This is a photo I took quite a while ago now, while I was with my dad in the Botanical Gardens nearby. It has all kinds of beautiful flowers and plants, and we go there sometimes to take pictures, because my dad fancies himself a photographer. I took this particular one almost by accident. I intended to take the picture, but all I did was point the camera at the flower and press the button. Even so, I’m quite proud of it. :)
Wow, this is a really good picture! D:
Reblogging this in the hope that Ian (you can find him here) will be able to make this cake for Friday :L
If he doesn’t, I’ll post it on fb (:
YES! IT’S PERFECT!! Because I even remember he drew a picture of a charmander once and sent it to me, it’s PURRFECTT
Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life
“This is the first day of my life
Glad I didn’t die before I met you
Now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”
So if you want to be with me
With these things there’s no telling
We’ll just have to wait and see
But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery.”
Facebook: A rant (Part II)
I’ve had it out about Facebook before (which can be found here) where I talked about how I tend to find that people put too much emphasis on their online persona’s rather than who they really are in real life, and I’ve come to realize since that, in a sense, facebook is just one big popularity contest.
You log onto Facebook, and -what a surprise- you have a new friend request. You immediately click the link to find that it’s Joe Blogs (who you’ve never met before in your life) and the vast majority of people immediately think “Great, another friend on my friends list, I’m up to 340 people now” and click accept practically immediately. The fact that people have this kind of mentality when it comes to friend requests just goes to show to people view the amount of friends you have as a way of ranking how cool you are as a person, but ironically most of the time there’s a good few people in there that you genuinely don’t consider friends. Yeah, sure, the’s “Alison that I met at the beach once”, or “Jake that I went to primary school with years a go” but can you genuinely call those people friends? People who you hang with/talk to decently at least one a month? Look at your friends list now, and I guarantee that if you went through your friends list and took out all the people who are only really acquaintances the vast majority of people would have about half of what they had.
Yes, I realize the hypocrisy of what I’m writing, considering I’m a facebook ADDICT, but that’s the thing, Facebook is addictive. It’s fun to find out what friends are up to, and see what’s going on, as well update your status and let people see what you’re up to. Plus the amount of games, applications, quiz’s and everything else, it draws you in. That, combined with the fact that Facebook has some seriously dodgy privacy principles, makes the site a little bit devious to me. There’s been huge controversy over Facebook’s privacy settings. Most people know that if you make a facebook profile it’s there forever. No way of deleting it. Yeah, sure, you can deactivate it, but all your information, including where you work, what music you listen to, who your friends are, even your facial features, are stored on Facebook’s servers. permanently. “Well, as long as their not doing anything with it, I don’t mind TOO much” you may say, but that’s the thing. Facebook’s higher ups have links to American organizations such as the CIA and the FBI, so you know that your info is going to these people. Paranoid much?
I know I sound like a total conspiracy theorist right now, but do some research and find out for yourself, there’s some serious underhandedness going on on Facebook, and as much as I try and tear myself away from it, I can’t: Without Facebook, you miss out on SO MUCH. I often go into school, and quite often I can find the topic of something being talked about has been carried over from Facebook, and without my presence on the site, I would be completely out of the loop altogether.
Okay, I’m done. But It really does get on my nerves how much of a hold that Facebook has on people all together, and it blatantly uses that information to keep track of you. It’s creepy.
This is pretty cool. Imagine the amount of crap that you could get done and the amount of free time you’d have if you only slept for two hours a day!
Don’t you just love Adventure Time? <3
A strange (but very interesting) concept that I came across on the internet one time is the idea of “Lucid Dreaming”. “What is this you speak of!?” you may ask. Well, have you ever had a dream where you realized you’re dreaming? Strangely enough, regardless of the fact that we all know we can do anything in our dreams, even if we realize it we never seem particularly interested in doing anything. Well, lucid dreaming is basically training your subconcious so that when you’re having a dream, not only can you realize you’re dreaming quicker, but you also have much more vivid, believable dreams, letting you do whatever the hell you damn want.
Pretty cool, right?
The best thing is, it’s all in your head, meaning you could literally do ANYTHING. Ever see Inception? Remember near the beginning where Cobb recruits Ariadne to help him “build” the dream, and we see her do craaaaazy ass shit like fold the horizon in half or make an infinitely long path by having two big mirrors facing each other and then smashing them? Well you can do ALL of that, and more, because it’s YOUR dream. you’re in YOUR head. Something you’ve always wanted to do, like skydive out of a plane, or have an epic swordfight with the villain of a video game? lucid dreaming is your express ticket to that, and more.
I know what you’re thinking: “This is a load of BULL.SHIT” but lucid dreaming is a scientifically proven phenomenon. According to Wikipedia: “During the 1980s, scientific evidence to confirm the existence of lucid dreaming was produced as lucid dreamers were able to demonstrate to researchers that they were consciously aware of being in a dream state primarily using eye movement signals. Research on techniques and effects of lucid dreaming continues at a number of universities and other centers, including LaBerge’s Lucidity Institute” So it’s not complete bull.
I’m not the only one who found this an interesting concept: people have been developing techniques for years to induce lucid dreaming states, so that they could possibly have one themselves. People always seem to have to problem of waking up while dreaming, so people have even developed ways of prolonging a lucid dream, such as:
- Rubbing your hands together. The idea of this is to draw attention away from the feeling of you laying in bed and focus it on the feeling of rubbing your hands together in dream.
- Spinning around like a motherfucker: I’m not completely sure how this works exactly, maybe it’s the fact that you’re spinning around too fast for it to be real, and it helps you stay in the dream?
Unfortunately, to all this, there is one -potential- downside. Sleep Paralysis. When you go to sleep at night, your brain literally turns off your body’s ability to move in any way. Otherwise, you’d be randomly trashing about in your sleep, making your parents want to spend thousands of euros for therapy. Unfortunately, this effect can carry over sometimes even when you’re awake. See, when you’re dreaming lucidly, your brain is flickering between both the sleeping and waking states, and a semi-common side effect of this is waking up while sleep paralysis is still in effect. But that’s not all. Because your mind is still half dreaming, you can experience some extremely vivid, sometimes terrifying hallucinations. There are reports of people hallucinating demonic voices, and sudden pressure on their chests, unable to breathe freely. Unfortunately, as much as you can tell yourself that it ain’t scary, demonic voices are by their very definition, scary.
Look at it this way, you have infinite possibilities stacked against one possible downside.
Lady Gaga, as Joe Calderone was frighteningly phenomenal.
She basically just arrived looking like a short, unwashed Elvis hair-do rocking, guy with a sassy attitude and vulgar diction.
I LOVE IT.
Joe Calderone is her alter-ego who is Lady Gaga’s lover. At one point Joe spoke these words of…