a bunch of words you don't want to string together!
I agonized whether to post this in "Life after FIRE" or "Other", but I decided that some of us would incorporate this bleeding-edge (literally) technology into our lives even if it meant delaying FIRE for a month or two.
Like any good geek inquisitive technology user, I subscribe to the "How Stuff Works" website.* (Marshall Brain, his real name, also wrote "A Teenager's Guide To The Real World"
, but you only care about that if you're raising a teen.)* It takes me to worlds that previously I've only fantasized about.
WARNING:* Swallow all beverages before clicking on the link to the fourth page (this one
) of the website's article.* DO NOT click on this link if you're repulsed by the thought of large needles.* That's large as in "My goodness, is that a human ARM?!?" large.* If you think that you're going to feel faint, then call 911 before proceeding.
Anyhow Jay Sean Singer & Carl Painter, a coupla good ol' Kentucky boys, were sitting around one night over more than a few frosty beverages while ruminating about the current state of the "art", so to speak, of Carl's tattoo business.* At one point Carl said something innocuous yet deeply thoughtful like "Wouldn't it be cool if we could make this
sucker move?" to which J.S. replied "Hey, I've seen that on TV and I know how to design electronics systems"... and the rest is high-tech industry history.
Yes, it uses a battery.* Plus a backlit LCD display.* And, yes, you have to plug yourself in for a recharge.* It's not easy to "reprogram".* They've only admitted to doing "close to" sixty of them.* (No word on what happened to the near misses.)* Apparently it can be procured for the price of a large-screen TV.*
Did I mention that neither of these guys is a professionally-trained or licensed medical technician?* Not that a warning like that would change the mind of those of you who are currently thinking "Kewl!"
As Dave Barry says, I am not making this up...*
Oh, yeah-- the link:* http://www.howstuffworks.com/animated-tattoo.htm