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Bigfoot Field Researchers OrganizationPlans and Excursion

From my file labeled "things I don't really care about" here's a new article about Bigfoot. Bigfoot was popular when I was a kid, but ever since Harry and the Hendersons, it's been all downhill... or so I thought.

Researchers will visit Michigan's Upper Peninsula next month to search for evidence of the legendary creature known as "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch." The expedition will focus on eastern Marquette County, said Matthew Moneymaker of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. "We'll be looking for evidence supporting a presence. ... We hope to meet local people who might have seen a Sasquatch or heard of someone else who had an encounter," Moneymaker told the Daily Press of Escanaba.The legend of Bigfoot dates back centuries. But skeptics have challenged accounts of sightings, and practical jokers have staged hoaxes that have included grainy film footage of people dressed in costumes.But Moneymaker said members of his orga…

Brain Computer Interface

Imagine navigating your computer mouse without your hands. Simply thinking, and having your computer respond. Perhaps you'd like to drive down the street and simply think about where you want to be, and your car would drive there. Would you like to use all your concentration and willpower to climb Mount Everest, yet never leave your home, let alone worrying about frostbite.

If so, then you may be interested in new brain computer interfaces. A group of European scientists are currently working on interfaces that work with electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment to track brain waves and interpret them in a way meaningful to a computer.

Persons with disabilities should be the first to benefit from this new technology. An article on the New Scientist magazine website describes how the first generation of this technology is being used. In its simplest form, an individual with quadriplegia uses the technology to navigate through a virtual environment.



Check out the entire article: Virtual wor…

Wheelchair Martial Arts -- Kick Some Butt, While Sitting on Yours

When I was a kid, I used to have these little fantasies about beating up the other kids who teased me in school. I always knew that brains was better than brawn, but it still would have felt good to kick some butt once in while.

I always had an interest in martial arts, but I never had the support of my parents to try anything like that. In retrospect, they were correct. I would've spent years studying trying to improve, only to realize that my body would eventually let me down. It probably would have been more damaging to my psyche in the long run.

I was never afraid when out in public. I was smart enough to realize, that while it was an easy target, very few criminal types would go through the extra effort it would take to mug me. They'd have to sit and figure out how to do it, where they can simply knock them old lady down and grab her purse.

Something that has always stuck with me was from a "street smart" school assembly put on by an ex cop from Chicago. He said, t…