Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dream interpretation: they are just the brain's way of using the massive amount of information it gathers and stores to consider the past, ruminate upon the present and plan for the future.


  1. And for our American Indian spirit guides to communicate advice about career, romance and friendship.

  2. Along the same lines as reading your palms - lifeline, money line, etc.

    I interpret my hands as my tools, I don't care how much money I should have or how long my life is. It's not that I don't care but
    I guess the unknown doesn't scare me.

  3. I never try to interpret my dreams. They're too disjointed to make sense of and usually inolve bits of what I've recently read, watched and seen. Mostly I forget them as soon as I wake up, just remembering that I did dream and it was either pleasing or disturbing.

  4. I like to think of it as my brain doing its own filing, at night, when I'm asleep:
    "Knickerless at the presentation podium filed under 'A' for Anxiety; John Cusack covered in Lindt 70% under 'N' for Never Gonna Happen and Annoying Chasey dreams where she never gets to where she needs to go be put under 'G' for Get Used to it....."

  5. Ninj - While they ride around on pig-machines dropping M&Ms that crawl on your feet, yes.

    Shippy - We're lucky, I suppose - the unknown doesn't scare me either.

    River - I remember all of my dreams. For years and years. Often I will dream situations before they happen and get deja vue from dreams. I think today's sentence is saying that this deja vue is a fairly explicable phenomenon in that your brain can put two and two together in the present and come up with four happening in the future without relying on supernatural forces to explain why you can, for example, live around an alcoholic brother with access to car keys and constantly dream about him dying in a fiery accident.

    All your tiger - Welcome! I love your blog! If I haven't explained your consciousness or dreams, would you care to elucidate?

    Kath - My dreams are split about 80/20 with epic sagas in massive complex places taking the lion's share and 'forgetting my pants' filling in the gaps.


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32