Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ear, 'ave you seen this?

And a rollicking good bleeeee to you all this fine morning...
from the telegraph...

"Many cultures talk with their hands, but the Australian performer Stelios Arcadiou claims he could soon be listening with his arm.

Arcadiou, a philosopher and performance artist known as Stelarc, said a surgeon had implanted a cell-cultivated ear in his arm.

The 61-year-old, who was born in Cyprus, claimed the ear was grown in a laboratory from cells. He said it took him 10 years to find a surgeon willing to graft the ear on to his left forearm.

Once the ear has developed he says he hopes to get a microphone implanted.

"It is more of a relief at present than an ear but it is still recognisable as an ear," he said. "The last operation was in September 2006 and it's only now that I'm about ready for the next step."
When the surgery is complete and his body has produced the necessary tissue, Arcadiou hopes to have a microphone implanted that will connect with a bluetooth transmitter. "That way you can listen to what my ear is hearing," he said.

An audience in Newcastle Centre For Life was introduced to his latest project, a "walking head" robot. The six-legged creation is one of the highlights of the Dott 07 design festival. It is programmed to perform a dance when someone enters the room."

And bleeee once more, but seriously, if you could grow something on your body what would it be? I would grow eyes in the back of my head. French Gay-who is here- said he would grow a clit and play with it all day just to see what he was missing out on. He didn't even hesitate for a second, so I am assuming he has given this some thought before.


Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Oh Stelarc.

If he thinks that's going to get him laid, he's wrong. As if the performance artist/philosopher thing wasn't bad enough.

Oh Stelarc. You twit.

11:58 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

You saying you wouldn't give that lobe a lick?

12:04 p.m.  
Blogger gimme a minute said...

I would like an extra brain to use for substance abuse.

Then I could use the other one for working and decision making and stuff.

12:10 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Decision making with a clear head? Where's the fun in that?

12:21 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Hmm... I'm happy enough with myself as I am... but, hypothetically spaeaking, I'd have to chose between another tongue or another penis.

12:22 p.m.  
Blogger gimme a minute said...

I'm guessing the extra tongue is going to be within hypothetical striking distance of your penis, Conan.

Or vice versa.

12:26 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I"m sure it was the great philosopher Bill HIck who once said,
'Ladies, if men could suck their own dicks, you'd be sitting here alone...looking at an empty stage.'

12:29 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Actually Gimme, I was thinking of somewhere else. But imagine if you got it somewhere by mistake - like in an armpit, where it was getting sweaty, washed and deodourised all the time. Yuck!

12:30 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

I would grow some extra toes so I could play football really well. Maybe a third leg so I could run faster...or a fourth.

Although, what if other people grew five or more legs and I only had four?

12:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

There's be a lot more free kicks and that's for sure.

12:32 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hey wait! Where were you thinking of putting it Conan?

12:32 p.m.  
Anonymous Macdara said...

Id grow a hard neck

12:52 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I'd grow a second brain. Something small and internal that no one else could see, but that could bolster up the first brain, give it a little extra power, and supply back up brain cells after drunken weekends.

Sort of a brain cell bank, if you will.

2:15 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

Superfluous appendages disgust me.

2:57 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Another one for the brain Missy. I suppose it could come in useful for Saturday Mornings when my own refuses to sgn in.

Mchawt,would it be brass?

Major I thought only dwarf clowns fully disgusted you?

3:11 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

People with ears on their arms are fucking idiots. Why would anyone put an ear on their arm?

Another one for the furnace, FMC.

3:24 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Why would anyone wear fish scale pants. I mean Twenty, who can say?

3:31 p.m.  
Anonymous MacDara said...

No TIll leave the Brass for me balls

3:35 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I'd grow a peg for my coat so I wouldn't keep leaving it places. It's just not cold enough here, see. You'd never make that sort of mistake in Scotland. The cold sharpens the mind and cuts right through the purplish fog of kir. "Oi, you, get your coat, you moron" hisses The Cold, helpfully

3:39 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hissing? You mean it doesn't bitch slap you about the face and kidneys like it does here? Very civilized I must say. I really do wonder where my leather gloves are, it's about that time of year again. I keep saying I'll put them up somewhere I'll remember and then doing exactly the opposite.

3:44 p.m.  
Anonymous stipes212 said...

a third ear on your arm? fantastic idea!!!. ideal when talkin' up your sleave. Eric Morcombe had one of them, and he was famous. I'm getting one

4:08 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

I can think of a lot of people who probably are afraid of this technology because of the chance that a particular sexual appendage would grow directly out of their foreheads. Yep, I know loads of those people.

4:32 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

An extra liver of course.

5:09 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Put me down for an extra liver as well. Maybe an extra kidney, too please.

5:22 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Clever folk. I like it.

7:22 p.m.  
Blogger The Hangar Queen said...

You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Tell French Gay I'd like a word.

10:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Oh it bad that your comment made me laugh out loud?

11:25 p.m.  
Blogger The Hangar Queen said...

Nope..not at all.For that was the intent.

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