A machine that can be programmed so you can decide what you want to dream????? Oh man, I'm sooo glad I'm headed to Tokyo next week; I know what I'm bringing back as a souvenir of THIS trip!!
TOKYO(AP) Ever wished you could decide what to dream at night?
A Japanese toymaker says it has a new gadget that can help you do just that.
Tokyo-based Takara Co. says its "Dream Workshop" stand _ shaped like an oversized cellular phone dock and about 14 inches tall _ can be programmed to help sleepers choose what to dream.
While preparing for bed, the user mounts a photograph on the device of who should appear in the dream, selects music appropriate to the mood _ fantasy, comedy, romantic story, nostalgia _ and records key word prompts, such as the name of a romantic crush.
Placed near the bedside, the dream-maker emits a special white light, relaxing music and a fragrance to help the person nod off.
Several hours later, it plays back the recorded word prompts, timed to coincide with the part of the sleep cycle when dreams most often occur. It then helps coax the sleeper gently out of sleep with more light and music so that the dreams are not forgotten.
The device, which will sell for $136 in Japan starting late August, targets sleep-deprived businessmen, a company official said.
"There are many businessmen today who they say don't sleep because they are too busy. This gadget can be used to help them dream a good dream," said Takara spokeswoman Mayuko Hasumi.
In a study conducted on a group of men and women between the ages of 20-40, the device had a success rate of 22 percent in inducing dreams in which one of the prompt words appeared, said the Yomiuri Shimbun, a major daily.
I haven't seen Fahrenheit 9/11 yet but this guy has. I'm thinking, why waste a nice summer day/evening by spending it in a movie theater when I can steal, I mean download it here??
I can't believe it's already Wednesday!!! If I were working this week, it would only be Monday afternoon! Planted new rocks in the rock garden yesterday; this morning I will be going in for a massage to my aching back! It's hell to get old! Of course, with age comes wisdom; knowing I would be working in the garden yesterday, I made the massage appointment BEFORE I planted the rocks!
Batavia is just down the road a ways from my house. We all are holding our breath, waiting for word on Matt Maupin's status.
Let's hope that the tape proves not to be Matt. But then again, it has to be someone's son, doesn't it? We can only hope that the new government of Iraq is strong enough to survive it's first few days/weeks of life.
Oh howdy, I'm on vacation this week!! That means I can sleep in,,,,yeah right! Woke up a little later than usual this morning, didn't get out of bed until the ungodly hour of 6:30am. Just how lazy is that?
Oh, by the way, welcome the free world, Iraq. Now, send all our boys home! riiiiight! I'm sure that will happen soon.
Exactly where I plan to spend a lot of time this week! Doing nothing but read, soak up some sun and vegetate! *good plan, anyway*
Still learning all the ins and outs of digital pics. NOW if I could only figure out how to use Photoshop!!
In southern Louisiana where I grew up, there was an old Civil War fort (Fort Jackson) that had connecting tunnels. Some were accessible; some filled with mud and snakes. Loved exploring there!
The first thought that came to mind was a burning cross in a yard; how terrifying that must have been!!
Fire drill:: Routine
Do you Really think if there were a REAL fire that people would calmly walk to the exit and meet in their designated area for a head count??
Something I used to be able to wear decades ago!! *and no, I'm not telling how many decades!*
As in 'dropped off the face of the earth' Did I also say I had a morbid sense of humor?
Not that I have any, but if there are any rich, old, dying men out there who would like to include me in their will, just email me, please!
And I always thought that was a stupid show
And Rob, I hope you are having fun today!
Well, I've finished my therapy for this week, also done with my last cup of coffee for the morning, so guess I'll meander out to the workshop and see if I can find a lounge chair anywhere.
If you travel, you may want to consider looking into using WiFi to connect. It's becoming very popular at coffee houses. I just found the incredible product that helps to transfer data faster! I can't personally endorse it yet, but you might want to give it a try!!
The US has been criticised for its treatment of terror suspects
The CIA has halted harsh interrogation techniques approved by the White House pending a review by the justice department, a US newspaper reports.
The Washington Post said the techniques - including feigned drowning, denial of pain medication and sleep deprivation - had been used on al-Qaeda suspects.
An unnamed official was quoted as saying the tactics were on hold while checks were made on their legality.
Maybe if we say "Pretty please with sugar on top" they will answer all our questions.
COLUMBUS | Teachers, principals and other school workers would be allowed to paddle, isolate and otherwise discipline students without the fear of being sued by angry parents, if pending legislation becomes law in Ohio.
About time someone stands up and says "Punks, you are here to learn."
I admire teachers; there isn't enough money in the world that could entice me to put up with a bunch of smart-mouthed kids who are just killing time because the law says they have to.
Maybe the kids who are there to learn will now have a chance!
When I went to school, teachers were allowed to paddle. There always had to be another teacher or the principal as a witness so things didn't get out of hand.
I never personally got a paddling, but I did get some punishment that today would be considered cruel. One teacher I had would make us kneel in uncooked rice. After about 5 minutes, that's like kneeling on rocks! Another teacher I had would make you stand with arms outstretched, a book in each hand. Do you know how HEAVY a book gets after about 3 minutes of this???
Always in the back of my mind, though, was the knowledge that IF I got a paddling in school, I could expect the same thing when I got home.
Maybe that's what is missing the most today; parental involvement in kid's discipline.
DO NOT misinterpret what I am saying! I am not an advocate of child abuse in any way, shape or form.
But a swat on the butt with your hand and a nose stuck in the corner most of the time gives little ones time to think about what they did wrong. After a few minutes of time out, THEN follow-up with what the transgression was and how to act differently in the future. The problem is, this all takes TIME. Parents have to get out from in front of the computer, or off the couch, or sober up, to pay attention to what their children are doing.
You always know when it's going to rain in Ohio; all the flies from the outside try to get inside ANY WAY THEY CAN!
Open the door only wide enough to slip the paperboy his weekly check and bring the paper inside (a transaction that can be done in 3 seconds flat!), and somehow, 20 flies will swarm in before you say shoe!
Now the dilemma; use bug spray or fly swatter? Spray Stinks so bad and it makes your nose run; best to only use when you will be on vacation for the next 2 weeks. Another drawback of spray vs. swatter is the death march.
When sprayed, flies fall willy-nilly into every open container, cookie, sink or water glass within 200 yards.
Now the fly swatter, on the other hand, has a dual purpose! It not only will kill the fly (that is, if your aim is good enough) but you can release a lot of daily tension whilst destroying the aggravating beasts. Of course, the swatter also has drawbacks; if hit too hard against a window screen in the attempt to annihilate the fly, it can/will tear a hole in the screen. This facilitates a new entryway for all the cousin flies in the neighborhood.
And what does one do with a mashed fly? If you are real good, you can scoop the fly onto the swatter and throw the carcass into the trash can. Otherwise, plan on using a lot of papertowels