Monday, May 25, 2009

msb-0358 What's Happening?

msb-0358 What's Happening?

YouTube The Hubble Deep Field: The Most Important Image Ever Taken


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It is by and for MSers.

Its purpose is to keep us entertained, to explain our symptoms, to remark on our discoveries, and to raise the general consciousness about our disease.

The path to illness is shadowy, murky and rough strewn.

The path to wellness is lit by the lamp of knowledge.


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Feedback comes first, so...

I love these videos like the one that accompanies this episode.

Its about the Hubble Deep Field Camera.

Talk about taking the long view.

I could have run with another which was about taking the odds of something bad happening, and odds are if you're listening to this you'd already beaten the odds and know full well crap happens and know it happened to you.

Its about theory of risk assessment that was never applied under the last administration.

We all know what that led to:
• global economic melt down,
• rancor at undeserved bonuses that equal the combined GPD of several small backward nations, like Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Andorra, and the like,
• a deep recession that seems to be depression, I lost my job and that's enough to depress anybody, and punctuated by perfidy, (or do you like being screwed by Bernie Madoff and sociopaths of that ilk?)
• global terrorism from a small band of suicidal/homicidal psychopaths, one of which is still occasionally taking up broadcasting space and time, and some angry shit from "Al Queda" too.

---- "Happenstance' by: "Torley on Piano"

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Say "your" piece on this segment.

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Drop us an email: "charles at"

---- "Happening Again" by: "Roche Limit"

Feed Me comes third, so...

I now have TWO sponsors.

I told you, way back when, getting the first one was the toughest.

Now I have two and it didn't take another three years and several thousands more dollars of spending on my part.

The links are synchronized with the messages on the m4a right now.

It you're listening on this through iTunes or through a web browser, just click on the image for the sponsor and I'll take you right to the appropriate web page.

If you're on an iPhone or an iPod touch, you should be good to go too.

The first sponsor, you should be all familiar with and maybe even have bought some t-shirts.[ ]

I'm still in love with my T-Shirts,

I'm wearing one right now.

The one by Mark Carpenter that says "Its the little things in life..." [ ]

Dang but it looks good.

I love black-and-white photography.

That sort of explains some of the posters and art hanging on the wall around here.


I received the CADDi in the mail, and, after trying it out, I feel that I can honestly recommend the CADDi by BARBCO. [ ]

The picture of the CADDi in use sort of says it all.

Its a caddy for carrying around your hot or cold drinks, without risking life, limb, or whatever you're wearing, from spilling your drink.

I'm wondering how to attach it to a wheelchair. but I don't have one so I've got nothing to experiment with.

I'd probably sling it over the handles in the back and be able to retrieve it from there.

As I told you in the last episode, I am breaking my role of trying to carry ads or getting sponsors strictly from MS related products.

The CADDI is for non MSers but it could be for us too.

---- "I Never Thought it Could Happen" by: "nathan timothy"


This episode starts with a question: "What's Happening?"

I think we all could/should/would ask he question far more assertively, given how slowly things really happen.

The pace is part of the problem, of course.

Once an episode or exacerbation is past, the human instinct is to blot the surreality of the temporary sensation, or the loss of sensation that was brought to our attention, or loss of control, tremor or spasticity.

---- "Things Happen Fast" by: "Fuzzy Logic"


Human memory is very selective, or let me restate that another way, human recall of memory is very selective.

We may be able to recall the smooth complexion and freckled face of the red haired young doctor-to-be who admitted us to the hospital all those years ago, but we don't let the thought intrude upon every waking moment of our lives after that incident.

And the previous sentence is plural because I'm sure she admitted lots people during the same period. Each of us will carry his or her own memories of the event.

There are a great many ways that MS can express itself; as many ways as there are nerves for the disease to attack.

The problems come from the confusion that arises with attempting to cure the reported symptom, say in Montel Williams case "My feet are burning", which any physician worth his salt would treat with anti-fungal remedies, which would be entirely useless since the actual problem may be a patch of myelin scraped off the nerve anywhere along the path from the feet to the brain.

That is one of the problems with MS.

Its a disease that affects people in way that challenge the thinking capacity of most medical personnel.

Its a topological disease, affecting the transmission of signals throughout the central nervous system and the brain, when we are forced to report our symptoms topographically, on the surface of things.

Just to make things, we can't even describe the triggers to the causes of the effect we can actually report on to the doctors who ask us "Where does it hurt?"

In my case, it doesn't even hurt (thank heavens.)

---- "It Can Happen To You" by: ""


It started with a moment of "What's Happening?" for me in Mr Miller's history class, lord, so many years ago... I wasn't even sixteen.

As I just got back from shuffling to the store to get us things to celebrate Memorial Day with, I heave an inner sigh at memories of how fast and effortlessly I used to dance around life.

If I could take a single lesson back to my younger self, it would be it would be to relax.(Stress causes a weakening of the immune system to disease, but it them comes back with a friggin' vengeance, and that sucks.

And to eat more duck.

I hate ducks.

Specially since I love the taste.

All, and I do mean ALL, flue viruses are bred in the gut of Chinese ducks and my MS triggers seem to revolve around strains of flue.

---- "make it happen" by: "luminous"



Theme and 'incidental music' from:
by: "Guy David",
no album,
via personal contract

Song list

by: "Torley on Piano"
album: "none"

"Happening Again"
by: "Roche Limit"
album: "none"

"I Never Thought it Could Happen"
by: "nathan timothy"
album: "none"

"Things Happen Fast"
by: "Fuzzy Logic"
album: "none"

"It Can Happen To You"
by: ""
album: "none"

"make it happen"
by: "luminous"
album: "none"


Photo Credits:

All images, synchronized with the songs, are of the artists and come via except when they aren't. :-)



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Guy David - intro & theme



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