playback ability for 60 audio and video formats; 6,000 add-ons like skins and plug-ins; and availability in 16 languages.

The Winamp website is undergoing complete transformation, and a new version of the software should be released soon.
Welcome back Winamp !