Friday, January 18, 2008

msb-0249 O Sweet Static, Part "Deux"

msb-0249 O Sweet Static, Part "Deux"


Feedback comes first, so...

Shauna [ ] feels the same way that I do about noisy skin.

I'm glad that she's a lover of Beethoven (which just happens to be coming out of the speakers on my wife's PC. [The ninth symphony if my memory serves. Nope the seventh...])

She's also listed blues as her musical interests. I'll be glad to oblige in the next 'cast.


I did the audio and the photo shoot for "Feastivals." [ ]

Post-production is progressing nicely.

---- "Anger Management" by: "O Sweet Static"

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"

---- "Trippin Along" by: "O Sweet Static"

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)"

---- "Alcohol" by: "O Sweet Static"


Static leads to MS affecting movement. On the other part of the brain, the primary motor cortex, it may lead to jumbling of volition, the will to move, by scrambling the intent to move.

---- "Mild Concussion" by: "O Sweet Static"


The scrambling of the maps of our selves, as represented by the "homunculi" [ ] in our brains, through lesions and sclera, may lead to all kinds of phenomena.

Once, in the Ottawa General Hospital, while I was recovering from my definitive defining and diagnosed attack, my first wife said "Put your arms behind your back..."

So I did and she pulled on one of my fingers. I distinctly felt the pulling but I could not for the life of me say on which finger.

This was mind blowing.

I could not tell her which finger she'd pulled.

(She obviously been listening to the doctors and hitting the library [this is a decade "before" the world wide web kids.])

Now I "know" why I could not.

The sensory homunculus (actually homunculi because there are actually several of there at play, nested like "Russian Matryoshka Dolls" [ ],) mapping my body had been wiped out and I was having to reteach myself everything. Literally everything.

My cortex had not been damaged by the sclera, after all it was my "medulla" [ ] which got fried that time, but the absence of signals had done a great deal of non-permanent damage.

I was not so lucky the last time, so now I've got to bust open the MRI scans because I've got to know exactly what was damaged.

Maybe I can use the natural plasticity of my brain to find neural routes around the damage.

---- "Summer Fun" by: "O Sweet Static"


Since my MS does not seem to have affected my sensory homunculus, (apart from always feeling like I'm standing ankle deep in a puddle of cold water,) I've now got some interesting work ahead of me, reading and understanding the MRIs, and plenty of introspection and examination, to determine where the damaged areas actually are.

Rome wasn't built in a day, and I wasn't born yesterday.

But I am standing better and moving better since reading the book and "groking" it.

---- "Conversation 29" by: "O Sweet Static"



Miss Chris said...

I did that same "test" with my fingers once too and I couldn't tell which finger was being touched. It was soooo weird!

Charles-A. Rovira said...

You got that right.

What's really frustrating is that even this weird symptom is not indicative of what's really wrong: our nervous system is under attack by our immune system.

I'm almost up to being ready to look at my MRIs again (it takes me so long because I am basically a coward and take any distractio... Oh, look, a butterfly. :-)

Seriously though, I did that test twenty one years ago and it still blows my mind. (One of the curses of having a really good memory.)