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Site updates / changes — Week of 10/24/16

Posted by bafadmin

Near the end of this week we plan to upgrade the server that our database is on and *hopefully* it will speed up search results! Added a “clear search X icon”, instead of automatically clearing your keywords when you click inside the keywords search box. You can now filter within the New and Restocked search results. Updated […]

Dr. Berger’s Memory Implants – Transhumanism 3

Posted by Charles LaFave

Have you ever forgotten anything? I certainly have. For millions of people around the world suffering from brain damage, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, it’s a matter of life and death. Now what if you could have a hard drive implanted in your brain? As your brain fails, the hard drive picks up the […]

Cranial Deformation – Odd Mods 2

Posted by Charles LaFave

It’s a practice that may go back as far as 45,000 years. Homo Sapiens (That’s us) may not have been the only humans to do it. It spans cultures, continents and entire eras of human history. This week, we’re talking head shaping, aka Cranial Deformation, aka the Toulouse Deformity, aka Definitely Not Alien Skulls. First, […]

The Woman Who Feels Earthquakes – Transhumanism 2

Posted by Charles LaFave

During performances, Moon Ribas shakes onstage to a rhythm that only she can feel. A choreographer and performer from Northern Spain, Ribas is a self-identified cyborg and co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation. It’s goals, according to Ribas, are to help humans become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights, and to promote cyborg art as an artistic and […]

Ear Project Q and A – With the Amazing Whitney Thompson

Posted by Charles LaFave

It’s on Tumblr. It’s on Pinterest. It’s on Facebook, and maybe Myspace or like LiveJournal (but who’s still using those?) Is it on Google Plus? I’m not going to check, but I assume it is. I’m talking about ear projects, one of the most photographed, shared and searched piercing-related things on social media. You may […]

The Brain to Brain Interface – Transhumanism 1

Posted by Charles LaFave

They’re called BBIs (short for Brain to Brain Interfaces), and in 2013 Dr. Rajesh Rao, along with Dr. Andrea Stocco and their team at the University of Washington, succeeded in connecting the brains of two participants and moving information back and forth between the two using a non-invasive interface. In layman’s terms: They used science […]

Mayan Tooth Inlays (Odd Mods Part 1)

Posted by Charles LaFave

When you think of the Mayan’s body modification, you probably think of stretched lobes or septums, or maybe lip or nostril piercings. But one form of modification that the Mayan’s practiced doesn’t get much press: Tooth inlays. That’s the process of taking something like a gemstone or a piece of jade and putting in into […]

The MRI Follow-up

Posted by Charles LaFave

After posting my original blog, we got a lot of feedback from Facebook (Shoutout to Facebook users Liz, Larissa, and Megan for their great questions). I decided that a follow-up would be good, since there’s not a lot of information out there on some of these questions. In a surprising turn, Liz mentioned having images […]

The Stretched Nostrils of the Apatani Women

Posted by Charles LaFave

The legend says that the Apatani women were the most beautiful women in any of the surrounding tribes. Raiders would ride into Arunachal Pradesh, the large state in Northern India where the Apatani live, and kidnap them. In response, the women began tattooing their faces, and stretching their nostril piercings out until large plugs could […]

Piercings and the MRI

Posted by Charles LaFave

Katy Peters needed to get an MRI for a radical hysterectomy surgery she had coming up. Her doctor told her that should would need to remove her nipple jewelry beforehand for safety (She had a barbell in each nipple). After talking with her piercer, she decided to sign the waivers and go ahead with the […]

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