This summary by Scot is worth a read. Because Daniel Tammet is a normal man whose talents came as the result of a seizure, he is able to describe his condition. He can do amazing math (by visualizing it) and learn languages fluently in a week (by “getting” their form.)
Two extra videos from the show:
Numbers in different sizes.
Messed up PI.
Stories like this are like peekng behind a wonderful curtain.
A good analogy:
“If you have a field of grass and you walk on it, you compress the grass and it bends down over the night, and in a few days, it springs back up and is OK again. But if you keep doing that over and over, you wear a path in it. And that’s kind of what happens with hearing loss.”
Wired News: How to Prevent Hearing Loss
This is an audio series from NPR. The first part is found at the top of this page: The Span of War
I was amazed as Sgt. Brad Kasal described how he sustained his injuries all the way up to the point where a hand grenade rolled near him. “How did he survive?” I wondered. (The reporter explains that at the end.)
Claire, then Kathy, then Kelly, now I have all picked up bad colds. This Dilbert asks and answers a question I had never considered.
(I do know about the pee fairy.)
Medline Plus is a nice goverment service. Looks like I need to apply hot compresses 4 times per day.
MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Eyelid bump
Kathy and I both got exams and fitted for contacts at Wood Eye Care on 8/24/2001. We paid $55 and insurance and VSP paid $105.