Chef Jules of Gourmet A Go-Go has tagged me! Following my Eight Things, you’ll see if I’ve tagged you!
Rules: Each person posts the rules before their list, then they list 8 things about themselves. At the end of the post, that person tags and links to 8 other people then visits those peoples sites and comments letting them know that they have been tagged, and to come read the post, so they know what they have to do.
My Eight Things:
1. I ran as a Green Party candidate in the 1990 provincial election in Ontario. I got a whopping total of 454 votes. The irony? That was the only year that I didn’t work for the NDP and that was the year that Bob Rae was elected Premier.
2. My friends describe me as an introvert with moments of insanity. Meaning that I can put on an extraverted persona when I’m with a bunch of people I don’t know and no one would ever realize that I’m really an introvert. Except for my friends, who then think I’ve just gone insane. Or I guess I should say, more insane.
3. I love the colour orange.
4. Both of my parents were actors. I rebelled by going into veterinary medicine. But now I’m a writer and an aspiring filmmaker, so I guess my rebellion didn’t last.
5. I watch a ridiculous number of makeover shows, both home makeovers and people makeovers. But I would hate having someone try to make me over. Which leads me to…
6. My natural hair colour is dark brown with more than a smattering of grey. It used to have auburn highlights before I started going grey in my early twenties. I currently colour it black with blue and raspberry highlights and one blonde streak in the front. Plus I dress too young for my age. Fortunately, no one can guess my real age so hopefully no one will call “What Not To Wear” on me.
7. I love to read. I’m not too picky about genre. Some favourite authors include: Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, Jack Finney, Dick Francis, Stephen King, Madeleine L’Engle, George Orwell, Minette Walters and John Wyndham.
8. I’m currently writing a feature length screenplay. It’s a psychological drama about a vet student with a Superman fixation and a smattering of dysfunctional behaviour (not at all autobiographical, oh no!). My dream actress to play the lead is Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Have you ever had a lucid dream? I have. They’re amazing. Even better than my “movie dreams” (that’s what I call my dreams that actually make sense and have rather epic story lines). In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, lucid dreams are dreams in which you are aware that you are dreaming while the dream is in progress. In lucid dreams, it is often possible to exert conscious control over the dream characters and environment, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Personally, my favourite thing to do in a lucid dream is fly, but I don’t limit myself to that. I mean, it’s a dream… by its very nature it should be limitless.
But I haven’t been having as many lucid dreams lately as I used to. I think it might be partly to do with the medication that I need to take to help me sleep these days. I’m not as in touch with my dreams as I used to be and I feel like it’s sapping my creativity. So, although I haven’t tried it yet, I am intrigued by this site that says it can help me rediscover lucid dreaming. The site’s author says that, over the years, he tried all the lucid dreaming tools out there. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t. So he’s put together the best of what he found with some of his own techniques and created a Lucid Dreaming Kit. And it has a money back guarantee. I’ve gotta admit that I’m tempted…
Do you ever get a song stuck in your head that just keeps repeating itself over and over again? Well, scientists are suggesting that certain songs create a “cognitive itch” and the only way to scratch that cognitive itch is to repeat the offending melody in our minds: ‘Brain itch’ keeps songs in the head. (Or, if you don’t like “brain itch” you could always use the German term that translates to “earworm”… *shudder*.)
The article goes on to say that there’s no easy way to get rid of an “earworm.” Some people claim that listening to the whole song will get rid of it. For me, it’s just a more satisfying scratch but the itch is still there. I opt for the replacement technique and the song I use in my replacement? “Help!” by The Beatles. Works every time.
I was watching one of those late night talk shows (don’t ask me which one… aside from Jon Stewart, they all sort of blend together for me) and I saw Alexis Bledel talking about “I’m Reed Fish” and the Zorse used in the film. Yep… that’s not a typo, I wrote “Zorse.” That would be a cross between a horse and a zebra. Very cool for a hippophile like myself (I really wish the proper word was equinophile or something like that… hippophile makes me sound like a lover of hippos!)
Anyway, a little internet research led me to a site with the Top 10 Hybrid Animals. My Liger is there, too! Well, not my specific Liger but a Liger nonetheless. If this stuff interests you, I definitely recommend checking out this article because there are some other very cool hybrids worth discovering.
Well, apparently I can’t embed this video on this free WordPress blog (ack phooey). But check out this story about a new Las Vegas attraction that is giving tourists a whole new high.
Do you remember the beginning of Magnolia, when the narrator describes all of these strange (and true) coincidences? Well, I just found a bunch more thanks to Oddee. Their article about amazing coincidences is pretty… well… amazing. Here’s number one on their list:
James Dean’s car curse
In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky.
a) When the car was towed away from accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean’s driveshaft fitted to it.
c) When James Dean’s Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was destroyed by fire.
d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but it fell off it’s mount and broke a teenager’s hip.
e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it’s towbar and smashed through the front of a shop.
f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on steel supports.
Read the rest of them at 20 Most Amazing Coincidences.