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Journal of No. 118


August 24th, 2009

What I learned from SciAm this month @ 04:31 pm

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#1: Chicks are pretty good at math.

#2: Why are blueprints blue? Why did I never wonder why blueprints were blue and not some other color? Now that computer-aided design is all the rage, this is almost like asking why buggy whips were made from whalebone. Crap, why were buggy whips made from whalebone?

Anyway, to answer the question, John Herschel (son of William Herschel, who discovered Uranus) among his many scientific pursuits was involved in early photography (indeed, he coined the term 'photography'). One of his early inventions was the cyanotype. Although the process is pretty simple (coat paper or linen with a solution, expose, and wash with water), it wasn't a super success as a photographic method (though the first book ever published with photographic illustrations was Anna Atkins' book of cyanotypes of seaweeds). However, in the absence of photocopying machines, this simple process became the standard reproduction method for line-drawings, forming the negative image blueprints we know today. Or used to, now that they're dead as the dodo.

#3: The vibrator was "the fifth electric appliance to arrive in the home -- after the sewing machine, the fan, the teakettle and the toaster." Originally designed for use by doctors, the vibrator helped to liberate doctors from the time-consuming chore of having to manually stimulate women to orgasm in order to combat hysteria.
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:August 25th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
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I'd be pretty hysterical if some damn doctor was "stimulating" me. Although, I guess it depends on if he was hot or not. But still.
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From:aaronjv
Date:August 25th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
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If you were too hysterical, they'd pull your baby factory out, in a hysterectomy

But you knew that.

;-)
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:August 25th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Ha! :)

I just went and read one of the links. Amazing! "Honey, I'm hysterical. Give me an orgasm! Stat!"
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From:chibi_neko
Date:August 29th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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We were actually taught about sexual stimulation being a historical cure for hysteria in one of my graduate classes. Of course, we were also taught that hysteria was originally attributed to a "wandering uterus" (creepy). Ultimately, doctors decided that hysteria was linked to lack of sexual stimulation (such stimulation ostensibly being readily abundant in the marriage bed, leading rates of hysteria to be much lower among lawfully wedded women). Thus, the medical profession turned it's proverbial eye to the proper treatment of these hysterical - and often wealthy- women by providing stimulation as a medical necessity.

I'm just stoked to learn that vibrators can be deemed necessary medical equipment!

Journal of No. 118