(I would also like to note that one half of the team who created this great plugin is a woman: Julie Meloni, who worked with Jeremy Douglass)
Apparently, sleepwalking "runs in families and is likely genetically based. Contrary to the common belief that sleepwalkers are acting out their dreams, sleepwalking does not occur during REM sleep, which is when we typically dream. It actually occurs when we are in the deepest stages of sleep, stages 3 and 4. The behavior occurs in a state between deep sleep and wakefulness and the disorder has been classified as a 'disorder of arousal.' The subject seems to have been aroused and then stuck in an in-between state."
Well, I guess trying to close kitchen windows isn't too bad (helpful even?) but something like last night's dream does make me wonder if I inhaled too much second-hand smoke (if you know what I mean...). In my dream I had been recruited by an army marine biology research unit (they even had an acronymn: a.m.b.r.u. - officers and other important people in my dream said "ambru"). I didn't know why I had been recruited (seeing as my academic background is in new media, English lit., psych.) but apparently I had something to offer the team. And so I was briefed. I was told that there was a new but dangerous sea monster which I would have to pursue and then tranqualize. At the time of the briefing this seemed to be no problem. I remember holding a special rifle-shaped machine that upon shooting would put the sea being to sleep (not permanent, just a nap). I readily signed documents (and even noted the small print - I used a magnifying glass to read it - that absolved the army of blame in the case of my death). Most of the rest of the dream involved me swimming around underwater with no mask or oxygen tank but deep enough so it hurt to breathe. I finally caught up with this "sea monster" who was actually awfully cute. It told me its name; Zoe. I couldn't tranquilize it at the point and realised this had all been some crafty army plot to capture a wild and new species. Of course I couldn't do that to Zoe (we'd bonded over Second Cup white hot chocolate in her underwater cafe...). I proceeded to help her to escape, escorting her through the murky waters. Now, in real life I was sitting in bed pretending to swim. As I, in dream land, found the edge of the sea (like a pool, there was a great big silver ladder and blue steps) and clambered out, I stood up in bed and fell off it! That woke me up.
Shrinks and psych. students alike may suggest that remembering the dream is a way of showing ourselves that we can cope with seemingly insoluable personal dilemmas...hrm, should I be a marine biologist for the army or not....perhaps that will be tomorrow's dream?
Want to interpret your dreams? Here are some ideas:
Bird: an image of the soul, that part of man that is free.
Climbing: encouragement to persevere and solve a problem.
Crossing a river: a fundamental change of attitude.
Death: fundamentally, death is a transformation; the wish to be born again; to start over clean. Old things are dying, new things are being born. An urge to make a change in life.
Exams: fear of failure; fear of being tested.
Exhibitionism: a need to find psychological balance.
Falling: as an archetype falling represents primal fear. It can also be an experience from early childhood; or it can symbolize loosing self-worth; or a moral depression; or falling back to an earlier situation.
Flying: freedom and the escaping the common and worldly life.
House: a house is usually the self. The rooms can be different aspects of the personality. The basement is the unconscious or the lower energies in the personality; the attic is the higher part of the self.
Missing a bus, train, ship or airplane connection: the fear of missing a change; or a sign that the dreamer has to change his attitude if he wants to make progress.
Sexual dreams: Erotic dreams are not always expressions of sexual desires. They can point to problems with the partner, or they liberate certain inhibitions in our contact with other people. Sexual dreams can mirror the fear of the loss of something, or point to a falling apart of something.
Snake: from a traditional point the snake can mean evil things, or conflicts between instincts and conscious choices. The snake as an archetype is about transformation and a big change in one’s life, especially when a snake has bitten.
Spider: the psychic world which is not easily accessible to the conscious. In the east Maya, the veil of illusion, is called the spinner.
Stairs: as stairs are used to go from one level to another, they symbolize the passing from one phase of life to another.
Teeth, losing: growing up.
Water: can be prenatal memories of floating in the amniotic fluid, the desire to go back to this state of protection, or the desire to be born again. Water also relates to the unconscious. Clear water is like clear life energy. Water often symbolizes emotions that one is going through.
You say language will lose its charms, its ability to charm, its power to mesmerize.
You say the world turns, spins away, or that we turn from it. You're pretty desolate.
You mutter a number of the usual things: You say, ".... are rust," "...are void"'... are torn."
You think you know what a book is, what reading is, what constitutes a literary experience. In fact you've been happy all these years to legislate the literary experience. All too happy to write the rules.
You think you know what the writer does, what the reader does. You're pretty smug about it.
You think you know what the reader wants: a good old-fashioned story.
You think you know what a woman wants: a good old-fashioned—
You find me obnoxious, uppity. You try to dismiss me as hysterical or reactionary or out of touch because I won't enter that cozy little pact with you anymore. Happy little subservient typing "my" novel, the one you've been dictating all these years.
You rely on me to be dependent on you for favors, publication, $$$$$$$$, canonization.
You are afraid. Too smug in your middle ground with your middlebrow. Everything threatens you.
You say music was better then: the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac. You're boring me.
You say hypertext will kill print fiction. You pit one against the other in the most cynical and transparent ways in hopes we'll tear each other to bits
while you watch. You like to watch. Hold us all in your gaze.
Just as you try to pit writing against theory, prose against poetry, film against video, etc., as you try to hold on to your little piece of the disappearing world.
But I, for one, am on to you. Your taste for blood, your love of competition, your need to feel endangered, beleaguered, superior. Your need to reiterate, to reassert your power, your privilege, because it erodes.
Let's face it, you're panicked.
Interesting facts from the 2001 Statistics Canada Census (they're working on 2006 now):
The main variation between the provinces, with respect to universities, is the amount of funding they receive. Universities in Quebec receive the most funding and have the lowest tuitions. Universities in Atlantic Canada generally receive the least funding and some, like Acadia University, are almost wholly reliant on private funding. When Ontario had five years of high school, a three-year bachelor's degree was common, but these degrees are being phased out in favour of the four-year degree.
Now, look at these images, compare the percentage of Canadians employed with a degree and the percentage of British with a degree....why the difference? The first two illustrate Canadian census stats while the bottom image shows the U.K. info: (click on images to see a larger more legible version)
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A Chieti, sempre il venerdi' santo, si svolge la via crucis più antica d’Italia con il Miserere cantato da sole voci maschili e accompagnato da cento violini.
Interestingly, the creation of the Canadian Rangers also means job creation especially for the Inuit; the team of 31 people is primarily Inuit. Also amazing is that while cutting-edge technology was employed by the team (satellite communication, food drops, satellite imagery etc...) they still used "komatiks," (Inuit-designed wooden sleds). Some things were just made right eh? These sleds were able to traverse jagged sea ice up to 3 meters high! Go Operation Nunalivut (the land is ours).
Tomorrow, a new kind of art exhibition is going to open in Toronto: Artcade. This will mark the culmination of years of activisim on the part of people like Toby Grindley (owner of Microplay) and 12 other Greater Toronto artists. Together, this group has strived to represent video games as not "inferior to film and literature." The arts on show is inspired by the world of video games. Objects like the "1 UP" mushroom in Super Mario Brothers that spits spores and lights up are said to be the main attractions. While Grindley and the other artists agree that video games have not been around as long as other art (their examples are "literature" and film) they still have "credibility" in their own way. While those involved with this exhibition (taking place at Grindley's store in Toronto) maintain, on the one hand, that video games offer a new kind of window on the art world, while on the other hand explain that games are just "a different way to experience a story." For more on this story go here and here.
The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a 20 per cent refundable tax credit for eligible expenditures incurred by qualifying corporations, with annual gross revenues of up to $20 million and total assets of up to $10 million, to develop eligible interactive digital media products in Ontario. This refundable tax credit is targeted at smaller, multimedia companies that develop and market their own interactive digital media products, such as educational CD-ROMs or games.
The Budget proposes to raise the tax credit rate from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for corporations qualifying under the existing OIDMTC provisions. This would provide greater support for Ontario's smaller interactive digital media companies while creating more opportunities for Ontario's highly skilled talent pool.
For more on this story see here.