Wednesday, November 21, 2007

msb-0227 Yeah, I've got MS, So what?

msb-0227 Yeah, I've got MS, So what?


Feedback comes first, so...

There's none (yet) right now.

I'm working on things...

What do you expect?

I'll just answer two questions and then shut up.

First: Sadly, (well sadly for me anyway) MS is what I have. That's why I write about it and podcast about it.

Second: I could do this podcast in video, but just I don't think I'm that good looking.

To be brutally honest with myself, apart from having symmetrical features, I have an ideal face for radio.

You will probably "never" see my nondescript mug.


However, I am in a quandary about proposing my voice and writing skills, however weak these might be, to "WBAI" [ ] New York, also known as Pacifica Radio, to represent the handicapped community in a series or weekly broadcasts.

I'm thinking that I should do it, even if it might go on "after" Weaponry [ ] at "What the [expletive deleted] are you doing up at this time of the morning? Go to bed!"

Given the demographics of the Greater New York City Area and the fact that 15% of the population is disabled (and that MSers represent 0.0833% of the population [that's out of 8,213,839 people]) so I should be reaching 6,844 MSers and 1,232,075 disabled people (if any of them are up at godamn'o'clock in the morning and listening to WBAI, 99.5 on the FM dial.)

What the heck? Its not as if I had anything better to occupy my time...

(I'm just sitting here reading my stats. [I know I'd said that I was not going to squawk and crow about them but you folks are fantastic. Simply fantastic...])

---- "Weapon Of Mass Destruction" by: "amb26"

Feed Forward comes next, so...

This is "your" segment.

Say "your" piece on this segment.

Share with other MSers whatever "you" want to share.

Drop me an email: charles at


I am working with the Greater North Jersey Chapter of the National MS Society to see if they want some help and a distribution channel for some "Spanish Language Podcasts".


And I would apreciate if someone could write a review of this podcast on iTunes [ ] You can just select the link and, eventually, scroll down the iTunes page to "Customer Reviews"

---- "Weapon of Choice" by: "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club"

Feed Me comes third, so...

Do you have a therapy, product, good or service that is of interest to MSers?

Consider advertising on this podcast.

Reminders on this segment only cost $0.03 per reminder per download of an episode. (A $30CPM targeted at MSers.)

It can/should lead to a full ad, in text, audio or video, which costs $3.00 per download.

That sounds expensive until you do the math and realize that if nobody downloads it it costs you nothing, unlike print, where you often can't even get an ad in to the specialized journals, or radio or TV where you'd just be wasting your money with the 0.0833% MSers rate of return. (That's about six times "below" the level of "statistical noise".)

But MSBPodcast is 100% in your market, and you only pay per download of your material.

No play, no pay.

Reach the MSers who would buy your therapy, product, good or service, with-out having to waste your advertising money on anyone who is "not" interested...

Send me an email at: charles (at)

---- "Weapons of Mass SIDuction" by: "DJ Topshelf"


Like Churchill said about Russia, MS is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. (Actually we could extend that to say that most of the contents of my head are riddles wrapped in mysteries inside enigma.)

I have just learned about "astrocytes" in the premier issue of "Momentum". They are the most abundant cell in the brain. They make up the framework, "la charpente" on which everything else in and of our central nervous system hangs.

---- "a weapon more powerful than you could ever imagine" by: "michaels nervous"


Like I said in my thesis, I have just learned about "astrocytes". They make up the framework on which everything else in our central nervous system hangs.

And this is the "first" time I have ever heard of them. Incredible!

Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. I'm feel like I've been taught by "leaf men" all these years.

The parallel I can draw from my own experience is that Robert Noyce and Jack Kilby, (the inventors of the integrated circuit, [which has changed the entire modern world in the latter quarter of the twentieth century,]) won the Nobel Prize not for inventing the transistor but for solving "the interconnection problem".

Yes, astrocytes are enormously important in the structure of the brain. They'd pretty much have to be.

They in fact are the living analogue to the structure that Noyce and Kilby came up with.

Gawd! People can be so stubbornly and stupidly blind.

They have no sense of architecture, or of construction.

How else can we explain the fascination with neurons, axons and dendrites which is like the fascination with transistors, resistors and capacitors, when the entire thing becomes an entirely nonfunctional pile of discrete components, gray undifferrentiated goo or a pile of dirty sand, without the ability to weave these things together.

---- "Gunslinger" by: "Danny Weis"


I am left to conclude that I have to look at how things hang together first, before I believe another word about how the brain works, or how the world works.

The bits that get left out because they aren't "glamorous" ("Ooo, look at me , I'm a brain cell. I'm all sexy. Yoohooo.) well they are the bits we should be studying the most intently.

If you want to study the pyramids, you should look at the geometry of the damn things and leave off studying the adhesion properties of the grains of sand in the stone until you understand the bigger questions.

---- "Stick to my Guns" by: "The Genders"



Miss Chris said...

Astrocytes in a new one for me too!

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Durn tootin'.

And most of the brain happens to be built from them.

I mean, who knew?!?

I mean sure, I didn't but then I'm not a brain surgeon (or a neuropathologist [or whatever heck the specialists are])?