September 16th, 2003


Making things better

Sum up your opinion or impression of me in one sound effect, leave it as a comment in this posting, and then post something completely original in your own journal. Collapse )

Opinions sought on the film Spirited Away, please. Despite the fact that the 11-screen UGC Cinema in Didsbury is showing it, the 14-screen UGC Cinema here in Middlesbrough is not. Grr. A little research reveals that the nearest cinema to here showing it is in Newcastle, 30+ miles North of here, which is not a trivial journey. (Hush, ye commuters and Americans.) I am looking at other options, but is it worth effort and expense to see?

One extra-curricular course I took at school was in Collapse )

Finally, faintly late from my perspective, birthdaymania rolls on - today, particularly spectacularly so. Many happy returns of the day to the inhabitants of september15 - particularly to mhw and to xnera, both of whom I really enjoy reading, both of whom make so much effort to make people's lives happier, both of whom work hard struggling against the odds in their own way. It's a strange sort of compliment to pay, but the two of you are a credit to your particular day of the year!
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Pseudoscience of the day

First, happy birthday to the wonderful huskyteer for the 16th (as opposed to celebrations for september15, also posted on the 16th). You may have had your celebrations at the weekend and a trip to the cinema last night, but I hope today is a very pleasant day in its own way too.

The BBC have an interesting article about a possible link between sleeping patterns and personality characteristics. As pseudoscience goes, this stuff is better than astrology. People divide themselves into one of six categories according to their habitual sleeping pattern; each category has an endearing name and a largely positive bunch of character traits associated with it. None of the six sets of traits are necessarily exclusive with any of the others; you will likely find a bit of yourself in each of the six.

Let's do this scientifically. I'm going to post the six categories, with their sleeping pattern descriptions and their associated character traits, and I want to see whether you can work out which way I sleep from which set of character traits seem to be most like me. (Of course, some of you have seen me sleep in the past and so might have a bit of a clue already, but that's not a problem.)
  • Foetus: Those who curl up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax.
  • Log: Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.
  • Yearner: People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.
  • Soldier: Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards.
  • Freefall: Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations.
  • Starfish: Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of attention.
There's even a cute picture of what each of the six positions look like.

Poll #180795 'Time for bed' said Zebedee

How do you think I sleep?

I think you sleep like a foetus
I think you sleep like a log
I think you sleep like a yearner
I think you sleep like a soldier
I think you sleep like a freefaller
I think you sleep like a starfish

How do you sleep?

I sleep like a foetus
I sleep like a log
I sleep like a yearner
I sleep like a soldier
I sleep like a freefaller
I sleep like a starfish
It varies / what is this "sleep" of which you speak?

Can there possibly really be any link between sleeping position and character traits?

Kinda sorta
Only if you sleep like cowboyneal
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