Saturday, February 23, 2013


Going to Hawaii.  Aloha

Will be reading


Have a good week

Friday, February 22, 2013

Projecting positvely with my left eye and face

I walk a bike path frequently. I have been playing with trying to projecting positively with the left side of my face and eye as people past us on the left side going in the opposite direction. I can do it easily at a good distance but it is harder for me to maintain as people get closer.

I usually pull in at the last moment often looking down and away. I am trying to pay attention what I do at that last second. It feels like the jaw, throat and tongue on the left withdraw inward. If I try to perceive what  the hyoid it seems to withdraw inward also.


and functions to draw the hyoid bone backwards and elevate the tongue.

As the hyoid moves upward and backward the airway is shut off.  My sense of myself is that I am very 'tight' muscularly in this area especially on the left side. Maybe a protective move to defend myself. The hyoid connects to many structures including surprisingly to the shoulder blades. I remember going to a wedding and watching the father of the bride walking down the aisle with his left shoulder hiked up. Normally he did not carry himself that way. I am wondering if the left side of my throat tongue is more reflexive than my right side leading to more withdrawal as I pass people on my left.

muscular connections of hyoid  picture

Talking with my mouth full

“See here, Jonathan,” said his father, not unkindly. “Winter isn’t far away. Boats will be few, and the surface fish will be swimming deep. If you must study, then study food, and how to get it. This flying business is all very well, but you can’t eat a glide, you know. Dont’t you forget that the reason you fly is to eat”

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

Eating lunch yesterday I wanted to try talking with a full mouth. Reflexively I switched the bolus to the left side of the tongue. I felt like I limited the left tongue instinctively in a sense stabilized it so the right tongue had the freedom to talk.  I then switched to left tongue mode and moved the the bolus to the right on purpose. It seem to clarify some the way I instinctively use my tongue.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Just a Wink

Language gene more active in young girls than boys

Watching a TV ad yesterday and a gal did something very simple but beyond me. She was getting criticized by her daughter and communicated to her by tilting the head and giving a wink with the left eye that she was not perfect. The mom seem to be saying "We both know it so why are you giving me grief"  in a very loving way.  The extent of my winking is limited to "I am in on the scam or secret"  like you see Spanky giving another one of the Little Rascals.

Spanky lifting weights

I was walking once checking out the left eye of people as I passed them in a friendly manner and one gal even though in a deep conversation with a a gal on her right made a connection with the left eye and said hello. I don't think I would have seen me if our positions were reversed. It surprised me so much that I had trouble coming up with a response. I am sure there are men who can do it also but what I find to be significant is how limited my communications skills are.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Left eye control

When I imagine words running right to left I have to bring my eyes to the right side first then read to the left. I am trying to involve the left eye as the lead as I do both. However I often 'fix' the left eye in a position where it doesn't seem to capture much information. 'Hey that ain't my job man'

I feel there is a strong connection between the left tongue and left eye especially when I move into left tongue 'mode' first.

Much to play with. Working on trying to have the left eye and tongue go in the same direction and then opposite directions very gently.  I do not want to but I can easily switch back to right tongue mode if I use extra effort or with very minor sensory input.  I have many years of practice in that already.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bubble butts

I have gained a great deal of weight over the last two years. It is not a good thing. I have been going to the gym and hitting the machines the last couple of weeks. My motivation is lacking somewhat.

However on the treadmill I have been having a different sensation of the left side. That it is more distinct. Before I always had the feel I had one butt now it feels like I have two glutes. It seems more 'correct'.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sliding my tongues past each other

Pane of glass in my head

half and half

I have a left tongue and a right tongue. If  I imagine a pane of glass in between them I can imagine the right side sliding forward as I pull the left side back and vice versa.  I can access this much easier than a couple of years ago.

Is there any value commensurate with the effort I put in? Probably not. I do think it has a tremendous influence on how I use my spine from pelvis to skull.

Late note- Just got back from a walk pushing my wife in a wheelchair.  My left heel strike feels much better than ever before but I still invert as I slide to stance. There is a much better completeness to the feel of the left foot while walking. I will see if it lasts.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Right tongue preference

Sometimes it feels like my left tongue is struggling against my right tongue. On occasion I perceive it harder for my right tongue to surrender it's preference than my left tongue to gain access to movement.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Shifting the hyoid

This is not Medical advice. I know of no benefit of trying to due this. In fact you are probably more likely to hurt yourself if you try it.

finding the hyoid

hyolingual complexity

hyoid posture

I feel I can move the hyoid left and right slightly. It lies at back of my tongue at the base slightly above the adam's apple. For a small bone it has many muscular attachments on the left and right. When I swallow it elevates to protect the airway

 hyoid elevation

The following muscles are attached to the hyoid:

Hyoid bone

Instead of just trying to turn it I am now trying to shift it left and right.

very interesting

I get a strong connection (when I imagine that I am shifting the left side of the hyoid up and laterally and the right down and medially) along the full length of the lateral spine and ribs. When I do the opposite it feels more like the usual me.

Not sure it means anything but

The power of the innertoobs (somewhat OT)

Curing cancer by a 16 year old


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Good vibrations

Good vibrations

Actually listening to Unforgettable again. Nat seems to hold onto the vibrations of the notes after the word is sung. I don't think my left side musculature in the tongue region ever had the ability to vibrate before. I can only do it badly now.

It was if it was cast in stone that had no feeling. The point being my left tongue/throat is not my right/tongue throat even though that is only what I felt before.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Playing with the left eye

To sleep perchance to fish

The two halves of a dolphin’s brain can sleep in shifts, “shutting down” one at a time so that the animal is always half-awake. They can truly sleep with one eye open, an essential skill for an animal that has to be constantly watching for predators and timing its breaths. 

The article brings up the point that the dolphin eyes are on thr sides of their head while mine

my eyes

are somewhat more in the middle. On occasion I get the feel that I can make the left eye dominant which in a way feels like I switched over to the left. What switches over I do not know and I don't know if I want to ask that question. But the use of myself feels different than normal.

Stolen from the comments 

"I believe I speak for the entire human race when I say, 'Holy fuck,'" said Oceanographic Institute director Dr. James Aoki, noting that the dolphin has a cranial capacity 40 percent greater than that of humans. "That's it for us monkeys." 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A lifetime of habits

Looking at the thickness of the genioglossus in the image linked I see only the left muscle as the head is cut down the middle in the sagittal view. In order for the left tongue to be used to talk I suppose the muscles shape must be directed by the opposing cerebral hemisphere unless the use is a reflexive action based on the mirror muscles contraction or relaxation.

What I feel is I have two tongues where before I had one tongue. My lifetime of habits prevented me from feeling what I now suspect to be true.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Being right

In a way being right always means being one directional.

“The more social the animal—where cooperation is highly valued—the more the general population will trend toward one side,” says Abrams, an assistant professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
“The most important factor for an efficient society is a high degree of cooperation. In humans, this has resulted in a right-handed majority.”

Why lefties are rare 

It may be in the benefit of society at the expense of the individual. I feel I think to the right and my body follows. I was trained from birth and maybe even prebirth that this was the most efficient way to fit in.

As I play with the left tongue and wonder why things aren't working out for me :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Split mind musings

Duality of the mind 

Arthur Wigan's Book

The eminent geometricians who were employed on the trigonometrical survey of the country some years ago, did on one occasion lose their way, and were set right by a ploughman. 

NIH abstract on Athrur Wigan 

He was not satisfied with independence, however, and tried various ways of allowing for joint action by the two sides of the brain, as well as for substitution, with one side having the power to act on behalf of both in cases of disease or injury. He also considered that one hemisphere, usually the left, was generally dominant; but he did not see the two hemispheres as differently constituted. Recognition of differentiation of function between the two sides came chiefly out of the largely French discussions, in the 1820s and after, about the location--frontal or not--of 'language', and out of the work and arguments of the middle of the century. Broca's left frontal language centre became widely known, though its experimental base was weak and he himself seems to have been more interested in the fact that it was frontal (the older debate) than in its one-sidedness. Brown-Séquard did not accept Broca's findings because of his general opposition to specific locations for particular functions; but he enthusiastically revived Wigan's notions of duality, without developing them further.

I think I learned to be right handed in response to my environment mainly due to speech and communication. I feel I am playing with  left tongue that I did not know of until relatively recently. It exists as a separate entity along with left throat.  The general organization of my body is a reflection of the dominance of the right sided communication. When I relate to others by making eye contact I relate my right eye to their right eye. The left eye is out of the picture in a way. When I use my left eye to see their left eye a different person can almost emerge. My normal is left to right or the right eye has permission to cross midline and back to the right. My left eye can go to the right but it seems to stop short of going as far as it can almost  in a deference to the right eye. My left tongue has a great deal of difficulty in crossing the midline. I am wondering is the Broca area established at birth, learned, or both?

Friday, February 1, 2013

My left right perception

The title should actually be 'My perception to the left and right'. Things moving to the left while visualized with my left eye dominant seem to stimulate my left tongue more. Most of the time I spend in the right eye mode reading and seeing things usually left to right. I think I feel I connect with right eye to right eye when talking to other people. When I look for the left eye it feels foreign as I have if I do not get enough information somehow. I feel I read another person face the way I read a book or the internet. I feel left and right are more accurately described 'as to the left' and 'to the right.'