An Ingenious Design Solution for an Aging America

Bathrooms come with all sorts of hurdles for the older population. Safety is clearly a concern, but less obvious is the fact that many people, old and young, have a hard time creating a customized bathroom on their own. Porcelain and ceramic are hard to work with, and often require professionals to install something as simple as a shelf.

Ingeniously, MAP came up with a system of products that centers around a single building block: the peg. The collection includes bathroom standards like towel racks, mirrors and toilet paper rings, but each of those components connects to the wall through little aluminum pegs that adhere to the wall, no screws necessary. This way you can mix and match components or remove the pegs altogether if you decide that’s not where you want to place your mirror. “This is something you can’t do with any products in the bathroom right now,” says Marshall. “You can’t change your mind.” You also can’t expand upon the pieces you’ve already bought, reconfiguring them to changing needs. This system allows that.

Each piece comes with an ingenious graphic: On the back of the package, there’s a true-to-size rendering of the product, along with installation instructions. That way, you can literally hold the package up to a wall, and see how to install your new shelf or rack. It’s a thoughtful design touch, and the line is full of them. For instance, a rubber-coated aluminum grab bar that goes near the shower, the place where the majority of accidents happen in the bathroom. MAP worked with engineers to create a circular form that varies in thickness. “Some people, when they have arthritis, their hands become quite curved and they find it difficult to grip onto a thin round rail,” says Marshall. “So this is a range of different grip positions.”

 

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Shout “OK Google” at your PC to search the web with your voice

Google has recently opened the gates to their voice searching feature with its latest Chrome update. The service is available to all who use the browser and have the language set to US English, and is activated by calling out “OK Google” to their computer to initiate a search. The subtle addition should enable for a quick and efficient search, and we suspect that the more vocal users, who don’t mind shouting commands at their computer, will enjoy this nifty feature especially.pane2_story

With the imminent release of Microsoft’s AI Cortana, as well as the hugely successful Siri from Apple, it’s no wonder Google is keen to expand its offering further. 

These One-liners may blow your Mind

  • A million seconds is 11 days, and a billion seconds is 33 years
  • Anne Frank and Martin Luther King were born in the same year
  • When you say “crisp”, the word travels from the back to the front of your mouth
  • There’s no reason for the alphabet to be in that order 😮
  • The word bed looks like a bed. (shark looks like shark ??)
  • If you’re in a group of seventy people or more, there is a 99.9% chance that two of them share the same birthday. 50% probability with 23 people.
  • Mammoths were still alive when the Pyramids were being built
  • A Venus day is longer than a Venus year.
    Really?
    The length of day on Venus is 243 Earth days. A year on Venus is only 224.7 days. And things get even stranger. Venus rotates backwards. All of the planets in the Solar System rotate counter-clockwise when you look at them from above. But Venus turns clockwise. So, it’s impossible to stand on the surface of Venus and survive.
  • Because information has to travel to your brain via neural pathways, everything you are experiencing actually happened 80 milliseconds in the past o_O
  • No one is going to remember your memories 😛
  • It is impossible to clean something without making something else dirty. (In reality, all we are really doing is just moving a bunch of atoms around, hoping for the best)
  • There are more slaves today than ever in human history.
  • You are just a background extra in most people’s lives 😥
  • There are more possible combinations of a standard 52 card deck than there have been seconds since the Big Bang. This is the amount of combinations. 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000………      [Time is ticking…] o_O

And The Last One… 🙂  

When you remember a life event, you are remembering the last time you remembered it, not the actual event.

😎Possible Thesis:

A lot of people think of memories like they would a file stored in a cabinet somewhere. When you want to remember something, you go fetch it from the cabinet, read the file, then put the file back in the cabinet so you can find it next time.

Well, That’s not how memory works!

When you remember something, you fetch that memory from where it is stored in your brain, and then you copy it. This copy overwrites the original memory, and the copy is never perfect. The copy you make is influenced by the context in which you are remembering the memory. The very act of remembering something changes that memory in your head. Once you’re done remembering it, your brain then re-files that memory to be retrieved again. But the original memory is gone, replaced with a copied, imperfect version of that memory.

Cool stuff.

If you know any other of such, please share in Comments. It could find its place in this list…

 

Mac keyboard shortcuts

Original post by Matt Gemmell on www.mattgemmell.com/mac-keyboard-shortcuts/

Here’s a quick list of the primary keys involved in keyboard shortcuts on the Mac, for reference. If you’re reading this article on a desktop device, you can also hover your mouse over any keyboard shortcut to see it spelled out.

  •  Command (Cmd) key
  •  Option (Alt) key
  •  Control (Ctrl) key
  •  Shift key
  •  Caps Lock
  • Fn Function key
  • F1 F1 key (and so on)
  •  Tab key
  •  Up arrow
  •  Down arrow
  •  Left arrow
  •  Right arrow
  •  Return key
  • Space Space key/bar
  • Esc Escape key
  • Del Backspace/Delete key

Navigating the UI using the keyboard

Many people don’t realise that you can access and control much of the user interface without using a pointing device. You can find the relevant settings in the Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard panel in System Preferences. Make sure that Keyboard is selected in the list on the left side.

Keyboard pane UI shortcuts

With the commands in that section, you can move the keyboard focus to various parts of the interface. One of my favourites is ⌃F2 to move focus to the menubar. Depending on the function keys setting in theKeyboard tab of the Keyboard panel, you might need to add Fn to any shortcut involving one of the function keys.

You can also switch between apps with ⌘⇥, and you can switch between the windows of an app with ⌘` (that’s the backtick key, which also has the ~ character on it). In both cases, you can add to cycle through apps or windows in the opposite direction.

Finally, make sure you’ve enabled Full Keyboard Access in the Keyboard panel. When active, you can use the  key to move between most controls on the screen, not just text boxes and lists.

Searching the menubar

Mac apps tend to have lots of menu commands, and it can be difficult to remember where they all are. Instead, you can just type to search (and then trigger) a menu command, by pressing ⌘? (on English keyboards, that’s usually the same as ⌘⇧/).

Help menu search

When the results appear, use ↑↓ to select, and  to activate.

Using Spotlight

Spotlight lets you quickly find and open any apps, files, emails and so forth on your Mac. You trigger it with ⌘Space.

When the results appear, use ↑↓ to select, and  to activate.

You can also use ⌘↑ and ⌘↓ to jump between the sections (categories) in the list of results.

Spotlight

Finally, if you hold  when activating a result, it will be revealed in the Finder instead of being opened.

Customising keyboard shortcuts in apps

Apps have their own keyboard shortcuts (mostly defined in their menubars), but you can change many of them to suit your own needs. To do so, again use the Shortcuts tab in the Keyboard panel, but this time select App Shortcuts in the list on the left side.

Keyboard pane app shortcuts

Create a category for the app whose shortcuts you want to override, then make an entry for each relevant menu command. Make sure you type the name of the menu command exactly as it appears in the app, including case-sensitivity and punctuation. In particular, note that an ellipsis (…) after a command name is a single character, not three periods. You can type an ellipsis with ⌥;.

Opening recent items

One of the things I do most often on the computer is opening recently-used files. Most apps keep track of their recent files in the Open Recent submenu of the File menu, but you can also get at them via the keyboard.

First, trigger the Application Switcher with ⌘⇥, and then keeping  held (so the Application Switcher remains visible, and has the relevant app highlighted), just press .

You’ll see a display of all the app’s open documents, with a horizontal Cover Flow browser of recent files along the bottom.

Recent items

You can select any item with ↑↓←→, and open it with .

Working with Save sheets

Saving (or closing) an unsaved document invokes the familiar Save sheet, which can mostly be controlled via the keyboard.

Save sheet shortcuts

You can:

  • Press Save with 
  • Press Cancel with ⌘.
  • Press Delete with ⌘Del
  • Go to your Home folder with ⌘⇧H
  • Go to your Desktop with ⌘D
  • Go to any folder by pressing ⌘⇧G, then type the folder’s path. While typing the path, you can use  (or stop typing for a moment) to autocomplete folder names.

Full Keyboard Access will give you access to the rest of the Save sheet’s UI too.

Working with mailboxes in Mail

If you’re a Mail user (as in Apple’s own email app on OS X), you can easily add your favourite mailboxes to Mail’s toolbar, which gives you the considerable benefit of being able to open those mailboxes using keyboard shortcuts.

The 'Go To Favorite Mailbox' menu in Mail

You can also move selected messages to those mailboxes using another set of shortcuts.

The 'Move To Favorite Mailbox' menu in Mail

Don’t forget that you can customise Mail’s existing keyboard shortcuts as mentioned previously.

Using app-specific global hotkeys

Certain apps let you add global hotkeys to trigger them regardless of which app is frontmost at the time (though the app you’re triggering usually has to already be running at the time). For example, the official Twitter app on the Mac lets you choose global shortcuts to make a new tweet, and to toggle the app’s visibility.

Global shortcuts in Twitter app

Check each app’s own Preferences window to see if there are any shortcuts you can customise, and be sure to choose ones that won’t conflict with something else. Use as many modifier keys as possible to lessen the chance of any conflicts.

Looking up words

Whilst you’re typing, you can quickly look up the selected (or nearest) word in the system’s dictionary. The keyboard shortcut to do this is customisable (in the Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard panel again, this time in the Services section). On my Mac, it’s ⌘⌃D.

Dictionary lookup

The definition will be shown in a pop-over window. You can choose which dictionaries are used by opening the Dictionary app, and visiting its Preferences window.

Customising how autocomplete works

Autocompletion can be helpful, and sometimes it can be the bane of your existence. You can tip the balance by adding your own useful text substitutions. It’s once again in the Keyboard panel, but this time in the Text tab.

Keyboard pane text substitutions

That’s also where you can disable spelling correction, if you want to.

Typing special characters and emoji

There are many special characters and emoticons that you can type on OS X in almost any text field, usually via the Special Characters…menu command (often in the Edit menu). You can also trigger the palette with ⌘⌃Space.

Special characters palette

You don’t need to use the pointer at all when working with these characters. You can:

  • Press  to switch sections.
  • Use ↑↓←→ to choose a character in the current section.
  • Press  to insert the select character into the frontmost app.
  • Just start typing to search for a character or symbol.

You can also tear the palette off and leave it floating around if you want to quickly click to insert multiple characters.

Zooming the screen

I often find it very helpful to temporarily enlarge sections of the screen, and OS X has a built-in function to do so. It’s in the Accessibility panel in System Preferences, in the Zoom section.

Accessibility zoom

The most useful shortcuts here are:

  • ⌘⌥8 to toggle zoom on or off.
  • ⌘⌥= to zoom in (when zoom is already on).
  • ⌘⌥- to zoom out (when zoom is already on).

You can control many aspects of how zoom works (whether it’s smoothed or jaggy, whether the whole screen zooms or uses picture-in-picture, and how zoom follows the mouse pointer) using the More Options… button.

Third party utilities

OS X itself can get you pretty far with keyboard control, but your productivity will take another leap with some well-chosen third party utilities. There are hundreds out there that focus on controlling your Mac using the keyboard, but I’ll just share three of the ones I use.

First utility is Alfred; Alfred can be used as app launcher and file-finder, instead of Spotlight. It does about three thousand things, but one of the most useful features for me is that I can find, select, and act upon multiple files at once – without ever touching the mouse.

Alfred lets you quickly add the selected search-result to a “buffer” by pressing ⌥↑, and you can then type another query to find another file, add it to the buffer, and so on.

Alfred file buffer

When you’ve found all the files you want, you can then press ⌥→ to take action on all the files in the buffer.

Alfred file actions

This barely scratches the surface of what Alfred can do. I can hardly use a Mac without it anymore.

Next, a utility I was only made aware of a short time ago, and I immediately bought a license: Shortcat. It’s basically Spotlight but for all visible controls and objects on the screen: it’s type-to-select foreverything you can see.

Essentially, you type ⌘⇧Space, type a query, and Shortcat highlights elements on screen with quick-access keys. You can then use those keys to move the pointer to the relevant object, and click it by pressing . It’s wildly, ridiculously fantastic. You should be using it.

Finally, the ultimate in keyboard control (and automation) is of course a macro utility. Automator is sort of similar, but my chosen app for this is Keyboard Maestro. If you’ve ever used QuicKeys or similar utilities, you’ll know what to expect. It’s incredibly deep and versatile, and you can extensively automate your workflow with it.

I’d recommend each of these utilities to you without hesitation.

Keep your hands where they belong

Controlling your Mac via the keyboard isn’t just faster and more satisfying, it can also remove a lot of pain from your life. Physical pain from contorting your wrists to use trackpads and mice, and tension headaches from nudging a pointer towards tiny targets all day long.

It takes time to learn what’s possible, and to re-train yourself to use the keyboard instead of reaching for the mouse, but the payoff in speed and efficiency is more than worth it.

Keep your eyes on the screen and your fingers on the keys, and you’ll be done in no time.

Introducing ASP.NET vNext

The next version of ASP.NET (“ASP.NET vNext”) has been re-designed from the ground up. The goal is to create a lean and composable .NET stack for building modern cloud-based apps.

ASP .Net vNext

Below are Key Statements from Blog ^-^

ASP.NET vNext will let you deploy your own version of the .NET Framework on an app-by-app-basis. One app with new libraries can’t break an app next door with a different version. Different apps can even have their own cloud-optimized CLR of their own version. The CLR and cloud-optimized libraries are NuGet packages!

vNext is open source and cross platform.

NuGet packages and class libraries are treated the same. You get full intellisense in the project.json file and NuGet packages come down automatically and transparently. Even better, let’s say NuGet package Foo.Bar has a bug but you’ve only got the NuGet package. You can make a folder called Foo.Bar in our local project and put the source via “git clone” in that folder. This is great for open source projects. That local version overrides the NuGet, allowing you to easily patch bugs locally in libraries while you wait for a new release. When a new fixed NuGet-distributed version shows up, update the version and delete the local source.

One of the great aspects of environments like node or rails is that they are “no compile.” Just change some code and hit refresh. With the next version of ASP.NET you get the power and throughput of the .NET runtime plus the “Roslyn” compiler-as-a-service for a “no-compile compile.” That means means during development time you can just change your C# classes and hit Refresh in the browser. It’s the power of .NET with the dynamism of a refresh-and-go development experience

ASP.NET vNext is modular and all about choice; your choice of framework, your choice of runtime, your choice of operating system, your choice of text editor.

SUMMARY OF ASP.NET VNEXT IS:

  • Cloud and server-optimized.
  • ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Web Pages will be merged into one framework, called MVC 6.
  • MVC 6 has no dependency on System.Web. The result is a leaner framework, with faster startup time and lower memory consumption.
  • No-compile developer experience.
  • Dependency injection out of the box.
  • Side by side – deploy the runtime and framework with your application.
  • NuGet everything – even the runtime itself.
  • All Open Source via the .NET Foundation and takes contributions.

Oh, and by the way

  • ASP.NET vNext (and Rosyln) runs on Mono, on both Mac and Linux today. While Mono isn’t a project from Microsoft, we’ll collaborate with the Mono team, plus Mono will be added to our test matrix. It’s our aspiration that it “just work.”
ASP.NET on a Mac

ASP.NET VNEXT VIDEOS AT TECHED

OTHER ASP.NET VIDEOS FROM TECHED

Send Anywhere: A Peer-To-Peer File Sharing Service

Like DropboxBox, and Google Drive, ESTmob’s Send Anywhere offers file sharing–but with a key difference. Instead of first saving files to cloud storage, Send Anywhere enables users to share content peer-to-peer between devices in real time.

Send Anywhere lets users share files by pairing two devices and using a temporary key confirmation, which means it requires no registration or login.

It is targeted towards people who want to access files on multiple devices and is currently available for free as an online service or on iOS and Android.

In an email, co-founder Suhyuk Kang told TechCrunch that Send Anywhere’s peer-to-peer sharing is faster than its competitors for sending many large files at once.

“Most people using multiple devices use them in the same local network, or in very close range. Why go through the cloud?” he explained. “Cloud servers are likely to be a very long distance from the user’s device. It’s slow, there are security concerns, and it’s expensive.”

Another potential competitor is WhatsApp and other messengers that allow photo- and video-sharing, but Kang says Send Anywhere preserves the quality of image files while letting users send large batches of data–more than 100 photos or 2GB of videos.

Send Anywhere’s next major update is remote access for registered devices, that will create a user experience closer to services like Dropbox while still bypassing the need for a cloud server.

Send Anywhere on mobile

Announcing the .NET Framework 4.5.2

Post Source -> ^_^

ASP.NET improvements

  • New HostingEnvironment.QueueBackgroundWorkItem method that lets you schedule small background work items. ASP.NET tracks these items and prevents IIS from abruptly terminating the worker process until all background work items have completed. These will enable ASP.NET applications to reliably schedule Async work items.
  • New HttpResponse.AddOnSendingHeaders and HttpResponseBase.AddOnSendingHeaders methods are more reliable and efficient than HttpApplication.PreSendRequestContent and HttpApplication.PreSendRequestHeaders. These APIs let you inspect and modify response headers and status codes as the HTTP response is being flushed to the client application. These reliability improvements minimize deadlocks and crashes between IIS and ASP.NET.
  • New HttpResponse.HeadersWritten and HttpResponseBase.HeadersWritten properties that return Boolean values to indicate whether the response headers have been written. You can use these properties to make sure that calls to APIs such as HttpResponse.StatusCode succeeds. This enables shared hosting scenarios for ASP.NET applications.

High DPI Improvements is an opt-in feature to enable resizing according to the system DPI settings for several glyphs or icons for the following Windows Forms controls: DataGridView, ComboBox,
ToolStripComboBox, ToolStripMenuItem and Cursor. Here are examples of before and after views once this change is opted into.

.NET 4.5.1 Controls with High DPI setting .NET 4.5.2 Controls with High DPI setting
The red error glyph barely shows up and will eventually disappear with high scaling The red error glyph scales correctly.
The ToolStripMenu drop down arrow is barely visible, eventually won’t be usable with high scaling The drop down arrow in the ToolStripMenu scales correctly

Distributed transactions enhancement enables promotion of local transactions to Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) transactions without the use of another application domain or unmanaged code. This has a significant positive impact on the performance of distributed transactions.

More robust profiling with new profiling APIs that require dependent assemblies that are injected by the profiler to be loadable immediately, instead of being loaded after the app is fully initialized. This change does not affect users of the existing ICorProfiler APIs. Before this feature, diagnostics tools that do IL instrumentation via profiling API could cause unhandled exceptions to be thrown, unexpectedly terminating the process.

Improved activity tracing support in runtime and framework – The .NET Framework 4.5.2 enables out-of-process, Event Tracing for Windows (ETW)-based activity tracing for a larger surface area. This enables Application Performance Management vendors to provide lightweight tools that accurately track the costs of individual requests and activities that cross threads. These events are raised only when ETW controllers enable them.

For more information on usage of these features please refer to “What’s New in the .NET Framework 4.5.2”. Besides these features, there are many reliability and performance improvements across different areas of the .NET Framework.

Here are additional installers – pick package(s) most suitable for your needs based on your deployment scenario:

  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 Web Installer – A Bootstrapper that pulls in components based on the target OS/platform specs on which the .NET Framework is being deployed. Internet access is required.
  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 Offline Installer – The Full Package for offline deployments. Internet access is not required.
  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 Language Packs – Language specific support. You need to install the .NET Framework (language neutral) package before installing one or more language packs.
  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 Developer Pack – This will install .NET Framework Multi-targeting pack for building apps targeting .NET Framework 4.5.2 and also .NET Framework 4.5.2 runtime. Useful for build machines that need both the runtime and the multi-targeting pack.

 

An Inside Look at the Insanely Complex Formula 1 Steering Wheel !

The modern Formula 1 car is among the most amazing machines ever made. And when you’re going wheel-to-wheel with someone like four-time world champ Sebastian Vettel at 180 mph, you can’t take a hand off the wheel to do, well, anything. Every task a driver might need to do, every bit of information he might need to know, is quite literally at his fingertips.

The steering wheel of the Sauber C33 Formula 1. Everything a driver might need to do, and every bit of information he might need to know, is literally at his fingers.
The steering wheel of the Sauber C33 Formula 1. Everything a driver might need to do, and every bit of information he might need to know, is literally at his fingers.

The modern Formula 1 steering wheel is, therefore, the most amazing ever made. It is, in every way, the nerve center of the car.

That’s because an F1 car has dozens of parameters that can be adjusted on the fly, but only by the driver. Although telemetry provides a nonstop stream of data to engineers on the pitwall and at team HQ, the driver has sole control over things like differential settings, the air-fuel mix, and the torque curve. All of these settings can change several times during a race, or even a lap. Adjustments must be made while keeping both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the track, which is why a modern F1 wheel might have 35 or more knobs, buttons and switches flanking a small LCD screen introduced this season. Drivers also use small paddles behind the wheel to shift up and down as many as 4,000 times in a race, and a third paddle to engage the clutch.

So What Do All Those Buttons Do, Anyway?

The photo above shows the steering wheel from the Sauber C33, the cars Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil are campaigning this season. Teams are notoriously tightlipped about technology, and none of the teams we reached out to had anything at all to say about them, but Sauber has published a diagram explaining everything the wheel does (we’ve mentioned the color of each button to help you find it):

  • Yellow N button: Selects neutral from 1st or 2nd gear.
  • BRKBAL (brake balance) rotary switch: Adjusts the front and rear brake balance.
  • Black Box button: Confirms the driver’s intention to come to the pits.
  • Blue and orange S1/S2 buttons: These can be programmed for various funcutions.
  • Entry rotary switch: This allows the driver to make changes to corner entry settings of the differential.
  • Orange and green BRK-/BRK+ buttons: These change the brake balance between a programmed position and the current BRKBAL rotary position.
  • IGN (ignition) rotary switch: Controls ignition timing.
  • White ACK (acknowledge) button: Acknowledges changes in the system.
  • PREL (preload) rotary switch: Controls the preload differential offset torque.
  • Red Oil button: Transfers oil from the auxiliary tank to the main tank.
  • Black BP (bite point) button: Activates the clutch bite point finding procedure.
  • DRS (drag reduction system) button, upper left edge of the wheel: Activates the rear wing flap in the DRS zone.
  • Red PL (pit lane) button: Activates the pit lane speed limiter, limiting the car to the designated pit lane speed limit (typically 100 km/hr).
  • Black R button: Activates the driver radio transmission.
  • SOC rotary switch: Controls the state of charge of the ERS energy storage system, whether the system is generating or consuming energy.
  • Pedal rotary switch: Changes the pedal map dictating how the accelerator pedal responds to inputs.
  • Fuel rotary switch: Controls the rate of fuel consumption.
  • Black OT button: Activates configurable performance maps to assist the driver in overtaking or defending.
  • Tire rotary switch: Tells the ECU and other systems what type of tire the car is running on.
  • BBal-/BBal+ switches: These are used to make fine adjustments to the brake balance offset.
  • MFRS (multi-function rotary switch): This allows the driver and engineers to control a variety of systems that don’t require a dedicated buttons. They include engine modes (PERF), rev limiter (ENG), air-fuel ratio (MIX), turbo-compressor (TURBO), corner exit differential (VISCO), MGU-K recovery limits (BRK), MGU-K boost limits (BOOST), dashboard options (DASH), cruise control (CC, disabled for qualifying and the race), shift type (SHIFT), and the clutch bite point offset (CLU).
  • White -10/+1 buttons: These allow quick navigation of maps from the MFRS dial.

That’s a lot to process, and it doesn’t even include the pages of data that can be relayed through the LCD screen. More information isn’t always a good thing, which is why most teams let each driver decide which wheel they prefer– the older style with the simpler display or the new wheel with the LCD. That said, the LCD screens have a distinct advantage, in that the driver knows exactly that’s going on, something that saved Nico Rosberg’s bacon when his car’s telemetry system failed just before the race in China. With no information from the car, engineers had to ask Rosberg for periodic updates on fuel consumption and other information. The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver eventually grew annoyed by the repeated queries and asked his engineers to kindly shut up and let him get on with the business at hand–taking second place behind teammate Lewis Hamilton.

In the video below, Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton explain the steering wheels they used during the 2013 season.


Source Link: www.wired.com/2014/05/formula-1-steering-wheels/

Dude Gets Beaten Up, Awakes A Math Genius!!

Math Genius
Math Genius

According to Salon.com, Jason Padgett was your average guy before suffering brain trauma . Back in 2002, he was unfortunately attacked by two men outside a karaoke bar. These two jerks kicked Padgett in the head repeatedly, causing him to see a flash of light and be knocked out. He suffered not only a pretty nasty concussio, but bleeding in his kidneys. When was finally healed enough to wake up, Padgett found that he was a math genius .

He had developed a condition called synesthesia, which causes two or more senses to blend together. Jason can literally visualize patterns in a way that most of us can’t, like describing vibrations in a cup of water or swirls of cream in a coffee mug in a mathematical way. Other people with the disorder can often taste or smell colors or other interesting combinations of senses. Acquiring extreme intelligence like this is very rare, and doctors weren’t even sure at first what made Padgett’s brain shift so dramatically.

They ran powerful MRIs on his brain to see if they could detect what unleashed his inner mathlete. What they found is that the zones in Padgett’s brain responsible for mathematic reasoning lit up an incredible amount when they showed him images of math equations, both real and imagined. They also learned they could tone down is synesthesia by turning off parts of his brain with electrical impulses. Doctors believe it’s possible that when neurons died in his brain from the injury, those around it turned on to compensate for the loss. I personally think Jason Padgett might just be a super hero, and his latent powers were unleashed by this unfortunate encounter.


Padgett’s math skills have come at a pretty big price, though. He now suffers from severe obsessive compulsive disorder, and trust my first hand experience with that monster, it completely sucks. He also has pretty terrible post-traumatic stress disorder. He seems pretty upbeat about the whole ordeal, though, and has even penned a memoir, Struck By Genius: How a Traumatic Brain Injury Made Me a Math Marvel. I hope nothing but the best for Jason in the future and that through his exceptional genius, we can all learn a little more about how our brains function. And maybe ,he can give me some math lessons too.