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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Scientists Can Now “See” What We Dream (and Make Souvenir Videos Too)

WARNING: If you already feel like Rockwell, what with Facebook, Google Glass, and everything else watching you, this post might not make you feel any better. According to a study just published in Science, scientists have now discovered how to invade the privacy of your dreamworld. Yep, turns out not even your subconsciousness is safe anymore. Using a combination of an MRI machine, a computer program, and web images (note to […]

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Facebook Home: Welcome or Go Away?

WALL-E

Last week, the Zuck announced the latest in Facebook‘s efforts to someday live up to its pre-IPO hype: Facebook Home. Home is a group of apps, or a super app, that turns your Android phone into a host organism for Facebook. Depending on whether or not you like Facebook, this could be a parasitic or symbiotic relationship. Home turns your innocuous home screen into a Facebook feed, called a “Cover […]

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Word Aversions – Or Words We Just Hate

baked chicken

So, last night, my husband complimented the chicken I made for dinner and remarked that it was nice and moist. Moist. Ugh. That got us started on a conversation about words that sound like just what they mean and also words that I just. don’t. like. Call it serendipity (or don’t, no one’s forcing you), but today I came across an article on word aversions featuring the word moist. Turns […]

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Book Review: Sugar, Salt, Fat

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss My rating: 5 of 5 stars This exhaustively and impressively researched exposé on the food industry reads like good investigative journalism with an element of suspense thrown in. While I think most people know that processed and pre-packaged food isn’t good for you (for the most part), it’s quite another thing to learn how deliberately bad it is.

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Book Review: Spark

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It started off strong and rather compelling with a case study about innovative personal fitness (not PE) classes at a few high schools that were almost an experiment to see if exercise had any effect on students’ academic performance. […]

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Book Review: Write Away

Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George My rating: 5 of 5 stars This turned out to be one of my favorite writing books written by a bestselling author (Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird being tied for my favorite). She caught my attention early on when she described herself as mostly left-brained (like me) and her subsequent need […]

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Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved this book! Initially, the first person narration by Enzo, a philosophical dog, was a bit off putting but then the uniqueness took hold and pulled me in. Enzo is a human soul trapped in a dog body, at least that’s how he feels. He has learned about a variety of topics, including reincarnation, […]

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Book Review: Galveston

Galveston: A Novel by Nic Pizzolatto My rating: 5 of 5 stars Galveston is a dark and often violent noir story narrated by forty-something Roy “Big Country” Cady. Roy is the hired muscle for a New Orleans crime boss. Roy does his share of inflicting pain and death on others and observes in an almost academic way that those marked for death always have a “no…wait” look on their face […]

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