15 cool facts about dreams:

January 18, 2010

1. You forget 90% of your dreams. Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone.

2. Blind people also dream. People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.

3. Everybody dreams. Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think, you are not dreaming, you just forget your dreams.

4. In our dreams, we only see faces that we already know. Our mind is not inventing faces – in our dreams we see real faces of real people that we have seen during our life but may not know or remember. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not everybody dreams in color. A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. Studies from 1915 through to the 1950s maintained that the majority of dreams were in black and white, but these results began to change in the 1960s. Today, only 4.4% of the dreams of under-25 year-olds are in black and white. Recent research has suggested that those changing results may be linked to the switch from black-and-white film and TV to color media.

6. Dreams are symbolic. If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.

7. Emotions; The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions are more common than positive ones.
8. You can have four to seven dreams in one night. On average, you can dream anywhere from one or two hours every night.

9. Animals dream too. Studies have been done on many different animals, and they all show the same brain waves during dreaming sleep as humans. Watch a dog sleeping sometime. The paws move like they are running and they make yipping sounds as if they are chasing something in a dream.

10. Body Paralysis.

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes. REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20-25% of total sleep, about 90-120 minutes of a night’s sleep.

During REM sleep the body is paralyzed by a mechanism in the brain in order to prevent the movements which occur in the dream from causing the physical body to move. However, it is possible for this mechanism to be triggered before, during, or after normal sleep while the brain awakens.

11. Dream Incorporation. Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses are bombarded with when we are asleep and make them a part of our dreams. This means that sometimes, in our dreams, we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For example you may be dreaming that you are in a concert, while your brother is playing a guitar during your sleep.

12. Men and women dream differently. Men tend to dream more about other men. Around 70% of the characters in a man’s dream are other men. On the other hand, a woman’s dream contains almost an equal number of men and women. Aside from that, men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female lot.

13. Precognitive Dreams. Results of several surveys across large population sets indicate that between 18% and 38% of people have experienced at least one precognitive dream and 70% have experienced déjà vu. The percentage of persons that believe precognitive dreaming is possible is even higher, ranging from 63% to 98%.

14. If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.

15. You can experience an orgasm in your dreams. You can not only have s e x as pleasurable as in your real life while dreaming, but also experience an o r g a s m as strong as a real one, without any wet results. The sensations felt while lucid dreaming (touch, pleasure and etc..) can be as pleasurable and strong (or I believe even stronger) as the sensations experienced in the real world.

post before bed

January 17, 2010

just finished eating some chipotle and i’m now watching sex drive.

i really want my tattoo but my parents are not havin it. i think i’m going to get a white ink tattoo so they won’t really notice. then i’ll finally tell them and then they can’t say anything about getting my actual tattoo! genius right? problem is, i now have no idea what i want to get for my white ink tattoo. something small of course and preferably beatles themed. suggestions?

what were you thinking?

January 13, 2010

I’ve been wanting a tattoo for a long time . . . but it’s tattoo’s like these that prevent my parents from supporting me.

Seriously people? My god . . . no offense if these are yours but how are you going to feel about these in like, 20 years?

ok ok ok I just discovered this and had to write a post about it.

ADIDAS STAR WARS APPAREL!

Just take that in for a minute . . .

Yes you read right. Adidas has officially released their line of new Star Wars apparel including footwear and some jackets. They are SO SWEET! I wish they’d come out with a woman’s line, otherwise I might have to buy the men’s shoes…that’d be a little odd. But whatever! I’d totally do it! These kicks are freaking fantastic! Check ’em out!

GAH! WANT WANT WANT!

Check out the rest of the apparel here. http://www.starwars.com/vault/collecting/news20091208/index.html

Well, I have officially finished my first assignment . . . an hour before it’s due. Welcome to college! I head back to the beautiful city of San Francisco tonight. I’ve missed it. But then I had back here tomorrow. fail. Oh well. I know the commute’s killer but that’s the price you pay for a good education, {well that and the ACTUAL price you pay…you know, money wise}

But parking has been such a bitch I can barely handle it. The people here are vultures when it comes to finding a spot. It gets to the point where if you aren’t a cold-blooded parking spot stealer beez you could be looking for parking for an hour. Luckily I found a spot today only my mini cooper could fit into. Man I love that car. I would love to have an old one though. I have an ’02 and while I love it to death it’d be so sweet to have one of the originals.

Just like that little bad boy. I would die for that car {well not really because then I’d be dead and could not therefore drive it but you get the point} I saw one in a used car dealership in Santa Cruz and I should have stopped to look at it but I was sadly running late and when I went back later of course it was gone. I should have known an adorable piece of machinery such as that couldn’t wait around for long.

Half an hour until my next class. Humanities in the Middle East is the name. It’s actually incredibly fascinating and I think my teacher’s going to be freaking sweet. {she’s the one who made the star wars reference last class} I’m standing in the library, {who the heck knows why they have standing computers but whatever} and now my legs hurt real bad. I need to get in shape. Luckily I had my body conditioning class this morning. Sadly I woke up late and didn’t have time to eat breakfast before hand so I felt like I was going to pass out but it’s alright. I feel awesome now. Ate some yogurt so I’m good. Ok I’m starting to ramble again. Write more later.

As my Italian professor would say, “ciao”

white ink tattoos

January 12, 2010

i just wanted to make a quick post about this picture of a white ink tattoo i found.

it really makes me want one. that is all.

College Student Woes

January 12, 2010

so my friend wanted to make sure i added that her boyfriend is fucking stupid and needs to learn how to communicate.

and onward! so i have officially completed my second day of the semester. luckily i got into the math class i needed which is a plus. sadly all the classes i got into are at the santa rosa junior college and not city college san francisco. damn budget cuts. but oh well. my teacher’s are actually pretty cool. my economy teacher quoted aladdin, “you’ve heard of the golden rule? the one who has the gold makes the rules”, another teacher compared the first day of a new semester to a date on eharmony and said he wanted to raise his grade on ratemyproffesor.com from a B to an A. another gave a brief history of his life as a broke rockstar in crappy bands during the sixties, and another one referenced star wars. so all in all it’s been a good first two days. and now my social life is officially over. my teacher’s were talking about the amount of homework we’d have and for the first time since i started school back in kindergarten i believe that it will be EXACTLY how much homework they say it’s going to be. To be a full time student you need at least 12 units. well this semester i’ll have 18. yea, i know it’s going to be tough, which is exactly why i know that my social life is officially over. which is depressing because i really like my social life.

the santa rosa jc has been good to me so far though. except for the fact that i’ve practically seen half of the kids i went to high school with so far around the campus. i think to myself, wasn’t this the reason you moved away in the first place? but at least i still technically live in san francisco otherwise i might kill myself. and it’s not just my old high school peers who irritate me about the school either. i mean i wouldn’t call myself a fashion snob {very far from it actually} but seriously?! the clothes the people wear here is ridiculous. and i thought that they dressed weird in san francisco. at least hot straight guys are more bountiful in santa rosa than san francisco. almost all of the great guys in san francisco are either already taken or gay. so that pretty much sucks for me. not in sr though, or santa cruz. which is another reason i’m excited to get there eventually.

on a completely unrelated topic, i went to the deli today to order a BLT {a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich for those of you who aren’t in the know} and this is how the conversation went:

me: “hi, i’d like to order a BLT”
counter guy: “alright, would you like lettuce and tomato on that?”

seriously dude?! yea, i just asked for BLT but hold the L and the T. or better yet, hey dude, can i have a B? no. i asked specifically for a BLT. done deal. order over. maybe it’s just habit for him but honestly, it’s still a pretty ridiculous question to ask. you don’t order a ham and cheese sandwich and have the deli guy ask if you want cheese on that. it’s a given because it’s in the name unless you say otherwise. duh.

i don’t know why but i feel i need to share this.

wasn’t daniel radcliffe just so adorable back then? it was during the days when the better other dumbledore was still there and before he got naked with a horse on stage decided to do plays. oh well, what can you expect from someone who’s trying desperately to escape the name harry potter as his only acting experience on his resume? just like apparently emma watson turned into a total douchebag bitch. {not that bitch is that much better than douchebag, but it sounds a little more elegant}

ok i’m going to stop being a loser on the last night of my social freedom {even though i have homework to do already} and go join my friends who are making mac and cheese downstairs {yes mac and cheese. who said you can’t enjoy it in your twenties?} peace x

flickr

January 11, 2010


a matter of balance

Originally uploaded by californiabirdy

At first I was fairly confused on the concept of flickr, but I’m really starting to like it more and more. I’ve found a bunch of great photos and really cool photographers. It’s really awesome that it’s a photo sharing service for people who are actually legitamately interested in photography.

I most definitely fell in love with the picture above. Here’s the link to the photographer’s photostream. http://www.flickr.com/photos/californiabirdy/
I’m truly impressed. Especially with this photo. It just captures everything I love about photography. I hope I can eventually just naturally see the photo when I look at a view like this.

I honestly need to go running around San Francisco more just taking pictures. I keep forgetting that I live in one of the most amazing cities in the world. I just need to get out there and go. GO.

school starts tomorrow…

January 10, 2010

It’s a new semester, at a new/old school. Time for a fresh start. Kind of. For someone who should be in their junior year of college, I sure feel fairly far behind still going to a junior college. But I have to make due to transfer to the college of my dreams, UC Santa Cruz. But first I have about a million things to do tomorrow, I just hope I don’t go nuts.

To-Do List for myself:

-Get up and go to school
-Buy books for classes
-Ship back broken PS3 I bought on eBay
-Mail letter of changes made to college application
-Organize old room in parents house
-Do other things

Can’t you see how incredibly busy I am? I mean sheesh, I have no idea how I’m going to get it all done. But you know I’ll just have to make due I suppose.

I am really excited for my spinning class tomorrow though. For those who don’t know what a spinning class is, it’s really just sitting on a stationary bike and working your guts out. I’ve been feeling like such a blob lately that I really need to just get fit. So yea, I’m stoked on this class. Especially since I’m a little too lazy to get motivated on my own. So I figured being required to go to an actual class I’ll be way more motivated to get in shape.

But anyways, enough talking about lame things. I’m sitting in my living room in my parents house because it’s closer to my junior college than San Francisco is. Family Guy is on adult swim. And I’m hungry. Wow quite the predicament. Also I’m broke. Sorry to complain but these things happen. Maybe the folks have cereal . . . I should go check. Not now though.

God who would want to read this? This is awful. I need more interesting things to write about. Nothing comes to mind immediately so here’s something to get your blood boiling.

ew. I’m throwing up as I look at this. More later! x

I’m not normally the kind of person who goes out to see a scary movie because, well, they scare me and normally that’s unenjoyable. Something definitely drew me to this movie. Maybe it was because of it’s complete opposite take on the whole vampire craze that’s going on right now and I wanted to see how they approached it.

Honestly, I’m a bit surprised that it hasn’t been done before, and I thought that they did a fairly good job at portraying what life would be like if humans were on the run. So let me give you a brief summary. Instead of the typical story line we’ve been seeing lately where vampires are/have been in hiding, living in the dark in secret, vampires rule and are the majority of the populace here. Humans are on the run in fear of being caught and farmed for their blood. Though now, there is a severe blood shortage as humans are literally going extinct so the vampires are starving. Edward (played by Ethan Hawke, and of course his name has to be Edward…) is the lead Hematologist (or Blood Doctor) trying to find a blood substitute so the vampires can survive.

It might have seemed I’ve given a lot away here but honestly all this information comes out within about the first 10 minutes of the movie. You’d be able to fully grasp the concept of what’s going on and what the movie’s about within a surprisingly short period of time even if you had absolutely no clue what it was about and had never seen a trailer for it or heard anyone talk about it before, etc.

Half the people I went with didn’t like it and the other half did. So it’s fairly fifty-fifty. There are a couple parts where bats screech and jump at the screen which makes you a little fidgety in  your seat but if I could sit through it, most people could. Of course it isn’t the feel good movie of the year but it was a fairly entertaining watch. And for those who are sick of the Twilight frensy going on it’s a nice change of pace.

Of course it’s cinematic value wasn’t worth much, but the cgi wasn’t bad and I didn’t think the storyline was overplayed. Some didn’t like the ending but if you’ve seen it (or even if you haven’t seen it) I couldn’t think of any other way to end it without the movie going on for another couple of hours.

Of course I’m not super movie geek who reviews movie’s for a living but I just wanted to give my take on it and that I personally thought it was rather enjoyable. I do reccommend it but maybe wait for the dvd…