Archive | January, 2011

First report

31 Jan

Just thought I’d let cyberspace know that my first serious attempt to lucid dream has convinced me that I’m severely abnormal in the dream-department. I spent most of the night waking up and telling myself to go back to sleep and have lucid dreams, then in the morning, I realised that I didn’t actually wake up at all, and I was dreaming myself wanting to dream.

On a different note, this is one of my favourite TV moments. (links back to the tumblr it came from)


My Project

30 Jan

I’m going to start writing down every dream I have again. I used to keep dream diaries, they got pretty bizarre.
Ability to recall dreams increases with practice, so regularly recalling and writing down dreams just makes you better at dreaming. I want to be good at dreaming so I can start doing crazy things in my head; write things, imagine characters, practice music, etc.

So I will be writing down my dreams every day for a year. I won’t post them (I’ll probably hand write them), but I’ll keep a record of how much better I get at dreaming, see if I can’t start regularly lucid dreaming, which would be cool.

This is all very Inception-inspired.


Another list of cool things

25 Jan

Thought I’d go internetting for some more cool things. These are things that are just pure cool. Mmm. Images link back to the sources, so you can further investigate the coolness.

1. Circular Bike

You might not get very far, but it looks like a heck of a lot of fun.

2. Obligatory Cool Clock (Because there is always a cool clock in these lists)

3. The architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

4. 1000 year old Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse

5. The fact that Edgar Wright invents time-travel at some stage

6. This Queensland couple who grow furniture

7. Nemo 33 (The deepest swimming pool in the world)

8. Katwise coats (image links to her Etsy store)

9. Giant backyard nests

10. Suren Manvelyan’s photos of eyes

Mental Note

24 Jan

Get this album.

And also an light suit. And a light guitar.

Beaten to the amazing-transparent-things-listing punch

23 Jan

Sometimes I hate the internet so so much.

I was going to create an amazing list of cool transparent things.

Of course it’s been done. Gosh I hate how I can’t seem to have a single original idea.

Stupid world.

It’s a cool list though.

Stupid everything.


Some more Omegle moments

21 Jan

Don’t remember if I’ve posted these before (they’re from exam period, I think… the time I frequent Omegle the most).

If I have, yell at me below, please.


Doing some blogging

20 Jan

Hey there, check this out. I’m going to do some blogging.

Last night (read: this morning) I had some weird dreams. I can divide them into three separate stories, I think.

The first was about a new facebook app that was growing popular, where you could answer a series of personality questions and the app would build a visual representation of your ‘mind’ that you could then share and compare. Basically, it came out as lots of multicoloured dots swarming around. Depending on your levels of optimism, energy, mental stability, etc, it would show these dots in various colours and moving at different speeds. You could see which of your friends were introverts and which were extroverts (because you totally didn’t already know that on account of being friends with them or anything), by looking at how fast their dots were moving.

Weird. I think it was because I watched this TED talk then spent a while playing with this thing last night.

The second dream was about a physics project I was supposed to do. Students were given a fish tank and a sample of this weird metal (looked like mercury, but I assume it wasn’t, because I would’ve KNOWN. I am a chemist!) and this metal would react with air if it warmed above, like, 3 degrees C. It didn’t seem toxic, just spongy and gooey and kind of cool. So we had to find a way to transport it (unreacted) using the fish tank and a thing with spiky bits on it that did something electrical.

Alex James of Blur was our tutor. It was a good dream.

The last dream just had something to do with hedgehogs and edible balloons.

Other things that have happened today include me finding a freaking accordion. I sort of had this feeling that there was an accordion in our house somewhere, probably because I’d seen it ages ago, and why would anyone throw out an accordion?? So I strapped a light to my head and climbed into the linen cupboard and spent about twenty minutes looking. I found this weird coat that felt all oily and smelled strange, but I expect a family of possums is living in it, so I left it.

BUT then I found the accordion. It’s pretty brilliant, all old and cracked and musty-smelling. There’s a big panel missing and the strap is broken, but I reckon I can fix it with some wood glue and some nails…  Some of the buttons need to be replaced too. I’ll try and find a camera and upload a pic of it soon. I think I will learn to play it, then join a Rapskallion-esque band and tour the world.

That’s the plan.

Here’s another picture I drew on my sister’s tablet last night. It’s pretty average but I’m getting more used to the whole…drawing on a tablet thing….



Wacom Fun

19 Jan

First attempt at using my sister’s new Bamboo to draw things.

Searching for things

19 Jan

Google autocomplete is a good source of weirdness.

I want to start a rock-climbing gym, just like the one in Pewter.


15 Characters I like

16 Jan

1. Ron Weasley

Ron was never in the limelight, but he was gracious about it and stayed upbeat through pretty much everything. Also he’s ginger, so he’s a good role model for people like me.

2. Artemis Fowl

Evil genius with a heart of gold. Definitely the sort of person I can look up to.

3. Violet Baudelaire

She’s an inventor and looks after her siblings through pretty horrific circumstances. All older sisters should be like her.

4. Kel from the Protector of the Small series

I haven’t read these for ages (and I don’t think I even finished the last one) but I did love them. Kel is an amazingly powerful girl. I used to pretend to be her at tae kwon do training when I was at primary school.

5. Arthur Dent

Dude encounters all kinds of weird stuff, but stays calm and delightfully British throughout. He and I share a dependence on tea.

6. Scott Pilgrim

He plays bass, he wears hats, and he fights like a champion. I just like his style.

7. Prince Zuko

He has his ups and downs, but ultimately is a wonderful guy. He also knows the importance of a good hair cut when making a big life decision.

8. Stefan Bashkir from The Supernaturalist

He’s just a hero. If you haven’t read this book, read it, then you’ll understand why he’s inspirational.

9. 2D

I’d kill to be half the musician he is.

10. Sebastian Flyte

He lives that Oxford lifestyle that I will never experience, carries himself so well, and has a teddy bear called Aloysius. He’s stylish, charming, childlike, and tragic.

11. Lyra (And Pan) from the His Dark Materials series

She travels the world to save her friend. Just thinking about the ending of that series reduces me to tears.

12. Seth Parrot from I’m Being Stalked by a Moonshadow

He gets himself into the most awkward situations. I admire his ability to cope with all that.

13. Bean from What Do You Think, Feezal?

No one believes her when she says she’s going to be kidnapped. Instead of moping, she makes the Wonderpants.

14. Mal Reynolds


15. Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon

He’s a viking who rides on dragons. Win.