Sunday, May 12

It’s My Party And I’ll Have It Online If I Want To

This year I spent my birthday online and it was a blast! It was my first birthday on G+ and so many people responded I was amazed! This was right before G+ rolled out its new format and I’m glad my birthday was then because birthdays have been moved and at first it was hard to find them. So I lucked out and had the best online birthday ever! I had to write about it, show off some of my e-cards and thank my great friends at G+ for all the fun.

Date: May 11, 19—, Time: All Day, Place: Google Plus

Today’s my Birthday (all day) and what fun I’m having with all of you on Google Plus! OMG, I’d hate to meet you all in person because you are such party animals online that you’d KILL ME in person!

As you all know I love Gifs and images and in appreciation of all of your awesome Birthday wishes, I wanted to show you some of my favorite Birthday greetings I received today. Of course, most of them are Gifs as you know me!

Dolly Piper made an awesome Gif for me.

Dave Sutton made me one of his famous animations!

Sidney Otavio shared at least 14 party-themed Gifs when I got online today that started my online party!

+Heidi Schlotfeldt posted this cheery wish for me.

I know that Google puts everyone’s birthday up but the people in my circles & extended circles are very special to me. Sharing art, writing, science, fun, and what comes along that’s interesting is a lot of fun but it depends on the group of people you pick to do it with. And I picked some winners in all of you!

I’m not just talking about the people in my community either! Not all of you are and that’s okay by me.

What is it about Gifs that isn’t fun? Our brains are wired to love them.

Sometimes Sidney Otavio and I have online “posting duals” where we both compete by trying to post the best-animated Gifs. It’s all in good fun.

People also sent me a lot of private posts. People I don’t have even know like Pinar tek. How thoughtful because I think like me, they see the birthday greetings and decide to share with a stranger. I like to reach out to other’s on G+ and think it’s very rewarding which is why I prefer to have an International crowd of friends. It’s just more fun!

This funny birthday video is from the only person who would ever live in Alaska (crazy woman) Misty Willman. All kidding aside she was one of my first friends here on G+.

I got an awful lot of birthday and anniversary messages from all nations through my profile. All very warm words and wishes. The G+ translator is a godsend I can read their posts now.


Claudinha Aquino always keeps me entertained with posts and sent me this.
I just wanted to Show Off a few of the many birthday greetings I received and tell you all publicly at Google Plus thank you for the fun day online. I never had an “online party” before and it was fun! I laughed, I cried, my computer froze….I got a cramp in my hand…..I realized that cramp and crap are only separated by the letter m….

Just go ahead and read the poem, and thanx again!
The Thank You Friends On Google Plus Poem

Thank you for the birthday cheer
Birthdays’ come but once a year
Glad I spent it with you here
In my heart I hold you dear.

On Google Plus I have no cares
Always glad to see you there
Finding lots of posts to share
An International affair.

♥Bekkie Sanchez 2013 G+

Thanks again and Keep On Bloggin’!

Thursday, May 9

Take An Acid Trip Into Your Body

Teeth Looking upward from inside the mouth.

In the course of developing sophisticated imaging techniques for peering into the human body, Hong Kong-based radiologist Dr. Kai-hung Fung discovered something within himself: an artist.

The discovery happened when Fung was asked by surgeons to generate 3-D images to allow them to visualize complex anatomies prior to surgery. Beginning with CT scans that show slices of organs at different depths, Fung stacked the slices into a single image and developed a way to indicate changes in depth with contour lines similar to those on a topographic map.

Adding “millions of colors and the infinite combination of different shades of colors can be more informative than the simple steps of greyscale,” Fung wrote in an email about how he came up with the idea.

The color added more than mere data. A few years ago a CT scan of a woman’s nose, which resembled an iridescent orchid from a distant planet, sparked an insight. Medical images could be art as well as science. “She had a very straight nasal septum and wavy maxillary sinuses ... the anatomy was exceptionally beautiful,” Fung wrote. “What Lies Behind Our Nose” went on to tie for first place in the 2007 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. National Science Foundation. Dr. Fung’s art career took off. His visually stunning diagnostic images have been published, exhibited and awarded more prizes, including “Most Psychedelic Images in Science” (2011) from Discover magazine.

But Dr. Fung’s amplifications of CT and MRI scans are more than just groovy wall posters. His “4-D visualizations” (short 3-D videos) aid surgeons by “showing changing perspectives and relative relationships of various anatomical structures. He compares his anatomical views from inside the body to scenes from the science fiction film “Fantastic Voyage,” but with real data.

Like a photographer who prefers manual settings to “point and shoot,” Fung says that instead of using commercial 3-D medical imaging software, “I started to generate my own mapping algorithms and created various color spectra for representing the data … The Rainbow Technique and the 3D/4D color MoirĂ© art that I pioneered were discovered by accident and through … careful observations when I was experimenting. ... They were in fact image artifacts created by the software.”

Riffing on these accidents and creatively tweaking the settings, Dr. Fung has pushed radiology into the realm of fine art. Dr. Fung’s aesthetic approach to radiology doesn’t stop with medical imagery. Currently, he is working with data supplied by artist and nature photographer Dr. Gary Yeoh to produce 3-D CT images of flowers and biological specimens.

The roof of the 4th ventricle of the brain.

The blood vessels inside the brain with the skull base as background.

A virtual view inside the left ventricle looking towards the heart valves.

A hole in decaying tooth in the lower set of teeth.

Stress lines cutting through the head.

An inside view of the left nostril.

The flesh and shell of a live whelk and a clam illustrating evolution and problem-solving in nature.

What a psychedelic trip through tissue and bone that was hey kids?

I used to work on CT and MRI scanners here in CA and before Dr. Kai-hung Fung came up with this method other scientists and doctors were working on similar models. That was in the 1980’s however and they have come a long way.

Software and hardware wise they do a lot of things with scanners that they never could have done before. Many heart procedures that involved surgery are now done on scanners with no heart dyes and common X-ray methods just get better. I’m happy to see a new art form come out of something that can save our lives and still look like Fine Art.

And, I get to say things like “acid trip,” “Psychedelic,” “groovy” and other cool stuff.

Keep On Bloggin’!