November 16th, 2007

Bruce, Caroline

Being Melodreamatic

I generally love dreaming. Do you?

Poll #1089685 Sweet Dream Baby

You believe that dreams

are generally very significant and are often of supernatural origin.
2(16.7%)
are generally significant because they are really the only outlet for the subconscious.
3(25.0%)
are generally just random electrical impulses and almost never of any significance.
0(0.0%)
provide no useful function whatsoever.
1(8.3%)
are generally meaningless, but there are some exceptions.
6(50.0%)

The kinds of dreams you have include the following:

premonitions
0(0.0%)
dreams of wisdom where you learn something important
0(0.0%)
problem-solving dreams that show you how to deal with a specific situation
0(0.0%)
peaceful dreams that help you come to terms with situations in life
0(0.0%)
funny dreams that cause you to smile and lighten up when you find yourself taking life too seriously
0(0.0%)
scary or disturbing dreams that cause you to wish you would never dream again
0(0.0%)
weird, off-the-wall dreams that just make absolutely no sense
0(0.0%)
vague dreams that you can barely remember
0(0.0%)
dreams reliving good experiences in your past
0(0.0%)
dreams reliving bad experiences in your past
0(0.0%)
dreams of things you dearly want
0(0.0%)
Dreams about things you fear
0(0.0%)
dreams of current events
0(0.0%)
naughty dreams
0(0.0%)
you don't dream, not that you know of
0(0.0%)

Can you control your dreams (lucid dreaming)?

Yes, all the time.
2(16.7%)
Yes, some of the time.
2(16.7%)
I've never really tried.
4(33.3%)
Very rarely.
1(8.3%)
I've never been able to do that/I don't dream.
3(25.0%)

Do you enjoy dreaming?

I love it!
4(33.3%)
Generally yes.
7(58.3%)
I can take them or leave them/I don't dream.
0(0.0%)
On rare occasions, yes.
1(8.3%)
No, I wish I never had to dream.
0(0.0%)
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Bruce, Caroline

The Unfairness of it All

For about three months now, kittytech and I have run an Internet mailing list for users of the Victor Reader Stream, a portable book-reader/MP3 player for the blind. No, not people with vision loss, darn it, blind.

What this has done for me is to remind me of all the books that we, as lowly Canadians, don't ahve access to. There's a host of digital and analog content available to Americans from which we Canadians have been barred. CNIB says it's the Library of Congress's fault, the Library of Congress says it's CNIB's fault, and we readers are simply caught int he middle, banned from books.
As a proofreader, my frustration gets doubled when I have to proofread a braille book that is already freely available to Americans. The cost of producing just one braille bok is enormous, and to have to reproduce something that's already been done is not only unfair, it wastes a huge amount of money, donor money. End of rant, other than to say it's just wrong, for pete's sake just let me read!