Japanese Pocari Sweat
sports drink is striving to go where no ad has gone before: the moon. Lunar Dream
is their campaign to get kids to submit their dreams to include in a "dream capsule," on SpaceX's Falcon 9
, as part of the company's first moon landing in October 2015
. [more inside]
"Small electrical pulses during sleep make some people feel as though they can manipulate their dreams, a team from Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Goettingen reported Sunday," reports NPR
. But writer Ursula LeGuin was there first: YouTube Theater presents "The Lathe of Heaven"
(1980), a public television adaptation of LeGuin's 1971 novel of the same name. Lucid dreaming was never such a nightmare... (Previously
is an experimental documentary that visualises the dreams of ordinary individuals...
. Element: Mud
. Exemplar: The Lion of Belfort
. Element: Water
. Exemplar: Water
. Element: Fire
. Exemplar: The Court of Dragons
. Element: Blood
. Exemplar: Œdipus
. [Certain images NSFW on account of Victorian prurience] [more inside]
A few months ago there was a list of links to classic video game emulators posted.
Very recently, I'm pleased to report, those links all came true
. The Internet Archive bespoke upon aforementioned consoles, computers, and mileposts on our way to the tech utopia of today, (seriously, where's my flying car?) and they asked us to do something: Imagine every computer that ever existed, literally, in your browser
. And it was so.
I have absolutely no affiliation with jscott
, btw. Thought I should disclose that.
Do babies dream when they sleep, or they simply rest peacefully? Queenie Liao, an artist and a mother of three boys, has shared the adventures that her child Wengenn dreams of during his sleep.
Combining artistry and imagination with photography, Queenie has created captivating photos using plain cloths, stuffed animals, and other common household materials to create the background setting.
A REDTAIL'S DREAM
Two years ago, Minna Sundberg was an art student who aspired to write and draw graphic novels so she decided to create a 'practice comic' while still in school. It was a fantasy adventure based upon Finnish mythology - not like Norse Gods, the omnipotent entities here were spirit animals, including an irresponsible young fox spirit who messed up the Northern Lights (also known as 'Fox Fire') and pulled the population of a rural village into a Limbo-like 'dream bubble' between Life and the Afterlife. [more inside]
Dreams are real
[YT, 3:01, cats]
"One day I dreamed that my parents, my brothers and I went to visit three islands and I jumped into the water without protection,
" she wrote in her diary. "I felt like I could be in the water and not drown. I was curious and I swam into the deep water and then I saw my skeleton with my name written on it.
" Roger Omar collects children's dreams
, and asks artists to illustrate them
. [more inside]
My Psychic Garburator by Margaret Atwood [The New York Review of Books]
"Most dreams of writers aren’t about dead people or writing, and—like everyone else’s dreams—they aren’t very memorable. They just seem to be the products of a psychic garburator chewing through the potato peels and coffee grounds of the day and burping them up to you as mush." [more inside]
They wash dishes in restaurants, clean toilets and look after elderly incontinent people in the West. That makes the majority of the 30 million who have emigrated from Africa. Some are much luckier, they work in subaltern management positions in corporate America or in public institution in Europe. Few are real stars, successful with high pay and social status. Regardless of their current fate, they all share one thing in common: most of them want to return to Africa.
The recent medias’ drumbeat about “Africa is Rising” is making them restless and hopeful because most of them have quite a petty life in the West. They are constantly harassed by the state police, crushed by daily racism from their neighbors and strangers, economically and politically isolated, and with very little hope for a near-future improvement.
Unfortunately their dream to return home is painfully held back by deep fears and unanswered questions. Here are the top 10 fears of the African diaspora about Africa, and also the top 10 questions most of them are confronted with.
interactive experience is a sister project to Carol Morley's documentary Dreams
of a Life
With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
December 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Invisible Cities
-- the sublime metaphysical travelogue by author-journalist Italo Calvino
. In a series of pensive dialogues with jaded emperor Kublai Khan
, the explorer Marco Polo
describes a meandering litany of visionary and impossible places, dozens of surreal, fantastical cities
, each poetically reifying ideas vital to language, philosophy, and the human spirit. This gracefully written love letter to urban life has inspired countless tributes
, but it's just the most accessible of Calvino's fascinating literary catalogue. Look inside for a closer look at his most remarkable works, links to English translations of his magical prose, and collections of artistic interpretations from around the web -- including this treasure trove of essays, excerpts, articles, and recommended reading
. [more inside]
In 2006, aspiring inventor Marc Griffin appeared on the show American Inventor with a table game he had invented called Bulletball. Convinced he had created the next Olympic sport, he had spent 26 years of his life on the idea. He'd quit his job, sold all his possessions including his wife's wedding ring, and was sleeping in his car. The judges hated the idea – and his gut-wrenching experience on the show went viral. [more inside]
In 1998, a Playstation game called LSD: Dream Emulator
was released in Japan. The game had no goals except for wandering around and exploring a dream world from the first person perspective. [more inside]
What is the probability that you are dreaming right now?
asks Jan Westerhoff, author of Oxford University Press' Reality: A Very Short Introduction (large excerpts at Google Books)
. Westerhoff explains that since it's accepted that about 20% of time sleeping is REM (dreaming) sleep, if you sleep 8 hours a night, then 10% of your "conscious" time is actually dream time.* [more inside]
And so I descend once more into the mysterious depths of 3 Women, a film that was imagined in a dream. Robert Altman's 1977 masterpiece tells the story of three women whose identities blur, shift and merge until finally, in an enigmatic last scene, they have formed a family, or perhaps have become one person. I have seen it many times, been through it twice in shot-by-shot analysis, and yet it always seems to be happening as I watch it.
- Roger Ebert [more inside]
simply read Finnegans Wake
. Since it is said to make more sense when recited aloud, you could start with this recording
of James Joyce performing a passage from the "Anna Livia Plurabelle" section - which has been described as "one of the most beautiful prose-poems in English". [more inside]
The book “Traumgedanken
” (“Thoughts about dreams”) contains a collection of literary, philosophical, psychological and scientifical texts which provide an insight into different dream theories. To ease the access to the elusive topic, the book is designed as a model of a dream about dreaming. Analogue to a dream, where pieces of reality are assembled to build a story, it brings different text excerpts together. They are connected by threads which tie in with certain key words.
(aka Champix) is a drug developed to help people quit smoking. It works by binding nicotine receptors
in the brain. It has side effects -- nausea, gas, suicidal ideation, and strange dreams. "Strange dreams
"? Yep, it's right there in the official side-effects from Pfizer (17.13).
Here's a strange dream
. Here's another
. Here's some more
. [more inside]
Researchers at UCSC have collected and analyzed over 20,000 dreams. Their database includes dreams of people from all walks of life
and is available online
. Meanwhile, Sawlogs.net
offers some easy-to-grasp statistics
of its user-generated dream database
If it could be anywhere in the world, where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?
This was the question asked to people on the streets of London
. Some of the answers are mundane, some are beautiful. What would yours be? [more inside]
Dream World News
reports on the current events of the subconscious with the highest of journalistic standards. [more inside]
Dreaming of Nonsense: The Evolutionary Enigma of Dream Content
. Why on earth do our minds conjure up such ridiculous imagery, such inane thoughts, such spectacularly vivid and surreal landscapes, intense emotions—such narrative trash?
What if you were one of the Rohingya
people, and you faced death
in trying to escape, or were expelled
from your Homeland. Would you wait
for others to help
, or would you try
and do it yourself...
The Audacity of Hoops
Alexander Wolff (Sports Illustrated) examines the importance of basketball in Barack Obama's life. [more inside]
An Awesome Book
: About the power of dreams. Ostensibly "for children." [more inside]
Then, all of sudden, I saw a hand holding a piece of chalk and writing on a black-board something like a mathematical formula. The vision was very clear, but it stayed only for few seconds and disappeared again.
The Internet is abound with a new, simple technique for at-home DIY multimodal (vision, sound) Ganzfeld Hallucinations (previously)
. [more inside]
Randy Pausch, who became famous for his "last lecture
" after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has died at 47
The last lecture video went viral in late 2007. Pausch became a minor celebrity and made a commencement address
at Carnegie Mellon which also gained media attention. Homepage
(currently being overwhelmed) and Wikipedia
I Dream of Hillary... I Dream of Barack.
The world's first metaphysical poll on the Democratic contenders. Complied by Sheila Heti
Dreams: Night School
Revonsuo puts it, "The primary function of negative dreams is rehearsal for similar real events, so that threat recognition and avoidance happens faster and more automatically in comparable real situations."
is a pioneer in virtual reality
, a computer science professor
, a Disney Imagineer
, an innovative teacher
, and the co-founder of the best video game school in the world
. One year ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and after a long and difficult fight he's been given just a few more months to live
. This week he gave his powerful, funny, and life-affirming last lecture
to a packed auditorium at Carnegie Mellon University, entitled "How to Live Your Childhood Dreams". The WSJ's summary
, and a direct link to the complete video of the lecture
(2 hours, and unfortunately streaming WMV). Warning: hilarious jokes about dying.
In 1921 comic strip artist Windsor McCay
lay claim to the illustrious title Inventor of Animated Drawing on the title cards of his hand-drawn moving versions of Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend
. Here are three of the delightful and funny animations:The PetThe Flying HouseBug Vaudeville [more inside]
Cockroach Dream -
Knock out 100 cockroaches before the sleeping man goes mad! When you get tired of that, try the other Flash Friday games
on this delightful site. Dice Wars
and Ladies' Tournament Tennis
are particularly good. And take a moment to ponder your good fortune, for we are truly in the midst of a Flash gaming renaissance.
"To dream of eating pancakes, denotes that you will have excellent success in all enterprises undertaken at this time." "To dream of lard, signifies a rise in fortune will soon gratify you." "Dairy is a good dream both to the married and unmarried." "To dream of seeing your thigh smooth and white, denotes unusual good luck and pleasure." "To dream of noodles, denotes an abnormal appetite and desires. There is little good in this dream." "To dream of seeing a marmot, denotes that sly enemies are approaching you in the shape of fair women."
-- What's in a Dream?
A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams
by Gustavus Hindman Miller, published in 1901.
Artist Jesse Reklaw
takes people's descriptions of their dreams and turns them into four-panel comic strips
. Similarly, The Dream Project
turns descriptions into movies. Until we figure out how to record dreams in real time, this is the next best thing
. Updated weekly. Submit
(or apply to illustrate one
Life is but a dream. Some people study dreams
, while others post to dream BB's
. You can even learn how to have lucid dream
with these cool, little coins
. And of course, there is the inevitable link list.
. Being able to remember and control your dreams. Also see this Ask Metafilter