Expectations are the root of many of our disappointments.
We can get comfortable, and begin to feel entitled towards things in the world. We expect the internet to work everyday, for water to keep running from our taps, for our loved ones to keep loving us, and sometimes for things to work themselves out.
These aren’t entitlements everyone in the world has, so don’t be surprised if they disappear one day.
We enter relationships often with heavy expectations, and sometimes those expectations aren’t easily met. None of us really enjoy having to live up to expectations of others, so why place them on those we care about.
Unhappiness comes when our expectations aren’t met, so at the very least, let’s manage and become aware of what expectations we have, and if they’re even fair.
If we’re going to have expectations, let’s have them towards ourselves, it’s not cool to place the burden of our happiness on others.
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Corridor in the brick wards at first light, Buffalo State Hospital. This is another shining example of the optimism that went into the construction of this asylum; note that the corridor is single-loaded. On the Northern side (the left of frame), there are patient rooms. But on the Southern side, there are banks of large windows and a door out to a porch - it was thought that ample light and breeze would have a curative effect on patients, and so the building was constructed at twice the price. Of course, by the early 20th century it was overcrowded, as was just about every other public asylum - but the optimism and care that went into designing the building is clear from the architecture, which doesn’t lie.
If this be true, I am part Penguine and should accept it before I continue beating myself up about it. Not to worry though, penguins know how to slide really well.
Balance thought with action, ensuring progression.
We’re the middle children of history. No purpose or place. We have no Great War, no Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars, but we won’t.
This design hopes to identify the memory of movement in the amputee’s brain to translate to an order allowing manipulation of the device.
Controlling a prosthetic arm by just imagining a motion may be possible through the work of Mexican scientists at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), who work in the development of an arm replacement to identify movement patterns from brain signals.
First, it is necessary to know if there is a memory pattern to remember in the amputee’s brain in order to know how it moved and, thus, translating it to instructions for the prosthesis,” says Roberto Muñoz Guerrero, researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering and project leader at Cinvestav.
He explains that the electric signal won’t come from the muscles that form the stump, but from the movement patterns of the brain. “If this phase is successful, the patient would be able to move the prosthesis by imagining different movements.”
However, Muñoz Guerrero acknowledges this is not an easy task because the brain registers a wide range of activities that occur in the human body and from all of them, the movement pattern is tried to be drawn. “Therefore, the first step is to recall the patterns in the EEG and define there the memory that can be electrically recorded. Then we need to evaluate how sensitive the signal is to other external shocks, such as light or blinking.”
Regarding this, it should be noted that the prosthesis could only be used by individuals who once had their entire arm and was amputated because some accident or illness. Patients were able to move the arm naturally and stored in their memory the process that would apply for the use of the prosthesis.
According to the researcher, the prosthesis must be provided with a mechanical and electronic system, the elements necessary to activate it and a section that would interpret the brain signals. “Regarding the material with which it must be built, it has not yet been fully defined because it must weigh between two and three kilograms, which is similar to the missing arm’s weight.”
The unique prosthesis represents a new topic in bioelectronics called BCI (Brain Computer Interface), which is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device in order to help or repair sensory and motor functions. “An additional benefit is the ability to create motion paths for the prosthesis, which is not possible with commercial products,” says Muñoz Guerrero.
A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day.
Some of us removed the company’s packages from trucks that would deliver them to law enforcement. Others, in solidarity, refused to ferry these packages to their intended trailers.
Others posed with a sign reading “#handsupdontship.” The phrase “hands up, don’t shoot” has come to symbolize protest over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
We decided we could not be silent while our work was contributing to the militarized violence that police are directing at Ferguson residents in the aftermath of Brown’s death.