Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

This 18 minutes long video made me cry while watching it. It’s beautiful, personal and passionate, but for me it also had a poignancy about it.

In mid-March 1983 my dad had a brain haemorrhage while on a business trip to Nottingham; which, incidentally, is also where he was born. In fact, he had three haemorrhages.

It changed his life forever. Dad lived for another 15 years after that.

It changed our lives forever too, as his family. I was eleven years old at the time; 26 when he died.

But I’ve never really had an insight into what it may have been like for Dad to go through this experience. I will never really understand, never really know, but this video from Jill Bolte Taylor gives me a glimpse of what it may have been like from the inside.

Thanks to my cousin Zack for the link.

Adobe AIR

Interesting article about Adobe AIR in this month’s Adobe Edge newsletter: Get up to speed on Adobe AIR.

There’s a video about Adobe AIR too.

Adobe AIR allows you to develop rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the desktop using either:

  1. XHTML, CSS and JavaScript
  2. Adobe Flash
  3. Adobe Flex

The fact that it allows you to develop desktop applications entirely in XHTML, CSS and JavaScript is pretty cool.