Doctors discover patient sweating blood from palms and forehead

Sorry, but there probably isn’t an antiperspirant on the market that can stop blood sweating.

Two Italian doctors published their findings on a 21-year-old woman who experiences short episodes of bleeding from her palms and forehead without any lesions on her skin. Dr. Roberto Magile and Dr. Marzia Caproni didn’t find evidence the patient was attempting to deceive medical professionals and are diagnosing her with hematohidrosis, according to a study in the peer-reviewed Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Hematohidrosis, or sweating blood, is said to be a rare medical phenomenon previously linked to biblical explanations, but other examples date much further back.

In this most recent case, the patient has episodes ranging from one to five minutes and was treated for depression and anxiety she says stems from stress for enduring the condition for three years, according to the study. The doctors treated the patient with propranolol, a type of beta blocker.


In the literature, there is no single explanation of the source of bleeding in hematohidrosis. Despite the fluid’s sweat-like appearance, the hypothesis that blood passes through eccrine ducts, induced by abnormal constrictions and expansions of periglandular vessels, has not yet been proven. Bleeding has also reportedly occurred through areas without sweat glands or through the follicles, and the presence of dermal defects leading to blood-filled spaces exuding via follicular openings or directly into the skin surface has also been proposed.

We treated our patient with propranolol (20 mg/day), based on its use in similar cases in the literature, and this led to a marked reduction, although not a complete remission of her bleeding.

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Zenth is a 3D wooden labyrinth

Fans of The Perplexus (one of my favorite puzzles) might be interested in Zenth, a 3D wooden labyrinth on Kickstarter. As in The Perplexus, the object is to guide a steel ball through a multiplanar labyrinth. In fact, the creator of Zenth was a student of the creator of The Perplexus, Michael McGinnis (who wrote an article for me about designing The Perplexus when I was editor-in-chief of Make).

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Bill O’Reilly points finger at “God” after accusations of sexual harassment

Bill O'Reilly has seemingly run out of options for blaming others after a series of sexual harassment allegations canned the former Fox News host. From accusers to the news media, the only logical scapegoat left would surely be his Almighty.

During a recent episode of his web series “No Spin News,” O’Reilly spoke candidly about his anger toward God for not protecting him, as more details surrounding allegations have surfaced, according to CNN.

"You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I'm mad at him," O'Reilly said. "I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn't happen. I can't explain it to you. Yeah, I'm mad at him."

He also admitted people have it “much rougher” than him and that he’s a “bigmouth.”

The New York Times reported Saturday that O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle accusations with former Fox News contributor Lis Wiehl. Six other agreements have been made by either O’reilly or the network on his behalf.

With this latest rant under his belt, his New York Times bestseller Killing Jesus: A History is beginning to look more like a manifesto.

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Watching Jane Goodall watching chimps makes for a splendid time

In 1957 famed anthropologist Louis Leakey received a $6,000 grant to study wild chimpanzees in Africa, in the hope that observing their behavior would reveal something about early man. In his stead, he sent his secretary, a 26-year-old named Jane Goodall. She had no experience as zoologist, and didn't even have a college degree, but as we now know, she became the world's greatest primatologist. At age 83, she still spends much of her time at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania pursuing her passion of studying chimpanzees.

Director Brett Morgen's new documentary, Jane, focuses mainly on Goodall's earlier work in Tanzania, where she made many groundbreaking discoveries about chimpanzee behavior. We also learn about her personal life -- her mother served as her escort on her first stay in Gombe, and she married wildlife cinematographer Hugo van Lawick, which National Geographic had hired to film her in the early 1960s. She had a child with van Lawick, named him Grub, and sometimes kept him in a spacious, well-ventilated cage to prevent the chimps from eating him.

Narrated by Goodall herself, Jane is an intimate profile of a fascinating person I've admired since I was a child. It was a thrill to see old Flo and her child Flint, which I'd read about in her 1967 book, My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees. It was also interesting to see how the chimps slowly got used to Goodall, to the point that they would allow her to play with their babies. Read the rest

Everything I've written on my Freewrite for the last year

Freewrite is a single purpose first draft creative writing machine. I got one thinking it'd be a good idea to be disconnected from the internet and limited to just writing.

I offer this complimentary Boing Boing exclusive, collector's limited web edition The unabridged Freewriter compositions of Jason Lawrence Weisberger as written November of 2016 through the 24th of October, 2017 for your enjoyment and edificaiton.

November, 2016

This is a another attempt to use the Freewrite. I am hoping to write a few more sentences and then upload the document to the google cloud. This has seen marginall more use than my Baubax jacket.

So far this hasnt been the worlds most intuitive device and honestly editing anything even simple typing mistakes you makde a few words back is a huge hassle. Just look at this sentence! Capitalization and punctuation will suffer but I guess this will be great (???) for getting out a firsrt fraft of something that is completely disconnected from research or the internet.

the angle of my stand up desk is not very good for this keyboard. I’ll need to find someplace else to put it.

February ??, 2017

I’d forgotten this thing existed. Never moved it. Seems like it should be useful. Has not been. Freewrite needed a reboot after charging. The hard reboot power switch hold down routine is for longer than I suspected, or their manual suggests: a very long twelve seconds.

Appears that all is working again. I have the cable in so it can charge.

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Watch protestor throw Russian flags at Trump!

A protestor named Ryan Clayton tossed Russian flags at Trump today as the president was walking to a Capitol Hill lunch. The president appeared to respond with a thumbs up.

"Trump is treason!" Clayton yelled. "Why are you talking about tax cuts when you should be talking about treason?"

(ABC News)

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Amazon's Kindle is 10 years old

Amazon's Kindle e-reader is ten years old! I used the first gen model, and then migrated to the Voyage. I happily read on it every day!

I remember when Amazon was being all cagey while wanting to show off their cool new secret "thing." They came to my office and handed over the saddest looking device ever. The original Kindle had floppy buttons and a disastrous keyboard. The thing looked like a smashed cardboard box. I couldn't believe its odd shape.

I used an original Kindle for seven years. It is still around here someplace.

Looks like my weird original model is just about the only one Amazon won't take as a trade in this week. They are offering all sorts of trade-in deals if you have an old kindle to send them back. I'd recommend getting a refurbished Voyage. Mine is still going super strong after 3 years, with no battery life issues. I've read hundreds of books on it.

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Letterpress prints of Mario and Ultraman as sugar skulls

My artist/designer friend Jonathan Koshi made a series of exquisite letterpress prints of Mario, Ultraman, and other characters reimagined as calaveras (sugar skulls)! The signed, limited edition 12"x12" prints are available for sale just in time for Dia de los Muertos from Koshi's web shop.

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Watch delighted swimmers flee from curious killer whale

Watch these swimmers on Hahei Beach, New Zealand flee from a killer whale, aka an orca, last weekend. "You guys are idiots," says the cameraperson. Killer whales don't attack people in the wild. From the New Zealand Herald:

"They came in very close, about 10 metres from shore," (said Gary Hinds, chairman of the Hot Water Beach Lifeguard.)

It's a sight locals see about once to twice a season.

"They come in to feed on stingrays and stuff like that," Mr Hinds said.

"Some people don't see them, but the ones who do are in awe of seeing these orcas so close into the shore."

Surf lifesavers kept an eye on the situation to ensure people kept a safe distance and didn't get into trouble going out to look.

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Comics for a Strange World

Cartoonist Reza Farazmand of Poorly Drawn Lines fame has a book that came out today, called Comics for a Strange World. Filled mainly with single-page stories consisting of four panels each, Farazmand's comics make fun of humankind's tendency towards pessimism, apathy, absurdism, gullibility, group-think, and envy. It's one of the funniest books I've read this year.

Here are a few sample pages:

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Bruce Haack's "Electric Lucifer," the rock opera

Transform Bruce Haack's ELECTRIC LUCIFER into a rock opera

In the late 1970s, experimental composer Bruce Haack released "Electric Lucifer," two strange and fantastical electronic psychedelic music albums that embody the high weirdness of the era. The two albums employ Moogs, guitar, voice, and a DIY vocoder to tell an epic story of the battle between heaven and hell. Now, theater director Jim Findlay is transforming Electric Lucifer into a rock opera for the stage. It will premiere at The Kitchen in New York City on January 9, 2018. Support its production via Kickstarter. The campaign has just a few days left!

In the album liner notes, Bruce Haack writes that The Electric Lucifer is a redemption story about a power so strong it can redeem even Lucifer. I took that as gospel and this piece is about redemption right now-2017. How can we redeem even the worst of 'us'? When I look around the question is harder than it seems. Who is us? Whose suffering needs redeeming? And how do we find the power to rise above our "hate and pain and fear" and move toward a real redemption. Not just for others but for ourselves.

This project promises a fresh new vision of Bruce’s world and music by taking his Electric Lucifer concept albums and re-imagining them as a fully realized electronic rock opera with live musicians and performers. Seeing Haack’s previously un-staged vision as a gloriously wild live performance will be a treat for Haack fans and a revelation for those who were unfamiliar with his work and influence.

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A quarter of US military "sees white nationalism" in the ranks

A survey by the Military Times found that nearly a quarter of US servicepeople see "white nationalism" among their peers, and believe that the white nationalist agenda is more of a national security threat than "Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan." Read the rest

A tiny, wearable, Arduino-powered VT 100 terminal

The first "wearable" computer I ever tried was a wrist-strap that let me wear my Palm Pilot like a huge, ungainly wristwatch; I tethered it with a thick cable to a CDMA phone that could emulate a 9600 baud modem and used it to dial into the WELL. Read the rest

Life inside Tokyo's 1970s capsule apartment building

Since 2010, photographer Noritaka Minami has documented life in Tokyo's Nakagin Tower, a "metabolist" building constructed in 1972 in just one month. Each prefabricated cube attached to the core tower is a 107-square-foot apartment complete with a tiny lavatory. Since designer Kisho Kurokawa's death in 2007, its fate has been uncertain. From National Geographic:

Some capsule owners have moved out or converted their rooms into offices, while others have chosen to renovate and remain in the one-of-a-kind dwelling.

Minami avoided photographing the tenants directly, preferring to have their presence communicated through their objects. “[The room] functions as a container of people's identity, personal interest, hobbies and taste.”

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Profile of a whimsical arcade machine maker

I got to know cartoonist/engineer Tim Hunkin while I was editor-in-chief of Make magazine (here are some of the articles he wrote for me there). Tim has a great sense of humor, and one of the ways he expresses it is by building funny coin-operated amusements with names like “Pet or Meat,” “Autofrisk,” and “My Nuke - Personal Nuclear Reactor”. He has two arcades in England and I would love to visit them sometime.

Here's a longer profile of Tim's work:

Here' the video for "My Nuke":

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LEGO Stars Wars sick day

My daughter is home sick today. This LEGO Star Wars Vader's TIE Advanced vs. A-Wing Starfighter kit is where her attention is focused.

Vader's TIE Advanced is very cool, but the real joy of this set, for me anyways, is the Sabine Wren minifig. Mandalorian Sabine is one of my favorite non-C1-10P characters from Rebels.

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Why would anyone want to watch a movie with Mel Gibson in it?

I live in Los Angeles, and it seems like half the billboards in the city are advertising a movie called Daddy's Home 2. I didn't even know there was a Daddy's Home 1, so I wasn't planning on seeing it anyway, but when I saw that it was co-starring the misogynist antisemite homophobe Mel Gibson, I did a double take. Who would want to see that miserable creep's face on the screen. It turns out that Ira Madison III of the Daily Beast is wondering the same thing as me.

From his piece, titled, "What the Hell Is Mel Gibson Doing in the Family Comedy ‘Daddy’s Home 2?’:

In the wake of at least 40 women accusing him of sexual harassment or assault, Harvey Weinstein lost attorney Lisa Bloom, but has gained a new one: Blair Berk.

A powerful Hollywood lawyer, Berk has represented stars like Kanye West, Ryan Seacrest, Heather Locklear, Kiefer Sutherland, and Lindsay Lohan in their paparazzi scuffles, stalking problems, and DUI arrests. But one of Berk’s most infamous clients was Mel Gibson. She represented Gibson when tapes were released exposing an anti-Semitic rant against a police officer, a subsequent recording of racially charged threats against his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child Oksana Grigorieva, and her domestic-violence accusation against him. She’s damn good at her job. That’s why, despite the damning audio—and Grigorieva’s claim that the actor-filmmaker knocked her teeth out -- Gibson managed a comeback tour at the Oscars this year for his war drama Hacksaw Ridge, and is now, inexplicably, starring in the purported family comedy Daddy’s Home 2.

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