But actually this is perfect
Inflating a set of cat lungs
Lungs are by most accounts mundane. Everybody has them, few give it much thought. But sequestered within darkness of the chest cavity, enveloping the fluttering heart, there’s a incredible wonder to this oddly inflatable organ.
Dissection is a destructive process. Rudely excised from membranous mooring and nourishing vessels, the deflated lungs appear little more than bloodied meat; amorphous and exposed…….until a breath of air unfurls its secret glory.
Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called aveoli, Mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air.
A debt of gratitude is owed to cyborgraptor for her assistance in creating these gifs, as well as the students that help me film this demo.
Public service announcement: You essentially have balloons inside your chest. There’s some really great anatomy GIFs and images on that blog, too.
The more I learn of how we we function, the more amazed that we do at all.
As I’m sure you’ve already seen, the city of San Francisco did something amazing today, converting the town into Gotham City, helping 5-year-old Miles Scott, whose leukemia is currently in remission, battle the Riddler and Penguin, while saving the good people of San Fr—, I mean, Gotham City.
Because Lou Seal, the mascot of the Giants, had to be rescued, making this somewhat baseball-related, and because this was an amazing effort put forth by the town, the people, and the Make-A-Wish foundation, and because it’s Batman-related, it deserves to be posted here. And everywhere.
There will always be darkness in this world, but today proved that there will be always be people who come together to brighten it. And that’s worth celebrating.
(image via @DrewGROF)
New collections of Christmas music are already being released. Kelly Clarkson's recently released Wrapped in Red debuted at No.3 on the Billboard Top 200, while Nick Lowe's new one, called Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family, finds him mixing traditional songs with new ones he’s written or co-written with Ry Cooder.
Ken Tucker says that Lowe’s album, “Wins this year’s genially eccentric holiday music award, with jazzy, folky performances,” whereas Clarkson’s album is a “Glossy, but heartfelt work.”
See what you think, hear the review and samples from the album HERE.
SLAAAAYING “Please Come Home for Christmas”