Sunday, February 28, 2010

Gustave Lucien Dennery

Gustave Lucien Dennery by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

15 Interesting Facts about Dreams


I found fact #4 very surprising!

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.

Source [something intellectual]
Image Source [dreamcatcher]

Happy Black History Month!

With love from CB4

This video always makes me laugh.

Source [fyeahblackmen]

Saturday, February 27, 2010



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Mid-day Links

82 Years (and 9 months) of Being Gay! But maybe it's just a phase I'm going through.
  • For quick laughs: Overheard in Philly (yup, its the crazy things you might hear if your in Philadelphia)
  • Shopping: I need a new cross the shoulder all purpose bag (I always travel with a lot of stuff and need a big bag) and this Belstaff Colonial shoulder bag 556 from J.Crew looks nice but is rather expensive.
Image Source [100 Notes]

Pardon this interruption but Alexander is...

having a lunch meeting, let us watch, shall we...

that is all... carry on.

By the way, this MUST be his favorite shirt (unless it's the same day, but I doubt it)... I still love you Alexander Skarsgard (always).

Source [sexual fantasy]

Friday, February 26, 2010

Window Shopping

Window Shopping by Everett Shinn

Do You Want to be a Librarian?

First watch this film created by the US Government called "Your Life Work: The Librarian" from 1946.

Sometimes I think about going back and getting my masters, but I'm honest with myself and I know at this point in my life it would take too much effort and I just don't have the energy (I was so happy when I graduated from college, I remember slapping my hands and saying "done and done"). But if you want to be a librarian, here are a couple books which may help you on your way. Sike, these are children's books and I just felt like posting them.

I Want To Be A Librarian by Daniel Liebman

I want to be a librarian by (not sure the author, but cute cover image)

Never Forget: Soul Glo


Coming to America (1988)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Too Blue by Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

I got those sad old weary blues.
I don't know where to turn.
I don't know where to go.
Nobody cares about you
When you sink so low.

What shall I do?
What shall I say?
Shall I take a gun
And put myself away?

I wonder if
One bullet would do?
As hard as my head is,
It would probably take two.

But I ain't got
Neither bullet nor gun -
And I'm too blue
To look for one.

This poem is so painfully sad. With it's simple words and gentle rhyme you can immediately feel the desperation and weariness of the author. Truly one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets!

Image Source [Why? Because, I'm Celeste]

Afternoon Links

Alexander Skarsgard in water... as in he's wet...

  • Some celebrities grew into beautiful butterflies and some, well, they were always cute. Check out 34 Sexy Celebrities When They Were Young (actually it's kind of weird viewing this, I mean, how "sexy" can you be at 12?)
On a random note (when am I not random?), I heard Coco Chanel smoked 50 cigarettes a day. Anyone know if that's true?

Image Source [You're the short bus]

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Find Free eBooks for your Kindle

In my PJ's, lounging on the couch reading on my Kindle

So we all know Apple released their horribly named eReader iPad this month (insert jokes here). Meh. I will always remain Team Kindle. But I will admit to being surprised at the number of e-books (e-readers) out in the market place.

But for those who have joined the electronic reading train here are a couple interesting tid-bits I wanted to share. Please note: you don't need a Kindle to download the free eBooks I list below. Most resources allow you to view all eBooks on your computer.

There are free ebooks everywhere! Personally I haven't purchased a book yet for my kindle. I spend most of my time downloading and reading fanfiction (learn about the fanfiction downloader) and downloading the classics from Gutenberg. But amazon offers plenty of free ebooks, you can usually find them by clicking the link "Big Deals on Kindle" located on the left side navigation of the Kindle books page. Now, the selection might not be the "best" and tend to be a large number of "harlequin type" romance novels. But check it out often as they update frequently, and you never know what you'll find. And did I mention they were FREE!? So if you think you "may" be interested in the book, download it anyway. You can also find all the "public/free" books by searching for "-public" in the Kindle Store.

Barnes & Noble who manufactures the Nook also offers free ebooks. I have to admit their free book selection seems a lot better than Amazon's in the variety of their selection and the number of books offered. The only catch is you have to set up an B&N account first, which will require you to put your credit card number on file. You also need an account to download Amazon's free books (but I assume you have a Kindle so you naturally already have an Amazon account). Full disclosure: I haven't tried downloading a B&N eBook for my Kindle yet but I assume it will be compatible (sorry I don't have time to check), but you can read their eBooks on your computer, iPhone, iTouch, etc.

Chocolate and my Kindle... a perfect combination, of course the smudge marks don't help

Other locations you can find free e-books:
  • Internet Archive - they provide a permanent storage location of various digitized works (including websites, movies and images). Their website isn't the most user friendly and I haven't have that great of luck finding stuff I actually want to read but you might have better luck!
  • Google Books - I have to admit I don't fully understand how Google Books works. They have access to many books but most aren't complete (rather the ones I want tend to be partially online). But don't let that stop you! Learn how to convert Free Google Books (in ePub and PDF format) for your Kindle.
  • OverDrive - your local public library probably uses this company to provide FREE eBooks. You will probably need a library card to login and check out books. I should warn you, OverDrive books aren't compatible with the Kindle (for now) even though they are in mobipocket format, but I hear the Nook can view books from OverDrive. OverDrive also provides audio books, music and movies... for free from your friendly neighborhood library. To find out if your library uses OverDrive search here.
My moleskin notebook and my Kindle... reading and writing, they always go together

Additional Free eBooks and Audio Books
(I haven't used these sites but I hear they are cool)
  • The Book Depository - they have over 11,000 free eBooks (they also sell books with free shipping)
  • LibriVox - you know you can listen to audio books on your Kindle right? I haven't tried it yet but you should check it out. LibriVox housing numerous audio recordings of the classics.
  • Bookyards - they claim to be the library to the world
  • DailyLit - they send you short book installments by email or RSS feed
Resources/SourcesDo you know of any free eBook resources? Do tell and leave a comment!

Berna Escudero

Berna Escudero by Robert Henri

Never Forget: Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd in Indianapolis, announcing the assassination of Martin L. King.

I'm only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening, because I have some -- some very sad news for all of you -- Could you lower those signs, please? -- I have some very sad news for all of you, and, I think, sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world; and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black -- considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization -- black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love.

For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with -- be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

But we have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or go beyond these rather difficult times. My favorite poem, my -- my favorite poet was Aeschylus. And he once wrote:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King -- yeah, it's true -- but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love -- a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.

We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We've had difficult times in the past, but we -- and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it's not the end of disorder.

But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

And let's dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much.
I will always love Bobby Kennedy.

Top 10 Books Written by Librarians


Check it out: Top 10 Books Written by Librarians

I will admit, the only book on the list I'm familiar with (and it's one of my favorite books by the way) is The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler.

Never Forget: Another Bad Creation

Iesha by Another Bad Creation circ. 1990

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Erasing Memories


Remember the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Yeah that was a trippy movie which touched on rather intriguing ideas, like erasing memories (video below).

Now that I think about it, I wouldn't want anyone to erase any of my memories. I mean my past experiences made me who I am today. And since I've come to terms with who I am (note I said come to terms, I'm still trying to do better) there is no need to erase my memories. That made sense, right?

But then again, I've never experienced anything terribly traumatic which would be great for erasing memories. Even Harry Potter's wizarding world has a way to erase memories, it's called Obliviate or Memory Charm. Anyway, I'm just rambling and writing whatever pops in my head now... I really just wanted to remind everyone how cool Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was.

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[Jotter Book]

And around the web...

I find everything about this photo stunning.
  • Want to do something creative but requires little effort? Try making fabric bookmarks
  • Learn about Fred Rogers' (that's Mister Rogers to you) daily routine
  • Shopping: This soup and sandwich tray is cute (not cute enough for me to purchase though) and it's time for me to buy a new watch (I'm still undecided but think I will go with a classic Timex)
Image Source [Fierceness is always welcomed]

Meet Count Spockula


Source [Star Trek Fan @ Tumblr]

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker by Gerrit van Honthorst

Alain Delon... always cool...

Once again, I will say Alain Delon is cool.

Img Source [loverofbeauty]

Never Forget: Coogi Sweaters

Rapper Notorious Big wearing a Coogi sweater

Coogi sweaters (also known as the "Cosby Sweater") were very popular during the 80s and 90s.

Source [The Fashion Bomb]

Quote: Henry David Thoreau


“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity."
Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, February 21, 2010

So I've been web surfing...

Oh Mr. Darcy (from Bridget Jone's Diary)
  • "Tea Shirts"... cute tea bags which look like t-shirts on a hangers
Image Source [jocelyn seip]

The Ad the Superbowl refused to air...

The ad by ManCrunch (a gay dating site) was denied by CBS to air during the Superbowl. You can watch the ad below:

I wonder why??? (yes, that was sarcasm in my voice)

I'm a free BITCH BABY!

If you didn't immediately chuckle or laugh...

For this to be funny you should be familiar with the following:
  1. Harry Potter
  2. The Character Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter
  3. Lady Gaga's Song Bad Romance
Image Source [Suicide Blonde]

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quote: Horace Mann

"A house without books is like a room without windows."
- Horace Mann

Your Weekly Obama


I Read the Internet So You Don't Have To

“I find my lack of height disturbing!”

Things that have caught my fancy:
  • The story behind American Idol's "Pants on the Ground" Guy (yeah, I know this is late, but I figured I'll post the link anyway)
Image Source [Distracted By Star Wars]

Friday, February 19, 2010

Never Forget: Ru Paul's Supermodel


Supermodel (You Better Work) by RuPaul circa 1992

Another Keep Calm

Remember my Keep Calm and Carry On post back in December (if not just click the link). Anyway, I stumbled across another one... with a Sherlock Holmes twist.

Source [A Little Ostentatious, Don't You Think?]

Because It's Friday...

I'm On A Boat

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Misery Bear

Misery Bear's Valentine's Day

I love Mr. M. Bear. I hope he finds some happiness one day.

Check out the Misery Bear videos

Source [YouTube BBC Comedy & Blog Commenter]

Patrick Stewart doesn't tweet but loves his iPhone

Sir Patrick Stewart talks technology by explaining how he doesn't twitter but loves his iPhone.

Never Forget: Rick James & Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy and Rick James

Video for Party All The Time:

Source [that obscure object]

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happy Black History Month From the Internet


The internet, showing love for Black History Month the only way it knows... with top ten lists (but seriously, who doesn't love top 10 lists).

Shy People Notice Everything

"Shy people notice everything but they don't get noticed."

Anyone know what movie this is from?


UPDATE: 2/17/2010 10:34PM
Thanks to Amber* I found out this screen capture is from the Italian film Le conseguenze dell'amore (The Consequences of Love). A little YouTube search later and I found the clip below. Granted I have no idea what's going on (I believe it has something to do with loneliness - la solitudine) but it seems intense and I wish I could find an English subtitled version (will keep looking).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What You See Here Is Not Real...


LE ZÈBRE BLEU introduced me to the art work of Alison Jackson.
ALISON JACKSON has photographed the Queen of England on the toilet, George Bush and Tony Blair chatting in the sauna, Mick Jagger doing gymnastics, and Monica Lewinsky lighting Bill Clinton's cigar. Or has she? The likenesses are uncanny, but of course, her subjects are look-alikes. Her photos demonstrate that while seeing is believing, the truth is another story entirely. In her work, Jackson says, "Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look—our voyeurism—and our need to believe."


Quick Eye Candy: Daniel Craig

This is Daniel Craig... No words... just look.

That is all.

Image Source [You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!!!]

The funniest fail I've read in a while

When I read the following, I literally laughed for ten minutes straight. I showed it to someone else, and continued to laugh for another three minutes. I don't know if it will make you laugh that hard, but the person's answer to the question is just hilarious to me.

Source [Failblog]

Monday, February 15, 2010

What Would Barbara Adams Do?

Barbara Adams in all of her glory

One of my favorite podcasts Nerd Hurdles, which Jakob and Mandi (I really love Mandi, maybe it's the whole girl nerd camaraderie thing but I usually always agree with her opinions on the podcast) share their nerdy musings and now they have a "nerd store". Granted the store doesn't have many offerings (but I'm told they will be adding more in the near future) but the one item I love is their "What Would Barbara Adams Do?" t-shirt.
I know what you're asking; Who's Barbara Adams? I'm so glad you asked.

Barbara Adams may be the most dedicated Star Trek fan ever. I'm talking ded-i-cated! Back in 1996 Ms. Adams was selected to serve as a juror on the "Whitewater" trial (remember the Clintons and the whole Whitewater-Gate thing?). Anyway, Ms. Adams taking in the seriousness of this responsibility decided it was best to wear her Star Trek: The Next Generation style Starfleet Command division uniform (I'm talking with commbadge, rank pips, phaser and tricorder) to jury duty every single day.

Barbara Adams walking to jury duty

You see Ms. Adams wholeheartedly believes in the philosophy of Star Trek and lives her life accordingly. She claims to wear the uniform to all formal proceedings, "hoping to promote the programme's ideals, message and good, solid values." Apparently she rarely leaves her house without her uniform.

Wow! I wish I had the courage to do that! I mean, I love Star Trek and all it advocates but I would always feel self-conscience with people staring (and I can only assume there will be laughter from the "normies" who do not understand the wonderfulness of Star Trek). Of course I don't feel the need to walk around in a Star Trek uniform, mind you, but I do spend time, occasionally, fantasizing about life as a member of Starfleet (oh, it would be heavenly!).

Anyway, Barbara Adams is the high priestess of the nerd world and we should all bow down to her greatness.

Here I go in my t-shirt

So the "What Would Barbara Adams Do?" is $18.99 from Nerd Hurdles. See, I'm wearing my shirt in the image above!


Funny: Bonding with Baby

Source [frank anthony]

New York, New York

This video is just so precious! The kids from New York Public School PS22 Chorus sing “Empire State of Mind” originally sung by Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys.

Watch below:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Passin' Me By

I fell in love with this song back in 1993.

Passin' Me By by The Pharcyde

My last iPad Joke: The iPad Nano

And for the win!

other iPad jokes

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Never Forget: Cookie Time

Cookie Time - Troop Beverly Hills

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Alexander loves ladies of all ages

This is one of my favorite photos of Alex (look at that neck)

In the UK's Glamour Magazine Alexander Skarsgard reveals some yummy details about himself.

My favorite quote is:
"I've been with women who are older and younger than me so I couldn't say which was better. Five or ten years younger would be fine, but you could be up to 15 years older than me." - Alexander Skarsgard
As the ladies of All Hail the Northman explain, that means his ideal woman is between ages 23 - 48. Yup, that means I have a chance!!! (probably not, but a lady can dream can't she ;-)

Click on the image below for the full interview:

Source [All Hail the Northman]
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