As some of you may be aware, today was Halloween and in my culture we dress up on Halloween. We often dress as monsters, grotesques, clowns, heroes, other phantasms and fantasies. In following with the theme that is prescribed by my cultural understanding, I had but one logical option, I went as Phineas Gage. The strange tale of Phineas Gage is a truly amazing one; as a railway foreman in 1848, a tapping iron was shot through his skull, destroying a substantial portion of his frontal lobe. Miraculously, Gage survived the hole in his brain largely unchanged save for some personality alterations. It was a fun costume to make and it got me more than a few comments and funny looks on the BART to and from work today. I think that I'll try for something even fancier next year.