Tattoos affect skin sensitivity

This really is a useless swig of information for most people, I suppose. A psychologist in Colorado, Todd Allen, has determined that tattooed areas of skin are less sensitive than non-tattooed areas of skin.

University of Northern Colorado psychologist Todd Allen tested 21 undergraduates who had gotten tattoos within the last couple years, most commonly on their lower back for females and upper arm for males, and found tattooed areas were less sensitive than matching non-tattooed areas.

Allen tested sensitivity with an aesthesiometer-a sort of caliper with two plastic points. The points were gradually moved closer together on the skin until the person could only feel one point of pressure instead of two. Tattooed individuals felt this point sooner on their tattoo than on the same part of the corresponding non-tattooed body part.

By the way, these tattoos on the lower back are called tramp stamps, and if I ruled the world, all hawt chicks would be required to get them just to please me and my love of the freaky chicks. Just to add some additional useless knowledge to the post.

[tags]Tattooed skin less sensitive, Tramp stamps rawk[/tags]

Coolest pinball machine evar!!1!

I’m a gamer. I’m pretty sure everyone who knows me realizes that. My frequent gaming related posts here should give some clue, I suppose. As a gamer, I’ve seen all kinds of gaming things I’ve wanted – consoles, PC upgrades, arcade machines, and more. Nothing I can recall, though, has ever appealed to the gamer geeky gadget gotta-get guy like this LCD-playboard based UltraPin pinball machine the Retro-things folks saw at Pinball Expo in Chicago.

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One interesting development at the show is UltraPin by Global VR. From a distance, this 250 lb machine resembles a machine from the past. When you get closer, you realize that the play field is actually a 32-inch 16:9 flat monitor, and the traditional dot matrix scoring screen on the back glass has been augmented by a second monitor. To keep the experience as real as possible, UltraPin features a force feedback system that allows you to bump (and tilt) the machine in a quest for a high-score.

The machine actually comes with 6 emulated classic tables, with additional table 6-packs for post-sales add-ons. Naturally, it comes with a real downside (as darn near every ultra-cool thing in the world does) – this puppy costs $6500. That, and apparently the pinball graphic does not reflect the surrounding virtual table.

[tags]Pinball hardware with emulated tables, Multiple pinball tables in a single machine, Virtual pinball getting better[/tags]